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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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Why is this considered a sentence fragment? Please help

A reward and punishment system to help enforce safety equipment use. The sentence above was kicked back to me as a sentence fragment. I feel it is a sentence. If this is a sentence fragment, can ...
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Find the subject of the verb “existed”

Pregnancy has stirred up feelings I didn't know existed! I guess the subject of existed is feelings and I kind of understand the meaning but I can't work out the structure of this sentence. Where is ...
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In “experience teaching”, is “experience” a noun adjunct?

In an MIT textbook from 2007 the author, Robert G. Gallager, writes in the preface: My original purpose was to write an undergraduate text on digital communication, but experience teaching this ...
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What does “where” mean in “co-operating with liberal or conservative parties where possible to survive the entire term”? [migrated]

In their 2020-02-05 column, “Minority report: German politics”, The Economist writes: In the 1970s West Germany’s two main parties, one centre-left, one centre-right, together captured over 90% of ...
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having been participled?

Is anything wrong in this sentence? The enemy, beaten at every point, fled from the field. According to my book it should instead be: The enemy, having been beaten at every point, fled from the ...
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What’s the long form corresponding to the short form “English Language & Usage”?

Am I right that ①English Lan­guage & Usage is the short form ei­ther for ②English Lan­guage & Its Usage or else for ③English Lan­guage & The Usage of It, rather than for ④English Lan­...
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The role of the gerund

If you could tell her, that would save me phoning her. In the sentence above, what is the role of the gerund phoning? Does it function as a part of the objective phrase (me phoning her)? Or is it ...
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Is it correct to have two dependent clauses and one independent clause?

I am now trying new things, including this blog, a thank you to all those who helped me get to where I am today by sharing their stories, and my way of paying it forward by sharing my stories. ...
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Where do I place parenthetical citations? [migrated]

Do I place it inside the sentence like this: Family engagement is crucial to developing children’s emergent literacy skills because children who are raised in homes that promote literacy do better ...
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Need help to explain “set a-rattling the sabers of”

Austin had distanced himself and his colonists from American filibusters in dramatic and determined fashion, but the sad escapade set a-rattling the sabers of many a newspaper editor in the United ...
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Does it sound OK to say: 'Let's have a quick check of this structure (of a sentence)'?

Does it sound OK to say: 'Let's have a quick check of this structure (of a sentence)' in the meaning let's have a quick look at this structure.
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Adverbial clause or adjectival clause?

(When they are used properly), pyrethroids have been found to pose very little risk on human. What is the grammatical name and function of the expression in the bracket?
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Need help breaking down this sentence: “I took action to make my plan come to fruition.”

So far I have "to make my plan come to fruition" as a subordinate clause, but I'm having trouble defining its components. Is "come to fruition" modifying "plan"? How is the infinitive functioning here?...
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What kind of structure is this?

I have written this paragraph as part of a review. I believe it is correct grammar but can't pinpoint the logic behind the use of the comma or the it is. I don't know the name of this kind of ...
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Is there an English sentence 'equation' I can use? [duplicate]

I'm working on a chat-bot, however before I can do so, I need to understand the English language a lot better, in order to make the bot understand. Say I have 'The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy ...
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Matrix clause or infinitival clause?

What is the function of “the doctor” in the following sentences? Is it a constituent of the matrix clause or of the infinitival clause? I wanted the doctor to examine my daughter. I persuaded the ...
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Is it grammatically correct “Retry the failing activity, as the clock has past the remaining time”? [migrated]

Someone suggested that the phrase "Retry the failing activity, as the clock has past the remaining time" is not grammatically correct because it is missing a verb after "has". I understand that "past"...
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See this sentence “This is my last night working here”! What grammar structure is it? Reduced Relative Clause?

We often reduce relative clauses when the relative pronoun is the subject of relative clause. The professor who is teaching mathematics will leave the university. Reduced: The professor teaching ...
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Positioning of comma when assumptions are added to other people's information, as in “I assume” [duplicate]

In a passage of my book, a character tells another that he's "dead". Now, this scene is quite intense, propping up what seems like an imminent fight. The character being threatened has picked up on ...
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Does this sentence make sense?

Does this make sense in a creative sense and it is grammatically or structurally correct? A heart so pure angel would implore What I'm trying to get at is "a heart so pure that it makes angels ...
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Different grammatical structures based on pronounced emphasis?

I am an advanced non-native English speaker and grasp some things intuitively instead of heaving a linguistic explanation for certain sentence structures. I'd appreciate your help with the following ...
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fuel my curiosity usage

This is a sentence I am writing: I am excited about "x" so that I can fuel my curiosity of the current cutting-edge "y" that is being conducted I feel like I am missing something in this ...
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What does “was gonna be” means?

So no one told your life was gonna be this way. Is it used to say something would happen in the next future?
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What's the underlying grammatical structure of this sentence with three instances of “it” and two of “being”?

I just encountered the following sentence in The Oxford Guide to Style (p. 161) and could not figure out its structure: Since it⁽¹⁾ is being presented as a direct quotation it⁽²⁾ is treated as one, ...
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Using “test” after TOEIC and TOEFL [duplicate]

Recently, I've seen a few examples of people writing either "I took the TOEIC test" or "I took the TOEFL test". They tend to be ESL students, so I don't want to be a grammar Nazi about it, but for my ...
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Interpretation of “For the listener, who listens in the snow, And, nothing himself, beholds Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” [closed]

Regarding the poem "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens, can anyone please help me interpret the last stanza, the part marked in bold here? One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the ...
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"I could be something approaching myself''

This sentence Partly this was because she was the only person on the island with whom I could be something approaching myself is from John Harding, The Girl Who Couldn’t Read (2014). I can't ...
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“unable to be” used with incorrect subject?

