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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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“Could you already speak Spanish when you (have arrived/arrived)?” [migrated]

I found this in Oxford's "New English File Upper-Intermediate". It's stated that the correct answer is "arrived", but I can't get my head around why it's so.
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Is it OK to say: We suggest you instead to something do? [on hold]

The person told to the company that he uses the machine in the evening. Is it ok to answer: We suggest you instead to use this machine in the morning after your breakfast.
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He changes while…he says/is saying

1) He changes his facial expression while he says... 2) He changes his facial expression while he is saying.. 3) He changes his facial expression as he says... 4) He changes his facial expression ...
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Please help me to find jargon or slangs [on hold]

Is there any slangs or jargons with same meaning with coincidence? It’s like Two thing hapyat same time. Thank you.
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He is the best of all , he thinks. — Is this sentence correct?

He is the best of all , he thinks. Is the above sentence correct or the next one? "He is the best of all ", he thinks.
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Does this sentence sound natural and grammatically correct? [on hold]

"Although I had been under the impression that summertime is horrible in a tropical place like Sri Lanka, this visit changed that completely." I wanted to say that my previous impression was horrible ...
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should question for the past

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: Should I have expected it to be loaded? is this gramatically correct, to ask whether something was supposed to happen in the past?
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Word complains about “Verb use”

at the moment I correct my Master thesis converted my Tex file in Word to use the MS grammar correction. Some errors of Word are: Verb use (Consider revising). Unfortuanetely I do not understand in ...
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Is “can not” correct? [duplicate]

I wonder if I can use "can not" in English, but I don't mean "cannot". What I mean by "can not" is "being able not to do something". For example: "I can not answer him" which would mean "I have the ...
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The usage of ‘We’ [on hold]

Is the royal ‘We’ to be used when a single individual is speaking on behalf of those whom he commands?
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“Each other” - singular or plural in this sentence

In this sentence, should the last word be "life" or " lives"? (Imagine two children brought up by the wrong parents to make this sentence make sense!) They had had each other's life/lives. Many ...
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Which person to use in provided sentence [migrated]

i have a simple yet intriguing me question. Persons used in this sentence are correct? "I love mountains, i wish i could visit them in the winter to see how they looks like covered with snow." And ...
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Question about “could you please not do sth” [migrated]

I'm an ESL student, and I just don't understand how to answer this kind of question. for example, If I ask someone, "Could you please not open the window?", and he answers, "No, I won't do that" Does ...
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Computers that change our world [on hold]

In modern life, computers are gradually becoming popular all over the world. In my opinion, I think that computers are the most useful gadgets and make the world change because some of these reasons: ...
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“I work as an accountant.” “What's that like?” Is “What's that like?” a natural question in this context?

there. "I work as an accountant." "What's that like?" "It's all right." Is "what's that like?" natural in the context as a short, informal question, which doesn't show much interest from the one ...
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BEING STUCK IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR [on hold]

Please help me with the following sentences In writting text. My teacher give me these sentences 1)A question to be asked is ........... Why we don't use .A question is asked ??? Could you ...
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Get with adjectives

Is it correct when I say: I got frustrated or I got afraid, got confused? Can someone explain the literary meaning of using get with adj?
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Swim & Go swimming [on hold]

What is the difference between: Swim Go swimming Is there any difference in meaning?
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Which phrase below is correct? [on hold]

The number of misbehaviours have increased OR the number of misbehaviours has increased
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How to say that he had to endure the same fate? [on hold]

Is this grammatically correct? He had to handle several problems, such as enemies and abuse, a similar fate of the author's Anthony Nygren.
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Stagnate stagnate stagnate [on hold]

Is the sentece below correct? "Is their decision to stagnate voting the right one?" I do not know how to use stagnate correctly in a sentence. Does it even make sence? Thank you!
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Maintaining public libraries is a waste of money since computer technology can replace their functions. Do you agree or disagree? [on hold]

In our lives, libraries are very familiar, especially in campus life. Not only adults but also students can understand their crucial roles. Unfortunately, some people think that maintaining public ...
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Why “would rather” +noun is feasible?Without principal verb

A sentence from TE,however find no grammatical rules supporting the sentence. Thanks you in advance. Many politicians, business people, intellectuals, journalists and even whisky-swilling generals ...
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I would like to say “blablabla, which is quite confusing for people who looks at it for the first time” [on hold]

I would like to say "After you enter the command, you would see output like ... , which is quite confusing for people who looks at it for the first time". Is it correct?
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get arrangements made? verb and voice confusion

I'm having a hard time parsing this dependent clause: "If we manage to get the arrangements made," Is "made" functioning as an adjective, or is it a verb being used in the passive voice? I'm leaning ...
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'Advised me to..' vs 'Advised me that I..'

