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Infinitival and participle complements

Which of the following sentence sounds natural and correct and why? I can help you practice English. Vs I can help you practicing English. Yesterday, I saw the dog bark. Vs Yesterday,...
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In the sentence “I have never seen it snow”, what tense is the verb “snow”? [duplicate]

In the sentence "I have never seen it snow", what tense is the verb "snow"? My coworker who is learning English asked me why "I have never seen it snowed" is incorrect, and I wasn't sure how to ...
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When to use the plain form of a verb without “to”

To know when to use a verb with or without "to" depends always on the verb that precedes it? I am aware that after modal verbs and in imperative sentences the verb is used without the "to", Are there ...
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Why “… and thus be called” but not “…and thus to be called”?

In the book A Complete Guide to Programming in C++ by Ulla Kirch-Prinz and Peter Prinz, I encounter a sentence: Manipulators are functions that can be inserted into the input or output stream and ...
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“it seems to me” vs “it seems me”

I always have used 'it seems to me', but now I'm wondering if I'm correct. What is the correct form? 'it seems to me' or 'it seems me'? Just to get a better context, look at this phrase: That ...
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“I told you DON´T go” vs. “I told you NOT TO go”

I told you don't go to see that movie because it was not good. I told you not to go to see that movie because it was not good. Can both be used? If the answer is yes, how do I know when to use "don'...
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Why sometimes 'ing' form is not used?

I often encounter statments where "ing" form isn't used. I wonder if "ing" form is incorrect in that context. For Example: Watch me play.(i.e Piano) instead of Watch me playing. I see it ...
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Is “Get it me” a grammatically correct sentence?

A friend of mine was telling me he was hungry and so I said he should get food. He then said "but you're not here to get it me". At this point I told him that it didn't sound like an actual correct ...
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I can see a bear go over the river [duplicate]

A bear goes over the river. I can see a bear go over the river. Are the sentences above correct? If the sentence has "can", goes will become to go?
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Using an adjective after “turn”

Are we allowed to use any adjective after the word "turn"? For example: turn hot turn cold turn red turn white turn salty
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“oppose”, active or passive voice?

Followings are the excerpt from an almanac, explaining the state of Vermont, U.S. Should the expression "were so opposed" read "so opposed"? Vermont is particularly known for the independent nature ...
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Why can't we say “explain me it” or “say me it”?

By putting the direct object before the indirect object we can say: tell it to me say it to me explain it to me And if we put the indirect object before the direct object we can say: ...
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Verb or Prepositional Phrase

Actually, I have a theoritical part to cover with details about Verb, Noun, Prepositional and Adjective Phrases regarding Complements of Adjectives. I have done 80% of my work but still got stuck ...
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Complementation of Adjectives

I have four questions regarding classifying phrases complementing adjectives. I start with some examples: (1) She was hesitant to tell her parents. (2) The boss was anxious to promote sales. (...
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“the sun goes down” vs “the sun go down”

The quotation from Cambridge Advanced Dictionary When the sun goes down, it moves down in the sky until it cannot be seen any more On summer evenings we would sit on the verandah and watch ...
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I'm just as _________ as you are to make this company successful [closed]

Which option fits best in the following sentence.It seems like all the options are possible. I'm just as _______ as you are to make this company successful. a. dedicated b. serious c. willful d....
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Why can't we say “I regret I didn't do it”?

I recently talked to a native speaker and he told me that we can't say: I regret I didn't do it. And that we should say instead: I regret not doing it. I understand why he second sentence is ...
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Why do people say “explain to me”, not “explain me”? [duplicate]

Is there any grammatical rule to know which verbs can (or better, must) be sometimes followed by "to"? Some examples are: Please explain to me why... She said to me that... I'm aware I could also ...
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difference between prepare and preparing

Which sentence is correct and why? It will help me to prepare for the exam. It will help me preparing for the exam.
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Is “A Star Shoots” a complete sentence?

A star shoots. I read something like this somewhere. Can this be thought of as a complete sentence? How does one analyze this, grammatically? It looks as though it is missing some phrase. On the ...
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What is the differences between 'try to' and 'try to+verb' and 'try + verb'? [duplicate]

I try to ride a bike. I try riding a bike. I try ride a bike. What is the difference between above three sentences? Please, tell me about it.
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When is “seems to be” used instead of “seems”?

The baby seems happy/comfortable. The baby seems to be happy/comfortable. Are these both correct? If both are correct, what are the differences between them?
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Selected for/to + ing

Would you write He has been selected for testing the car OR He has been selected to test the car OR He has been selected to testing the best car ever made
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expect or expect “to” in this sentence?

I expect question and debate those ideas which interest me. Is it expect "to" or just "expect"? Thanks.
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What is the difference between “Listen my voice” to “Listen to my voice”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "Listen my voice" to "Listen to my voice"?
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“Have you ever seen anyone walk (walking) the streets like that?”

