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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 form a sentence like this correctly?

You should tell us the things that you think they are negative. You should tell us the things that you think are negative. I came up with this example sentence and I would like to form sentences ...
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That's the book of the God in which we believe

My question will be about "in which". Let's think that the following sentence is our original sentence. That's the book of the God which we believe in. I think there is no problem there. We can ...
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when do I use “do / does + base verb ” & “base verb + s ,es , ies” for instance , ( does use) & (uses)?

I am always confused when it comes to this type of sentence: she does use her car rarely. she uses her car rarely. So, what is the difference?
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What's the grammar of “What was it you said?”?

"Zootopia" around 00:40:49/01:48:32 Scene 17: Running the Plate [Judy and Nick leave the Oasis; Nick turns to Judy, straightening his tie] Nick Wilde: Well, I had a ball. You are welcome ...
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What is this sentence structure?

What is history but a fable agreed upon A famous quote by Napoleon Bonaparte, but how does it mean history is a set of lies agreed upon. Being non-native, to me the "but" in the quote seems to be ...
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meaning of “You don’t get to bang your spoon on the table and somehow you get your way.”

source “You don’t get to bang your spoon on the table and somehow you get your way.” I roughly understand the major meaning. I don't understand some details. 1. You don't get (what you want) ...
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Can we use prepositional “Of” at the beginning of a sentence?

I take my coffee with milk and sugar. =) With milk and sugar, I take my coffee. But Today is the first day of the month. =) Of the month, today is the first day. He is the son of Bill. =) Of ...
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Sentence Structure and Meaning Question

The idea that Winston modestly hid from history so crucial an event as a brilliant outmanoeuvring of his rival Halifax strains our understanding of his personality, which, by any definition, rates ...
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What is the passive form of “I saw Adam going to market”

I am trying like this Adam going to market was seen by me. Is this is correct? I am confused about the subject. Adam going to market
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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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Bizzre usage of “of” and strange structure of senstence

Quoating from a Guardian article : Thanks to multiculturalism, international movement and technological advances, many communities are now far more accepting of diversity I assume General meaning ...
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What does this sentence mean? What is the subject, predicate and object of this sentence?

“The neutral and respectful consideration to which Phillips was entitled was compromised here,” source I also not too clearly understand the "to which" in this sentence.
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Is it correct to say… I can't get anywhere finishing my assignments?

I have heard people say: "I can't get anywhere finishing my assignments" But I have also heard others say: "I got nowhere finishing my assignments" Are they the same meaning? Are they correct?
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usage of although and yet in the same sentence

I wrote the following sentence for my IELTS essay and my teacher said that although and yet have similar meanings. My sentences is: Although there are many advantages ...
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Use of dash - accuracy

Use of the dashes is for information not integral to the sentence or for emphasis. The first example below feels as if it has to be set off from the rest of the sentence as apposed to the other ...
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Passage continuing north/to the north

There is a passage continuing north/to the north. Which one is correct? Is it better without using "to the"?
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question about tense - “I barely finished my homework after he returns to my house.”

(given sentence) I barely finished my homework after he returns to my house. Here's the link that shows where this question is from. http://www.ggulpass.com/2017/05/2015-9_80.html This sentence is ...
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What constitutes as a minor sentence?

According to this, a minor sentence is defined as a fragmented, elliptical, or incomplete sentence or clause that still conveys meaning. But I've always thought that minor sentences were incomplete ...
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“I knew he must have been about seventeen”- Is it correct sentence? Help needed!

"I knew he must have been about seventeen"- Is it correct sentence? I have a confusion with the sentence given above. Because as far as I know that if the main clause is in past tense then the ...
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we shall be preparing tea. or we shall be making tea

Can anyone please tell me which one is correct to say> we shall be preparing tea. or we shall be making tea.
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What does “intuite from” mean in this content? [closed]

Aristotle correctly intuited from this curved shadow that the Earth is curvy all around What does this sentence structure intuit from mean in this content? Regards!
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“Considered to be cheap” vs. “considered a cheap person” vs. “considered as a cheap person” vs. “considered cheap”

Today on Quora I came across this sentence "he is considered to be cheap". So my question is can I modify the sentence in following ways: He is considered a cheap person. He is considered as ...
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Why seperate such interlinked and indispensable words so far apart in a sentence?

