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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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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Clause starting with “so well”

I am learning English from reading articles. I am reading "Sight Unseen" from The New Yorker (link: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/04/13/sight-unseen-critic-at-large-kathryn-schulz)...
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an article he wrote

a. He showed me an article which he wrote last night and which was about whales. Could 'last night' modify 'showed'? Could the sentence mean: Last night he showed me an article which he wrote and ...
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Multiple conditional clauses in a single turn

A boy did mischief (he messed with a dog) due to which the following things happened: The dog chased him. Feared, he ran away. He crossed the road. He ran into a car. He had an accident. He is ...
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Classification of clauses

Give me blood and I will give you freedom. Be industrious and you will succeed in life. I am reading a grammar book in which the clause Give me blood in the first sentence is classified as a sub-...
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Identify dependent and independent clauses

The latest is NetEase, a Chinese gaming firm that began a $3bn listing this week. In my opinion, The latest is NetEase is an independent clause. While a Chinese gaming.... week. - dependent But I'm ...
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Questions about “until”

I found a sentence: The photographs will be on exhibition until the end of the month. Does it meat that the photographs is already on exhibition and is going to stay until mentioned time or they will ...
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How can I classify the following conditional sentences?

I was watching this video. It classifies conditionals as follows: I see that these variations are missing: (Present → Past) If I say something, I destroyed everything. (Present Perfect → Present ...
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if it weren't for vs. hadn't it been for [duplicate]

I encountered two sentences that went like this: If it weren't for the New Critics, none of you probably would have been able to sit patiently through any of your middle or high school English ...
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Help changing active to passive voice in this sentence?

What would be the passive of the sentence? He will have eaten the whole mango by the time I eat a single piece. Simply, I want to know that what would be the change in time clause, other than ...
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Sentences That Start With 'It'

Some ESL students have trouble understanding the logic of sentences starting with it, i.e. 'It is cold.' Or using 'it' as a pronoun to replace ideas in general. Usually they will start the sentence ...
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Parallelism structure

If you were to add up all of the people who have some psychiatric disorder, struggle with depression or suicidal thoughts, have been subjected to neglect or abuse, have dealt with tragedy or the death ...
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Usage of Who vs that

I know the man that came here. I know the man who came here. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Why is it an adverbial clause?

"We did not make reservations on time, so we will not go to the representation." I think this is a compound sentence consisting of two co-ordinate independent clauses, joined by the co-ordinating ...
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Which is the principal clause here? [closed]

We know the expression, "The more . . . the more" expresses that the two things vary together. A comma separates the two clauses : "The more you have, the more you want". Each part is ...
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How to know the right structure order?

So I stumped upon this question using the right structure to complete the sentence One of the most ancient arts,___ in different parts of the world. (A) for weaving to develop independently ...
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Conjunctions, dependent and independent clauses

I have a question about conjunctions, dependent and independent clauses. The issue came up when a text book suggests that "and it" can replace "which/who". But my understanding is that subordinating ...
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reduced causal adverbial clauses in the second part of a sentence

Can we use a causal adverbial clause in the second part of a sentence? if so, I wonder if I want to use an adverbial clause of causality in the second part of a sentence, should I use a comma before ...
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Is “It is + clause” correct?

I'd like to know if "It is + Clause" is correct: It's that I don't want to talk to you anymore. If it is not, would mind saying how I could rephrase that sentence?
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Noun Clause with That (with preposition or not?)

Which one is correct? or there is no difference? Jan is worried that his son won't come home. Jan is worried about that his son won't come home. Thank you in advance.

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