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What's the word for the use of the wrong prefix or suffix?

For example if someone said unliterate instead of illiterate or discluded instead of excluded? Is there a word for this kind of grammatical error?
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The influence of non-native speakers on the English language

I can’t lay my hands on the reference, but David Crystal has reported an increase in the use of informations by native speakers, as a result of its use by non-native speakers. The OED has 59 citations ...
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“Act in a certain way” or “act a certain way”

When I should put "in" after the verb "act"? I occasionally see some don't put "in" between "act" and "a certain way". Example: "But you must act in a certain way, so that you can appropriate what ...
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Of the translations of the gambler

What follows is a few sentences from two existing translation of The Gambler by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY. At first,I must say ,I don't want by any means to take PEVER and VOLOKHONSKY part. In my view ,...
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Is there a solid reference/rule on when not to put article after 'of'

I have not found any articles or documentation on this, the only thing close to it is this Zero article after "of" in "a change of place" thread which only has a single answer ...
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Part of speech in a sentence

In the sentence: " I let him take the pen ... are the mentioned functions correct? I = subject let = main verb him = indirect Object take = the second verb (bare infinitive) the pen = Direct ...
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Should we use “esp not” or simply “esp” following a negation?

This occurred to me when I was having a conversation about sleep disorder with my friend. When I asked of tips to have a good sleep, he advised me to do a lot of workout and make myself as tired as ...
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Is this an example of correctio?

I thought this would be better as a separate question. Here's the quote: Ariel (The Tempest): ‘The powers, delaying, not forgetting’ Correctio is: 'The amending of a statement just made by ...
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What do you call the use of a negative in order to emphasize?

In particular, I was looking at this quote: Adam (Paradise Lost): ‘nothing lovelier can be found / In woman, than to study household good’ Here's 'nothing' emphasizes 'lovelier'. Is there a term ...
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Why the expression “being lied about” is separated with commas

Why the expression "being lied" in contrast to "being hated" is separated with commas? What is the difference? Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated don't give way to ...
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The grammar method for a special kind of ing verbs

I have recently encountered the following I had saved more of the money I made working at the restaurant and my question is which grammar method is used for the word working here ?
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For an infinitive functioning as an object, is it necessary that its logical subject should be identical with the subject of the sentence?

Some grammarians claims: when an infinitive functions as an object, its logical subject must be identical with the subject of the sentence. (seen in a book on grammatical analysis) Is it obligatory? ...
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worried to V/ worried about Ving

Which one of the following is correct? She is worried to walk on the street alone at night. She is worried about walking on the street alone at night
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How to communicate two elements of different syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

I have the following sentence, NAME is a community that helps each other code better by rating each other's efforts and helps managers pair with other fellow developers I was suggested by the ...
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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How to determine ergative verbs

As a non-English speaker, it's sometimes hard to determine what style of a verb is meant in sentences written/said by native speakers of English. For example, there are ergative verbs in English. ...
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Diagramming simple wh- “to be” sentences

I have read a syntax book cover to cover and it seems to stubbornly avoid diagramming sentences with "to be" (or other auxilliary verbs) functioning as the principal verb. For example: That dog is ...
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Can I use a participial modifier in the second part of a sentence?

I wanted to ask if is OK to include a participial modifier at the end of the sentence such as the one below. While he was in Kansas, Jonathan also worked with many filmmakers, such as Roger Deakins, ...
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It is + (time) + to + (verb)?

Actually, I'm asking for an another way to say "it takes + (time) + to + (verb)". For example, is "It is 1 hour to go to the hospital" correct or the "it takes + (time) + to + (verb)" construction is ...
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Offensive behavior is better avoided / be avoided / to be avoided here

Suppose that there's a rule about how to behave in a society (a school, a chatroom, whatever) that goes: Offensive behavior is better (1)avoided / (2)be avoided / (3)to be avoided here. I ...
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From a specific date, on and after specific date

How to say in short "Files added on and after a specific date"? It refers to future, so I can not use "since" and I should omit "verb" added. 1. If I say , Files from a specific date, does it refer ...
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Should we always use a prepositional object after an intransitive verb?

I arrived at home. vs. I arrived home. "Arrive" is an intransitive verb and it needs a prepositional object, but 'home' is an adverb of place and I don't think any preposition can be used ...
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Relative clauses

I have these two sentences: "All of them knew the criminals by sight. The local police arrested them." If you were asked to join them using a relative clause, how would you do it? all of them is ...
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Is 'seeing' after 'open to' a correct sentence?

In a book that I'm reading, there is a sentence: We seem to be quite open to seeing others as people rather than coworkers or competitors. I just wonder I should be see not seeing in the above ...
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University AT city name

I was wondering if anyone would care to explain why some universities use AT in their names (University of Illinois AT Chicago/ University AT Buffalo) when the preposition used with cities is usually ...
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advisable vs advised

I recently found myself reading a phase with one of the terms. It sounded wrong. Which one is correct/better? 1) Regardless, it is advisable to follow X guidelines 2) Regardless, it is advised to ...
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what is the difference between 'travel back in time' and 'travel through time'?

