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“After being several episodes in” vs. “several episodes in”?

Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? At first I thought that show was a cheap rip off of Friends, but several episodes in I started liking it. At first I thought that show was ...
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What do you think has happened with her?

Is it a correct sentence: What do you think has happened with her? it looks like both parts - "you think" and "has happened" require the same word - "what" but here is only one "what". If we give ...
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Reducing adverb clauses

Here's a sentence from a textbook Before I left home, I promised my parents that I would return. According to the given instruction, I'm suppose to rephrase it into a participial sentence. One ...
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I wanted to do something but have forgotten

I wanted to do something but have forgotten. Is this sentence valid? Can I use the past simple with the present perfect in this case? As another example: I have wanted to buy something but have ...
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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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The word “Combined” at the beginning of the sentence

To assess the effects of ocean heat waves, researchers led by ecologist Daniel Smale of Great Britain's Marine Biological Association turned to 116 previously published academic studies. Combined, ...
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What is the function of “of” in “of her immortal sisters” and “that of Roy Bhaskar”?

There are two long sentences here, I quoted from different books. If you paint the same face, and set a winged rose or a rose of gold somewhere about her, one's thoughts are of her immortal sisters,...
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When doing / while doing

I am a little confused about using "when v-ing" and "while v-ing". When should I use "when v-ing" instead of "while v-ing" ? 1- Always keep some change with you. It’s useful when buying a bus ...
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Fill out the form

I filled out the form that only required patients name and patients room number Is this sentence correct? I understand that in American English people use fill out the form instead of fill in the ...
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Transformation of sentence from compound to complex

I tried but bit confused in applying the rules to transform the following sentences from compound to complex. GIVE ME MONEY AND I SHALL SPEND IT. WORK HARD AND YOU WILL SUCCEED.
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Has he come yet or hasn't he come yet?

To get the meaning ' Hasn't he come until now ?' what should I ask 'Has he come yet ?or Hasn't he come yet?'
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Can we say “You should have” by itself?

Let's say someone said, "I didn't visit him yesterday.". As a response to that, can I say "You should have." to mean "You should have visited him."?
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“That” and subject verb agreement

Painting involves a fixed perspective and a form of rational thinking that engages sight. or Painting involves a fixed perspective and a form of rational thinking that engage sight. or ...
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How to describe following situation?

I and my friend came out from our class and were going to powder our noses. After reaching near to bathrooms, we found that doors of all bathrooms were closed, meaning that some students had already ...
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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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How to count consciousness?

I'm afraid I'm talking about my favourite topic, consciousness, wrong. Can you please check which of these cases of my trying to use the word on Reddit are correct? "Quantum wave form collapses ...
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Past-participles Grammar in use

Can I say so? Is it right in terms of grammar? it was wrong to meet him without having had talked before I know for sure that it's correct to say: without having talked but I mean exactly ...
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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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I'd like to know the answer (what is “to know the answer”)

In the sentence: I would like to know the answer. What is "to know the answer" here? Is it a participle functioning as an object, a verbal modifying like, an infinitive functioning as an object ...
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How to properly write down an enumeration? No consensus in the literature

I doubt what is a proper, and suitable for in an academic text, way to give an enumeration. I used Google to see how other people (mainly in papers) do it, but there is not a consensus. The reason ...
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'immediately before', 'right before' and 'just before'

What is the difference (if any) between immediately before, right before and just before ? What is the most suitable one to use in this sentence: The paragraph ..... before the image.
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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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Can I say 'it will be hard for the society to make any progress'?

Ambition is indispensable for both individuals and the society. Without the ambition of pursuing success, people may feel empty and meaningless in their lives, and it will be hard for the society ...
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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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When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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“What is the opposite word for X?” Is the sentence correct?

I always use: What is the opposite of X ? But today I came across: What is the opposite word for X ? Are the both grammatical? Thank you.
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Is “entitled” a verb or adjective or both in “She is entitled…”?

She is entitled to all luxuries in her life. What is the voice of the sentence? If it is passive, which word is the main verb in the sentence? In this sentence the word "entitled" is used as ...
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Is this sentence anastrophe?

