Questions tagged [grammar]

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Can a plural noun be followed by “due to it”?

Is it correct to say, for example “You would put your health at risk by smoking cigarettes, due to it containing toxic chemicals.”
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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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Past Simple or Past Perfect

I use an app for improve my english knowledge. I met a quiz: "I was listening to music when my mom ______ (to enter) my room." The options were: entered (this seems to be the right asnwer) was ...
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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 [on hold]

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 ...
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why do we use phrasal verbs in English?

I want to know why we use phrasal verbs? I saw many phrasal verbs that have similar meaning with a verb. why do we use them when there are verbs?
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Which one is more correct?

I suddenly remembered that I had left my key on the desk. or I suddenly remembered that I left my key on the desk. Which one seems more grammatically correct?
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What is the meaning of the “ 's ” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I'm currently studying to pass the TOEFL test with a high score, but I have encountered a sentence in an app that I fail to see why it is correct: "The committee members resented the president's not ...
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Can anyone explain this? or Can anyone explains this? [on hold]

Can anyone explain this? or Can anyone explains this? please tell me the reason too. Appreciate!
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Correct usage of the phrase ‘ease of use’ - not proof-reading [on hold]

‘I have experience generalizing tools for repeated and ease of use.’ The sentence should convey both that one has experience generalizing tools for repeated use and ease of use. Specifically, can ‘...
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DID / SHOULD + BUT. Which one is correct?

I came across some English exercises for which I don't know the correct answer and I couldn't find any information on this kind of sentence construction. What did/should he do but kiss her. At that ...
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Is “stress caused by work” passive?

The grammar, which I found in the sentence below, confuses me stress caused by work Is it passive or simple past?
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What is the difference between absolutely, completely, totally, extremely, and utterly?

The explanations on the net are not tangible. Examples: I'm extremely/totally concerned about your behavior. I was absolutely/ totally/ completely freezing. why is it correct to say utterly satisfied, ...
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What is the plural form of musical score?

The title of a Spotify playlist from Disney is "Disney Score To Study To". The name surprised me because I would have thought it would be titled "Disney Scores To Study To". Seeing as this is an ...
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I couldn't decide which one to use, and where to use: simple tense vs. perfect tense

The two questions in my grammar book: 1)"Many people claim ------ sundaes and many towns around the world pretend ---- birthplaces of ice creams. A) to have invented / to be B) to ...
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“a past that we have forgotten about” and “a lot of pasts”

I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question. Thank you. A: Everybody has a past and everybody has a future. B: And the fallacy comes from idealizing a past that we have forgotten about. ...
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“Bigger is better.” “Big is often good.” How do you explain those sentences grammatically?

Bigger is better = Being bigger is better? Big is often good = Being big is often good? Is "Being" omitted in those sentences? Is this possible? I just don't understand them grammatically. Could you ...
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“Is” vs “was” in TV shows and Movies

When talking about an actors work in a movie/tv show, do you say "Actor was really good in the show/movie," or "Actor is really good in the show/movie" Some arguments I've gotten are that if the show ...
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shameless body's or shameless bodies [closed]

I came across an easy to seem problem. Which one would be correct option shameless body's or shameless bodies ? It's going to be used as a company name. Thanks for your help :)
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Declarative questions and “some” vs “any”

Which one is correct: There is some difference? There is any difference? If both, what is the difference?
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concerning “at daytime” [migrated]

I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question. Thank you. A: As often on Internet forums, at the question "why stars are not visible at daytime" posted by an amateur it is not enough to ...
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when should I add “it” after believe or understand?

Is there any difference? I really can't understand it. and I really can't understand. Also I couldn't believe. and I couldn't believe it
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What's the meaning of the bold sentence? [migrated]

Quoted from "The Federalist Papers" NO.1 General Introduction The plan offered to our deliberations affects too many particular interests, innovates upon too many local institutions, not to involve ...
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When something should happen in future, but it is expressed in present tense [migrated]

I am a little bit confused and not a native speaker. When something should happen in the future (e.g. if you set yourself a goal), but you state it like it has already happened. How do you call this ...
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Difference between 'What i have got myself into?' and 'What have i got myself into' [closed]

This has been bothering me for a couple of days now. What's the difference between these two? and when to use which one. Thanks
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meaning of 'on which'

I have searched in Google, dictionary and StackExchange and I couldn't understand. I want to know what is the meaning of 'on which'. We call one of those sets the training set, on which we learn ...
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“in the world” or “of the world”

The metropolian museum is located in new york city and is among the most visited art museums ---- the world ? Which preposition suits this sentence ??
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What is the difference between [closed]

What is the difference between I will be going on choose ... and I will still be choosing ... What is more correct?
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Using right form of the verbs in sentences [migrated]

What is the difference between "We are decided" and "We decide". Thanks in Advance.
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it's not upon me to judge / it's not up to me to judge?

If I want to say that 'I have no right to judge' can I use one or both of these sentences? it's not upon me to judge / it's not up to me to judge?
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How to use couple of in this sentence [closed]

Which correct "couple of hour walking" or "couple hour of walk"
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“In order to” + “there is/are” [migrated]

Is it correct to fuse and use "in order to" + "there is" in this way: Could you send me the documents before the end of September in order there to be enough time to ensure... , please?