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an introductory appositive phrase

There is a sentence with this structure below which I can’t understand. A drastic change from her old style, the woman now dressed very differently than she used to. Can you this phrase change into ...
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Is the clause "just making sure …" part of previous sentence or part of another incomplete one?

I know there are 100 billion - 400 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. So each of the dots in the image below might be a star or a cluster of stars. A video is trying to explain how large the (...
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Using the proper pronoun

I was wondering which preposition is more idiomatic here: To get a shuttle taxi all you have to do is to stand beside the street and just look interested. If a taxi driver wants to pick you up, ..... ...
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grammarly says that my sentence is unclear or hard to follow

I have written this sentence. Constant media exposure gives people the illusion that they need specific items just because of the glamour associated with them. grammarly suggests I convert it to ...
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"I am..., and am..." or "I am..., and I am..."

A) I am eager to learn more about the position, and grateful for this opportunity to meet the sales team in person. B) I am eager to learn more about the position, and am grateful for this opportunity ...
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Is there any difference between these sentences? [closed]

What’s the difference between these two sentences and which one is the correct one? A tsunami devastated the coast of Japan and caused the meltdown at a nuclear power plant. A tsunami devastated the ...
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Correct way to say "N is in TOP-100"

What would be the correct way to say that something was included in the top-100 list? My university is rated in the top-100 best universities in the world. My univrsity is in the top-100 best ...
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How to say that I start doing something from this year/season

I would like to say that something starts at the particular moment, e.g. year or season. How should I pose it? For instance. I watched movies alone before, but starting from this winter, I plan to ...
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How do you remove ambiguity from "Examined the impact of doing something while doing something else"?

Is there a potential ambiguity in the following sentence? I know that the sentence structure can be ambiguous under a different context, but what about the sentence itself? Main sentence: Examined ...
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Rules for using possessive "s" to describe quantity

I'd like to know how to explain the rules for use of possessive "s" to describe the quantity of something, as in, "two hours' work" to an English learner. This answer at english....
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When to use "this" before "is" in a sentence [closed]

Which way is correct? While this is late breaking news, I want you to know that we are aware and looking into this intently. While is late breaking news, I want you to know that we are aware and ...
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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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Can no doubt be used with another negative word

I have read many examples of the phrase "no doubt". And I have observed that when this phrase is used other negative words like "never, not, nothing" are not used in the sentence ...
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Why is "Studying British girls is smart" an incorrect way to express "British girls who study are smart"?

My classmate argues that Studying British girls is smart is grammatically correct because [Eating] {apples} is [healthy] is correct. They are using "Studying British girls is smart" to ...
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Difference between usage of: "Now on" vs "Now"

I am writing a technical paper. I have a statement of the following form that I want to write: "From now on, we will use Theorem 1 instead of Theorem 2." Is the word: "on", ...
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Sentences structure subject+verb+object+adjectives

I read this sentence: You'd boil the kettle dry. Shouldn't there be an adverb to describe the verb boil like dryly? Why has dry been used which is an adjective? Secondly following the same sentence ...
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What is the difference between 'resulted from' and 'as a result of' in this phrase

What is the difference between 'which resulted from' and 'as a result of' in this phrase. In response to the current situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban has taken over most of the country as ...
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What is the error in "as both are quite unpleasant experiences"?

I got a sentence correction question, and I am having a hard time trying to figure out what and why exactly the error lies in the "as both are quite unpleasant experiences" part of the ...
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What does Shadow ... directly off ... mean?

I happened to read a line(source), which made me a hard time understanding: More precisely, a local module or package can shadow another hanging directly off sys.path. For me it's more readable to ...
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How to say if I understand how my injured friend feels?

Suppose my friend has broken his arm and I've experienced the same. How to say if I understand how hurt it did? The phrase I could think of is "I feel you" but, in my opinion, it's so ...
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Can we replace "whatever" with "no matter"?

The original sentence: Whatever it is, is what he is trying to find. Can we replace whatever with no matter like this sentence below? No matter what it is, is what he is trying to find. By the way,...
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Can I connect two independent clauses with the word "as?"

I have always been passionate about workers' rights, as I have had one of my parents injured while working in bad weather conditions. I also do not know if I need the comma before the word "as.&...
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Can "the most commonly killed species" be replaced with "the most killed species"?

I have this doubt about a suggestion from Microsoft Word Processor. My original sentence is as follows: This bird is the most commonly killed species in Southern Ocean fisheries and its breeding ...
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Is the "If you have" part in "If you have out of six attempts" extra?

At about 4:54 into a video (the link starts at 4:49), the speaker says If you have out of six attempts, you're choosing two of them to have scores, how many ways are there? Is the sentence complete ...
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using it as a second subject

Is the following sentence correct? I think grammatically we should get rid of "it". He was in a quandary about which selection from his extensive repertoire it would be feasible to perform ...
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"With Mary talking" or "Mary talking"

I have a question about a sentence with participle in an adverb phrase. When you are describing people who just had a meal at a restaurant in the neighborhood, can you say either sentence? John and ...
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Can I have an independent clause follow by a dependent clause that is connected with a noun?

