I am your learner and you are my mentor. question tag?

I would like to know whether there is a question tag for compound sentences. There are question tags for complex sentences.For example: I said that you were lazy.Didn’t I? What is the question tag for the sentences given below. 1.I am your learner and you are my mentor 2.English is difficult and I know It. … Read more

Is “He then moved to Y and started Z University’s W program, from which he graduated …” correct?

He then moved to New Haven and started Yale University’s Environmental and Natural Resource Economics program, from which he graduated earning his Master of Philosophy degree in 2010. Is the above sentence correct? Is it correct to write that someone graduated from a university’s program? The reason why I phrased it that way is that … Read more

How to parse the grammar of a sentence that appears to have two tensed verbs

This question came from a student of mine – he wanted to know how to parse the grammar of this sentence, which appears to be simple but clearly is not: Peter seems to have found his glasses. Sentences of this form are very common in English but the syntax is puzzling. The main verb is … Read more

How can you rephrase the following sentence to not end in “with”?

I turned down the university’s acceptance in order to find a program whose professors I more closely identify with. In the above sentence, it is difficult to figure our whether “with” is being used as part of a phrasal verb or a preposition. I know it is not best practice to end a sentence in … 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

Do I need a semicolon to separate two items with internal commas in a numbered run-in list sentence?

I asked this Q in ELL, but I found related Qs here. Here is a numbered run-in list sentence. (A) The UI program provides temporary income support to (1) eligible unemployed workers while they actively seek new employment or obtain vocational training ; and to (2) those who take time off from work due to … Read more

“You” reference

when something is written after I said then full stop. can you please explain who said to whom? I don’t understand "you" reference. It confuses me. for example, in the below example I have bold that sentence. He continued to look at me, his gaze empty, distant. “Don’t you want to see the chapel?” he … Read more

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? Is it comprehensible?

out of context: Gray had already provided a survey in 1995 amongst 2518 SMEs, with the result of 52% of the entrepreneurs having claimed that independence meant being bosses to ourselves or making a decision solely on our own. Answer Is it grammatically correct? Yes, however, the comma after “SMEs” indicates the last two thirds … Read more

Simplification of a sentence – the underlying usage implied by the author

I encountered this sentence in ‘A Caribbean Mystery’ by Agatha Christie. Thus Raymond – and his aunt Jane – had looked properly abashed – and said ‘Yes,’ she was afraid she was rather old-fashioned. Its clear that it was only aunt Jane who had looked abashed from some words said by Raymond, in the upcoming … Read more