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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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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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