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Questions tagged [complex-sentences]

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

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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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Main and Subordinate Clauses

Does whenever functions as a subordinate conjunction or as an adverb in the following sentence. Whenever did the Ramsey twins paint their parent's house?
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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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sentence structure and “allows for” usage [closed]

I have two sentences: In addition, it allows to customize the WALL appearance, ad units in the WALL and wrapped ListAdapter. Additionally, it allows for the WALL appearance, ad units in the WALL and ...
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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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sentence identification

What are these sentences ? The moors, which were covered in heather, appeared mystical under the gray mist. My favorite type of food is Japanese, especially sushi, I wish I knew how to make it myself ...
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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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How do I use “I was wondering” to ask about a multi event process taking place in the future

My Medical school is planning to organize a research project. The purpose to test the efficacy of teaching surface anatomy in generating a better long-term memory. I want to ask the examiner if the ...
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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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Can [What] and [Which] be used interchangeably?

I have found several grammatically bizarre sentences in THIS article. However, since the article is published in a highly respected journal, and since I myself am not a native English speaker, I ...
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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 ...
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simple vs progressive in complex sentences [closed]

I have seen many examples like "and I see the guy take my bag" or "I would watch him cry". But I wonder if it is correct to say "and I see the guy taking my bag" or "I would watch him crying". If yes, ...
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“When travelling in Australia, guidance is advised.” [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? "When travelling in Australia, guidance is advised." It seems to me the subject is not matching the verb, as if "guidance is travelling".
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How to properly use the compound conjunction “with/for/*** which” in long sentences

I am writing my thesis in computer science. Due to technical issues, many sentences are very long, and contain more than one conjunction (especially which). I have one concrete example of a complex ...
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There are more than one seller + verb form?

My question is which sentence is correct? There is more than one seller claims that ... There are more than one seller claims that ... There is more than one seller claiming that ... According to ...
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How to merge multiple subjects into single negative sentence?

I'm finishing abstract for my Bachelors thesis. I would like to get rid of not yet known repetition in following consequent sentences: Efficiency of these extracts in protection of medical plants ...
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what is the structure of this sentence?

I cannot grasp the structure of this sentence. Natural selection will tend to maximize r for the environment in which the species lives, for any mutation or gene combination which increases the ...
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Can a sentence be described as compound (rather than complex) purely based on the placement of the conjunction?

For example: "Though he was late for class, he walked slowly down the corridor." This is considered a complex sentence as "Though he was late for class" is a dependent clause. However, I can change ...
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Elision and compound/complex sentences

Here's the sentence in question: We had been on the train for eight hours, but it felt like eighty due to the cramped conditions. I felt this was a compound sentence. A colleague, however, said ...
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Use of “averaged” and “integrated” in a sentence

I need to write the following two sentences in one sentence. A is averaged with the values at level 2,3, and 4. B is integrated/summed with the values at level 2,3, and 4. Can I write: A and B are ...
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How can I modify this sentence to make sense? [closed]

In fact, when people have a big picture when working, they tend to make less mistakes compared to the people who pay much energy on details at the very beginning ,because those people's work is not as ...