Questions relating to the pattern of words in a sentence.

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“the XXX something” vs “the something XXX”

I'm curious about the correct way of using the XXX something XXX construction. I used to have the 80 port, the 'English Language & Usage' forum in my writing. But at the same time I see that many ...
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The main verb of the second clause

The energy source on Voyager2 is not a nuclear reactor, in which atoms are actively broken apart, but rather a kind of nuclear battery that uses natural radioactive decay to produce power. What ...
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About inversion

Given the following sentence, Nowhere on her title page or copyright page is there a suggestion that anyone but Walker wrote her story. Can I invert it as follows without changing the meaning? ...
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How to avoid that “that that” that is so very awkward

In all seriousness, are there any common patterns or strategies people use to avoid having to write a sentence in which "that that" appears? For example: Evidential decision theory recommends ...
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Pre-clause, Post-clause

I have two possible sentences of the some situation and I am confused: Realizing he did not belong there, he left the meeting early. He left the meeting early, realizing he did not belong ...
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General rules for identifying conditional sentences?

I am trying to identify the subject and object in the following sentence: Come to me, and I'll give you a fight you'll never forget At first, it appeared as if whenever a conjunction appears ...
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Pattern: It is X that Y

I might be confused about the "it is X that Y " pattern: 1a That he is not the best player is a surprise. 1b It is a surprise that he is not the best player. 2a That he is not the best ...
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“I am going to attend” vs “I am attending”

Which of these two statements seems to be more appropriate? I am attending a meeting tomorrow. I am going to attend a meeting tomorrow. I am quite not sure which one to use.
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The phrase 'give you me'

There was another sentence that I wasn't sure about: "Rather, O blessed one, give you me boldness to abide within the harmless laws of peace, avoiding strife and hatred and the violent fiends of ...
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What's another word for considered ?

I was always considered different ? I have always been labeled as different ? I have always been categorized as different ? Is there a good word I can replace "considered" with ?
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Meaning of twenty testosterone-charged men [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Etymology of testosterone-charged men? What is the exact meaning of the phrase “twenty testosterone-charged men”? I’d have much preferred her place, as I didn’t want ...
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Grammar: “Just because A, doesn't mean B”

I hear this all the time, and often from writers, but it never sounds right. I found myself using it in something I was writing. For example: "Just because I stopped eating doesn't mean I'm full." ...
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Should researchers be cited by name, or should only the work be cited? [closed]

I am currently editing an M.S. thesis. The author uses the following construction often: "Nanot et al. have demonstrated the existence of negative conductivity in graphene [8]." where reference [8] ...
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Is the construct “[subject] allows for [object] to [verb]” correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the difference between ‘allow’ and ‘allow for’? ...or should it be "[subject] allows [object] to [verb]"? I am asking specifically for sentences in the form ...
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When is “will” used in an “if” clause?

Given the following sentences that use will in the if clause (which is seldom with if-clauses and therefore, I'm not sure they all are even grammatical or not). If you will/would kindly lend me ...
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Repetition of articles in a sentence

The following sentences use more than one adjective for a single noun. She has a black and white cat. It implies that the person involved here has only one cat which is black and white coloured. ...
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Causative verb using have/has

I can understand the causative form (quite less frequently, we simply say causal verb) with make and get but when used with have/has, it sometimes makes me think differently. Of course, I can ...
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Why is “being ” used in this sentence “it being a rainy day” as a present participle?

The following sentence is somewhat confusing. It being a rainy day, we had to abandon (or simply say cancel) the match. or Being a rainy day, we had to abandon the match. I think one of ...
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sentence pattern clarification [closed]

I am really confused with indirect and direct object... I am in need to find the sentence pattern for this sentence. He showed kindness to his parents.
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The problem is is that [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “The thing is, is that…” Does anyone know when or why people started saying things like The problem is is that... or The thing is is that... It's as if they ...
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Object or Complement

The professor wants to retire. Here 'to retire' is used as object or complement? Also, in "The man gave Amy some good advice" Is 'some good advice' an object or complement?
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“I have made an X to make an X” [closed]

I have found in a novel the sentence “I have made a call: to make a call.” The context is: the female main character is on the run and distressed, and to try and fix her problems she calls a former ...
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Difference between 'taken back' and 'taken aback' [closed]

A sentence is written like this, In this work of Pankaj Mishra, we are taken back to 18th century Europe where ... In this work of Pankaj Mishra, we are taken aback to the 18th century Europe ...
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How can you use “either… or” twice in a sentence?

I want to be able to say something like: There either needs to be X to do either Xa or Xb or there needs to be Y. (edit: since from some answers it doesn't seen to be clear, I mean that that Xa ...
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Inversion in “Only when the virus introduces its nucleic acid into a cell does disease occur”

Given this sentence, Disease occurs only when the virus introduces its nucleic acid into a cell. Is the following inversion grammatical? → Only when the virus introduces its nucleic acid ...
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“Seeing the rain come on, we took shelter” — complex or simple sentence?

