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Rewriting sentences with nouns or verbs [closed]

How do I rewrite these sentences with the form in parentheses? I bought the new car because the salesperson impressed me with his offer. (impressive) My teacher gave us a very motivational talk ...
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Schools of thought in English Grammar and Usage?

Having read many posts here (ELL), and some at EL&U, it appears to me that many cases of English grammar (and usage) are debatable. It is likely that there are multiple authoritative sources on ...
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“Have you met her before” OR “are/were you met her before”

Have you met her before Are/were you met her before Which one is correct? If both are correct then in which situations should they be used?
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"industry" or "industrial"

From VOA Special English: Growers get industry news along with advice and information from experts. Why is it "industry" instead of "industrial"? I know that "news" is a noun, and generally in ...
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"what was at the time" expression

Is this sentence the expression "what was at the time" in the following sentence correct? At the end o my goal was to increase my knowledge in X and what was at the time one of the most exciting ...
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What does "factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life" mean in this text?

I am having trouble understanding the highlighted part of the following passage: Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the ...
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'all of which' vs. 'any one of which' vs. 'each of which'

1) ... if you tried to compare can't with cannot and can not, all of which are distinct in English, you'd end up ... 2) ... if you tried to compare can't with cannot and can not, any one of which ...
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Need with perfect infinitive

I know the difference between 1) I needn’t have done it (but I did it) – I didn’t need to do it (and I didn't do it.) But do these make sense? I have come across them being uttered or written by ...
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Let or may, what is the difference?

I remember reading that the verb "let" has two meanings. The first one expresses "urging": 1) Let the children go to bed. 2) Let he call me back when he is back. The second meaning expresses ...
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"Are they?" vs. "They are?"

This passage is from my textbook: We use have you? / isn't she? / do they? etc. to show interest in what somebody has said or to show surprise. 1): 'It rained every day during our holiday.' '...
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"It works" vs "It is working"

The photocopier broke down yesterday, but now it's OK. a) It is working again. It has been repaired. b) It works again. It has been repaired. What is the difference in meaning between those two ways ...
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"I've watched a video..." or "I've watched the video..."

I want to tell to my friends that I've watched some video and give them the link. How I should write this message in instant messanger or in twitter? I've watched a wonderful video about ... You ...
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Help with combining sentences

Could you help me check whether my combined sentences are correct or not? She was carrying a tray. The tray was filled with cakes. The cake were homemade. They were very delicious. ...
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“Life is too short to regret of …”

Life is too short to regret of not “living your dreams” that ultimately “make your life”. Is this sentence correct, or does it require corrections?
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What does this "as" mean?

Source Reality is what language, as Reality’s toothpicks-and-chewing-gum replica, will never be. What does this sentence mean? I am not sure how to interpret this "as" here.
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What is the function of "as" here?

I read this sentence in my workbook: Regaining the former glory as a port town in the Middle Ages, it is now a prosperous town. I've tried to simplify this below: I regained the innocence as a ...
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What does "But there I go, adopting" imply?

Source I thought that it meant "OK, I will accept this self loathing of the line but hey, the line is not bad, why bother?" Am I right? If I am right, I thought "and" should be "but" But there I go,...
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What does the end of this sentence mean?

http://www.berfrois.com/2013/11/ron-rosenbaum-on-auden-larkin-and-love/ I don't understand the structure of the second half of this. The stanza in which the line occurs is admittedly not his best, ...
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Imperative and subjunctive are finite or non finite verbs?

Come here! They demand that she be present at the meeting. Could you explain to me whether come and be are finite or non-finite verbs? Some sources on the web said these are finite verbs because it ...
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Where are finite verbs in these sentences?

I found these sentences from the internet. 1.Finite verbs usually follow their subjects: He coughs. The documents had compromised him. They will have gone. This web said that the bolded ...
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with that or without, the most formal way [duplicate]

I have this sentence There is an engine inside me that keeps saying "someone must be at the top, why isn't that you?" Should I put that or not? I know both ways are correct, but I am asking for ...
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What does this "of" mean?

From Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 31, Demogorgon: These days his name is sometimes used in a more generic way of something that is bizarre or monstrous. Is this "of" the same as ...
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Help with adjective phrases

I would like some help learning about "adjective phrases". Jane is in the meeting room. Does "in the meeting room" modify "is" or "Jane"? I think “in the meeting room” is an adjective phrase. Is ...
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Phrasal verbs and an object

I confuse about object of phrasal verbs. For example, She gave away all her money. “all her money” is an object of verb “ gave” or an object of adverb “ away”? And “all her money” is direct or ...
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Subject and Verb Agreement with Plural Proper Nouns

I don't understand well about the rules of Subject and Verb Agreement with Plural Proper Nouns. I found these sentences from the internet. The West Indies is a large group of islands that separate ...
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I don't understand the structure of this sentence

What does this sentence mean? Especially the "the process that today is long" part. The agency said that the procedure it set back in the 1970s for revising rules for older drugs "was ...
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What does this Emerson quote mean?

