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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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'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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“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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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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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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What is the answer? <--What's the subject?

This might seem like a simple question, but I'm not sure it definitely is. What is the Subject, in its most likely reading, of the question: What is the answer? Is it the noun phrase (NP) ...
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Why is this sentence grammatical?

I just encountered this sentence in the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Why is it grammatical? I am just not sure why there could be no conjunction between the two subjects it and he. ...
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Is it OK to use “if” at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Is it OK to use "if" at the end of a sentence? e.g. I saw a professor once saying: They can withdraw the paper you don't go to the conference if.
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Is this a simple or compound sentence?

The water will gradually evaporate leaving the sugar juice to solidify in the pan The ambiguous part to me is at the phrase: leaving the sugar... Is that a compound sentence of a clause (The water... ...
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Adverb of place vs prepositions

Keep the book right on the table. Keep the food down on the floor. Are the words right and down working as adverbs or prepositions here? If they're adverbs, what do they modify? If they're ...
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Omission of “is” in “She thought the study of Latin a waste of time.”

In The Elements of Style, the authors give this example: She thought the study of Latin a waste of time. I cannot understand why the verb is has been omitted. Should not this sentence be as: ...
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What are AWAY and APART modifying here?

I wanted to ask a question about the adverbs away and apart. The villages are miles apart. The exam is only two weeks away. It is three days apart. It is five kilometers away/apart. Away and apart ...
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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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Who does “ I” refer to or who do “ I” refer to? [closed]

While framing a question, many teachers are doubtful when they are testing their students' comprehension of a given passage. For example, read the following paragraph and answer the following ...
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being usages dilemma

I've read in BBC that we use use "being" as a verb-ing. BBC has listed two kinds of usage; what I want to learn about here is the "preposition + verb-ing" usage. It has been said that "being + past ...
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How to parse the grammar of a sentence that appears to have two tensed verbs

This question came from a student of mine - he wanted to know how to parse the grammar of this sentence, which appears to be simple but clearly is not: Peter seems to have found his glasses. ...
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What is the grammatical topic of this shortening technique?

Extracted from English cloze test: .....these virtual selves exist in the same online spaces that many people use every day. And this is a new and unfamiliar phenomenon that some people might ...
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How do you make a phrase possessive? [duplicate]

I just read a post where someone said "That's a friend of mine's house." My first thought was, "mine's" is a double possessive! The friend owns the house, and the one posting the comment owns the ...
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What part of speech is 'stumble' in this sentence?

I saw this sentence somewhere: 'This episode sees the heroine stumble upon a body.'. I know 'stumble' is a verb, but which part of the verb is being used here? I don't think I really know how to ...
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Can “either” be used as an adverb, and if so does it require, allow, or prohibit the use of a comma when so used?

Can either be used as an adverb, and if so, does it always take a comma when it is? And is the following statement correct in congruence with my question? I believe there is some mistake that I don't ...
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regarding the correct/incorrect use of the comma [duplicate]

There is a building which is taller than all others known as the Burj Khalifa. Is a comma necessary after "others", which makes the sentence: There is a building which is taller than all others, ...
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Thank you sentence structure

Which one is more correct? a) Thank you for your help Norman. -or- b) Thank you Norman for your help.
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Beginning a sentence with 'Comes'

A colleague asked whether it was possible to begin a sentence with the word 'Comes', noting that there should, surely, be an 'It' first. Of course standard grammar requires it, as far as I can tell, ...
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What does 'fungus-growing' mean?

Renowned Swiss entomologist Martin Luscher described the mounds of this fungus-growing species as being as much as 16 feet tall, 16 feet in diameter at their base, and with a cement-like wall of ...
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What do you call sentence structures with unnecessary pronouns? [duplicate]

Examples: "The father, he was very angry." instead of "The father was very angry" "The cup, it was overflowing." instead of "The cup was overflowing" I have seen it in dramatic texts, especially ...
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Sentence pattern

She was obedient to her elders. In this sentence, how do you label the phrase "to her elders?" The subject of this sentence is 'She', the verb is 'was'. complement is 'obedient', what is to her elders'...
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How the west was won - Is this a noun phrase?

I'm trying to determine what the following types of phrases (in bold within the sentences below) would be called. I want to say they're noun phrases, but I may be wrong. To me, these resolve to ...
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Parallel structure with a negative

Would this sentence follow the rules of parallel structure? In order to improve your country, you should take care of the environment, avoid throwing litter, help society, and don't use plastic. I ...
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How can “of me doing something” be grammatically correct? What grammar rule is this? [duplicate]

The first book on my list has actually been recommended to me like multiple times over the years of me doing BookTube. I found that sentence in my English book, and the last part where it reads of ...
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Why is “dark” an adverb in “dark blue”?

The sky is dark blue. Source: BBC English Catherine: The sky is dark blue. The sky is dark blue. Finn: So, is blue an adjective or adverb? Catherine: It’s an adjective. Blue is ...
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resulting from or resulted from?

Which one of these sentences is correct? For an academic paper The third theme resulting from focus group interviews was cultural barriers. The third theme resulted from focus group interviews was ...
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What part of speech is “almost” when applied to an adjective? [closed]

If I say that "the box is almost flat" what part of speech is "almost"? I can't say "the box is almost", so it does not appear to be an adjective itself. It seems to be a word that modifies the ...