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Confusing sentence construction

London(CNN) - If allied leaders had hoped that US President Donald Trump's presence at a summit in the London area marking the 70th anniversary of the alliance this week would promote unity among old ...
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The verb after “makes”

Is the verb eat correct or should it be eats?? I found a sentence similar to this: He makes a student that does not like milk eat a cake with milk I am not sure if this is a grammatical mistake ...
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You will be fine

I have a doubt on this sentence You will be fine. I want to know what kind of sentence is this? As per my research, it is not a sentence in the future continuous form, although it uses, will be It ...
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The structure of this sentence? “What does the man suggest is the best solution?”

"What does the man suggest is the best solution?" Could somebody explain the grammatical structure of this sentence to me like talking to a toddler...? ([what does the man suggest] itself is a ...
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Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions

I'm having several problems with syntax analysis. Is it possible to have 4 subordinating and 1 coordinating conjunction together in 1 sentence? How do I analyze clauses like that? This is the ...
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Are this sentence grammatically correct?

The closer we study life, the more extreme places we find it thriving. Is there a proposition "at" missing at the end of this sentence above, to express the places at which life thrives?
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Phrase “Out of league”

Does it mean the same thing? If not so, then how to say that I am better than her. I'm out of your league You are out of my league
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I am confused about the word's positioning in the following sentence

After some time he appeared in a hall which had a 'long rectangular shaped table', which seemed empty. Should the correct one be a ' rectangular-shaped long table? Also, about the part after coma, ...
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Construction of the sentences and difference “What” and “How”

Which one is correct and why? When does use How or What? And Does it need to use "Does" or doesn't? What does this song called? or How does this song called? What does this game call? or How ...
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Is it a complete sentence: “Caution murmured: it could be a trick, a lure, a trap.”?

... ... For one trembling second he hesitated. Caution murmured: it could be a trick, a lure, a trap. But instinct, overwhelming instinct, told him that this was not Dark Magic. He set off in pursuit. ...
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Grammar in “Alice in wonderland” [duplicate]

I started to read "Alice in wonderland" and here's the sentence that made me doubt. There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the ...
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“Could only get” vs “Could get only” [closed]

There was this Word order exercise in my English test that I think there are two possible ways to rearrange it I could only get two tickets. I could get only two tickets. Are those sentences ...
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How to understand “And from this it follows that where we meet resistance” in this context

Your point about wizard dominance being FOR THE MUGGLES' OWN GOOD - this, I think, is the crucial point. Yes, we have been given power and, yes, that power gives us the right to rule, but it also ...
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Can we use Present perfect tense to talk about past?

In a given linked video (around 1:09) Mom is explaining past to her daughter. But While explaining her she used Present perfect tense in between, why? Is to correct to use? Girl: Mom, so why are we ...
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adjective with “being” or before noun

I wonder if the following usage is right. You should remove the answer being bootless. Is grammar of the sentence right? If yes, what is the usage of "being" here? Does it have same meaning with "...
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Using participles in a row

Retrospective cross-sectional study of type 2 diabetes patients admitted to the geriatric ward receiving diabetes medications. (Original) Is using participles as in the example above grammatically ...
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Non-essential clause position

Grammarly’s digital writing assistant helps over 20 million people write more clearly and effectively every day, across multiple platforms and devices. Can I write like this instead? What is the ...
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Questions in distant past tense

I'm a little confused about the use of did and had in past tense -- recent past and distant past. For example, If I want to ask a friend whether he applied for a job (today), I would simply ask "Did ...
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Is this dependent or independent sentence?

"Making trial of everything, with trust in new joy, and stirring the human kindness in all eyes that looked on her." If it is an independent clause, could you please tell which is the subject and ...
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construction of the question

Is it correct to say like this? Or are these questions both wrong? Why did this sentence make differently? Why is this sentence made differently?
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“Could not but” in interrogative sentence

Is the following sentence grammatically correct to write in literature? How could I not but close my eyes? As "I could not but close my eyes" is a valid sentence, I felt like this one should also ...
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as you did/ as did you

1- I am saying that alcohol made you more susceptible to infection, as did AZT. (AZT is an antiretroviral drug.) (Original, from a dialogue in a movie) 2- I am saying that alcohol made you ...
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The word “Combined” at the beginning of the sentence

To assess the effects of ocean heat waves, researchers led by ecologist Daniel Smale of Great Britain's Marine Biological Association turned to 116 previously published academic studies. Combined, ...
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Other ways of asking “what’s in the news?” [closed]

“What do they write in newspapers about?“ - does this sentence sound right for a native speaker? If not, what are the alternatives?
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Not to forget something or …?

How do we say correctly the following? For not to forget about it he wrote a reminder to his agenda. for not to forget sounds strange, what is the correct way to say it?
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English Grammar - Feeling good with

I have a problem with EN grammar so i need a little bit of help. So... From an early age, we are searching for a social circle and people we feel with. OR From an early age, we are searching ...
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Difference between “was determined” and “determine”?

