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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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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 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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