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How to parse these crazy sentences [closed]

I have enough Unicoins to buy "Guaranteed answer" today. So, instead of asking how to parse only one sentence as I should, I will ask "how to parse these following seven sentences". (Why ask one if I ...
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Where is the subject in “[…] weaker than would otherwise have been the case”?

Where is the subject in the following dependent clause? [...] Germany adopted a much weaker currency than would otherwise have been the case [...] (taken from BBC News) Is "the case" the subject? ...
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Does the sentence “I am surprised” have the pattern (S+V+C)?

I am confused about this sentence pattern (S+V+C): I am surprised [ to see you ]. I am surprised [ at how many have never heard of it ]. I am surprised [ by his response ]. I am surprised [ that ...
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On parsing “The more you have, the more you want.”

How would one parse The more you have, the more you want. ? I can't even tell which clause is independent and which one is dependent. Is more here acting as an adverb or a determiner? And isn't ...
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meaning: He isn’t enough of a scholar

[21 v] He isn’t [enough of a scholar]. (CGEL, p.534-5) In construction [v], scholar is not head of the whole NP but part of the of phrase complement, and for this reason it must follow enough. They ...
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Help parse “There is much more to preventing employee crime than background checks…”

Consider: There is much more to preventing employee crime than background checks and traditional audits. It's not just about the employees you don't know; some of the biggest crimes are committed by ...
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how to understand this attributive clause?

“We believe a product that addresses the more than 70 percent of global wireless subscribers that are unsubsidized pre-paid is necessary in order for Apple to grow its EPS next year,” Piecyk writes. ...
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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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How should I parse this sentence? — “She stood, feet solidly planted, a vital, comely, and charismatic figure who managed to operate her shop …”

From another post, I'm now curious about the book Wicked autumn by G.M. Malliet, especially the author's style of writing. For example, I found that it's rather tiresome to read and understand this ...