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structure and meaning of sentence

Are the two points right about the structure and meaning following sentence: "Many new areas of inquiry gaining momentum in twenty-first-century psychology span traditional subfields and ...
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Use of 'there' as an empty subject

How do these differ? i. X has always been there. ii. There has always been X. & i. How long has there been X? ii. How long has X been there?
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“I told you this for you to make sure that I'm one of the good.” or “I told you this to make sure that I'm one of the good”

I'm a beginner learner and don't know which one is right. I mean, whether I should use "for" in the sentence or not. (also, one of myfriends told me that each of the sentences had a different meaning....
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Which is better: “Interaction of x with y” or “Interaction between x and y”

Which one is better to use: Interaction of x with y or Interaction between x and y? Or are they equally correct? In that case, is there a difference between them, or are they basically ...
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When something finishes in future I will let you know (inform you)

I'm not sure how to structure my sentence in a correct manner. What I want to express is that I've started something, and will let someone know once it (has?) finish. Here is an example: I will be ...
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Subject + (to be) + adjective + to + verb

Which is correct? I am easy to deceive. I am easy to be deceive.
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Does this Question make sense, 'the background of which they come'?

One of my friends is writing a paper and asked me to edit it for her, and for some reason, 'the background of which they come' doesn't make any sense. If it helps, the beginning of the sentence is '...
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Could I rewrite the sentence like this?

Yeah. There's an investigation being opened. And I haven't heard officially, but the French media is saying that there is, you know, there was renovation going on near the roof by the ceiling. ...
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Phrase usage: Dipping ones toe (into sth.)

You start to grow by first dipping your toe. Can this sentence be used as a motivational quote? If dipping your toe into sth. means testing it out, carefully approaching it and growth is considered ...
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Write a paragraph [closed]

Write a paragraph about some of the problems in your city. Please see Pg 59 and the example we studied in class today. Your paragraph must have a topie sentence and a concluding sentence. Write a ...
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When question,answer contents are poor, and question , answer do not meet quality standards [migrated]

Many questions of mine posted to English language and usage sites and to English language learners sites are considered as low-quality posts and incomprehensible. My question is, Are questions posted ...
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How to use “from … to …” in a sentence?

In the following sentence I have used "from ... to ..." to describe a range of things: Plants have contributed to the development of many drugs from common pain relievers like aspirin to ...
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“I saw him be upset/to be upset/ being upset”

I'll use seeing and upset to create an example that might help me: Out of these, which is correct, or which are best? Do some work in some circumstances and not others? I saw him upset. I saw him to ...
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“This is true, whether John has heard about …”

A post says In short, the reason sounds better, because in life as we and John know it, there is usually only one reason given by, or on behalf of, a murderer. This is true, whether John has heard ...
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Has subordinating clause been used at the end of sentence as a closer? Has compound-complex structure been used in this sentence?

At least that is what Senator Josh Hawley was telling us when he offered a clenched-fist salute to the pro-Trump mob before it ransacked the Capitol, and it is the same message he delivered on the ...
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Correct use of Lay or Laid in english sentence

Which of the below sentences in the past tense is correct ? The sentence a is from a song that I've heard. a) last night I lay in bed so blue. b) last night I laid in bed so blue
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learned how to drive (a car)

A: You should learn to control your son. B: Oh yeah? And you should have learned how to drive ((a) car). Then you wouldn't be a bitter man clinging to a walker. It certainly doesn't have many hits on ...
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Which words belong to “that” in this context?

Chapter 5 describes this historical process in which the referendum became an institutional constraint that induced cooperation among all major political parties and led to negotiated legislation and ...
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How to express that the sausages are made with good quality meat with a shorter sentence?

How to express that the sausages are made with good quality meat in the shortest way? Can I say: The sausages are good quality. The sausages are of good quality. These are good quality sausages.
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suction surface pressures

Is the use of "suction surface pressures" in the following sentence correct grammatically? If it is not, kindly suggest ways to make it clearer. On the other hand, with increased blade loading on the ...
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it is hurt (Simple Past) or it is hurting? In the next situation

In the next situation...: (I am talking with my friend in the afternoon about something which happened to me in the morning. As you can notice all happened in the same day...): Me: I woke ...
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Is “Children are easy to influence” correct sentence?

I made the following sentences. I think it’s best to say “Children are easily influenced”. But I am not sure if I should use the active or passive voice in this construction. Children are easy to ...
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Is it OK to say “And I begin” for current action?

