This tag is not for questions on whether something is grammatical. It's for questions about how the grammar actually works: different grammatical usages, how they can be used, or what they mean.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

0
votes
0answers
11 views

Active Voice in Research Without Personal Pronoun

I am trying to write a document in an active voice. I am allowed to use personal pronouns. That being said, I feel like I am using "we" too much. I am trying to vary sentence structure so that each ...
-2
votes
1answer
38 views

What is the correct grammar here? [on hold]

Is the following statement grammatically correct? It is about want/wants I prefer being under a good leader who can tell me what he want, how he want it and when he want it. Or should it be like ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

“Determination of the effects is…” or “The determination of the effects is…” or “Determining the effects is…”

Which of the following sentences is correct? Determination of the long-term effects of aerosols on the upper atmosphere is currently one of the most challenging problems in climate research. The ...
0
votes
2answers
46 views

Does one say “Where?” or “Where at?” [on hold]

Like when someone says, "Hey, look at that girl!"... are you supposed to say "Where?" or "Where at?" What's the difference?
-1
votes
2answers
33 views

What is a list of words that can be used to describe tone and not mood and vice versa?

Their definitions I have read a thousand times. But when someone ask me identify a adjective as tone or mood, I could never make a clear cut decision. Can someone provide a list of words. And offer ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

When to use “the” and when not? [duplicate]

Let's look at these two sentences: People are always looking for a bargain. The people have made their choice. Here come my questions: How can I be sure if I should use "the" or not? Are there ...
8
votes
3answers
327 views

Would I say “I can sometimes…” or “I sometimes can…”

I'm just curious. I like to think that I am decent with grammar, but this has me puzzled. Which is the correct way to arrange my sentence? "I can sometimes..." or "I sometimes can..." Thank you
1
vote
2answers
39 views

when using the titles of Dr. should it be followed by their first name or last name

when in the presence of a doctor, is it proper to call him Dr. "first name" or Dr. "last name" is there any rules that normally apply. I know in the military that you don't use Sargent "first name" ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

Using “that” before pronouns

I seem to have a problem with using the word "that" before pronouns and have been told that it is wrong. Examples: They were playing a piece of music that they had only heard once before. I ...
1
vote
1answer
57 views

possible ambiguity of 'he' when two nouns are in use

I want to express that Brahma explained to Indra the mistake Indra had committed. Is it proper to say it like this? Brahma explained to Indra the mistake he had committed. Is there any ...
6
votes
5answers
377 views

Can someone please explain the syntactic rules at work here?

I'll use an example statement that's currently being used in a radio commercial for American Family Insurance (paraphrased.) They all told me that I couldn't build my dream home by myself; but, I ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

To “have” or not to have

Which is correct (and why): Am I allowed to some wine? Am I allowed to have some wine? I hear people saying phrases like this without the have. Are both correct? Or is one more correct than the ...
1
vote
2answers
54 views

“All I've done” or “All what I've done”?

Is the "what" required to come after "all"? Are the following sentences grammatically correct? What is the grammar point here? I understood that there should be a subject and a main verb. In this ...
-1
votes
1answer
52 views

Should I use “been correctly recorded” or “correctly been recorded”?

Which is the correct sentence? Changes have been correctly recorded in system. Changes have correctly been recorded in system.
0
votes
0answers
20 views

What is the function of the infinitive “to speak” in : “He wanted me to speak”

Is it an adjective modifying me, the object of wanted, or an adverb modifying wanted?
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Present and present-prefect of “to be” [migrated]

What is the difference between... We are married for 5 years. We have been married for 5 years.
0
votes
0answers
19 views

please check my exercise on using grammars [on hold]

I have wrote this for practicing my present perfect grammar, but endup with this short story. Please have your time to check it out , and I'm open for any corrections . thanks. "My bicycle ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

So happy I am today . is it legal? [migrated]

Is it legal to say: "so happy I am today", instead of "I am so happy today".
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Had /Had Been / Was

Mirroring the ideology of the WWF, had been that of The Conservation Foundation, which had such scientists as Charles Sutherland Elton as providing much support for Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Does this make sense in my essay? [on hold]

Mirroring the ideology of the WWF, had been that of The Conservation Foundation, which had such scientists as Charles Sutherland Elton as providing much support for Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring ...
1
vote
1answer
26 views

Is “[verbing] you a [noun] as [adjective] as you are” grammatically sound?

Is "[verbing] you a [noun] as [adjective] as you" grammatically sound? ie, "Wishing you a day as lovely as you." I think it is, but the first part of the sentence "Wishing you a day" feels off. ...
1
vote
1answer
46 views

Please call me when you're finished

Please call me when you're finished. Please call me when you've finished. Which one is correct?
0
votes
0answers
24 views

What ( you do) since I last saw you? [on hold]

Which tense I should choice for this sentence ? And why? What ( you do ) since I last saw you?
-1
votes
1answer
39 views

Correct according to British English language rules [on hold]

I have a sentence which looks as if it may have some grammar rules problems. Can someone correct it according to British English rules? I am going to hospital to see a friend who has undergone ...
0
votes
3answers
57 views

“more than usual” vs. “more than usually”

Which sentence is correct? "I had more customers than usual." "I had more customers than usually." "More than usual" sounds pretty common, but "more than usually" seems more correct when I think ...
0
votes
3answers
37 views

Help out a Swedish learner of English [on hold]

I am Swedish. Does what I have written here make sense? A simple yes or no will suffice. Thanks! We had been speaking to the most noblest of our coterie here in our village, and I decided to have my ...
0
votes
1answer
44 views

A clumsy sentence [on hold]

I had been speaking to him about the death of your father, when I had decided to invite him to my house for afternoon tea. This sentence does seem too clumsy for my liking. Here are some other ...
-1
votes
3answers
43 views

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Present tense

'Why does the fact that John has a girlfriend bothers me so much?' Is this grammatically correct? I mean the tenses. 'Does' and 'bothers' sound a little awkward to me.
3
votes
3answers
99 views

Where did the DO NOT come from?

