Questions tagged [grammar]

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Is “weren't gone” correct?

I've been studying English for several years now and recently I've started to follow a Facebook group in which there are mostly people from the US. Beside the fact that they use so many acronyms (some ...
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Use of indefinite article [migrated]

Here are two complete sentences This is the weirdest case of scientific field. This is the weirdest case of a scientific field. I just want to know which is grammatically correct, with "a" or ...
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Position of “seem” in a sentence?

I recently came across a sentence which looks wierd to me. The sentence is: Crazy it seems. I think it had to be like below. It seems crazy. If the first sentence is correct then clarify it ...
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With 5 years experience [on hold]

I would like to use this sentence in this context: ... which would correspond to my field of study and experience. With 5 years experience working in ... The Microsoft Word corrector ...
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Won't [verb] vs not [verb]ing [on hold]

I was recently calling someone to discuss an open position at my org but the call could not go through, likely due to an issue with the phone line. I then contacted another person to inform that the ...
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Twenty dollars and fifty cents is or are? [duplicate]

Over the years, there are separate questions on dollars and cents. I am unable to find a question combining both. Here is my question: Twenty dollars and fifty cents is or are?
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Does leaving “any” change the meaning of the sentence?

It tackles a problem with no preconception that any human would have. It tackles a problem with no preconception that humans would have.
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Which one is correct? “A bird was on the box, from which/where it flew to the ground” [duplicate]

I would like to know whether I should use "from where" or "from which" in the following sentence: A bird was on the box, from which/where it flew to the ground
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Grammar and adverbs question [on hold]

Is this question written correctly? Has the problem been solved already? or maybe is this way Has the problem already been solved? are both correct?
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What's the correct verb usage for plural nouns? [on hold]

What's the appropriate verb for "goods" in this sentence? If a consumer believes the price of goods are (or is) on the rise, the consumer has an incentive to purchase the goods today rather than ...
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regarding the proper use of “To” in action [on hold]

"To register happiness and sorrow without sensory mechanisms, they themselves would cease to be." Is the expression used above grammatically correct, hence is this sentence grammatically correct?
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'I took a vacation last year.' or 'I had a vacation last year.'

So far, I've always used 'take' when I'm talking about the vacations I've taken. But minutes ago, I happened to see 'I had a vacation last year.' on the internet. I've never heard of that before. I've ...
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explanation of AS or ONCE [on hold]

Should I say we would like you to help him doing his genealogy as he would like to apply for Portuguese citizenship or we would like you to help him doing his genealogy once he would like to ...
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Correct use of weeks'

Consider the following statement: I have four assessments due in a weeks' time. Here, the four assessments are due in one week. I am unsure if the apostrophe is placed correctly, i.e. is weeks' ...
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Using the preposition For to indicate a purpose

I am curious to know if the usage of "for" in the sentence below is grammatical? The reason why “socioeconomical understanding” is chosen as the umbrella section is for it to mediate the ...
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What is the difference between 'I almost completed…' and 'I have almost completed…'

While having a conversation, my friend said 'I almost completed...', but when I heard that line, it sounded to me like 'I nearly did something, which I should not have done, and thank god for that' ...
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What is the actual meaning of these lines and what time (Past/Present/Future) it indicates?

These lines have been taken from Shakira's Whenever, Wherever song lyric, "Never could imagine there were only Ten million ways to love somebody". Thanks in Advance.
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should I write “These details belongs to my dad” or “These are my dad's details ” when writing an email? [on hold]

When writing an email should I write "These details belongs to my dad" or "These are my dad's details"? I know this sounds somewhat silly but I want to be grammatically correct.
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How to use “ramble” properly? [on hold]

It it correct to say “I’m down to listen if you want to ramble about your problems?”
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What is the actual meaning of these sentences and why [on hold]

I interest in writing songs VS I'm interested in writing songs Thanks in Advance.
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Sentence grammatically correct? [on hold]

"They believe that ancient man in his naivety, as he stood just a step beyond the dividing line between humanoid and human being, was confused and bewildered by all that he saw around him." Is the ...
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“provided that there was no case” or “provided that there were no case”

My doubt is which of the two is grammatically correct. I'm not sure whether 'were' should be used because it is a subjunctive phrase, or if 'were' should only be used if 'cases' was plural. Thank you! ...
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The usage of “out of the box.”

