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

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What sentence type is this sentence below

Yes, that might be all right. Is this considered a simple or complex sentence? "that might be all right" acts as the subordinate clause and "Yes" can't be an independent clause ...
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Do I have a dependent clause or independent? [closed]

Sam got dressed, and it was time for school. Or Sam got dressed because it was time for school. Both the sentences sound correct to me. It seems the clause "it was time for school" can be ...
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Is this a complex sentence with a relative clause?

I have a sentence here: “I don’t understand why you like birds.” Upon analyzing the sentence structure, there is what appears to be a relative clause: “why you like birds” Is this then a complex ...
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Is this a complex sentence with a dependent clause, or a simple sentence with an introductory clause?

so I came across this sentence: Before the invention of the printing press, books were very expensive. I know that “books were very expensive” is the independent clause, but what about “before the ...
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Which is accurate in terms of correlative conjunctions?

Though I had completed my assignment, yet I was not scored well. Though I had completed my assignment, I was not scored well. Though..yet.. is commonly seen as a structure in correlative conjunctions....
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Usually, when a dependent clause precedes an independent clause, a comma should separate the two clauses. Are there exceptions to this?

I was recently asked if a comma should always follow a dependent clause if the dependent clause precedes an independent clause. At first glance, I thought this was true, especially since I can't seem ...
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The correct placement of the independent clause [duplicate]

Among these sentences, which one is the correct placement of my brother's name and/or more appropriate in legal documentation? I made a bank draft to support my brother’s, Jason Statham, higher ...
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Is this a valid usage of "forget about" - "X can't afford three meals a day, forget about sanitary living conditions" [duplicate]

I was trying to cobble together a sentence expressing the idea above, that: something doesn't do X, and so, definitely doesn't do Y (which is harder than X). I grew up using ", forget about&...
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complicated usage of "as something as"

Once, of course, our satisfactions were provided by our parents, or the people who looked after us when we were young. And it is clearly a very significant moment, or series of moments, in a child’s ...
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What does "from the rough" mean? [closed]

Taken from an android game "Arknights". The whole phrase: "our colleagues in the Human Resources Department have to manage a deluge of information each and every day, but they always ...
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Which is the right tense for talking about past activities that are true in the present as well [closed]

In the following sentences: A: I read an interesting book last week related to space, the name of the book was Death by Black Hole B: I read an interesting book last week related to space, the name of ...
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meaning of the at once in a sentence

I am translating the book Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by Adam Phillips. It has this passage: There is, in other words, a difference between somebody saying something that makes one ...
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what does "is chanced but not forced by" something, mean in the below context

the below text is from : Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki By Avram Alpert I have problem with the underline text: our mind is chanced, but not forced, by language. what ...
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what does "The investment we brought up to have" mean

I am translating a book called Missing Out (https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/Missing_Out/6sgL6iqrHZUC?hl=en&gbpv=0) the book is about psychoanalysis and philosophy which is written not in ...
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What does "Everyone is naive all the time" means in the following text

I am translating a psychoanalysis book, here is a background about this chapter: in this chapter the author is speaking about getting it. it can be a joke, saying, or a point or anything that needs to ...
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What types are these two sentences with imperative clauses

Quotes are from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway Remember, no matter how little you want to, that you must eat him in the morning. Remember, he said to himself. I thought the second one ...
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Comma usage in complex sentences with 2 conjuctions

TL;DR - Can we use 2 commas if there are 2 conjunctions in a sentence. Hi Everyone, I apologize if this has been asked before, but I need to know if the comma usage in the following sentence is ...
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The meaning of "lou" [Lew - the person's name] [closed]

What is the meaning of “lou” at 0:23 in this video?
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What is it about this statement?

This phrase "came to me" when I awoke from a dream (there's a reason why, based on the dream, but it's not relevant): Not catching a ball is not a crime. A rather simple sentence, and easy ...
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What is "which" referring to in the following sentence?

In the following sentence, I'm confused about what "through which" refers to. Following these transformations, companies brought market mechanisms into their internal functioning on a ...
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Breakdown and understand sentences containing contradictory(or somewhat opposite sounding) phrases

While I was reading today about the items that are sold in a 7-eleven, I bumped into this a sentence(5th sentence from top) like below on this page: Because Twizzlers ingredients do not include ...
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Is the distinction between "complex sentences" and "compound sentences" real? Is the distinction purely a matter of personal taste?

I am not cheating on my homework. In fact, I no longer have homework; I graduated from college years ago. If you read the entire discussion below, and not just the begining, that should become ...
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Can you explain the difference between "complex" and a "compound" sentences to a mathematician?

It has already been asked, "what is the difference between “compound” and “complex” sentence?" However, I am looking for an answer which appeals to a mathematical mind. In mathematics, there ...
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Simple or Complex Sentence?

I have a few short sentences here: "I might eat some food." and "I like to eat food." In traditional grammar, it seems like these would be simple sentences. But are they actually complex sentences ...
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How is this sentence with "how" constructed?

If you have a sentence with a noun clause using "how," like this sentence "I didn't know how tall he was." Would the dependent clause just have a state of being verb, or would saying "how tall make ...
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Complex alternative question with OR, do I need the verb before the subject twice?

Which is correct? Would you like to have such feature or it is unnecessary? or Would you like to have such feature or is it unnecessary?
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Confused about a complex sentence

In John Seely's Oxford A–Z of grammar and punctuation, he gave the following sentence as an example of a complex sentence: She told him that she did not play again for over a week. 'She told him' ...
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What's the meaning of this? [closed]

"The stitches hurt too much not to be tight as a drum"
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Is there an inversion in the sentence?

The following sentence is quoted from the preface of this book. Insisting on the subtle aspects and developments of no-arbitrage theory more than is necessary would take space from the other ...
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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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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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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? [closed]

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 ...
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