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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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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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Need help breaking down this sentence: “I took action to make my plan come to fruition.”

So far I have "to make my plan come to fruition" as a subordinate clause, but I'm having trouble defining its components. Is "come to fruition" modifying "plan"? How is the infinitive functioning here?...
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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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Is there any difference between 'to affiliate with' and 'to affiliate to'?

When I was looking up the word 'affiliate', the dictionary offered the example sentences which I've been really confused from. The actual meaning of the word 'affiliate' is to cause a group to ...
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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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Turn “in to” or “into” a lonely lane?

I have a sentence I'm writing where I describe making a turn, as I run, into an empty alleyway. Here is how I would like to say it: I turn into a lonely lane... The problem I find is that it may ...
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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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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 is the difference between 'looked at' and looked over at'?

I read a sentence, "He put a hand on Bran's shoulder, and Bran looked over at his bastard brother." Here both were on thier horses. I've seen this usage of 'over' before but couldn't exactly ...
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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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Active to Personal Passive - what do we do with “may be”?

If I wanted to turn this sentence written in the active voice: "People believe he may be fired", to one with Personal passive structure, how should it sound like at the end? He is believed to ... 1) ...
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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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“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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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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Ambiguity in assigning a clause to one of the two preceding clauses

Consider the sentence: We use a transmitter to communicate with a device that is placed in the package using a new technology. Here, the part "using a new technology" applies to "We ...
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Is the double word necessary in this sentence?

Can anyone let me know if I can replace the second 'problems' (at the last of the sentence) with the word 'them'? I prefer not to use the word 'problems' twice in my sentence. They too faced the day-...
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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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Two different comparisons (“more … than” and “same … as”) in one sentence

Consider two tasks named A and B with the following properties: Task A requires more effort than task B. Task A yields as much reward as task B. I want to say both statements in one sentence. Which ...
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Is it correct to say “I realize my desire for fame”?

Does this sentence sound odd? I realize my desire for fame by achieving the first rank in the competition
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“From A to B is important”

When I am introducing an article to another person, I would like to point out the specific parts to look at. I am not a native English speaker, and the sentence that comes to my mind is like From ...
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Sentence transformation with “say”

In an exercise, a sentence is given: I think it would be best if you didn't mention John's behaviour to his mother. The task is to write a second sentence that has exactly the same meaning, using ...
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What is the correct way to describe a phrase that is a part of a sentence, taking into account the ordering of the words?

How do I write a criterion whereby it can be used to help someone decide that a name is considered a part of another name taking into account the ordering of the sequence of the name into account? For ...
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A question regarding using “so far” in the beginning of a new section

In one chapter of my thesis, there are 3 sections that are: section 1 talks about technique A, section 2 is about technique B, and section 3 discusses the correlation between technique A and B. In the ...
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With or without 'to'

Should it be 'the place we went last night' or 'the place we went to last night'? I feel like if I swap 'restaurant' in for 'place', I'd definitely include the preposition 'to'. But with 'place', you ...
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What is the meaning of the line Send the duly filled typed application form

I have a form given by the employer which has the name, qualification, sex, and such stuff and in the advertisement, there is a line given below. Is that mean I should type the details using the ...