I see this phrase used a lot, and always thought it to be incorrect, but I see more and more people using it so I'd like to find out if I am wrong or not. As an example the following sentences: ...
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The use of “for” in a sentence

This research work is in debt to the parents and husband of the author x; father, mother, and husband, for their help to fund her Ph.D studies, she could develop this idea and complete this work. Is ...
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“Oh boy, do I love it!” What kind of grammatical structure is this?

I think I’ve heard some people express their enthusiasm/strong emotion by starting a sentence with a verb as in a question form. How common is this and for what kind of sentence will it be awkward to ...
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Does this sentence make sense? “There's no such thing as an oversized commitment that is too big for one to dedicate oneself to.”

I was writing an IELTS essay on this topic: Some people think that environmental problems are too big for individuals to solve. Others, however, believe that these problems cannot be solved if ...
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“Love to see this happen?” or 'Love to see this happens?" What's the grammar rule behind this? [closed]

It confuses me sometimes. It looks likes the former is far more common. But what's the logic behind that?
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How can an adjective follow and modify an adverb in “somewhere new”? Is this ellipsis?

I would like to go somewhere new tonight. I met someone nice at the party Are the preceding two sentences the same as the following, but with ellipsis applied? I would like to go somewhere [that is] ...
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Plural object being equated to an idiom [duplicate]

The following sentence appeared in an article: "I would say 94,504 bitcoins is real folding money, but you can't fold bitcoins." A colleague said that it should have been 'are' instead of 'is.' I am ...
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Understanding about “Not at all” after giving “Thanks” to somone

someone had worked for me and i had also given a thanks to him, but he had given "Not at all". what does actually mean about "Not at all"? Sorry for my bad english. i am larning english.
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Can “either […] or […]” represent an inclusive “and”?

I'm revisiting an opinion by Supreme Court Justice Jackson. He set out three zones of the US president's authority. I wonder if I understand the underlying grammar correctly. My native language is ...
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English grammar: time and place in a sentence?

Is it compulsory to always place time at the end of a sentence? For example: "I bought a cake in the morning. I ate the cake in the afternoon." "In the morning, I bought a cake. In the afternoon, I ...
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“What methodologies are implemented ” VS “Which methodologies are implemented” [duplicate]

Is it correct to write: "What methodologies are implemented " or "Which methodologies are implemented"? I did a little research and found both. Is there a rule? I personally think "what" sounds ...
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Sentence construction, adjective position [duplicate]

I need to phrase a title, and I am not sure what the best option is: Detect visited page without analyzing its features or Detect page visited without analyzing its features
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I am going to get my car battery replaced or I am going to get battery of my car replaced? [closed]

Which of these is correct? I am going to get my car battery replaced. OR I am going to get the battery of my car replaced.
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Why would the author use the word “awhile”? Is it unnecessary? [closed]

Quote: "Sitting awhile in the sun, she might make some sense of the problem" Why use "awhile" while one can just use "while"? Why one can awhile just use "While", would use "awhile?" [Does this even ...
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“at” or “on” before “10.10.2019, 16:30” (JavasScript `toLocaleString` output) [closed]

Let's consider a time format: "10.10.2019, 16:30". I'd like to use it in a sentence. By example, what would be a correct sentence: "It started at 10.10.2019, 16:30.", "It started on 10.10.2019, 16:30....
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Struggling to understand a sentence in _The Moon and Sixpence_

I am struggling to understand the following sentence in the third paragraph in Chapter 1 of The Moon and Sixpence: And when such as had come in contact with Strickland in the past, writers who had ...
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With vs In. Which one is the appropriate for the following situation?

Which one of the following is grammatically correct? There is a failure in / with the sensor.
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What does 'it' refer to in “come you more nearer than your particular demands will touch it”?

Apologies for the long title; I was led to understand it is better to be as specific as possible in titles, even if it makes them a little long. I'll edit it if people agree otherwise. In Shakespeare'...
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Why Shakespeare used “come” in the line “A Daniel come to judgement?”

From The Merchant of Venice, 1596: SHYLOCK: A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel! O wise young judge, how I do honour thee! Is it a perfect tense with the auxiliary verb omitted? And is ...
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'To solve' versus 'To solving'

Trying to understand what seems to be a very subtle difference in written and spoken English. Recently, I've seen articles that use 'to + gerund' and 'to + infinitive' in the exact same situations, ...
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'The Kukhtarev's model' or 'Kukhtarev's model' ('John's car' or 'The John's car')?

I think I know the answer to this but I just want to be sure. I have a supervisor who doesn't have a good level of English; sometimes he worries me with his corrections. I was writing: Here, we ...
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“in that way” - Which of the following three sentences is more correct to convey the desired meaning?

I'm not asking for a proof reading. And to further clarify, the Context is there to only provide context. I ask you to please ignore any perceived mistakes in the Context (located underneath the ...
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Use of … all are?

Is the all in "John, Bob, and Sue all are hungry" redundant? Does it mean anything beyond "John, Bob, and Sue are hungry"?

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