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I just noticed that the location of be(is am are was were, etc) is not changed when there's an adjective, even in affirmative sentences

For example: I don't know what's wrong [not what wrong is] Had there been a noun I'd have to change the structure. I don't know what your problem is. Am I right? I'm fairly certain I am
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How to use “there is”

Is it correct to put the adverbial phrase of place at the beginning of a sentence? For example: in the center of the city there is a street where there are a lot of shops.
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What would you rather I did?

I want to ask someone about what he want me to do. which one of the mentioned below is better and grammatically correct? What would you rather I did? What would you rather I do? What would you rather?...
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Why the passive form is wrong here?

On the other hand, paper-based books are more difficult to be stored \ to store than electronic books. A research using Google Ngram shows that the passive form "difficult to be stored" is never ...
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Past Simple VS Past continuous in this context

In Cambridge dictionary I saw a sentence: They sat in the back row of the cinema kissing and cuddling. As a basic learner I always would use: They were sitting in the back row of the cinema ...
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No. VS Not? He had a pen not a pencil

I know that we use not to negate a verb and we use no to negate a noun! he had no pencil Why do we use not in this sentence? He had a pen not a pencil Why don’t we use “no” ...
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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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Difference between using “of” OR “for”

Im designing an award certificate but not sure how to word it. Option 1. Certificate of Entrepreneur of the year. vs. Option 2. Certificate for the Entrepreneur of the year. Do I write "...
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Can “unless” be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything ...
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I invited my friend but I realised that I forgot/had forgotten to give him the address

I invited my friend, but later l realised that l ....... to give him the address. A: forgot B: had forgotten I think that B is true but it's written in the book that A is the correct one. Is that ...
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What type of construction is “In came I. I. Chundrigar…” where a preposition “in” is placed before the verb “came”?

In the red-marked line i.e. In came I.I. Chundrigar, a Bombay barrister, to join the Mad Hatter's dance. See preposition "In" is placed before verb "came". What types of syntax is it and what is ...
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“…one of the best movies of my childhood” or “…one of the best movies from my childhood”?

Are these sentences interchangeable? It is one of the best movies of my childhood. It is one of the best movies from my childhood. Context: Let's say someone mentioned the name of a movie and ...
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Should I write “to” again in this sentence?

Her words seemed to make him happy and (to) pacify his inner turmoil. Is the sentence correct both with or without the second "to" in bold?
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Can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one?

By using 'it-cleft', can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one? Learning can help us experience the beauty of the world. It is the beauty of the world that we can experience by the ...
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usage of ‘hope’: uncountable or countable plural?

Here are some examples from dictionaries where hope is used in the plural people have hopes of increasing trade between the two regions (Collins Cobuild) she has hopes of studying to be a ...
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Comma usage of non-restrictive and restrictive clauses containing that and which

I am a native speaker of English but am having trouble with the distinction between that and which, with respect to restrictive and non-restrictive clauses and comma usage. For example, which is ...
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grammar/ meaning “To look at him, you'd never think he was 80!”

Is the title sentence the short form of (If you were) To look at him, you'd never think he was 80! Likewise, In other part of the country again, to give the example of Minnesota, you would ...
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Past-participles Grammar in use

Can I say so? Is it right in terms of grammar? it was wrong to meet him without having had talked before I know for sure that it's correct to say: without having talked but I mean exactly ...
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Differences in the usage of “Hang around” in the following sentences?

what are the differences between these sentences? He is hanging around on the streets He is hanging around the streets and He is hanging around at the mall He is hanging around the mall
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“Yet” with present perfect and simple present

a. The law has not reflected it yet. b. The law doesn't reflect it yet. What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences?
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Future perfect usage. Is the sentence correct?

When will you have collected enough money? I am talking about the time in future when you have collected enough money... I guess future perfect should be used here.
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Present perfect for present results

We use the present perfect to talk about past actions with the present results, so the first question is this: Once these present results could be feelings and emotions, and intangible things, can't ...
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Is it okay to put “cannot” in a present perfect tense?

Is it okay to say "we cannot have achieved this without the participation of your company.
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Preposition to use for challenge (in or of)

I'm struggling with the choice of preposition to use for the following sentence. Amy enjoys the challenge of doing X,Y,Z to improve her run time. Amy enjoys the challenge in doing X,Y,Z to ...
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Which version is correct? (it or them)

Our clients are not only surprised by how much savings we find, but where we find it. OR Our clients are not only surprised by how much savings we find, but where we find them.
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“I would be very happy if I could have…” Is this natural sentence with manners?

