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Classification - There is/are

What is the official 'name' for the 'there is' / 'there are' construction? Is it a verb phrase or a lexical verb? I'd say possibly a verb but it must be the most difficult term to Google.
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67 views

“A book to be read” vs “a book to read”

Which is grammatically correct: "a book to be read" or "a book to read"? And what is the difference?
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Why present simple not continuous

I have a few sentences here: A) The instructor explains the diagram to students who ask questions during the lecture. Why are "explain" and "ask" used here in present simple, and not in the ...
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Verb to be before pronoun in declarative sentences [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in a newspaper cartoon: Not only are you dysfunctional — you appear to be completely spineless as well. Is the verb are in the right position?
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What does it mean: “… was three days dying”?

Not being a native English speaker, I still like to read in English from time to time. In my current book was written that someone "... was three days dying." Does this mean that the person died three ...
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60 views

When using “Used To” in a sentence with two clauses, do you change the verb tense in the second clause?

I was helping a friend proofread one of her essays on the short story The Lottery. She had written this sentence: I think the lottery used to have a specific reason and represent something in the ...
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Correct use of 'at all' after a verb [migrated]

I don't know how to use the expression 'at all' correctly. Please, which of the following two sentences is correct? There are people who do not believe in gender equality at all. There are people ...
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131 views

Does using “did” to form the past tense make a difference? [duplicate]

The two sentences here both indicate that, at some point in the past, I performed some work: I did work I worked What is the difference between these two sentences? Does constructing one with did ...
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1answer
70 views

use of being in a sentence

What is the grammatical reason for the following use of the word being? Thank you for willing to come : (wrong, I know) Thank you for being willing to come : (right) But what is the ...
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2answers
55 views

Which of these is correct? — question involving helping verbs (I think)

I have no idea how to explain why I generally think well, without having my explanation seem contrived I have no idea how to explain why I generally think well, without my explanation seeming ...
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1answer
48 views

How to enumerate activities I did

I'm writing a CV and in one section I'd like to enumerate the activities I did. Should I write I proved ... I participated ... I mentored ... ... or Proved ... Participated ... Mentored ... ... ...
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1answer
51 views

He admitted that it took… Or, He admitted having it

Consider the following example: A man wrote a book in 2 days. He admits it. Should I say: "He admitted that it took him 2 days to write the book" "He admitted that it had taken him 2 days to write ...
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1answer
73 views

Direct and indirect object with the verb “kick” [closed]

Are both theses sentences correct and commonly used: "Kick the ball to me." "Kick me the ball."?
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108 views

Grammar rules for parellelism in comparisons and variations according to verb placement

I'm an academic editor in the field of medicine and I often come across complex comparisons. My question is specifically regarding how the placement of the verb affects the the parallelism of the ...
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Are there nouns that embody adjectives+verbs? (Not asking about attributive nouns) [closed]

I'm not sure if there's a better way for me to word my question. I've sorted through "noun" + "adjective" search results here on SE, but found nothing approximating what I'm after. I'm trying to ...
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1answer
44 views

I need a verb to replace “to know” in this sentence [closed]

This paper seeks to know if those who perpetuate rape are the only ones responsible.
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1answer
40 views

To skateboard vs to go skateboarding

Which of the sentences is correct? I go skateboarding every week. I skateboarded last Sunday. I went skateboarding last Sunday.
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78 views

What is the best verb form to this question?

Write the best verb-form for the blank. A: Who have you worked with? B: I ________ with people from all over the world. The intended answer is 'have worked'. One of my students answered, 'have been ...
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1answer
90 views

Unusual word order in “Fear not this night”?

Yesterday, I've listened to a song called "Fear not this night". I find the syntax unusual (as a foreigner, I have never encountered it). Is it the same meaning as "Don't fear this night" ? What's the ...
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2answers
172 views

Pit as a past tense verb

The violence pit pro-Russian separatists against Ukrainian forces and those who support the government in Kiev. A friend of mine says pit is used as a past tense verb in this sentence. What is ...
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1answer
91 views

What type of word describes someone who performs an action?

In English most verbs have a form that describes the person that performs the action. Some examples would be Runner, Climber, or Jumper. What are these kinds of words called? Are the called the ...
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159 views

To Be + ed (or PP) [closed]

Please please please help me figure this out. Why is it okay to use "to be" + past participle sometimes but not always. eg. "It is okay to be excited" or "Knives are to be allowed on planes" or "It is ...
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1answer
246 views

using a preposition after verbs such as “enter” and “control”

consider the two sentence below: "Elizabeth Taylor entered the room" and "she entered into the room". here is another pair: "the rebels control the city" and "they control over the city". my ...
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2answers
193 views

Is “if I were going to simplify” a correct sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence correct: If I were going to simply
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269 views

Correct verb form in two sentences

I can't explain why the following sentences are wrong, although I can correct them. (a) INCORRECT — The table shows the average amount of time advertisements on the Internet lasting. ...
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2answers
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It the phrase “They identify themselves as Pacifist, but the EU as an arrogant power” grammatical?

