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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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more than one verbs in a sentence

The teacher has to try to remember to remind him to make his friends be interested in different subjects. I wrote this sentence but I am not sure if this follows the grammar rules.(the sentence may ...
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Prepositional phrases and what they go with

He delivered a presentation which students are not likely to see in class. What does the PP goes with , does it go with the verb delivered or the verb in the relative clause see ? Involvement is ...
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Another important trend has been. Is it a complete sentence?

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producer have long been doing. Is it correct/complete sentence? My question is about *Another ...
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the rule of S V O C and S V O O

I learned that two of the sentence patterns are S V O C and S V O O, the verbs in these patterns would be different from other verbs, meaning they would have their own grammar rules. What if I use ...
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Is it an inversion in comparison?

There is no strong theoretical or empirical motivation for the view that grammatical competence is any more or less crucial to successful communication than is sociolinguistic competence or ...
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Are the budget airlines in a different strategic group than the major network airlines?

Are the budget airlines in a different strategic group than the major network airlines? Is it a correct sentence? If I rewrite this sentence in an affirmative form, it could be The budget ...
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I'm having trouble understanding a “fronted concessive clause”

Well-intentioned though many people may have imagined that the CIA probably thought they were, their foreign-policy operations were confused, duplicitous failures. I do understand the basic ...
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To say “You should use X for Y and Z only” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? (Yes, it's a list now, just for convenience. It will be normal sentence). E.g., you can use [discrete] for section titles only, NOTE for plain paragraphs or ==== blocks ...
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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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The structure of “cut himself a nice fat slash off”

Everybody is gonna cut himself a nice fat slash off John Does, eh? I failed to comprehend how I parse the sentence. Especially, I'd like to see what "off John Does" modifies. My parsing is as ...
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Sentence structure : complement

He could not bring himself to avoid answering the teacher's question. Is this a S+V+O+C sentence pattern? Subject: He Verb: bring object: himself Complement: to avoid what does "answering the ...
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Conjunction structure involving “between”

Consider: The interactions between X and Y, and between X and Z are shown. How can I reduce it? The interactions between X and Y, and Z are shown. The interactions between X and Y, and between Z ...
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This is the girl TO whom I married or whom I married

I came across the both sentences: This is the girl whom I married. This is the girl to whom I married. Which one is grammatical? Please explain. Thank you.
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Is “who” omitted here?

From a teacher who never reveals his thoughts to one goes China to look for a hot girl, however turns out he gets a typical Taiwanese girlfriend. Regarding the bold part, Is "who" omitted? Does ...
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briefly + ver or verb+briefly

I read many examples in English about using the word briefly. However, I found that all the examples, that I read, used verb + briefly. My question is can I use it as briefly + verb. For example, ...
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the incorporation or incorporating

How I could say that my paragraph discusses something in a correct English sentence. This paragraph discusses the incorporating method A in the B context. or This paragraph discusses the ...
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Its important he reads this

Saw a movie today and there was a guy who said It's important he reads this. Its beautiful and confusing to me at the same time. What's the grammar structure behind this sentence? Where I can ...
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meaning of “There is not much glory in it” [closed]

What does mean "There is not much glory in it" in the following sentences?: Well, it's nothing to do with the party and I'm sure there are more exciting ways that you could spend your time. But ...
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ownership vs own: How to use the in a sentence as to one complementing the other? [closed]

Scenario: I posted a photo on FB and someone asked me if the photo was taken by me. But the photo was copied from the web and I am not the one who captured it. So does my following sentence make ...
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Position of appositive

Sometimes, I confuse a little bit about the position of "appositive". The competitive environment is increasingly complexe and unpredictable , demanding flexibility and quick response to its ...
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sentence structure S V ,and prepositional phrase

This is the kind of mistake which the teachers haven't been able to prevent the students from making. Which the teachers haven't been able to prevent the students from making. S= the teachers , V= ...
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“Wondering vaguely how many elves had now been set free whether they wanted to be or not” grammar

Wondering vaguely how many elves had now been set free whether they wanted to be or not, Harry uncorked his ink bottle, dipped his quill into it, then held it suspended an inch above the smooth ...
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Chief executive or Executive chief?

I suppose the "executive chief" is the correct one. Why? Because I see the "executive" as an adjective and the "chief" as a noun, like the "executive director". But in the resources, it is written ...
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Animal and vegetable fats and oils, biofuels derived from them and the feedstock for biofuels…correct?

