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Questions tagged [sentence-structure]

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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Escaping [one place] to [another] - sentence structure validity

I want to use the following phrase in this specific structure (if possible): How come social media is considered as a way for people to escape life, when they sometimes escape social media to(?) ...
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Sentences starting with “that”

I just came across some sentences starting with "that", yet couldn't figure out their sentence structure and when to use them in writing. Please see below, and help advise. Many thanks! So our ...
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Using “nakedly” instead of “with nothing on”

I need to know whether it is possible to substitute the following bold part with the adveb "nakedly" in a manner that it doesn't change the meaning and doesn't make it ambiguous: She went to ...
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He got a vote 80% that of Emmanuel Macron’s

I was reading The Economist and found this sentence whose grammar I'm not familiar with. Indeed, in the first round he got a vote 80% that of Emmanuel Macron’s. I was wondering how that of works ...
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Which sentence structure is the best?

Which one is better ? What's the difference ? For those who aren't aware yet, PRODUCT NAME is now available ! For those who aren't aware of it yet, PRODUCT NAME is now available ! Thank you ...
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I have a good enough command of English to communicate

Does it sound natural to say I have a good enough command of English to communicate. Since it is about the skills of using English language, it would not be impressive to make mistake at the ...
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Grammatical errors [closed]

Hi English proffesionals, can someone help me check if there are any grammatical errors in my letter? Theres no turning back now that i have the audacity to express what ive been feeling ever since ...
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When in order to prevent someone from getting upset you want to clarify the subject of your words [on hold]

How to say: the person who I'm talking about is not you, so take no offence? I have several similar and self-made sentences listed below, but have no any idea which one works correctly in this sense ...
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“There is/has got to be an explanation.” — which verb to use there?

I just came across the following sentence; There has got to be an explanation. I think has has been wrongly/mistakenly used there and should better be replaced with is.
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“Who” or “Whom”?

Please have a look on the following examples: 1-1- Who does he look like? 1-2- Who does he resemble? 1-3- Whom does he look like? 1-4- Whom does he resemble? As far as I know, for “he”’ ...
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On using “gone down”

Is this a correct use for gone down? Many websites could have gone down during the years. What I want to say, is the websites do not exist any more. I want to use gone down, but not sure if it is ...
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Grammar questions [closed]

1-My trousers-----too tight (use verb to be) I have to use (are) ? 2- Cactus and focus have the purlar-------- and --------- (give the plural of the two words. 3-The words: teenager, cook. partner ...
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“Have Tom join me when he's available.” — shouldn't there be “joined” used instead?

I just came across the following sentence; Have Tom join me when he's available. (meaning?) So far, I have not been familiar to the structure, however, it sounds to be correct. Is that correct or ...
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When you distress someone by your words and want to apologize him/her

Imagine in a meeting, you say something upsetting to a friend who did not expect it from you in a social setting! After the meeting you take the person aside and talk to him / her in private and want ...
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“By doing [something], you are [something].” - Is the structure correct?

I have phrased the sentence below awkwardly, I assume: By numbering the examples, you are a genius. I want to know how it can be fixed to fit a proper and clear structure. And I suppose it would ...
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When you are going to make clear that who you were just talking about was someone else and not the person you are talking to

How naturally shall one indicate that who I was talking about / who I mentioned ... was someone else and not you (the listener)? I have made some examples and have no any idea if they work properly ...
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Is it correct to say A (which is made up of X+Y+Z) includes a wide range of X, such as m, n, o, p, etc.?

I am facing a technical problem with the following idea. According to many dictionaries, the word "include", when used, must not precede a complete list. In my case, I have a "thing" called Support ...
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When you are going forward from among a crowd

Please imagine a big number of journalists have swarmed to the location in which a renowned politician is going to give a speech! An independent journalist has fallen behind and is going to elbow his ...
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How to ask for email response in very kind way

I am writing an email to my work team. I am sharing with them a new suggestion. I would like to have their opinion on this new idea. Therefore, I would like to write a nice sentence asking for their ...
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Depend Vs. Become / get dependent

Please imagine a girl that has recently gone through some emotional problems which occured between she and her boyfriend; they are about to break up now, but they have not cut ties yet! The girl feels ...
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To depend sb on oneself

Please suppose a girl that has a compassionate friend who is older that she! The friend knows the girl well! Due to some problems the friend feels that her friend is getting emotionally very ...
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A lot of or Much?

Hello is it correctly to ask "do you drink much tea?" it sounds weird for me, but i haven't found any explanation saying it's incorrect. As I know "much" and "a lot of" interchangeably used with ...
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The same to you or likewise

Imagine when it comes to say goodbye, someone says: -Have a good day. In order to indicate the message: "the same to you", would it sound idiomatic to answer -Likewise. The word "Likewise" is an ...
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using “do not do so”

Is this sentence structure is correct? We count the number of members that meet the criteria while their peers do not do so Will using the following sentence instead provides the same meaning? ...
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“5 weeks time span” or “5 week time span”

Q1: Which one is correct? We executed two experiments over 5 weeks time span OR, We executed two experiments over 5 week time span Q2: is it ok to write time span as two words? Q3: is it ok ...
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gerund or infinitive? (make or making)

In the following sentence, why has it used in a -ing having form? In general, when should we use gerund or infinitive after preposition of "to"? Like Hercules, he devotes his life to making the ...
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Is this sentence written correctly?

