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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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“Why it means so much to me?” or “Why does it mean so much to me?”

"Why the hell it means so much to me?" or "Why the hell does it mean so much to me?" Which is correct and why? If wrong, is the first phrase at least informally acceptable?
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Alice referred Bob (or Carol?) to Carol (or Bob?)

Say Bob wanted to ask Alice some question, but Alice asked Bob to find Carol for an answer. When talking to Carol, which one is correct? "Hi, Alice referred me to you / Hi, I was referred to you by ...
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“There is a pen on the desk.” vs. “A pen is on the desk.”

A pen is on the desk. Can I say it in this way, too? There is a pen on the desk Do they have the same meaning? If not, what's the difference?
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What is the main predicate in the following sentence?

Well, I'm reading an article about antimatter, and I found a strange sentence: Astronomers studying high-energy radiation from space regularly observe Gamma rays that are known as Annihilation ...
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Grammar behind “Whatever what is is is what I want.”

Here is the poem: Prayer, by Galway Kinnell Whatever happens. Whatever what is is is what I want. Only that. But that. I came across this poem as an interesting example of English grammar ...
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Sentence construction using Had + ed + ing

a) He had started visiting a church when he was cured of injuries he had suffered in an accident. b) People had started talking about my retirement as I was in my 30s. Is the Past Perfect ...
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Appositives versus Participle clauses

Reading a cover letter provided from an English writing class, Throughout my years as a student at the University of Vermont, I have been very active in a wide variety of campus activities and ...
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Does the mentioned sentence properly mean what I intend?

There are things (A, B, and C), and I am entitled to be informed about all of them equally. That means I am entitled to be informed about A as much as I am to be informed about B and C, and so on. ...
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Has importance for something

Is the sentence below correct? It has no importance for me what do people think about me.
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What does it mean by [Limited run with only 5000 made]?

Full Sentences Also as a bonus, this beautiful postcard of the artwork will be included!! This box set will be a limited run with only 5000 made. Does it mean that the box set will only sell for ...
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Is my comma usage correct?

I have this sentence but I'm not sure if my comma usage was correct In the final lines, he writes, “save outrage for something even more monstrous – the way we are contributing to the starvation ...
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Question about sentence structure of following sentence

I have a question about the sentence structure of following sentence. Company A shall: (a) not engage in actions that are, or include the Products, Marks or Company B's name in any material, that ...
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Diffrences between “as” and “the more”

As emerging economies continue to expand, their energy needs are set to grow dramatically What is diffrences between this two sentence, have it the same meaning or not? The more emerging economies ...
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which one is more common?

The more I read the more I understand that I do not know anything vs The more I read the more I understand that I know nothing
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can see someone is doing or can see someone doing? Are both the same?

is it the same to put "I can see he is jumping on his bed" and "I can see him jumping on his bed"? I need to use the first one in a picture description. Can I use it? Would that not sound strange to ...
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Why is there no preposition after the word ‘requires’?

The constitution requires members of parliament to take an oath of allegiance I read this sentence in dictionary list of sentence examples and I would like to know: Why is "to" not needed in here: ...
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one of the things that I have noticed VS one of the things I have noticed

Should it be: one of the things I have noticed or: one of the things that I have noticed I need to build right sentences and which one is correct form?
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He bought the same car as me

Is it correct to say Dilbert bought the same car as me. If it is, what are other sentences for other pronouns such as he? Dilbert bought the same car as David/he/him I know you can say ...
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I had no difficulty to do /doing

Although I know that the structure of I had no difficulty (in) doing something is grammatically correct, would it be completely wrong to say I had no difficulty to do something.
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Possession or adjective: “Google's products” vs. “Google products” [closed]

My major responsibility is tuning search results on for several of Google's products. Is the above sentence correct or should I use Google instead of Google's?
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“Four-star verbal commits”

Early in the morning, the Ducks signed four-star verbal commits Jalen Hall and Isaah Crocker. (source) I find this sentence very strange and difficult to parse. Is "commit" being used as a noun, with ...
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“Once” in the beginning of the sentence

I have seen sentence structures like the following: Once opened, the chicken broth is good for 2 days. My two questions: what tense should be used after once? past, or the past participle? So, ...
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Graduate from university in X

I know I could say: I graduated in mathematics from XZ University. But what if want to put emphasis only on the field of my study (mathematics) without specifying the university? Could I say that?...
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How to say that action of living became easier?

I wanna say that process of living became better now. I could say Life became easier. But it's not exact form that I want. I wanna say that it's not life itself became so, but process of living. I ...
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Sentence Structure of 'It's difficult to reconcile the demands of my job and the desire to be a good father.'

I'm discombobulated. Should it be like 1.It's difficult to reconcile (the demands of my job) and (the desire to be a good father). Or 2.It's difficult to reconcile (the demands of my job) ...
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is the usage of “only” to stress my point is correct in the below context?

Context: The client asked us to email him some information for the last 3 years. But there are some problems with it : Firstly, we have information for the past eight months. Secondly, The information ...
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Is a preposition + an adverb a possible pattern in the English language?

