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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“It is time + you + do”

Which means you're technically an adult, don't you think it's time you move on from primitive constructs such as popularity? I saw this line in a tv-series. I thought this construction "it's time + ...
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(Subject+verb+object) sentence after a preposition

Can a sentence (subject+verb+object) follow a preposition? There is an example sentence I think it’s wrong. XYZ showed how certain protein molecules repair DNA damaged by UV light. These ...
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Use of “May I be” for exclamation

In the language I speak when we see someone getting a lot and we don’t get that much, to speak to God in a sweet way, we say a sentence whose literal meaning in English is: May I be sacrificed for ...
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The right verb after “ensure”

Which forms of verb can I use here? The client must ensure that accurate records be/are/will be kept. I don't know why Google translate example uses "be" here.
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Sentence Structure and a Phrase - Are these sentences correct?

I havent learned english since 5 years, so I have joined an English lecture this year. I sometimes struggle with the sentence structure ... Like this: "Pandora, a moon the film is set on, ..." - Is ...
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Are adverbials inclined to the subject?Rather than simply modifying the verb

"He writes the word on the board." If adverbials are simply about the verb, then “on the board” in “He writes the word on the board” can be explained as either an adverbial or an complement, for on ...
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Confusion regarding usage of rather

What is the difference between following sentences: This is venerable rather magnificent institution. and This is venerable and rather magnificent institution. Also, can I use rather in this ...
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Using 'as' and 'will'

I was wondering about the usage of 'as' and 'will'. 'As she will go to the cinema, I will go too.' 'As the waiter will wipe the table clean, I will sit at it.' I know about the rule that applies ...
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Sentence for saying that something is further ahead

I am looking for a sentence that tells someone that something is further ahead. For example: if I want to tell a reader (currently reading page 20) about a topic that is further ahead (say on page ...
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wash the dishes ; a phrase?

I don't know either the following constructions are a phrase or a clause? 1) wash the dishes 2) do the laundry 3) take out the garbage In my opinion, they are all phrases or verb phrases ...
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Please find attached the document consisting of code [on hold]

Which one of the following is correct - Please find attached the document consisting of code. Please find the attached document consisting of code. Please find attached the file consisting of code.
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What's the grammatical structure of “all three of them periods”?

Oxford Guide to English Grammar; John Eastwood; Oxford University Press 1994-09 Page 54 2 Information in a text a In a text, old information usually comes first in the sentence and new ...
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Why is my answer wrong?

(First of all,this is grammar question.) İn the 1970s scientists found out that chemicals_____ into the atmosphere______the ozone layer. A)having been released /destroyed (which is picked) B)...
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Have abled to vs have been able to

1.I have abled to do that. I have been able to do that. Why we can't say 1
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Is this sentence structured well? [closed]

"As the current conflict in the country continues to aggravate, many services, basic and essential infrastructure have been destroyed or greatly diminished."
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I need you guys to check if there is a grammatical error in this sentence [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? That time Angela took the single greatest photograph ever. Ever.
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Adverbs after the verb “BE” in “he has and STILL IS”?

In my grammar book, I saw this: He has been looking everywhere for you, and he still is. Why does 'is' stand after an adverb? I thought that there was a rule that we have to put adverbs ...
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Decoding a quote about lying

I'm trying to understand the sentence construction and the meaning of this quote by Otto Von Bismarck. Can someone please help? People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or ...
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reporting structure scenario

In a scenario where you are reporting an event where someone came to your house which of these two sentences is appropriate, " he came to visit me yesterday” or "he came and visited me yesterday.”
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Can two dependent clauses follow one after the other?

I am struggling to parse the sentence in bold (at the end) in the given paragraph. This last sentence is adding some context to an example given before in the paragraph (in italics). But for some ...
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Is this a grammatical noun phrase structure?

This effect can be rectified by the government conducting a publicity campaign. Is this a grammatical structure? the government is the subject, so what is "conducting a publicity campaign"? I ...
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Diffrences between “as” and “the more”

As emerging economies continue to expand, their energy needs are set to grow dramatically What is diffrences between this two sentence, have it the same meaning or not? The more emerging economies ...
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Ali is a great manager. He is/was a born leader

I'm having trouble with the following sentence: 1) Ali is a great manager. He is a born leader. 2) Ali is a great manager. He was a born leader. I'd say that (1) is the right one since Ali ...
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Laziness is a problem with many students

I don't think the following sentence is grammatically correct: Laziness is a problem with many students. Wouldn't it better to say: Laziness is a problem for many students. or perhaps, ...
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What kind of movie would you all like to watch? ---CORRECT?

