Questions tagged [complex-sentences]

A complex sentence is a combination of an independent and a dependent clause.

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The usage of colon

Can you please tell me whether or not this sentence is correct, and, if not, how can I reorganize it. Is it even possible to use a colon here, or should I just omit it? "If the main subject is ...
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'I thought i have known you.' and 'I thought i had known you' [migrated]

Which sentence is grammatically correct and what does the sentence mean? I'm a bit confused about the sentence can be mixed with present and past tense or not?
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Increasing clarity by breaking verbal stumbling blocks

I am marking students' essays and frequently coming across stumbling blocks of words. Although grammatically speaking these blocks are mostly correct, I find that clarity is being impaired (e.g too ...
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“Not only has he got many friends, but also several enemies.” “Not only he has many friends, but also several enemies.” [duplicate]

"Not only has he got many friends, but also several enemies." "Not only he has many friends, but also several enemies." Which out of the two statements above is correct?
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Comparison with rarity

I'm trying to create a sentence that compares something common to something rare or comparing it something due to believes of it being just as rare as something else. Comparison of what the sentence ...
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Struggling to understand a sentence in _The Moon and Sixpence_

I am struggling to understand the following sentence in the third paragraph in Chapter 1 of The Moon and Sixpence: And when such as had come in contact with Strickland in the past, writers who had ...
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Right form of the grammar

I'm having doubt in using these structures, meaning when to use one over the other... Reading books helps me in enhancing my knowledge. Vs Reading books helps me to enhance my knowledge.
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I am your learner and you are my mentor. question tag?

I would like to know whether there is a question tag for compound sentences. There are question tags for complex sentences.For example: I said that you were lazy.Didn't I? What is the question tag ...
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Is “He then moved to Y and started Z University's W program, from which he graduated …” correct? [closed]

He then moved to New Haven and started Yale University's Environmental and Natural Resource Economics program, from which he graduated earning his Master of Philosophy degree in 2010. Is the above ...
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Usage of 'Both'

" Innocence is courage and clarity both." I heard this sentence. Is it correct?
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How to parse the grammar of a sentence that appears to have two tensed verbs

This question came from a student of mine - he wanted to know how to parse the grammar of this sentence, which appears to be simple but clearly is not: Peter seems to have found his glasses. ...
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Two pronouns in one sentence

I came across this paragraph on the web: The leather craftsman blogger that Bob reached out to was so enthused about the iPhone case, that he asked Bob if he could do a giveaway. Contestant ...
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Is there a term for giving context to a question directly following the question?

Example: Do you have lava flavored Ice Cream? I was recently on a trip to Hawaii and they had the most amazing lava flavored Ice Cream and I thought I just had to check to see if you had some. ...
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Does this make sense

Does saying, 'I've been here for a shorter period of time' make sense or 'shorter time than you'? Like, I know, 'I've been here longer than you' makes sense but I'm not sure about the first example.
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How can you rephrase the following sentence to not end in “with”?

I turned down the university's acceptance in order to find a program whose professors I more closely identify with. In the above sentence, it is difficult to figure our whether "with" is being used ...
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Type of subordinate clause in 'I am happy that you are here'

In the sentence 'I am happy that you are here', 'that you are here' acts as a subordinate clause. However, I am unsure what type of subordinate clause it is: i.e. I'm not sure if it's an adverbial, ...
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Is it correct to say that this element is both part of the predicate and is a complex subject?

"He was seen running down the street." Is it correct to say that "running down the street" fulfills the predicate while also being part of the subject, a complex subject?
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Independent and dependent clauses classification

"What you see is what you get". In this sentence, there are two noun clauses: 1. What you see, and 2. What you get. Obviously enough, it's a complex sentence. I want to know which one is the ...
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Meaning of It did not help that

I am reading the book 'Shoe Dog' by Phil Knight'. There is a paragraph in this book which starts with the following sentence: It didn't help that, when I wasn't a foot soldier in Hayes's Army, I ...
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Do I need a semicolon to separate two items with internal commas in a numbered run-in list sentence?

I asked this Q in ELL, but I found related Qs here. Here is a numbered run-in list sentence. (A) The UI program provides temporary income support to (1) eligible unemployed workers while they ...
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Interpreting a sentence from a Nobel Lecture

I am trying to understand a sentence from Nernst's Nobel Lecture in Chemistry. He was a German however, his lecture is in English. It is a very nice introduction however the last part is difficult for ...
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What type of clause is the given sentence?

Is the sentence "Then the staff assembled the units." a dependent or an independent clause? Well, according to me, since there is subordinate conjunction "Then" in the sentence with no other sentence,...
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“You” reference

when something is written after I said then full stop. can you please explain who said to whom? I don't understand "you" reference. It confuses me. for example, in the below example I have bold that ...
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Are reduced relative clauses still a subordinate clauses building a complex sentence?

Do relative clauses count as dependent clauses after reduction? Or is it different case by case? for example: The man who is in the house is my father. (complex sentence) The man in the house is my ...
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Is the sentence below grammatically correct? Is it comprehensible? [closed]

out of context: Gray had already provided a survey in 1995 amongst 2518 SMEs, with the result of 52% of the entrepreneurs having claimed that independence meant being bosses to ourselves or making a ...
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Is “X, so Y” a compound or complex sentence? [closed]

Is this a compound or complex sentence?  I think it might be compound because it has “so”. My car battery died, so I called to have it towed for repairs.
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What’s the un­der­ly­ing gram­mar be­hind start­ing off a ɢᴇʀᴜɴᴅ clause with an ᴏʙ­ᴊᴇᴄᴛ pro­noun?

