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How do I explain this "....not....,(comma) but" sentence

In my reading I saw a sentence that can be seen here. But I dont understand the structure. ....not..., but.... Is it correlative conjunction or something else? Also there is comma. But in "not... ...
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What is the structure of the sentence The living be cursed?

What is the usage of be here? Act as what element in the whole sentence?
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What structure/grammar point is this?

"Several disturbing dreams had given me a restless night, though I could only remember them vaguely. In one dream I recall shouting at someone and being involved in a fight. There was also ...
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Is "study abroad program" correct?

Is "study abroad program" correct? For me, in this phrase, "study" is a noun, "abroad" is an adverb, and "program" is a noun, so it doesn't make sense that ...
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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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commit somebody/yourself to doing something

This is from a news article : At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Coast Guard Capt. Jamie Frederick would not commit to searchers being able to perform a rescue, even if they were able to find ...
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"~that is seen as an example or a rule to be followed~"

This is the definition of the word 'precedent' in Oxford Dictionary. precedent noun: [countable, uncountable] an official action or decision that has happened in the past and that is seen as an ...
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What kind of clause is operating here?

In this sentence: This underlines once more what a disastrous act of aggression the war in Iraq was. In essence: "This shows what a disaster it was". "what [...] was" doesn't ...
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The structure “V-ing + of + noun”

Chewing of food Chew food I am wondering if they are the same. When and why do we use the structure [ V-ing + "of" + noun ] ?
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Is it meaningful to say "deter or at least hinder"?

In the following sentence is it clear what I mean by saying "deter or at least hinder"? I want to say that the ideal is to completely prevent bad crowds from doing their business, but if it ...
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Word preceding "of"?

What do you call the word preceding "of"? A of B the paintings of Monet I mean the words "A" and "the paintings" in these examples. I forgot how you call it. Sorry, we ...
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what kind of structure is this sentence: "Is he like Patrick to look at?"

This sentence is from a famous British film(Downton Abbey). There is a guy whose face was completely hurt in the war and being treated in a hospital. Almost all of the face is wrapped in bandages, and ...
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about the structure of 'prohibiting doing something'

Can I use the altered sentences instead of the original sentence? The original sentence is from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. the original sentence: The high cost of equipment prohibits many ...
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"He/she and Name" and "name and I"

I often see the he/she and [name] constructions. But I think I've never seen the I and [name] construction. Examples: Tom averted Mark's eyes. Were he and Mark still in unfriendly terms? Tom averted ...
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“What is its name” vs “What is the name of it”

Let’s say a friend of mine is listening to a song, and I heard the song while he is listening to it; and I wonder what the song is called. Can I use these sentences interchangeably to ask him the name ...
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How to understand "or so it seemed to Harry" in this context

Seconds later, or so it seemed to Harry, he was woken by what sounded like cannon-fire as the door burst open. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I'm not quite sure how to understand "or so ...
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The meaning of "a something" in dictionaries

I always came across this definition in dictionaries(a something) . When a dictionary uses a something instead of something, does it mean I have to use countable noun? For example : The title of this ...
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