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A complete sentence contains at least a subject and a verb, with all of the words being used in the sentence arranged in such a way that they express a complete thought.

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Moscow lay as a crossing of three roads

What is the grammatical role of the "lay" in the following sentence? It seems like a verb. But why it is not used like a third person form (lays) or "lay" is the past form of it? First, attention ...
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How to understand “he realized a split second too late was also a mistake”

"It's not like that!" said Harry, and he was so relieved at finally understanding what she was annoyed about that he laughed, which he realized a split second too late was also a mistake. Harry ...
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The priority of the adverb “at first” and the modal “should” [on hold]

Which one is the correct usage ? We at first should examine all documents We should at first examine all documents I think the second one sounds more correct.
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'Should not be able' [on hold]

I asked a question: Why India should not be able to make such a huge expenditure for a region, which is urgently needed? Is the sentence grammatically correct? Does the question mark make ...
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How can I mentioned a Chapter and its subsections in the same sentence [on hold]

I would like to introduce my chapter and its subsections a sentence. Here is my try: Chapter (1) contains three main parts. First part, namely Section (1.1), establishes method A. Second part of ...
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Does a pronoun (they) after “and” in a compound predicate sentence necessitate a comma before the “and”?

I have a genuine problem. A compound predicate has one subject and two or more verbs. This is the guideline I am following. Compound Predicate takes no comma when there are two verbs: Michael ...
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Farewell message to passed away friend [on hold]

How to write a farewell message to one my friend who passed away recently. Here is my try. There are no words to express my sadness. He is cannot be forgotten. I was lucky to meet a person like him ...
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A problem regarding determiners as the object

In an editorial I found a sentence. It notes that East and South Asia have the highest number of deaths due to air pollution; by one estimate, it killed about 1.24 million in India in 2017. Here ...
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Is it correct to say “which country do you like the most?”

Is it correct to say "which country do you like the most?" or is there any other way to ask this question? Is it ok to skip 'the' in this question? I heard that one should use 'the' when speaking ...
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Two scoops with peanut shavings and cilantro wrapped up like a burrito

Is there a sentence fragment in the following? It was like a spring roll. Two scoops with peanut shavings and cilantro wrapped up like a burrito. If there is a fragment, is it acceptable in a ...
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Two questions at a time [closed]

Are all of these examples grammaticality correct? 1-What do you think is the most epic scene in all 7 movies? (X is the most epic scene) 1'-What do you think the most epic scene in all 7 ...
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A problem regarding causative verbs

In an editorial I found a sentence. The government may be more successful if it identifies the incentives it can offer China in the next few months to review its position. To review its position ...
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`used only to test` or `only used to test'

I have built a new idea. To test this method, I applied it to several data sets. Then I would like to say that these data sets are only used to test the performance of the new method. These data ...
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The structure of “the higher a mountain” [duplicate]

What is the structure of "the higher a mountain" in the following sentence? And what does it mean? As a general rule, the higher a mountain is, the more recently it was formed.
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Is it correct to use the word time with the word adaptation`?

There is an existing idea, lets called it A1. This idea only work on a specific way. This leads to two main limitations. Therefore, I adapted this idea to fix its first limitation. Lets called this ...
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the grammatical role of “signifying”?

What is the grammatical role of "signifying" in the following sentences? And what does mean the "signifying fear"? Intense contraction of facial muscles, such as those used in signifying fear ...
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How to compare different choices of different methods

Suppose I have different methods, A, B and C. Suppose further I used these method to select me colour balls. Assume that I need to select three balls using each method. Assume that method A selected 2 ...
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Positioning of the word “be” [closed]

Which of these is correct/more correct? What will be the impact of the new law? What will the impact be of the new law? What will the impact be, of the new law? What will the impact of the new ...
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Is this a correct sentence, “All over the world, English is spoken?”

1. English is spoken all over the world 2. All over the world, English is spoken Are they both correct sentences? Is there any difference in meaning?
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Making a simple sentance

Managers must make changes that are consistent with their firm's structure. Managers must make changes in their strategies. My ovjective is to make a simple sentance using the sentences 1&2. ...
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Does my sentence (run-in list) need a semicolon to separate two items with internal commas?

A native English user suggested me to use the run-in list format to put across this information. While the numbering makes it easier to read than without, I have some questions. The UI program ...
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Is the construction of this long sentence idiomatic?

I am having a hard time trying to make this sentence grammatical, idiomatic and easily parsed; all at the same time. The UI program provides temporary income support to eligible unemployed workers ...
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Would you tell me if “in the driveway” functions as adjectives in the sentence “The car is in the driveway”?

From The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English grammar and usage, 320p Adjective prepositional phrases are prepositional phrases functioning as adjectives to modify nouns. For example, in the ...
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the meaning of “but neither survived her”?

