Clauses are smallest grammatical unit that can express a complete proposition

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A few miles into the town — verbless clause, or adverbial phrase?

A few miles into the town, I saw a beautiful building that was now abandoned. I don't know if "a few miles into the town" is a verbless clause like this (Being) a few miles into the town, I saw ...
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as you see them in some movies

Which one should one use a. Patients in mental asylums are not dressed as you see in some movies. b. Patients in mental asylums are not dressed as you see them in some movies. Many thanks.
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Is comma needed before 'and' in this sentence?

We use comma in lists. Apart from that, comma is needed before and when joining two independent clauses. For example: I want to write, and I have stamps. Here I am clearly joining two independent ...
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Which clause does the adverb modify in this sentence? [closed]

I have the following sentence: "The KKK was a secret organization; apart from a few top leaders the members never revealed their membership and wore masks in public." Does the adverb "never" ...
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Why don't we use “do” in an interrogative object clause?

A friend of mine, an English learner (reasonably advanced), asked me to proofread the sentence "Could you tell me how many people you do have?" I told her to leave out the "do", but she was curious ...
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Should we use “esp not” or simply “esp” following a negation?

This occurred to me when I was having a conversation about sleep disorder with my friend. When I asked of tips to have a good sleep, he advised me to do a lot of workout and make myself as tired as ...
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This is a street on which many famous churches are

Is the sentence in the title correct? I had to join the sentences below into one using adjective clauses. This is a street. Many famous churches are on it. Traditional English: This is a street ...
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Negligence in saying something

When I said something and I want to state that what I said was based on some level of negligence, what phrase should I use? For example: There are two main parameters in the method: the number of ...
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How to understand without clause? [closed]

I am reading this tutorial, and run into the following statement: This is an SHA-1 checksum of the commit’s contents, which ensures that the commit will never be corrupted without Git knowing ...
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US English, determine noun clause [closed]

Would you mind finding the noun clause and describing the structure of this sentence? He always talked with whomever he pleased and did whatever he wanted
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Short form to indicate coordinate phrases [closed]

As I am not a native speaker of English, I often get stuck in terms of "phraseology" (indeed). So I'll try to make it clear using example. People with high rate of A often tend to memorize a lot, ...
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Listing independent clauses as effects in a conditional sentence [closed]

I have a sentence of the form "If X, A will B and C will D," and there is some disagreement of how to punctuate it. On one hand, it is a dependent clause followed by two independent clauses ...
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Clause confusion

I am studying SFL grammar and I have this sentence that I need to break down into clauses and say what type of clauses they are. Studies show that when caught by fishermen, sea trout are more ...
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Clause identification problem

The sentence is as follows: "All we do is just fight." My opinion is the only essential component that a clause should have is a verb. Therefore, an analysis of the sentence above would be that ...
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Should I use 'which' or 'that' in my sentence? [duplicate]

I can imagine this might be a duplicate, but even looking at the questions asked, I'm still not sure when I should use which or that. I'm uncertain whether or not I should use 'that' or 'which' in my ...
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Is adding a that clause to these clauses valid?

I am unsure whether I can use that-clauses or zero-that-clauses like this: I noticed (that) when we heard (that) to make noise would be forbidden was surprising. I told him (that) what I saw ...
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It saves you endless agony - Correct?

My sentence reads: It may not save you bucks, but, it surely saves you endless agony. Is this correct? Or, do you suggest any alterations?
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agree on that clause?

I wrote this sentence one day. "I agree with the author on that the structure of the poem is unusual." I read it again and found it a little strange. I knew that that-clauses cannot be used after a ...
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Should I use commas to delimit a clause that starts with “related to”

I have the following comment in my programming code: pop and store data related to nested objects from validated_data I wonder, should the related to nested objects clause be surrounded by ...
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Adverbial clauses or Gerunds! Which one is this?

In my King James Bible, I have found some words which look like Gerunds but they really are not, or at least they don't make sense when they get turned into nouns. Take a look at these examples: ...
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Nonfinite clauses with infinitives

In the sentence, "He loves to travel," "to travel" is described as a nonfinite clause (source). However, one of the rules regarding clauses is that they must at least contain a subject and a verb. So ...
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Some clause structure about “SOURCE said that CLAUSE”?

Suppose we have the following sentences: John believes that people are good. Steve knows that France is in Europe. Now, in these sentences we have some clause (e.g. People are good, France ...
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“People of different kind” or “People of different kinds”

Which of these clauses are correct? "People of different kind" or "People of different kinds" A sample sentence: This brings up the issue of how well our sample represents people of different ...
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Using a comma to seperate these clauses? [closed]

English is my second language. A co-worker who edits my work wrote the following two phrases: This way, workers can install the guardrail for the next level from a lower platform eliminating the ...
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Do I need a comma after the “or”s? [closed]

It shall not be published in any document or broadcasted or transmitted in any way.
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Proper punctuation when using “as is” to make a comparison

I'm wondering what the proper punctuation is when using "as is" to make a comparison. Example: "Venus and Mars are planets, as is Earth when referring to the whole world." I've noticed in this ...
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Should you follow parallelism even if you're only connecting 2 clauses/phrases?