My art professor praised my work, saying I do "exceptional work and always go above and beyond." Also, should I modify the quote to past tense?
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"Polar opposite of someone" or "someone's polar opposite"

As you know the term "polar opposite" means "the complete or exact opposite of something else." As far as I'm concerned, we can say something like: "we're polar opposites,&...
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Complex Object related Question

What is the correct way to construct Complex Object if part of Complex Object is expressed as Adjective and Noun. I am aware of the Complex Object rule of this kind (I saw her come/ I saw her coming) ...
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Which usage is correct?

I am preparing a list of my RGB Keyboard Product's features. In a list of features do I need to write sentences starting with You can? You can change the colors from the app on the phone by ...
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Get negative thoughts (away from yourself / out of your mind)

I was wondering as which one of the following structures sounds more natural to be said to Yoga students by their master? a. Get negative thoughts away from yourself. b. Get negative thoughts out of ...
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after with past perfect tense

Which of the following sentences is correct? A. I joined this company after six months it was founded. B. I joined this company six months after it was founded. C. I joined this company six months ...
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(Be full of / Have a lot of) (needs / demands)

I was wondering what combination sounds more idiomatic here in my example? Children .................. So, forward-looking parents would better make sure whether they can fulfill their needs and meet ...
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What is the rule in the conjunction of sentences that are using present perfect?

I'm using conjunction between two phrases, both of them are using the present perfect tense. My question is: should I repeat the auxiliary verb have/has or I should use it only the first time? and ...
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Determining the preposition before 'which' to replace 'when/where'

When using when/where in adjective clauses, we're allowed to substitute it with this form: when = preposition + which Or where = preposition + which First of all, I want to show an example: Monday is ...
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Changing word order in a sentence

'With no man more than Pope are such personal considerations relevant and cogent.' -History of English Literature, by Edward Albert Why are is used prior to the subject 'such personal constructions ...
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Does "could" add ambiguity to the following sentence?

The student was sick for days. Fortunately, someone could lend him her notes. His classmate Mary. I think the second sentence could be interpreted as: a. Fortunately, there was someone who was ...
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I expect Jay will come, so I'll be disappointed if he does/will not

I expect Jay will come, so I'll be disappointed if he does/will not. I expect Jay to come, so I'll be disappointed if he does/will not. Do the alternatives, doesn't and won't, have the same meaning ...
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Where does the "only secondary ambitions" belong to in this context?

The primary aim of Drs Stafford and McNab was less the imposition, under political or syndicalist pressure, of the language of the dominant social class on the rest of the community than the ...
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Using imperative form as a Product Feature

I am preparing my RGB Keyboard Product's features. Is it okay to use imperative form? and Are the following sentences correct? Change the colors from the app on the phone by connecting via Bluetooth. ...
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Past tense VS Past Perfect tense(relate to If-clause)

While I read an article, I came across the following expression that I can't still understand. "If the wind picked up real bad to go in the bathroom and close the door, I had been so out of touch ...
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The use "not only" and "-ing form"

Could you tell me if the following sentence uses the "not only ... but also" and "-ing" correctly? The renovation project not only does not avoid but precipitates living off-...
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"It takes me a week to go there" or "It takes a week for me to go there"

If someone asked me: "How long does it take you to go there"; Which sentence would be correct, common and natural? 1- It takes me a week to go there 2- It takes a week for me to go there
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"It is required for ... to be ..."

Is it grammatically correct to write: "Condition A is required for P to be a probability measure"? I don't see any mistake, but I'm not completely sure about it. Thanks in advance.
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How do I know which tenses to use if I start a sentence with "What if I told you"?

My understanding is if I start a sentence with "what if I told you" then the following sentence should stay in the past but I'm confused because I don't want to tell a past but sometimes I ...
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"The comparative ... the comparative" using both adjective and adverb

I have a question about the sentence structure "the comparative adjective ... the comparative adjective" and "the comparative adverb ... the comparative adverb." (As in, "The ...
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Tell me which one is correct?

(1) In English, we don't have many specific words or pronouns to show respect like lots of other languages do Or (2) In English, we don't have many specific words or pronouns to show respect unlike ...
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If possible vs. if ever possible

What's the exact difference between "if possible" and "if ever possible"? For example: If ever possible for you, please buy it. If possible, please buy it. Which one is more ...
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Is there a difference in the meaning of this sentence if I put "according to" at the beginning of the second dpd clause vs at the end of the sentence?

I want to say Taliban is never trustable Taliban was a supporter of Xinjiang islamist militants (source: China) I wrote this sentence: Taliban is never trustable, and they were one of the ...
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Can I use past tense and present tense in the same sentence? [duplicate]

I'm doing my internal assessment for my geography and I'm confused whether what I wrote is grammatically correct. Here is the sentence: "China and the USA are two major countries that were ...