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clause as the modifier to the object of a verb

The following sentence seems to lack "that", which is necessary as it is the subject of the clause "(that) exist everywhere". You need to make quick sense of data relationships exist everywhere. ...
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Is there a use as “due xxx(specific date)”?

When I did listening today, I heard the sentence "But I have another article due the same day". I have checked "due", it only has meanings as adv,adj and noun. I don't know why "due" in the sentence ...
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My friend has recommended something or my friend recommended me something?

What is the difference? Should I use present perfect or past simple?
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Is this an Inverted sentence and what does this mean?

How lockdowns ease will itself affect the scale of economic damage. Here is my understanding: How does the ease of lockdowns will affect the economic damage? Please correct me if it’s wrong. Thanks.
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“She does what she wants” Is this sentence correct?

As with 'does' the 's' with verb infinitive is removed,so it should be 'want' at the end, but I am confused if 'what' changes the rule here and the sentence is correct...
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Can you explain the verb tense used in this sentence?

I was reading an article on the BBC site, and I came across this sentence: "Mr Musk has been critical of government policies during the coronavirus pandemic." Does it say that Mr Musk criticises the ...
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“If you think that…” vs. “if you are thinking that…”

Is there any difference in meaning between if you think that... and if you are thinking that...? I am aware that when the verb think is used in the sense of having an opinion it is used in the present ...
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“Where did you spend your holidays”. Why not “why have you..?”

Where have you bought it? Where have you spent your holidays? Why should it be Past Simple? Present Perfect looks alright to me. Although for some reason reference books suggest that when you go ...
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'bequeathed me' -or- 'bequeathed to me'

I'm unsure how to correctly construct the following sentence using the past tense of the word 'bequeath' and/or 'donate'. It's what I wanted to do since I was 14, the year my math teacher ...
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What part of speech is “how” in “He did not know how he ought to behave”?

This is an example under the definition of how in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. He did not know how he ought to behave. The dictionary lists how as an adverb. I understand this is ...
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she has got me twisted with her actions

''isn't it the only way to love? I don't regret for giving more of myself to Pratheeksha. Probably she needed it the most but not anymore'' he replied. 'she loved me with her words but she has got me ...
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The spur on my boot has been tied up with your dress

'What's happened?Have I hurt you,friend?'a man asked. 'no,' said Bathsheba ,trying to pull her skirt away. 'Ah! you are a lady !The spur on my boot has got tied up with your dress.' Far from the ...
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“Read and watch interesting books and films”

Is it OK to say it like that, or should we separate them into "I read interesting books and watch interesting films"?
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Is it natural and correct to say “it's in my desk” meaning that the things is in the drawer of my desk?

Is it natural and correct to say it's in my desk meaning that the thing is in the drawer of my desk? For example: Person A: Can I borrow your phone charger? Person B: Sure, it's in my desk. ...
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with the top end of the table just inside the house

Farmers always gave a special supper to the sheep shearers when they had finished their work. This year Bathsheba had ordered her maids to put a long table in the garden, with the top end of the table ...
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Where to put question mark in the sentence?

Which one of the three sentences is correct regarding the place of "!" and capitalizing "because"? Could you please explain to me the course enrolment process? Because it is a bit unclear for me....
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Mango grows on a mango tree or mango grows in a mango tree?

Which preposition is used after grow if it indicates the growth of a fruit on a tree?
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Should be VS. Should have been

When reading I encountered two sentences: The guard carefully studied her. Langdon had already decided that Vittoria's form-fitting shorts and blouse were not bulging anywhere they shouldn't ...
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How many mushrooms did you gather? vs How many mushrooms have you gathered?

From an exercise book: How many mushrooms did you gather? vs How many mushrooms have you gathered? How is one to know without any context, that it should only be Present Perfect and not Past Simple? ...
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Is it grammatically correct and natural to say “don't be being rude!” when someone is being rude?

Is it grammatically correct and natural to say don't be being rude! when someone is being rude? I have heard people say something like don't be messing with my camera! when someone is messing with the ...
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'Than that of' or 'than.'

In the following sentences what's the difference between 'than' and 'than that of.' "His net worth is more THAN THAT OF/THAN Bill Gates's" "The camera on this phone is better THAN THAT OF/THAN yours."...
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Should we use “the” when there is a post-modification( the+noun of+noun)?

Which one of these are correct, why and what are the nuances? 1a) This is a time of crisis or 1b) This is the time of crisis. 2a) I was in a web of troubles. or 2b) I was in the web of troubles. ...
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A question regarding “might have been”

Dear fellow learners and teachers, When I was going through a book a sentence caught my eye, and it goes like this: I guess it might have been Jasmine who stole that necklace. The question is, can ...
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A question regarding might be/might have been

When I was reading, I encountered 2 sentences like these: I went to his house last night, because I thought he might have the information I needed. He thought the book might help him move on ...
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Using “did” for exclamation?

