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Is the following sentence structure correct? — "How many story a building is it?", "How many person a tent is it?", "How many core a processor is it?"

ell.stackexchange.com: (1) How many times an increase was it? The structure of (1) is very interesting to me. I want to find out whether I understood it correctly or not. For this purpose, I made up ...
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"Each of whom" represents all? [closed]

I am interpreting "each of whom" refers to all. In five houses, each with a different color, live 5 persons of different nationalities, each of whom prefer a different brand of cigarette, a ...
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Is that idiomatic to say "I smell the old-school summer smell every time I go there"

The following sentence came to my mind once: I smell the old-school summer smell every time I go there. However, I'm not sure that it's idiomatic or not since the word "smell" is repeated ...
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On the path, through the path

When I use "path" in a sentence, I am used to adding on before it. For instance, The path on which I traveled... Recently, I came across something like The mountainous path through which ...
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Using would in a doubtful situation

I understand "would" is used when the situation is hypothetical. However, when the outcome is unknown and unsure but it is a possibility, should I use would or will is the right word? #1 If ...
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Poetic construction - phrases placement

I am told by a friend that in English, words and phrases can be placed differently for added poetic expressions, rhythm and readability. #1 How different has turned the promises of the lady who [...]!...
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"That" and its relevance

I have two different versions of a long sentence which uses "that" in them. They go as follows: Version 1: To that guy from the desert where the sand dunes [...], her words [...] Version 2:...
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There was x There is

In the two sentences below, is the use of "there was" (past tense) and "there is" (present tense) correct? Or should "there was" be used in both cases? Let's face it: we ...
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What is the difference between exactly the same and the same?

I want them to have different meanings because two cakes are the same if both are chocolate cake and two cakes are exactly the same if not only both are chocolate cake but also the frostings are the ...
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Distant to be "were" in relative clause in "his trials and tribulations, which he claimed were his worst"

His trials and tribulations, which he claimed were his worst, would be more satisfactory if he actually took the time to organize his thoughts. Source I rarely see this pattern as I more often ...
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Alone as an adverb or as an adjective

Alone, thought Bittering. Does the word 'alone' describe Bittering as an adjective or his action of thinking as an adverb? Does the sentence mean that Bittering thought that he was alone or it means ...
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Can a question begin with 'but'?

Extract from The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov: "I forgot to look at the newspaper today." said Masha, as she was clearing the table. "Is the list of lottery numbers in it?" &...
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Correct place of adjectival clause

A few stars are known which are hardly bigger than the earth, but most of them are so large that hundreds of thousands of Earth's can be packed inside each and leave room to spare. Usually, an ...
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Is it an Invention or Discovery

Since years ago, I was asking myself if someone made a good software program should we say that: He invented a software program or He discovered a software program It's strongly related to the ...
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Why is it written in an 'it is that' structure?

“It is that you come home from India on what is called the leave—what we can call en permission?” (Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie) Why is it written in an 'it is that' structure? It'...
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You are too… that you… vs you are too… so that vs you are too… to

I have a somewhat heated discussion with an acquaintance about the following meme and its grammar: YOU ARE TOO INVESTED IN how u are perceived that u cannot fully enjoy living! He claims that it is ...
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Should I use "the" or "an" here after "every"?

Well, I edited an answer on the other site yesterday, and I wrote this line: On the other hand, every object has a __proto__ property (equivalent to the internal [[Prototype]] property), which is the ...
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Is this usage of "and" correct?

I read the following sentence in a grammar book which is displayed as a fault example of usage of "and". She told us to read the text carefully, and that we should write a short review of ...
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Is "Maybe the mall where the store was located charged a high rent" complex, compound, or simple?

Maybe the mall where the store was located charged a high rent. Is this sentence compound, simple, and/or complex?
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How to express merging two texts with common phrases?

We have two texts in a way that each has some unique phrases and some duplicate phrases within it. I want to ask someone to merge the two texts, keep the unique phrases of both ones and merge the ...
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Need or needs with bare infinitive

He need worry about the weather today. He needs worry about the weather today. Mostly we see the use of 'need' as modal verb in negative or interrogative sentences where it takes bare infinitive ...
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"Is he not the carpenter's son?" v.s. "Is not he the carpenter's son?"

I've heard this from a priest's homily, "Is he not the carpenter's son?"—taken from Mt. 13: 55-56 (King James Version). I got confused whether the priest read the passage the wrong way—I was ...
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"I will collect my necklace after it is being prepared"

Could you please tell me?. Whether "After it is being prepared" mean "After it has been prepared" or "after its is prepared" or it could mean either/both.
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How to use "either or"

What is the difference between these two? 1 Now, you either go with us or stay here 2 Now, you are either going with us or staying here To me both sentences are interchangeable. Is that right? Please, ...
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"might be" + "being taken care of"

There is something that maybe is "being taken care of", but I'm not sure it is or not, so I want to say that it "might be". I'm confused as to how to put these 2 together. If I say ...
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Is it okay not to use infinitive when referring to an idiom (or some other pharse)?