I faced this sentence in a book: Ann Trason had expected to be in front, but an eight-minute mile right out of the box was just nuts. Would you please help me with the meaning? Specially, I can't ...
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When to use “THE” and when to use “A”? - confused [duplicate]

So I feel that I am starting to get it, although this morning I got another curve ball, that caused some confusion. Me and my daughter were reading a book and two sentences confused me. "Chewing on ...
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How to use nowadays in english? [on hold]

Nowadays, at the beginning or end? Which one is right? Nowadays my country or my country nowadays?
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definite article: “rebut charges that…” or “rebut the charges that…”? [on hold]

Are both questions grammatical? Are there any differences in meaning? 1) She has rebutted charges that she has been involved in any financial malpractice. 2) She has rebutted the charges that she ...
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check grammar structure and meaning, please [on hold]

first. Expert in video filming and editing. Also good at producing Youtube content. Dedicated to filming and editing cross-border e-commerce online lectures at previous job, and has a rich ...
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Changing of phrasal verbs by tenses

Probably that is extremely strange question , but can I change pharasal verbs by tenses ? There is no something else information at the most popular resources . For example , break down Past ...
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What is wrong in this sentence grammatically?

I am so sorry for asking such question. But my boss keep saying there are grammatical error in these sentences, and I for one, even after reading them over and over can't find one. However, these ...
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I didn't have had [on hold]

Is the below sentence is correct. I didn't have had any problem with you. or it is grammatically wrong to write. If possible can I have a sentence using DIDN'T HAVE HAD...pls
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'Too much' with countable noun

He has too much friend. Is this correct? If so, what is rule for using much for countable noun or should I use many instead? Please clarify.
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Does “you are looking good” use “are looking” as a copulative verb?

I enjoyed the post titled: Different meaning of “looks good” vs. “looks well.” Does the answer change when using a participle ("are looking," as opposed to "looks")? I think that "you are looking good"...
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Correct usage of IF condition with various tenses [migrated]

This situation is a Hypothetical and takes place in future; Which one would be the correct form for this context? He would be killed when he arrives in London. OR He would be killed when he arrived ...
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Is the usage of “from where” correct in these sentences?

I would like to know if I have used "from where" and "from which" in the following sentence correctly. China, from where foreign companies are shifting their operations away, has been hurt badly this ...
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What preposition follows “reframe”? [on hold]

What preposition follows "reframe"? For example, We can reframe our mistakes as positive learning experiences. We can reframe our mistakes from a more positive lens/perspective. We can reframe our ...
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“was employed at” vs “had been employed at”

I am providing an "employment verification letter" to one of my past employees. He worked at my company from Oct, 2008 till Jan 2017. Which one of the following is correct? 1) He was employed at XYZ ...
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is this email correct [on hold]

I am sending you this email to express my gratitude for the invitation to the Recruitment day. I appreciate the opportunity, and I look forward to the meeting on Monday. However, I have an issue with ...
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The usage of 'to'

My problem is that I don't know whether I should use 'to' or not when I say the sentences I wrote below. Can anyone tell me which one is right and why, 'have you gotten New York safely?' or 'have you ...
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grammar “I hope that will happen” vs “I hope that it will happen”

In first example, "that" refers to hypothetical situation (which is subject to be happened). In second, this job is done by "it" and "that" is used in conjugation "hope that". Which option is correct ...
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Rock and roll past

According to Wikipedia, Jerry Lee Lewis's successes continued throughout the decade and he embraced his rock and roll past with songs such as a cover of the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and Mack ...
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Sentence confusion

Please let me know if the following sentence is correct or not: "With our CCTV cameras installed in your home, you can be sure that what you care about is being looked after." Thanks
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'that has' or 'that is' yet to be built?

Is this statement grammatically correct? The best Ferrari ever is the one that has yet to be built. -- Enzo Ferrari Photo location: Museo Ferrari Maranello Should it be 'that is yet to be ...
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How come 'much enough' isn't correct if 'big enough' is correct?

I'm asking for my friend who is learning English. Although I'm a native speaker, I can't really explain it besides "it's not right". Can someone explain why saying "much enough" isn't correct, while "...
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Present perfect vs possesive verb

There is a sentence: He has restricted access to his profile How can we know whether the verb 'has' is auxiliary or possessive? I.e. does it serve to form the Present perfect tense or to indicate ...
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Adjective after noun?

I come across a sentence: The many problems inherent in the setup are deep and disturbing. Does the adjective inherent modify the problems? and what does deep and disturbing mean in the sentence?...
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“He is not so cool like the girl thought he is”, Is this a grammatically correct sentence?

I came across following sentence when watching a youtube video, probably spoken by a native english speaker. He is not so cool like the girl thought he is. Is this a grammatically correct sentence?...
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Should I put a comma to make this sentence correct?

As I am preparing for an English exam, I have questions about what I read here and then so I really appreciate if you can tell me if this sentence is correct in terms of its grammar. To be more ...
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what is the difference between wonder and curious [closed]

When I use word that "wonder" no one can understand ,if i use "curious" They can understand .these two are same meaning.
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Neither - nor grammar

“Neither him nor her I invited” Is this sentence gramatically correct? Can I use neither-nor this way?
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I will see my friend to the airport. Why the progressive seems to be not possible?

I assume this is correct: I will see my friend to the aiport. But for this, I cannot see a single hit on Google: I'm seeing my friend to the airport. I'm using the progressive to express that ...