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Parsing “He went there, and that, too, when it was dark”

In the example "He went there, and that, too, when it was dark" How does one analyse the sentence after the main clause 'He went there'? What function is “and that too,” performing? What will be ...
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What is the part of the speech of “But” in this sentence?

“These commands are binding on all children; they cannot be neglected without sin. Whatever God has commanded us to do, we must perform, without calling in question the propriety of the command. ...
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be rid of / get rid of

Finally, I got rid of Karen. / Finally, I was rid of Karen. rid of is a phrasal verb whose direct object is Karen got and was function as linking verbs rid of Karen together is a participle clause (...
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“I have a friend VISITING me.” Participle vs entire Direct Object Clause

"I have a friend visiting me." Which part of speech is "visiting" specifically? Even if "a friend visiting me" is an entire direct object clause, what is the breakdown: Is "visiting" a participle? ...
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Question related to definite article

Why is "the" put before the words Internet and kitchen when they're used in general sense? For instance, Women should stay in the kitchen. The Internet is man's greatest creation.
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Identifying a passive voice usage of a past participle

I read in a Stack Exchange answer that the tip to determine whether a past participle is acting as part of passive voice construction in a particular sentence or not is: If it describes an action ...
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What part of speech is “this” in the following sentence [duplicate]

My friends and I are having a stupid argument about this sentence: Someday this pain will be useful to you. I claim “this” in this sentence is an adjective modifying pain, but they claim it is a ...
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Preposition at the end of a phrase

"Professor, your TA thinks that the sky is green, and I think the sky is blue. I am curious which of us you agree with and what in your research leads you to this decision." vs. "Professor, your TA ...
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When can an adverb modify a participial adjective?

Why can you say: the hurriedly passed bill the warmly clothed child but not: the *here proposed bill the *yesterday scolded child To me they don't even sound informally understandable, they just ...
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It was meme city

I know it's silly but, Elon Musk once said it during his meme review: "It was meme city". So we've got an argument with my friend about the 'meme city' part. I say it's a compound adjective used as ...
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Can because appear in the start of a sentence?

I am usually used to writing because in the middle of a sentence during my school days. But nowadays I find that because also appears in the start of a sentence. Even if because is used in the start ...
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Part of speech of “likely”

It is likely to rain. Here likely is a predicate adjective with to rain as the complement (correct me if I'm wrong). Who took the cookie? It was likely Bob. Is likely also a predicate adjective ...
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“We have but a choice to be responsible citizens”

I am trying to phrase this: "We don't have any other choice but to be responsible citizens" as "We have but a choice to be responsible citizens". Is this correct? Or have I said exactly the opposite? ...
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Identifying function and part of speech of noun phrase in sentence that used for" as a conjunction

I took this line out of "Sula" by Toni Morrison. They waited in vain, for no lightning no thunder no rain came. -Author left punctuation like that. My question is how do the noun phrases act in ...
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“That following summer” vs “The following summer”

She moved to our school in the middle of her first year in high school. That following summer, she asked the coach if she could join the team as a sophomore. 1) What's the meaning difference ...
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What is the part of speech for “where” in these two cases?

I'm aware that "where" is usually an adverb, but I'm a bit confused as to cases like this: This is where I went to school. Is it still an adverb here? Why or why not? Thanks in advance.
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Identify the subject and verb in the sentence

Please where is the subject and the verb in the following sentence: Slavery and the slave trade bulk large in this work. Is it grammatically correct? And what kind of the word is 'large' in this ...
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Can someone explain why they omitted 'of the' in the second second sentence after the word 'majority'?

A Vast Majority of the World’s Population Breathes Unsafe Air But the truth is that as it stands at the moment the majority population do not believe this.
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I am unable to find out the parts of speech in following sentence

At what hour is the sun right above us. Us = pronoun (object of preposition) Above =. preposition Right. = Adv modifying the prepositional phrase The determiner Sun noun Is. linking ...
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Does the whole always “comprise” the parts of something, and not the other way around?

The verb "comprise" comes to me naturally to use in certain situations, at odds with a legalistic sense of correctness. It's a word often used in patents, or patent applicaitons, where some invention ...
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What part of speech is 'enough' in '[Subject] is enough.'?

All the dictionaries I know of classify 'enough' in 'Something is enough.' as a pronoun, not an adjective. Dictionaries such as LEXICO, Oxford Learner's Dictionaries and Collins classify it as a ...
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Helping others is a good habit. Which part of speech is “Helping” & “others” here? [duplicate]

Helping others is a good habit. Which part of speech is "Helping" & "others" here? I think helping here is noun & others is pronuoun.
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I still write a little [part of speech of 'a little']

a. Do you still write? I still write a little. b. Do you still write short stories? I still write a little. Is a little an adverb in (a) and a pronoun in (b)?
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What parts of speech are the words in “as long as”?

I'm having trouble thinking about "as long as" in grammatical terms. What are the parts of speech for the different components of this phrase and the phrase as a whole? I can intuitively use it but ...
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Gerund or a predicate adjective?

In sentences like "but now it is running" or "but now it is standing" What are the words running/standing? I believe they're verbs/gerunds but I have some friends who think they are predicate ...
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“… slowing gaining strength”—What part of speech is “slowing” in the phrases below?

