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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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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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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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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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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 kind of structure is: “… that it is seen as a medium much more so than is broadcast.”?

I can't see where "that it is seen as a medium much more so than is broadcast" is connected in the sentence below. However, it is precisely because, in an everyday sense, the Internet is seen as a ...
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Is this a subjective complement or an adverbial clause of comparison?

He is as clever as I am. Is 'As clever as I am' an adverbial clause of comparison functioning as an adverbial adjunct, or is it the subjective complement to the verb 'is'? If the last case is true, ...
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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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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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Is the word “saying” a gerund in these lyrics?

I'm bad at love (ooh-ooh) But you can't blame me for tryin' You know I'd be lyin' sayin' You were the one (ooh-ooh) That could finally fix me Lookin' at my history I'm bad at love --...
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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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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’

‎1. Is “billions of dollars worth of satellites”(without apostrophe of dollars) grammatically incorrect? In “billions of dollars’ worth of” Syntactically right below? [billions of dollars]’ worth of •...
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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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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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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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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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Prepositional Phrases used as Noun Phrases?

The country’s Supreme Court ruled last year that the ban was illegal, and gave the Knesset, or parliament, until March 1st to amend the law to allow gay couples to commission surrogacies domestically. ...
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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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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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Could somebody please help me explain the grammar structure used in this sentence?

Links are created using the element which has an attribute called href. I don't understand how they put "using" verb after "created". If it's a kind of reduced structure, how ...
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Would you categorize this sentence in active or passive voice?

Is this sentence in active or passive voice? "The book I tore is in pieces.". Is the book the subject here or is it 'I'? If the book is the subject, what's 'tore'?
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What is the grammatical structure of “is in large measure hereditary”?

I saw the below sentence from LSAT and I can't parse out the grammar of the first clause. Fur color is in large measure hereditary, for black cats are more likely than others to have black kittens. ...
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What is the grammatical function of “much” in “ And much this way…”

. . . when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself. And much this way it was ...
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“ I know him to speak to.” What does this mean?

I know him / to speak "to". What is "to"'s object? speak to whom? Who is the subject of "to speak"
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and other things

a. The new manager paid the price for mishandling the deliveries and other things. b. The new manager paid the price for mishandling the deliveries, and other things. I think both sentences could be ...
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Subject, Object and must do

Can someone please explain what is subject and object in this sentence? 'You must do what the boss tells you' The Boss is the subject and you is object, is it or is it not?
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What is the grammar of 'him men' in the sentence?

Here lies one who knew how to get around him men who were cleverer than himself. The above sentence is on Carnegie's tombstone, I could understand the meaning of the sentence, which means that here ...
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What is “shut” in “close the door shut”?

I have heard the sentence "close the door shut" a lot. However I am not sure about the function of "shut". Is it an adverb or an adjective here? How do I parse this sentence? I am ...
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Is “to board Flight 139” an attribute or complement in this sentence?

I am trying to diagram this sentence: This is the last call for passengers to board Flight 139 at Gate 57. Here is my specific problem: I'm not sure "to board Flight 139" here is either attribute ...
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Does “from … to” here represent time scale?

For governments the temptation is to turn the clock back to limit the economic damage, from the collapse of city-centre cafés to the $16bn budget shortfall that New York’s subway system faces. Britain’...
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Is this some kind of special usage of the verb “make”?

Is this some kind of special usage of the verb "make"? Make him do your homework. also this one: The teacher makes the things hardly understandable. Is there any grammatical logic in ...
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Is “closed” an adverb or adjective in “pinch your nose closed”?

It is helpful to pinch your nose closed when you have to swallow something that tastes yucky, like cough syrup. In this sentence, how should I understand the word "closed" is it adverb or ...
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Isn't it werid to say “genes have discovered a lifestyle”?

THE IDEA of a last universal common ancestor provides a plausible and helpful, if incomplete, answer to where humans, oak trees and their ilk come from. There is no such answer for viruses. Being a ...
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Is “exist” a verb here?

Things have moved on since Freud’s day. His emphasis on violent urges and sexual repression as the roots of dreaming now looks old-fashioned. Instead, the premise is that dreams reflect a dreamer’s ...
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What is the subject of “both selfish and otherwise”, and why is there a comma?

The influence of viruses on life on Earth, though, goes far beyond the past and present tragedies of a single species, however pressing they seem. Though the study of viruses began as an ...
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is there missing an “it”?

Around a third of the planet’s inhabitants are now stuck at home. That is bad enough—for morale, for businesses and for countries’ economies. For those people to lose in addition what is, for many of ...
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“in what it means to be a college town”

The following comes from the book Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg. He is explaining why he frequently visits local colleges and universities: I go partly because I just enjoy engaging students,...
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I'd like to know the answer (what is “to know the answer”)

In the sentence: I would like to know the answer. What is "to know the answer" here? Is it a participle functioning as an object, a verbal modifying like, an infinitive functioning as an object ...
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What's the subject of this sentence? Does it miss a “it” before pales?

That may seem deliberately and needlessly lavish. Yet even boosting vaccine funding tenfold to $100bn or more, in line with the most ambitious proposals, pales in comparison with the $7trn which ...
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“take himself on out of the agent’s office at a rapid hike”

This line from Stephen King's 1408 reads like it is fraught with grammar issues and non-idiomatic usages. While Mike was still in the hospital, a man named Olin—the manager of the goddamned hotel, if ...
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is “so” a conjunction here?

Scepticism among politicians is not born only of spite. Governments invest in higher education to boost productivity by increasing human capital. But even as universities have boomed, productivity ...
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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 ...