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What's the Predicative of the sentence `Our duty is to make our environment better.`?

Our duty is to make our environment better. What's the Predicative of it? is to make or to make our environment better?
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The temperature will increase "during" or "throughout" the night?

If I want to tell someone that the temperature is going to increase over the period of night, how can I say that? The temperature will increase during the night. or The temperature will increase ...
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Meaning of "the availability of vaccines **to** deep-seated logistical problems"

In much of the developed world, vaccine orders are soaring into the billions of doses, coronavirus cases are easing and economies are poised to roar back to life. In many less developed nations, ...
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Question with 2 subjects connected with "not only... but also..."

In case of "Not only . . . but also", the verb agrees with the second subject or the one that is nearest the verb: Not only I but also he is going to Japan. However, I'm struggling with ...
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Why does this sentence sound wrong?

I have a friend who doesn't speak English as his first language. He sent the following message to me: "Why does this guy actually looks very similar to Oliver?" which of course sounds ...
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Syntax.Analysis of a sentence

Can you help me to figure out what is the function of '' no power'' in this sentence. and what does the predicate ' have ' refer to? And what is the function of '' the setting ''? Is it predicative? ...
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Is the article "a" required before doubt"?

In Memento (2000), Leonard speaks about Mrs Jankins's feelings on Sammy Jankins: Leonard: She knew beyond a doubt that he loved her. Is the article "a" required before doubt"?
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to break something to be open

a) I broke the egg open. b) i broke the egg to be open. Is the sentence a) derived from sentence b) but with "to be" omitted?
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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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Which sentence is better grammatically?

I would like to have fewer classes on Friday than on any other day. I would like to have fewer classes on Friday than any other day. Is it redundant to use "on" twice?
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Question mark to epxress uncertainty?

Instead of using it to ask a question, can you use the question mark to express uncertainty? Who did that? I don't know? I always did this, but now I am not sure if I was using it wrongly all this ...
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Is this correct grammar?

One of the casters in a game said this about the betting odds of one of the teams playing at the time- "These are the best odds I have seen them have" Shouldn't it be "These have been ...
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Is the words "of his own" necessary here?

In Memento (2000), Leonard says to Natalie, who got beaten by Dodd: Leonard: I'll go see him. Natalie: And? Leonard: I'll give him some bruises of his own and tell him to look for a guy called Teddy. ...
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I know something to be being done? [closed]

a) I see the frog green. I know the frog to be green. b) I see the frog being caught. I know the frog to be being caught. c) The frog was seen being caught. The frog was seen to be being caught. ...
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Would only "leave" work here or could I use "go" as well?

...and suddenly he just got up and left. I must have said something wrong. It caught me a bit off guard, so I just let him go/leave without saying anything. Would only "leave" work here or ...
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Analysis of the sentence

Across the room, two galss doors stood open to a lavish balcony, where a light breeze played beneath a glistening cloud-swept moon. What is the function of ' a lavish balcony' here? Is it object? Is '...
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Through your help or with your help

Which is correct and why? Through your help I became a better person. or With your help I became a better person.
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1. Please tell me the place where you want to visit tomorrow. 2. Please tell me the place which you want to visit tomorrow. Which is correct?

Please tell me the place where you want to visit tomorrow. Please tell me the place which you want to visit tomorrow. Which do you think is more natural or likely to be spoken by native English ...
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A- and B-site or A- and B-sites?

They partially occupy both A- and B-site The interaction between A- and B-sites becomes strong. Here, which would be grammatically correct, A- and B-site or A- and B-sites?
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I wants it V/S I want it

I was watching this movie called The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. I've found that someone said the phrase 'I wants it' instead of 'I want it'. I've got confused. What does it mean?. Is there ...
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The difference including not and excluding not to verify something

Do these two sentences below have significant difference? My great-grandmother knew Winston Churchill. "What, not the Winston Churchill?" My great-grandmother knew Winston Churchill. "...
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"accept dreams as being real" or "accept dreams as real"

"During sleep, you accept unrealistic dream events as being real." "The elderly sometimes recall dreamed events as being real." When I think about "...accept/recall something ...
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There hasn’t been a test in which he didn’t/hasn’t

Can anyone tell me which sentence is correct, and if they are both correct, what is the difference between them? There hasn’t been a test in which he didn’t cheat. There hasn’t been a test in which ...
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He was nervous to start. / He was nervous about starting

Hope someone can help me. (Talking about school) He was nervous to start, but I think it's going OK. Is "to start" correct/natural if he was nervous to start school, you know, before he ...
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I've never thought of that [before]

Do these two sentences have the same meaning? I've never thought of that. I've never thought of that before. To me, the first means I've never thought of that, and implies I still don't think of it ...
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We still can’t sleep. / We can’t sleep yet

