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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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Is it correct to say “under the shelter of X, a Y was taking place?”

Is it correct to say the following? All that could be heard was the wind blowing, and giant waves crashing against the rocks in the beach. Under the shelter of the inn, a barbecue was taking ...
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Use of pronouns with “and” [duplicate]

Which would be correct: Bill is making a cake for Karin and I or Bill is making a cake for Karin and myself
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Using singular or plural in a prepositional phrase [duplicate]

I need your help to resolve a grammar related problem that I often encounter: I become confused about the use of singular and plural in course of writing a sentence. Examples: Millions of people are ...
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Should these questions be split?

I have these two questions: Could you give me a call please as I need to speak to you about something? What is the name of the reference because there is something important that I need to ...
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“The above technique is a double-edged sword” [duplicate]

In our native language, we say this "The above technique is a double-edged sword". Is it appropriate to say it in English? If not, what is the nice way to express the same meaning?
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What is the usual form of “Please do the needful”? [duplicate]

I was browsing the internet, and found that "Please do the needful" is not an appropriate sentence to use or write. According to this link, this sentence used to get used in South Asia. What would be ...
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looking for a word or expressing to express matching, symmetric

Background: A packet has a source IP and a destination IP. I set the source IP as 10.0.0.3. The destination IP can be set as 10.0.0.1, 127.0.0.1 or 138.9.32.4. These 3 IPs belong ...
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Which one is correct? “I have work experience in ” or “I had work experience in”? [closed]

Which one is correct? I have previous work experience in IBM in PHP domain during the period 2009-2010. OR I had previous work experience in IBM in PHP domain during the period 2009-2010.
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What does this sentence mean: “Cologne, with its seven and seventy evil savors, was a posy-bed to it.”?

This is a sentence from a book I'm translating, the one before that is "The first thing I met was a regiment of the vilest odors that ever assaulted the human nose, and took it by storm." So, what is ...
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“The bond between children and their parents is the strongest bind on earth” [closed]

Does this sentence make sense? The bond between children and their parents is the strongest bind on earth. I'm having second thoughts on the right usage of bind and bond. It's also the hook of an ...
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Is there a website/game builds a sentence for the given word? [duplicate]

I just got a request from someone the request is for a website/game which you gave it a word it builds you the sentence. I know it might not be a good way to learn but maybe for a while or for some ...
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What does this sentence mean: “Troubles are poor things to hug. They've got too many prickers.” [closed]

This is a sentence from a book for children. I'm trying to translate it into Chinese. Not sure what this means. DO we want to hug troubles or not?
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How should this be read? [closed]

We all know that you do not belong here, have no idea what you are talking about, and can't actually script. Should this be interpreted as We all know that you do not belong here You have no ...
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How do you express a natural habit of a species?

I am curious to know about the plural/singular form of addressing a species. For example, which expression is correct or more appropriate: Lion does not eat wolf Lions do not eat wolves Or do you ...
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Use semicolon or period when telling a result of an action?

If you look at these sentences, the second one is result of the first: Alex shouts and feels pain in his leg, and he rubs the place with hand and looks at the leg. His leg swelled little bit. So ...
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A water circle of few radius is around the park

In the following image: Do you see the water in a few feet radius around a land? How do you describe this? Let's assume that the land is a park and there is no fountain. Can I express it this way: ...
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What to do about multiple sentences following a colon?

For example: It happened only a handful of times in my lifetime: once when I went to the store. It just had to be done. There was no choice. Another when heading to the beach in 2013... Should I ...
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Should I use “even though” or “although” in the following sentence?

Even though we were becoming closer and closer, we remained just as friends. Although we were becoming closer and closer, we remained just as friends. Which is the one above correct?
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How can I say that I'm in progress of become a security analyst on a headline?

I would like to state on my LinkedIn's headline that I am in progress of become a security analyst. How could I say it without use that sentence, because that is a sentence not a headline. I had ...
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The “ask”. Is this a buzzword or just bad grammar?

The ask, or my ask is used in places such as: My ask of you is that you fill out the true and false questions first. Similarly, I have see the ask... Why are people using this? I believe it is a ...
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“Absent additional configuration” [closed]

I have come across the following sentence but it doesn't quite sound right. Absent additional configuration, permits will be distributed at a fixed rate. Is the first part of the sentence correct? ...
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The lady's not for turning [closed]

In Margaret Thatcher's speech, she says: To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady's not ...
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Is it correct to say: “(drink) was getting to him/her?” [closed]

I'm pretty sure you can say this: I wondered if the alcohol was getting to her. But I'm not very sure about this: I wondered if the wine was getting to her, but I could tell she wasn't drunk ...
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What does the expression 'justified for him his own idea' mean?

I am reading a novel, and I did not understand one of the sentences in it. Following are two lines from the novel. The narrator is talking about a guy called Paul and her father. They were once ...
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Should I use “like a…” or “like the one of a…” in the following sentence?

