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Yes it does. 1)Since you are unemployed, why did you leave your last job? 2)Since you are innocent, why did you flee? 3)Since you are a Christian, why do you believe in a personal God like this? Now these all assert something to be true, where before they only assumed something might be true. 1) Does if here suggest a hypothesis, which means ...


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Because your theoretical sentence is a dependent (or subordinate) clause, the answer is no. However, as with many grammatical rules, if the context in which you are writing is informal (e.g., fiction), then it is perfectly fine and subject to your discretion; if the context is formal, you should more than likely not use a dependent clause as a standalone ...


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The two NPs after "with" are from the absolute construction "with tiredness and underperformance being the result" reflecting the optional deletion of "being". Similar constructions are "with no one (being) the wiser", "with the election (being) still undecided", and "without time (being) a factor".


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If that and who were used as relative pronouns, you would be correct: that would be used as the restrictive relative pronoun for things, and who for humans, but those sentences require that as a conjunction. He was so angry that he didn't let me talk to him. In the sentences below that and who are used as relative pronouns. Katrina was the storm that ...


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I don't think the parenthesis idea works at all. Let's remove "we suddenly see": Are a dozen or more sailing in the clear blue sky? Ok. (I'd love to know what are sailing in the blue sky). So, what did we take out? we suddenly see Either this means "see" literally; in which case we can count "them" Or "see" means to be aware of - Merriam ...


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Philadelphia...was a true eighteenth-century metropolis, the largest, wealthiest city in British America, and the most beautiful. The phrase the largest, wealthiest city in British America is a noun group (a noun plus modifiers), and it functions as an apposition to the noun group a true eighteenth-century metropolis (it indirectly modifies it, as a ...


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1 Relative clause (adjective clause): Fruit that is grown organically is expensive. 2 That-clause (noun-clause) as attribute of a noun: Your statement that you didn't take the money can't be believed. The structure of the that-clause in 1 and 2 is different. In 1 "that" has subject character; you could replace "that" by "it". In 2 you have a subject (you) ...


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The rule for use of that and which in relative clauses   (both words have many other uses -- this rule is for relative clauses only) is in restrictive relative clauses like the book that he read, or the book which he read, or the book he read either that or which may be used; or neither, if the relative pronoun isn't the subject. in ...


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"About 50% of the small intestine can be removed with little interference to absorption-with one exception." Firstly there is a punctuation error. The hyphen should be replaced with an em dash. "About 50% of the small intestine can be removed with little interference to absorption—with one exception." Answer Here is a paraphrase that explains ...


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In the case of your sample fragment, I would say yes, it modifies the nearest noun phrase, virtualized hardware components. To make it refer to the earlier noun phrase a complete virtual system, you would need to add commas (or better yet, parentheses), like so: a complete virtual system, consisting of virtualized hardware components, onto which an ...


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"What" in your examples is usually considered a relative pronoun (not a subordinating conjunction). And if you classify it that way, it solves your problem. In your example, "what makes me sad" is indeed a clause, with a subject, just as one would expect -- the subject is "what". Ordinary relative clauses modify some noun, but here, there is no noun to ...


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You don't use a subject when creating an "imperative sentence". "You" is generally omitted, but sometimes it is used. You (pointing one among multiple people) go. This is an example of an imperative sentence. If there is only one person in front of you, there is no need to use "you".


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It might or might not be grammatically correct (per Hot Licks' comment) but it seems clunky and redundant to me. This is because he was smart, and he worked hard, and so he was very rich. In this particular sentence, "This is because" should refer to some described "this" that comes before this sentence. For example, He is very rich. This is ...


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"A person acts recklessly within the meaning of section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 with respect to - (i) a circumstance when he is aware of a risk that it exists or will exist; (ii) a result when he is aware of a risk that it will occur; ... and it is, in the circumstances known to him, unreasonable to take the risk" It would be ...


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According to Grammarist (all the quotes in this answer come from this linked document), ... the subjunctive mood is used to explore conditional or imaginary situations. There are several uses of the subjunctive mood, one of which is: It’s used to make statements of necessity: It’s essential that they be heard … [Alternet] This is of the same ...


