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How does "the + comparative adjective" work here?

I was reading chapter 5 of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells and came across this sentence: "This smoke was so bright that the deep blue sky overhead and the hazy stretches of brown common ...
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Past perfect or past simple in these sentences

I know this is not really a new question but . . . I got a letter from John yesterday. We were at school but I lost touch with him because he was very ill and could not go to school anymore. ...
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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 so ...
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What are the difference between these two sentences?

The bullied schoolboy appeared on television, and The bullying schoolboy appeared on television. What is the difference in meaning. Is it that the 1st sentence subject is the victim?
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How to understand 'by' in "until by..."

From Andrew Radford. (2004). English Syntax: An Introduction. p.4.: From this point on, there is a rapid expansion in their grammatical development, until by the age of around 30 months they have ...
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Anastrophe grammar words

These triumphs were not enough to preserve him from the consequences of the merging of Aberdeen’s two Universities in 1860 when, incredibly, the powers that be decided that it was Maxwell out of the ...
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How to know when to use preposition with an adverb of place?

I saw a video of an English tutor saying that we say: I am going home, not I am going to home. because home is an adverb here. Why do we not follow the same guidance with sentences like: I am ...
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'Depends on what's you goal' and 'Depends on what your goal is'

Why does "that depends on what's your goal for life" sound less proper than "that depends on what your goal for life is"? This is one of the few times in English when it sounds ...
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two simultaneous events with the same subject?

Source 1 : Compact Advanced Student's Book There is an explanation in the book. two simultaneous events with the same subject; the participle clause normally comes second Example: The woman hurried ...
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Are "can" and "be able to" interchangable in these examples?

To me, the following sentences sound correct. The computer crashed yesterday but I could fix it. She could pass the exam, even though she hadn't studied much. However, my grammar book states that ...
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I didn’t think Vs I have never thought

A scene in a novel I am reading. Mr A just finished doing something surprising for Mrs B. C is standing next to Mrs B, and asked: Was you surprised? Mrs B answered like this: The author wrote: (1) I ...
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In this sentence, should I use "hit" or "hits"?

In this sentence, should I use hit or hits? I threw a small stone, then I was worried about a car with a driver inside; if the stone hit the car, I would be miserable.
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Wrong Past Perfect Tense Structure

I read this sentence: After we had eaten lunch, we flew our kites. I feel like this sentence has a weird structure, although it's grammatically correct. I feel like saying this is better: After we ...
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Usage of "his + Ving"?

I'm completely fine with both these sentences: I am sure of my brother's passing the exam. I am sure of my brother passing the exam. So I suppose it's OK to use "his + Ving" or "him + ...
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Conditionals without 'if'

I can see lots of sentences like "You touch my bag again, I kill you." I guess this is also a conditional, even though I don't see any 'if' clauses. (Am I right?) In this case, can I say &...
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How to use the future tenses

When I'm 25 years, I will have graduated from university and ....... for a job. a) will look b) be looking c) will have looked d) am going to look (1) I think the sentence will be OK and ...
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Is "have had" grammatical and natural here?

Context: A divorced father has had his son over for a few hours and they ended up having a heated argument that ruined the evening. His ex-wife talks with him two days later. She is angry and says ...
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correct usage/sentence structure

The terrorists had used their influence — fear— to keep the women as prisoners. The power of believing in the myth (fear) kept its spirit alive. How should these types of examples be punctuated? ...
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"The+ comparative" form

I know that when something changes (whether it increases or decreases in size, number, or whatever) along with another change, it can be expressed with " the+ comparative, the+ comparative" form. ex) ...
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What kind of grammar (structure) is used in this sentence? "only to be brought low themselves"

I saw the following sentence: Throughout literature we find recurring tales of forthright people who are outspoken in condemning illegal practices only to be brought low themselves when they, or ...
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I had not (or never) known that he was a vegetarian

(Before someone told me that he was a vegetarian) I had not known that he was a vegetarian. I had never known that he was a vegetarian. It seems that the first sentence is correct while the second ...
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Is the preposition "for" missing, though at the end of the relative clause?

I've come across this sentence in a document. Newly-built village houses refer to village houses for which a certificate of compliance is applied. Is a "for" missing after "applied&...
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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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Can we use infinitive clauses with prepositions at the end of them for a purpose?

