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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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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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Dangling participle?

As far as I know those two examples below considered wrong because of dangling participles. 1- For the interview, William borrowed Grandpa's old suit, draped neatly on a hanger. 2- Do you ...
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Giving hope to somebody

I wonder what phrasal verb/expression/idiom do you normally use in English for giving someone hope? Please have a consideration in my examples: A) He is a very energetic and positive individual. ...
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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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<Get beaten up> or <get beaten badly>

Beat up as a transitive verb means: "to give a severe beating to, etc." Example: I got beaten up by thugs on my way home. Also, Cambridge says: Beat up: to hurt someone badly by hitting or ...
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Some people don't have an/any option

Do both the following sentences mean the same? 1- Some people don't have any option except to use public transportation. 2- Some people don't have an option except to use public transportation.
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why is the correct answer “the”?

Gilbert Stuart is considered by most art critics ……………. greatest portrait painter north American colonels 1-that he was 2-as he was 3- who was the 4- the why is the answer "4" not "3" or"1","2"?
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Using comma with “nevertheless”

I just finished reading that thread. I have some questions in my mind now. 1- As far as I understand by looking these examples, we don't really have to use comma or semicolon to connect two sentences ...
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<The success/happiness/best> VS <All the success/happiness/best>

When you search the internet there are lots of English sources written by natives including my listed structures for the topics like: "success", "happiness", etc. For instance: 1-1- I wish you ...
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What is the meaning and structure of this sentence which has commma?

In the sentence below: The North Bridge and South Bridge together form the computer’s chipset**,** secondary only to the processor in determining the performance and capabilities of a PC. The ...
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How should I parse “popular accept friends” in this “when” clause?

In the sentence below, The danger comes when teens eager to appear popular accept friends that they don’t really know and post too much information thinking that only their friends will see ...
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How to understand “or so it seemed to Harry” in this context

Seconds later, or so it seemed to Harry, he was woken by what sounded like cannon-fire as the door burst open. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I'm not quite sure how to understand "or so ...
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<Close by> and <Closer by>

When you want to say someone who lives far from you that it was better if they lived close to you, you would probabely say something like: I wish you lived close by. But how about a comparative ...
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Past-participles Grammar in use

Can I say so? Is it right in terms of grammar? it was wrong to meet him without having had talked before I know for sure that it's correct to say: without having talked but I mean exactly ...
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Can someone explain the structure of this sentence for me?

I've come across this sentence while reading an economic report: "Stocks climbed on optimism Mexican tariffs will be avoided." And got confused about the structure of this sentence. I'm not really ...
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When you want to ask someone to meet with another person to define who is the liar

Let's assume that someone is telling something lie about you and claims that what he says is someone else's statements about you. All the stuff he says, seem to be wrong regarding you and you want to ...
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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 do I complete the sentence, “If you don't mind, ____”?

I'm trying to learn the sentence structure and I had a few thoughts about the possible structural continuations of the sentence. I'd appreciate it if you could introduce any new possible continuations ...
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Can we use 'being' this way?

Can I say ' I would love to see him being punished'. What sentence is this? I don't think it's a passive voice
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What's the meaning of “The shock that followed this declaration found voice in a sustained 'Ah-h-h!'”

The full sentence is: The shock that followed this declaration found voice in a sustained “Ah-h-h!" as the door of the coupe swung slowly open. It's from Chapter 3 of «The Great Gatsby» What does ...
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“I never thought”, “I've never thought”, “I never would have thought”

Let's suppose that you face an old friend on the street accidentally for the first time after a couple of years and you are going to express your surprise out of this coincidence. Which one of the ...
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Why is my answer wrong?

(First of all,this is grammar question.) İn the 1970s scientists found out that chemicals_____ into the atmosphere______the ozone layer. A)having been released /destroyed (which is picked) B)...
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Gerund question: “I could see it going down the drain.”

I could see it going down the drain. In this sentence, I want to ask whether "going" is a gerund or "going down" is a phrasal verb. And is the word "see" modifying "it" or is "going" modifying "it"? ...
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What is the grammatical function of “circumstances as they are” in this sentence?

