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Grammar of "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally–and often far more–worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond" [duplicate]

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond. -C.S. Lewis I am confused of the grammar of this quote. ...
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"A rumor circulated [that the queen had eaten her own child]" Is this extraposition? [duplicate]

A rumor began circulating among the people that the queen was an ogress and had eaten her own child. The bold subordinate clause modifies "a rumor", but is this considered extraposition? Normally, ...
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"What were they doing differently *that* had led to this dramatic improvement?" [duplicate]

What were they doing differently that had led to this dramatic improvement? I saw a sentence having the same structure as the one above. But I am not sure that this sentence is grammatically correct. ...
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Separating that/which clauses from their referents with prepositional phrases [duplicate]

How acceptable is it to separate a that-clause from its referent with a prepositional phrase? It's a problem I keep running into, and I'm not sure if it's too jarring. How would you rate the ...
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Need help with a relative clause from Heart of Darkness [duplicate]

I was reading "Heart of Darkness", by J. Conrad and I came to this sentence: "A haze rested on the low shores that ran out to sea in vanishing flatness." My question is: what ran out to sea in ...
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Does "That" have to be next to the noun it modifies? [duplicate]

Inside a prep book the following sentence is WRONG on the grounds that "that" modifies the closest noun "home". John F. Kennedy, one of the most social U.S. presidents, held many parties in his ...
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Using the word 'back' in a headline [duplicate]

I'm struggling with the way this headline should be structured: We're welcoming families back! OR 2. We're welcoming back families! I'm not sure what part of speech 'back' is in these examples. And ...
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Verb followed by relative clause [duplicate]

The boy who ate fruit came. The boy came who ate fruit. Here both sentences have relative clause "who ate fruit" and a principal clause "the boy came". Here is my question: Both ...
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Why is this use of the relative pronoun incorrect? [duplicate]

A student asked me if they can say: "The crabs are still alive which we caught yesterday." Instead of: "The crabs which we caught yesterday are still alive." The student's example ...
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Grammar of "all's well that ends well"?

What is the grammar behind the phrase "all's well that ends well"? I understand what it means (all is well because it ended well) but could not for the life of me figure out how this meaning ...
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"There exists" vs "There is determined"

Mathematical writing tend to be very repetitive. To be clear, I do not consider this as something necessarily evil: Mathematics is a language in its own right, and a very technical one, where most of ...
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Order of prepositions "of" and "by"

Quoting from a BBC article: What also marks the current protests out from previous ones is the emerging use by demonstrators of Molotov cocktails. I would have put the prepositional phrases "by ...
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moving relative clause to the end of a sentence

I have this sentence of which I am not sure: "Establishing a commission in six months at the latest who will determine the rules of appointment" I do not want to move time expression to the end not ...
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"But no man's charm is so practiced who knows himself well." [closed]

What does this sentence mean? I can't seem to make sense of it grammatically: But no man's charm is so practiced who knows himself well.
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Passive + that + v3?

I've just seen a sentence like the one below and couldn't understand its grammar. Three controlled animal clinical trials were found that supported the use of decortication prior to performing GBR. ...
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