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Has ellipsis occurred here?

When I am using Java language. I need to look up some material in its official website: The sentence I copy from here. The author of this document give an definition of Java Class File: An ...
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On separating two prepositional phrases with a comma followed by and

Is it grammatical to separate the two prepositional phrases (P.P) by a comma in The truth is that after hospitals are hit, and in areas like this where there is just one hospital, our houses have ...
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Negation in “John is NOT able to express his needs appropriately NOR to initiate communication”, is it right?

John is not able to express his needs appropriately nor to initiate communication. Is the grammar correct ? My question is are the negative words used correctly. So is it possible to use two of ...
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How to Avoid Repeating a Subject

Question: Is sentence 2 correct? or Can I remove 2nd and 3rd he in sentence 1? Sentence 1: When Jack saw me, he came over to me, he shook hands,... Sentence 2: When Jack saw me, came over to me, ...
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Mutually exclusive options depending on condition: “It will be possible or not, depending on …”

What are the common ways to express this kind of sentence: "It will be possible or not, depending on ..." "It will be possible or it will not, depending on..." Are they correct? If not, how ...
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You can't be nice and be a rock star at the same time [closed]

Which of the following sentences are correct? You can't be nice and be a rock star at the same time. You can't be nice and a rock star at the same time. You can't be a rock star and be nice ...
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“John and I are friends” vs. “John and me are friends” [duplicate]

I was corrected in the middle of a conversation because I used "John and I are friends" as opposed to "John and me are friends." I think the former sounds correct, but am not sure. Could someone ...
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Comma in “The difference in the colours is a combination of the effect of this, and the change of that”

From Chemguide: The difference in the colours is going to be a combination of the effect of the change of ligand, and the change of the number of ligands. Is this comma justified? Wouldn't it be ...
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Analysis of “Amelia and Jessie are a great team when they play tennis together”

Amelia and Jessie are a great team when they play tennis together. Is this sentence correct or not? Team is a collective noun but the phrase "are a great team" seems to be out of order. How to deal ...
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Who is “acting responsibly” in this news article about Russian bombers?

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/vladimir-putin-sending-russian-bombers-close-us-230353217.html So far the Russian incursions into sensitive European airspace have been uneventful, General Breedlove ...
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“The white and the black dogs” or “the white and the black dog”

Suppose that there are two dogs. One is white and the other is black. Which one is grammatically correct? the white and the black dogs or the white and the black dog Should I use singular ...
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Connect three sentences and make a shorter sentence

Suppose three sentences: 1- I have eaten lunch. 2- I have slept. 3- I have come here. Is it right to say: 'I have eaten lunch, slept and come here.'? What about 'I have eaten lunch, have slept ...
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Shortening “a good boy and a bad boy”

I want to shorten "A good boy and a bad boy" omitting one "boy" because it's being repeated. How can I do that? I mean, which of the followings has the same or similar meaning as "a good boy and a ...
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adjective applied to several noun

How appropriate is in English the use of a single adjective to modify several nouns? Example 1: Can we say: different places and orientations instead of different places and different orientations? ...
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Omitting a word when it referring to two actions

Here is my sentence. In our work, this is accomplished by identifying a feature line as a step-edge and the orthogonal residuals of the edge points to the fitted line. My question is whether ...
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Reformulating a sentence with a more clear idea

In my technical paper, I have written as follows. The strategy is used to fix outer-boundaries is useful for maintaining symmetries and alignments of boundaries. But, I have been asked to ...
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Should I add “counterparts” to the end of this paragraph?

I am writing an introduction: Humanities courses are very useful to students. Yet, in my opinion, schools should focus more on science and mathematics courses. The benefits of these courses vastly ...
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Should I use part participle form of every verb that follow “would have”?

I wrote a sentence on my own jokingly. How cool would it be, if I could have infiltrated the Kremlin, steal the Tsar's throne and return to my peaceful home unharmed Regarding that sentence my ...
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Is this an abbreviated form?

"Harry Potter, do you know what unicorn blood is used for?" "No," said Harry, startled by the odd question. "We've only used the horn and tail hair in Potions." "That is because it is a ...
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pick up at one location and return it at another

If I am talking to a car rental agent whose company has many branch offices, could I use the following sentence? I'd like to know if it is natural to leave out the object of pick up. Can I pick ...
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Is it okay if “had” only agrees with the second item (and not the first)?

Okay, this is a little hard to explain. So here's an example: My cousin became a Catholic. My relatives were shocked, since neither they or their ancestors had belonged to that religion. As you ...
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Rephrasing “There was not enough commitment on my part or John's.”

(migrated from https://english.stackexchange.com/) Are the following all correct and semantically equivalent? And even if they are, which ones are preferred and why? There was not enough commitment ...
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Which articles are correct in “He is both ___ singer and ___ dancer” ?

What will be the articles in the gaps? He is both __ singer and __ dancer. MY ASSUMPTION: a, ×. I chose to write × for the second gap because, it indicates the same person.
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Coordination ellipsis

Just saw this sentence on reddit, and it's bothering me. Is this construction grammatical? "You won't like my answer, but read a lot." I assume the second clause is something like (you should) ...
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Who _____ that handsome Young man and his friend?

