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Clauses are smallest grammatical unit that can express a complete proposition

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Looking for a breakdown of this sentence relating to (I think) relative/essential/non-essential clauses

I'm an ESL teacher and one of my adult students and I recently read this article in class. He and I were stumped by the structure of the very last sentence: Toshimitsu Motegi, minister of economic ...
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Help identifying clasuses, sentence structure

I'm a first time poster, so please let me know if I am posting in the wrong place! I am trying to break down the sentence structure of this sentence. Specifically, how commas are used in the following ...
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Can 'too much tired' replace 'much too tired' in this construction? [closed]

In the following clause of result, would it be possible to use 'too much tired' in place of 'much too tired'? She is much too tired to go out.
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Subordinating conjunctions “who” & “when” as subject clause?

I understand who and when can be used as adjective clause for sure like the following sentences. The time when is good for us to meet has not been decided. The person who is qualified for ...
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Is this a dependant clause?

I found this sentence in one of the Shakespeare's works and I have no idea whether this sentence is a dependent or independent clause. This is the sentence: To pry into the secrets of the state ...
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How does the second “that” function in this sentence?

Here is the sentence: On December 5th Canada’s justice department said that, on the same day that the two presidents dined, it had arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of ...
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What tense to use with “when” clause

I've just listened to the song and memories have come flooding back. The question is what tense to use to describe what have just happened in a sentence: when I've heard this song memories had come ...
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How do I phrase this sentence properly? [closed]

I'm working on the about page for our website and I'm having trouble with this sentence. Any help would be appreciated. "Before founding our company we made a living bartending and serving in ...
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Using consecutive “whether” clauses

Can someone tell me if the use of two consecutive "whether" clauses (like the sentence below) is correct? It sounds odd to my ears. "Whether you're big or small, whether you're rich or poor, I ...
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A question about comparative clauses

In my opinion, the second part of a comparative clause should be a complete sentence. But I'm always confused by some comparative clauses as some clauses are incomplete. For example, are both the ...
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Identifying the main clause and subordinate clauses

I’m preparing for my exam and in one of the practice questions i have to identify the main clause, subordinate clause/s and the subject,predicate and/or adverbials. the sentence is: "The Mausoleum ...
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Multiple relative clauses within subject?

I'm wondering what is the actual subject in this sentence: "One of the countries she has visited that I have not is Canada." To me, everything up until 'is' seems like the subject, but I can't find ...
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Ex: Can I write it this way and is it grammatically correct, as the additional phrase in the end of a question sounds weird?

Questions with subordinate (declarative) clauses at the end sound weird. For example: Can you grant me access to the document, since it is currently unavailable? Where do I submit this, as ...
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interrogative sentences with W-clauses in the middle

I know that when we are reporting a question in our sentence in reported speech, the question mark shall be removed, like this : Question asked from me : Did you know that girl? Reported : He ...
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Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clause Question

I realize that American authors typically use "which" in nonrestrictive clauses, and "that" in restrictive clauses. But I frequently have a problem deciding whether to make a clause restrictive or non-...
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Is it correct to add nouns to “of which”,“in which”,“of whom”, etc.?

For example, can I say Recently I bought a new computer, the price of which was very reasonable. I always considered this type of usage correct but can't find any example sentences on the internet....
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Relative Clause Removal of “Relative Pronoun”

So I have a grammar book that says you can remove relative pronoun when it is used in defining relative clause, if it is non-defining you can't. For example: The man who we met yesterday was a ...
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“already since a while” - is this proper English?

Consider the following sentence This and that is the situation, already since a while. Question 1: Does this sound right to a native speaker? Question 2: How could I find this out myself? I did a ...
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Participle phrase or participle clause? For my students please

I've looked at other answers, but am still confused - so please don't shoot me down (as tends to happen here) - but rather help if you can for the sake of my little learners. I have to teach a class ...
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Shortening sentence by removing nouns repeating in clauses

In the following sentence, a noun is repeated in each clause. The noun I refer to is assignment. He is aware of the assignment, accepts the assignment and endeavours to fulfil the assignment. Is ...
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Dependent or Independent clause?

Is "The way people write has changed" an independent clause or dependent clause? In any case please explain in detail. What is the subject, verb and object if there is or if there isn't. Thanks in ...
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where to put the possessive “s” with an appositive parenthetical

Say I have a gym instructor called Anne and it's her birthday. I want to convey that to someone who doesn't know who Anne is in one sentence. In speech, I would probably say, "it is Anne, my gym ...
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That these skills are transferable (which/that/and) makes them especially beneficial [closed]

Why would "which","that", and "and" be omitted in the following sentence: That these skills are transferable across professions (which/that/and) makes them especially beneficial to twenty-first ...
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Use of until with no second clause

The next fifteen minutes were the longest fifteen minutes in the world. Until the quiet was invaded by the distant sound of a car engine. I found the above sentence in a novel. My question is can we ...
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how to interpret who clause?

When there is the word "and" before a who clause, should I interpret that the who clause applies to all the subjects before the clause or just to the one right before the clause? For example, We ...
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“Jack believed that Bob said that Nancy saw Bill drove fast yesterday”?

