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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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Is this sentence correctly constructed for the meaning one is trying to convey?

Here is the sentence: Techi's brother Data is Painting Dye's husband, Time Line's best friend. The sentence before that establishes that Time Line is Painting Dye's husband. The meaning trying to ...
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Why “What if I told you…” and not “What if I tell you…”?

Exactly in which category of grammar does this type of sentence fall? What if I told you … Why don't we use tell instead of told, as it sounds this event has happened in past. Can anyone explain ...
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Would it be acceptable to ask “How you are?” [closed]

The question doesn't sound correct but I'm not sure if it could be used.
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Is “if you're not familiar with X, it is…” or “if you're not aware, X is…” correct English?

More and more often I read sentences such as the following: If you're not familiar with Miami's “Golden Era”, this film captures it brilliantly. If you're not aware of the basics, two teams of five ...
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Eliminated out at this cut off [closed]

Can we write: " Something is already eliminated out at this cut-off."
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He died [as?] a broken man

He died a broken man. One of my students came across this sentence in an article, and a quick search for "he died a * man" yields a plethora of similar ones. I'm fairly certain this sentence is ...
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Usage of whenever is so

Can I write it like this : The output is black whenever the input is so. Or is it enough to say The output is black whenever the input is.
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Infinitive use in “whether or not he be” compared with its use in “if he be”

Here is the phrase in question: . . . but whether he be, or whether he be not. . . . Is the usage of the infinitive in that phrase above the same sort of thing as occurs in this quotation: “...
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Commas in a complex sentence

Modern English words, then, concerning more complex and theoretical, rather than utilitarian, ideas (astronomy, poetry and epistemology) can generally be found to be of Romance origin, whereas more ...
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Use of plural form when applied to both singular and plural cases

There is a situation where I have never worked out the correct thing to do. For example, here is a sentence I just used in a comment on Stack Overflow: The 'strong disagreement' was about ...
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When can we change the order of the particle and the verb in a phrasal verb?

My textbook says this: Be careful with word order when using phrasal verbs. The verb and particle cannot be separated: when it is a three-part phrasal verb I caught up with Jack further ...
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He had not understood vs He did not understand [closed]

I'm a native Portuguese speaker and some time ago I heard someone say that it is grammatically wrong, in despite of everyday speaking, to construct sentences like "He had not understood" or "She does ...
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Sentence analysis for “Who would it benefit you to know, or what type of person would it benefit you to know to grow your business”

On a rather big (and I guess copy-edited) blog by Chris Brogan, I read this: Who would it benefit you to know, or what type of person would it benefit you to know to grow your business. And I ...
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One Step To Backward - Should I Use “To”? Or Avoid it? [closed]

One Step To Backward - Should I Use "To"? Or Avoid it? One Step To Backward. One Step Backward.
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What does the phrase 'Quote-O-Matic' mean?

A sample application in the book 'Test Drive ASP.NET MVC' used this as its title.
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Is there supposed to be a comma when the word “had” is used 4 times in a row?

There's a particular sentence which I've been pondering over: All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life. Some people seem to think there's supposed to be a comma after ...
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“Life is where my heart is” - Has “where” been used at the right place here? [closed]

Here is the sentence - "Life is where my heart is." Has "where" been used at the right place?
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“Do you like my present” vs. “do you like your present”

When my daughter received the present I bought to her, I asked her: Do you like my present? Is this correct? Or I should say: Do you like your present?
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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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Meaning of “It flaming spread” in a Tolkien poem

Tolkien wrote a poem called “Over the misty mountains cold”, which is featured as a song in the first Hobbit movie. In this poem there are those verses that made me scratch my head: The pines were ...
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What is the second “to” in “to take this opportunity to foreground poetry”?

That’s why it’s particularly appropriate for us to take this opportunity to foreground poetry as an aural experience. — Source Is this "to" the same as "something to say?" P.S.: Isn't this ...
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When to use (“ ” , : ; ' ! . ) in sentence. What is exactly significance? [closed]

Kindly enlighten on query to understand following terms. I will be really thankful.
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Independent and Collaborative

I am trying to formulate the following sentence: The general framework is composed of two independent and collaborative modules What I mean is that the two modules work independently but their ...
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Is there a name for this type of sentence structure: “She looks as though she's been poured into her clothes, and forgot to say 'when'”?

Comedians seem to use phrases that employ this type of sentence structure - is there a name for it? Examples of Groucho Marx's one liners seem to fit this pattern — and if memory serves, Emo Philips. ...
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Proper term for “ending punctuation”?

