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Questions tagged [grammar]

This tag is for questions about morphology and syntax, the two elements of grammar. DO NOT USE THIS TAG IF YOUR QUESTION IS ABOUT WHETHER SOMETHING SPECIFIC IS GRAMMATICAL. For such cases use the 'grammaticality' tag. Also do not use this for punctuation or spelling (orthography); those are not about grammar, and they have their own tags.

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25th December vs 25 December

In one of the IELTS listening test. There is a blank filling The museum is not open on __ . My answer was 25th December. However, the official answer is 25 December. Is it correct for my asnwer? ...
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Which is correct; “Be not late for school”, or “Don't be late for school” [migrated]

We are taught when you negate a verb, you use "do not", "does not" or "did not" for general verbs, but you only have to add "not" after the verb in the case of Be-verb. If this rule should be applied ...
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Is it correct to use “because of”'?

I read the motivational phrase " You are a precious and important person, only BECAUSE OF BEING YOURSELF" I want to know if it is written correctly or if it were better to say "You are a precious and ...
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Gerund or other grammatical construction?

I am not able to figure out why there is a gerund in this sentence: My mother convinced me to sing, without me initially wanting to. Could someone explain why there is a gerund? Is it a some kind ...
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Does one resign their office, or resign from office?

Stylistically, is it more appropriate to use it in the transitive, or intransitive way? Merriam-Webster has examples in both cases. In Nixon's resignation speech, he says "Therefore, I shall ...
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British vs. USA grammar: Wasn't or Weren't usage

From a British speaker, "I hope you wasn't too late." In the USA we would say "weren't". Was this poor grammar, or is this acceptable in the UK? I immediately thought it wrong; however, I don't want ...
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A Grammatical Point [on hold]

Is this a grammatically correct phrase? "Wicked and detestable slave-owners since generations" Thanks.
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Is this sentence correct? “They have never had” in context

The sentence in question is: “in this room are all the things that she thought belonged to her, but that they have never had” Thank you so much in advance to whoever answers! This is greatly ...
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…of you/your getting free early? [duplicate]

Which sounds correct and why? Is there a scene of you getting free early? Is there a scene of your getting free early? Thank you
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Is this sentence correct? - “Every one of them could not solve it.”

Thank you for checking out my question. Even though I asked a similar question earlier, another confounding issue showed up here. Is this sentence grammatically correct or, at least, acceptable? ...
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Are/is there something here/over here [on hold]

Can I say: Are/is there something here/over here. For example Is there a toilet over here ? Are there many opportunities here ? Thanks and regards ?
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what must be the tense of sentences when we want to talk about a group of people opinions?

for example of I want to talk about Democrats opinions about a topic. what must be the tense of my sentences?
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Looking for a breakdown of this sentence relating to (I think) relative/essential/non-essential clauses

I'm an ESL teacher and one of my adult students and I recently read this article in class. He and I were stumped by the structure of the very last sentence: Toshimitsu Motegi, minister of economic ...
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Difference between Was and Were. Correct usage

Which is the correct usage in this case? The salary on both days was 500. The salary on both days were 500.
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Does this sentence sound strange to your ears? - “Not anyone can be a poet.”

Thank you so much for checking out my question! I am currently trying to be a teacher of English in Japan and reviewing the basic grammars of English. And I hit a wall. I cannot explain what is wrong ...
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Are 'among' and 'of' interchangeable in this sentence?

I am proofreading a book for a museum of archaeology. While I was doing so I came across this sentence and it seems a bit odd but I am not so sure. I need your help; "Of the six gold crowns of ...
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Take a train or Take the train?

Lovely people,I really need your help... I saw different variety of Take a train or take the train in sentences... And I still can't get it...When should I say take the train and when take a train?:/
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Dashes(-) and Double Dashes(--) [on hold]

Is there any difference between a pair of dashes and double-dashes? I see them being used interchangeably, but I need an expert reply. All help appreciated.
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“Left behind after class?” Is this sentence correct?

Is the following sentence correct? "I left my book behind after class." What I want to say is that my character left their book behind after class, so they went back to get it. I know I could say "...
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Is the phrase “the fact that” fixed?

It seems that the phrase "the fact that" is fixed, and we cannot substitute the word "fact" with others? E.g., we can say: We made this decision based on the fact that he is one of the most the most ...
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Is this sentence make a sense? [on hold]

Sentence : I was waiting passionately for you. What I have had read is that I was eagerly waiting for you. But recently I read it somewhere but I cant make sense out of it when there is "passionately"...
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How do I say that an infection was transmitted to me by droplet contact without sounding weird?

There's a list of ways an infection can be transmitted from one person to another: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmission_(medicine) I can say, "This infection was transmitted to me sexually". ...
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“What author” wrote this novel?

I have read a line in a book "What friend did you hang out with ?" and thought it was an error. However , I came across an English textbook that also used the same construction. What American ...
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Which is correct , on first dates or on first date? [migrated]

In the sentence in block quote below, is it correct to say "on first dates" ? Or is the correct form "on first date?" Is it supposed to be "on first few dates?" During job interviews , ON FIRST ...
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Which one is correct “I had capacity building” or “I did capacity building”?