What is ungrammatical about this sentence? Jack believed that Bob said that Nancy saw Bill drove fast yesterday. At the moment I have found out that the main verb,believed, is tensed, and the ...
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Commas and Coordinating Conjunctions Before Dependent Clauses

"For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?" -- Jane Austen Many famous authors and writers use coordinating conjunctions and commas in this way. Are ...
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Explanation for misuse of 'where' in a main clause

I'm editing a paper and the author (native German) has written several instances of 'where' at the beginning of a sentence as a main clause. He means to explain the symbols in the equation that ...
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Comma before “I believe” without a conjunction in between

In the sentence: "The cat ate the rat __ I believe." Would I need a comma in the blank?
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using past tense for the future - is it correct?

In the show Westworld, Anthony Hopkins uses this structure, as: As soon as Dr.Ford left the room, he would put an end to this nightmare. now the question is, shouldn't the sentence be like: As ...
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What is the difference between a nonessential and essential clause?

According to this, adding a specific noun to a sentence can make a clause nonessential. Example - Freddie hopes to return to the city where he met a woman with haunting green eyes. vs. Freddie ...
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How does omitting the subject affect the sentence structure?

I was wondering: how does the structure of this sentence change when we use the continuous form of the verb without a subject: (standing)? "That half an hour was the peak of our social life: standing ...
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Can verb tense differ between dependent an independent clauses

Is the following sentence incorrect: Glancing at the clock on the microwave, she noticed it was later than she thought. Does adding after make the sentence correct: After glancing at the clock ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? Adverb clause

When I got back my test recently, I oddly found that my English teacher thinks that there is an error in the usage of adverbial clauses in "It seems that moving the body while learning, which ...
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Systemic Functional Linguistics - clause boundaries, theme composition [duplicate]

Is my analysis correct that the following use of wh- question words and how is two clauses linked by a conjunction: I don't understand || how/why/when/where he did it here's || why I have a ...
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'[…] upon which this invitation was based on' - is there an adverb redundant?

The whole sentence goes: 'Below is the list of criteria upon which this invitation was based on.' It seems to me the adverbs 'upon' and 'on' are doubled up in this sentence. And it should be changed ...
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Why is “Whoever thought of that idea” a noun clause?

Whoever thought of that idea is a genius. reference whoever=anyone that reference I am confused by this clause and I think it should be a relative clause, because "a person" can be a genius ...
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Are commas needed after “yesterday” and “today” in these sentences (introductory clauses) [closed]

Yesterday post call, we worked on small fixes and completing user interactions. Today once we complete those final touches, we will conduct a design review and polish the build to match the designs....
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How to distinguish between Principal clause and Subordinate clause in a sentence? [closed]

How can I distinguish between a principal clause and a subordinate clause in a sentence to use a subordinating conjunction? I saw him, I stopped my car. I know I have to add when before I saw him. ...
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Sentence breakdown

So I was trying to breakdown this sentence to identify its components into its main sentence and clauses. Here is the sentence: Some economists now suggest that home equality loans are merely a new ...
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Is this appositive?

Here's the sentence: The men who died were members of the Batalion de San Patricio or the San Patricios, an artiller unit of the Mexican army, which saw action in the Mex-Am war. I'm talking about the ...
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While it is raining- Clause

I was studying about clauses in a book and then a sentence came which seemed pretty abstruse to me. The book says that in the sentence: "We can't start while it is raining," the "while it is raining" ...
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How these clauses are co-ordinate?

In Wren and Martin, there are examples given in which "who" introduces a co-ordinate clause which thus can't be an adjective clause.How's this possible. E.g 1)I met Mr. Joshi, who thereupon shook ...
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What is the merit of calling a verb phrase a clause?

Traditionally, a clause is defined as consisting of a subject and predicate. In Oxford Dictionary, it is defined as: A unit of grammatical organization next below the sentence in rank and in ...
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Continuing an Independent Clause,Should I and is it one Clause or Two? [duplicate]

My mother tongue is German and we frequently continue our independent sentences with "and" and/or other conjunctions forever. I just want to know if this is also possible in English: "I have learned ...
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Starting a sentence with being [duplicate]

Is it bad style to start a sentence with being or grammatically wrong. It´s a participle right? Still I feel it is just not it?! Something like: Being an English teacher means to not only teach a ...
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Is it correct to use “…and as a result,…” to link two independent clauses? Is the comma after “result” necessary?

I ran into this sentence: I grew up in a home with two different cultures and as a result, I got to experience firsthand how misunderstandings evolve due to not understanding each other's culture. ...
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Is this prepositional phrase or introductory clause?

“Out of respect for the rest of the class” The full sentence is: "Out of respect for the rest of the class, please arrive on time."
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Clause relation, grammar

Let us work together in providing the poor quality and affordable healthcare. In the above sentence, how it can be determined whether the word 'poor' is used as adverb for quality or it refers to ...
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Does this clause require a connective at the end? [duplicate]

Our approach uses Something, commonly used in SomethingElse. Is this a grammatically correct sentence, or does it need to be something like: Our approach uses Something, which is commonly used in ...