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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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“Your either for or against him” - what kinda structure is it? [closed]

I have read this on the Internet at many places including Bible and RailForums UK (used by an established author there) in the context of the news of Nelson Mandela's Death. In most of the cases, it ...
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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 (...
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What is the structure of this sentence?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2013/11/protests-thailand The king’s 86th birthday is on December 5th, and both sides of the political divide claim legitimacy bestowed by loyalty to the ...
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Explain the verb tense in “All that glitters is not gold”

I am confused by the maxim All that glitters is not gold. May I know why the word is is used there? In my known according the English grammar glitters is plural, So after plural we add verb+s. As ...
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What does this “in order to” explain?

I don't understand what this "in order to" explains in the following sentence: "Focusing on access reveals potential vulnerabilities that could be even more effectively exploited when used in ...
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I don't understand the structure of this

There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration. This is a ...
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Why is there a noun phrase after a passive voice?

There was a time when a girl like Cathy would have been called possessed by the devil. She would have been exorcised to cast out the evil spirit, and if after many trials that did not work, she would ...