Questions tagged [sentence-structure]

A complete sentence contains at least a subject and a verb, with all of the words being used in the sentence arranged in such a way that they express a complete thought.

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Verbs use in the sentence

Please help me clear away this doubt in following question regarding the use of verb "are". "These recently upgraded branch offices have been fully computerised and are connected to ...
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“I appointed Mary as founding President, XYZ” “I recruited Mary to become founding President, XYZ”

I appointed Mary as founding President, XYZ. I recruited Mary to become founding President, XYZ. None of these sentences really sound right. What would be the correct way to write them?
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“to”infinitive to mean “if ”

my grammar book has the following explanation on the usage of "to infinitive" You will take him for an American to hear him speak English. = You will take him for an American if you hear ...
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How to understand this sentence? (adding this to correct the typo)

This happened even before Justin Trudeau, Rachel Notley, and Kathleen Wynne arrived on the scene to carbon-tax-and-spend humanity into prosperity and cleanliness. This sentence is originally from an ...
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Is it right if I say, “May I know from which countries my sales are being executed?”?

First I like to say I'm not a native speaker and sometimes I face troubles to make sentences and English learning is a continuous process. I usually sell products and I want to know what are the ...
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The correct parsing of “than in the breath that from my mistress reeks”

This one is a line from one of Shakespeare's sonnets. I don't get which is the subject, and which noun belongs to the prepositional 'from'. My first interpretation is "the breath that from [it] ...
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Is this a correct analysis of an adverbial prepositional phrase?

I am trying to analyse what I judge a compound sentence with an adverbial phrase (in italics) placed at the beginning: In what turned out to be a common experience for many people who tried to create ...
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Is the past simple tense used correctly here?

Look at this sentence: Before the twentieth century, more than a thousand people tried to reach the pole. Is the present simple tense used correctly there? It seems (to me) that the past perfect tense ...
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Which is better in this context – AdjP or NP as a subject complement?

When I need to describe myself (for instance in a letter to a potential employer or the like), should I use a NP headed by "person" as a subject complement, or just an AdjP? That is, which ...
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Using specifically vs specific

Please critique my sentences below. This code is specifically for this type of production. This code is specific for this type of production. I feel like option 2 is correct. Please provide some ...
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Why is the determiner after the verb in “We were both tired” and “We have both seen the movie”?

There are two sentences to determiner below: We were both tired. We have both seen the movie. What I know is that the determiner is used in front of noun or pronoun, but the sentences of examples ...
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What's grammar of “the reasonable satisfaction of both parties ” in the text?

Express terms are set out and stipulated expressly in the contract. For example: The Seller will within a period of 6 months from the date of delivery of Goods, where Goods which are proved to the ...
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Using “do so” in a sentence

I am not very happy with this sentence as I feel it contains duplicate words (use): UK children ranked the highest in using online games, where 50% of them have use them I want to change it to this, ...
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How to interpret the meaning and find the predicate of a sentence from The Plague

An excerpt from The Plague A word that conjured up in the doctor's mind not only what science chose to put into it, but a whole series of fantastic possibilities utterly out of keeping with that gray ...
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Evil allows the supposedly greater good of this kind of triumph over human suffering

Some people have argued that, though the presence of evil in the world is clearly not a good thing in itself, it is justified because it can lead to greater moral goodness. Without poverty and disease,...
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What's the difference in the meanings of these two sentences? | “I have” vs “I”

I've finished doing my homework. I finished doing my homework. What's the difference in the meanings of these two sentences?
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Question about the usage of the comma in sentence; before adverb

There is the example of sentence below. she walked slowly down the road, evidently in pain. As you can see, there is the independent Clause after that, and "comma" is put in sentence which ...
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How to understand the structure “on account of because”?

Well, what if I make the drinks and you charge us your price on account of because we can mix the drinks we are mixing. (from the book Call Me by Your Name) How to understand the structure "on ...
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that perhaps intended?

I'm wondering how to understand "that perhaps intended" in the following. It feels out of place. Without it, the sentence would be fairly understandale as "The perlocutionary effect ...
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How to understand the structure “had to have done”?

From TED (Start from 1:42: But novel, the second thing, is that nobody had to have said it. How to understand the structure "had to have done"? I think it sounds better to me without the &...
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What is the grammatical function of “that” in “that which works”?

There is no one road to success. Each one must find that which works. What is this "that"?
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“those which he thinks likeliest to…”

The following is an excerpt from the book "Algorithms to Live By" by Brian Christian. (p. 230) ...; so that each competitor has to pick, not those faces which he himself finds prettiest, ...
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In a sentence such as “I am writing using a pencil,” what is the grammatical explanation for the using the -ing form of use here?

For starters, I am uploading this question that I have asked over at English Stack Exchange because someone there suggested this might be a better place for it. I did a few google searches and the ...
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is this sentence gramatically correct? Do you think my sentences are too long?

My first language is Spanish so I have a hard time with my vocabulary or writing grammatically correct. I have to respond to my professor's syllabus with something I liked about it. I think one of the ...
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Which words belong to “that” in this context?

