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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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“How much reduction” or “How would reduction”

I have a method A, which is used to reduce the computation of difficult models. I would like to say that using this method will provide a great reduction in the computation of the model. Method A ...
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Can you use two verbs in simple past tense in a row like this?

Is the usage of the verbs "measured & compared" correct in the following sentence? We will assess network performance in this regard measured compared to the protocol which hops over other ...
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a data set of … are or a data set of … is

I always confused about using the word data. Sometimes, writers use it as a single word, while others use it as plural. I really would like to understand the correct way to use word data in my ...
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structure of the once in a blue moon

Which one is correct from the structural point of view? Why?: Only once in a blue moon will Mr. Smith let us get out of class early. or Only once in a blue moon, Mr. Smith will let us get out ...
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Structure of the “close by that”

What are the structure and meaning of the following bolded phrase? I have a problem with understanding of the two phrases meaning where are connected together, "fairly close by" and "flattened out ...
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Adverbs of place, agents and adverbs of time in passive voice

Could you explain to me this grammar point, please? Active voice: "Someone cleans the room every day." Passive voice: a. The room is cleaned by someone every day b. The room is cleaned every day by ...
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How to connect the sentences?

Is this sentence correct? I am hesitant about the part of as a protein source - is it in the right place in the sentence? And also about the production of which - How should i connect the ...
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Grammatical role and meaning of “looking that”

What are the grammatical role and meaning of the "looking that" in the following sentences?: One other painting I really want you to look at is of a young woman surrounded by pumpkins. You will ...
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Structure of “artist exhibiting”

What are the structure and meaning of the "exhibiting" in the following piece of a passage? Well, the exhibit that I want you to attend is coming up. It's already started in fact, but it'll be at ...
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Semicolon usage in this sentence

A person who is a big fan of big pop star finds a cardboard poster of that celebrity takes a picture of himself with the cardboard. And says, 'Since chances of meeting my idol in this life are ...
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Structure of “get you going on”?

What is the structure of the following bolded sentence? And what is the equivalent phrase for it? Student: Aha, that's one thing I did know to do. I just copied an article, but I still need three ...
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What kind of sentence structure is , “Would that be, If i were a rich man ! ”

What kind of sentence structure is , "Would that be, If I were a rich man ! " Isn't it incorrect English? What kind of sentence is it, that is deemed valid to begin with, Would that be AND why not ...
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Are these 2 sentences the same? “We can use our equity to finance our project” & “we can finance our project by using our equity”

Are these 2 sentences the same? We can use our equity to finance our project. We can finance our project by using our equity. So is this formula always right in all situations?: to do thing ...
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How to use “suppose” and “supposing” to begin a sentence?

Which of the following sentence is/are correct? Suppose (that) I like cheese; then I will probably like cheesecake. Suppose (that) I like cheese; I will probably like cheesecake. Can "then"...
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How to use of two times in one sentence

I have method A. This method has a limitation in high-dimension cases. This limitation leads method A to lose its flexibility in high-dimension. Therefore, there is method B, which overcomes the ...
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Structure: help somebody with something

Miss Lin often helps us with our homework/English. Can we drop “our” here? Miss Lin often helps us with homework/English?
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Explain why “Who is she playing the piano?” is incorrect

A teacher asked me this question and I am having a hard time finding a simple way to explain it for her to share with her students. I`m looking for the easiest way to explain it to her because she ...
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Can “said someone” appear at the beginning of the sentence?

The film debuted at No. 2 in both France and Italy, generating the year's third-best box office return on an opening weekend in Italy. Said Roberto Proia, distribution chief of the film's Italian ...
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How to parse “As for the philosophical content explicitly picks over in the film’s dialogue”?

I can't parse the first clause of this sentence. As for the philosophical content explicitly picks over in the film’s dialogue, it’s something for the viewer to digest, but it all seems a little ...
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What sentence pattern is this?

I like living in the country. Is it Subject - Verb - Object - Adverbial of place OR Subject - Verb - Object - Postmodification of living realized by a prepositional phrase? Thanks.
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Sentence Structure “They are+number+objects”

They are three apples. Guess who is John. For these 2 sentences, is it correct and natural to say this way?
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Word Choice and Sentence Structure

What kind/kinds of food and drinks can I have in China? My favorite food is egg/the egg? For the 2 sentences above, which words would you choose?
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Which sentence is acceptable? [closed]

I did not know how the word is spelled. or I did not know how the word was spelled. Could please help me in choosing between the two? Which sentence is incorrect, and if both are acceptable, ...
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Has he come yet or hasn't he come yet?