What sounds more natural? This: Her body was warm, like the one of a sunbathing cat. or this? Her body was warm, like a sunbathing cat. (I'm open to other suggestions). EDIT Here's some ...
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“for which” usage

I am writing comments to my algorithm and I used this sentence to describe one variable. But I am not entirely sure if it makes sense and if I used commas right. id of node, for which, program is ...
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“Not only” and “but also” separated by a full stop

I have the following sentence: This powder is able not only to effectively wash your shirts and sweaters, but also to clean out even the most terrible stains on your pants, handkerchiefs, socks, ...
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What does “disposal advance” mean? [closed]

I’m having trouble understanding the meaning of disposal advance. What do the following sentences mean? These are the amounts that we believe you are entitled to. You can derive no rights. The ...
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(out of the year) VS (during the year)

I read this sentence: In the Arctic tundra, temperatures are below freezing for nine months out of the year. Why didn't the writer use "during the year"? What is the difference between "during the ...
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What’s the meaning of the line “The conclusions of the Second Vatican Council of 1962 -65 were given too liberal a reading by many Catholics?”

Though it must be a plain statement for native English speakers, the captioned line in the Time magazine’s (February 25 – though a pretty belated subject) article titled “The Second Act” - http://www....
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How to phrase “two companies being the most successful one in their respective countries” as a noun-phrase?

How to express this in one sentence: there are two companies, one is the most successful in America, and the other the most successful in Canada. Can we say it like this? they are the most ...
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Sentence search engine [closed]

A couple of weeks ago I came across a sentence search engine that allows you to search for a word or a phrase and would show sentences with said phrases, plus (user contributed) translations into ...
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Are these sentences OK? [closed]

Are these sentences OK? Other notation and terminology which we don't define will be used as in the John's book. In other notation and terminology we will follow John's book.
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How to explain simple math with correct preposition embedded on explanation?

I have a construction to say a ratio. I think of or and would be the correct prepositions. So, If I give you my practice case The ratio of minimum rectangle’s floor area to enclosed circle area ...
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Is this sentence correct - “what an ephemeral rendezvous we had”?

I met some girls last month, and recently I came in contact with one of them. And I really wanted to say something about our first meeting. Can you please tell me if the following sentence is correct ...
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Comma before “including”?

Does this sentence require a comma before including? He has written on a range of moral issues including poverty, globalization, and euthanasia.
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Superlative and definite article “the”

I have seen similar questions like this here on ELU. However, I am still confused with my particular question. (a) She gets up latest in her family. (b) She gets up the latest in her family. Can ...
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Is 'that' necessary for this sentence? [duplicate]

My friend and I were playing this game, in which we were complimenting others. For example, she said, "You're so pretty, all the boys want to 'holla' at you." Then I said, "You're so pretty, that all ...
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Usage of 'duplicate copy' [closed]

Given a sentence Please sign on the duplicate copy of this letter. Am I correct in thinking that either duplicate or copy should be used, not both of them?
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helping business the “online” way

can I use this sentences in my slogan? helping business the "online" way or growing business the "online" way I get the idea from this sentences "helping business the right way." or I must ...
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Pre-clause, Post-clause

I have two possible sentences of the some situation and I am confused: Realizing he did not belong there, he left the meeting early. He left the meeting early, realizing he did not belong there. ...
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Which preposition goes with the word “altar”?

I am getting contradictory usages of the word altar : Sacrificed his family life on the altar of career advancement(Source:Merriam Webster) You probably aren't going to like the solution, but the ...
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Please, do also… or Please also

How should this sentence be phrased? Please, do also visit this house. Please also visit this house. It seems like that the answer might be dependening on the actual context, however, in that case, ...
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How to ask “Where are you going?” when event already passed? [closed]

If my friend went to somewhere on weekend but i didn't know where did he go? And if i want to ask him like "Where are you going?" on Monday which sentences should i ask him? Where did you go? Where ...
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“Will be waiting” — verb?

I have been trying to understand how to detect subject and predicate in a sentence. So, I stumbled on this page. The following example was given: Jim will be waiting for you at the mall. In the ...
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Is this a run-on sentence?

Is the first sentence a run-on? Should the second sentence use ":" instead of ";"? Here's giving you the courtesy of informing you, beforehand, that Rahul, a new housemate, will be moving in ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “X person turned to Y person”?

Here are some examples: Erica turned to him Erica turned towards him Erica turned to face him Erica turned to look at him I'm not sure if the first one is grammatically incorrect ...
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Quantify product-appropriateness score [closed]

I'm looking for a way to quantify and explain the scenario below to my managers. I'm really good at understanding issues, but unfortunately no so good at communicating them to others. I have written ...
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How to describe leaving an access of a server [closed]

How can I formally write a sentence meaning that I am not using the server now and I have exited it?
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How would I change the following sentence to active form?

I've been told that it's always better to turn sentences to active form (at least in fiction writing). How can I turn the following sentence to active form? Sophia was woken up by the rattling ...

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