I thought the authors misused the word 'slowing', because it seems that 'slowly' as an adverb should be used. However, there are multiple examples using slowing + gaining + something(noun). Really ...
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Usage of commas

Good time of the day. Can you please tell me whether or not it is correct to insert a comma prior to the word "embedded" in this sentence? "He leaned down to the nearest tablet embedded in a little ...
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Plural forms of gerunds [duplicate]

In this sentence, the noun savings is in plural form: I have one savings account. It is like a gerund or maybe it is a gerund, I am not clear about it. But when I searched the Internet, I found ...
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What part of speech do the quoted constructions belong to? [duplicate]

This yoghurt is ... "getting out of these shoes" good "not catching the bouquet" good, "not getting stuck with a groom's man shorter than you" good. I have found no articles on this sort of (it ...
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'Pollution affects the environment in many ways' - What part of the speech is 'in many ways'? [closed]

Pollution (S) affects (V) the environment (O) in many ways (?). Is in many ways a complement?
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Need help breaking down this sentence: “I took action to make my plan come to fruition.”

So far I have "to make my plan come to fruition" as a subordinate clause, but I'm having trouble defining its components. Is "come to fruition" modifying "plan"? How is the infinitive functioning here?...
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How does suffixing adjectives with “ass” work out grammatically?

Why is it grammatically correct apparently to say, for example "My annoying-ass art teacher"? Or is it? If ass is a noun normally, then what part of speech is it when used to suffix an adjective? Can ...
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What do “plump” and “stately” mean in this sentence from James Joyce's Ulysses?

The following passage comes at the beginning of James Joyce's masterwork, Ulysses, an early twentieth century novel. There are a lot of references to Catholic ritual in it. Here, Buck Mulligan, the ...
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Voiceless noun endings with voiced verb endings

We can use that idea. That idea has no conceivable use. It is necessary to house these students. The will reside in that house. I cannot prove that. I have no proof. I can breathe. Every breath I take ...
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What part of speech is “by” in this sentence?

In sentences like these below, what part of speech or what grammatical function does "by" serve? Open the door BY turning your key. Lift the bucket BY pulling on the rope.
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Unrelated actions

I'm looking for a word that describes the choice between two unrelated actions. Example "do you walk to school or take your lunch?" The word sounds like non-secular or noncircular.
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In “stick something on”, is “on” an adverb or a preoposition?

Basically what title says. I've been trying to find this on google but I have not found anything. I just know that on is an adverb when it "modifies a verb", but in this scenario I am not really sure. ...
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What part of speech is “the closest” in this case? [duplicate]

What is the closest you've ever come to losing your life? (From : https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-closest-youve-ever-come-to-losing-your-life) Apparently, it comes from the construction "come ...
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“John was happy about being accepted as a team member.” What part of speech is “accepted”?

John was happy about being accepted as a team member. In one sense, John is an accepted team member, so it could be an adjective. In an other sense, John was accepted by someone, or by the team or ...
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“Out” after “to be”: adverb, not adjective?

"Out" is listed as an adverb in the Cambridge Dictionary in the following example. I came around to see you this morning, but you were out. Does anyone know why it isn't an adjective?
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Adjective after the preposition “beyond”

How would you parse or diagram "This is beyond sad"? My best guess is that the prepositional phrase is elliptical, omitting the true object (necessarily a noun), such as "something," as in "This is ...
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'At' symbol vs multiplication symbol: adjectives or verbs or what?

I was reading about the origin of the @ symbol. It came on the scene in 1531. It has always meant “at” for pricing. New usages have been assigned to it as well as using “at” as a preposition, e.g. ...
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Is a copula a function word?

Most resources I have read state that verbs are content words (excluding helping verbs). I was just wondering whether copulas are considered content or function words. To me, a copula seems more like ...
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Why do these parts of speech change according to the following? [closed]

I'm using nltk to process a sentence, and I can't figure out why "hundred" here changes part of speech to a verb in these two sentences, and why "record" is a different part of speech as "record-...
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the accident happened a mile west of Bowes (Is 'west' an adverb?)

The Lexico Oxford Dictionary defines a use of 'west' as an adverb: To or towards the west. he faced west and watched the sunset the accident happened a mile west of Bowes I can easily ...
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Parts of speech 'Both'

Max and John both jumped on the sofa. In this context, is both a pronoun? What I am struggling with is what kind of pronoun is it? Q: Is both a possessive or personal pronoun?
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Part of Speech, Broke-up vs Broke up

In the following sentence, broke-up is an adjective, correct? Brad and Jennifer broke-up with their friends Now if we remove the hyphen, i.e: Brad and Jennifer broke up with their friends what ...
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Analysing a sentence taken from a lesson [closed]

Children and adults alike are fond of folktales. What is the part of speech of 'alike' ? What does it modify?
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Can a bare infinitive ever modify (“act as an adjective”) a noun?

While browsing a set of lecture slides, I encountered this line: Catch up/overtake rate in which overtake rate looks odd to me. As far as I know, a verb may act as an adjective in a couple ...
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What part of speech is “baking” in “baking is fun”? [duplicate]

In the sentence "baking is fun," what part of speech is "baking"?

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