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What are the subjects and predicates of the clauses in "There is the mountain that we are going to climb."?

What would be the subjects and the predicates of the following sentence: There is the mountain that we are going to climb. Independent clause: There is the mountain Dependent clause: that we are ...
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What is "more carefully than I do" in "My wife drives more carefully than I do", grammatically?

Consider this sentence: My wife drives more carefully than I do. I want to understand the grammatical role of the phrase, more carefully than I do Is it an adverb, and adverb phrase, an adverb ...
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Should I rephrase this sentence? [closed]

Sun always rises, and it always rises from the East. This is what I’m trying to convey. Sun always rises from the East. Can I just say like this, or should I rephrase it under the consideration ...
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predicate identification

What are the subject and predicate of the following sentence? Is it grammatically correct? If not, how would you fix it? The Castle Fire ignited in August when dry brush sparked by a lightning storm ...
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to be more responsive

I think we need to recognize leaders when they reverse course to be more responsive to what public-health authorities say is necessary to protect people. Source: Nature Chelsea Clinton urges global ...
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What is the subject of “With great power comes great responsibility.”?

With great power comes great responsibility. What is the subject of the sentence? Is “With great power” the subject? Could you please give me more sentences written in that grammar?
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What parts of speech are "together" and "at the park"?

What parts of speech do you think 'together' and 'at the park' are and what do they describe in this sentence: Nobody saw Anna and John together at the park. I'm thinking 'together' is a adverb, and ...
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the usage of "behold" here confuses me [closed]

On the rooftop behold a 300-meter landscape garden divided into zones including a 'pause area' for quiet contemplation. Since behold means see, I would write: On the rooftop we can behold a 300-meter ...
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What does the phrase "Oh won't you bring me all the things I need" from the song mean?

What does the phrase "Oh won't you bring me all the things I need" from the song mean? And what is the grammar behind it? The verse is: Oh won't you bring me all the things I need Like ...
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the replanning and rebuilding of cities to stem

The nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries saw devastating outbreaks of cholera, typhoid, typhus and influenza in European cities. Physicians such as Jon Snow, from England, and Rudolf Virchow, of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Parsing “have a limited release the product”

We'll have a limited release the product and let this region serve as a guinea pig. From The Free Dictionary I saw this sentence on The Free Dictionary and I'm stuck in interpreting it. Is the verb ‘...
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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 ...