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Is a sentence an independent clause even if it doesn't make sense without the previous sentence?

Example: In the past six years I’ve written twenty short stories, and about half of those have since been accepted to literary magazines or paperback anthologies. This seems to be an ...
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“by” or “on” in context of 'road'

Now, as we often say: I have never traveled to the city by road. (I always go by air) Which preposition should I use in the context given below: There are two different roads which takes us to ...
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I realised + Past tense or Present tense?

On calculating my annual carbon footprint recently, i realized how inadequate those efforts are. https://commentwise.com/2019/12/06/will-the-rich-change-for-the-planet/ In the given sentence present ...
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Using a clause as a sentence's subject

Recently several audio recordings claimed racist riots on Dec 7 and 8 will occur have gone viral telling people not to leave the house on those two days. Is "Recently....Will occur" a clause ? Is it ...
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“Should you visit our Web site” What nuance does it have?

'You can find an updated event schedule should you visit our Web site this Friday.' So, the answer is 'c'. That's good. But I have a question. Is this expression of 'Should you visit our Web site ...
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Can we use past tense of verb for present tense?

Can we use past tense of verb for present tense? E.g. a) If you finished this burger in 5 min I will give you one more. I want to use Finished because I want to emphasis on completed action and ...
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The verb after “makes”

Is the verb eat correct or should it be eats?? I found a sentence similar to this: He makes a student that does not like milk eat a cake with milk I am not sure if this is a grammatical mistake ...
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Confusing sentence construction

London(CNN) - If allied leaders had hoped that US President Donald Trump's presence at a summit in the London area marking the 70th anniversary of the alliance this week would promote unity among old ...
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Using “being” in reduced clauses

As far as I know, when two things happen at the same time, I can combine them with using participles. Such as : Kate is in the kitchen and she is making coffee. to Kate is in the kitchen ...
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‘Were reports not taken seriously’ or ‘ Were not reports taken seriously’

One of my homework is changing sentences into question sentences. The original sentence is "Reports were not taken seriously." BI am not sure where the ‘not’ should be put ‘Were reports not ...
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You will be fine

I have a doubt on this sentence You will be fine. I want to know what kind of sentence is this? As per my research, it is not a sentence in the future continuous form, although it uses, will be It ...
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A natural acting performance

I need to know whether it is possible to call a movie artist's performance natural in English? For instance, can I say something like: She's a good actress........ a) she always acts ...
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Usages of who/which with “best team”

Are both the following sentences correct? 1- Hey John don't shout before you win. Let the match begin. You will know who the best team in the world are. 2- Hey John don't shout before you win. ...
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The structure of this sentence? “What does the man suggest is the best solution?”

"What does the man suggest is the best solution?" Could somebody explain the grammatical structure of this sentence to me like talking to a toddler...? ([what does the man suggest] itself is a ...
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Where to place are/is in question sentences?

I can't tell where I need to put the verb are/is in question sentences. For example: Do you know how many feet are in one mile? It sounds completely odd to my ears but I know it's right. I'd ...
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Favorite Vintage Life Photo's / Favorite Vintage Life's Photos

I have a title that I need help with. I have a community on G+ called The Vintage Life where members show photographs of the past. I created a collection of my favorite pictures from there, and called ...
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Completed action in the future

Which Tense should I use to tell if completed action in the future? e.g 1 a) Later we realized that he changed his route. (in the past context) b) Later we realize that he change/changed his route. ...
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Structure of “All that is needed to do something is something”

All that is needed to participate is access to an Internet connection I don't know why I am confused when I see this structure. I see the part " all that is needed to do something" is subject but ...
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Question about present simple passive

No answer is given. It is given as an example. All items are provided. It is given as follows. It is stolen property. Why is present simple used in these sentence? It is present simple passive but it ...
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how long combined with simple present perfect

Is it grammatically correct to use how long with simple present perfect? How long have you driven?
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I am confused about the word's positioning in the following sentence

After some time he appeared in a hall which had a 'long rectangular shaped table', which seemed empty. Should the correct one be a ' rectangular-shaped long table? Also, about the part after coma, ...
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Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions

I'm having several problems with syntax analysis. Is it possible to have 4 subordinating and 1 coordinating conjunction together in 1 sentence? How do I analyze clauses like that? This is the ...
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Are this sentence grammatically correct?

The closer we study life, the more extreme places we find it thriving. Is there a proposition "at" missing at the end of this sentence above, to express the places at which life thrives?
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Phrase “Out of league”

Does it mean the same thing? If not so, then how to say that I am better than her. I'm out of your league You are out of my league
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How to understand “And from this it follows that where we meet resistance” in this context

Your point about wizard dominance being FOR THE MUGGLES' OWN GOOD - this, I think, is the crucial point. Yes, we have been given power and, yes, that power gives us the right to rule, but it also ...
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Is it ok to say “Improved the RBT's deletion operation's implementation”?

