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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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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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Is “entitled” a verb or adjective or both in “She is entitled…”?

She is entitled to all luxuries in her life. What is the voice of the sentence? If it is passive, which word is the main verb in the sentence? In this sentence the word "entitled" is used as ...
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Past-participles Grammar in use

Can I say so? Is it right in terms of grammar? it was wrong to meet him without having had talked before I know for sure that it's correct to say: without having talked but I mean exactly ...
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interrogative and affirmative sentence constructions

Say we have the following sentence : The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held. Is it grammatically correct to place "is" where it's placed in the sentence, ...
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Is this sentence anastrophe?

I came across the sentence Pretty soon along came some people. However I wonder if Some people came along pretty soon. is correct. Is this sentence anastrophe?
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Can someone explain the structure of this sentence for me?

I've come across this sentence while reading an economic report: "Stocks climbed on optimism Mexican tariffs will be avoided." And got confused about the structure of this sentence. I'm not really ...
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How do I complete the sentence, “If you don't mind, ____”?

I'm trying to learn the sentence structure and I had a few thoughts about the possible structural continuations of the sentence. I'd appreciate it if you could introduce any new possible continuations ...
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Why is my answer wrong?

(First of all,this is grammar question.) İn the 1970s scientists found out that chemicals_____ into the atmosphere______the ozone layer. A)having been released /destroyed (which is picked) B)...
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Adverbs after the verb “BE” in “he has and STILL IS”?

In my grammar book, I saw this: He has been looking everywhere for you, and he still is. Why does 'is' stand after an adverb? I thought that there was a rule that we have to put adverbs ...
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Used to have to meaning

I know that "used to" is used for an action that is no longer done. But I want to know if I could use "have to" with it. For example if I want to say that getting up early in the morning everyday was ...
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“Why it means so much to me?” or “Why does it mean so much to me?”

"Why the hell it means so much to me?" or "Why the hell does it mean so much to me?" Which is correct and why? If wrong, is the first phrase at least informally acceptable?
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Possible Conditionals

1-I am sorry if I have offended anyone. 2-I’m sorry if I offended anyone. Are these sentences grammatically correct ? And the "if parts" refer to past or present ? And if the "if part" refer to ...
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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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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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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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“In order that” or “In order to”

I stumbled across this example sentence in Wikipedia: "I braked in order that the car stay on the road," and immediately thought what I would've said would be: "I braked so that the car would stay on ...
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Giving hope to somebody

I wonder what phrasal verb/expression/idiom do you normally use in English for giving someone hope? Please have a consideration in my examples: A) He is a very energetic and positive individual. ...
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<Close by> and <Closer by>

When you want to say someone who lives far from you that it was better if they lived close to you, you would probabely say something like: I wish you lived close by. But how about a comparative ...
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Can we use 'being' this way?

Can I say ' I would love to see him being punished'. What sentence is this? I don't think it's a passive voice
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Entering through legal / illegal solutions

Let's say that as a business man you have some problems with the tax ministry of your country. You are a very wealthy and influential individual that have friends in high places. Therefore it would ...
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Using the phrasal verb “hold up” for an individual appearance

When something holds up it means that it has remained strong or in a fairly good condition. For example: There were fears that her ankle might not hold up for the competition. Prices had held ...
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Describing the relation between two things

I wrote: We expect, the larger a home's living space is, the higher its price is. First, I would like to know about the correctness of the sentence and punctuation. I don't know exactly the ...
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“Put something into action” versus “put something into practice”

How do the following sentences differ in meaning: Put your promise into action. Put your promise into practice. Dictionaries' definitions are so close that I cannot tell these expressions ...
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Question about a confusing sentence structure

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. (Context: "It" is a laden mattress that carries the dead body of Gastsby ...
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Can an infinitive verb be used right after “as” or “such as”?

"It is customary for such as seek a Prince’s favour, to present themselves before him with those things of theirs which they themselves most value, or in which they perceive him chiefly to delight." ...
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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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Structures of some conversation sentences

What are the structures of the bolded phrases in the excerpt of a conversation? Employee: Because we desperately someone right away to help us keep our membership list up to date, work on our ...
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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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What sentence pattern is this?

I like living in the country. Is it Subject - Verb - Object - Adverbial of place OR Subject - Verb - Object - Postmodification of living realized by a prepositional phrase? Thanks.
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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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“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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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 ''...
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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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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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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 understand this sentence (underlining blue), especially “the” and “that so”?

Machiavelli "The Prince" Chapter VIII The Harvard Classics: Injuries, therefore, should be inflicted all at once, that their ill savour being less lasting may the less offend; whereas, benefits ...
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How to use would like in my sentences

Sometimes I need to use would like in my sentences, to show some suggestion or asking for something. I really do not how to use it correctly here. For example, I would like to ask someone whether he/...
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What kind of a 'sentence' is it?

I encountered a very interesting sentence on the Red Bull distribution company website. I'd like to know what kind of a writing technique, or maybe a grammar structure was used to express the second (...
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How to ask a question about the selection of one option

I wrote : Which one should Iranians oppose more? Islamic Republic's policies (the regime) or the USA's policies? On Quora. It says "it may need editing to be easier to understand. Please double ...
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Should I use “that” after “whatever”

Which is correct or better: Anyways, I hope they do whatever that is for the benefit of them and the region. Anyways, I hope they do whatever is for the benefit of them and the region.
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When you are going to compliment a lovely place

Imagine you and your love get into a posh and romantic restaurant. You feel amazing and you want to compliment the restaurant. Does the following self-made sentence work here: What a poetical ...
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Position of adverbs in relation to the objects of a sentence

Although the placement of adverbs doesn't pose a problem to me anymore, I sometimes find myself wondering which of the two options will sound more natural to a native ear. 1a) Brad Pitt slowly ...
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Position of “with the same name” in sentence

I wrote: Unlike global variables, if there is already a local variable in the list, with the same name of as a new variable, the old variable isn’t replaced. I thought maybe the distance between "...
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Does our arrangement of a sentence that has a participle clause in it, affect its meaning?

Q. So, what're you doing tomorrow? A. I'll stay in watching the soccer match. Now, if we rearranged the answerer's answer to I'll watch the soccer match staying in, would it mean the same as his ...
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Two relative clauses modifying a single noun

I wrote: An online video is taken by a camera placed in a specific position, monitoring the pallet cars. I think the bold parts are two relative clause modifying "camera". Is it correct? Is it a ...
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Here, I will never forget the piece(episode) of the TV show, not the television program itself. So, I think this has to be transformed into

Here's a context. Q: what was the most memorable episode of a TV show you've watched? A: There's one piece of television program that I will never forget. It was.... Here, I will never forget the ...
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When you hear an unlikely statement and want to relate it

Please let me know that what fixed expression is used when you're going to say: I'm just quoting. Leave it to him whether it's true or lie. Please consider the following scenario: He ...
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At the age of … years old

Please let me know which one of the made-up sentences below doesn't have a correct structure? (To me they all work) 1) I reached maturity at X. 2) I reached maturity at the age of X. 3) I ...
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From (somebody's / something') side VS On behalf of (someone / something)

Please consider the following sentence: I went on a long-term mission from the company side. I need to mention that the company's authorities have sent me to this mission and they have asked ...