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"The sight of her rendered him speechless." — Why place "her" after nouns? Why not say just "Her sight rendered him speechless."?

britannica.com: (1) The sight of her rendered him speechless. "Of her" looks rather strange to me. I would have expected to see something like: (2) Her sight rendered him speechless. So, why ...
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What should "by category" modify?

I remember I learned somewhere that if I don't know where to place "by category", I can just place it after the verb "show" to modify "show". So I guess 1 is correct? I ...
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placement of "usually"

I have made up the sentences below. (1) Jack said people usually make requests politely using the word, please. (2) Jack said usually people make requests politely using the word, please. My non-...
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correct placement of [today]

I have made up the sentences today. (1a) I used the coupon that you gave me today. (1b) I used the coupon today that you gave me. What I mean is you gave me a coupon before. I used it today. What is ...
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correct placement of the phrase "with you right now"

I have made up the sentences below. (1) Do you have the money that you originally set aside for the picnic last week with you right now? (2) Do you have the money with you right now that you ...
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Can I use "ain't" in this context?

I have this original sentence: I have never been to that supermarket across the street. I would like to add the informal term "ain't". How do I integrate it in? I ain't never been to that ...
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Placement of "during"

I was taught that in English the "when part" of a sentence goes at the beginning of the sentence. However, I feel that when using "during X", it is preferable to include it at the ...
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took John to the hospital

a. I took John to the hospital unconscious. b. I took John unconscious to the hospital. c. I took John, unconscious, to the hospital. Which of the above are grammatical and meaningful? Obviously I ...
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Does "which" refer to the Chinese buzzwords or the social changes and cultures?

The Chinese buzzwords usually reflect the social changes and cultures, some of which are increasingly popular with the foreign media. I saw this sentence in an exam. What is the antecedent of " ...
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Place of the phrase [closed]

The "No Disc Inserted" error appeared on the screen. The error "No Disc Inserted" appeared on the screen. Where should I use the phrase before “error” or after “error”?...
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"The same X when doing Y as in Z" vs. "the same X as in Z when doing Y"

I don't know what the proper placement of the conjunction "as" is between "the same X when doing Y as in Z" and "the same X as in Z when doing Y". Example: [The same X ...
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position of "Addressing concerns over the impact of the release"

What's the difference between the following sentences? Suppose the sentence occurs in the third paragraph of a news report, and the first paragraph mentions the decision faces opposition from home and ...
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Phil, in his bedroom, texted Jane

a. In his bedroom, Phil texted Jane. b. Phil, in his bedroom, texted Jane. Wouldn't you say that there are three slightly different ways to understand these sentences? Phil, who was in his bedroom, ...
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Stitched ripped clothes vs stitched and ripped clothes

I think that stitched ripped clothes are clothes whose the ripped part is stitched and stitched and ripped clothes are clothes whose the stitched part is ripped. Am I right? In this context, the ...
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Where should I use "over the past decade" in this sentence?

It seems to me that it is better to use 'over the past decade' at the start of this sentence rather than the end, although I am not too sure why! "There is an ever increasing number of people ...
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I don't think you should have done that

a. I don't think you should have done that. b. I think you shouldn't have done that. c. I don't think you should go there. d. I think you shouldn't go there. Is there any difference between the ...
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Where would I place "at least" in the following sentence?

I have a question, where should I place my "at least" in the following sentence, lemme first show what's the meaning of my sentence: Maybe I won't get the gold medal, but I surely still ...
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Difference between 'a place good for' and 'a good place for'

Take a look at these sentences: a. This is a place good for business. b. This is a good place for business. Is there any difference between the meanings of the above sentences?
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