Some person is about to begin some process. Can he say "And I begin" when he's ready to start?, like "And I'm starting it" or "And here we go".
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Difference between its and it's [closed]

Consider the following line - This could be important criteria in determining its implementation Is this a correct sentence grammatically? I saw that both its and it's are proper words in English. ...
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then I only want you to do is to follow the road

Driving test Examiner: During the test I'd like you to observe and obey all the rules of the road; all the traffic signs, the signals.Signal each of your intensions even if there's no traffic. Woman: ...
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Physical illness and physical illnesses

Is it correct to say "physical illnesses" in the next sentence? "People who feel unhappy and who are, therefore, unlikely to laugh so much, suffer more often from PHYSICAL ILLNESS." I had this ...
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“I want to (be) more productive.”

I want to more productive. I want to be more productive. Which sentence is correct by English standards. I am writing my appraisal form.
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present participle use in different ways

I saw a speeding sedan down the road. The sedan was speeding down the road. The first one is an example of the present participle (as the word speeding is linked with the car acting like an ...
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“to not do” or “not to do”

Specifically with the following sentence, which is more suitable/correct? You don't count on humans to not do things they're used to doing. You don't count on humans not to do things they're ...
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Which is correct upfront or upfrontly

I want to express to another person how much he is willing to pay for a task and he can openly tell me. Upfront seems a good word for this. Which of the two sentences is correct: You can let me know ...
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Not but construction

Can I say 'someone is lying not on but off the couch.' Grammatically not + preposition + but + preposition + object is possible?
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“My meeting has been extended to, after 3 o'clock.” Is this a proper way of saying?

So if I need to tell that my current meeting has been extended, and won't be able to make it to a meeting scheduled at 3 o'clock. Which one is proper way of saying in a corporate setting? I am not ...
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How do native speakers use the phrase “ By the millions ”

This morning, when I was surfing the internet, I saw a phrase by chance. I thought it had a superfluous word. Full sentence: They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? The word ...
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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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Phrase to express something has had a great impact despite a negligible popularity?

Can you please suggest me an alternative phrase to the highlighted one that would express "when you take in account the very insignificant popular knowledge it receives"? The Effective ...
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“to use in case of emergency”

a. This is a gun, to use in case of emergency. b. This is a gun, to use only in case of emergency. c. This is a gun, to be used in case of emergency. d. This is a gun, to be used only in case of ...
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What is the correct word order for a question starting from 'is' and containing an infinitive?

Some context. In a e-mail conversation, I am trying to understand what I should do next. The question I am trying to ask is: Is the next step to submit a tech support ticket? And I am tempted to add ...
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Which is better Tasks or Task's? [closed]

Which is better in using the apostrophe in a sentence? "Tasks Love" or "Task's Love" when trying to imply providing strong affection to all tasks being completed?
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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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My family has 4 members. vs There are 4 members in my family

Is it good to say: My family has/consist of 4 members/people. Or much better to say: There are 4 people/members in my family. Maybe the first version is more official and the second one is ...
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“To know + object + to + infinitive” works here, right?

I made up a sentence: "Whom do you know in the picture who has been in jail?" Is the sentence correct? If so, can it be rephrased as "Whom do you know in the picture to have been in ...
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Combining ‘replies’ and ‘responses’

I am trying to construct a sentence that covers both replies and responses. No need for you to answer this question. I went over your (replies/responses) in this conversation and know that your ...
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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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Continuation about using emphasis for different part of sentence [closed]

Though I was wondering a lot for emphasizing different part of speech/sentence, I am still not sure about my understanding. Therefore , could you correct me if I made any mistake. The basic sentence : ...
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None of them “has” or “have” [duplicate]

Is "none" singular or plural? I understand it to mean no one which is obviously singular. But I have seen sentences like: None of them have seen it which equals: No one of them have seen ...
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Work + preposition + noun or work + noun

1- Doctors often work very long hours. (Why not "work for..." ?) 2- He worked the clubs long before TV made him famous. (Why not "work in/for the clubs..." ?) 3- I am working a drug case....
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Someone offers someone an opportunity vs. Someone offers an opportunity to someone

I am trying to express an idea but I am not sure it is proper: I'm writing a letter to someone explaining a situation, but I need to be sure the person will understand. My sentence is the following: ...
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Which one is correct, specialization in or specializing in?

Which one is correct, specialization in or specializing in? This is to certify that A, was a full-time postgraduate student in the Doctor of Philosophy majoring in X specialization/specializing in Y ...
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The babysitter read we/us a story about mermaids

Is the answer we or us? The babysitter read we a story about mermaids. or The babysitter read us a story about mermaids.
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Where is the main verb in “the training necessary to enable them to carry out their duties”?

the training necessary to enable them to carry out their duties If the sentence is correct than where is main verb or auxiliary verb? Here is the link of the sentence : https://www....

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