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

If it isn’t [someone’s name]!

“If it isn’t [a name]!” can be used to show surprise when you bump into someone, but it is not a complete sentence. What is omitted (and understood) here? I’d appreciate your help. Answer What has disappeared from if it isn’t [name]! is an oath, euphemistically expressed or not, along a familiar pattern: …may thunder … Read more

What is the grammatical topic of this shortening technique?

Extracted from an English cloze test: …..these virtual selves exist in the same online spaces that many people use every day. And this is a new and unfamiliar phenomenon that some people might find___________ — previously dead people were not present in this way. trouble troubled troubling be troubled to trouble The answer is 3 … Read more

When can I omit the subject?

Can I omit the subject if it has been mentioned in a preceding sentence? For example, is the phrase inside the parentheses necessary in the below?: The sculpture A exhibits degradation at a seemingly increased rate from 30 years ago. However, the surrounding environment is considered not to have changed at a significant level since … Read more

Is “personal usage requires the user provision the device” correct? The bare infinitive v the to-infinitive

I’ve come across this sentence in a piece of technical documentation: Disabling personal usage requires the user provision the device as a fully managed device. In my opinion this sentence is grammatically correct, but I’ve gotten into a dispute with a co-worker why "to" isn’t strictly needed before "provision" in this case. Can anyone confirm … Read more

Can an objective relative pronoun replace a subjective relative pronoun?

I quite often find in New York Times that American writers often use an objective relative pronoun–or omitted it all together–where, I strongly believe, a subjective relative pronoun should be present. Example 1 thanks to well-publicized remarks about the women he suggested weren’t attractive enough for him to have assaulted Here, the original two chunks … Read more

The “-ing” form of a verb and indefinite article

If celebrities visit public places, such as malls and bars, people will crowd them demanding for a picture or autograph. 1: Why did the writer use the "-ing" form of the verb "demand"? Is there any rule for this? 2: Why there was no article before the word "autograph"? Answer Demanding for a picture or … Read more