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"a ten years old boy" or "a ten year old boy"

1) a ten years old boy is sitting on the couch. 2) a ten year old boy is sitting on the couch. 3) a ten-years old boy is sitting on the couch. 4) a ten-year old boy is sitting on the ...
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“I’m too tired to drive”: Why does removing 'too' make this sentence ungrammatical?

This is grammatical: I'm too tired to drive. but this isn't: I'm tired to drive. Why? How can removing an adverb make a sentence ungrammatical? In a sentence like “He slowly walked down the ...
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How can I figure out whether a word is an adverb or an adjective?

How can we confirm the word modifying an adjective is an adverb which may well be adjective sometimes? In this sentence, what are the parts of speech of 'bright' and 'red'? She wore a bright red ...
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Is "release date" grammatically correct?

Why I always heard something like "Iphone release date and price unveiled". Shouldn't it be "be released" by someone? (Iphone can't release anything itself as a lifeless object) I look up some the ...
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Can we use adjective after noun?

People angry with the high prices were protesting. Can we use adjective after noun without verb to be like the example above? Can you tell me what grammar rule is it?
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Mary's house is near to/next to the hair salon.

Mary's house is _____ the hair salon. Do you think you can find it? a. Near to b. Next to When I was filling out this question, my answer was "near to" but is wrong according to the page. So ...
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Is "100% correct pronunciation" an understandable, correct, and proper English expression?

If I put "100% correct pronunciation" in the following sentence, is it understandable and correct? "100%" is what I would like to emphasize. If it is not right, how should it be ...
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Can we use "much more superior"?

My game is much more superior to yours. Can we use much more in this sentence?
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Can the subject be an adjective phrase, adverb phrase, or a bare infinitival clause?

This is an exercise in Chapter 5 of a textbook by Bas Aarts, English Syntax and Argumentation, 4th edition, published 2013, on page 88: In previous editions of this book I allowed for adjective ...
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Too big of a sofa

These kinds of expressions akin to measure quantifiers just blow my mind. For me it has to be "too big gulp of whiskey" and "too big sofa". Especially c), it sounds like you placed ...
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There is a little water in the pot. There is some water in the pot

There is a little water in the pot. There is some water in the pot. What is the difference between them? How can I distinguish these sentences? I am a bit confused.
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How does this "varying with age..." phrase relate to the rest of the sentence?

I understand the meaning but I don't fully get the grammatical point of bolded phrase; If "varying with age and the nature of the forest" is adjective phrase for the noun, "the precise number of ...
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"I am select for the job" "I got/became select for the job"

Considering "select" as an adjective. Could we say "I am select for the job" and "I got/became select for the job"
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Is 'a' implying one of the family?

Mr. Dursley hummed as he picked out his most boring tie for work, and Mrs. Dursley gossiped away happily as she wrestled a screaming Dudley into his high chair. (Harry Potter) Why is ‘a’ put, ...
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How to say if I want to select a few largest sizes of apples?

I want to say, for example, I have many apples, I want to select some apples according to the descending order of size, but I don't want to explicitly mention how many apples I select, I just select ...
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What is the difference between first hand and hands-on?

For example, which one fits in this context better? Working as a teacher, she has hands-on experience with suspected drug user students. Working as a teacher, she has first hand experience with ...
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compound adjective or phrase?

I know some phrases can make up compound adjectives. But how can I tell if it is an adjective or not? Examples: I threw away the worn-out socks. (compound adjective) I put the socks worn ...
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Is the phrase "back to the Muggle world" an adjective or adverbial one?

People jostled them as they moved forward toward the gateway back to the Muggle world. (Harry Potter) Is the phrase "back to the Muggle world" an adjective or adverbial one?
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adverb phrase or adjective phrase

You can take a short ferry ride from the city of Surabaya to Madura for a heart-stopping bull race, filled with excitement. In the sentence, is the phrase "filled with excitement" adverb phrase or ...
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Can an indefinite article be used with plural noun "units"?

In one of my network textbooks, a text is as: The difference is simply a constant 10 units for time greater than 2 seconds. The article "a" does not seem to be fit with plural "units". Am I wrong? ...
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Subject or object adjective clause (comma's necessity)

I can't clear up to which type of adjective clause the following refers. I can't say I'm the best challenger that has ever applied for this aid. In object clauses we are able to omit "that" or ...
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One seldom upset

I'm currently reading Flowers in the Attic and found this sentence that has been bugging me for a while. My eyes widened. Such a vehement outburst from one seldom upset took me completely by ...
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'get up to speed with' or 'get up to speed on'

A) We work to ensure that our technical staff are up to speed on new technologies. B) We work to ensure that our technical staff are up to speed with new technologies. C) We work to ensure ...
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Late this week/month/year

To my knowledge, 'late' can be placed in front of time period terms (day/week/month/year) to indicate the final part of a duration. However, there are a number of constructions (especially ones ...
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Is the position of "related to moving to a new house" alright in this sentence?

