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Words like 'place' in 'the place where/that/∅ …'

A discussion under a recent question brought up a topic I've been wondering about for a while: Only the word "place" is unusual and has the formula "the place where/that/∅", isn't (or should I say "...
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ambiguity?: to infinitive phrase as a purpose clause or an infinitival relative clause

I think the grammar of To-infinitive is the most difficult part of learning English because it is hard for me like ESL students to know which is which. I mean, I'm, well, just wanting to classify the ...
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Using the definite article in “I love the people who make me laugh.”

What's the difference between the two following sentences and which one is grammatical? Should I use the definite article in the second sentence? I love people who make me laugh. I love the ...
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May I use not to have here?

I like to use not to have but it sounds strange here: Comming from Brazil, a country lucky enough not to have hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis, perhaps necessity ...
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Why would you use the past perfect here?

It seems like I am caught between tenses again. I watched a youtube video and heard the speaker say: I could imagine that even the earliest human beings had asked themselves the questions: "Why am ...
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Are they appositions?

"The music interleaves multiple themes and variations, { some simultaneous, some sequential }" (source: Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things By Don Norman) Is the phrase in ...
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For or Since or Nothing

Following situation is given: Sue has been in France for the last three weeks. I have to repeat this sentence using, "She went ...", I would say something like this: "She went to France three ...
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Usage of Have got

Can I use "have got" like those? For examples: My mother wants to have got a child (or) My mother wants to have a child. He may/might/could/can/should (modal verbs) have got a car (or) he (modal ...
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Past perfect continuous for a non continuous action

http://www.eltbase.com/get_quiz.php?id=22 Level 3 - Narrative tenses quiz : a creepy story So who...or what...______________ around upstairs? The options are: 1) had walked 2) walked 3) had been ...
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Is it better to use past simple in that case

Apologies about this. Unfortunately nothing showed up regarding the order until recently. I will get the single packed and sent to you this week. I was wondering if past perfect can fit because "...
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Differentiating between compound and complex sentece

Our teacher told us that to differentiate between complex and compound sentence, just check if FANBOYS(for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) conjunction is present or not. If it's present then it'll be ...
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What are the differences between “there” & “in there”.?

I couldn't find any source on the internet that explains the differences between "there" & "in there". It seems that "there" emphasizes locations in general & "in there" emphasizes the inside ...
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What does “fostering inclusion” refer to, or mean?

India’s unique identification programme Aadhaar is a “critical” step in enabling fairer access to government services and has “tremendous potential” for fostering inclusion, according to a United ...
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“her dream that” or “her dream that was that”?

Which one of the two following options sounds correct? She told him her dream that her husband would buy her a pair of diamond earrings. She told him her dream that was that her husband would ...
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What is the sentence structure of the sentence?

At that time I had a much-petted, much-abused doll, which I afterward named Nancy. She was, alas, the helpless victim of my outbursts of temper and of affection, so that she became much the worse ...

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