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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 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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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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“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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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?
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Can't understand grammatical role of a particular clause from a sentence from Shardik by Richard Adams

Along the foot of a tilted, red rock a porcupine came nosing and grubbing. It broke open a tiny shelter of sticks and some meagre, round-eared little creature, all eyes and bony limbs, fled across ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Why “that” not “when”?

The original sentence: Those who believe in capital punishment may have arguments for its retention, but surely no reasonable argument can be found for retention of the sickening mumbo-jumbo ...
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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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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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How to parse this sentence? “Prices then gave way to concern driving activity will be reduced for days to come.”

I am having a hard time parsing this sentence from a Longman Dictionary page: Prices then gave way to concern driving activity will be reduced for days to come. It seems a run-on sentence. Is the ...
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Parsing verbs as object

How do you parse run across the street below? I saw him (run across the street).
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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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. . . 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. ...