Questions tagged [clauses]

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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How many clauses in this sentence?

That’s less than what some analysts have signaled Goldman might have to pay. Three clauses and a missing "that" ?
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Is a sentence an independent clause even if it doesn't make sense without the previous sentence?

Example: In the past six years I’ve written twenty short stories, and about half of those have since been accepted to literary magazines or paperback anthologies. This seems to be an ...
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Should names/original nouns go in the introductory clause or main clause?

At first, I wrote this: Clutching his striped tie, sitting on the couch, Mary waited for Tom to come out from the bathroom. A native speaker changed that into this: Clutching Tom's tie, ...
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Non-essential clause position

Grammarly’s digital writing assistant helps over 20 million people write more clearly and effectively every day, across multiple platforms and devices. Can I write like this instead? What is the ...
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Is this dependent or independent sentence?

"Making trial of everything, with trust in new joy, and stirring the human kindness in all eyes that looked on her." If it is an independent clause, could you please tell which is the subject and ...
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to-less infinitive or noun

Is the word "wonder" a noun or to-less infinitive here? What kind of a clause is "why Simpson wasn't immediately arrested in that incident". The transcript makes one wonder why Simpson wasn't ...
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Can a clause be parenthetical and belong to an independent clause at the same time (if you change the punctuation)?

This is hard to explain, so I'll show an example: (a) You should do your home work and, if you have more extra time, you should also prepare for exams. In this case, "if you have more extra time" ...
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What is the use of “being” in the sentence grammatically?

In the sentence: Major refreshes to the OS come about every six months, with the most recent being the May 2019 Update. What is the use of "being" grammatically? Can any words be added between "...
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Is “that” required in “The music company was afraid that…”?

Sentence:The music company was afraid the accelerating decline of sales of compact discs would not be compensated by increased internet revenue. Solution:The music company was afraid that the ...
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some confusing problems about “than”

I wish I could write English with more freedom than is at present possible. I am confused about the function of “is” in this sentence. Could you explain the grammar in this sentence?
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What does this Facebook comment mean: “As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say.”

As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say. I just wrote it to protect my badge. I saw this joke comment in Facebook comments and I don't understand it. I can't see how the two clauses relate....
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That vs Whose in these particular sentences

How many people are there that the Joker is not the reason for them knowing who Joaquin Pheonix is. 1 sounds unnatural. How many people are there whose reason for them knowing who Joaquin ...
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Different from + the same as [closed]

I am often confused about the following usage of these phrases. Please consider the following: I do a different thing from you I do a different thing from you do I do a different thing from ...
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Negative with subjunctive in that clause

I was wondering, why exactly is it correct to use "not" without a helping word instead of "do not" with the subjunctive in the negative after the "that" clause, after words like "suggest" or "...
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independent clause or non-essential element, semi-colon or comma?

The sentence I'm struggling with is: The first version was coded from scratch in HTML and CSS, it looked like a 90's webpage. Is the comma correct? Or should it be a semi-colon? I thought it was ...
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The change of the tense in the main and the subordinate clauses

I have found the two sentences in Michael Swan's Practical English Usage .(page no 556) 1.This discovery means that we will have to spend less on food. 2 This Discovery will mean that we spend ...
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Could I rewrite the sentence like this?

Yeah. There's an investigation being opened. And I haven't heard officially, but the French media is saying that there is, you know, there was renovation going on near the roof by the ceiling. ...
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use of gerund form in an imperative sentence

X traveled in a bus. He found no seat. He had to stand all the journey. How would this be described best ? I. He traveled in a bus standing. II. He traveled in a bus while standing. III. He stood ...
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Are there three clauses or two in this one sentence?

Are there three clauses or two in this one sentence from the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Blinking away the brightness of the street outside my eyes picked him out obscurely in the ...
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Tensed verb in a non-finite clause

[Using all of the profane German I had ever heard], I ordered him to come out. I was watching an English grammar video which stated that the the above sentence contains a non-finite clause in the ...
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Should I put “it” before “is” to make the sentence grammatically correct?

As I am preparing for my upcoming writing exam, I came across this sentence as a so-called model essay. However, when reading it, I think I need to put "it" in front of "is" since it is another clause....
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Clause construction

I read the book in my home yesterday that you gave me last month. The book that you gave me last month I read in my home yesterday. I read in my home yesterday the book that you gave me last month. ...
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Do I need to use definite article and commas in a defining relative clause?

Do I need to use 'the' instead of 'a' here? Are the punctuation marks correct? She gave him a reason. A reason, that was sufficient to burst a passion inside him so that he could reveal all his ...
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What does the given sentence mean?

Here is a sentence from an adventure game: Although the game doesn't let you create your own character to play, you’ll like the ability to choose heroes, then mix and match their weapons and ...
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Analyze the Clauses [closed]

My question is how to analyze the clauses in the following sentence: The only thing Harry liked about his appearance was a very thin scar on his forehead that was shaped like a bolt of lightning.
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When the action in a noun clause happens in the future, which tense should I use in the noun clause?

