This tag is about how the grammar works: different grammatical usages, how they can be used, or what they mean.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

0
votes
0answers
16 views

Is there any other word for “thumbs up thumbs down”?

I am working on my college project, which is a kind of product review/feedback website. In this many users can give their comments and opinion, and like or dislike the product. I'm very confused what ...
0
votes
2answers
21 views

For X going to be developed, this is enough. Correct grammar?

I am wondering whether this is a correct usage: For the system going to be developed, the diagram is shown below. I said that without thought and now I wonder as Google yields no hits on similar ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

“They are willing” for future tense (and other queries) [migrated]

For an exam answer, I was required to write a letter objecting to a planning application. I have some specific queries about it, but I've put the whole thing here for some context. The problem phrases ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

Are there any rules for genitive case not indicating possesion?

My teacher, a native English speaker, was quite puzzled when I asked this and could not answer this question. Why there is: child seat but children's love //why these are different ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

Is it correct to say “It is pathetic to see some people only see the lust side of a girl”?

I want to put as a comment on a photo of a girl on a social media site that some people has made some bad vulgar comments on her photo.
0
votes
1answer
20 views

Choice of plural and singular, definite and indefinite articles for multiple nouns

Which of the following is correct? There are apple and orange. There is an apple and an orange. There are an apple and an orange. There are apple and orange.
-1
votes
1answer
43 views

“it seems” vs. “it seems that” [duplicate]

Is there a difference between using "it seems" and "it seems that" For example: "It seems that automatic restart is not happening now" "It seems automatic restart is not happening now" ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

“The height of the building” or “Height of the building”? [duplicate]

I'd like to know when I should use 'the' and when I shouldn't. For example: "The use of 'the' is confusing" or "Use of 'the' is confusing" ? "There's a building over there, the height of the ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

May I use “evidence where”? [duplicate]

Modern science has given clear evidence that smoking can lead to many diseases. in this sentence,“that smoking can lead to many diseases” is an Appositive clause,but I wonder if I can say ...
17
votes
11answers
2k views

Sentence in which “its” and “it's” can be interchanged without changing the meaning?

A friend posed the following word puzzle to me: Can you think of a sentence that keeps the same meaning whether you use "it's" or "its"? He asserted that this puzzle does in fact have a ...
2
votes
1answer
48 views

Can an -ing or -ed clause be seen as a relative clause?

I'm confused with reducing clauses. I need help to understand reducing clauses in English. For example: The amount of goods transported by train totaled about 70 tonnes. I think the full ...
-1
votes
2answers
55 views

Is 'Loneliness is profound on weekends' correct?

Profound being an adjective, is its usage in the sentence below correct? Loneliness is profound on weekends.
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Camera calibrated to/into/? optimal settings

I am trying to figure out what the correct preposition would be (and why): Camera calibrated to/into/? optimal settings Thanks
1
vote
2answers
62 views

Is this sentence structure correct? I catch myself using this structure a lot

This is a line from a story I'm writing: "The blanket had been peeled back, revealing imprints of recent slumber." Is this correct or should I make another sentence for the second clause?
-1
votes
0answers
15 views

“described by either … or …” or described either by… or by…"? [duplicate]

I write a sentence like follows: This could not simply be described by either A or B. I was wondering may be the following is correct: This could not simply be described either by A or by B. ...
1
vote
1answer
44 views

Capitalizing First Letter of Word in Continuing Dialogue

I have a rather tricky question - I'm a writer, about to send my manuscript off to agents and publishers, and have noticed I have a rather strange writing style, particularly when it comes to ...
1
vote
0answers
72 views

Subject/Complement Agreement. How to describe problem with “The thing is the objects.”

In my ell answer, version 32, I provided the following, problematic, wording (especially bold italic), and I need help to better understand this issue so I can fix my answer:1 The thing is ...
0
votes
2answers
51 views

Is “Unless if” grammatically incorrect? [on hold]

A friend pointed out to me recently that I have a tendency to preface some of my sentences with the phrase "Unless if..." For example: Unless if we take the highway, we won't make it in time. ...
0
votes
2answers
46 views

has been going to have finished

I came across this sentence: For four months now John has been going to have finished his novel by today. I would like to know if "John has been going to have finished…" is the structure going ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

What's the point in saying “I could care less”? [duplicate]

To care less would mean the caring is more, having room to care less.
4
votes
1answer
38 views

What principle guides word combinations with “almost”?

I am trying to explain to non-native speakers how to use "almost." I can't formulate (a) rule(s) to follow with regard to nouns/pronouns. So far, my only ideas are that almost can be collocated only ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

Is this proper use

I was watching the movie Man of Steel and in it is this passage: "There's only one way this ends Cal; either you die, or I do." Now this sounds wrong to me. There's two outcomes. "There's only on ...
1
vote
2answers
44 views

Disproportionate vs. disproportional

Which is correct in which contexts? "My head is disproportional to my body." "My head is disproportionate to my body." "My head is disproportional." "My head is disproportionate." I have the same ...
-4
votes
0answers
72 views

Why do people put 'had' in front of past tense verbs? [on hold]

As can be seen in any English language newspaper or novel, people do at times put had in front of past tense verbs, both regular and irregular past tense verbs. Why is this done? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ...
2
votes
1answer
46 views

Comma placement between two clauses

Based on my research, #2 is most correct, with two independent clauses separated by the "and". For some reason, a pause after "and" SOUNDS better to me. Is one of these correct and the others ...
4
votes
2answers
57 views

“The more…, the less…” sentence with the same verb

I'm kinda ok with basic "The more..., the less..." type of sentences, like The more you think about it, the less likely you are to take action, but what if I want to say next: The more ...
-1
votes
0answers
20 views

Is it grammatically correct to use 'in the profession of' in this context? [on hold]

I have some questions. Is it grammatically correct to use 'in the profession of' in this context? Is this sentence grammatically correct? I completed my education in the profession of manual ...
0
votes
2answers
33 views

“…easy enough, except…” Is this correct?