I've had this question more than once, and that is, when I'm referring to "something which belongs to something which belongs to something else". For example, in the following phrase I'm referring to ...
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“Used to” with period of life

can I say " I used to smoke for 5 years "? is it correct? And if no, which tense should I use? Should I say "I had smoked for 5 years?" Thanks a lot.
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“To be”, “be” or neither

I have always been confused about these three sentences: I want no more foreign language to be spoken in this class. I want no more foreign language be spoken in this class. (Subjunctive) ...
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What kinds of music you don't like? or What kinds of music don't you like?

What is more proper to say: What kinds of music you don't like? What kinds of music don't you like? Can you please explain why?
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is a sentence used to introduce a step in a long essay considered fragment?

For example: an essay about steps to become a successful student Firstly, memorizing every day. [then all the other supporting sentences] Secondly, having a good amount of sleep every day. [then all ...
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Is it a complete sentence: “Caution murmured: it could be a trick, a lure, a trap.”?

... ... For one trembling second he hesitated. Caution murmured: it could be a trick, a lure, a trap. But instinct, overwhelming instinct, told him that this was not Dark Magic. He set off in pursuit. ...
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Construction of the sentences and difference “What” and “How”

Which one is correct and why? When does use How or What? And Does it need to use "Does" or doesn't? What does this song called? or How does this song called? What does this game call? or How ...
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interrogative and affirmative sentence constructions

Say we have the following sentence : The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held. Is it grammatically correct to place "is" where it's placed in the sentence, ...
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Natural way to use “same as” + relative clause

I'm concerned my sentence may sound awkward In many cases we want to give the same set of directories as we give to -L to -rpath when I want to say In many cases, if we want to give directories ...
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Grammar in “Alice in wonderland” [duplicate]

I started to read "Alice in wonderland" and here's the sentence that made me doubt. There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the ...
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A fear of vs fear of

A student asked if you needed an article before the word "fear" in sentences like "I have (a) fear of height". From what I know, people usually use "a" before the word "fear" when describing a ...
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“Could only get” vs “Could get only” [closed]

There was this Word order exercise in my English test that I think there are two possible ways to rearrange it I could only get two tickets. I could get only two tickets. Are those sentences ...
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Can we use Present perfect tense to talk about past?

In a given linked video (around 1:09) Mom is explaining past to her daughter. But While explaining her she used Present perfect tense in between, why? Is to correct to use? Girl: Mom, so why are we ...
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Using 'as' and 'will'

I was wondering about the usage of 'as' and 'will'. 'As she will go to the cinema, I will go too.' 'As the waiter will wipe the table clean, I will sit at it.' I know about the rule that applies ...
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Using participles in a row

Retrospective cross-sectional study of type 2 diabetes patients admitted to the geriatric ward receiving diabetes medications. (Original) Is using participles as in the example above grammatically ...
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adjective with “being” or before noun

I wonder if the following usage is right. You should remove the answer being bootless. Is grammar of the sentence right? If yes, what is the usage of "being" here? Does it have same meaning with "...
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Is my sentence correct ? (using “for” or “of a”)

I'm currently correcting some writing of mine. I have a question about this line in particular : To you I'm just a statistic, or a top tier choice for a stick Is "for" adequate ? Or should I write ...
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Non-essential clause position

Grammarly’s digital writing assistant helps over 20 million people write more clearly and effectively every day, across multiple platforms and devices. Can I write like this instead? What is the ...
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The placement of participles defining the subject of the main clause

As far as I know, we can use participles right before or after the subject of the main clause to give extra information about the subject. For example: 1- Dressed in his class-A uniform, the marine ...
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Is this dependent or independent sentence?

"Making trial of everything, with trust in new joy, and stirring the human kindness in all eyes that looked on her." If it is an independent clause, could you please tell which is the subject and ...
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“If you could come, it would be great” VS “It would be great if you could come”

I am confused about these sentences If you could come, it would be great and It would be great if you could come I think the first one refers to the past. I.e. it's like the party is over now....
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“Could not but” in interrogative sentence

Is the following sentence grammatically correct to write in literature? How could I not but close my eyes? As "I could not but close my eyes" is a valid sentence, I felt like this one should also ...
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Questions in distant past tense

I'm a little confused about the use of did and had in past tense -- recent past and distant past. For example, If I want to ask a friend whether he applied for a job (today), I would simply ask "Did ...