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is this sentence from "baby honey(the Pastel's song),an example of good english grammar

There is magic in her beautiful eyes Justify the tears I’ve cried found this sentence in the pastel's song" baby honey " ,I know that songs are not always the best example of "good grammar" but the ...
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With or without “that”/“which”

I'm trying to understand something about the following sentence: The graph highlights data about how much gas was produced in Russia between 2003 and 2008. Would it be correct to include "that" or "...
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There or That. In the text below, how should I write this sentence?

I am doubtful as I describe the following phrase: Seeing is believing - that's an old saying. Or should I describe it as: Seeing is believing - there is an old saying.
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What does “was so that” mean?

What does "was so that" mean in the following sentence, The reason for coconuts was so that we would all have something to eat. (source: Shadow and the coconut caper written by Richard Hays) ? ...
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Is this sentence missing the relative pronoun “that”?

He will support whichever candidate wins. (source) This sentence strikes me as missing a relative pronoun. I thought it should read: He will support whichever candidate that wins. Per relative ...
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Why without 'that' or comma between 'chances are' 'it involves'? And why 'fall on'?

Why without comma or point between 'chances are' 'it involves'? But whichever side people fall on -- a big breakfast or small one -- chances are it involves a cup of coffee or tea.
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What's the use of “that” in this case?

What's the difference between the two? You know that it is true. You know it is true. Are those the same perfectly in conversation?
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The movie THAT I want to see is called … or… the movie I want to see is called [duplicate]

The movie that I want to see is called... or The movie I want to see is called.... From reading up on it I understand that both are grammatically correct, but why is the one without that used ...
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omitting “that” is “so … that …”

Is it considered informal to omit "that" in "so ... that ..."? What would style guides say about the following? John is so intelligent (that) he can learn any language in two months. If this ...
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Can “when” also be used with “that”?

There was a time when my brothers played with me that I felt unhappy. Is this sentence grammatically legal? I know the sentence would be more concise if it was just "There was a time when my brothers ...
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What are you sorry that you couldn't do?

Is it possible to ask about the part after "that" ? What are you sorry that you couldn't do? Where are you happy that you will go? What friend of yours are you happy will come to visit ...
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He believes that the world is round OR He believes the world is round

Which of the following sentences look better in formal writing: "He believes that the world is round" OR "He believes the world is round"
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The town I was born in vs. The town that I was born in

As examples which ones correct of following ? The town I was born in had a tree. The town that I was born in had a tree ? The town which I was born in had a tree ?
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One sentence seems to be two sentences

There seem to be 2 sentences in the following. " He recently noticed something abnormal about the way this present generation of teens is developing." "He recently noticed something abnormal about the ...
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Do I have to use multiple “that”s for the multiple clauses?

Which is correct between the followings? We assume that (clause), and that (clause). We assume that (clause), and (clause). My sentence is as follows: We define a function f with respect ...
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“Hope (this or it) helps?

Just wondering what's more appropriate, after reading this conversation It's "Hope it helps" correct? or better "Hope this helps"? Practically, is better to use it or this? Or it may depend if we ...
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Difference between “That I brought” vs “I brought”

What is the difference between these two sentences? This is a book that I brought from the library. This is a book I brought from the library. Do both work? If so why do they both work?
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What difference does the placement of “that” make?

Consider the following sentences: See the experiments reported in the chapters related to machine learning. See the experiments that are reported in the chapters related to machine learning. See the ...
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a peculiar use of “that”

Is the following use of that natural? I suspect it's an error. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the ...
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The position of “that”

His reputation largely rests on his role as a founder and guiding spirit of EPW, the series of essays and monographs launched in 1882 that took up the critique of the modern state. What does "That" ...
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what is the meaning of this sentence and what is the verbs?

I am confused with the sentence below, I can't understand it grammatically. Can you please tell me about the meaning of it? Why does it have 3 verbs? It is understood no complaint has been received ...
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Do I need one ‘that’ or two in the following sentence?

You need something to look forward to. To light up your heart. To forget that you’re walking in the dark. Sure, sometimes you’ll discover (that) that something doesn’t exist. But so what? That ...
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“Assume something be” or “Assume something is”?

I am writing a scientific paper. I am not sure about the usage of "assume." Should I say "Let us assume x is real," or should I say "Let us assume x be real"?
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She said shyly some things are not for sharing [closed]

In our bathroom there is a bottle of shower gel (see picture), and whenever I see it I wonder if there is something wrong with me or with the text. The text says: Maybe I won[']t tell you she said ...
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I hope that the reds win(,) and (that) he scores

How do you properly punctuate the sentence? Is the comma omitted because I hope modifies both clauses? Is the second that redundant? A. I hope that the reds win and that he scores. B. I hope that the ...
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Is 'that' optional after linking verb?

I know for a fact that for some verbs like 'say', 'indicate', 'know', 'claim', the deletion of 'that' is usually optional, though it's safer to include it. However, does the same apply when 'that' is ...
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Is “I'm just doing things that everyone needs to do” a correct sentence?

Is "I'm just doing things that everyone needs to do" a correct sentence? form 1. The things you need to do. form 2. The things that you need to do. form 1. I'm just doing things everyone needs to ...
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Is there anything (that) happened (that) you particularly remember?

With formal writing Should we keep or omit "that"? or Is it optional? Is there anything (that) happened (that) you particularly remember?
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About the dropped “that” as a conjunction before a clause

I stumbled upon a website with the following paragraph: MBIE has launched an investigation into claims Chinese galvanised steel coil imports have been dumped on the local market, causing "...
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Should I use “is” or “is that” after “what I like about something”

In my everyday English, I frequently use the "What I like about something" structure. However, I'm not certain whether it can be complemented with both forms: "is that" and "is". Let me illustrate my ...
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where the suffix indicates the address is part of… — is this grammatically correct?

Source: The ABCs of IP Addressing by Gilbert Held (2002) Example: The information to the right of the pair of forward slashes represents what is referred to as the fully qualified domain name (...
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Omission of “that” (in this text)

I'm trying to re-write published newspaper articles for practice writing. The original reads: We seem to forget that we all have some rights over the government. The government has come into being ...
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How do I avoid using the double “that that”s in my writings?

I have a terrible habit of saying "that that"; what words can I use to mitigate this? Here are two examples: I believe that that movie was immoral. I went to Walgreens and found out that that ...
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Should I use “that” in this situation?

My question is that which of the followings is correct? My question is [...] My question is that [...] for example should I use that in the first sentence of this post or not?
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With that or without “that”, which one is more formal to write?

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 write that or leave it out? I know both ways are correct, but I am ...