Is this phrase grammatical? They identify themselves as Pacifist, but the EU as an arrogant power. Is a verb necessary in the second part of the sentence?
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Why ride? Over ride or pilot?

Why do you ride a horse and a bike, rather than drive it? Why do you pilot a plane, rather than drive it? Why do you drive a car, rather than pilot it? You can go for a ride in a car, but only if ...
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Can we 'do evil'?

On another post discussion has moved to what one can and cannot 'do'. We 'do our duty', we do our homework' and we 'do the washing-up'. But we cannot 'do dancing', 'do driving', or 'do charity'- or ...
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2answers
209 views

“He denied having killed him” vs “He denied he had killed him”

I'm trying to understand the perfect aspect of the verbs and I am not sure whether both are correct: He denied having killed him He denied he had killed him. If not, what is the problem? ...
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2answers
79 views

singular event with singular verb [duplicate]

Is the use of the contracted negative form of Do, the DON'T, in reference to a singular event or action acceptable in formal writings as is in song lyrics composition?
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1answer
1k views

“Help in doing something” or “Help doing something”

Is the preposition in necessary or abundant? To be specific, which of these two sentences sounds better/is correct? This helps in achieving better fuel economy. or This helps achieving ...
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2answers
61 views

Is it correct to write a noun once while listing two related (verbs) activities?

For instance, in the sentence: Without adding new items and modifying existing items. Would it be correct to completely remove the first reference to the noun items? as in: Without adding ...
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2answers
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“Hurry, give me anything that will hold water!” What verb tense is this?

In the following sentence, "Hurry, give me anything that will hold water!" What verb tense is "will hold" ? Not future simple, I presume.
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4answers
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Why there is no “TO” in “having had nobody stand up for me”

I do not understand the following: Having had nobody stand up for me Why it is not Having had nobody to stand up for me Because: There is somebody to stand up for me.
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Having had nobody stood up for me -correct?

I'm not sure about the following: Having advised to many of your colleagues (and yet having had nobody stood up for me when the shit hits the fan), I have decided not to discuss your issues ...
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“Better have it get fired at someone” - get fired?

I know "get" has so many meanings but I just do cannot figure out the right one here: If you establish a gun in Act 1, you better have it get fired at somebody by Act 3. Would it not work ...
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Phrasing of “this=that” sentence?

What is the best way to phrase and punctuate this type of "this = that" sentence? No noise was detected, indicating that the room was empty. No noise was detected, which indicated that the room was ...
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the same A as Verb + Subject [duplicate]

While reading a book, I found: Objective-C supports the same conventions as does C. I've thought "... as C does" is correct. For example, As time goes by, we come to forget almost ...
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4answers
553 views

A does the same B as does C

While reading a book, I found: Objective-C supports the same conventions for specifying strings as does C. I've thought "... as C does" is correct. For example, As time goes, we come to ...
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2answers
213 views

“All I had, and all I have now, (are vs. were) clues.”

In the sentence, "All I had, and all I have now, were clues", should the verb be "were" or "are", or should the sentence be rephrased so that I don't have to choose between matching the verb to the ...
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1answer
123 views

Is 'subject' in 'is subject to considerable debate' a verb or a noun?

Every once in a while I stumble upon this phrase: ... is subject to considerable debate Examples are easily found on the web, for instance: In the context of suspected cognitive disorders, the ...
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1answer
545 views

preposition 'to' after verb 'talk' [closed]

I'm confused whether it is correct to use 'to' after 'talk' or not? Some examples would really be appreciated.
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173 views

try + ing vs. try to + infinitive [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct: Why don't you try to give up candy if you want to lose some weight? Why don't you try giving up candy if you want to lose some weight?
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To dine somebody?

Here is a line from Sir Walter Scott's journal: We expect a raid of folks to visit us this morning, whom we must have dined before our misfortunes. Save time, wine, and money, these ...
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3answers
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What's the difference between “speak” and “talk”, grammatically speaking?

There are a number of questions (example, example) that deal with the slightly different connotations of the words "speak" and "talk". However, there also seem to be some grammatical differences ...
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Method of forming verbs [closed]

In my exams a type of question is coming like - "Change into verb forms" and questions are given below. Are there any methods of forming verbs, or do we have to learn all the verb, adjective, ...
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1answer
241 views

verbs with two direct objects

In German the verb fragen takes 2 direct objects. Is it the same in English? I ask you something. Or is the person being asked considered an indirect object? If so, can I reformulate it using ...
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1answer
203 views

Why “Daddy” in this sentence was written with a capital D?

Why is Daddy in this sentence written with a capital D? Her love letters to and from Daddy were in an old box, tied with ribbons and stiff, rigid-with-age leather thongs. This sentence is from ...
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3answers
542 views

''Honey'' Usage Question

my friend (he's from Europe, white in his 20s) was in the U.S. a while ago and went to a diner a few times. A woman there (in her late 40s, most likely), kept calling him ''honey'' and ''sweetie'' ...
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I need point of view of native speakers on the perfect tense

My question could seem to be very simple, but the reasons why I ask it connect with the understanding of fundamental principles of the construction of the English language. That’s why my question is ...