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Descriptive grammar is a set of rules about language based on how it is actually used. In descriptive grammar there is no right or wrong language. It can be contrasted with prescriptive grammar, which is a set of rules based on how people, mostly writers of style books and grammar text books, think ...

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What do you call someone who is ungrateful, only sees things negatively and never acknowledges you

I am a team player and like to contribute. When asked to take on a task. I always say yes and I never get a thank you. He never provides all the details to what he wants and then asks why I didn’t ...
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“Some of the [superlative adjective] I've ever been” — another way to phrase this?

I can't seem to find a non-awkward way of expressing this sort of sentiment: suppose you want to tell a friend about some time you were really, really cold, but it wasn't the coldest you've ever been. ...
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Is there a term for using “or” to introduce something like an appositive?

Recently someone was trying to explain to me that "or" can have a non-disjunctive function, and this came to mind as a possible example but I can't figure out the terminology to describe it. I know ...
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In a world of descriptivist dictionaries, how is linguistic relativism avoided in discussions?

“If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.” —Voltaire During discussions and debates, especially those of a more academic or technical nature, it is important to establish agreed upon ...
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Using a hypothetical as a noun phrase

What is the grammatical break down of sentences such as "He looks like if John had no hair."? "if John had no hair" would have to be a noun phrase, but it doesn't function as a one by itself, only ...
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State verb in present continous

I would like to ask is it possible to use verb advise in present continous? Because I think it is state verb, isn't it?
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We are a group of people who/which/that..?

Which of these three is correct? We are a group of people who meet.. We are a group of people which meets.. We are a group of people that meets.. This is different from the case when "People" is the ...
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Use having in past tense

Is the following sentence correct "I definitely would have had some job. And I think it would have been having a decent one" basically I want to say that looking back if I had chosen some other path ...
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Defining and Non defining Relative clauses

Is the following sentence a define or not defining relative clause. Since, when we remove the part enclosed in commas, the remaining part doesn't make sense, I think it is a defining relative clause ...
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Alternative to “less good at” [closed]

Is there an alternative, yet polite way of saying: "For those less good at English" I know it's technically correct but it doesn't sound right to me. The context is that we are offering a service ...
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Pronoun: what does it refer to here?

In the following sentence, what does the pronoun it refer to? A differs from B in that it is.... I read before that a pronoun refers to the closest name (B in that sentence); however, here it ...
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Will vs going to [duplicate]

I want to say the feeling of missing to my friend but i'm confused to say,i will miss you or i'm going to miss you
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He discovered that his father had a special box in the basement

He discovered that his father had a special box in the basement I was told that I should not use "that" in the above sentence although it is grammatically correct to use it. Why I shouldn't use "that"...
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parts of speech of a word in a sentence

What is the part of speech of before in the following: Long before anyone coined the term sci-fi? I am wondering whether it is an adjective, an adverb, or a preposition?
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Using 'by + -ing' form in a sentence and it's difference without 'by'

I've come across several (scientific mostly) literature where the use of by+-ing was present. However, every time I do, I just get the feeling that is redundant. (I actually once thought that it was ...
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Neither will I. / I won't, either. What is the difference?

If you hear the following conversation between A and B, which line would you say, B1 or B2? What is the difference? What is the point of learning inversion as is used in line B1? Thank you! A) "I ...
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Is “Provincial Centre for Public Administration Services” correct phrase?

My little province in Vietnam has just established a center, which is meant to be a central place for all services provided by the local government that the provincial citizens can come and deal with ...
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Cohesion in English writing using antonyms

Can someone help me to understand how antonyms can be used effectively to achieve cohesion in English writing along with some simple examples? I have tried to search the relevant information a lot on ...
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of the highest quality vs high quality

Which sentence makes the most sense: ...produce the most sophisticated tool and of the highest quality to perform the job or ...produce the most sophisticated and high quality tool to perform ...
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Omission of repeated components in the sentence

Is it correct to say: "The A ratio is increased by 20%, and B ratio by 30%"? I feel the omission grammatically correct and more natural in: "The A ratio has increased by 20% and B ratio by 30%,"...
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What is the phrase called when a noun is either given an article or doesn't need one? [closed]

As I understand it, there are singular nouns such as cat and spaceship that need to be preceded with some kind of specifier like an article (a, an, the) or a possessive word (my, Jane's, etc.) or the ...
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is “all” implied in a list?

