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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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What does “to shout over” mean, particularly as it has been used in a particular passage I’ve read with curious sytnax?

I don’t un­der­stand the mean­ing of shout over as it has been used in the fol­low­ing pas­sage from Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s novel, The Ta­lented Mr. Ri­p­ley: A well-dressed Ital­ian greeted ...
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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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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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Breathed deep vs. breathing deeply

He looked at the stone figures all around them, breathed deep in the chill of silence of the crypt. (A Game of Thrones) I think he should have put breathing deeply instead of breathed deep, for two ...
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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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Will the meaning change if I change “when-clause”?

do these sentences have different meanings? When she was back, I decided to do my homework.(Can this one have two meanings?) I decided to do my homework when she was back.(Can this one have two ...
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one sentence of “if”

Now, I'm talking about the past, something I'm not quite sure. (not the unreality) At that time, if he took part in the meeting on the next day, maybe he was preparing the speech. Is this ...
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What is the sentence structure? Specific use of gerund

Even after lowering the volume, Suzanne found that her electric guitar so annoyed her neighbours that they complained to the building's manager Why is the gerund used here? What sentence ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically incorrect and is it used colloquially?

(1) I don't know what graph theory is. According to the grammar, I believe it should be: (2) I don't know what is graph theory. But is it spoken colloquially the way I wrote it in (1)? Grammar ...
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Recognizing the subordinate conjunction

I read that we can't use any subordinate clause at the beginning of our phrase. I would like to know any advice to recognize them. Any memorization trick? If there are any, learning them by heart ...
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Use of pronoun in second clause of relative clause

Which of these sentence is correct in the term of it used below sentence: The book that your father brought from India yesterday your elder brother has brought it in my school today. The book ...
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Adjectival clause construction

My brother brought the bread from India that you have eaten. You have eaten the bread that my brother brought from India. Is the that antecedent of the bread above in both sentence or there ...
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Permission is required + infinitive clause

Is there a correct and natural way to construct a sentence starting by "Permission is required" that contains both the action that requires permission and the person who would do the action. For ...
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Order of sentence clauses

I will take the book from your home that your father got from India. I will take the book that your father got from India from your home. How to best write such sentence?
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What does “self temporarily” mean?

This is the whole paragraph I’m having trouble with: His uncle backhanded him so hard across his left cheek that Isaac’s sense of self temporarily broke upon the ground on which his body fell. ...
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The second type of conditional clause (the type contradictory to a current fact)

I have a question in regard to the second type of conditional (the type contradictory to a current fact). I know that the clause should be in past tense, but if there's an adjective clause, should it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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 vs That or Which in dependent and independent clauses

I know this may sound strange but I've heard people use what instead of that or which in dependent and independent clauses a lot of times. I was trying to search for why they do it but couldn't find ...
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Confusion with the verb tense used in the dependent clause

I had put my glasses on the table, and my friend forgot to take it for me when we went outside. First, I had put my glasses, and then my friend forgot. That is why I use Past Perfect for the first ...
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Is This Sentence a Simple Sentence?

"Next, everyone should know what they are supposed to do." I'm taking a class, and one of the quizzes marked the sentence above as a Simple Sentence. As far as anyone's concerned, a Simple Sentence ...
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shall I put “will” in these two following sentences?

Shall I put "will" in these two following sentences? Students who (will) graduate tomorrow will work in the factory three years later. Police should make sure if there is(will be) terrorists ...
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How do we distinguish between a finite clause and a non-finite clause?

Source I had something to eat before leaving. I had something to eat before I left. Do they mean the same, just differ in the sense that the former is a non-finite and the latter is a finite ...
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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?