Questions regarding the rules for the formation of sentences

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Is there a typo in this sentence? If not, help me understand it

I'm having trouble parsing this sentence: (I hope I used "parsing" correctly.) Now, the history of Eliza Doolittle, though called a romance because of the transfiguration it records seems ...
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How common is the use of 'although' as a preposition rather than a conjunction?

Conceding a point can be expressed by means of – an adverb (however, nevertheless, etc); – a preposition + the point in noun form (despite this, in spite of this, despite the fact that, etc); ...
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Restrictions on including TO BE in “the only one [to be] X”

This English Language Learners question prompted me to wonder about... Q1: Why was John annoyed? A1: Because he was the only one [to be] refused entry to the pub. Q2: Why was only John ...
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Use of “as” with verbs? [closed]

Would you say: I don't know anybody who has as much energy as John. or I don't know anybody who has as much energy as John does.
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Syntax of the title 'king'?

Sorry for the strange title, this is my first question in this site; English is not my mother language so this may sound like a really weird question but I want an answer to my doubt: Why is 'king ...
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Is the phrase “who/what even is [blank]” correct?

I've been hearing a lot of people recently say something like: What even is a baseball? however when I hear people say that I get the gut feeling that it should be What is a baseball even? ...
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What exactly does it mean to say something is “grammatical?”

I often see the expression "That's ungrammatical" used to explain why something is not OK. For example, a user might post a question: "Is it OK to say, I are go to New York?" Most people would ...
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What is the grammatical basis for using “a” before a present participle (-ing)?

Example: When I called, he came a running. My first inclination was that it's an article and the participle is being used as a gerund, but that doesn't make sense structurally. My second is I ...
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Properly Punctuating a Parenthetical

I have a line in a document "Create New Path" which I would like to change to "Create New Path or Update Old Path?" including the "?" In my correspondence with others they may think I'm asking a ...
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When it is appropriate to use “-ing” in a dependent clause?

I tend to use sentences like these ones in my writings: "Bob kicked the boy, injuring his left knee." "Congress passed the brand new tariff act, increasing the prices of imported goods." ...
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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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Proper syntax of gender-neutral statements, order of his/her

I know that in certain cases, you can form a gender-neutral sentence with a form of "they", e.g.: If a person goes out to their car... You could also use "his or her" or some variation: If a ...
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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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“you have sooner or later to” - why is “have to” split into two parts?

Playing a sport, any kind of sport, coming from a sports oriented family and not trying hard, you have sooner or later to face some awkward questions at dinner, such as... Source: Tennis ...
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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 ...
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“Each” in potential subject position in compound sentence always pronoun?

This question is related to: "Each" — pronoun or adverb The sentence in that question is: M and W are letters and each has 4 strokes In that sentence, how do we know that “each” is a ...
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What's the exact meaning of this sentence?

I came by a certain sentence which is quite difficult for me to comprehend. It goes: "To the extent that being caliph had any more purchase than being Caesar for the Ottomans in the late nineteenth ...
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Can we parse this sentence in two ways?

Being a Maia didn't stop Elendil and Gil-Galad from kicking his butt. As of now, this is an apt comment on this question at SFF (Why does Sauron fear Aragorn if he is a Maia?). I wonder ...
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Strong /strɔːŋ/ → stronger /strɔːŋɡər/ - Why do we have to put an extra /g/ in front of /ər/? Is it a rule?

Ok, see this in the dictionary: Strong /strɔːŋ/ --> Stronger /strɔːŋɡər/ Why do we have to put an extra /g/ in front of /ər/? But "/sing" /sɪŋ/ & "/singer" /ˈsɪŋər/ do not adhere to that rule. ...
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When contractions shouldn't be contractions [duplicate]

I was reading a comment that was made on SO that sounded strange to me [That feature] should've better support in [the] next version My first reaction to this was that it needs to be "should ...
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Placing of adverb in a sentence

"This should perfectly be done". "This should be perfectly done". Of the two sentences, which one is correct? I am confused about placing of adverb "perfectly". Should the adverb be placed before ...
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How to study for a dlab exam?

My question is about the Dlab exam I will provide a bit of background first, my own research and then ask my question at the end. Background I am aiming to enlist in the US Navy and my college ...
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Roger Ascham his language

As I was finishing Ascham's "Toxophilus" I've stumbled over this phrase, the meaning of which remained unclear to me: "An other wil stand poyntinge his shafte at the marke a good whyle and by and by ...
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John ate vs John is too stubborn to talk to

I was intrigued by an observation made by Noam Chomsky in this video, namely that if we take the sentence John ate an apple and drop an apple to get John ate John ate an apple. John ate. we ...
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Subject, Verb Object (and so forth) sentence analysis. In particular: What's the Verb here?

I need help! Could you please look at this sentence: When I obtained a credit card, I began spending money recklessly. I'm doing basic sentence patterns, and I don't know how to analyse this ...
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Does including an indirect object in a question change the answer or just help specify it?

