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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 is the type of this cluase?

what part of the sentence is embrace? She saw them embrace on the station platform. I expected it to be embracing.
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Which noun does the that-clause modify?

The leak detection algorithm is suggested based on rules, historical context, and user position that can manage to detect ten different forms of ingestion, such as normal, low, extreme, and anomalous ...
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Time and if clauses

In English we have time and if clauses. Provided you did it I will pay you Once you did it I will pay you Both are non-standard versions. I think one works ans makes sense because it is if clause ...
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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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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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Time clauses and using perfect tenses

When it comes to time clauses we can use either present perfect or present simple. For example "I will do it when he arrives or has arrived" have the same meaning. Yet, when it comes to some ...
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Can we use time clauses with present perfect continuous

I will do it you when you come I will do it when you are coming I will do it when you have come 1 means after or during my coming. 2 means during my coming. 3 means after my coming. What if I say &...
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If and time clauses

We are sometimes allowed to use "will" in if-clauses. For instance when "will" expresses willingness to do something If you will give me that, I will be happy = If you are willing ...
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What is the function of this clause in terms of grammar?

Today I encountered the sentence: "The drinkers at the other tables paused, glasses half-way to their lips, and stared with disbelief" What is the function of "glasses half-way to their ...
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Time clauses with different tenses

I know that we don't use future tenses after time clauses. I will do it when you will come That's why sentence number 1 is wrong What about present continuous and be going to I will do it when you ...
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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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Could I rewrite the sentence like this?

Yeah. There's an investigation being opened. And I haven't heard officially, but the French media is saying that there is, you know, there was renovation going on near the roof by the ceiling. ...
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Type of clause and correct usage in this example

It follows two sisters— one is devoted to her faith, the other breaks the community's strict rules. What would we class this type of clause ? (one is this, the other is this) What part is the main ...
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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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Imperative: how to distinguish independent clauses and a compound predicate?

Consider the following imperative-sentence structure Do 𝑋 and do 𝑌. (Source: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0067.html ) where I believe (but do not know this ...
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Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause?

Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause? "To get to New Zealand the fastest way" The whole sentence is... To get to New Zealand the fastest way, you will have to fly from ...
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"Despite the fact that x" <-- phrase, a clause, or phrase + a clause?

I know that “despite” is a preposition. However, I am confused about its role in the following sentence (and similar sentences that use “despite the fact that”): SENTENCE: Despite the fact that I was ...
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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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Omit the verb to be after the pronoun "one"

I have the following two sentences: I have two pens, one red and one black. I have two pens, one is red and one is black. I have some questions to ask: Are both sentences above grammatically ...
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What is the function of ‘before clause’ in the sentence?

When I was reading the book The Giver, I read the following sentences. There was a time, actually—you’ll see this in the memories later—when flesh was many different colors. That was before we ...
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Noun clause or adjective clause?

His dream that he will be a doctor came true. Here "that he will be a doctor" is which clause? Is it a noun clause or adjective clause?
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What does 'what they have intimated was a "beat-up"' mean here?

I was reading this article but couldn't grasp the meaning of this sentence. "Both Quinn and The Age have come in for criticism from contributors Tom Ryan and David Stratton on this blog over what ...
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Usage of "... such ... that ..."

Can the word "that" be the subject of the subordinate clause in sentences of the construction "... such ... that ..."? For example, I believe the sentence: "It was such a bad ...
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Use of comma before coordinating conjunction that starts a dependent clause

I have two suits, but I like neither. They were busy, but we weren't. One of his sons is married, and the other isn't. I was taught that a comma only precedes a coordinating conjunction if an ...
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Do I need to use definite article and commas in a defining relative clause?

Do I need to use 'the' instead of 'a' here? Are the punctuation marks correct? She gave him a reason. A reason, that was sufficient to burst a passion inside him so that he could reveal all his ...
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How should I frame these sentences?