What is the difference between 'travel back in time' and 'travel through time'. Can you explain this with an example?
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How to drop a pronoun? (pronoun-dropping/removing 'I'/omitting the subject)

I wrote resume and got stuck in this place. There are recommendations to write your achievements in the short form (without "I"): "Worked with ... " "Created something ... " "Collaborated with ... "...
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Can the Personal Pronoun I Be Put in the Nominative Case before the Gerund?

In the recently published Report on the Death of Alexander Litvinenko by Sir Robert Owen there is the following sentence in the statement of one of the witnesses (Boris Berezovsky): "This resulted in ...
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He do what he do (does or do)

According to a DMagazine.com headline, it reads: Ron Washington: He do what he do. Is there any case we have to use he do or does it mean something different?
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shall not be more than vs. shall be not more than?

It shall be not more than 1m. It shall not be more than 1m. Which is the correct way to say "it shall be less than or equal to 1m"? Two expressions are mixed in Google, so I want to know ...
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Can the word 'proficient' only be applied to humans?

Is the term 'a proficient system' correct English? Or can the adjective proficient only be used to describe humans? At least one dictionary (NOAD) defines the word in a way that makes it seem more ...
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Is the use of the indefinite article possible in the sentence context?

Is the use of the indefinite article below possible in this context? In the out-of-court settlement, the drug makers virtually admitted that they were responsible for the spread of a fatal ...
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Using a proper noun (specifically an acronym) as an adjective

Is it colloquial to use a proper noun as an adjective if there isn't a corresponding proper adjective? Going further, is using an acronym/initialism as an adjective okay/formal? I'm trying to prove ...
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Newspaper headlines + is it possible to use present perfect?

I've found these two sentences in newspaper headlines and there are two things I am not sure about: Haas beats Wawrinka Tommy Haas claimed the biggest win of the season against Wawrinka. He ...
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Two “to be” verbs in one sentence

Insurance is required on purchases of $100 or more, and (is) strongly suggested at $50 to $100. should it be used twice? can it be used only once? Which one is considered of better style (in case ...
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Unclear use of present tense in specific sentence

As a non-native speaker I'm having a hard time understanding why the author uses the present tense of 'begin' in the following sentence: Sess was thinking about that as the rain started in and the ...
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are these structure “It's adj for somebody to do something” / “It's adj of somebody to do something” generic ones?

I am non-native English speaker and my English teachers often teach these structures to me "It's adj for somebody to do something". Ex: It is necessary for you to get up early "It's adj of somebody ...
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“To hear” meaning

I have a great deal of difficulty understanding the correct meaning of this dialogue from the Pink Panther animated series: "To hear Harry, you'd think (or you think, I'm not sure) you didn't have a ...
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Using “since” instead of “because”

I want to use the word since as because, but I don't know if I can add the word 'then' after it. For example, is the sentence 'since we have A and B, then there is no need for you to get C' correct? ...
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What does 'if' mean in this sentences?

For similar reasons fragile natural states cannot support many, if any, private elite organizations. As the two world wars and the Cold War of the twentieth century illustrate, external violence is a ...
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unit as an adjective usage

the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, ...
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Noun phrases used as adverbs

Example: I fell in love the moment I saw her. Is this considered grammatical as it is, or is it some kind of ellipsis?
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The “to be” part in a “It seems ____” phrase

Is it acceptable to drop that 'to be' or 'to have been' parts when using the verb 'seem' before a noun/noun phrase? The author — as it seems his custom — does not specify the age of his ...
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Response Faster / respond faster?

I am looking for a new laptop, and as I scrolled down the page of this specific model, I encountered this: So, bottom line: shouldn’t it be Respond Faster? I am didn’t post a link because I’m not ...
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“Same as” or “same with” in this context?

Here is a quick question. Same with A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Same as A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Which one is a better way for academic writing? ...
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Contrator, contractee… and disease?

On my security card at work is written "Contractor" in big, bold, capital letters. A thought just crossed my mind (as I work for a medical company): If I am the contractor, am I the one passing the ...
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Is simple past ever justified with “by”

Can anyone shed some light on the following aspect? By 5 PM I gave him the book. By 5 PM I had given him the book. In both the sentences the book was given before 5 PM and no later than 5 PM. But ...
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Interpreting perfect participle

Look at the sentences below Having travelled to Texas, I can say a few things about it. Having lived with him for 5 years, I know him better. (D I still live with him?) Does 'having travelled to ...
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Publication title with “the” or without

I'm currently struggling which of the following two versions (I anononymized them) is the correct grammatical form for the title of a publication: Evaluating Safety, Cleverness and Fastness of ...