Yes­ter­day I en­coun­tered this sen­tence (I’ll re­fer to the num­bered words in my ques­tion be­low): This is be­cause many stu­dents think that all of their sen­tences need to be ‘com­plex’ (...
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(Complex sentence) Using the word “and” right before a subordinate conjunction

I have a few questions about complex sentence Here are the examples: Because I had to catch the train, and as we were short on time, I forgot to pack my toothbrush for our vacation. I gave strength ...
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Simplification of a sentence - the underlying usage implied by the author

I encountered this sentence in 'A Caribbean Mystery' by Agatha Christie. Thus Raymond - and his aunt Jane - had looked properly abashed - and said 'Yes,' she was afraid she was rather old-...
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Relationship between air pollution and lung function and sleep disorders

I wanted to discuss the relationship between air quality and lung function, and the relationship between air quality and sleep disorders, in one sentence. Is there any efficient way to combine the ...
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Is this a compound sentence? [closed]

Well the first thing you have to do is to make sure that the car is on a reasonably level piece of ground and that the ground itself is fairly firm.
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What is a good way of including question examples in a sentence?

I'm looking for a good way of including question examples in a sentence. For example: Unlike traditional studies which have focused on financial solvency, e.g., "Can the library afford to pay its ...
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long sentences in English [closed]

I am translating some text to English from Russian Wikipedia, and sometimes there are quite long sentences. It is ok to have long sentences with several subordinate and participle clauses in Russian. ...
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What does `who is but the form following the function of what` mean?

Can someone please break down that sentence of Alan Moore for me? I can understand that it somehow means that who has the same function as what or something like that but I don't understand how that ...
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A sentence consisting of two negative parts [closed]

I'm editing a text (in En) by somebody else and he uses a language construction that is not uncommon in our language. Now I'm a bit confused: If these two processes did not happen simultaneously, ...
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Can I substitute a main verb with an auxiliary verb in a subordinate clause if it has an object after?

There are no auxiliary verbs in my language, so I often struggle using them in English. If I want to substitute a main verb in a subordinate clause of a complex sentence, because it's the same as in ...
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Comma before a with-prepositional phrase. Which one should I choose?

It also broke down racial prejudice with the crossover appeal of its music. It also broke down racial prejudice, with the crossover appeal of its music. Apparently, the correct one was sentence 2 but ...
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syntactic analysis of a phrase with FROM…TO

In the sentence Everything we do, from eating and ice cream to crossing the Atlantic and from baking a loaf to writing a novel, involves the use of coal, directly or indirectly. I can't come ...
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What does “… a variance in dividend from the forecast as a shock and noise, …” mean? [closed]

I'm having a hard time understanding the meaning of the last paragraph in bold. Can someone explain it for me, in simple English, using simpler terms? Noise arises from an external shock, which can ...
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Complex? Fragment?

Is the sentence below considered complex because of the subordinate clause beginning with "as", or should it be considered a fragment because "It is" is not an independent clause and therefore does ...
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Non-finite clause or to-infinitive?

I'm analysing this sentence complex in terms of sentence trees and am a bit at a loss here. He began to swim again, feeling suddenly the desperate exhaustion of his body. In the part "He began ...
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how to identify the subject related to the verb in complex sentences?

Here is the sentence in question: In 2014, Norton publicly backed "Hacked Off" and its campaign toward UK press self-regulation by "safeguarding the press from political interference while also ...
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Is this a complex sentence with a transitive verb?

1) I found myself [nodding with him], agreeing with things I knew to be true. Is this a complex sentence with a transitive verb? In this sentence, ''nodding with him'' seems to modify ''myself'' ...
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Is this a complex sentence?

In a comment on a previous post, a member explained to me: that a complex transitive verb (or clause) is defined as one that has a direct object and a complement that specifically relates to the ...
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Do complex sentences omit verbs in dependent clauses?

1.An event came before another event. 2.The earlier event did not happen before the later one. 3.Something had happened before something else. 4.It had not come before the subject. 5.One event ...
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What does John Stuart Mill mean when writing the following: [closed]

Those who admit any limit to what a government may do, except in the case of such governments as they think ought not to exist, stand out as brilliant exceptions among the political thinkers of ...
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Grammaticality of “the near-term pain a trade battle would impose on U.S. workers will prove worthwhile”

In the last August edition of TIME Magazine, I stumbled across this sentence. I am not a native speaker and am interested whether the unusual structure without any comma is correct. I am also unsure ...
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Is “Not without you!” a complete sentence? [closed]

The full sentence actually has three parts: "But not without X, not without Y, and not without you!" This is not from direct speech.
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How to handle verbs that use different preposition when used in pairs

For example the sentence I will widen my perspective and approach to complex interdisciplinary research should it be? perspective of and approach to If this is the correct way, is there a ...
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Complex sentence - is this one correct? [duplicate]

I think my sentence isn't perfectly correct, especially around the "to learn". App helping people with special needs (e.g. autism) to learn and practice letters, maths, logical thinking, and ...