If I have a list that begins with: "Cars He Wants to Buy" Is it implied that that list contains ALL the cars he wants to buy? Or is it implied that it is just some? My thought was that an "all" is ...
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Why do we say “eat healthy” instead of “eat healthily”? [duplicate]

Why do we say "eat healthy" instead of "eat healthily", even though the latter is the only "correct" one, according to the comments in "eat healthy" or "eat healthily" What ...
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I am looking for a word that can be used to describe a person who can switch bodies with another human

Not to be confused with a person who can morph themselves into someone else or a creature by will, but someone who has an ability to body swap - without necessarily having control over it. I am ...
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When describing an action by two persons is it ever correct to name oneself first? [duplicate]

When describing an action by two persons and that action has a negative outcome or nature, is it correct to name oneself first? As in I and he played poorly.
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“you is” in place of “you are” [closed]

Recently I listened to this song "You is smart, you is important ..." This is the link for this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H50llsHm3k Can I say "you is" in place of "you are"? Thanks ...
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Harry Potter grammar question

In the book Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2, page 14, last paragrapgh appears 2 sentences like this, "They lets Dobby get on with it" and "Sometimes they reminds me to do extra ...
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Difference between “as” and “like”

Can anyone please tell me what the difference between as and like in the following sentence is. And which one is correct? Here's the example: None of the other students helped the old man across the ...
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Proper wording for health assistance

Is the following correct? Psychological counselling, as well as support from a health assistance team during recovery. We are unable to use the phrase medical assistance team.
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Multi-colorful or multi-colored? [closed]

Is multi-colorful a word? Or is the correct word multi-colored?
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“no one” vs “no one else”

Can anyone please tell me if I should use no one or no one else in the following sentence? Here is the example: John is a very good friend of mine. No one (else) likes me more than he does. I think ...
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Different tenses in paragraph writing [duplicate]

I am trying to write a paragraph about Mahatma Gandhi Who died in 1948. Can you please tell me which tense I should choose? My problem is that I can't decide present or past which tense I should ...
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The usage of “…that one might assume” [closed]

I have a question about the following sentence. In the (A) option, I'm aware that's a classical "as .... as you assume". But my main confusion is that (B) option seems really legit to me gramatically. ...
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Would a drinking straw, made out of natural straw, be called a 'straw straw'?

Significant efforts are afoot to reduce plastic waste and one way of doing so is to revert to using natural straws as drinking straws. This example uses wheat straws but it doesn't matter which plant ...
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Term for noun phrase containing contrasting things

For a sentence along the lines of "There were celebrations and not-so-celebrations among the people." what would the correct term for a this phrase? I thought it may be a comparison or something along ...
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Are people now “watching a lot of phone”?

It used to be said of some people that they "watched a lot of television". In those days there was nothing else to watch, in that kind of way. But how do I describe what is being done today ? Are ...
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Tense in newspaper reporting

I have a grammar question. I have seen that in news paper reporting writers almost always use "past tense". Can you please tell me why? Silliguri, November 15 : Another Mig fighter plane of the ...
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Is letting someone know you'll provide details “to follow” correct? [closed]

I was told it is incorrect to send a meeting invite and note "agenda to follow" I cannot find any grammatically info on whether this is incorrect. Is it because I have to say "Agenda to follow shortly"...
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Usage of “any” regarding singular and plural nouns [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is correct? Can anyone please tell me whether I should use Singular or plural nouns after "any" in the following context? 1- If any car is parked in the road, it will ...
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Preposition At + Place and/or At + The + Place

I know that I can use this structure: I AM + AT + THE + NAME OF THE PLACE + TYPE OF PLACE For instance, I can say: I'm at the Empire State Building I'm at the Hilton Hotel ...
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Phrase type - considerably more humble than this

I'm preparing for my exams, and I found an example that I cant figure out. The task is to find the head of the phrase: "considerably more humble than this", and determine it's type. Meaning is ...
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Can the word “vernacular” be used as a way to describe a visual scene set in everyday life?

Can the word "vernacular" be used as a way to describe a visual scene set in everyday life? For example: Thomas is a photographer best known for his fine art series of nostalgic Star Wars scenes set ...
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Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong

What is "to" doing there in front of "choose"? It's part of West Point's Cadet Prayer.
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Is the verb “went” necessary? [closed]

I wrote the following sentence at Wikipedia concerning Bob Wian who later founded the Big Boy restaurant chain: His father's furniture business bankrupt, Wian washed dishes in the school cafeteria ...
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Word to describe an absorbing activity which causes one to fail to notice the passage of large amounts of time

The phrase, "Time flies when you're having fun," is often used when one has become absorbed in an activity and lost track of time. I'm looking for a word to describe something that has a tendency to ...
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Why does “no problems” go with plural verb? [closed]

It is a general rule in English that singular verb goes with singular noun. However, I find it strange when in certain clauses like "there were no problems", the verb is plural. In this case, does "...
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Is using a comma after 'or rather' necessary?

Is using a comma after 'or rather' necessary? The sentence would be: "So begins the most intriguingly opening book I’ve ever read. Or rather, the only book that was gripping from the very start."
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Which one of the following sentences is correct? (scrambled text question) [closed]

Which one of the following sentences is correct? a. I drive to german used an old blue car. b. I drive an used old blue car to german. c. I used an old blue car drive to german. My English ...
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Meaning of “Twice Upon a Time” and its usage in a sentence

This is my first question on english.stackexchange.com/questions/ask. Could anyone tell me the meaning of "Twice Upon a Time"? It's the title of Doctor Who's Christmas special episode, the last of ...
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Difference between “after” and “since”

I have a question related to the usage of "Since" and "after". Actually I found these three sentences on news articles. And I have seen a large number results both in "news" and "Ngrams". Are all ...