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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Where is the main clause in “Like when I put a dead goldfish into Dr. Green's fish tank”?

I admit it. I did a lot of things when I was younger that maybe I shouldn't have. Like when I put a dead goldfish into Dr. Green's fish tank. My question is Is "like" a conjunction word in ...
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What is the difference between these sentences (usage of “upload”)?

I am unable to upload a file in my computer, what i want to upload. I am unable to upload a file in my computer that i want to upload. What is the difference between these sentences written above?
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Are these clauses independent or dependent?

This fog is so thick, you can cut it with a knife. This fog is so thick that you can cut it with a knife. Also, if only one is a dependent clause, please explain why.
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Verb of principal clause followed by relative caluse

The boy who ate fruit came. The boy came who ate fruit. Here both sentences have relative clause "who ate fruit" and a principal clause "the boy came". Here is my question: Both ...
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“I can't see (where the car is parked).” What kind of clause is that one?

I was reading a grammar book and I came across a practice where you are asked to locate the adjectival clause in a sentence. I can't see where the car is parked. was one of the items. However, I can'...
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A question about the conjunction “while”

Isaac Newton changed the world while in quarantine from the plague. Isaac Newton changed the world while he was in quarantine from the plague. while is clearly a conjunction in the second sentence ...
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Independent clause and part of a sentence

1.What is the independent clause here? 2.How does 'accidentally spilled his cargo, leaving a pulpy mess' function here? Last month a porter carrying a basket of tomatoes in the crowded Shasha market ...
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Independent clause and main verb

What is the independent clause and main verb in this sentence? Wall Street's glass ceiling cracked at last on March 1st,as Jane Fraser took charge of Citigroup, becoming the first woman to head a big ...
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Two subjects for a single verb

The one who gets first position, for him, there is a reward. Is this a right sentence? I think it has an issue: Because "The one" is already present so 'him' is additional. What does this ...
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about the position of adverb `ever`

A example: I don't think I'll ever go there and the alternative: I don't think I'll go there ever And I wanna know is there any difference between both sentences? Furthermore, I don't know whether ...
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getting to New York for the first time was for me - complement

I found this sentence from The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga It must be like getting to New York for the first time was for me. Context: The speaker is justifying his driver’s tendency of missing the ...
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in such a way as to make me fall

a. Tom pushed me such that I would fall, but I managed not to. b. Tom pushed me in such a way that I would fall, but I managed not to. c. Tom pushed me so that I would fall, but I managed not to. d. ...
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too late for me to get there in time

a. They told me too late to go there for me to be able to get there in time. b. They told me too late to go there to be able to get there in time. Are both sentences grammatically correct and ...
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How should I frame these sentences?

If you would have told me I would have done it. I would mind if you wouldn't do it. I wouldn't mind if you would do it. If you wouldn't have told me I would have done it. Are there sentences correct?
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when he was under the influence of

a. A discussion of his behavior when he was under the influence of medications was helpful to him. b. A discussion of his behavior, when he was under the influence of medications, was helpful to him. ...
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when I was growing up

a. All my friends when I was growing up have good jobs now. b. All my friends growing up have good jobs now. Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
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kidnapped to be exploited [closed]

a. They were kidnapped to be exploited as slaves. b. They were kidnapped to toil as slaves. Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct? I think (b) is incorrect, but I am not sure.
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“that are known” vs. “which are known”

From The New York Times: Mr. de Blasio called for stricter laws to curb sexual assaults on crowded trains that are known as grinding. Why do they use that and not which? A quote from Grammarly: ...
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What type of dependent clause is “just so you know”?

For example: "Just so you know, I'll be at the beach." I think it's an adverb clause but I'm not sure.
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If we write a statement that is very common, should we use the past tense or present tense or future tense?

If we write a statement that is very common, should we use the past tense or present tense or future tense? Which one is correct? Or it depends on how old I imagine the reader is? Examples I came up ...
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Question word(s), subject and verb of subordinate-clause in “Could you tell me which flight he will be on”

I'm trying to find subordinate-clauses' subjects and verbs, but there's something that confuses me: For example when I'm looking for the question word, subject, and verb in: "I don't know who ...
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Is it “is” or “are” after “that” in the expression …X of Y that is/are? Context provided in the question

I am aware of solutions that use "can" or "will" to circumvent the issue, but I really want to know the answer. In the sentence below, "efficacy" is what I want to center ...
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Different Usage of “for whom” [SOLVED]

Hello Dear StackExchange Users; I know here is a whole of bunch similar questions about the use of "for whom" or clauses. But I had checked them before asking and could not find anything ...
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What is the grammar of “the fact that [contents of the fact] ”?

(Note: I'm a native English speaker, who is interested in learning English grammar, because I found that learning French became more interesting through learning French grammar) Consider the following ...
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omission: but nothing .

I'd like to know what is omitted between "but" and "nothing to . . ." in the following sentence. Is the second sentence correct? Phil was making a living as a writer, but nothing ...
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No comma before independent clause?

