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А clause is a unit of grammatical organization next below the sentence in rank and in traditional grammar said to consist of a subject and predicate.

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What clause element is this please?

When she got into the car at five, ready for the fifteen-mile drive across London, it wouldn't start. What does this stretch of language represent? Is it an adverbial?
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How to identify a matrix clause (a clause with an embedded subordinate clause)?

I am trying to understand matrix clauses. Today at the lecture, two sentences were discussed, of which one contains a matrix clause and one does not. I'm going to post them here: He knew ...
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Should "his chin a jutting v” read “his chin IS a jutting v”?

I begun reading the book by Dashiell Hammett "The Maltese Falcon". And first sentence confused me. Samuel Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. ...
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Usage of send in a clause [closed]

Which is correct: "Select a computer where you want us to send your file" "Select a computer that you want us to send your file to" Is there any less wordy way to express the same thing?
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How to identify phrases in this sentence [duplicate]

How do I start to identify the phrases (noun, verb, preposition, etc...) in this sentence? It’s red and it has a broken seat but we found another seat to put on it.
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Clauses and Phrases: When does a new independent clause begin?

In the sentence below, is "on" an adverb and is "another" a quantifier? I thought they were but I am unsure. Please help as soon as possible. I am willing to learn how to identify these tough parts of ...
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Interpretation of adverbial clauses meaning time or condition, such as when, if

I'm learning English with text books, and one of them says tenses of adverbial clauses which means time or condition(such as when-clause or if-clause) depend on the main clauses to which they are ...
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If + past tense + would VS If + present tense + would

I would/(will) eat it if you add more sugar. I would eat it if you added more sugar. What are the differences between them? Can we use "would" instead of "will" to make the first sentence more ...
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Identifying independent clauses

I know that a comma in front of the conjunction 'and' is usally set when and is connecting two independent clauses. I can't decide, though, if the second part of the following sentence is, in fact, ...
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Is “many of them doing” in this sentence correct?

The musical scene was a maze of competing movements and slogans, many of them claiming to be “new” in one way or another. I am reading the book Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries and ...
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Why is an infinitival clause called a clause even if it has no subject?

Usually as how i understand is that a clause is defined as a group of words with a subject & a predicate yet doesn't make complete sense (like a sentence). And a phrase is a group of words with ...
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Is it possible for a clause to be reduced when it uses the verb “to be”?

Is it possible for a clause to be reduced when it uses the verb "to be"? Here's an example sentence: When I'm lazy, I usually sleep. Can I reduce the when clause here to: When being lazy, I ...
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Which one is the correct answer?

I was doing my homework for CAE when I found this: Not ....... well-to-do parents give the support they should, and some parents living in the most The possible answers are: a) each b) all c)...
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“I will know more after I study than I know now ?” Is it ok to use “more after I study than” in the sentences?

I know adj can come between more and than but I don’t know why the clause can replace in adj position.
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Is the sentence 'What I need is to do/doing the things I like.' grammatically correct?

There is a task in Oxford English Grammar (Basic) by Michael Swan and Catherine Walter that goes as follows: Write a sentence beginning 'What I need is...' Which made me think of which is more ...
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Is “I really liked its theme” the only acceptable alternative to “I also very much liked its theme” in this exam question?

I really enjoyed the way the fashion show was executed and I also very much liked its theme. Its theme conveyed. I really liked its theme. No improvement. It's my exam question and ...
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the sort of person you see and

a. He is the sort of person you see and you think he must be a member of the armed forces or something. b. He was the man I saw and I thought he must be a member of the armed forces or something. ...
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How to ask for referent of pronoun who is the subject in a noun clause

Person 1: "I don't understand what it is about." Person 2 wants to know what 'it' refers to. She could say "You don't understand what what is about?" or else "What is it that you don't understand ...
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Which sentence is the “main clause”?

There is a long conditional sentence: If he would just say he spoke too hastily, that of course he loves her and wants to make it work, that they’ve had things stacked against them, he knows ...
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While and whereas in clauses

Are “while” and ”whereas” completely interchangeable in concessive clauses? For example, are the following two sentences equally grammatical? a) The concert was supposed to last for at least an hour,...
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difference between “bell ringing” & “ringing bell” and “ car parked” & “parked car”

what's the difference between "ringing bell" & "bell ringing " here: 1- I was awaken by a bell ringing. 2- I was awaken by a ringing bell. and "car parked" & "parked car" here: 1-there was ...
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'than + clause' vs ' than + that + clause'

I find those sentences here: She'd rather choose her than (that she'll choose) me. I like her more than (I like) him. I'm more likely to give him a reward, than (that I'll give it to) her. ...
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If clause sentence which one is correct from these two sentences?

First question I want to show that in the future or present it's not possible for him to bend the knee Even if you want to bend the knee you will not be able to do that Even if you wanted to ...
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What is the gramatical foundation for “both of which” in the following sentence

Doctors prescribed antacids (which reduce stomach acid) to patients and instructed them to modify their lifestyle and eating habits, both of which resulted in little success. Source:https://...
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Identifying clauses in “It's hard to get what it takes”

I'm not sure if I'm getting this right.. It's hard to get what it takes what it takes: an interrogative content clause functioning as the object of the verb "to get" To get: a verb phrase (or ...
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“I am plying violin since I was 5 years old” is it correct sentence grammatically?

