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Modifying nouns without relative pronouns or relative proverbs

Do those sentences below sound natural? 1.She’s got that hair the color of chestnut.(Modified by the objective) 2.I looked in the mirror the size of my two hands.(Modifies by the objective) 3.I saw ...
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appositive clause or relative clause?----“ it was the way the setting sun illuminated the yellowing plastic.”

Then there it was, an ad for “Joe’s Café,” perched atop a metal pole, which was upright under a cape of kudzu vines. Maybe it was the way the setting sun illuminated the yellowing plastic. Maybe it ...
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Does a that-clause as appositive after a plural noun call for a definite article before it?

Why there is no definite article before "claims' in the following sentence? Does the that-clause after the plural noun 'claims' in the following sentence make it specific? Or is the noun still ...
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Comma usage names

One helpful set of terms is essential vs. nonessential. When the identifier makes sense in the sentence by itself, then the name is nonessential and you use a comma before it. Otherwise, no comma. ...
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“a much older dating method: dendrochronology” or“ a much older dating method, dendrochronology”?

They turned to a much older dating method: dendrochronology, the use of tree rings for mapping intervals of time. (From ACT English) Why in this case has it to be a colon, but not a comma? I think ...
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“(since they had been) created in order to”: why can an apposition replace a phrase with “since”?

The three of them, that is, The Three Caballeros, the Big Wave Riders, namely Chris, John, and Sky, aliases that act not as nicknames but rather as pseudonyms, created in order to reinvent themselves ...
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that most students do not understand grammar

Is the noun clause an appositive or object complement? Is there any rule or test to identify the noun clause as appositive or object complement? I have often declared the problem that most students ...
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difference: “namely” and “e.g.”

Would there be any difference if "namely" were replaced by "e.g." in the following? Some say "namely" means "that is (to say)" or "i.e." and is used ...
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She's got hair of a raven VS She's got raven hair

She's got hair of a raven Can we just omit "of" when we cannot add a suffix to a noun to turn it into an adjective? For example, She's got raven hair I mean situations where if a suffix ...
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Type of phrase in a sentence

Viral encephalitis is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes from infected small animals**, usually birds and rodents,** to humans. In this sentence, what is the structure of ''usually birds and ...
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“The theory of organic architecture: that structure should appear ” VS “the theory of organic architecture that structure should appear”

In the sentence below: The other theory underlying Wright's design is that of organic architecture: that structure should appear to be an extension of their surroundings. ( From an ACT test) ...
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What is the grammatical function of the bold it in the sentence?

Family planning policy in China takes place against one stark fact. This is that China has 22% of the people in the world, but only 7% of the total land. To allow such a huge population to expand ...
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“Great Leader, X” or “Great Leader X”

I want to know if that comma is necessary in this case, it kinda gives me a feeling that it should be used but I'm not really sure. They went directly to the Great Leader, X They went directly to the ...
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Appositive phrase usage

Can I use an appositive phrase after a pronoun? Because some non-native speaker said it was grammatically incorrect. Such as, "I, Deep, am learning the English language."
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Usage with appositives and titles

Hermione Granger, a witch at Hogwarts School, is accomplished at spells. The core of this sentence is Hermione Granger is accomplished at spells. (A witch at Hogwarts School is an appositive noun ...
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a Northern Inuit dog, which is a breed with a wolf-like appearance

Consider the following pairs of sentence. The members of each pair differ in the order of a specific term and an explanation of its meaning. a. John bought a Northern Inuit dog, which is a breed with ...
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The uses of appositive in a sentence

AS TAIWANESE CONTEMPLATED the momentous occasion, in March 1996, of being able to choose their president for the first time, China’s Communist Party launched a campaign of intimidation. When I read ...
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Can we use appositives before the subject?

Good vocabulary, knowledge of grammar, sense of style--all are basic writing skills. Basic writing skills--good vocabulary, knowledge of grammar, sense of style-- can be learned by almost everyone. ...
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help me make sense of the following sentence

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/know-bad-russia-start-hoarding-063454177.html The ruble has sunk 19 percent this month to 61 per dollar even after posting a 10 percent rebound on Wednesday ...
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Can an appositive noun not follow the noun in apposition to it?

In ancient times, a great Chinese leader was born: Confucius. Confucius is the appositive noun here, and a great Chinese leader is a noun in apposition to it. Can "Confucius" and "a great Chinese ...
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What (if any) article should I use in constructions like '(the/a) (famous) journalist/actor/writer John Doe'?

No article is used with official titles, like 'President Clinton', but the rule does not apply to all professions, right? I know that in postposition it goes with an indefinite article, like ...
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How to use apposition

1- The living room, the biggest room in the house, looks out on to a beautiful garden. 2- We will be rebaptizing you, my most loyal followers. Can I rewrite them as in: 1a- The living room,...
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What's the grammar rule for “article before appositive noun”?

In the following sentence, can we leave out articles? If we can, what's the grammar rule? John Lennon, (an) English singer, (a) musician, was born in Liverpool. I read a sentence in Advanced ...
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Can “to-infinitive phrase” be an apposition of “that”?

For example, That, to quit smoking and take care of yourself, is up to you. is this sentence grammatically correct? (I think it's grammatically correct if we think of "to quit smoking and take ...
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Is “meeting you here” the appositive of “a coincidence”?

