82 Answered Questions for the topic Clauses
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Greetings. I have a sentence in my narrative that I am unsure about. The sentence is: "I've been transported into my favorite fictional universe, but at what cost?" . "At what cost" is not an... more
What is the name of this grammatical phenomenon?
I have observed that many native English speakers (esp. American English, in my experience) tend, within the same sentence, to start a new clause whose subject is an element of the previous clause.... more
How to categorize this phrase. Relative clause, Interrogative clause, Adverbial clause?
What is "Where to go" in the sentence "Where to go is the question." Is it a adverbial phrase or a relative clause? And what is "Why go" in the sentence "Why go when you can stay?" - is it a clause?
If or since, does it make a difference?
In these sentences below, does it makes a difference if I replace *if* with *since*? 1）*If you are unemployed, why did you leave your last job?* 2）*If you are innocent, why did you flee?* ... more
Implied subject with "i.e."?
Is it required that an `i.e.` clause have an explicit subject? Preferred? *E.g.*, is the following sentence correct? >She was not amenable, i.e., turned him down. Or would it have to be >She... more
Is a dependent clause part of the superordinate clause's predicate?
Could you please help me determine what the complete predicate is in the following sentence? > I get the willies when I see closed doors. — Joseph Heller, *Something Happened*. At first I... more
Is there bad grammar in Cinemark's "No Texting" warning?
The sentence in question is "Do not be the person we ask to leave the auditorium, because we **will**." It sounds very wrong to me, but I can't put my finger on the exact problem. Nobody on the... more
Conjunction Puzzle: Is this clause dependent or independent?
Third grade teacher here. I plan to teach students to distinguish between simple, compound and complex sentences — but only if I can demonstrate a clear and meaningful difference between the latter... more
Identifying parts of a sentence?
How do the bolded sections of the sentences below function grammatically? (taken from David McCullough's *John Adams*) 1. Philadelphia, the provincial capital of Pennsylvania on the western bank of... more
How can “for” be classed as a coördinating conjunction in the following instances?
How can *for* be classed as a coördinating conjunction in the following instances? - I cannot give you any money, for I have none. - He deserved to succeed, for he worked hard. - Blessed are the... more
Clauses in Sentences?
I understand that a clause contains (in order) a subject, verb and object, like below: > He let his daughter. "He" is the subject, "let" is the verb and "his daughter" is the object. But what... more
Comma after To at the beginning of a sentence?
I am just writing my master thesis and I am unsure whether to place a comma in sentences starting with "To". Here are some examples: - To be able to improve the performance[,] it is important to... more
That awkward moment when?
I know when people use the phrase "that awkward moment when", it is clearly a sentence fragment. What exactly is it called though? A dependent clause? A noun clause? I have no idea.
Does this sentence exemplify an adverbial clause?
On the Wikipedia page for 'Dependent clause,' on the subject of 'Dependent words,' there is provided an example which supposedly presents an adverbial clause, viz., "Wherever she goes, she leaves... more
Is this sentence grammatically correct? Adverb clause?
When I got back my test recently, I oddly found that my English teacher thinks that there is an error in the usage of adverbial clauses in > "It seems that moving the body while learning, which... more
Is it grammatical to introduce a result clause using “then”?
Is it grammatical to introduce a result clause by using *then* as in these examples: * Don’t be lazy – *then* you will fail. * Don’t kill him – *then* you will regret it. If so, then is the *then*... more
Is a comma in this sentence required?
In the sentence below, is the comma optional or should it (not) be there? I can hear it there when this is spoken, but I am not convinced it needs to be there in written form. > In order to pass... more
Can an independent clause have an implied (or null) subject?
I'm trying to determine whether a clause with an implied subject can be considered independent - specifically in the case of compound sentences. For example: "I was tired, but went to the party... more
Which clause does the adverb modify in this sentence?
I have the following sentence: > "The KKK was a secret organization; apart from a few top leaders *the members **never** revealed their membership **and** wore masks in public*." Does the adverb... more
Ambiguity of "We discourage X from doing Y by using Z"?
Given the sentence, > We discourage people from committing crimes by using law enforcement, religion and education. I see two possible interpretations: 1. [We discourage people by using law... more
What is the correct way to parse the following sentence: It is possible that one can be happy only if one can be free. Does the sentence say: It is possible that [one can be happy only if one can... more
It is only me that is or "It is only I that am"?
> It is only me that is confused. or > It is only I that am confused. The first one sounds more natural to me while the second one appears to me as grammatically correct. Which one is correct?
I like it that vs. "I like that"?
I want to express the following: You are blaming me for your lack of concern and I like that (in a sarcastic way). Which one of the following sentences would be correct? > * I like it that your... more
Use semicolon or period when telling a result of an action?
If you look at these sentences, the second one is result of the first: > Alex shouts and feels pain in his leg, and he rubs the place with hand and looks at the leg. His leg swelled little bit.... more
Punctuating a sentence containing em dashes within commas?
I always find myself writing sentences that contain clauses within clauses, and I can never decide what the right way to punctuate this is. I'm not specifying what kinds of clauses because they... more