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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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The usage of plural form of “percentage/proportion/number…”

I wonder when I should use words such as proportion, percentage, number, amount, level ... in the plural form. For example: The percentages/percentage of boys in 6-11 and 12-16 age groups ...
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Inversion of subject and verb [migrated]

Question one: Are the following sentences correct? And why? Statement A: After storms is not necessarily a bright sky. (I think it will be correct only by inserting there between storms and is) It ...
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Is the repeated use of units in sentence okay?

Consider the following sentence: Also on Fig. 2, is the estimated price of a pizza at five locations along the highway (z=0, 4, 6 and 8km). or Also on Fig. 2, is the estimated price of a pizza ...
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have still to vs still have to

" researchers have still to decide whether smell is one sense or two- one responding to odours proper and the registering odourless chemicals in the air. " Can I ask you guys why it's not still have ...
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The problem of mood and voice in English grammar

I am a university senior for the time being, and I have to make a presentation for the subject "The problem of mood and voice in English grammar" although I know about voice and mood in English ...
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“had rained” or “was raining”?

Last week I had a test and there was a confusing question: we had to put the bare verb in the brackets into the correct forms and that question was: ""When I woke up last night, it .... (rain) heavily....
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Similarity finding best grammar [on hold]

If you had the text abcxxcde, how would you go about counting the number of similarities? Would there be be 1 because one type of letter (x) is the same or 2 because there are two letters that match?
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'Kindly make sure to let's know'

I received an email from my team lead, which says: Kindly make sure to let's know the challenges you faced while working on the project. It was the reply to my email which presented challenges. ...
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usage of Me v. myself

Is "Feel free to reach out to myself, Howard, or Jane." correct? Or, should it read "Feel free to reach out to me, Howard, or Jane.".
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without being seen by anybody [migrated]

I have sentence They left the house without being seen by anybody in this sentence why being seen is used can you tell me the grammar
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Please help me correct grammar, vocabulary and puntuation, and condense each paragraph [on hold]

Câu 4: Please:- a) give up to three practical examples of how you intend to use the knowledge, skills and connections you will gain from your scholarship. Possible tasks can be personal and/or ...
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A question about 'Past Perfect'

everyone! I'll appreciate, if anyone could explain me the usage of past perfect in the following sentence, since the past perfect, I assume, is unusually refering to 'later past'. "The frustrated ...
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What is wrong with this question [migrated]

I have a sentence My wife ate eleven snickers, and I'm trying to ask about the quantity of snickers. I know that the question How many snickers did my wife eat? is correct, but what is wrong with How ...
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Interpretation “has been entered”

I am having a hard time interpreting a specific phrase. The phrase is "A judgement has been entered." If a judgement was previously entered, and it was then removed. Would the "has been entered," be ...
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A question about “seems like” (as If)

He seems to be happy. It seems that he is happy. (formal style) It seems like (as if, as though) he is happy. (informal style) 1) Sentence #1 ; I assume that 'to infinitive' functions as subject ...
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Why do we say “in range” but “out of range”?

Is is the pair of expressions "in range" and "out of range" just an idiomatic outlier? Maybe not, as you can put something "in the list" or take it "out of the list". But I can think of other in/out ...
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Can I use 'judge to Noun'?

"When on the hunt, snakes judge to perfection the very instant that separates life from death." I saw this sentence. Can I use 'judge + to Noun'? I thought it can be only used as 'judge + Noun'. ...
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Which one is more correct? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically wrong to write This means you are a great leader. Or should I write This means that you are a great leader. Also, when I reply to someone's comment, is it more accurate to ...
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Before / until the end of

I have a sentence: "If you haven't paid for the trip yet, please do so before Friday afternoon" . Does it have the same meaning with "You have until the end of the school week to pay for ...
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Attachment of “with […]” prepositional/adjective phrase coming after a relative clause that comes after a noun

I have asked a question in an exam, which I wish I had asked in a clearer way. I would like to know how reasonable it is to understand this sentence different from the way I originally intended: ...
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What is the origin of “Here's why” - what is it gramatically? does it have a name?

Ive seen its use increase over the last few years. Mostly in online articles, as a "catchy" / click baity title , in the form: "Here's why $thing" ; or "$statement!. Heres why" apostrophe optional. ...
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Why do verbs need to be pluralised when you are using a name at the beginning, but not when you use 'You' at the beginning? [migrated]

Examples: 'You like cake.' and 'Lucas likes cake.' 'You run fast.' and 'John runs fast.' Why are the verbs pluralised when the name is used? Thanks!
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A guy at the gym asked me, “what did you hit today?”. And I replied,“Bro, my workout is legs and arms” [on hold]

A guy at the gym asked me, "what did you hit today?". And I replied,"Bro, my workout is legs and arms". Actually, completed my workout before he asked me and now I'm thinking that I should have said "...
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How to use word in parentheses

