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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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'for so good a gentleman' or 'for such a good gentleman'

The landlady said she would move heaven and earth, for so good a gentleman; and then contented to give me her sleeping room on the ground-floor, at some trifle or other, - I forgot what. I was taking ...
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Aren't these the same: "KEEP OUT" vs "DON'T ENTER" or "KEEP QUIET" vs "DON'T MAKE NOISE"?

I have seen on a door of a room "KEEP OUT". Apparently, they do not want people to enter the room. But suddenly I reminded of other instances of "KEEP" being used as an positive ...
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Wasn't you Vs Weren't you? [closed]

I was wondering which one is grammatically correct and why? I got corrected when I said the following "wasn't you singing this song the other day" from wasn't to weren't.
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How does 'nominally' an adverb rather than an adjective?

My question regards the following sentences The province is nominally independent. While nominally a film student, Barnett had no aspirations of a career behind the camera. Although 75 per cent of ...
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Sentence structure not understood

Explain the structure of the following sentence: I'll discuss why renting a house allows for more flexibility, but why it can be disadvantageous. I'm fine with everything expect at 'but'. So please ...
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What is the meaning of "turn" and "to" in "The bomber turned police informer to escape prison."

I was looking for the meaning of informer in Oxford Learnear's Dictionary. I got the meaning but the first example sentenses is not understandable to me. Here is the complete definition and example ...
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"Get calm" or "Calm down"

I am wondering which choice fits well in the following case and why? After a series of problems my life is just .... and I want to maintain that peace. a. getting calm b. calming down I think the ...
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Has/have the leaves been raked? [closed]

This is a question about subject-verb agreement. I am having difficulty in deciding which version is correct. Which one is correct? And why? (Has, have) the leaves been raked?
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Questioning with how in the middle of sentence

Which of the sentences below are correct? And I know Congress has been engaged with some of these companies to look at how can you get more revenue back into local news. And I know Congress has been ...
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What do it refer to in the long with structure?

In the article "Exploring the sea-floor" from "science survey" written by T.F.Gaskell: Since the sea covers the greater part of the earth's surface,it is quite reasonable to ...
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noun clause or not in the sentence

There is a sentence in "new concept english" book4(new edition),lesson 21: And although no period or place in American history has been more absurdly romanticized,myth and reality did join ...
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Which order of words is correct in questions like "what are you doing...?" or "what you are doing...?"? [closed]

Which order is correct? What are you doing here? or What you are doing here? Similarly, Till when you are at home? or Till when are you at home?
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Why did the author remove "which are"?

Instead, my antenna picks up messages sent by humans back in the United States. The sentence should look like Instead, my antenna picks up messages which are sent by humans back in the United State. ...
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I felt a little strangely?

I am reading Dracula by Bram Stoker, and this sentence got me confused: I did not take any [Brandy], but it was a comfort to know it was there all the same. I felt a little strangely, and not a ...
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What does “ for” imply here?

When we leave to a place basically we say, "I am leaving to America tonight", or "I am leaving for America tonight" (not sure if this sentence is used) What I personally think is ...
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Is the preceding clause omitted between 'and' and 'not always'?

That is, if I rewrite the first sentence... "On the other hand, AI and digital technologies are already disrupting the traditional view of democracy, and [AI and digital technologies are already ...
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Question about a determiner

This sort of problem is quite common. This kind of exercise is very popular. In the above sentences, the expressions kind of and sort of are used. I'm not sure whether those are the subjects of the ...
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Question about a common expression

I'm not a native speaker, but I found some expression where I couldn't understand the sentence construction. #1. Can we get started now? #2. Let's get started. Can I change get into be in the #1, ...
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Can "whose" be replaced with "with the/a" in this sentence? Which sentence is better?

I wrote a simple Email whose goal was to inform friends and family about the party. Can the "whose" in the sentence be replaced with "with a/the" to make the sentence like: I ...
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Is this sentence has an inversion or modifying of word-order?

I am reading an article Tbilisi on Wikipedia, there is a sentence that confuses with me. It was in the former Viceroy of the Caucasus's palace where the independence of three Transcaucasus nations – ...
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Why can verbs be omitted in this sentence?

Professor: Now when I mention the terms "boom and bust", what does that bring to mind? Student: The dot-com crash of the 90s. Professor: OK. The boom in the late 1990s when all those new ...
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Can I use "have" and "had" in one sentence, like "I have had my revenge at last"? [closed]

'I have had my revenge at last.' -what kind of sentence is this? Can I use have and had in one sentence?
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"any other" + singular / plural

Which one is correct, and could you please tell me why? She is more popular than any other singers/singer in the USA. Thank you.
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Universal truths

Suppose a person named mark said that 'atoms are not visible to the naked eye' and we transform the sentence into indirect structure (as if we were narrating the same to some other individual) Would ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct and in a correct form? [closed]

When dinner time, we always go through the fact that what to eat.. assume that we're always arguing about what food to eat! So according to this, Is the sentence above in a correct form or not?
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a sentence structure "not only... but also"

