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When whoever vs. whomever fails the he/him test [duplicate]

The following example fails the he/him test for whoever/whomever: Please give the key to whoever needs to open that cabinet. Give the key to him or he? Give the key to him. However, when asking ...
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what is the subject of last clause?

what is the subject of last clause ? But shrinking the band gaps of such materials just that little bit further, to the point where a brilliant red is reflected instead, has so far proved beyond their ...
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What adjectives can be used as adverbs? [duplicate]

Are the following sentences acceptable to native speakers? I want it so bad. The children grew up happy and healthy. Jimmy works hard. He followed her quick. What adjectives can be used as adverbs? ...
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Is it correct to say that this element is both part of the predicate and is a complex subject?

"He was seen running down the street." Is it correct to say that "running down the street" fulfills the predicate while also being part of the subject, a complex subject?
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Complex object grammar and other things [closed]

I've seen a number of different phrases in different books describing the action of closing a door, and I'm not quite sure that I fully understand the grammar behind them. For example: (1) [He] ...
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Clarity in sentence usage regarding subject and predicate

Allen's friend bought a bag for his girlfriend on her birthday. The next time he meets her, she has the same bag with her. He compliments the bag and asks her, "where did you buy the bag from?" ...
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Does a verb phrase always function as a predicate?

What is obvious is that we are choosing a new path. Does the VP (is obvious) function as a predicate? If it does, is there any situation where a VP doesn't function as a predicate? Or does a VP ...
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“Come to life” vs. “come alive”

I've heard both phrases used but would love to learn what the difference is and if one is more proper than the other. E.g. The green paint really made it come [to life/alive].
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Can a proper noun be a predicative in imperatives?

I live in a city called Kobe in the western part of Japan.  Perhaps some of you might have known that it was severely hit and damaged by the Great Hanshin Earthquake some 20 years ago.  The City, ...
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Dependent or Independent clause?

Is "The way people write has changed" an independent clause or dependent clause? In any case please explain in detail. What is the subject, verb and object if there is or if there isn't. Thanks in ...
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Functions of adjectives

It was cloudy this morning. The word cloudy in this sentence is for sure an adjective. However, what is its syntactic function? is it an: object complement adjective or a predicate ...
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“The cake was baked.” Is “baked” a past participle or predicate adjective? [duplicate]

The cake was baked. Is the word baked considered a predicate adjective? Would the word baked also be a past participle written in passive voice? I am just trying to figure this out.
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Predicate individual-level

I’ve come across one post on a website. See below; I wish my father had been rich. (Father is already dead and was poor) I am trying to understand more about predicate individual-level and do need ...
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Can a sentence have multiple predicates?

I was doing an exercise from my grammar book where one has to identify the subject and the predicate when I stumbled across the following sentence. A barking sound the shepherd hears. Now I know ...
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What are the subject and predicate in the following sentences? [closed]

1. Mercy on us. 2. Thank you, my dear friend. What are the subject and predicate in these two sentences?
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To what does Predicator refer? [duplicate]

Hello. I have been studying Arguments and Predicate when I noticed that there are two different views over Predicators: Some say that it is the main verb of the Predicate, others say that it is the ...
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“Should have been us” or “Should have been we”?

I understand that "have been" is a form of the linking verb "to be", so it can only take a predicate nominative. But saying "It should've been us" sounds better.
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Does “Predicate” includes object, complement and modifiers?

I'm currently studying the "Sentence Structure" for the English language. I've found varied information in this regard. Some sources says that the sentence consist of five components: Subject + ...
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What is the main clause here? [closed]

He has a chain [which is made of gold]. The sentence has two clauses: a main clause (italicised) and a subordinate clause (bracketed) embedded within it, each having its own subject and ...
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Compound verb in: He likes to sing and play

In the context of compound subjects and compound verbs, the subject below is he. However, the tricky thing here is the verb(s) of the predicate part. Since the first verb is likes [to sing] then the ...
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What would be the correct predicate/verb in this sentence?

All in all, every parent and every child is/are different. I know that subjects with 'every' count as singular, so in case I wanted to say 'Every parent is different', then I would have had to use '...
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What is the difference between “All” and “Only” here?