Who _____ that handsome Young man and his friend? 1)is 2)was 3)had been 4)are 5)has been which one should I use and why? Thank you. I Think number 1 is the correct one. The word 'that' made me ...
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Meaning of “but is otherwise ignored”

Any exception thrown by the {@code finalize} method causes the finalization of this object to be halted, but is otherwise ignored. The first clause says, the finalization of this object could be ...
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Because me and my family or because I and my family

What is correct? Because me and my family all lived our whole life in America and we just make visits. or Because I and my family all lived our whole life in America and we just make visits.
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Repeat “let” and/or “be”? Example: Let A be a line and (let?) B (be?) a plane

While fixing my notation in a research article, I want to write something like this: Let A be a line and (let) B (be) a plane. Question: Do I have to write the second let and be or can I omit one ...
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The part of speech of “that” in a sentence

If I see an article advertised, it is the surest proof I know that the article does what is claimed for it, and that it is good value. I'd like to know what the part of speech of "that" in the ...
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Omission of auxiliary verbs in coordinated clauses

Can I write This approach has been supported by the academic community and has been followed by some commercial approaches or This approach has been supported by the academic community and ...
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'which' usage - does it carry over in this instance?

"a town which bordered the school and which was exclusively populated by immigrants" I didn't put the second "which" in at first, and then felt it was necessary. Can anyone confirm that it's needed?
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Where do me and you stand?

Where do me and you stand? In the aforementioned sentence the pronoun 'me' used as subject doesn't seem to fit best; I mean, the problem that I see is that: The speaker should keep himself after ...
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Sentence combining via coordination

I know you would use but to combine two opposite ideas, and use and to combine two similar ideas. And I understand that similar would imply that the relationship between the two should not be cause ...
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Use of 'or' and inversion in questions: “Is it due to eating unhealthy food or it is due to not playing sport?”

If someone has a health problem and I would like to ask him/her what the cause of the problem is, two questions are in my mind: Is it due to eating unhealthy food? Is it due to not playing sport? ...
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When is it correct to repeat the Adjective?

We are the fans of the American Values and the American model of multiculturalism. We are the fans of the American Values and model of multiculturalism. We are the fans of the Values and the ...
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Will there be multiple main verbs in any sentences?

Short sentences like: She is a girl. She writes composition. She will be killed by him. She loves to shop in the mall. The main verbs are obvious. But I am wondering will there be any cases ...
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The relative pronoun 'which' in this sentence AND the ensuing omssion

The complete sentence: Yet I should point out before I proceed with this line that when I use ‘ideology,’ I do not mean to imply the now-familiar sinister connotations of mischief or falsehood ...
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Are con­junc­tions like “and” al­lowed be­fore a tran­si­tion word?

In this sen­tence, is it gram­mat­i­cally cor­rect to use and be­fore con­se­quently? He did not sub­mit the ap­pli­ca­tion by the dead­line and con­se­quently, his ap­pli­ca­tion was not con­sid­...
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Use of comma before coordinating conjunction that starts a dependent clause

I have two suits, but I like neither. They were busy, but we weren't. One of his sons is married, and the other isn't. I was taught that a comma only precedes a coordinating conjunction if an ...
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Sentence suggestion for report an issue

I see an alignment issue in one of the Stack Exchange site, I want to report the same in the Meta Stack Exchange. When compose the content for the issue in the end, I'm writing the content below: ...
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Is a second 'is' in a compound sentence redundant?

Is it correct is say: This file is part of X and is distributed... or this: This file is part of X and distributed... What's the rule here?
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ING-Clause Usage+Meaning

I have a question about the sentence pattern ([subject] [non-ing verb clause], [ing verb clause]) illustrated by the following: Bill Gross’s email included a 10-point outline of what he saw as ...
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Is this superfluous? — “There would be fewer follies, >and< happiness and good feeling all around …”

There would be fewer follies, and happiness and good feeling all around if we applied the scientific attitude to all our affairs. Is it not superfluous to include and in "and happiness and good ...
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what does 'Both" refer to in this sentence

What does "Both" refer to in the following paragraph? The programme's specific objectives are: - to promote structured cooperation between higher education institutions and enhance the quality in ...
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Please get up quickly, “so”/“or” you'll be late for school

Please get up quickly, so you'll be late for school. Please get up quickly, or you'll be late for school. Which is the correct one? So or or?
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“subject pronoun”, “object pronoun” or “possessive pronoun”

This is a photograph of him and his brother. This is a photograph of he and his brother. This is a photograph of his and his brother. Which pronoun is suitable, "subject pronoun","...
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Subjective or Objective pronoun in this case?

I have recently been considering the correct use of "I" and "Me" in this particular case; Someone posted a picture of themselves, standing next to a celebrity, on a social media site, with the caption ...
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“But” vs. “However” to draw a contrast

I wrote this sentence which is too long with "but" To illustrate this, suppose we want to eliminate the navigation bar from the page sidebar. We may create a rule in which the link density is ...
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comparison: after, with

A second American journalist appears to have been executed by Islamic State militants after another chilling video emerged online overnight. (Aussie ABC’s transcript; part of the audio; original A ...
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structure of as much as often as possible

What are the structures of the following sentence: Read as much and as often as possible.