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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He lives in a suburb of New York. Is the phrase "in a suburb of New York" adverbial phrase? or Adjective phrase?

e lives in a suburb of New York. Is the phrase "in a suburb of New York" adverbial phrase? or Adjective phrase? I am confused with this as different sources are giving different reasons. ...
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to clear the debris

a. A surgeon is needed to operate on Tom. b. A surgeon is needed for operating on Tom. ================== c. Shovels are needed to clear the debris. d. Shovels are needed for clearing the debris. ...
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using a dual clause

For those who break rules, for them is the punishment. I see something weird in this structure. It doesn't sound natural. I think 'for them' should be removed only then it will sound natural. The ...
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Why does the second clause of "Bob kicked the boy, injuring his left knee" use "injuring" instead of "injured"?

"Bob kicked the boy, injuring his left knee." I don't understand why the clause uses present participle (injuring) instead of the past tense (injured) of the verb? Does this sentence mean ...
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Verb at the start of a clause

Can someone explain the grammar behind the 'came' used in the below sentence? With the sharp increase in consumer demand, came the drastic spike in orders.
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Would/Do you mind?

After would/do you mind, which of the following is correct (for each 3 of them)? Would you mind if she come/comes +...? Would you mind me to tell/telling +...? Would you mind if I leave/left +...? ...
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a noun clause at the end of a sentence

I came upon a sentence which I can't understand. News soon get around that he had resigned. As you can see, the noun clause (that he had resigned) is placed at the end of the sentence. I guess the ...
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Wanna know tense of main clause in 2nd conditional

Actually I thought in 2nd conditionals, the if clause is in past tense and main clause in would form (don't know its tense, probably present). But here today I was reading something and found this, ...
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Is it possible that the word "mislead" has "that clause"?

Suppose we know that Paula suffers from a severe phobia. If we reason that Paula is afraid either of snakes or spiders, and then establish that she is not afraid of snakes, we will conclude that Paula ...
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What is "more carefully than I do" in "My wife drives more carefully than I do", grammatically?

Consider this sentence: My wife drives more carefully than I do. I want to understand the grammatical role of the phrase, more carefully than I do Is it an adverb, and adverb phrase, an adverb ...
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Why aren’t agents of some verbs the same with agents of to-infinitive or gerund when they are objects?

I asked to see my accountant. He said to meet him here. I can smell burning. I said to go. Why aren’t agents of some verbs the same with agents of to-infinitive or gerund when they are objects? ...
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The Omission of an Object Before a Clause

In the sentence Find where I parked my car the object of this sentecne seems to be: Find (the place) where I parked my car. Can anyone tell me in this sentence why the object, the place, is omittable? ...
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Is “this pie hot” in “do you want this pie hot?” a non-finite clause?

Do you want this pie hot? (from the Cambridge Dictionary) Is “this pie hot” in “do you want this pie hot?” a non-finite clause or just a noun phrase?
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Comma before correlative conjunction not only ... but also

I'm doing an ACT practice problem, and I'm confused. In the sentence "Thousands of visitors from around the world travel to Siena during the summer, not only to witness the exciting race but also ...
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gave him the book to

a. I told my theory to him to test it in the lab. b. I shared my theory with him to test it in the lab. The idea is that I wanted him to test it in the lab. I told my theory to him/shared my theory ...
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Can we say 'I will give this dictionary to someone that wants to have it'?

The original sentence is: I will give this dictionary to whoever wants to have it. (1) Can we say: I will give this dictionary to someone that wants to have it. (2) Or: I will give this ...
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How Is This A subordinate Clause?

The instructor said that the sentence below contains a subordinate clause ("... if only for financial reasons."), but I feel that what is being called a 'subordinate clause,' is just a ...
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What is the difference between these noun clauses?

This comes from an exercise in one of Betty Azar's books. Do you know how many minutes there are in 24 hours? Do you know what the distance between the Earth and the Moon is? The question is, why can ...
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"that-clause" as relative clause vs as pronoun clause

I am confused by the difference between: It is contention about the consequence of an economic arrangement that is incompatible with the needs of any place. and It is contention about the ...
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Complex sentence without a dependent maker word?

To practice compound-complex sentences I write the following sentence: Two young people meet, finding that they are clicking with each other, and then they get married. I wonder if the first two ...
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Why did "whether or not" in second clause instead of first clause?

In Tenet (2020), Priya and Protagonist are talking about wounded Katherine: Protagonist: Assuming she makes it out alive, whether or not you feel she knows too much. Priya: I can't. Protagonist: If ...
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an attributive clause or adverbial clause?

They give me more time to spend as they see fit. Here, is “as they see fit” a attributive clause or a adverbial clause?
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Subject/Object , Wh clause (noun clause)

S1: The plumber is Ben. S2: Ben is the plumber. As here, The above two sentences are equivalent. So when we create wh- clause (noun clause) Which one is right I don’t know [who is Ben]. I don’t know [...
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in order to confess [closed]

a. He was tortured to confess to crimes he hadn't committed. b. He was tortured to make him confess to crimes he hadn't committed. c. He was tortured in order to confess to crimes he hadn't committed. ...
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One of my friends who

a. One of my friends who works at your office told me that. b. One of my friends, who works at your office, told me that. Are both sentences grammatically correct? Is the punctuation of both ...
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What does the ‘that which’ mean here?

This is a paragraph from the English version of ‘Ich und Du’ by Martin Buber published by Bloomsbury on page 19. Can anyone tell me what do the ‘that’ and ‘it’ in ‘with that which meets it’ refer to?
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where he can overcome

a. He is not a resourceful man, where he can overcome these obstacles. b. He is not a resourceful man, such that he can overcome these obstacles. c. He is not a resourceful man such that he can ...
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Is it possible to combine two sentences structured like this: if A then B. if no A then no B

The following two sentences seem redundant. How do I combine them into a single sentence? Shortcomings are actually valuable opportunities that enable you to explore your potentials. Without ...
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Can prepositions be directly followed by that-clauses?

As we know, many transitive verbs can be followed by that-clauses which serve as direct objects. I was told by our linguists that some prepositions such as "except, but, in" could be ...
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Would an adjective clause be considered part of a prepositional phrase?

For example: I'm looking for the man who killed my father. Is the object "the man" or is it "the man who killed my father"?
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Why does "a comma" exist between "to+infinitive clause" and "a relative clause" in this sentence?

In the link https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript, it is written We hold these truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their ...
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Restrictive and non-restrictive clauses

I have seen a few restrictive and non-restrictive clauses with no ‘that’ and ‘which’ respectively. For example: It’s a car I bought last year. The pen I bought today. To me, the sentences should be ...
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Can I use the combination "to-infinitive and relative clause" for the same noun in a row?

Can I use "to-infinitive and relative clause" in a row for the same noun? I have an example about it. The main sentence: The idea to make children happy that I always cared about, is ...
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Can I use a non-defining and defining clause for the same noun?

I'm curious if I can use a non-defining and defining clause/phrase in a row for the same noun in a sentence. For instance, I sold the ring, an expensive one, that I bought a few years ago. (I intend ...
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Compound parallel clauses

Context: "I couldn't sleep well because I felt insecure and everything was falling apart again." "I woke up fearing that I had lost my job and that she would leave me." "I ...
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What does "that" refer to in "... partnership between the workforce and management THAT continually focuses..."?

IHTIMAM is a process that creates a safety partnership between the workforce and management that continually focuses everyone's attention and actions on their own and others daily safety behavior. My ...
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Clause with how

I don't know how difficult it is to learn a new language I don't know how difficult to learn a new language is I don't know how difficult learning a new language is are these sentences ...
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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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