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"Good luck" prepositions

Related: Preposition - 'Good luck' with indirect and direct objects I'm a native english speaker, but I cannot for the life of me figure out the rules in this sentence structure. The question ...
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Why is there a "for" in this sentence, starting with "That is, " with a meaning "more exactly"

This is from a text about mobile phones and battery replacements. "......Many places offer same-day repairs, as long as the battery for your device is in stock. That is, for repair places with ...
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It’s wrong to treat animals as if they had no feelings. (meaning)

It’s wrong to treat animals as if they had no feelings. [Source] (What's the meaning of this unknown (for me) Conditional?) As I understand this sentence, here is used some Conditional. But what ...
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Tense Usage in Personal Passive Voice Construction

Example Sentence: They believed the bridge was constructed badly. ⇒ The bridge was believed to [be/have been] constructed badly. Which should I use in this case, "to be" or "to have ...
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How to write "from among these [items], we discuss..." correctly?

I'm struggling with the correct way to express myself here. Suppose I have a list of items in one sentence. In the next sentence, I want to express that I select some of these to talk about in detail. ...
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Can I use a verb as an interrupter?

Can I use a verb as an interrupter? For instance, if I would like to mean: He is said to be leaking secrets can I also express it like this? He, is said, is leaking secrets
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Can 'He will be late. It is certain.' be merged into 'He is certain to be late'?

I was asked in my exam to combine the sentences- He will be late. and It is certain. I merged them into- He is certain to be late. Was it correct?
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How to use "Having + V3" and "Having been + V3" at the beginning of sentences

I am struggling to learn how to use "Having" in many cases. Through my reading on many sites, I understand that below are grammatically correct (if not kindly let me know): Having seen my ...
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Without your being seen

Can I construct sentences like a) and b) below, instead of c)? I understand the construction in c) is the most common and acceptable one. a) Try to deliver the gifts without you are seen. b) Try to ...
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Do I need a second verb in a descriptive sentence like: The definition of x is something (eg.:) done contrary to y?

I am not sure if I need a second verb in a sentence like the above. One actual example is: The definition of illegal is something done contrary to or forbidden by the law. Do I need 'done' here? ...
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"remove" vs "removing"

I saw this sentence in a book: So I move this into the intermediate data structure, removing it from the parameter list. I want to know whether it is equivalent to this sentence: So I move this ...
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How to say in short and unequivocally in English: "I am preparing for a trip but I am still at home"? [closed]

I think I should make myself as clear as possible. I hate ambiguities so much! I am however sorry for my poor vocabulary (7,000 words). Imagine someone calling you. The caller obviously does not know ...
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Why can omit "contains" in sentence of "Does it matter how large the selection [that you bookmark "contains"] is"?

There is a sentence: Does it matter how large the selection [that you bookmark "contains"] is. I know that the contains can be omit, so this sentence is also right: Does it matter how large ...
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Clauses containing "among which"

I made up the main clause "I've visited some of its cities, ..." but I'm not sure if the following subordinate clauses are grammatical: ... among which is NY. ... among which NY is. ... one ...
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A construction consisting of 2 clauses where the first one expresses a vague negation of what's more precisely formulated in the following clause?

It wasn't like my mother was angry, but she was still unhappy. It wasn't that my mother was angry, but she was still unhappy. My mother wasn't exactly angry, but she was still unhappy. In general, I'...
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Is it correct to say 'The bank is not willing to lend us any more money'?

I was doing the exercise in my book (Oxford English Grammar) and came across with this single sentence: 'The bank is not willing to lend us any more money.'[1] Why didn't the author write: 'The ...
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Comma after "that" and before the main verb

Can I add a comma after "that" and before the main verb. in this example, is the comma before the main verb grammatically correct? a paper that provides an understanding of the impact of the ...
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Rewriting "Even the left hand doesn't need to know the tasks of right hand" to "... know the right's tasks"

The base sentence would be: Even the left hand doesn't need to know the tasks of right hand Can I rewrite this sentence, keeping the same gist and being grammatically acceptable, as: Even the left ...
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"Based on what evidence do you say that?"

Do you think it is okay to use "based on" at the beginning of a sentence? For example saying sentences like: Based on what empirical evidence do you say that? Based on what order did you ...
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What does "in such cases" in the extract refer to?

It is frequently observed that a filler metal will continue to spread beyond an initially wetted surface area over an extended period of time (>10 s), which would not be expected from classical ...
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Is it normal to reverse the placement of (adjective/noun) with (subject + verb)?

I've seen this type of sentences in Harry Potter books. I've made these up, but I'm sure Rubeus Hagrid or whoever talks like this: Tiring, those blokes are. Such a great man, Dumblodre is. Why do ...
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Is this structure correct in English? [closed]

Is this structure correct in English? "for whom her efforts are thanked and appreciated"
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When can I omit ‘from’ in ‘from~to~’? [closed]

I write A to Z alphabets I write from A to Z alphabets I write alphabets A to Z I write alphabets from A to Z Are all of these sentences acceptable? I think only sentence 4 is correct one.
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Why does (I have to get together with someone) sound clumsy?

