Questions about the structure of sentences

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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 is ...
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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?
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Does the sentence “Just as many would agree, I, too, believe that…” sound okay? [closed]

This is the first sentence of the conclusion of my essay: Just as many would agree, I, too, believe that... I don't want to use "also" just to avoid repetition in the subsequent sentence. Does ...
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Present participle and perfect participle in subordinate clause [closed]

In what case can the present participle / perfect participle replace a subordinate clause? If the subject of the main clause differs from the subject in the subordinate clause, how is the subordinate ...
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“Forbidden” / “permitted” directly followed by object

Is it correct to say "He is forbidden wine" or "Wine is forbidden him"? Most often these would be expressed as "He is forbidden to drink wine" or "Wine is forbidden to him," but I occasionally see the ...
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Using multiple commas per sentence to increase the number of concepts that can be mentioned [closed]

I have a pretty loaded sentence with numerous commas and I am not sure whether the comma usage is appropriate. "Pyrene was shown to bind weakly, and one of its derivatives, 1-aminopyrene, more ...
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“Took off” or “taken off”? [closed]

My boss was talking to me. How could I have just taken off? My boss was talking to me. How could I have just took off?" Which one is correct. (or are they both wrong?)
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Does “but I digress” normally get used before or after going off-topic?

So i have the following "you've never pissed off a Miko before have you? they can forcefully bind a Geis to you if you do not comply to the laws they set for their shrine and that Miko really ...
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In the adjective+preposition collocation, can any other word occur in between them?

I am hungry for breakfast is an example of such collocation while I have lived by the bay area isn't because it has a slightly different grammatical pattern. My question is whether there are ...
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“I have been there first time”: Does this sentence sound awkward?

I have been there first time. The reason why I think this might not be natural is that the expression "first time" seems to describe "past". You do not use the present perfect with an adverb ...
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“the school was set in a little pray house with hardly any walls/without any walls…”

"the school was set in a little pray house built with bamboo and straw with hardly any walls". Is it grammatically correct? Since I don't know that "with hardly any walls" modifies "the school" or "...
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Obscure sentence

I'd like to know if the following sentence is grammatically correct: Deep perineal pouch is related above to perineal membrane. I'd like to know what is the correct meaning the sentence implies ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “Signal Advance?”

I posted this question, “Signal Advance”: Unsure of meaning or contextual use, on Biology SE, as the phrase was used in a biology text that I am reading, Recombinant DNA; Genes and Genomes - A Short ...
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Alternates for “If quoted the words of …”

Today, I have been doing an 'as-it-is' translation of a non-English text. I have asked the same question before but I think that then I was unable to provide a context for my question to the answerers....
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Is the second “as if” correct?

The effect of the sensory images is that it renders the pizza in a way that makes it sound like it bends the laws of nature, as if it is something so revolutionary that one needs to experience it ...
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What is implied by the bold sentences? [closed]

Malfoy : “But this is servant stuff, it’s not for students to do. I thought we’d be copying lines or something, if my father knew I was doing this, he’d —” Hagrid : “— tell yer that’s how it ...
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How are 'them' and 'werewolves' placed together?

Should’ve thought of them werewolves before you got in trouble, shouldn’t you? This is a sentence from Harry Potter I. Would it not be appropriate to omit them from the sentence?
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Is there anything wrong with the usage of “the more exciting” this sentence?

Nearly all of the editors of the magazine agree that of the two articles to be published, Fujimura's is the more exciting. Shouldn't it be "the more exciting one"?
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Problem with comma usage [closed]

Are the uses of commas correct? Or should I use semicolon instead. I don't think this sentence is grammatically correct, esp. the part in bold. The term Holon is the combination of Greek word “...
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When constructing a hypothetical sentence, do I have to keep all the tenses in the past?

If I bought that book, it would be so I had something to give to you on your birthday. Now, as far as i know, in hypothetical sentences, you have to backshift all tenses one step to the past. So: ...
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How can I rephrase this sentence? [closed]

How can I rephrase this sentence? Waitlist Me can add the name, phone number and status of customers to indicate with different colors whether the guests are with groups or VIP, ready to be ...
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What's the syntactic function of 'playing together' in: “ They spent the day playing together”

My attempt to analyse this sentence: sbj: They vrb: spent obj: the day What is the function of the participle phrase "playing together"?
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Prepositions in stative verbs in passive structures

I wonder how it can be possible for a 'stative verb', that is not intransitive, to be used in a 'passive structure'. I know there are a lot of passive sentences containing stative verbs. The ...
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Do passive sentences have objects?

I was answering a question on ELL and I came across a question of my own, namely whether there are objects in passive sentences. In this case the sentence was, Bobby was ran [sic] over by Billy's ...
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“Parallel Structure” in Sentences

Regarding sentences, are there rules that govern what gets called "parallel structure", or is it simply a descriptive term?
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Tense problems : present tense or past tense?

Tense problems. Can anyone help me with the following in the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 11: Qudditch, page 135: (1) That's where he was going when we saw him (2) he's ...
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Ending a sentence with “does” after verb

I found confusing the following type of sentence: Both work out quite well but the dwarf tends to have a bit more vitality than the elf does. Why do we use does at the end of the sentence to ...
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What is the proper structure for the sentence “Whose dog does this ball belong to?” [duplicate]

As I understand, keeping prepositions from the end of a sentence is a cardinal rule with no exceptions. However, "To whose dog does this ball belong?" does not seem correct to me at all. How should ...
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as little as 1 day as an adjective object phrase of a preposition

You can get your money back in as little as 1 day! It is a sentence I heard from an advertisement. Sadly, I cannot tell if this is what the advertisement said, for I did not pay much attention to ...