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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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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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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“In order that” or “In order to”

I stumbled across this example sentence in Wikipedia: "I braked in order that the car stay on the road," and immediately thought what I would've said would be: "I braked so that the car would stay on ...
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interrogative and affirmative sentence constructions

Say we have the following sentence : The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held. Is it grammatically correct to place "is" where it's placed in the sentence, ...
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“Government-issued” vs. “issued by the government”

I have a sentence improvement question : For a week last month, the team's 20 players were stranded because the government-issued passport is not up to international standards. I am confused ...
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What kind of structure is: “… that it is seen as a medium much more so than is broadcast.”?

I can't see where "that it is seen as a medium much more so than is broadcast" is connected in the sentence below. However, it is precisely because, in an everyday sense, the Internet is seen as a ...
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Is “entitled” a verb or adjective or both in “She is entitled…”?

She is entitled to all luxuries in her life. What is the voice of the sentence? If it is passive, which word is the main verb in the sentence? In this sentence the word "entitled" is used as ...
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Is this sentence anastrophe?

I came across the sentence Pretty soon along came some people. However I wonder if Some people came along pretty soon. is correct. Is this sentence anastrophe?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it correct to say “It is the only way you see things that you have no idea occurred.”?

Is it correct to say " It is the only way to see things that you have no idea occurred."? I guess there is supposed to be a preposition ‘about‘ or ‘of' after 'you have no Idea', which I ...
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“the Wonder Wheel, a Ferris wheel that looked” VS “the Wonder Wheel, a Ferris wheel, that looked”

Above all, we boarded the Wonder Wheel, a Ferris wheel that looked as tall as a seven-story building. (From an ACT test) I know "a Ferris wheel that looked as tall as a seven-story building"...
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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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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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“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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I don't understand the structure of this sentence, especially the do and however?

Only when your mental energy is needed elsewhere and you are caught off guard, however, do these emotions and feelings emerge. Why should the "do" be placed ahead of the clause? Could anyone ...
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General Infinitive vs Gerund usage

Is there a general rule telling me when I should use an Infinitive or a Gerund? For example, why is in this sentence a Gerund instead of an Infinitive? "The aim of this report is to give ...
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What is the phrase “suggesting ways to structure the competing considerations” modifying?

"In such cases, attending to the modes of moral reasoning that we characteristically accept can usefully expand the set of moral information from which we start, suggesting ways to structure the ...
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Can you start a sentence with 'That is, unless' when the sentence is a clarification of the previous sentence

Can you start a sentence with 'That is, unless' when the sentence is a clarification of the previous sentence. If farmers and vendors know how to prevent bacterial contamination and how to wash ...
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The use of it as object

SOURCE The following sentence is from the online Longmans dictionary. He found it increasingly difficult to read, for his eyes were failing. Is the part of sentence "it increasingly difficult to ...
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Who protects what?

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA"): The Federal legislation that applies to protection of employee personal information by federally-regulated organizations (such ...
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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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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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Can someone explain the structure of this sentence for me?

I've come across this sentence while reading an economic report: "Stocks climbed on optimism Mexican tariffs will be avoided." And got confused about the structure of this sentence. I'm not really ...
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Used to have to meaning

I know that "used to" is used for an action that is no longer done. But I want to know if I could use "have to" with it. For example if I want to say that getting up early in the morning everyday was ...
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“Why it means so much to me?” or “Why does it mean so much to me?”

"Why the hell it means so much to me?" or "Why the hell does it mean so much to me?" Which is correct and why? If wrong, is the first phrase at least informally acceptable?
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So+simple past verb+subject?

What is the grammatical structure and meaning of the bolded sentence: “Critical thinking” was the watchword for what the better teachers supposedly taught in the better schools. So ran one account. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“This is precisely why he did that, for those who are weak”?

In a translation, I came across this sentence: This is precisely why he loosened the restrictions, for those who are weak. I don't know why, but in my mind, after the expression This is why followed ...
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How to ask about the subject and objects in the following sentence?

I made up a sentence: "She feeds the shark fishes." How to ask about the subject, the 1st object and the 2nd object? Maybe: Who feeds the shark fishes? Who does she feed fishes? What does ...