As an English learner, I don't see anything wrong with this sentence: I have to get together with Jóse soon. This translation from Spanish is suggested by Duolingo. In case any of you know about ...
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Is this sentence a complete one? [closed]

I saw this line in an online dictionary when I was checking the phrase trace out, The film portrays the legendary actor's rise to fame, tracing it out from his humble beginnings to. Is this sentence ...
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Someone else's (perspective / point of view)

Someone can think this is a legal issue that just has to be solved. But it might look different ................... a. from someone else's point of view. b. from the point of view of someone else. ...
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"Honest living money" [closed]

Honest work is a job that you work fairly hard at. an honest living: I’m just trying to earn an honest living (=earn money by working hard). [Source] I am going to say: Money it's made from an ...
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hear someone + gerund / infinitive / bare infinitive

I was wondering whether all the following constructions are correct? If so, how they differ in meaning? If the aren't, then which one is incorrect and why? a- You never hear her bad-mouthing someone ...
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Can you say "get on the rear of the bus"?

There is someone getting on the bus and taking a seat in the rear of the bus. When you are describing this person, I think you can use this sentence: He got on the bus in a seat in the rear of the ...
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Usage of "call A B" when A is long

The original sentence that I used was as follows: For this reason, the region where the high-quality wireless link is supported from the ground base station id called the HQ region, and the region ...
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How do I order the parts of a sentence?

So I'm having some trouble with these constructs. "By listening I bad accept the information" Phonetically it doesn't sound right to me. I'm more in favor of "I'm bad at accepting ...
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The construction of this sentence

The test of life was with us a racial thought, wordless and needing no definition or giving of reasons. It was written in 1936, I wonder if it's a bit dated? Can someone help me analyse this line, ...
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Is this sentence correct and complete?

Is the following sentence correct? Water is boiled until evaporates, and the steam circulates the turbine. Do I need to add a pronoun before the verb "evaporate"? Water is boiled until it ...
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If we let "a" be 2, and "x" be 1.4, we have the following [closed]

I want to know which of the following sentences sounds more natural and correct: a + x = y #1. If we let "a" be 2, and x be 1.4, we have the following: 2+1.4 = y #2. If we let "a" ...
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"Causes teeth cavities" or "Causes cavities in teeth"

As you know, "cavity" refers to a hole or an empty space between two surfaces or on a surface or inside of it. Also, this is the only noun which can refer to teeth decay! Having said that, I ...
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"In a surprised way" or "In wonder" or

I ran for her and put my hand on her shoulder and called Sarah (my wife's name), but immediately, I found out that I had mistaken another woman for my wife! When the woman turned around I said: "...
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Having rather in a sentence

How and when do we use having rather in a sentence? For example, The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little ...
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sentence falls apart when I add a second example

I wrote some programs in Python that basically reduced lead times and labour costs. I am having difficulty in expressing the whole idea; it's becoming too wordy and hard to follow. Let's start with a ...
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What is the word *then* doing in "The constant synthesis, **then**, of specific material from simple....",?

It was usually considered that the most characteristic feature of life is its metabolism. " The constant synthesis, then, of specific material from simple compounds of a non-specific character ...
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When a past participle is at the beginning of a sentence

In this line, "Asked why a non­specialist can be entrusted with such work, a local official praises foreign ­ministry volunteers for their promotional skills" I suppose maybe the writer ...
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Which one is grammatically correct? [duplicate]

It is proved only in few papers related to math. It is only proved in few papers related to math. Which of the above is correct ?
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Please help me understand this sentence

I am trying to understand the sentence below. "This solution activates both end-to-end cloud services like supply chain visibility or edge services for securely connecting factory devices or ...
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Usage of while and continuous: "Tom watches/is watching TV while he eats/is eating."

A) Tom watches TV while he eats. B) Tom watches TV while he is eating. C) Tom is watching TV while he eats. D) Tom is watching TV while he is eating. I was wondering which one is natural and which ...
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Is 'all of which accompanies the meaning and goes beyond it' grammatically correct?

In this passage from "Understanding the Subject of a Poem": Instead, people go to the trouble [of writing poetry] because poems sound a certain way, are built in certain shapes, and have ...
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Can you have "conditions" + "to" + infinitive of the main verb, and what does it mean?

I have come across the following sentence, which uses the word conditions + to + the infinitive form of the main verb: What are the conditions at the work place to create a productive work ...
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What does "though somewhat dated, as, to a greater extent, are those..from the same decade" mean in this sentence?

Sentence : Jack's various essays from the 1950's are still readable, though somewhat dated, as, to a greater extent, are those by Neville Braybrooke and Christopher Hollis from the same decade. ...
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Rewriting "He doesn't study hard, so he can fail the examination."

Rewrite the following sentence: He doesn't study hard, so he can fail the examination. If ......... And the answer is: If he studied hard, he wouldn't fail the exam. Can I write the sentence as ...
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"It would be appreciated if you can let us know when can we expect to receive the final payment" does this sound right?

It would be appreciated if you can let us know when can we expect to receive the final payment Does this sound right? I have been using the sentence above whenever I am trying to be polite while ...
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Is "which tree is it that the Canada's flag shows a leaf of?" grammatical? [duplicate]

I know that "what is it that you want?" is grammatical. I made up the question "which tree is it that the Canadian flag shows a leaf of?" using my knowledge of English. I really ...
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What does "the strays" mean in the following sentence?

In one of Friends' episodes Joey went to a beauty salon to get his eyebrows waxed. The salon professional said the following sentence to Joey: We'll get to the wax in a minute. First, I want to ...