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Questions tagged [subordinate-clauses]

A Subordinate Clause (or Dependent Clause) has a Subject and a Verb but cannot stand alone as a complete sentence.

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“Who” or “Whom” someone was speaking to?

Cinder How easy it was to forget who she was speaking to, She was speaking to someone. I think it shuold be "whom".
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Is it correct to use Past Continuous with 'since' adverbial clause?

For example: "Since I done my first homework, I was doing my second homework" I've seen plenty of examples on English learner's sites demonstrating either Past Simple or Present Perfect as the main ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct? — “The only problem is where do we start looking?”

I just came across the sentence given above in the question, and think that it isn't grammatically correct such that the correct one would have to be as follows; The only problem is where we start ...
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Catenative Clause and Canonical Clause

Consider the following sentence - She was working. [Function] Subject: She [Category: Noun Phrase] and [Function] Predicate: was working [Category: Verb Phrase] Now consider the verb phrase - ...
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Marking the functions of a sentence: 'She may like it'

I am reading Cambridge Grammar of English Language (CaGEL) all over again, though not cover to cover. One page no. 215, I came across The major functions in the structure of the clause are the ...
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How to understand “who as a Squib could no more have Stunned the fireworks than swallowed them”

"Don't Stun them, Filch!" shouted Umbridge angrily, for all the world as though it had been his incantation. "Right you are, Headmistress!" wheezed Filch, who as a Squib could no more have ...
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Such As vs Such that vs Such who

He is such a boy as doesnot help anybody. Vs He is such a boy that doesnot help anybody. Vs He is such a boy who doesnt help anybody. Which one is correct among the above three? Explain the meaning ...
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What clause is the sentence in the following paragraph?

We all have ways of showing our sweetie how much we love them. But celebrity relationship expert, Kailen Rosenberg, shares why it’s so important and has tips, that’ll really show them how much, ...
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Wh-clause: what even you must condemn

I saw the following sentence in a dictionary. I'd like to know whether it is correct and what relationship holds between "what even you must condemn" and "he was lying." But, what even you must ...
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Can an optative clause ever be used as a subordinate clause?

In English, there are five different types of finite clauses: declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamative, and optative Here are examples: (1) You are generous. [declarative] (2) ...
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“which…come from” VS “where… come” [closed]

let's talk about the country where you come from. let's talk about the country where you come. let's talk about the country which you come from. I am not certain which one is right.
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What clause element is this please?

When she got into the car at five, ready for the fifteen-mile drive across London, it wouldn't start. What does this stretch of language represent? Is it an adverbial?
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What is the meaning of the answer “I suppose so.” to the question “You won't be here tomorrow?”?

The following is an example from Swan's Practical English Usage (515.2) You won't be here tomorrow? I don't suppose so. I understand the answer "I don't suppose so" is the same as I don't ...
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How to identify a matrix clause (a clause with an embedded subordinate clause)?

I am trying to understand matrix clauses. Today at the lecture, two sentences were discussed, of which one contains a matrix clause and one does not. I'm going to post them here: He knew ...
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“I'll never pray to a God since my butt issues”

I'll never pray to a God since my butt issues. The usage of 'since' drew my attention and puzzled me. I don't understand why it was used here and whether it was a substitute for either 'because of'...
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What's the difference between finite clause and infinite clause?

What does infinite clause mean and which features differentiate it from finite clause? I know so far that finite clause is inflectable while infinite clause is uninflectable. But I need some examples ...
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What are these structures called and how do they differ?

A long serving member of the Army, he recieved many decorations including The George Cross, the most fitting conclusion to his distinguished career. People often pass away because they've simply '...
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Can we add the phrase “do you think” in an interrogative sentence and not reverse the subject-verb order?

I was chatting with my friend and I asked him this question. But, then I was not sure if it was grammatically correct because I had never used the phrase "do you think" with an interrogative sentence. ...
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Is the sentence 'What I need is to do/doing the things I like.' grammatically correct?

There is a task in Oxford English Grammar (Basic) by Michael Swan and Catherine Walter that goes as follows: Write a sentence beginning 'What I need is...' Which made me think of which is more ...
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What's the use of “that” in this case?

What's the difference between the two? You know that it is true. You know it is true. Are those the same perfectly in conversation?
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Can a dependent clause specify a verb phrase?

I am not sure if "specify" is the right word here, so please edit it if there is a more suitable expression. So I know that noun phrases can be "specified" by dependent clauses, like this, The ...
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“to first receive” or “to receive first”

I have received an email asking me whether I would like to extend a support period, but I need to know another information beforehand (I have already asked but never received an answer). Where ...
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Locating the main verb of a subordinate that-clause

In this CNN report starting at 2:58, a British reporter says: Trump is so deeply unpopular that her sort of gilded way of smiling in his presence, never really causing a standoff, and managing to ...
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suggests that she sit /sits/sat

I have a question about "The verbs with the general meaning of suggestion and form of verbs" a) She declined a seat beside Charles on the sofa. She insisted that Jane sit there. (subjunctive verb) ...
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Do the sentences bear the same meaning?

