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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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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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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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Understanding “Conformity is a virtue, creativity suspect, humor forbidden, and voice mute”

Legal writing, because of the purposes it serves, is necessarily ruled by linear logic, creating a path without diversions, surprises, or reversals. Conformity is a virtue, creativity suspect, ...
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How to parse “less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% ”

I've been struggling to parse the following sentence from the UK petition to implement EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum. We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a ...
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He got a vote 80% that of Emmanuel Macron’s

I was reading The Economist and found this sentence whose grammar I'm not familiar with. Indeed, in the first round he got a vote 80% that of Emmanuel Macron’s. I was wondering how that of works ...
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The fire demon won't bend down his head to be cooked on

“I can cook,” said Sophie. “Unhook that frying pan and I’ll show you.” “She reached for the large black pan hanging on the closet wall, in spite of Michael trying to prevent her. “You don’t ...
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Is “conspicuously missing” or “conspicuously” the subject of this sentence?

I can't understand the meaning of this paragraph! But in our brief description of TCP and UDP, conspicuously missing was any mention of throughput or timing guarantees— services not provided by ...
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Present participle or relative clause: “writing this thing” in “You did too good of a job writing this thing”

You did too good of a job writing this thing. It is understood that "writing" is not a reduced relative clause which modifies job. The anchored subject of "writing" is clearly "you". Then what is the ...
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Is 'we saw that when S+V, at the same time that S+V' grammatically correct?

We saw that when Chinese warships turned up off the coast of Alaska, within U.S. territorial waters, at the same time that President Obama was on the ground here. quoted from CNN student news ...
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How to parse “As for the philosophical content explicitly picks over in the film’s dialogue”?

I can't parse the first clause of this sentence. As for the philosophical content explicitly picks over in the film’s dialogue, it’s something for the viewer to digest, but it all seems a little ...
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What's the role and meaning of 'pin' in this context?

In yesterday’s central committee meeting of the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), party members approved an initiative for nomination reforms, which embattled Chairman Moon ...
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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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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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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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In this sentence, is the word “dominating” adjective or gerund?

there are three decades of evidence that dominating instruction with a system of controlling external rewards may contribute to inferior learning In this sentence, is the word "dominating" an ...
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the possessive s to make up an ownership of something?

Here is the situation: The students of each subject have to make sure they have done their homework and bring their homework back to school. The tutor of each subject will correct the homework for ...
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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 to parse “contango at prompt”?

Here's an extract of a professional newsletter in the petroleum industry. It concerns the cost of crude oil in relation to storage capacity. “The cost of storage in the U.S. is high today because ...
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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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Subclausal negation and clausal negation: “not an uncommon mistake” vs. “a not uncommon mistake”

I'm confused about distinguishing the meaning difference in scope of negation. This is a common mistake. This is an uncommon mistake. I know that (1) means the mistake occurs often, ...
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Noun phrases without participles as absolutes: behind those high twigs, their leaves leathery green on top

My earliest childhood memory is of the swaying limbs of Golden Delicious apple trees. Rows of them stood next to a dirt road that separated our orchard from the front yard. The Kentucky ...
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“maintains his army had to buy the mortars”

Source: Putin's 'Gunman' Demanding More Russian Support in Ukraine Further, the ministry insists that Strelkov's troops got all the weapons they needed from Russia, but Strelkov maintains his army ...
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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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Parsing “Moving Mountains”

I found an album named "Moving Mountains" and I was wondering how I was supposed to understand it. To me there are two meanings: The action of moving mountains Mountains that can move by themselves ...
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Why is there a “to” before increase?

Today I read the below sentence: The employment rate has continued to rise in big cities thanks to the efforts of the local governments to increase it. Why is there a "to" used before word "...
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Is this an archaic grammatical point?

You have a secret which I, not curious about, have never paid any attention to. This example should be like this in modern English. "You have a secret which I, not curious about it, have never ...
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The use of “stand emphasizing”

I asked a duplicated question in another SE site. A native speaker left the following comment: It is somewhat of a duplicate, but the answer to this question, while given in the accepted answer ...
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How to parse “foreign policy moves from the U.N.” in this sentence?

I am having difficulty parsing this sentence With cable news chyrons flashing breathless updates about both Beltway dramas, news of Trump's foreign policy moves from the U.N., led by a new trade ...
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Make exception for (X) in (Y)

I've tried to parse this statement, but it was really hard, and neither I can understand it: An office culture that makes exceptions for remote people results in second-class citizenship, putting a ...
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meaning of a complex sentence

From the University of Alabama "Application for Admission", as of February 2016: At the time of your entry to UA, will you have been separated from the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or ...
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Help parse “the sanctions come as travel bans and asset freezes… failed to …”

The sanctions come as travel bans and asset freezes aimed at President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle failed to force the country to meet an ultimatum to end support for separatists in two mainly ...
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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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“As X, so Y” - Difficulties in parsing of a sentence

As a fire burns with a murmur of flames, with the intermittent crack of exploding knots in the logs and the falling and settling of coal, so on the forest floor the hours of dusky light consumed ...
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What is the noun phrase whose head is “China”?

What is the noun phrase whose head is China in the sentence "It looks a lot like the China May and I used to see in movies brought to Shanghai from Hollywood."
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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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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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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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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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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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find out on something

Example: French archaeologist Francois Bordes interpreted variations in stone tool remains as evidence of different groups of people who existed in the past. American archaeologist Lewis Binford, ...
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How to analyze this sentence - “I have to wait for I don't know how long.”

I know the following sentence is correct: I have to wait for I don't know how long. If we shift "for long" part like this (see #2), it will be incorrect. Right? I have to wait for how ...
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I don't have any special plans for this weekend

I don't have any special plans for this weekend. Q1: What is the meaning of 'for' here? Q2: What is the part of speech of 'for this weekend'? Does it modify 'any special plans'? Or does it modify '...
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Is “use” a noun in “the need for use unsupervised overseas”?

Furthermore, the need for secrecy was tempered not only by the need for use unsupervised overseas but by the desire to use maps and charts to legitimate territorial claims, a function they could not ...
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How to understand this sentence: “This clipped, the final section to the belay is relaxing by comparison.”

This clipped, the final section to the belay is relaxing by comparison. (source) This is a sentence from Longman Dictionary. I am having a hard time parsing and making sense of it. There is no ...
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How can I parse “I’m tired is all”?

I’m tired is all. How can I parse this?
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What is the understood subject of the subordinate clause “to address the issue this fall” in these sentences?

What is the understood subject of the subordinate clauses in bold below? The White House framed the announcement from the world’s two largest polluters ahead of a landmark U.N. conference to address ...
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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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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 ...