For example, I'm trying to figure out what the proper answer to a question like, "Why did the car blow up two weeks ago?" Would the answer to the question be simply the reason why the car blew up, ...
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What type of sentence is a list of dependent clauses

I'm trying to classify the following sentence as compound, complex or compound-complex: These are: a book with drawings, a man holding a picture and a statue. I think it's a complex sentence, ...
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Another flippin Comma Question!

This sentence is from the dictionary: "Congenial means sharing the same temperament, or agreeing with your temperament." How's the comma functioning in the aforementioned sentence? What rule is ...
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What is the correct adjective suffix form for tropism?

A tropism is a type of biological response where an organism reacts to a particular environmental stimulus. For instance, try searching for gravitropism or phototropism and you'll see what I mean. ...
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What is the effect/purpose of moving adverbs to the beginning of a sentence?

It's often said that changing word order serves to add emphasis to the element moved out of its normal place, but I have doubts. Take for example the sentence: I spoke to Jim about the party on ...
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The meaning of the MIDDLE ENGLISH “nother”

Very specific expertise is required here. The schoolmaster "shall not teche his scolers song nor other petite lernyng, as the crosse rewe, redyng of the mateyns or for the psalter or such ...
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Syntax - Giving proof something is a subject

So I'm trying to figure out how to provide proof that something is a subject of a sentence. I know to prove something is a noun, you can put determiners in front of it, and pluralize it (if it's a ...
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Ending a sentence in the past tense with 'soon'

I was marking some exams for my Japanese high school students, and one of the test problems is: Arrange the following words into a sentence: walk / started / they / soon / to Without fail, all ...
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Simple Syntax Query: categories for parenthetical asides

What are the different categories for parenthetical asides that are set aside by commas, dashes or parentheses? You have nonrestrictive descriptors which function syntactically as modifiers, ...
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Compound Predicates

When a sentence has two long compound predicates, why do people insist on placing a comma between them? The answers I received the last time were that it's just plain wrong, but I come across this ...
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Example to be or being

Do I say: ... with the most common example to be polar bears or ... with the most common example being polar bears? Do I have to use gerund or not? Ty
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too [adjective] a [noun]

Is there a term for this syntax? If you can say "a very good person", then why not "a too good person?" example: John is too good a person to do something like that. Why does "too good" have to ...
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Validity of `[subject] let [verb] [object]`

I'm writing my statement of purpose for grad school, but used a sentence that I'm not sure is grammatical. I inevitably decided on electrical engineering, but never let die my love of language. ...
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IC Analysis process and format

Would anyone be able to help with the process and format for a bracketed IC analysis of the following sentences? The furniture which I bought arrived yesterday. 1.a So far I've figured [S [NP [NP ...
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What is the equivalent in English of the French sentence part “complément de phrase”?

In French, a sentence has two essential syntactic parts (the subject and the predicate) and may have one or more "complément de phrase", which are optional parts. "complément de phrase" = "sentence ...
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Which is better: “related more” or “was more related”

It actually related more to his genetics than his behavior. or It actually was more related to his genetics than his behavior.
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It is possible + infinitive

It is not possible to keep abreast of the normal tides of acquisition. (Source) Can someone analyze this sentence? My first thought was that the infinitive 'to keep' modifies possible, but then ...
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Single Comma—how's it being used?

How is the comma being used in this sentence: "But we are not principally concerned here with sentence construction, rather with finding out what makes a proper sentence so that we know where ...
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The syntax of “ put somebody to something”

My wife, a strategist, knew better and began quietly mobilizing the forces that would eventually put our goods to rout My question is about the syntax of the subordinate clause. subj: that ...
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Syntax of phrase “The word cancer”

"On one of the mornings of disposal, a man from a second-hand bookstore visited us, bought several hundred books, and told us of the death of his brother, the word cancer exploding in the living ...
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Syntax of “It seemed to be a person”

How do you you parse this sentence? Here's my attempt: subj: It verb: seemed comp: to be a man (infinitive) is the whole infinitive phrase the complement or is "a man" the complement, and "to be" ...
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“ I kept hoping that…”

In this sentence, is "hoping" a gerund functioning as the object of kept or a participle modifying the subject?
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Adverbial phrase

What is an adverbial phrase ? I recently learnt 'to boot' , meaning in addition, as well. And someone was saying it is an adverbial phrase. I think I know what is an adverb, but never learnt of ...
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Why can't you use the word me before a proper noun

As per the title, i dont understand why it is grammatically incorrect to say "me and John went to the park" as opposed to "John and I went to the park" looking for any help on this available
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Is the writer of this line trying to shorten “time-saving and labor-saving” into “time- and labor-saving”?

Here's the paragraph is question below. The part I'm talking about is in bold. Festool has a reputation for producing expensive tools that provide benefits the other brands either lack or end ...