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Why use an adverb in "an arbitrarily large number"

There is no verb. The adverb "arbitrarily" is modifying the adjective "large". Adverbs can modify verbs, but they can also modify adjectives, determiners, or other adverbs. an ...
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What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups, etc?

If you absolutely need a word to fill in the blank, the closest I can come up with is "assembled." It's not particularly idiomatic to say that a body is "assembled through election,&...
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How do you determine the object of a verb in a rather long sentence like this?

There's no 'one-size-fits-all' approach to determining what you are asking, but here's a simple approach. You know that the most basic sentence is subject-verb-object, right? For example, "I like ...
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"Can be originated" vs "can originate"

Originate can be used transitively or intransitively. When it is transitive, it has a causative sense: it means "bring into being, cause to be". When it is intransitive, it does not have ...
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How would a native english speak say "if you look at someone's point of view"?

All of these would be acceptable. I would not worry about verbosity. John thought he was trying to help his friends. But when he thought about it from Jane's point of view, he realized he was ...
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A question about a adverb phrase

To get the terminology right you should not call these "adverb phrases". They are "prepositional phrases". These seem to be obligatory complements of the verb. The verb "...
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Embodied by vs. Embodied in

This is a peculiar variation on English grammar. Grammatically, “embodied by” uses the typical preposition of passive forms. However, other prepositions are allowed in passive forms. Bread is made ...
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What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups, etc?

In British English, you can discuss the individual members of an appointed body, or the body itself as a singular thing. Parole Board members are appointed, by ministers, under Schedule 19 of the ...
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after you havING viewed VS after you have viewed / after having viewed -- is this a special case here?

No. (3) is OK. Using the accusative or objective pronouns me, you, him, us, them, followed by a gerund form (in this case 'after you having viewed') is often dismissed as 'incorrect' by traditional ...
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What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups, etc?

Forms of the verbs "choose" or "select" could be used. Versions of text 1 might be: Bodies that are chosen through election shall... Bodies that are selected through election ...
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What's the difference between "we have grown to be" and "we have grown to become"?

I would suggest that these phrases are highly interchangeable. To be technical, I think "to be" generally refers to a current status. In example, "we have grown to be great ...
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What is the difference between "notice" and "realize"?

They are very similar in meaning but there are subtle differences in how they are used. Notice involves direct perception, such as seeing or hearing a thing, without necessarily thinking about it. ...
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Has been raining vs Had been raining

Yes, you are quite correct. (d) is possible. As always, the choice depends on the context. If you are speaking on the day in question, It has been raining since morning. But if you were referring back ...
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How do you determine the object of a verb in a rather long sentence like this?

Eric Leed identifies and provides [historical, sociological and psychological insights about the different elements that together combine to form a journey, carried out by a traveller]. The object of ...
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I have known him vs I know him

I know him from school. I know him from work. I know him well. I don't know him at all. The simple present in English is for general statements. It can't be said enough. It is not used with ...
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Are transitive verb phrases intransitive verbs?

Verb phrases can be both transitive and intransitive, in just the same way as single-word verbs. For example: He digs up the road. "digs up" is a transitive verb phrase, needing an object. ...
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