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

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The sentence with the most prepositions at its end — does it really work?

What did you bring that book that I don't want to be read to from out of about 'Down Under' up for? I was wondering whether this sentence is actually correct and if it is, whether someone could ...
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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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How to properly write sentence with double words

I commonly come across sentences where I have to write the same word twice such as, This is what I've been looking for for a long time. and in these cases I just try to rewrite the sentence to ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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“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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Is this sentence a run-on sentence?

The milk having soured, Martha drank her coffee black. Is this sentence a run-on sentence, or is it an (grammatically) acceptable sentence?
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“so does/so did” [closed]

In a middle of a conversation, I came across the following situation. My friend said, "The weather forecast says it's going to be rainy this weekend." I wanted to say, "It also said that for the ...
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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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Use of the word “that”: [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there rules about using “that” to join two clauses? In the following, does the word "that" belong? "He said that we should go fishing."
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Meaning of 'full reality to change'

Therefore, classic ontology denies any full reality to change, which is conceived as only accidental and not essential In the above sentence, which is the object(or complement) of the 'deny'? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Interpretation of “which must be widely open to tourist visits” [migrated]

Particular care should be devoted to preserving and upgrading monuments, shrines and museums as well as archaeological and historic sites which must be widely open to tourist visits. ...
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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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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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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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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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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?