I saw a sentence in my textbook: I think the moral of the story is let the buyer beware. "Let the buyer beware" is an idiom, I wonder is it okay to insert it directly into the sentence ...
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Who will the house be cleaned (by) from now on?

Should I say Who will the house be cleaned from now on? OR Who will the house be cleaned by from now on? The first sentence is written on my English book. Is the second sentence wrong? I know the ...
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use VS be used, sell VS be sold - passive voice? [duplicate]

1.a Most of the machines aren't ready to use yet. 1.b Most of the machines aren't ready to be used yet. Based on my research I believe both are grammatically correct, but I still have trouble ...
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Does this sentence "My friend got a call from me to ask her to go camping" make sense?

Are these sentences more or less the same? 1-"I called my friend to ask her to go camping" 2-"I gave my friend a call to ask her to go camping" 3-"My friend got a call from me ...
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About a sentence with "all else being equal"

I just read the following sentence. Regardless of the meaning it tries to convey, is it grammatically correct? Soundness is preferred over unsoundness all else being equal, but developer productivity ...
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When providing examples, why they switch from "to Verb" to "Verbing" in this sentence?

I just read the following paragraph: Strings are useful for holding data that can be represented in text form. Some of the most-used operations on strings are to check their length, to build and ...
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What type of conditional clause is this?

https://www.scribbr.co.uk/verb/conditional-sentence/ If you think we are returning to those policies, then that is not going to happen. Using the resource above, I cannot compare my example: then that ...
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Past perfect tense different

It is a imagine, not reality "My niece hates me.Because I did not take care of her when she was a child." I know the sentence is acceptable in use of tense. If I use present perfect "My ...
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"How much are you offering "? "What is your offer"?

If I am selling a house, Could you pls tell me that who could say these qestions? Seller or buyer or both(as in anyone)
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A very complicatedly structured sentence

I was reading Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It when I encountered a very complicatedly structured sentence in the "September 30, 1993" section of ...
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Past perfect tense example

I passed high-school in 16 years old and later I joined Army. When I was 21 years old I had been an officer. Could I use past perfect as completed action above when I was 21 years old I had been an ...
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When can we shift the subject in a sentence?

When can we shift the subject in a sentence? We are not supposed to shift the subject: Shift—“ We have reached a point where ‘one’ ought to face the possibility of a sudden change.” Better—“ We have ...
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When vs while is sentences

I know that when we focus on duration, While/when I was cooking she came in. we are allowed to use both "while" and "when". When we focus on effects we are only allowed to use &...
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What is the grammatical viewpoint behind this sentence?

Following is a sentence from an article in The New York Times, having a grammar that I could not fathom. "I would not have minded if Smollett had gotten off relatively lightly— provided, that is,...
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Collective nouns

We could say the "the family is or are" it depends if we think about it as the whole or rather about individul people. I know that a/on only go with singular words therfore I wouldn't say &...
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"certain type of person" VS "certain type of people"

This is said by a native speaker presenter who is staying a weekend with a family where the son keeps lions as pets. She wants to understand why he does it and say: What is it about a certain type of ...
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Is it natural to say "You hate doing as I tell you"?

I think I often hear this structure in commands or requests "do as I say / ask..." or "do as I tell you" So, "to do as I tell you" is a verb. I am not sure if I put that ...
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shifting words in a sentence to clarify emphasis

What other words can be used ,similarly to ‘only’, i.e. position shifting , to change meaning/emphasis? I have just seen actually, and just …
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A participle construction?

Excerpt from ‘The Proclamation of the Irish Republic, 1916’ ‘The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to ...
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Can adverbs modify implied words in this case? [closed]

I watched soccer with my hands warmly in the pockets. This is what I made. Actually, "warmly" is meant to modify omitted "being". (I watched soccer with my hands being warmly in ...
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How do you shorten this unnatural sentence: "The problem is not caused by me 100%, but it is also caused by you to some extent."

Two people are arguing about a problem, why it is caused, etc. And finally one of them wants to mean: "This problem is not caused by me 100%, but it is also caused by you to some extent." (...
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Is this sentence " They can't open what they absolutely know is a door " grammatically correct?

I’m telling them they can’t open what they absolutely know is a door. The context is, " To ensure their young kids' safety, a couple kept lying to them that their sliding glass door is just a ...
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In which cases can't "whether" be used?

Why can't I use whether in this sentence? However we have just found a student who is willing to manage the section whether the website is still active next year.
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What is the correct puntuation or grammer for this sentence? [closed]

It may be that I can't combine this question and sentence. Do you want a car, insurance, gas and maintenance can be $100 a month not counting the cost of saving for a car or a car payment.< ...
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I can't understand why a native speaker says it this way, when telling about a church collapse? ----- "Came right down onto the church."

A church roof collapsed in USA. A person who actually saw it fall in tells about how it happened. He says: "Came right down onto the church." BBC- (See 00:28-00:32) I can't really understand ...
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