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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 to use “as” with “or” in one sentence

I would like to express two different points in one sentence using "as" and "or". In my area of study, we have an independent case, that is the two variables are independent. I built a new method, ...
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What does “still” mean here?

How fast should you read? The answer depends on what you are reading. Sometimes you need to read things slowly and carefully. At other times, you can read quickly, and at still other times, you ...
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How can I list different method using a good opening word for my sentences

I would like to write about different methods. I need to write them in a good English way. I tried to use "one" and "another" but do not know if this is a correct structure or not? My short paragraph:...
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How to construct complex sentence (with reasons) using neither and nor.

I would like to write a complex sentence using neither and nor. For example: This method is neither fast, as it requires long times to give the result, nor simple as it requires three main ...
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I was admitted in Mathematics

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I was admitted in Mathematics. I am confused about the preposition.
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Should I use a gerund or a regular verb in this sentence

Consider this sentence: One can observe a sharp fall in/of the IL’s electrostatic potential occurs/occurring in/at the center of bulk water. Is it "occurs" or "occurring". The sentence explains an ...
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A structural quetion of a sentence

Today,when my English teacher helped me and my classmates to scan through the chapter one in the volume one of Harry Potter,she asked us to write a composition. However,the topic she wrote was a ...
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How to understand the grammar for “won betting on the match”

They passed a group of goblins who were cackling over a sack of gold that they had undoubtedly won betting on the match, and who seemed quite unperturbed by the trouble at the campsite. I'm confused ...
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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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What does “it is” refer to in “… close to the time IT IS when you say it”? [closed]

https://www.quora.com/Which-is-grammatically-correct-to-say-around-this-time-or-this-time-around/answer/Rebecca-Logue-3 They mean two totally different things so whether they are grammatically ...
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“are specified” or “have been specified” would be grammatically correct?

Which one is correct? The conditions of deformation and calculation of the soil – pipeline system are specified? Or: The conditions of deformation and calculation of the soil – pipeline system ...
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What is the correct way to use “as” to explain a reasons in English sentence

Problem: Assume that I have a reason and I would like to express it in my sentence using the word as. What is the correct way to construct my sentence? Example: As the main idea of this section is ...
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Which one is correct: “Introduction on” or “Introduction to” or “introduction about”

I always try to use "introduction" however, I just afraid that I cannot use it in a correct way. For example, I would like to say that this section introduces a short background about something: ...
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What is the subject of “to find” in this sentence?

I can't figure out the subject of "to find" in this sentence from a book. It appears to me it should connect with Each habit demands appropriate conditions, making appropriate conditions its subject. ...
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Can we convert the structure “Noun 1 + Preposition + Noun 2” into “Noun 1 is / are Preposition + Noun 2”?

Ok, see the definition of investment [uncountable] the act of investing money in something to encourage foreign investment investment income investment in something This country ...
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Help to understand “that far from needing extra nourishment” in this sentence

The school nurse had seen what Aunt Petunia's eyes -- so sharp when it came to spotting fingerprints on her gleaming walls, and in observing the comings and goings of the neighbors -- simply refused ...
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How to use “and” in this case

I would like to use and with my following sentence but I feel my structure is wrong. We used lower and upper tails dependency shapes and positive and negative dependency shapes. How can I use and ...
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joint two sentences with “which” and “will”

This method suffers from high computation difficulty. The high-computation difficulty will require high efforts. I would like to join them in one sentence using which and will: My try: This ...
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Is this a simple or a compound sentence?

I was reading an article about types of sentences. It seemed very easy to understand simple and compounds at first, but there is something wrong with the examples! Please read the following sentence: ...
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How do I refer to literature in a plural sense?

I know this is similar to another question, but I cannot work from its answer to whether my own sentence is valid. Is the following sentence correct? As this tool is used in many well-cited ...
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Not only… but also

I would like others to tell me if this sentence is correct. I don't know if I should use we before met. We not only studied but also met, laughed and became friends. Thank you!
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How to understand “What little color there was in Black's face left it.”

"Up to the castle?" said Snape silkily. "I don't think we need to go that far. All I have to do is call the dementors once we get out of the Willow. They'll be very pleased to see you, Black... ...
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Is “use” a noun in “the need for use unsupervised overseas”?

Furthermore, the need for secrecy was tempered not only by the need for use unsupervised overseas but by the desire to use maps and charts to legitimate territorial claims, a function they could not ...
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Clauses and Phrases: When does a new independent clause begin?

In the sentence below, is "on" an adverb and is "another" a quantifier? I thought they were but I am unsure. Please help as soon as possible. I am willing to learn how to identify these tough parts of ...
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“By doing sth, it is …” is it real English?

