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Emphasizing the subject with an article

What is the difference from including the article in the emphasis (which is not for intonation but for formatting)? He is a journalist based in LA. He is a journalist based in LA. P.s. I edited the ...
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Having brothers established

A complete change of life became desirable. He quitted the militia and engaged in trade, having brothers already established in a good way in London, which afforded him a favourable opening. Emma ...
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Hemingway English

I have no issues with the book (A Farewell to Arms), it's so far generally easy to read, but sometimes I stumble across weird sentences like this one: Suddenly to care very much and to sleep to wake ...
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What is the meaning of using inanimate subjects?

I was wondering whether there might be difference between animate subjects and inanimate. The native speakers are more using inanimate like "this road will lead you to the place" instead of ...
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Why the correct option is 'unless properly dealt with' rather than others?

I am practicing an exercise for conditional adverbial clause, there is a hard exercise that makes me confused with all these four options. The official soon realized that, ( ), things would get worse....
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Is this sentence has an inversion or modifying of word-order?

I am reading an article Tbilisi on Wikipedia, there is a sentence that confuses with me. It was in the former Viceroy of the Caucasus's palace where the independence of three Transcaucasus nations – ...
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Is 'We are impossible to master English in a short time' unnatural?

I'm Chinese, my teacher told me don't use the means of code-switching to learn foreign languages, she made an instance for this: Chinese: 我们不可能在很短的时间内就掌握英语。 Divided into words by gaps: 我们 不可能 在 很短的 ...
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'It is a car' What is the subject verb and object here?

I have read english word order is 'Subject Verb Object' Here Car seems to be the subject, is - verb , then what is it? If the sentence order is 'Subject Verb Object' , then It should be subject?
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A second essential function vision serves is to facilitate major changes. Is the sentence grammatical?

I came across this sentence and am not sure whether it is grammatical. It looks like the clause "a second essential function vision serves" functions as a subject and is embedded into the ...
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What are the roles of these two in's in this sentence?

I encountered a strange expression as follows: These two summary statistics are useful in looking for differences in the groups, and we are in for a surprise: an additional 8% of patients in the ...
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Is the sentence grammatical?

I saw a sentence on Twitter by Bloomberg Opinion writing like: "The U.S. decided sending Polish jets to Ukraine was too risky." I found two finite verbs here so I was thinking if the ...
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What "How about" subject predicate object is?

As we all know, the sentence "How about walking in the park?" is perfectly viable. But where is the subject of this sentence? And how can we define its subject, predicate, and object?
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Verb *be* followed by nominative or accusative case of the pronoun

It is I who need your help. It is me that needs your help. Source Practical English Usage In the first example, the verb be is followed by a nominative case of the personal pronoun and the relative ...
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It's us! / It's we!

It was him who meessed up everything. It was he who messed up everything. It's them who was there. It's them who were there. It's they who was there. It's they who were there. It's me who is sorry. ...
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Such small room we had, is it correct?

Such small room, we had. I know you can say (we had such small rooms, but in some situations it just feels more correct when you put the subject and (had/have) in the end. If this is wrong then how is ...
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IWhat is the meaning of the beat in this paragraph?

I have been reading an essay about Joan Didion from New Yorker (https://www.newyorker.com/culture/postscript/joan-didion-and-the-voice-of-america) I would like to ask multiple questions in this essay. ...
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What is the function of "there" in the structure, "There is/are/..."?

In the following sentence, what are the form and function of the word "there"? There were fifteen cats and an eviction notice on Janet's front porch. My answer was this: Form: adverb of ...
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Is the noun (Nancy) a subject or object in this case?

In the following sentence, I say that (Nancy) is a subject, but the test corrector says it is a direct object. Which one is correct? Here comes Nancy.
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Subject and object in sentence

If I say, Event-one is true only if Event-two is true. In above sentence, which event is subject of the sentence and which event is object of the sentence?
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while + participle without a subject

Bran watched them come from a guard turret atop the outer wall, peering through Maester Luwin’s bronze far-eye while perched on Hodor’s shoulders. Is there perched the participle or the past simple? ...
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What is the subject of the verb 'was' before 'when' in the second clause?

It was at this time of year that people believed the boundary between the worlds of living and dead became blurred, and was when the souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes. (2) Is the ...
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Why did Jobs use "it" instead of "they" in this interview?

I love this Steve Jobs' interview, and would love to understand what he said throughly. https://youtu.be/vkSCLvIaCcI?t=778 In this part, he told how much original members in developing the Macintosh ...
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Can you use "any" with other tenses?

I have looked through many websites and know that when "any" is used as a determiner, it can be used with countable or uncountable nouns. I also read in my textbook that when "any" ...
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Can I repeat the subject in a sentence?

