Questions about the structure of sentences

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Sentence Structure Question

What kind of clause or phrase is used in the first part of the following sentence (Frail and seemingly disoriented at times)? Would you elaborate on its structure. Frail and seemingly disoriented ...
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Is there a name for this type of sentence construction?

"He was a thin leathery man with colorless eyes, so colorless that light did not reflect his eyes". What kind of construction is that? I usually see similar sentences being split into two sentences.
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I obligate or I am obligate? [closed]

Most of the time I do confused with similar like sentences. Explain like I'm 5. Thanks in advance. Research is: Are our consultants obligated to follow this Code of conduct? I am obligate to submit ...
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Identifying the subject of a complicated sentence

This sentence took me a lot of time to parse: For migrant birds, which habitats are suitable during the non-breeding season influences habitat availability, population resilience to habitat ...
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Correct Placement of Nouns in “Referring” And “Introduction” Sentences

I've a client A, for whom I did some work. After some time, a person contacted me and said that client A told me to hire you for this project. The person became my client B. Later, when I want to ...
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Is this a grammatical sentence?

One of my students wrote a sentence, shown hereunder in italics, and I can't seem to able to tell if it is correct or not? Andrew has thought good of creating some company and setting it up abroad. ...
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“the same as” or “the same thing as”

When comparing words, do you say "X means the same as Y" or "X means the same thing as Y" I understand you could get around this and be more clear by saying : "X has the same ...
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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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Should I use “an” or “the”? [duplicate]

The question is to fill in the blanks with an appropriate article : It is paradoxical that .......... average consumer cannot decide which technology will offer him the highest standards of water ...
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What kind of sentence is this and why would a writer use this?

Look at this sentence "Is there any doubt, demand the naysayers, about the terminus of this continuing process?". What kind of sentence is this called when the subject (naysayers) is put in between ...
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Should I use the word “that” in a sentence when it is not required? [duplicate]

In this sentence My sister told me that she didn't want pancakes for breakfast. The sentence would still make sense even if the word "that" is taken out. How would one decide to use the word ...
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Is it possible for a word in a sentence to have two grammatical functions at once?

I just saw this question, which is about the whoever/whomever choice in these sentences: I will kill whomever I despise. I will kill whoever despises me. It made me think; what is the object ...
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Is it grammatically correct help me ,with proper explanation,with tense explanation [closed]

You were got bored, weren't you? It that correct ,can we use all verbs in past tense.
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What is correct - “Take a look at it once” OR “Once take a look at it”?

I want to frame a sentence telling someone to take a look at some work I did. How do I frame the sentence? Please take a look at it once. or Please once take a look at it. To be clear - ...
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“accounts for up to” vs “is gained from”

I am arguing with my colleague about what phrase is easier to understand, i.e. "accounts for up to" vs "is gained from". My wording is the following: Sometimes this sector accounts for up to 70% ...
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How to use the word “proposition”?

Does it make sense to write "Therefore, the proposition statement of this essay is flawed"
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Does this use of the semicolon make sense?

I am writing my cover letter and currently I am writing "I am also a quick learner; I was able to learn Python in two days." But it doesn't seem to be very smooth. How can this phrase be better?
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“We must act and ACT NOW” - Is this sentence an imperative sentence?

I am analysing a speech and I'm unsure as to whether this sentence is an imperative sentence or not: "We must act and act now"
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Can't Understand Sentence Containing Word “Keep The Difference” [closed]

I work for a client at the rate of X USD (United State Dollars) per hour. Recently, he accidentally paid me at the rate of Y USD per hour. Y is greater than X. I notified him of his mistake and he ...
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Context understanding and structure of sentence

America's capacity utilisation, for example, hit historically high levels earlier this year, and its jobless rate (5.6% in August) has fallen below most estimates of the natural rate of ...
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Need help identifying epistrophe

I have a small presentation on epistrophe coming up and I want to make sure I don't say anything incorrect. Would the sentence "Ever since I left the city you, you, you" (it's from the song "Hotline ...
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Usage of “across”

Does this sentence make sense? "Each transaction generates a huge amount of data across the supply chain" I'm writing a statement of purpose and want to convey that a large amount of data is ...
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Structure of this sentence is not clear to me

How can I change the structure of the last sentence? Ultimately, Spam is facilitated by the low cost of interruption. Unlike written mail and phone calls of the past, there is no postage or ...
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Need help understanding a sentence using “to which” repeatedly

I encountered this sentence: "The funds shall be used to pay all redemption payments due on such date as between each Class A Preferred Share in proportion to the full amounts to which the holders to ...
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Usage of the English language in judgements [closed]

Having read judgements, again and again, I keep stumbling upon this construction which really irritates me, as I do not understand how people so well-educated can use the verb find in its wrong form. ...
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“X want to do Y?” as a question [duplicate]

I've heard sentences like 'He want to do something? OK' a few times, where the first sentence is supposed to be a question, but there is no auxiliary verb i.e. 'Do', so I'm confused.
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Is “Inversely Proportional” the right term here?

