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How to break up my lengthy parallel structure into multiple sentences to convey a clearer meaning? [closed]

Nice to meet you~ I am an applicant for graduate programs from the universities in Canada. Now, I am preparing my statement of purpose. Unexpectedly,I wrote an extremely lengthy parallel structure to ...
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Prepositional phrase. How does it work in this case?

I've got a huge argument about the following sentence: 'Every now and then a ray of moonlight through the branches above lit a spot of silver blue blood on the fallen leaves.' It's originally from ...
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which tense I have to use with the word before

What tense do I need to use with the word before They truly believe that the benefits we obtained are nothing compared with the damage we caused/had caused before.
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Where does the apostrophe go in “participant(s) ratings”?

Which of the following sentences is correct? I'm unsure regarding the participant(s). Figures showing the distribution of the participants' ratings on the math tasks. Figures showing the ...
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Why does a man use 'yourself' but not 'you'?

Why does a man use 'yourself' but not 'you'? I take an interest in people like yourself. Creative people. from Pawn Sacrifice film about Bobby Fischer
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King to rook three. Knight to king six

Although I play chess who can explain what does it mean when Bobby Fischer says while a chess game: King to rook three. Knight to king six. Pawn takes queen, bishop to knight seven. It's over. ...
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What is the different between “hear” and “listen”? [duplicate]

Please explain to the different between "hear" and "listen" and give me some examples. Thank you.
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“Be” VS “Is” — in this context

Let X be the age of John. Let X is the age of John. Explain the difference and use of "be" form.
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The movie is a sensation that has everyone excited

I learned a sentence from language magazine. The movie is a sensation that has everyone excited. <-- from magazine The movie is a sensation that everyone has excited. <-- I think that should ...
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Is “whimper” the same as “say with pain”?

"How is this possible?" whimpered the old man. "I saw you die by the hands of our enemies. I thought you were a goner!" I am seriously wondering if you can use the verb whimper that way. I am ...
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Is “there is free refill on that” idiomatic?

I am not sure if this is idiomatic. The employee pumped petrol into the car and told the driver, who is a regular to the station, "there is free refill on that". Is it ok to say "on that"? The "...
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Do you use “that” or “who” to refer to a fairy?

I am wondering if a fairy is considered a person or a creature. The fairy who is very old told me I was the chosen one. So do we use who or that? The fairy that is very old told me I was the ...
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The number of my opponents is or the number of my opponents are

I was reading the book "1100 Words", and for the section "Week 19, Day 1" I read the following: (eg https://lelb.net/1100-words-week-19-day-1/) the number of the king’s opponents who were ...
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To vs. Relative pronoun

She is the baker to have made this unique bread. She is the baker who made this unique bread. What is the difference? Can I use 'to' and 'relative pronouns' interchangeably?
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Is “on the side” an adverbial phrase you can plug anywhere?

I am wondering if you can plug "on the side" (adjacent to me) as an adverbial phrase you can plug anywhere. She stood next to me when I was watching the TV and stared at me on the side. Can you ...
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“We started” or “We've started” or “We've been started”?

My question is: which one is correct in this sentence? "A couple of months ago we -started- rehearsing again." So the point is, we didn't specify the exact date and the activity is still going on. I'...
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“From today” or “Starting today”?

What is the difference between From today and Starting today ? For instance in the following sentences: All users of Sitestat can download the new toolbar free of charge from today. From ...
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The correct way of using perfect tense

My question is about I wanna say to anyone about - i have not take shower for three days. What will be the correct form? I have not taken shower since three days. I didn’t take shower for three days.
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Meaning of “out” in this context

In a text I found: .... like the other giant planets Uranus has a ring system and numerous moons. It is the seventh planet out and it ...... Is the out is adverb here? Give some examples and ...
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The correct way of using “as”

Is it grammatically correct to use the preposition "as" in a comparative manner? For example: I want the badges to be placed in the exact same position as in these images.
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“It seems to be good” OR “It seems good”

The car seems to be quite old. The car seems quite old. Are the both fine? Explain. Thank you.
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“Where are you coming from” is the sentence correct?

I was taught that where are you going to is incorrect. But if I use: Where are you coming. It seems to be ambiguous. Can I say: Where are you coming from. Please Explain.
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How do you distinguish “immediately adjacent to” and “non-immediately adjacent to”?

Well, first, I am not even sure next means "immediately or non-immediately adjacent to", so correct me if I am wrong. So here's a sentence: The car next to the building is red It probably means ...
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“continuation with” VS “continuation of” [closed]

Examples: **The continuation of the strike caused a lot of hardship ** Today's lecture is in continuation with the previous lectures. Explain the difference. Thank you.
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Is “who or what a thing or person is” correct?

identity: who or what a thing or person is Is this sentence correct? shouldn't there be an "a" before the word "person"? I mean it's either definite or indefinite, but in this sentence it's neither ...
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How to structure this sentence?

