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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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how + adjective + I + be + to-infinitive

1- I can’t describe to you how surprised I was to find out I loved her 2- I can't describe to you how suprised I was when I found out I loved her I just saw the first sentence and it seemed a ...
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how + adjective + a/an + noun:

As far as I know I can use this structure(how + adjective + a/an + noun) with singular countable nouns. (The plural form is not possible, nor is using the definite article “the.” ) 1- No matter ...
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What is the meaning of the word 'but' here

Science will continue to invent more things, but most significant improvements in people's lives are done by science. What is the meaning of 'but' in the above sentence? I am having difficulty ...
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How to say a city has a polluted air properly?

I was wondering if you could let me know which one of the following sentences is the natural way to say it: This city's weather is so polluted. (To my non-native ear, it sounds to be the most ...
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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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The specific verb for covering a floor surface with parquets / moquette / carpet on the ground

What is the verb used for the noun parquet and moquette and carpet in order to cover a floor surface using them? I.e. I have no idea whether you'd use them in the following ways: We have laid ...
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Let's the room be aerated

How would you normally ask someone for opening the doors/windows in a an area (like your home or an office) to let the fresh air flows in and fill the area with oxygen-rich air? How about the satate ...
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Which of the ways does sound natural?

My friend asked me about something that I knew: "Why did you not tell me about it?" The reason for that was simply because I didn't want that he will know / him to know for some reason. Which of ...
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“That three days ago comment” - when referring to a comment

Is it correct to specify the period of a comment since its insertion when referring to it, like instead of saying: There is a comment that has been submitted three days ago in which it has gained ...
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Need somebody/something doing

I just saw this usage and it confused me a little. Is it a appropriate usage? I don't need Monty Hall ruining my place of work when Monty Hall has already ruined my home life. (Brooklyn nine ...
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Your bread will be buttered on both sides

Imagine a person who's been looking for a better hierarchical position in the organization where he works in order to obtain more salary! The day comes and he achieves his favorite position! His ...
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one lab accident away from being

The Big Bang Theory excerpt on YouTube The guy is one lab accident away from being a super villain. What is the structure of this sentence? Does it mean: The guy is one lab accident or: The ...
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Slighly cutting your body when your skin gets red (not bleeding yet) or when you bleed very slightly

How do you mention these types of wounds? Based on my mother language and dictionaries' definitions, the only word which can work here is: "scratch". So I need to know if the following sentences are ...
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When someone walks without lifting their feet

I'm interested to know when someone drags thier feet along the ground in the manner that makes noise or sounds a bit crass to you or sth, would it be possible to say: Don't drag / scuff / ...
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“I might seem strong, but in actuality I am anything but.” — Complete or incomplete?

Is the sentence complete or should it be completed, for example, as follows; I might seem strong, but in actuality I am anything but strong. If the original is complete, please provide any ...
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“Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three”

"Yeah," breathed Harry, looking up at the end of the closest row. Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three. Harry Potter and the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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“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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Sentences starting with “that” [closed]

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? [closed]

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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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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“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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“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 ...