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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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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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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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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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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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“ 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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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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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 “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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“To” as “compared to”

On Monday, January 28, Grandview played at Inglis but notched only five goals to seven for Inglis. (source) So often he has played second fiddle to Wright and notched only nine goals last season ...
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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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How to deconstruct this sentence?

A deep purple lipstick made her look like a vampire, she said to screams, laughter and wefies, before trying out the coral hue and ochre shades. Why is "said to" followed by nouns like "screams, ...
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Who is smiling in this context?

I look at her smiling. From what I know present participle can be used: •after verbs of perception [I heard you talking, I heard as you were talking] •for two actions at the same time [He walked ...
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. . . have a natural talent for—thinks strongly and clearly

The following is from Emma, and I'm wondering whether there is a disconnection here; the preposition for seems to lack an object, and "thinks strongly and clearly" seems out of place, grammatically. ...
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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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How do I comprehend the structure of this statement?

The social obligations that scientists have as distinct from those responsibilities they share with all citizens comes from them having access to specialised knowledge of how the world works, not ...
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Noun phrase and is

Given the following sentence Mark is not suited to countries where cheese is available. would it be correct to say that there are two separate noun phrases here? [Mark is not suited] and [...
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Unsure about the tense of “My passport was stamped by a man”

I have an uncertainty with this sentence: My passport was stamped by a man etc. Would "Was stamped" be a present perfect or a past simple tense? Or something else?
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I feel a line of an article somewhat strange gramatically

I am currently reading this article, which has the below line, The outcome also reflects the seismic effect the U.K.'s decision three years ago to leave the 28-nation EU has had on the country's ...
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What is the name of this grammatical structure?

I found this structure while reading. Can anyone tell me what it is called? Aware of the situation, he answered the phone, and knowing what he has, he decided to enter the competition. Also, is ...
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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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Is this a grammatical noun phrase structure?

This effect can be rectified by the government conducting a publicity campaign. Is this a grammatical structure? the government is the subject, so what is "conducting a publicity campaign"? I ...