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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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Even though the bike was underneath CCTV, they weren't going to look at the footage. | Why ".....werent' going to do...."?

"When I spoke to the police even though the bike was underneath CCTV, they weren't going to look at the footage. It's unacceptable." Britain's crime wave (see:5:42-5:50) The structure "....
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Is the following sentence structure correct? — "How many story a building is it?", "How many person a tent is it?", "How many core a processor is it?"

ell.stackexchange.com: (1) How many times an increase was it? The structure of (1) is very interesting to me. I want to find out whether I understood it correctly or not. For this purpose, I made up ...
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"So, why would we possibly want to go there?" VS "So, why on earth would we want to go there?"

A person is telling about their visit to one of the the hottest place (the Death Valley) on Earth to experience how it is like there. So, before leaving for there, he is telling about how dangerous, ...
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Reflective writing [closed]

I'm writing a personal reflection on moving to another country. Does the last sentence in this example make sense? "Firstly, I would suggest begin preparations well in advance. Maybe in this ...
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"He neither texted me nor did he call me". "He neither texted me nor called me". "He neither texted me nor he called me"

"He neither texted me nor did he call me". "He neither texted me nor called me". "He neither texted me nor he called me". Could you please tell me which one is ...
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Different types of verbs referring to different time perspectives

I pretend to have done it when she arrived=I pretend I did when she arrived I want to have done when she arrived=I want I did it when she arrived I showed how I understand both examples. 1 seems to ...
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With what tense I follow up "it's time"

When we use the structure "it's time" even if we refer to the future we rather use past tenses for example "it high time we took a shower" we mean now not in the past. My question ...
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Interesting structure: --- "If you ever go to sell this place, let me know."

A man, who lost his son because of a brain tumor, says this to the owner of the house: Listen, if you ever go to sell this place, let me know first because I would like to buy it. BBC-man wants to ...
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How should I understand the following italic and bold part?

In this following context, how should I take this italic and bold part? Is something (like 'that is') omitted between the words 'Magadh'i and 'proper'? ' What is this part's simple form? Could you ...
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"There is posh." (talking about a tea pot)

A lady is serving tea and another lady at the table sees the pot and says: "A: Oh, tea in a pot. There is posh." "B: I hate bags in cups." Coronation Street (see: 6:36-6:43) As far ...
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Does the italicized part serve as the main clause of the whole sentence?

That is, can I paraphrase the sentence as 'Classical writers claimed that it was only after shadows had become an established, if controversial, part of representation that art itself had begun with ...
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Is it better to use colon instead of semiclolon in 'He likes to talk about himself; that he is a successful businessman...'?

Merriam-webster says: Semicolons (;) separate independent clauses that are related in meaning, and they separate items in a list when those items themselves are long or include commas. For example, ...
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Prepositions after "threaten"

Could you please tell me which of these sentences is/are correct? -"Our neighbours threatened us about calling the police because of the noise." -"Our neighbours threatened us with ...
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Alone as an adverb or as an adjective

Alone, thought Bittering. Does the word 'alone' describe Bittering as an adjective or his action of thinking as an adverb? Does the sentence mean that Bittering thought that he was alone or it means ...
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Correct place of adjectival clause

A few stars are known which are hardly bigger than the earth, but most of them are so large that hundreds of thousands of Earth's can be packed inside each and leave room to spare. Usually, an ...
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Need or needs with bare infinitive

He need worry about the weather today. He needs worry about the weather today. Mostly we see the use of 'need' as modal verb in negative or interrogative sentences where it takes bare infinitive ...
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Should I repeat the subject and the ‘going to’ construction in a compound sentence?

I would like to know if I can write something like this: "I am going to study and go to the supermarket in the evening"; or if I have to write "I am going to study and I am going to go ...
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The Usage of Gerunds

"Doctors say that one of the things people can do for good heart health is avoiding red meat." "Doctors say that one of the things people can do for good heart health is avoid red meat....
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When talking about a broken device, would there be any difference between: "I will get it working." and "I will get it to work."

Someone is trying to use a device and realizes that it is not working. So he says: I will try and get it working. ITV-dental crisis (see:4:00-4:12) The structure "get it working" reminded of ...
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"It's a span of a few hundred miles to cross the state." — By what rule was this sentence made up?

britannica.com: (1) It's a span of a few hundred miles to cross the state. As I understand, (1) means: (2) We need to cover a span of a few hundred miles in order to cross the state. But I can't ...
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I will let you know when I am ready - meaning?

sentences like, It teaches you what you shouldn't be doing in the real world. I will let you know when I am ready. In everyday communication, someone might say "I'll let you know when I'm ready....
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Is it correct to say "tell your grandma that you had your hair washed today already so you don't have to do it tomorrow"?

May daughter has long hair and she has her hair washed by her mom 3 times a week or every 2 days. Say, today she had her hair washed by her mom already. She is going to her grandma's home tomorrow. ...
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Present, past simple and present perfect

This is an answer to this post. If recent: Michael has been warned from the moment he entered the factory that Andy is a local version of a grim reaper. He was warned because everyone has worked with ...
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"Who" and "When" next to each other. ---- "I was waiting at the airport when who should come along but Mr Pettigrew!

"I was waiting at the airport when who should come along but Mr Pettigrew!" cambridge dictionary-come along The part of the sentence ".....when who....." has caught my eye. This is ...
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"And this increased exposure to the outside world." --- Would you doubt this is a sentence?

