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Building sentences

In the sentences below is it mandatory the use of auxiliary-verbs, or they make sense even the manner they are written? If your body's temperature falls below 20 degrees centigrade, you die. ...
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The function of this “ing” form; What does it mean?

Nine in 10 of the 1,288 girls and young women interviewed for the Girlguiding study said women are judged for their looks more than their ability, causing one in five girls as young as seven to go on ...
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Answering a question with “Me” instead of “I” + <auxiliary verb>

I heard it from a movie. Situation 1 Mommy: Who is ready for lunch? A boy: I am. A little girl : Me! Situation 2 Mommy: Who wants to eat some ice cream? A boy: I do. A ...
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cannot clarify the structure of a sentence

From VOA Special English: Problems getting visas, corruption and high transportation costs are some of the barriers companies face when they attempt to trade within the continent. How to explain ...
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*Nothing* the god of biomechanics wouldn't let you in heaven for

Roy: I've done questionable things. Tyrell: Also extraordinary things. Revel in your time! Roy: Nothing the god of biomechanics wouldn't let you in heaven for. It is from the movie Blade ...
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The structure of “so …that…” and the meaning of “be to do”

But man's capacities have never been measured; nor are we to judge of what he can do by any precedents, so little has been tried. Source Does this "be to do" mean "should"? And is the structure of ...
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“I wanted you to know that …” is it mean or offensive

I am not a native English speaker. I am writing an email to my boss and I want him to know an important thing, so will it be ok to say "I wanted you to know that ...", it is offensive/mean etc in any ...
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Can we use “of” which means “belong to” with a person?

I wrote a possessive sentence: I'm using the well-educated chemistry teacher with Chinese eyes's computer. I think this sentence is okay because I use 's to indicate possession. But if I use "of", ...
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This car is *a great speed*

I encounter this expressions that stand for physical entities. But for example, speed is not a thing, it is a property that a thing can have, so how can a car be a great speed? I'm looking for ...
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Can we omit past participle?

I think it is okay to combine these two sentences like this: We stood on a bridge. The bridge was built in 2000. We stood on the bridge built in 2000. Is it okay? Also is it okay to omit ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say: Don't look at life ordinarily but as extraordinarily?

Should it be: don't look at life ordinarily but as extraordinary?
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Of something? clarification

I came across the following sentence ( from "Applied Nonlinear Control book by SLOTINE" "An important concept in phase plane analysis is that of a singular point." It seems to me that saying "... is ...
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'it refers not to …' vs. 'it doesn't refer to …'

For me it refers not to the store and not to the one clerk you spoke to but collectively to the not-further-specified people who work there. Is the structure of that sentence, in reference to how '...
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What is this “might well”?

If a minor episode of White House crow-eating over President Obama's absentee father's half-brother seems an unlikely event to derail a major piece of legislation, it might well be — at least by ...
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“reject pile” or “rejected pile”?

In the pantheon of classic modern buildings, Utzon's creation has the status of myth. The myth states that the unknown architect, then in his early thirties, submitted rough sketches to the ...
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Rewriting sentences with nouns or verbs [closed]

How do I rewrite these sentences with the form in parentheses? I bought the new car because the salesperson impressed me with his offer. (impressive) My teacher gave us a very motivational ...
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Schools of thought in English Grammar and Usage?

Having read many posts here (ELL), and some at EL&U, it appears to me that many cases of English grammar (and usage) are debatable. It is likely that there are multiple authoritative sources on ...
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“Have you met her before” OR “are/were you met her before”

Have you met her before Are/were you met her before Which one is correct? If both are correct then in which situations should they be used?
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Is my paraphrase correct?

I had some trouble interpreting "hardly as...as..." This method is hardly as risky as that one. Does this mean..."This method is almost safer than that one?" Thank you very much.
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“industry” or “industrial”

From VOA Special English: Growers get industry news along with advice and information from experts. Why is it "industry" instead of "industrial"? I know that "news" is a noun, and generally in ...
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“what was at the time” expression

Is this sentence the expression "what was at the time" in the following sentence correct? At the end o my goal was to increase my knowledge in X and what was at the time one of the most exciting ...
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What does “factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life” mean in this text?

I am having trouble understanding the highlighted part of the following passage: Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the ...
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'all of which' vs. 'any one of which' vs. 'each of which'

1) ... if you tried to compare can't with cannot and can not, all of which are distinct in English, you'd end up ... 2) ... if you tried to compare can't with cannot and can not, any one of which ...
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Is my understanding correct?

SourceAs I wrote in my Comment, the Administration needs to engage fully and politically in a fight for the states to, for example, sign on to the Medicaid expansion. "in a fight for the states to ...
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Need with perfect infinitive

I know the difference between 1) I needn’t have done it (but I did it) – I didn’t need to do it (and I didn't do it.) But do these make sense? I have come across them being uttered or written by ...
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Let or may, what is the difference?

