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A winner's attitude IS, says Lao Tzu, YOU… (sentence style)

In this statement: A winner's attitude is, says Lao Tzu, a philosopher, ''you have to know when to fight and when not to fight.''(I've made this up) For me it sounds a bit weird to sepearate the ''...
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Sentence construction for completed action

In the morning, one of my team members had come to my desk to discuss the problem he has with another team member. After he had left I called the other one in the afternoon to discuss it. Can I say, ...
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The best way to say the mentioned meaning?

A intentionally keeps B ignorant of C. Now I want to say that the above form of behavior is not morally acceptable. The sentence I have in mind is something like this: A's intentional keeping ...
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Can you break someone's attention on something?

You can write something like: Mary's focus was broken by the boys sitting behind her. However, can you write something like this? Mary's focus on biology was broken by the boys sitting behind ...
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What ( 's ) is doing in “What do you reckon's next?”

"What do you reckon's next?" ... ... I don't understand why 's is used in this sentence? Does it denote anything? I think What do you reckon next? is good enough. Any thoughts? -- Excerpted from ...
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Conditionals: WILL or WOULD -when it is happening, which one to use?

Let's say you and your girlfriend are dating. Suddenly, she asked you if you love her, then you immediately blushed. Girlfriend: Do you love me? You: (blushing) Of course I do, I won't be ...
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How to understand: “he was talking about interfering with what the planets say is going to happen”?

"Firenze saved me, but he shouldn't have done so.... Bane was furious... he was talking about interfering with what the planets say is going to happen.... They must show that Voldemort's coming back .....
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Correct usage of en-dash/em-dash in this example

Just when you thought the world had suffered enough in 2017, Mother Nature decided it hadn’t – brewing from 25 August, Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, struck the southern area of the United ...
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“Why it means so much to me?” or “Why does it mean so much to me?”

"Why the hell it means so much to me?" or "Why the hell does it mean so much to me?" Which is correct and why? If wrong, is the first phrase at least informally acceptable?
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Help to understand “Making more noise than was wise”?

That third night he found his way more quickly than before. He was walking so fast he knew he was making more noise than was wise, but he didn't meet anyone. I don't understand the structure of "...
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Realized + Simple Past Or Past Perfect?

Which Tense is correct to use with world Realised ? e.g.. a ) I realized that I had been cheated by my friend. b ) I realized that I was cheated by my friend. For me both sentence construction ...
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confusion with the word “each”

Can you please help me on how can I use the word "each" effectively? I'm having a dilemma with my sentences. Other income, investment and government grant were all the least sources of the ...
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Using a single preposition with multiple conjunctions

I found this in a passage: Recall that the prime subfield of a field is the smallest subfield, and is isomorphic to Fp for some p or to Q. I noticed that every time the conjunction ( in above ...
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How should these type of sentences be punctuated

Not before long he opened the event,two days before the arrival of the mayor.*** How should this sentence be punctuated with the adverbial clause. Perhaps a conjunction or em dash? These types of ...
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Past Perfect Using *After* in English

What is the difference in meaning between below two sentence construction? Sentence construction 1 a) After finishing my graduation I went to US. b) After he left, she lifted one of the suitcases ...
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It already exists OR it is already existing before

Let's say a group of students is speaking in front of a classroom. In the middle of their talk about a brain research, they just said ''we call this 'paralysis analysis''. After that, their teacher ...
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Does Participle Phrases have to be close to the target they are modifying?

This website says the following about participle phrases: In clear, logical sentences, you will find modifiers right next to the words they describe. If too much distance separates a modifier and its ...
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Always HAD high hopes or should it be always have high hopes?

Why is that people use ''had'' instead of ''have'' when it is still happening at present. Example 1: the song ''High Hopes'' (by Panic At The Disco) it has a lyric line that says: ''always ...
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Correct use of “evolving”

Can someone give me the words to describe what is wrong with the use of 'evolving' in this sentence? I know how to make it sound better, but I don't know how to explain to my writer what is wrong. ...
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How to ask for the date of the homework?

How should a student ask their teacher for the due date of the homework? Should they ask: A: "When is the homework due?” B: “What date is the homework due?” C: “What's the date for the ...
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The sentence needs to the word “were”, doesn't it?

I've come across the sentence below: Indiana is one of a few states where students who attend schools separated by county lines, no more than a few miles apart, spend seven months a year living ...
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Does this inversion take any effect, “Knows an awful lot about the Dark Arts, Snape.”?

Oh, you know Quirrell already, do you? No wonder he's looking so nervous, that's Professor Snape. He teaches Potions, but he doesn't want to -- everyone knows he's after Quirrell's job. Knows an awful ...
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Reduce non-restrictive relative

I would like to know the difference between the following sentences; which one is correct? and if both are correct, what is the difference in meaning. 1- I developed a model to measure students' ...
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The more … the more

Which is right? I think all of two sentences are correct. Because 'loved' is an adjective in this sentence. What do you think? The more you love, the more loved you will be. The more you love, ...
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Being and Was, Which one is correct and why?

