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of vs for grammar

In this sentence the British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine's government with a pro-Moscow administration. Can I use "for" instead of "of"? ...
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How to analyze the structure "as by ..."

In the fourth book of New Concept English, there is such a sentence as It is almost always due to some very special circumstances that traces of land animals survive, as by falling into inaccessible ...
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They saw my touching the chair?

a) They heard my arriving (my playing/my singing). – Gerund b) They saw my touching of the chair. - Gerund - wrong They saw me touching the chair. Could you, please, explain why the ...
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Complex Object with words that express desire/intention and infinitive Verb in passive

What is the way Complex Object shall be constructed if words that express desire/intention are used as predicate and infinitive Verb is in passive? a) I prefer it to be done. b) I prefer it done. c) I ...
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"It is done" what is the sentence structure?

It is done Is "done" in the above sentence an adjunctive or a verb? Or is it a simple past tense in passive form. If so why "is" is used. Please clarify what is the structure of the sentence. This ...
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«The more that farther data are correlated, the higher L is» Is this correct?

I've wrote the following sentence: «The more that farther data are correlated, the higher L is» I mean to say that the farther data points are correlated, and the more correlated they are, the higher ...
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by a/the bank holding the shares

Below is an excerpt from the article Can Stocks Be Traded on More Than One Exchange? A depositary receipt can be issued on a foreign exchange by the bank holding the shares with or without the ...
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I saw/have seen him while I was there

Let’s say that while on a vacation I run across someone I knew. By now, the vacation has already ended. Which of the following sentences is correct? I saw him while I was there. I’ve seen him while I ...
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Complex or compound-complex?

I don't understand what type of sentence is this. Is "and" a coordinating conjunction here? Is it a sentence with two relative clauses? "This is the reflection of who you are and who you have ...
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'Whenever' with future time clause

Question is simple.. My friend asked me 'When will you sleep?' My answer should be.. 'Whenever I'll feel sleepy.' Or 'Whenever I feel sleepy.'
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What form of verbs do I use after 'but'

I wanted to know how do we use verbs after but I do nothing but missing you I do nothing but miss you Which one is correct? I think it is the first one, but I actually don't know it's just a ...
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differences between Closes and closed

Is there any differences between these sentences: she closes her store during weekends she closed her store during weekends
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"be being left" vs "have been left"?

The leftover is no longer edible for it _____ on the table for hours. (a) is being left (b) has been left Are both choices correct? I think since there is "for hours" there it indicates a ...
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Usage of 'the' in sentences

Is the needed in the following sentences? What does the sentences with and without the mean? (The) people who stand by you in your tough times are the best friends of yours. This notice is for (the) ...
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Proper usage of "I wish it would....... so I ......"

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "I wish it would rain so I hang my dirty clothes outside" Or should it be more like: "I wish it would rain, so I would hang my dirty clothes outside" ...
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introduced to you/you to/for you/you for

A: He has dated a lot of women. B: No, I haven't. C: How many has he introduced to you/you to/you for/for you? A: Three only this year. But he dumped them all. If C is asking about how many ...
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Tense with relative clause

What is the correct answer to the following question? Which one is correct and why? Why not the other? I need explanation. Thank you in advance! Ernest Hemingway ___ one of those people who ___ in ...
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Is "neither" used correctly here?

I know you can use "neither" in the next sentence if the previous one has a negation (e.g. don't, can't, etc.). I'm not sure about "never." Example sentence: Your friendships ...
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Using would with present tense

Is this correct? I would buy it if it actually does what it is supposed to do? Should we replace this sentence with this? If so, please explain. I would buy it if it actually did what it was supposed ...
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sentence analysis

sentence analysis I see there is more than grammar function for a clause of (that ) Here is example : She could not accept the reality that her father had died. One grammar book tells ( that her ...
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"So I am a younger brother to 3 siblings..." Does this mean there are 4 siblings or 3 siblings in total?

"I am a younger brother to 3 siblings." I thought the sentence means "I am the youngest of 3 siblings." But then I got confused because maybe the sentence means "There are 4 ...
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Use of 'and' with perfect tenses for regular verb

It is clear that when the verb is irregular we don't repeat auxiliary in perfect tense "she has danced and sung a good song." but if the verb is regular, omitting auxiliary confuses it for ...
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How do you write this sentence? [closed]

Grammar Which sentence is correct. For which thing was I appointed? For what was I appointed?
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Appear in the exam or appear for the exam?

The following sentence is from the web : Can I appear in the exam next August when the final year of my graduation will have commenced? I think it should be appear for the exam in place of appear in ...
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What is different in any day, someday, one day?

