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Noun links Adjective

It was a hot day, the sky big and white over their heads, and the children seemed to be running Why can a noun directly link an adjective? What is the grammar knowledge point?
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Objects of a sentence

I have a sentence which contains two objects, first of which is a noun, and second of which is a noun clause. Is this possible ? My sentence : "The human race always needs something beneficial to ...
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'Where I should be' vs 'Where I am meant to be'

Is there a difference between these Where I should be. and Where I am meant to be. ? Context: When you are going to fill the autobiography section on SE, it says 'Location' and it'...
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Can you decipher this structure?

By about 10,000 years ago, nearly 100 species of large animals had been recently driven to extinction around the globe. Can you decipher this structure of the above sentence? I guess it can be ...
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How should I use the word, “mean” in a question when regarding about the past?

I’m writing an essay about how I thought I was as a kid and I’m starting off with a particular question, but I’m stuck in what tense the word, “mean” should be in. Should the sentence be... “Did I ...
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Can “during” be always substituted with “in”?

He kissed her during a drunken night. He kissed her in a drunken night. Can "during" be always substituted with "in"? I am always wondering about it, because I use during as a synonym for in. Is ...
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Usage of 'any' before more and comparative degrees

Could anyone please tell me what is the role of any in this sentence and can I leave out any in the sentence? I love to read books. I have books of many writers. I have a book named 'Gitanjali' ...
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I don't understand the structure of this sentence, especially the do and however?

Only when your mental energy is needed elsewhere and you are caught off guard, however, do these emotions and feelings emerge. Why should the "do" be placed ahead of the clause? Could anyone ...
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This 'is' here is for what?

It's as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall I think sentence below is correct one It's as long as the Eiffel Tower tall
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listen to someone I don't know + [Verbing]

The context: A villain phones the protagonist to leave the city the protagonist protects. But the protagonist doesn't know who the villain is. So, the protagonist says "I don't think I'll listen to ...
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Meaning of the sentence which begins with a verb in infinitive form

I cannot understand the following sentence because of its grammar. To borrow a phrase from the old Star Treck series, the "prime directive" of the limbic brain is to ensure our survival as a ...
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Subject in Active voice

The book fulfils my requirement. The book is fulfilled my requirement. Which one is correct? If the 1st sentence is correct, do you have another examples that the subject are things in active ...
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Why is there no inversion type?

In the following sentence, I'm confused with the use of 'not for nothing'. No inversion follows 'not for nothing'. Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact makes much more impression on ...
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How to express this idea

If I found there is an error in a quote I offered in my previous email, and then l rewrote the right price in a new mail, how to express the receiver should view the price as correct, the price in the ...
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Is this use of 'have' grammatical?

I think for those of us who have jobs and have been working for some time have this habit of telling ourselves that we deserve to take the money that we earn and spend it on things that we like. What'...
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Using 'a,' 'an,' or 'the' with 'price' and 'discount'

I am confused when to use the correct articles. For example, in an email: Dear Journal of Business News, I have received the information about subscribing to your journal. I have a few ...
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Use “motivation for learning English” or “motivation in learning English”?

The researcher also will give questionnaire to the students and interview them to measure their motivation FOR / IN learning English.
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Why does programming take so many words that are normally used in different meanings?

Words like head, tail, stack, tree, and map are all used in programming and learning both programming and english at once has been hard for me. Why is this?
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Family do or does?

What should I use My family do not give me permission to be outside after 10pm. or My family does not give me permission to be outside after 10pm. Now as I typed in MS-word it says does is ...
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Can you be going to cry?

I often see people write “I’m going to cry” but does it make any sense? In situations when you feel like you will start crying in the moment, shouldn’t you better use something like «I’m about to cry»...
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What “conjunctions” to be used here

I and my mother are planning to go on a trip next week, but my father doesn't want us to go. On top of this he just got the news that the weather is going to be severe next week. As I am not a native ...
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“Open folder” vs “Open the folder”

Let's say someone is saying to somebody: "Open the folder C:\Documents" Do we need 'the'-article here?
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Can pre- be used as a preposition?

I'm reading a WHO guidance, and I am not sure what it means: 6.3.4.1 General considerations 20 Comparative safety data should normally be collected pre-authorization. The extent of collection ...
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Are “it” and “this” almost always interchangeable?

Are "it" and "this" almost always interchangeable? When I talk to people, I often use "it" or "this" interchangeably, because I have no idea when exactly I can use "this". In a dialogue or ...
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is these two sentences equal in meaning?

I want to know if the following two sentence is equal in meaning. If not, what is the difference? The sparrow was the highest bird of all The sparrow was the highest of all the birds
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died from/ died of

Why can't I say “she died from drinking 18 cans of Coca-Cola”? Instead, the correct sentence would be “she died of drinking 18 cans of Coca-Cola”. Why does that happen?
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In last/previous October?

