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Which of the following sentences is correct?

A. An oven that clean itself is very handy. B. An oven clean itself that is very handy. Which of the following sentence is correct. If there is any wrong sentence, then explain it with some examples.
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“He is none but fit for the job” - does this sentence convey the same meaning as the following sentences?

I'm learning sentence transformation. Though my main confusion with the meaning of the 3rd sentence, could anybody please check the following 3 sentences and let me know whether they convey the same ...
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Can I say “gets me I am in better mood”

I just want to know what come after (gets me) can be subject. And is my sentence correct?
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I've written some sentences in English.But,I don't know if they are correct or not grammatically

Is my text correct in English literature and so grammatically ? My eyes were mysteriously turquoise and my skin was as white as blue pond in my imagination And the vastness of my white cheeks the ...
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“It was extraordinary, she told herself, how this little snippet of a girl seemed suddenly to be taking charge of her problems,”

Miss Honey smiled. It was extraordinary, she told herself, how this little snippet of a girl seemed suddenly to be taking charge of her problems, and with such authority, too. "Well," she ...
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What is the difference between ‘The meeting is/has finished’ and “meeting over” or “meeting done”?

What is the difference between ‘The meeting is/has finished’ and "meeting over" or "meeting done" and can use like "meeting completed"? Could anyone please advise which ...
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The use of 'in' or 'of' when referring to a change in role

It seems to me that the use of 'in' rather than 'of' is better in the sentence below but I am struggling to explain why. It presents a change in China's role in the Middle East. or It presents a ...
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Are the following sentences correct?

The first time I saw her was in a pub. I first saw her in a pub. I first saw her when I was in a pub. The first time I saw her was when I was in a pub. The first time I saw her in a pub was last week. ...
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Correct usage of 'following' before listing some points

Are all of these sentences valid: The following lists some important points: The followings are some important points: The important points are the followings: If not, then what is the correct way ...
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What is the subject of verb “are”? [duplicate]

By the time data on whether they met the targets are made public, Mr Trump could be long gone. i) The verb "are" takes which subject ? ii) How to understand/ find out the subject in this ...
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How to use weak and moderate in one sentence to explain the relationship

I have two variables. I examined the relationship between them I found that the association between them are weak to moderate I would like to describe this relationship in General. I do not need to ...
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Should there be a conjunction in “There are two bowls, each one obviously designed for a dog.”?

Is this sentence grammatical? There are two bowls, each one obviously designed for a dog. Since I don't see a conjunction between two clauses, it looks like a run-on sentence to me. Maybe you can ...
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Make up for “in something”

Whatever we lack in free time, we more than make up for in stories about patients. Today in the mess* over lunch we’re trading stories about nonsense ‘symptoms’ that people have presented with (This ...
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“Spread your legs as WIDE as your shoulders” VS “Spread your legs as WIDELY as your shoulders”

Let's say I am a drill sergeant at a boot camp. In this scenario, I want to tell the recruits that at "parade rest" position, the space between their feet should only be as wide as their ...
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Please advise me on the use of semi colon [closed]

You have to implicitly cite all and every material employed from a foreign source in your answer; let that be a book or the internet.
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Swung it down on/at him

She jumped into the room with the sword above her head and swung it down on/at him, chopping one of his arms off. Sorry for the brutality here. Should I include "raised" between "sword&...
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How much is it common that we put something in parenthesis for formal writing?

For example, please take a look at the upper map illustrated, here: https://ielts-simon.com/ielts-help-and-english-pr/2018/07/ielts-writing-task-1-band-9-map-answer.html To avoid writing a similar ...
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Which sentence below is grammatically correct?

"He would tell you he didn't attend the class." or "He would tell you that he didn't attend the class." I hope I didn't make any mistake.
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How can I combine these two sentences?

Please, take a look at the map, here: https://ielts-simon.com/ielts-help-and-english-pr/ielts-writing-task-1/page/2/ I want to combine these two sentence: 1- At the junction of Hospital Road and Ring ...
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Do you use a definite article or zero article followed by a prepositional phrase

In the following two (similar) sentences the definite article is used in one, but not the other. 1 Capital letters are used for the names of people,places and languages. 2.Capital letters are used for ...
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“like doing … and doing …” or “like doing … and do …”?

In the 2 sentences below, which one is correct or both of them are correct? People like reading ghost stories and watch scary films. People like reading ghost stories and watching scary films. If ...
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Can we make similar sentences as to the meaning of the sentences using might

1.It was probable that he would go but he didn't go. 2.It was probable that he had gone./Probably he had gone. 3.It is probable that he has gone. Can we make similar sentences as to the meaning of the ...
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“And who's finished up the better off?”

