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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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The structural meanings of the perfect aspect

As I researched the perfect aspect, I found this passage from Wikipedia that explained the origin of the perfect construction this way: The have-perfect developed from a construction where the verb ...
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Is “sense of decency” the best solution here?

In a scene about someone taking a pee in public, I wish to communicate the possibility that the act could offend bystanders. An example of how I'd originally phrased this: As I opened the zipper to ...
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In/into/at What to use

So, English isn't my native language and my school teacher gave us this: Complete: Let's go.............. my office. A) at B) in C) out D) for E) into I would go for at/in/into. She said it was "...
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didn't or never which is correct

which one is correct? I didn't expect from you. I never expect from you.
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“Let me know about” vs “told me about” vs “let me know that” vs “told me that”

I came across this sentence today - "you let me know about the hershey ice cream bar," meaning that I informed them of its existence. Is this correct? I for some reason feel like it should be "you ...
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“Sometimes I realize this just after I finish my speaking.” [on hold]

Is the sentence "Sometimes I realize this just after I finish my speaking." grammatically correct?
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Email messaging optimization of a cloud service vs Email messaging optimization of cloud service

I'm translating a name of my bachelor's thesis to English and I'm not sure whether there should be an article. Email messaging optimization of a cloud service vs Email messaging optimization of cloud ...
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“I like bananas” vs “I like a banana”

In English grammar, ‘generic reference’ is used when you make a reference to all the members of a class of people or things . So I can say "A lizard is like a dinosaur in appearance" and "Lizards are ...
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Is this a correct usage of 'let alone' in the sentence?

"You cannot take care of yourself, let alone the three of us" I just wanted to know whether the phrase let alone is used correctly or not in the above sentence. Please give your opinions. Thanks in ...
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Grammar Check in a sentence [on hold]

These children are now same like us before Is this usage correct?Pls crrect me
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Difference between “as regards” and “in regard to”

In my understanding the phrases "as regards" and "in regard to" are interchangeable, but an editor once corrected the former to the latter in my writing. May I ask what is the difference? The sentence ...
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Antonyms of duty is right? [on hold]

I saw duty's antonyms is right. How is it sir/ma'am kindly explain
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do you think the advantages of using social network outweight its disadvantages? [on hold]

the use of social media such as facebook, twitter,etc, is replacing face to face contact in peoples everyday lives. Do you think the advantages outweigh its disadvantages? With the birth and growth of ...
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Perfect Infinitive - why does it need an adverb in this sentence?

Why is it that it's perfectly fine to say: 'I'd like to have started learning Spanish earlier', but we simply can't omit the word 'earlier'. Is it because it implies that it might happen in the ...
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“Education made easy” is it grammatically correct? [on hold]

I am trying to find a short form from this phrase "Education made easy". My purpose is to server this one "Learning made easy" but creating short form the second phrase doesn't sound good. Is it ...
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is it “an or a information page” [duplicate]

I got a simple question: is it a or an information page? "Click here to create an / a information page"
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some of his most characteristic work or some of his most characteristic works?

I am a Korean English teacher. I am teaching about Monet. But I have encountered a grammatically strange expression like the following first sentence. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1551703/...
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Reason for “the” as whole class

I am learning uses of articles. And the book i am using tells that "article the is used when a singular noun is meant to represent a whole class" For example The cow is a useful animal. I want ...
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definite article 'a'

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, pag 529, says: Predeterminer AdjPs (e.g., such a nuisance, or so serious a problem) occur as external modifier in NP structure, preceding the ...
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On adding/In adding

Is my grammar correct "There's no limit on adding Real Property Tax Declaration."? or "There's no limit in adding Real Property Tax Declaration."?
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That's you (that table is for you / is your table)

A waitress, who is going to serve a dish to other person, says "That's you" pointing towards an empty table, at which the former sits. The scene is from the series Shameless, s07e08, min 5:40 What ...
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Our Town's new motto seems confusing [on hold]

"A cohesive team working together to provide efficient, sustainable and quality services to our diverse community who are proud to call [TOWN] home"
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simple english usage in office [on hold]

if someone asked you, have you ever live in London? and you answered No, I never lived in London but i used stay berifly. does the answer suggest in any way that i never been in London??
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Are all three of this sentences correct? [on hold]

I would like to know whether all three of this sentences are correct. If not, how would you correct them and which one do you thing is better for a formal essay? " Paper production requires that ...
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The Use of Become and Became [on hold]

Which of the following is correct? I become lazy and unproductive. Or I became lazy and unproductive.
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Usage of the word “Stressing” [on hold]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? "Being a software developer is stressing."
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Choose the correct answer [on hold]

Yesterday, I met too (a:few_ b: little_c:less _D:many) men while walking in the street.
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Usage of “neither”

I'm writing a scientific document and I'm having trouble finding the correct usage for "neither" in a sentence. The sentence is the following: "...device which does not require the continuous use of ...
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“I always like your literal words of choice.” [on hold]

"I always like your literal words of choice." Is this sentence grammatically correct? Thank you for answering.
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Does “The father regretted to tell his children something embarrassing” make sense?

