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What is the verbless clause? [duplicate]

I want to give some examples of a special type of clause. 1) Too tall to enter the room, he remained standing at the door. 2) Whether successful or unsuccessful, he always puts his best ...
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“I consider it true” or “I consider it to be true”? [duplicate]

Which one is correct or more correct? I consider it to be true. or I consider it true. Or maybe both? According to Google Ngram Viewer both are used with the second being more common. Google ...
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What does “travelling at high speed” in “Look out for the car travelling at high speed” function as? [duplicate]

Is there a term used to refer to the following parts of these sentences (in bold): Look out for the car travelling at high speed. Catch me coming in hot. I'm not sure if these can be considered ...
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Has 'being' been omitted? [duplicate]

In 2018 about 50,000 people were involved in it, most of them part­ time or seasonal staff working from small offices in rural areas. Should there be a "being" between "most of them"...
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“To be” in front of adjective? [duplicate]

Do we need "to be"(or a form of 'to be') before adjectives? For example: I want my hair black. I want my hair to be black. This is ready to publish. This is ready to be published. I ...
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Why is the subject omitted in sentences like “Thought you'd never ask”?

"Thought you'd never ask" is "I thought you'd never ask" with "I" omitted. "Hope this helps" is "I hope this helps" with "I" omitted. In English grammar, normally every sentence should have a subject,...
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What is a noun modifying clause?

This is actually a question that came up when I was studying Japanese. Unfortunately my grasp of the technical language of syntax is very limited, and I never fully comprehended the idea of a noun ...
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“I believe it's valid” vs. “I believe it valid”

Over on another network site, a helpful user corrected the grammar of a post of mine. The answer now says I believe it's valid. where I originally wrote I believe it valid. Is the original ...
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Clause Question

I was going through a reading and this construction confused the student: “Will we be able to talk?” I asked, my eyes red and swollen from crying, a balled up tissue squeezed tightly between my ...
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All my friends in one place (verbless clause?)

This clip of the movie 'Goosebumps' starts with the character Slappy saying this: All my friends in one place. I've never been so happy. I don't want this day to end. And it doesn't have to, as ...
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What semantic meaning does the copula 'be' have in its specifying use?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 252) says: It may be that the be of [Kim is fond of animals] should be regarded as semantically empty, serving the purely syntactic function of ...
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Which one is correct: built or to be built

Which of these is correct? 1.How do you want your house to be built? 2.How do you want your house built? I think 1 is correct because it is the house that will be built(someone will build it). But I ...
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“to be” or not “to be”

In a sentence like this: I did not find it [to be] ... 1) hard 2) anything hard 3) hard to do 4) anything hard to do 5) etc. when is including [to be] necessary, desired, acceptable, not ...