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54 Answered Questions for the topic Syntax

07/29/19

Is there a general rule for Verb + Preposition/Particle idioms, such as "come across"?

Composite verbs are giving me a lot of trouble. In German the syntax is simple; if the composite verb has the moving part, it goes to the end. But in English I've found many forms and I'm not sure... more

07/29/19

Is this a proper use of a semicolon?

Is this a correctly formed sentence? In formal writing does the sentence need to be broken into two sentences?> As an example consider Myc; when overexpressed it can be a powerful promoter of... more

06/21/19

How do the rules of English inform understanding of one of our language's most disputed sentences?

Yes, historical context is important, but forget it for a moment. Taken at face value, what does the text mean? > A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the... more

06/17/19

Some clause structure about “SOURCE said that CLAUSE”?

Suppose we have the following sentences: >John believes that people are good. >Steve knows that France is in Europe. Now, in these sentences we have some clause (e.g. People are good, France... more

06/17/19

Where is the subject in "as was traditional for unmarried women"?

My senior English teacher was a tad bit confused where the subject for *was* is in this sentence: > As was traditional for unmarried women, Jane lived at home her entire life.

06/14/19

How can I do a line break (line continuation) in Python?

I have a long line of code that I want to break up among multiple lines. What do I use and what is the syntax?For example, adding a bunch of strings, e = 'a' + 'b' + 'c' + 'd'and have it in two... more

06/09/19

Are there cases when two or more particles will occur next to each other without intervening lexical words?

Most particles seem to be postpositions but I'm sure I've seen say a noun followed by a location particle followed by "wa" or "ga" or possibly "wo" but when I've tried to use it I've only confused... more

06/02/19

What Is syntax in HTML?

06/02/19

Unifying concept for noun-adjectives of the pattern Xかな?

Consider these: - ~か: >- 静か >- 愚か >- 厳か - ~やか: >- 穏やか >- 鮮やか >- 賑やか - ~らか: >- 柔らか >- 滑らか >- 明らか There are many more that I've not listed. The か/やか/らか at... more

05/30/19

The use of -さん when answering about oneself?

If someone says, > あなた は Chris-さん です か。 > Are you Chris? Do you answer > Chris です Or > Chris-さん です

05/22/19

In Ruby, how do I skip a loop in a .each loop, similar to 'continue'?

In Ruby, how do I skip a loop in a `.each` loop, similar to `continue` in other languages?

05/15/19

Varying word order for stylistic effect?

Sometimes, for stylistic or rhetorical effect, one wants to delay mentioning a word/concept until the end of a sentence. For example, it's often best to save the punchline for the very end: > I... more

04/30/19

What does ** (double star/asterisk) and * (star/asterisk) do for parameters?

In the following method definitions, what does the `*` and `**` do for `param2`? def foo(param1, *param2): def bar(param1, **param2):

04/29/19

Can placements of adverbs be altered freely?

I'm curious if there is any difference in nuance between these two sentences: 1. 彼は少なくとも週に一度車を洗う。 2. 彼は週に少なくとも一度車を洗う。 I'm aware that grammatically speaking both are 100% right, but this question... more

04/26/19

How do I know what a participial phrase is within a sentence?

Recently, I have realized that there are huge gaps in my knowledge in terms of grammar, so I have begun learning some of the basics. One thing I am trying to learn is the participial phrase. I... more

04/20/19

What is C++ syntax?

04/06/19

Writing a story in Japanese: how to handle dialogue?

I'm an elementary Japanese student. I am trying to write a simple story in Japanese, and I want to make it as interesting as possible with my current knowledge of the language. I am concerned about... more

04/04/19

How do I syntax check a Bash script without running it?

Is it possible to check a bash script syntax without executing it? Using Perl, I can run `perl -c 'script name'`. Is there any equivalent command for bash scripts?

03/30/19

Why does "I was happy to do my homework" work, but "I was tired to do my homework" doesn't?

I'm teaching ESL, and I came across a question from one of my students that I don't know how to answer. Using the form "{subject} {verb} {adjective} {infinitive phrase}" we've been going over... more

03/29/19

How very dare you!?

The phrase: > *How very dare you!* ... was originally used by English comedian and actor Frankie Howard, but has since found fame in the UK through the Catherine Tate show. 1. In this sentence,... more

03/29/19

Is there an analysis of the construction "my friend she is nice."?

I am researching syntactic idiosyncrasies of verbal communication and am interested in a construction in which a noun is reiterated with a pronoun. As children, we're all taught to avoid... more

03/24/19

What is an example of a morpheme?

03/22/19

Is a an article?

03/22/19

Is grammar the same as syntax?

03/21/19

What are the four types of sentence structures?

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