I heard this line in the movie "The social network". The full line is "The truth is she has a nice face. I need to do something to take my mind off her. Easy enough, except I need an idea." What I ...
22
votes
6answers
2k views

Can a person happen? Is “Zodanga happened” correct?

I was watching movie John Carter where there was some dialogue like this: — What happened here? — Zodanga happened. Here Zodanga was a bad guy in the movie. I don't understand how a guy ...
1
vote
3answers
110 views

''We average 8 hours’ work a day.'' Is this a correct sentence? [on hold]

"We average 8 hours’ work a day." Is this sentence correct? This is just a sentence written from my friend and I'd like to know the usage and form of the word, "average") Please give me some ...
1
vote
3answers
73 views

“Between” Two Locations

I am typing up formal invitations, and I want to say that transportation will be provided from Point A to Point B (but also from Point B back to Point A). In order to clear up the to-from/from-to ...
1
vote
2answers
55 views

“Neither he had” vs “he neither had”

Example: Despite the fact he was nearing his thirties and got stressed a lot at work, he still had a full head of hair. No thinning at all. [Neither/he] had wrinkles, and his face was still long ...
-1
votes
0answers
31 views

Comma followed by one word and a period [on hold]

Is it grammatically correct to use a comma followed by only one word and a period. The intention is to add emphasis. For example. Lost in a jungle, forever.
0
votes
1answer
61 views

usage of “constitute” and “thankful”

A senior researcher has single-handed[ly] constituted one of the most comprehensive collections of field recordings. I have three questions, two pertaining to usage and one to grammar:  1. ...
-1
votes
0answers
42 views

difference between past simple and present perfect in certain examples

I know there is difference between these tenses in sentences like: -I have broken my leg so now I cannot walk - present perfect (I did something in past and second part of sentence show consequences) ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

Why add extra space between a word and punctuation (e.g. a period, question mark, etc.)? [duplicate]

I was just wondering this because of noticing a lot of people I've worked with typed this way. Examples: Okay, that's great . Thanks, Stephanie . Was there anything else ? I was wondering if ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

I grew up IN the east coast vs ON the east coast

I cannot understand why there is "in" in the sentence "I grew up in the east coast..." - why it is not "on"? Google search provides results for both with quite high number of hits.
0
votes
1answer
44 views

Colloquial vs Literary speech [closed]

A fellow faculty member is looking for a source for words, specifically adjectives, that, although easily recognizable and understandable, more often (if not invariably) appear in literature (the ...
-1
votes
0answers
30 views

'Shipping with' or 'shipped with'? [on hold]

Which one is correct It is not yet a default module shipping with the current version of the software. or It is not yet a default module shipped with the current version of the software. ...
0
votes
2answers
40 views

Word repetition when a word is part of more words [closed]

The output consists of the category bar and the navigation bar. How do I prevent the word repetition of bar in the English language? Is it the following? The output consists of the category ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

Hello everyone,which one is correct? [duplicate]

please suggest me which one is correct and any other suggestion to make it a better sentence. 1. We have noted your below email and we are not holding below booking any longer. 2. We have noted your ...
-1
votes
1answer
28 views

Show we care or show that we care [duplicate]

The title says it all really... This is one of those value statement things. 'Show we care' is the proposal. It just sounds like lazy English to my ear, I want to say 'Show that we care' Ignoring the ...
2
votes
1answer
91 views

Is “Sent to say” proper?

Is it incorrect grammar to say that someone "sent to say" something? As in "Joe sent to say that he would love to join you all for the pic nic". I know that I don't have the greatest grammar skills in ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Should I use “is needed” or “is in need”? [closed]

I am writing my master's thesis now, and I got a small question on the two terms in the title. You probably noticed, my English sucks... I have a sentence like: "this model is needed", but I want to ...
1
vote
2answers
90 views

From the 4th to the 8th of June - [date ranges]

In a business letter, what's the correct or more frequent way to write date ranges? from the 4th to the 8th of June 2014, we have been working on the project or from 4 to 8 June 2014, we ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

Help me fix this! [closed]

I always have a confusion which form to use and which is right to use. Like, We have noted your below email and we are not holding below booking any longer. We have noted your below email and are ...
-2
votes
0answers
40 views

What's wrong with this?please help me! [closed]

Could you please suggest me whether the below sentence is correct or not?I couldn't figure it out. Note – Kindly mark your future emails to the addresses that have been marked by me as well. Thanks!
0
votes
1answer
73 views

Why isn’t “him that is” instead “him who is” in this passage from the 1500s? [on hold]

From page 123 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: As long ago as the sixteenth century, Lord Selden observed that . . . Equity is according to the conscience of him that ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

Is “very much of” a valid construct? [closed]

From page 96 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: What the challenge does deny, however, is that there is very much of deep importance in differentiating analogical reasoning from ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

What is the correct usage of “the question of …”

I am currently writing my thesis, which addresses the question of how to do X. However, I am not sure whether the usage of "the question of ..." is correct. I found the following expressions while ...