37 Questions for the topic syntactic analysis
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
Why don't interrogative sentences _start_ with a question mark?
Not all questions start with Wh- words, so why don't we start a question with a question mark to make it more obvious that it *is* actually a question?For instance, when I'm reading a book which... 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
In English what's the difference between forward and toward?
I would like to know which sentence is correct, regarding the difference between the usage of *forward* and *toward*. Should I write: *I'm looking forward to September.* Or, *I'm looking... more
What is the appropriate phrase to say if two people are on the same track?
I am sharing my understanding regarding a particular matter with a colleague just to make sure that both of we have same understanding. This is just to avoid any conflict or confusion among us.... more
Can a noun work as an adjective, and the adjective as a noun?
# Hazel EyesI found the following paragraph in the [guycounseling.com blog article “Hazel Eyes: Learn Why People with Greenish Eye Color are... more
“She ran… , her nose pressed against the glass” Are the actions simultaneous or consecutive?
>She ran towards the display, her nose pressed against the glass.My friend and I don't understand the same thing when reading this sentence, and neither of us can explain why. To me, it doesn't... more
Why can't "being" come after the verb "feel"?
The question is completely edited.>*I felt being dragged by a beast.The word *being* cannot be used here, and that's for sure. It sounds wrong. What I am trying to find here is *why* it is... more
What's the difference between will and going to?
I have no idea what the difference between these are. I have heard that they have the same meaning, but how do they?
It would be a better idea to VS "A better idea would be to"?
I'm contemplating these two sentences:> I think it would be a better idea to show you my works.> I think a better idea would be to show you my works.as answers to a question "Can you tell me... more
How to prevent a sentence beginning with the word "The"?
I am writing a technical thesis and find myself using the word *the* an awful lot.Here are some examples (I spare the technical gibberish):> The main purpose of the presented applications is to... more
Does "but I digress" normally get used before or after going off-topic?
So i have the following> "you've never pissed off a Miko before have you? they can forcefully bind a Geis to you if you do not comply to the laws they set for their shrine and that Miko really... more
What is it? "So live with it you will"?
So live with it you will I wonder how this structure called, when "will" or "shall" are put at the end of the sentence. Is it just re-arrangement of parts or has any special name? Is it only... more
What is the origin of auxiliary verbs?
When and why did we start using auxiliary verbs, particularly *"do"*, to ask questions and make negatives?
Is 20 dollars here a direct object or a predicate complement? 'This book cost me 20 dollars.'?
In this sentence:> This book cost me 20 dollars.Is *20 dollars* a direct object or a predicative complement?
Can an auxiliary verb have an object?
* I want to goHere 'want to' is a phrasal modal. Do we agree? Now consider this:* I want him to goIs it possible that in this sentence the pronoun him is the object of the modal auxiliary 'want... more
When to use "respectively"?
I have been wondering what it means when people use "respectively" in, before, and after sentences. For example:> We are looking for a babysitter to pick up and supervise our kids ages> 6 and... more
Grammatically correct sentence where "you're" and "your" can be interchanged?
Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where... more
Is "my hardest" a direct object in "I will try my hardest"?
> I will try my hardest.I am confusing myself by trying to figure out the grammatical relations in this sentence. It is not clear to me whether *my hardest* is a direct object here. If it is... 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
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
Difference between 'eat soup hot' and 'eat hot soup'?
Can anyone explain the difference between the following sentences?1. I eat most kinds of soup hot.2. I eat most kinds of hot soup.Earlier today, one of my non-English speaking friends asked me the... 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
What is the technical term for an infinite sentence?
Is there a name for the infinite (repeating, unending) sentence or paragraph? Here is an example of what I mean:Joe Blow is a chef, painter, author and vocalist from San Francisco who enjoys vinyl... 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