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Is there a typo in this sentence?

"[L]ife inside the state until the eighteenth century sharply distinguished between a formally unfree population (slaves, serfs, and dependents), on the one hand, and a large smallholder ...
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In the sentence "What are the benefits of earning money?" what part of speech is the word "earning"?

As another answer notes, "earning" is a gerund. If you look up its headword form ("earn") in a dictionary, the part of speech is verb. In your sentence, it functions as the object ...
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Why is "sally is a sandwich" grammatical?

Sally is a sandwich. Correct grammar. Subject "Sally", verb "is", complement "a sandwich". Sally is a name and must have a capital letter. The president is a tool. ...
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Is there a typo in this sentence?

It is hard to tell. There are four readings, all make some sense. (No typo) The smallholders got rid of these rights (in exchange for something else, (sense 1) (No typo) The smallholders "put ...
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What is the difference between the prepositions ‘upon‘ & ‘onto‘?

"The cat jumped upon the table" introduces a potential ambiguity. It could be understood as "The cat did jumps which started and finished on the table." Now pragmatically that is ...
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Carry the luggage for me, _________? A. Will you B. Won't you

Well, either is grammatically correct, but they have different meanings. So, "Carry the luggage for me, won't you?" implies the opposite: you should carry the luggage. It is therefore a ...
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What is the difference between the prepositions 'up' and 'onto', both indicating 'motion'?

Up shows direction of motion. You can go up the hill from anywhere on it, even from the very bottom. Onto shows motion to a place that is on top of something. The motion itself does not need to be ...
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Does using "there" a second time matter?

It is still grammatically correct with or without "there". "there" just points out that the doctor is in the hospital, so it makes it more specific to where the doctor is, nothing ...
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What is the difference between up and upon?

I wonder where you found that definition. It's misleading, I think. As Lexico says, The preposition upon has the same core meaning as the preposition on. However, in modern English upon tends to be ...
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What is the difference between up and upon?

I don't find We went upon the hill particularly idiomatic. Upon usually describes a position rather than movement. It's far more natural to say We went up the hill but you can say We stood upon the ...
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Preposition help required: which sentence is correct?

What would be grammatically correct and highly idiomatic is Nadeem has been living with his family in Murree for ten years Notice "years" rather than "year." What would also be ...
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Why is "sally is a sandwich" grammatical?

I do not view punctuation and capitalization as technically part of grammar because they do not even exist in the spoken language. They are conventions of formal writing specified in style guides. ...
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Go up/come down: Do both phrases imply the same thing on a fundamental level in the given context?

If we say a number 'comes down' to a value, we mean that it is reduced from some previous higher value. If we say a number 'goes up' to a value, we mean that is increased from some previous lower ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct and in a correct form?

When dinner time is not correct in standard English (at least AmE or BrE), it should be something like "at dinner time" or "when it is dinner time. we always go through the fact that ...
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