To get the meaning ' Hasn't he come until now ?' what should I ask 'Has he come yet ?or Hasn't he come yet?'
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The grammar of “struck dumb, sprouting feelers” in this sentence

Harry was pointing the wand directly at Dudley's heart. Harry could feel fourteen years’ hatred of Dudley pounding in his veins—what wouldn't he give to strike now, to jinx Dudley so thoroughly he'd ...
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Is this sentence correct - I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine

I have got this sentence I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine. In this sentence using word I hope here I am confused, why because I hope is kind of positive word but the sentence ...
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I have a secret that I have kept hidden from my circle of friends and family

When I was browsing internet. I saw this sentence. I have a doubt on the usage of "have kept hidden" What tense is it? Is it Active voice of present perfect? If so why there is a word "hidden" which ...
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Which one is correct? “offers her” or “offers she” [closed]

Which of the following sentences is correct? The man offers her to drink coffee. The man offers she drinks coffee.
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Is preposition “OF” required in the given sentence?

I happen to came across below stated sentence in an English preposition book. "This photo is her with her best friend." I assume, that grammatically correct sentence should be: "This photo is of ...
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Usage of “at” in “… at the cottage just over my shoulder is where they had been growing cannabis”

Here's a British news report: And this is what I've transcribed: Well, last August when it was found that Neil and Yvette Hartley had...had been growing almost 90 cannabis plants, little did their ...
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What does “I want him to know” mean?

I want him to know I can't understand, why "him" stays between 2 verbs. Does it mean "I want that he will know" or something else? Maybe this phrase has special meaning. I'll be thankful so much, if ...
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Structures of The longer, The more

What are the grammatical structures of the "The longer I live" and "The more I realize" in the following sentence? The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Also, why ...
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What does “she swore” mean in this sentence and why?

I could not find an appropriate meaning of "swear" to explain in the sentence, as it does not make sense in the context . In the dictionary "swear" means: If someone swears, they use language that ...
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what does mean “it there”?

In the following sentence, it seems it should end up with "like it" or "like there". Why the both of "it" and "there" have come together? I have been to Washington several times, and I like it ...
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What do the dates mean in this sentence? [closed]

"A number of applicants will be selected for a preliminary interview by Jan 11, 2019 and short-listed applicants will be invited for a campus visit around Jan 20, 2019. The final decision would be ...
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what is the meaning of “to be” in this sentence?

John considers this conflict of interest to be the main hindrance towards establishing good governance. I want to know why to be has been used here.
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I would go out with him but he didn't ask me

I would go out with him but he didn't ask me. I would have gone out with him but he didn't ask me. I think the second one is correct. But what about the first one?
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Had+simple vs. (1)simple past using BEFORE then (2)simple past

Let's say I was cooking for breakfast, what is the difference between: My mom had warned me to be careful when using knives then I accidentally cut my finger with a knife. Vs. My mom warned me ...
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Order in the sentence

I would like others to tell me which sentence is written correctly. One of my friends took me this photo. One of my friends took this photo of me. Thank you!
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Can I use “therefore” at the middle of the sentence

Can I use therefore at the middle of my sentence? For example: Method A requires difficult computation. In addition, method B can only be applied to a bivariate case. Method C, therefore, and unlike ...
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“When applying on” or “applying to”

I have a method which I need to test its performance for real data set. Is it correct to say: This part of the chapter aims to test the performance of the method A *when applying on* the real ...
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How to understand “what she had to say” in this context?

Some people, like Neville, had paid up just to stop Hermione from glowering at them. A few seemed mildly interested in what she had to say, but were reluctant to take a more active role in campaigning....
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confused about 'into the actions which'

I am confused with the syntactic structure of the sentence in bold, especially the last part. Can anyone help explain? An intention to do something wrong or against the law is rarely considered as ...
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Why always we use present verb after “in aim to”, “in order to”, and “in hope to”

During my learning, I always read that after in order to, in aims to or in hopes to we need to use present verb (I meant a verb without "s", e.g., selects or improves, and without "verb+ing"). However,...
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how to join to different things (someting.. from and something for ) with and.

I would like to learn how can I join two different pharse with the word and in accorect way. The new method shows how to estimate the given model and how to simulate from a given model It is not ...
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Comparing two things in one sentence

We have three shapes in my study. We called them trees. The class of Tree 1 is larger than the class of tree 2 and tree 3. Also, the shape of tree 1 contains the shapes of both tree 2 and tree 3. I ...
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Use of “however” and “yet” in a sentence

Consider this scenario A can help B. However, A is limited by Z, yet he can help B by ... Sorry if the example is very abstract. But I guess you got my meaning. Can however and yet be used in ...
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Does “but” and “however” make different meaning in the sentence

I would like to write a sentence, where I would like to use however or but. I would like to know do they make different meaning in the sentence. The traditional models exist but they may be ...
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apply to or for, and apply to for

In the Oxford Learner's Dictionary's meaning 1, what is the difference between apply to and apply for, and what is the meaning of (for something) after apply to somebody/something? What element of ...
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How to use “as” with “or” in one sentence

I would like to express two different points in one sentence using "as" and "or". In my area of study, we have an independent case, that is the two variables are independent. I built a new method, ...