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Why is this a dependent clause?

The sentence is: The thieves stole some of Beauval Zoo’s most valued members—seven golden lion tamarins and ten silvery marmosets. On khan academy they said that "seven golden lion tamarins and ...
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'For many people in the United States, undergoing a medical procedure can be a stressful, confusing, and sometimes overwhelming ordeal'

For many people in the United States, undergoing a medical procedure can be a stressful, confusing, and sometimes overwhelming ordeal. Is the following the correct way to describe the parts of this ...
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Is this a dangling sentence?

Below is a paragraph I've come across on BBC. Is the first sentence dangling? The paragraph is introduced earlier in the article as part of a section in which business leaders "share their plans or ...
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How to alert the user that they might delete sensitive data?

This is the pop-up message that shows up if the user decides to delete sensitive data. Could it be better phrased? WARNING! You are about to delete sensitive data in background. In this mode, ...
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Right expression for combining “is” and “contrast with”?

"Competition is contrast with cooperation." I wonder if the above sentence is right. I think that "Competition is in contrast with cooperation" is right. Which one is right?
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Can “so that” be used with a negative clause?

There is an example sentence: "Turn in your report so that I can comment on it." I call it as 'so that+ positive clause' Here's the problem. Does 'so that+ negative clause' sentence make ...
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The sentence is grammatically wrong?

I have collected a such sentence: It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference. Well,I know what the sentence say,but It have two subject???...
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Is this right sentence without 'and'? (ran to her room pounced on him)

I think that this sentence needs 'and' after the word 'room'. Am I wrong? See this picture below. I think that 'pounced'is the past form of the verb 'pounce' in this sentence. Could you Please tell me ...
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Is this sentence grammatically right? (“I mean, now we have Lizzie ,and Cobie are both in it.”)

I saw the sentence in the movie "I mean, now we have Lizzie ,and Cobie are both in it." I think that this sentence is grammatically wrong. I can disassemble this sentence like this. now we have ...
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Where to put the word “normally” correctly in the following sentence?

Where is the right place to put the word (adv.) normally in the following sentence? I have thought on the following options but I'm not sure which one of them is the most correct or sounds natural. a)...
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Restrictive and nonrestrictive adjective clauses

Mary has two children whose names are John and Tom. One language teaching page has the sentence above and says it means Mary has more than two children. But it doesn't feel right. I think it means ...
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Where is the stomach derived from or where the stomach is derived from?

What is the correct grammatical way to ask my question, when I mean to ask about the place (in embriology) that the organ is derived from? a) Where is the stomach derived from? b) What is the ...
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A question relating to syntax

Which of the following sentence constructions is correct (or more commonly used)? Which slot in the washer did you put in the water? Or Which slot in the washer did you put the powder in? A very ...
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Is it incorrect to use “whether” in these cases?

Could you tell me if it's incorrect to say: I don't know whether I watch ABC or NBC. I don't know whether to watch ABC or NBC. I know they both are weird and if I add a modal verb such as "...
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Is it “look further into the matter”, “look into the matter further” or “ further look into the matter”?

A. I will look further into the matter. B. I will further look into the matter. C. I will look into the matter further. Which is grammatically correct? And Is there a difference in meaning?
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What is the subject in the sentence “Rice is being cooked by Mary”?

I know it's a very basic question, and I've looked up the definition of "subject." This very question was asked within a linguistic course that I am taking, the answer to which is apparently rice (see ...
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Could anyone help me parse this sentence, please?

At the time Malthus was writing, the world's population was under a billion, but the onset of the Industrial Revolution set in train a remarkable swelling of human numbers to more than 3 billion ...
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Meaning - Need Explanation

This is a passage from Shelley's preface to The Cenci which I do not understand, so I need someone to explain the meaning: "...it is in the superstitious horror with which they contemplate alike her ...
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Phrasing a sentence “Do you know any people whom I could combine my efforts with?”

I'm composing a sentence and I have doubts on whether it's correctly formed. First I wrote "Do you know any people whom I could combine my efforts with?" than I thought nah, that's not right,...
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What function does 'open' have in 'She pushed open the door'?

I find this sentence in number 12 out of 4.1 exercise in a book named Advanced GRAMMAR IN USE published by Cambridge university press. She pushed open the door and ran into the room. I looked up ...
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A question about using the “v-ing” verbs

To native speakers, normally do you use adverbs to modify these v-ing worlds especially when they are the objects of the verbs? Like: I regret swimming hurriedly Not I regret hurried ...
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How does this “varying with age…” phrase relate to the rest of the sentence?

I understand the meaning but I don't fully get the grammatical point of bolded phrase; If "varying with age and the nature of the forest" is adjective phrase for the noun, "the precise number of ...
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How to use “next” - 'your next purchase' is ok, but 'next purchase' is not

According to my grammar books, it reads that you can say "Discount on your next purchase" but not "Discount on next purchase" because you have to put "your" or "the" before "next". Could anyone can ...
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Is this sentence correct? Two gerunds [duplicate]

Being a German mastering the English language and having to read specialist literature in both languages for business reasons, it is likely .... I am referring especially to the first part of the ...
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Is it OK to use the participle like this: “Today I driven a car”?

Today I driven a car or Today I drive a car. Is the above sentence correct? I mean I used past participle as an adjective. I know past participles are used as an adjective but sometimes I get ...
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What is the thing relative pronoun clause modify in this case?

