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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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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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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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“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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“Don't do X this year” vs. “This year don't do X”

What is the difference between the following two sentences? Please don't drink alcohol this year. This year please don't drink alcohol. Which one is correct? Both sound correct to me.
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do we have structure “try yourself + adj”?

I heard people said "don't try yourself so crazy" in the movie "Almost Christmas". I am not sure I misheard it. Bu no dictionary says about "try yourself + adj". do we have structure "try yourself +...
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Is “the result of which…” correct?

I wonder if I can use "the result of which" in a sentence. My sentence is as follows: "John lacks the ability to focus for a long period of time, the result of which is reflected in the poor ...
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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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Confusion about the structure of a sentence

I confronted with this sentence: Rainfall was limited and what water there was rushed across the plain in the annual flood of melted snow. I'm confused with the sentence in bold. Can anyone help ...
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concept of “end up putting weight back on”

What is the meaning of the following sentences? What are the structures of them? Most slimmers end up putting weight back on. But this decision ended up costing us a lot of money.
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How to use “suppose” and “supposing” to begin a sentence?

Which of the following sentence is/are correct? Suppose (that) I like cheese; then I will probably like cheesecake. Suppose (that) I like cheese; I will probably like cheesecake. Can "then"...
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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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Identifying clauses in “It's hard to get what it takes”

I'm not sure if I'm getting this right.. It's hard to get what it takes what it takes: an interrogative content clause functioning as the object of the verb "to get" To get: a verb phrase (or ...
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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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Is “I don't know what this refers to.” a correct sentence?

I came up with the sentence: I don't know what 'XYZ' refers to. I know that it doesn't have the question mark because it isn't a question. But it still sounds weird to me. Is this sentence ...
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What is the pattern of the sentence “ Carlos wrote a letter to his uncle.”?

Can somebody please help me with this sentence? I was able to analyze this far: Carlos= Subject wrote= Predicator a letter= Direct Object but I wasn't sure about this one to his uncle
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what is right to more than one school system ?

my question is about Schools systems School systems Schools system which one ?
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Why is there no subject before “which” in the question?

Why do the King and Duke do which seems to confirm beyond doubt they are the girls' uncles? The question is from a website. I can get the meaning of the question, but I am confused about the ...
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What's the structure of “the U.S. officials told about the incident were asked to keep quiet about it”?

I'm reading an article "1 big thing: Scoop — Skirmish over the nuclear football"(https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-sneak-peek-852ce0f7-5ca9-4020-8b81-082c15f69df1.html?chunk=0&utm_term=...
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Question about “might have”

Might've you trod miles of roads, Might've you borne lots of loads; Not we know from where you are, Neither how you got up here; Hanging in the front porch always, Keeping time for the ...
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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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Is using false subject “It” in this sentence correct?

To answer this questions: What made you anxious about the exam? Can we say,"It made me anxious about the exam whether I passed or not"? Or is it better to say,"Whether I passed or not made me anxious"?...
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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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is the sentence “He handed over the object next to him to her” correct?

How do you depict a scene where someone take something that was next to them and hand it over to someone else in the active voice? saying "he handed over the object next to him to her" sounds a bit ...
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in the next month vs next month

I am going to write down two sentences below. (1) I'll go travelling next month. (2) I'll go travelling in the next month. Do the words "in the" change the meaning of the sentence?
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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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How to compare or use agent vs agency in the sentence

Dating Agency = Dating agent News agency = News agent a local housing agency = a local housing agent As above phrases, are they the same meaning? If not please tell me why, thanks.
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Am I using “many/much more” correctly in these phrases?

I would like to know if all phrases below is correct? Many more water Many more pencil Many more bigger pencils Many more big pencils Many more pencils Much more pencils Much more ...
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Phrase without a subject

Could you please explain to me why the phase in bold below doesn't have a subject? Maybe "for any evidence" is the subject, but it seems odd to me. They also seem to have a capacity for solving ...
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which clause+compound sentence using or

I want to say both of them are good for me. Which one is correct? I can go out with a friend or play computer game, which make me happy. I can go out with a friend or play computer game, which both ...
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Can I use “that of John” rather than “John's” to refer to John's sister?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? My sister is more beautiful than that of John. I know it is grammatically right to say "My sister is more beautiful than John's". I just want to know from ...
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Simple sentence transformation

Question: Rewrite the following sentence as simple sentence It is his struggle with words , plots, images, ideas that defines happiness. My try: He struggled with words, plots, images, ideas ...
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“Don't throw away your rubbish on bus.” Is this sentence written on buses in your homeland?

I wonder if the sentence "Don't throw away your rubbish on bus." is commonly written on buses in your homeland. If not, what are the alternatives? I also found one "Don't leave rubbish on the bus." ...
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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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Would you get to know me better? Is this OK?

Is this sentence correct? Or how to say it? Should I use Would you like get to know me better or something else?
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Sentence with repeating “who”s

I was working with following sentence: Adults who work, who have some level of education, and who are physically active have a lower risk of developing cancer. Then it was suggested the ...
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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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Sentence structure when the verb and its preposition are separated by a long clause

For example: I have notified my colleague, who has been working on this field for many years, of the issue. The way it sounds to me is; as the clause ("who has been...") gets longer, it gets ...
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Word order of a sentence starting with “it could be useful”

I have to do an review of a scientific article, written in English. I am not a native speaker and my knowledge of English language is very limited , but I have the feeling that there are many ...
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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 ...