I don't know which one to use when I want to say I did something for capacity building. For example, I want to say I did capacity building on learning programming language Java. or I had capacity ...
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Rewriting a sentence to be more grammatically clear

I'm proofreading/editing a museum catalogue and I could use some help. I found this sentence idiomatic; "Around the beginning of the fourth century, extremely long chamber tombs emerged, a clear ...
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I need your help understanding the grammar in a specific sentence

"I got inspiration, I got insight, and I began to care deeply about my work." My issue with this sentence is in regards to the two independent clauses, which are separated by a comma--isn't that a ...
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Verbs followed by a description \ 2 Verbs in a row

I have a question regarding the usage of Verb-ing and V1 when we have 2 verbs in a row, or a verb with a description. For example: "My mom doesn't let me bring a cat home." "Let's go eat." "I ...
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Does this make grammatical sense [on hold]

I am very enthusiastic when it comes to hands-on learning and is the approach I feel most drawn to. Thank you for your answers.
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I'm getting a job (meaning)

I'm trying to understand the meaning of I'm getting a job but I can't. I know that it doesn't mean I'm looking for a job nor I got a job. I want to understand the meaning of it because I saw a few ...
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“Have you ever gone to Europe?” is corect? [duplicate]

I want to know the meaning of these two sentences and the differences "Have you ever gone to Europe?" "Have you ever been to Europe?" (As one of the fellows said, it is not like the mentioned ...
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Seen Versus Been Seen [migrated]

In the sentence "The ocean, 95% of which has not (seen/been seen) before", I know that the correct answer is "been seen". Why do I use been, the past tense of "to be"? Is there a better way to say ...
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“A manual written to help students to understand the module” [duplicate]

Or should it be without the second "to" like this: "A manual written to help students understand the module"? I'm guessing that either is generally acceptable but is there a traditional grammar rule ...
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Use of colon and semi-colons [on hold]

Is this correct use of the colon and semi-colon? Click on the image to enlarge it
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Can anyone assess whether the below phrase is correct or not? [on hold]

Following is the phrase "I feel blissful with my mother's blessing" Please assess and correct the phrase if there are any mistakes. Thanks in Advance.
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'After met' or 'after meeting' [on hold]

Just now, I found a movie poster created by non English speaker. The title of the movie in the poster is 'AFTER MET YOU'. Is that good or appropriate?
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Implied subjects in picture captions [duplicate]

Does a caption to an image have an implied subject? For example, “This is an image of...” In other words, as a caption to a picture of two people sitting at a table, can we simply write: “Joe and ...
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What type of grammar is 'than they would be if …'?

I briefly search 'than they would be if ...' on Google, but nothing interesting relevant shows up upon a glimpse. Here's an example sentence: Proof-of-concept technologies, although important, are ...
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Should I start a new paragraph after a dialogue if the action is being taken by a new person? [migrated]

I am currently editing an original work of fiction, and one of the things I'm having the most trouble with is dialogue and paragraphs after certain character's actions. I know it sounds a little ...
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How to add a negative statement after an affirmative one [on hold]

I have found that we can add a negative statement after an affirmative one by using "not...too". (Oxford Dictionary and Practical English Usage) One of the example is: You can have a burger, but you ...
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Have not vs Have never [migrated]

Can someone please tell me what the difference is between the two phrases: Have not and Have never? As far as I know, "have not" is usually used to mean that something has not happened in a period ...
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Which one is true? [on hold]

I need to know which sentence is true: Praying orders your state of mind, Praying influences your state of mind
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Suitable usage of words [on hold]

I just heard that my manager used word kept with word meeting. is it suitable word to use?
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Sentence structure: Can I not try that?

Does the sentence "Can I not try that?" mean: I want to try that but I'm not allowed to I don't want to try that
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Is 'to begin with' correct? [on hold]

Is the phrase 'to begin with' grammatically correct? Is it a dangling participle?
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Do I need a copyright symbol or similar when referencing program names? [migrated]

DISCLAIMER I am writing a paper for school and while I won't get in trouble for forgetting the copyright symbol I am interested in the use of it in this case should I need it in a more professional ...
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Difference between “taking into account” and “considering” when used as conjunctions of contrast

How do I explain the difference between "taking into account" and "considering" to ESL students and can they be used interchangeably in the following sentences? "Taking into account that my sales are ...
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Use of to in the following sentence [on hold]

The removal of Alok Verma as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation is a disconcerting denouement to an unseemly episode. Why has "to" been used here after "denouement"?
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Shortage, Deficiency [on hold]

wondering if a sentence like this makes sense and what would be an accurate way of forming a sentence like this, thanks. ''I started a production of certain parts my country in in shortage of/in''? or ...
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E vs Short I sound [on hold]

Is there a difference in pronunciation between the short i and e. For example, do 'check' and 'chick' have the same sound?