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Is the irrealis 'were' used in the dependent clauses of conditionals?

I'm already aware that directly inside of an if-clause, it is common to use the irrealis 'were.' Take the following sentence for example: If he were taller, he might walk faster. My question is ...
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Dependent clause comma (Following an independent clause)

I rather hope this is not too basic a question for this forum (or that it is erroneous altogether!) We have this sentence: Keith did not know what to make of this apparatus, if it was meant to ...
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Clauses that start with "with" to provide additional information [closed]

There are special classes of clauses to add additional information, and they start with "with". Consider the two following examples:\ 1- The average consumption of three different nutrients ...
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Comma between components of adverbial clause connected by a coordinating conjunctions

When you have an adverbial clause that contains two complete clauses within it connected by a coordinating conjunction, should you add a comma before the conjunction? For example: Because my arm was ...
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comma + "which" meaning in a specific context

Consider the following sentence: "This paper introduces a new alternative for generating synthetic data based on images." What I want to say is that "the new alternative" is &...
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Identifying independent & dependent clauses in a religious text [closed]

Ephesians 6:14-17 14 Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of ...
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I need help with independent clauses

I got a bit confused about independent clauses,so I decided to ask ChatGpt, which has given me three different answers for the same sentence I think he is getting too old, suffering from Alzheimer's ...
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Should the coordinating conjunction be preceded by a comma when there is an introductory element that covers both clauses?

If there exists an introductory, dependent clause/phrase that is meant to describe both or all clauses of a sentence, do we add a comma before the coordinating conjunction? Tomorrow, Bob will go to ...
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Acceptability of concessive parenthetical if clause

Is the following sentence correct? They might build a community that, if it could not change the depressing nature of the work, could at least make the workplace more bearable. Is it okay to have ...
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Oxford comma list with more than one verb

A friend has pointed out that in an Oxford comma separated list, either every clause needs a verb, or each clause must be the object of the first verb. This seems to make sense to me, but would this ...
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Word order in embedded clause: "had little conception of... how supine was the Security Council"

I find the word order of this sentence interesting: You will all know the outlines of this disaster, but I suggest that many people, including me before I went down this road, had really little ...
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Implicit subject in a dependent clause (or is it independent?) [duplicate]

In the sentence I can resend it or paste it here on WhatsApp I am unsure if adding a comma before "or" is appropriate. The clause "paste it here on WhatsApp" seems to be, on its ...
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What justifies comma usage here?

I came across the following sentence in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: Even prisons and concentration camps are cooperation networks, and can function only because thousands of strangers somehow ...
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Is this an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase?

“The grocery store where I always shop went out of business.” This source - https://www.masterclass.com/articles/subordinate-clause-explained - identifies "where I always shop" as an example ...
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Independent clause between commas?

In the following sentence, which is the independent clause? Exercising four times a week, doctors claim, can help prevent heart disease. Is it “Exercising four times a week can help prevent heart ...
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Is there such a thing as a participle phrase?

Look at the girl dancing on the stage. Look at the dancing girl. They are a happily married couple. The Japanese are now a meat-eating people. I understand that "dancing on the stage" in ...
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Confusion with pronouns proceeding gerunds

In The Stranger, we have the following passage. So we took our time getting back, him telling me how glad he was that he'd been able to give the woman what she deserved. I understand the meaning, ...
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Is there a limit for the number of relative/dependent clauses in a sentence?

I need to correct the following sentence: The article is proving the thesis of shame as a feeling that functions as a bond between people, by presenting a historical analysis of this feeling in three ...
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How should I connect this dependent clause after a conjunction

I am reviewing content in a math textbook, and am unsure of the proper usage of — ; and : in the quote below. First, teachers of mathematics have a deep respect for tradition. Such respect has its ...
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Noun-clause beginning with "what" involving an infinitive [closed]

I have a question about noun clauses beginning with "what" involving infinitives. First, consider the following group of sentences. (1a) What does it take to learn from the past? (1b) It ...
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How does "that" work in this sentence by Ken Follett?

At the beginning of Ken Follett's book The Pillars of the Earth, he wrote: "It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and queens are corrupt, that the common man shows eternal promise -- and one ...
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Otherwise as a Conjunction; does the second clause become a dependant clause when we use otherwise as a conditional?

If we have two independent clauses, which can stand on their own as complete sentences. When we join the two with a conditional such as "otherwise". The second clause, now headed by "...
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'the one you said you liked best' - Analysis of a relative clause using CGEL

I'm currently reading "A Student's Introduction to English Grammar" by Geoffrey K. Pullum and Rodney Huddleston. I'm bewildered by the following exercise, which asks us to identify the ...
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Noun clause in negative form

My question is about noun clause in the negative form. So here is the sentence: But what you can do is don't give up. Can I use the negative form (don't) in the second part of the sentence? And if so, ...
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Differences in word order?

The independent clause, “He is carrying a heavy load”, might be connected with a dependent clause of varying order: most of which is to be consumed. which most of, is to be consumed. of which, most ...
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What constitutes as a restrictive or nonrestrictive?

