How did “to wish that” come to hate the present tense in the subordinate clauses it governs, and why is it alone in this?

Inspired by this earlier question, I’ve realized that we have no canonical question addressing the stranglely one-of-a-kind special grammatical rules demanded by the verb wish of its subordinate clauses. This question seeks to remedy that situation. How did the verb to wish that come to require unique grammatical rules unlike any other? The verb wish … Read more

Type of subordinate clause in ‘I am happy that you are here’

In the sentence ‘I am happy that you are here’, ‘that you are here’ acts as a subordinate clause. However, I am unsure what type of subordinate clause it is: i.e. I’m not sure if it’s an adverbial, adjectival, or noun clause. Anyone able to help? Answer This is an adverbial clause as adverbial clauses … Read more

Use of present tense in a subordinate clause within a sentence that uses future tense

Is the use of tenses correct in the following sentence ? “One of the key components will be the XXX that replaces the existing YYY.” In particular, the use of the present tense in the subordinate clause whereas the main clause uses the future. It seems correct to me because the present expresses something that … Read more

Whereas + present participle

Is it grammatically correct to use whereas + a present participle? For example: I am disinclined to recognize my weak mathematical skills, whereas willing to admit my lack of English skills. This sounds silly to me, but the reason I am asking is because this same sentence seems to work when using while instead of … Read more

Is it correct to add nouns to “of which”,”in which”,”of whom”, etc.?

For example, can I say Recently I bought a new computer, the price of which was very reasonable. I always considered this type of usage correct but can’t find any example sentences on the internet. Answer If you are asking whether the construction N N Prep. which is a legal construction in English, then then … Read more

“… who am I?” or “… who is me?”?

I have a question, but I don’t know how to ask it correctly. Can you help me to choose and explain it please? I want to ask the next question: If Kate and John are students, then who [(am I) or (is me)]? I think, that “am I” is correctly, but not sure. Answer Yes, … Read more

‘[…] upon which this invitation was based on’ – is there an adverb redundant?

The whole sentence goes: ‘Below is the list of criteria upon which this invitation was based on.’ It seems to me the adverbs ‘upon’ and ‘on’ are doubled up in this sentence. And it should be changed to either: ‘[…] upon which this invitation was based.’ Or: ‘[…] which this invitation was based on.’ Answer … Read more

Am I correct in describing this as both a subordinate clause and a restrictive clause?

In this sentence – Today I am starting a diet, but first I will eat all the children’s chocolate they have leftover from Easter. Is but first I will eat etc a subordinate clause that contains the restrictive clause the children’s chocolate they have left over from Easter Thank you in advance! Answer Thae description … Read more