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February 6, 2021

“Be”: how a word forges a connection to spirituality

Walking due west, he looked up into the sunset, the golden light of which suffused the clouds on this cold winter’s day. He tucked his hands […]
October 30, 2020

Identify illogical simultaneous actions caused by participles

Case for isolating present participles in their various positions Present participles can create illogical simultaneous actions (two actions taking place at the same time when they […]
April 24, 2020

EXTRAPOSITION is an EXPLETIVE construction

Pronoun it is the subject Besides applying to infinitive clauses, the grammatical rule of extraposition also applies to finite complement clauses, of which there are two […]
April 20, 2020

The hinge element in comparative clauses

An interesting function of using a superlative + than is that than accepts a comparative object, such as a noun/noun phrase or a wh- interrogative clause […]