The following is from a documentary about a dog, and how her owner's taking her to the park regularly has affected it. And you hear this: "And this increased exposure to the outside world." ...
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"certain type of person" VS "certain type of people"

This is said by a native speaker presenter who is staying a weekend with a family where the son keeps lions as pets. She wants to understand why he does it and say: What is it about a certain type of ...
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What is direct speech form of these sentences? 1. He asked me if I had come by train or by bus 2. She wanted to know who we had invited to the party [closed]

He asked me if I had come by train or by bus She wanted to know who we had invited to the party I Know the basics about direct and indirect speech. But I doubt if my answers are correct. I'm new to ...
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Why saying "THERE is your present." when giving it, although the present is actually HERE (in her hand), not far away)?

The following sentence is from a native english speaking lady talking about Packaged Christmas presents. "There is your Christmas Present." ITV-Is Christmas packaging worth it (see:0:33-0:41)...
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"It was a stoney castle kind of thing." VS "It was kind of a stoney castle. --- Is the 1st sentence as valid as the 2nd one?

This is from a native speaker who is describing an imaginary house: "So, it was a stony, log cabin(y) castle kind of thing." Improve your english-Ronnie (see:2:58-3:13) Subtitles show ...
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Cancer patient says "I haven't got to be bored." --- Does it mean "I mustn't be bored"?

This sentence is from a program about how various cancer patients have been feeling since their diagnosis: "I haven't got to be bored." Cancer patients (see:43:40-43:44) I think she means ...
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Any difference between "He was taken down there." AND "He was taken there."? [duplicate]

"Anyway, he got drunk and he was taken down there." ITV-This morning (see:5:08-5:15) "take someone to a place" is the usual structure in every day life. For instance "He took ...
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Why does this sentence have "And so it was" at the beginning? | "And so it was that the beggar died."

"And so it was that the beggar died and was carried by the angels unto Abraham's bosom." Lazarus phenomenon (see:6:28-6:32) Why does the sentence start with "And so it was that .......&...
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I can't understand why a native speaker says it this way, when telling about a church collapse? ----- "Came right down onto the church."

A church roof collapsed in USA. A person who actually saw it fall in tells about how it happened. He says: "Came right down onto the church." BBC- (See 00:28-00:32) I can't really understand ...
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Why does a sentence start with "For some people..........." where "Some people" is the subject of the sentence?

"For some people, no matter how much sleep they get, they still feel tired and low in energy. Why?" BBC-why some people always feel tired "Some people" is the subject of the ...
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Correct grammar

Saying,"where is Valerie at?'is incorrect grammar. Ending a sentence with preposition is incorrect. But why? When asking the question where is something the sentence is usually ending with at and ...
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Why "appropriate to" should be used in this sentence?

Which of the below answers completes the text so that it conforms to the conventions of standard English? The decorations of the rest of the room were noble and yet ________ the destination; garlands,...
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What is the structure of "We aim to provide access to the largest team of detail specialists in the region"?

In this sentence : We aim to provide access to the largest team of detail specialists in the region. I see three verbs in it. Could someone explain its structure to me?
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Girl found alive in France murders car, say what?

An answer introduced me to the concept of crash blossoms. In the linked examples there is one I cannot process: Girl found alive in France murders car —BBC News, September 2012 The explanation ...
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Joining without Punctuation or Conjunction

There are sentences where two clauses are not joined by conjunction or punctuation. Notice the position of asterisk in below sentences where I "feel" empty/lack of conjunction or punctuation:...
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What is the Subject of the sentence: "Wednesday night found Hermione and Harry sitting alone in the common room,..."

About this quote from Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone: Wednesday night found Hermione and Harry sitting alone in the common room, long after everyone else had gone to bed. The first clause, in ...
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"Why shouldn't they do something"? | Does this sentence mean "They should do something?" OR "They shouldn't."

This title is from the cover of a video on ITV channel. "Why shouldn't they have a choice"? ITV When I read the title at first, I thought the video is about "They shouldn't be given a ...
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Are these prepositional phrases adjectival or adverbial? "The little prince had very different ideas about serious things from those of the grown-ups"

The little prince had very different ideas about serious things from those of the grown-ups. Are about serious things and from those of the grown-ups adjectival, which modify ideas?
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"The windscreen was misting over."

The windscreen was misting over. What is the parts of speech of over, a preposition or an adverb? Why?
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someone has been found to do job

I’m sorry, the position has been filled (=someone has been found to do the job). Source: https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/position "To" is not "in order to", and "...
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What is omitted before 'is' in 'New report on gas prices says B.C. drivers still paying more than is justified'? [duplicate]

New report on gas prices says B.C. drivers still paying more than [] is justified. What content can I use to fit the square brackets, 'what', or something else? i.e. New report on gas prices says B....
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Is the second part of these sentences a participial phrase, a relative clause, or a participle clause?

Is the second part of these sentences a participial phrase, a relative clause, or a participle clause? Scientists and volunteers race against the clock every day, working to save wildlife before time ...
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"Do to others as yould have them do to you." VS "Do to others as yould EXPECT/WISH them do to you."

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." I understand the sentence means "Do to others as you would like/wish/expect them to do to you", which perfectly sits well with ...
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"... joy of giving presents" VS "....joy of the giving of presents"

"For others, it will be the joy of fellowship and the giving of presents." King's christmas speech (see:1:17-1:22) The expression "... the giving of the presents" caught my ...
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Is it natural to say "Our turn hasn't come yet"?

When I looked up the noun "turn" in some dictionaries, I saw people use the dummy subject "it" with "turn". For example, Is it my turn yet? It’s your turn. Roll the dice. ...
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If "to get married" is passive, what would be the active form of this: "She got married by the priest."

"To get married" has the structure of a passive sentence, but it also is being used as an active verb (e.g I got married last year). Now, look at this sentence: The passive sentence: "...
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