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Does a pronoun (they) after “and” in a compound predicate sentence necessitate a comma before the “and”?

I have a genuine problem. A compound predicate has one subject and two or more verbs. This is the guideline I am following. Compound Predicate takes no comma when there are two verbs: Michael ...
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What distinguishes a predicative complement from a direct object?

What makes be an intransitive verb? How do we know that the analysis of It is me as transitive by tradtional grammars is incorrect? And how does this analysis apply to other verbs, like hurt for ...
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Should the comma in a compound predicate be omitted if the sentence starts with a quotation?

In the following sentence, should the comma be omitted? "Come in!" she said, and opened the door. My spell checker insists that this is "an unnecessary comma in a compound predicate", but removing ...
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Sentence Modifiers are part of complete subjects or complete predicates?

A sentence is made of two parts:[complete] subject and [complete] predicate. I would like to confirm that sentence modifiers are part of the predicate? What confused me was that sentence modifiers ...
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Predicate and verb phrase identical?

Do the predicate and the Verb Phrase share the same name? The term verb phrase is used to describe the verb and all the subsequent elements of the sentence that it encompasses. The term predicate also ...
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Why is ''To Be'' verbs a thing even if the predicate is a verb?

I know that in English there can't be a sentence without a predicate. So we use these ''To Be'' verbs to make a valid sentence. But I wonder why we use them even if the predicate is a verb? What is ...
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If a clause/sentence doesn't have a verb/predicate, is it grammatical?

I heard a sentence from BBC: So, quite a few different meanings there to contend with, but I hope this helps you to identify which word you might use. In the first clause (before "but"), there's ...
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There's a lot (of biscuits). How can it be explained from the grammatical point of view? [duplicate]

While flicking through a textbook for beginners I came across the following: How many biscuits are there? - There's a lot! I wonder how "there is" can be explained to a student who knows that "...
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Why are some possessive pronoun not categorized as possessive adjectives?

In a book(Wren and Martin updated Indian edition) I am reading it is said: The forms my, our, your, her, their are called Possessive Adjectives because they are used with nouns and do the work of ...
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When gerund is subject

I have two sentence like following: Preparing the raw materials. Cleaning beaker,then putting them into box to reserve. This two sentence is similar,the gerund both is subject.But I am informed them ...
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“He is king” vs “He is a king.”

I'm reading a book and encountering the phrase "insert name is king" a lot. I'm wondering, what's the difference between them? When and why should I use "He is king" instead of "He is a king"? ...
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Relative clause as a subject predicate

Can which-clause function as a subject predicate like this? That is which we had to overcome and penetrate. It sounds weird to me, but is it a correct use of grammar?
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Singular noun + linking verb + plural predicate nominative [duplicate]

Essentially, we have "[singular subject] was/were [plural object]." Which is correct? "What mattered was my determination and effort." "What mattered were my determination and effort." I ...
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How can an intransitive verb have 'objects' and 'complements'?

[Source:] The following description of predicates comes from The Longman Handbook for Writers and Readers (examples our own): With an intransitive verb, objects and complements are included in ...
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Does the “Simple predicate” include parts of phrasal verbs?

A simple predicate is just the verb in the complete predicate. So are the adverbial particles of the verb part of the simple predicate? For example, "of" in "consist of" is it part of the ...
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Questions about the sentence “All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle” from Lord of the Flies

I still have another question about the sentence "All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat" from the novel "Lord of the flies". https://yadi.sk/i/uPxx0YAzuTL6s The ...
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Why is there no predicate in “we the people”?

I can't get the idea why. Haven't found anything on the internet
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half yours and half hers

"I remember that you had sent me a photo with half yours and half hers photos." In a sentence like above, I know using collage will be a better option. But I would like to know if this construction ...
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Which is more common for everyday use?

An old man is sitting on the bench. Or There is an old man sitting on the bench.
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What type of predicate is it?

I don’t want to go on knowing you. We have here a modal element (want),a phasal part (go on) and a gerund (knowing),so probably it is the modal aspective predicate, or I'm much mistaken? ...
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predicative use of “adverse”

Can we use the word "adverse" in predicative? The conditions on the moon are adverse for people to live In the sentence, is the use of "adverse" correct?
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How Understand “A stage usually referred to as runtime”?

I know A stage is subject, but my question: What is the predicate? as or refer? What is the object? Maybe runtime? Edit: I paste whole sentence here: Code written using the .NET Framework is ...
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Discerning arguments of verbs, predicates?

I think I get that a verb may utilize arguments. Does a predicate announce something of an object (or subject)? In, "The lake froze solid". The lake seems a noun phrase that solid may predicate ...
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Word(s) in a predicate, (object[?])? May you call it some phrase?

In this sentence: The dogs who run in the street are especially irritable in the late afternoon. is the verb are transitive? The dogs is a noun phrase, the subject, argument of are; who run in the ...
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When adjectives become predicatives, do they also become adverbs?

Optional depictive predicatives as adjuncts Obligatory predicatives are clearly complements, dependent on the occurrence of an appropriate verb. With optional ones, however, there are grounds ...
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Julian Assange walks out a free man

Julian Assange plans to walk out of Ecuador’s embassy a free man, avoiding arrest and extradition to Sweden to face questioning about sexual assault and rape allegations. (The Age) ‘A free man’ gives ...
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parse: stop short of doing something

Wisely, he stopped short of counting his chickens, but his confidence was clear. (theage.com.au) There is an idiom, stop short of doing something. I suppose short of doing something could be ...
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In this phrase “none of + plural noun”, why can the predicate use both singular form and plural form?

None of my friends ever come to see me. None of these appeal to me. But none of them owns the landscape. In this phrase "none of + plural noun", why can the predicate use both singular ...
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are there two predicate verbs in the sentence?

Designers, or visual design communicators ,as they are referred to in the profession, got on board the web medium rather late and ,in their initial efforts, created many "online brochures". as they ...