I'm wondering about the differences between in any day, someday, one day Are they perfectly synonymous? OR they have some differences?
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What is the difference in meaning betweee the structure "not...or," "neither...nor, " and "not...nor/neither"?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following sentences? My tablet isn't good or bad. My tablet is neither good nor bad. My tablet isn't good, nor is it bad. My tablet isn'...
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I've just seen a book title 'What You Make It'. This is grammatically right, isn't it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_You_Make_It Well, is it this structure, 'subject + verb + object + objective complement'? And I heard the phrase 'Life is what you make it.' How about omitting 'it'...
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A good place to start would be (with)

I have a question about some sentence in this Economist article: Reserve prison for the worst offenders. Divert the less scary ones to drug treatment, community service and other penalties that ...
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Have you ever been going or have you gone

Is it correct to say: "Have you ever been going on a trip to London without your parents before?" or is is better to say "Have you gone on a trip to London without your parents before??"
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Compound subject with or without conjunction?

1) John, Mary, and Sam are best friends. 2) John, Mary, Sam are best friends. In sentence 1, the compound subject used the conjunction "and"(John, Mary, and Sam) and in sentence 2, without ...
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What is the difference between these structures generally?

Didnt want you to/wouldnt have wanted you to Didnt expect you to/wouldnt have expected you to My second question: when we say for example :I didnt want you to cry /I wouldnt have wanted you to cry I ...
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verb 2 vs verb-ing

''I could get no further information from Mrs Fairfax about Mr Rochester,but instead she offered to show me round the whole house. We went through many large,impressive rooms,finally reaching the top ...
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Never + past simple. Help me understand the meaning please

I'm reading and learning an example dialog and can't understand the meaning of this phrase: You sit there staring at the screen and taking to yourself. You never even combed your hair. You look like a ...
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The structure of this sentence? "What does the man suggest is the best solution?"

"What does the man suggest is the best solution?" Could somebody explain the grammatical structure of this sentence to me like talking to a toddler...? ([what does the man suggest] itself is a ...
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Is "crashed into a field" correct?

He (driver) went off the road and crashed into a field. Would "into" be the correct preposition here? Does "crashed into a field" sound odd or is it completely natural?
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Sentence structure after a quotation [closed]

From Rendezvous with Rama: “Can’t you scientists do something about it?” they had been heard to complain bitterly when told that immediate face-to-face conversation was impossible between Earth and ...
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How many types of starting sentences are there?

___ about payments and account balances should be directed to our billing department. (A.): to inquire (B.): inquired (C.): inquires (D.): inquire in the test, said was the right answer is (C.): ...
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Throws himself down on

Context: Derek is standing on the top of a scaffold when a man starts shooting at him. Derek doesn't get hit. Derek throws himself down on the scaffold as the man keeps shooting. Derek throws ...
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Usage of "is planned" in sentence

I would like to don the hat as the hotel manager in your new restaurant which is planned to open next month. In this sentence, is it correct to use "is planned"
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relations to vs relations between

But that doesn't seem enough to make something a pain. It's true that pains are caused by injury, and they do make you hop and yell. But they also feel a certain way, and that seems to be ...
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Taking about something that happend in the past

I was wonder if you tell me your opinion about below statement specially tense "I can have special time for practicing what I had learn before"
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After a few hours or a few hours after

Which of these is correct and why? However, after a few hours of opening an incident occurred. or However, a few hours after opening an incident occurred.
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Use of comma in reduced adjective/relative clause

My first question is whether 1) The students who were well-organized passed the exam == 2) [reduced adjective clause] The students, being well-organized, passed the exam. If yes, my second ...
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Is this sentence correct in terms of structure: "By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years."

"By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years." This sentence is from a text in reply to a question: "What do native English speakers learn at school in the English ...
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price to be advised and quoted separately

price to be advised and quoted separately In the sentence above, is the word quoted a short form of to be quoted? Should it be price to be advised and quote separately? Edit to add more context: I ...
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Giant/giant's/giants- which is the right choice in the given context?

Microsoft recently offered a position to a teenager looking for a job at the American giant's. Microsoft recently offered a position to a teenager looking for a job at the American giants. Microsoft ...
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"Took an hour more" or "Took an hour longer"?

Example: Mr. Sour Cream took 30 seconds more/longer than Ms. Onion to complete the race. Should it be 'more' or 'longer'?
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Is "I hope I was of good help" idiomatic in English?

I was talking to a friend and I wanted to say something like: "I hope I was of (good/any) help." The phrase "be of help" is used in expressions like "How can I be of help?&...
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Which is correct: "a same...of" or "the same...of"?

Examples: They boys have a/the same weight of 40 kg. The roads have a/the same distance of 10 km. We would normally say "the same...", but "a weight/distance of..." Which is ...
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in Christmas spirit

She's been working very hard to get him in Christmas spirit. Is "in Christmas spirit" the grammatical and natural way to say it? Also, could someone explain to me what it means to be in ...

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