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Questions tagged [syntax]

Questions regarding the rules for the formation of sentences

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''Be as perfect as you can“ or ”be as perfect as you can be" [closed]

Which one is correct: "Be as perfect as you can be" or "Be as perfect as you can"?
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I was challenged on the syntax of this sentence: “As there are multiple forms of intelligence, so too are there multiple forms of stupidity.”

I'm wondering if the syntax of this sentence is correct: As there are multiple forms of intelligence, so too are there multiple forms of stupidity.
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Can we say “a man in search”? [closed]

Usually the word search is linked to the preposition "for", as in "a man in search for so-and-so". However can we end it at search (A Man in Search) to mean that he is in "in a state of searching for ...
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What did you say it was? [closed]

Why is the was at the end of the sentence? I am trying to figure out why "What did you say was it? is incorrect.
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When can a prepositional phrase function as subject?

According to CaGEL, 'a PP with because as head can occur in subject or predicative complement function as well as adjunct'. The two examples given are: Because some body parts have already been ...
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Can someone PLEASE tell me what the gerunds and participles are in these sentences? PLEASE [duplicate]

Dozing in the sun at the beach after swimming, limbs exhausted, salt dring stiff in my hair. Cutting up vegetables into neat pieces. Flying into a city and at night seeing the lit gauze of its ...
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Help with ambiguous syntax tree [closed]

I have to do syntax trees for the two interpretations of this ambiguous sentence: "The poor child's story is sad" According to what I was told, one interpretation refers to the child and the other ...
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How does the “reverse syntax” in Middle English work?

I was reading the Romance of Tristan and I came across the passage: "Therefore did Tristan claim justice and the right of battle and therefore was he careful to fail in nothing of the homage he owed ...
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Connecting verbs without the preposition “to”

I came across this sentence: "Immersion programs provide precisely the type of environment that Krashen claims fosters acquisition" in "The Teacher`s Grammar of English"- Ron Cowan, page 31. ...
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Is this question ambiguous?

The following multiple-choice question was asked in an exam: Which one is the internal storage device that performs better than its predecessor with spinning disks inside? HDD SSD USB ...
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Similarity finding best grammar [closed]

If you had the text abcxxcde, how would you go about counting the number of similarities? Would there be be 1 because one type of letter (x) is the same or 2 because there are two letters that match?
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Avoiding use of “who” while maintaining proper syntax

How do I say the following phrases - typeset in bold - without using "who"? The situation is children on a playground, and attention is given to those on the swings. If I wanted to say something ...
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Changing the focus of this sentence?

I'm trying to write a caption for my work Instagram account. I work for a ski holiday company and it's a photo of one of our guest's children. Wonderful photos from Chalet Augustine guests, Mike ...
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Is my comma usage correct in this sentence?

"When there is too much carbon in the atmosphere, too much heat is trapped from the Sun’s light rays, dramatically increasing the global temperature."
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In the sentence “Go help yourself”, is 'yourself' both the direct object and the subject?

In the sentence "Go help yourself", is 'yourself' both the direct object and the subject? Can a subject and direct object be the exact same word in a sentence? If not, what is 'yourself' here?
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Is there any difference in using etc or ellipsis when listing examples? [closed]

When listing a couple of examples in parentheses, is there any difference between using etc and using three dots to indicate "more like this" at the end? What I mean, is there any difference between ...
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Usage of 'at' in context

I'm using an application to improve my English. The app had the word 'fabric' and one of its meanings was: The walls, floor, and the roof of a building. The example used to explain the meaning ...
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A formal way to place the emphasis on myself

I want the person to feel they can contact me directly but also give them the option to get in touch with other colleagues. It is a big benefit to them to have the capacity to contact me directly. ...
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Use “circa” at the end of a sentence

Can I write "I will be able to finish my work by the beginning of August circa."? I know that I could write "I will be able to finish my work circa by the beginning of August.", I just prefer the ...
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What is the correct punctuation usage for 'thus' in this sentence?

"They believe technology serves humankind by empowering us with access to information and the ability to spread that useful information; thus, enriching our lives."
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How much shorter are your hands than mine?

or How much more expensive is your phone than mine? Are those questions well-formed? Do i have to use much here?
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Is it syntactically correct to write “This and the following pages”?

... or is there a better alternative to writing something like "This and the following pages constitute a summary of topic X."?
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Is “urban-rural gap” a proper English term for a disparity between urban and rural areas or just a word-for-word translation from Chinese?

I came across this phrase when I was reading a research paper. Here's a quote from the abstract: I find that the urban-rural gap accounts for 40% of mean country inequality and much of its cross-...
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I am 5-minute late? [closed]

Which of the options are acceptable and which are not? Any other suggestions/corrections? I'm 5 minutes late I'm 5-minute late I'm running 5 minutes late I'm sorry for being five minutes late. I'm ...
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As an English native speaker, why can't I properly explain the rules of English? Am I expected to know them by heart? [closed]

Okay, a little background information to start: I'm an English-speaker who has been born and raised in the southern United States and has picked up the western accent of my father. It is the only ...
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What is the scope of the quantifier “some”?

