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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 ...

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Reported speech or direct speech ? With past simple

I'm sorry if my question has already been asked (and answered) but even though I did look into the multiple threads on this topic, I'm still not sure. So imagine that a detective is interviewing a ...
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What is the most natural way to ask this quesion?

• What language do you prefer to speak in? • In what language do you prefer to speak? • What language do you prefer to speak? I want to ask someone what language they prefer to speak at the moment. ...
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WHat do these sentences mean? [on hold]

Hello what are the differences between these two sentence ? I just want to know the exact meaning and difference? I enjoy whatchig you be deleted from the list. I enjoy whatching you be deleting from ...
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Verb phrase and other elements

For this sentence... Are you a collector of art? Can someone tell me the different parts of it please? I think... Are is the verb. you is the noun. What is a collector in the sentence? What ...
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Despite in a sentence

Normally, I only use "despite" with a noun followed but now I see this sentence: "despite people having different opinions, we still managed to get everyone on board". Is the use of "despite" in this ...
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Adjective and conjunction which has higher priority?

I have a question about priority. For example: "elder brother and sister" means: "elder (brother and sister)" or "(elder brother) and sister"? Another example: "old men and women" means: "old (...
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twice its original size or twice of its original size [on hold]

In the sentence below, would it be wrong to replace the "twice its original size" to "twice of its original size"? I think I've heard people say it both ways. After about an hour, the dough will ...
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I suggested my boss buy a new laptop. Is this correct? [duplicate]

It sounds odd to me when a noun is used instead of a pronoun. I suggested my boss buy a new laptop. I suggested he buy a new laptop. I suggested that my friend go to the cinema. I suggested that ...
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Reported / indirect speech - why no backshift

I've come across the following example sentences and I wonder why only one part of the sentence requires backshift when put into reported speech. I am familiar with the general rules as well as ...
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gramar errors and detection [on hold]

One major reason (1)/ for the popularity of television is (2)/ that most people like to stay at home. what is the error in this sentence
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What `be` can add to following statement? [migrated]

Context: I asked reason for a statement in Question and answer forum. I got two possibilities in this scenario. How can it be possible? OR How can it possible? My question is how be changed ...
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Whats the difference between made it and did it when they arr used to mean success?

My colleague in America fixed his computer after having a lot of conversations with IT guy in Korea. He skyped and told me It's finally fixed and I replied "you finally made it!!!. I'm sure he ...
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None of God's promises ever fail [on hold]

BLUEGLAZE~ Of course, I still need your hep~ Could you help me with this question: None of God's promises ever fail. Abraham had a son at 100 years old. None of God's promises have ever failed. ...
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Which preposition is appropriate?

Hurry up! We have to go in five minutes. Hurry up! We have to go by five minutes. Which one is correct? Based on my study, in is used to mean a particular period of time. So 1 should be more ...
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Is it correct to say “not needed to be “?

Whenever someone says sorry, we simply say It’s fine, no problem etc. Instead of that i want to use ‘Not needed to be’ because i want to say ‘No please don’t say sorry, don’t feel that you are ...
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What is the plural form of 'Achilles(Achilles tendon)'?

In Oxford Learner's Dictionary, under Achilles tendon, it says that Achilles tendon = Achilles Then the plural of 'Achilles tendon' is 'Achilles tendons'. But, what is the plural form of "Achilles"?...
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Is “Generally, when I am at home, I am doing my homework,” a correct sentence?

I am confused between these two sentences and could not identify which one is correct to say. Generally, when I am at home, I am doing my homework. or Generally, when I am at home, I do my ...
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I always thought my English was decent. So I want to check how good is my grasp of English grammar. Are there mistakes below? [on hold]

The couple depicted in the portrait are Radha(right) and Krishna. Among many celebrated romantic couples in Indian mythology, this couple has a special place. Every Indian art form and literature in ...
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to serve for..? Which of the below is correct [on hold]

Which of the below is the correct usage?: The seminar served for relevant discussion. The seminar served for a relevant discussion.
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Can an adjective make a noun a restrictive appositive?

Consider the example phrase "Their firstborn son". Without the adjective "firstborn", "Their son" could be non-restrictive if 'they' have multiple sons. However, there can only be one firstborn. In ...
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Is starting a sentence with “or” acceptable?

The sentence(s) I want to use is Even if the claims above were true, this sort of logic is consequentialist in nature. Or, more accurately, specifically consequentialist since it is concerned not ...
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Is it acceptable to use “to ever happen” in future time, like “I don't want this to ever happen”

this is my first time posting here so excuse me if this is not the place to ask. I wanted to use the "She didn't want it to ever fade", but I'm not sure if this is grammatically proper. I have ...
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help with grammar [on hold]

Good Morning Team, I have a couple of reminders for you. First, please submit in time for the department head meeting, your list of accomplishments and your vacation days.
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“I just sent a mail” or “I just sent mail” [migrated]

I'm wondering if it is "I have sent a mail to him" Or "I have sent mail to him" I could not find much online. Thank you.
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Is Present Perfect Continuous commonly used in AmE?

