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Embeded exclamative clause

1. "He rewrote the culture of literature and put himself at the center. No one will ever know what mix of talent, ambition, energy and luck made Dickens such a singular writer" https://johnharmstrong.typepad.com/john_h_armstrong_/2012/02/charles-dickens-a-genius-or-a-salesman.html Is the bold part a embeded exclamative clause (not a embeded interrogative one)?Thank you.Read More...
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prepositional phrases

My goal is to become as fluent in English as are you. To that end, I risk making a pest out of myself but I'm sure you'll let me know when that time has come. In the following sentence, does the prepositional phrase "of his wife" function as an adjective describing Betsy? Does it answer the question "which one" as in "which wife?" Is it also an appositive phrase that describes Betsy? Is "in the robbery" an adverbial phrase modifying the adjective "of his wife?" Thanks. Pam Hupp, who pointed...Read More...
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Such

The Landscape of Britain: From the Beginnings to 1914 Such was his contribution to the making of the English landscape that it is almost impossible either to grasp fully the extent of his achievement or to realize that older, much more ancient landscapes everywhere underlie his work. Could you help me with these two questions? Can I understand 'such' as 'to the extent that' like 1 1 His contribution to the making of the English landscape was to the extent that it is .. Can I omit 'that'? 2...Read More...
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Correct verb to use

Which of the following is correct? His farm buildings SIT on the land his father owns. OR His farm buildings STAND on the land his father owns. I was trying to write ... The Open Space Trust owns the land on which the farm buildings SIT/STAND. Thank you for advice!!! This for a cover letter for a job so I want to get it right!Read More...
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What is she like?

Is it correct to say " what is she like?" question when one asks about somebody' s physical appearance? Is it correct and better to say "what does she look like"? Isn' t "what is she like?" a correct question when asking about somebody's personality? Thank you, best regardsRead More...
Thank you for your confirmation. I rightly thought that this sentence was used in a wrong way but I came across that sentence u in a book and started to get confused. It all clear now,thank youRead More...
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Easy or easier?

Hello everyone. I have a few questions about the word easy . 1 In the sentence below, would easy or easier be the right word to use? " If you had the right keywords, your online search would be easy / easier ." 2 I know that easy is an adjective and easier is a comparative adjective, but could you kindly parse the sentence above for me so I can get a clearer picture of what easy does in that sentence (what it modifies, how it functions, etc.) 3 I believe that easy can also function as an...Read More...

shortening

HAPPINESS JUST THE WAY I FEEL IT This is a repost. I feel happy when I listen to bird's sweet song that echoes from the treetop in the wood Would you confirm whether the followings could replace "when I listen to"? To my understanding "1,2 and 3" seem correct but I am not sure about the rest. I'd appreciate your help. 1 I feel happy when listening to bird's sweet song 2 I feel happy listening to bird's sweet song 3 I feel happy about listening to bird's sweet song 4 I feel happy with(or in)...Read More...
Sorry for the typos. Definitely, you are right. One thing about the sentence (3); Does it sound weird? Could you let me know the difference between the original and (3)? The sentence itself is incorrect?Read More...
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What that "that" and “it” refers to?

“In a Q&A accompanying the notice, SAMR said reports of internet-related anti-monopoly behaviour had been increasing, and that it was facing challenges regulating the industry.”[From CNBC ] What that "that" and “it” refers to?Read More...
Hi, Sarah—"That" is not a pronoun there, and doesn't refer to anything. It is a complementizer (or subordinating conjunction) introducing the second clausal complement of "said": SAMR said [that] reports of internet-related anti-monopoly behavior had been increasing and that it was facing challenges regulating the industry . "It" refers to "SAMR."Read More...
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subject

This is from a podcast that I'm using to practice my grammar. The second sentence begins with a question. The question "Her crime" is answered with "murdering a man just for the purpose of removing suspicion from herself." How do I begin the answer without a subject? Pam Hupp, who pointed the finger at Russ in the killing of his wife Betsy, had just been sent to prison. Her crime? murdering a man just for the purpose of removing suspicion from herself. Thanks!!Read More...
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present perfect tense v past perfect tense

Which of the sentences below are correctly in the past perfect tense, not the present perfect tense? (1A) The strikes might have been authorized. (2A) The strikes might had been authorized. (1B) He would have died. (2B) He would had died.Read More...
Hi, GreenThunderBolt—I agree with Ahmed_btm that (2A) and (2B) are ungrammatical. In addition, none of the examples is in the past perfect or in the present perfect. You have used modal constructions, which are different.Read More...
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seemed floored

Between "seemed" and "floored", which is the verb? Why the sentence is constructed with two "ed"? Stephen Miller seemed floored by the idea, raised during a fall Cabinet meeting in 2018, of  keeping open the doors for Afghan allies and other Middle East refugees to enter the US.  https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/03/politics/trump-adviser-stephen-miller-afghan-allies-us-entry/index.htmlRead More...
"Seem" can function as a linking verb, and past participles can function adjectivally. "Seemed floored" therefore works like "seemed surprised."Read More...
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USED TO/USED TO BE

