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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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Would Vs Will in a sentence

What is the difference in the meaning between the following two sentences? In the future, I don't know whether the hobby would persist. Or, In the future, I don't know whether the hobby will ...
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Need help with restructuring a sentence

The war induced provincial governments to establish their own system of free public employment offices. I am trying to say that at the time of the war, provinces each established a system of ...
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This sentence is correct or not- “Eyes of his/her are big.” [on hold]

I am trying to translate Hindi sentence into English according to rules given in How to translate into English book by R.P. Sinha The Hindi Sentence is - "Usaki aankhen badi hain."
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Past continuous in reported speech

I am confused with present continous tense in reported speech do we need backshifting or not ? and if we do backshifting should we backshift the second part of the sentences? ( "when" part ) He said ‘...
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Help to understand “reports Efe news” in this context

The Pentagon report, published on Friday, said China was developing long-range bombers and "likely" training its pilots for strikes against the US and its allies, reports Efe news. I am not sure ...
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Is “entitled” a verb or adjective or both in “She is entitled…”?

She is entitled to all luxuries in her life. What is the voice of the sentence? If it is passive, which word is the main verb in the sentence? In this sentence the word "entitled" is used as ...
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while grammar rule

Someone has told me that if the verb of principal clause is continuous, then the subordinate clause started with while must also be in continuous tense. For example, While mobile phone is ...
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As soon as structure

Are the following two sentences both correct? If so, what is the difference between them? She got married as soon as she resigned from the CEO position of the company. And, She got married as ...
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Hypothetical past conditional

When we were children, we lived by the sea. In summer, if the weather was fine, we would all get up early and go for a swim. Sometimes I get confused with the conditionals. In this specific example ...
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What is the correct way to express my thought about something I discovered was not easy?

Let me give you a context. I go to a Zumba class thinking it would be easy compared to Gym n all and find my body is tired and I am completely exhausted within one hour of Zumba. So not easy for me. ...
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Help to understand: “the headline writer for Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Chris Fedor’s story in The Plain Dealer did his job Thursday”

The purpose of a headline, they say in journalism school, is to draw the reader in, so the headline writer for Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Chris Fedor’s story in The Plain Dealer did his job ...
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Is this sentence grammatically valid?

Is this sentence grammatically valid? — The king had many occasions experiencing the power of the hermit's talisman. It sort of sounds correct to my ears, for I have heard examples like — "He ...
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Can we use For and Since together in the same sentence?

I am not sure if my sentence is correct: I had worked at Delicious Cake shop for more than 2 years since February 2012. I quit the job in July 2014. The people at Delicious Cake shop were very ...
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Where is the best place to add “most of you”? [closed]

Where is the best place to add "most of you"? Since I found out that you, my darling friends, are trying hard to become great doctors, I decided to choose an interesting subject. Imagine, you're ...
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Is this comparison structure correct?

In my native language it makes sense when I say a sentence like that: Arabic uses the past continuous tense different than English. Is it okay to say a sentence like that in English? I'm talking ...
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an odd sentence structure from the NYT

Most important, it turns us against the very entity that holds the capacity to address society’s most pressing problems and on which democracy and freedom depend, our own government. I need a help. ...
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how to join a dependent clause or a phrase with an independent clause properly?

Example 1: Because when Jack reaches his truck he does not climb in but leans over the slide and fiddles around with something. ...
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Can I use 'would like' or 'want' in place of 'wanted'?

"It’s been so long since we last were in touch but I haven’t forgotten all the wonderful times we spent together last year. It’s my birthday coming up and I wanted to invite you over to stay at my ...
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Need to know how to say that at that exact moment my son is washing my car because I told him to

Is the sentence, "I'm having my son wash my car", well said? The context is that the subject at that time has his son washing the car
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Problem with sentence structure/construction

The following are what two authors have written. A further complication was jurisdiction: even if unemployment were admitted as a social, rather than an individual, problem, was insurance against ...
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How to avoid using “he”, “she” repeatedly in sentence sequences?

When you start a sentence sequence, for example with "he", would It be correct if I construct the sentences as following: He started walking down the road. Took a sigh. Was amazed with the beauty ...
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What does “…,what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that…” mean?

I came across this famous sentence in the 4th paragraph of the 1st Chapter of The Great Gatsby. The original sentence is here. It's what preyed on Gatsby,what foul dust floated in the wake of his ...
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“Through” vs “from” when referencing the abstract

At work, some proofreaders and I were going over a set of chapters when I came across the following sentence: Identify whether the item in each number is a legend, superstition, or a song passed down ...
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Help to understand the sentence from a Yahoo news article

“Given the numbers of people who continue to be killed and injured in Afghanistan, it is unconscionable to claim that the country is safe enough to send people back to," Omar Waraich, deputy director ...
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Sentence Structure Identification

Sentence: Have you met him? Structure: to have verb + subject + extension + interrogation Then, how will these be structured? Could you please tell me where the bookstore is? The train ...
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Help to understand a sentence from a Page Six news article

Nordstrom parted ways with the brand, which was launched in 2014, as far back as February 2017, citing “brand performance.” As I understand the sentence, it means Nordstrom went with the brand from ...
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Sentence structure with a double negative

I’m having issues with a double negative sentence. Bear in mind I don't want to change the sentence structure around, I just want to know if at the end of the sentence, I put the word isn’t or is ...
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How does one find the subject in a sentence with more than one verb?

