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"Mark Twain is a famous author. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Write this as a non-defining relative clause

"Mark Twain is a famous author. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Write this as a non-defining relative clause. I tried this problem, but I was confused about which clause had greater ...
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Using would in that-clauses following glad, surprised etc

In a recent episode of Eastenders , a pastor said: I am so disappointed that you would think so little of me to a member of his community who he's arguing with, My question is: using would in the that-...
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Appositives with people's names. Occupation

a) Sam a boxer (the is possible) -> ___??? boxer Sam b) Sam a nurse -> ___??? nurse Sam c) Sam a painter -> ___??? painter Sam d) Kate ...
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"This is also the case for" usage

We can see that 15% of the British were over 65 years of age in 1985, with a prediction of a rise to about 23% in 2035. _________. In the blank, I want to add a sentence which means the figure for ...
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were thus to be taken "with a grain of salt", and therefore less seriously

Hypotheses of the phrase's origin include Pliny the Elder's Naturalis Historia, regarding the discovery of a recipe for an antidote to a poison.[2] In the antidote, one of the ingredients was a grain ...
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Present perfect tence witth "for"

I have received a letter every month for ten years. It is correct? Because I can't understand that it wants to mean 1.I have received a letter in the last ten years. Or 2.It has been ten years since I ...
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Can I call survey respondents "the surveyed"?

To my mind, the + adj = adj people. For example, the old = old people and the poor = poor people. I wonder if this rule applies to all adjectives. In this case, it's the past participle "surveyed&...
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She is still needing to pay her rent

She is continuing to pay her rent although is is presently living abroad. Can one use present continues form, as needing?
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This is our first /the first test this term

This is our first test this term. This is our the first test this term. Which one is right?Shouldn’t we put the in front of first? And why?
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Possible grammar error in textbook by National Geographic

I came across this sentence in a textbook called Reading Explorer (Level 2, 3rd edition, page 31) published by National Geographic. I think the verb here should be the past form "sang" ...
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"Giant diamond teardrops and swooping strings of chandelier glass hang imperious and heavy over the tables."

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe) William takes in the ballroom's high ceiling, the pink and white embellishments, looping and twisting in and out of the alcoves. Giant diamond teardrops ...
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"Courtesy [was] extended" - how does adding or removing "was" affect the meaning?

The meeting was not an obligation, but a courtesy extended by both parties. Is this sentence correct? I think "was extended.." in place of "extended" will fit.
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How to properly provide data using parentheses

The expected number of Roma visits Americans made was highest, at 80 thousand, followed by about 50 thousand (Canadians) and 20 thousand (Mexicans). Here I'm reporting the numbers of visits to Roma ...
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"Let us do start" Right or wrong

"Let us do start" Is this sentence has any error? This is a message send by my English teacher in a group. I asked from the teacher that it is true or not. The teacher answered me that it ...
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What is the noun for imperative?

I heard that there are four types of sentences: declarative sentence, for declaration interrogative sentence, for interrogation exclamatory sentence, for exclamation imperative sentence, for ...? ...
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What makes the difference?

I think sometimes we use “use” when we have more than the intended action to do with the item we want. See the comparison below Example 1 A: I need a place to store these mugs. B: There should be an ...
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"not until" and "only" - which part of the sentence is inverted and why?

In one of my grammar books, there are two examples how to use "not until" and "only" in a sentence: Not until the next day did I hear that I had got the job. Only at the end of ...
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The concept of the articles [closed]

It may be obvious from the title of the question (or it may be not, I can't say) that I don't understand the concept of articles. I don't have them in my native language. We take the needed info from ...
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MAKING SUGGESTIONS - It+ MODAL + be a good idea to +infinitive (What Modals can logically be used with this structure)

"It might be a good idea to get home early." With this basic structure for offering a suggestion, we have the modal "might". Am I able to use other modals to communicate a ...
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If a figure was mostly increasing, with occasional decreases, can I say "it generally increased during the period"?

For example, in this chart, can I write, "Spending on health research generally increased during the period"? My concern is mostly about how I use the word "generally" here.
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Is it possible to read 4,500,000,000 as four thousand five hundred million?

Is it possible to read 4,500,000,000 as four thousand five hundred million? I know the number is four billion five hundred million, but wonder if there is another option.
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Flap t/d after r-controlled

I' m struggling with flap t/d after r-controlled vowels in words like chortle, startle, mortal, turtle. I thought of dropping the r before the flap but I noticed that when omitted the r-controlle it ...
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Is a subordinating clause always an incomplete sentence?

Cambridge University: When a clause follows these (subordinating) conjunctions , it becomes a subordinate clause, which needs a main clause to make a complete sentence. Link Let's take a look at ...
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Can subordinating conjunctions connect the same grammatical type too?

Cambridge University mentioned: Coordinating conjunctions connect items which are the same grammatical type, e.g. words, phrases, clauses. Link 🔗 I've provided an example of sentence in which a ...
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Would you say "I would like to express my worries ON/IN or ABOUT"?

I know ABOUT is way more common but could you also use: ON? I asked ChatGPT (sorry) this same question and it gave me the following answer: "I would like to express my worries on the current ...
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When we reduce an adverbial clause, does the two clauses always have to be linked in some way besides having the same subject?

