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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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“After being several episodes in” vs. “several episodes in”?

Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? At first I thought that show was a cheap rip off of Friends, but several episodes in I started liking it. At first I thought that show was ...
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How to structure this sentence?

What type of sentence should be structured to say that: Use this word and make it has a positive meaning? a) Use this word in a way that it has a positive meaning. b) Use this word in a way ...
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Natural way to explain figures

I am trying to write figure captions for a paper and wondering if there is more natural way to explain below. The amount of sweep gas was 0,3, and 6 mL/min. for A,B, and C, respectively. ...
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Has been+complement-VS-has+pp+object

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producers have long been doing. Another important trend has reduced the number of platforms used for ...
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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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“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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How to tell waiting place?

I actually stuck when I want to convey that to my friend and somehow I told “don’t go that far, you can wait little before” But I am not happy with the sentence that used to convey it. I used "far" ...
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Sentence Structure and a Phrase - Are these sentences correct?

I havent learned english since 5 years, so I have joined an English lecture this year. I sometimes struggle with the sentence structure ... Like this: "Pandora, a moon the film is set on, ..." - Is ...
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Using 'as' and 'will'

I was wondering about the usage of 'as' and 'will'. 'As she will go to the cinema, I will go too.' 'As the waiter will wipe the table clean, I will sit at it.' I know about the rule that applies ...
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The use of it as object

SOURCE The following sentence is from the online Longmans dictionary. He found it increasingly difficult to read, for his eyes were failing. Is the part of sentence "it increasingly difficult to ...
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Who protects what?

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA"): The Federal legislation that applies to protection of employee personal information by federally-regulated organizations (such ...
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So+simple past verb+subject?

What is the grammatical structure and meaning of the bolded sentence: “Critical thinking” was the watchword for what the better teachers supposedly taught in the better schools. So ran one account. ...
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The structure of the sentence

It takes the earth a little more than 365 days to travel around the sun. According to the sentence, I think the structure of it like the following: It = Preparatory "it" takes = Verb the earth = ...
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How do I write people doing something at the same time?

While Lorrainne got in the driver's seat mom got into the passenger seat.(they are switching places)
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A problem regarding causative verbs

In an editorial I found a sentence. The government may be more successful if it identifies the incentives it can offer China in the next few months to review its position. To review its position ...
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In a negative-intergative sentence, whether NOT before subject or after subject?

I'm a boy. I'm happy. I'm eating rice. I eat rice. I have eaten rice. I'm here. I'm in Canada. What would be negative questionss for all above? I'm confused sometimes "NOT" sits before subject like ...
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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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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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What kind of sentence structure is , “Would that be, If i were a rich man ! ”

What kind of sentence structure is , "Would that be, If I were a rich man ! " Isn't it incorrect English? What kind of sentence is it, that is deemed valid to begin with, Would that be AND why not ...
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Is preposition “OF” required in the given sentence?

I happen to came across below stated sentence in an English preposition book. "This photo is her with her best friend." I assume, that grammatically correct sentence should be: "This photo is of ...
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Use of “however” and “yet” in a sentence

Consider this scenario A can help B. However, A is limited by Z, yet he can help B by ... Sorry if the example is very abstract. But I guess you got my meaning. Can however and yet be used in ...
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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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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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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 ...