Chapter 5 describes this historical process in which the referendum became an institutional constraint that induced cooperation among all major political parties and led to negotiated legislation and ...
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They don't know many people in this city. vs They know only some people in this city

Why such structure of sentence is so popular in English? Do you express your polite to "them" in this way? They don't know many people in this city. In fact, "They know only some ...
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Phrase to express something has had a great impact despite a negligible popularity?

Can you please suggest me an alternative phrase to the highlighted one that would express "when you take in account the very insignificant popular knowledge it receives"? The Effective ...
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What does “For” mean in “For Mr. Perlstein…”?

I'm currently reading an essay "Two years are better Than Four", Liz Addison. In the third paragraph, third sentence is quite problematic for me. It's saying: For Mr. Perlstein, so rooted ...
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Can someone explain this sentence from GREAT EXPECTATIONS?

And Explain its structure: It was a dirty place enough, and I dare say not unknown to smuggling adventurers; but there was a good fire in the kitchen, and there were eggs and bacon to eat, and ...
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The phrase: I got told off

Today I've come across a phrase and now I'm at a loss and confused a little bit. It was: I don't cook sushi because I got told off I was trying once. It sounds very "English" and for a non-...
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“we” and “all of us” together?

I saw this sentence in a novel that I am reading: There was a chill in the air, and we were all of us tired. The second part, using "we" together with "all of us" seemed unusual ...
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When I will have

I recently wrote a letter of motivation with this sentence Later on, when I will have more experience as a Salesperson, I plan on gaining responsibilities in... Is this sentence correct ? Or should ...
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Inversion in the sentence [closed]

Is it possible to use an inversion in this way? Only after people had started working harder, did they improve their skills Is it natural enough or awkward?
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Conjunction error question

I was taking a test a few while ago when I encountered a question regarding conjunctions. What should be the correct sentence here? "Though all players do not play hard, but when captain is ...
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“All that was left was a triangular piece of metal”

All that was left was a triangular piece of metal. Why is it possible to have two verbs here? Is one “was” a verbal? Is there two clauses here?
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What does the word “come” mean in a sentence like “Come autumn's scathe”?

So, I've been trying to read "The Autumn" by Elizabeth Barret Browning. There, I stumbled over the following verse: Come autumn's scathe — come winter's cold — Come change — and human ...
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How is 'nor' used in this sentence?

In the following lines taken from Book 2 of The Iliad (Pope), (1) what does nor mean in the context? (2) are heard and obey'd transitive or intransitive? ... Your own resistless eloquence employ, And ...
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Do these sentences make sense?

I want to know these sentences below make sense. And what part of the sentence is wrong. The senator urged a tax cut. The senator urged for the tax cut. The senator urged against the tax cut. I ...
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What is 'to be polite' in this sentence? Is it an object?

What is 'to be polite' in this sentence? "The student is taught to be polite." What is its use and what is it called?
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Could you make my sentences more natural? If I misuse some words, plz which is wrong🙂 [closed]

homage ex1) Joe SeHo showed homage towards Yu Jaeseok. he said "when I had money problems, he helped me without paybacks". Q1. What's the difference between "to" and "towards&...
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Is “For stars, engaging in conflicts likely harms their reputation” correct?

Is this sentence correct? For stars, engaging in conflicts likely harms their reputation I mean, using the sentence pattern like: for (somebody), doing something (+verb) + noun
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Have/has sentence usage in the following sentences. Can someone help me with it?

Does Jules have/has feelings for him? Does Jules have/has the golden touch? Does Jules have/has a plan? Have is plural and has is singular. So technically for the last sentence, I should choose have. ...
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What does ''more…than…" mean in the sentence? Which one is more/less?

Thus ended a historic tragedy than which the stage possesses few of more striking dramatic interest and opportunities for histrionic effect. What does ''more...than..." mean in the sentence? ...
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Can someone help me with the sentence structure here as I cannot understand

It would be great if you would not be here around for a while. Is this sentence correct? This is I guess if clause or conditional clause
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What's the difference between these two?

We have the following two sentences: We definitely are able to make something delicious. And: We definitely are able of making something delicious. What's the difference between these two? I can ...
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What is the missing verb and conjunction in “I'd sooner he never knock than knock now”?

Fire like fear, like panic, like one more minute of this and I'll die if he doesn't knock at my door, but I'd sooner he never knock than knock now. ("Call Me by Your Name") I am aware of ...
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I am confused about the tense and the sentence structure here

If I couldn't get out of it could she come with me? If I can't get out of it can she come with me? Which sentence is correct as I want to use for if condition talking about future?
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verb+ing about verb+ing about

I was thinking about talking about (something) Is this structure correct? It does seem awkward but I don't see anything in this sentence for it to be grammatically wrong. And how about this: I was ...
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Which one is correct: built or to be built

Which of these is correct? 1.How do you want your house to be built? 2.How do you want your house built? I think 1 is correct because it is the house that will be built(someone will build it). But I ...
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Can I use compound sentences and relative clauses in complex sentence?

Can I use compound sentences and relative clauses in complex sentence? Although Mr. McConnell waited until weeks after Mr. Biden was declared the winner to recognize the outcome, his actions were a ...

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