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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Expletive there

"__________ twelve million immigrants entered the United States via Ellis Island." (A) More than (B) There were more than In the above, I understand the correct one is (A). However, if &...
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Which clause is in bold below?

Davidson’s article is one of a number of pieces that have recently appeared making the point that the reason we have such stubbornly high unemployment and declining middle-class incomes today is ...
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Clause type after "to"

What is the type of the following bold clause, please? The woman said nothing but only gestured Jim to follow her.
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What's the meaning of the following sentence/clause(when the fit was on him)?

When the fit was on him,he would shoe a horse better than anyone. Is the sentence grammatical? What is the meaning of the clause "when the fit was on him"? I am facing a lot of difficulties ...
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""No matter how good a life we try to live..." or "However good a life we try to live ...." or "How much ever a good life we try to live...."

Suppose, we want to say that everyone will face some kind of suffering in life and there is no avoiding - unfortunately. And even if you try hard to avoid it, you won't be able to escape suffering. So,...
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Adverbial clause of purpose

I read in some grammar book that "If the verb in the main clause is in the present tense we use 'will, can, may' in the adverbial clause of purpose and if it is in the past tense we use 'would, ...
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'swear' with 'that clauses' and 'infinitives'

When the word swear means promise strongly to do something we can use either a noun clause or an infinitive after it: I swear I will not tell anyone. I swear to seek revenge. What if we use phrases ...
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Adverbial participle clause or gerund

Often times I don't have any problem with interpreting or speaking but I do wonder about the function of this reduction. The example sentence is as follows; You can have all the beer you want then, ...
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Can I reduce these sentences

The boy who lives in Kolkata is my brother. Can I reduce it to The boy living in Kolkata is my brother. Ram, who works in your company, is a good boy. Can I reduce it to Ram, working in your ...
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How can I put a noun from a that-clause before the main sentence?

Example: You told me that the cup had been broken. I want put 'the cup' before 'You', But it's in a that-clause. The cup that you told me (that) had been broken is... Why the 'that' before 'had' ...
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Is In its stead a clause?

I'm paraphrasing my sentences in example but : I don’t miss an establishment that profits from the poor. In its stead; I hold fond memories of noun, noun, and noun. Am I using 'In its stead' correctly?...
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Confused about which meaning is to choose

Let's look at the following sentence. Working hard, Ram will definitely succeed. I think the sentence could have two meanings. There is a condition that if Ram works hard , he will definitely succeed....
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Should I use comma or not

Suppose a girl left my room and while leaving, she was smiling. Then which of the following should I use? 1. She left my room smiling. Or 2. She left my room, smiling. Should I use comma ? Actually ...
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Can I omit 'why' and 'how' from these sentences [closed]

Is the reduction of these two sentences correct? 1.The reason why I'm single is I'm very shy. The reason I'm single is I'm very shy. 2.The way how he talks is so impressive. The way he talks is so ...
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"Considers" or "will consider" after "when"?

In this sentence: If he goes to therapy regularly and does not isolate himself, he will reach a moment when he considers with self-satisfaction that he is on the right path. the word corrector ...
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This case in the CGEL puzzles me

In the CGEL(Quirk et al), the case below puzzles me because an adverb phrase or a prepositional phrase rarely serves as subject. 10.15 Adverbial forms as subject: (1) Slowly is exactly how he speaks. ...
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A particular use of That- clause in 'The Alchemist'

The levanter increased in intensity, Here I am, between my flock and my treasure, the boy thought. He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have. There ...
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I am confused about the correct use of "what" in this sentence

Is the sentence below a correct sentence? If so, what kind of a sentence is this, and what is the role of the word "what" in this sentence? Is this sentence supposed to be an exclamatory ...
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What are the syntactic structures of these three clauses?

I'm working on a project in which I take sentences and clauses from utterances and distinguish their syntactic structure (declarative, interrogative, imperative). I've encountered three clauses that ...
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How should I understand this sentence from Knausgaard's My Struggle?

If we lay close together our physical range was not much to brag about either, any given sea lion would be more voluminous. Could anyone explain the comma usage in this sentence? Is there should be a ...
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something to make you angry

a. Tom must have done something to make you angry. b. Tom must have done something so that you got angry. c. Tom must have done something for you to get angry. I think there are two possibilities here....
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"as if " clause versus "if" clause

Suppose I know he was ill yesterday. Here are two examples referring to unreality. He behaved as if he was not ill. if he had not been ill, we would have had a nice time yesterday. Why we must use &...
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the man known around here as "Tall Bobby" who is

a. I talked to the man known around here as 'Tall Bobby' who is the mayor of the town. If there is only one man known around here as 'Tall Bobby', don't we have to have a comma before 'who'? b. I ...
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"Which one is the best" vs. "which one the best is"

I am writing a paragraph like this: There are mainly three ways to check which type a given value is. In this post, I am going to cover what they are, when to use them, and, in my opinion, which one ...
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Is the preceding clause omitted between 'and' and 'not always'?

That is, if I rewrite the first sentence... "On the other hand, AI and digital technologies are already disrupting the traditional view of democracy, and [AI and digital technologies are already ...
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How could the phrase "Great is something" be right?

