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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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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Why is it not correct to use 2 conjunctions in a sentence?

As the title asks, why can't we use 2 conjunctions in a sentence? For example: Because it is raining today, so I go out with umbrella. It sounds correct in Chinese, but my teacher said that it's ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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“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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Is it OK to put a “?” after embedded questions?

I was wondering if it's OK to put a question mark after an embedded question? Example sentences are below: I was wondering if he is from California? I'm not sure if that's the right solution?...
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Is “how you do you” grammatical?

I read this on the Stack Overflow blog: Computer security is always evolving. Passwords are “what you know.” Smart cards are “what you have.” We decided to ask “how you do you.” Is the ...
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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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Does “need protecting” have exactly the same meaning as “need to be protected”?

For instance,when I say “the bear cubs need to be protected”,can I also say “need protecting” instead of "need to be protected"?
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Why is “Their insistence was that …” incorrect, when “His fear is that …” is correct?

Their insistence that the meetings should be held at lunch-time angered the staff. (correct) *Their insistence was that the meetings should be held at lunch time. (incorrect) His fear that he ...
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“What do you think ….” constructions

I am very confused regarding the use of What/how/etc. do you think ... as questions. e.g.: What do you think is my name? What do you think my name is? and, How do you think it is ...
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What grammatical concept is “I want dating my wife”?

A line was said in the Big Bang Theory. I’m starting to think you’re not the kind of guy I want dating my wife. I know that we say "You are not the kind of guy I want for my wife to date. Or ...
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“That the Earth is round” vs “The earth being round”

A friend of mine recently got this question wrong on a test, but the teacher apparently wasn't able to explain why they got it wrong (at least not clearly). The question is: __________ is a known ...
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What is the function of but in the sentence?

I don't know why but for some reason when I got on the train that day it was unusually full, something I don't recall ever happening in the past. As for the above sentence, I have some questions: ...
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Choice of tense following “I wish it was true that…”

Which is correct? I wish it was true that I don't love you. OR I wish it was true that I didn't love you. I am talking in the present time, trying to express that I am not happy as a result ...
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“Man dies after hit by truck” - or “Man dies after BEING hit by truck” - the difference?

What is the use of being in below sentence? Man dies after being hit by truck. Man dies after hit by truck.
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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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A question regarding a modifying clause

The subjunctive mood is the verb form used to express a wish, a suggestion, a command, or a condition that is contrary to fact.(cited from http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/subjunctive_mood.htm) ...
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What does “I know who I want to take me home.” mean in “Closing Time” song?

I heard a English song named Closing Time and there is a line in the lyrics: I know who I want to take me home. What is the meaning of this? It seems should be like these: I know who I want to ...
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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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What is the subject in the introductory clause “After studying for 1 year. . .”?

Today I wrote: After studying for 1 year, I got 6.5 in the IELTS exam. And the first part (before the comma) of the sentence got me thinking: where is the subject? What I want to know is: Is ...
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She was so angry (that) she couldn't speak & There was such a lot of rain (that) we couldn’t go out

In the sentence "She was so angry that she couldn't speak", can I omit "that"? Does "She was so angry she couldn't speak" sound natural to you? In addition, in this sentence "There was such a lot of ...
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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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What subordinate clauses are there here?

1) Am I right to divide these senteces into clauses like this? 2) What about their types(subject, predicative, object)? It’s odd (main clause) / how it hurts/ at these times/ not to be part of ...
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Why do these sentences, which have similar structures, use different tenses in their object clauses?

That was not the first time (that) someone has needed me. It was not the first time (that) someone had fired at Eric while he walked to school. It was not the first time (that) someone suggested ...
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“to document in categories the items included in the deposit transaction” — I don't quite understand

Source: Wikipedia A deposit slip is a form supplied by a bank for a depositor to fill out to document in categories the items included in the deposit transaction. to document in - is this a ...
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Can a sentence be the subject?

"Which students in the class are allowed to go to the party will be decided by the teacher." I am not sure whether the sentence "Which students in the class are allowed to go to the party" can be ...
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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 ...
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Subject of a dependent clause

The last two decades have seen enormous changes in the way people's lives are affected by IT. This sentence has been taken from this link. The above sentence means that IT affected people's way of ...
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Is there any difference between the given sentences

A. The governor announced his new tax plan would be introduced soon. B. The governor announced that his new tax plan would be introduced soon. A explanation about why they are different. ...
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How can i find verb on the subordinate clause?

On their migrations birds sometimes frequent very different environments from those in which they nest, and a study of the migratory birds alone might be very misleading to one endeavoring to classify ...
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What is “leave” in the sentence “We saw Fred leave”? [duplicate]

Words "leave" and "arrive" belong to which part of speech (noun or bare infinitive) in the following sentences: We saw Fred leave. Did you hear them arrive?
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Is it possible to write a complex sentence without a dependent clause and without conjunctions?

My first language is not English. I am currently preparing for the IELTS exam. Today I saw a YouTube video about the IELTS writing task. In this video, the teacher gave an example of a complex ...
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Using 'that' or 'how' after DESCRIBE

"Austin described the speaker performs three types of acts or statements when engaged in the production of speech acts." My teacher strongly believes that the verb "DESCRIBED" must be followed by "...
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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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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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Should a subordinate clause be separated if it interrupts main clause?

Should the clause "we provide" be separated by commas if it interrupts the main verb-phrase "your use constitutes"? Your use of the Services, we provide, constitutes the subject-matter of the ...
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Is the bold phrase an object complement?

I read the following paragraph from a book and I want to confirm whether the bold phrase is an object complement or a subject complement? Then The New York Times wrote an absolute rave review of ...
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Multiple transformations of one sentence?

Given a sentence A: Despite the heavy rain, rescue workers continued to work. Now, I was supposed to transform this sentence into another sentence, which began with Even, without changing the ...
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Ask your teacher [about] what she is going to put in the test - Is “about” required?

I am really confused whether a preposition is needed before a question word and I want to know which one is correct: "Ask your teacher about what she is going to put in the test" or "Ask ...
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Are these infinitives adjectival and adverbial?

① Whatever book you can bring to contribute to the library is much appreciated. ② Whatever book you can bring to contribute it to the library is much appreciated. ① Any book (to contribute to ...
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Use of 'while' with Tenses?

1.John helps his mother while she cooks. 2.John helps his mother while she is cooking. 3.John helps his mother while she has been cooking. (A) Are the above sentences correct? I guess first ...
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“until such time as he would have finished”

We decided to wait until such time as he(our son) would have finished college, before asking him to take over our law firm. If that is correct, is this OK as well? I will wait until such time as ...
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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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Subject and verb in subordinate clauses

I'm wondering: is it necessary to repeat the subject - or the verb - of a sentence in subordinate clauses introduced by words such as "but" or "like"? Are the following sentences equally correct? a)...