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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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"Many constitutional lawyers believe the court will rule it would be unlawful for Holyrood..."

I'm stumbling upon the sentence: "Many constitutional lawyers believe the court will rule it would be unlawful for Holyrood and [...]" I understand it if : I translate will -> wish to, ...
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Is "the greatest book to be ever written" correct? [closed]

Is this sentence correctly structured? or should it be "The greatest book ever written?
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Thank you for (spending / putting / taking) your time

I wonder if you could let me know which one of the listed sentences below is more appropriate for thanking someone when the spend some time to help you? Is there any uncommon or unidiomatic sentence ...
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Difference between two conditional sentences

What is the difference in the meaning between following sentences: 1.If I'm to be a teacher , I will never be absent from school. (I have found in a grammar book that It's called indicative mood) ...
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can we use "is" after using "and"?

this stream of media messages in which violence and physicals aggression is portrayed as a good thing gradually alters our belief that violence is bad. after using and, can we use "is"? I ...
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"(In) where you are"

I understand the meaning of "where you are", but I'm not sure if it is grammatically correct to use the phrase in the following example - If I already know where you have moved to and wonder ...
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two "in"s in a row

There is only one blank to fill in in that sentence. There is only one black to fill in that sentence. Grammatically speaking, both "in"s are needed, because of "fill in the blank"...
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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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Past perfect, past perfect cont

Is it correct to say? I got burned 2 weeks ago and got scorch on my hand. It hadn't been getting better until 1 week had passed should I use past perfect at the end or would simple past be more ...
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a priest and a historian

a. He was the son of a priest and a historian. Could one use that sentence if his one of his parents was both a priest and a historian? Or would that have to be b. He was the son of a priest and ...
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Additional phrase to the main clause with different subject

The fictional character is the master, the writer his apprentice. (Jose Saramago) What is the name of that phrase grammatically? Is it an absolute phrase or reduced relative cluase with different ...
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When to use "would not" and "did not"?

In the movie Angry Bird, Angry Bird says "He wouldn't even try this". Does this mean same as "He didn't even try this"? Context in movie: "It was a quality cake. Look, I ...
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How to describe this navigation clearly in this software GUI?

I need to say: After double clicking "login.feature" in "Package Explorer" panel, now right click anywhere inside login.feature, then context menu appears then go to "Run As&...
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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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one shouldn't give due credit unless is given likewise

One shouldn't give due credit unless (one) is given likewise Is this sentence both grammatically and semantically alright? I tried to imply that one shouldn't respect others unless one is respected ...
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Unavailable in X OR Y vs. Unavailable in X and Y

What is the difference these two statements: It is unavailable in X or Y. It is unavailable in X and Y. Is 2) the same as saying: It is neither available in X nor Y. Lastly, are all three ...
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Joining multiple sentences containing conjuction

I have a problem with joining these sentences. Original sentence: I conducted two experiments. The first experiment was conducted using temperature at 70oC and liquid flow rate of 2 l/min. The second ...
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is the placement of the "to be" verb correct?

which is correct in terms of placing the "are": The higher the percentage of the working-age population to total population, the larger are the private savings. The higher the percentage of the ...
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What is the difference between these three sentences?

That's what your fantasy was This was your fantasy This all was your fantasy What is the difference between these three sentences? To me, being a non-native speaker, they sound alike. But I know ...
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About sentence structure

The technology, often so prescient it borders on creepy, has made Chinese counterparts very profitable too.China Tech: Those Who Control The Algorithms Control The Future I've never seen a sentence ...
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"thus allowing..." vs "thus allow..."

This sentence is from OALD, under its entry for thus: The universities have expanded, thus allowing many more people the chance of higher education. Is "thus allowing" a short form for "thus they ...
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How to ask about the subject and objects in the following sentence?

I made up a sentence: "She feeds the shark fishes." How to ask about the subject, the 1st object and the 2nd object? Maybe: Who feeds the shark fishes? Who does she feed fishes? What does ...
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Internship in this role

I'm interested in applying for an internship on a specific role and I'm trying to figure out the correct for of the following phrases: there are some open roles for? "job title" I want to apply for ...
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Surrender or we (will) storm the building

This is your last chance. Surrender or we (will) storm the building. Can this be said without "will", and if so would it be natural?
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The last time we [have seen] [saw] [had seen] it, it was a gate

The last time we've seen it, it was a gate. The last time we saw it, it was a gate. The last time we'd seen it, it was a gate. I'm not certain about the aforementioned sentences, namely, which is/are ...
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It is vital for schools to respect the wishes of parents

It is vital for schools to respect the wishes of parents. Can I rewrite the sentence to "To respect the wishes of parents is vital for schools."
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"He was introduced (to) essay structure."