I am writing a term paper in English and am not sure which of the two sentences below is correct: some apples and pears some apples and some pears What I mean to say is that there are some apples ...
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What is the nature of, and syntactic distinction between, modifier and complement?

I am struggling to understand the syntactic relevance of the distinction between complement and modifier in theories such as the one presented in the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by ...
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Is “we will connect to you” grammatically correct?

Am I right in thinking it does not make sense to say someone will connect to another one. Would the correct sentence be someone will connect someone/something to another or someone will be ...
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'Will' or simple present: Why there is a difference in these two sentences?

Consider these two sentences from the book Grammar in Use: Alex will look after our cats while we're away next week. The new drug goes on sale in the USA next year. As you see, the authors ...
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How to reword this without using additional nouns?

This sentence doesn't feel correct. There were a lot of photos that I didn't know who they were. But I'm not sure how to reword it without changing its structure. I could use additional nouns, ...
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Which article is correct when referring to a disease? (e.g. the flu, a cold) [duplicate]

I just had my first Composition 102 lecture and the professor said that when you refer to a disease you use "the" as in "the flu." I don't argue with that example because you say "I have the flu," ...
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“You are all {so/such} wonderful friends.” Which is more correct?

In a kangarou English exam, one of the questions asked you to fill in a blank space in a sentence: You are all ......... wonderful friends What is more correct to use to fill in the blank space, "...
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Pretended not to hear or pretended to not hear? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand whether the two sentences are the same or are they different? 1. She pretended not to hear... 2. She pretended to not hear... Personally, I prefer the second choice but I ...
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Jane Austen “Persuasion” Syntax Analysis

This is from Chapter four of "Persuasion" by Jane Austen: She was persuaded that under every disadvantage of disapprobation at home, and every anxiety attending his profession, all their probable ...
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What is the right word order? [closed]

Is it correct to say: The party is at my house in the garden. OR The party is in the garden at my house. Thank you in advance
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Why can 'X as well as Y' be written as 'as well X as Y'?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D., U. Texas at Austin, Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses), 2013, p 193:         ...
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What's the FUNCTIONAL difference between a supplement and an adjunct/modifier?

I'm trying to understand the difference between supplements and adjuncts/modifiers. In my search for enlightenment, I've come across a number of entries and posts, of which I think this one summarises ...
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Constituent structure of 'He arranged for me to go there'

This question was inspired by the discussions in this post. Consider the sentence [1] He arranged for me to go there. What is required is to determine its constituent structure (in the sense of ...
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Difference between the two sentences and why are they used in that particular way [closed]

Is there any difference between these two sentences? I bought my friends some chocolates. I bought some chocolates for my friends.
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Is English in the process of creating a nominative absolute in compound objects?

I have been observing the increasing frequency of the use of the nominative in cases such as: Mary always has a huge disagreement with you and I. If you have a problem at school, you can let your ...
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What's that you say? [Syntactic role of 'you say']

An opinion article titled "Mattel and Margot Robbie's Barbie movie is not the film 2019 needs" has this passage: Yet I don't think Mattel gives a tinker's cuss whether we're hating on Barbie or ...
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How to use passive voice in a sentence? [duplicate]

And as he ate it, she looked at him steadily. In this sort of grammatical constructions, "she" works as a subject of the sentence with active voice. Now, consider a sentence which I read in The ...
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Determining licensing in CaGel by means of substitution test

I read a comment on licensing in another post, which made me revisit this concept. Unfortunately I haven't got access to CaGEL – only to its "little brother", Huddleston and Pullum's A Student's ...
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Difference between supplemental NP and absolute clause?

What is the difference between a supplemental noun phrase and a absolute clause? In these examples and in general. Is it just the non-finite nature of the second example? Are they not serving a ...
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Stranding “of” in subjects - Possible or impossible?

Observation Take a subject that contains an of-phrase (friend of X, president of X, writer of X etc.). Now try to question the element X after of by fronting the corresponding wh-phrase. Often this ...
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Where is the subject in a sentence that starts with a prepositional phrase

Where is the subject in a sentence that starts with a prepositional phrase. For example the preposition phrase beginning with after below: After breakfast the boys wandered out to the garden. Is ...
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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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Combining demonstrative and possessive pronoun

I know of at least one language (German, although it’s considered old-fashioned nowadays) where it’s possible to combine demonstrative and possessive pronoun: Diese deine Worte sind wahr. ...
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“a food-hygienically acceptable substance”: Grammatical syntax?

In a document (written by a native Japanese speaker), I see the following phrase that sets off my acceptability and grammaticality alarms: a food-hygienically acceptable substance Google shows ...
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Is my syntax correct and is there a better version?

Here is the sentence: "Why is a conjugated system bigger, the smaller the atomic electron transitions?" I mean that when a conjugated system gets bigger, the atomic electron transitions get smaller, ...