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Questions about the structure of sentences

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Verb transitivity in sentences with dummy subjects or with prepositions that look like dummy subjects

Suppose we put in play the rule that lay is used transitively and lies is used intransitively. How do you analyze constructions such as – Where the responsibility (lies/lay) has yet to be ...
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What kind of sentence is this?

Consider this sentence: When we refer to the parts of speech, we are speaking of different ways words are used in sentences. Looking at the outer structure, it is clear that we have a complex ...
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Wander alone vs wander about alone

I was reading a sentence i.e. It is safer to belong to a group rather than to wander about alone. So what is 'about' used here for?
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What's a word or phrase to describe the discovery of something startlingly obvious?

Along the lines of Occam's razor, but I'd like to be able to use it in a sentence regarding something specific for my college essay. Here's the context: I grew up in the same house my father ...
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What is the exact meaning of this excerpt from Chapter 52 of “Pride and Prejudice ” by Jane Austen?

While elaborating on the arrangement between Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham in her letter to her niece Elizabeth Bennet, Mrs. Gardiner mentions the following: ...His debts are to be paid, amounting, I ...
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A student was asked to answer this: Bella follows. - sentence or not? [closed]

Is "Bella follows." a complete sentence or not?
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Use of preposition with 'adopted' in a sentence

Can this machine be adopted______farm work? Options were: a)in b)into c)for d)by Please provide the correct answer with proper explanation.
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“I got from” versus “I got in”

I had a debate with a friend on a status she wrote for a picture she shared on instagram and got a lot of comments on it. The amount of love I got in this picture is incredible, thank you all. So ...
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What does this long sentence mean? The part “..believing, that is, that …”

What does this long sentence mean? I am confused in the parts- Part 1: " believing, that is, that..." and Part 2: "in terms of good and evil, confusing human issues with matters that do not relate ...
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Transformation of sentence into negative

I have this sentence: This is all I can say. I have to turn it into a negative statement. I have tried a few things and ended up with: I can't say more than this. Am I right in rewording it ...
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How to handle initials at the end of a sentence

I came across this sentence: "They are only distributed in the U.S. Payment occurs in a similar fashion to mag-stripe, without a PIN and often in off-line mode..." On reading the first time, I got ...
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Type of sentence structure/usage

From a young Marilyn Monroe to George Bush, the most breathtakingly colourised black and white pictures ever. From running a marathon to winning gold at the Olympics, the most fitting conclusion to ...
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Combined sentences, “not …, either … or …” v.s. “not …, neither … nor …”

Generally, given that there are two statements are true: A is not O in X. A is not O in Y. Question: To combine the two sentences into one, should one say which of the following (?): A is ...
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Creative liberty or error in dropping “was”

This sentence is about the battle of Agincourt, and how the combat involved lifting up the visors on enemy soldiers' helmets to expose their faces. It reads That's how hundreds of men died; their ...
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Paragraph quality and grammar [closed]

I recently wrote a paragraph, and I think there is nothing wrong with the english. But aftet a quality assesmemt, it was found lack quality, it might also because of grammar. Here is the paragraph : ...
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Does this sentence use proper parallelism?

The sentence is: "Participants with a score greater than 2, or had a probability of fit less-than 0.05 were considered to have a bad fit and were removed from the analysis" Does it need to be ...
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Question on using “,” in non compound sentences

Kindly consider below sentence : We are bound by the laws, not by the intent of our legislators. I've read that a "," is used when joining two clauses. So when I look at above sentence my first ...
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'Accompanying' in a sentence

Accompanying these are bowls of zesty, colorful rice and platters filled with ham and fresh salad served with roast turkey. What does 'accompanying' do in this sentence? I don't know its part of ...
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This (resulted/was resulted) from your efforts. Why is “was resulted” wrong?

A worksheet, I am working, on has a question that asks to circle the correct one and the question is This (resulted/was resulted) from your efforts. The answer is, "This resulted from your efforts"...
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noun phrase or complete sentence?

In the sentence, We can develop a sense of what we think is proper is "what we think is proper" a noun phrase or a complete sentence? Is it grammatically correct? It looks like a relative ...
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Is the sentence “You can but I don't” correct?

If it isn't, what sentence would be better to use instead? You can but I can't (or cannot)? You can but I can't do it? This question just popped up in my mind, and I couldn't find an answer. ...
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Colons vs Em dash ?

The designer envisions the game’s fundamental elements: the settings, characters, and plots that make each game unique, and is thus a primary creative force behind a video game. A) NO CHANGE B) ...
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“With yourself” vs “with your own self”. Which one is correct grammatically?

Spend time with your own self. Spend time with your ownself. Spend time with yourself. Which one of above is correct?
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ISIS Suicide Blasts Kill More Than 220 Dead In Southern Syria

Going through this news article on NDTV website, I saw the headline 'ISIS Suicide Blasts Kill More Than 220 Dead In Southern Syria'. Is this usage correct? Or should it be 'ISIS Suicide Blasts Kill ...
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Usage of “even” in multiple positions

Earlier today, I read a sentence that said: This medication can even cure HIV. The context was very simple, the medication has many uses to the point it could cure a currently incurable disease, ...
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What is the horizontal equivalent of “all of the above”?

