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Clauses are smallest grammatical unit that can express a complete proposition

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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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What's the name of this construct - “We went to SuperFunTime, but it really wasn't”?

Where the missing clause is assumed to be a [a super fun time]. Or "Unfortunately, the elastic wasn't". Here it would be wasn't [elastic]. I did try to search, but if this has already been asked it'...
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A few miles into the town — verbless clause, or adverbial phrase?

A few miles into the town, I saw a beautiful building that was now abandoned. I don't know if "a few miles into the town" is a verbless clause like this (Being) a few miles into the town, I saw a ...
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Subordinating conjunctions “who” & “when” as subject clause?

I understand who and when can be used to introduce adjective clause for sure like the following sentences. The time when it is good for us to meet has not been decided. The person who is ...
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Using ‘used to’ in subordinate clauses

Is it correct to use the modal verb ‘used to’ in subordinate clauses? For example, could I say, ‘When we used to go to New Delhi, my father and I would shop for music CDs’? Or must I reserve it only ...
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Negligence in saying something

When I said something and I want to state that what I said was based on some level of negligence, what phrase should I use? For example: There are two main parameters in the method: the number of ...
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Clause confusion

I am studying SFL grammar and I have this sentence that I need to break down into clauses and say what type of clauses they are. Studies show that when caught by fishermen, sea trout are more ...
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adverbials part II… I left the building with him…

Can one say a. I left the kitchen with the water running. b. I went to his house with my brother in jail. c. I went out of the bedroom with her naked. d. I left the building with my brother ...
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What to call a brief sentence that comes before/after the main clause with only a comma

Here is my passage. I believe I'm doing it right, but I'm not sure why. Does this have a specific name? It doesn't seem like an interjection to me, so I'm not sure why I'm so comfortable using a ...
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I think this a compound-complex sentence - but I'm struggling to draw a tree diagram of the co-ordinating/sub-ordinating clause(s)

With my 'Rediscover Grammar' by David Crystal to hand, I've been struggling with trying to draw a tree diagram of the below sentence all day. I'm not asking anybody to do the diagram for, but I'm ...
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Is it actually incorrect to follow certain verbs with a that-clause?

I found a webpage saying certain verbs are followed by infinitives rather than that-clauses. However, is it actually incorrect to use a that-clause with certain verbs, for example, with the verb "...
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Noun clause structure “student enrolling”

There was not as many students enrolled in A as in B Is this sentence correct? Why it is "students enrolled", not "students enrolling"?
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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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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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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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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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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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Comma or no comma for restrictive clause in quotations?

From what I understand, clauses that restrict the subject it is modifying are not preceded by a comma. The dog Charlie has brown fur. I am unsure about how commas interact with these clauses when ...
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Placement of Clause

I want to add this clause in the middle of sentence: ‘as far as I'm concerned.’ Is it wrong to place it between the auxiliary verb and the main verb, or is it only a matter of style? Which of the ...
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Why there are two “that” in one clause?

"And he is able to get experience some things that because I work and because my husband works, that we're not able to give it at home..." "This was a goal, that once we reached retirement that ...
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If-clause type 3 using “would”, not “would have”?

I saw in a movie that they said: "If this thing hadn't happened, I'd have $100" I think the correct tense must be: "I'd have had $100" is it informal usage?
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noun clauses in chain?

The problem with this generation is they take everything for granted, their parents are never at home when needed and the little time they spend together is wasted in meaningless text messages and ...
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Why and when are some clause fragments preferred to full clauses?

(1) Test complete. [= The test is complete.] (2) Court adjourned. [= The court is adjourned.] (3) Apology accepted. [= The apology is accepted.] (4) Request granted. [= The request is ...
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Can an adjective modify the entire sentence?