I asked about these two sentences in another forum sometime ago and I've been told the following possible meanings: We still can't sleep. - We've been trying to go to sleep, but we are unable to fall ...
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will experience vs experiences

Below I have two sentences which I will write for school. Not everyone will experience a pandemic in their lifetime. Not everyone experiences a pandemic in their lifetime. Afterwards I'm writing ...
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Was VS Had Been

In writing a scientific article, referring to previous studies, what is more appropriate? A model based on XXX was/had been applied on said YYY and the results showed that... I don't really grasp ...
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gratitude of her young vanity

Emma could not feel a doubt of having given Harriet's fancy a proper direction and raised the gratitude of her young vanity to a very good purpose, for she found her decidedly more sensible than ...
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Is there such an expression in the English Language: "In them days" [duplicate]

On a video on BBC web site, the speaker says this; In them days, that just did not happen. It struck me as soon as I heard it. And luckily there is the subtitles. It clearly says "In them days&...
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Does my sentence flow? [closed]

Does my sentence make sense? I want to make sure it flows. I'm happy that I had the least amount of cards remaining. I was told not to use the past tense and the present tense in the same clause. ...
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On the very material matrimonial point

Yes," said he, smiling. "You are better placed here; very fit for a wife, but not at all for a governess. But you were preparing yourself to be an excellent wife all the time you were at ...
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Talking about what a person used to do when they were alive

If I were to ask someone if the person they knew, used to do something before their death, should I ask it like this: Did he use to wear a hat while playing football? Or should it be: Did he used ...
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"You had a book published.". Does this sentence mean: 1-You got a book published. (causative) 2-You have got a book which was published

You had a book published. I get confused to figure out whether the sentence is in a causative structure(have something done) or a relative clause structure where relative pronon was omitted, because ...
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What is the suitable relative pronoun in this sentence :

I want to visit that university [insert word] students are fully committed to finding solutions to the world's energy problems. A. Whose B. Where or both? If "where" is correct, isn't it ...
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Role of 'that' in this sentence?

I am recently reading an English book to improve my English skills. In the book I am now reading, there is a sentence, There is nothing Hypnos and Morepheus can do to soothe your aching body, to calm ...
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I've always trusted Peter before or until now

Which sentence is better? I've always trusted Peter before. I've always trusted Peter until now. Now I don't trust him; I've just found he cheated on me. I think "before" is more natural ...
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There have been times that

There have been times that I've felt like I'm not enough. Or There have been times that I felt like I'm not enough. Or Has there been a time that you felt like you're not enough. Or Has there ...
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from here to the hotel vs from the hotel to here

It is two miles from here to the hotel. It is two miles from the hotel to here. The first example is commonly seen with no problem, but the second one seems not right. CGEL says "here" is ...
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Should we use definitive article `the` before `Sirik` in "Sirik water reservoir"?

Sirik is the name of a city in Iran and so I believe that the usage of definitive article the is not needed before Sirik in the following sentences while Grammarly suggests me to add the This report ...
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Should I use a comma before and (Comma Before And in Lists) in the following sentences?

Grammarly advices me to add , before and in the following phrases and sentences with the following comment It seems that this sentence contains a series of three or more words, phrases, or clauses. ...
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Subject-auxiliary inversion in affirmative answers?

I came across a sentence as follows. Most teachers attest to the superior intelligence Ralph has displayed. Because of this, one of the teachers wants to register him in a local quiz show. When he is ...
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how long have the eggs been boiled

Which make sense in the following context? How long have the eggs been boiled? How long has it been since the eggs were boiled? How long has it been since the eggs've been boiled? Seven days. They ...
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"I am joined by two guests today" or "I am joined with two guests today"?

I am joined by two special guests today. I am joined with two special guests today. I often hear the first one on TV and it makes sense. But, today I have seen the second one "joined with" ...
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I rewrote a nongrammatical sentence in a casual conversation

So, here’s another problem: how many people do you need in a room for there to be more than likely to have two people with the same birthday? I tried and rewrote the above sentence as below. 1. how ...
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Henry painted the house for four hours [closed]

What's the difference between these two sentences? Henry painted the house FOR four hours. Henry painted the house IN four hours.
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I've read War and Peace for two months

I've read War and Peace for two months. I've learned how to ride a bike for two weeks. These sentences don't work, because of the verbs. The present perfect tense of these verbs means completion, so ...
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I lent him money two years ago

Do the four sentences have the same meaning? I last lent him money two years ago. I lent him money for the last time two years ago. That was the last time I lent him money two years ago. That was ...
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this is the last time I lend you money

This is the last time I lend you money. I won't lend you again. I don't understand the tense in the sentence above. Why does the present simple I lend work? I can understand why we can use the future ...
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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 ...