I was wondering whether: a. the two sentences mean the same, and b. if sentences of the same construction can always convert the verb to a participle. Here are the sentences: Though it ...
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“How many language do you speak?” OR “How many language you speak?”

How many language do you speak? OR How many language you speak? Which one is correct? What is the difference? I have found another example: How much food are you going to take with ...
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Subordinate clause within a sentence

I'm always confused with this type of clause - I wake up feeling tired, I went home trying to sleep etc. I am always confused when and how to use this type of clause (please correct me and let me ...
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The plan that I want to give [to] you. Direct, Indirect object in attributive clause

I don't know the grammar rule I must apply in the following sentences. Do I need to add to? Here is the book that I want to give [to] you. Here is the plan that I want to give [to] you. Here is the ...
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Which is the main verb and object of this sentence here?

He makes me do the work. I don't understand which is the main verb here. I know that "make" is a causative verb in this sentence but which is the main verb? Is it make or do? and which is the main ...
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Grammar of titles - wh-clause vs. question

I found an article with the title: Why We Listen to Music This seem somewhat incomplete to me, because "why we do something" is usually used as the subject of dependent clause like "This is why we ...
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“Going” Vs. “If I go”?

1) Going to school everyday, I will feel bored and exhausted. 2) If I go to school everyday, I will feel bored and exhausted. Aren’t these sentences alike in meaning?
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Using “after” with a period of time specified right after it

Do I need to turn a period of time into a dependent clause subject when I use the preposition "after" right in front of it or is it not necessary? For example, can I just say: I would only see ...
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Why are there two verbs in this sentence? (A raid … starting late on Wednesday yielded as much as 20 tonnes…)

I want to know why they have used two verbs in this sentence I think that the usage of a conjunction is missing. A night-long raid at an ice factory in Rajabazar starting late on Wednesday ...
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Parsing verbs as object

How do you parse run across the street below? I saw him (run across the street).
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Special subordinate clause situation

Yesterday I came across a sentence I could no parse for the life of me. Maybe one of you can help me understand it better. The sentence in question is: "These are things that I wish I could go ...
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Subordinate clauses: Use of “in case” to replace inside a sentence

I have this sentence I'm struggling with, it's from the "subordinate clauses" subject: You should never sleep on a mattress that is too hard. It can give you back pain. I have to use "in case" inside ...
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Does “A is coupled to B (so as) not to rotate relative to B” make sense?

A is coupled to B so that they can rotate together. I am trying to rewrite the above sentence I created such that the rewritten one has the same meaning but is expressed in opposite way. My examples ...
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Is 'what to do' a clause?

I don't know what to do. Here, is what to do a clause? If so, what's the reasoning for that?
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Negation with “should be”

I wonder if the as clause in this sentence should be negated. She is not curious in the least, as she should be. or She is not curious in the least, as she should not be. Or are they both ...
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Difference in usage of the below sentences

Can you explain which of the below sentences is grammatically correct and why? I watched you playing with them. I watched you play with them. I have a grammar correction app which suggests ...
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Noun clause or an adjective clause?

Our professor told us that the following sentence contains a noun clause, because it tells an idea about "the story" and does not modify it. The story that the beach would be closed filled her with ...
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Using an infinitive in subordinate clause

The Infinitive phrase may be subject: For you to learn English is good subjective complement: My desire is for my family to be happy object: I consider it better for children to learn ...
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usage of “before” as Conjunction

Can I 're-write' the sentence, "If I finish my homework, I can go out at the weekend." as, "I can't go out at the weekend before I finish my homework."
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Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause?

Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause? "To get to New Zealand the fastest way" The whole sentence is... To get to New Zealand the fastest way, you will have to fly from ...
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Can you have one fragment follow another fragment?

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? The teenagers drove to the party, some arriving in sports cars, others arriving in limousines. I know that the sentence ended after the "some ...
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Difference between “That I brought” vs “I brought”

What is the difference between these two sentences? This is a book that I brought from the library. This is a book I brought from the library. Do both work? If so why do they both work?
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Subordinate clause not equivalent to main clause

The head teacher of the institute ________ an M.A in English so he can also teach us. 1) did 2) has done 3) have done 4) has doing I think the problem I'm facing is 'so'. Here, 'so' is a ...
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What kind of word is HOW here? ---> “We will look at how this is used”

Sentence: We will look at how this is used. My question is here, 1. Is a word "how" subordinator in this sentence? If not, then what is it? 2. We will look at and this is used, are these two ...
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“in which”, “to which” are these subordinate conjunctions?

This is the bag in which I put my sandwich. I shall return the money to the person to which it belongs. "to which it belongs" and "in which I put my sandwich" are these subordinate / ...
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what is the meaning of this sentence and what is the verbs?

I am confused with the sentence below, I can't understand it grammatically. Can you please tell me about the meaning of it? Why does it have 3 verbs? It is understood no complaint has been received ...