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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Is the “what” necessary in some sentences with the “as <adverb> as <clause>” structure?

Is using "what" before the clause necessary in some sentences with the structure as <adverb> as <clause>? For example, The strawberry milkshake I ordered has twice as much ...
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Time expression [migrated]

Is it right to write: At quarter (to) seven I have breakfast with my Xyz. My understanding is that it must be: I have breakfast with my Xyz in the kitchen at quarter seven. because I was taught ...
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How do I analyze this sentence from John Dyson's “Don't Look Down”?

John Dyson's DON'T LOOK DOWN has a sentence that reads: The cable heaping on the roof, even a vibration from the men inside, could nudge the 2.4-ton cage into free fall. The cable heaping on the ...
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What qualities make the phrase “of it all” ok? [closed]

For instance, how would "Sick of it all" or "at the heart of it all" be correct in English. What parts of speech makes the phrase "it all" acceptable?
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Is it incorrect to say number 3 is 'infront of' letter B in “B 3”? considering that front is a position a head of something [closed]

Is it incorrect to say number 3 is 'in front of' letter B in "B 3"? considering that front is a position ahead of something.
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Identifying Main and Subordinate clauses

In the sentence: His family and professional life have made him uniquely able to write novels with a family setting which can absorb the conflict between past and present, tradition and novelty, good ...
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What are the elements of this clause?

I am unsure whether I am identifying the elements in the following clause correctly. Phobias often originate from traumatic experiences in one's childhood I am parsing this as follows. Element Part ...
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using the same pronoun twice in the same sentence?

I was going over this article and I found the structure of this sentence interesting: Mr Trump will never forgive those whom, like Mitch McConnell, the Senate leader, he judges to have failed him by ...
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What's the error of this sentence: “He was watching her say to the mirror that it was either she or his mysterious mistress.” [closed]

I'm confused about two things in this sentence: He was watching her say to the mirror that it was either she or his mysterious mistress. It would be possible to say "He was watching her saying to ...
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Can you say “paint price” instead of “painting price”?

Is this sentence ok as currently written? The paint price is high. I ask because the free online proofreading service from Grammarly, Inc. tries to change that sentence to The painting price is high,...
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Is the phrase “It's the time be damned that we went too” correct [duplicate]

This is a verse of the song "Leave her Johnny" and it seems like it means "it's time for us to leave too" but I can't understand it's syntactic structure: is "be damned" ...
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Is the “English” in the name of this site an adjective of noun? [duplicate]

Sorry, I cannot parse "English language and usage", at least, a similar phrase in Russian would be ungrammatical.
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Problem with 'that' clause

It shames us as a nation that a freedom fighter has to scrape a living singing on the streets in his twilight years. In the above sentence, what is the function of the that clause?? Is [that a ...
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Is this usage of three dots okay to complete a sentence in video or carousel?

I'm making a video in which I need a long sentence. But I don't want to place it in same frame. I want half the sentence (even when both halves of the sentences meanings are not clear independently) ...
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Can we use the present continuous form to make a general statement?

Considering it is a general statement, which of the following sentences sounds more natural? I watch a lot of English speaking movies, because I'm always trying to improve my English. I watch a lot ...
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Can the following sentences both be correct meaning different things?

"Ron dedicated his whole life to educating underprivileged children." And "Ron dedicated his whole life to educate underprivileged children." In the first sentence, "to" ...
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Is the Christmas carol “We Three Kings” intentionally ungrammatical for artistic reasons, or does it use archaic grammar?

I was listening to the “We Three Kings” Christmas carol, and I ended up taking note of the syntax. Given the use of the thou/thy/thee/thine pronouns for the second-person singular and the vocative ...
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What's the problem with the syntax of this sentence?

This sentence appears in Shuggie Bain, this year's Man Booker Prize winner. Him, her man, who when he shared her bed now seemed to lie on the very edge, made her feel angry with the littered promises ...
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Can someone explain mood of sentence begining with “ Can I say of…”

A paragraph from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield: "...Can I say of her face - altered as I have reason to remember it, perished as I know it is - that it is gone, when here it comes before me ...
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Is this sentence in the passive voice?

An estimated 5000 primates are kept as pets in the UK. is this sentence in the passive voice? If yes, how do I write it in active voice. Is this a present passive voice? Is there such thing? i have ...
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Can we ever use “that” and “who” right next to each other?

I’ve learned that we can use that to provide more information for abstract nouns, such as problem, belief, etc. I don’t quite understand what that means, though, so let me try it out. For example, ...
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Why don’t dictionaries have all the different forms of a word

Here are some different forms of a word that come to mind: Noun (singular, plural, possessive) Verb (past, present, future, etc.) Adverb Adjective I know that these are called parts of speech and ...
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Word order in English [duplicate]

I need an explanation to this sentence as an example, "On my desk is my book". Is it correct? Grammarly correct wouldn't it be "My book is on my desk."? Thanks in advance.
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where are the descriptive grammar and prescriptive grammar used? [closed]

I understand the difference between these two approaches(prescriptive and descriptive?), but I need to know where or how do we use each them? When is prescriptive is better to use?
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If+Past Perfect + would + base form or … + base form of 'be' (+ verb + ing)? Mixed conditional!

