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'The way you were dancing as if you were a snake in your past life'

Is this sentence correct to say?

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This is not grammatically correct.

In its current form, this is a sentence fragment composed of two dependent clauses:

The subject of the fragment is "the way you were dancing", a content clause.

"As if you were a snake in your past life" is a relative clause.

To be a sentence, the fragment would require a predicate - For example:

I liked the way you were dancing as if you were a snake in your past life

The way you were dancing was as if you were a snake in your past life

You were dancing as if you were a snake in your past life

In the first example, I becomes the subject of the sentence. Liked is the predicate, with the original fragment as the object.

In the second, The way you were dancing is the subject, with was as the predicate and as if you were a snake in your past life as the object.

Finally, in the third example, the first clause is split into You (subject), were (predicate), and dancing (object). Dancing is a gerund modified by "as if you were a snake in your past life".

Note, however, that English is often not used grammatically correctly, particularly in informal contexts. In some situations, such as song lyrics, this may be an acceptable "sentence".

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