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Use of passive voice when someone asks someone else to do something

I have a question about using passive voice when someone asks someone else to do something. When there are several people in a room and a woman asks a man to open the window, you can say She asked ...
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Does this sentence make sense? "That you hit him is bad action." [closed]

That you hit him is bad action. Can this sentence make sense?
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How would you rephrase this sentence?

I’m not sure about the position of somewhere in this sentence: I lost the photo I took when I went to Hiroshima somewhere.
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Omitting "to" in a sentence [duplicate]

I read this sentence: "They all helped load up the car." I cannot understand why "to" is missing here. As "They all helped to load up the car." I can be wrong but "...
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"from when he was younger" or "from the time he was younger" or "when he was younger"

(1) Although I haven't seen him for years, I still remember how he looked from when he was younger. (2) Although I haven't seen him for years, I still remember how he looked from the time he was ...
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Is it gerund or present participle and how?

I saw a running girl coming towards us. What is coming in it? I believe present participle but can you explain?
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Mutter some .... under one's breath [closed]

Phil and Sam argued last night after the party. I wanted to cool Phil down while he got so mad, but when I was going to walk to him, hr muttered some ....... under his breath at Sam and walked away! ...
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can I use comma instead of and in this sentence?

I'm not native speaker and I'm student learning English in Korea. I saw one sentence that was from a exam but I found it really confusing. One widely held view is that self-interest underlines all ...
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Use of "going to " in a sentence

I read this in a story: Mom, why can’t I go to the circus?” David sniffled. “Because you are too sick. I’m sorry, Sweetie, we are just going to have to find something else to do.” I am curious why the ...
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How can I add emphasis to this part of my sentence: "they can call it extra income"

My sentence: people in poor countries use this strategy to make 1 dollar per day. I know it's not a lot of money but they can call it extra income (not Americans or Japanese). can say: they can do ...
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That's not how he really sounds like [closed]

That's not how he really sound like. Or That's not how he really sounds like. Which one is correct? And why?
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"...but it looks an impossible task."

Firefighters are working hard to stop the fire, but it looks an impossible task. Hi. Is the emboldened part acceptable or will I need a few more words?
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Can prepositional phrases describe how something is after action?

Can “a dog barked at me out of the place” describe a dog barked at me and after then, I ran out of the place?
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I don't know which one is correct to use: they will be redirected or they redirect?

I built a sentence but i don't know which one is better to use based on its previous sentence: If/when they click on it, they will be redirected to another page. or they redirect to another page. I ...
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They found him at the base of the tree, his leg broken

Someone wrote the following sentence: He fell off a tall tree, his leg broken. a native speaker said that this sentence was not idiomatic because "one event followed the other" and if &...
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What is it about the Great Pyramid that makes it so amazing today?

What is it about the Great Pyramid that makes it so amazing today? The source and also mentioned here. What is it that makes the Great Pyramid so amazing today? I'd like to know if sentences 1 and 2 ...
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To be at the end of a sentence

Help to understand the grammatical logic of having 'are' at the end of this sentence would be much appreciated: I am surprised at how well organized they are.
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Is "The pond is deep and looks black" a parallel structure?

I wonder if I need to change it to "The pond is deep and it looks black." Is the original sentence fine? Can someone help? I still haven’t got any clue yet
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Where does the "letting" belong to in this context?

It would astound a bookseller to tell him he was part of the world’s educational organisation or a publisher’s traveller, that he existed for any other purpose than to book maximum orders for best ...
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Sentence construction from a history book

Is this sentence correct 'To these internal rivals were added the threat to his position from the ever-growing commercial activity of the English company'. If it's correct then what is the word order.
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What grammar rule is applied in the following sentence: "The drilling platform **to be constructed** is determined based on the depth"

Could anybody help me out with the sentence I came across in my friend`s test: The drilling platform to be constructed is determined based on the depth at which drilling must be carried out in a ...
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there are much more questions that answering them will reveal more information about people [closed]

I built a sentence but I don't really know if it's correct! there are much more questions that answering them will reveal more information about people Is that correctly structured? does it make ...
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Is "suggest" used correctly in "I strongly suggest your reading that book"?

The question is basically about the use of the verb "suggest" and the grammatical structure that accompanies it. I know that I can say "I suggest that you read that book" or "...
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"until just recently I have been A’s immediate friend for 3 months" sounds correct?

Until just recently I have been A’s immediate friend and classmate for 3 months. Is this same as saying "recently I have got to be acquainted with A as a classmate"
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When should I use "do" like this: "...but very rarely DO you get to see inside the box"? [duplicate]

From the sentence: They are nice and flashy on the outside, and they tell you all the great things that are inside but very rarely do you actually get to see inside the box. I feel natural that the &...
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What does 'by' in these two sentences?

