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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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If I can say “not that good a review,” does that mean I can say “not that good reviews”?

I'm new to the template, so please forgive my ignorance of this community's parlance, formalities. I'd imagine that many here have seen the construction: "Adjective + Article + Noun," as in "so fine ...
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By which, to which, at which, to whom: are these relative pronouns in adjective clauses?

From experience, I know that: which, who, where, why, whom, there, that are relative pronouns but I wonder about the expressions: 'by which', 'to which', 'at which', 'to whom Are ...
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Prepositional verb structure - “[rely] [on John]” or “[rely on] [John]”

It is difficult to determine the correct consituent structure of prepositional verbs, such as rely on someone. Either on someone forms a constituent to the exclusion of rely, as in (1), or rely on ...
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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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sentence structures using different degrees of adjectives

I am not a native speaker. I feel very confused whenever I write sentences like the following using comparative or positive degree.I want native speakers to guide me which of the following sentences ...
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assumptions without “if” and so on

Today in the newspapers I read Rodgers yesterday claimed had Sturridge been with his club he would have been given extra time to recover in the same situation. I don't understand how this ...
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Inexplicable 'it'

I have myself used and been OK with it in sentences like: What is it that you're doing? What is it that it means? But now I can't quite understand why it is necessary here. Also a very ...
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Odd sentence structure used throughout Dune

I'm reading Frank Herbert's Dune and I've noticed a certain type of sentence structure he uses quite often. It seems to me to be wrong, or at least non-standard, but I cannot find an explanation of ...
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Adverb of place vs prepositions

Keep the book right on the table. Keep the food down on the floor. Are the words right and down working as adverbs or prepositions here? If they're adverbs, what do they modify? If they're ...
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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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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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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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Feel confused about the use of “seem” or “seems” in these two sentences

I saw the first sentence in a book, and I thought it was a mistake. I googled it and realized that many writers had used it on the websites. But then I googled the second sentence and found many ...
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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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Omit “while” before -ing form

Can I omit "while" before -ing form? Are these two the same in terms of meaning? I think while walking. I think walking. I can see a problem with different verbs: I learn while walking. I learn ...
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Imperative sentence patterns …

Please let me ask you native or very well-trained Eglish speakers if there’s some patterns, rules, or formulas in regards of an imperative sentence’s structure. For example, I was reading this ...
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Can a PP be analysed as a complex adjective?

In the sentence They are more familiar with this, the predicative complement more familiar with this is an AdjP, with the adjective head familiar. But what about a sentence such as They are more at ...
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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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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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Adjective and conjunction which has higher priority?

I have a question about priority. For example: "elder brother and sister" means: "elder (brother and sister)" or "(elder brother) and sister"? Another example: "old men and women" means: "old (...
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“Paper is used for writing on ”or “paper is used for writing”,which one is grammatically correct?

"Paper is used for writing on "or "paper is used for writing",which one is grammatically correct ? Chopstics are used for eating . Chopstics are used for eaing with. This desk is used for putting ...
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How to diagram or breakdown the sentence : “What you think is right is not right”

I'm very confused. Is this correct. And between 'think' and 'is' which one is the main verb? Thank you
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“fresh and relaxed”

I have to identify the syntax used in these two sentences and explain. A. After a short vacation in Japan, Mr Chang appeared in my office, fresh and relaxed. B. After a short vacation in Japan, Mr ...
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Hyphen needed in compound modifier with birthday cake/party?

For example would it be a fifth-birthday cake or fifth birthday cake?
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Is the sentence, “What I can tell you is that, hidden within the question, lies the answer,” correct?

Here's the sentence: "What I can tell you is that, hidden within the question, lies the answer." It makes sense, but I don't really know it's it right. I figured that the "hidden within the question, ...
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ISIS Suicide Blasts Kill More Than 220 Dead In Southern Syria

Going through this news article on NDTV website, I saw the headline 'ISIS Suicide Blasts Kill More Than 220 Dead In Southern Syria'. Is this usage correct? Or should it be 'ISIS Suicide Blasts Kill ...
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Is it correct? “Should I not hear from you by [date], I shall assume your kind confirmation of it.”

