uncommon use of “as well as” compounding two verbs onto one subject

I’ve got a pretty strong intuition for what’s grammatically correct and what’s not. My hunch here is that the following sentence is wrong. Can someone verify this for me, using a syntactical rule to back it up? A representative will contact you shortly with your username and password. In the course of this contact they … Read more

A question on co-ordinating conjunctions in a compound sentence

A compound sentence is characterized by one or more than one main-clauses joined by a co-ordinating conjuction, as opposed to a complex sentence, which has a main clause together with a dependent or a subordinate clause separated by a subordinating conjunction. A subordinate/dependent clause is defined as a clause which follows/augments a main clause, and … Read more

Mixed tense sentence + When clause

Is it legal to write something like this: When I’m trying to post a form system alerts me with a warning message. I’ve seen people use this kind of writing. EDIT I don’t know why (perhaps that’s the influence of my native languages and their semantical constructions) but my brain is considering such a form … Read more

Use of the word “that” in formal tone, technical writing

I need help settling a disagreement. I have read many posts about the word “that” — probably too many, since I have gotten myself confused! In this first example, there are two subordinate clauses, and I believe the first sentence (below) is correct. Which of these is preferable, and why? Marine biologists at the University … Read more

Are dependent subclauses allowed in the middle of sentences?

I have recently finished writing an academic thesis. During proofreading, my supervisor and I had quite a number of discussions related to the placement of dependent subclauses (I think that’s the English term) in sentences. Here is an example of a sentence in the form that I would usually write it: The above discussion points … Read more

What’s the rule for writing sentences with parallel clauses?

I’ve sometimes seen very nicely written sentences that have 2 clauses: the first is a full sentence, while the second, which is supposed to have a similar structure, was shorten into a special structure. Something like this: “A1 use B1 to do C1, and A2 B2 C2.” For example: “My brother goes to school by … Read more

How should this sentence structure be interpreted?

I’m playing an online game in which I came across a message in the form of a sentence of which the structure is new to me. It read: You do not have a hatchet which you have the level to use. The weird part for me start after the word ‘which’. Specifically, how can ‘the … Read more