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Thesis Question [closed]

My question concerns the below written: When the United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, it instantly became a global media event. Millions of people around the world gathered around their TV ...
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“as would a calm dog whose yard…”

I'm reading the novel "The Circle" these days. However, there is a sentence making me curious. "When she opened her eyes she saw a harbor seal, twenty feet in front of her, staring at ...
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Hello everyone I need your help please

Please, what is not acceptable about this sentence: Can you tell me how can I use this tool?
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Correct word order. Is it correct to say “read and write” or “write and read”?

I was reading some literature from an English language school when I came across the phrase "children learning to write and read..." As a native speaker, "read and write" sounded ...
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not only A but B structure

I'm wondering whether "not only" can be placed in front of a verb, when the objects in a sentence share the same verb. Sam plays not only the piano, but the violin. Sam not only plays the ...
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I don't understand that sentence, even though I know conditionals well

"If David didn't give up smoking, Liza wouldn't marry him." I only can see that sentence in the 3rd conditional (unreal past) - "If David hadn't given up smoking, Liza wouldn't have married him". But ...
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“Had I gone to Paris” - Is this right or wrong?

"Had I gone-?" Is this a correct sentence? If not, what's the right way to express this question? Is it possibly : Had I been to, instead? Or is this arrangement just incorrect? The question is ...
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Are these participial phrases correct?

Question 1. Are these sentences correct? He saw me after he had entered the room. He saw me after entering the room. Entering the room, he saw me. On entering the room, he saw me. Upon entering the ...
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Question of the sentence structure

Snape put them all into pairs and set them to mixing up a simple portion to cure boils. In this sentence, I think "set them to mix" is the right. Is it right sentence to use "set them to mixing up"?...
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Rewrite “No one listened to what the policeman was saying last night”

I met this problem in an English test at my school this morning. The requirement of the question was to rewrite the sentence with the word given in the brackets and use between 2 and 6 words. This was ...
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“Had…been” or “Was…been,” and “would have” or “would had”?

I want to say, if some person was told about the situation before, she wouldn't have reacted that way. So which one seems grammatically correct? Had Ishaani known about the situation before, she ...
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Passive verb of perception

I do understand the active constructions of verbs of this type, but I am still a bit confused with the passive construction(s). Can anyone here clarify my confusion? Please consider the following: He ...
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To be, is or was

Sometimes, I make a sentence whose subject can represent something of the past and something that still exists today. Which tense should I use for the helping verb? For instance: Any cellphone which (...
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Negative tag-questions

I have a question regarding the question-tag. I hear that the negative question-tag can be made out of the following construction: helping verb + subject + not? I have a meeting every day, don't I/...
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Do we have better than …?

Is this a correct sentence? I have searched it in google but nothing was found Do we have better than ELL (a noun)?
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Different from + the same as [closed]

I am often confused about the following usage of these phrases. Please consider the following: I do a different thing from you I do a different thing from you do I do a different thing from ...
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Each or plural noun?

Well, I am confused about the directions I should give to the test section with the following characteristics: There are ten situations that can be represented by proverbs on the question-sheet. The ...
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How to tell someone to do (something) B while they have not started doing (something) A?

Since my friend has not watched movie A yet, I want to tell him that watching movie B in the meantime would be a good idea. So, would it would probably be something like: Watch movie B until you ...
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“one” in “one too many”

The phrase "have one too many" means "be slightly drunk." But I am curious about the structure of "one too many." Specifically, what kind of role does "one" play in the phrase? I'd appreciate your ...
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sentence explanation and ,,sentence synonyms" - Only when that is done do we have a class from which we can create objects

I am reading about C++ computer programming (Stroustrup's book - for the keens) and I have just met with this sentence. Only when that is done do we have a class from which we can create objects. ...
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Would you tell me if “in the driveway” functions as adjectives in the sentence “The car is in the driveway”?

From The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English grammar and usage, 320p Adjective prepositional phrases are prepositional phrases functioning as adjectives to modify nouns. For example, in the ...
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Why do native speakers dislike/disallow “Films with lots of gratuitous violence are liked by Tony”?

Tony likes films with lots of gratuitous violence. Films with lots of gratuitous violence are liked (by Tony). Might I enquire of you why native speakers do disallow/dislike this passivisation?
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The door slammed to. If without 'to', could this be ungrammatical?

The door slammed to. The door was slapped to. Suddenly the trapdoor fell to with a boom. First of all, let me tell you the sentences are from a grammar book. (no context) Might I trouble ...
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Is it an inversion in comparison?

There is no strong theoretical or empirical motivation for the view that grammatical competence is any more or less crucial to successful communication than is sociolinguistic competence or ...
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The structure of “cut himself a nice fat slash off”

Everybody is gonna cut himself a nice fat slash off John Does, eh? I failed to comprehend how I parse the sentence. Especially, I'd like to see what "off John Does" modifies. My parsing is as ...
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“Each woven from the fabric of values” What it means?

Culture wears many different hats, each woven from the fabric of values. In the above sentence, "the pharase woven from the fabric of values" means what? What is its gramartical position? Thans in ...
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“make someone likely to do”?

In grammar rule, the verb "make" follow infinitive without "to": for example my teacher made me study hard. But I found a below sentence. The act of being heavily committed makes an executive ...
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Which part of the sentence gives the main idea. Before “so” or after “so”

"Splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen makes spacecraft fuel, so ice-rich asteroids could become interplanetary refuelling stations." What is the main idea of the sentence (before so) "Splitting ...
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What are the rules of Parallelism?

What are the rules of parallelism? I've been reading a lot about it since yesterday and all I encounter is "They must have the same grammatical form"? What does this exactly mean? I know how to make ...
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“Was a norm for 15 percent of people”

Is the structure of this scentence sounds natural, or it is odd? “Eating at fast food restaurants was a norm for 15% of peole.” The context is that I am listing some information according to a study ...
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What is have been /has been grammar rules?

Do I have to include verb+ing after have been/has been? Can I use verb+ed after have been/has been? Please explain with example.
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keep reading myself

I would like to inquire about the structure "keep reading myself". Is it an idiom? What its origin? and what it exactly means? The motivation behind my question is the following story: I got results ...
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Most of the foreign remittance come or comes?

Most of the foreign remittance come from RMG sector. or Most of the foreign remittance comes from RMG sector. Which one is right? Should I use "s" after come? Can anyone elaborate for me?
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Can you decipher this structure?

By about 10,000 years ago, nearly 100 species of large animals had been recently driven to extinction around the globe. Can you decipher this structure of the above sentence? I guess it can be ...