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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"So I am a younger brother to 3 siblings..." Does this mean there are 4 siblings or 3 siblings in total?

"I am a younger brother to 3 siblings." I thought the sentence means "I am the youngest of 3 siblings." But then I got confused because maybe the sentence means "There are 4 ...
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Is this structure idiomatic: "I seem to remember...." to mean you only remember a little

"I seem to remember that the park adjacent to my school was humongous." This is a sentence of a native speaker when he was talking about how things have changed compared to when he was ...
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Is this sentence correct in terms of structure: "By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years."

"By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years." This sentence is from a text in reply to a question: "What do native English speakers learn at school in the English ...
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Why can we say "in a day/in a week/in a month", but not "in a night" and instead "overnight"?

You can't learn English overnight. You can't learn English in one night. I know that "in one night" may not sound idiomatic, so I should say "overnight" to sound natural. I often ...
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Correct wording for quiz questions

I am developing a geography quiz game but am unsure about the wording of some quiz questions: To which geographical region do these countries belong? (here I am not sure if I should use "to"...
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can't understand the sentence's structure and meaning

I can't understand the below sentence: Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F. Issues: 1.Who indicate the whole thing? ...
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Usage of "his + Ving"?

I'm completely fine with both these sentences: I am sure of my brother's passing the exam. I am sure of my brother passing the exam. So I suppose it's OK to use "his + Ving" or "him + ...
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This sentence pattern is subject-verb, or subject-linking verb-subject structure?

He is running. This sentence pattern is subject-verb, or subject-linking verb-subject structure?
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Which exclamatory sentence is correct? [closed]

How painful traffic jam is sometimes! How painful sometimes traffic jam is! Can anyone please tell me which exclamatory sentence is correct?
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Specific question construction (couldn’t find anything on Google)

How do I ask why a person does not want a certain thing ? If why don’t you is more like a suggestion, and why you don’t wanna…be together, as far as I know, is grammatically incorrect, what’s the ...
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"In which" vs "of which" in a sentence refereing to activities

Is using "of which" in the following sentence correct? can anyone tell me why it is correct and can we use "in which" instead of "of which"? I have taken the statistic ...
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What should be the verb in this sentence?

As the guest accesses previously untouched regions of its virtual address space, hardware page faults vector control to the VMM. I have difficulties understanding which one should be the verb of this ...
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I need some time on my own. (are some words hidden?)

I need some time on my own. Am I right that the whole sentence in native speaker's mind is: "I need some time [to be] on my own."? I think in that phrase some words are hidden. Maybe, you ...
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Is this sentence correct - "He broke into a chuckle as he heard it"?

The person chuckles when he hears something - a joke or a funny anecdote. Is the sentence in the question correct for such a setting or is there a better way to frame it? My main concern is the "...
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have available something

We have plenty of office space available. (from Oxford learner's dictionaries) In the above sentence, what is the grammatical role of 'available'? 1)a modifier that is included in the NounPhrase ...
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Connecting two sentences with comma and without a connector

In the below sentence, why there was comma without a connector or transition? What rule allows separation of two sentences with comma and without connector? Is this phrase (the fulfillment of ...
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Is the following sentence correct and easy to read?

Is this sentence correct and easy to read? Whether speculating on commodities is a lucrative business venture or not is something that should be considered. Does it need punctuation? Whether ...
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Why is there a "for" in this sentence, starting with "That is, " with a meaning "more exactly"

This is from a text about mobile phones and battery replacements. "......Many places offer same-day repairs, as long as the battery for your device is in stock. That is, for repair places with ...
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Declarative sentence and interrogative sentence

I said that Logics and English are inseparable. That can be interpreted as I said, “Logics and English are inseparable.” I said why Logics and English are inseparable. That may be interpreted in ...
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What does "For..., though..." mean here?

In The Other Side of the Hedge by E. M. Forster: “People always are astonished at meeting each other. All kinds come through the hedge, and come at all times—when they are drawing ahead in the race, ...
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Some Questions About Sentence Clauses

I'm having a little difficulty understanding the structure of sentences clauses. I understand that an independent clause works on its own as a simple sentence and that a dependent clause does not, but ...
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"I am keeping a pet hamster." vs "I keep a pet hamster" Difference?

This sentence: I am keeping a pet hamster. And this sentence: I keep a pet hamster Sounds exactly the same to me, any minute difference, if any at all? Thanks!
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What does "as" mean and which structure is the following sentence?

Difficult as the outbreak was, we managed to finish it. This sentence is resembling me something like How difficult to pass the exam is, harder to get high mark will. I don't mean the meaning, I ...
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In "Does it matter how large the selection is that you bookmark? ", how to understand the part "that you bookmark"?

There is a sentence: Does it matter how large the selection is that you bookmark? I know it refers to how large the selection is, but I can't understand why that you bookmark can be added after is. ...
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"The perfect cure-free worries scattered mind." [closed]

"The perfect cure-free worries scattered mind." This is a sentence I heard from the video Stress Management Strategies: Ways to Unwind (at 1:23 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fL-pn80s-c)...
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Clauses containing "among which"

I made up the main clause "I've visited some of its cities, ..." but I'm not sure if the following subordinate clauses are grammatical: ... among which is NY. ... among which NY is. ... one ...
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Is it correct to say 'The bank is not willing to lend us any more money'?