Is the following sentence parallel? "The program commenced with the speaker explaining the definition of recollection, which means reuniting with God and that we need to have faith in Him." If I ...
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adverbials part II… I left the building with him…

Can one say a. I left the kitchen with the water running. b. I went to his house with my brother in jail. c. I went out of the bedroom with her naked. d. I left the building with my brother ...
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“With tiredness and underperformance the result” - Two adjacent noun phrases

Does anyone know what sort of grammar rule is applied in this sentence (the bold part)? I've never seen this before: ... something we should all spend roughly one-third of our time doing, but ...
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How do you use “as it causes”? [closed]

The researchers concluded that glare slows down reading because people cannot properly view what is on the computer, as it causes them to take more time to try to figure out what they are reading. ...
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Am I using in “which in turn” correctly?

The windows do not block out sun light which in turn causes problems such as glares, eye damage, and skin damage for students.
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Difference between an adjective clause and a noun clause in apposition to a noun or a pronoun?

What is the difference between an adjective clause and a noun clause in apposition to a noun or a pronoun? I am confused because the examples I found are quite similar. Noun clause in apposition to a ...
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What to call a brief sentence that comes before/after the main clause with only a comma

Here is my passage. I believe I'm doing it right, but I'm not sure why. Does this have a specific name? It doesn't seem like an interjection to me, so I'm not sure why I'm so comfortable using a ...
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Identifying parts of a sentence

How do the bolded sections of the sentences below function grammatically? (taken from David McCullough's John Adams) Philadelphia, the provincial capital of Pennsylvania on the western bank of the ...
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Non finite clauses

I wonder if you guys can help me? I'm really struggling to identify non-finite clauses as the online definitions (infinitives and -ing forms) don't seem adequate to explain them. For example, in the ...
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Clause Question

I was going through a reading and this construction confused the student: “Will we be able to talk?” I asked, my eyes red and swollen from crying, a balled up tissue squeezed tightly between my ...
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‘the condition that <noun> be <adjective>’

In a scientific paper, I am using a phrase that is something like ‘the condition that all the numbers be positive’. I was wondering what kind of construction this is (the ‘be’) and how it compares to ...
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The use of comma before 'and'

Here's a sentence that's quite confusing to me: You should provide a strategy that is based on the criteria specified in the document,and a formula calculating the return. What are the two parts ...
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“… a risk that it exists or will exist” - Sentence Wording

in the following piece of legislation, can you tell me if the correct grammar is being used? "A person acts recklessly within the meaning of section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 with respect to -...
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Adverbial clause modification with an infinitive

Given the sentence I am unable to join you while I am on vacation "While I am on vacation" is an adverbial clause supplying the time when this sentence is true. But, does this clause modify the ...
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Can the verb “include” be followed by a clause?

Is this structure correct? We guarantee to everyone high-standard care, which includes, for example, our client centre is open for you even of weekends and technical support is available non-...
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How to analyse the sentence: “Crap” is just a way for old people to say “rap”

“Crap” is just a way for old people to say “rap” By means of clause elements, I am thinking: Crap: subject is: copula just: adverbial And then I don't really know... is 'a way for old people to ...
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If or since, does it make a difference?

In these sentences below, does it makes a difference if I replace if with since? 1)If you are unemployed, why did you leave your last job? 2)If you are innocent, why did you flee? 3)If you are a ...
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Is this really just a problem with an adverb clause lacking a subordinating conjunction?

Here is the example sentence “While I knew you were angry,” stammered the fellow, huffing along behind his beleaguered friend, “this was not what I had in mind.” I figure that the "huffing along ...
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Help with what MS Word insists is a comma splice

I usually either accept or work around Word's grammar suggestions (I hate having red/blue lines in my documents) but this particular suggestion has me stumped. The sentence is "Striding forward with ...
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Adverbial or complement

I'm currently learning about the adverbial and complement components of a clause. My book says that "CEO" is the complement in this sentence: "The company made him CEO". I took this to mean ...
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Does this sentence exemplify an adverbial clause?

On the Wikipedia page for 'Dependent clause,' on the subject of 'Dependent words,' there is provided an example which supposedly presents an adverbial clause, viz., "Wherever she goes, she leaves an ...
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Is this comma correctly used? [closed]

I love to dance and sing, to laugh and play. Is this punctuated correctly? They are dependent clauses and all...
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Is the structure “This is because… and so…” grammatically correct?

For example, in the sentence: This is because he was smart, and he worked hard, and so he was very rich. Is this structure correct? If not, how can the sentence be corrected?
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Comma usage; introductory clauses [closed]

In order to, successfully fulfil the aim of the Partial Dispute Act, Section 1019bb DCPR stipulates that there is no direct remedy against a decision in subproceedings. Should the comma after In ...