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“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold.”

This is the sentence which I heard on TV uttered by the British Prime Minister, Teresay May. She said : "I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold." Something ...
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Pronoun missing?

A line in the movie Stargate goes It's got writing unlike we've ever found before. It seems to me this sentence is missing a pronoun what/anything. Is this a case of ellipsis? Is it grammatical as ...
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Could not find any conjunction

In this sentense Trump said the U.S. would begin charging additional duties of 25 percent on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports in response to what he says is theft of American intellectual ...
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Is this use of “that” incorrect?

I proofreaded an essay and this sentence 1 Obviously, you don't need to worry about the shipping fees that I'll be more than happy to pay to make up the damage I did to you. was corrected to ...
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than that vs. than what

Now far more information than that/what was carried by 10 to 20 wires can be carried by a single thread-sized strand of fiber-optic material. Which is the right choice? and why is it?
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Why is the word “what” used instead of “where”?

I came across this sentence During the summer, the tribes who lived in what is now Florida often slept in wooden frames with roofs but no walls. This is from history textbook in the U.S. I think ...
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Alternatives for a “which” pointing to the mentioned idea

I wrote: Considering this navigation direction, context variables can capture the hierarchical and sequential relations between two patterns, which in languages like XPath are explicitly shown ...
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what is only a fiction VS what a fiction only is

Recently, I`ve stumbled upon an opinion by Slavoy Zizek, that contained a sentence that puzzled me. The sentence was the following: "Our fundamental delusion today is not believing in what is only a ...
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Which of these two is correct, “What should everyone know?” or “What everyone should know?” [duplicate]

Which of the above is correct usage and why. I saw this edit in a stackoverflow question and it got me wondering why was it edited. Is it just because the first one sounds better?
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“Why Londoners didn't understand Frieda?” vs. “Why didn't Londoners understand Frieda?” [duplicate]

Which of these is a more natural-sounding sentence: Why Londoners didn't understand Frieda? Why didn't Londoners understand Frieda? It seems that we oftener say "why didn't you do this?" and not "...
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Relative clauses with prepositions

I'd like to know if the following sentence is correct: I took care of where you will sleep. On one hand, the part of where sounds strange to me, but on the other hand, I can't think of a grammar ...
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“I want to understand what my options are” or “I want to understand what are my options”?

Which way is correct: "I want to understand what my options are" or "I want to understand what are my options" and why ? Since my English still needs tons of work, this baffled me for a long time, ...
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“for whom” or “for who” (in the following sentence)

What's correct in the next sentence, "for whom" or "for who" "This site is also for whom English is not his mother tongue." The options are: This site is also for whom English is not his ...
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“Whatever/whatsoever book you like you can take it”?

What is the difference between "whatsoever" and "whatever"? Which of them can be used in the following sentence: Whatever book you like you can take it. Whatsoever book you like you can take ...
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Is “I know >how many< evils the world is riddled with” exclamative?

I now know how many evils the world is riddled with. Is this like, How many evils the world is riddled with! namely, an exclamation sentence?
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Comma to resolve ambiguity with relative clause

Does the below sentence make sens from the grammatical point of view ? What you think is important, is very important, is extremly important. the comma "," is as a vehicle to determine the scope of ...
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Parsing: He was sure he would leave behind in his community, should he die

Ever since Barry's funeral, Gavin had dwelled, with a sense of deep inadequacy, on the comparatively small gap that [A] he was sure [B] he would leave behind in his community, should he die. Looking ...
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In a 'what' fused relative phrase, do you pause after 'what'?

Somehow, the interior of Tithebarn House increased Robin’s unpleasant sensation of vertigo. No walls divided its vast interior. The first floor, which was reached by a steel and glass spiral staircase,...
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What matters most is your safety

(a) What other people think and say about us matters, a lot. (NYT) (b) What matters most is your safety. (Merriam-Webster’s Learners’ 4.d) (a) seems to have a fused relative, equivalent to “The ...
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evidence that somebody is who they say that they are

evidence that somebody is who they say that they are (OALD) It seems like the bold structure is a fused relative; ‘that they are’ is the content clause of ‘say’; there is a gap after ‘you are.’ Then ...
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Imagine Whether Or Not

I have this sentence using "think": I was thinking whether or not he has money that I can borrow. is good English. If I replace "think" with "imagine": I was imagining whether or not he ...
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Can “how close you may be” act as the subject, complement or appositive?

