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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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Don't we need a conjunction between two clauses?

Isn't a conjunction such as as needed bewteen the two bolded clauses? Or, if it is just okay, I want to know why. The desire for fame has its roots in the experience of neglect, in injury. No one ...
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When to put a comma before but?

I heard that you put a comma before but when you're connecting two independent clauses, but what if the second clause doesn't contain a verb? Does it mean it's not independent? There are a few cases ...
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Identifying noun clauses

[Whom we expect] to be delivering the presentation is absent. The desire to fight is [what we believe] to be planted in his mind. I bracketed the words which I think are the noun clauses of the ...
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“However” used in a conditional clause?

Example: However, I would be able to transfer the money if you would give me your bank account number. Is it grammatically correct to use adverbs such as "however" in a conditional clause? I ...
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a predicative adjective in an atributive clause OR an postpositive adjective?

These are/were the images presented by us. Is "presented" in this case a postpositive adjective or a predicative adjective in an attributive clause? In case "presented" is a verb here, can I use it ...
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What's the grammar's rule right down or can it just be a writer's misprint?

The air grew denser and what little light the sliver of moon above provided, diminished as though IT WERE BEING sucked deep into the ground with no escape. What's the grammar's rule right down or can ...
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How to break up my lengthy parallel structure into multiple sentences to convey a clearer meaning? [closed]

Nice to meet you~ I am an applicant for graduate programs from the universities in Canada. Now, I am preparing my statement of purpose. Unexpectedly,I wrote an extremely lengthy parallel structure to ...
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“Take a whole day up.” What does it mean [closed]

What is the meaning of: to take a whole day up.
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prepositions at the end of What and Which/that clauses

I don't understand why these clauses led by what or that/which end with prepositions, why do we need a preposition at the end and what are the grammar rules. What clauses: We took an interest in ...
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What is the use of all?

What is the difference between two sentences... My uncle has three sons all of whom work in the same office. My uncle has three sons they all work in the same office. In the last ...
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adjective clause and the object in the sentence

The mosquito moment is the part of the presentation people remember the most in the conference. people remember the most is an adjective clause, so is placing that or which in front of it optional? ...
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Is This a Compound Sentence with Two Independent Clauses?

A teacher and I have been discussing the structure of a particular sentence from the book A Sting in the Tale: "Some I released within 1 kilometer of my house, and more often than not these bees ...
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a navy-blue shirt — possibly what he was taken out of his home wearing

What is going on grammatically with this embedded interrogative clause: In court he was wearing a navy-blue polo shirt—possibly what he was taken out of his home wearing. The reference is to an ...
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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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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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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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“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 ...