When the action in a noun clause happens in the future, which tense should I use in the noun clause? Are the tenses different in meaning if they are all grammatically correct when used in the clause?...
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clause, who something is

I find this sentence, It is evident who the real murderer is. I feel it a little awkward. Is it grammatically correct?
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What is the correct structure for “so that” following multiple purposes?

If I want to say something like: They arrived early so that: 1) their friends could find them easily, and 2) there were enough good seats to choose. How can I put them into a sentence ...
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Subordinate Conjunctions

I was taught that subordinate conjunctions are used to link a dependent clause to an independent one. This example was given recently in an English Grammar website and now I am confused: "It is so ...
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Is the clause here ambiguous to the preceding sentence

The sentence in question is the following: Using the discovered method, the researcher can quantify the virus effectively, which is unprecedented. The question is: is the bold clause qualifying ...
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Not using THAT in non-defining relative clauses

While I was teaching non-defining relative clauses in an intermediate book, one of my students asked why that cannot be use?! I don't remember reading any tips about it. Is there a logical explanation?...
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What is the range of 'that' clause for this sentence?

In the sentence below, It also contains code to support a specific type of processors, drivers, and other functions that might need updating occasionally. Is the target of 'that' clause 'a ...
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Sentence structure. Need help

Hi i am new to english language. Here in sentence 'Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, said his former wife had “cured” him of homosexuality. Afger " said " new Claus starts with "his ...
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The second type of conditional clause (the type contradictory to a current fact)

I have a question in regard to the second type of conditional (the type contradictory to a current fact). I know that the clause should be in past tense, but if there's an adjective clause, should it ...
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About an example of If Clause

"If you are taking something now sleeping" Can you explain me how this could be correct. Is this usage for informal native english? "If you are taking s/t, you will be sleeping." Is this sentence ...
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What's the right sequence?

Does it make sense if I say: This is the right order of the person to contact"? I'm translating a document about a matrix escalation, which allows you to specify multiple user contacts to be ...
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what has he done

John thinks you hate him. a. What has he done for me to hate him? b. What has he done for me to hate him for? c. What has he done that I should hate him? d. What has he done that I should hate him ...
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Job-Search Post: Commas, Hyphens

My friend has a translation business. He inquired if I could assist him for this: He posted on a job-search site to look for employees: “We look for some more people**,** to take on-board…” Does ...
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Pronoun missing?

A line in the movie Stargate goes It's got writing unlike we've ever found before. It seems to me this sentence is missing a pronoun what/anything. Is this a case of ellipsis? Is it grammatical as ...
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Can l use whom instead of who in my example?

Who the nominee will be has not been officially declared yet. Note : as far as l know we can use "whom" providing that we us it in object position in noun clause .
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Can a noun clause stand without subordinate conjunction?

I'm studying noun clauses, and I came across with these two sentences which are from here "The teacher gave all his students failing the test some serious reflection." "My classmates gave me singing ...
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One action happens before another action verification

Is there any meaning difference among the below sentences? After finishing her work, she went home. After she finished her work, she went home. Having finished her work, she went home. ...
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When do we not put a comma before “because”?

In what situation do you put a comma before "because"? And, when do you not put a comma before "because"? I've always assumed that you put a comma, because the clause introduced by "because" will ...
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“I might seem strong, but in actuality I am anything but.” — Complete or incomplete?

Is the sentence complete or should it be completed, for example, as follows; I might seem strong, but in actuality I am anything but strong. If the original is complete, please provide any ...
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Is the sentence a noun phrase/clause

Is the part in bracket He is not sure (where to start a new business) A noun clause or noun phrase
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blowing or puffing? To release air out of mouth

When we cool the hot food by releasing air out of mouth, do we say: Blow over the food to cool it. OR Puff over the food to cool it. Actually in 'blowing' it seems to be as if there is a lot ...
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Catenative Clause and Canonical Clause

Consider the following sentence - She was working. [Function] Subject: She [Category: Noun Phrase] and [Function] Predicate: was working [Category: Verb Phrase] Now consider the verb phrase - ...
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Marking the functions of a sentence: 'She may like it'

I am reading Cambridge Grammar of English Language (CaGEL) all over again, though not cover to cover. One page no. 215, I came across The major functions in the structure of the clause are the ...
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making a supplication to Lord

While making a prayer to Lord for oneself, does the following structure sound best? Lord, may I get success! And how does the following differ from the one mentioned above? Lord, help me get ...
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Use of 'make' and 'enable' in supplication

I came across a thought while writing a religious text. A structure entangled me a little. Which of the following sounds natural? Lord enable us to die a believer! Lord make us die a believer! ...