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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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A word 'features' is a noun in this sentence?

I was reading a paper in computer science and found a sentence that I wonder how this sentence is constructed. This suggests that our locations are of such quality that features with higher ...
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Is “there has got to be” grammatical?

There has got to be the establishment of a universal auxiliary language. Does the verb got add more to the context or is it there just for emphasis? Is it even grammatical? Using Google-Ngrams I ...
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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 ...
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The placement of participles defining the subject of the main clause

As far as I know, we can use participles right before or after the subject of the main clause to give extra information about the subject. For example: 1- Dressed in his class-A uniform, the marine ...
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What's the grammatical structure of this sentence?

Does this sentence "as were all things Thanos" means "as if all things were Thanos?" If so, is it common to reverse "were" while omit "if"? Could anyone help with its grammar or structure? Greatly ...
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Using absolute phrases to show reason

I was watching a video and announcer said this: "...over the weekend the LA Lakers gave away almost everything to the New Orleans Pelicans, the sole reason being to bring Anthony Davis to the ...
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I won't/don't accept any excuse(s)

I wonder which choice below is the most correct one? Please let me know why the other choice do not work: Person A) Sorry I'm late. The traffic on the way in was crazy! Person B) This is your ...
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“Be as adjective”

My girls are on the wait list for their preschool and it is twice as tough to get in with twins. Marked phrase kind of puzzled me. I quoted this from a tv-series. We don't know the second part ...
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Have a job doing something

1- I was walking home from the coffe shop. I have a job bussing tables there. What does the marked phrase mean? I look it up in a dictionary and it says that "a job doing something" means "to have ...
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Can this clause function as an adverbial of reason?

I couldn’t analyse the structure of this sentence properly. Specifically, i don’t know what is the function of the clause “over giving weighting factor to the role of youngsters.” This is the whole ...
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“Collapse” or “crumble”

I won't ever forget that moment. The moment I wish never was. I just stepped out of my work that got a call from my mother and came to know the most horrible news that my grandma who raised me and I ...
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(Behind), (behind them), (behind their back)

I wonder which choice works naturally and idiomatically in my scenario? When those genocidal and bloodthirsty warlords attacked, they burned everywhere, killed many innocent people and ruined many ...
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What is the structure of this sentence with commas?

In the sentence below The processor puts the data it wants to write on a bank of electrical traces, the data bus, by raising the voltage on some to represent ones and leaving voltages unchanged on ...
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“‘People for whom gold holds no allure”

Oxford dictionary gives an example for using of the word "allure": ‘People for whom gold holds no allure’ I read it again and again and I'm not sure I understood it and I'm afraid something here ...
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Word order in Indirect questions

Which is right: I would like to know when exactly the results will be posted. I would like to know exactly when the results will be posted. I would like to know when the results will be posted ...
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Analysing sentence structure

Please help me understand why the use of "human as" is wrong in the following sentence: [...] the philosophers emphasized the study of human as fundamental to their doctrine."
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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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Is the format be+on+trial grammatically correct?

See, for example, the following example; He is on trial for selling illicit goods in his store. Is that sentence grammatically sound or should it better be like; He is put on trial for selling ...
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Giving hope to somebody

I wonder what phrasal verb/expression/idiom do you normally use in English for giving someone hope? Please have a consideration in my examples: A) He is a very energetic and positive individual. ...
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<Get beaten up> or <get beaten badly>

Beat up as a transitive verb means: "to give a severe beating to, etc." Example: I got beaten up by thugs on my way home. Also, Cambridge says: Beat up: to hurt someone badly by hitting or ...
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why is the correct answer “the”?

Gilbert Stuart is considered by most art critics ……………. greatest portrait painter north American colonels 1-that he was 2-as he was 3- who was the 4- the why is the answer "4" not "3" or"1","2"?
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Using comma with “nevertheless”

I just finished reading that thread. I have some questions in my mind now. 1- As far as I understand by looking these examples, we don't really have to use comma or semicolon to connect two sentences ...
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What is the meaning and structure of this sentence which has commma?

In the sentence below: The North Bridge and South Bridge together form the computer’s chipset**,** secondary only to the processor in determining the performance and capabilities of a PC. The ...
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How to understand “or so it seemed to Harry” in this context

Seconds later, or so it seemed to Harry, he was woken by what sounded like cannon-fire as the door burst open. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I'm not quite sure how to understand "or so ...
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<Close by> and <Closer by>

When you want to say someone who lives far from you that it was better if they lived close to you, you would probabely say something like: I wish you lived close by. But how about a comparative ...
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How should I parse “popular accept friends” in this “when” clause?

In the sentence below, The danger comes when teens eager to appear popular accept friends that they don’t really know and post too much information thinking that only their friends will see ...
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<The success/happiness/best> VS <All the success/happiness/best>

When you search the internet there are lots of English sources written by natives including my listed structures for the topics like: "success", "happiness", etc. For instance: 1-1- I wish you ...
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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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What does this sentence mean: “We've gotten too good at pushing our own buttons.”

A neuroscientist who specializes in eating behavior and obesity say: "We've gotten too good at pushing our own buttons". This structure is very strange to me: have gotten + adjective + at + ...
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“I never thought”, “I've never thought”, “I never would have thought”

Let's suppose that you face an old friend on the street accidentally for the first time after a couple of years and you are going to express your surprise out of this coincidence. Which one of the ...
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When you want to ask someone to meet with another person to define who is the liar

Let's assume that someone is telling something lie about you and claims that what he says is someone else's statements about you. All the stuff he says, seem to be wrong regarding you and you want to ...
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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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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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When a reporter of a newspaper takes some pictures from something and puts them within their newspaper

In the following self-made scenario I need to know whether the bold part is natural or there is a better way to mention that: But still, Noah is thinking about the girl who he met 14 years earlier, ...
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Is the sentence “I'd like to hear your input on this matter” correct?

I'd like to hear your input on this matter. I'm really unsure whether the above sentence makes sense. If not, what is the correct version of the sentence; and if it does make sense, are there any ...
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Is there a sort of standard that tells us how to order words, names, and adjectives?

Is there a sort of standard that tells us how to order words, names, and adjectives? I am not sure, but I feel like often times the best authors will put the word with the least syllables in front. ...
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Dangling participle?

As far as I know those two examples below considered wrong because of dangling participles. 1- For the interview, William borrowed Grandpa's old suit, draped neatly on a hanger. 2- Do you ...
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“Who would you rather had won” is this correct?

Which of these sentences is correct? "Who would you rather had won?" "Who would you rather have won?" "Who would you rather have win?" "Who would you rather had win?" I can find instances of people ...

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