Seeing the rain come on, we took shelter. This sentence looks like a complex sentence with a main and an independent clause. But the book says it is a simple sentence. Which is correct?
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Loudly is Complement or adverb/adjunct in the sentence The cat / scratched / loudly

Loudly is mentioned as Complement when it is actually an adverb or adjunct in the site, http://changingminds.org/techniques/language/syntax/clause_arrangement.htm . Is it right or wrong? I have given ...
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How to avoid starting sentence with “And” and “But”? [closed]

A lot of times my sentences start with "And" and "But" and they tend to run long. I read a lot of news articles and blogs and have not seen many sentences starting with conjunctions, but I don't seem ...
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Correct way of using 'overtake'

My sentence: My shop has overtaken his shop in business. Will it be okay if I rewrite it as: My shop has overtaken his shop's business. ? Requst: Please consider re-titling the question ...
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Is 'I would rather…' without an infinitive immediately following it correct?

Consider: I would rather the walls remain painted in a neutral tint. Is this proper use of 'I would rather..', without an infinitive immediately following it? EDIT This suggests that 'I would ...
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Would certainly have or certainly would have?

I have these confusions sometimes. Firstly, which among the following are grammatically correct to use in sentences- She would certainly have loved that. She would have certainly loved ...
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What are the references of the words in the paragraph?

While reading an article about persuasive games, I stumble upon this paragraph, which I do not understand the meaning of the sentences from the way they are structured. The concept of authorship ...
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What meaning does the word “remaining” add to a sentence?

From a paragraph that I was reading about the inoculation theory had this sentence: Those receiving a one-sided message showed almost no remaining attitude change after they were exposed to ...
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'no telling' embedded in a sentence [closed]

I was wondering if 'spread out over no telling how many years' is syntactically correct (Please see the quote at the bottom). Through the help of another forum, I now know 'no telling how many years' ...
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Determining main verb of a sentence which match with subject + verb + to + verb pattern

If I have sentences Member is allowed to change himself back I want to go to school He needs to stop What are the predicate of these sentences? Are they allowed - want - need, or ...
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Does this sentence require the pronoun 'they'?

I have the following sentence: There were several dominoes—some so precariously placed that I'd swear should have toppled over. I believe it's correct, but when read quickly or out loud, ...
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If I write two phrasal verbs with difference prepositions consecutively, can I omit the first preposition?

Give or take away something from someone. The problem in this sentence is that normally one would say "Give to" or "take away from" someone, but what should I write when I want to refer to both ...
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Are dependent subclauses allowed in the middle of sentences?

I have recently finished writing an academic thesis. During proofreading, my supervisor and I had quite a number of discussions related to the placement of dependent subclauses (I think that's the ...
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Adj + Noun + Verb to be + Same Adj

Is this a natural grammar or some kind of joke/internet meme? Cute girl is cute. Poor child is poor. Troll topic is troll.
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Sentence Construction: “Just Because … Does Not Mean”

I've already found an entry on this here. However, it does not solve my problem: I just read an entry on "cross platform" from Wikipedia, in which it wrote: Just because a particular operating ...
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Sentences excluding “being”

I am wondering about a certain type of sentence construction which seems to somehow exclude the word being. For example, A native English speaker, he was well suited for the task. Well versed ...
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What is the correct way to punctuate sentences that end with proper nouns who also contain punctuation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to handle a name that includes an exclamation point (or other punctuation)? Pardon the example usage, but given a proper noun that contains punctuation (e.g., the ...
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Dissecting an English sentence using a pattern?

I am trying to make a script that can dissect an English sentence. Problem is, I have no idea how to dissect an English when the words are not familiar. I know what the nouns, verbs, etc are, because ...
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What is the structure of “Long time passing”?

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE words and music by Pete Seeger Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing Where have all the flowers gone? Long time ago Where have all the ...
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How should I understand “There is no way around the fact that …”?

The question is based on the following text: Approaching crafts from the point of view of function, we can divide them into simple categories: containers, shelters, and supports. There is no way ...
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Volitional sentence vs. imperative sentence

What's the difference? Is a volitional sentence simply a weaker form of an imperative sentence?
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Is this sentence structure correct?

I'm trying to state in one sentence several things that are lacking. There's no A, or B, or C. What about There's no A, no B, and no C. Are these both grammatically correct? What's the ...
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“He loves baseball like his father does” OR “He loves baseball like his father”?

When I was learning English (non-native speaker here), I was taught that there is concept called "parallelism" in English grammar, which in my own understanding means that if I want to combine two or ...
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The correct usage of “too” and “also”

I always have problems in deciding whether to use "too" or "also". For example, if the previous sentence is: Peter ate the cake. Which of the following should I say?: He ate the pie too. He ...
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Why is there no form of “do” in questions of the type “who knows?”

I'm wondering whether expressions like the ones below are correct or not. I've seen them several times but they don't seem to follow the typical grammatical structure. Who comes? (instead of ...