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Questions tagged [zero-copula]

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Is “you Chromebook” correct grammar in any dialect?

As a learner of English as a foreign language, I believe from what I learned that "you Chromebook" is not grammatically correct in "standard" English (as spoken in formal situations in the UK, US etc)....
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Meaning of “And of all the successive shapes which society has taken, that most nearly approaches perfection…”

I have some trouble with the last sentence of this paragraph from Huxley's "The Struggle for Existence in Human Society"(1888): The history of civilization–that is, of society–on the other hand, is ...
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All done. What grammar is that?

what grammar is this? "All done", "clarification needed", "additional information required". Isn't it "all is done"? Etc. Thanks in advance.
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The bigger, the smaller and the greater [closed]

Is my grammar in the following sentence correct? It should also be noted that the bigger the measured distances, the smaller the variability and the greater the accuracy. Or should it be instead be ...
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Is “Tomorrow good?” a complete sentence?

Is this a complete sentence: Tomorrow good? As I understand it, first you change the interrogatory to declarative so the question becomes whether Tomorrow (is) good is a sentence.
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Seem small clause

It is said that the omission of "to be" is allowed only when the adjective (phrases), noun (phrases), or prepositional phrase comes after the to be like this: a He seemed (to be) angry about the ...
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Dropping of “was” from “A couple of ministers had to resign too, among them [was] Interior Minister Fouchet.”

A couple of ministers had to resign too, among them Interior Minister Fouchet. I don't know what type of rule is used to delete needed "was" in this sentence. My opinion is that "was" should be ...
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“With his face (being) red, he shouted at the top of his lungs.” Which sentence do I have to use? [closed]

Which of these are correct? And if both are correct, what's more natural? With his face red, he shouted at the top of his lungs. With his face being red, he shouted at the top of his lungs.
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The deletion in sentences [closed]

I want to know which one is the most fitting one and if all of them are grammatically correct. I was a clown, but I was more like an elephant. I was a clown, but was more like an elephant. I was a ...
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“I feel it my duty” vs. “I feel it *IS* my duty” [duplicate]

Given these two choices: I feel it     my duty to [do something]. I feel it is my duty to [do something]. Which is preferred, and why? Background: I got confused when reading an article in The ...
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Usage of “to find (noun) (adj)”

I am a native speaker of German, and I often see the English verb find being used like its German cognate finden. For example: My students and I find your platform very useful and very appealing ...
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What are all the words that make up a complete list of linking verbs in English?

What are all the words that make up a complete list of linking verbs in English? My English teacher from what I can remember listed them as follows, am I missing any? is • am • are • was • were • be ...
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Does English allow a zero copula in subordinate clauses?

In a casual search of the web, I found a few indications English does not allow zero copulas (https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/a/1468). However, I frequently see sentences with subordinate ...
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“I believe it's valid” vs. “I believe it valid”

Over on another network site, a helpful user corrected the grammar of a post of mine. The answer now says I believe it's valid. where I originally wrote I believe it valid. Is the original ...
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Can an adjective follow dynamic verbs (“leave”, “declare”)?

I know that an adjective can come after some verbs, such as: be, become, feel, get, look, seem, smell, sound. These verbs are "stative" verbs, which express a state or change of state. For example: ...
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Differences between Verb + to be + adjectives and Verb + adjective

If you have a more illustrative title, feel free to change it. I searched but I couldn't find one. This may be an easy and trivial question; if so, I am sorry. What are the differences between ...