What is the difference between following sentences ? "All believers respect God" and "Only believers respect God" (Ignore any grammatical mistake, if any) I just want to know how "All " and "Only " ...
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Comma between subject and predicate (when predicate is noun clause ending in verb)

Here are a few quotes that may or may not be faithful to their authors, in which the subject is a noun clause ending in a verb followed by a comma: "What can be shown, cannot be said." "What gets ...
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Simple predicate of <get hold of>

A Simple Predicate is simply the verb or verb phrase in a sentence. Since some verbs, for example phrasal verbs, have additional words other than the "stem word" would they be considered part of the ...
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Use of 'here' as a noun, a PA or perhaps an adverb

"Here it is." What's going on with this? If I say "It is here", 'here' is plainly a PA. If I say "Here I am", 'I' is plainly the subject. (Because if it was the object, we would have to say "Here is ...
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Analysis of “I woke up tired.”

"I woke up tired." We have subject/(phrasal) verb/adjective. So this looks like a linking verb with a predicate adjective. ("I am tired", "I became tired", "He seemed tired"). But since when is '...
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Does “turned a bright blue” contain a predicate nominative or predicate adjective?

The liquid in the bowl turned a bright blue. Please tell me if blue is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective in this sentence and please explain why.
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Is it possible for a sentence to have a direct object and predicate adjective?

In school, I was taught that action verbs have direct objects and linking verbs have predicate adjectives or nominatives; however, some verbs seem to use both simultaneously. For example, in "I made ...
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“Unless” in implication

While learning about implications in predicate logic I came across a conditional statement, Statement P is true implies statement Q is true is equivalent to Statement Q is true unless ...
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A question concerning the use of “as” as conjunction

It was as you said. When I first heard it, I was almost certain that it is grammatically wrong. But when I searched Google, I realized it is used frequently (at least according to the book section). ...
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Does “is” always distinguish a subject and predicate ?

"Martin thinks he is a cat" Martin is the subject and thinking he is the cat is the predicate, right ? Is there ever such a thing as a sentence with "is" more than once, but only one subject and ...
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Subject predicate inversion due to negation

I was reading about subject predicate inversion inverted word-order... is also used in clauses introduced by a negative or restrictive clause element. In the following example, the initial ...
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“It's 20 meters thick” versus “It's a 20-meter-thick layer.”

I know that both of these expressions are correct, but I'd like to be able to explain exactly why the first one is correct. Of course compound adjectives are hyphenated (second expression), but in the ...
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What part of speech is “know” in “let us know”? [closed]

What part of speech is "know" in: Let us know. "You" is the implied subject, "let" is the verb, and "us" is the indirect object. But I'm confused about "know" - what is its grammatical function ...
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Predicator vs. Predicate

BACKGROUND According to Oxford Dictionaries Online: Predicator means "(In systemic grammar) a verb phrase considered as a constituent of clause structure, along with subject, object, and adjunct." ...
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Predicate and Verb [closed]

What is exactly the difference between Verb and Predicate ? could anybody please tell me clearly and give each example of both ? Thank you.
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Grammatically equivalent sentences, for use in symbolic logic

Initially posted to Math Stack Exchange: HERE I believe that English grammar expertise is needed as well. Is the statement: No student is friendly but not helpful. Equivalent to: A There ...
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What else did you think it stood for? vs …it stand for? vs …it stands for? [closed]

I'm confused about what tense the verb in the predicate of a question should take. Which of the following versions of stand should be used? What else did you think it stood for? What else did you ...
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Are nonrestrictive elements considered part of the subject or part of the predicate?

Wolves, hunted to extinction in Wyoming and Montana in the twentieth century, occupy a vital place in the natural cycle of the area. In the above sentence, is the nonrestrictive element hunted to ...
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Parts of this Sentence

I have the following questions regarding this sentence. To train them is my cause. What is/are the verb(s) in the sentence? My guess: train. Question: only train or to train? What is subject and ...
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Can a phrase be the object of a clause and how would its subject change? [duplicate]

Take the sentence: I speak all over to whoever will listen. ...at first blush, I thought, "Ah — whoever should be whomever." However, I then noted that in the phrase "whoever will listen", ...
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Predicate adjective acceptable with “to do”

"I did good on the test." vs. "I did well on the test." The first example sounds fine to me, and the second a bit pedantic. Is the first example standard American English and, secondly, is "good" ...
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What is a predicative phrase?

What is meant by the 'predicative position' when it refers to a part of a sentence?
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Finding the complete predicate

I am having trouble understand why the first part of the sentence provided is part of the complete predicate? From the Appalachian Mountains, the land falls gradually to great river valleys to ...
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Issues with predicate nominative

As far as my understanding goes, English does have a predicate nominative for the copula to be as well as semantically related words (to become, to seem) if the entity in question plays the role of ...