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Is “It was that year that…” grammatically correct?

I don't know if this sentence is grammatical and natural: I have written a novel. It was that year that I entered university, and finished Beauvoir's Le Deuxieme Sexe (1949) in the library. Would it ...
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Is this sentence correct? 'It was two years of my life that I enjoyed thoroughly.'

Is this sentence correct? It was two years of my life that I enjoyed thoroughly. Should I change it to: They were two years of my life that I enjoyed thoroughly. The preceding sentence goes like ...
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Would all the suggestions be grammatical and natural to insert in my dialog?

A: I know what you're going through. B: You do? A: Yes. ______________________________. So if you ever want to talk, you can always come to me. Would all the suggestions below be grammatical and ...
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“Secondly, it improves my mental health by taking my mind off my problems and instead uses it to focus on the sport I'm playing”

Secondly, it improves my mental health by taking my mind off my problems and instead uses it to focus on the sport I'm playing The first "it" refers to "playing sports", the ...
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what does “not for” mean in the beginning of a sentence? And a sentence sans a main verb?

Silks, satins and brocades, elegant plumes and gemstones—details like these give Lievens ample scope to show off his flashy handling of his medium. Not for him the fastidious, enamel-smooth surfaces ...
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Find one's bearings

Find one's bearings: To recognize or determine one's orientation, position, or abilities relative to one's surroundings or situation: Example: It took me a little while to find my bearings in the ...
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“Be late (by/for)…” - “Be…late”

Could you possibly let me know which structure is the proper way to convey "being late"? My apologizes mr. Manson! But I guess I............. a. will be late for 10 minutes. b. will be ...
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Is it possible to use a singular verb (makes) when the subject is plural?

Suppose that there is an online app which is interesting because of two main reasons: Its beautiful graphics = X Its pleasant music = Y Now I want to tell someone that those two reasons make the app ...
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Are the two sentence different or which one is better?

I wrote a paragraph as follows. The experiments proved that the proposed framework A is flexible enough to optimize many models. For example, in the XXX dataset, MetricXX of A is 1, which is 10% ...
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How should I use 'no longer' in this sentence?

What is the correct (or at least the most natural) way to say this? There is no longer any conflict... or No longer there is any conflict...
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Are the rules for creating parallel structures different when dealing with school subjects and compound nouns?

For example: He likes Engineering, Math and Chemistry. He likes engineering, playing football and hiking. He was arrested for breaking and entering, grand theft auto and robbery. Do all of these ...
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Is 'silently' placed correctly?

I have written this: Fiona silently takes in the sight of the city. Is 'silently' placed correctly? Could I also place it at the end of the sentence? Fiona takes in the sight of the city silently.
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What is the correct option?

I think they mean the same but i also think that one is grammatically wrong She wanted to be treated like her brother She wants to have been treated like her brother Is any of the options wrong? Do ...
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Sentence structure (subject and object)

Do these sentences mean the same thing: I have nothing to do with the accident The accident has nothing to do with me
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Why the odd phrase “wasn't [some distance](10 feet / 5 meters / 2 blocks) away” came to be used instead of simpler and straightforward options?

Why the odd phrase "wasn't [some distance](10 feet / 5 meters / 2 blocks) away" came to be used instead of simpler and straightforward options? As I asked in the question, it is and must be (...
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Most expensive design Vs Most recent design

In the past, making structures quake-resistant meant firm yet flexible materials, such as steel and wood, that bend without breaking. Later, people tried to lift a building off its foundation, and ...
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Ruled the kingdom of Dahomey vs Ruled the battle of Dahomey

Behanzin ruled the West African kingdom/battle of Dahomey at the end of the nineteenth century, a time when Europeans were doing their utmost to colonize Africa. Behanzin put up extremely powerful ...
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Rules were obeyed to vs Rules were kept to

A "duel of honour" was a way of settling disputes between gentlemen over some injury or insult. The fight had to be arranged privately because duelling was never legal , but it became common ...
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“I am happy (that or since) you are back”

The question is: I am happy .... you are back. a) while b) that c) however d) since I think both b and d are correct I asked some of my friends and they told to choose option b but I think option d ...
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Employer allows an entitlement vs Employer includes an entitlement

Employers often offer employees perks in addition to cash wages, for example, membership of a health insurance or company pension scheme If they do, they must ensure that they are fair in providing ...
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Unique Chemical vs Known Chemical

Gunpowder, also referred to as 'black powder', was the only unique/known chemical explosive until the mid-nineteenth century. It contains potassium nitrate, or 'saltpeter', which is an oxidizer, and a ...
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Field equipped for research purpose Vs Field use for research purposes

Professional astronomers, unlike their amateur counterparts, have no particular interest in the aesthetic quality of their photographs. What matters to them is the contribution their images can make ...
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Ellipsis with “would be”

Having trouble with ellipsis. I want to say that at one point in time, there was not a lot of songs that we would label "tango" today, but that the very fact that there was not a lot makes &...
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Is “but not for multipe types” or other words wrong in my sentence?

I wrote one sentence as follows. "For academic research, I found that almost all of the existing indexes for queries on large graphs work well for one type of query but not for multiple types. ...
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Use “points in the 2-hop cover” or “points of the 2-hop cover”?