For example, in the sentence “Let me help you” there are two verbs, let and help. Me is an objective pronoun, so that would sound as though it can’t be the subject. But you doesn’t seem to be the ...
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Is Master Yoda's english correct?

In the Star Wars film franchise, Master Yoda has a very peculiar english syntax. For example, instead of saying: The mind of a child is truly wonderful. You will not look as good when you ...
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How to use “What exactly”

I'd like to know if this question is correct or not: What exactly that you don't like about my clothes? I know I can also ask: What is it that you don't like about my clothes, exactly? But I'd ...
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What are the meaning and structure of “leaders also are viewed as conflict averse over concerns”?

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinas-powerful-general-xi-jinping-henchman-meets-mattis/ PLA leaders also are viewed as conflict averse over concerns any major conflict would cost the ...
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How to construct quality long sentences? [closed]

I want to construct long sentences, for fiction. I do use subordinate conjunctions and coordinate conjunctions, and I also understand different kind of phrases, and grammatical rules. But I still ...
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In The Context In Which-> Any replacement?

I have this sentence: "Many people's personal information on the internet has been stolen by hackers. In this context, we can build a better security software to combat the problem". However I ...
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How to construct a proper sentence?

I read this somewhere: It was all too much, it was too scary. So my question is, how is this even a correct sentence. It is joining two independent clauses together using a comma. It seems to be ...
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Is “I don't like girls smoking” a correct sentence?

I have two questions: 1. To express the same meaning as "I don't like girls who smoke." can I say "I don't like girls smoking."? It sounds kind of odd to me but I think it is not wrong. 2. ...
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Correct usage of “unless”?

"I don't care about any team unless it's England." Is it correct usage of unless? I wanted to mean in football world cup I just support England and I don't care about other team's winning or losing.
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Can we say sentences like “They are so/too good of people”

As far as I know we can say "He is so good a person" for meaning "He is a very good person" or "He is a person who is so good" while we can't say "He is a so good person". Also we can say "He is too ...
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Can “as if you” be used without a verb?

I received a spam mail with the following text: That brief clip can not only show you the reality, but it'll demonstrate how a large number of honest, normal men as if you are fighting back ...
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Help to understand this paragraph

Everything has broken right for England at this World Cup. It sauntered through a top-heavy group with Belgium, conveniently dropping its final game against the Red Devils in a barely-contested 1-0 ...
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How to explain advantage and disadvantage of one particular thing in the same sentence

I am working on a statistical method. I would like to describe one main step of this method in one sentence. This step has a good and weak point. Here is my try: The free choice of the parameters is ...
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Should I write “If…, I would” or “If…, I will”?

If there's a situation where I can speak either English or Arabic, I would choose English. I know that I can break this sentence down to smaller and simpler sentences like "In some situations, I have ...
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It is not important who he is

It is not important who he is. = Who he is is not important. Is that right?? That structure 'is' is said twice seem strange to me.
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These terms are important for me to work here happily

Can I use infinitive clauses in that way? 1-) These terms are important for me to work here happily. 2-) These terms are important to work here happily.(If it is obvious that I am talking ...
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Questions about “as .. as”

I am curious about the accuracy of the questions about "as .. as". Examples; Who are you as happy as? (I am as happy as you) Who do you go to school as often as? (I go to school as often as ...
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Identifying clauses in “It's hard to get what it takes”

I'm not sure if I'm getting this right.. It's hard to get what it takes what it takes: an interrogative content clause functioning as the object of the verb "to get" To get: a verb phrase (or ...
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What's the shortest way to say this sentence?

I would like to offer customers a family size french fries. The total amount or number of fries that a customer buys is divided into two equal groups. The first group has curly fries. The second group ...
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What's the grammar of “Me, Benjamin Clawhauser, … stereotyping you”?

"Zootopia" around 00:14:04/01:48:32 Benjamin Clawhauser: O.M. Goodness... They really did hire a bunny. [Laughs] What!? I gotta tell you, you are even cuter than I thought you'd be! Judy Hopps:...
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Explain the grammar function of the word in the sentence

Here is next sentence: I have lain awake under the skins. I understand the meaning but the sentence structure makes me confuse. I can't actually understand why the word "awake" stands here like ...
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“I am plying violin since I was 5 years old” is it correct sentence grammatically?

I have confusion with a sentence. Is there anybody who can help me? The sentence is given below. I am plying violin since I was 5 years old -is it correct sentence grammatically? If it is correct ...
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How to form a sentence like this correctly?

You should tell us the things that you think they are negative. You should tell us the things that you think are negative. I came up with this example sentence and I would like to form sentences ...