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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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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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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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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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What does "great" modify in "A great American consulting firm official"?

A great American consulting firm official What does this "great" modify? Could it modify "consulting firm?" I think it can only modify "official". If it can modify "firm", then it should be A ...
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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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How can I parse "I’m tired is all"?

I’m tired is all. How can I parse this?
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structure and meaning of "it was the most static the city has been since its founding"

The following is a part of an article about the linguistic diversity of New York City by Ross Perlin: The great migrations, increasingly diverse till early 20th century, came to a sudden halt with ...
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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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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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Parsing "following as it did close on the great Pan-Anglican Congress"

The fifth Lambeth Conference, following as it did close on the great Pan-Anglican Congress, is remarkable mainly as a proof of the growth of the influence and many-sided activity of the Anglican ...
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What terms do linguists use when they parse the sentence below?

I'm trying to learn grammar using Internet tutorials, and it appears to be the consensus that sentences consist of a subject, verb, and often an object. And in the simple examples provided by the ...
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Is this "copper" a verb or a noun? -- "[The ideal choice] would seem to be copper itself."

what is the place of this word "copper" in the following sentence? The ideal choice, when isotopic composition is used to investigate the source of copper ore, would seem to be copper itself. verb ...
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Parsing "the main sources of contention being over the rights"

There were periodic challenges to the absolute authority of the king: the main sources of contention being over the rights of religious minorities (Jansenists and Protestants); and the rights of the ...
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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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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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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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Identifying Parts of speech

I'm very confused about this sentence. Can anyone explain it to me in detail? I don't want to know how you did it.
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Function of participle clause: ... switch back and forth, alternating their positions ...

I am trying to determine the function of the participle phrase in the following sentence: When they play, they switch back and forth, alternating their positions until the game ends. Is the ...
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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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Parsing problem - "...as with Shah Jehan and Aurungzebe when Cambell was with Murad Baksh and Dara Shekoh..."

I found the following sentence - But there are some grains of fact, as the men whom he mentions Robert smith, John White, Thomas Roach and William Gates are all mentioned by Manucci as with Shah ...
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Take His Vacation

I have a question about two very similar sentences: He took an annual vacation to Canada. He took his annual vacation to Canada. How are the two sentences different?
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Allege Fraud Against

I have a question about the usage of the phrase "allege...against" here: Under the False Claim Act, individuals alleging fraud against the federal government can sue, technically for the ...
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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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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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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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Ambitions To/For

I have a question about a preposition used with the noun "ambition" here: The Republican takeover will force Obama to scale back his ambitions to either executive actions that do not require ...
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Can the infinitive form of a verb be considered an object?

This question was given to a friend of mine: at the moment, I peered at the water and made the decision to plunge in How many verbs are there? She said three (peered, made, plunge in) and I would ...
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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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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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Parse "Inflation surge and asset prices to alter monetary policy"

“The recent minutes and speeches suggested that the FOMC (the Federal Open Market Committee) was not sufficiently concerned about the inflation surge and asset prices to alter monetary policy and that ...
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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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There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast.

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/hermanmelv108817.html There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself. What does this mean?
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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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How to understand “there” following “on the wall”?

It is Sunday afternoon. There are two boys in the candy shop. They are looking at the candy. A clerk is cleaning the desk. There is a clock on the wall there. It is five thirty. A sign is next to ...
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Struggle to be sure about the subject of this sentence

I have an assumption but I am not pretty sure. Does 'no difference' is the subject of the next sentence? If so, how can it be a subject with no + difference? The result was that no difference ...
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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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What are the role of titles before names in English?

For example: Mr. Chan Chef Akbar President Obama Doctor Tom My question is what are these titles, that is Mr, chef, president and doctor, called in English during parsing? Are they ...
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What is "good night" in "She kisses them good night and puts them to bed"?

She kisses them good night and puts them to bed. Is "good night" a direct object of "kisses"?
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What is the grammatical function of “much” in “ And much this way...”

. . . when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself. And much this way it was ...
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How should I parse "I was going to wait until ..."?

I found myself parse this sentence differently on different occasions, (a) (I was going to wait) until (we had finished eating), but my thoughts burst from my mouth: ... (b) I was going to (wait ...
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Parsing a complex sentence

Here is the past and all its inhabitants miraculously sealed as in a magic tank; all we have to do is to look and to listen and to look and soon the little figures—for they are rather under life size—...
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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 ...
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How can I parse this subordinate clause?

Aureliano Jose could not get to sleep until he heard the twelve-o’clock waltz on the parlor dock, and the mature maiden whose skin was beginning to grow sad did not have a moments’s rest until she ...
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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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which is which's modifier

In the following, is "yesterday" a modifier for "late" or is "late" a modifier for "yesterday"? Terry mills was dumped late yesterday while on a trade mission in Japan. (ABC News)
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