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Can prepositional phrases of adjectives move in front of clauses?

For example, I'm very angry at him. Can it be "at him, I'm very angry" or "at whom are you angry"? I'm responsible for my family. Can it be "for my family, I'm responsible&...
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What is the sentence pattern and the grammatical lable for each of the word

What is the sentence pattern of the below given sentence and grammatical lable for each of the word . "Sanskrit is the oldest language." Sanskrit is the subject, 'is' verb ,what can be the ...
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Isn't there a preposition ("to") missing after "IP addresses that devices are allocated"?

I was looking through the bregman-arie/devops-exercises repository on GitHub when I saw this question: What is APIPA? ...with this answer: APIPA is a set of IP addresses that devices are allocated ...
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Inside, just visible, was a baby boy, fast asleep

Inside, just visible, was a baby boy, fast asleep. It's quoted from 'Harry Potter' Book 1. What's the subject of "was" and the complement of "was"? Is it an inversion of "a ...
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It was Terry who hit on this idea, not me. / It was Terry, not me, who hit on this idea

(1) It was Terry who hit on this idea, not me. (2) It was Terry, not me, who hit on this idea. Is it possible to rephrase (1) as (2)? (1) is quoted from a grammar book for Japanese high school ...
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End-weight how I interpret

As you know, I played soccer instead on Monday. and I played soccer on Monday instead. mean the same. if end-weight is applied, should I interpret reversely? For example, can I played soccer twice on ...
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"Both the local authority and <myself> <me> <I> have gone to the minister." — Do all these pronouns work here?

I'd like to know what pronouns I can use inside the construction "both ... and ..." when it's used as a subject. For this purpose, I have the following example: the textbook "the ...
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Is the phrase "alone work" legitimate?

For the purpose of a cover letter, would it be legitimate to use the phrase "alone work" to describe your past professional activities that were conducted individually? Is it grammatically ...
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Positions of an adverb "quickly"

My question has occured after I read this question "Confusion over the position of an adverb." Ian R answers (1) I can run quickly to the store , and (2) I can quickly run to the store ! ...
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end-weight principle

a) To check / b) checking the weather before you go outside in this country is important. [told to a tourist] How normal is this sentence to you -- slightly unidiomatic or very much so? I'm asking ...
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Syntax question. Why does this sentence sound awkward when I move the adverbial phrase?

Correct sentence: The dog roams the streets every day. Incorrect sentence: The dog roams every day the streets. Every day is an adverbial phrase that means "each day." I know the second ...
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What is the percentage of the songs, you have listened to today, did you like? [closed]

1 What is the percentage of the songs, you have listened to today, did you like? 2 What is the percentage of the songs, you have listened to today, you liked? 3 What is the percentage of the songs, ...
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Is there a difference in focus between "I'm working in my room" and "I'm in my room working" due to the word order?

Do these mean the same thing or is there a different focus in each? I'm working in my room. I'm in my room working.
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Adverbs in mid postition and end position

I walk slowly I slowly walk Both sentences are right because I use adverbs in end and mid position, yes? Only one exception is badly which always goes in the end right?
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Possessive word order "English's accommodation spending on holiday reached 55% in 2012"

Is this sentence correct to describe a chart? Sometimes I get confused between using x of x versus x's. I want to say that the British spent 55% on accommodation on weekend holidays in 2022. Does this ...
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"I have bought it" versus "I have it bought"

I have bought it (Present Perfect) I have it bought. (Present Simple ??) What's the difference in the meaning between these two sentences?
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Why "I use social media too much" and not "I use too much social media"

When using "too much", it is put after the verb & before the uncountable noun e.g. I drink too much coffee. However, this sounds strange in the sentence: I use too much social media. ...
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Does use of superlative adjective affect the order of adjectives?

According to an article about adjective order by Cambridge Dictionary, the following adjective order is correct: a small young man But is the order the same when you make one of the adjectives ...
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"There is ... here" vs "Here is a book"

What is the difference between these two? There is a book here. Here is a book.
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"Here are" word order

A. What is the difference between these two? Here are the letters for you. The letters for you are here. B. Which one (or both) has the same meaning for distant objects in the sentence below? There ...
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Which short answers are correct? [closed]

A. I have never been to New Jersey. Neither have I. I haven’t either. I haven’t too. I neither. Me neither. All of these answers are correct (grammatical)? Please sort these answers in descending ...
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What are the differences in the word orders? [closed]

All the sentences are correct? What is the difference between them? I often go to the cafe. Often, I go to the cafe. I go to the cafe often. I have the phone only. I only have the phone. I have only ...
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Why is this kind of sentence still officially accepted?

I have just come across this textbook on English Language and Art. There appears the sentence Byline tells you who is the author of an article. As I remember, we all accept that the correct sentence ...
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Not only at the beginning of a sentence without inversion

There is one strange passage in Practical English Usage: In the rather formal structure not only ... but also, the expressions not only and but also can go immediately before the words or expressions ...
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Is "study abroad program" correct?

