Can “exist” be followed by an adjective?

On Wikipedia, I read a sentence like this: Logical realism posits that logical truth exists independent of human ideas. Is that grammatical? According to Wikipedia, this seems connected to adjuncts and predicative expressions. If it is grammatical, what criteria can be used to tell what verbs can be used in this way? Answer Yes, although … Read more

What is the predicate of this sentence?

For teachers making important instructional decisions, and when student responsiveness to instruction is of key importance for educational decision-making, relying on the measure in which slope is more clearly related to overall outcomes may be paramount. There are two “is”s in this sentence, and I don’t know what the “subjects” are in here. Thanks! Answer … Read more

Subject Confusion

I am not able to understand what is the subject in the sentence below. Stone walls do not make a Prison. (“Aren’t we talking about Prison here?”) We cannot pump the ocean dry (“Aren’t we talking about oceans here?”) One more thing The definition of subject says: the part of the sentence which names the … Read more

“Her mind wandered free through time.” Can I use ‘freely’ instead of ‘free’?

At the age of 80 my mother had her last bad fall, and after that her mind wandered free through time.” With this graceful yet unsettling sentence, Russell Baker, the humorist and New York Times columnist, opens his memoir, “Growing Up.” Her mind wandered free through time. Her mind wandered freely through time. First, in … Read more

“form” in the phrase “come well formed into”

I don’t understand the “form” in this sentence. Is the “come well formed into” a set phrase? Those (men) who come well formed into the world she (Nature) renders strong and robust, and destroys all the rest Answer Come into the world or be brought into the world is a common literary way of saying … Read more

What is the role of ‘level with’ in this sentence?

“Give that here, Malfoy,” said Harry quietly. Everyone stopped talking to watch. Malfoy smiled nastily. “I think I’ll leave it somewhere for Longbottom to find – how about – up a tree?” “Give it here!” Harry yelled, but Malfoy had leapt onto his broomstick and taken off. He hadn’t been lying, he could fly well. … Read more