Here is a quote from the Global Times article "China rumors fly before Taiwan vote": By restating these rumors, it’s they who are guiding the public opinion, trying to influence people’s voting. ...
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Why doesn't this word get the definite article? [closed]

Read these sentence: "A small crack appeared on a cocoon. A man sat for hours and watched carefully the struggle of the butterfly to get out of that small crack of cocoon." Look at the last cocoon. ...
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Is it a special use of “because” in this sentence?

He hadn't told anyone about the Grim, not even Ron and Hermione, because he knew Ron would panic and Hermione would scoff. The fact remained, however, that it had now appeared twice, and both ...
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sentence strucral embarrassment

Action remains always, in its initial phase, spontaneous and automatic; it retains an inwardly grounded and perfectly blind tendency of its own; but this tendency may agree or clash with the motor ...
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What kind of sentence is it called if there are no verbs in it, like this example?

'Thanks,' said Harry, picking up a packet of tiny black Pepper Imps. 'What's Hogsmeade like? Where did you go?' By the sound of it — everywhere. Dervish and Banges, the wizarding equipment shop,...
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difficult to do sth / passive voice

I have some doubts about the following issue. Let's say that we have a sentence: It's difficult to perform the calculations. Now, I want to make "the calculations" the subject of this sentence, so ...
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What does “Sh*t is as sh*t does” mean?

In the second episode of the Peep Show, after having a discussion one character says to the other; Shit is as shit does, my friend. YouTube link: The End Of "The Hair Blair Bunch" at 0:42 I ...
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“We go there every year.” Is this correct or it should be “we go there on every year”?

"We go there every year." Is this correct or it should be "we go there on every year"?
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Is this sentence correct? “House that i lived in for the first year of my life” [closed]

I am not a native english speaker. Can somebody please tell if this is correct sentence House that i lived in for the first year of my life
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the status of confusing phrase

"Shun them not only in reality, but even in appearance, if you would be well received in good company; for people will always be shy of receiving a man who comes from a place where the plague rages, ...
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is “what should be the meaning of life” a question?

Is the following sentence a question!? what should be the meaning of life I don't mean the meaning I'm talking about Grammer and structure
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How to know if it is on or in in each case?

I have knowledge on web technologies <> I have knowledge in web technologies I have experience on web security <> I have experience in web security What is correct in each case? Why?
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comparative structure analysis

In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them? I have a ...
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How to understand “how glad I am I came here instead”?

My name was down for Eton, you know, I can't tell you how glad I am I came here instead. I can probably get its meaning, but I'm not sure about its structure. I can easily understand: I can't tell ...
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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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What is the structure of “to do would have been”?

Legally, the straightforward thing to do would have been for the Supreme Court to act according to the black and white law, and reinstate Mr. Verma, the CBI Director, and leave it there What is the ...
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About Causative verbs

Sir please, tell me that what is difference among causative verbs Has/Have, Get and Make? like He has food cooked. He gets food cooked He makes food cook
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How to understand “a large, slimy something suspended in green liquid”?

He tried not to look at a large, slimy something suspended in green liquid on a shelf behind Snape's desk. I'm not sure how to parse the original sentence correctly. To me, it will be easier to ...
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Beginning with May but not for questioning

The speaker says she is glad to have a new counselor and looks for his support and help in the days which lie ahead. At the end she says: "May there be many of them." [The Crown] Why did not she say "...
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Is “Aloud Reading”correct?

I was about to read a term paper written by a non-native student of English comparing between two types of reading. Then I noticed that the author started the title with ("Aloud Reading" and Silent ...
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What's the grammatical structure of “all three of them periods”?

Oxford Guide to English Grammar; John Eastwood; Oxford University Press 1994-09 Page 54 2 Information in a text a In a text, old information usually comes first in the sentence and new ...
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“what and how” as an object in a sentence

Could you explain why one of these sentences is grammatically preferable (if any)? Would you write the sentence in another way? Our aim is to understand what and how the equipment measures ...
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what is the meaning of “ to be of something”

I've seen some sentences using this structure, but I cannot find it how and when it is used. for example : having a traditional meal is of importance in many social situation. another example is " be ...
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Sentence comma check

I would like to check the use of a comma in a report I am checking. Should the sentence (simplified) be: In the tower, there is something of interest. In the tower there is something of interest. In ...
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“unique to what has come before it”

What do "unique to what has come before it" mean in this context? What is blockchain? Blockchain is a record keeping system – a ledger – where multiple sources validate an entry before it gets ...
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A winner's attitude IS, says Lao Tzu, YOU… (sentence style)

In this statement: A winner's attitude is, says Lao Tzu, a philosopher, ''you have to know when to fight and when not to fight.''(I've made this up) For me it sounds a bit weird to sepearate the ''...