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    standard clause patterns, please help

    Hi just a quick question do you know what a standard clause pattern. Also what would make it typical or atypical? Thanks i need help urgently :)

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    Re: standard clause patterns, please help

    The standard clause pattern for English: subject + verb (+ object or adverbial). Atypical is when that pattern changes:
    A wholly atypical sentence reads this way:
    ''With this answer, Halevy's presence (and his apparent readiness to say anything at all, as if factual matters were a thing of barter, or of haggling in a souk) were not so disorienting, Time's whole position fell, perhaps not for the first time, to smithereens.''
    The amount of time one spends trying to make sense of this ...

    Source: BOOKS OF THE TIMES - New York Times
    Does that help?

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