If you would have told me I would have done it. I would mind if you wouldn't do it. I wouldn't mind if you would do it. If you wouldn't have told me I would have done it. Are there sentences correct?
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Role of "that" in "Where are some places in your neighborhood that people like to hang out?"

Where are some places in your neighborhood that people like to hang out? I think "that" introduces the subordinating adverb clause in the sentence above, and can be replaced with "where&...
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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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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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one or two sentences?

The following is a link to a CNN news story. https://www.facebook.com/cnninternational/videos/this-pool-loving-pup-cant-get-enough-time-in-the-water-see-his-reaction-to-getti/1414625682685648/ There ...
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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 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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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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Not sure if "see" is used intransitively or transitively

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged Much that dog and see won't he come along ―Horace Kephart Does the sentence mean If he won't come along, much that dog and see ("see&...
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Relative Clause Sentences I have a lot of work to do

I have a lot of work to do. = I have a lot of work that I must do. It is the same. I can't understand that. How?
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Comma before “and” separating two short independent math statements?

Consider a typical mathematical sentence defining two tuples: (s_i)_{i=1}^n and (t_i)_{i=1}^n: Let (s_i)_{i=1}^n = X (,) and (t_i)_{i=1}^n = Y. The parens around the comma mean that it's unclear ...
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Usage of "results" (from GRE)

Nylenna's study showed that errors in scientific manuscripts submitted for publication often escape reviewer's notice, results that were not _______: when Godlee conducted a study of the same ...
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does the "By + gerund" clause have a passive meaning?

I have a sentence similar to this one: Hibernate can validate your schema by setting the Hibernate property to validate Does it imply that Hibernate validates this schema because it (Hibernate) set ...
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Does it make any differences in meaning when the subordinate clause is at the end or beginning of the sentence?

Does it make any differences in meaning when the subordinate clause is at the end or beginning of the sentence? Example 1 Mom always makes sure Tom has food to eat before he leaves for school. ...
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Should "WHEN" be placed before the 1st part in this sentence? | "I was moving fast down a steep hill, when I took a tumble."

I was moving fast down a steep hill heading towards the village of Gifford for breakfast when I took a tumble. BBC -My brain cancer diagnosis was a total shock When you read the sentence, you ...
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Joining without Punctuation or Conjunction

There are sentences where two clauses are not joined by conjunction or punctuation. Notice the position of asterisk in below sentences where I "feel" empty/lack of conjunction or punctuation:...
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participle clause vs participle phrase

I'm often confused between this two terms participle clause and participle phrase used in English grammar.I've read through some websites about them but got further confused.To be honest,I don't ...
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The object of "than"

The excerpt below is from David Wyllie's translation of Kafka's The Metamorphosis: Was it really not enough to let one of the trainees make enquiries - assuming enquiries were even necessary - did ...
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joining phrase at correct place

I have following 2 statements. The convergences of topological relations of adjacent segments can be derived from graphs. The convergences allows reconstruction of object geometries with ...
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Why does the subordinate clause not have the verb “be”?

Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 4: The astonishment of the ladies was just what he wished; that of Mrs. Bennet perhaps surpassing the rest; though, when the first tumult of joy was over, she began to ...
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What is the function of the word "boats" in this sentence?

For instance, they can learn that boats float and can practice ways to make boats move across water. Is it a subject or an object (the bolded word)?
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It was creative to combine these two materials for a painting. - general past thing or single past event?

"It was creative to combine these two materials for a painting." Does this sentence have two interpretations? (1) Interpreted as a comment about a general thing. "Generally speaking, ...
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Which sentence is correct? (In spite of) [duplicate]

As the title has suggested, I'd like to know which sentence using "in spite of" is correct: John keeps working in spite of him feeling unwell. John keeps working in spite of his feeling ...
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Rules of punctuation [closed]

In the following sentence, I am not sure about the punctuation, nor am I too sure about the general shape and structure of it. It feels clumsy and poorly constructed sentence. Can anyone offer an ...
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Should I use comma or not in "She left my room, smiling"?

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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