Questions pertaining to the structure of phrases and sentences.

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Possessive-gerund/ sentence structure

Here's an alternative/clearer version of my original question: Consider the following sentence: Instead of his being stationed on a plank, I want him on a pedestal. This shows the possessive ...
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Can parallelism be defined as a syntactic structure?

Can parallelism be defined as a syntactic structure? In my course, we study parallelism as an example of syntactic patterning. However, would it be ok to call it a syntactic structure?
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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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Where do I put this phrase in a phrase structure tree?

I am not sure where to put the AdvP in this sentence when drawing a phrase structure tree. This is the sentence I would like to create the tree for: "The car Sam bought last week won the big race." ...
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Is there a term for this phenomenon?

I've been wondering for a while now whether there is a word (or linguistic term) that specifically refers to an instance where a clause can be part of either the clause before it or the clause after ...
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Grammatical usage of prepositions: before or after “not only …but also…”

Which one is more universal, before or after "not only...but also..."? I saw a sentence in an article: ...masters were responsible not only for teaching their apprentices a trade but also ...
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it seems to be that? [closed]

I was curious about the original structure of the sentences. It seems correct. Original version: It seems to be correct. Well, it is a very well known fact. But what about the ones ...
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“We must away ere break of day”: What is this grammar? Is it alive?

This phrase appears in a song Tolkien wrote, and what was the main theme of The Hobbit movie: Far over the Misty Mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away ere break of day ...
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Future-In-The-Past Form of 'Should [subject]…, or should [subject]…?'-Type Sentences?

     Consider a present-tense sentence in which a story's narrator expresses a situation in which the character in focus is considering which of two alternative choices he or ...
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“In which” or “of which”? [closed]

I was writing the following sentence and became lost in thought. I wasn't sure whether to use "of which" or "in which". Are either correct? If not, what is? Strict-liability crimes are crimes [of/...
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The use of “of” at the start of a sentence

Of the tropical storms that occur each year in the North Atlantic, only about five, on the average, are powerful enough to be called hurricanes. Why does that "of" appear at the beginning of the ...
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Structure question

Would you elaborate on the following sentence structure and grammar. It seems somewhat complex. What is the function of "becoming prosperous" in the sentence? Is it a reduced form (if yes, for what?)? ...
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How to say a particular author is the only one you've read every book of?

Charles Dickens is an author. I have read every book he's written, and he's the only author who I can say this about. If I wanted to express this fact, in one single and elegant sentence, what would ...
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Is “I'm confused how it works” grammatically correct?

Is "I'm confused how it works" grammatically correct? Or should it be something like "I'm confused about how it works?" I hear and see Americans say the first, but as a native Mandarin speaker it is ...
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Parallel Structure: negative comparative

Consider the following sentence: Frank will not be honored for dedicating his time to orphans, as Fred will not be honored for devoting his life to the poor. A better way to phrase this might be:...
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pronoun reference

A small crowd meanwhile had gathered at the gates of Buckingham Palace. Listlessly, yet confidently, poor people all of them, they waited; looked at the Palace itself with the flag flying; at Victoria,...
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What makes cliche a useful distinct term as compared to idiom

Some context: I wondered about the distinction between cliche and idiom as seen by EL&U.SE and posted a question on meta (Where does EnglishLanguage.SE draw the line between cliche and idiom) ...
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How do I ask a question and make a comment in the same sentence? [closed]

For example, if I wanted to ask somebody a question and call them an idiot would I write: "What do you know about grammar? You Idiot" or "What do you know about grammar you idiot?" Or is it done ...
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Sentence Structure Violations

I am proofreading an essay by someone whose first language is not English. The following sentence I know, just by reading, is not right: All of the Algerians are still one of the individuals who ...
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Subjunctive or not [closed]

A citation from the movie Thor : I'll only be in the way, or worse, get one of you killed? What is the construction "get one of you killed"? Is it present subjunctive? Does it have anything in ...
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Level of certainty in “intend” versus “hope”

I am trying to write an essay detailing my short and long term goals and I want to convey to the reader that these are goals that I fully intend on achieving. I was going to say "I intend, not hope" ...
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Offer me (something) or offer (something) for me?

I have an issue with the usage of the word offer. This particular sentence below is giving me a headache. I am positive that these two subjects can offer me the best opportunities, as I take ...
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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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Sentence structure for formal report [closed]

I was hoping to get some feedback on whether or not this sentence is grammatically correct. It's for a report, and I want it to sound formal without putting formality before understanding, and I don't ...
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If there are two tenses in my sentence, should I repeat the subject?

Is it correct to say: I have done the washing up and am now watching TV. or I have done the washing up and I am watching TV now.
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Can Whilst only be used in mid-clause?

