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Is this subject/verb agreement correct?

You are insane if dumb old you wants to do that. You are insane if dumb old you want to do that. You are insane if you want to do that. You are insane if you wants to do that. Which two of these ...
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It - Preparatory subject

A preparatory subject is a placeholder noun used before the actual subject (infinitive expression, a clause) is introduced in the sentence. It looks as if we're going to have trouble with Anna again. ...
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Which is the subject here?

We know that subject of an Imperative Sentence (You) remains understood. For example, "Look at the cuckoo in that tree." Here, subject of the intransitive verb 'Look' is "You", ...
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What will be the subject verb agreements

They or I ___ responsible for it.
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Can a weapon slay a person?

Does the subject of the verb "slew/slay" have to be a person? Consider the following sentence I wrote: Ram then fired an arrow that slew Subahu. Is the above sentence correct? Here, "...
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Should I use plural or singular form of verb in those sentences

I'm confused, with those sentences, first I thought I should use GRANTS in all, but in second thought I'm not sure what is the subject of those sentences. Is the word "completing" / "...
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What is the Subject of the sentence: "Wednesday night found Hermione and Harry sitting alone in the common room,..."

About this quote from Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone: Wednesday night found Hermione and Harry sitting alone in the common room, long after everyone else had gone to bed. The first clause, in ...
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What is the subject of the “sizzled”?

I don’t understand what is happening to the following sentence, especially “ that sizzled for a split second” I read this on Kimutatu Tokyo university English reading (キムタツ東大英語リーディング), an English ...
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Can I say "people weren't singing" even if people didn't exist?

I heard something from the room, but I entered the room, just birds were singing. In this case, can I say "people weren't singing" even though people didn't exist? Does "people weren't ...
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What is the subject and predicate in the sentence "What time is the meeting?"

What is the subject and predicate in the sentence "What time is the meeting?" I think subject here is "the meeting" and predicate "what time is". Is that correct?
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Subject question vs. object question

In the text book that I am supposed to use in my lessons I have this explanation on the difference between subject and object questions: I want you to especially pay attention to this sentence above: ...
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In this sentence, what are the main subject and the main verb?

Consider the following sentence: Though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her. In that sentence, what are the main subject and the ...
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Are both acceptable? "me and him" Vs "I and He"?

Me and him did it. I and he did it. Are both acceptable, If yes, how?
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Do the subject and object have to agree in number? For example: "Tigers (plural) are a wild animal (singular)"

Does the plurality of the object have to agree with the plurality of the subject? For example, which one of the following sentences is correct? Tigers are wild animals and they live in the jungle. ...
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Omitting subject in English sentences, what is the logic behind it?

I sometimes see and myself use sentences like. "Reminds me that..." rather than "It reminds me that...". Is it correct use? If so, in which type of sentences can we omit subject (...
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Sentence used as a subject

This sentence came up in one of the videos of a popular English teacher on youtube. Just because you don't have a degree shouldn't make a difference. My question is, is this correct? Can the phrase '...
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What is the subject of this participle in this context?

What is the subject of paving? 'Adidas?' or 'a landmark deal with Adidas?' I thought 'a landmark deal with Adidas', however, one of my friends told that 'Adidas' is the subject. I want to know how to ...
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Are "What might happen?" & "who might win?" (the race)" Correct?

In Cambridge Dictionary Grammar – Questions: wh-questions is found: When what, who, which or whose is the subject or part of the subject, we do not use the auxiliary. We use the word order subject + ...
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What is the subject of the verb [settle]? He waited until complete quiet settled on the assembly

A sentence from dictionay assembly: entry 2 in Collins He waited until complete quiet settled on the assembly. I guess complete is an adjective and quiet ia an uncountable noun What is the subject ...
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The most important is challenges : Isn't the subject adjective which is not supposed tonuse as a subject?

Here is the full sentence. From his own experience joining the air force as a young man, Mike had a clue to the riddle. While the rigors of his induction weren’t quite as harrowing as those of West ...
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Can we omit the subject and object at the same time?

Can we omit the subject and object at the same time? example: Although he is hurt by her, he still loves her. (nothing omitted) Although hurt by her, he still loves her. (subject omitted only) ...
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Usage of "rely on"

Could you tell me who is doing the action of telling the time, me or my watch? I don't sleep with a bedside alarm-clock, so when I wake up in the middle of the night, I rely on my watch to tell the ...
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What is the prepositional phrase “with confidence” modifying?

"Our vision goes beyond the familiar, with confidence to step into new adventures that help our environment." Is this sentence grammatical or is there something missing? I feel like the ...
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Is it impossible that noun clauses beginning with "when" can function as a subject?

