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Add[ing] a splendid production

Which one of these sentences is more grammatically correct?: Add a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Adding a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Why, ...
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“as it would be natural” or “as would be natural”?

I recently had a paper reviewed and, among other things, one of the reviewers said that I should replace the sentence "as it would be natural" by "as would be natural". The whole whole sentence on ...
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Using have/has vs. there is/there are

I'm explaining to students the different situations ways we'd use there is/there are vs. have/has. I'm focusing on the uses where they indicate existence vs. possession, respectively. In some ...
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Is “saw him yesterday” correct without the subject “I”?

While having a conversation about someone, can I say "saw him yesterday" instead of "I saw him yesterday"?
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Identifying subject and object of wh- non question

So I have this sentence What the feeling of the student is. But I'm a bit confused when identifying the subject and object of this sentence. Can anyone help me?
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what is the sentence structure of the bold sentence in the passage?

As the US has raised concerns about drones, DJI has increased the kinds of security and data controls it offers its customers. We are not in the business to control data, but we want to give the ...
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Meaning of “Who should I say is calling?” + Grammar structure

I have problems with this sentence. First of all: What does "Who should I say is calling" mean? Does that mean: To whom should I say is calling? Or it means: Should I say who is calling? And ...
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Object and subject in the sentence with to be verbs

How can I determine the object and subject of sentences with to be verb? For example, what are the object and subject of the below sentence? The impacts of new changes are insignificant
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subject question/please help!

Could you please help me! I was told that we don't use inversion when asking about the subject of a sentence. I encountered these two sentences while surfing the internet. Whose book won the prize? ...
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Why is “it” used in sentences below?

It is crowded on the dance floor and they are briefly pressed together. In this sentence would the meaning change if I say the sentence below ? I mean I couldn’t understand what “ it” means and why ...
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Is “It was she did” grammatically correct?

Someone asks me who did it if I answer "It was she did" Is it correct? Or is it preferable to say "It was she who did it" or other answer
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What does “their” refer to in this sentence?

Many Westerners are startled at the images of America and the West in contemporary Japanese advertising. Their accidental encounter by an American tourist or businessperson on a visit to Japan ...
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How to use capitals in subjects names?

I have seen subjects names like "Cognitive Sciences" are wrote both with and without capitals, like "cognitive sciences". Are there a criteria to this respect?
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How should I find the correct subject in (who) questions?

I am confused to ascertain the correct subject in the questions, look at the following sentences: Who are those men? (v) (---s---) Who is at the door? (s) (v) The form of questions is the ...
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Are “How much” and “How many” used in Object Questions, Subject Questions or both?

I came across with a text saying that questions starting with "How much" and "How many" are considered Subject Questions. I understand that in examples like: How many people are in the party? How ...
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Is “Next time try something in a script file should be more precise.” a valid sentence?

Give the sentence Next time try something in a script file should be more precise. It looks like "try something in a script file" is the subject. But why can it be a subject? I use all the ...
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Sentences without subjects and objects

I believe that a sentence in English must have a subject. (It does not necessarily have an object as for intransitive verbs.) A sentence without a subject is also possible as in an imperative sentence....
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Difference between “not being tall” and “being not tall.”

___ should not become a serious disadvantage in life and work A. To be not tall B. Not being tall C. Being not tall The above is a test question, to which the answer is B. I kind of doubt it ...
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Being given vs giving

Which of the sentences is correct? Most people can be made happy by being given what they need. Most people can be made happy by giving what they need. My guess is they are all correct. As ...
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Subject, Object and must do

Can someone please explain what is subject and object in this sentence? 'You must do what the boss tells you' The Boss is the subject and you is object, is it or is it not?
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By the CATAPHORIC use of “the” may be understood the use of the definite article

By the CATAPHORIC use of "the" may be understood the use of the definite article in a context where what follows the head noun, rather than what precedes it,enables us to pinpoint the reference ...
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Prepositional Phrases as Subjects - Subject-verb agreement

http://www.softschools.com/examples/grammar/functioning_as_a_noun_examples/97/ From this page above, I found some examples showing prepositional phrases as subjects, but the predicate nouns are all ...
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On the grammaticality of “What it is that you fear is unfounded.”

Is the construction What it is that you fear is unfounded. grammatically correct? I am somewhat confused about what the subject of the first auxilary is is. Is it what, or is it it?
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Is a subject required for a grammatically correct sentence?

In particular I'm interested in the sentence: Meet with friends and family. It is a sentence in the 'interests and hobbies' section of a resume, so it can be deduced who the subject is. Is the ...
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What is the definition of a “characterized subject”

Here is a sentence from my exam: "Thinking good examples can be quite difficult" The subject is "thinking good examples" but my teacher defines it as also a "characterized subject". How do we ...
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What is referenced - the people or the main subject?