Which one is correct? He advised me to see the doctor. He advised me that I see the doctor.
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Why do we say " 'a' unit instead of 'an' unit [duplicate]

As title suggest, wondering what the literary rule is for "A unit." Unit being a noun would need an article. I have generally understood that the a/an decision is if the vowel sound if the lead sound ...
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usage of “an” with phrase “emotional perspective” [migrated]

I am confused about the usage of the indefinite article in the following sentence: We compare the language of false news to the real ones from emotional perspective. or We compare the language ...
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Comma between clauses with understood subject? [on hold]

I write a lot of active commands. When you have a sentence like this: Key in the text and press Enter. Should there be a comma after text? There is an understood subject for both: "You key in the ...
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Singular or Plural verb

The sentence I'm having problems with is " Since 1896 the Olympic Games (be held) ________ every four years with some exceptions." The answer key says it is "has been held". Why should it be the ...
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Verb structure: I didn't expect [on hold]

I have a problem with this sentence: I didn't expect it was so difficult. Is it right/wrong? Tnanks
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which sentence is accurate? please explain [on hold]

which sentence is grammatically accurate and please explain why I had to change my plans because of my illness. or I have had to change my plans because of my illness.
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What is purpose use of 'ever' in this sentence? [on hold]

Very few people ever came that way. What is purpose use of 'ever'?
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The difference between two sentences [on hold]

Are these two sentences both correct? A) Do people in your country have a big lunch? B) Do people have a big lunch in ...
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The usage of comma or dot after the introductory clause that starts with “As”

The sentence that I have problem in its grammar is like this: As company A offers many exciting projects for different product, I really want to learn as many new things as possible during my ...
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Using 'There,' at beginning of sentence, referring to the location in the last sentence [on hold]

Is the use of 'There,' in the following sentence correct? This feels clunky to me. Austin went to France. There, some of the buildings were white and others were blue. Thank you!
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“Does the university have” or “Does the university has”? [migrated]

I do self-study for some English exam and this is a sentence from some online resource, which I suppose to listen and write down. "Does the university have an ice-hockey team?" In my opinion, since ...
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Use of “by” in sentence? [on hold]

What is beyond doubt is that governments are not doing their duty by India’s children.  Can anybody justify why there is "by" not "for"?
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Does this sentence make sense? It feels off: We aim to bring voices to the table otherwise we will not be heard

"We aim to bring voices to the table otherwise will not be heard." I am not sure if it should be: "We aim to bring voices to the table who otherwise will not be heard". If it is okay I would prefer ...
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Using the semicolon correctly [on hold]

I am studying maths and have seen the semicolon being used frequently. I'm not sure if I'm using it correctly though. Is the semicolon to be used to separate two sentences which could be written as a ...
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What is the meaning of “we must have missed you”? [migrated]

I was missed from agenda list of minutes of meeting, hence i requested for including my name in the list. But the chairperson of the meeting replied saying "we must have missed you". I am confused? ...
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Would you help me regarding English grammar? [on hold]

We examine these effects in Korea because first, there is appropriate panel data to analyze the subject; second, it has a good population distribution to compare the happiness level between the ...
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how to attribute a singular property to a plural noun?

Please consider the following examples: The size/sizes of the planets is/are written here. The door/doors of a 100 houses is/are 100Kg. Men's nose/noses is/are bigger than that/those of women. Which ...
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Revising a sentence to make it more clear

I'm making revisions on a book from an archaeological museum. As I was reading through, this sentence stroke me as a bit odd and I need your help correcting it. Pottery shaped as horses, ducks, ...
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Sorry for not been/being able to participate?

Is Sorry for not been able to participate in the meeting despite being very vocal about his subject on the group (the meeting already happened) or Sorry for not being able to participate [...]...
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Can I use “into” instead of “to”?

He was quick to adapt himself to the new system. = He was quick to adapt himself (into) the new system. Can I use "into" instead of "to"?
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The difference between 'to' and 'of' in some sentences

I have a quick question regarding some usages of both 'to' and 'of'. Could you please have a look at the sentences below and share your insights with me as to how to make a distinction between them. ...
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Is the phrase “That is typically exactly what happens “ grammatically correct?

Wondering if it makes sense to say “That is typically exactly what happens “. My wife tells me I can’t use the words typically and exactly together.
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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 ...