On BBC News, there was news about royal wedding preparations. During the coverage, the text at the bottom of the screen was as follows: "Rehearsals have taken place in Windsor for wedding." When I ...
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Help to understand the structure: why before the needles returned, shredding my thoughts

I AWOKE WITH NEEDLES in my brain. Thousands of them, biting, blocking out everything. Then they disappeared for one dizzying moment and I got my bearings. It was morning, early; amber sunlight poured ...
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complex interrogative sentence

a)Would you mind telling me which tv series it was? b)Would you mind telling me which tv series was it? which usage is correct? This is a complex sentence with 'which' as a linker and the tone is ...
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Being confused with the preposition “on” in this sentence

In the summer of 1789, rumours swirled about vengeful aristocrats bent on the destruction of peasants’ property. Is "bent on" a collocation here? And the predicate is "swirled"?
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Help to understand “because think it did the job” in the context

He added that if he were hired to make Boeing 777 disappear, he would “do the exact same thing”. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s very accurate flying because think it did the job and we know, as ...
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Cover letter: work in/work for/work with/work at

I understand how these work: I work in IT. I work at Google. I work for Google. I work with computers. But how about these? To tell someone if I get this job, I would gain experience. I will ...
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I don't understand the structure of this sentence, especially the do and however?

Only when your mental energy is needed elsewhere and you are caught off guard, however, do these emotions and feelings emerge. Why should the "do" be placed ahead of the clause? Could anyone ...
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General Infinitive vs Gerund usage

Is there a general rule telling me when I should use an Infinitive or a Gerund? For example, why is in this sentence a Gerund instead of an Infinitive? "The aim of this report is to give ...
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the meaning of reduce

I can't understand the meaning of "someone reduces what they understand to be reality." in the below passage. Is it possible to think of 'what they understand to be reality' as 'better(or possible) ...
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What is the sentence structure of the sentence?

At that time I had a much-petted, much-abused doll, which I afterward named Nancy. She was, alas, the helpless victim of my outbursts of temper and of affection, so that she became much the worse ...
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Passive voice and active voice

How can I change this sentence from active to passive without changing its structure? My student has found those words in that thesaurus.
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Placement of a year in mid-sentence [closed]

Can I use 2017 in the middle of the sentence? For example: The platform was launched in 2017, with an extensive support of our venture fund.
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The structure of “All I can do is sit and worry about grilling I'm going to get from…” [closed]

I have problem in this sentence: All I can do is sit and worry about grilling I'm going to get from.... In the above mentioned sentence is all I can do acting like a subject connected by the ...
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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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Can A/an go with noun1 and noun 2 Or A/an must always go with adj + noun?

Example:He is old enough to live an (depend) life,can someone explain me why can't i use indepence instead of independent?
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What is the function of “of” between “was” and “him”?

source One of Cinder’s few memories of the man was of him being carted away to the quarantines while Adri raved at how he could not leave her with this thing. I think without the "of" is ...
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How to arrange the noun and its pronouns in a sentence?

When I was learning English in high school, the "standard" textbook compared English grammar with Chinese grammar, saying while in Chinese the noun is usually put in the first clause and its pronouns ...
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What's the meaning and grammar of “who had gone for it of theft”?

Machiavelli "TO FRANCESCO VETTORI, FLORENCE, DECEMBER 10, 1513" And Frosino in particular sent for a number of loads without telling me anything, and on payment wanted to hold back ten lire from me,...
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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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Verb+subject+object sentence structure

please help me with the grammar used in sentences mentioned below Buy her medicine. Find you the right partner. what is the sentence structure used in these sentences? Give me more examples of the ...
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What does the bold part function in grammar? What is the structure?

Machiavelli's "The Prince" Chapter XVIII W. Marriott's translation: Therefore it is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated, but it is very necessary to appear to ...
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How to parse this sentence? “Prices then gave way to concern driving activity will be reduced for days to come.”

I am having a hard time parsing this sentence from a Longman Dictionary page: Prices then gave way to concern driving activity will be reduced for days to come. It seems a run-on sentence. Is the ...
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How to undsestand “hence the name by which they are known and ending with the Lateran Treaty of 1929”?

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_of_Rome The whole sentence is: The agreements were signed in the Lateran Palace, hence the name by which they are known and ending with the Lateran ...
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How to understand “and found it ever increasing”, particularly “it”? [closed]

Machiavelli "The Prince" Chapter XIII In W. Marriott's translation, there's a clause (in bold) neither the structure nor the meaning of which I'm sure: I shall never hesitate to cite Cesare Borgia ...
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Can “Could” or “Would” be used after comma?

"I need to go to the restroom in just a moment, could you please take care of my kid?" Does this sentence sound right? Thanks.
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Sentence Structure in Math

Here is the situation: A math teacher (me) wrote on the board: " 25% of an investment is accounted for $1500. Evaluate the amount of the investment." An observer (another math teacher) mentioned ...
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“gas killing animal”… Is it a correct or is it a confusing structure?

I heard this expression (gas killing animal) on TV news, when they reported that Trump referred to Esad(syrian leader) like this in a tweet, because Esad was reported to have used a chemical gas and ...
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how long combined with simple present perfect

Is it grammatically correct to use how long with simple present perfect? How long have you driven?