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What's the grammatical role of “there” in the following sentence?

It is no accident that with the appearance of societies there appear large areas that share similar cultural. I need some grammatical analysis on this sentence. What's the meaning of "there" in this ...
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Comparing using rather

Suppose I want to say Follow this book not me Would it be the right if the sentence was Follow this book rather me
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Help me to combine these sentences to make a big sentence

"My uncle sent in a picture. And in that picture my little cousin had marked his calendar, that said sports day." My English is not good. And I'm afraid to make mistakes. People would laugh at me. :/
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difference between did have to and had to

Do these two sentence mean the same? must/should in past I did have to play football. I had to play football. - And here after 'had to' to comes infinitive ? Are these two sentences the same and ...
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What is the correct tense to use after “based on which”

The objective of the project was to provide the Government with the required ground conditions and climate information, based on which to make informed investment decisions for future expansion of ...
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role of infinitive

I want to ask a question to you about the sentence: I want you to go there. I can't separate the sentence into its parts. Could you please tell me which one is correct? "You to go there" is a ...
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“The word histology has offered the German scientist Mayer in 1918”

I'm reading a book now, but since it was written in English by Russian woman, I'm not sure about the level of the English of this book. Let me cite to you one phrase: "The word histology has ...
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What is the proper syntax for using the word 'advocacy'?

Please let me know if I could provide with any further information that might advocacy in favor of my application. Is this a correct sentence? Is the word 'advocacy' in a right syntax?
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May You Use a Predicative Complement in Front of I Feel, I, Subject, Feel, Copular Verb?

Badness, I feel. Badness, feel I. Bad, I feel. May you grammatically use a predicative complement in front of feel (copular verb)?
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What is correct answer for the question “Do you have…”?

What is the correct answer for the question "Do you have" (For example: Do you have money?") options that I thought about: a) Yes, I do. b) Yes, I do have. c) something else? I know ...
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How to Grammatically Discern These? [duplicate]

In this, I aim to discern (parse[?]) these, grammatically, and have them complete. May these seem grammatically discerned, properly? She (subject, argument) did (auxiliary verb) not (auxiliary ...
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A Complete Interrogative Sentence, Grammatically Proper, Like a Complete Declarative Sentence?

From what I’ve read, and got, here, a complete declarative sentence requests a verb, and arguments. Does a complete interrogative request this, to get thought of as grammatically proper, too? She (...
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S+V + past as in the “The bullet whizzed past”

I know what "the bullet whizzed past" means, but I'm not sure about its grammar or syntax, that is, what kind of element in the sentence 'past' is. Is it the abbreviation of the full sentence, the ...
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grammar difference between “to make dry dishes” vs “to make the dishes dry”

(Background: I'm a native English speaker who is learning French. The more I learn about French grammar, the more questions I have about English grammar). (More Background: I wanted to translate the ...
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In what situations do verbs come before nouns?

I am not referring to questions. The song, for example, My darling Clementine have in some verses, cases when verbs come before: Dwelt a miner forty niner Drove she ducklings to the water I've ...
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Can “Wow!” be a sentence?

The question is clear. Can "Wow!" be a sentence? Imagine a hypothetical context where I'd utter something like this: Wow! What an amazing idea! I should think about a way to push this fix. We see ...
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Reducing ambiguity in a description that might apply to one or two nouns in a list

The state and local governments must take into account characteristics of family members and family types in coming up with the policies. In the way it is expressed right now, there is no way to ...
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Order of placing clauses in a two-clause sentence

Which of the following is correct: If you so desire, you may download the content. You may download the content, if you so desire. Apparently, they appear to be all same but, on ...
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“I want to understand what my options are” or “I want to understand what are my options”?

Which way is correct: "I want to understand what my options are" or "I want to understand what are my options" and why ? Since my English still needs tons of work, this baffled me for a long time, ...
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'had better not entangle' v 'had better not to entangle' [duplicate]

Can I write this sentence: He said Carter had better not entangle the US in problems like those in Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq. Like this: He said Carter had better to not entangle the US ...
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Can “manage to” be separated?

I have often seen the "manage to" combination used with the two parts adjacent to each other. Can I write "I managed after one year to get a car"? Or do I have to write "After one year, I managed to......
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Where to put “is” in the following sentence “Their unique structure (is) among other (is)”?

I have doubt where to put "is" in the following sentence: "Their unique structure is among other due to that they are designed for rotation of the skull." or "Their unique structure among ...
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“I hope and (I) wish that the rest of the staff will be like you.” [duplicate]

Should I repeat on the pronoun "I" in the following sentence: "I hope and (I) wish that the rest of the staff will be like you." Or is it enough to mention the pronoun in this case one time in the ...
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Type of sentence and it's parts

What type of sentence is it? What members of sentence are here? It(song) was no strain on the voice, and I guessed that Margaret knew what she was doing when she chose it. My observations: It's ...
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Can “describe” take two objects?

He described the situation to me. correct He described me the situation. wrong The second sentence is said to be wrong with the reason that describe cannot take two objects. If that is so then ...
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Why does 'than which' sound incorrect as a preposition + relative pronoun?

