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A sentence is a set of words that is complete in itself, typically containing a subject and predicate.

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Position of "here" in a sentence

Background In my thesis I have to write without 1st person. On the other hand I sometimes have to explain how I have chosen some parameters or how I have realized some implementation etc. (which in a ...
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Why is this a complete sentence?

"Another organization, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, offers writers from around the world a three-month residency in which to share not only stories and poems but also ...
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How is this structure named in English grammar? (main clause + object + -ing form)

I've been hearing this sentence structure for a while, so i wanted to learn about it but couldn't find specific information on the internet since i didn't know how this structure was named in English ...
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"Who is" or "who was" the last person to do something?

I'm currently watching the US open at one of the commentators said "Andy Roddick was the last American male to win a grand slam". Is this correct, or should it be "he is the last ...
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What is the predicate part of the sentence in an "X is ___ed" pattern?

Basically, this derives from an NLP problem I am facing in software development. NLP stands for "Natural Language Processing", and it is ML dependent. Since it depends on ML, it is ...
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How to use "Some more so than others"?

Consider the following sentence: Americans all around the world felt a sense of pride, some more so than others. Is such a usage of the phrase correct?
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Is the sentence "we don't need to be what they want us to" correct without the "be" in the end?

The formal way to say the sentence would be "we don't need to be what they want us to be", but would it be acceptable and understandable in colloquial language (eg in a song) to say "we ...
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Combining sentences and preposition usage

Edited after Yosef Baskin's suggestion: Assume that I wanted to combine all of these sentences into one, but strictly without using a semicolon or repeating the word "them": "I'm ...
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Help me understand the structure of this sentence from Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse

I have some knowledge of English syntax with tree diagrams. Now, I'm learning traditional sentence diagramming. Of course, I want to challenge myself, and I chose to understand a sentence from ...
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Does "such as" require an adjective?

Someone changed a sentence in a Wikipedia article from These cassettes became associated with genres like Gipsy rhumba, light music and joke tapes. to These cassettes became associated with genres ...
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Far better than

Can we say: He is far better than you are in rain dance Or there is something grammaticaly wrong?
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Does the following sentence make grammatical sense?

I am writing and essay and I am not sure if the following sentence makes grammatical sense (especially the bold part): "This shows that Victor thinks so little of himself that he must fill the ...
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What type of sentence is this?

I came across this sentence, ”The vibrations from the jet caused the vase to fall and crack” I am confused on what type of sentence it is: “simple, compound, compound-complex, or complex.” “...
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Is "Based on a true story" a grammatically correct sentence?

Is "Based on a true story" a grammatically correct sentence if it was at the end of a paragraph discussing a story? I view this as a proper sentence with an implied subject and as grammatically sound. ...
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Is it a correct sentence? Can noun phrase be a sentence's apposition?

“Eye contact and smiles” can signal availability and confidence, a common-sense notion supported in studies by psychologist Monica Moore. Is “notion” the apposition of the first sentence? Or "which ...
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Origin of merry 'little' christmas

Somewhere else on this site I read about the history of the sentence Merry Christmas. Frequently I encounter the sentence 'Merry little Christmas' for example in songs. I wonder what is the meaning of ...
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Two Passive sentences in one sentence

The bacteria in milk are destroyed when it is heated to 80 degree Celsius. "The bacteria in milk are destroyed" this is a passive verb in LHS right? "when it is heated to 80 degree Celsius."- also ...
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What does "the world takes you at your own estimate" mean?

I was looking for some quotes of "think highly of" when this sentence showed up repeatedly among the top results. "Think highly of yourself because the world takes you at your own estimate." I ...
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Using 'at the time of ' instead of the word 'when '

I will go when you come. Can I use 'at the time of' instead of the word 'when', as follows? I will go at the time of your coming. After the change, Is there any difference in meaning?
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How to combine these two sentences?

Cannot feed A of shape a1 for B of shape b1, which is b2. A is a2. I want to express something like this: [A,of shape a1, is a2] ----feed---> [B, of shape b1, is b2] Does 'which' always modify the ...
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is muted here a verb or adj?

Growth ground to a halt in the second half of 2018, but figures out today showed that the economy gathered pace in 2019, expanding by 0.4% in the first quarter compared with the previous three months. ...
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Imperative sentence patterns …

Please let me ask you native or very well-trained Eglish speakers if there’s some patterns, rules, or formulas in regards of an imperative sentence’s structure. For example, I was reading this ...
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Coordinating conjunction at beginning of sentence

Reading Wallace Shawn’s new book NIGHT THOUGHTS and he uses this construction all the time. And I knew my childhood memories affected it. But that theory wouldn’t work. How do you show that first ...
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I need help regarding sentence diagramming

How would you diagram a sentence in which two independent clauses are connected by a semicolon? Do you draw them the same as conjunctions, or is it something else? I looked around the internet and ...
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I've had vs I've been having (+ I've been vs I've)

What's the difference in meaning between the following 2 sentences: I've had a lot of problems this year I've been having a lot of problems this year. Second example: I've been waiting for an hour ...
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Writing a personal narrative and wondering if this application of present tense mixes with most of the sentence, which is in past tense

This sentence doesn't sound all that right, but at the same time I think it is. I grabbed underwear, a tee with red sleeves and khaki shorts and headed for the master bathroom, which houses the ...
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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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Complex constructions with "will"

Can anyone tell me if all the forms mentioned below are correct? If not, which one sounds most natural? We will wait for the parcel to arrive and reimburse you then. We will wait for the ...
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"The soundtrack, not the vocals, are good": Is this sentence correct?