I came across the following sentence, and I was so curious about “effective next Monday.” Mr. Michael has resigned his position as senior sales manager, effective next Monday. Effective is ...
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Use of Present Participle

I am trying to understand how to interpret the meaning of the following sentence, John arrived late to the airport, causing him to miss his flight I know that the present participle modifies the ...
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using “if” - when to use present tense, and when to use past tense?

As a native speaker of English, these two sentences sound acceptable to me: A full refund can be claimed if the school fails to provide a textbook. A full refund could be claimed if the ...
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Appositive or Complement?

The way (that) he eats amuses me. I found the way (that) leads out of here. I love ice-cream in the same way (that) I love my mom. 1) The part of speech of the word that is conjunction in ...
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could it be that

I write the following sentences: How will the Lord return? Could it be that the Lord may knock at our doors one day and say He is the Lord Jesus, and then we open the door to welcome Him? Is "...
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Comma between two clauses

I want to find out why there is no comma between two clauses in this sentence and what is the grammar rule for it. But the curious thing was that while he was doing so (,) a totally different ...
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Using “for” in clauses

Is there any problem with this sentence? If any, how can I make it correct? "Social Security Institution is in charge of, authorized and responsible for the collection of the Fund premiums, and the ...
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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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The clause in “it is adjective that clause ” structure

{it} + {passive verb} + [that] + {clause} It + is said + that + Jesse Owens was one of the most important athletes of the 20th Century. "Jesse Owens was one of the most important athletes of the ...
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How should I understand this clause in the sentence?

This is a sentence from a piece of news from The New York Times: Top House Democrats on Monday called on the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to recuse himself from the ...
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Mixing many clauses and phrases immediately after conjunctions

Let’s say I am compounding a sentence from the two sentences: A: I do fairly well in that class to show no concern B: I would appreciate some flexibility with the conjuction but. However, I want to ...
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Identify the subject and predicative verbs of this clause

Can you help me in locating the subject and the predicative verb of this dependent clause? If by the time you graduate you still can't read and write well
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POS for “Just when [you thought…]”

I'm having a brain fart. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water Can you remind me what "Just when" is? It changes "You thought it was safe to go back in the water" from an ...
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Indirect question vs objective clause

Which is right: Do you think it's a good idea to visit in mid August? Or Do you think if it's a good idea to visit in mid August? On one hand, if viewed as indirect question, if should not be ...
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How to use conjunction in an object clause?

Is it OK to use comma space followed by "whereas" in an object clause like the following sentence? Experiments showed that H and K cells were highly sensitive to sugar, whereas P cells were ...
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When is it appropriate to use a comma before “which”, “with”, and “who”?

Is it appropriate to use a comma before which in the following sentence? The group has helped me to make new friends and become more independent, which has increased my self-confidence. Is it ...
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Usage of comma and parallel verbs in this sentence

Interestingly enough, a large number of the Facebook-based business ventures [have been formed][,] and [are run] and [managed] by women, which directly and indirectly contributes to women's ...
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Is my comma usage correct in this sentence?

"When there is too much carbon in the atmosphere, too much heat is trapped from the Sun’s light rays, dramatically increasing the global temperature."
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Using will/will not after if

Most grammar rules state that will shouldn't be used after if. Here is my sentence, I am wondering whether it is correct. It may cause an exception if there won't be a valid character in the ...
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Which vs a comma

I was going through a test and came upon this question: Unfortunately, one of those species is the Bark Scorpion, just about the only species whose venom is considered truly dangerous and ...
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with/without + verbless clause

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 1266-67) has this section: 10 Verbless clauses We confine our attention here to verbless clauses in dependent or supplement functions ...
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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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Breaking sentences up

What is the right term for breaking or dividing a sentence into fragments, wherein each fragment still contains a thought/meaning? e.g.: Sports can ostracize people/ who are not very good at them./...
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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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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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Is comma needed before 'and' in this sentence?

We use comma in lists. Apart from that, comma is needed before and when joining two independent clauses. For example: I want to write, and I have stamps. Here I am clearly joining two independent ...