The effort required to design something is inversely proportional to the simplicity of the result. -Roy T. Fielding, http://roy.gbiv.com/untangled/2008/rest-apis-must-be-hypertext-driven ...
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I have a bad feeling about this. [from “Star Wars”]

This is a famous line from Star Wars: (1) I have a bad feeling about this. In that sentence, what exactly does the prepositional phrase 'about this' post-modify? In other words, is it an ...
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“What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.
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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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How do I identify a simple sentence versus a complex sentence?

In this sentence: When pigs fly, I will be surprised. This is a complex sentence because it uses one dependent and one independent clause. However, in this sentence: After this, I will take a ...
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What should we call a part of a sentence which is neither a word nor a phrase?

I would like to refer to a part of a sentence which is neither a word nor a phrase, e.g., "I will recognize" in "I will recognize you". Should I call it an expression, a part of a sentence or ...
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Early Modern English - How Many Uses of Conjugated Verbs in a Single Sentence

Using Early Modern English, can I have more than one conjugated verb in a sentence? For example, would I be more correct to say, "Thinkest thou that thou could take us to see him?" (Note that only ...
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To Infinitive or Not Infinitive

I am wondering if the lack of infinitive "to+have" in the section highlighted below raises any flags for anyone. People have been taught have faith and to trust — or not have faith and not to ...
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Flipping Sentences and Verb Agreement

Is the following sentence grammatically correct in regards subject-verb agreement? One of the main facets of the soul is the feelings humans treasure above all: love and compassion. The ...
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Why is there a negation of “ability” but not a negation of “agility”?

Would like to know what is the reasoning behind the use of some prefixes for example if one were to use "un-"able as opposed to "dis-"able the situational context is understood yet the same does not ...
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“When once they had done this, …” - what's with “when once”?

From George Orwell's 1984, part 2 chapter 9: For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and ...
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Is the sentence grammer correct? “During the meeting that … , I had …”? [closed]

"During the meeting that Dr. Edward Smith coordinated last month, I had the chance to meet with you and hear the possible projects ..." English is my second language, and I usually feel that my ...
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What's another way of saying 'Now that I am approaching graduation'? [closed]

What's another way of saying 'Now that I am approaching graduation' want to plan for.......? I don't think the 'now that I am' sounds very smart.
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Is it ok to use “follow” to start a sentence as an object? [closed]

I saw a sentence earlier today: Follow this checklist prior to embarking on your next camping trip to help you avoid running into problems during your trip away. I have a couple questions ...
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“Love is for real” or “Love is real” [closed]

Which one of these sentences is correct: "Love is for real" "Love is real" Please give me a relatively comprehensive answer which indicates which one is correct and why, and if both of ...
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How to parse this sentence by Joyce's in A Portrait of the Artist?

Joyce's sparing use of commas sometimes makes sentences difficult to parse for me, e.g. The gossip of his fellowstudents which strove to render the flat life of the college significant at any cost ...
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Is “So that, I can program microprocessor according to my desires.” a fragment?

Fifth, In order to communicate each component I should use some kind of IDE (Integrated Device Electronics). So that, I can program microprocessor according to my desires. This sentence ...
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Proper way of phrasing a sentence [closed]

I have a scenario where I had given some amount of money to someone and now he is asking me if I urgently need my money back. I want to say that it's not urgent to return the money. Take your time ...
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Trying to avoid repetitive words; I am tired of the phrase “have to” [closed]

As in: I have to do this. - It feels dull. Also I'm sick of: looked and next. They are problematic and I'm tired of using them in my WIP. So any help is appreciated. There are may other repeated ...
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How does Yoda's speech sound to native English speakers?

There have been a few questions about the sentence structure used by the Star Wars character named Yoda: Yoda's sentence structure What term can be used to describe Yoda's speech? When nine ...
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Is that grammatically right if I use two predicates without using a conjunction to link them? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically right if I use two predicates without using a conjunction to link them? There are many sentences using this structure when I read a composition. Examples: He became a ...
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believe that S+V/ believe O+O.C

I am not an English native speaker, and I have a question about the following sentences: I believe that Mary will arrive tomorrow. (grammatical) *I believe Mary to arrive tomorrow. ...
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Is the structure “need for somebody to do something” grammatically correct?

When you compare the following two sentences: John does his own work and does not need for others to do his work in his stead, nor does he involve himself in the works of others. and John ...
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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?