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Putting to+infinitive at the beginning

My question is about the place of to+infinitive in some sentences. For example, 1- Before I went on holiday for a week, I was really eager to study at mathematics. I know this is correct. How ...
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interrogative and affirmative sentence constructions

Say we have the following sentence : The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held. Is it grammatically correct to place "is" where it's placed in the sentence, ...
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Though I could noticed or I could noticed though

I am trying to express that I noticed the presence of some files on a phone. Which sentence would be correct: I could noticed though, on the phone, some files and icons apparently leftovers of the ...
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Word order of "is it" in questions

Which one is correct? Is it good or is it bad? Is it good or it is bad? I am pretty sure that the first one is correct, but are there any cases in which the second one would be a valid option ...
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Commas with subordinating conjunctions

I have read in grammar books that a comma is usually used when making a complex sentence. For instance: If you keep talking to your mother like that, I will have to teach you manners. ...
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Is "now as well" correct?

I just had a discussion whether it is correct to say: This issue should be fixed now as well. I had the impression that as well always goes at the end of the sentence but the person I was talking ...
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Is the same (aux + subject + verb + comp) as (verb + subject + comp)

Hi everyone excuse me if my english may fail. I try to search about the different question types in the simple tense. but i see if i want to ask a question i use the form aux + subject + verb + comp ...
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Subject-auxiliary inversion in affirmative answers?

I came across a sentence as follows. Most teachers attest to the superior intelligence Ralph has displayed. Because of this, one of the teachers wants to register him in a local quiz show. When he is ...
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about word-order of a question sentence which is a line from a movie

I'd like to ask about a line in a dialogue(<- should it be a line of a dialogue instead?) from the movie, No Country for Old Men. I marked the line bold among the below dialogue. The conversation ...
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Why is inversion applied in some subordinate interrogative clauses when a subject is asked for?

Preamble The main concern of this post was discussed in this thread. However, both the OP and I were not convinced of the explanation in the existing answer and comments. I tried to talk to the author ...
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How should I order the sentence with "noun clause" and "wh clause"?

I hope that all of you have a nice day. When the subject is a bit long, we can use "it" as the representative of the "that-noun clause". What if the object or subject complement is ...
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Treatment for or treatment of?

This study describes a treatment for/of a diseased kidney of a 15-year-old girl. Which is correct (for or of). Does the rest also sounds alright or would it be better to rephrase the whole sentence? ...
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"... said Sally" or "... Sally said"?

I have always hesitated about the order S+V or V+S after a quote. For example, in the following sentence should I write "... said Sally" or "... Sally said"? "If everything ...
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correct word order: $200 of sales tax" Or "sales tax of $200"

Which one of these is correct? -"I paid $200 of sales tax on my computer." -"I paid sales tax of $200 on my computer." Can anyone please explain me the correct word order.
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"Municipality of <municipality-name>" or "<municipality-name> Municipality"

I was discussing with some people about which form is more correct regarding a Municipality, or other territory divisions. For example, regarding to a map of the municipality, is it more correct to ...
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"For what do you go to school?" or "What do you go to school for?"

What is the difference in the following two sentences? For what do you go to school? What do you go to school for?
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"He/Peter said" vs. "Said he/Peter"

We often see "said he/Peter" or "he/Peter said" after the direct speech : "Your information is out of date" he said. "Your information is out of date" said he. "Your information is out of date" Peter ...
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Than I am V.S than me

I have a question about this 2 options...I was talking with 2 friends about healthy and one of them said "You ´re are fitter than I am" .So my other friend said" No, it has to be than me not than I am"...
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Sentence participle II role

I have a sentence and I want to understand word "preoccupied" role in it. I became preoccupied with work. My analysis: Direct word order. I - subject, personal pronoun. became - predicate, ...
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Place of adjective Place in the sentence

There is a long Neva River in Saint Petersburg. Is it correct to put this adjective (long) this way?
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Have I used "Such a" in an appropriate way?

Have I used "Such a" in an appropriate way? Congratulations for having such a little bundle of joy.
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What is the difference?

What is the difference between I baked the cake myself and I myself baked the cake
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"others took to finish" vs "others to finish took"

Is there any difference between these two? She was a good student, finishing in half the time the others took to finish. She was a good student, finishing in half the time the others to finish ...
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"what are the best ergonomic chairs" vs "what the best ergonomic chairs are"

What is different between these two sentences? We look into different types of chairs to narrow down what are the best ergonomic chairs. We look into different types of chairs to narrow down what ...
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Which one is right about the use of "embed"

When I strongly believe in an idea, theory, ideology etc Which one is right : I am embeded in that idea / That idea is embeded in me or Is there another sentence, which is more appropriate, being able ...
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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 "Has As the Title" Correct Syntax?

