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Parsing or syntactic analysis is the process of analysing a string of symbols, conforming to the rules of a formal grammar.

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Urgent: How to make this paragraph more Concise and avoid using unnecessary details? [closed]

I want some ideas on how to reduce the sentence length and avoid unnecessary details. I want to introduce my first paragraph with a story, so far I have this: "I first witnessed the true power ...
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If "matter" can mean "problem", why does the following construction sound awkward or incorrect?

In the context of referring to two boys having a disagreement about whether or not to return a stolen pen to its rightful owner, why does only the second sentence below sound correct, especially when ...
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Poor sentence structure, why? [closed]

Can someone help me with this sentence? Accоrding to the ΔpKa-rule, the selеcted co-former satisfied the ΔpKa<0 cоndition hence a co-crystal fоrmation was expеcted. I was told that this sentence ...
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Name for this grammatical construction in literary English? [duplicate]

I've noticed that in literary English, and especially (if I'm not mistaken) in dialogue attributions, there are two ways to attach an adverbial clause to an action depending on whether a connecting ...
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Is this poem grammatically correct and does it suit English poetry structure? [closed]

Anida You haven't heard my reply, coming out from it, a single lie. Hence, deserves it do not I, who you are accusing in sinful tie. Shall my soul be cleaned when I die? Or gods have turned a blind ...
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Whether before if [migrated]

"I was wondering whether it's okay if I bring this bag with me?" Whether before if, can I say this, does it make sense?
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English clause word order

I found this sentence: I am convinced that not only could I control a group of people effectively, but the group would also benefit from my skills. Why is this word order correct: "could I"...
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How can "How do you play guitar often?" be rephrased? [closed]

How can "How do you play guitar often?" be rephrased, and which is the likeliest interpretation: "In what way do you often play guitar?" "How do you manage to play guitar (so)...
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Noun + Gerund Structure Differences [closed]

Just need your insights on the sentences that really boggle my mind. The first sentence below is an excerpt taken from the following article: The effect of smoking on bone healing It is difficult to ...
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-ed suffix in compounds [closed]

I read somewhere in a book on morphology that -ed suffix in compounds conveys the notion of having something, therefore "a one-armed man" means " a man having one arm", so i was ...
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Improving readability and comprehensibility of sentences in which a relative clause separates the subject and predicate

I want to bring more readability and structure in my sentences. I often write sentences in the following format / structure: To incorporate A which can be seen as B with something of C (c.f. Sect. X) ...
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A support for analyzing the excerpt from the latest edition of the Economist

Just need your insights on the analysis of the following sentence taken from the latest edition of the Economist from the Business section. The original excerpt : The American firm, which is building ...
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Where should “tsk tsk” go? [closed]

We’re all familiar with the sound. A mother makes it upon seeing her child sneakily taking a cookie from the jar. A teacher makes it when a student says something inaccurate. “Tsk tsk.” My problem is ...
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What is the grammar structure of "arrange to have sent"? [closed]

Requests that clients send, or arrange to have sent, relevant reports from current and previous clinicians. What is the grammar or usage of to have sent in the sentence above? Thanks
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What is the subject in this quoted sentence?

"But perhaps most importantly, UF simply should not be looking to Governor DeSantis to decide which speech activities it will permit its employees and students to engage in,” the ACLU’s Daniel ...
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Is my use of a colon correct. If it is correct, is the sentence itself structured okay?

The traditional narrative is composed of two types of characters: dramatic characters, which are characters that see huge changes to their personality or core beliefs, and static characters, which are ...
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Why do we use the specific sentence structure - it took me (time) to (do)? [duplicate]

What is the grammar behind using: It took me 2 years to learn 'X' (to cook/read/write) rather than It took me to learn 'X' 2 years Many thanks
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Can a relative clause be a compound sentence?

They began to believe that their way of doing business was failing and that their incomes would therefore shortly begin to fall as well. In this sentence, can I remove the second "that" ...
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After the game, we went out to eat, went to the movies, and then went home. Is it a simple or compound sentence? [migrated]

After the game, we went out to eat, went to the movies, and then went home. Is that a simple or compound sentence?
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Syntax of "Best Before"

I know the meaning of the "Best before" tag on food products. However, I am a bit uncertain how to interpret the phrase as a language construct. Is it a simple elision like "[consume] ...
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Which part of speech is "as" in each example of mine?

I've come across something that has stumped me a bit. I think that the following usage of "as" is conjunctive. Am I correct? He is the same as the dog is. Is the following usage of "...
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Can I really follow the theoretical framework proposed in the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language?

In the book 'the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL)', the authors propose the theoretical framework used to describe the English sentences as shown below: CGEL, page 26 To get the tree ...
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Counting state of an object or person

Is it natural to use an article to specify the state of an object or person? Or alternatively, is this structure not suitable? For example, see the following sentence. An unconscious Michael Jackson ...
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Negotiable [for|at|to] a reasonable rate

I was writing an email earlier and got totally stuck on the correct adverb. What I'm trying to say is "this guy is usually expensive, might he be negotiable / cheaper" "I realise he’s a ...
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Syntactic Tests for Reduced Relative Clauses

In a sentence such as Lionel Messi, 34, now plays for PSG a reduced relative clause can be readily seen, and I can put back what has been omitted: Lionel Messi, who is 34, plays for PSG But in ...
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'She' as sentence object [duplicate]

In the following sentence from Lolita, Humbert Humbert, in describing with maximum condescension the character of his new wife, states: 'I had always been aware of the possessive streak in her, but I ...
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Is this sentence below grammatical?

