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"I read <more> books <more> than magazines." — parsing

(1a) I read books more than magazines. — correct "More" in (1a) modifies "read". (1b) I read books more than I do/did magazines. — correct Since (1b) exists, then "than" ...
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Is an adverb fit for this sentence/phrase?

In the NY Times headline: "The Fight to Save New York’s Extravagantly ’80s Subway Entrance" is the adverb Extravagantly a correct use there? shouldn't it be Extravagant instead?
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"Go" a punctual verb?

Is the word "to go" a punctual verb? I don't think so because we can say: It took him five days to go to xxx. But why we can't say: I have been going to New York for five days ( ...
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what-clause, which-clause

I'm listening to a lecture about an asteroid impact in Wilkes Land in eastern Antarctica that caused Permian extinction. Here is part of the transcript: We're not certain that the mascon there - what ...
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Understanding descriptions from novel

From the beginning of House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds Chimneys and turrets, belvederes and clock towers punctuated the haphazard, dinosaur-backed roofline. Some parts of the house were only one or ...
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Is "worsening" an adjective in this ocntext? [closed]

The headline in NY times is: "Why Climate Change Makes It Harder to Fight Fire With Fire Worsening wildfires have led officials to embrace planned fires to thin forests ahead of disaster. But the ...
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What is "Them" related to in this text?

in the NY times headline I found this: "Traffic deaths in New York City have risen to the highest level in eight years. A new campaign aims to shock them into slowing down." what is "...
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'He walked off embarrassed and sad'

He walked off embarrassed and sad. (I can't remember where I found this sentence as I then just noted it without citing the source to ask later). 'Embarrassed' and 'sad' are functioning as Subjective ...
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How to use a gerund+infinitive structure like "trying to win"

While reading a book, I met a sentence with a curious grammar construction which got me utterly confused. Here it is : There is a curious corollary to the principle of trying to win the big pots ...
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Function of "as" in "Something is as what we would like it to be"

Today I've come across an English sentence that is "Something is as we would like it to be." According to English grammar and the context, I think "as" there can only be an adverb ...
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In the sentence "The table was set for lunch" is "set" a verb or an adjective?

The table was set for lunch I want to see if this is a passive sentence. I think if the word "set" is a verb it is passive, but if “set” is an adjective it would be an active one.
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phrases that work as verb or verbal phrases working as adjective?

In the example: 1 - "The most beautiful and perfect experiences of my life all happened when I was trippin' balls." I belive "trippin' balls" is a reference to some thing being ...
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What does "in abundance" modify in "These dogs have silliness in abundance"?

These dogs have silliness in abundance. What does "in abundance" modify? Is it "have" or "silliness" Someone told me that it modifies a noun, but I don't agree. Is there ...
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Are "open" and "empty" adverbs in "The food bins are broken open and empty."?

The food bins are broken open and empty. The words "open" and "empty" in the above mentioned sentence seem like adjectives, but in another sense they modify the verb "broken&...
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Syntax.Analysis of the sentence

She didn’t want to hear that this was the platform he usually sat on to wait for the cheaper train, she didn’t want to become part of his ri-diculous pattern of commuting from this new home to get ...
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Syntactic analysis of the sentence

He lay still for a long time in the foreign softness of the bed, unable to figure out where he was. Can you help me with this sentence? I understand that still is certainly an adverb, but is ' for a ...
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Role of 'that' in this sentence?

I am recently reading an English book to improve my English skills. In the book I am now reading, there is a sentence, There is nothing Hypnos and Morepheus can do to soothe your aching body, to calm ...
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What does "since" refer to in this text?

The sentence is: A bygone sweetheart is an early romantic interest remembered by someone who's since lived a long life. Is the "since' referring to the moment of remembrance of "early ...
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What is the syntactic function of the phrase 'in a tribe' (and it's constituents) in the sentence 'We live in a tribe.'?

Also, would it be the same if we say 'We live in a city.' or 'We live in a society.'? What kind of verb is live here?
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What are the subjects and predicates of the clauses in "There is the mountain that we are going to climb."?

What would be the subjects and the predicates of the following sentence: There is the mountain that we are going to climb. Independent clause: There is the mountain Dependent clause: that we are ...
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What is the function of the word "possible" in "interpret this information in the quickest way possible"?

This is where most people are impeded from being an iconoclast. For example, when confronted with information streaming from the eyes, the brain will interpret this information in the quickest way ...
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What is "more carefully than I do" in "My wife drives more carefully than I do", grammatically?

Consider this sentence: My wife drives more carefully than I do. I want to understand the grammatical role of the phrase, more carefully than I do Is it an adverb, and adverb phrase, an adverb ...
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Should I rephrase this sentence? [closed]

Sun always rises, and it always rises from the East. This is what I’m trying to convey. Sun always rises from the East. Can I just say like this, or should I rephrase it under the consideration ...
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predicate identification

What are the subject and predicate of the following sentence? Is it grammatically correct? If not, how would you fix it? The Castle Fire ignited in August when dry brush sparked by a lightning storm ...
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to be more responsive

I think we need to recognize leaders when they reverse course to be more responsive to what public-health authorities say is necessary to protect people. Source: Nature Chelsea Clinton urges global ...
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What is the subject of “With great power comes great responsibility.”?