I was doing the exercise in my book (Oxford English Grammar) and came across with this single sentence: 'The bank is not willing to lend us any more money.'[1] Why didn't the author write: 'The ...
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Identifying the sentence structure of a complex sentence

I was given an excerpt from an essay about how we understand a "good life." For context, the author was talking about how ancient Greek theorists would not distinguish between ethical and ...
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Comma after "that" and before the main verb

Can I add a comma after "that" and before the main verb. in this example, is the comma before the main verb grammatically correct? a paper that provides an understanding of the impact of the ...
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"....in 10 days" or ".....after 10 days."

The text is from BBC web site: "....Under the measures, Austrians will be asked to work from home, non-essential shops will close, and schools will remain open for children who require face-to-...
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which one is correct to use in the below sentence? (to be or is going to be)

I was reading this article in VOA Learning English but its title structure was a little odd to me. Community Built for Foreigners in Dubai to Be Torn Down Can i write below sentence as an ...
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"Honest living money" [closed]

Honest work is a job that you work fairly hard at. an honest living: I’m just trying to earn an honest living (=earn money by working hard). [Source] I am going to say: Money it's made from an ...
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hear someone + gerund / infinitive / bare infinitive

I was wondering whether all the following constructions are correct? If so, how they differ in meaning? If the aren't, then which one is incorrect and why? a- You never hear her bad-mouthing someone ...
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Should the preposition "for" in this sentence be repeated, or not?

Which one is better? Should I use "for" twice or once? Cycling to work is a healthy habit. However, my city is not built for people but for cars. Cycling to work is a healthy habit. However,...
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Underlying structure of How + adjective + subject + verb

I want to understand the underlying structure of "How + adjective + subject + verb" ex) how selfish we are. Here's my opinion. As the form of indirect question, subject and verb inversion ...
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"Causes teeth cavities" or "Causes cavities in teeth"

As you know, "cavity" refers to a hole or an empty space between two surfaces or on a surface or inside of it. Also, this is the only noun which can refer to teeth decay! Having said that, I ...
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"In a surprised way" or "In wonder" or

I ran for her and put my hand on her shoulder and called Sarah (my wife's name), but immediately, I found out that I had mistaken another woman for my wife! When the woman turned around I said: "...
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Having rather in a sentence

How and when do we use having rather in a sentence? For example, The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little ...
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There are teaching aids such as books and videos in our library. / In our library are teaching aids, such as books and videos

Which sentence sounds better? I suppose the second one is better. Do we really need to use “there are” in this context, or is it unnecessary? There are teaching aids such as books and videos in our ...
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My question is about the structure ''is + learn'' in the sentence [closed]

I saw the structure ''is + learn'' in a sentence in a book but I wonder whether it is correct. Please see the original sentence as: '' When something is inevitable, all you can do is learn to accept ...
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Which one is grammatically correct? [duplicate]

It is proved only in few papers related to math. It is only proved in few papers related to math. Which of the above is correct ?
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'In contrast' at the beginning of a sentence

Can 'in contrast' start the sentence and be used without 'to' or 'with'? For instance, is the following construction possible? For the product A the procedure X is typically used. In contrast, for the ...
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Introducing another condition at the end of a question by or- clause [duplicate]

If I want to introducing another condition at the end of a question by or-clause, is the following sentence correct? Are the punctuation correct? Is it just due to some constraints or it has ...
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Is "which tree is it that the Canada's flag shows a leaf of?" grammatical? [duplicate]

I know that "what is it that you want?" is grammatical. I made up the question "which tree is it that the Canadian flag shows a leaf of?" using my knowledge of English. I really ...
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"Should" at beginning of the sentence but not question

I can not determine the type or structure of this sentence. Is it inverted? If is not what is it? Why "should" at the beginning of the sentence? Should global warming increase at this rate, ...
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Meaning of a phrase in David Ricardo's literature

In the preface of Ricardo's On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, a sentence reads: To supply this deficiency, abilities are required of a far superior cast to any possessed by the ...
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About the term of law, and the interpretation

1.Signing a form is little more than a formality. I know the sentence can be changeable like the following below. 2.Signing a form is only a formality. But can I change the first sentence into ...
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question about how do you think

I don't know that "how do you think?" is wrong. I'm not a native speaker, but people told me that a native speaker doesn't speak "how do you think? I want to know why they do, and they ...
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When can we skip 'if'?

I was walking on the web and came across this question: What do you say we get out of here? It's seems to me a tad slangy. I don't quite follow the structure of this sentence. It's like something is ...
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What is the grammatical purpose of the phrase "So…" in the following sentence?

What is the grammatical purpose of the phrase "So…" in the following sentence? Why don't you wear socks? I don't wear socks because I believe it's more natural and I believe my feet smell ...

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