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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If sentences like “make me understand”, “makes me walk” is correct, then how “It makes me motivated to die” is correct?

First I like to say that I am not a native speaker and I beg pardon for my ignorance. Usually, I have seen a lot of examples like, "It makes me walk", "Make me understand" etc. ...
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Why is this sentence grammatically wrong?

Can you please tell me why this sentence is grammatically wrong? In 1972 North America's strongest earthquake hit Alaska
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'Be shot' in place of 'to be shot'

In a war, You either shoot or be shot. One explanation I think is Since Either-or is Correlative conjunction...so the items they are connecting must follow the same grammatical structure. Here, 'be' ...
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'be + formed' or 'to be + formed'

The Secretary of State ordered that a committee be formed to investigate the matter. Why 'be formed' is used instead of 'to be formed'? Is it because of 'That-clause'?
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“ever again”, “never again” or “ever”

You won't able to see the light of day ever again. You won't able to see the light of day never again. You won't able to see the light of day ever. Which one is correct?
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They will fail without earning even a dollar!

Is it correct to say: most people forget about marketing before starting their business. so They will fail without earning even a dollar! Does it make sense to you? If not, could you please help me ...
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chain conditional sentences

If he’s not here by 2:30, I’ll call his parents. If you sent a message, I’ll reply. If Jane’s fever hasn’t gone down, Anna will take her to the hospital. If the client is here, I’ll be sure to ...
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Doubt in a particular newspaper extract with regard to the COVID-19 vaccine

Here to quote from the newspaper "The Hindu",it says that,"They assume that the vaccines which are gene based agents will 'remain entrapped in the circulation, and may be taken up by ...
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Clarifying “The man saw the woman with a telescope.”?

Cited from p. 12 of Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin: The man saw the woman with a telescope. Who had the telescope, the man or the woman? My question Who, the man or the woman,...
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is the sentence I have posted in the body a complete sentence?

May will be the first month post-board match messaging, updating on the state of NYC jobless rates and the conditions that are still being seen today.
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I wonder if there are some typos in this sentence: Ashely had pushed her past her patience pique

While reading a book I encountered the sentence I don't understand. Please give me some advice. Situation: During a class, a student, Ashley Bonny is caught being lackadaisical when she should pay ...
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challenges “facing” or “faced”?

Among the annoying challenges facing the middle class is one that will probably go unmentioned in the next presidential campaign: What happens when the robots come for their jobs? I can't understand ...
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What is meaning of this newspaper extract?

There have been exceptions — the Nepali Maoists, for example, managed to partake in power after peacefully ending the civil war — but if the Indian Maoists’ denunciation of these steps taken by their ...
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Is relative pronoun 'which' missing?

(1) This has caused a lot of damage to the environment. This damage leads to a loss of biodiversity. (2) This has caused a lot of damage to the environment, which leads to a loss of biodiversity. (3) ...
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Is it correct to say “from first day of your job”?

I want to say: You can't make money from first day of your job Is that correct to say from first day of your job? Also does it make sense to say: You can't make money in the first year/ first two ...
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Does it make sense to say “they didn't make it overnight” in the below sentence?

There are many people who make a lot of money per month but they didn't make it overnight! Is that correct to say: they didn't make it overnight? or maybe i can say: They haven't reached there ...
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Why are the 2 verbs in this sentence different tenses?

Why are the two verbs in this sentence in different tenses? Why is one in the past tense “interviewed” and “working” in present tense? -The actor interviewed by Frank is working on a project in Spain.
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How would I correct the sentence formation error and explain why it’s wrong? [closed]

How would I correct this sentence 2 different ways? And also explain the error? “While you using the NYC subway for the first time, it is important to know what “uptown” and “downtown” mean.” Would it ...
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How do I explain why “I wonder where is the bus station.” is wrong? [duplicate]

I am having a hard time explaining why the sentence “I wonder where is the bus station.” is wrong and it should be “I wonder where the bus station is.” How would I explain why the word “is” shouldn’t ...
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Is “looking for the treasure” an adverbial phrase?

Is "looking for the treasure" an adverbial phrase? Some pirates spent their whole lives looking for the treasure.
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What type of sentence is it?