I introduced essay structure to him Which passive sentence is correct and why? He was introduced to essay structure. He was introduced essay structure.
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Subordinate clause inversion. Is it correct in English?

While writing English text, I sometimes inverse the principal and subordinate clauses (as I think they are named). But Grammarly systematically flags this as an error and proposes to rewrite the ...
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"A is faster than B by 40%"

I am trying to understand how to compare speeds in English. I have two types of devices that do the same thing. Their performances are measured in operations per second. Let's say I have Device A that ...
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BTS is not like any other western band/bands? [closed]

BTS is not like any other western bands/band?
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I'm telling a friend that "not seeing them changed things". Is this correct?

I couldn't see my grandchildren last Easter because of the covid. I'm telling a friend that 'not seeing them changed things' (i.e., I will have to make new plans to visit them instead). Is the ...
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What is a formal word for 'coming weeks'?

Is there a way to write this sentence more formally? I will follow up with you to discuss my research work in the coming weeks. How can I replace the phrase 'coming weeks'?
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I don't get the structure and also the meaning of this sentence

I do not understand the sentence at 3:15 in this video: Growing animal feed means more land per calorie of food is needed to produce beef than broccoli. Sorry I wanted to write more specific ...
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"Secondly, it improves my mental health by taking my mind off my problems and instead uses it to focus on the sport I'm playing"

Secondly, it improves my mental health by taking my mind off my problems and instead uses it to focus on the sport I'm playing The first "it" refers to "playing sports", the ...
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Dropping "is" / "are" with dropping "that"

The word that is often dropped in an informal speech. But what about dropping is and are? Consider the following examples: Examples that are not intended to be used in real documents: ... Examples ...
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How to mention your family ties in your cover letter

I'm writing my cover letter for visa application and I want to mention about my father who is late (when I was in my fifth standard) and I'll be taking care of my mom after the completion of my ...
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How to describe this trend in the figure?

I would like to emphasize the percentage change in the treatment cost by the percentage changes in the share of non-hazard waste. Can I say "Every 10 percentile increment in the share of non-...
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"would have thought" and "would think"

In Longman dictionary, it says that: "you would have thought (that) "(also you would think (that)) used to say that you expect something to be true, although it is not Here are my examples,...
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Proper sentence structuring: "They would even throw him under the bus if it means that they could make more money."

How do I say this thought properly? They would even throw him under the bus if it means that they could make more money. Can anyone help me to find the right words for this?
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The correct sense of the word Challenge in context

"It could prove valuable," he told her. "Monetarily?" she challenged. While translating it into my language (Urdu), the word challenged is really challenging. Despite analysing all ...
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Can we use "must" -instead of must have+past participle- for "deduction about the past", just like we can use it for "deduction about the present?"

The following sentence is from the BBC about the condition of classrooms in 1950s. https://youtu.be/iQAzSVQBU7I?t=89 (see between 1:32-1:40) The presenter uses the sentence below: "I noticed that ...
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Replace adjective participle with relative pronoun

I have a problem with connecting each adjacent sentences with each other, what kind of -ing word is this!.. an adjective participle!.. can I replace it with relative pronoun!.. could you please help ...
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Are sentences like, "He is a too-good person," correct?

I wonder if sentences like the ones below are correct. John is a too-good person. (Trying to mean John is a person that is too good.) He's had too-young girlfriends. (Trying to mean someone has had ...
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Can the words "demonstrate intelligence" convey my initial meaning?

I wrote the sentence as follows. In this sentence, I want to express that people can train the neural network by using the calculation of matrix (belonging to linear algebra). After training, the ...
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Converting impersonal constructions to modal sentences

In these examples: It is required that we file taxes. It is crucial for my friend to be here. It is possible that humans are on the edge of breathtaking discoveries.. How can I convert these ...
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"Governs should increase as much of the expenditure on public services as possible."

For example: Governs should increase as much of the expenditure on public services as possible. Would it be correct?
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Why would or would have

B has done something bad that A hadn't ever expected B to do so A is asking B 1- A: Why would you do that? I don't understand. 2- A: Why would have you done that? I don't understand. What is ...
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which sentence is correct? "any simpler product than mugs" or "any product simpler than mugs"

which one is correct? you can't create and sell any simpler product than mugs you can't create and sell any product simpler than mugs
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The meaning of baggage vs luggage

What is the difference? Which one is better to use for defining some baggage (not hand one).

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