I came across this question in a test: The father regretted _____ his children how he regretted _____ hard when he was young. A. to tell; not to study B. telling; not studying C. to tell; not ...
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Don't (verb) - (like) or (unlike) I did

Say my intention is to say "I did this bad things to her, but you shouldn't do it". -Don't do that mean thing to her like how I did. -Don't do that mean thing to her like unlike how I did. This is ...
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quotation mark to indicate possession after quotation marks indicating the title of a short story

Would it be wrong to write, for example: "Slight Rebellion Off Madison" 's characters, plot, and themes develop in the same way as chapter 17 of Catcher in the Rye, only its point of view is ...
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one/two each of + plural nouns

I'd like to know an alternative phrasing of structures like "I want one each of tomatoes, bananas, apricots and pears. Secondly, what syntactic role does "each" play in this phrase?
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'Every two' as synonymous with 'every other'

In the sentence "a copy for every two people", i.e. 'to share", would every two be synomymous with every other, where the latter would be used in the same sense as it is used in "I used to visit her ...
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what's the meaning of “enable” and “having a body involves”? [on hold]

what does "Is this enough to enable the kinds of thought that really having a body involves?" mean??? What "enable" means exactly? what "having a body involves" means exactly?
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“ranked first” usage in academic writing

Is this sentence grammatically correct and does it have correct structure? "I have received my M. Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering majoring in Micro/Nano Electronic Devices from Indian University ...
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Present perfect with a past temporal expression

I know the present perfect tense may not be used with temporal expressions which define a timeframe which does not include the present. For example: WRONG: I've visited him on Monday. However, when ...
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Is this sentence with “assured were safe turned out to be” grammatically wrong?

"Investments they had been assured were safe turned out to be highly risky." I am confused with two conjugated verbs were and turned. I think were should be changed into of being. Is there a ...
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Are “planning on visiting” and “planning to visit” interchangeable?

More specifically, are "planning on visiting" and "planning to visit" interchangeable in the following sentence: "I was planning on visiting you during your office hours next week but there was no ...
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In “her tea is a pale brown”, is the indefinite article “a” used correctly?

"Ultimately, as always, we compromise and her tea is a pale brown". Isn't the "a" redundant here? It sounds wrong to me.
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Conditional starting with “had”

Is the following sentence correct? Had I had a lamp, I would have had light.
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“He is a competent enough student” or “he is competent enough a student”?

He is a competent enough student. He is competent enough a student. Could someone please tell me which sentence is correct?
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How to ask my professor politely to suggest me references for my study [on hold]

I hope your weak has been going well so far. Would you please suggest me good references specifically for Y and Z courses in order to be better prepared before my Master program begins. Best wishes M....
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Which is right? [on hold]

The brown hair girl is my sister The brown haired girl is my sister Edit: I had had a English class before and the topic was about noun. I had asked the lecturer why we don't put "-ed" in the hair. ...
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in the coming vs. over the coming years?

I am pretty sure that "over the coming years" is not correct. I just want my thoughts to get confirmed. E.g. the use of "coming" in the following sentence: XYZ is one of the world’s most water scarce ...
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Is there a word for something you pay for but cannot use?

Some fictitious examples below to explain the type of wording I'm seeking. Suppose I'm paying my landlord the full monthly rent. But to use the room I have to ask permission, which he/she gives only ...
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Which is the first day of the week?

As there is some confusion between Sunday and Monday. Kindly tell me how to explain when someone ask me this question, that which is the first day of week ?
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What is the correct? [migrated]

What is the right choice “I started playing piano when i was six “ Or “I was starting playing piano when i was six “ , and why?
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Can object be omitted in participial construction?

"Hyperfocus requires willpower and mental energy to activate, drawing from the limited supply we have to make it through the day." In this sentence, I think the things that are drawn from the limited ...
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How can I find a person who will help me to find my mistakes [on hold]

I started to learn English for two weeks ago. I've understood only now that I need to find a person or a good web site where I can check my sentences. Honestly, i'm afraid to make mistakes. So, I hope ...