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Questions tagged [syntactic-analysis]

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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Omitting whose in relative clauses [on hold]

I know object defining relative pronouns can be omitted. But I cannot figure out whether whose is object or subject of the sentences.
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“I [must/have to] say” in exclamatory sentences

The phrases "I must say" and "I have to say" are used to express something that came out to be different from your expectations, or when you feel you must say something that is better not been said. ...
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Escaping [one place] to [another] - sentence structure validity

I want to use the following phrase in this specific structure (if possible): How come social media is considered as a way for people to escape life when they sometimes escape social media to(?) ...
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Framing of a sentence

I just want to know whether the below-constructed sentence is correct or not? If not, then what will be the correct form? One more question: which pronoun is apt at the end of the sentence? Either ...
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Should I write numbers in words or as numerals when there are multiple next to each other?

I hope this is not off-topic: How do you write things like this: The machine was tested in 5 3-players games, 2 4-players games... Or: five 3-players games, two 4-players games... I want to say e.g....
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grammar regarding “see you” [migrated]

Time: 2 P.M. Location: Hilton Hotel Date: April 7th Weekday: Sunday What is the correct grammar? See you 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7th, at the Hilton Hotel. See you on Sunday, April 7th, at 2 p.m. ...
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This question is regarding punctuation

My dad claimed he knew we were planning something, but we think he was really surprised. In this sentence why commas were not used after 'My dad claimed' and 'he knew'. Is this complete sentence right,...
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If only had I known it! / If only I had known it!

Could you help me, please? A question for the native speakers (desired) of British English or American English. Which variant is correct and why? Or it's possible to use either of them)? If only ...
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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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What is the gram­mat­i­cal term for “‑ed” words like these?

In English we say things like: a cal­i­brated de­vice a dis­trib­uted prod­uct a founded com­pany a de­stroyed house Those ‑ed words there all sig­nify that some verb (here re­spec­tively cal­i­...
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“Apposition,” “Metonymy,” & Synecodche [closed]

What's the difference between, apposition, metonymy, and synecdoche? May apposition include metonymy or synecdoche?
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Categorizing sentences with lots of “the”

Consider the following sentence: "The higher the price the better the quality." I've certainly heard people say similar sentences before (in terms of sentence structure). How would one categorize a ...
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As for you, Frodo, in so far as lies in me

It's from The Lord of the Rings: ‘Then I will declare my doom,’ said Faramir. ‘As for you, Frodo, in so far as lies in me under higher authority, I declare you free in the realm of Gondor to ...
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Why is “…and others” wrong in this sentence?

Somebody asked me about this sentence: My business is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and others. I know that it should be "...and other holidays", but I'm struggling to explain why. Is this ...
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Formal writing, scholarly citation: 'Given in italics' or 'given italics'?

Generally, regarding scholarly citation, I would say As a general rule, any work that is published or produced under its own title is given in italics. However, yesterday I found another version ...
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Pretended not to hear or pretended to not hear? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand whether the two sentences are the same or are they different? 1. She pretended not to hear... 2. She pretended to not hear... Personally, I prefer the second choice but I ...
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In this sentence with multiple negations, should I use “is” or “isn't”?

My apologies, I’m having issues with a double negative sentence. Bear in mind I don't want to change the sentence structure around, I just want to know if at the end of the sentence, I should put the ...
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What part of speech is the word hair in 'hair spray'? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence as an example. I used some hair spray. What part of speech is hair? Intuitively, I want to say it's an adjective modifying spray since hair spray is two separate words ...
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Is “that which” grammatical in the sentence “I have that which I should have told you summers ago”, and if so, how?

This is my first question although I have been reading you for a long time. My question is: can that which be used with the meaning of something? For me, that is a demonstrative pronoun, so you can ...
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CaGEL equivalent to obligatory adverbial?

When I learnt grammar in school, I was taught that there are optional and obligatory adverbials. Trying to understand grammar in the form presented by Huddleston and Pullum (e.g. the Cambridge Grammar ...
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Are these PPs or non-finite clauses – or something else entirely?

I'm wondering about the construction for [NP] to [VP], as illustrated in the following examples: (1) I waited for you to come here (2) He arranged for me to go there (3) For him to do that took ...
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What's that you say? [Syntactic role of 'you say']

An opinion article titled "Mattel and Margot Robbie's Barbie movie is not the film 2019 needs" has this passage: Yet I don't think Mattel gives a tinker's cuss whether we're hating on Barbie or ...
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“It's ok to somebody” sentence structure

I corrected a student as she had made the sentence "it's ok to Martin". I know that this sentence structure is incorrect, she asked why I had made the correction and I am having difficulty explaining ...
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usage and meaning of attribute after a noun [duplicate]

Suppose there is a cat ,a mouse and a table in a room, while the cat is watching the mouse. [Q1] What does "the cat is watching the mouse on the ground" mean? Are both the cat and the mouse on the ...
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Extraposition -examples

a. Some guy with red hair was there. b. Some guy was there with red hair. Do both these sentences express the same meaning? I saw it in Wikipedia as examples of extraposition.
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Can I say my name by using “this is” structure [duplicate]

Ex: This is John. Is it correct way to say my name?? This doubt has arisen when my friend told that "This is" structure is only used to specify about a thing not a person.
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The king wanted him killed VS The king wanted him to be killed [duplicate]

Do the following sentences mean the same thing or are they different? The king wanted him killed. The king wanted him to be killed. Please use examples to explain the differentiations.
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“You've said so time and again” [closed]

I have come accross an unusual to me form of sentence from "The curious Savage": "You’ve got me in such a state, I can’t think. I haven’t a brain in my head, anyhow—you’ve said so time and again.". ...
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Can I write “You must not sit when your superior is not”?

