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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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Question regarding the use of comma with a dependent clause just after “and” in an independent clause

Which of these two sentences is correct ? The heat is unbearable , and when you wake up , you find your clothes sticking to you . The heat is unbearable , and , when you wake up , you find your ...
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How do you functionally distinguish between coordinating and subordinating conjunctions?

The most common way to teach which conjunctions are coordinating and which are subordinating is the acronym 'FANBOYs'. Apparently, the FANBOY conjunctions are coordinating and the rest are ...
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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

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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Is “I got lost trying to find” correct?

I read this paragraph: - Why didn't you come to Alex's house last night? We were all expecting to see you there. + Oh, I'm sorry about that. I got lost trying to find Alex's house. Which one is ...
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What's the rule for bare infinitive in a dependent clause? [duplicate]

I've been reading a chapter in a certain (programming) book and stumbled upon the following sentences (and I'm sure I've seen more examples like this in the book): Since randomized tests are ...
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What is actually a simple sentence?

From "Literary Devices" (literarydevices.net) A simple sentence in grammar has only one main or independent clause and no dependent or subordinate clauses. Comprising a subject and a predicate, ...
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Is there a comma required in this sentence?

Consider the following. He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in countryname-Y, which facilitated his success in Z. or should there be a comma before ...
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I'm struggling to identify the clause/subordinate clauses in this sentence

'Today, people can still see some of the marble stones that were used to build the Mausoleum.' I understand 'that' is connecting the sentence, but there is no subject after 'that' so im a bit ...
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Is the word “should” superfluous in this sentence?

"That you should behave like this is strange". Will this sentence be grammatically correct if I remove the word "should", from it ?
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Is this an independent or dependent clause?

Look at the following example 'But she was so tired, she did not finish painting.' Is the first clause an independent or dependent clause? If it is an independent clause, should I remove the comma ...
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Punctuating a list at the end of a dependent clause?

From what I've gathered, it's best to place a list at the end of a sentence. But I'm having a hard time fixing the following sentences without affecting the meaning. The sentences in question: But ...
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How to use Commas When an Introductory Clause Precedes a Dependent/Subordinate Clause

I think we all agree that most introductory clauses are set off by commas. E.g.: In 1982, John Smith went to battle in Spain. Moreover, the monkeys all ate bread. I think we also agree that ...
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Question regarding comma vs. colon

Consider the following sentence: In 2013 Tallinn, Estonia, instituted fare-free rides for city residents (becoming the largest city in the world to do so), but car use in Tallinn has only slightly ...
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Dependent clause w/list *comma or semicolon* followed by independent clause

Should we use a semicolon or comma when an adverbial dependent clause containing a list is followed by an independent clause? While not everyone is a Newton, Einstein, or Hawking, every one of them ...
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Why isn’t this instance of “so” preceded by a comma even though it’s beginning a new independent clause?

William Strunk writes in the 1914 edition of his Elements of Style: Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. ... Two-part sentences of which the second member ...
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Type of clause- terms

On these first two examples of dependent clauses within the sentence. Where is the main clause if you remove the dependent clause? What the girl did was not very helpful. The trophy goes to whoever ...
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Split a dependent clause from an independent clause

The first clause in the following sentence has no subject, nor verb: From the first agricultural settlements to the rich Emirates of the Arabian peninsula, the Middle East has always had an ...
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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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Can a phrase that needs more to make a complete thought ever be its own sentence? [closed]

Can a phrase that needs more to make a complete thought ever be its own sentence? What about the following phrase that begins with preposition "for"? I'm waiting for the answer. For any reply at ...
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Are wh-words conjunctions when they begin a dependent (wh-) clause? [duplicate]

According to "A glossary of English Grammar" by Goeffrey Leech: "The wh-words are: who, whom, whose, which, what, how, when, where, why." In the paragraph where Leech defines the term conjunction ...
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What makes the two clauses in this sentence independent clauses?

As I understand it, an independent clause can make sense without depending on another clause or sentence. However, in the example I'm looking at, they've stated that these are independent clauses, ...
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Is this an independent or a dependent clause?

Is this an independent or a dependent clause? You will have to fly from Copenhagen.
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Comma preceding “with” clause at end of sentence

I read a sentence that I found very awkward: "This March was the hottest of the decade with every day above average." My brain wants to add a comma before "with." I know one way to avoid the ...
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Can 'either or' begin a sentence?

This is part of the transcript of a trial running in the UK where a husband is accused of the attempted murder of his wife by tampering with her parachute : I can't remember if I pulled the reserve ...
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Can we use “this is” as a main clause? And can an independent clause start with the word “then”?

This is because they have already gone home. In this sentence "because they have already gone home" is an dependent clause of independent clause "this is". Here my doubt is "this is" a main ...
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Several dependent clauses connected with “or”

my problem sentence is the following: After completion, or due to termination, the car picks up the crew members and flies them back to the moon. I would like to make those commas as I put them ...
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Use of then as a dependent conjunction [duplicate]

First of all, I understand that then cannot be used as a conjunction with simply a comma (lacking a semicolon or start of new sentence) to connect two independent clauses and that a semicolon or a ...
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How do you distinguish between the future tense with noun clauses versus those with time clause?

I am confused about using the future tense in noun clauses versus time clauses. I know that the future tense is not used in time clauses, but that it can be used with noun clauses. However, I am ...
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Commas before non-restrictive subordinating conjunctions?

It's said that a comma shouldn't be placed before a dependent clause when it comes after the independent clause, but what about when the dependent clause is non-restrictive? For example: "I can't ...
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How do you identify independent and dependent clauses? (with example)

Consider these four examples: (1) I come bearing soup, and Kate is sick. (2) I come bearing soup, for Kate is sick. (3) I come bearing soup because Kate is sick. (4) Kate is sick, so ...
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“That these … makes” – why “makes” and what is the role of “that”? [closed]

I have the following sentence: That these skills are transferable makes them especially beneficial. My question is “simple”: Why makes? (Of course, because of that.) But, does that mean something –...
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The reason being

The beaches are empty these days, the reason being that people are increasingly worried about high levels of UV radiation. The beaches are empty these days. The reason being is that people are ...
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Punctuation of dependent clauses with a common subject [closed]

I am wondering whether the following sentence is punctuated properly: From the previous section, the operator A is skew-adjoint; has compact resolvents; and thus has the required conditions.
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What's this syntax called: “Him being the nice person he is, helped her.”?

Or "He, being the nice person that he is, helped her." Which one is correct and what's the construction called?
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Is there any syntax error in my sentence?

I am not sure whether the following sentence is syntax correct or not. It's have been nearly one month that I didn't receive any task from my leader. I know there is another sentence that can ...
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That-clause (content clause) as an adjunct?

According to CGEL, that-clause can function as an adjunct. The following sentence is an example from page 952 of CGEL. He appealed to us to bring his case to the attention of the authorities that ...
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Can “where” ever be used as the subject of a relative/adjective clause?

Here's the sentence that was confusing: He went back to Santa Monica which was his hometown. Why can't "which" be replaced with "where"? "Where" can be used as a relative pronoun, but it's doesn'...
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what is the type of fragment in this?

"Marina dove into the ocean depths, her tail slapping the surface dismissively" I want to know if this is comma splice or a sort of correct usage of a clause. I don't think its adjective clause, but ...