6 Answered Questions for the topic sentence patterns
What is the correct usage of "the question of ..."?
I am currently writing my thesis, which addresses the question <em>of how to do X</em>. However, I am not sure whether the usage of <em>"the question of ..."</em> is... more
Subject, verb, direct object, object complement versus "subject, verb, indirect object, direct object"?
Reading _English Grammar_ (HarperCollins College Outline, published by HarperResource, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) I found a chapter (_Sentence Basics_) that explains that in English... more
Starting a sentence with "rather"?
I've sometimes heard people use *rather* for connecting two sentences where the second one sets counterexample to something negated in the first.> This is not a meaningful sentence. Rather, it's... more
Writing and speaking duplicated words?
A recent workplace conversation prompted this question. Red Hat, the software company behind a popular Linux distribution, came by the office and everyone got some random trinkets, including a... more
Avoid the slash?
Should the slash be avoided? For example `every week/day` in my head is translated to `every week or day`. I think I started using slashes because I saw them used in forums and in articles. Is... more
Seeing the rain come on, we took shelter — complex or simple sentence?
> Seeing the rain come on, we took shelter. This sentence looks like a complex sentence with a main and an independent clause. But the book says it is a simple sentence. Which is correct?