With great power comes great responsibility. What is the subject of the sentence? Is “With great power” the subject? Could you please give me more sentences written in that grammar?
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What parts of speech are "together" and "at the park"?

What parts of speech do you think 'together' and 'at the park' are and what do they describe in this sentence: Nobody saw Anna and John together at the park. I'm thinking 'together' is a adverb, and ...
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the usage of "behold" here confuses me [closed]

On the rooftop behold a 300-meter landscape garden divided into zones including a 'pause area' for quiet contemplation. Since behold means see, I would write: On the rooftop we can behold a 300-meter ...
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What does the phrase "Oh won't you bring me all the things I need" from the song mean?

What does the phrase "Oh won't you bring me all the things I need" from the song mean? And what is the grammar behind it? The verse is: Oh won't you bring me all the things I need Like ...
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the replanning and rebuilding of cities to stem

The nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries saw devastating outbreaks of cholera, typhoid, typhus and influenza in European cities. Physicians such as Jon Snow, from England, and Rudolf Virchow, of ...
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What part of speech does "submitting" belong to in "I have finished submitting..."?

My question is - what part of the speech does "submitting" belong to in the following statement: I have finished submitting my assignment. Note: I am aware that this is a poorly ...
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In the sentence "I went home because it was getting late." the part of "it was getting late" is the sentence pattern S - TV - DO or S - LV - PA?

So, in the sentence "I went home because it was getting late." Is the the sentence pattern of "it was getting late" is (Subject - Transitive Verb - Direct Object) or (Subject - ...
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I need help in parsing this sentence

Cast as eavesdropper and voyeur by Iago, Othello imagines and thus constitutes a sexual encounter and pleasure that excludes him, and a Desdemona as whore instead of fair angel. Does the sentence ...
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parsing: sighed with relief that .

I'm wondering whether "that it was all over" is a clausal object of "sigh" or an appositive clause attached to "relief." She sighed with relief that it was all over.
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What is this structure called in English grammar?

A rush of blood to the head, and X committed hara-kiri. This is how a cricket commentator once described a batsman who stepped out of the crease and attempted to loft the ball into the stands; ...
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What is the grammatical structure of “I woke up tired”?

I woke up tired. I grew up rich. Can someone explain the position and functions of the adjectives tired, rich, poor in these sentences? Aren't adjectives supposed to always precede or succeed a noun ...
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Parsing "I was in the soup now good."

I came across this sentence in an article by John McPhee but I'm unable to parse it. Could you please help me parse it? The sentence reads By the end of 1945, I had passed the point of no return. I ...
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Where is the main clause in "Like when I put a dead goldfish into Dr. Green's fish tank"?

I admit it. I did a lot of things when I was younger that maybe I shouldn't have. Like when I put a dead goldfish into Dr. Green's fish tank. My question is Is "like" a conjunction word in ...
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What does “never” modify in “I am never late”?

I need help with the sentence: I am never late. What does the adverb “never” modify in that sentence? Does it modify the verb to be or does it modify the adjective?
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raise money to do

The fundraising committee, chaired by Charles Stoddard and including Dr. G.P. Twitchell, Judge F.N. Thompson, Frank P. Forbes, and Walter S. Carson, successfully raised enough money to construct the ...
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Parsing the sentences "Let's {go/go and/go to} try it."

Let's go try it. I know the above sentence is quite correct grammatically because I have heard it spoken on numerous occasions. Could anyone please parse it for me? Also, what's the problem with ...
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Parse "take it easy" "take it seriously"? [duplicate]

In "take it easy", "easy" is an adjective. In "take it seriously", "seriously" is an adverb. I'm baffled. Why not "take it easily"? Using an adverb to ...
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structure of ‘worth of’

Is “billions of dollars worth of satellites” (without an apostrophe after dollars) grammatically incorrect? In the fragment “billions of dollars’ worth of”, is my analysis of the syntax (below) ...
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What is the subject of this sentence?

Go home now! home go you While 'you' isn't in the sentence, it was picked as the subject. Is 'you' the correct answer?
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Can a verb be an object complement like the verb "boil" in this sentence?

Could someone please parse this sentence? She watched the pot boil slowly. Also, does slowly here refer to the process of boiling or "her" act of watching the pot boil?
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The correct parsing of "than in the breath that from my mistress reeks"

This one is a line from one of Shakespeare's sonnets. I don't get which is the subject, and which noun belongs to the prepositional 'from'. My first interpretation is "the breath that from [it] ...
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Please help break down this sentence: "bespoke development software co-ordination of departmental..."

I've tried to parse this sentence out many times and still could not find where are the main clause and its verb. I am writing to ask for help to break it down. bespoke development software co-...
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Parsing "What cannot be cured must be endured"

What cannot be cured must be endured. When I parse the sentence, I find that What cannot be cured is the NP in fused relative construction and is the subject of the sentence. be is the copula and ...
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How to parse the phrase how come?

How to parse the phrase how come? And can one use this phrase with auxiliary verbs as well as modal verbs? That is to say, are these examples both correct? How come are you sitting here when they're ...
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What is the grammar of the construction "Prove them wrong"? Why not "to prove they are wrong"?

"Prove them wrong." this sentence was a part of this phrase: "Everyone thinks I'm guilty. It's time to prove them wrong." What does the hero literally means, saying "Prove ...

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