Is a preposition + an adverb a possible pattern in the English language? An example sentence I know you from somewhere.
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Passive Voices in sentences

1-I don't want my photo taken. 2-I don't want my photo being taken. 3-I don't like my photo being taken. As far as I know we can use the (sentences-1,2,3) but why can't we use the following ...
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To do, or not to do: that is the question

I came across the following sentence structure: But 15‐year‐olds, on average, probably take more risks than adults do. I would rather write But 15‐year‐olds, on average, probably take more ...
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The grammar structure “love someone something”

It was in Crash Course US history. It is at 3 minute and 26 second. Here it goes: Interestingly King James hated smoking. He called it "a custom loathsome to the eye and hateful to the nose", but ...
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Possible Conditionals

1-I am sorry if I have offended anyone. 2-I’m sorry if I offended anyone. Are these sentences grammatically correct ? And the "if parts" refer to past or present ? And if the "if part" refer to ...
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I thought I did or I thought I had done

You get into your car and then you are trying to start the car but it's not working then you realize that the car doesn't have any fuel .What would you say? I think the second one should be the ...
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Is an interrogative sentence like “So did you?” or “So is she?”, possible?

A: Mike came here yesterday. B: Possible responses: (1) Did you, too? (2) So did you? Instead of saying, "Did you come here yesterday, too?", can you say, (1) "Did you, too?" and (2) "So did you?"? ...
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Association of the words “to wear” in the given context

Are the words "to wear" associated with all nouns starting from "patterns" in the following sentence? "Fashion is a never-ending cycle of new patterns, textures, materials and shapes to wear."
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As soon as vs. Just as or immediately after

Today I mailed notes to one of my classmates. Under the subject I typed " Reply immediately after receiving". But the thing is, I am a bit skeptical about the grammar of the sentence which I always ...
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“There are many examples of Xs and Ys in our society.” When we want to generalize a particular kind of person to a large number of people

In Persian, Somali(an Afroasiatic language) and Arabic when we want to generalize a particular kind of person (as a symbol) to a large number of people we say: We have many Xs & Ys & etc ...
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Sentece structure: beginning sentence with “By [object] it's [predicate] …” [closed]

Is this sentence syntactically and grammatically correct? I wanted to know, if it is possible to start the sentence with "by validation", if it sounds natural or not. "By validation it’s being ...
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“Only a few minutes separate me from…” A common sentence-structure

I want to rephrase a sentence so it fits the common sentence-structure (I assume it is common), and that's exactly the problem, it seems that I can't recall what that structure is, precisely. The ...
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Does the sentence sound “I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things” natural?

I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things. As pointed out by @Tᴚoɯɐuo in this thread, the part "with a bit pessimistic views of things" doesn't look idiomatic. I am an introvert, ...
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Help to understand: “and for others to do so on behalf of his targets” in this context

In trying to find a way to excuse her father, Brennan-Jobs is following a long line of people, all of whom are much more culpable than her for his behavior. Generally, the only way to get a bully to ...
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Seem (to be) past participle

Please kindly read the sentence: ‘[Some court decisions] seem best explained as based on considerations of the well-known policy of preventing the Statute being used itself as an instrument of ...
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Second conditional in possible past situations

If they arrested every dude out there for tipping back a High Life there'd be no other time for any other kind of police work. (The wire , tv series) In this example commissioner is talking about an ...
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another policeman has been injured as fighting continued this morning

another policeman has been injured as fighting continued this morning Is the above sentence correct because I think that it should have been written that as: another policeman has been injured as ...
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Sentence structure with verbs of movement

I came across this rule in one of the youtube sentence structure video. It says that in case of using movement verbs, the position of manner(HOW) can or must switch places with the position of ‘where’....
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I have read this sentence in a newspaper “ Reality Winner pleaded guilty in June”. Why is an adjective “guilty” following a verb “plead”?

I have read this sentence in a newspaper Reality Winner pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information. [Handout via Reuters] Why is an adjective "...
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Grammer error for “with” [closed]

I wrote the following sentences: Our paper reviews flight scheduling, aircraft-path assignment, and gate assignment. Fig. 1 shows these activities. After editing, somebody suggested the following ...
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About the position of “are”

You definitely know what are ventricles and the atria (or atriums), so just as a reminder... (it seems grammatically wrong) You definitely know what the atria (atriums) and ventricles are, so just ...
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Different ways to shorten the sentences

They denied that they had stolen the money. They denied stealing the money. They denied having stolen the money. My textbook says I can use the second and third sentences instead of the first one. So ...
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Reduction of adjective clauses

We reduce the adjective clauses to adjective phrases when the adjective pronoun is a subject pronoun right ? we can not reduce it when it is an object pronoun . Here is my question: we reduce this ...
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Specifying the auxiliary verb before and after the coordinating conjunction

Are the following two sentences identical? It has given me real satisfaction and motivated me to perform my duties toward mankind. And It has given me real satisfaction and has motivated me to ...