I wrote a sentence: Figure 6(top) shows that....... while figure 6(bottom) shows.... Does this sentence look grammatically clear with using parentheses? Do I have to leave a space after number 6, ...
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Grammatical problem [on hold]

Question 24,27,41,45 Please help ~~(☻-☻)
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what is the grammar of all showing in this scentence? [on hold]

It contained a number of channels lined by a sequence of holes, about 50 centimeters deep, all showing burn marks and filled with ashes. all showing???
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Which of the following sentences is written correctly? “…while being in your house” or “… while you are in your house”? [on hold]

In the context of: if you were to receive something. Ex. A package or groceries. Ex. 1. You can get your groceries while being in your house. Ex. 2. You can get your groceries while you are in your ...
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A sentence that confuses me [migrated]

The sentence is "The fact was, however, that she was always dreaming and thinking odd things and could not herself remember any time when she had not been thinking things about grown-up people and the ...
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Is “you Chromebook” correct grammar in any dialect?

As a learner of English as a foreign language, I believe from what I learned that "you Chromebook" is not grammatically correct in "standard" English (as spoken in formal situations in the UK, US etc)....
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“sit back down again” — Tautology or no?

I'm curious about whether the phrase "sit back down again" (along with anything similar, like "stand back up again") would be considered a tautology or if another term would be a better fit here. To ...
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Is “the first of two [things] is” grammatically correct?

As the title states, is the phrase "the first of two [objects] is" grammatically correct? Both [objects] are singular.
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What is the correct answer confidence or confident? [on hold]

When you speak in public, you need to show (confidence/confident) even if you are nervous, you should look as if you are not
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what may “micro-specifications of task” be referring to in that sentence? [on hold]

A society of rootless, atomised individuals, produced by the modern workplace’s need for mobility of labour and micro-specification of task, is a fearful society.
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Can't decide between She/her

I have 3 questions regarding she/her and my logic is posted below: Only one of the contestants was chosen, she/her. I think the answer is "she" and here's my logic: This sentence is written in the ...
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Simplifying a sentence [on hold]

The logistics were those of a very large army, which indeed it was, battalions of extras and theatrical performers for the biggest sound set ever conceived. Could someone simplify this sentence ...
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Where is the possessive apostrophe placed? [on hold]

In the following partial sentence, is the apostrophe placement on “vice-president’s” correct or should it go after the s: “Vice-presidents’ ” In the filling of vacancies in the five (5) vice-...
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got confused with the grammar [on hold]

can you please correct this for me? thank you very much. voted for my first time today and it couldn’t be more exciting. after the never ending debate, dispute, imposing our own opinions, quarelling ...
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Available or is available [duplicate]

I'm a little bit confused which version is correct: New version available New version is available
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Breaking the habit would be easier. Breaking is -— A. Present participle B. Gerund [on hold]

Breaking the habit would be easier. Breaking is ---- A. Present participle B. Gerund
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How is she doing as an English educator? [on hold]

So, there is a english conversation platform through which a group of teachers teach English by chatting with a student, and I’m a Korean who spent 6 years or more in the United States and I requested ...
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Is it correct or not? [on hold]

Thanks for always make my cheeks hurt from smiling or thanks for always making my cheeks hurt from smiling?
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Contingencies do as a busy time for us to exertion, nothing to do when we relax as frivolous [on hold]

how to understand the following? Contingencies do as a busy time for us to exertion, nothing to do when we relax as frivolous.
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As is + adj. what is the grammar about this structure? thanks

i encounter a sentence which says" As is quite apparent, the fins are the most distinctive features of fish." i do not understand "as is quite apparant", what is the structure? is it simply an ...
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He interrupted me or He did interrupt me?

//INVERSIONS// I had hardly uttered a word when he interrupted me. according to the lesson, this sentence turns into: Hardly had I uttered a word when he interrupted me. why can't we say Hardly had ...
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when compare something

"The public awareness on obesity is considered less important than other chronic diseases." Does it sound ok? or should I revise as "than that of other chronic diseases"
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Sale on now, On sale now, Sale now on

I found a phrase "Sale on now" from a website. I think it is to tell customers that some products are currently offered at the lower prices. But what is the correct order of saying this. I personally ...
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What time or which time?

Strictly speaking, when referring to one or more of a definite set of values, the word 'which' should be employed. When referring to one or more of an unknown or infinate set of values, the word 'what'...
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Is “The crowd are loving this.”, from a UK newspaper, acceptable? [duplicate]

Is "The crowd are loving this." acceptable grammar? I think it should be "The crowd is loving this." Does it matter if it's a UK newspaper?
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Sentences starting with “that” [migrated]

I just came across some sentences starting with "that", yet couldn't figure out their sentence structure and when to use them in writing. Please see below, and help advise. Many thanks! //So our ...
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Implied independent clauses before “because” directly after questions

I have noticed because is often used, especially in speech, after sentences which are not related to the following subordinate clause in the way the word normally indicates. I thought because ...