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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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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! ...
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Present continuous in past tense

Is the below sentence correct? "The sound of his footsteps echoed the walls, signalling his arrival." The part before the comma is in past tense(echoed) and the part after the comma is in present ...
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If we tell them the truth they wouldn't believe us

If we tell them the truth they wouldn't believe us Is this construction correct in English? I mean, for conditional sentences, the rule is If+past tense/would +infinitive, but here, can we also use ...
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do wrong to someone or do someone wrong

In the phrase 'do someone a wrong', can we place the indirect object later? i.e. Forgive the one whoever does wrong to you. Or is it necessary to keep the indirect object first; i.e. Forgive ...
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Analayse this noun phrase

I need help to analayse the structure of noun phrase in bold letters: "The fact that they came back with the geolocators was supposed to be the great success of this season" Any suggestions? I'm ...
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Clauses, same structure but different results

What he did to the company to cause employees to resign is unforgivable. In this sentence , i bolded the noun clause, and the entire sentence is considered correct with clear meaning. He made a ...
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understand structure and meaning of noun phrase

Need recognition occurs when an individual senses a difference between what he or she perceives to be the ideal versus the actual state of affairs. I bolded the noun phrase "what her or she perceives ...
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When do we put a comma before “so that”?

I am not sure where I got the idea that a comma must be added before "so that", but I have been doing this for a while now, and now I realized it might be ungrammatical, or is it? When would you add a ...
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Not repeating the negation for the second clause

On world building meta I came across this sentence: Now I truly believe that those that ask in this manner are not actually lazy and just expect us to do their work for them. How is this sentence ...
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noun phrase and infinitive

He is asked to investigate [what the police believe to be the root of the crime (to discover the truth.)] The first infinitive to be the root of the crime, the understood subject is what, right? Can ...
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The time will come when your dream (will?) come true

According to Swan Practical English Usage (Don't say it! 130 common mistakes, page:xxvi); Don't say / write: I will phone you when I will arrive. Say / write: I will phone you when I arrive. ...
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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)...