All of the above tends to be used to refer to options that have been described in previous lines in a bulleted list, and I'm wondering how to do the same in a sentence. For example, would the ...
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“Reasons for…” or “Reasons that…”

While taking a PSAT practice test, I was told by the answer key that the underlined sentence below is grammatically correct and does not need to be changed. In my experience "reasons," when used in ...
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Can a semicolon be placed between two sentences if the second sentence begins with a pronoun that refers back to the previous sentence?

Consider the following closely-related sentences: Those tribes have been farmers for centuries. They do not desire to do anything else. would this way of writing the sentences be correct as well:...
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Help to interpret a tricky component - 'understand' from a sentence by McCloskey

Can someone please explain to me what grammar role the verb 'understand' plays in the sentence below? What does it mean? I get the parallel verbs 'hate', 'have never heard of', 'dismiss' and 'favor'. ...
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How does this sentence structure differ from the normal? [closed]

Is this sentence: On the Application to Dynamics of a General Mathematical Method previously applied to Optics. The same as this one? On the Application of a General Mathematical Method to Dynamics ...
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Help about structure of a sentence [closed]

is that a good expression? As much as you strive you will get, and as much as you lazy you will lose
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“Incur companies multimillion dollar losses”

I am struggling to formulate the following sentence Bad decisions lead to bad results, that would incur companies millions dollars losses. What I want to say is that bad decisions will lead to ...
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How does one find the subject in a sentence with more than one verb? [migrated]

For example, in the sentence “Let me help you” there are two verbs, let and help. Me is an objective pronoun, so that would sound as though it can’t be the subject. But you doesn’t seem to be the ...
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Use of appositive after a verb

I'm wondering about the grammar in a sentence I recently wrote, describing a group of monks circling a stupa. I may be off the mark, but my reading is that the noun phrase after the comma is an ...
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Is it accurate to say “I will mostly pass on something”

Here's a conversation that I had with a friend Him: Do you want to come to the store with me today after work? Me: I will mostly pass I wanted to express that it's not very likely that I will join ...
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Can I use parenthetical remarks to restate something mid-sentence?

I was wondering whether it is bad practice to replace the previous part of a sentence with a parenthetical remark. I've illustrated this in the sentence below: This culture has been welcoming of (...
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Is it 'recite over' or 'recite back'?

He was buried behind the newspaper like someone was going to ask him to recite it over. In the above sentence, would it be better to use the phrase 'recite it back' in place of 'recite it over'?
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Can I omit the “is” in “a lower price than is actually intended to be charged”?

I came across the following sentence when I looked up the meaning of "low-ball". The low-ball is a persuasion and selling technique in which an item or service is offered at a lower price than is ...
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Negation of 2 things: “and” or “or”?

I'm not a native speaker. Apologies if the question is obvious. The scenario is: I'm not doing A, and I'm not doing B. In order to communicate this joint event in a single sentence: should I say: "...
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Shortening sentence by removing nouns repeating in clauses

In the following sentence, a noun is repeated in each clause. The noun I refer to is assignment. He is aware of the assignment, accepts the assignment and endeavours to fulfil the assignment. Is ...
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Is it correct? “Should I not hear from you by [date], I shall assume your kind confirmation of it.”

Is it correct to write in this way? "Should I not hear from you by [date], I shall assume your kind confirmation of it." Most grateful for your advice!!! T_T
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Is there any easy way to detect assertive, interrogative and other sentences

I am looking for any specific series of rules or structures to detect assertive, interrogative and other sentences like wh-type question + subject + be verb + obj. etc.
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Which one is correct: please find the attached file or please find attached the file?

When we send professional email with attachments. Which one is correct? please find the attached file or please find attached the file Or, is there any other sentence structure more suitable than ...
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How to reconstruct a sentence to avoid words like but, yet, still, although and though?

I often find difficult to avoid those words. It'd be fine in articles, essays, etc if it was only because of the repetitiveness, there are three words or more for it, but in longer texts, like novels, ...
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“And you, me” Valid or Invalid?

I was having a conversation with a friend and happened to say "You know a lot about me." She responded with "And you, me." I've heard this construction before, meaning something along the lines of ...
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Why does adding “that” to this sentence change “defend” to “defends”?

Can someone tell me the difference between the two? It's been so long since I've had to do this. Here are the two sentences: Seeing Indonesia defend better than Argentina makes my day. Seeing that ...
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Back and forth. Navigate back, forth

I am aware of the following expression Back and forth Basically that means to move in one direction and in the opposite one. I wonder, whether is it possible to say the following This button can ...
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Subject /verb order in a question with implied answer or surprise

When you are surprised by a piece of information you have just learned, is it OK to ask the question without changing the subject or verb order? Example: You really think Argentina has the best ...
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Sentence Fragment? “The [adverb] [noun] [verb], the [adverb] [noun] [verb].”

I apologize if this has been asked before, but I cannot find a clear answer. I am analyzing a statement and attempting to determine if it is a fragment or complete sentence. This is the general idea ...
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Conjunction needed in this sentence?

I am trying to include the following on my CV: "I am continuing to expand my knowledge of C#, building several small applications in Visual Studio". I want the meaning to essentially be that the ...