The following quote is from Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The doctrine of hatred must be preached as the counteraction of the doctrine of love when that pules and whines. I don't ...
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I'd like to know which tense is correct in sentences using "schedule and reschedule"

I have two sentences, using "schedule" and "reschedule" but I don't know which tense to use in each case. The festival is scheduled to take place next Sunday. Is is scheduled ...
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Is there an omission after 'or similar'?

First-year students will require: 1. Three sets of plain work robes (black) 2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear 3. One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar) ...
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Is this an abbreviated or a participial construction?

   "Some say he died. Codswallop, in my opinion. Dunno if he had enough human left in him to die. Some say he's still out there, bidin' his time, like, but I don' believe it. People who ...
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For the last Х years - with which tense

As far as I know "For the last Х years" requires the Present Perfect (continuous) and means that the action is still taking place. I have been building a house for the last three years. However, I ...
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find enclosed plus NP

Dear Mr. Potter, We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment. ...
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When to use "is agreed"?

The bank balance is agreed with the bank statement. I think this is grammatically incorrect. It sounds a bit bothering. The bank balance agrees/agreed with the bank statement. Does this one sound ...
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How to use "be + going to" and the present continuous?

I wonder how to use "be + going to" and the present continuous. For examples: If I say I’m leaving tomorrow. does that mean I’ve got my plane/train ticket? And if I say the sentence I’m ...
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What is the difference between two sentences

There are two sentences: He has two sons who become a doctor. He has two sons, who become a doctor. I am in Korea. In Korea, in the first sentence "He" (i.e. the person from the first ...
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Converting into interrogative sentence

Situation : A mom cooks a meal for her son, and the meal is ready. The son comes and asks his mom. Is the meal ready ? My question : please correct this sentence to a more colloquial question that ...
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Wh question structure

What you look like. What do you look like? When forming the wh question, do I need to use a verb or auxiliary verb in between wh and subject? What · he said · turned out to be true? What · ...
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Are my interpretations correct?

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2013/09/where-nokia-went-wrong.html What do they following mean? Does the following mean, because after a year(2014) this company may be found to have ...
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Suitable tense for specific time

I understand that when we use the past continuous tense, our listener usually understands what time we are talking about. Like, "I was working at 10 pm last night." However, I saw a sentence in a ...
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comparative phrase with put together

"Comb your hair!" he barked, by way of a morning greeting. About once a week, Uncle Vernon looked over the top of his newspaper and shouted that Harry needed a haircut. Harry must have had more ...
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Difference between 'One to One' and 'One on One'? [duplicate]

I've had this confusion for a long time: what is the difference between one to one and one on one? Which one is more appropriate: We will have one to one meeting? We will have one on one meeting?
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Title Fact Opinion [closed]

What does Title Fact Opinionrefer to in the sense of a gramatical construction, or as a function word. My girlfriend has to define it. I have been speaking english my entire life, but I have no idea ...
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It has been developed vs It is being developed [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following sentences? It has been developed vs It is being developed It has been held vs. It is being held Which tense is "is being" used here and ...
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How was I supposed to reply?

I am an indian. Today I called a receptionist. She told me that I must submit my form by today. I was shocked and so I said "What?Today itself?" She said "Yes today only" I know both of us are wrong ...
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Is this as a relative pronoun?

The scene was not without a mixture of awe, such as must always invest the spectacle of guilt and shame in a fellow-creature, before society shall have grown corrupt enough to smile, instead of ...
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What part of speech is 'there'?

When I read about the two famous grammar books - The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, I happened to across a very interesting sentence ...
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Best grammar-checking software [closed]

What is the best grammar-checking software to check the grammar errors in novels and screenplays? I heard about Grammarly and Whitesmoke but I'm not sure which is good.
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Complete or Completed with present tense or future tense [closed]

End of the day if it will not complete tell me End of the day if it will not completed tell me End of the day if it is not complete tell me End of the day if it is not completed tell me Which ...
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Can a game be a subject in the sentence? [closed]

Where is the basketball game? (A Korean middle school English textbook) The sentence seems to ask where they are playing basketball. I’d like to know if the sentence is proper and natural, for I’m ...
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what role does this 'at heart' take?

You might belong in Gryffindor, Where dwell the brave at heart, Their daring, nerve, and chivalry Set Gryffindors apart; (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) It seems somewhat awkward ...