I find this sentence in an online article strange and even jarring for several reasons. With limited provisions, he awaits reinforcements, but circumstances as they are, is believed lost to the ...
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100 USD/US$ Over USD/US$ 100

Whilst it's too common in my (and other languages?) to speak (and at times even to write) my currency with construction number + currency name; now, is it, by any means, possible to write/speak that ...
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Word for no matter how much

Whatever and no matter how much is thrown into the pit, it stays empty. Is there a better substitute for "no matter how much" in the above sentence? like the word 'whatever' is being used for 'no ...
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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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Is there a sort of standard that tells us how to order words, names, and adjectives?

Is there a sort of standard that tells us how to order words, names, and adjectives? I am not sure, but I feel like often times the best authors will put the word with the least syllables in front. ...
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Adverbs after the verb “BE” in “he has and STILL IS”?

In my grammar book, I saw this: He has been looking everywhere for you, and he still is. Why does 'is' stand after an adverb? I thought that there was a rule that we have to put adverbs ...
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Passive Voice 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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When a reporter of a newspaper takes some pictures from something and puts them within their newspaper

In the following self-made scenario I need to know whether the bold part is natural or there is a better way to mention that: But still, Noah is thinking about the girl who he met 14 years earlier, ...
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Fill out the form

I filled out the form that only required patients name and patients room number Is this sentence correct? I understand that in American English people use fill out the form instead of fill in the ...
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Is the sentence “I'd like to hear your input on this matter” correct?

I'd like to hear your input on this matter. I'm really unsure whether the above sentence makes sense. If not, what is the correct version of the sentence; and if it does make sense, are there any ...
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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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“Who would you rather had won” is this correct?

Which of these sentences is correct? "Who would you rather had won?" "Who would you rather have won?" "Who would you rather have win?" "Who would you rather had win?" I can find instances of people ...
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When you meet someone somewhere by chance

Which choice sounds natural in the following made-up scenario? a) Have you heard from Tom? There is no word from him recently! b) I was at a party last night. ................................ ...
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How do I complete the sentence, “I was wondering if you …”?

I'm mainly struggling with the tense of the verb that comes after the word "you" (I'm not really sure what the grammatical answer is). For example, I'm not really sure if it's: "I was wondering if ...
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What shouldn't (have) happen(ed)

When something bad happens to you that you could expect it to happen, but did not wish that happen, you would probably say: 1) Finally, that shouldn't have happened, happened. 2) Finally, that ...
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The usage of the phrase “every other”

We know that "every other" means not each one in a series, but every two. For instance: The conference used to be held every year, but now it takes place every other year. But can we say for ...
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What's the best sentence to use when you're trying to ask for a different banknote than the one you've already been given?

Say you're at the checkout in a store and you receive a torn five-pound note; what's the best way of asking for a different note? I myself was thinking of something around the lines of "Excuse me; ...
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“After being several episodes in” vs. “several episodes in”?

Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? At first I thought that show was a cheap rip off of Friends, but several episodes in I started liking it. At first I thought that show was ...
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The right position of “too” in the mentioned sentence?

A would fail to explain X. B would fail to explain Y. B would fail to explain X. Where to put "too" in the third sentence to mean that "next to A, B would fail to explain X" and not to mean "...
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position of adverbial phrase in sentence

Using of placement of adverb, manner, place, and time in sentence. I am a bit confused speaking to place them in sentence. While speaking with my boss: I went to Ram's home, I connected my ...
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Entering through legal / illegal solutions

Let's say that as a business man you have some problems with the tax ministry of your country. You are a very wealthy and influential individual that have friends in high places. Therefore it would ...
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Correct usage of the phrase “which, in turn.”

His empire created the foundation for the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which in turn, had their own great works.
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Is there any difference in the meanings of “Check out this place!” and “Check this place out!”?

Check out this place! Check this place out! Are the two sentences above both correct? and if so, do they have the exact same meaning?
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A natural acting performance

I need to know whether it is possible to call a movie artist's performance natural in English? For instance, can I say something like: She's a good actress........ a) she always acts ...
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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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how to join a dependent clause or a phrase with an independent clause properly?

Example 1: Because when Jack reaches his truck he does not climb in but leans over the slide and fiddles around with something. ...
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How to relate “the reason for” to a sentence?

I wrote: The reason for the selection of 350 K was that we were interested in studying the general behavior of species present in the system and gaining a better understanding of the system's ...