Here's the context I'm asking about: "My dad was funny. That was one of the reasons all of my childhood and college friends loved him (and man did they love him)”. I understand that "did they love ...
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Should I put a preposition behind an instranstive verb?

Should I put a preposition behind an instranstive verb? This music is good to listen. This music is good to listen to. This is the place that he took us. This is the place that he took us to. This is ...
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I don't feel well vs. I'm not feeling well

Some reference books say feel is a state verb, some say it's both an action and a state verb and you can use either in immediate present, and some say that you can't say "I don't feel well" when you ...
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What do you miss the most in English learning apps\websites? [closed]

Like all of us, I'm learning English. But I miss some features in modern apps (maybe I just didn't find appropriate solutions). I miss the system, an online space where I will be able: Learn new ...
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the second part for a disjunctive question: was it

I booked a lesson with a teacher a few days ago, and left a message about my need regarding to English speaking and writing. When I am in the class, the teacher says You wanted to practice your ...
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Proper verb form usage after preposition [closed]

Which of these are correct and what tenses are they in? I have a feeling that the second one is the correct usage but if both of them are correct, What are the different meanings each have? Was it ...
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Are 'from' & 'with' interchangeable in the given sentence?

We use "Made from + material" (when the material changes its nature, i.e., the original substance can't be seen or left: The lotion is made from aloe Vera. But I have read : "In short, "made with ...
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“a role of” vs “roles of”

I am working on a scientific paper and would like to ask a question regarding the use of "a role of" vs "roles of". "Dendritic cells play critical roles in expansion and antitumor efficacy of infused ...
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does “present” a verb or an adjective here?

does "present" a verb or an adjective here? Ira developed automatic writing, and handed to those present messages written with extraordinary rapidity and containing information he could not have ...
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What are the grammar rules when making questions using auxiliary verbs combining all the three tenses or either of them in a single sentence?

Should I repeat the main verb after every auxiliary verb or can I simply skip it after the first or second auxiliary verb and use it after the last auxiliary verb in a sentence? For example, can I say ...
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How to construct sentences in a long way? [closed]

Dear English linguistics, I always confuse to see the many sentences order and sequence. Ex-**I had to question how many would it, walking side and side, at unsafe social distance** also prepositions ...
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“except finish his homework” vs. “except finishing his homework”

When talking about some children, should I say he can do anything except finish his homework or he can do anything except finishing his homework
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What does “You are starting” mean?

I'm studying English at BUSUU and there's a sentence below that's confusing me. You are starting your journey to improve your English in our B1 Intermediate course! What does "You are starting" ...
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Confused about the construction of the sentence

I have been trying to understand the actual construction of these type of sentences, but there still is a confusion to my understanding. I have seen many answers to questions regarding this type of ...
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There's a lot more to me than just my money

Are the following sentences correct? "There's a lot more to life than just looking good." "There's a lot more to me than just my money." What does 'there's a lot more to me' exactly mean? Another ...
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Relative Pronoun “Which” in a defining clause

I've seen topics regarding this subject and people said "which" can be used in a defining clause - which is very odd to me. That's why I'm asking whether this usage is okay. Examples: The soda ...
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Using OF and FOR interchangeably

It's always hard to explain the difference between for and of in situations like this: the side mirror for this bus costs more than my car VS the side mirror of this bus costs more than my car. I'd ...
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Is the question “people from what other countries are you in touch with?” grammatically correct?

Is the question people from what other countries are you in touch with? grammatically correct? For example: You said you talk to people from a lot of different countries except Brazil. People from ...
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Struct of alternative questions

I hope, I will be understood cause I'm beginner in English. My old (former) teacher of English told me that when I wanna construct an alternative questions with the negative form of the verb that I ...
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*Bend at knees* what does that mean?

(Bend at knees) what does that mean?
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Is there any difference in meaning between “don't do something,” “don't be doing something” and “don't go doing something”?

Is there any difference in meaning between don't do something, don't be doing something and don't go doing something? For example: Don't make a noise when Dad is working on something! Don't be ...
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“I saw him who was smiling”

I saw him smiling. Here the participle smiling acts as an adjective, right? I think something is omitted in the sentence. The complete sentence is: I saw him who was smiling. Is my concept ...
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“New normal” grammatical or a joke word from social media?

Due to the pandemic covid19, some new words have popped up, especially this "new normal" word. Should it be replaced by just "new norm" rather than this relatively funny and irritating "new normal"? ...
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possessive doing: his doing vs. him doing [duplicate]

Note: I understand the rules of it, I'd just like to know if there is some stats shows that, like this one The haitch pronunciation of h has spread in England, being used by approximately 24% of ...
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“a long time”…why is it countable?

I've gone through many threads here trying to find the answer, but to no avail. Cambridge dictionary states: We use time to refer to what is measured in seconds, minutes, hours and years as a whole. ...
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Confused about this participle

He entered the room smiling. I think the participle 'smiling' acts here as an adverb. When he entered he was smiling. I saw him smiling. Here the participle 'smiling' acts as adjective when we ...

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