I just heard the following expression. I knew him better than most people. And suddenly, it hit me that I can't discriminate between the following interpretations. I knew him better than how ...
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Embedded questions with 'be'

I know that we should use the normal word order in embedded questions, for ex. 'I don' t know what she did', and with 'be'-'I don' t know where she is', and with subject questions 'I don' t know who ...
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The use of that/it to refer to the subject in a sentence: the rate in Ontario is x%, and [that] in Winnipeg is y%

I am struggling quite a bit with sentences that provide some facts for two or more factors (regions in this case). I know that 1 is very straightforward, and it is idiomatically and grammatically ...
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What is the subject of this sentence? Does the sentence make sense?

“The quality of written work submitted for his Science Final should have been completed with more thought and care".
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The subject in “How much information is created daily?”

How much information is created daily? If the subject is only implied in this sentence, why do we need the auxiliary verb (is) in this sentence?
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Understanding and breaking down these sentences

Can someone help me grammatically analyze (what is the object,subject,verb etc.) the following two sentences Suddenly she realized that the brakes weren't working. Unfortunately, since his ...
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Is it correct to use “am” in a sentence without “I”?

I am noticing the trend of people using to be (am) without the subject (I). For example: Guys, am deciding to move away from Photoshop. Can you advise other apps as alternative? Is this ...
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Verb precedes Subject example

Before our amazed eyes was a white unicorn. Why is unicorn the subject of the sentence instead of eyes? It is because the preposition "before" that was placed in front of the words "amazed eyes"?
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why we used plural verb with singular subject in the following sentence?

1.He does not want to tell a lie. he is a singular subject but we used want instead of wants why ? 2.Does he write a letter? Here he is also singular and we used write instead of writes please explain
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Marking the functions of a sentence: 'She may like it'

I am reading Cambridge Grammar of English Language (CaGEL) all over again, though not cover to cover. One page no. 215, I came across The major functions in the structure of the clause are the ...
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subject placeholder - It is reported that, It appears that [duplicate]

Is "it" a subject placeholder in the sentences below? It is reported that one ancient Greek athlete ate dried figs to enhance training. It appears unlikely that interest rates will fall.
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Omission of subject — Can we omit 'it' (subjective) in any cases? [duplicate]

Following are a few examples; (It) Looks like you didn't study much for the test. (It) Seems like I'm the third wheel here. Are the above omissions valid either formally or informally? How so?
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Subject-dependent inversion

In front of him opens a magnificent view on mountains. Is such a subject-dependent inversion possible? Or should I use there opens a magnificent view on mountains in front of him?
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infinitive clause and subject

1.He invented a business plan which companies can employ (to earn profits.) I bracketed the part which I think is the purpose adjunct, the understood subject of the infinitive is companies, right? ...
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actor of the infinitive clause

Identifying whether the infinitive clause is a purpose or a catenative complement helps me understand what the understood subject is. (I hope the interpretation below is correct) He wrote the book ...
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Which is the subject of this sentence?

I want to know, how to identify subject and predicate of such long sentence? Talking about our old family holidays has made me feel all nostalgic.
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Say I OR Say me

I was encouraging my students to speak English. I was asking a question: Who wants to sing a song? Say I. Another teacher stopped me, "You should've say; Say me." Which one is correct?
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Understood subject

He realized the importance of changing organizations to accommodate individuals. In this sentence , what is the understood subject of the gerund-verb changing, is it unknown ? Secondly, what is the ...
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Story telling: me and SHE (or) me and HER?

Usage (1) Me - "You're beautiful." She - "Thank you. You're so kind." Usage (2) Me - "You're beautiful." Her - "Thank you. You're so kind." Which one is correct please?
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“A handful of soldiers is/are always better than a mouthful of arguments.” — which verb fits here?

Which verb to use, 'is' or 'are', in the following case? A handful of soldiers is/are always better than a mouthful of arguments. The original sentence, that I've got uses 'is'; I wonder why, ...
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a glass of milk , two glasses of milk which one takes singular verb and which one plural?

milk is uncountable but when uncountable nouns is placed in a countable container then it becomes countable . So , when i use a glass of milk it becomes countable but either it is singular or not ...
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“Which is the …” or “Which the … is”?

I don't know which is the language. Or I don't know which the language is. Note that this is, of course, a positive sentence and not a question.
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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 “Is there to meet you tomorrow possible” possible?

Can you please tell me which sentence is the best choice in terms of grammar. I presume that the third sentence is impossible but I am not able to find out the reason 1. Is it possible to meet you ...
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What does “years of [someone]” mean and how can it be used?

Years of him swearing that he would never end up like his father and he was beginning to become more like him little by little. In the sentence above, is "years of him" the subject? Then, can I use ...

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