"Do not let any failures discourage you, for you can never tell how close you may be to victory. " In the sentence, an “exclamatory sentence”, "how close you may be to victory" , acts as an object. I ...
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in what strike was afraid was disappointment

Sitting down at Strike’s invitation, Bristow looked round the tatty office in what Strike was afraid was disappointment. The prospective client seemed nervous in the guilty way that Strike had come to ...
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Can “whenever,wherever, however” be used in noun clauses?

Can "whenever,wherever, however" be used in noun clauses? Does the following sentences sound natural to you, native speakers? e.g. I don't know whatever she means. I don't know wherever the ...
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Put it back wherever you found it

Put it back wherever you found it. [fused relative] (CGEL,p.764) The book says the sentence means “Put it back in the place where you found it.” But this seems to be insufficient to deliver the ...
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There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast.

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/hermanmelv108817.html There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself. What does this mean?
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What is the construction of this sentence?

It is to an exceeding degree dependent not on how happy you were overall, but on how much delight you took in just a couple of things, how rosy and comforting your reflection will be on your school ...
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Is this 'that' placed right?

Then I noticed a small plate of complimentary marshmallows near Chloe’s elbow and it suddenly seemed clear that I didn’t love Chloe so much as marshmallow her. What it was about a marshmallow that ...
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the clause introduced by “what”

From NPR, SOURCE HERE The British government evacuated its citizens from the resort town of Mombasa in response to what it said were reports of a planned attack there by Islamic extremists. Is ...
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Can I omit the relative pronoun and the verb 'be' in the this sentence? [duplicate]

Can I omit the relative pronoun and the verb 'be' in the this sentence? That is, can: I doubt we presume too far in thinking that by scientific truthfulness, he means proven facts which are not ...
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Help me parse this sentence

Do you know what he is pretending that the broom is? The that-clause within the what-clause is confusing me. Is this a grammatical sentence?
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“How it works?” vs. “How does it work?”

What is the difference between: "How it works?" and "How does it work?"
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What does “what it takes for…” mean?

Is the phrase an idiom? What does it mean in the following sentence? People sometimes ask what it takes for someone to remain the same person from one time to another.
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Is the usage of “if” correct here?

The only way to know you've done the job is if I go in with you. I guess the sentence describes that only if I go in with you, I can know that you've done the job or not. But is the sentence correct? ...
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Is this a fused relative?

"I couldn't help overhearing what you and Malfoy were saying ––" "Bet you could," Ron muttered. "––and you mustn't go wandering around the school at night, think of the points you'll ...
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Two sentences without conjunction?

Is there any grammar mistake in this sentence? " What's even worse, I slept right through my stop! " I think this sentence is incorrect because two sentences are connected without any conjunction. ...
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How to interpret this what-clause?

The last time I saw her was red. The sky was like soup, boiling and stirring. In some places, it was burned. There were black crumbs, and pepper, streaked across the redness. Earlier, kids ...
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What does “before when” imply in this sentence?

I had been to dinner at Mike's twice before when Richard Platt was there. I think this sentence means: Richard Platt ate at Mike's but I'd already eaten there twice I have eaten there three times ...
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I am confused over whether to use “what” or “that”

The sentence goes one of these two ways: "He knows WHAT other teachers don't know" or perhaps: "He knows things THAT others teachers don't" Which is better to use - WHAT or THAT? Are they ...
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Exclamatives or Free relatives

  "Tell us," said Mahony pertly to the man, "how many have you yourself?"   The man smiled as before and said that when he was our age he had lots of sweethearts.   ...
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Can I use form “What I like” in a article? [closed]

Can I use "What I like" or "What I dislike" as a title of a paragraph? Should I instead use "What do I (dis)like"?
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Subject-verb inversion in free relative clause starting with 'how', in Dubliners by James Joyce

(1) “You can keep it,” said Harry, laughing at how pleased Ron was. (2) “I always said he was off his rocker,” said Ron, looking quite impressed at how crazy his hero was. (Harry Potter and the ...
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Is this 'X was when' expression idiomatic?

This award (was given to me) was when I was in the fourth grade. This movie (was released) was when X was the most popular guy in the industry. Are these two expressions without the ...
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How do you understand these hows?

"I lost my eye in the line of duty. What do you think of that?" he said with a pride that made me all the angrier. "I don't give a damn how you lost it as long as you keep it hidden." (Ralph ...
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Is there a relative pronoun omitted?

Both Mr. and Mrs. Bacon were looking at Adam now, and he knew he had to make some explanation for letting his good land run free. He said, “I guess I’m a lazy man. And my father didn’t help me ...