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How to parse the grammar of a sentence that appears to have two tensed verbs

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What part of speech is 'almost' in "these tiny flowers transform into pulp-filled pods almost the size of rugby balls"?

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Confusing syntax in sentences with indirect object complements

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Is there a word or phrase in linguistics describes the patterns of English in common use?

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When do present participles shift from being "gerunds" or "verbal nouns" to become non-finite clauses?

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"John was happy about being accepted as a team member." What part of speech is "accepted"?

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In the active voice, does the verb need to be transitive and have an object complement?

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Is there a word for verbs where the subject is also the verb's object as an implicit relation?

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What verbs in English never take nouns as complements, and is there a term for this?

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Are there grammatical terms that clearly distinguish between words that join clauses and those that join words in a list?

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Are there any word types in English that don't fall into one of these 5 functional categories?