Certainly in other languages like my native Swedish, a negative is expressed with the verb followed by not. Jag pratar inte Svenska = I speak not Swedish = I do not speak Swedish In English, ...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

Dropping “then” in “If” statements [duplicate]

As an Example, I want to refer to this Wikipedia article where there are many conditional sentences. Some of them drop the "then", some of them use it. When I change that (drop it where it was used or ...
1
vote
2answers
56 views

What is the difference between “I have specialized” and “I have been specializing”? [on hold]

Since then I have specialised in this work. Since then I have been specialising in this work. Is my thinking right that the first case means I may not now necessarily specialise only in this work, ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

“The child may not feel as loved”, what's the meaning of “as” here? [on hold]

As the question title, what's the meaning of 'as' here? Is the sentence meaning - 'The child may not feel that he is loved'?
0
votes
2answers
80 views

When to use “pain in ass” and “pain in boobs” [on hold]

First of all I'm sorry if this title and words are seen as offensive/obscene. I've been using "pain in ass" from years while saying something bad tiring instance happened. Ex: I was stuck in traffic ...
0
votes
0answers
7 views

An English quote [migrated]

Friends are like stars, they come and go, but the ones that stay are the ones that glow. This is a quote I read on Facebook and that is quite frequently used by some. I have doubts whether it's ...
1
vote
2answers
42 views

“It had a lot of interest for me”

I was watching "12 angry men", and there's a line "What did you think of the case? I mean, it had a lot of interest for me." By referring to the context, it sure means that the case ...
0
votes
0answers
8 views

What is the exact meaning of 'beneath'? [migrated]

In my county, I learned that beneath means the underside. When the ball sticks to the base of the table, we say that the ball is beneath the table.Is that right? I want to know the exact meaning of ...
3
votes
1answer
44 views

Am I identifying this sentence structure incorrectly - simple vs. compound/compound-complex?

I've just got this question wrong while doing some practice and I can't see why. This involves reassessing our relationship with water and learning to use it more sparingly My answer was that it ...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

Is this grammatical? “You are who I love.”

I've just got wondering if this sentence is grammatically correct: You are who I love. This is what I am thinking: Let's focus on the who clause, then you can find that the missing element ...
-2
votes
3answers
89 views

Why is “grammar” spelt with an “A”? [on hold]

I was just wondering why some words in English are spelt in a sometimes illogical fashion. For example, shouldn't "grammar" be "grammer"?
2
votes
3answers
653 views

Is “whom” correct in “I speak of him, whom is…”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I speak of him, whom is one of the best people I've met. I think that sentence to be grammatically incorrect. I believe it to be as such because ...
0
votes
2answers
61 views

Dream about or dream of. Which form is correct? [on hold]

Should I say "dream about" or "dream of"?
0
votes
1answer
44 views

Are these words in continuous tense? [on hold]

Are the words "imagination" and "curiosity" in continuous tense?
-1
votes
2answers
59 views

Which verb is more correct in “Which shirts is/are she bringing?” [on hold]

Neither sounds quite correct. No, the question is not well-phrased. But which form is correct?, and is there a better phrasing?
0
votes
1answer
34 views

Is “scant little” redundant?

I have seen this written (and have used it myself as well) but never really bothered to notice the meaning before. However, upon further inspection, "scant" is defined as "barely sufficient or ...
1
vote
1answer
48 views

Is “understand” always a stative verb?

I have read that "understand" is a stative verb and means something like "to know well." However, lately I have had some doubts on whether that is always the case. For example, in the following ...
1
vote
3answers
31 views

Would I need a comma after the main clause here?

Would I need a comma before the word "as" in this sentence? The word "fear" also takes a new meaning(,) as it comes to represent a more self-centered notion.
2
votes
2answers
39 views

Inferred verb? Is it ok to drop the second appearance of the same verb in a sentence?

I work in a scientific field and when my reports are reviewed I commonly have them kicked back asking to add a second "were" before "compared" to this kind of sentence: The items were entered into ...
0
votes
3answers
50 views

Is “should” an imperative verb? [on hold]

I'm trying to write something using the "imperative mood". Would it be okay if I used the word "should"?
1
vote
1answer
59 views

What is difference between GOT TO and HAVE TO [on hold]

I was searching today on this topic. i found some posts on web according to them 1) I got to go now. 2) I have to go now. these two sentences are same but i wanna confirm that are they ...
0
votes
0answers
4 views

Present Perfect Tenses [migrated]

I have been in Europe for 2 years -Does this sentence mean I was in Europe for 2 years? -What's the difference between these two sentences? I have been in Europe -Can this mean I am still in in ...