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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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Can "why" ever be used as a subordinating conjunction?

I posted an image of a list of subordinating conjunctions for my students today, and one of them asked about "why" on the list. I couldn't think of any example where "why" would be ...
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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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When using cleft sentence using 'it', do we use that or what?

Are these sentences grammatically correct? I looked at different sites, but none mention whether using 'what' would be wrong. "It was his lying what hurt the most." "It was the shrimp what made her ...
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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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Is it correct to say "I have not done enough to say no"?

I am an international student and writing my Statement of Purpose. To give you some context, my client asked me a question that I didn't know the answers, but at the same time I felt like I did not ...
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Why I hear in a lot of movies the sentence "We was" or "they was"

Sorry if someone already answered it, but as I could not find it, I decided to post the question. For a while I've been looking movies ( normally USA movies ) and I hear always these statements that ...
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What kind of sentence structure is this? "The true measure of our character is ..."

The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, and the incarcerated. I don't know what type of sentence this is. If any of you know please answer! Complex? ...
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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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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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Blood “from” or blood “of”?

I was watching a series and at one point the police say “there was blood from her wife”. Is it ok to say “blood of her wife" too?
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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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How to complete a sentence starting with "Just because..."

I often find myself starting a sentence with "Just because", as in "Just because I didn't respond to your invitation, that doesn't mean I don't want to attend." But I never quite know how to finish ...
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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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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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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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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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"Either value can be higher"?

I'm writing a math paper and want to say that two quantities, a*b and (a-b), cannot be ranked in a unique way. Depending on the values a and b, either can be higher. My idea is to say "either value ...
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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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That-clause as a subject and an object

I wrongly wrote that I was gay. It was wrongly written by me that I was gay. That I was gay was wrongly written by me. All of these sentences mean that I should have written another but I wrote that ...
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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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Usage of "illiteracy" in certain sentences

How to use the "illiteracy" word in sentences when you want to mention your illiteracy related to some topics or areas? I'm a native Russian speaker, and when I write English text, I can ...
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Do you always need to break up clauses with commas?

I've been getting back into creative writing after years away from it and have been running into some grammar issues. This time, it's about clauses and commas. 'I like him because he's funny and he's ...
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Having doubt in understanding a couple of sentences from The Hindu newspaper

"Kerala, which hosts a vast stretch of the Western Ghats, is having to contend with these changes with almost no respite between severe spells. The recurrent bursts show that anomalies in ...
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Is using 'as if' okay as a sentence starter?

My teacher is having us write as if sentences and using as if at the start of the sentence. For example, she used "As if I had money, I went shopping". This makes no sense to me or several ...