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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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How to analyze this complex sentence?

"It is not possible so to sever the belief from the action it suggests as to condemn the one without condemning the other". It is difficult for me to analyze this sentence structure, can you ...
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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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Is “based” a main verb in this sentence?

You shouldn't believe what you had read based simply on the author's reputation. First of all, is the sentence grammatically correct? If so, which is main verb?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 “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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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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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 ...
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“high-tech hubris”

For office innovators, the unrealized dream of the ‘paperless’ office is a classic example of high-tech hubris. Today’s office drone is drowning in more paper than ever before. Then the “high-tech ...
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What composes the parallel structure with 'measured' in the sentence?

Is it valued or set? I have read again and again, but I am not sure either of them is better than the other. Does the comma(,) preceding or function as a guide? This is particularly true for people ...
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In this sentence, does “which ” refer to “the mobile and internet infrastructure that existed”?

The mobile and the internet infrastructure that existed and the ease with which customers were able to access technology. In this sentence, does "which " refer to "the mobile and ...
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How “Is + verb” possible?

We can use a full infinitive or a gerund as a complement of the 'be'-verb. For example, The first thing I do in the morning is to check my mobile phone. The first thing I do in the morning is ...
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Which part of speech is “to get a thing” a part of?

Consider the following sentence: We had to go to get a book. This is how I identify each word or group of words to its corresponding part of speech: We is the subject of the sentence. had is the ...
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Identification of this attribute clause

Anyone for whom this period wasn't so prosperous or miraculous is mentioned only as collateral damage from the oil and rail wars. Is this sentence an attribute clause? However, the antecedent (...
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“it there was”… is that correct?

Searching for the meaning of the word "smoldering" on Google Translator I found the sentence bellow as an example: As I was walking back the last night it there was the remains of a pallet ...
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cream of chicken soup

I'm wondering how to parse the term "cream of chicken soup." Should it be cream [of chicken soup] or [cream of chicken] soup? Either way, it doesn't seem to make sense. I'd appreciate your help.
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What is the parts of speech of these words?

On 20 July 1969, Apollo 11 was 𝙩𝙝𝙚 first manned mission to land on the Moon.There were also 𝒏𝒖𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒖𝒏𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒅 landings. I want to know the parts of speech of these bold words.
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“Donna became quickly irritated”

Donna became quickly irritated. I'm confused about the position of "irritated". Is that considered as a direct object as it answered the verb "became"? I read it is a complement, why? Which type?
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The verb after “makes”

Is the verb eat correct or should it be eats?? I found a sentence similar to this: He makes a student that does not like milk eat a cake with milk I am not sure if this is a grammatical mistake ...
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Confusing sentence construction

London(CNN) - If allied leaders had hoped that US President Donald Trump's presence at a summit in the London area marking the 70th anniversary of the alliance this week would promote unity among old ...
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Is “alarmed by the clock” a parenthesis or participle clause in this sentence?

Tony nervously watched the woman, alarmed by the clock. In this sentence, is alarmed by the clock a parenthesis or a participle clause modifying object Tony?