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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question on adverbs (away, apart)

I wanted to ask a question about the adverbs away and apart. The villages are miles apart. The exam is only two weeks away. It is three days apart. It is five kilometers away/apart. Away and apart ...
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Who does “ I” refer to or who do “ I” refer to? [closed]

While framing a question, many teachers are doubtful when they are testing their students' comprehension of a given passage. For example, read the following paragraph and answer the following ...
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being usages dilemma

I've read in BBC that we use use "being" as a verb-ing. BBC has listed two kinds of usage; what I want to learn about here is the "preposition + verb-ing" usage. It has been said that "being + past ...
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How to parse the grammar of a sentence that appears to have two tensed verbs

This question came from a student of mine - he wanted to know how to parse the grammar of this sentence, which appears to be simple but clearly is not: Peter seems to have found his glasses. ...
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What is the grammatical topic of this shortening technique?

Extracted from English cloze test: .....these virtual selves exist in the same online spaces that many people use every day. And this is a new and unfamiliar phenomenon that some people might ...
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How do you make a phrase possessive?

I just read a post where someone said "That's a friend of mine's house." My first thought was, "mine's" is a double possessive! The friend owns the house, and the one posting the comment owns the ...
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“And if labour exploitation was not possible, to marginalise Indians[.]”

In North America, the fur trade during the colonial and early U.S. periods was a major source of wealth production. Colonial governments sought to exploit the labour of Indigenous Peoples. And if ...
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What part of speech is 'stumble' in this sentence?

I saw this sentence somewhere: 'This episode sees the heroine stumble upon a body.'. I know 'stumble' is a verb, but which part of the verb is being used here? I don't think I really know how to ...
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Can “either” be used as an adverb, and if so does it require, allow, or prohibit the use of a comma when so used?

Can either be used as an adverb, and if so, does it always take a comma when it is? And is the following statement correct in congruence with my question? I believe there is some mistake that I don't ...
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regarding the correct/incorrect use of the comma [duplicate]

There is a building which is taller than all others known as the Burj Khalifa. Is a comma necessary after "others", which makes the sentence: There is a building which is taller than all others, ...
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Meaning shift with the change of a conjunction location

I am in a pickle... Is there any difference in the meanings of these two sentences? To me, the first sentence feels a bit ambiguous. Defining search terms can be misleading until a critical ...
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What does 'fungus-growing' mean?

Renowned Swiss entomologist Martin Luscher described the mounds of this fungus-growing species as being as much as 16 feet tall, 16 feet in diameter at their base, and with a cement-like wall of ...
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What do you call sentence structures with unnecessary pronouns? [duplicate]

Examples: "The father, he was very angry." instead of "The father was very angry" "The cup, it was overflowing." instead of "The cup was overflowing" I have seen it in dramatic texts, especially ...
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Sentence pattern

She was obedient to her elders. In this sentence, how do you label the phrase "to her elders?" The subject of this sentence is 'She', the verb is 'was'. complement is 'obedient', what is to her elders'...
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What part of grammar does this kind of syntax error pertain to?

"One of the most beautiful set of lyrics I have ever come across and sang." OR "One of the most beautiful set of lyrics I have ever come across and sung." I'm aware that the past participle is sung ...
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Constituent Structure

David is the best player [in the world]. is PP in the world an immediate constituent of the NP the best player in the world [is [the best player [in the world]]] or is it an immediate constituent ...
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How the west was won - Is this a noun phrase?

I'm trying to determine what the following types of phrases (in bold within the sentences below) would be called. I want to say they're noun phrases, but I may be wrong. To me, these resolve to ...
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How can “of me doing something” be grammatically correct? What grammar rule is this? [duplicate]

The first book on my list has actually been recommended to me like multiple times over the years of me doing BookTube. I found that sentence in my English book, and the last part where it reads of ...
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Why is “dark” an adverb in “dark blue”?

The sky is dark blue. Source: BBC English Catherine: The sky is dark blue. The sky is dark blue. Finn: So, is blue an adjective or adverb? Catherine: It’s an adjective. Blue is ...
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resulting from or resulted from?

Which one of these sentences is correct? For an academic paper The third theme resulting from focus group interviews was cultural barriers. The third theme resulted from focus group interviews was ...
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What part of speech is “almost” when applied to an adjective? [closed]

If I say that "the box is almost flat" what part of speech is "almost"? I can't say "the box is almost", so it does not appear to be an adjective itself. It seems to be a word that modifies the ...
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Subject/Object Confusion in The Silmarillion [duplicate]

In Tolkein's "The Silmarillion", page 216 of the chapter "Of Túrin Turambar", the following is written: "[...] this Wildman was the Mormegil of Nargothrond, whom rumour said was the son of Húrin ...
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"The economic and health [crisis | crises] can be tackled together.”

Is this sentence correct with plural crises: The economic and health crises can be tackled together. or should it instead be this one with a singular crisis: The economic and health crisis can be ...
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Why the comma is used in the sentence by Jane Austen [duplicate]

I cannot understand the usage of comma after "chapel" in this sentence: Its long, damp passages, its narrow cells and ruined chapel, were to be within her daily reach, and she could not entirely ...
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I have got a car (Present Simple or Present Perfect?)