I'm struggling with trying to figure out whether or not this sentence needs a comma before "only." "He stopped running, only to grab a log from a stack of firewood and launch it at me.&...
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Identifying Main and Subordinate clauses

In the sentence: His family and professional life have made him uniquely able to write novels with a family setting which can absorb the conflict between past and present, tradition and novelty, good ...
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How to understand the ingredient of this sentence?

I saw this sentence from the internet, The input to this transformer should be an array-like of integers or strings, denoting the values taken on by categorical (discrete) features I can not ...
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Choosing tense in a "that-clause"

If you go to his house after half an hour, you will see (that) he is swimming in the swimming pool. If you go to his house after half an hour, you will see (that) he will be swimming in the swimming ...
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Consecutio modorum: Do “that” clauses follow an irreal subjunctive in the parent clause?

Does English have a “sequence of moods” rule? Should the blanks be filled in by was or were? If we knew that it ___ raining, we would also know that the street ___ wet. That is, are the irreal ...
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In that context no one would think you were being serious

Suppose A, B, and C are friends. One day, A and B were having some conversation. During the conversation A said something about B jokingly. B didn't get the joke, felt offended and left the place ...
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Is this an Adjective Clause?

I have a question. Yesterday, in PBS news, I heard "a somewhat surreal, pandemic version of what is usually a full-throated rally to show off a new vice presidential pick". How do we ...
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Why this clause is dependent?

While preparing for my SAT, I encountered the following sentence: "According to a survey analysis, veterans returning to the University of Illinois had 6 one “predominating request”: an efficient ...
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Usage of 'there'

'There will be no produce if we are not there.' Can the clause 'If we are not there' be used to mean 'If we don't exist/survive' in the sentence? Would it be semantically correct? Would it be in line ...
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Should I Use a Comma or a Semicolon at the End of a Series of Complex Introductory Phrases or Dependent Clauses?

In my writing, I begin several sentences with a series of two or three -- or more -- adverbial (or prepositional) phrases (or dependent clauses), some of which contain commas. Seeking clarity, in ...
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Can you remove a relative adverb before an adverb clause?

Is the following sentence correct? Paul felt like he was the happiest man on earth, founding his own distillery. Don't you need something else besides just a comma between earth and founding? ...
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Can we use 'what' as a relative pronoun in formal English? [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? A stone what rolls gathers no moss.
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Comma Usage (is this a dependent clause?) [duplicate]

Is the comma usage in the second sentence correct? An alaunt with short grey fur emerged from the darkness baring its teeth. Shortly after, its master followed. I understand that a comma should ...
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Immersed in real-world challenges, I never stop thinking how to make our world better.[Is this correct] [closed]

I've been asked to proofread an essay which consists of tons of these kind of twisted sentences. My question are whether this sentence is correct and in what case should there be a verb at the 'naked' ...
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Should there be a comma before “so” in the following sentence?

Consider the following sentence. JS-- is an optimizing compiler for the good parts of JavaScript, which helps programmers write efficient and type-safe code so they can develop better quality ...
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Is "As a member of a rescue team" a dependent clause and does it therefore warrant a comma after it?

I want to know whether the sentence As a member of the rescue team, I had a terrifying experience. is correct with the comma after the "as"-clause. From my understanding it boils down to the ...
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Implicit "that/which is/are" in nonrestrictive relative clause [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to leave off "that is" or "which is" in a nonrestrictive relative clause? Is there a term for this? Is this actually a different phenomenon? It (sometimes?) seems to apply ...
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Semicolon error after 'limits'? [closed]

The original sentence is as follows: Though Ramez Naam does not entirely deny the possibility of a self-reliant AI in his quote like Pinker does in this article, the words from Naam’s quote show ...
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Can "A case in point is Japan" be use as a dependent clause of a sentence?

My sentence in full length is "A case in point is Japan, they have experienced a drop of TFR from 3.44 in 1950 to only 1.55 in 2015." Divide the sentence by comma into two parts, I would like to ...
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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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"Why is it that..." relative clause? [closed]

It would be great if someone could explain this sentence structure to me: "Why is it that you don't like me?" I don't understand how all of the components come together. What is the link between it ...
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Do you put a comma after an introductory clause if it's a part of a dependent clause?

E.g. I knew that although he had a problem we could still work through it. ` OR I knew that although he had a problem, we could still work through it. Usually, when using conjunctive adverbs, ...
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Difference between dependent and independent clauses

In the sentence "It's raining, but I'm happy," "but" is a coordinating conjunction. Both of the clauses are independent, right? However, doesn't "I'm happy even though it's raining" mean the same ...
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Limitations of Subordination and Nested Clauses

I'm an English teacher who often has to grapple with explaining to students the complexity of clause structure in English, and after reading an article about various 'longest sentences' in fiction, I ...
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Is there a hard rule for where commas go when there seems to be two independent clauses but there's only one subject?

Actually, my question is a perfect example - "Is there a hard rule for where commas go when there SEEMS to be two independent clauses but there's only one subject?" This one seems easy to me, in ...
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