What do you call the sentence structure of “The X-er __, the Y-er __”?

Is there a term for a sentence in the form of “The ___, the ___”? For example: The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear. Further, is this a proper sentence? Is there an implied verb? Answer Comparative Correlatives Constructions like “The bigger they are, the harder they fall” are called comparative … Read more

Is there a sentence that begins with “them”?

An online retail store is asking its customers to construct a sentence beginning with them in order to win a voucher. I just can’t believe there’s any such sentence, at least I don’t know of any! I’ve had enough laughs with friends coming up with Americanisms that fit, so that’s not what I’m looking for. … Read more

“I have to face” or “I have been facing” and what is the difference?

I have to face the real face of life. Is this sentence correct? Or should I say: I have been facing the real face of life. What I am trying to say is that I have been forced to do this. Answer Both the constructions I have to face… and I have been facing… are … Read more

Can a sentence have two or more successive separate sentences in its womb?

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Can “most of which” be used in the beginning of a sentence?

Just out of curiosity I would like to ask. By searching through the web I could not find an answer yet. Can “most of which” be used in the beginning of a sentence? Here is an example of a sentence for which I would like to know whether I can make two out of it. … Read more

“The more, the merrier!” — Is this a sentence? If not… what?

Is The more, the merrier! a sentence? It doesn’t seem to have a main verb, so I’m inclined to say no, but it certainly functions as a sentence in everyday speech. I can think of three ways of analysing it: It’s a sentence with no main verb. Is this even possible? It’s a sentence with … Read more

Is parallel structure actually necessary? If so, why? If not, why bother teaching it?

I know parallel structure makes things look and sound better. But there are sentences that lack symmetry that are still grammatically correct. I stole an example from a worksheet: The class valued respect, honesty, and being on time in a teacher. It was marked “incorrect”. Why is that “incorrect”? It is correct. It just doesn’t … Read more

Can “But!” be a sentence?

From Dune by Frank Herbert: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the … Read more

How do I complete these fragments?

Simply Put, I have the following(similar) sentences: Transducer Introduction. An introduction to Transducer/Sensor. A methodology to meet the deadlines. Introduction to XYZ. All of these are marked GREEN by Microsoft’s grammar check. Those Green lines are really Annoying . Whats the proper way to write these Fragments so that the Grammar Check spares me. Update: … Read more

Is “Happy Birthday!” a complete sentence?

Is “Happy Birthday!” a complete sentence? And if it is, what role are the words happy and birthday playing? Where is the verb? Can “happy” be a verb? I know in a sentence like “Go get the milk” there is an implied “You” at the beginning that makes it complete. Is there an implied verb? … Read more