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Questions tagged [extraposition]

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With it the play?

This introduction is taking forever. I wish they'd just get on with it the play. I just came across this sentence on this link Merriam Dictionary But is that sentence grammatically correct? I mean "...
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“I made it my prime objective settling the matter.” - unacceptable extraposition

Just saw this sentence marked as unacceptable in Quirke's Comprehensive Grammar (18.35 Extraposition of a clausal object): *I made it my prime objective settling the matter The full bit: I don't ...
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Does 'yield' still agree with 'the subject' in 'measures can be undertaken that yield/s positive outcomes?

Good day, does 'yield' still agree with the 'subject' in the following sentence? The place of the modal verb 'can' is confusing. Some people contend that measures can be undertaken that yields ...
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Are both sentences completely the same in meaning?

It's good to stay active. (vs) To stay active is good. I've learned that both sentences are completely the same. That because "it" is the 'expletive it' and indicate "to stay active" in grammar. ...
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Expletive it: reference to they/them

Which of these is used correctly? It were them. It was them. It was they. It were they. I actually think the "it" is an expletive indicator so noun is whether them or they and since both are plural, ...
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Reduced relative clause extraposition

I wrote: In PerTreebank each element of a compound verb is shown separately and is attached to a phrasal category named MV Could I write it as: In PerTreebank each element of a compound verb is ...
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The structure of the sentence

It takes the earth a little more than 365 days to travel around the sun. According to the sentence, I think the structure of it like the following: It = Preparatory "it" takes = Verb the earth = ...
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It is + adjective + wh clause

It is funny how you say that. It is amazing what you did. It is terrible why it happened. Those sentences have same structure: It is + adjective + wh clause. My question is, is it always ...
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Quote from a book published in 1899- Incorrect grammar or change in language over time?

I have the following quote from The Theory of the Leisure Class, published in 1899: The close-cropped lawn is beautiful in the eyes of a people whose inherited bent it is to readily find pleasure ...
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This was a conference which it was her duty to attend

This was a conference which it was her duty to attend. I would like to ask why there is in the above sentence used the pronoun it. Is that sentence a relative clause?
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Can an “if-clause” be used as an extraposed subject?

When a subject is a whether-clause, it can be extraposed: [Whether (or not) he comes] makes no difference.  (basic version) It makes no difference [whether (or not) he comes].  (extraposed) The ...
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Is this 'that' placed right?

Then I noticed a small plate of complimentary marshmallows near Chloe’s elbow and it suddenly seemed clear that I didn’t love Chloe so much as marshmallow her. What it was about a marshmallow that ...
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It Was Noticed That

Is this correct use of extraposition: It was noticed that some students struggled in math. standard English? Could it be wrong?