... Considerable decreases were witnessed in the figures for India and China seven years later, with Asian elephant populations of around 7500 and 500 respectively. Sinking even more dramatically, ...
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Past perfect tense different

It is a imagine, not reality "My niece hates me.Because I did not take care of her when she was a child." I know the sentence is acceptable in use of tense. If I use present perfect "My ...
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What does "over" and "average" real mean here?

"your final list of grades showing an average overall grade of at least 80 and an average grade for Physics of at least 80 over the last three years of secondary high school." What I need to ...
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Why use "IT" when there is nothing that "IT" could be referring to in the preceeding sentence? --- "I don't think it truly did."

This is from a conversation on a TV show where they talk about how to tell your children if you are dignosed with cancer. ITV-how to tell about your cancer diagnosis to family (see:0:30 - 0:50) TV ...
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Can a colon lists out multiple incomplete sentences?

I raised a similar question here, but the bulleted list example in the only answer to that question confused me, just like this case, as below, I encountered here: A user agent may terminate service ...
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Which one of the sentences is type 1 conditional and which one is type 0?

Which one of the following sentences in bold is type 1 conditional 1 and which one is type 0 in the following examples? Example 1 A: There’s something wrong with my keyboard. B: What’s wrong? A: I can’...
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What type of "it" is used in "It had been agreed…"?

What type of "it" is used in this sentence: It had been agreed that they should all meet in the big barn as soon as Mr. Jones was safely out of the way.
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What should learners do when native speakers give contradictory advice?

It has happened to me a lot in this forum. I asked a question. Some native speakers commented on my post. And don't get me wrong, I really appreciate it. But sometimes, the helpers give contradictory ...
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their or its counterparts

Overall, there was an increase in female fitness membership throughout the period examined, while the opposite was true for their/its male counterparts. Should it be their or its here? I think since ...
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After watching TV, he went out. Is the word watching a gerund or a present participle in the given sentence?

After watching TV, he went out. Is the word watching a gerund or a present participle? Gerunds follow prepositions as objects of the preposition, but in the above sentence seems like a present ...
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Past perfect tense "emphasize"

I understand that "he was warned from the moment he entered"is in the same timeline "Michael was warned from the moment he entered the factory that Andy was a local version of a grim ...
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Is there a way to clearly distinguish between scenarios that accept both “can” and “will be able to” and those only “will be able to”?

Is my analysis correct? I think in type 1 conditionals, "can" and "will be able to" are both acceptable in some scenarios while in others not. "Can" means opportunity or ...
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Confused about 'word of'

I came across a sentence today: Our client said this would be our last deal, seeing as word of our plan got out. What does the phrase 'word of' refer to? Is it equal to '..., seeing as the detail/...
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"What for things should I pack?" Is this English?

"what for things should I pack?" I'm asking someone for help on what items I should bring, and shouldn't bring, for a trip. I've gotten curious if this question works.
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How do these sentences sound?

How do these sentences sound? Do these sentences sound natural to native speakers? If they reopen the border, he can transport the drugs out of the country on Monday. If he loses his recipe, he can’...
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Present perfect and past simple by using since and ago

I know the use of tense and I need to say simply.But I want to more experience in mind free because I am not native speaker.To clear out in my mind and to understand more usage of present perfect ...
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Two ways to use modal "can" to suggest doing something someone or oneself

I think there are two ways to use can to suggest doing something in a type 1 conditional A. can+preferable result after the completion of conditions in if-clauses Example 1: You can stop the war if ...
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A very complicatedly structured sentence

I was reading Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It when I encountered a very complicatedly structured sentence in the "September 30, 1993" section of ...
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Past perfect tense usage,Experession "Had thought"

This is an answer to the post, Sam walks down the street and sees a dog.The next day, Sam sees the same dog that he saw before. He had thought he would never see it again, but now he suspects he will ...
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What would you say to cover anything for the missing part? | "You're not too fat, you're not too short, you're not too .......... you think you are."

Imagine someone is very critical of themselves, and he/she thinks, "I am too fat, I am too short, I am too this and too that etc.", whereas they are not. And you want to boost their ...
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What makes the differences?

What makes the differences? You can walk home if you get your crutch. (Can should be replaced with “will be able to” otherwise it sounds like the other person will be permitted to walk him if he gets ...
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"How IT IS we forget languages." --- Is this an inverted version of "How IS IT we forget languages."?

This is from the title of an article on bilingual people forgetting a language. How it is we forget languages. Physchology Today-Language forgetting The structure "How it is ......" has ...
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Neither was vs. Neither were [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in this article (https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2024/03/american-satellites-russia-ukraine-war/677775/): "Neither company was willing to say whether it had ...
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the percentages or percentage of three different groups

In a graph showing data on people using the Internet in Korea, Japan, and China, a writer wrote: The line graph compares the percentage of people in three countries who used the Internet between 1999 ...
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Can I remove "that among" in the following sentence?

In addition, poverty was more common among people with children compared to that among those who did not live with their kids. That here refers to poverty and I feel like I should compare the poverty ...
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