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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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for her addiction

a. We heard a lot of criticism of her because of her addiction. b We heard a lot of criticism of her for her addiction. c. We heard a lot of criticism of her on account of her addiction. The sentences ...
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those of us who were new

Can one use a. He talked to us who were new at the office. b. He talked to you who were new at the office. c. He talked to them who were new at the office. instead of a1. He talked to those of us who ...
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We call the shots as we see them

I sometimes hear the sentence "we call the shots as we see them." I want to ask whether the as-clause modifies "shots" or "call”, just in the same way as "as we know it&...
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What does this "as-clause" modify?

He then describes the situation as he sees it in the public schools of the United states. (Source: COCA) I want to know whether the as-clause "as he sees it in the public schools of the United ...
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She's going to tell the truth as she saw/understood it

In the sentence "She is going to tell the truth as she saw/understood it," the phrase "as she saw/understand it" modifies "tell"? This may be paraphrased as "She is ...
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vision impairment as people age

a. They claim they can prevent vision impairment as people grow older. b. They claim they have found a solution for the issue of vision impairment as people get older. Are the above sentences ...
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we did not know how many

a. The professor who had published we knew not how many articles started speaking. b. The professor who had published we did not know how many articles started speaking. We didn't know how many ...
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When do you put a participle after a noun? [duplicate]

In Seattle, Washington, high schooler Light Turner stumbles across the "Death Note," a mysterious leather-bound notebook with instructions that state that by writing a person's name down ...
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How to know which words are being modified by a prepositional phrase?

...the girl (by the table (with the carved legs). How to know whether the prepositional (with the carved legs) phrase is describing the girl or table? Are there any trick in grammar?
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for three thousand dollars

Have you ever turned down job offers? a. Yes. If I don't like a job, I won't take it. I have turned down many job offers. As a matter of fact, yesterday, I turned down one for three thousand dollars a ...
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first child born out of wedlock

a. In 1960, she had her first child born out of wedlock. a1. In 1960, she had her first child who was born out of wedlock. Do those imply that she had had other children before 1960 who were not born ...
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"many girls from poor families" VS " many girls in the school"

Which of these two prepositional phrases should immediately follow the noun phrase"many girls"? There are many girls from poor families in the school. There are many girls in the school ...
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things to make you anxious [closed]

a. He'll tell you things to make you anxious. I think 'to make you anxious' postmodifies 'things'. Would you agree with that? The sentence means: b. He'll tell you things that will make you anxious. ...
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What's the difference between "people involved" and "involved people"?

I learned at school to put an adjective clause in front of the noun when it consists of only one word and to put it after the noun when it consists of more than one word. However, I sometimes find a ...
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Jeff at the library

a. Jeff, at the library, says he is going to resign. b. Jeff at the library says he is going to resign. Which should be used if there are two Jeffs and one is trying to clarify which Jeff one is ...
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None modifies noun? --" an entryway jumble of backpacks and umbrellas" [duplicate]

Chatting about laundry facilities and meal times, Pam led us through an entryway jumble of backpacks and umbrellas. In the kitchen, she poured apple ( From an ACT test) Please help me understand why ...
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Jane's sister in London

a. Jane talked to her sister in London on the phone. b. Jane and her sister in London agreed about when to meet. c. Jane's sister in London is a nice person. Do these imply that Jane has more than ...
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the letter that he told you to deliver

a. You didn't deliver the letter he told you. b. You didn't deliver the letter he told you to. a1. You didn't deliver the letter which he told you. b1. You didn't deliver the letter which he told ...
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Why use an adjective after a noun?

I heard phrases like "place nice" and "place safe" several times during watching series and movies and each time I was wondering why an adjective stands after a noun while they ...
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"to use in case of emergency" [closed]

a. This is a gun, to use in case of emergency. b. This is a gun, to use only in case of emergency. c. This is a gun, to be used in case of emergency. d. This is a gun, to be used only in case of ...
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a great technique to keep in mind

a. This is a great technique to keep in mind when arguing with narcissistic people. Is that sentence slightly ambiguous? Is it a great technique per se which is to be used when you are arguing with ...
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ambiguity?: to infinitive phrase as a purpose clause or an infinitival relative clause

I think the grammar of To-infinitive is the most difficult part of learning English because it is hard for me like ESL students to know which is which. I mean, I'm, well, just wanting to classify the ...
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a young woman who is pregnant

a. In all this, he becomes involved in the life of a young woman, pregnant, whose husband, an environmental radical, wants an abortion. FROM: Andrew Sullivan, "Obama’s Legacy Has Been Destroyed", ...
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when I was at the hospital

Can one write a. The attacks when I was at the hospital were mild. b. The attacks during my stay at the hospital were mild. ? In these sentences 'when I was at the hospital' and 'during my stay at ...
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