Is "study abroad program" correct? For me, in this phrase, "study" is a noun, "abroad" is an adverb, and "program" is a noun, so it doesn't make sense that ...
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What's the meaning of "sundry great ships overspiring her from close without"?

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XI, published 1892) For that was indeed a day of many and incongruous occupations. Breakfast was scarce swallowed before Jim ...
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3 free months or 3 months free

Recently my dad and I got into a debate over a Spotify advert which said "Get 3 free months of Spotify Premium". My father said that it was incorrect and should be "3 months on Spotify ...
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Are the words in "The 40th-anniversary restoration of the concert film" really in the right order? Is this semantical?

The 40th-anniversary restoration of the concert film is a funk spectacle. It has also united the band, which split up in 1991, to discuss the landmark. — NYT For someone learning English, the phrase &...
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How does inversion work when starting a relative clause? Am I wrong?

The other day I had to read a simple story and then summarize it briefly to my teacher. At one part I said something like: The little boy was scared, so he ran where was Regina. My teacher told me ...
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What is the best sentnce to write, which one is correct?

1- I can assist you (in) learning English or Arabic and helping you translate your documents to Arabic. 2- I can assist you to learn English or Arabic and help you translating your documents to Arabic....
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Word order of "code blue"

I have a random question about word-order that I have trouble looking up. Why is it correct to say: "the band Heart," "the movie 'Up!'," "code blue," "evasive ...
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Is Maria her name or is her name Maria?

Does the different word order make any difference in the two questions below? Are they both grammatical? Is Maria her name? Or Is her name Maria?
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Why do we use interrogative pattern in "So was I"?

One of the examples I can mention is in Captain America: Civil War: Captain America: I was your friend. Iron Man: So was I. Why did Iron Man use an interrogative pattern (verb before subject) while ...
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sentence-final "really"

In the following sentence, why is "really" placed at the end of the sentence? Is it an afterthought? I suppose delivery in two days is pretty fast, really.
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Part of speech of 'thanks'

I was reading , and saw this sentence, 'Homo sapiens conquered the world thanks to above all to its unique language.' For sure, I understand what 'thanks' means here, but I wonder as what part of ...
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Is there something wrong with the noun phrase "the bear out term origin"?

Talking to a colleague who is more skilled than me in English I asked this: can you provide information about the bear out term origin? and he said I should have written: Can you provide ...
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Give something to somebody vs Give somebody something

1- I gave the keys to Sarah. 2- I gave Sarah the keys. I've already know the grammatical role of "keys" and it's object. What about the "Sarah"? Is it the second object or what? (...
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How to choose between "Results then were" and "Results were then"?

During typesetting, my editor made some corrections to my manuscript. Most corrections are related to the word order shown below: "Results were then used" --> "Results then were ...
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'Depends on what's you goal' and 'Depends on what your goal is'

Why does "that depends on what's your goal for life" sound less proper than "that depends on what your goal for life is"? This is one of the few times in English when it sounds ...
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I never thought there was OR was there?

There is so much in life to be grateful for WHICH I never thought there was. There is so much in life to be grateful for WHICH I never thought was there. I find both to be correct. The first THERE is ...
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Is the word order of this sentence correct?

I came across such a sentence in OED. They got in disguised as security guards. I'm wondering, whether or not the above sentence can be rephrased into "Disguised as security guards, they got in&...
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He composed me a piece of music vs he composed a piece of music for me

I would like to know which of these forms is more likely to be used? He composed me a piece of music. He composed a piece of music for me. I have a feeling that the second form would lead to a ...
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Unusual adverb position - 'know really' vs. 'really know'

For example, she suggests it is unlikely that the method will be able to measure species abundance. But it could monitor bird migrations and how they are changing in response to climate change. “We ...
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"geographically organized" information or "organized geographical" information?

Pointing at his new designed map, Tom proudly said that it was not a piece of paper, but a record of ____________. A. organized geographically information B. geographical organized information C. ...
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people in this country are/people are in this country

1 I know what people in this country are. 2 I know what people are in this country. It seems to me that the sentences can have different meanings. But I can't pinpoint the difference explicitly. Are ...
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Shortened complex sentences or simple sentences with multiple subjects/predicates

In sentences akin to "I like to cook and eat" or "John and Jill should come over tomorrow", we have multiple sentence members of the same type which are joined by conjunctions. My ...
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Is it correct to place "smiling" after the verb instead of at the end? "She reread smiling the typed note"

She reread the typed note, smiling. The phrase "the typed note" is serving as a direct object to the verb "reread" as it raises the question of what. While the participle "...
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How does word order work in this sentence?

I am very aware of the existence and importance of word order in English to convey accurate messages, but I wonder how did the author know where to locate exactly every word of this sentence... ...
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Why did the author use commas in the sentence?

Because he moved the adverbial four thousand years too late, which is normally in the last part, before to take the credit for atomic theory? I was sitting outside a restaurant in Spain one summer ...
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Can I sometimes move objects to start of the sentence?

English is a language with a generally fixed SVO (+ inversion in questions) word order. However, sometimes adverbs that are related to the main verb can be shifted to the start of the sentence, like ...
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