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Your sentence could be rephrased to the following when you put the dropped being back after each subject of the absolute construction: Will we be able to talk?” I asked, my eyes being red and swollen from crying, a balled up tissue being squeezed tightly between my sweaty palms. The full (longer) version before the construction will be Will we ...


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It should be people of different kinds. Both people of different kinds, and people of a different kind are grammatical, but they mean two different things. It depends on whether you are talking about several kinds of people, or one kind of people. For your sample sentence, it should be This brings up the issue of how well our sample represents people ...


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A. Simon found it extremely difficult to compete with the bigger children. The first thing to do is to work out what 'it' refers to. In fact it refers to the clause, "to compete with the bigger children, even after gaining the uphill advantage" Here is a rewrite with that substitution made: B. Simon found to compete with the bigger children, even ...


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I believe that would be a Dependent Relative Clause, also known as a Dependent Adjective Clause. We can know this because the clause can't stand alone (making it dependent) and it describes a noun (the undiscovered country, making it relative/adjective). A clear and concise link to understand the differences between dependent clauses can be found here.


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"when I get my hair done" is not an adverbial clause in your example. It's a relative clause modifying "day". Similarly, in "My hairdresser's is the place where I get it done", "where I get it done" is a relative clause modifying "place". It is more obvious that these are relative clauses if you use "on which" in place of "when" in your example, or "at ...


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It's not clear from the question how the requested word is to be used, but where a word doesn't really exist in English it may be appropriate to appropriate a related expression: The well-smoked man This is perhaps slightly humorous as it treats the man as a kipper. It wouldn't work in every situation. A better solution is simply to say that the man ...


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1. Neither is correct. 2. Of the two, the second is preferable because it uses 'who'. 3. You say, I believe that the first sentence is correct, because before "that" we have "angry", not a human. Is that correct? Well, "angry" is not a thing. It is an adjective that relates to "he" (a person). 4. He was so angry who didn't let me talk to him. ...


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Your question doesn't seem to be so much about what a clause modifies, but about how to determine the antecedent of a relative pronoun, (the noun referred to by that pronoun), in this case, "which." There are several considerations in making that determination. Proximity. The modifying clause has a strong attraction to the nearest preceding noun, which ...


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McCawley discusses such constructions in The Syntactic Phenomena of English, and treats the clauses you are asking about as sentence modifiers, whose relative pronouns have the sentence modified as antecedents. For instance, your first example has the structure: [S [S His wife was stunning ], which was always his pride. ] where the antecedent of ...


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Technically, there is nothing wrong with what you wrote. But as @Barmar indicates, when terms are introduced before their use, a common convention is to use let, not where. And when terms are defined after their use, where, not let is called for. This question is not so much about whether your phrase is correct English but whether it is as understandable ...


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Or even She realized that, because Paul took the money, he was an accessory to her crime. all three are accepted. The trend is towards lighter punctuation. And since there is no confusion in a short sentence like this, choose no comma. That is the current trend. The current principle is to read the sentence out loud and listen for the punctuation. ...


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Although still works OK in the first sentence; it's not impossible. Your example just happens to be capable of bearing the meaning "in spite of the fact that . . ". You could even use "but" in that particular sentence. "Although" fails as a subordinating conjunction when there is no reasonable expectation of one thing from the other. You wouldn't say ...


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Because while is serving two different functions in both sentences, ie. Although or whereas. While can also mean 'occurring at the same time', like in the sentence "while my parents were cooking, I was watching TV". You can't substitute 'although' or 'whereas' for 'while' there either without changing the tone of the sentence. Sometimes words just have ...


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Most commonly, dependent clauses are subordinate clauses. Though your second clause here is a main clause, it is also a dependent clause. Here's why: The second clause is considered to be dependent because of the coordinating conjunction but. This conjunction may coordinately link clauses, but it implies contrast. Whenever you contrast something, you need ...



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