Proper English sentences can end with various types of punctuation characters: periods ("."), question-marks ("?"), exclamations ("!"), etc. Is there a proper terminology for these kinds of sentence-...
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“… nor X either” and “… or X either”

My question is: are the following sentences acceptable in English? "I have never had a car, nor a bicycle either" "I have never had a car, or a bicycle either" I am not asking what the best ...
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sentence structure: S + 'was that' + independent clause

Is the structure 'was that' + independent clause correct? Example sentence: The major difference about these two groups was that they were composed entirely of young children
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“…that ultimately make your life.” Or “…that ultimately makes your life.” Which one is right?

Life is too short to regret of not “living your dreams” that ultimately “make your life” Or Life is too short to regret of not “living your dreams” that ultimately “makes your life” Which one ...
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Negating ‘to’-infinitive in negative clause

The sentence: There aren't any reasons to do it. I'd like to say other form of this phrase with opposite meaning. Something like this: There aren't any reasons to don't do it. How to say this form ...
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What are the differences between simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex sentences?

These two sentences came up in a English Comp class and there was some discussion if the book was correct on whether they were simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex. Whatever pizza Lucy ...
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“easy to seal tight” or “easy to tighly seal”?

I am talking about valves, and there is this specific valve which is cheap (not expensive), compact (not too big), easy to maintain (the valve is easy to clean and rarely ever needs to be repaired) ...
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'XYZ University' vs. 'The University of XYZ'? [duplicate]

I was wondering about the use of the word 'university' with city names and/or special proper nouns. So, for example, what's the difference between 'Aleppo University' and 'The University of Aleppo'?
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What is the grammatical name and function [closed]

But few realize that we are all adversely affected by a pollutant so common that it tends to be overlooked. What is the grammatical name and function of the bolded part?
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“which” as the subject - composing a complex sentence

How is the best way to compose a complex sentence with the word "which" as the subject of main and dependent clause? How about this sentence? Which road to take is very crucial, because that will ...
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Leaders Lead By Solutions [closed]

Is it a possible sentence? Leaders Lead By Solutions.
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“Do you still want me to do X” vs. “do you still want that I do X”

Which is correct? Do you still want me to do the project for you? Do you still want that I do the project for you?
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My ear is open Or, My ears are open - Which one? [closed]

My ear is open to listen you.. Or, My ears are open to listen you.. Which one is right?
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The type of expression that makes transitive verb to look like an intransitive verb: How common is it? Should I use it in formal writing? [closed]

The sentence structure Subject has got noun to verb. basically places a noun behind a verb with the help of the infinitive marker to, and it makes the transitive verb looks as if it is an ...
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sentence structure

I was reading a grammar book where the author said " what happened? " as a complete meaningful sentence. I am not clear how can it be a complete sentence? Can someone explain me the logic behind it? I ...
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Set your journey to the wellness.. “set” used as “begin” , goes right here? [closed]

Using 'set' as 'begin' or closely similar way. The sentence "Set your journey to the wellness.." is ok? Set goes right here? From definition, I want to use "set" for this purpose.. cause (someone ...
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When to use “respectively”? [duplicate]

I have been wondering what it means when people use "respectively" in, before, and after sentences. For example: We are looking for a babysitter to pick up and supervise our kids ages 6 and 3, ...
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Young and inexperienced, I thought the task (seemed) easy

this one is from "The Element of Style." Young and inexperienced, I thought the task easy. I think it should be "young and inexperienced, I thought the task seemed easy." What are your thoughts?
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“got to have” in a sentence

Is the following sentence right: "You got to have that satisfaction to never being satisfied" English is not my first language and a friend of mine wants this as a tattoo. I can't shake the feeling ...
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“Help” as a Non-Modal verb

Please read the following sentence: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is planning his retirement in the next nine months from the software giant he helped build. Would you consider "helped" a Non-Modal ...
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Prepositions after objects [duplicate]

I live in the house next to/close to the cinema. I live in the house that is next to/close to the cinema. I go to the school in front of/behind my house. I go to the school that is in ...
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“Class X” OR “X Class”

A. I will sit in class X. B. I will sit in X class. Question: Any specific reason for using "B" format?
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What is the function of “doing” in “when doing something”?

Can anyone please explain if "doing" in "When doing something" is a base+ing verbal, or a present participle used as a verb in an elliptical sentence, or something else entirely. Here's an example of ...
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Compare 2 factors among others

I am trying to polish the following sentences: The analysis time of an image depends on many factors. The size of an image is not as primary as its nature, because... The context is: There are ...
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Is this mixture of plural and singular legitimate?

But what is most important for our purposes is that these changes were the signal for the resumption of historical debate on a grand scale, of the kind that had been suspended or driven ...
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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 ...