I’m trying to shorten some of the sentences in my work and this sentence came across: “You must not sit when your superior is standing.” Is it grammatically correct to substitute with: “You must ...
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How to use passive voice in a sentence? [duplicate]

And as he ate it, she looked at him steadily. In this sort of grammatical constructions, "she" works as a subject of the sentence with active voice. Now, consider a sentence which I read in The ...
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Help identifying clasuses, sentence structure

I'm a first time poster, so please let me know if I am posting in the wrong place! I am trying to break down the sentence structure of this sentence. Specifically, how commas are used in the following ...
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Opposite of 'Lion's share'

I am writing one proposal for one of the funding agency and I want to write some sentence which conveys following sentiment Although my contribution to this field will be small and not huge ...
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For the linguists among us: I like loud singing vs I like singing loudly

Can you explain why using "loud" as either an adjective or an adverb changes the meaning of the sentence. Is it just an English convention, or is there something deeper going on? I like loud singing =...
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Does a ver­bal noun turn back into a verb when mod­ified by an ad­verb? [duplicate]

Here singing is a noun: I like singing. But what about here? I like singing loudly. Loudly is still an ad­verb, right? But singing is still be­hav­ing like a noun, right? So which is it, a noun ...
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Can I use “believe to be” [duplicate]

I was wondering if I could use "believe..." to be in this sentence. To me it sounds a bit overblown, but as I am not a native speaker, I was wondering if you would have any feedback on it: More ...
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This sentence is weird. I do not know what it means. Please help me elaborate it [closed]

I was reading a short story and this sentence came in. I found it weird in grammar and do not understand it. "There was once a woman who was very, very cheerful, though she had little to make her so; ...
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Why some prepositions are inserted before the relative noun, others are not? [closed]

For example: 1.This is the book about which I know nothing 2.this is the person who he likes.
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Get a message *that*? [closed]

My father has got a message that he had received 50000rs. Is this sentence meaningful or not?? Can I use "he had received 50,000rs" after "that"? If not, please send me the correct alternative ...
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The sentence : I don’t … no

I have a problem understanding the need for the word “no” in sentences like : I don’t eat no meat. - I don’t smell no dinner cooking. ... Why would we need to add “no” if we already have “Don’t” in ...
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Two consecutive sentences that begin with in

I start off two sentences with "in" and it really irks me. Is this okay, does it sound bad? Any recommendations on how to reword the beginning of my sentences would be appreciated. "In response to ...
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Sentence structure with adverbial

Consider these sentences: They are good. They are working. They are eating lunch. In first sentence are is a linking verb, and good is an adjective; so it has the form S+V+C (Subject + Verb + ...
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Sentence correction - formal [closed]

What will your office hours be next week? or What are your office hours next week? Which one is correct?
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Which construction is more cormmon?

I know my question may seem silly to native speakers, but l am really interested in knowing which construction is more common in everyday speech: He is married and has two sons. He is married, with ...
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Reordering a complex sentence without changing its meaning

I came across this sentence while watching a TV show on time travel: I want you to go and see me when I was a sophomore in high school. In this, the speaker is asking somebody to go back in time....
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Help with Sentence Structure and Grammar

The following Federal dispatch case requested did not qualify for an automated dispatch creation. Please create the dispatch manually.
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Is it acceptable to start a sentence with an adverb of frequency?

Daily the company sells millions of chocolate bars. The sentence sounds really odd to me but is it wrong?
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How do you write the opposite of a statement?

For instance: "I am joyful." Is the opposite "I am miserable," or "I'm not miserable"? The opposite of "I am" is "I'm not" or even "you aren't", and the opposite of "joyful" is "miserable". When ...
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Sentence structure with adjectives/adverbs

Kindly consider the following sentence. She sat bored at the edge of a cliff. I have a few issues while identifying its structure. I can see sat is a verb; therefore, it's starting with S+V. The ...
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“Roger was asking for help to heavens” is wrong sentence?

I'm not a native but I'm working as a writer, writing American gossip news. My boss told me that "Roger was asking for help to heavens." is a wrong sentence. What is wrong with it and what's the ...
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Is “Generally, when I am at home, I am doing my homework,” a correct sentence?

I am confused between these two sentences and could not identify which one is correct to say. Generally, when I am at home, I am doing my homework. or Generally, when I am at home, I do my ...