I would be very happy if I could have such an opportunity to see you in person, so please let me know whenever (if?) you will have a chance to visit this area. Is this natural sentence with manners? ...
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Breathed deep vs. breathing deeply

He looked at the stone figures all around them, breathed deep in the chill of silence of the crypt. (A Game of Thrones) I think he should have put breathing deeply instead of breathed deep, for two ...
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What is the grammar behind “One wild cart ride later they stood blinking in the sunlight outside Gringotts”?

Especially the problem is with the words preceding "they." Is "one wild cart ride later" a complete phrase? Is it an adverb like "after a wild cart ride" in the sentence "after a wild cart ride, they ...
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The categories of indefinite pronouns

I know everything. They know all of their pen pals./ They know all the fathers of the family here. I think "everything" is an indefinite pronoun, and "all" is also an indefinite pronoun, so what ...
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How to use “make” and/or “make for” in this sense?

Which of the following sentences are grammatically correct? Which ones are formal, idiomatic and proper to use in writing an essay? What makes for a good job? What makes a good job? What does make a ...
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“which” acting as relative pronoun standing for phrases?

1: Metal will bear beating with a hammer, which a stone will not. 2: He can write a letter in English, which I cannot. "which" act as relative pronoun and stand for the phrases of "bear beating with ...
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Past continuous vs. Past perfect

It's a story that happened in the past at an airport. It starts this way When I got to the check-in desk my parents were nowhere in sight. I was waiting for them until it suddenly occurred to me ...
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“the human psychology” or “human psychology”?

I want to know why we cannot use the former. I have been told that only the latter is correct but I want a more definite explanation of this. Why is it that we can say "the human mind", "the human ...
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Shall you vs Will you

I learned "will you~?" but I have never heard about "shall you~?" I thought that "shall" has similar meanings as "will". Is it unnatural to use "shall you~?" instead of "will you~?"
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Good Wishing for someone's success

Here are some sentences: Can I use 'May' for wishing someone? For example: May you get success in your goal. OR, Is it compulsory to use the word 'wish' for wishing someone ? For example: I ...
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Hyphen in a verb

We use hyphen to make nouns and adjectives, like: cooking-oil, 13-year-old, over-grown etc. But, can we use a hyphen to make a verb, like: ’post-process’, ‘re-purchase’? I’m writing sentences with ...
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An exam of French?

Is it grammatically correct to say "An exam of French". Or should I say "A French exam"? I tried to google it, it gives a few results, but a lot were found in languages learning forum from non ...
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how to say this sentence

It was raining for three days. the farmers were very happy to water their fields. or It has been raining for three days. the farmers were very happy to water their fields. I normally would ...
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confusion on “quality of + verb form”

I have some confusion about the quality of + verb form. I have two sample sentences The quality of their clothing is very good. It really improves my overall quality of sleep. My question is why ...
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The standards “on” or “of” something?

When "standard" means the level of quality of something, it can be followed by "of", "for" or "on". I understand that "a standard for something" emphasizes the purposefulness of the standard, and it ...
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Are `After they had rowed` and `After they rowed` right?

After they had rowed a few miles across the Caribbean, they arrived at a small coral island. After they rowed a few miles across the Caribbean, they arrived at a small coral island. Are the above ...
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Giving a speech to or giving a speech for?

I just read this tweet: “Timothee Chalamet gives a HELL OF A SPEECH for @JOSH_BENNY at #NBR for Best Original Screenplay” I am wondering if it’s correct to write “gives a speech for” I tough it ...
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Meaning “s'thing”

Today I have met such sentence, "Do s’thing of your own free will". I for the first time see such construction "s'noun". Unfortunately I could not find its meaning out. I suppose, it says about plural ...
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On or over - - which one should I use?

Which one of the two is correct/ natural?  a) I shouldn't have wasted money on this b) I shouldn't have wasted money over this
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Please interpret and analyze sentences

i have a one simple question. This is the lyric from the movie 'tangled'. "All those years outside looking in" I'd like to know more about this phrase. "outside looking in" Does that mean you're ...
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Can I just say 'there's always a first' omitting 'time for everything'?

I've seen just 'there's always a first' without 'time' and 'for everything'. Is it a standard usage?
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To look + adjective/adverb

Normally, you use adjectives for describing the way someone looks, e.g.: "He looks good". Following this logic, it should be: "You look shit". However, in a movie, someone said: "You look shitty". Is ...
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“Can” vs “could” vs “would”

I have a question regarding the usage of can, could, would. I know can Is less polite when it is used to request people to do things. I know would and could also be used in a more polite way. But can ...
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What's the right form of verb in this sentence?

I found this sentence in the delivery note. Above mentioned Goods received in good condition. We are not responsible for the Goods after the delivery. Receiver's signature. My question why ...
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May I know which one is grammatically correct

Sue said, "Johnsy, don't move and promise me not to look out of the window." Sue told Johnsy not to move and to promise her not to look out of the window. (OR) Sue told Johnsy not to move ...