Dear Sir I mentioned 6 sentences here. I would like to know that some sentences are used after "used to be" with "ing" form and some are used after "used to be" with "ed" form and some are used "used to" without "be". Why? 1) I used to be recording every day 2 I used to bunk my 9th standard classes and record and come back. 3) My dad has been an actor for 12 years, he used to be Ram at one of the Ramlila productions that used to be performed in Delhi. 4) I used to be a tape recorder then. 5)...Read More...
I have just seen the post of yours that Gustavo forwarded to the moderation queue and have no intention of ever providing you with an explanation again. Should you post something like that again, you will be banned from the site.Read More...
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....., as well as....

Can I have a comma before "as well as"? If can't, why? If can, what is the difference? The letter was led by Reps. Jason Crow of Colorado as well as three Democrats in some of the most competitive districts in the country https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/03/politics/house-democrats-blinken-letter-afghanistan/index.htmlRead More...
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About the meaning of the auxiliary verb "should"

Hello, I have a minor question. There is a sentence that "It crossed my mind that I should combine my study with something I enjoy doing" in the textbook for English learners.  According to the model answer, "should" has the similar meaning to "it would be better" and indicates a mild suggestion in the context. But I think "should", in this case, has a stronger meaning like "ought to" and indicates a strong will. Would you give me some advice?Read More...
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toward vs towards

Why "toward" is written without "s"? "Toward" is a preposition, right? An ideologically diverse group of Democrats is pushing Secretary of State Antony Blinken to take specific steps toward helping thousands of individuals still seeking to leave Afghanistan, underscoring the widespread concern still lingering in Congress over the evacuation effort from the war-torn country. https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/03/politics/house-democrats-blinken-letter-afghanistan/index.htmlRead More...
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maybe a touch of seersucker

1) My jacket's gonna be cut slim and checked 2) Maybe a touch of seersucker with an open neck Source: https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/3557977/Th ... a+and+Sand Is '1' grammatical? I guess it is supposed to mean: My jacket's gonna be cut slim and it is going to be checked. In '2' does the 'maybe' modify 'with an open neck' as well? Do we know if it might have an open neck or it definitely will have an open neck? 3) It might have a touch of seersucker with an open neck. It seems to me that in '3'...Read More...

Which

"Which" in the sentence below is referring to the withdrawal process and chaotic evacuation or failed to get every American out of the country? Several Democrats have been very vocal in their criticism of Biden's handling of the withdrawal process and chaotic evacuation of Kabul, which, by the President's own admission, failed to get every American out of the country. https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/03/politics/house-democrats-blinken-letter-afghanistan/index.htmlRead More...
Hi, Joshua, The antecedent of "which" is "the withdrawal process and chaotic evacuation of Kabul" and, within the relative clause, "which" is the subject of "failed to get every American out of the country."Read More...
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in, at

Hello. Could you help me? Which preposition is correct? If both, what the difference is. At Ramadan the roads tend to be very quiet. In Ramadan the roads tend to be very quiet. Thank youRead More...
Thank you, Ahmed, for clarifying for me what Ramadan is. I had pretended that Ramadan was like Christmas, which, as you probably know, is a single-day holiday. But Ramadan is clearly not like Christmas. I defer to your answer.Read More...
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not so much

Can one say a. You are expected to produce traditional musical compositions, not so much experimental ones. ? Does that mean that you have to produce fewer experimental compositions, none at all, or compositions that are more traditional than experimental? Many thanks.Read More...
Hi, Azz—The intended meaning of (a) is surely that "you have to," as you say, "produce . . . compositions that are more traditional than experimental."Read More...
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conservation Vs. conservationS

My greetings to you all; Can we use the word "conservation" in a countable sense? Almost all accredited dictionaries have ignored the countable sense of the word "conservation". However, Michael Swan used it in his "PEU - 119.6" In addition to Michael Swan's PEU, I have found it in some online dictionaries: Wordsense Dictionary https://www.wordsense.eu/conservatorial/ Top meaning Dictionary https://topmeaning.com/english/conservation Cambridge Dictionary...Read More...
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Feel happy

HAPPINESS JUST THE WAY I FEEL IT I feel happy when I listen to bird's sweet song that echoes from the treetop in the wood Would you confirm whether the followings could replace "when I listen to"? To my understanding "1,2 and 3" seem correct but The last two, I don' know. 1 I feel happy when listening to bird's sweet song 2 I feel happy listening to bird's sweet song 3 I feel happy about listening to bird's sweet song 4 I feel happy with(or in) listening to bird's sweet song 5 I feel happy...Read More...

do

Social Psychology: Core Concepts and Emerging Trends 1 People often feel like others are paying more attention to them than they are 2 People often feel like others are paying more attention to them than they do. "do" could be a substitute for " are" here? ThanksRead More...
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