What is the meaning of the following bolded expression? What is the structure of it? She assembled an all-female company at this time and established a school around 1908, but neither survived ...
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“God of small things” sentence again

Just a little simplified version Cheap soft-porn magazines were clipped with clothes pegs to ropes that hung from the ceiling. This part "clothes pegs to ropes" bugs me.i get the idea that author ...
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Grammatical structure of “upon”

What is the grammatical role and structure of "upon" in the following sentences? Much of the world’s great architecture has been constructed of stone because of its beauty, permanence, and ...
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How to structure this sentence?

What type of sentence should be structured to say that: Use this word and make it has a positive meaning? a) Use this word in a way that it has a positive meaning. b) Use this word in a way ...
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Why do native speakers dislike/disallow “Films with lots of gratuitous violence are liked by Tony”?

Tony likes films with lots of gratuitous violence. Films with lots of gratuitous violence are liked (by Tony). Might I enquire of you why native speakers do disallow/dislike this passivisation?
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The structure of the clause “go all round Italy, Austria, Switzerland”

He's going all round Italy, Austria, Switzerland. Would you tell me if my parsing is right or not? "all round" is complement of "go" and "Italy, Austria, Switzerland" are complement of "all round" (...
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“To read this book later” or “To later read this book”

There is a dialog between two persons, and they are discussing some book owned by third person. Which version is grammatically correct: first, second, or both? To read this book later -- ask ...
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Using the phrase “prefixed by” [duplicate]

Which one seems correct? non-xx domains (those that are not prefixed with "xx" sub-domains) Or non-xx domains (those that are not prefixed by "xx" sub-domains)
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A is C, not B - Is this expression correct?

When A is not B but C, can I use "A is C, not B" ? For example: Apple is American, not Korean. Do native English speakers use this kind of expression? Thanks in advance!
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Using “name the .. with”

What should I use? I want to say we give the name xx-prog to the program (that I already described. [...] and we name the program with xx-prog. Or, [...] and we name the program xx-prog.
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“Percentage of … Higher than that [of/in] …”

Which one is correct (using of or in): The percentage of tiny devices in the IPs dataset is higher than that of the top websites. Or The percentage of tiny devices in the IPs dataset is ...
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“refer to something by” or “refer to something as”

The machine selects a single variable X (we refer to the latter by the machine's selected variable) Or The machine selects a single variable X (we refer to the latter as the machine's ...
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Thank you for giving me the floor-VS-Thank you to give me the floor

Thank you for giving me the floor. vs Thank you to give me the floor. Are they both correct? If yes, Are they have same meaning?
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I had never been here before or I have never been here before?

I had never been here before? I have never been here before? Which one from these two is correct? The one in present perfect or the other in past perfect? I came across both. The "before" in ...
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“That would be more than enough”. Is 'more' the head of the complement or 'enough'?

It has over 100,000 words and meanings. You'd think that would be more than enough for most of us but meanings change and new words are being created all the time. Might I trouble you to tell me ...
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Have you ever done 'anything' that you were completely sure was of your own free will? Is this a double relative clause?

Have you ever done anything that you were completely sure was of your own free will? Might I trouble you to tell me whether my parsing is right or not? It seems to be a double relative clause. ...
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'How much is the world so hard to live in, that some people give up their lives?' Is this sentence correct?

I want to express 'The world is so hard to live in, that some people give up their lives.' as an interrogative form, so that I can emphasize the meaning of it. Please let me know if this ...
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“Do” in Simple Present Tense in British Style

In British english, I know simple present tense allows do/does like, I do follow the rules, or He does follow the rules. My question is about whether all action verb follow this rule like:...
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Structure of “that living processes leave”

What are the structure and meaning of the bolded expression? Detritus refers to all the dead organic debris that living processes leave.
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Natural way to explain figures

I am trying to write figure captions for a paper and wondering if there is more natural way to explain below. The amount of sweep gas was 0,3, and 6 mL/min. for A,B, and C, respectively. ...
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He worries more [than is necessary]. Is 'than is necessary' a relative clause?

He worries more [than is necessary]. Might I trouble you to tell me whether or not 'than is necessary' is a relative clause modifying 'more'?
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We need a place (that/where) we can stay for a few days

We need a place (that/where) we can stay for a few days. Might I trouble you to tell me whether 'that' is also possible in the question? I think 'where' alone is correct because 'stay' is an ...
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Has been+complement-VS-has+pp+object

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producers have long been doing. Another important trend has reduced the number of platforms used for ...
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In a negative-intergative sentence, whether NOT before subject or after subject?

I'm a boy. I'm happy. I'm eating rice. I eat rice. I have eaten rice. I'm here. I'm in Canada. What would be negative questionss for all above? I'm confused sometimes "NOT" sits before subject like ...
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Is she not a girl?-VS-Isn't she a girl? [duplicate]

Is she not a girl? Isn't she a girl? Am I not here? Am not I here? Are tey all correct or right structured?
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problem with understanding the structure [closed]

Nevertheless, had she not initially felt enough respect to want to understand what was important to her husband, she wouldn't have made the shift. Could someone explain the structure used in this ...