I would like to know if the expression in bold below is correct. I cannot have a long talk now. Let's talk later. I am doing something with my mom related to moving to a new house. This could be a ...
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grammatical function of "about to"

He is about to open the door. What part of speech is "about to" in this sentence? Is it an adjective, or an adverb? I am really confused, and somewhere I read that it is idiomatic as well.
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position of adjective when the noun is followed by preposition

Where should I place an adjective when the noun is followed by a preposition? Which is the right way to use of the below sentences? He is a suitable man for any post. Or He is a man ...
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"majority English speaking" country

Please suppose USA includes majority English speaking U.S. territories. If I used the expression 'majority English speaking' out of the blue, would you instantly understand it meant US territories ...
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Is "there are two cars available for selection" correct?

Is the following sentence correct? There are two cars available for selection If yes, why can the clause "available for selection" put behind the clause "There are two cars" without any ...
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Which sentence is grammatically incorrect?

It is fun to talk with foreigners. Do you have something to eat? This is a deep lake to swim. She must be warm-hearted to help you. She lived to be ninety. On the answer sheet, the answer ...
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-based with a two-word term

There is a technology called Spring Boot. I am describing a process built on this framework. I want to say an approach based on Spring Boot but rephrase it by using an adjective with the suffix -...
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what is the function of "a foot" in this sentence?

"Tsunami waves may appear only a foot or so high." Does "a foot" function as an adverbial phrase or subject complement?
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Why the infinitive phrase in this sentence functions as Adverb and not adjective?

Marian had plenty of work to finish In the correction form, it says that the function of to finish is adverbial. But why it is not an adjective? Which work? The work to finish. So it is an adjective!!...
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"Your clothes are small size" --- Is this grammatical?

I am having trouble with this sentence: Your clothes are small size. Would it be correct if I changed it to either: 1) Your clothes are small-sized. (=adjective) 2) Your clothes are small ...
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How should I understand "of the 8th"?

I found this sentence: Ancient Greece was a civilization belonging to a period of Greek history that lasted from the Archaic period of the 8th to 6th centuries BC to the end of antiquity (ca. AD ...
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It was the most helpless I have ever felt in my life - what does "the most helpless" mean?

An excerpt from Tuesdays with Morrie: At the same time, I had my first serious encounter with death. My favorite uncle, my mother’s brother, the man who had taught me music, taught me to drive, ...
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Should 'to be' be involved or it's optional?

Context: "The nervous system was so complex and highly developed as to leave Lake aghast. Though excessively primitive and archaic in some respects, the thing had a set of ganglial centres and ...
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Unsure vs not sure

We are unsure of what is requested? We are not sure of what is requested? Which one should should be used and why? Is there any difference between the two? TIA
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Usage of "at its zenith"

Excerpted from The New Yorker: Eliot thought that a classic, in the strictest sense, was a work that apotheosized a great civilization at its zenith; so exacting (or, if you like, priggish) are his ...
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"yellow useless part" or "useless yellow part"?

This may be a simple question but it has me confused. Is it "yellow useless part" or "useless yellow part" in the sentence below? He threw the yellow useless part of cigarette. By useless yellow ...
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With whom you Spoke, or With whom you spoke with? [duplicate]

Example: Mark, with whom you spoke at the party, will be joining us. or is it Mark, with whom you spoke with at the party, will be....
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being highly thought of in something

What is the meaning of following sentence? He is highly thought of in racing. When the moderator mentioned his books, saying that they were highly thought of by scholars... She is ...
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What is the grammatically difference between these two sentences?

Does the only difference is "being continuous"? what is the difference in terms of meaning? ... with a symbol used to express ... . ... with a symbol being used to express ... .
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How to name correctly categories marked as grey or black

Suppose there is online store with hundreds of categories. Some are inactive or disabled. The other ones can be browsed and are enabled. Respectively, inactive are greyed out, active ones are marked ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? "the birth a planet the size of Jupiter"

Consider: Scientists recently witnessed the birth a planet the size of Jupiter... You can find the original article here. I have two questions: I think it must be the birth "of" a planet, ...
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Does healthy or strong go first when used together?

He is a strong healthy man. He is a healthy strong man. Which is the correct answer and why?
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Identifying a prepositional phrase as an adverb or adjective

I am having a difficult time identifying whether the prepositional phrase in the following sentence is acting as an adverb or an adjective. Here is the sentence: Did they really buy all the guys ...
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Comparison grammar in The Lord of the Rings

I was reading The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and I came across a sentence in which I don't fully understand its grammar. ..., and when they rose taller they seemed than mortal men. I think ...
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Shouldn't it be "Milo Yiannopoulos–endorsing activists"?

I came across a sentence in a fresh Buzzfeed article: At the California College Republicans Convention this spring, a war was brewing between loud, unapologetic, Milo Yiannopoulos–endorsed ...
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Determiner, Adjective

Context: She has known him for more than ten years. In the above mentioned sentence, every word can separately be analyzed grammatically. For example: She is a subject / pronoun. has + known = ...
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