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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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Is the expression 'asked for a special permission' grammatically correct?

It appeared in an English test for foreign learners recently, where the candidates had to choose the right word to fill in the blank. On the subject of Covid, the question is: Some parents have asked ...
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Subject verb agreement when a plural becomes a singular [migrated]

I always get a little confused when it comes to a plural that becomes a singular, as the example below. Which is correct? The health risks associated with smoking as an intake method, however, are ...
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What is the grammatical nature of “wrote” in the phrase “The Wrote and The Writ”?

In the song The Wrote and the Writ by British singer and songwriter Johnny Flynn, the title uses that phrase which comes from the the last verse of the song: If you're born with a love for the wrote ...
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Challenges of how to order adjectives, phrases and syntatic funtions [closed]

Please, I'm a student and having challenges about how to order adjectives correctly in a sentence. secondly, how to use phrases and syntactic function also given me problems. So please someone should ...
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Double “that” clauses in one sentence

"You invest time, energy, and read goods like money or stuff that you own that you share." I read an article this morning and got confused with the sentence above. Which word does each that-...
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How to write correctly on or in? [closed]

How should I write this correctly, on or in? I met my love on this site or in this site?
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“A series from one to three items” - is it syntactically correct construction?

A compound file name is the file name that consists of multiple descriptive elements, which are separated by connectors. A connector is a series from one to three hyphens. File name: george_lucas--...
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How is this couplet to be interpreted grammatically?

What follows are two couplets from the final stanza of the poem 'And thou art dead as young and fair' by Lord Byron. I wish to ask how the word 'thus' is being used here. Yet how much less it were to ...
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infinitive-vs-gerund clausal confusion in the subject role [migrated]

Storing all the information and passing it to consumers through the World Wide Web also entails costs. What if I use store in place of storing and pass instead of passing there? Store all the ...
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“She had assigned” vs “She has assigned”

Our teacher assigned topics for a class project several weeks ago. Which is the correct sentence to use to convey this to a classmate? Why? She has assigned topics for everyone Or She had assigned ...
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Is it grammatically correct to start a sentence with “Not a +noun”?

Is it grammatically correct to start a sentence with "Not a +noun"? For example, "Not a woman held a presidential cabinet position in the US until 1933, when Frances Perkins became ...
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what's the grammar structure of “ought to” [duplicate]

I've seen many explanations that just treat ought to as a whole which equals should. but how to explain the function/role of each word separately? for example: I ought to go now. which role does to ...
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What is the date today vs What date is today [closed]

What is the difference between What is the date today? and What date is today? I don't understand why the position of the verb "is" changes and what it means
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Ending a sentence with verb and adjective

What's the term for a sentence that ends with a verb and adjective like the example below? Note that I'm not trying to modify the verb, which would necessitate an adverb, but the subject. Is this a ...
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What's the syntactic explanation in “Mistakes are likely to happen”:

I'm con­fused about this sen­tence con­struc­tion: Mis­takes are likely to hap­pen. I’ve thought of three pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tions; are any of them cor­rect? Where likely is an ad­jec­tive act­...
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A series of 4 elements, which can be considered as 2 series of 2 elements

Below is a sentence from the manual about naming files that I'm working on. Avoid including words that are clear from the parent path (2011), the file type (presentation), are obvious for some other ...
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What's the grammatical function of a registered number of units? [duplicate]

Consider this sentence: The damage extended 400 yards either side of the island. Should 400 yards be considered as the object of 'extended', an adverbial of extent, or subject complement to 'the ...
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Sentence Structure analysis

'The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.' What type of sentence is it? Complex/Simple?? Kindly explain, Please. Is its structure something like 'The day(when) we ...
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I will examine you the first [migrated]

How do you distinguish between these in written and oral speech: I will examine you the first. = I will be the first one to examine you. I will examine you the first. = You will be the first one to be ...
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In “renders loose talk about a European army ridiculous”, what is “ridiculous” modifying?

In this sentence, what does ridiculous modify? Slow progress towards common defence procurement, let alone a shared doctrine, renders loose talk about a European army ridiculous. Source
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Has “it” been omitted here? [migrated]

Sentence in question: A perfume, whose creator says was inspired by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has gone on sale in Moscow. Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-putin-inspired-...
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What does this sentence mean? “making his eyelashes flutter of his cheeks as his hoods lowered over his eyes”? [closed]

"making his eyelashes flutter of his cheeks as his hoods lowered over his eyes" I absolutely don't understand anything in this sentence.
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“those which he thinks likeliest to…”

The following is an excerpt from the book "Algorithms to Live By" by Brian Christian. (p. 230) ...; so that each competitor has to pick, not those faces which he himself finds prettiest, but ...
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What are the objects and indirect objects in this sentence (if any)

The storage making your home work harder. It's from a furniture advertisement, and I was just wondering how to dissect the complements here. Is it that storage is the subject, making is the verb, ...
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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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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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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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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 “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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