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    Going shopping

    Hi,PROESL I think the following excerpt from Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (p.747) may be helpful. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- The verbs go, come,sit,and stand are commonly used with ing-clauses, especially in fiction, to mark the...
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    cracked open

    I believe we are using the same grammar book and I can add no more than what Quirk has said on p.737,where you took the sample sentence from. Sorry, mate. out of my depth.;-)
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    cracked open

    "]http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/crack[1]
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    cracked open

    A "resulting copula" with idiomatic adj complement. other examples: spring open, slam shut. source: CGEL p.1172
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    Transitive/intransitive

    Here is what I have found for your reference: 1. "go" is a linking verb (p.19) code=L5...
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    subjunctive (again)!!!

    A snippet from CGEL by Quirk et al. for your reference: As a suasive verb, "suggest" can be followed by a that-clause either with putative should or with the mandative subjunctive. A third possibility, a that-clause with an indicative verb, is largely restricted to BrE. (p.1182) The use of...
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    rather that or simply rather?

    I am not good at math,mate:) My understanding is that the second clause is the writer's comment on what the paragraph really reveals. The paragraph reveals that nothing in Bertha's life is of particular importance to her,but rather (=to the contrary) (the paragraph is revealing) that everything...
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    rather that or simply rather?

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rather Function:adverb 4 : to the contrary : instead <was no better but rather grew worse — Mark 5:26 (Revised Standard Version)> Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary Function:adverb 2 a —used to introduce a statement that indicates what is true after...
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    Functions of participial phrases

    For your reference: The formal characteristics of subjectless supplementive clauses are: (a)They are participle or verbless clauses. (b)Their most typical positions in the superordinate clause are initial, final and immediately after their antecedent,ie the noun phrase in the superordinate...
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    So I postponed for several days.

    Is there an ellipsis in as (it) was expected, where the optional "it" stands for scheduled leaving? Can I further reduce it to as expected? Thank you for clarification.
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    are/were

    So the sentence becomes Among other stories, there was the story of a woman (who was obsessed with beauty and vain), the dead husband (who became a small worm) lived in his wife’s nose. Maybe you mean this? Among other stories, there was the story of a woman (who was obsessed with beauty and...
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    are/were

    Why?
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    As did not...

    Hi Volcano, Please excuse me for tagging on similiar questions about this irritating "as" in English: (1)The building as we know it is quite different from how it looked when it was first built. (2)She has married again, as was expected. (3)The next meeting will be very important, as was the...
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    of which

    Oh, that's because of Philo's previous answer to Ray's question: "On account, as demonstrated, of their radically different structures, the short answer is yes!" And I thought if #2 is unacceptable because of the structure change in relative clause, why did I come across another (acceptable)...
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    of which

    Just got another radical structure AVS: For convenience we can adapt the traditional definition of nouns, assigning the label noun to the class of words in which occur the names of most persons,places, and things. All confused.:roll:
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