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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Can I use “see”+that-clause like this?

I found the footprints of a dinosaur, and I see them. In this case, can I say like this? “I can see that a dinosaur walked here.” see: to be conscious of what is around you by using your eyes: I ...
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Should I place a comma between the two dependent clauses?

Here are the two examples; please tell me if I should place a comma between the two dependent clauses that come before the main clause. I'd also like an explanation, please. Example# 1: (with a comma) ...
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Some Unnatural Instances of Present Subjunctive Uses

As far as I know, the present subjunctive is used in subordinate clauses that follow verbs expressing a desire, a demand, a recommendation, or a resolve. However, I came across the following examples ...
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“I moved to the other place”

I moved to the other place, and I wrote that I moved to the other place. “Someone moved.” Even though I wrote like this, it’s true that I wrote that I moved to the other place? Otherwise, should I ...
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Although and though meaning ‘but’

I have a car, but it is very old. I have a car it is very old though. I have a car although It is very old. -> 4.Although I have a car, It is very old. 5. Although it is very old, I have a car. ...
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Can I say like this in this situation? [closed]

I think “I saw that a bear was jumping with joy” is wrong because joy can’t be seen. Am I right? That-clause is a whole object of the verb, and all the meaning of the clause should be seen, as I know.
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Which conjunction has to be used for contrasting the sentences? Details provided in description [closed]

When I was speaking to an automobile enthusiast, I came across a situation where I couldn't express what I had in my mind about the kick-starter bikes. I want to know the better conjunction to connect ...
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Which conjunction has to be used for contrasting the sentences? Details provided in description [duplicate]

When I was speaking to an automobile enthusiast, I came across a situation where I couldn't express what I had in my mind about the kick-starter bikes. I want to know the better conjunction to connect ...
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How Is This A subordinate Clause?

The instructor said that the sentence below contains a subordinate clause ("... if only for financial reasons."), but I feel that what is being called a 'subordinate clause,' is just a ...
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Complex sentence and compound sentence?

While reading, I get stuck by these two sentences: Even if the code hasn't changed, the system behavior can because the data we use to train our models determines the predictions we make. Chinese ...
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I don't know who's responsible

I don't know [who's responsible]. I don't know [who's the best person for this job]. I don't know [what's best]. I'm assuming sentences 1–3 are grammatical. How are the parts in brackets analyzed? I ...
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Why is inversion applied in some subordinate interrogative clauses when a subject is asked for?

Preamble The main concern of this post was discussed in this thread. However, both the OP and I were not convinced of the explanation in the existing answer and comments. I tried to talk to the author ...
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Some Extra Words In an Embedded Question

I have seen the following sentence: They reported whatever it was he did. I wonder whether "it was" should not be removed to have a grammatical structure. If the sentence is grammatical, ...
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If and When — Singular case, multiple cases

In technical writing, you often have to choose whether to begin a sentence with "if" or "when". If / When you need to ... , do ... If / When you need to specify a year, use YYYY-...
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“Is That” Sentence Structure

The Principle of Sound Learning is that the noise of vulgar fame should never trouble the cloistered calm of academic existence. This is from a piece of edited prose. The author repeatedly uses the ...
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where he can overcome

a. He is not a resourceful man, where he can overcome these obstacles. b. He is not a resourceful man, such that he can overcome these obstacles. c. He is not a resourceful man such that he can ...
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Is it possible to use past continuous tense and tell a long-term action after when?

Is it possible to use past continuous tense and tell a long-term action after when? Is it possible if I say When my sister read the novel, I was watching a movie. When my sister ate ice cream, I ...
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Isn't it wrong to say “dependent clauses can't stand alone”?

Everyone says "dependent clauses are the ones that can't stand alone." I think that's a wrong interpretation of subordinate clauses. By that logic, even independent clauses can't stand alone....
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Present continuous in time clauses with “after”

I'm not sure if I can use the present continuous in the following sentence: "I'll take a trip to the States after I'm finishing my studies" Should I use the present simple or present ...
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Is “what+that” combination correct in the sentence “You are doing what I call sin that people don't even care about”?

I mean that " You are doing what I call sin, and people don't even care about the thing that I call sin. ". Does the sentence below give that meaning? You are doing what I call sin that ...
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What role does the “that” clause play in a sentence?

It won't be any easier now that the pause in use of the Johnson&Johnson vaccine has sown fresh seeds of doubt. (From The Economist) Which type of clause is the bold one? I don't think it is the ...
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Is the sequence of tenses in this example correct?

In the following sentence: I didn't come back because I had thought you were dead. the verb Be in the second dependent clause is a simple past tense, even though (the intention is that) it refers to ...
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Sense of sentence usage with the subordinate clause

If the subordinate clause is an adjective clause, it may be in any tense as is required by the sense: Sam finished the work which I do. Sam finished the work which I did. Sam finished the work which ...
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If there are two dependent clauses after a subordinating conjunction, is it correct to use a comma before “and”?

If there are two dependent clauses after a subordinating conjunction, is it correct to use a comma before "and" as in this sentence: "It can be determined by X + Y where X is defined ...
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What does this paragraph about dependent clauses mean?