There is a sentence like: It gives children a dream that is useful in life. There are three noun(It, children, dream(when including pronoun))that can be modified in the sentence above. How could I ...
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Is a structure with “past past perfect” possible?

In the following example If I hadn't have been too nice, I would still have my wallet. is past past perfect a possible structure? If so, shouldn't it be "hadn't had been"?
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Does this Homer-style sentence have a correct meaning?

My friend is writing a poem and I am reviewing it. It is based on Greek Mythology and this is one stanza of the poem: Upon Zeus the burden of the decision fell, And he felt his lightning bolt ...
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Where should be the right location of the word “never” in the sentence?

Where should be the right location of the word "never" in the following sentence? 1) "We never did not have a lecture by this lecturer" 2) "Never we did not have a lecture by this lecturer" ...
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Which is the correct sentence? (is, is called, called as)

Which is the correct sentence? The young cow is calf. The young cow is called calf. The young cow called as calf.
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“Much depends on the guilt or innocence…” is 'much' the subject of the sentence?

Much depends on the guilt or innocence of these archetypal “innocents”-- --the first in a long line of allegedly framed leftists from Alger Hiss to the Rosenbergs to Leonard Peltier to Mumia Abu Jamal-...
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“and to assert it, the whole structure”

A more fundamental question might also be raised here: why does the revolutionary Truth-Event entail violence? Because it is enacted from the symptomal point (or torsion) of the social body, from the ...
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Which is correct - 'the place that I met you at' or 'the place that I met you'?

I have a sentence: This is the place where I met you. Then: This is the place that I met you. And: This is the place that I met you at. Do I need to write this preposition (at) at the end of this ...
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All I feel like this doing is kicking back with a good movie

I came across a sentence from ESLPod, episode 6 of "A day in the life of Jeff", as below, After a busy week, all I feel like this doing is kicking back with a good movie. I guess I know the ...
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How to question someone

Which of the following is more correct and native way of questioning someone ? "Where does you learn all this from" "From where do/does you learn all this" And if both of them are wrong then ...
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Use of 'that' and 'for' in “What do you think we can do to help her?”

This question came up in our school test and required the students to translate the sentence from Korean. The sentence they were looking for was... What do you think we can do to help her? ...
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How to express analogy between two pairs of entities?

What is the correct way of expressing analogy? I am looking for the general pattern of something like this: Kitten is to cat what a puppy to a dog. I have seen as being use sometimes instead of ...
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“As shocking as Steven Avery’s case is to Netflix viewers”

As shocking as Steven Avery’s case is to Netflix viewers, his wrongful imprisonment for 18 years is not an isolated incident in the troubled US criminal justice system. http://www.theguardian.com/...
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Is “I was who sent you the letter” grammatically correct?

I was who sent you the letter. Is this sentence grammatical? I believe it is correct to say It was me who sent you the letter which seems like a similar structure.
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'from A to B to C' or 'from A to B and from B to C'? How do I describe such a trend?

If I want to describe a trend, for example, a gas has a density of 1, its liquid form has a density of 2, and its solid form's density is 3, which expression will be better the density increases ...
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What does 'other' mean, in Section 10 of the 'Constitution Act, 1867'?

Source: p 37, The Canadian Constitution (2013) by Prof Adam Dodek BA JD LLM. [ Original Source : ] Application of Provisions referring to Governor General The Provisions of this Act ...
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'He is rumored that he is writing a new book' - why is this wrong?

I came across the following sentence in a test and it is wrong answer so there cannot be a sentence in this structure. Could you explain to me why? He is rumored that he is writing a new book.
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“This is the first time my sister has given me affirmative” is this the correct expression?

This is the first time my sister has given me affirmative. Is the above sentence correct? I am a little confused that given me is not a correct word. With the given sentence I mean to say that this ...
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Does every sentence need a verb?

Can a sentence have no verbs in it? If I say "I went for a run yesterday" then I am using a verb (to run) but if I say "This is a door" then am I using any verbs in that sentence? You can argue ...
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What “plummeted” in this sentence?

"Payroll was cut by more than half. Oil reserves jumped. The time it took to drill a deep-water well plummeted. Profits soared." Is it that it takes the same time to drill the well as it takes to get ...
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Can I say “yesterday's mathematics' teacher”

...or should I say "yesterday mathematics teacher"? EDIT Usage in a full sentence: 'I'm waiting for yesterday's Mathematics' teacher to come online'
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Entry Was Gained

I a question about the following passive construction: Entry was gained into the house. I find the part "entry was gained" weird, because, according to dictionaries, the normal usage should be ...
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Is “The two men Savchenko, an Iraq war veteran, was convicted of helping to kill were . . . ” grammatical?

In a blog, I read the following sentence: The two men Savchenko, an Iraq war veteran, was convicted of helping to kill were Anton Voloshin and Igor Kornelyuk. I can only understand that it says ...
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what was it…what it was

I live in the Middle East and have acquired my English skills orally and from experience rather than academically, and there's a certain structure that English-speaking people in my vicinity use often....
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“Nothing is available, is anything?” Tag questions for negative sentences

I wasn't taught how to form a tag question when the main sentence involves "no". Is it grammatical to say There's no problem with the car, is there? There's no apples left in the carton, are ...

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