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(svo)sentence after a preposition

Can a sentence (s+v+o) follow a preposition? There is an example sentence I think it’s wrong. XYZ showed how certain protein molecules repair DNA damaged by UV light. These discovery provided us ...
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Correct use of Deduct and Deducted

Once we deduct/deducted it we have to deduct this for next six month. What should I use in above sentence Deduct or Deducted? Is it something like a) If we deduct it once the we will have to ...
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Are all four sentences correct? [on hold]

I don't want to spend my life by being an ignorant. I don't want to spend my life being an ignorant. I had learned how to fly a plane by being a pilot. I had learned how to fly a plane being a pilot.
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Usage of “Opt”: opt vs opt for

I understand the usage of opt to (do something) and opt out (of something), but I'm a little confused about opt vs opt for. For example: Which Subjects did you _____? I _____ philosophy; he, however, ...
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Worth of meaning

A: Bag belongs to one of his suppliers. And it contains a football's worth of cocaine. (A is showing a football's size by his hand while speaking. The size of the cocaine pile is similiar to a ...
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“Emerge from” meaning + construction

1- A: Turn it off. B: No. A: Do it now. That's a direct order. B: Well, you don't want to start a battle of the wills with me because you will emerge from that battle a broken man. ...
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Confused about omitting the relative pronoun and preposition

I sat there, lost and cold because I was betrayed by the person I didn’t expect to hurt me. I think the actual sentence is: I sat there, lost and cold because I was betrayed by the person whom I ...
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Why do/don't you think

I saw this sentence in a comic book: Why don't you think he wants to call her? (Context: A doesn't want to call B. C is asking D's opinion on this issue.) I wonder if I can use the rewritten ...
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Sentence for saying that something is further ahead

I am looking for a sentence that tells someone that something is further ahead. For example: if I want to tell a reader (currently reading page 20) about a topic that is further ahead (say on page ...
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How to politely tell your senior that what they told is wrong?

How to politely tell someone whatever they told is not correct according to me? Is it okay to say "let me know if I am wrong?" after explaining them about that concept?
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How tell current situation? Verb Past Tense or Present Perfect Tense?

Friend: Please give me access of your computer. I did some changes in the system. What should be my reply to him? a) I gave you the access, please check? b) I have given you the access, Please ...
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wash the dishes ; a phrase?

I don't know either the following constructions are a phrase or a clause? 1) wash the dishes 2) do the laundry 3) take out the garbage In my opinion, they are all phrases or verb phrases ...
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Please find attached the document consisting of code [on hold]

Which one of the following is correct - Please find attached the document consisting of code. Please find the attached document consisting of code. Please find attached the file consisting of code.
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Can we use present perfect for future event?

I heard someone like "they have been married in two years so we should be married in two years. 'Have been married' for future event? I don't get it. Is this sentence correct?
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Sentence construction with participles

A: A is drinking cups of coffee nonstop in the kitchen. B: What the hell! You trying to make your heart explode? A: I am loading up on coffee. Because it is a pain in the ass getting to ...
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postion of a verb in the sentence

Is the position of "means" in the following sentence correct grammatically? If it is not , kindly suggest ways to make it clearer. In addition, the increase of entropy generation around the CTB and ...
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How to ask someone for cycling?

I moved into a new apartment and don't have any friend in this apartment. I want to make new friends but don't know how to initiate the conversation. I thought asking someone for cycling would be good ...
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What's the grammatical structure of “all three of them periods”?

Oxford Guide to English Grammar; John Eastwood; Oxford University Press 1994-09 Page 54 2 Information in a text a In a text, old information usually comes first in the sentence and new ...
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Is it right to use “how important” as a subject in this sentence? And what does it mean?

I wonder if it's correct to use “how + adj.” as a subject in a sentence, just the way I saw in the following sentence : “Everybody stay where you are. Chill out,” Quill said, slowly circling ...
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Why is my answer wrong?

(First of all,this is grammar question.) İn the 1970s scientists found out that chemicals_____ into the atmosphere______the ozone layer. A)having been released /destroyed (which is picked) B)...
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I need you guys to check if there is a grammatical error in this sentence [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? That time Angela took the single greatest photograph ever. Ever.
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It is almost too easy

Whenever she gets stressed out, she smokes. And it is almost too easy to stress her out. This line is from a sitcom called Brooklyn Nine-Nine What does the marked phrase mean? I think ıt means she ...
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What is 'what' in the following sentence? What's wrong in using 'which' instead of 'what' here?

