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Questions tagged [grammatical-structure]

Questions about the structure of grammar

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Adjective as he/she is

What does it excatly mean when someone says "Strong/smart as I am" ? Does it mean they are trying to say eventhough they are strong but .... ?
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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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Meaning of 'otherwise' and its use [closed]

Sentence Ex 1. Amir Khan has done so many fantastic films and entertained viewers with his acting skills and perfections. But at the starting of his career, he chose some horrific subjects that ...
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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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Objective case or possessive case?

"it had taken ' her ' years of infighting to reach her present exalted rank". In this sentence, what case is 'her' ? Objective or possessive ?
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Does it make sense to use a word that is both a noun & a verb in a sentence both ways?

I might have worded that weird but I could have sworn I read it was grammatically correct to do so, but I can't find any backing to it now and it's driving me crazy! xD For example, as weird and ...
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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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Relativizing and fusing part of catenative complement?

I just came across the following sentence: What I wanted to hear was this It made me wonder how to parse what I wanted to hear. As far as I can figure out (much thanks to this post), this should be ...
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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 it correct to use “because of”'?

I read the motivational phrase " You are a precious and important person, only BECAUSE OF BEING YOURSELF" I want to know if it is written correctly or if it were better to say "You are a precious and ...
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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.)

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? ...
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Which sentence is more grammatically correct?

The last payment was made on January 31, 2018. or The last payment made was on January 31, 2018.
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Why both “had” and “after” in “… after we had completed our work”?

We went to watch a movie after we had completed our work. Why the need for the word "had" when there is the word "after"?
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What is the relative pronoun “whose” acting as in the dependent clause

I'm trying to understand how to diagram the following sentence. "Teachers whose students are motivated happily work overtime" I believe "whose students are motived" is a dependent adjective clause, ...
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The process by which Middle English developed… or WAS developed?

From an answer on Quora: "...the phrasal verbs are usually Germanic, and Germanic words in English are more often colloquial, whereas Romance words are more often formal. The colloquial/formal ...
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“Paper is used for writing on ”or “paper is used for writing”,which one is grammatically correct?

"Paper is used for writing on "or "paper is used for writing",which one is grammatically correct ? Chopstics are used for eating . Chopstics are used for eaing with. This desk is used for putting ...
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Is the phrase “Those one track minds” grammatically correct? [closed]

There is an interesting grammatical construction in the song Shout by Tears For Fears. They really really ought to know Those one track minds That took you for a working boy Kiss ...
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Is the tense of the latter part of the sentence correct?

"He couldn't foresee devoting himself to anything other than that passionate desire, even if the fire eventually burns him down." Is 'burns him down' correct? The speaker is okay with the fire burning ...
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Regarding Sentence Formation?

I generally face problem in sentence structure . Which one is correct :- Mainly he does this . He mainly does this . He does mainly this . He does this mainly . All the above sentences seem to be ...
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Threat on/to/for

As I was writing a sentence, it struck me that I am not all that quite sure about the noun 'threat', and how a sentence using the words 'threat' and 'cause' can be constructed. For instance: "...
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How to say it properly?

How can you say to a child not to pour water on you when she is taking a bath? My sister use the term don't wet me and it sounds off
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Why is it “don't you dare”, but not “do not you dare” or “don't/doesn't he/she/him/her dare”? [duplicate]

Ok, so I'm supposed to prepare a short presentation about a grammatical oddity in the English language that doesn't seem correct, and yet it is. The topics range from explaining the plural of fish/...
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Meaning of sentence. “He is not vigilant like you”

He is not vigilant like you. Does it mean that you are vigilant. Or you are not vigilant like him. I am really confused by the sentence whether it's a compliment or complaint?
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“should always have been done”/“should have made”/ should have been always done” [closed]

So I'm doing a coffeemaker advert in English and it is not my native language. I think you have to know the idea behind this sentence so you can help me to get this grammatically and ideally right. ...
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X-bar tree for a sentence

Those talents, as they make a part of his fortune, so do they likewise of that of the society to which he belongs. (Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations) The structure of the sentence above from Adam ...
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The grammar of “one another”

In sentences such as: They talked to one another Is the string one another a constituent, or are the two words part of a mandatorily gapped coordination of preposition phrases (or even verb phrases)?...
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John has three cups and (a) jug. Can the article be omitted in this case?

John has three cups and (a) jug. Jane gave them the notebook and (the) pen Can the article be omitted in these cases?
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English Subject-auxiliary inversion

In normal declarative English sentences, let's call them 'canonical' sentences, the verb comes after the subject. Bob is walking the Great Wall of China. Bob likes elephants. But in other types of ...
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How to make an interrogative sentence with “Should have”? [closed]

Should he have been accused? Or Should he had been accused? Which one is correct?
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What part of speech is “back” in “If you want it back”?

If you want it back ... I'm doing a school project and need to figure out parts of speech in my letter that I wrote, but, I dont know what "back" is, can anyone help?
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“Mathematics (…) greatly intrigue her.” Is it grammatically correct?

I was looking at the news and came across Alison Harcourt, who is an Australian grandmother still working as a tutor and mathematician from young (here). I decided to make an anagram related to it, ...
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Can I use “proud” in this phrase: “Proud company for nonprofits”?

This phrase is a title. I am not sure in the use of "proud" before a noun even though I saw in the dictionary that this structure exists. What do you think? How do you understand the phrase? Thanks in ...
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Is the phrase “our POTUS” grammatically correct?

I saw somebody use this on twitter, but I had to do a second take because to me it doesn't make sense. If you expand the acronym you get "our President of the United States". It seems redundant if an ...
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What is the structure of 'Shot dead'

"Boss shot dead his girl friend." Please elaborate the structure of the sentence. Can I replace "shot" with any other word, like stabbed, poisoned or beat?
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Where should 'often' be placed in a negative sentence?

They often don't know how to react to compliments. or They don't often know how to react to compliments. Which sentence is correct?
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Can a dependent clause refer to a word other than last word of independent clause?

For the sentence construction: "(independent clause), which (dependent clause)" could the dependent clause be referring to a word other than the last word (or phrase) of the independent clause? So ...