As I know, dependent clauses must be separated with a comma. Below are 2 sentences from the University of Leicester website. I don't understand why there are no commas where I expect them. Are these ...
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A Complicated, Challenging Sentence which includes “If Clause”, a Conjunction and Noun Clause- Need to be explained

I was reading An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke and came across a really strange sentece. Here is the sentence: We shall not have much reason to complain of the narrowness of our ...
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Quite Confusing Text Like a Riddle Needs to Be Explained

I was reading Great Chain of Being by Arthur O. Lovejoy and came across a paragraph like a puzzle at least for me. This is the text: I cannot refrain from expressing to the Harvard Department of ...
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Comma before “is up to you”

For unordered lists, use asterisks. Whether to use asterisks or hyphens for unordered lists [a comma?] is up to you. As far as I know, in imperative sentences like the first one, the comma before &...
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How can i write this sentence correctly?

How can i make this sentence work with a that-clause? She needed to be doing her homework last night Could one way be this? "It was needed that she was doing her homework last night"
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If a noun clause acts as the subject of a sentence, is it no longer a dependent clause?

If a noun clause acts as the subject of a sentence, is it no longer a dependent clause? For example: "What he did was outrageous." I just saw this on a site so I wanted to see if it's true ...
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Very confusing usage of “as… as”. The form is like that “as + adverb + as+ clause”, isn't it?

I was reading Great Chain of Being by Arthur O. Lovejoy and I came across a curious usage of "as...as". The text is that: I have often been exasperated by finding precise or paraphrases ...
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When fixing a comma splice with a semicolon, is it sometimes necessary to alter the second clause?

For example: a. I want to eat chocolate, I’m allergic. Most people would fix this by adding a conjunctive adverb: a. "I want to eat chocolate; however, I’m allergic." Would it be incorrect ...
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I need some clarification about conjunctions

He has a big appetite, for he is young. He has a big appetite because he is young. Due to the coordinating conjunction "for", the first sentence is the only one that has two independent ...
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Can a noun clause be part of an adverbial phrase?

For example: "He was punished for what he did to his brother."
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Relative clause or Purpose clause?

Only sentence (3) is precise in its meaning, and the other two would need context to make them clear. Does it mean: a) ...need context in order to make them clear. Or b) ...need context that could ...
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Independent clauses and sentences are one and same?

I am learning phrases and clauses and one definition says that independent clauses and sentences are same. Is it true? E.g. He ate dinner. Is it both a sentence and an independent clause? If so, ...
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purpose clauses

Why don't you practise by making and posting some more sentences for us to check? Does 1) mean: Why don't you practise by making and posting some more sentences in order for us to check (them)?
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Sentence started with Verb+ing, but it's a really different structure

In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, I came across this confusing sentence: Facing the square is the Palazzo Marchesale, the palace of the Saggese family, once the great landowner of those parts....
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Which type of condition is it? What is the mood?

If any person be found guilty, he shall have the right of appeal. Is it a type-2 conditional clause? Is it subjunctive mood, conditional mood, or imperative mood?
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Subject clause or attributive clause?

I'm a bit puzzled and cannot identify the exact clause type the Subjunctive mood is used for in the following sentences: It is high time we went home It was time somebody did something It's time she ...
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Noun Clause with WHO

I'm a little bit confused about "Who" in this sentence: "You may borrow as many books as you like, provided you show them to who is at the desk" Is "who is at the desk" a ...
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Is this a subordinate clause?

I eat pizza, and I eat chicken. If the clause contains 'and', should it be called a subordinate clause or coordinate clause?
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Can a phrase be a part of a clause?

I want to know if a phrase can be a part of a clause. For instance : Atul did not come to the class yesterday. Did come is verb phrase in this sentence. But Atul did not come is a clause because it ...
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What's in a name?… Wait, or is there?

This might sound as a trivial question but it's been on my mind for a while now, and so I am asking it. Isn't the use of the word "adjective" in "adjective phrase/clause" erroneous?...
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What is the grammatical name/grammatical funtion of this sentence ending?

All the students sympathized with their class monitor whose father was involved in an accident What is the grammatical name and the grammatical funtion of the highlighted part of the above?
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Are they the same?

We usually define a verb of incomplete prediction as one not expressing a complete thought, hence its needing a complement. Thus, in the sentence "The baby seems", 'seems', being a verb of ...
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*Why doesn't 'that-clause' come after 'want'?*

Cambridge dictionary says that we don't use 'want' with a that-clause : I want you to tidy your room before the visitors come. (Not : I want that you tidy your room ...) An website (https://www....
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Confusion about “as…as + clause”

I want to ask a question about "as....as" uses. I think it is very confusing. In Meditations, 3.3 Marcus Aurelius says: [...] you will no longer be exposed to pain and pleasure, or be the ...
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Future Meaning in IF clause

The weather can be rainy tomorrow. It is not accurate. The weather forecast application says that it will be rainy tomorrow. Depending on this information, I have set up following sentence: If the ...

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