The government cap on payments for medical services is thought to have encouraged doctors to perform off-the-books, and potentially far more lucrative, services like illegal abortions. Is it a simple ...
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It's + Adjective+ Infinitive

'It is important to take a break twice a day' 'It' is a dummy subject here, 'important' is working as an Adjective and but how this Infinitive clause'to take a break...' is working. Is it an Adverb as ...
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Are these clauses independent or dependent?

This fog is so thick, you can cut it with a knife. This fog is so thick that you can cut it with a knife. Also, if only one is a dependent clause, please explain why.
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“These are the strongest painkillers THERE ARE.” or “These are strongest painkillers OUT THERE”

In a medical text I came across the following sentence: Morphine and morphine-like drugs are the strongest painkillers there are. I have never seen the usage of "there are" at the end of ...
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How to change “He told me that he has locked the door” to a simple sentence?

He told me that he has locked the door. How can this be rewritten as a simple sentence? A simple sentence is one that consists of just one independent clause. Can it be written as He told me to have ...
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What's the structure of the first half of that sentence?

"Please provide a list of certifications received in the table below and attach each completed form." Q1. What's the structure of the first half of that sentence? 'Provide + a list of ...
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“Analysis is run daily.” is it correct?

The following sentence is in an email from Google: “Analysis is run daily.” Please let me understand, why it isn’t “analysis runs daily” or “analysis does run daily” or “analysis is running daily”? Is ...
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Who is it? What is the subject of this question

Who is it? Imagine there was a knock at the door and you say, "who is it?". What the subject is of this simple sentence? Could someone provide me with a detailed answer? Is "who" ...
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What “it is of” means?

Section 40(1) of the Supreme Court Act sets out the main criteria the Court considers when deciding whether to grant a party leave to appeal. Under this section, the SCC may grant leave if it is of ...
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Where is the best place to place “faint/faintly” in this sentence?

A brief burst of machine-gun fire is faintly heard. A brief burst of machine-gun fire is heard faintly. A brief, faint burst of machine-gun fire is heard. A faint, brief burst of machine-gun fire is ...
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Do these sentences have the same meaning: “I don't think he is a student.” and “I think he is not a student.”

1-"I don't think he is student." 2- "I think he is not a student." The speaker has the opinion that "he is not a student". But in order to say this in English, we make up ...
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What does “never been one for me except” mean?

There is a sentence from Johnny Cash's Wikipedia page with a very strange structure: At the July 5, 2003, concert (his last public performance), before singing "Ring of Fire", Cash read a ...
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What does “Ought not the suggestion of the worthy namesake of the psalmist to have its weight at such a moment?” mean in “The Last of the Mohicans”

I used to believe that I had a decent grasp of English as my second language, but now "The Last of the Mohicans" is completely crushing my self-esteem. This question is about one sentence, ...
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usage of demonstrative pronouns

I am writing an article. I have two sentences. The first sentence introduces a thesis. In the second sentence there is a reference to it. Should I use the relative pronoun "this" or "...
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Can “mislead” be accompanied by “that-clause”?

"The fallacy of false choice misleads that the choices which have been made explicit exhaust the sensible alternatives." Q1. The structure of the above sentence is "Subject + misleads ...
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what kind of structure is this sentence: “Is he like Patrick to look at?”

This sentence is from a famous British film(Downton Abbey). There is a guy whose face was completely hurt in the war and being treated in a hospital. Almost all of the face is wrapped in bandages, and ...
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Are sentences like, “He is a too-good person,” correct?

I wonder if sentences like the ones below are correct. John is a too-good person. (Trying to mean John is a person that is too good.) He's had too-young girlfriends. (Trying to mean someone has had ...
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“is you” or “you”

I have seen an interview with Justin Bieber, and there he said, “I just love the fact that what you do so brilliantly is you create such an amazing atmosphere for me,” and so I have a question. Why ...
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Analyzing a sentence

Do my analyze is correct? If don't then correct it. Sentence: The tsunami and the undersea earthquake which triggered it, the largest ever recorded in the region, killed nearly 20,000 people, ...
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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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