Do they always have to be next to nouns? Examples; To talk about, We should find a topic. To live lots of amazing moments with, I need some friends. To study with, I will invite my friend ...
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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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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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'....has long been...' or '...has been long....'

OALD's entry's example: The company has long been shunned by ethical investors. I always get confused with word order (unless they are 'adjectives' for what I know the order). The example is ...
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When do we use was/were with "headed", and when can it be omitted?

For instance, in a sentence such as this: Joe Biden headed for the White House on Monday for a meeting with Kamala Harris. What would the correct form be — Joe Biden was headed or Joe Biden headed?
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using V-ing after When

Actually I'm doing a Grammar exercise that require me to identify mistake in a sentence. Here's the sentence: (A)When hearing the weather forecast, we decide (B)not to go camping (C)in the (D) ...
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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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"Reflection off of surfaces" vs "Reflection of surfaces" vs "Reflection off surfaces"

In this link I came across this sentence: 1 Reflection of sound waves off of surfaces can lead to one of two phenomena. Is it a grammatical sentence? Isn't the usage of "off of" a little ...
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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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Phrases formed by pattern "preposition + adjective" such as: "In general", "In particular", "In short"

There are several structures formed by the pattern "In + Adj." such as: "In general", "In particular", "In short". Collins dictionary lists those three ...
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Should I replace the “can’t” with “won’t be able to”?

Should I replace the “can’t” with “won’t be able to” in the following sentences? Example 1 A: Do you know where to buy some apples? B: Why? A: They have some of the best apples in the world here, and ...
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bartering items by exchanging this with this?

He's now bartering items by exchanging this with this I was told that you should use "for" instead of "with", but then someone told me it's ok to use "with" if you want ...
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- Dad, John doesn't want to go to school today! / - He shall!

How idiomatic is this dialogue? -- Dad, John doesn't want to go to school today! -- He shall! (whether he likes it or not, and I will make sure he does!)
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Holds no benefits to alleviate the problem

Two people are arguing/quarrel and the arguing/quarrel they have will not alleviate the problem the already have. It is like someone telling him that stop arguing/quarrel that won't alleviate the ...
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Conditional questions

I am confused about the conditionals in English. Why is it necessary to add "had" in the third conditional but not in the second conditional? They are both similar but the difference is that ...
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What does "the" specify in the given sentence?

Sentence - "The" healthy food is important for people. What does "the" specify? Does it specify a particular food which is healthy as "food" is the head noun. If it ...
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How should I clarify specifically the contents of the license (characters, format, structure, newlines) should remain unaltered?

Permission is hereby granted to all parties to copy and distribute copies of this license document provided that the contents of the copy of the license document remains completely unaltered without ...
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verb form allowed after 'other than'

“Gold plating in the project means needlessly enhancing the expected results, namely, adding characteristics that are costly, not required, and that have low added value with respect to the targets ― ...
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Remaining time until due time

Which one is right: 1-there is much time until due date 2-there is long time until due date 3-Much time is left until due date
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What is the grammar of the conditional "If students are having difficulties..., early detection can help"?

I read an essay, and one of the sentences is like this. If students are having difficulties with basic skills like reading, writing and mathematics, early detection can help educators to remediate ...
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the category of ‘when’ in ‘when compared to other bicycles’

My inquiry below is related to the following link; Question participle phrase "compared to" I note BillJ’s and Mohd’s comment - ‘compared to the end of 2016’ in "There was a 10% ...
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Are they in apposition?

One afternoon, I saw that a group of journalists had gathered in a cluster in the lobby. From a distance and over their heads and outstretched devices, I saw Kees, standing at the center. He was ...
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is fun trying to solve

Many Americans consider the following bad. Do Brits find it bad too? The problem is fun trying to solve. I saw the following in a British dictionary definition: a difficult problem that is fun ...
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Grammar of despite

Q: Is my rephrasing grammatically correct? --Each artist has their own individual style but all artists share a common aim. Rephrase: Despite each artist's having their own individual style, all ...
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Which one is correct? I thought or I had thought

Imagine someone needed a water but I brought him tea by mistake. He say: I didn't want to drink tea. I say : sorry I thought you wanted to drink tea. Or Sorry I had thought you wanted to drink tea. ...
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Lacking of water or Lack of water

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? Lacking of water makes Death Valley a desert, but it is by no means devoid. Lack of water makes Death Valley a desert, but it is by no means ...
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