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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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Is the following sentence grammatically correct? — “The only problem is where do we start looking?”

I just came across the sentence given above in the question, and think that it isn't grammatically correct such that the correct one would have to be as follows; The only problem is where we start ...
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When your appetite makes you feel that you want to eat

When someone is off their food would probabely say something like: I lost my appetite. But how about the situation in which they feel they want to eat? What would you usually say here? The ...
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What's on the menu for dinner mom?

How do you usually ask your mother/wife etc. "what they have cooked to eat for a meal like a lunch or a dinner? Does it sound idiomatic and polite to ask: What's on the menu mom? If not then ...
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When you don't want eat food

Please imagine your mother insists that you must eat something and you just don't want to eat because of lacking appetite, what would you normally say? I don't have appetite. I'm off my food. ...
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You cannot resist taking picture here or you can't resist but take a picture here [on hold]

Honestly telling, you cannot resist taking a picture here. Is this a complete correct sentence?
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Is it correct to say, ' Please wait, the session was not yet started'

I am translating from German to English. The scenario is: A screen sharing session is schedule and is not yet started. Someone tries to join this session. What is the correct way to ask them to wait ...
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Is there any difference in meaning in "Among people, there is understanding & 2.There is understanding among them?

Among people, there is understanding. There is understanding among them. Are they two correct sentences? Is there any difference in meaning? 3.Whether there is understanding among them would ...
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Using outside at the beginning of a sentence

I saw the first sentence in a movie. Can I use "outside of" too at the beginning of a sentence? Outside being able to see them and hear them, the heptapods leave absolutely no footprint. ...
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Can you start a sentence with 'That is, unless' when the sentence is a clarification of the previous sentence

Can you start a sentence with 'That is, unless' when the sentence is a clarification of the previous sentence. If farmers and vendors know how to prevent bacterial contamination and how to wash ...
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“He is better and superior to me” vs “He is better than and superior to me”

Came across this question asking which one is correct, four given options are 1.He is better and superior than me. 2.He is better than and superior to me. 3.He is better and superior to ...
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Anything other than

What the phrase "can be anything other than" in the given sentence means i.e. how can it be interpreted in any sentence or how it affects on any sentence or what is the overal meaning of the sentence? ...
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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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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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Can I use “As presented in the report,…”?

I'm writing an academic report and wondering if this sentence is ok:As presented/discussed in Report No. 2, the Insured has fully complied with regulations on fire safety. "As presented/discussed" in ...
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Why seperate such interlinked and indispensable words so far apart in a sentence?

On BBC News, there was news about royal wedding preparations. During the coverage, the text at the bottom of the screen was as follows: "Rehearsals have taken place in Windsor for wedding." When I ...
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Escaping [one place] to [another] - sentence structure validity [migrated]

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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What kind of structure is: “… that it is seen as a medium much more so than is broadcast.”?

I can't see where "that it is seen as a medium much more so than is broadcast" is connected in the sentence below. However, it is precisely because, in an everyday sense, the Internet is seen as a ...
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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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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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I'd like to know the answer (what is “to know the answer”)

In the sentence: I would like to know the answer. What is "to know the answer" here? Is it a participle functioning as an object, a verbal modifying like, an infinitive functioning as an object ...
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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? [on hold]

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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When in order to prevent someone from getting upset you want to clarify the subject of your words [closed]

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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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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Who protects what?

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA"): The Federal legislation that applies to protection of employee personal information by federally-regulated organizations (such ...
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Are sentences containing “not only… but also” complex or compound?

Is this sentence complex or compound: I have not only a book but also a computer. Here, I think two independent clauses have been connected by the conjunction but. So, as per my idea, it's a ...
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Using “would” multiple times in a sentence?

Is it OK to use "would" this many times in a sentence? "I remember how I would always wish the creative writing class to end quickly so that I wouldn't have to show the teacher what I wrote."
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When someone gets a face-lift surgery

Imagine a woman who has had a plastic surgery on her face and has lifted her face. How a native speaker should say it in everyday speech? For me, the following examples which are direct translations ...
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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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Making a simple sentence

Managers must make changes that are consistent with their firm's structure. Managers must make changes in their strategies. My objective is to make a simple sentence using the sentences 1&2. ...
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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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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 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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The structure of the sentence

It takes the earth a little more than 365 days to travel around the sun. According to the sentence, I think the structure of it like the following: It = Preparatory "it" takes = Verb the earth = ...
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Can a sentence begin with the word “Advocates”?

I am currently writing up a persuasive essay, one of the sentences is as follows. Advocates and non-advocates of change, we must show reconciliation towards the rightful owners. My advisor ...
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“Considered to be cheap” vs. “considered a cheap person” vs. “considered as a cheap person” vs. “considered cheap”

Today on Quora I came across this sentence "he is considered to be cheap". So my question is can I modify the sentence in following ways: He is considered a cheap person. He is considered as ...
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Verb+subject+object sentence structure

please help me with the grammar used in sentences mentioned below Buy her medicine. Find you the right partner. what is the sentence structure used in these sentences? Give me more examples of the ...
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“How is this called” vs “What is this called”?

Which of the following is more suitable as a title for a picture with an arrow toward a part of the body's anatomy? How is this called? What is this called? I need this for a picture of a ...
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is a sentence used to introduce a step in a long essay considered fragment?

For example: an essay about steps to become a successful student Firstly, memorizing every day. [then all the other supporting sentences] Secondly, having a good amount of sleep every day. [then all ...
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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 long combined with simple present perfect

Is it grammatically correct to use how long with simple present perfect? How long have you driven?
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interrogative and affirmative sentence constructions

Say we have the following sentence : The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held. Is it grammatically correct to place "is" where it's placed in the sentence, ...
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Has been+complement-VS-has+pp+object

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producers have long been doing. Another important trend has reduced the number of platforms used for ...
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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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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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How to structure this sentence?

What type of sentence should be structured to say that: Use this word and make it has a positive meaning? a) Use this word in a way that it has a positive meaning. b) Use this word in a way ...