Is Present Perfect Continuous tense a commonly used tense in American English? Or do you somehow simplify it with some other structures? Thank you! For example: How long have you been working here? I ...
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How to remind a colleague about myself? Business phrases

I will delete my question later. How to remind a colleague about myself? Which option is correct? I just want to make sure you don't forget about my request to send a photo. I would like to reconfirm ...
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Tenses - Differences in meaning of two sentences

I would like to understand the difference between two sentences and ask if they are gramatically correct. 1.) Sam gained weight because he had been overeating. So, he ate much in the past and gained ...
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Is there anything wrong with this sentence, particularly with the gerund phrase? [on hold]

I couldn't find any similar sentences (with the same structure) in Google News or Google Books. Here's the sentence: "The novel, featuring its three leading characters in their thirties, was a real ...
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Direct quotes (syntax)

“ ——— ” the White House said in a statement. “ ——— ” said the White House in a statement. The White house said in a statement “ ——— ” Are all these variations correct? If no, which one(s) is/are ...
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grammer question of whose

In bellow sentence, the word "whose" is correct and refer to the word "x"? All parameters had constant values except for x, whose value is in [0,100]
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Is “hundred” or “hundreds”? [on hold]

sometimes I see people write, for example, "three hundreds" and also "three hundred", I'm wondering are they both correct? Thanks!
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Is advanced notification the right term to use?

If someone visit you or your company without notification prior to the visit, what is the right term to use? e.g. someone visit the office without advanced notification? Please help me think of the ...
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How to write 'right after graduation' in biography [on hold]

I am writing a biography and I want to write a sentence that is "Right after graduation, I joined the institute of X to work as an academic researcher". Can you help me in re-writing this sentence ...
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Behind him comes 2 people/come 2 people [on hold]

I'd like to know if it's correct to say: Behind him comes 2 people. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Thank you in advance
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Writing structure in thank you note - better way to write it? [on hold]

I am writing a thank you note for customer orders. I am particularly struggling with the line below. Is there a better way to write this? Your support allows us to continue building the best ...
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Can “project is lead by” be ever correct?

Knowing that Lead-led-led, I find this sentence wrong (from a book available on Google books): The project is lead by an alliance of three partners, comprising the GI, the FIZ Karlsruhe (a ...
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Can you say “When to use simple and progressive” or do you have to say “When to use simple and when to use progressive”?

My question is do you need to include the "when to use" after and?
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Is the bolded comma needed in this sentence?

Shortly before he murders Duncan in effort to usurp the throne**,** Macbeth experiences a hallucination of the dagger that will be used to dispatch King Duncan.
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correct my broken English please [on hold]

English is my 3rd language and I'm not really confident with it, I need a little help to correct some of my sentences. I'm a freelance graphic designer and I've got bunch of clients from different ...
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grammatical error: two verb use simultaneously [on hold]

Please tell me if theres any error(I think error is in the use of these two verbs: obtained and based)in this sentence: She said loans were obtined based on false documents.
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“We hope” versus “We will hope”

Is there a difference between "we hope" and " we will hope"? I read in "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle: "'And Mr Holmes knows it?' 'Mr Holmes always knows whatever ...
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Word choice between will and would

Sometimes rules may not have a positive influence on children if those parents who set strict rules focus too much on children's obedience. Children will/would rely heavily on rules and may not be ...
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Where should i place “piece” when talking about it being from a collection?

I came across the following sentence, and I'm not sure if I should change it or it is grammatically fine as it is. Let's say BRAND is a brand of jewelry such as Pandora, Tiffany, etc.. I am ...
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What are the differences between these 2 sentences [on hold]

What are the differences between these 2 sentences I was there to looking for you but you are not around. I was there to looking for you but you were not around. Many thanks
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Meaning of nominal sentence

I have some trouble with the last sentence of this paragraph from Huxley's "The Struggle for Existence in Human Society" (1888) (https://archive.org/details/a588314000huxluoft/page/n223): The ...
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Is ii a compound sentence? [on hold]

What do you often need to add during content editing to make difficult content easier to understand.
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Which sentence is right in English? [duplicate]

“When your dreams are stronger than your fears- they come to pass” or “Our dreams do come true if they stronger than our fears.”
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Is there a better way to structure this sentence? [on hold]

I am having a hard time re-working the following sentence. I know it gets pretty heavy near the middle of the sentence. At this part: design experts utilizing a diverse. Would a simple comma before ...
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possessive + gerund without pronoun

I think I understand the possessive + gerund construct but in some cases I'm still finding it difficult to get it sound right in my head. I think this mostly has to do with the subject's being a noun/...
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materials: other or materials: others (I need to give a composition of material, fabrics, etc…) [on hold]

Please, give me advice how to write it: materials: other or materials: others