"I said you chose books and i chose looks," Mrs Wormwood said. "And who's finished up the better off? Me, of course. I'm sitting pretty in a nice house with a successful businessman and ...
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Subject - Verb + adverbs - indirect questions - position rules

Have a look at the following two sentences: 1) I wonder where the bank is. 2) I wonder if there is a bank here. 1. Would it be fair to say with the expression "I wonder..." follows the &...
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I try to request politely from someone to draw me a specific character but I don't know how to say it

My attempts were: (1) Hello, sir would you mind drawing finding dory character in your youtube channel someday? (2) Hello is it possible to paint the character of "Dori" on your YouTube ...
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Use of might instead of might have

The modal verb 'might' is used to show a future possibility, but it is also the past tense of may when coupled with have. Is there a way to write a sentence in past tense using 'might' without it ...
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This is the last time I see you OR I see you, this is the last time?

Usually, we are using "this is the last time I see you", but can I write it in this way which is I see you, this is the last time? Is it fine to turn the sentence in that way?
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Difference between might and might have

He might have gone. But luckily we reached his house and found him. He might go. But luckily we reached his house and found him. What do the bold sentences mean? Do they refer to the past? When to use ...
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Is “bored” in “I am bored” an adjective or a past participle?

Let's look at the sentence. I am bored. Now what does the sentence mean? If I consider 'bored' as an adjective it means I am bored right now. And if I consider the sentence as a passive voice of ...
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Why does the verb 'get' occur in these sentences?

Let's look at the following sentences. I got bored while watching serials. His father got him the mobile. She got married to John. Why does the verb 'get' occur in these sentences? The first sentence ...
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What is the structure in this sentence?

In what is one of Europe’s biggest accounting scandals in recent years, Wirecard acknowledged the money was phantom after two banks in the Philippines where it supposedly had been deposited denied ...
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How can I write this?

The officer walks down the hallway. He notices that one of the doors is ajar. He pushes it open silently. And enters. Questions to this: Is the part in bold okay? Would you phrase it differently? I'm ...
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How to understand the tense of this type of sentences

Let's look at the sentence: I might go to the market. We know that 'might' is the past form of 'may'. Also might is used to describe possibility in the present. Then what does the above sentence refer ...
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Is this sentence correct? : This is what should be done to become teacher I was told

I just tried to make a sentence from these two sentences. Something should be done to become a teacher. I was told that something. And I want to say “This is something that I was told”. So, I made a ...
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Ixora often called coloquially as 'Flame of the woods'. Sentence correction and formation [closed]

Does it correct sentence formation? Ixora often called coloquially as 'Flame of the woods'.
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Meaning of “they inflicted serious injuries on three other men”

Meaning of "they inflicted serious injuries on three other men". I understood like this "they beated three persons".
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Correct word order. Is it correct to say “read and write” or “write and read”?

I was reading some literature from an English language school when I came across the phrase "children learning to write and read..." As a native speaker, "read and write" sounded ...
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Is the sentence 'I can be doing the work' correct?

Suppose, I am doing a work. I am having the ability to do the work. Can we say: I can be doing the work. Is the structure can+be+present participle correct? Again, suppose, I have done a work. Can we ...
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“Use them” vs. “Place them”

A dialog between two persons, John and Mike, Mike is not a native a speaker: example 1 M: John, look at this sentence, should I place commas here and here? J: Yes, place them. example 2 J: Yes, use ...
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Put the words in the correct order to make sentence

the words are the following cat's / operated/this/My/ being/on/afternoon I construct this sentence by this way My cat's being operated on this afternoon. I am not 100% sure this is correct and this ...
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both and either in the same sentence

I have two sample groups with the same variables. For example, age and blood pressure for two groups. I would like to say that these two variables are correlated either at both corners (first group) ...
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identifier variables with pure glass

I start learning the English language in a more native way. I listen to a course on the internet. A man, who gives this course, said this: This is pure glass (this sentence has been taken from a movie)...
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Different people pronounce it differently [closed]

I'm not sure if this particular construction is used by native speakers of English. I've heard non-native speakers using it. I just want to know if it's natural to a native ear and if not how else can ...
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which one is correct? (human being + lifestyle)

Which sentence is correct? If none of them is correct, could I ask one gives me the correct one? Is it reasonable to add " 's" at the end of "being"? It has pernicious effect on 1-...
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is it correct to use “completely” at the end of a sentence [closed]

I got my ankle completely dislocated. OR I got my ankle dislocated completely. Is the second sentence grammatically incorrect. If not, then which one should be preferred?
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Who are the “shes” referring to?

A sentence from wiktionary: link Explained in Genesis as referring to his mother Sarah’s laughing when she was told she would have a son at her old age. I am rather confused about the sentence. What ...
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How do you use the expression “to blow a fuse”?

How do you use the expression "to blow a fuse" in the literal sense in sentences? For example: To make sure the fuses don't blow, or "go off", or what? Did a fuse "blow"?
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Is it possible to describe this situation with one sentence?

How to describe this situation with one sentence: My friend and I submitted our paper to A and B journals, respectively. But unfortunately, both papers got rejected by the respective journal. Then, ...
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Which of the following qualifies as a conditional sentence?

1) If you step up on this, it could be a great breakthrough for both of you. 2) If you stepped up on this, it could be a great breakthrough for both of you.
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Is there anything wrong with this question? “What mark have you got for your English?”

Is there anything wrong with this question? "What grade/mark have you got for your English?" And the answer: "I've got an A". I would like to know a none American point of view as ...

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