Have you ever seen anyone walk the streets like that? Have you ever seen anyone walking the streets like that? Are both the above sentences grammatically correct? Do they mean the same? I saw ...
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Is it right to say “I was annoyed about commuting …”?

Is it right to say: Yesterday I was annoyed about commuting to my work because of a big traffic jam.
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So, we can use many different structures for 1 set of meaning of a word, right?

Ok, for example, look at the word "spend" in the dictionary. The word has many meanings & each meaning has many different structures. [transitive] to use time for a particular purpose; to pass ...
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Object or complement?

'In that year Mary Carson, although she was suffering from cancer, wrote a wonderful book of poetry.' Identifying the clause constituent, is 'a wonderful book of poetry' here a complement or an ...
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Can “manage to” be separated?

I have often seen the "manage to" combination used with the two parts adjacent to each other. Can I write "I managed after one year to get a car"? Or do I have to write "After one year, I managed to......
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“for someone to do something” as a noun phrase

Can we use the structure: for + sb/sth + to + verb + ... As a noun phrase? For example, in the following sentence: The best approach to address this issue is [noun (phrase)] Can we complete the ...
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“Let us know” or “Let us To know”? [duplicate]

Till today I thought that correct way is to say "let us to know", but today I received a formal email that was written there "Let us know", and that's why I'm here to check the issue. I would also ...
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Using a whole sentence as a subject

I read this following sentences on a newspaper and I cannot understand the second sentence's structure. He added: 'We have all had moments where a smell can take you back somewhere in time. That ...
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Subject of infinitive clause with “expected”

You are expected to be well informed. Is it possible to rewrite the above sentence in this way: It is expected from you to be well informed.
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I want to ask about the difference betweeen “Grab Someone by the Arm” and “Grab Someone's Arm”

I'm learning English as my second language, and what one of my college teacher explained seems not quiet right. He said that these words, such as 'grab, pull, etc', whenever they are used, it has to ...
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Can “describe” take two objects?

He described the situation to me. correct He described me the situation. wrong The second sentence is said to be wrong with the reason that describe cannot take two objects. If that is so then ...
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Wish you never + gerund or verb?

Which is true and please explain why? Happy birthday. Wish you never grow up ! Happy birthday. Wish you never growing up ! In fact I'm confused. I don't know which one is true? Up to now I have ...
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It is no good (to cry)/(crying) over spilt milk

It is no good to cry over spilt milk. It is no good crying over spilt milk. The phrase is cry over spilt milk. Then grammatically, why is crying over spilt milk correct?
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A question on written expression

I am just practising some english grammar related questions. Question: Identify the one bold word or phrase that must be changed in order for the sentence to be correct. Newtonian physics accounts ...
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Is there a usage like “help do something”?

It is the article I saw on the bbc news few months ago. He stood by a pledge, made in a speech sunday in Cairo, for funding to HELP BUILD "human capacities,infrastructure and so on for those ...
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Should I say “I don't must to do that” or “I must not to do that”? [closed]

Which of the following forms of the sentence is the correct one? CONTEXT: someone told me to sign on a document and I do not want to do that because it's only possible but it's not must. 1) "I ...
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“it proved advantageious” — Is “X proves ADJ” an acceptable usage?

One consequence of the agrarian agitations was the increased use of machinery and the reduction in the number of hands employed, which if it proved advantageous to the landlord and to the few laborers ...
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How to parse 'than that men should attribute the sorts of things'? (1689)

This article introduced me to the source: Point 6, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689), Chapter XXXI, Of Adequate and Inadequate Ideas by John Locke. But yet this property has no ...
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“{migration/migrating/that you migrate} soon” — Regarding the adverb, which would be most grammatical?

It's been a while since I've needed to dig that deep into English grammar. I'm not sure which of the below is grammatically correct. I recommend that you migrate soon. I recommend migration ...
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When to omit “as” in the cases below?

The problem puzzling me: 1) " I consider him a good person " or " I consider him as a good person" 2) " I was appointed commander " or " I was appointed as commander "
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Is “Thanks to unfriend me” a proper construction in English?

Someone replied me on facebook. "Thanks to unfriend me". I think it should, "Thanks for unfriending me". Please tell me Is "Thanks to unfriend me" a proper construction in English?
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'I would like [something]' sounds half-baked; is preposition 'to' necessary there?

I've heard and observed many saying... I would like a cup of coffee I would like our website to be responsive I would like a customer care button at the bottom of the webpage and so on... I ...
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Does this sentence sound ok? “this” or “those”

This sentence is an summarization after a meeting for three people: We three agreed on those two problems will be an interesting problem to study next. I want to state the following fact: We ...
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won't or don't?

I have the following sentence: We insist that alcohol is banned to ensure that we won't(don't) meet the situation such that drunken accidents will happen. My question: Should I use won't or ...
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I would recommend FOR / TO you to use this group on Facebook

Which one of the following sentences is correct grammatically or structurally? 1) "I would recommend to you to use this group on Facebook" 2) "I would recommend (empty) you to use this group ...