1)There were several street vendors selling snacks by the footpath. 2)Having warm tea by the tea cart ear my university was my favorite pastime.
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How to frame a question using "At the earliest"?

Is the following question grammatically correct? At the earliest, when do we need to provide feedback?
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In what respect vs How

When making questions, is there any remarkable difference between in what respect and how? I'm asking for cases or contexts where only one of them can be used.
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What do you want us to do? / What do you want we should do? [duplicate]

Man 1: We need to do something. Man 2: What do you want us to do? We can't do anything. Is the emboldened response/question natural and does using "us" include Man 1? If not, would "...
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What is the meaning of leaden knell? This is from novel 1984

The face of Big Brother swam into his mind, displacing that of O’Brien. Just as he had done a few days earlier, he slid a coin out of his pocket and looked at it. The face gazed up at him, heavy, calm,...
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"This computer is for you to attend lectures" instead of "*This computer is to attend lectures."

I learned that you use "for -ing" and not a 'to' infinitive when you want to say the purpose of a tool, but I am not so sure about it. People told me I should say: This computer is for you ...
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Round neck blouse with short sleeves or short sleeve round neck blouse

I came across these two sentences which refer to the same thing. Round neck blouse with short sleeves. Short sleeve round neck blouse Is the second sentence more correct than the first one? I'm ...
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"to be to" to express expected/anticipated action to take place

I am trying to think of proper language to express an action a user of an appliance is entitled to expect and otherwise is considered a malfunction. For instance, is it correct to write "Once the ...
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"I didn't go to the office yesterday". "I didn't go to work yesterday" [duplicate]

I didn't go to the office yesterday. I didn't go to work yesterday. Why is the article 'the' omitted in the second sentence.
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How to use 'the' in a sentence

I am trying to define irony. Can you explain if the use of 'the' in the following sentence is grammatically correct? "Involving the deployment of different levels of knowledge about an event, a ...
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Why is it 'Are you studying every night?' But 'Do you study every night?'

I know 'Are you studying every night?' is present continuous and I think 'Do you study every night?' is not, but why not? Why does this sentence work as both present simple and continuous when it's ...
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When to use is and has been in english sentense

What is the meaning and reason for using has been in below sentence "In the past fee weeks, the highest fresh stock that hospital has received has been 7000 injections." Is it correct if we ...
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When can I omit "and" without making it look like all the information has been given?

fabulous people! I am writing a scientific essay with a 500 word limit. I am trying to list the major symptoms presented in the three stages of COVID-19 infection. The sentence in question is the ...
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Subject + adjective + Verb

According to what I have been learning from my teachers of English, the structure should be like this: Subject + who/which/ that + be + adj + Main Verb. E.g: People who are extremely rich will buy ...
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Is it correct to use only one "as" here or should I repeat it?

Consider the following sentence: I would recommend not using this word as it sounds very casual and some people might find it strange. Is it correct to say "and" or should I say: I would ...
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Can we start a sentence with ‘But’?

I’ve often come across articles saying we should not start a sentence with a conjunction. However, many many times have I seen a sentence starting with ‘But’. Isn’t But a conjunction? Or is it an ...
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Just by or just?

I'm curious to know whether or not I can use "By" in the following sentences? Just talking to Him I feel happy. Just (by) talking to him I feel happy. Just looking at her I feel proud. Just (...
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I want as much as you (get)/I want the same as you (get)

(Two guys are talking money) Guy 1: What do you want? Guy 2: I want as much as you (get). / I want the same as you (get). Is "get" necessary to include here or will the sentences be natural ...
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is the grammar correct: did you get vaccinated?

is the grammar correct in the question? did you get vaccinated? I know we are not supposed to use past tense for verb with did but I can't understand this one.
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Is using "seeing" in this case wrong?

Question: The couple who saw her off were probably her parents. (Make it Simple) My answer: The couple seeing her off were probably her parents. My teacher said that my answer is wrong, and the ...
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is, is going to be, or will be

I want to ask you please why the right answer in this sentence Easter ____ at the end of April this year is "is" and not "is going to be"
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A shorter way to indicate “living in luxury”

I hate......... I exercise moderation…It will be easy to forget your vision and purpose one you have fine clothes, fast horses and beautiful women. [In which case], you will be no better than a slave, ...
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Use of "would" to depict uncertain future

Consider the following scenario: A clinical trial that was initiated in Jan 2021 is currently recruiting participants. The estimated enrollment of the trial is 50 participants. It is not always sure ...
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Where to place "all" and "soon" in this sentence?

Let's hope all this will soon be over so we can get home to our families. Let's hope this will all be over soon so we can get home to our families. Let's hope all this will be over soon so we can ...
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What is the correct sentence?

1)Is there any way to check whether my letter has been received? 2)Is there any way to check whether my letter was received? 3)Is there any way to check if my letter was received? I sent a letter a ...