I wrote these sentences as follows. "I also reduced the number of points in the 2-hop cover used for the index to 25% of the initial graph size." I am not sure should I use "points in ...
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Is this sentence(“He is a high thought guy”) correct?

I am having a confusion about expressing something like, a guy is intelligent and he thinks better and his thinking power is far better from anyone. I naturally wanted to express it like, "He is ...
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Can the words “demonstrate intelligence” convey my initial meaning?

I wrote the sentence as follows. In this sentence, I want to express that people can train the neural network by using the calculation of matrix (belonging to linear algebra). After training, the ...
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Is this part of a sentence grammatically correct? “I ride a bicycle 'to or not to' go to the school”

I ride a bicycle to or not to go to the school. Is to or not to correct expression? I doubt joining two words which have not a lexical meaning but a grammatical meaning with a conjunction is possible ...
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Asking someone about someone else in your greetings

Person 'X' and person 'Y' live together. You bump into the person 'X' on street and what to ask the 'X' about the person 'Y'. How would you ask informally how a person "Y's" life is going ...
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present participle constructions after prepositions

Is the following sentence correct? The cartoonist wants to draw attention to poverty in India in showing that people do not have toilets of their own.
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Can the phase “make it” be used in this sentence?

I wrote one sentence as follows. In this sentence, I want to express that although the work is very hard, I finally overcome many barriers and succeed. Although implementing my idea was very ...
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“Assuming what precedes is agreed upon”

I might be asking a lot but it's worth trying. At one point of an essay I am writing, I make several arguments The last of these arguments implies questions, which I mention What I then wish to ...
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I am up to face it X I am ready to face it

When someone asks if I would be able to face a full time job, can I answer with the following sentences? I am ready to face the challenge. I am up for it. I am up to face it. I am up for facing it....
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It is impossible that . . . / It is not possible that . .

I'd like to know if the following sentences are correct. The intended message is that he cannot be a good student. What are the constraints on "It is impossible that . . ." and "It is ...
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“Trapped” or “To be trapped”

Emergency services attended the scene and found the man trapped in his car. A crew from the State Emergency Service (SES) with the assistance of Fire and Rescue extricated the man from the vehicle ...
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Proper sentence structuring: “They would even throw him under the bus if it means that they could make more money.”

How do I say this thought properly? They would even throw him under the bus if it means that they could make more money. Can anyone help me to find the right words for this?
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Ways of asking someone to move over

Could you please let me know how the two short request sentences below differ when it comes to ask someone to move over? Stand aside please. Step aside please. I cannot explain the reason, but I ...
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Is the highlighted area grammatically correct? “[…] has recently shown to hold great promises.” [closed]

Is the highlighted area below grammatically correct? If not, how would you modify it? "Improving conventional imaging techniques especially through combining them with molecular biology methods ...
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Which of these is correct, “She doesn't has” or “She doesn't have”? And why? [duplicate]

She doesn't has a book. She doesn't have a book. Why is the first sentence wrong? We use 'has' with singular, and 'she' is singular.
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(ESL student) Need help clarify this sentence. (not A or B) [closed]

"Students who withdraw from the univ. during the first 12 class days of the fall term would be required to apply for readmit if they were also not enrolled in the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, ...
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Is this grammatically correct?: “something we thought which might have been lost due to the time and distance”

Here is the context: Two performers who are based in two different countries are going to carry out a performance together. The two of them cannot see each other often so they thought the senses and ...
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How can i write this sentence correctly?

How can i make this sentence work with a that-clause? She needed to be doing her homework last night Could one way be this? "It was needed that she was doing her homework last night"
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'This' or 'this' at the start?

I want to use 'this' at the start of my sentence. I mean the word this is in single quotation marks, but I'm not sure about the starting letter! Should I write 'This' or 'this'? 'This' is used to ...
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(A) burden (to / on) someone

As you know, the word "burden" depending on context, can convey various meanings. One of its connotations is "something difficult or worrying that you are responsible for", which ...
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Which of these two sentences is right and why?

I have some problems with making sentences. For example, I don't know which one of the following sentences is right. What devil's action had you done? What devil's action you had done? this period ...
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What is the exact meaning of “Not like you hold me” in Michael Jackson's song “Love never felt so good”?

Baby, love never felt so good And I doubt if it ever could Not like you hold me, hold me I interpret the "Not like you hold me" part as It's not like you hold me. as same usage in "...
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regular vs uniform

Since the last papal reform, several proposals have been offered to make the Western calendar more useful or BLANK. Very few reforms, such as the rather different decimal French Republican and Soviet ...
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Where should “in awe” be placed in this sentence?

Where should "in awe" be placed in this sentence: The man looks up (in awe) at the spectacular, 50-story building (in awe). ?
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How to use the X being a Y construction

Is the following a correct way of expressing the meaning 'since we are an authority, we need to...'? Being an authority, we need to... Thank you!
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How to refer to something common to two things?

I want to refer to a common cause of two problems that I have described. I've used the following sentence: "A common denominator to the problems that I have described is ...." I'm not sure ...

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