He went to prison a frightened entrepreneur. He left a hardened criminal. It's not written by me. I read it somewhere, and I just wonder if it's grammatically correct.
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mead-halls; wood-shafted; bronze-hilted; iron-edged; bog-iron

Structures and meanings of the bolded phrases in the following short passage? The Beowulf warriors have a foot in both the Bronze and Iron Ages. Their mead-halls reflect the wealthy living of the ...
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Can “ready” come in sentences without being preceded by “get/be”?

I found "ready" in sentences preceded by either the verb get or be when it functions as an adjective, not a noun, like the following: She was ready to take the exam. Get ready for what will happen ...
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“I appreciate for your status update” vs “I appreciate the update”

"I appreciate for your status update" vs "I appreciate the update" The latter may sound more normal but when grading someone's writing, what are the technicalities that I can use to explain why ...
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refer to “x” by “y” or refer to “x” as “y”

How to correctly use refer to: We refer to products prior to "x" by "y" Or, We refer to products prior to "x" as "y"
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Structures of some conversation sentences

What are the structures of the bolded phrases in the excerpt of a conversation? Employee: Because we desperately someone right away to help us keep our membership list up to date, work on our ...
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When the media announces a day an official closure

Let's suppose tomorrow everywhere will be closed due to a heavy snowfall and subsequently the bad weather condition! The TV/radio announces / declares that tomorrow is a holiday for work, schools and ...
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How do I write people doing something at the same time? [closed]

While Lorrainne got in the driver's seat mom got into the passenger seat.(they are switching places)
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crosscheck x with z?

I am not sure about my use of the word crosscheck. I have a sentence similar to: To ensure the program correctness, we manually crosscheck the program's xyz function, and the product expiration ...
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Moscow lay as a crossing of three roads

What is the grammatical role of the "lay" in the following sentence? It seems like a verb. But why it is not used like a third person form (lays) or "lay" is the past form of it? First, attention ...
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How to understand “he realized a split second too late was also a mistake”

"It's not like that!" said Harry, and he was so relieved at finally understanding what she was annoyed about that he laughed, which he realized a split second too late was also a mistake. Harry ...
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The priority of the adverb “at first” and the modal “should” [closed]

Which one is the correct usage ? We at first should examine all documents We should at first examine all documents I think the second one sounds more correct.
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'Should not be able' [closed]

I asked a question: Why India should not be able to make such a huge expenditure for a region, which is urgently needed? Is the sentence grammatically correct? Does the question mark make ...
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How can I mentioned a Chapter and its subsections in the same sentence [closed]

I would like to introduce my chapter and its subsections a sentence. Here is my try: Chapter (1) contains three main parts. First part, namely Section (1.1), establishes method A. Second part of ...
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Does a pronoun (they) after “and” in a compound predicate sentence necessitate a comma before the “and”?

I have a genuine problem. A compound predicate has one subject and two or more verbs. This is the guideline I am following. Compound Predicate takes no comma when there are two verbs: Michael ...
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Farewell message to passed away friend [closed]

How to write a farewell message to one my friend who passed away recently. Here is my try. There are no words to express my sadness. He is cannot be forgotten. I was lucky to meet a person like him ...
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A problem regarding determiners as the object

In an editorial I found a sentence. It notes that East and South Asia have the highest number of deaths due to air pollution; by one estimate, it killed about 1.24 million in India in 2017. Here ...
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Is it correct to say “which country do you like the most?”

Is it correct to say "which country do you like the most?" or is there any other way to ask this question? Is it ok to skip 'the' in this question? I heard that one should use 'the' when speaking ...
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Two scoops with peanut shavings and cilantro wrapped up like a burrito

Is there a sentence fragment in the following? It was like a spring roll. Two scoops with peanut shavings and cilantro wrapped up like a burrito. If there is a fragment, is it acceptable in a ...
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A problem regarding causative verbs

In an editorial I found a sentence. The government may be more successful if it identifies the incentives it can offer China in the next few months to review its position. To review its position ...
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`used only to test` or `only used to test'

I have built a new idea. To test this method, I applied it to several data sets. Then I would like to say that these data sets are only used to test the performance of the new method. These data ...
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The structure of “the higher a mountain” [duplicate]

What is the structure of "the higher a mountain" in the following sentence? And what does it mean? As a general rule, the higher a mountain is, the more recently it was formed.
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Is it correct to use the word time with the word adaptation`?

There is an existing idea, lets called it A1. This idea only work on a specific way. This leads to two main limitations. Therefore, I adapted this idea to fix its first limitation. Lets called this ...
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the grammatical role of “signifying”?

What is the grammatical role of "signifying" in the following sentences? And what does mean the "signifying fear"? Intense contraction of facial muscles, such as those used in signifying fear ...