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As either an interrogative or a relative, where can be thought of as a ‘pro-locative’—that is, just as a pro-noun stands for a noun phrase, where stands for a phrase (usually a preposition phrase) expressing location. It most comfortably takes (literal or figurative) spatial locations, either static or the goals of movement, as its referents—the sort of ...


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As @FumbleFingers points out, part of the issue with your first example is the asymmetry of your delimiters. "The youngest of us" is the subordinate phrase that should be removable while leaving the sentence intact. That being the case, you should use the same delimiter either side. Do remember that, unlike some languages such as German, English does not ...


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Dan Bron has accurately identified this technique as hyperbaton. It is definitely more common in English literature, and its frequency steadily decreased through time. Also, contemporary American literature conventions almost cut it out entirely. Its main use is to greatly emphasize the shifted phrase. Writing can become literally and even visually ...


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To answer your first question: blue is not an object in this sentence. It is a complement, more precisely a predicative complement. There are two sorts of predicative complements: subject-related predicative complement (also known as a subject complement) and object-related predicative complement (a.k.a. object complement). Blue in your sentence is a ...


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"It will be more difficult for Bobby to behave well if Peggy is aggressive, such as hitting him or teasing him." Here are some alternatives: "It will be more difficult for Bobby to behave well if Peggy demonstrates aggression, by hitting him or teasing him." "It will be more difficult for Bobby to behave well if Peggy continues to be aggressive, and also ...


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You could use like to replace such as.


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Yes, "such as" is too formal: I might expect: "It will be more difficult for Bobby to behave well if Peggy is aggressive, hitting and teasing him." e.g. Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence: A ... Page 740 Andrew S. Davis - 2012 He was frequently very aggressive, hitting and kicking other children and often throwing temper tantrums. ...


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Clause is a grammatical unit which is smaller than a sentence, but larger than a phrase. It consists of a single predication (subject+predicate).This sentence The sky is blue is is a clause which can function independently as a sentence and therefore is also referred as clausal sentence - a sentence which has the form of a clause just like Mary sings or ...



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