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Questions tagged [grammatical-structure]

Questions about the structure of grammar

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Please help me to score this essay [on hold]

Nowadays, with the development of technology, computers are becoming an ubiquitous part of learning. Althoung installing computers in school have its own drawbacks, I am convinced that this could be ...
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Can I use “end-focus” for a noun phrase? [on hold]

today I read about “end-focus”: In English grammar, end-focus is the principle that the most important information in a clause or sentence is placed at the end.  End-focus (also known as the ...
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Which one is correct? [on hold]

I am a bit confuse I don't know which one to use, from my point of view both are correct, or maybe there are subtle differences between the two. there were my two young siblings my two young siblings ...
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Will vs Going to [duplicate]

I’m a bit baffled about these two structures: going to and will. Here’s an example of where I get confused: Liverpool’s players are known to be skilled. They ....... the match easily. A) will win. ...
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Is this a correct use of parallel structure?

I am not sure if this sentence is a correct usage of parallel structure: There is no electricity, no water supply, and no health centers in the area. We would say "There are no health centers", so ...
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Have something done [closed]

I want to have traveled the whole world before turning 50. I'll have the car delivered tomorrow. Are my sentences correct? And would a native speaker say it like this?
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conditional sentences with would have

Well, i was reading about type 3 conditionals. In the main clause we use if+past perfect(had) and in the Main clause we use perfect conditional or perfect continous conditional. Then why in some ...
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Grammatical name and function

What is the grammatical name and function of ...who finally broke down under the strain of waiting for rain" it was the women of the family who finally broke down under the strain of waiting for ...
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(Noun to verb np) structure and grammar [duplicate]

I can't understand the grammar and structure of following sentence: "YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views" I think something is omitted, it should be: "YouTube is to remove..." ...
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Is this correct to say? [duplicate]

"forced to make due with" I don't know it doesn't sound right to me, is it grammatically correct?
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Can I use “this is due to” at the start of sentence or do I have to separate it by a comma?

I am trying to write the following content. Can I use "this is due to" at the start of a sentence? People are living happily even after the closure of local markets and don't find it difficult to ...
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They went on playing (but/though) it started to rain

They went on playing ... it started to rain. A) though B) because C) but D) despite The answer is C but I am wondering why A doesn't work in this case.
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Theatrical piece with a grammar structure

I have to do a project presentation (not powerpoint) with my classmate about highlighting a grammatical structure by means of artistical subjects (pantomime, shadow theatre, theatre, video, dance, ...
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For the expression “bumf**k, Egypt”, is “bumf**k” an adjective and “Egypt” a noun? [closed]

I'm asking about the structure of the expression. If the answer is YES, then what's the reason for the comma. Besides, which Egypt is meant, "The Arab Republic of Egypt" or that "region of Illinois", ...
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What is the grammatical structure of the expression “F*** you!” and its derivatives?

I heard that expression along with its derivatives so many times, in movies or otherwise, but I can't get it grammatically, meaning, does it stand for a complete sentence like "I will fuck you!" or "I ...
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At one time operating vs At one time it operated

Since "at one time" is a time indicator, shouldn't the gerund "operating" be equivalent, while giving a better flow joining sentences? Or is it more confusing/improper? Preceding text of the same ...
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Grammatical name

What is the grammatical name and function of "The variety of vitamins and nutrients in green beans" help prevent many health problems
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Looking for the grammar terms to describe the components of a question

Questions like these: "How do I increase productivity in my organization?" "How do I increase pro-social behavior in my community?" I want to say that in all of these questions, the second part (e.g....
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Is this sentence grammaritcally correct? [closed]

There are published procedures. Should I say "spreaded"?
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What's the grammatical item for “Some in tears” in this sentence?

The sentence is from a news report. They searched for the missing throughout the night under generator-powered flood lights as family members waited by the mounds of debris - some in tears. So What'...
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Is my use of “that that” in this sentence gramaticaly correct

Abbreviated version: "I thought that that wasn't a thing in the U.S.A. anymore at all!" Entire sentence: "My entire world was blown away when I heard that 800,000 kids in America (the U.S.A.) work ...
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It is not necessary that every headache has to be tumor [closed]

I think this not a right sentence. Can anyone help me to correct this?
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how to understand this sentence “unbelievably slow in appreciating their good fortune in ruling the country…”?

Here are two consecutive paragraphs from The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg: The extensive range of what I would call “almost synonyms” became one of the glories of the English language, ...
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How “unless” and “until” affect the structure and meaning of a complex sentence

Here is an ex­cerpt from a book I’m read­ing: Un­less con­sumed in highly skilled rit­ual con­texts, as is prac­ticed in many tra­di­tional so­ci­eties, what drugs in fact do is re­duce our per­...
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is it ok to say “from diagnosing to treatment to follow up”?

what i want to express is Blockquote from diagnosis to treatment to follow up Blockquote .i want to express it in a way that reader feels that its a continuous and long term process. ...
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As an English native speaker, why can't I properly explain the rules of English? Am I expected to know them by heart? [closed]

Okay, a little background information to start: I'm an English-speaker who has been born and raised in the southern United States and has picked up the western accent of my father. It is the only ...
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Is it right to say "I don't live here naturally?