Is it correct to write in this way? "Should I not hear from you by [date], I shall assume your kind confirmation of it." Most grateful for your advice!!! T_T
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Is there any easy way to detect assertive, interrogative and other sentences

I am looking for any specific series of rules or structures to detect assertive, interrogative and other sentences like wh-type question + subject + be verb + obj. etc.
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thereby +(verb+ing) or thereby +(verb in other tenses)

I've observed that "thereby" is mostly followed by (verb+ing) form regardless of whether the sentence takes place in past, future or present. As in this example from the dictionary: "The number of ...
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Which is preferred, “… on 2010 or later …” or “… on or after 2010 .…”?

Which of the following is preferred? Does it matter? Any person born on January 1, 2010 or later, is entitled to ... or Any person born on or after January 1, 2010, is entitled to ...
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Is it correct to capitalize a pronoun's first letter after a punctuation mark in a dialogue?

"I wonder," I said to myself, "if there's a punctuation mark at the end of a dialogue, should I capitalize a pronoun's first letter?" "I don't know," someone in my mind said, "should we?" "Should we?...
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Could someone help me understand the grammar of the sentences

It doesn't make sense to me every time I come across some sentences like the following one that I manage to make up now. Why should you be concerned about such a fuss? They are nothing more than a ...
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Negation of progressive tenses in questions

I want to conjugate the verb "accept" in the progressive form for past, present and future tenses AS A QUESTION IN THE NEGATIVE. But I am confused about which approach is correct: Scenario: Given the ...
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Grammatical structure

Mental energy is a vital element needed to be able to concentrate one's attention and maintain a positive mental attitude. The question I want to ask is how the section in bold is functioning over ...
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How does omitting the subject affect the sentence structure?

I was wondering: how does the structure of this sentence change when we use the continuous form of the verb without a subject: (standing)? "That half an hour was the peak of our social life: standing ...
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Sentence structure and type of clauses

the renowned sprinter and track-and-field personality Carl Lewis, who had known pressure from fans and media before but never, even as a professional runner, this kind of pressure, made only a few ...
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syntactic analysis of a phrase with FROM…TO

In the sentence Everything we do, from eating and ice cream to crossing the Atlantic and from baking a loaf to writing a novel, involves the use of coal, directly or indirectly. I can't come ...
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… there is no associate over whom he does not acquire the same right that he would grant others over himself

This is a little section from Rousseau's Social Contract, "Finally, in giving himself to all, each person gives himself to no one. And since there is no associate over whom he does not acquire the ...
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Using “collectively comprising” to mean “which, in all, make up”

I have a sentence It has 42 cities collectively comprising 188 villages. I am thinking of using the phrase collectively comprising to be a more formal form of which, in all, make up to mean something ...
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Subject verb object word order

What is wrong with the following question in relation to subject verb object word order? Me, I dont like traveling by bus
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Correct format for using multiple “in”' in a sentence

I have sentence that I cannot figure out how to structure correctly. I am not sure if using "in" too much in a sentence in incorrect. I was told the sentence below is not the correct way to say this, ...
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Sloppy English?

I just read a post by a non-native English teacher whose title reads like this: "Never is late: Nunca es tarde para aprender". Unfortunately, it frequently happens that a Spanish teacher makes ...
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“Seem all to” vs. “all seem to”

The men seem all to understand the situation. The men all seem to understand the situation. Both "seem all to" and "all seem to" can be frequently found on the Internet, with the latter being ...
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Do complex sentences omit verbs in dependent clauses?

1.An event came before another event. 2.The earlier event did not happen before the later one. 3.Something had happened before something else. 4.It had not come before the subject. 5.One event ...
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usage of 'other than', 'except' and 'but

Other than, but and except mean almost the same thing: they all introduce an exception to the preceding phrase. Does what comes after other than, but or except actually determine which of those needs ...
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Starting a sentence with “This because” or “This to”

Is it common to say the following: (assuming that both sentences are "too long" to combine into one). Or are there better ways to say these things? I prefer to go to work without my bags and to ...
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What does “For all the ~, S + V” mean?

Here are a few sentences with the structure, “For all the ~, S + V”. For all the controversies surrounding the so-called marketing stages or periods, Keith and others appear to have contributed a ...
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To be scheduled: is “be” copula or passive auxiliary?

In: The patient was scheduled to receive medication daily. is "was": the main (copula) verb and "scheduled" its complement/object? Or the auxiliary of a passive voice verb group, where "scheduled"...