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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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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?

While Lorrainne got in the driver's seat mom got into the passenger seat.(they are switching places)
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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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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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'Should not be able' [on hold]

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 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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What is the exact meaning of this sentence

We selected this bicycle after we had tried several times. Does it mean that we have tried it several times and then we selected this bicycle (this bicycle is tried several times then bought) or we ...
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Sentence Structure and a Phrase - Are these sentences correct?

I havent learned english since 5 years, so I have joined an English lecture this year. I sometimes struggle with the sentence structure ... Like this: "Pandora, a moon the film is set on, ..." - Is ...
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When you are indebted to someone and want to return their favor

All of us are well aware that most of the people are indebted to their parents because of their efforts in our lives. I would appreciate it if someone could let me know which one of the following ...
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The priority of the adverb “at first” and the modal “should” [on hold]

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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How can I mentioned a Chapter and its subsections in the same sentence [on hold]

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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Sentence structure when the verb and its preposition are separated by a long clause

For example: I have notified my colleague, who has been working on this field for many years, of the issue. The way it sounds to me is; as the clause ("who has been...") gets longer, it gets ...
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Is this statement right?

I want to clarify weather we can use years and decade in same sentence to describe the sentence? For example this sentence is correct or it has grammatical error: “From years and over a decade ...
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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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Why is “what” correct in the following sentence instead of “that”?

Nobody knows for sure (that, what) the world will look like in 20 to 25 years from now? The second part: "the world will look like 20 to 25 years from now" is it correct or wrong?
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On which or To +Verb?

In this sentence: I need a piano of my own on which to practice. I need a piano of my own to practice on it. Which of the two answers is correct and why? What if "of my own" is deleted? What ...
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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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Confusion regarding usage of rather

What is the difference between following sentences: This is venerable rather magnificent institution. and This is venerable and rather magnificent institution. Also, can I use rather in this ...
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Two questions at a time [closed]

Are all of these examples grammaticality correct? 1-What do you think is the most epic scene in all 7 movies? (X is the most epic scene) 1'-What do you think the most epic scene in all 7 ...
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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 we use For and Since together in the same sentence?

I am not sure if my sentence is correct: I had worked at Delicious Cake shop for more than 2 years since February 2012. I quit the job in July 2014. The people at Delicious Cake shop were very ...
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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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Using 'as' and 'will'

I was wondering about the usage of 'as' and 'will'. 'As she will go to the cinema, I will go too.' 'As the waiter will wipe the table clean, I will sit at it.' I know about the rule that applies ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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but some kind of damage nevertheless

These thoughts have to do with effects on others— not necessarily effects on their feelings, since they may never find out about it, but some kind of damage nevertheless [What does it all mean, ...
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How to compare different choices of different methods

Suppose I have different methods, A, B and C. Suppose further I used these method to select me colour balls. Assume that I need to select three balls using each method. Assume that method A selected 2 ...
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Where is the subject of the question “”How many people are in your family?"?

What is the subject of the question? "How many people are in your family?" What is the rule this question was formed with? I mean, as I know, usually, to form a question with verb to be we have such ...
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Positioning of the word “be” [closed]

Which of these is correct/more correct? What will be the impact of the new law? What will the impact be of the new law? What will the impact be, of the new law? What will the impact of the new ...
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Is this a correct sentence, “All over the world, English is spoken?”

1. English is spoken all over the world 2. All over the world, English is spoken Are they both correct sentences? Is there any difference in meaning?
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Making a simple sentance

Managers must make changes that are consistent with their firm's structure. Managers must make changes in their strategies. My ovjective is to make a simple sentance using the sentences 1&2. ...
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reporting structure scenario

In a scenario where you are reporting an event where someone came to your house which of these two sentences is appropriate, " he came to visit me yesterday” or "he came and visited me yesterday.”
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What should we use for upcoming event Were to be and are to be?

Is there any meaning difference in below sentences? What should we use to give information of future upcoming event? (a) Elections that were to be held on Monday has been cancelled. (b) Elections ...
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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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How can we encourage someone to do somethings

As our discussion at this question, we got out a result that Try what you can't and Do what you can't is contradiction, then how can we encourage someone to try/do something that they can't/don't do ...
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When you're having a cat nap and a bad car accident happens

Imagine yourself in a road where the driver is your friend and your are sitting in assistant seat. You feel a bit tired and are catching some Z's. Suddenly a car accident happens and you notice it, ...
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Does every sentence need a verb?

Can a sentence have no verbs in it? If I say "I went for a run yesterday" then I am using a verb (to run) but if I say "This is a door" then am I using any verbs in that sentence? You can argue ...
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Does my sentence (run-in list) need a semicolon to separate two items with internal commas?

A native English user suggested me to use the run-in list format to put across this information. While the numbering makes it easier to read than without, I have some questions. The UI program ...
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Would you tell me if “in the driveway” functions as adjectives in the sentence “The car is in the driveway”?

From The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English grammar and usage, 320p Adjective prepositional phrases are prepositional phrases functioning as adjectives to modify nouns. For example, in the ...
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Is the construction of this long sentence idiomatic?

I am having a hard time trying to make this sentence grammatical, idiomatic and easily parsed; all at the same time. The UI program provides temporary income support to eligible unemployed workers ...
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the meaning of “but neither survived her”?

What is the meaning of the following bolded expression? What is the structure of it? She assembled an all-female company at this time and established a school around 1908, but neither survived ...
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Which is correct? “To be done business” or “to do business with”

Could some help to clear my confusion as I am uncertain which sentence is grammatically correct: He is not the right person to be done business with. He is not right person to do business ...
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It took two hours for her to finish her homework

It took her two hours to finish her homework. It took two hours for her to finish her homework. Q: I know #1 is correct and I guess #2 is also correct/natural. What is your opinion?
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“God of small things” sentence again

Just a little simplified version Cheap soft-porn magazines were clipped with clothes pegs to ropes that hung from the ceiling. This part "clothes pegs to ropes" bugs me.i get the idea that author ...