A complex sentence is a combination of an independent and a dependent clause.

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If one question is embedded in another, should there be two question marks?

The question I'm struggling over is whether, if you have two questions, one embedded in the other, whether you have a single, final question mark covering both the main question and the nested one, or ...
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How can I interpret this short passage? [migrated]

The passage is a part from Barron's 6 GRE Practice Tests. Yet if Coupland and his compatriots do not recognize their place in Canadian literature, Coupland does recognize himself as a Canadian ...
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Do complex sentences always need a conjunction? [closed]

"At her age, Minggay Awok's only companions were a few charcoal black chickens." Because of "At her age," does this make the sentence complex, or is it still a simple sentence? I do know complex ...
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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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Comprehending complex sentence structure?

When I read articles from New York Time and other popular news sources I have no trouble understanding the articles. Recently I was suggested about this website aldaily.com. The articles I see here ...
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Compound-Complex Comma Usage

I couldn't find this question on here, and I've tried scouring the Internet, but to no avail. It's quite possible I'm just not searching with the appropriate keywords. The question is regarding comma ...
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GRE : Choose any two words which when substituted in blank produce sentences with similar meaning [closed]

Sentence : Perhaps the policy prohibiting background checks was to blame for the fact that the police force, usually staffed by men of high moral values, had been infiltrated by so many__________ . ...
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in order followed by a sentence

Is this sentence correct? The matrix naming must be arranged in the order that they are supposed to be calculated. I mean from the aspect of in the order that. I feel when someone reads this ...
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Why Do English Speakers Use “Preposition + Relative Pronoun” Form?

there As I'm not an English Speaker, whenever I crush "Preposition + Relative Pronoun" forms in the books, newspaper, etc., it is not that easy for me to understand right away. ... it will gain ...
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Analysing this sentence: “I have received further confirmation that India and France will attend the debate.”

I would like to confirm my breakdown of this sentence: "I have received further confirmation that India and France will attend the debate." It is a complex sentence Dependent clause = "I have ...
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simultaneous dialogue [closed]

[[The question has been edited in an attempt to address the reason it was originally put on hold.]] Suppose that several individuals are speaking. There are two conversations occurring at once in the ...
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Sentence Completion: “The question of ___ in photography has lately become nontrivial…” [closed]

The question of (i) _ in photography has lately become nontrivial. Prices for vintage prints (those made by a photographer soon after he or she made the negative) so drastically (ii)_____ in ...
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When is it correct to postpone an attributive clause?

Normally, the attributive clause precedes the predicative phrase: The bag that he bought cost forty dollars. Those verbal valency complementations that are referentially identical with some ...
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Is the last line from The Great Gatsby grammatically incorrect?

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. I am having a debate with a friend about the use of separated adjectival phrases at the end of sentences, and I ...
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“He would go to the theater if I would go with him” - is this a correct sentence?

How to say properly in American English this sentence: "He would go to the theater if I would go with him". Does it look absolutely fine? First of all, I'm curious about two "would" in one sentence.
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Use of person years experience or another word for combined experience

I am preparing to write a statement about my previous company's founders experience in my resume and I am having a quandary as to how to write the following: ABC Info has been founded by people ...
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How to parallel “A be B” and “A do C”

From Barron's 6 ACT Practice Tests: The books are either explicit, describe graphic violence, or use questionable language. Is this grammatically correct? If not, is there any way to parallel "A ...
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How to handle ambiguity caused by long clause and compound?

I am composing a sentence: People who have children who score A's in school and have good health are very happy. In this sentence, 'have good health' is intended to be a clause of 'people'; ...
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What is the name of the verb form “I can” in the sentence “I think I can”?

I know that "I can" is the direct object, but don't know what type of verb form it is i.e. participle, gerund, infinitive, etc.
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How to avoid bullet points and use a longer sentence instead?

I can do many things: write with a pen while sitting smuggle milk through border crossings repent for thy sins with my sins I would like to say what I have said above without using bullet points ...
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The relative pronoun “which” and the omission in this sentence

The complete sentence: Yet I should point out before I proceed with this line that when I use ‘ideology,’ I do not mean to imply the now-familiar sinister connotations of mischief or falsehood ...
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Sentence Chaining

For lack of a better understanding, I'm going to call the following chaining: 10011111 in binary is 237 in octal is 159 in decimal is 9F in hexadecimal While I understand the sentence and its ...
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Joining homogeneous parts of the sentence

How can I join homogeneous parts of a sentence that determine each other? Can I use commas or should I also use some linking words such as that is? Example: By “circumstances” I mean not ...
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Two verbal nouns with one/two prepositional phrases

I have a question on English style. Take the following sentence: Following the Candidate Shabbat, all participants are mailed an official letter of acceptance to or rejection from the program. ...
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The use of “or”, “and” and commas in a sentence where various verbs should be correlated to various subjects

Assume you have a sentence where nk verbs v(1), ..., v(nk) should be correlated to n subjects s(1), ..., s(n), and you would like that, for each i = 0, ..., k-1, v(ni+1), ..., v(ni+k) are correlated ...
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Listing three items where the latter two are in a group. Put two “and”?