Can someone confirm or correct my grammar? Someone was asking me where I live. But my current address isn't my permanent one. So I answered: "I don't live here naturally." Was that correct? Or ...
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Finites in a conditional sentence

In the sentence below. How many finites are there? 'Interviewers ask respondents if they have been the victim of a crime in the past 12 months; if they have, respondents provide information about ...
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“How to we categorize appropriation”

I cannot grasp the sentence structure of this: What incites my curiosity even further is how to we categorize appropriation in the case when Japanese people say that there is nothing offensive ...
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xx should xxx be in place

"The PM is seeking legally binding changes to the backstop - the plan to avoid the return of Irish border checks should no EU-UK trade deal be in place." I don't understand the grammatical structure.
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Is “What can I help with?” proper English? [duplicate]

"What can I help with?" Part of our team is claiming it is not proper english and another part is claiming its the correct way for us to say it. For context this is in reference to working on a ...
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Neither before a plural or singular noun?

Below is a short passage from Harvard Law Review, Volume 66: However, with lower courts free to exercise their discretion, there is danger that they may in the same litigation reach opposite ...
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Is “know not” grammatically correct? [closed]

I've just seen someone comment: We send our children to fight in a war we know not what we are fighting for. I am not English expert (it's not even my first language) but the structure just seems ...
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“… takes as input …” vs “… takes input as …”

Why did the author place "as" between the verb take and the preposition here? Give an efficient algorithm that takes as input a desired accuracy ϵ > 0 and returns a simple cycle C for which r(C)≥ r*...
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'In which' or 'where'?

Which case is correct? I'm writing like some kind of fanfiction, but I really want to know and get better in grammar. "He had been unable to sleep well the night before to the morning where he had ...
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Imperative sentence patterns …

Please let me ask you native or very well-trained Eglish speakers if there’s some patterns, rules, or formulas in regards of an imperative sentence’s structure. For example, I was reading this ...
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What is the grammatical name and function of this sentence

...which eventually develop into cacoons.. The full sentence is: According to researchers, the silkworm (which eventually develop into cacoons) from which raw silk is produced do well in warm ...
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Questions on usage of 'as' in the following sentence: “Maybe Andrew Jackson was as impetuous, maybe Richard M. Nixon as venal.”

While reading an article, I found a sentence of which I couldn't get the exact meaning, which was: It is difficult, at the moment, to fully assess the damage Trump is wreaking. We have never had a ...
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Omitting Which / That in a Sentence

The following sentence is from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. I'm wondering if it's correct and what it means: “Give me a couple of dates are good for you.” Shouldn't it be “Give me a ...
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Can a PP be analysed as a complex adjective?

In the sentence They are more familiar with this, the predicative complement more familiar with this is an AdjP, with the adjective head familiar. But what about a sentence such as They are more at ...
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Is this sentence correct? - “Every one of them could not solve it.”

Thank you for checking out my question. Even though I asked a similar question earlier, another confounding issue showed up here. Is this sentence grammatically correct or, at least, acceptable? ...
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Is “The cat paws in the water to get the fish” a grammatically correct sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence, "The cat paws in the water to get the fish" grammatically correct?
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Does the word “function” in this sentence make grammatical sense?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I honestly just want to confirm something and I need people who understand English grammar better than myself to help me out here to see if this makes grammatical ...
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Comparing negatives (It is nice not to be rude.) vs. (It isn't nice to be rude.) [duplicate]

What is the difference in style and meaning between the following two in terms of the adjective "nice"? (It is nice not to be rude.) (It isn't nice to be rude.) besides, what is the difference in ...
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Double negative in this sentence?

I am wondering whether the following sentence contains a double negative: Contrary to popular belief, home values don’t depend on material alone but rather the efficiency of those materials in ...
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Here you are or here it is

In an interview I heard " Examiner: May I see your passport please ? Student: Yes, here you are. " Why wasn't the answer ', Yes, here it is. '? Is the full version of the answer " Yes, here you are ...
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Make sleep or get someone sleep [closed]

How can I rephrase "I made the child sleep" without the word ' make' ?
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''happiness is only real when shared'' or ''hapiness only real …'' [closed]

When we can avoid to put the verb to be? In this case are both correct or ''happiness' only real....'' because of the double ss at the end of the word we can avoid to write it down? because the sound ...
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Adjective and conjunction which has higher priority?

I have a question about priority. For example: "elder brother and sister" means: "elder (brother and sister)" or "(elder brother) and sister"? Another example: "old men and women" means: "old (...
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Is this question and reply valid

First speaker: You do not have to hit me to prove your point Reply: Yes I do Is this conversation valid? Valid in the sense that if a conversation like this should occur, there is no error? ...