I know the structure of the mixed conditional, when past event has a result in a present situation - If+Past Perfect + would + base form. But all the example sentences I find are using the base form ...
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Parallelism with “should have”

Is it correct to say I should have gone to the mall and bought that dress. or do I need to repeat the "should have" part before "bought"?
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Strange case of “such as seldom”

Excerpt from the book about Paul Morphy and his visit to Birmingham: The cheers with which he was received were such as seldom came from others than Englishmen. I'm having a hard time understanding ...
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There is this guy I know who looks just like him

There is this guy I know who looks just like him. I have seen this sentence from a text book. When I saw it, to begin with I thought 3 sentences. (A) There is this guy.​ (B) I know this guy​ (C) ...
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Analysing a sentence written by Woody Allen

The sentence below is from the piece Udder Madness written for The New Yorker by Woody Allen. I take it that Woody is no linguist and so it surprised me a good deal to light upon such a "complex&...
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Is “think” the lexical verb in this sentence?

"People think that social interactions are vital for them." Is "think" the lexical verb in this sentence? If so, can it be a transitive verb of incomplete predication? Because I ...
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How did these two sentences “I am looking for a responsible man” and “I am looking for the man responsible” come to take on different meanings?

The first sentence "I am looking for a responsible man" means that I am looking for someone who can be trusted whereas the second sentence "I am looking for the man responsible" ...
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What type of sentence is a sentence that seems to have no independent clause? [duplicate]

I have been given this line from Ian Frazier's “Hidden City”: Bent window blinds; tragic, drooping, bright-green shower curtain; dark hallway opening onto two bare bedrooms. I am supposed to ...
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Question regarding the order of adjectives, strictly for native American English speakers

I am a native American English speaker, although, I am interested in the following syntactic aspect, regarding the order of adjectives, as, here in the U.S. (Savannah, GA, to be exact), I've come ...
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Can we omit “with” in the expression glow with (something)?

I found this in the book The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane: A folded tent was serving as a roof. The sunlight, without, beating upon it, made it glow a light yellow shade. Maybe the ...
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'The idea how/ the idea of how/ the idea that how' a recessive gene might become dominant

What word should come in place of (?) in the sentence below? Personally, I would use of or that.But I am not sure if these are correct or if I should forgo any word at all there. I would appreciate ...
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“it” in the sentence “on Thursday after the event's organizers it announced,,,,”

Can anyone explain "it" after "organisers" in the sentence on Thursday after the event's organisers it announced that it would be held virtually ...". This is [from an] on-...
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How do I use colons and punctuation in this sentence?

Should I use a colon before a list? Which of the following is correct? I’ll never forget that night when I sat staring at my laptop when it suddenly hit me: This is what I wanted to do. This is ...
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Hello, I need help in understanding the grammatical structure of this sentence

I need help in understanding the grammatical structure of this sentence. Could anyone break it down? Thank you very much!! "Scattered among the leaves crawl creatures called Zeepers that are ...
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SAT question, what choice could fit into this context?

For question 37, the answer is C, but I chose B. I just don't know how B is wrong. The rest of the paragraph indeed is talking about the display of clothes with technology way, which is quite creative....
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Is “I know how good of a person he is” correct?

Is it "I know how good of a person/book/(something) he/it is" or "I know how good a person/book/(something) he/it is"? For example: After reading this book I realised how good of ...
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Is “of” obligatory when writing “In August of this year”?

I saw there was already some discussion on here about "in this year" vs. "this year." I have a similar question, but this time regarding the use of the word "of," and the ...
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Is 'be' in 'be going to' an auxiliary?

Auxiliaries Hi there, please help me with this issue. I have been checking the Web for a clear answer, but I haven't found one yet. Is verb 'to be' considered an auxiliary in 'be going to' ? Thank you
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I have only seen you around recently, friend. Are you new to the town?

I am writing a dialogue between two people where one is a local resident, who has seen the second person around a few times in his town and finally asks him this question. I have only seen you around ...
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Could you please help me analyze the grammar/structure of this sentence [closed]

"They have betrayed that puzzling dictum “To thine own self be true,” so often quoted approvingly as if it represented the wisdom of Shakespeare rather than the hot air of Polonius. ” What’s to ...
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How do I make stronger connection between the sentences

I am writing a book and the audience could easily get confused and assume the meaning differently. Below is my effort to explain what is GraphQL to the audience: GraphQL is a language-independent ...
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If I put the word “over” in my answer, is it wrong?

The given context is as follows: The lack of a strong gravitational pull has caused any water the moon may have had to leak out into space over the 4.6 billion years that it has been in existence. ...
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Are all three of these sentences equally fine?

Are these all the same? The more we earn, the less careful we become about money. The more we earn, we become less careful about money. The more we earn, the less careful we are about money. I am ...
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in learning basic clause patterns, why are we juxtaposing subject with verb?

In this basic clause pattern, Subject Verb Object, both subject and object are elements of a sentence, but verb is a class of word. Why don't we rewrite this pattern to Noun Verb Noun or Subject [...
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Help me understand the structure of this sentence from Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse

I have some knowledge of English syntax with tree diagrams. Now, I'm learning traditional sentence diagramming. Of course, I want to challenge myself, and I chose to understand a sentence from ...
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What is the syntactic analysis of the sentence “Nor do I want you to believe that.”

I have a task to analyze syntactically the sentence "Nor do I want you to do that." but I'm struggling with doing that. Can you help me?

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