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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Question sentences involving negation

(1) Does he not know? (2) Doesn't he know? I don't usually see and hear questions formed in the first style. I was even surprised to know that it is grammatically correct. And actually it is the ...
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“He saw it stop and his son get out”

I have been reading Men With Brooms for a few days. I read a sentence which did not make any sense to me, so I landed here to get some help on it. I have pasted the sentence from the novel. Please go ...
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Two consecutive gerunds? -ing -ing?

I am considering to set up a cyber cafe. I am considering setting up a cyber cafe. I think it should be version #2 where the verb considering is followed by the gerund setting. But it sounds ...
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“I heard the clock strike ten”: why not “striked ten”?

I heard the clock strike ten. Why is strike in the simple present in this sentence? What are the conditions for using a simple present verb after a past tense verb to talk about the past?
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The grammar of 'Ready to take' versus 'Easy to take'

Why is this ungrammatical?: * The medicine is easy to be taken. when we can say: The medicine is ready to be taken. What is the difference between "ready" and "easy" that makes the ...
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Why is “I'll be”, wrong as a short answer?

I was writing a text in English to an Italian girl friend of mine whose English is very good. In the text, I asked: Will you be coming to the staff party on Thursday? and she replied Yes, I'll ...
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Should we cut “so” in this sentence?

Ducks, geese, and swans are different types of waterfowl, but because they are similar in behavior and physical characteristics, so they comprise a single bird family. I have to find an error in the ...
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How to know whether to use 'that' in clauses like 'I don't want that you go to Ireland'?

For me, both next sentences are correct : I don't want you to go to Ireland. I don't want that you go to Ireland. How do I know whether or not I should use "that" in a sentences like these?
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omitting the word “there”

She is used to there being no one else around. She is used to being no one else around. Would anyone please elaborate which one would be correct and why?
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“Do you know what IS IT?” vs “Do you know what IT IS?” [duplicate]

What is the right way to embed one question inside another? For example: "Do you know what is it?" "Do you know what it is?" Are they both grammatical? If one of them isn't, then why is ...
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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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what is the difference between “ when it rains” and “when it is going to rain”

I will buy an umbrella when it rains. I will buy an umbrella when it is going to rain. What is the difference between the first one and the second one? Besides, can I change it to "when it is ...
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Usage of the phrase “whether it is”

Many people use the phrase "whether it is" to introduce lists or alternatives at the beginning of sentences. Can we also use "whether it is" in this way in other sentence positions such as in the ...
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“Are” at the End of a Statement (a statement that is not an indirect question)

Why is it okay to use "are" at the end of a statement? I found a page here that talks about verbs at the end of indirect questions, but I am specifically looking for an answer about why "are" can be ...
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"which soldier is me!” or “which soldier I am!”

I can’t accurately tell what is the subtlety of the use of “which” in this sentence: “But even my own parents won't be able to tell which soldier is me!” If "which" is considered as a ...
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The difference between “How does it work?” and “How it works?” [duplicate]

Suppose , that I have an object and I am describing how it works to other people. Which sentence of the below should I use? Why? How does it work? How it works? Please give an explanation.
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Passive construction of infinitive verb

Example #1: Active voice: India expected to win the match. Passive (book answer): It was expected by India that they would win the match. My answer: India expected the match to be won. ...
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Can I ask 'what your name is?'

Can I ask: 'What your name is?' instead of, 'What is your name?' Is #1 grammatically correct?
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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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Acceptability of using Present Perfect

Good afternoon. I once writing an exercise I found an interesting example. I will send you the paper after I finish it. I will send you the paper after I have finished it. I have learnt that we ...
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When I grow up, I will be a nurse and look after patients.Why use simple present in the clause?

grow up is a thing that will happen in the future. Why not use the future tense here? I am a little confused.
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Wanted to not make / Wanted not to make / Didn't want to make

Which one would you choose in conversation? And I'd like to know the subtle difference. I would really appreciate it if you could help me. I wanted to not make a mistake. I wanted not to ...