Can you please tell me which sentence is correct here? What if I just take out the preposition "with", is it still grammatically correct? Less coal was burned in 1980, with its figure being just ...
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Can the words “also” and “too” be used in the same sentence?

also and too -- can these two words be used in the same sentence? For example: I have also done this too. The above sentence does not make sense to me though. But Grammarly Premium (an online-...
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Sentence construction using Had + ed + ing

a) He had started visiting a church when he was cured of injuries he had suffered in an accident. b) People had started talking about my retirement as I was in my 30s. Is the Past Perfect ...
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How to understand two “to know”s in this sentence?

One wild cart ride later they stood blinking in the sunlight outside Gringotts. Harry didn't know where to run first now that he had a bag full of money. He didn't have to know how many Galleons there ...
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Type of clause in these examples/usage

The character was intentionally designed to be very charismatic and articulate, his main source of fear being derived from his warped sense of reasoning. His features contort with obvious pain as he ...
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'on what amounts to' causes difficulties. What the sense of meaning whole sentence here?

What the sense of meaning whole sentence here? We cannot condone government involvement on what amounts to a privately owned venture.
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Using will and would to talk about future

a) Ok sir, I will send you that file tomorrow. (Definitely) b) Ok Sir, I would send you that file tomorrow. (Probably) In above sentences can we use Will interchangeably and imagine the meaning ...
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What's the grammatical explanation behind these sentence?

Please bear with me, I'm not a native speaker and I'm struggling with English. I wanted to ask about the bolded parts in the paragraph below. First, what's the grammatical explanation behind the ...
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Some issues that are bothering me about the following sentence

The sentence is: Intrigued by its success, I wanted to deepen my knowledge of the language’s history and of the unique culture that sprang around it. I wrote it as a part of a project I have to ...
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Is my comma usage correct?

I have this sentence but I'm not sure if my comma usage was correct In the final lines, he writes, “save outrage for something even more monstrous – the way we are contributing to the starvation ...
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How to understand: “question both Kavanaugh and Ford and other potential witnesses have submitted sworn statements”

Republicans say reopening the FBI investigation is unnecessary because committee members have had the opportunity to question both Kavanaugh and Ford and other potential witnesses have submitted sworn ...
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“worse than it was” or “worse than what it was”

Don't blame me. I didn't make it worse than it was. This sentence sounds fine to me, as it looks analogous to another utterance I know to be idiomatic "It's worse than it looks". But I wonder if ...
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“the only place to provide programs” vs. “the only place that provides programs”

"A Museum" is the only space in the area to provide free educational programs. Will this sentence mean the same as the sentence below? "A Museum" is the only place in the area that provides free ...
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What is the grammatical points in these sentences?

I'd like to know the grammatical points of the phrases "when children have a job" and "due to their age" in these sentences and how I can find more details about building sentences ( a common ...
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How to understand: “felony aggravated indecent assault” in this context?

The scene outside the court was quite a spectacle, but inside, Cosby was given some relatively good news. While his conviction on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault had the potential ...
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What is the difference between 'it's no time', 'it's not time' and 'it's not the time'?

Examples. It's no time to stop believing. It's no time to be unsure. It's not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy. I don't think it's the time to start talking about the future, it's not ...
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Is this sentence right? It is from my exercise book

"The evidence that the flower in the greenhouse failing to endure any storms indicates that kids should never be spoiled too much." This sentence is the answer of an translation question which I ...
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Help to understand the usage of 'found' in this sentence [closed]

Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, is making the most of the fame she’s found from her alleged affair with President Donald Trump and is dishing details with her tell-all book “Full Disclosure.” ...
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Doesn't matter what sort of business they are, all of them count money

I want to paraphrase the title phrase with but, to get something like: Business is anything but counting a money. With an emphasis on 'counting money'. But that looks for me that the meaning is ...
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People at 60 or over

Is it correct to write this: People at 60 or over are recommended not to work in stressful environment. By ‘60 or over’ I mean those who are 60 years old and 60+.
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They feel a lack of purpose

Is the following sentence correct? After returement, some people feel lonely, and also they feel a lack of purpose in life. Does the use of ‘a lack’ after ‘feel’ correct? And if not, how could I ...
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Difference between Looked like and were Looking like

1) Why past tense has been used in below sentence for looked , walked? 2) Can we use my version of Sentence using Looking, Walking ? a) Actual... The video was shot beautifully. Pranay Kumar and ...
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“Manage to find time to do volunteer work among other things”

I am impressed by the fact that she has somehow managed to do volunteer work among holding down two jobs and raising three kids. This is a line I am writing, but I feel uncertain about the ...
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waiving of the delivery charges or waive delivery charges

Context: I am calling customer service to waive the delivery charge as promised by them. Customer care rep: Hi, how may I help you? Should I respond: "This is regarding waiving of the charges ...
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How should I connect the final sentences?

"Endowed with the true blessings of the world, I can only strive forward to become a more lenient, more open-minded, and more inquisitive person. But before all that, I need to perfect the art of ...
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Parsing “as this child's parent or guardian”

Do you provide your consent as this child's parent or guardian for them to have access to website? This is a sentence appeared on website, but I am confused about the sentence structure, in the as ...