___is impossible to tell now. (A) When will it snow (B) Whether will snow (C) When it snows (D) Whether it will snow I found this in my homework. the answer is D. but C for option confuses me, ...
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What's the Subject in 'What time is it?'

I'd like to know what part is the subject in the sentence 'What time is it?'. Many thanks.
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what is the subject in the sentence?

On top of that come the problems of managing proceedings in what is in effect a huge debating society, in which everyone has a say, and speeches are relayed by “human microphones”—chanted sentence by ...
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them can be used in a informal way?

Them are two good ones, he said. James Joyce writes this sentence. is that used in an informal way?
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Two questions about the 4th verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

4th verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner": O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued ...
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Can an adjective be a subject

I read a sentence from an authoritative grammar book that adjective can be a subject, but the usage is using the pairs of adjective, for instance, wet or dry will make little difference But later I ...
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How to construct a principal clause?

How can I construct a perfect sentence? Both, principal and subordinate clause has a subject and a predicate. How can I be sure that the sentence I formed is a principal clause? For e.g. I am very ...
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Subject of participle

Unaware of the foul ball heading towards him, my friend Jim got hit in the head, causing excruciating pain. I think the subjects of both the participial phrase and the main clause are the same, that ...
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Can a subject and its complement be of different numbers?

Can a subject and a subject complement be of different numbers, i.e. one of them is plural and the other is singular? To check this, I came up with some examples (where, as I understand, "are&...
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Can an adjective be used as a subject in this example? [closed]

In the example: The Iranian were interested in building and repairing their own house Why is the adjective, Iranian, used as a subject?
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can a word be both an object and a subject in a clause?

She handed him a cup of tea that he knew without tasting would be exactly as he liked it. Is "that" the object of "he knew" and the subject of "would be…"? In other ...
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"I doing sth", "me doing sth", "my doing sth" as a subject or an object

I'm learning English and it sometimes confuses me what constructions, either clause or gerund, are acceptable as subjects or objects. In a question I asked previously, I asked about the grammaticality ...
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Clauses with no subject

I've been reading that English does not permit clauses without a subject (except imperative sentences and infinitive verbs, right?). So I don't understand phenomena such as: We've updated our Privacy ...
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As a subject, is “dinner and drinks” singular or plural?

Is “dinner and drinks” considered singular or plural? i.e. is it how were dinner and drinks? or how was dinner and drinks?
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Is it correct to use future and present tenses with one subject? [closed]

For example: I agree with the author's opinion and will give some arguments to support it.
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What is the subject in "There is no form to reject"?

What is the subject in this sentence? There is no form to reject. And what type of sentence is this?
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Something about infinitive clause

Tom is hard (for us) to convince. It's hard (for us) to convince Tom. The location is hard to find on the map. It's hard to find the location on the map. In above examples, #2 and #4 can be ...
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What is the implied subject of "accounting"?

I dreamed up these two sentences. I did some research. It seems that they are both correct. I understand that,in Sentence 1, the implied subject of "accounting" is the subject of the first ...
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Questions as subjects

How can I use a question as a subject of the sentence? For example: How did the big bang occur has always attracted scientists. What is wrong with this sentence?
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Can I remove the subject, as in "It's helpful as removes pain"?

Can subject in subordinated clause be omitted if it's same as in main clause even if verb isn't be-copular? E.g.: It's helpful as removes pain.
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Meaning of Making it desolate

Another ruined suitor, who periodically appears from Shropshire, and breaks out into efforts to address the Chancellor at the close of the day’s business, and who can by no means be made to understand ...
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What is the subject of "has enormous demands placed on his or her time"? What is the meaning of that clause in the context?

From Fundamentals of Management: The average executive works 60 hours a week; has enormous demands placed on his or her time; and faces increased complexities posed by globalization.
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Can the subject of a sentence also be its object?

Can the subject of a sentence also be its object? In the sentence, "There came a man who was sent from God," is "man" both the subject of "came" and the object of "...
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This case in the CGEL puzzles me

In the CGEL(Quirk et al), the case below puzzles me because an adverb phrase or a prepositional phrase rarely serves as subject. 10.15 Adverbial forms as subject: (1) Slowly is exactly how he speaks. ...
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Emphasizing the subject with an article

What is the difference from including the article in the emphasis (which is not for intonation but for formatting)? He is a journalist based in LA. He is a journalist based in LA. P.s. I edited the ...
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Having brothers established

A complete change of life became desirable. He quitted the militia and engaged in trade, having brothers already established in a good way in London, which afforded him a favourable opening. Emma ...
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Hemingway English

I have no issues with the book (A Farewell to Arms), it's so far generally easy to read, but sometimes I stumble across weird sentences like this one: Suddenly to care very much and to sleep to wake ...
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