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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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Correct usage of “and more generally”

What I am trying to say: "It is important to design efficient selection algorithms and more generally efficient resource allocation algorithms". Note that the resource allocation algorithm include the ...
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help to understanding the past participle form

i want know what type of sentence is it and why do we use past participle here and 2nd example i took from (Alan Walker song Faded) 1)You will be shocked? 2)I am faded
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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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problem with not only..but also

I wrote this sentence in my essay Not only such institutes provide physical support but the elderly also get emotional support from their fellows and caretakers. What is the mistake in this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is “wish/if only + I/we + would ” possible?

https://taylorenglish.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/wish-if-only-form-function-and-meaning-present-and-past-usage/ From this site, I have read that the first person singular or plural pronoun cannot ...
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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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“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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Does she have or has she got? Which one is correct?

I'm not sure which one is correct. I had read that "does have" is more likely used in American English and "has got" in British English. But which one of these is correct? What kind of hobbies does ...
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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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Must “firstly,… secondly, …” or “first,… second, …” always follow “There are X number of reasons”?

I have read hundreds of posts where people debated over the use of "firstly, secondly, ..." and "first, second, ..." My understanding is it comes down to style and neither is wrong. However, I can't ...
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Give an example sentence: (Correct?)

Is this sentence correct? Give an example sentence: I'm not sure whether there is a phrase ' example sentence' or not. I always use: Give an example: or Give a sentence as an example: or ...
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What should I use Became or become? Why?

What should I use Became or become? Why? a) The “poor man”, who became/become so, due to the therapeutic circumstances. Become past tense is became. But sentence is referring to present truth. so I ...
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How do I complete the sentence, “If you don't mind, ____”?

I'm trying to learn the sentence structure and I had a few thoughts about the possible structural continuations of the sentence. I'd appreciate it if you could introduce any new possible continuations ...
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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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Last word in something

Dictionaries give be the last word in something as the correct construction, but in the following sentence The ICC World Cup remains the last word on cricket’s hierarchy. in is used. Is that correct?...
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Confused about the meaning of these

H is a subset of G containing those elements of G that commute with every element of G. Clearly, H contains the elements. Now let's take an another example. The boy is the son of the man ...
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Using “their” or “its” when referring to an inanimate object

I'm a bit confused on the usage of "their" and "its". For example, if I had the following phrase: Each of these programs had ______ code reviewed by an expert. Will I use "their code" or "its code"...
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Verb without “be” in sentence

Are the below sentences are incomplete? a) Police arrested the person who killed his brother. It is unable to understand without context that killing referring to past or present. That is, would ...
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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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'Do you have anything needed?' Is this sentence incorrect?

This sentence just came to mind right after I watched the sentence : Do you need anything? So, do these two sentences have the same meaning, or is the one in the title totally redundant?
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*Flung* is Intransitive or Transitive?

The impact was such that the canine flung into the air and fell into a drain five meters away. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/bike-rider-booked-for-dogs-death-in-greater-noida/...
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Which sentence is correct grammar

A little background info, one of my favorite bands is doing a world tour next year. I live on the East Coast and all their concerts on the East Coast are in July, August and September. I am going to ...
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Use of Infinitive

I am reading uses of infinitive from a grammar book and two sentences are written in it, that are He started weeping seeing his father. (x) And He started weeping to see his father. (✓) ...
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Is it correct to use “…my such thinking..”?

The following conversation took place with one of my friends while discussing about a theory. Me: I am right (about some theory). Friend: No, you are wrong. Me: (After giving it a deeper thought) ...
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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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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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Are the commas in “The confusing unmatched bracket, and the fact that it is…” incorrect?

Are the commas in this sentence correct, and the comma before 'and'? Is this not a dependent clause followed by an independent clause thus no comma. If you look at it as extra information within ...
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Type of sentence/correct usage

It makes you consider the difference between riding down that road in a car, versus driving down that road on a bicycle. What do we call these type of clauses, where they have a comparative ...
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Usage of 'this' in a sentence/punctuation

The fight was well fought but violent--this made it a tough watch. The car soaks up fuel and is tough to drive, that being said, it looks good. The story has surreal overtones-- there are parts ...
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Do the sentences bear the same meaning?

I was wondering whether: a. the two sentences mean the same, and b. if sentences of the same construction can always convert the verb to a participle. Here are the sentences: Though it ...
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What kind of words are “given”, “considering” vs “even though” and “because”?

I am curious about the words "considering", "given", and "even though", because they seem to help me build sentences, but I don't know how they work. Some example sentences: She can speak English ...
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Would u help me with a list of adjectives that come after the noun in adj order?

I found four injured men alive. In this sentence, the adjective "alive" comes after the noun "men". Why we have to use adjective "alive" after the noun, not before? because in adjective order, ...
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Did Not and Would not Difference

Which Sentence construction is correct ? Why ? Also, what is the exact meaning using did not and would not ? A ) He did not want the young man's future to be spoilt and only wanted to ensure that he ...
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Do you use the structure 'make + it + adjective + gerund'?

I know both A) and B) are okay. But how about C)? That is, can I replace ‘to communicate’ with ‘communicating’ in the following sentence? A) Aphasia is a language disorder that makes it very ...