I came across the sentence Pretty soon along came some people. However I wonder if Some people came along pretty soon. is correct. Is this sentence anastrophe?
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All was happened due to his carelessness. All happened due to his carelessness

All was happened due to his carelessness. All happened due to his carelessness. Which one is correct and why? Is first one in Passive voice? Please define it.
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Bullet passed by my head

The bullet passed by my head by a difference of a few inches. I am trying to say that somebody fire a bullet at you that barely missed your head? Or Somebody fire a bullet that nearly hit me in the ...
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confusion on “quality of + verb form”

I have some confusion about the quality of + verb form. I have two sample sentences The quality of their clothing is very good. It really improves my overall quality of sleep. My question is why ...
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What do these two sentences mean?

The first sentence is this: That was how it was with her. What does that mean "That was how it was..."? The second sentence is this: What did I even do?. What does that mean "I even do..."? I read ...
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Could somebody please help me explain the grammar structure used in this sentence?

"Links are created using the element which has an attribute called href." I don't understand how they put "using" verb after "created". If it's a kind of reduced structure, how it works?. Cuz I saw ...
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Is the “verb tense” necessary here

I saw an example: He is back in power after three years in opposition. The same way, can I write: He is working for Bob after (working for) three years for me. Can I drop the words in the ...
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How do I learn Restaurant English?

Specifically, if waiters don't come, how do I ask a waiter to come? If I say "Excuse me", would other customers think I'm calling them? If I want to pay, and the waiter gave [a check/the check/check?]...
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Place of adjective Place in the sentence

There is a long Neva River in Saint Petersburg. Is it correct to put this adjective (long) this way?
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How do I ask this question?

"Jack'll come tomorrow", she told Rose in the morning. What does it mean if I ask "When did she tell Rose Jack would come?". 'Tomorrow' and 'the morning' are the two times in the first statement. ...
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Be-verbs modified by adverbs?

Could you please tell me what the function of the adverb "partly" is in the sentence, "It is partly her fault"? In other words, what does "partly" modify in that sentence?
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Comma before a clause without subject

After a Saudi gunman killed three people at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla., some of President Trump’s Republican allies took to the airwaves to condemn the attack as an act of terrorism, call for a ...
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English Grammar - Feeling good with

I have a problem with EN grammar so i need a little bit of help. So... From an early age, we are searching for a social circle and people we feel with. OR From an early age, we are searching ...
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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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Does the meaning change if I add “which are” in this sentence?

There are factors considered to be more relevant to a person's success in life. Does the meaning change if I insert "which are" in the sentence? There are factors which are considered to be more ...
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“Would have” or “would” in a conditional sentence

Athenians loved a good argument…they loved to be entertained…and most of the time you could find both of those things in the courthouse. Athenians would have been HUGE fans of Judge Judy…or back ...
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How to understand “of longing the discovery of the broken mirror had occasioned” in this sentence

Then he placed the fragment on top of that morning's Daily Prophet, which lay unread on the bed, and attempted to stem the sudden upsurge of bitter memories, the stabs of regret and of longing the ...
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Which is the correct/most appropriate option out of the following?

Q: They_______the saplings before we reach home. Options: will have been planting will be planting planted will have planted I got this question in my recent FSSAI exam and I have to fill ...
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Usage of “to do with”

Can I use "to do with" in the same meaning as "about/concerning a particular subject" ? For example: 1- All applications to do with this role go through my secretary first. 2- Most of the ...
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The right verb after “ensure”

Which forms of verb can I use here? The client must ensure that accurate records be/are/will be kept. I don't know why Google translate example uses "be" here.
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Use of “May I be” for exclamation

In the language I speak when we see someone getting a lot and we don’t get that much, to speak to God in a sweet way, we say a sentence whose literal meaning in English is: May I be sacrificed for ...
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We have known to each other or We have been known to each other?

Which is the correct way to say We have known to each other for many years. We have been known to each other for many years. Present perfect or present perfect continuous.