In some game, the narrator said: "Great is the weapon that cuts on its own" I can't get it, how could this clause be grammatically right, the issue is in the part "Great is the", ...
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A long sentence to analyse

I have read a long sentence today in the article "The Universality of Science and International Cooperation" by Carlo Rubbia (The Universality of Science and International Cooperation): It ...
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"If necessary " in clause of condition

If necessary, you can contact me on the weekend. Some information of the subordinate clause is omitted. How does "if+ adjective" work? Is there a rule?
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Is omitting a repeated subject and predicate in attributive clauses ok?

Can I omit the conjunction, the subject, and the auxiliary verb in this attributive clause in (1) I had returned the book (which I had) borrowed from library. to produce (2): I had returned the ...
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"When" in adverbial clauses

He was watching TV when I came in. I came in when he was watching TV. As we know, simple or continuous verb forms can be used in when-clauses. It seems the second example is semantically different ...
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is an idiot for talking to you like that

a. He is an idiot for talking to you like that. b. He is angry for having been mistreated. c. He is exhausted for working hard. I think (a) is perfectly natural. (b) seems to work, but is not ...
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How to understand the structure of 'capable' in this sentence?

I am reading an article 'Izmir Province' on Wikipedia, there is a sentence that I could not understand. "The greater Izmir region produces 20% of Turkey’s wind power from wind turbines capable ...
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Getting rid of non-restrictive clause in the end of a sentence

I try to understand if there a better way to structure the following sentence: Note that if min-width is greater than width or max-width, it overrides them, both. // results to 300 px width: 100px; ...
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What is the difference between 'somebody who doing' and 'somebody who be doing'?

I am constructing some sentences. She is now the one who steering the company Hairson. She is now the one who is steering the company Hairson. I find it both correct to use either 'somebody who is ...
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that-clause following "make sure"

The following is an excerpt from CNN. Ameera is a character in a puppet show. I'm wondering how the that-clause following the dash connects to the preceding text. “Ameera is a really fun and cool ...
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to like something very much (of an animal)

Cows usually like to sit on the soil and they feel comfortable compared to a hard floor. And they feel anxiety if they are made to rest on a hard surface. But if there is soil, they feel it good. ...
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such that nobody would see him

a. He went into the room such that nobody would see him. b. The wind blew such that the vase on the window ledge was knocked over. In (a), 'such that' expresses intention. His intention was not to be ...
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Why are there two “is”’s in: Why is yawning is contagious?

A NY Times article contains this question: Why is yawning is contagious? Why are there two “is”’s in this sentence? Similarly for these sentence fragments: ... as far as the freak was concerned was ...
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What punctuation should I use to connect "I was reminded of something Sara had said" and "that people are often..."?

There's a sentence I wanted to write but I don't know which punctuation mark goes between these clauses: "I was reminded of something Sara had said" and "that people are often..." ...
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Which sentence is correct? with "it" or without "it"

The afterlife is a life that some people believe it begins when a person dies. The afterlife is a life that some people believe begins when a person dies. Which one is correct? The correct sentence ...
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Is it neccessary to add the subject "she" in "and had"?

Lisa used to be shy and have few friends. Lisa used to be shy and had few friends. In the first example, and conects two infinitives to be and to have. I think, in the second example, it is better ...
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A second essential function vision serves is to facilitate major changes. Is the sentence grammatical?

I came across this sentence and am not sure whether it is grammatical. It looks like the clause "a second essential function vision serves" functions as a subject and is embedded into the ...
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What is a noun clause?

That was she woke up in the middle of the night. Is the clause [she woke up in the middle of the night] a noun clause? Thank you.
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Are non-identifying clauses always preceded by names?

This information I got from Oxford Grammar by M. Swan, tells me that the difference between identifying and non-identifying clauses is just whether the topic that the speakers are talking about is ...
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“You realize” at end of sentence

“This is why you’re here you realize” or “This is why you’re here,you realize.” I realize that “you realize” could be fronted and resolve this issue. But I’m trying to figure out what part of grammar “...
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Difficulty in understanding independent clause

In case of an independent clause, I am having difficulty in understanding a sentence. About clauses what I know is: Definition: They are groups of words that contain a subject and a verb or they are ...
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Can SO be immediately followed by a main verb?

He often comes and plays with us. You can stay or go with us. She missed the bus, so ran all the way to school. The first two examples are fine, but the third one seems weird and ungrammatical. Is ...
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Is that an attributive clause?

I see a long sentence in the webpage https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1691493/000169149316000002/xslFormDX01/primary_doc.xml In the bottom line: This undertaking does not affect any limits ...
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What difference does adding 'who is' make in the meaning of the sentence?

A person who is willing to do the job would say yes easily. Or A person willing to do the job would say yes easily. Are both the sentences grammatically sound ? What difference does adding 'who is' ...
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What kind of clause is operating here?

In this sentence: This underlines once more what a disastrous act of aggression the war in Iraq was. In essence: "This shows what a disaster it was". "what [...] was" doesn't ...
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