I have a question regarding a sentence structure. I am reading an essay about IELTS test (english proficiency) and assume it is a good example. The essay mainly talks about the advantage of the news ...
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Identifying the function and type of the phrases

There are some sentences which i can't figure out the function of the phrase. Can you help me? 1- [To look at], the helmet resembles nothing so much as a novelty head massage gadget with several ...
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Grammar: Transformation

Is it possible to transform all sentences into 'Simple, Compound & Complex' from one another, or are there any exceptions? Kindly clarify. Besides music, he learnt karate. What are the Compound &...
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Which sentence is correct? with "it" or without "it"

The afterlife is a life that some people believe it begins when a person dies. The afterlife is a life that some people believe begins when a person dies. Which one is correct? The correct sentence ...
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What does it mean by "to be doing API development going forward" in the following?

I grab the below paragraph from a book learning C# Programming language: Install Postman This is optional, and up to you if you want to install – but I highly recommend it. I’ll be using it at ...
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Could someone explain the meaning and structure of this sentence?

For it reminds us that far from being an unavoidable consequence of technological progress, the nature of work always remains a matter of social choice. I heard that when "for" is used as a ...
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"It will take an hour for the room to get/be painted" "It will take the room an hour to get/be painted" [closed]

"It will take an hour for the room to get/be painted" "It will take the room an hour to get/be painted" i am thinking if they are grammatically correct sentences. As usually we say ...
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I'm not a play by the rules kind of guy vs I'm not the play by the rules kind of guy?

I'm not a play by the rules kind of guy or I'm not the play by the rules kind of guy Which one is right? And should I use hypens between every word for play by the rules?
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What does the second "as" used in this sentence mean?

Darwin had a phrase to describe those ignorant of evolution: they look at an organic being as a savage looks at a ship, as at something wholly beyond his comprehension. In "as at something ...
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Difference between keep away and keep away from

1. He keeps away smoking. 2. He keeps away from smoking. This is a question given in option to choose only one sentence as correct sentence. It seems that both sentences are correct but in different ...
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Is there something wrong with this sentence? "We plan to go to the forest. Do you want to come?"

The sentence appears in an English textbook. The reason why it sounds off to me is that the first sentence is in the present simple tense. I expect it to be in the present continuous tense, like this: ...
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Is there anything wrong with this sentence? "Firefighters put out fire and save people in accidents"

The sentence appears in an English textbook and is meant to generally describe what a firefighter's job involves. However, I find it kind of odd. Since we're not refering to a specific fire, we don't ...
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"what function are they" or "what function they have"?

What is the grammatical structure of the second sentence? What is the indicative form would be? Is it equivalent to "What function or use they have in our lives? But why do we have to have ...
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I am playing a “the Lord of the Rings” game

Which of these sentences is correct? I am playing a “the Lord of the Rings” game. VS I am playing a “Lord of the Rings” game. And which of these is correct? I want to watch some “the Lord of the ...
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A smile of contentment

Would you be so kind as to let me know which phrasing below sounds more natural and constructionally more appealing in English? I never forget the moment when he came up to me .......... and said: &...
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"it was a pretty clear strategy from a handful of senators to try to cast her as ~"

This is from a news podcast. SUSAN DAVIS, BYLINE: Well, it was a pretty clear strategy from a handful of senators to try to cast her as someone who would be soft on crime. Missouri Republican Senator ...
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Do you need an extra complement in sentences like these?

When I speak English, I fear I might be unconsciously relying on the syntax of my mother tongue a little too much, which might end up with me creating ungrammatical sentences (and even ...
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Is the sentence grammatical?

I saw a sentence on Twitter by Bloomberg Opinion writing like: "The U.S. decided sending Polish jets to Ukraine was too risky." I found two finite verbs here so I was thinking if the ...
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What is the reason this sentence is wrong in the phrase 'until now'?

Please, explain the reason the following sentence is wrong. We don't have any news about him until now.
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Do you need the determiner "the" for a name of place?

This is something weird. Example: I go to the city. Yesterday, I went to New York City. You can see from the examples that when the city has a name, it doesn't use the word "the." But is ...
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Can transitive verbs not be followed by an object?

Here's an example of a transitive verb "found" not followed by an object. Can anyone tell me what kind of sentence structure is that which makes this possible? Some people with pain, ...
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Will the placement of two conjunctions that appear consecutively sound better?

I found this sentence from my exercise book (Oxford Grammar): I felt lazy, and because I didn't have any real work to do, I took the afternoon off. The execise instructs me to guess whether it's ...
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How to convey covering one's eyes from bright sunlight?

How can I describe covering your eyes from bright sunlight? Like putting up one of your hands over your eyebrows horizontally to prevent the sunlight coming into your eye?
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Allow a margin of difference of

I'm not sure if I use the word "margin" correctly. I've two different scenarios: To describe the measurement given may not be accurate because it is measured manually. To describe there ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use "with having" in a sentence?

Please, can explain to me the right way to use "with" and "having" in the same sentence, if it's possible to use. For example: What business can I start with having 20k? Is this ...
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