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A stand-alone list of independent clauses as a sentence

Clearly, in some cases an isolated list cannot be a sentence. For example, Apples, oranges, and bananas. is not a sentence. But what about a list of independent clauses following a ...
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How to punctuate an example indicated by “say”

I'm wondering how commas should be placed around the word "say" and the following clause in a sentence like this: If you have, say, a bucket, that you would like to fill with water, then ... ...
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Is a final comma necessary when describing a description?

Sorry, the title is a bit confusing... basically, which of the following is correct? Without a comma: Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother, the book you had me read during a camping trip which ...
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clause elements: Matrix clause

The sentence Although they looked totally inconspicuous at first glance, we knew they are unique and special. is given. Now, what I though is that "Although they looked totally inconspicuous at ...
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“Non-restrictive appositive” vs. “non-defining relative clause”

Could you please kindly provide some explanation as to why the second option (B) is the only correct answer to the following question? And why is it not the case that both A and B could be correct ...
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Should I omit the verb in this clause?

"As I returned to my seat, my heart (was) still racing, other kids started to talk to me." Is the "was" necessary at all? As an ESL student, I was rather confused as to why my teacher had marked me ...
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A trail of colons

I find I often, when writing, want to string colons together. Here is a recent example: These two moments would be likely candidates for retelling: they both connect the people of San Andrés ...
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double negation: unless followed by a negative verb form

"We will not cancel the game if the weather gets better." Replacing "if" with "unless", you end up with either: "We will cancel the game unless the weather gets better." or "We will not cancel the ...
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Why is there no comma before “and” before this independent clause?

This was at a moment when the magistrate, overcome with tiredness, had gone down into the garden of his house and, dark, bent beneath some implacable thought, like Tarquin cutting the heads off ...
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Can I use the word “not” after a preposition?

Can I write something like: among people from that country and among people from not I know it can be easily rewritten as: among people that are from the country and among people that are ...
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Comparing two juxtaposed elements by way of clause inversion?

What is this sort of sentence/style/literary device called? I'm sure it has a name. There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. It appears that a point is ...
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What is the difference between “excuse me” and “forgive me”?

I am hesitated when I use the sentence "forgive my fault, please." instead of "excuse me, please." because the word "forgive" has a religious theme and probably carries some additional meanings. Also ...
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when relative clauses is needed

Some native speakers corrected sentence A to sentence B in my essay. Could anyone explain why here "brings to" is needed? A. The problem of foreign language class at primary school is the ...
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Adverbial clause of concession in brackets?

I am doing a formal scientific paper writing and unsure of the following sentence: The representatives are visualized as the skeleton of the corridors (not necessarily the centerlines though). ...
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Restrictive relative clause or non-restrictive relative clause?

I am wondering whether to use a restrictive relative clause such as: "Multicopters belong to a family of aircraft called rotorcraft , which also includes helicopters, and although they appear to be ...
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“while I am dancing” vs “while I dance”

Which are more frequently used? 1A - I will be discussing the details while you are researching the data. 1B - I will be discussing the details while you research the data. and 2A - I ...
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the vs an/an + clauses

Here's the situation - I meet a friend and I tell her about yesterday Hey John! Hi Sarah! How was yesterday's trip? It was great. Karl took me to the country side to show me his new house. It ...
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What is a noun modifying clause?

This is actually a question that came up when I was studying Japanese. Unfortunately my grasp of the technical language of syntax is very limited, and I never fully comprehended the idea of a noun ...
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On the usage of commas with nonessential clauses near the end of a sentence

How would you punctuate the following? A decent if long novel. As is. A decent, if long, novel. A decent, if long novel. I feel uncomfortable leaving the "novel" dangling at the end of the ...
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Lots of questions for a lot of clauses!

I am confused over the use of lots of vs lot of. I am phrasing a sentence having the following clause : [Article] [lot-of/lots-of] [noun singular/plural] [verb] ... As an example : A lot of ...
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When to add “the” before a noun followed with a clause

E.g. "Although they work in most cases, they cannot handle cases when a comment or script is broken by the cutting" Should I put "the" between "handle" and "cases"?
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Is it proper to use “that” instead of “at which” to refer to speed?

On a physics assignment, I believe that these sentences are grammatically incorrect, but some other students disagree (especially on the second one). What is the maximum speed that the mass can be ...
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Must a coordinating clause always have a subject?

E.g., (1) You are getting yourselves into a very dangerous situation; get out of there at once. The imperative following the first clause has an implied subject, so would this mean it is a ...
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Use semicolon or period when telling a result of an action?

If you look at these sentences, the second one is result of the first: Alex shouts and feels pain in his leg, and he rubs the place with hand and looks at the leg. His leg swelled little bit. So ...
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Why is this that-clause a subordinate?

she was so tired that she couldn’t think. (Oxford) Oxford says that-clause above is a subordinate clause expressing a result. Semantically ‘she was tired’ seems to be the main clause, but there ...
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Can all transitive verbs take to-infinitive clauses?

Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear. — Jane Eyre It seems ‘your fate to be ...
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“Absent additional configuration” [closed]

I have come across the below sentence but it doesn't quite sound right. Absent additional configuration, permits will be distributed at a fixed rate. Is the first part of the sentence correct? ...
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“Had decided to call” vs.“had decided that we should call”

I have a question regarding using "had decided". I'm not sure if I can use either an infinitive form of a verb or a modal verb: We had decided to call each other when we are in danger. We had ...
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Is the clause “chances are” grammatically correct?

You've most certainly heard this: Chances are, he overslept this morning. I realize the comma is a splice, but it's there only to emphasize the pause that usually accompanies it. When written ...
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Use of “what” vs “that”

The following sentence was on one of the tests: What would you like to do that others have told you is impossible. Students have asked why that could not be replaced with what. I.e., What ...
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the function of small clause

She went back to her homeland, her mind free of hate. (English Syntax and Argumentation, Bas Aarts) Aarts says the highlighted part is a small clause that has the role of adjunct. By the ...
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Does inserting a comma change what is modified?

My question pertains to the usage of comma after a list of clauses of the form "X, Y, and Z (,) to/in order to <do something>" Example: Apply Equation 1, use Lemma 2, and exploit Theorem ...
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Comma after a long introductory phrase

Please help me with commas in the following sentence: As an example of the successful use of such a model [,] one can mention SymPy computer algebra system [,] which uses Python as a main user ...
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Clauses, and comma before “nor”

Does this sentence have two independent clauses? I do not like biology nor do I like chemistry. To me the last clause seems dependent, but I find sources that tell me to place a comma before ...
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Can a “because clause” be a subject clause? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sentence Construction: “Just Because … Does Not Mean” Consider the following sentence: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they're not after you. The ...
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Is there bad grammar in Cinemark's “No Texting” warning?

The sentence in question is "Do not be the person we ask to leave the auditorium, because we will." It sounds very wrong to me, but I can't put my finger on the exact problem. Nobody on the Internet ...
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Can a subordinate clause split subject and verb in the main clause?

E.g. are these correct? Following the rules, even if it's difficult, is essential. Following the rules, although it's difficult, is essential.
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Comma in “more than $6 billion to settle a long-running lawsuit, in a pact that also permits”

Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and some large banks agreed to pay scores of retailers—from giant Publix Supermarkets Inc. to an interior-design store in Minnesota—more than $6 billion to settle a ...
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What meaning “Chip on their shoulder” takes here?

The context is below. Bansal is the famous coaching center to clear Engineering Entrance test. Bansal students had a chip on their shoulder, even though they weren't technically even in a college ...
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“It is only me that is” or “It is only I that am”

It is only me that is confused. or It is only I that am confused. The first one sounds more natural to me while the second one appears to me as grammatically correct. Which one is correct?
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Is this an independent clause?

From Nate Silver's "The signal and the noise:" The amount of information was increasing much more rapidly than our understanding of what to do with it, or our ability to differentiate the useful ...
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What kind of phrase/clause is “as far as I know”? [closed]

I would like to know what kind of phrase/clause "as far as I know" is, and why.
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“while at the same time” + -ing form?

In following sentence, I'm not sure if I have to use the -ing form or the infinitive. I wanted to get rid of X, while at the same time not assuming/ assume that... The -ing form sounds better, ...
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Is this an attributive clause or an adverbial clause? [closed]

The radial-velocity method used Dr Dumusque and his colleagues will reveal the presence of a planet and its mass. This sentence is from an article at economist.com, and it's the first sentence ...
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Comma after To at the beginning of a sentence

I am just writing my master thesis and I am unsure whether to place a comma in sentences starting with "To". Here are some examples: To be able to improve the performance[,] it is important to ...
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Which are the main and subordinate clauses in this sentence?

Which are the main and subordinate clauses in the following sentence? Individual components do not directly depend on other components, which means that they can be more easily developed in ...
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Mixed tense sentence + When clause

Is it legal to write something like this: When I'm trying to post a form system alerts me with a warning message. I've seen people use this kind of writing. EDIT I don't know why (perhaps ...
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Is a single-word sentence like “No” an independent clause? And semicolons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comma or semicolon after “No” when responding to a question It started because of this: "No; I found the behavior off-putting." I believe "no", as an ...
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Is a comma in this sentence required? [closed]

In the sentence below, is the comma optional or should it (not) be there? I can hear it there when this is spoken, but I am not convinced it needs to be there in written form. In order to pass ...
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Position of verb for object clause

Is the general word order of this sentence correct? We investigate how strong the effect of X on Y is. Or, as an alternative, We investigate how strong the effect of X is on Y. In a ...