I remember reading that the verb "let" has two meanings. The first one expresses "urging": 1) Let the children go to bed. 2) Let he call me back when he is back. The second meaning expresses ...
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“Are they?” vs. “They are?”

This passage is from my textbook: We use have you? / isn't she? / do they? etc. to show interest in what somebody has said or to show surprise. 1): 'It rained every day during our holiday.' '...
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“It works” vs “It is working”

The photocopier broke down yesterday, but now it's OK. a) It is working again. It has been repaired. b) It works again. It has been repaired. What is the difference in meaning between ...
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“I've watched a video…” or “I've watched the video…”

I want to tell to my friends that I've watched some video and give them the link. How I should write this message in instant messanger or in twitter? I've watched a wonderful video about ... You ...
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Help with combining sentences

Could you help me check whether my combined sentences are correct or not? She was carrying a tray. The tray was filled with cakes. The cake were homemade. They were very delicious. ...
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“their having a mind”

What, according to the functionalist, is the difference between things which merely have functional roles and things whose functional roles amount to their having a mind? Different people may ...
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“Life is too short to regret of …”

Life is too short to regret of not “living your dreams” that ultimately “make your life”. Is this sentence correct, or does it require corrections?
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What does this “as” mean?

Source Reality is what language, as Reality’s toothpicks-and-chewing-gum replica, will never be. What does this sentence mean? I am not sure how to interpret this "as" here.
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What is the function of “as” here?

I read this sentence in my workbook: Regaining the former glory as a port town in the Middle Ages, it is now a prosperous town. I've tried to simplify this below: I regained the innocence as a ...
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What does “But there I go, adopting” imply?

Source I thought that it meant "OK, I will accept this self loathing of the line but hey, the line is not bad, why bother?" Am I right? If I am right, I thought "and" should be "but" But there I go,...
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What does the end of this sentence mean?

http://www.berfrois.com/2013/11/ron-rosenbaum-on-auden-larkin-and-love/ I don't understand the structure of the second half of this. The stanza in which the line occurs is admittedly not his best, ...
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Imperative and subjunctive are finite or non finite verbs?

Come here! They demand that she be present at the meeting. Could you explain to me whether come and be are finite or non-finite verbs? Some sources on the web said these are finite verbs ...
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Where are finite verbs in these sentences?

I found these sentences from the internet. 1.Finite verbs usually follow their subjects: He coughs. The documents had compromised him. They will have gone. This web said that the bolded ...
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with that or without, the most formal way [duplicate]

I have this sentence There is an engine inside me that keeps saying "someone must be at the top, why isn't that you?" Should I put that or not? I know both ways are correct, but I am asking for ...
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What does this “of” mean?

From Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 31, Demogorgon: These days his name is sometimes used in a more generic way of something that is bizarre or monstrous. Is this "of" the same as ...
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Help with adjective phrases

I would like some help learning about "adjective phrases". Jane is in the meeting room. Does "in the meeting room" modify "is" or "Jane"? I think “in the meeting room” is an adjective phrase. Is ...
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Phrasal verbs and an object

I confuse about object of phrasal verbs. For example, She gave away all her money. “all her money” is an object of verb “ gave” or an object of adverb “ away”? And “all her money” is direct or ...
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Subject and Verb Agreement with Plural Proper Nouns

I don't understand well about the rules of Subject and Verb Agreement with Plural Proper Nouns. I found these sentences from the internet. The West Indies is a large group of islands that separate ...
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I don't understand the structure of this sentence

What does this sentence mean? Especially the "the process that today is long" part. The agency said that the procedure it set back in the 1970s for revising rules for older drugs "was not rapid, ...
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What does this Emerson quote mean?

The following quote is from Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The doctrine of hatred must be preached as the counteraction of the doctrine of love when that pules and whines. I don't ...
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I'd like to know which tense is correct in sentences using “schedule and reschedule”

I have two sentences, using "schedule" and "reschedule" but I don't know which tense to use in each case. The festival is scheduled to take place next Sunday. Is is scheduled correct, or should it ...
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Is there an omission after 'or similar'?

First-year students will require: 1. Three sets of plain work robes (black) 2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear 3. One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar) ...
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Is this an abbreviated or a participial construction?

   "Some say he died. Codswallop, in my opinion. Dunno if he had enough human left in him to die. Some say he's still out there, bidin' his time, like, but I don' believe it. People who ...
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For the last Х years - with which tense

As far as I know "For the last Х years" requires the Present Perfect (continuous) and means that the action is still taking place. I have been building a house for the last three years. However, I ...
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find enclosed plus NP

Dear Mr. Potter, We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment. ...