I am kind of struggling with the right choice here: It happened in last October. Is that OK when I mean October last year?
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Is it ok to use the Frequent adverbs eg. always,often,usually,etc in past tense?

Is it OK to use the 'frequent' adverbs e.g. always, often, usually, etc. in the past tense? For example: She always went to park. She usually ate bananas.
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How can this be “would”?

I was studying the use of "used to" and "would" when I came across this sentence, which has been nagging me: 1a Family values used to be quite different in those days. 1b Family values would ...
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Can a single word refer to two or more things at once?

a. A body of persons sent to conduct negotiations or establish relations with a foreign country. b. The business with which such a body of persons is charged. c. A permanent diplomatic ...
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What is the difference between 'at least' and 'in the least'?

What is the difference between 'at least' and 'in the least'? What does 'in the least patient' mean? I'm not in the least patient. A WIND in the DOOR by MADELEINE L’ENGLE
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In what circumstances are you allowed to place the word “until” at the end of a question (asking about time)?

I once saw a sentence reading "When are you open until?" which made enough sense to me to understand it. Later, I tried to come up with sentences having a similar structure; but, no matter what ...
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Meaning of “up from”

"Between July and May, ministries and divisions expended Tk 120,043 crore, up from Tk 98,978 crore in the same period a year ago. " I don't understand the meaning of "up from" in the above sentence....
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Manage or will manage

In exam (Egyptian GSEC English exam) If you are a well-organized person, you (manage/will manage) This question was in my exam, I already answered it "will manage", I want to know the difference ...
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Present perfect or past simple choose rigth

I have this exercise. Choose the correct form: They had/They have had three children - I'm the youngest. I chose "They have had three children- I'm the youngest" because I thought they still ...
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“a null pointer” VS “the null pointer”

In programming the null pointer is a pointer that is equal to 0. I.e. it is a pointer with a concrete value equal to zero. It is the only one of course. So I suppose we should always say: the null ...
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Directly asking questions about adjective complements

Can we ask some questions about adjective complements? I was disappointed with your behaviour.(1) Can we ask its question like With what were you disappointed? (2) or What were you ...
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A director will tell us how she chooses/chose the actors

(An excerpt from an English book's audio script) Situation: You and other students will meet a director of a play. "We're going to meet a director. She'll describe the whole process of producing a ...
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The usage of first time

I am trying to tell something.Let's say I have a friend, he is now in coma and I have never been trying to figure out what he will want me to do in the situation I am in but now I am thinking about ...
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There are still a lot of places we have to go/go to

There are still a lot of places we have to go. There are still a lot of places we have to go to. I've asked some native speakers which sentence is grammatically correct, but they gave different ...
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meaning and grammar in context

The non-Finnish degree granting eligibility to apply must be equivalent of 180 ECTS credits or more. Is "The non-Finnish degree granting eligibility to apply" the same as "The non-Finnish degree ...
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What's the difference between both the sentences?

Why would I do that? Why would I have done that? as far as I think why would I do that implies my friend's accusing me of doing something that I didn't do So I'd say Why would I do that? (what ...
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“someone will have arrived yesterday” - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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“The guitars have been restringed” or “The guitars are restringed”? [on hold]

My question is: which one is correct? I'd also be grateful if both wrong you'd tell me some corrections.
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Conditional sentences: type 3 but did not use perfect conditional

I am working on my scholarship exam practice and I am not sure where I got it wrong. Could you please have a look? If we had started studying Spanish three years ago, we (.....) much more fluent ...
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Using the definite article “the” with adjective before a person's name

I am sure this has been asked in the past, but I can't find any rule and I would like to understand what's going on. "The" is never used for proper names, that much I know. When I google "playwright ...
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Would you please let me know if there will be a quiz on (day)? or Would you please let me know if it will be a quiz on (day)?

Would you please let me know if there will be a quiz on (day)? or Would you please let me know if it will be a quiz on (day)? what is the correct way to ask?
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Apologizing informally

Is it appropriate to say 'Sorry for making this hard for you'? Some context: We tried to set up a time to meet but we have conflicting schedules so we decided to meet later at night.
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grammar / meaning “I was going to do the washing, but we would run out of washing powder.”

The explanations of my grammar book is as follows. 1) “They left the house at 6.00 a.m. and would reach Edinburgh some 12 hours later.” (=they reached Edinburgh) 2) He was sure that the medical ...
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Is it okay to use “are" in the sentence?

Other than beach Wet & Wild, Sea World and Movies World are bring a lots for fun too. is it ok I'm using "are" on the sentence ?