According to this entry in the Urban Dictionary on "Whilst" (2nd definition on this page: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=whilst), it can only be used in mid-clause. I have skimmed ...
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X “poses” or “provides” or “presents” challenges to Y

What is the correct (better) way to say that Y will be challenged by multiple aspects of X: X poses new challeges to Y X provides new challenges to Y X presents new challenges to Y Any other ...
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Different Ways of Asking about Future Possibilities

Your friend is going abroad. You want to know if it's possible for you to see them next year. You ask them one of these questions: Am I going to see you next year? Would I see you next year? Will I ...
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Sentence meaning…? (weird structure) [closed]

I came across this sentence: "Spectacular bright apartment interior design within bright colour could make any minimalist in addition to fresh impact." I think my English is quite good but I still ...
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Is the sentence structure “As A did something, B was doing something” correct?

For example, As Jerry and Ming argued about the many possible tile colors for the floor of the new ice-cream parlor, Maria was thinking about whether to paint the walls or wallpaper them. Is ...
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Comma placement in this sentence? [closed]

Please explain which sentence is structured correctly and why. If none of them are correct, please correct it and, again, explain why it is correct. 1) I embarked upon a journey filled with adventure,...
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Is “this object remains a valid inclusion in a discussion of similar objects” grammatically correct?

The wider context within which I am writing this phrase is: What is certain, however, is that early twentieth-century piano rolls, while not themselves audio recordings, remain a valid inclusion ...
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Sentence structure: how to combine the sentence together? [closed]

I was writing this in my paper. 70 million photos and videos are sent daily on Instagram, while Louvre Museum has 300,000 objects [Kaplan and Haenlein, 2010], which is merely 0.4% of Instagram ...
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Help with sentence syntax and style

A. Please follow the instructions below for a sample of what the profile looks like on their official website. Please follow the instructions below for a sample of the profile as ...
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Should I use more than one interrogative pronoun in a sentence?

I have to say " who came when, where, how" how should i write it, can I use when/where/how in a single sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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What type of clause can this be?

While I was reading a book, I chanced on a clause that I found very odd. It says, The sea, inches beneath me yet too far for my eyes, buffeted the raft. At first I thought the italicised part ...
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What comes after quintessence? [closed]

Singularity Duplicity Triplicity Quadruplicity Quintessence ..... what comes after quintessence? I used to know the name but now I cannot remember and it isn't easily googleable.
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Structure of the sentence [closed]

Which sentence is correct and if both are correct , please tell me how to use them properly 1- If you wanted to come , let me know 2- If you want to come , let me know
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A sentence that starts with “that”

This compliance, though inadequate, was sufficient to raise Manfred’s hopes. He trusted that his power and wealth would easily advance his suit at the court of Rome, whither he resolved to engage ...
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What is the structure of the sentence 'const to the rescue'?

The following is the context: Despite my fastidious coding habits, I have made a silly mistake and typed += when I meant to type +. As a result, when concatUnsafe is called, it will modify ...
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“All I've done” or “All what I've done”? [closed]

Is the "what" required to come after "all"? Are the following sentences grammatically correct? What is the grammar point here? I understood that there should be a subject and a main verb. In this case,...
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Inferred verb? Is it ok to drop the second appearance of the same verb in a sentence?

I work in a scientific field and when my reports are reviewed I commonly have them kicked back asking to add a second "were" before "compared" to this kind of sentence: The items were entered into ...
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“I'm not understand” — help regarding sentence structure

I am trying to learn/improve my English by remembering grammar rules. Every day, I read a lot of technical documentation and have many conversations with my colleagues from US. I already have many ...
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How is this structure named in English grammar? (main clause + object + -ing form)

I've been hearing this sentence structure for a while, so i wanted to learn about it but couldn't find specific information on the internet since i didn't know how this structure was named in English ...
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What does “It is not everyone who has your passion for dead leaves ” mean?

I am currently reading Sense and Sensibility and came across the following passage. "It is not every one," said Elinor, "who has your passion for dead leaves. Since I’m not a native speaker , ...
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How do I reword this sentence as an effective description for a resume? [closed]

I took over the bookkeeping for a small company after they had been methodically robbed (over the course of a year) by their previous bookkeeper. How do I word this in a manner appropriate for use on ...
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Is this question grammatically correct?

Something seems off about this sentence, but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence in question: Which countries is Nicaragua competing with? Alternatives I considered: With which ...
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Can we omit the preposition “to” in the phrase “be responded to by”? And why?

In an article, I have read a sentence as follows: In the Golgi stress response, insufficient organelle capacity is responded to by augmentation of glycosylation enzyme expression and vesicular ...
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What is the difference between “characterized by” and “characterized in”? [closed]

The electrode is characterized by the chloride. The electrode is characterized in, that the chloride comprises acid compounds.