I am trying to write a sentence similar to the following. This one looks dumb as there are many jargon in my original sentence. This is an example with simple wordings: Our candidates include Tom, ...
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Condition interpretation - Mathematics

Condition is read as below:- Where juniors who have completed their qualifying or eligibility service are being considered for promotion, their seniors would also be considered provided they are not ...
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Complex sentence whose subject is a clause

In Thomas Harvey's Elementary Grammar and Compsition he says: A complex sentence whose subject or predicate only is a clause, need not be separated into principal and subordinate clauses in ...
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Can I add a comma here just for “rhythm”?

I have the following sentence in a technical paper: Recent research has addressed this issue in two important ways: by developing and improving on automatic algorithms and by exploring ...
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What's the verb in this sentence? [closed]

What is the verb in this sentence? The friends had to get the door open soon. I think it is open, but I am not sure.
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Independent and Collaborative

I am trying to formulate the following sentence: The general framework is composed of two independent and collaborative modules What I mean is that the two modules work independently but their ...
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What the role of this word (available)

I have a sentence. I looked up the word "available" . It is ADJ. So this sentence below have structure : be + adj + N + adj (isn't sufficient detail available) "There isn't sufficient detail ...
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Poetic syntax with “as” and “so”

Does anyone know how to describe the type of poetic syntax of the line: "As the deer panteth for the water / So my soul longeth after thee" or something to that effect. I'm not sure if this ...
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sentence structure: S + 'was that' + independent clause

Is the structure 'was that' + independent clause correct? Example sentence: The major difference about these two groups was that they were composed entirely of young children
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A question on co-ordinating conjunctions in a compound sentence

A compound sentence is characterized by one or more than one main-clauses joined by a co-ordinating conjuction, as opposed to a complex sentence, which has a main clause together with a dependent or a ...
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Is it appropriate to use it? [closed]

Is it appropriate to say this sentence please? My mother wanted me to grow up to be a princess Thank you all!
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What is the “material holding” in a company'?

I am working on a text and it confuses my mind. I do understand the meaning and yet can not be sure about it. It says: The arbitrator holds shares, either directly or indirectly, which by reason ...
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WHY should I put comma after a dependent clause?

For example, If you vote, you can have a say. Or you'd also have to put a comma after any other dependent clause beginning a sentence. So we should put a comma after dependent clause—why?
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Is “he takes extreme measures to ensure that he is seen by no one” a complex sentence?

"he takes extreme measures to ensure that he is seen by no one" I am confused. Is it a complex sentence? If so which is the Independent clause and which is the Dependent clause? I know that " he ...
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How should I parse a sentence that’s broken up with a dash?

What is the correct "parsing" of this sentence: Futuristic but not out of time — like an artifact from the 1960’s, someone trying to imagine what 2013 would be like. I came to two ...
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Post Question To

If Craig wrote a question on an online forum and the question was intended for Larry: Craig posted a question to Larry. Should the part "to Larry" modify "a question", or "posted"? In ...
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Is “a topic about which I could talk for hours” correct?

I'm a little bit confused whether the following sentence is correct or not. It is a subject about which I could talk for hours. As far as I'm concerned with English grammar it should be correct ...
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Use of the word “that” in formal tone, technical writing

I need help settling a disagreement. I have read many posts about the word "that" — probably too many, since I have gotten myself confused! In this first example, there are two subordinate clauses, ...
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Which is better: “how important something is” or “the importance of something” as the subject position? [closed]

Phrases can sometimes be paraphrased into clauses. For example, the importance of something can be paraphrased as how important something is. It seems that the clause version is used mainly as the ...
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“something that the author is praised for not permitting”?

The sentence is from the Official Guide for the GRE General test: Here, we must determine what word should indicate something that the author is praised for not permitting. I can not fully ...
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Nested parentheticals — restructuring for clarity

It's widely known that the name "JavaScript" is trademarked by Oracle (formerly a trademark of Sun, formerly a trademark of Netscape). What was formerly a trademark of Netscape? Sun? Oracle? ...
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How do I know when to eliminate the word “that” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there rules about using “that” to join two clauses? I see the word "that" used very frequently in newspaper articles. It usually is used after the word ...
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Is the use of dependent clauses undesirable? (in scientific writing)

I tend to use dependent clauses frequently in scientific writing. This is especially true when discussing a problem-solving process where the result from one step leads into the next. Here's a ...
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Isn’t the expression, "I'm not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich's having served under him for four years” confusing?

I found the following line in today’s (December 4) Time magazine article titled, Coburn Speaks Up: “On "Fox News Sunday," Sooner State Sen. tells Chris Wallace he would have trouble supporting ...
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Parsing a complex sentence

The following sentence is from here. It’s too long, and I don’t fully understand it. Can anyone help me parse it? Simple examples are likely to have far more overhead than the work done making ...