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antecedent of the relatives clauses
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:44:55 AM
1. In the first one there are three different ways of 'organising' into phrases, I think. With no commas, two of them don't work really
Therefore, I would say that "
" is the noun-phrase modified by "which are very poor" - then the whole phrase "African countries which are very poor" is quantified by "some".
There are fifty or so African countries. We define the narrower group as "African countries which are very poor", then narrow it further to just
2. In the second, I see two possibilities which work. Both of your suggestions.
a. We take some of the 54 African countries. We note that
countries are poor.
This makes "
Some African countries
" the antecedent of the relative clause.
b. We note that
54 African countries are poor - then choose some of them.
This makes "
" the antecedent.
Hmm – I'm not sure about that. I think the rhythm of the sentence militates against that interpretation. There are pauses at the commas but no indicated pause between "Some" and "African", so it does not
as if "African" belongs to the antecedent but "Some" does not. (In (1) this problem does not arise, as there are no commas.) So in (2) I think we would need to separate "Some" from "African" to give your interpretation 2b, e.g:
African countries, which are very poor, have to be helped by international organisations.
Africa's countries, which are very poor, have to be helped by international organisations.
Monday, March 30, 2020 9:27:57 PM
Should the first sentence not begin with "the" - is it the thing that you mean?
Both of your original sentences begin with the word "Once", not "The".
Monday, March 30, 2020 8:49:47 PM
Why are they incorrect?
Because their use of "the" is incorrect, as has already been explained.
Please check it for mistake
Monday, March 30, 2020 9:13:17 AM
"Nobody seems bothered about the original lyricist and singer of the song or how
does the song come
the song came
Monday, March 30, 2020 12:50:46 AM
There was a secluded old priory,
Where a dreamy old man wrote a diary.
His one source of strife
Was his crotchety wife,
Whose words of rebuke could be fiery.
The Japanese emperor said:
"If we don't stop this war, we're all dead".
"Give in to the Yanks?"
Cried an admiral. "Thanks,
But I'd rather take poison instead!"
The Nazis were disciplinarians
Who planned to breed pure-blooded Aryans.
They'd wipe out all traces
Of Jews and mixed races,
And shoot any humanitarians.
A boy who was told to run faster
By a vigorous athletics master
Said: "Sir, that's not fair!
My muscles might tear,
And I'd end up with both feet in plaster".
My living room window was smashed,
And some armed cops stormed in, unabashed.
Then one pulled a face –
"Hey, this ain't the place!
So sorry!" – and out they all dashed.
It was once a great centre of trade,
But now Timbuktu has decayed.
The dry desert sand
Has encroached on the land,
And not many people have stayed.
A serial killer thought "Hey!
I'm feeling all gloomy and grey.
Another neat killing
Would be rather thrilling –
Now, who shall I murder today?"
Americans' views on plutocracy
May vary, like those on democracy;
But despite their disputes,
Their republican roots
Unite them against aristocracy.
Monday, March 30, 2020 12:07:26 AM
With bittersweet determination I persevered with my Rubik's cube, desperate to solve the puzzle but fearing that I never would.
How cool it is vs how cool is it
Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:55:39 PM
Normally, we invert the subject and verb (put the verb before the subject) only in questions.
Not to be commuting
Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:39:44 PM
"He’s happy not to be commuting,"
"Not to be commuting" is an infinitive phrase modifying "happy". The sentence is equivalent to "He's happy that he is not commuting."
Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:30:29 PM
Everyone has told a lie at one point, but as it contradicts something we know to be true, lies are always exposed, revealing the truth beneath them.
How to Write a Good Hook for Your Essay
please explain the use of three commas here after: point, true and exposed
They indicate short pauses.
what is the grammatical form and function "but as" here?
"But" is a co-ordinating conjunction; "as" is a subordinating conjunction.
Are the all sentences grammatical and natural?
I tried to analyse them and found them to be
It would be better to keep "lie" singular: "...a lie is always exposed, revealing the truth beneath it".
Everyone (subject ) has told (verb) a lie at one point (core sentence)
Are "but" and "as" conjunctions?
Yes – see above.
It contradicts something we know to be true( independent clause)
it contradicts something we know to be true" – dependent clause.
Lies are always exposed (independent clause)
revealing the truth beneath them- a participle clause
What is the subject of participle clause and what does it Modify here?
"Lies are always exposed" – the exposure of the lies reveals the truth beneath them.
I am not sure if the commas been used correctly?
Strictly, there should be another comma after "but", because "as it contradicts something we know to be true" is parenthetical and should therefore have commas around it. However, that would look excessive, so I think it is better to leave out that extra comma.
FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COME IN NEW WORDS (continued 2014 edition)
Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:12:19 PM
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