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Parsing or syntactic analysis is the process of analysing a string of symbols, conforming to the rules of a formal grammar.

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“accounts for up to” vs “is gained from”

I am arguing with my colleague about what phrase is easier to understand, i.e. "accounts for up to" vs "is gained from". My wording is the following: Sometimes this sector accounts for up to 70% of ...
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Can present tense be used without an adverb like “usually” or “always” when describing a habit?

I understand we use the present tense when we describe habits. "My dog always sleeps under the bed." "It usually sits on the sofa." Does it make sense if I leave 'always' and 'usually' out? as in ...
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Plural object being equated to an idiom [duplicate]

The following sentence appeared in an article: "I would say 94,504 bitcoins is real folding money, but you can't fold bitcoins." A colleague said that it should have been 'are' instead of 'is.' I am ...
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Understanding about “Not at all” after giving “Thanks” to somone

someone had worked for me and i had also given a thanks to him, but he had given "Not at all". what does actually mean about "Not at all"? Sorry for my bad english. i am larning english.
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Which is the right There “seem” / “seems” to be?

I was writing an essay when I became confused. My question is which sentence is the right one? There seem to be two main causes of long-distance relationships. or There seems to be two main ...
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"The economic and health [crisis | crises] can be tackled together.”

Is this sentence correct with plural crises: The economic and health crises can be tackled together. or should it instead be this one with a singular crisis: The economic and health crisis can be ...
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Gerund vs Present Participle: “I was thinking about eating the apple.”

A quick question that has popped up from talking with my German pen-pal. In the sentence: I was thinking about eating the apple. Is eating there a gerund or a present participle? If it is just: ...
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What does `who is but the form following the function of what` mean?

Can someone please break down that sentence of Alan Moore for me? I can understand that it somehow means that who has the same function as what or something like that but I don't understand how that ...
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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 expression “It does us no harm.” grammatically correct?

I would write it with "to": "It does to us no harm." or "It does no harm to us". Similar example from https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/do-to "I’ll never forgive him for ...
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Is it correct to say, “Send it me?” [duplicate]

I'm a native speaker, but I'm a bit of a language lover and I'm afraid some other grammatical structures have encroached on my use of English. Another native English speaker looked at me funny the ...
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How to tell if something is a core complement or a non-core complement?

CaGEL on page 216 cite the following: "Kim gave the key to Pat" An NP indirectly related to the verb through the preposition is referred as an oblique. The phrase "to Pat" is a non-core ...
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Grammatical name [closed]

What is the grammatical name and function of "The variety of vitamins and nutrients in green beans" help prevent many health problems
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Can “either […] or […]” represent an inclusive “and”?

I'm revisiting an opinion by Supreme Court Justice Jackson. He set out three zones of the US president's authority. I wonder if I understand the underlying grammar correctly. My native language is ...
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Why would the author use the word “awhile”? Is it unnecessary? [closed]

Quote: "Sitting awhile in the sun, she might make some sense of the problem" Why use "awhile" while one can just use "while"? Why one can awhile just use "While", would use "awhile?" [Does this even ...
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English grammar: time and place in a sentence?

Is it compulsory to always place time at the end of a sentence? For example: "I bought a cake in the morning. I ate the cake in the afternoon." "In the morning, I bought a cake. In the afternoon, I ...
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Elliptical structured confusing English [migrated]

1.She believed to have been killed in somewhere in frontline -->>: For me it should be written in like "She is believed 'who' have been killed in somewhere in frontline" 2. After the peace treaty ...
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What does 'it' refer to in “come you more nearer than your particular demands will touch it”?

Apologies for the long title; I was led to understand it is better to be as specific as possible in titles, even if it makes them a little long. I'll edit it if people agree otherwise. In Shakespeare'...
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Meaning of no more likely

A is no more likely than B. Does this mean A is either as likely or less likely than B. A and B occur with the same likelihood.
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Is the “How much of a/an + noun” structure correct?

I was writing an essay and in one sentence, I wrote With the pros and cons I specifically mentioned, this essay will shows how much of evidence it is to why one of them has more potential to make ...
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“What methodologies are implemented ” VS “Which methodologies are implemented” [duplicate]

Is it correct to write: "What methodologies are implemented " or "Which methodologies are implemented"? I did a little research and found both. Is there a rule? I personally think "what" sounds ...
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Why Shakespeare used “come” in the line “A Daniel come to judgement?”

From The Merchant of Venice, 1596: SHYLOCK: A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel! O wise young judge, how I do honour thee! Is it a perfect tense with the auxiliary verb omitted? And is ...
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If I can say “not that good a review,” does that mean I can say “not that good reviews”?

I'm new to the template, so please forgive my ignorance of this community's parlance, formalities. I'd imagine that many here have seen the construction: "Adjective + Article + Noun," as in "so fine ...
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What is the grammatical role of *your* in “… by your being …” phrases?

While writing a sentence the other day, it struck me that the following phrase has an odd feel to it that I cannot explain: Everyone will benefit by your being well cared for. I kept wanting to use ...
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“such … as” in an attributive clause

Please help me understand the following sentence structure: More than half the roster, including such popular characters as Black Panther, Scarlett Witch, Star Lord, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange ...
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Can an infinitive be the object of a preposition?