While writing some information for an upcoming event I wrote this text: "There will be a final presentation on [a date], which has as the title: [the title]" When proof reading I was unsure ...
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Why should you care? / Why you should care?

A: What about you? Why should I care? B: Why should you care? / Why you should care? You don't have to. Are both word orders possible and natural or is only one correct?
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No way was I going vs No way I was going

Can you explain to me why there is so order of words in the sentence (from my book): I'd been asking Mom for a year to let me go back to Ridgefield, our hometown in Illinois, and see my friends. No ...
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The usage of adv + can

Some People say can only have same meaning as only can, and some not. So I want to make it clear. I only can get it. Does the sentence mean: I am the the only one who can get it? So, how do I ...
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Which is correct and why? "How can I not...?" or "How can't I...?"

How can I not know this? How can't I know this? Which one of the two sentences is correct? Or maybe they are both correct, but different in meaning.
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Where should I put "never"?

A) I never should have done it. B) I should never have done it. C) I should have never done it. Which one is correct?
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Alone among the animals on the farm he never laughed

I don't quite understand this sentence, especially the word order. The problem is that what part of the sentence does "alone" modify? Is it "he"? If I understand it right, can this ...
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Which one of these sentences is correct/more idiomatic?

So, I'm not sure which one of these sentences is more grammatically correct. The last one had just been sold before I got there. The last one had been sold just before I got there. I'm 99% sure both ...
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Changing the order of verb and subject in declarative sentences

I was reading a passage and encountered the following sentences: The advent of the mechanical clock meant that although it could be adjusted to maintain temporal hours, it was naturally sited to ...
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What is the rule for using ONLY at the beginning of a sentence that turns a prepositional phrase into a subject?

Only under this kind of environment can people live safe. Without only, it should read: Under this kind of environment, people can live safe. People is the subject and in the normal position. But ...
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as ... as structure is very difficult to understand!

I can't understand as ... as structures in English. According to grammar books between the two as we should place an adjective, but I have seen several cases which there was something else. For ...
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The position of "such as Google, Facebook, and Instagram"

I'd like to learn what places fit "such as Google, Facebook, and Instagram" in the following sentence. The internet brought new applications into our lives such as Google, Facebook, and ...
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Where to place "all" and "soon" in this sentence?

Let's hope all this will soon be over so we can get home to our families. Let's hope this will all be over soon so we can get home to our families. Let's hope all this will be over soon so we can ...
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Some Odd Word Order in The Comparison Structure As...As

As we know, in the structure as...as the first as modify the adjective or adverb that goes after it. We can also use a noun modified by an adjective in the structure; for example, They have as much ...
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Size 9 shoes or 9-size shoes

Which form is correct: I have size 9 shoes. or I have 9-size shoes. Does the number go before "size" or after? A self-note (note to self?) on something related. It's the 'number 2 bus'. ...
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He starts work every day at 9:00 am

Is it correct to put clock information at the end of the sentence if there is another time adverb such as in the mornings, every day or on weekdays in the sentence? Does it sound natural? He starts ...
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Correct word order in prepositional phrases of the type to be + verb + preposition

which are correct word orders for prepositional phrases of the type to be + verb + preposition? E.g., which of the following examples containing the phrase to be aware of are correct? ...the fact,...
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Difference between "the only two" and "only the two"

What is the difference (e.g. usage and meaning) between "(There are) the only two (words)" and "(There are) only the two (words)"? What is the difference in meaning between A form ...
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Oil price cutting or cutting oil prices

Which of these is correct and why? The inflation in commodity was led by oil price cutting or The inflation in commodity was led by cutting oil prices
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'Said distracted mum' vs 'distracted mum said'?

I write fairytale, and I wonder if I can write something like: "'It was strange.' Said distracted mum" or maybe the form "distracted mum said" has to be for every time? I'd like ...
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Word order in product name

I am confused about word order when using the name of the product and its colour. For example: the product’s name is “Barrel Bag”. It comes in black colour. So what is correct here: Buy our Black ...
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quality of food or food quality?

Which one is better? Visitors picked up food quality as the prominent advantage of the island. Visitors picked up quality of food as the prominent advantage of the island. I know that "food ...
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Adjectives in the introductory there structure can come after nouns?

I have seen in some grammar book the following pattern, which allows to place an adjective after a noun: A shelf is empty. ➔ There is a shelf empty. I want to know whether the above pattern is a ...
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Which sentence is more grammatically correct as well as sounds more natural using the verb "to reminisce"?

I'm writing about my project and want to explain how the location looked like years ago when the city used to be more green. Now I am not sure which of the below sentences is more grammatically ...
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