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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Why “that” not “when”?

The original sentence: Those who believe in capital punishment may have arguments for its retention, but surely no reasonable argument can be found for retention of the sickening mumbo-jumbo ...
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Not sure if this is right

The original text: Recently some studies were made in the behaviour of mice when exposed to more than a certain degree of density, frustration, and noise, and the mice just became deranged. Is it ...
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“Until which time”

A line in the movie Southpaw goes: Judge: And I order said child remanded into the care of the Family Services, until which time the father can demonstrate the abilities to perform duties of a ...
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How do you parse the sentence?

The original sentence: As for the unfortunate people who can command everything they want, who can gratify every caprice and lay their hands on almost every object of desire -- for them a new ...
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I don't have any special plans for this weekend

I don't have any special plans for this weekend. Q1: What is the meaning of 'for' here? Q2: What is the part of speech of 'for this weekend'? Does it modify 'any special plans'? Or does it modify '...
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Parsing “the shortest route to take in a reasonably sized problem”

This is the context: The traveling salesman problem must be seen as a limitation of the human ability to know. There is no way that one can possibly know the shortest route to take in a ...
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He got a vote 80% that of Emmanuel Macron’s

I was reading The Economist and found this sentence whose grammar I'm not familiar with. Indeed, in the first round he got a vote 80% that of Emmanuel Macron’s. I was wondering how that of works ...
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How to know when is passive, when is an adjective?

In these two sentences "tired" is always adjective: I was tired. I have been tired. In these two sentences "told" is always part of the passive, perfect participle: I was told. I have been told. ...
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Is “conspicuously missing” or “conspicuously” the subject of this sentence?

I can't understand the meaning of this paragraph! But in our brief description of TCP and UDP, conspicuously missing was any mention of throughput or timing guarantees— services not provided by ...
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I'm having trouble understanding a “fronted concessive clause”

Well-intentioned though many people may have imagined that the CIA probably thought they were, their foreign-policy operations were confused, duplicitous failures. I do understand the basic ...
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The structure of “cut himself a nice fat slash off”

Everybody is gonna cut himself a nice fat slash off John Does, eh? I failed to comprehend how I parse the sentence. Especially, I'd like to see what "off John Does" modifies. My parsing is as ...
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Intransitive verb + one's way construction

The following seems to be transitive verb + one's way constructions. She pushed her way through the crowd. She cut her way through the jungle. I parse that as this: S+V+O+O.C Yet, the ...
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Think of going out and enjoying / enjoy the wind

It being a windy night, you must think of going out and enjoying the wind. according to me ,it should have been "enjoy" not "enjoying". Can anyone please explain this to me?
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What is the construction of this part?

Noise, when benign in nature, much conduces to the amelioration of spirits. In a coffee house, say, what may explain that buoy in the bosom, that warmth, that sense of security, yea, assurance, of one'...
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How to parse “foreign policy moves from the U.N.” in this sentence?

I am having difficulty parsing this sentence With cable news chyrons flashing breathless updates about both Beltway dramas, news of Trump's foreign policy moves from the U.N., led by a new trade ...
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How to parse “As for the philosophical content explicitly picks over in the film’s dialogue”?

I can't parse the first clause of this sentence. As for the philosophical content explicitly picks over in the film’s dialogue, it’s something for the viewer to digest, but it all seems a little ...
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Why is there a “to” before increase?

Today I read the below sentence: The employment rate has continued to rise in big cities thanks to the efforts of the local governments to increase it. Why is there a "to" used before word "...
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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 is 'playing' in 'He hurt his back playing squash'?

Consider this sentence: He hurt his back playing squash. What is the role of playing squash here? Is it a reduced adverbial clause or a present participle phrase? If so, why isn't there a comma ...
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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 ...