From an article in The Times of India: Class XI student girl, a native of Vazhmangalam village in Nagapattinam, was determined to marry the 22-year-old Rajkumar who hails from the same area. ...
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Is this a correct way of using a comma?

"Deduplication of data can be done inline, that is, before storing them." before the words "that is" and after it. please note that deduplication is a computer term.
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Use of 'Far' and 'Far away.'

I'm a little confused about the proper usage of Far and Far Away. For example, if a friend asks me to go out with him for dinner and I want to tell him that I cannot go very far from where I am right ...
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There+to be+verb? Is it correct?

'' There was made a research'' or' 'there was a research made''? Which one is correct? Can I use '' there+to be+verb'' construction? Added from OP's comment: I think both as it depends on what is ...
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and there was blood

Can I say the sentence below about a girl who runs at her house and then hits her head and it bleeds, She hit her head on the door and there was blood. I'm not sure about this sentence firstly ...
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give it to him to examine

Give the fabric to John to examine. Let's say I'm telling somebody called Joe to give another person (John) a piece of fabric to examine it. Can I say the sentence above instead of, Give the ...
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Not sure if I should use “as” or “like” in this sentence

You see me just like an object You see me just as an object Which one would be correct ? Also I'm afraid the sentence construction isn't ok. I have to say that some person sees (or perceives, or ...
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Is my sentence correct ? (using “for” or “of a”)

I'm currently correcting some writing of mine. I have a question about this line in particular : To you I'm just a statistic, or a top tier choice for a stick Is "for" adequate ? Or should I write ...
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“from ten days ahead” in this context

You should start the rehearsal from ten days ahead of the play. You should turn the indicators on from one mile ahead of the hospital. Is the sentence pattern from ahead of valid in these ...
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To sync with vs. With which to sync

Are both of these sentences correct? Which is better? Select a directory to sync with. Select a directory with which to sync. From my point of view, the 1st version is better. It's mine. The 2nd ...
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I have a problem in the structure

I have a problem with this sentence "When Adubon was Painting was a time of major scientific inquiry " Why the second was exerted without subject?
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Why would or would have

B has done something bad that A hadn't ever expected B to do so A is asking B 1- A: Why would you do that? I don't understand. 2- A: Why would have you done that? I don't understand. What is ...
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Begin the sentence with present participle

The captain won the toss. He elected to bat first. Is it Having won the toss the captain elected to bat first. or Winning the toss the captain elected to bat first.
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Exclamations with verb

How to make an exclamatory sentence with a verb? For example: Someone plays football incredibly and you want to exclaim how he plays. I guess I made the sentences wrong. How he plays football! ...
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What part of speech is Christmas in “who were Christmas shopping”

It was therefore a full week later - once they had surreptitiously obtained hairs from innocent Muggles who were Christmas shopping, and had practiced Apparating and Disapparating while underneath the ...
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“consisting of” or “that consist of” in this context

A book defines sonnet as: A lyric poem consisting of a single stanza of fourteen iambic pentameter lines... But if I rewrite it as: A lyric poem that consists of a single stanza of fourteen ...
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Does the meaning change if I add “which are” in this sentence?

There are factors considered to be more relevant to a person's success in life. Does the meaning change if I insert "which are" in the sentence? There are factors which are considered to be more ...
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How can I describe the position the man sits in in the picture?

How can I describe the position the man is sitting in in the picture? Are either of these good: A man is sitting hunched over on a chair, resting his elbows on his thighs. A man is sitting leaning ...
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Is the sentence “pay some in cash” understandable?

I was in a store yesterday and I decided to get rid of all my coins, so when I was at the checkout counter, I told the clerk that: Can I pay some in cash and the rest by card? The clerk said that ...
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“I gave it everything I've got” or “I gave everything I've got”

Last day, I read this sentence " Nice game, the team gave IT everything they've got" to give is a transitive verb therefore An object must follow the verb; however I consider "everything they've got" ...
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Been there or Were there in this sentence? - Tense-Usage

Look at the bold clause He's been to France. It was fun. Although, he already was/has been here before. Which one should I use? I mean, to me, since the context creates some sort of timeline, I ...
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about the waste-sorting OR with waste-sorting

Which sentence is correct between those two: The problems about the waste-sorting are ... The problems with waste-sorting are ...
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Is the “How much of a/an + noun” structure correct?

I was writing an essay and in one sentence, I wrote "With the pros and cons I specifically mentioned, this essay will shows how much of evidence it is to why one of them has more potential to make the ...
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“children were sold to sweep the chimney” is it a valid structure

During that time children were sold to sweep the chimney. Here, the two works-- 1. selling, 2. sweeping are being done by two different people / group of people. The pencil is used to write ...