I was recently reading something online and found this sentence: The soundtrack, not the vocals, are good. To me it seems that instead of are good, it should say is good, since the subject of the ...
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Would I need to put "a" at the beginning of this sentence?

I'm writing a statement in which I wanna say something like: Last semester I taught course xyz. Prerequisite for many upper-level courses, course xyz covers topics such as ... Would it be better if ...
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What does "For all the ~, S + V" mean?

Here are a few sentences with the structure, “For all the ~, S + V”. For all the controversies surrounding the so-called marketing stages or periods, Keith and others appear to have contributed a ...
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Divorce Decree: Vacation Time

"Vacation time is defined as not more than seven consecutive days, including the vacationing parent's parenting time weekend." Does this mean that a parents vacation time must include their parenting ...
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What is the correct way to use 'as adjective as' while comparing and/or contrasting two things?

What is the correct syntax when you want to compare or contrast two things using 'as adjective as'? Is it syntactically correct to say: "You should be as hurt when someone in another country dies as ...
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Top down or bottom up for reducing a sentence to all its parts?

I'm still learning grammar. I'm trying to figure out the steps to break down a sentence. My process now is to look at the sentence as a whole first. Then I classify it as either simple, compound, ...
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I can understand being deceived into thinking it's a joke

I am having a problem in understanding this sentence: I can understand being deceived into thinking it's a joke. Does it mean that the speaker is being deceived into thinking like that or he (the ...
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Is the comma necessary in this sentence?

Is the comma used in the following sentence necessary? Ellie said she couldn't wait for the vocabulary final, because studying words is her favorite thing to do. Thanks
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SAT Grammar - Gerunds vs. Parallelism

Hello everyone I was working on the following question: I said the error was A, because it should be how to preserve right? But apparently that is not the error, I cannot seem to find any other ...
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Should there be a comma when you start a sentence with "And"?

Is it okay to use the word "and" right after another sentence, and should I use a comma? "And, as a member of my high school's entrepreneurship club, I participated..." "And as a member of my high ...
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I'd been sent to kill him / I was sent to kill him. etc..?

When do I use had and when can I leave out had? or use was instead of had This is the context it was used in: With the Reds and the Germans knocking seven shades of shit each other back at Museum ...
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Use or omit ellipsis when using part of a quotation at the start of a sentence?

Full quotation: "I love the president and it's an honour to be here", said Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump's new White House communications director. Example 1 (ellipsis): "...it's an honour to ...
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Where to place ''recently'' in a sentence?

I believe both of the following placings of the word ''recently'' is correct, but how can I be sure that it is 100% correct without having to think whether it's correct: I recently bought the ...
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If the first half of the sentence is a hypothetical scenario and other half is the postulated outcome, should one use "had been" or "was"?

Apologies for possibly a dumb question. Let's be honest, IF it was the other way around the build would have been blocked and if by any chance it was released, it would have caused some serious ...
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Transformation of sentences from positive to comparative

The question was to transform this sentence from positive to comparative degree: She is not so young as I expected. Following the solutions of other sentences of this kind (the photo shows a similar ...
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Can a series unite independent clauses with other fragments?

It's common to unite multiple independent clauses with an "and" in order to form a sentence. For example, consider a sentence that says, "The weather is warm, campsites are abundant, ...
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Asking what the subject complement refers to

I encountered something similar to the following in a reading comprehension exam (not one that I did myself). Pepsi is a good example of a soft drink that has a lot of sugar and is therefore ...
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How to use commas around 'well'

In the sentence: "He needs it to, well, do it" as if spoken words, are the commas correct? I'm trying to break up the sentence as you would when speaking, but I'm not sure if I only need the ...
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"Something won't happen because something is good." It seems the 'something is good' would affect the first 'Something' negatively but doesn't

I am writing about minimal web design, and these are the first lines I wrote: Minimalism was one of the major web design trends throughout the 2010s. And it likely won't fade away in the 2020s because ...
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What is a better way to ask "until which grade is this school available"

Looking for school admissions for my kid and somehow the sound of this question puts me off. (I want to know till which grade does the school currently runs (offer classes) like 8, 9, 10, 12?) I'm ...
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Comma concerning "in which" sentence

I would like to know how to set the comma(s) in this sentence? I visited a course in which we read the book "Heart of Darkness" approaching topics such as imperialism and eurocentrism.
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“…that the privations on the soul grow ever more stark and ruinous by the day.” - Can the word “privations” be used in this format?

Is it admissible to use to the phrase “privations on the soul” to describe the state in which the needs of the soul are not met and thus starved?
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