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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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Can a dependent clause be made independent through parallel structure?

It would require understanding which attributes are most relevant to users, and how best to predict these attributes from signal features. In the sentence above is "how best to predict these ...
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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?

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

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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