In the following sentence, Is 'what' used as a relative pronoun? In what is being seen as signs of reluctance in cooperating with the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, British ...
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As + preposition phrase + as

A: I know this is weird to because I just shot you but it feels like we are back in sync now. B: Yes, I mean as in sync as I have ever been with someone who just shot me. That marked phrase ...
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Decoding a quote about lying

I'm trying to understand the sentence construction and the meaning of this quote by Otto Von Bismarck. Can someone please help? People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or ...
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“As such” to mean “like that”

1- On any type of formal school exam, these sentences would not be considered "correct" they are never written as such.....they're only spoken as such. 2- Do not behave as such. 3- Doing ...
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Using “imagine” and “assuming” for hypothetical situations

1- Imagine that I had some money yesterday, it would have been so fun to go there. (I didn't have money so we didn't go there yesterday.) 2- Assuming that I was the guy whom they were looking ...
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Using “Like” And “As If” In Unreal Conditions?

1- Why do you talk about him as if he were an old man? (He is not an old man.) 2- They treat me as if I were their own son. (I'm not their son) Can I use "like" in these sentences above ...
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“as was just mentioned” or “as just mentioned”?

A couple of lines earlier: for this reason one can say that the subjects in questions have been influenced by X. . . . A survey of that kind would show how, as was just ...
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Can two dependent clauses follow one after the other?

I am struggling to parse the sentence in bold (at the end) in the given paragraph. This last sentence is adding some context to an example given before in the paragraph (in italics). But for some ...
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Using “only because” in a different way?

1- The squad is only on night shift because they disobeyed a direct order to save me. I saw this sentence above but it seems kind of unusual to me. I would say it this way: 2- The squad is on ...
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Why do we need to use an -ing verb/gerund after 'when'? What is 'when' actually?

I have a long-standing doubt on 'when'. 1) Is it a conjunction or preposition? I don't know whether it is preposition or not, for every verb after it will take -ing or becomes a gerund: 1) ...
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Is over here/ over there preposition?

I wonder if my knowledge is right regarding the following phrases being prepositions: i) over here ii) over there Both having the same construction= over (preposition) + here/there (adverb) ...
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Is “My neighbor Mr. Lee is 70 years old who plays basketball every day.” grammatical?

My neighbor Mr. Lee is 70 years old who plays basketball every day. My teacher said that pronoun "who" is too far from the subject, so this is a grammatical error. But Grammarly told me that this ...
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Participles to convey purpose

He called the Fun Zone, asking to meet the guys from the video. Hi, I saw that sentence in a tv-series. I suppose I can rewrite it as: 1- "He called the Fun Zone and asked to meet the guys from ...
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Using “half-assed” as an verb?

You half-assed getting the phone back! (He supposed to get the phone back but he got caught in the middle of getting the phone. So his captain rebuke him.) Is "half-assed" used as a verb here?
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“Post lunch” or “after lunch” which is correct?

I use to use "post lunch" to inform a person about fixing up the meeting time if it is in the afternoon office time. apart from that I have never used it in any of other conversation. recently, In ...
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Ali is a great manager. He is/was a born leader

I'm having trouble with the following sentence: 1) Ali is a great manager. He is a born leader. 2) Ali is a great manager. He was a born leader. I'd say that (1) is the right one since Ali ...
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Laziness is a problem with many students

I don't think the following sentence is grammatically correct: Laziness is a problem with many students. Wouldn't it better to say: Laziness is a problem for many students. or perhaps, ...
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What kind of movie would you all like to watch? ---CORRECT?

I'm not sure about the following sentence-constructions: What kind of movie would you all like to watch? What kind of movie you all would like to watch? Which one is correct (and idiomatic)?
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using the simple past in the present tense

In the sentence given below It is quite apparent that the Narendra Modi government did not want the language issue to acquire disproportionate importance at a time when it is embarking on its ...
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'We put new carpet on the floor or we put [a] new carpet on the floor'?

I wonder should I precede the noun with the article 'a', but I don't think that is necessary? I put [a] new carpet on the floor. Reason: Carpet is a mass noun. Am I correct?
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“Would ”or “Would have”

A: Look what I found? (They are all going through a weed farm furtively to catch some criminals.) B: French fries? (B is a silly character in this series. + B loves to eat any kind of food.) ...
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Travelling from / Travelling in from?

Can you please advise me which question would a native speaker immigration officer would ask in an airport Where are you traveling from? or Where are you traveling in from? Where are you ...
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Type of clause and correct usage in this example

It follows two sisters— one is devoted to her faith, the other breaks the community's strict rules. What would we class this type of clause ? (one is this, the other is this) What part is the main ...
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Move “across town” or “across the town”

He moved across town to stay with his father. Why don't we use "a" or "the" in these situations. As: He moved across the town to stay with his father.
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Describing the object of the preposition phrase

A: Your cervix is ripening as we speak. B: Mention my cervix again, I will kill you! C: I don't understand why you don't like him when he talks about your cervix ripening. Can I use ...
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Usage of verbs of perception

This is not one of those women's prisons that we have all seen being all sexy on late-night cable. I saw this line in a tv-series and then I wonder about the construction of this sentence. He is ...
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What does the given sentence mean?

Here is a sentence from an adventure game: Although the game doesn't let you create your own character to play, you’ll like the ability to choose heroes, then mix and match their weapons and ...