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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The usage of “preposition+noun”

Under the siege was the hardest time. Through the long hard slog was depressing. Through the wood is the nearest way. I’ll give you until the next morning. Are those sentences natural? I’m wondering ...
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Which of the following questions is/are correct?

Which of the following questions is/are correct? Who on the picture do you think doesn't have children? Who on the picture do you know? Who do you know on the picture? Who on the picture do you know ...
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What does the phrase “to spin the Payload Event Wheel” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "to spin the Payload Event Wheel" in the following sentence from the description of the game FRAG Pro Shooter: Starting in November for ...
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Are sometimes Simple Future and Future Progressive interchangeable

One thing that tricks me is the meaning the progressive form of the future conveys. For instance: This time next week we'll be meeting our boos Saturday I'll be fighting him Does those two mean: ...
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Grammatical structure of this sentence

As with most things, what happens in the US winds its way over to the UK. Including, it turns out, racist tropes. In my day job as a writer on a national newspaper, I sat next to someone who would ...
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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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Mind-bogling GRE equivalence

GRE gap equivalence from my textbook: If good taste has __________ the vampire genre tired and trite, the entertainment industry surely is not listening: for every bloodsucker baring fangs there is a ...
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“How a foolish boy he is!” vs. “How foolish a boy he is!”

How a foolish boy he is! How foolish a boy he is! Which one is more correct? Actually I think it's the first one but I am not sure.
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Which one of the following sentences is syntactically correct?

I have 2 sentences and I can't decide which one is syntactically correct: "If you want to leave a comment all exam participants will see, click here" "If you want to leave a comment for ...
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Comparison between A and B

When comparing two things, such as A and B. If A is better than B, can I say "it's A for B"?
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This is to inform that… vs This is to inform you that

This second sentence looks fine to me. In the first sentence (This is to inform that...) I believe a pronoun is missing. But I need an expert opinion on this. Is the first sentence grammatically wrong?...
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Can I say “Then came they/them”?

As far as I know, this way of arranging a sentence is not present in common English, at least this particular example. Then came they/them. Are both sentences correct, considering that we are in a ...
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Which sentence (out of four) is Grammatically correct?

I want to inform the policy holder of the loan balance on the policy. I am writing a letter and want to pick one correct sentence. "No outstanding loan due on your policy." "No ...
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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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what does “each with a different set of chromosomes” play grammatically in a sentence?

Mcclintock believed maize(corn)was idealistically a plant to study because each ear had hundreds of kernels, each with a different set of chromosomes. (From an ACT test) Could any explain to me the ...
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Use relative clause or adverbial clause?

Garbage cans would be picked up from the narrow alleys____ ran behind the rows of houses. (From an ACT English test) Regarding the blank, which answer is more acceptable? 1. that; 2. since they? ...
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“Enter string theory to rectify the problem.” Where is the subject of the sentence?

The standard model, however, failed to explain gravity. Enter string theory to rectify the problem. (From an ACT test) As the bold sentence above, it throws me off when I see a verb lead a sentence: ...
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Why is the direct object incorrect in this sentence?

In the following statement, the direct object "them" is incorrect and should be removed. Why? I believe that all the principles that underlie how a radio works are beneficial to use them in ...
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What is the sentence structure of “Divergent as the arguments are, It is my firm conviction that…”?

What is the sentence structure of "Divergent as the arguments are, It is my firm conviction that..."? Is it a correct sentence? It seems like an inversion but I can't find this structure ...
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a sentence+comma+ noun+ relative clause?

A sentence from an ACT English test: The cable is designed to stretch to twice its normal length, a feature that allows it to adapt to harsh sea conditions and also keeps the buoy above water at all ...
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Please help me identify the grammatical part of “done”

Construction was recently finished on a two-year renovation, undertaken because the original glass had begun to crack. what does "undertaken" function here? Is it a participle, but I do not ...
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two predicates in one sentence

Next, previous work shows, the scout recruits a new scout to join her on a trek to the good site. She dashes around tapping her antennae on other ants and releasing a pheromone from her sting gland, ...
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how do I interpret the sentence structure

During my first months on the job, Salinger remained a comfortably abstract concept. Then, in June, he called, anxious to speak to Phyllis Westberg, the company's president. My stomach lurched a ...
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Example of XYS university [graduate/graduates]?

Shall I use I will endeavor to be a good example for XYS graduates/graduate? Which one should I use?
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which sentence is better? using possesive structure or 'of'

A: The increasing air pollution in Singapore is due in part to its neighbouring developing countries’ high dependence on fossil fuels. B: The increasing air pollution in Singapore is due in part to ...
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Nominal sentence (sentence without verb)

Short question. Is 'I happy' correct? you mad, I happy.
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“I've kept on falling asleep”?

I would like to know the difference between the following sentences in meaning. I've kept on falling asleep during class. I keep on falling asleep during class. I've been falling asleep during ...
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Sentence paraphrase spilt small sntences

Can anyone paraphrase this sentence for me. I am not a native speaker. It will be easy for me to understand the sentence if someone spilt it small sentences. The Dictionary, together with his other ...
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Could these words be left out in these sentences?

From time to time, I come across some sentences (and create them myself) that have object pronouns that, in my perspective, are wrongly used. For instance: The newest show has these known actors in ...
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Use of “before” as a clause at the end of a question using the past simple?

In the question: Did you teach your grandma something before? Can the "before" clause be placed there or is the question incomplete?
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“sending the device plummeting to the ground”

I am having problem in understanding this sentence, in particular this part "sending the device plummeting to the ground". Does "sending the device plummeting to the ground" ...
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grammar mistake in “so low that can be ignored”

In my sentence: The impact of the proposed method for 5 jobs is so low that can be ignored. the grammar of the highlighted part sounds odd and unusual. What's wrong?
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help me to understand the meaning and grammar structure of this long sentence

I've been reading the book She Said and get completely confused with this sentence in the book. Here it is: She would be required to provide such reasonable assistance as it may request in taking ...
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“whereby agencies avoid dramatic declarations on the chance they might be wrong”

Straitford's briefs don't sound like the usual Washington back-and forthing, whereby agencies avoid dramatic declarations on the chance they might be wrong. I understand the meaning of the sentence, ...
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proper parts of speech and analysis of structure

Find the wrong one(S) I saw injustice happen. I saw injustice happening. I saw injustice happened. This is from a grammar competition. Now from my little knowledge. I can only break it ...
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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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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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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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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 [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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