I cannot, but please tell me if you can, diagnose why than WHICH below still sounds incorrect and strange. Did I err in my rewrite of 3 below as two separate Independent Clauses (to diagnose my ...
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What case is assigned by *like*?

In this sentence "They agreed unanimously that John looked like an extremely happy man", what gives case to 'man'? Is it 'like'? I know the preposition can assign case and I think the adjacency ...
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shouldn't the order of sentence describing participle clause be changed here?

OP: Whistling to himself, he walked down the road. = He whistled to himself as he walked down the road. Shouldn't it be like this? He walked down the road as he whistled to himself? I saw a ...
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Please let me know how the phrase ''it being'' is rational?

I've read an article on the BBC news, and this sentence really makes me confused. ''And in this cool little video Aston has just released, you can see it very much being pushed to its limits by a ...
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Do I need an “it” in this sentence?

The wrappers can be used to gather information from similar websites and integrate [it] into an XML document. Does integrate necessarily need to be followed by "it" in this sentence?
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Can the “topics” be “finished”?

I have the following sentence: The following research topics will be studied and expected to be finished by the end of Fall 2015 I know I can study a topic, or analysis a topic, but I am not ...
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Can I use “that” in two different senses in the same sentence?

I'm writing an essay comparing and contrasting various culture differences between American and Japanese culture via personal account and I want to use this sentence to help describe the food. Is this ...
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“Although XX, it makes XXX” - unsure about logic in this sentence

I am trying to say: Although by assuming XX won't hurt us, in the sense that YY, it(XX) makes the proof of most theorems become trivial and less interesting, and remove this assumption (XX) ...
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What's the meaning of or/not in logical reasoning questions?

I have a simple problem basically I am unable to understand the meaning of some questions involving or/not, and using comma with and. I have the following questions: 1. What is the meaning of, say: ...
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“Neither they nor I am an idiot at all” or “Neither they nor I are idiots at all”

I'm wondering which is grammatically correct: Neither they nor I am an idiot at all. Neither they nor I are idiots at all.
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How to discern this clause, grammatically? Word arrangement?

“Then came upon a world in ruins an anxious youth. The children were drops of burning blood which had inundated the earth; they were born in the bosom of war, for war. For fifteen years they had ...
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Independent Clauses? Noun phrases placed former to placing subject?

“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should ...
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May this seem like a complete sentence or maybe complete interrogative(?), no subject intransitive verb bit, or main clause? [duplicate]

"But what about Sir Isaac Newton, who some contend was autistic?” I may not get this. I may get here and there complete sentences may not contain subject verb object. I think they got to contain ...
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“in places recommendation” vs. “in the recommendation of places”

When I need to say "to use something to recommend a place", what is the correct phrasing? in the recommendation of places or in places recommendation Here is the full context (it's the ...
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What this photograph is of: Why does it sound weird?

I know that the following sentences are correct: This is a photograph of me. This is a photograph of my Brother. This is a photograph of my new car. But can I use this as a question? e.g.: Can you ...
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Can an object precede its verb?

The structure of "have one's heart set on something" idiom is strange for me. Isn't "heart" the object? So why it is not as "have set one's heart on something"?
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Can I rephrase the sentence “Can you explain this word to me?” into “Can you explain me this word.”

Can you explain this word to me? Can I rephrase it as Can you explain me this word?
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“ Give somebody something”. Is , “Give to somebody something”, possible?

After listening to the song "Summer Wine", I noticed that it says: Strawberries, cherries and an angel's kiss in spring My summer wine is really made from all these things Take off your silver spurs ...
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would anyone tell me what the term analogy here means? [closed]

I am wondering what is the concept of the bold part. A vivd example or explanation might be useful to get it. Evaluating Analogies Because analogical reasoning is so common and has the potential to ...
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What makes language easily understandable for learners?

What types of construction, syntactic elements and vocabulary make language easy or difficult for learners of English to understand? Are there significant differences between the difficulties ...
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What's ambiguous in: 'ideas are not beyond the capacity of more than 40%'?

Source: Rebecca Gowers. Plain Words (2014 ed). p. 186 Top. I numbered all numerals.   Avoid multiple negatives when you can. Even if you dodge the traps they set and succeed in saying what you ...
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How can I simplify 'too many checks cannot be at least as harmful as too few'?

Source: Rebecca Gowers. Plain Words (2014 ed). p. 186 Middle. Here are two more examples of sentences that have to be unravelled before they yield any meaning : Few would now ...
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How to dissect or parse 'ends to which the actions they command are means'?

Source: Hypothetical Imperatives, by Associate Prof Richard McCarty (... MA, PhD, University of Missouri) [I found the author's name at the bottom of 'Source'] Kant introduced a technical term for ...
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Sentence structure of “[Something] helped win her the respect [of somebody]”?

I encountered this sentence: Her unquestioned probity helped win her the respect of her fellow judges. I take it to mean Her unquestioned probity helped her win the respect of her ...
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Position of {submodifier + adjective} before vs after the noun

[Source:] Chief Justice Earl Warren's opinion for the unanimous court held that: Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival.... To ...

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