Wikipedia: The use of present and past tenses without reference to present and past time does not apply to all dependent clauses, however; if the future time or hypothetical reference is expressed in ...
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2nd conditional with dependent clauses

I've posted this question along with other questions in one post already, someone told me to split it and ask each question in a separate post. Hopefully it's not spam. From wikipedia: Apart from the ...
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What is the grammatical form of the sentence after the word “paradox”

This is a sentence on the book "1100 Words You Need to Know" Week 1 Day 3. I can understand the meaning of the sentence perfectly but the sentence structure and grammatical rules are a bit ...
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Is it correct to use continuous without the auxiliary verb “to be?”

I am working on a project, and I am faced with a sentence that I am unsure is correct. I can make it correct with proper punctuation, but it just made me curious to learn how to use such sentences ...
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he has been engaged in a project teaching chemistry to students

Tanmay Rath holds a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from IIT Kharagpur, with post doctoral experience in nanomaterials research in eastern Asia. However, for the last three years, he has been engaged in a ...
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adverbial clause of cause without finite main clause

They stared at the girl weeping uncontrollably because she just lost her father. My problem with this sentence is that the subordinate clause because she lost her father is a finite clause, but its ...
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Why was the verb put in simple past tense in this sentence?

While reading Oxford Practice Grammar Advanced, I came across this sentence in one of the book's exercises: If she got up early enough and came downstairs, we had breakfast together. I wonder why ...
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Tenses in adverbial clauses of time

There's a rule saying that in adverbial clauses of time we use a present tense to refer to the future. Is I shall go home after the goods are examined. correct? What's the difference between I shall ...
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“that…and that…” sentence pattern

I have problems understanding a complex sentence within a definition of a philosophical term: relativism, is the view that truth and falsity, right and wrong, standards of reasoning and procedures of ...
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Conditionals and noun clauses

(I am in the gym now and think about whether to call a friend.) (1) Me: If I called him now, I would tell him that I am in the gym. Is the am correct here? (2) Me: If I were to be honest now, I ...
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Question word(s), subject and verb of subordinate-clause in “Could you tell me which flight he will be on”

I'm trying to find subordinate-clauses' subjects and verbs, but there's something that confuses me: For example when I'm looking for the question word, subject, and verb in: "I don't know who ...
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Trouble changing a complex sentence into a simple sentence [closed]

How do I change this complex sentence into a simple sentence? He knows that time once gone is gone forever.
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If going to plus would

If I am going to do X, what would the cost of doing Y be? Is this sentence grammatically correct? I want to imply that now that I have to do X and doing X is inevitable, I think doing Y is not that ...
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Wait until something happens before we take action

I have been thinking about this sentence structure for a while now, and I always wonder if it is correct whenever I use it. Let's wait until we get more information before we decide on the next steps....
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Unusual sturucture: What does it mean “which to”?

I have a question that confuses my mind. I've come across this text: "You have eight hours in which to complete this exam." The point which I didn't understand is the meaning of "...
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Is the preposition 'to' optional in the following sentence?

We can propose something to someone. Again, if we propose to someone, we usually give the proposal for marriage. But I am confused when 'propose' is used with an object and a that-clause. In that case,...
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Temporal clauses for repeated activities

Which one is the correct form? Whenever I visit her, she is working in her garden. Whenever I visit her, she works in her garden. (1) seems to break the rule that Present Continuous should be used ...
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Can a head noun be in a subordinate clause or an adverbial phrase of a relative clause?

It is kind of uncommon for me to see a head noun belong to a subordinate clause or phrase of a relative clause. I don't know if the usage is wrong or correct. So, are the examples below grammatically ...
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Tip To Help Waitress Change Her Life

The headline of GiveMeSport says: Floyd Mayweather’s secret $10,000 tip to help waitress change her life. a) Is the bold portion above equivalent to the following? Floyd Mayweather’s secret $10,000 ...
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A comma separating independent clauses

I want to reduce the length of this sentence by adding a comma. However, Grammarly is indicating me that I should avoid it. It is not clear to me since the comma is connecting two independent but ...
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Very confusing usage of “as… as”. The form is like that “as + adverb + as+ clause”, isn't it?

I was reading Great Chain of Being by Arthur O. Lovejoy and I came across a curious usage of "as...as". The text is that: I have often been exasperated by finding precise or paraphrases ...
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Is a comma necessary in this context?

Grammarly is indicating I need to add a comma before often. However, I think it is not necessary since the phrase "often the data required is not available" is creating a subordinate clause ...
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Noun clause or adverbial clause?

Look at the following sentence: Her family was happy when she returned home It is clear that "when she returned home" is a dependent clause because it starts with "when" and has ...
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When-clause refers to the future or general present

You can get into even worse trouble when you're not careful. You could get into even worse trouble when you're not careful. You may get into even worse trouble when you're not careful. You might ...
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Being for background information

Being can be used as a subordinate clause or a noun clause to give explanatory background information. Consider my sentence in this context : Being entertained by smartphones and gaming gadgets, ...
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Should this sentence be split in two, or is my use of “all of which” grammatically correct?

Just wondering if my sentence is too long, confusing, or grammatically incorrect! I completed two primary school placements in opposite socioeconomic areas as well as volunteer in two youth clubs, all ...

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