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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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Few little in sentences [closed]

1 Do you have few apples 2 Do you have a few apples Please, tell me what you think about these two. Am I allowed to use few and a few in questions?
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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?

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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Removing "that of" from "A more important subject than that of getting indoors"

This sentence is from "The Return of the Native Book II, Chapter 6" A more important subject than that of getting indoors now engrossed her Can I delete "that of", as in below? ...
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Why does a sentence start with "For some people..........." where "Some people" is the subject of the sentence?

"For some people, no matter how much sleep they get, they still feel tired and low in energy. Why?" BBC-why some people always feel tired "Some people" is the subject of the ...
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Can a number see fluctuations?

I read in a post about the use of "saw". According to that post, a number can't see fluctuations. The use of "saw" in the sentence below must be wrong? The number of shops that ...
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Girl found alive in France murders car, say what?

An answer introduced me to the concept of crash blossoms. In the linked examples there is one I cannot process: Girl found alive in France murders car —BBC News, September 2012 The explanation ...
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Rules for Joining by Past Participle [closed]

The sentences below have different subjects. I saw a child. He was burnt. But we can join/add them using a past participle, and write- I saw a burnt child. I have not been able to find any rule ...
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Is it idiomatic to say "If he knew where we are, he would be here by now"?

Supposing you're hiding from some intrusive relative, "If he knew where we are, he would be here by now" I think the part "where you are" is beyond the hypothetical scope, so I don'...
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the delay before data begins to move after it has been sent an instruction to do so

From the Oxford's Learner's dictionary definition of latency: latency: the delay before data begins to move after it has been sent an instruction to do so Do "before data begins to move" ...
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so + V-ing -- correct grammatical structure?

"One of the incentives for capping electricity use, rather than charging different amounts according to usage, was to make access to energy equitable. Every household has the same five kW cap, ...
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What is the meaning and role of "to" in "if these beautiful animals are to survive"? [duplicate]

If we are to succeed in this enterprise, we shall need to plan everything very carefully. The time has come for action if these beautiful animals are to survive. The "to" in the first ...
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Is it correct to use both "wish" and "start" in "We wish you a very safe and healthy start to 2024"?

In my email, there is this sentence: We wish you a very safe and healthy start to 2024. Start here is a verb, and wish is a verb too, but there isn't a conjunction word between them. So how to ...
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"There is a book on table on which we have four flowers" [closed]

"There is book on table on which we have four flowers". Could you pls tell me whether "On Which" is referring to table or a book itself or both?
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Is find + noun + noun possible?

I don't know whether I can use the construction "find + noun + noun" the way it is used in the following sentence. Do you find "behoove" an archaic word? Is this sentence ...
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"found to do" versus "found who do"

I’m sorry, the position has been filled (=someone has been found to do the job). Someone has been found to do the job. Someone has been found who would do the job. (I think that the role of "to&...
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Taking advantage of his present?

Taking advantage of his present popularity, the Prime Minister called an election. Can we write this sentence like this? or is this sentence an adverb manner sentence Why? The Prime Minister who took ...
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Hurrying after her dog?

Source : Compact Advanced Student's Book The woman hurried after her dog, calling to him to come back. I know that this sentence can be written as follows and can also be reversed. Calling to him to ...
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Is there any way to shorten this sentence? "If we don’t train hard enough this year, we won’t even be able to make it into the semi-final next year."

Is there any way to make the sentence below shorter? If we don’t train hard enough this year, we won’t even be able to make it into the semi-final next year.
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Which (if any) of these three alternative sentence constructions is most understandable for use in function documentation comments? [closed]

I'm writing documentation (i.e. code comments) for a JavaScript function with multiple parameters. In specifying the purposes of each of the parameters, I have encountered some difficulty in making ...
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Good at doing something (countable and uncountable nouns)

I came across this question on a test: My friend is good at .... . a. making a cake. b. climbing a mountain c. making coffee d. writing reports The answer is c, according to the answer key. It doesn'...
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What is the difference between stealing and robbing?

I saw someone insisting "loot can be robbed" and he said there are lots of instances as below. She'll work in the New York Public Library, despite the fact that she once had her purse ...
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Is "at which" unnecessary or redundant in "the age at which you now are"?

I asked some of my friends a question - Do you like being the age at which you now are? But I found it a bit weird after asking. Is this sentence redundant? Should I just say “Do you like being the ...
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"It is where something happens." VS "It is there that something happens."

This is from a video about how planets and stars are born and how life might have started. .....and it's these dense clouds that are of interest to ALMA, because it's there that planets and stars ...
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Is there a better way to say " turn forwards"?

Is there a better way to say " turn forwards" when a student who is constantly facing backwards in the classroom?
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How do ways of connecting clauses affect a sentence’s meaning?

How should we think about this sentence? Source : GMAT VERBAL AND WRITING After awakening from his afternoon nap, Jim walked aimlessly from room to room, searching for something to do. After ...
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My english learning is good [closed]

In the sentence Yesterday the girls send an email. Do you use the word send or sent in the sentence? I need a answer because I keep getting confused which one to use whenever I use this example to my ...
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In the sentence showed by this question is the word "though" necessary or at least useful?

I have found the following sentence: Do you know of any benchmarks, though, that demonstrate the speedup granted by bytecode compilation? I can't understand the sense of the word though in the ...
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Is 'He would always say' a valid alternative for 'He always said'?

He would always say hello to me when he saw me in the street. Is this sentence equal to 'He always said Hello to me when he saw me in the street'? If not how can I write it without 'would'?
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Are there words missing from "Agriculture accounts for 80% of water consumption..."?

In the first clause, I think agriculture is short for agriculture water consumption. People understand that water consumption is being discussed so can be omitted. What about the second clause? I ...
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is it possible to modify this sentence as below ?

Position the tree however you like, creating the different shapes and angles by rotating and moving the branches. Is it possible to modify this sentence as below? Positioning the tree however you ...
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Relative clauses (defining or non-defining)

There is a question in a test as follows: Combine these two sentences into one with a relative clause: My brother is a great doctor. He works in a famous hospital My friend insists that there is ...
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Usage of "as" as a conjunction

Clearly here is a usage of "as" that i can't understand; as far as i understand, "as" is a subordinate conjunction that joins main clause + sub. clause. Here we have ",as"...
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“disparate” as a noun vs the gerund-participial clause “waiting outside” as modifier of the head

In legal contexts, “disparate” as a noun is often associated with the concept of disparate impact or treatment. The noun phrase "two people waiting outside" has “people” as head with the ...
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Does the expression ( is rewrite) correct? [duplicate]

I found the following sentence in my Mathematics book. All we need to do is rewrite it. I knew that rewrite is a verb. In that sentence, is rewrite a noun or an adjective.
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Can "find that" be followed by a subjunctive clause, i.e. bare form of verb is used instead of inflectional form

I saw the following sentence in a book that I'm reading: We will therefore find it imperative that the real number system which we're in the process of constructing also exhibit these qualities. It ...
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Why do commit title sentences start with an infinitive without to?

I am a developer and I am not native English speaker. When I see commits I can't understand why titles for them start with infinitive without to. For example from Spring commits Add missing runtime ...
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Is "it is looking good" slang?

I heard American people often say this. Say, a person is drawing a picture. When he is halfway to finishing it, he says "it's looking good". I was taught at school that many linking verbs (...
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Can I ask a question as part of another sentence, like in "I think she's nice what do you think?"?

Is asking questions in a middle of a sentence grammatically correct for example I think she's nice what do you think? That's correct or should I make two sentences out of that?
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