I'm not sure about the following sentence-constructions: What kind of movie would you all like to watch? What kind of movie you all would like to watch? Which one is correct (and idiomatic)?
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Usage of verbs of perception

This is not one of those women's prisons that we have all seen being all sexy on late-night cable. I saw this line in a tv-series and then I wonder about the construction of this sentence. He is ...
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How do I complete the sentence, “If you don't mind, ____”?

I'm trying to learn the sentence structure and I had a few thoughts about the possible structural continuations of the sentence. I'd appreciate it if you could introduce any new possible continuations ...
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Is it okay not to add “and”?

Pro-Europeans, sensible pragmatists, people who had earned respect across parliament, abase themselves.  (link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/09/boris-johnson-tories-europeans-...
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Word for no matter how much

Whatever and no matter how much is thrown into the pit, it stays empty. Is there a better substitute for "no matter how much" in the above sentence? like the word 'whatever' is being used for 'no ...
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What should we use for upcoming event Were to be and are to be?

Is there any meaning difference in below sentences? What should we use to give information of future upcoming event? (a) Elections that were to be held on Monday has been cancelled. (b) Elections ...
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comparative structure analysis

In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them? I have a ...
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Which is correct? “To be done business” or “to do business with”

Could some help to clear my confusion as I am uncertain which sentence is grammatically correct: He is not the right person to be done business with. He is not right person to do business ...
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Need your help in this case

Today I had to answer to this seller question: -Will you come back? I will come much more times here. I will come often here. How to answer correctly? Thank you for your reply!!!
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Dilemma in using “so” or “too”

I always believe that the usage of so and too is different from each other: He is so busy until he is able to forget his problems. (=+ve sense) and another one He is too busy until he does not ...
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Give an example sentence: (Correct?)

Is this sentence correct? Give an example sentence: I'm not sure whether there is a phrase ' example sentence' or not. I always use: Give an example: or Give a sentence as an example: or ...
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What loud thunder! or What a loud thunder!

My reference book gives me an example as follows: What loud thunder! Should it be written as: What a loud thunder!
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Apart from a good student, he is a good son too

I argue that the following sentence is grammatically correct: Apart from a good student, he is a good son too. Wouldn't it better to say: Apart from being a good student, he is a good son too. I ...
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Grammar issues need help

Can you tell me "I saw you close/closing the door"-this one is correct "I saw you were closing the door" Is this one correct???
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A question regarding: Here is some medicine

My reference book gives me an example as follows: Here is some medicine. To me, it does not make sense since some implies things more than one; thus, should medicine becomes medicines? Having ...
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can I use “that” after proof, demonstrated, etc

I am writing an academic paper, and I need to use demonstrated or proof words. I always use that after these words. I really not sure if this is correct or not. Here is an example, The paper ...
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My thesis focus or My thesis' focus

I would like to describe the main focus of my thesis. However, I do not know which one is correct: My thesis focus is on ... or My thesis' focus is on...
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What sentence element does the “In parallel”?

The value in this property affects only the operations that the current queue has executing at the same time. Other operation queues can also execute their maximum number of operations in parallel....
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“Keep justifying” Or “Keep trying to justify”

Let's suppose that someone who has committed a wrong doing is trying to justify their action and consequently themselves. You notice that although they are well aware that that they have done has not ...
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Teaching at or a teacher for high school

I am writing my CV. For the experience section, I want to express that I was a teacher at a high school in my country for about one term. I do not know which of my sentences is correct? ** Teaching ...
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Sentence Structure and Meaning Question

The idea that Winston modestly hid from history so crucial an event as a brilliant outmanoeuvring of his rival Halifax strains our understanding of his personality, which, by any definition, rates ...
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“are specified” or “have been specified” would be grammatically correct?

Which one is correct? The conditions of deformation and calculation of the soil – pipeline system are specified? Or: The conditions of deformation and calculation of the soil – pipeline system ...
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Which type of sentence is this(Simple, Compound and Complex)

I am a noob and started to learn English. I studied all types of sentences and this sentence surprises me. Your birthday, the most exciting moment of your life, needs to be celebrated with all ...
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Is preposition “OF” required in the given sentence?

I happen to came across below stated sentence in an English preposition book. "This photo is her with her best friend." I assume, that grammatically correct sentence should be: "This photo is of ...
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Questions regarding the following quote: “There's one piece of television program that I will never forget”

Here's a context: Q: what was the most memorable episode of a TV show you've watched? A: There's one piece of television program that I will never forget. It was.... In this situation, it is ...
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Can I have this sentence corrected? [closed]

I'm not at all sure if the sentence is correct (I really hope that you can understand the message I'm trying to convey): "I had no idea that I'd react to her texting him the same way I have ...