Questions tagged [content-clauses]

This tag is for questions about content clauses. One of the most common content clauses is that-clauses let by "that" in the patterns of "verb + that-clause" or "it is ... that-clause". Indirect questions are also content clauses.

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Mixed conditionals?? (1st and 3rd?)

I came across these sentences and I couldn't determine which type of conditional they were. If you didn't go to the last meeting, you won't be allowed in the next one. If you didn't like that car, ...
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'a way that no one could have predicted'

Is "that no one could have predicted" a relative clause modifying the noun "way"? Events unfolded in a way that no one could have predicted.
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What's the use of "that" in this case?

What's the difference between the two? You know that it is true. You know it is true. Are those the same perfectly in conversation?
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Without it being a come-on [closed]

I was watching the movie "when harry met sally " and I had a trouble to understand this highlighted part of their conversation. Thank in advance. Sally: Amanda is my friend. Harry: So? Sally: ...
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can we "discover that the house will have been haunted"?

Are the following sentences grammatical? They will discover that the house will have been haunted. They discover that the house will have been haunted. They discovered that the house will ...
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Why is Jack's answer sharp?

'Well, Jack, and where are you off to?' said the man. 'I'm going to market to sell our cow there.' 'Oh, you look the proper sort of chap to sell cows,' said the man; 'I wonder if you know how many ...
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Relative clauses with prepositions

I'd like to know if the following sentence is correct: I took care of where you will sleep. On one hand, the part of where sounds strange to me, but on the other hand, I can't think of a grammar ...
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Excluding 'that' and 'have' in "We are confident (that) this will be the best treatment you (have) ever experienced"

When you are promoting a product that the consumer has not used yet, would you include or exclude the words between parentheses in the phrase below? I’m not a native English speaker, and the more I ...
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ensure that one will/ or without will

I got two sentences below: Steve's boss will personally supervise to ensure that they will complete an important project by Monday. Steve's boss will personally supervise them to ensure that they ...
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I suggest that he study/studied medicine

I suggest that he study/studied medicine. Suggest is the present form of verb. So according to it, the sentence should have study rather than studied. Studied is basically past form of the verb. But ...
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"We asked because of what she laughed" - why is the sentence wrong?

We asked because of what she laughed. This sentence is supposed to be grammatically wrong. Why is it so? What is the correct version?
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"the distinction of ..." or "the distinction that..."

The following is August 13's SAT question of the day. Part or all of the following sentence is bold typed; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the bold typed material. Select the option ...
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"What makes her laugh IS ..." or "What makes her laugh ARE ..." - plural or singular?

Sometimes I get confused by the usage of "what" as a pronoun. Specifically, I am not sure if "what" stands for "the thing that" or for "the things that" or for both. For example, which of the ...
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who is this VS. who this is

I don't know who this is I don't know who is this Though I know the first one is more acceptable, especially grammatically, eventually, I want to raise the following question: We could use the second ...
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How can one live happily vs How one can live happily?

How can one live happily How one can live happily What is grammatically correct from the above two sentences and also let me know meaning for both the sentences.
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What have we done that you should be so angry with us? - "that" clause of result?

Can "that" introduce an adverbial clause of result? Do the following sentences sound natural to you? 1a: What have we done that you should be so angry with us? 1b: “Are you starving that you must ...
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Can a predicative clause be simplified to a gerund structure since both of them could be used as a predicative?

Can a predicative clause be simplified to a gerund structure since both of them could be used as a predicative? Do "My idea is that the child should be sent to school" and "My idea is the child being ...
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