What type of sentence should be structured to say that: Use this word and make it has a positive meaning? a) Use this word in a way that it has a positive meaning. b) Use this word in a way ...
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Is it correct to say

Is it correct to say “i was surprised to learn your age” Or “I was surprised when I learned your age was X/you were X years old " If not can you explain why and propose an alternative that means more ...
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“Orlando” book sentence

Virginia Woolf said through a character that Once one looks at nature outside, one drops the pen, takes one's cloak, strides out of the room, and catches one's foot on a painted chest as one does ...
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Virginia Woolf's “Orlando” sentence

Sentence He-for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it-was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters. What ...
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'Would' in context

Would you be so kind to help me out with this sentence? It does seem strange that someone would spend that much money in a burger shop. I don't really understand why "would" is used there. What ...
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“What” and “which” difference

What or which : which one should be used? What/which medicine is good for boosting immunity of children? What/which is the longest river in the world? I think both are correct. But I am not sure.
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“Spread across” vs “Spread through”

The disease spread through the region. The disease spread across the region. Explain the difference. Thank you.
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Which sentence is correct? Use of commas and 'and' [closed]

It offers an opportunity to get information, to learn the activities, and to look for a job. It offers an opportunity to get information, learn the activities, and look for a job. It offers an ...
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Sleep at least vs sleep for at least

Are both options valid? Or only one is? Example sentence: From today, employees will be required to sleep (for) at least twenty minutes during lunch break. I did a Google search. Sleep at least ...
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use of we and us

"I don’t know why us people are so impressed by such groups." Should there be 'us' or 'we' in the sentence mentioned? I feel it has to be 'we' because of the state verb 'are' that follows.
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Alternatives of a poor sentence, “Summer is increasing day by day.”

Today I have come across a sentence that seems quite poor: Summer is increasing day by day. The word increasing doesn't seem to be suitable here. Tell me the alternatives for this. Is it okay to ...
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“BY” as an Adverb

sentences where 'by' is used as an adverb: He just passed by. He had already gone by. I know the only one use of by as an Adverb, ie, the above. INTERNET didn't help me enough. Please ...
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“She is very envious of you…” vs “She is very envious that you…”

I stumbled upon this ELL question where the OP had a sentence She is very envious that you have more money than she does. Out of curiosity, I was wondering if I could rewrite it to any of these ...
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In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk [closed]

it's grammatically wrong to say: "In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk"?
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Subject-complement agreement - a member of a committee vs members of a committee

I wonder if there is any difference between the following two sentences? They are a member of a committee. They are members of a committee.
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Which preposition should I use here:You are not listening! What are you thinking __?

Which preposition should I use here:You are not listening! What are you thinking __ ? can i use thinking for?
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The usage of “pay off” phrase

What is a correct way of using "pay off" phrase? Your hard work is paying off. vs. Your hard work is paid off. I thought that the one correct way is the second, because I thought "pay off" should ...
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Past Continuous with while

The sentence: The boy stole / was stealing the apples while nobody was looking / looked. Question: Which variant is more appropriate?
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A lot of public—why isn't it correct?

Why is the following not correct? There was a lot of public at the concert.
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We’ve got plenty of time. We don’t need to/needn’t hurry [duplicate]

Do "don’t need to" and "needn’t" mean the same or not? This is a question from an English test: We’ve got plenty of time. We ... hurry. don’t need to needn’t What's the right answer?
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Does “space” require an article?

We use "the" when there is only one of something. There's only one space. Therefore we have to say: There are millions of stars in the space. But I've seen that "space" is used without article. ...
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Can it omit auxiliary (have) in a caption? [duplicate]

Media group from Indonesia and Malaysia given full picture of Xinjiang’s de-extremism measures Someone told me sentence in caption can be different.
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What are the differences between “the pen as a sword” and “pen as sword”?

I've seen people omit the articles for whatever reason, so I was wondering why it was done, and if "the pen as a sword" is or can be equivalent to the phrase "pen as sword". The issue is that "pen as ...
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is it appropriate to use “was being” when referring things that happen in the past

greetings, I was wondering if someone can help clarify if I can use "was being" to refer to things that happen in the past and if so, please give example in a sentence. thanks.
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Third conditional with modals in both sentences - can it look the same?

2nd conditional: I would leave if I could. 3rd conditional: I would have left if I could --the same form of "could" but I would have left if I could have used the car. Is that correct? Is ...