How sould I say it in the simplest and shortest way? The animal and vegetable fats and oils, the biofules that are made of the animal and vegetable fats and oils, and the feedstock for the biofuels. ...
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What purpose of “as he did so” in the sentence

Harry shook his head, noticing as he did so that the ache in his right temple was getting worse. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I feel as he did so is kind of redundant. What ...
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What is the difference between the two sentences?

The food gets cooked. The food is cooked. I get to hear both of the sentences. Are they same or different. Please explain, Sir.
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When Communicate with?

Why was not it used "with" in the following sentence? Because architecture grows out of human needs and aspirations, it clearly communicates cultural values. Shouldn't it was this?: Because ...
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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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Should be adjective or noun? [closed]

Which of the following sentences is correct? Original text from resource: These Kinetoscope arcades were modeled on phonograph parlors, which had proven successful for Edison several years ...
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How to understand “for what he tells me is the four-hundred-and-sixty-second time” in this context

"Mr Filch, the caretaker, has asked me, for what he tells me is the four-hundred-and-sixty-second time, to remind you all that magic is not permitted in corridors between classes, nor are a number of ...
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How do I ask someone for how long they studied in a school

How do I ask someone for how long they studied in a school in the past? (The are not studying any more.) Is it How long have you studied there? or How long had studied there? or some other ...
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How to parse “Harry had once before had the experience of seeing something…”

Harry had once before had the experience of seeing something that Ron could not, but that had been a reflection in a mirror, something much more insubstantial than a hundred very solid-looking beasts ...
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The structure and meaning of “How far along have you gotten?”

I was wondering what the structure and meaning of "How far along have you gotten?" in the following sentences are: You were looking at variations in climate in the Grant City area, right? How far ...
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grammatical role of leaving [closed]

What is the grammar and structure of "leaving" in the following sentence? In some cases the loose soil is blown completely away, leaving a stony surface.
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How to understand “as was inevitable” in this context

Harry watched them go, feeling slightly uneasy. It just occurred to him that Mr and Mrs Weasley would want to know how Fred and George were financing their joke shop business when, as was inevitable, ...
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How to understand “Don't you go feeling guilty!” in this context

Over the next few days Harry could not help noticing that there was one person within number twelve, Grimmauld Place, who did not seem wholly overjoyed that he would be returning to Hogwarts. Sirius ...
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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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Is this sentence correct “Now that I am looking at it closely, I can see it's not that special.”

Is this sentence correct? I'm confused about the use of 'that'in the sentence. Can you please guide me?
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I would like to know which sentence is correct [closed]

Which of these sentences is correct? Could you please help me with your name or May I please know your name
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Is it a continuation of infinitive or the verb of subject?

He gives examples to illustrate his life with friends in the past and express his feelings about his life now. He gives examples to illustrate his life with friends in the past and expresses ...
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“How much reduction” or “How would reduction”

I have a method A, which is used to reduce the computation of difficult models. I would like to say that using this method will provide a great reduction in the computation of the model. Method A ...
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Can you use two verbs in simple past tense in a row like this? [closed]

Is the usage of the verbs "measured & compared" correct in the following sentence? We will assess network performance in this regard measured compared to the protocol which hops over other ...
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a data set of … are or a data set of … is

I always confused about using the word data. Sometimes, writers use it as a single word, while others use it as plural. I really would like to understand the correct way to use word data in my ...
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structure of the once in a blue moon

Which one is correct from the structural point of view? Why?: Only once in a blue moon will Mr. Smith let us get out of class early. or Only once in a blue moon, Mr. Smith will let us get out ...
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Structure of the “close by that”

What are the structure and meaning of the following bolded phrase? I have a problem with understanding of the two phrases meaning where are connected together, "fairly close by" and "flattened out ...
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Adverbs of place, agents and adverbs of time in passive voice

Could you explain to me this grammar point, please? Active voice: "Someone cleans the room every day." Passive voice: a. The room is cleaned by someone every day b. The room is cleaned every day by ...
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How to connect the sentences?

Is this sentence correct? I am hesitant about the part of as a protein source - is it in the right place in the sentence? And also about the production of which - How should i connect the ...
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Grammatical role and meaning of “looking that”

What are the grammatical role and meaning of the "looking that" in the following sentences?: One other painting I really want you to look at is of a young woman surrounded by pumpkins. You will ...
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Structure of “artist exhibiting”

What are the structure and meaning of the "exhibiting" in the following piece of a passage? Well, the exhibit that I want you to attend is coming up. It's already started in fact, but it'll be at ...