I was taught that ‘have got’ means 'possess, own, or hold' and you can also use ‘have’ [Present Simple] I have got a car./I have a car I haven't got a car./I don't have a car Have I got a car?/...
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Singular or plural after Subject + modal + base form of the verb

For example: A well thought-out system streamlines operation, improves work process, reduces data redundancy..... If can is added to the sentence, should the following verb be singular or plural?...
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Explain what happened on the meeting today [closed]

I am middle level English speaker/writer and I am working for international company. My native language is Bulgarian and I have never studied English professionally. Pretty much all I know is from the ...
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Help regarding the subject in a sentence

Could anyone please tell me what would be the subject in the following sentence which I have taken from the National Geographic website: Providing pools of water for frogs when other water is ...
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How should I correctly write the term 'get well soon card'?

My instincts tell me that the examples below may be correct; however, I could not find in corroborating sources online. She received many 'Get Well Soon' cards. He opened the mail to find yet ...
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In “behind the house was an old culvert”, is “behind the house” a complement or an adjunct?

In behind the house was an old culvert, is behind the house the subject of was, or is it an adjunct? I had it down as an adjunct but am changing my mind. If it's an adjunct, what rule allows us to ...
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Little did I suspect that she would sign a new contract.(inversion) [duplicate]

Why is it inversion? We use DID after the word LITTLE. If I see another example,I'll understand .So-Not until we saw our kids with our own eyes did we believe they were really safe and sound- in that ...
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Sentences that do not contain the classic subject and predicate structure [duplicate]

I understand the classic definition of a sentence is one that contains a predicate and a subject, but is it okay to have shorter sentences that don't follow this structure for effect? For example, if ...
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Sentences with “participle clauses” [closed]

Are these sentences below grammatically correct and understandable? And which version of each example is more appropriate? 1- He is a bookworm, having lived first in Canada and then having moved ...
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Will vs Going to [duplicate]

I’m a bit baffled about these two structures: going to and will. Here’s an example of where I get confused: Liverpool’s players are known to be skilled. They ....... the match easily. A) will win. ...
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crashed out in practice for the Australian grand prix

An English dictionary gives the following example sentence: Schumacher crashed out in practice for the Australian grand prix. I'd like to know how to parse "crashed out in practice for the ...
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What does “Disturb not X” mean?

I already know what the word disturb means, but I do not understand what disturb not means. I’ve seen titles that start with this, like Disturb Not the Dream and Disturb Not the Sleep, etc. What does ...
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(Noun to verb np) structure and grammar [duplicate]

I can't understand the grammar and structure of following sentence: "YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views" I think something is omitted, it should be: "YouTube is to remove..." ...
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“Instead of ʏᴏᴜʀ calling” vs “Instead of ʏᴏᴜ calling” [duplicate]

Which is better: Instead of your calling, maybe I should do it. Instead of you calling, maybe I should do it. I feel like the first one is the better choice here because instead of needs a gerund, ...
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“I know him ʙᴇɪɴɢ honest” vs “I know him ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ honest”

The intended original sentence before conversion is: I know that he is an honest man. I want to know about these two possible reformulated versions of that sentence that replace the original’s ...
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Who is lost in thought in “I had no glimmer of what was in his mind, nor did he enlighten me, but sat lost in thought…”? [closed]

I'd like someone to clear up the sentence that seems ambiguous to me. It's from "The problem of the Thor Bridge" by Conan Doyle. I had no glimmer of what was in his mind, nor did he enlighten me, ...
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Is this correct to say? [duplicate]

"forced to make due with" I don't know it doesn't sound right to me, is it grammatically correct?
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“such … as” in an attributive clause

Please help me understand the following sentence structure: More than half the roster, including such popular characters as Black Panther, Scarlett Witch, Star Lord, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange ...
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What are the meaning and grammar of “Crying isn't like you”? [closed]

Can I say that something is not like somebody like this: Crying isn’t like you. What is its meaning?
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How do you parse the sentence?

The original sentence: In this way, we have learned all that we know of the laws of astronomy, or of the habits of the social insects, let us say. Please let me make it simpler as below: In ...
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For the expression “bumf**k, Egypt”, is “bumf**k” an adjective and “Egypt” a noun? [closed]

I'm asking about the structure of the expression. If the answer is YES, then what's the reason for the comma. Besides, which Egypt is meant, "The Arab Republic of Egypt" or that "region of Illinois", ...
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What is the grammatical structure of the expression “F*** you!” and its derivatives?

I heard that expression along with its derivatives so many times, in movies or otherwise, but I can't get it grammatically, meaning, does it stand for a complete sentence like "I will fuck you!" or "I ...
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In “You did me wrong”, is “wrong” an adverb or some other part of speech instead?

Consider: You did me wrong. In that sentence, is wrong an adverb or some other part of speech? I don’t understand the syntactic construction being used here.
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Comparison of equality used as Adjunct - As good/happy as

I came across this sentence in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: As happy as she was about this pregnancy, his expectation weighed on her. I was trying to parse this sentence and was ...
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I envisage that it does not. Can the sentence exist?

The sentence is my answer to the question of whether robots will replace teachers in the future. I am not a linguist or a native speaker, therefore I cannot tell the truth. Personally, I speculate ...
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At one time operating vs At one time it operated

Since "at one time" is a time indicator, shouldn't the gerund "operating" be equivalent, while giving a better flow joining sentences? Or is it more confusing/improper? Preceding text of the same ...