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Questions tagged [parsing]

This tag is for questions about the form, function, and syntactic relationships of each word in a sentence.

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How to understand “I had two try”

"You're not the first one who's had trouble with money," said Mr. Roberts, scrutinizing Mr. Weasley closely. "I had two try and pay me with great gold coins the size of hubcaps ten minutes ago." I ...
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Why is it “gains to trade” instead of “gains in trade” or “gains of trade”?

Standard economic theory (i.e., the Heckscher-Ohlin model) provides the sharp prediction that with perfect factor mobility, gains to trade flow to the abundant factors, such as unskilled labor in ...
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Is “use” a noun in “the need for use unsupervised overseas”?

Furthermore, the need for secrecy was tempered not only by the need for use unsupervised overseas but by the desire to use maps and charts to legitimate territorial claims, a function they could not ...
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How to understand this sentence: “This clipped, the final section to the belay is relaxing by comparison.”

This clipped, the final section to the belay is relaxing by comparison. (source) This is a sentence from Longman Dictionary. I am having a hard time parsing and making sense of it. There is no ...
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How to make “can you tell me guys” with respect?

I am writing mail for my seniors. I want to ask something like, Can you tell me guys which port I have to use? How to make this word as polite?
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Is this sentence missing the relative pronoun “that”?

He will support whichever candidate wins. (source) This sentence strikes me as missing a relative pronoun. I thought it should read: He will support whichever candidate that wins. Per relative ...
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“Four-star verbal commits”

Early in the morning, the Ducks signed four-star verbal commits Jalen Hall and Isaah Crocker. (source) I find this sentence very strange and difficult to parse. Is "commit" being used as a noun, with ...
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I don't understand grammar and meaning 'to hate did not back down'

I don't understand grammar 'to hate did not back down' and meaning of whole sentence. Is it special style of the news? President Trump’s favorite news outlet to hate did not back down from the ...
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Which part is modified?

I'd like to know which part of the sentence is modified by the "to infinitive" enclosed in parentheses? Facebook's free Wi-Fi plan includes not only drones, but also low earth orbit satellites and ...
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Who does 'who' refer to?

Tom plays basketball daily unlike Sam, who is a very busy man Is the above sentence correct? So 'who' always relates to 'Sam' or the nearest noun (& not Tom)?
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Difficulties in interpreting this question

Have you ever been employed by or done any type of work, such as consulting or contract work for any financial services institution in Australia or elsewhere such as a bank, building society or ...
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Parsing “Moving Mountains”

I found an album named "Moving Mountains" and I was wondering how I was supposed to understand it. To me there are two meanings: The action of moving mountains Mountains that can move by themselves ...
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Parsing …, I must say

“I see you are not to be distracted. Very well, the Stone. Professor Quirrell did not manage to take it from you. I arrived in time to prevent that, although you were doing very well on your own, ...
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Subclausal negation and clausal negation: “not an uncommon mistake” vs. “a not uncommon mistake”

I'm confused about distinguishing the meaning difference in scope of negation. This is a common mistake. This is an uncommon mistake. I know that (1) means the mistake occurs often, ...
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Help to understand the structure: why before the needles returned, shredding my thoughts

I AWOKE WITH NEEDLES in my brain. Thousands of them, biting, blocking out everything. Then they disappeared for one dizzying moment and I got my bearings. It was morning, early; amber sunlight poured ...
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Which is the main verb and object of this sentence here?

He makes me do the work. I don't understand which is the main verb here. I know that "make" is a causative verb in this sentence but which is the main verb? Is it make or do? and which is the main ...
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How to parse this sentence? “Prices then gave way to concern driving activity will be reduced for days to come.”

I am having a hard time parsing this sentence from a Longman Dictionary page: Prices then gave way to concern driving activity will be reduced for days to come. It seems a run-on sentence. Is the ...
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How to parse “people everywhere”?

What's the correct way to parse the following sentence? People everywhere are celebrating the landing of the Apollo 11 mission. On the one hand, everywhere typically acts as an adverb and is ...
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Parsing verbs as object

How do you parse run across the street below? I saw him (run across the street).
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Understanding “Conformity is a virtue, creativity suspect, humor forbidden, and voice mute”

Legal writing, because of the purposes it serves, is necessarily ruled by linear logic, creating a path without diversions, surprises, or reversals. Conformity is a virtue, creativity suspect, ...
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What type of phrase is “Beyond a doubt” here?

Beyond a doubt this man is honest. "Beyond a doubt" seems to be a phrase here and I believe it's a noun phrase, but I'm told it's not. Its a adverb phrase how? What is it?
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What does the word “potential” describe, “products” or “impact”?

Has an assessment been conducted to evaluate potential products impact due to this nonconformity? This is a sentence written by an American . I would like to know what does the word “potential” ...
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Is this a modifier in this sentence?