Emotions like Governor Malloy’s and mine seem primal—hardwired into us, reflexively deployed, shared with all our fellow humans. When triggered, they seem to unleash themselves in each of us in ...
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Do we ever use "suppose" (active) with infinitive?

I saw this structure that I've never met before: "Some people suppose to lessen the possibiity ..." etc. I can't find any relevant information. Is this normal practice, or simply a mistake ...
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Confused on my interpretation when negative 'not' + but

I am confused with usage of but when a negative is preceding it. For example The importance of this bill is not in its specific provisions, but in its broader impact. Here is the word but doing a ...
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Informal English sentence correction [duplicate]

What you gotta hose for? Is is correct, can I use this sentence in informal english? How can I say this sentence formally?
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Frequent Comparisons

I'm working on a paper and have to compare two groups (in percentage) who either do or do not do particular activities. I don't want to use the same structure again and again throughout the text. Are ...
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How to parse/interpret the unusual wording on a diploma?

My SO just earned a PhD and received their diploma, and we were both puzzled by the wording. I'm copying it line by line, including punctuation (but omitting the school/personal specifics in brackets)....
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Am I correct with this line of reasoning? (would/would have) [closed]

I thought you would come. Here, I was thinking that you would come in the future, this sentence shows futurity in the past. I thought you would have come. But here, I thought that you already came ...
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Please grammatically analyze the structure of this sentence

I quote this from MakeUseOf site. So, really, you'd be paying way, way upwards of the $70 price-tag games are going to be sold for. I can't find out the structure of this sentence, and further more, ...
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Sentence structure with an embedded question in a sentence

There are several instances where we embed questions in a sentence, but what is the conventional structure of those embedded question? For example, She asked if we still need a pen. She asked do we ...
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How do you analyse the structure of the phrase "by then"?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, then is an adverb or adjective, not a noun. If it can't be a noun, how can it follow a preposition in this sentence? They will be gone by then.
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Things he knew were not true, he knew could not be true [closed]

Things he knew were not true, he knew could not be true. Is this a grammatical sentence? I don't really know what material has been ellipted, so a bracket analysis would help.
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What's the grammatical function of "to luxuriate in their style and emotions" in this sentence?

These are films to live in, to luxuriate in their style and emotions. (source: LA Times) This sentence grates on my ear, and I am not sure it can be parsed as a grammatical sentence. The infinitive &...
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It was a terribly difficult time for all of us. - adjectival preposition

It was a terribly difficult time for all of us. In this sentence, what is the role of the prepositional phrase "for all of us"? I think it's adjectival and it modifies the noun "time.&...
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What is the term for a noun or phrase that is used in place of a longer list of nouns?

For example, I could refer to 'the big five', instead of listing the five animals considered dangerous to hunt. I've replaced the list of animals with the noun phrase 'the big five'. I know this could ...
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‘to start’ and ‘to starting’, prefaced by ‘key’

I have the following two example sentences: X is the key to starting their communication. X is the key to start their communication. E.g. Patience is the key to starting their communication. Which is ...
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What's the passive form of "I have been learning English for 5 years"? [closed]

Is it "English has been being learned for 5 years" Or "English has been learned for 5 years" The first one sounds awkward and the second one implies (to me at least) that the ...
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What does "hold my sake" mean?

What does "hold my sake" mean? I see it sometimes in internet memes but I don't know what it means.
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Why do we sometimes omit and sometimes retain the conjunctions "because/while/when etc" when reducing adverb clauses?

We can reduce this sentence "Because she has a test next week, she is studying very hard." (1-1) -> "Having a test next week, she is studying very hard." (1-2) "Before he ...
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-ing nominals versus derived nominals

Can we form -ing Argument Structure nominals that are derived from the following sentences? If so, what is the semantic difference between derived nominals and -ing nominals based on the given ...
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Use of "put something in" vs "in which to put something"

What is the rule or the error involving, for example; I need a box to put my groceries in. vs I need a box in which to put my groceries.
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what's the difference in meaning between an adjective and the structure "noun + of + article + noun"?

Example: Did you hire that clown of a teacher? and Did you hire that clownish teacher? Or My idiotic friend and My idiot of a friend?
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Why are these titles grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I frequently come across titles that are hard for me to make sense of in grammatical terms. These titles sound like questions or incomplete sentences to me. For example: "How Social Media Affects ...
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How does structuralism linguistics play an important role in defining word categories in the book CGEL?

I read the older work of Rodney Huddleston (co-writer of CGEL) in which he implemented structural linguistics in defining the word categories in a language: he said "The fundamental principle of ...
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Which part of speech do compass directions (north, south, etc.) belong to?

Which part of speech do compass directions (north, south, etc.) belong to (in the sense below)? The town is north of New York. Is 'north' a preposition here?

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