"I found a place for Tom and Stacy to live." I first thought that the prepositional phrase "for Tom and Stacy" and the infinitive "to live" were separate phrases both modifying "place". Is it ...
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Sentence construction, adjective position [duplicate]

I need to phrase a title, and I am not sure what the best option is: Detect visited page without analyzing its features or Detect page visited without analyzing its features
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I am going to get my car battery replaced or I am going to get battery of my car replaced? [closed]

Which of these is correct? I am going to get my car battery replaced. OR I am going to get the battery of my car replaced.
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Is “He is too weak that he cannot walk” a correct sentence?

Consider the following: He is too weak that he cannot walk. He is so weak that he cannot walk. He is too weak to walk. I feel all the above sentences are correct. But my grammar book ...
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Use of … all are?

Is the all in "John, Bob, and Sue all are hungry" redundant? Does it mean anything beyond "John, Bob, and Sue are hungry"?
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“at” or “on” before “10.10.2019, 16:30” (JavasScript `toLocaleString` output) [closed]

Let's consider a time format: "10.10.2019, 16:30". I'd like to use it in a sentence. By example, what would be a correct sentence: "It started at 10.10.2019, 16:30.", "It started on 10.10.2019, 16:30....
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Is it correct to say : I am glad to be part of this family NOW?

I am joining a team and just as I join, I say this sentence. Is the "now" correct in the end of the sentence or how to make the sentence more fluent? I am glad to be part of this family now. I ...
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Struggling to understand a sentence in _The Moon and Sixpence_

I am struggling to understand the following sentence in the third paragraph in Chapter 1 of The Moon and Sixpence: And when such as had come in contact with Strickland in the past, writers who had ...
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With vs In. Which one is the appropriate for the following situation?

Which one of the following is grammatically correct? There is a failure in / with the sensor.
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The difference between “doesn't contain” and “contains no”

Could anyone explain the difference between the following two sentences: The device doesn't contain random inputs. The device contains no random inputs. Are this sentences correct? If correct, ...
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Why does “too [adjective] a [noun]” require the determiner to come *after* the adjective?

Example: John is too good a person to do something like that. If you can say John is "a very good person to do something like that", then why not "a too good person to do something like that?" Why ...
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How do you parse the sentence?

The original sentence: In this way, we have learned all that we know of the laws of astronomy, or of the habits of the social insects, let us say. Please let me make it simpler as below: In ...
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What's the correct way to parse this sentence structure?

Consider the prototypical sentence: Let us get back to me watching TV. What's the correct breakdown of each piece of this sentence? I was trying to use this as an example of why the correct ...
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Is this sentence syntactically correct?

" To put these skills to practical use, I participated in Kaggle competitions and attained a best of, a place in the top 17% in the leader-board." I am writing my SOP and was wondering if the second ...
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Question about a game concerning sentence structures

Would it be possible for a compound sentence to have a noun that is a retained objective complement, and this noun would then be contained in an elliptical clause functioning as a retained objective ...
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By which, to which, at which, to whom: are these relative pronouns in adjective clauses?

From experience, I know that: which, who, where, why, whom, there, that are relative pronouns but I wonder about the expressions: 'by which', 'to which', 'at which', 'to whom Are ...
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'To solve' versus 'To solving'

Trying to understand what seems to be a very subtle difference in written and spoken English. Recently, I've seen articles that use 'to + gerund' and 'to + infinitive' in the exact same situations, ...
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'The Kukhtarev's model' or 'Kukhtarev's model' ('John's car' or 'The John's car')?

I think I know the answer to this but I just want to be sure. I have a supervisor who doesn't have a good level of English; sometimes he worries me with his corrections. I was writing: Here, we ...
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thereby +(verb+ing) or thereby +(verb in other tenses)

I've observed that "thereby" is mostly followed by (verb+ing) form regardless of whether the sentence takes place in past, future or present. As in this example from the dictionary: "The number of ...
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“in that way” - Which of the following three sentences is more correct to convey the desired meaning?

I'm not asking for a proof reading. And to further clarify, the Context is there to only provide context. I ask you to please ignore any perceived mistakes in the Context (located underneath the ...
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Why can go take a gerund? (eg: go shopping; go fishing, go dancing)

I am trying to figure out why go can take a gerund, which is a verb doing the job of a noun, as an object yet the verb go is always intransitive and therefore cannot take an object. I need to make ...
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I have no money to buy a bed [with]

BACKGROUND In this question, it was asked why it sounds better to omit 'with' in I have no money to buy a bed (with). whereas 'with' sounds right in I have no ball to play soccer with. ...
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Sentence structure with “fitting”

Wework’s building in Tokyo’s Shibuya district is a cross between an iceberg and a plastic bottle passed through a shredder. Fitting, then, that the office-rental firm’s abortive listing, shelved on ...
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Classification - There is/are

What is the official 'name' for the 'there is' / 'there are' construction? Is it a verb phrase or a lexical verb? I'd say possibly a verb but it must be the most difficult term to Google.
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The sentence : I don’t … no

I have a problem understanding the need for the word “no” in sentences like : I don’t eat no meat. - I don’t smell no dinner cooking. ... Why would we need to add “no” if we already have “Don’t” in ...