Perhaps most far reaching, California is prepared to expose the extent to which low-wage employers get a free ride on taxpayers. In this sentence, is 'perhaps most far reaching' is a modifier? If so,...
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To classify and parse: <The> book is a hit

The book is a hit. I'll classify the as a determiner, and parse it as an adjective modifying book. Is that correct?
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Adverbial Phrases in linking verb sentences

The weather during summer can be very hot in Libya. During summer, the weather can be very hot in Libya. The weather can be very hot in Libya during summer. The weather can be very hot during summer ...
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Parts of Speech of: come+ verbing

He came walking He came waving both hands He came yelling And They left crying Do you parse walking, waving, yelling and crying as verbs? If not, what would you parse them as? Edit: ...
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Noun phrases without participles as absolutes: behind those high twigs, their leaves leathery green on top

My earliest childhood memory is of the swaying limbs of Golden Delicious apple trees. Rows of them stood next to a dirt road that separated our orchard from the front yard. The Kentucky ...
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In this sentence, is the word “dominating” adjective or gerund?

there are three decades of evidence that dominating instruction with a system of controlling external rewards may contribute to inferior learning In this sentence, is the word "dominating" an ...
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How to parse “less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% ”

I've been struggling to parse the following sentence from the UK petition to implement EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum. We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a ...
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Please help me to give me sentence structure(grammar) detail

Please help me to give me sentence structure detail as following Nothing I did would ever satisfy my father.** Like "did" <-- is it emphasizing word , it like I "do" have a problem isn'...
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Can't understand grammatical role of a particular clause from a sentence from Shardik by Richard Adams

Along the foot of a tilted, red rock a porcupine came nosing and grubbing. It broke open a tiny shelter of sticks and some meagre, round-eared little creature, all eyes and bony limbs, fled across ...
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“As X, so Y” - Difficulties in parsing of a sentence

As a fire burns with a murmur of flames, with the intermittent crack of exploding knots in the logs and the falling and settling of coal, so on the forest floor the hours of dusky light consumed ...
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what does derive real mean?

Social learning, informal learning and social networking have become some of the hottest buzzwords in the learning industry today. The social concept in its entirety is being touted as the next best ...
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How to parse “contango at prompt”?

Here's an extract of a professional newsletter in the petroleum industry. It concerns the cost of crude oil in relation to storage capacity. “The cost of storage in the U.S. is high today because ...
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Meaning of “but is otherwise ignored”

Any exception thrown by the {@code finalize} method causes the finalization of this object to be halted, but is otherwise ignored. The first clause says, the finalization of this object could be ...
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The use of “stand emphasizing”

I asked a duplicated question in another SE site. A native speaker left the following comment: It is somewhat of a duplicate, but the answer to this question, while given in the accepted answer ...
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What is being “loaded in” in this sentence?

Here is a quote from "Chapter 3: Processes" of the third edition of "Understanding the Linux Kernel: From I/O Ports to Process Management" by Bovet and Cesati: The steps performed by the [...
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meaning of a complex sentence

From the University of Alabama "Application for Admission", as of February 2016: At the time of your entry to UA, will you have been separated from the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or ...
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Is 'we saw that when S+V, at the same time that S+V' grammatically correct?

We saw that when Chinese warships turned up off the coast of Alaska, within U.S. territorial waters, at the same time that President Obama was on the ground here. quoted from CNN student news ...
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What's the role and meaning of 'pin' in this context?

In yesterday’s central committee meeting of the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), party members approved an initiative for nomination reforms, which embattled Chairman Moon ...
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Present participle or relative clause: “writing this thing” in “You did too good of a job writing this thing”

You did too good of a job writing this thing. It is understood that "writing" is not a reduced relative clause which modifies job. The anchored subject of "writing" is clearly "you". Then what is the ...
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What does “great” modify in “A great American consulting firm official”?

A great American consulting firm official What does this "great" modify? Could it modify "consulting firm?" I think it can only modify "official". If it can modify "firm", then it should be A ...
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Make exception for (X) in (Y)

I've tried to parse this statement, but it was really hard, and neither I can understand it: An office culture that makes exceptions for remote people results in second-class citizenship, putting a ...
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How can I parse “I’m tired is all”?

I’m tired is all. How can I parse this?
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structure and meaning of “it was the most static the city has been since its founding”

The following is a part of an article about the linguistic diversity of New York City by Ross Perlin: The great migrations, increasingly diverse till early 20th century, came to a sudden halt with ...
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find out on something

Example: French archaeologist Francois Bordes interpreted variations in stone tool remains as evidence of different groups of people who existed in the past. American archaeologist Lewis Binford, ...
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What is the understood subject of the subordinate clause “to address the issue this fall” in these sentences?

What is the understood subject of the subordinate clauses in bold below? The White House framed the announcement from the world’s two largest polluters ahead of a landmark U.N. conference to ...
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Parsing “following as it did close on the great Pan-Anglican Congress”

The fifth Lambeth Conference, following as it did close on the great Pan-Anglican Congress, is remarkable mainly as a proof of the growth of the influence and many-sided activity of the Anglican ...
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What terms do linguists use when they parse the sentence below?

I'm trying to learn grammar using Internet tutorials, and it appears to be the consensus that sentences consist of a subject, verb, and often an object. And in the simple examples provided by the ...
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Is this “copper” a verb or a noun? — “[The ideal choice] would seem to be copper itself.”

what is the place of this word "copper" in the following sentence? The ideal choice, when isotopic composition is used to investigate the source of copper ore, would seem to be copper itself. verb ...