I have confusion with a sentence. Is there anybody who can help me? The sentence is given below. I am plying violin since I was 5 years old -is it correct sentence grammatically? If it is correct ...
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Is the “which culminates…king” part correctly joined with the rest of the sentence? How to join an additional clause with the rest of the sentence? [duplicate]

I had 4 ideas that I wanted to yoke together in one sentence: Gaveston alienates the queen Gaveston antagonizes the barons embroils the country in a bloody civil war the war culminates in the murder ...
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Joining clauses into one sentence

I had four ideas I wanted to yoke together in one sentence (in the same order as listed here): He is the bete noire of the play, alienates the queen from the king antagonizes the barons and ...
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Can we use infinitive clauses with prepositions at the end of them for a purpose?

Do they always have to be next to nouns? Examples; To talk about, We should find a topic. To live lots of amazing moments with, I need some friends. To study with, I will invite my friend ...
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Is “The way we are learning English is not good” a clause?

Can I call the following a clause? The way we are learning English is not good. Here, what kind of clause is "The way we are learning English" I think it's a noun clause because it sits before ...
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How to convert this second conditional sentence into third one (conventional definitions)?

expression about unreal situation without any time marker (second conditional) 1) if you could see him would you say him? Question: How to convert foregoing second conditional sentence into third ...
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“I knew he must have been about seventeen”- Is it correct sentence? Help needed!

"I knew he must have been about seventeen"- Is it correct sentence? I have a confusion with the sentence given above. Because as far as I know that if the main clause is in past tense then the ...
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If you really want or wanted to get rich

Let's say you are talking to your friend into getting him rich. And you say: "You know what, if you really want to get rich, you have to make your way to it, it's not instant." Or "You know ...
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What's the function of “that” in the following sentence?

Notice, that with this meaning, the word is an uncountable noun, so you can only say youth, not youths. (BBC) Does "that" indicate that the whole part afterwards is the objective clause of the verb "...
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Is the noun renamed by an appositive considered to be antecedent?

Fudge, a soft creamy candy, was invented as a result of a cooking mistake. We know that 'a soft creamy candy' is the appostive, but can 'Fudge' be antecedent? Also, No Rooz, Iranian New Year, ...
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Should I use 'if' instead of 'but' in this sentence

Consider this sentence: He said he would have called her, but he hadn't got her number. Can I use "hadn't got" here, or I should use if clause like: He said he would have called her if he had ...
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Simple Grammar Question about who noun clause

Fill in the blanks I don't know ........ who is that man over there. who that man over there is who that man is over there. that man over there who is The first sentence that I ...
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Is “My name is Smith” a clause?

My name is Smith. I believe that it has a subject and verb, so I think it's an independent clause. Is this sentence an independent clause?
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Which is correct? “…watch her is talking…”, “…watch her was talking…”, or “…watched her was talking…”?

I have three sentences. Is there anybody who can tell me which would be correct? a) How could he watch his girlfriend is talking with him (another guy)? b) How could he watch that his girlfriend ...
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A simple question about v-ing forms in a subordinate clause

If finding any problem, please contact us on xxxxx-xxxxx. When having a problem, please contact us on xxxxx-xxxxx. I think that these types of V-ing forms in these cases should only ...
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Is 'what to do' a clause?

I don't know what to do. Here, is what to do a clause? If so, what's the reasoning for that?
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Why is there a proposition and why is it “in” in THIS sentence? Why is “be” used other than “should be”? What's the structure of the that-clause?

Why is there a proposition and why is it "in" in THIS sentence? Why is "be" used other than "should be"? What's the structure of the that-clause? "Moulton’s letter cited the concerns of others in ...
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Do I have to use multiple “that”s for the multiple clauses?

Which is correct between the followings? We assume that (clause), and that (clause). We assume that (clause), and (clause). My sentence is as follows: We define a function f with respect ...
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How should I connect multiple clauses?

How should I connect multiple clauses(because, when, while, as, etc)? Should I use the same words or that? Example 01 That information is wrong, because it is unpredictable how the building ...
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Correctness of “reason why you didn't call me”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I understand the reason why you didn't call me yesterday. Isn't "why you didn't call me yesterday" a noun clause?
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“If you'll come this way, Ms___ will see you now”

In some situations if can be followed by will, would or going to in the same clause. If you'll come this way, Ms Taylor will see you now. When I used the example above, my English teacher at ...
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What is monkey's in this simple sentence clause?

If a clause is one subject, one verb; (SV.) and there is one clause in this sentence; then what part of speech is "monkeys"? It seems to me it would be another subject. Mr. Potato Head eats ...
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“What” instead of “that/which”

I remember coming across usage of "what" in place of "that/which". Is it very old usage or some dialect, or maybe it's plain wrong? One phrase I remember a hundred percent is: The secrets what lie ...
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A comma after a modified noun followed by a non-restrictive relative clause

As far as l know, it is usual to use a comma after a modified noun followed by a non-restrictive relative clause as follows: The new AIDS treatment, which proved to be highly effective, is ...
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Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause?

Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause? "To get to New Zealand the fastest way" The whole sentence is... To get to New Zealand the fastest way, you will have to fly from ...