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What is wrong with this question

I have a sentence My wife ate eleven snickers, and I'm trying to ask about the quantity of snickers. I know that the question How many snickers did my wife eat? is correct, but what is wrong with How ...
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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 ...