What a coincidence meeting you here! Today, I came across this expression for the first time. I have three questions of this sentence. Is "meeting you here" the appositive of "a coincidence"? If 1 ...
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I want to know when to able to grammatically omit “that” leading an appositive clause

She had a feeling (that) this would be the last time Back in my school, I learnt not to omit "that' when it's leading an appositive clause as in the example, but I've just heard that with or without "...
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I have no ideas whether it's an appositive case or relative-pronoun case

I went the distance she went. Is this sentence kind of an appositive case? Can we think of "that" as omitted in the sentence as in "I went the distance (that) she went? Here, "that" is leading a ...
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Is this expression right?

With my good friend, Brian's help, I can skate very well now. I wonder whether this expression is right, since 'Brian's help' and 'my good friend' seem to be in apposition.
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Position of appositive

Sometimes, I confuse a little bit about the position of "appositive". The competitive environment is increasingly complexe and unpredictable , demanding flexibility and quick response to its ...
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“Dobby the house-elf's former owners”

Edging along the second row to three still-empty seats right behind Mr. Weasley were none other than Dobby the house-elf's former owners: Lucius Malfoy; his son, Draco; and a woman Harry supposed must ...
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apposition: The baby tiger Bobo

I'd like to know which of the following is good English: a. The baby tiger Bobo weighs 20 kilos now. b. Bobo the baby tiger weighs 20 kilos now. If there is more than one baby tiger in the ...
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How to understand: “felony aggravated indecent assault” in this context?

The scene outside the court was quite a spectacle, but inside, Cosby was given some relatively good news. While his conviction on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault had the potential ...
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Using the word “native” in non-restrictive appositives

Which way is grammatically correct, using it as an adjective ("native") or as a noun ("a native" or "the native")? Alice Shimmer, native of Shiksenburg, was less forthcoming about the ...
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Negation with an appositive containing multiple elements

I don't like the names Axel and Brook. I don't like the names Axel or Brook. I don't like the name Axel, and I don't like the name Brook. I don't like the name Axel or the name Brook. Which ...
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Does it matter which way I order appositives?

Which is correct? A person sued BigCorp, the biggest company on Earth. A person sued the biggest company on Earth, BigCorp. Are there any semantic differences between the 2 sentences? Is ...
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What's the grammar of “What was it you said?”?

"Zootopia" around 00:40:49/01:48:32 Scene 17: Running the Plate [Judy and Nick leave the Oasis; Nick turns to Judy, straightening his tie] Nick Wilde: Well, I had a ball. You are welcome ...
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Composite subject

"We fellows will also get dressed for dinner." What kind of function does the word "fellows" bear in the sentence above ?
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“whom,them” vs “that, which ” as appositive

Sixty people, most of whom were females, liked the party. Sixty people, most of them were females, liked the party. The animal, which is sick, needs treatments. The animal, that is sick, needs ...
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Is this sentence grammatical? And is it a case of apposition?

Cranston loved this place, a veritable den of iniquity but one which sold good ales, fine wine and delicious food. It's from a book. I am wondering about its grammaticality. Is "a veritable den of ...
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Appositives: Should there be a comma with “that” in this sentence?

While writing a sentence like the one below, should I insert a comma after "that movie"(to mean one and only film) or withhold the comma as it is? Her life was a lot like that movie Sleepless in ...
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Can appositives be composed of adjectives?

I’ve been reading a bit about apposition, and all the examples seem to be revolving around noun phrases. I’m wondering if adjectives can also form appositives. Consider, for instance, the following ...
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Should I put a comma or should I keep it restrictive? (Commas with appositives)

In this sentence, should I put a comma (after previous film) to indicate there is only one last/previous film or should I withhold the comma to mean there may be more than one previous/last films? ...
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Is this an example of restrictive appositive? Should there be no commas?

I'm having doubts about the placement of commas in this sentence: Sarah found herself negotiating with producer Rob for his next film, The Tower. If I want to convey that Rob has made multiple ...
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“a … city, one that”: why is there “one” in the apposition?

"The first pillar is the concept of Dubai as a global and multicultural city, one that doesn't discriminate about whom to welcome." Dubai: The Making of a Megapolis by Pranay Gupte Why do we have to ...
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the usage of comma is “appositive” or not

We had two departments, the Department of English and the Department of Mathematics. In this sentence, I can't decide the usage of comma is "appositive" or not. I don't think it is not appositive ...
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old information for appositive structure

1.Malaysia,one of the Southeast Asia country, is the host country of the 2016 SEA Game. 2.Malaysia, the host country of the 2016 SEA Game, is one of the Southeast Asia country. Which sentence is ...
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Can a gerund phrase serve as an appositive?

I had problems starting the car this morning. I had no difficulty passing the exam. I had no trouble finding a place to live. We all had a good time dancing last night. The children have a lot ...
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Use or non-use of the definite article before a proper noun in an appositive phrase

This study compares the immunotoxic effects of repeated administration of two monoclonal antibodies, the ABC-12 (RusBio, lot #1023) and Herceptin (Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland), to rhesus macaques (...
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Noun phrase type: Subject verb adverbial phrase, <noun phrase>

My brother laughed when his sister burped at the dinner table, a common occurrence when root beer was served. What does the phrase in bold modify above? And what is called? To my mind, burping is ...
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Adjective clauses, phrases and appositives

I know we can reduce adjective clause to adjective phrase. We are able to make appositives when it is possible. Although I have learnt some materials about it, I haven't seen examples with "where" and ...