I have the following excerpt in a paragraph Professionals in the pain management field believe PE influences physiological mechanisms and outcomes of pain. They consider they should use PIs to ...
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There used to be many, even more than (there) are today

There used to be many, even more than (there) are today. There were many, even more than (there) are today. Is there optional is both sentences?
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Is there ever an instance where one can omit the subject in English?

In a sentence like: I am an artist, (I) enjoy giving art lessons and I've currently got lots of time on my hands Is the second 'I' necessary?
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What is the reference of these words [closed]

In this sentence: This film helped the other directors made make the films which broke with the bourgeois black film tradition to enter the ghetto and celebrate assertive masculinity and the ...
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Subject and object questions

I am studying the subject and object questions and I saw an example here Asking object - subject questions. "Did" or past form of the verb in Past Simple but I'm not sure it that's correct: ...
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predicate identification

What are the subject and predicate of the following sentence? Is it grammatically correct? If not, how would you fix it? The Castle Fire ignited in August when dry brush sparked by a lightning storm ...
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Difference between did and was/were in the past tense [closed]

I am looking / would like to learn basic difference or understanding when to use did and was/were in the past tense. looking answer with example that will be greatly appreciated from the community. ...
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Where is the subject/object of this quote?

I'm kind of confused at the moment, in this sentence, The students who/that were involved in the march were arrested. Is the students the subject? or perhaps the object? It seems that the relative ...
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subject/object passive voice

Kasim was being pushed along by the crowd In passive voice, what is the subject? I think it is Kasaim as changing Kasim to 'They' for eg changes the verb to 'were'. Am I wrong? Sheena had been hit by ...
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Can a book be an active voice?

Original sentence in a passive voice: In this book, the system for mind training of short exercises was developed. Is this sentence legal? (Can a book develop?) This book developed the system for ...
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How to use the word 'unexpectedly'?

What would be the correct interpretation of the word 'unexpectedly' in a sentence. For example. I spoke to her unexpectedly. My question regarding the above sentence is what is the correct ...
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Where is the subject of this sentence?

Among the less appealing case studies is one about a fungus that is wiping out entire populations of frogs and that can be halted by a rare microbial bacterium. Another is about squid that carry ...
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Is this use of 'whom' correct? [duplicate]

Apologies for the subject matter but, from a recent novel: This was a person I had known for several years, since college, whom I had seen vomit, whose life-changing cover letter I had basically ...
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Omitting the subject of a sentence after 'em dash'(—)

Can we omit the subject of a sentence after 'em dash'(—). If it is possible, then which option of the options below in formal writing is preferable? Examples option 1: These old cars are fixed by ...
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Is there anything omitted before sufficient? [duplicate]

We should be less concerned with students' 'cognitive impatience', however, than by what may underlie it: the potential inability of large numbers of students to read with a level of critical analysis ...
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Would seem versus seem [duplicate]

Is it redundant the use of "would" in the sentence below? The reduction in blood pressure induced by long-term CR would seem to involve positive systemic and cellular adaptations. Can I ...
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What's the subject in this sentence?

"Even tap water should be boiled before drinking." What's the subject and the predicate in this sentence?
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Agent of passives introduced by "as to"

Page 68 of Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage reads AS TO: used after certain preceding passive clauses, e.g. I am not much troubled as to its outward appearance—G. Gissing, 1903; I am also ...
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subject of "be within striking distance"

Is the subject of "be within striking distance" necessarily an attacker if the phrase is understood literally? Are the following sentences all natural? a. The goat is within striking ...
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...anxieties about us/our having any more downtime

In some cases that a pronoun is a subject which is followed by a verb follows a preposition. Then the subject is changed into possessive determiners. But I read a sentence A. A. On the other there's ...
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"Especially those living in remote areas, might have never been to the capital."

Sentence: Especially those living in remote areas, might have never been to the capital. Question 1: Does this sentence lack a subject? if so, why "those" can't be regarded as a subject? ...
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What is the subject of a sentence with "name, who..."?

Name, who studies medicine, hopes to help a lot of people in the future. If a sentence is like above, is the name or who the subject?
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Can an English sentence exist without the subject?

In the bold sentence below, I can't find the subject, and I think it's not a inverted sentence. I don't know if it's right? Particularly relevant to the present work is the recent paper of Verdun et ...
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One of my family members was or were? [duplicate]

"One of my family members were/was sick last night." In this sentence should I use was or were? Please explain. Which one is subject and why? Please explain with detailed information. I am ...
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Can trying(the v-ing of try)be a subject of the sentence?

We know that "try" as a verb has its noun form "try" that can be the subject of a sentence, but is there any chance that "trying" can also be the subject? For example,&...
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Subject and Predicate in 'The cackling of geese saved Rome.'

In the question In the following sentence separate the subject and the predicate: The cackling of geese saved Rome. I think the sentence is talking about how Rome was saved due to cackling of geese ...
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Not all is? or not all are?

Not all countries _________ to produce high quality product. a) can b) is able c) are able d) been
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