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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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Should not there be “accused” instead of “prisoner” in this definition?

I've heard a lot of people saying just "Where you at" instead of "Where are you at"? And when I corrected my friend, he said that it is so colloquial to be corrected. And I also want to ask if it is ...
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Why can we say “half a [something]” but not “quarter a [something]”?

I often see the expression "half a [something]", but never "quarter a [something]". Why is the first grammatically correct but not the second despite "half" and "quarter" both being fractions?
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What is the name given to words that have the same root word

I tried googling this and couldn't find the name for this anywhere, they just call the root, a root and then the words, words... This is an example of what I mean. act actor acting action
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whats the difference between two sentences?

And over the years destruction has only increased. And over the years destruction has only been increased.
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Consultation with - legit?

I'd like to express that I will advise my partners in different fields. Can I say it like that: Consultation with partners in the four partner countries for the selection of suitable areas. Or is ...
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2 synonyms used in 1 sentence: makes up <number> % and constitutes <noun>

I’m wondering whether it looks well-written and, most importantly, grammatically correct to use 2 synonyms at once in my following sentence: Pacemaker Cells make up only about 1% of the Total ...
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“I am looking forward”

I am curious if it possible to use a short phrase: I am looking forward. It is a short version without to + noun/gerund. I would like to use it at the end of the discussion with somebody, when it ...
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Can “A case in point is Japan” be use as a dependent clause of a sentence?

My sentence in full length is "A case in point is Japan, they have experienced a drop of TFR from 3.44 in 1950 to only 1.55 in 2015." Divide the sentence by comma into two parts, I would like to ...
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has always been V.S. is always

Mark Zuckerberg said, "Our mission has, really, always been to connect the world." My questions is: Can we say "Our mission is, really, always to connect the world"? What's the difference between "...
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A confusing sentence from a text-based game

The context "It was a clear cold morning, my child, and Hareetha knew she was doomed. Behemoth Mountain lay in ruins, but I could hear her laughing. For was her god not the god of ruin?" This ...
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Today's teenagers have more stressful lives than previous generations. Discuss this view and give your opinion [on hold]

Today's teenagers face more pressure than ever before.I completely agree with this idea ,and will discuss the reason why in this essay . First of all, teenagers nowadays feel pressure to acquire ...
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as “seen below” or “shown below”

I was wondering which sentence below is grammatically correct. There are really three questions I am asking: How to introduce the file name - file, named "test.exe," or file, "test.exe" How to ...
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Is this wording correct?

Non native speaker here. I saw this wording on the door as advertising catchword: "Together can more." Is it correct grammatically? I think it should be at least: "Together WE can more" or "Together ...
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Can't we use simple past in given sentence?

A disabled dog named Ping Pong has become the pride of his village in north-east Thailand, after rescuing a baby boy who had been buried alive by his teenage mother. Can I use "who was buried alive ...
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What tense is this in? ( present continuous, past continuous, simple present, simple past ect ) [on hold]

"There are so many things in the world that I love. Dozing in the sun at the beach after swimming, limbs exhausted, salt drying stiff in my hair. Cutting up vegetables into neat, symmetrical pieces. ...
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Can someone PLEASE tell me what the gerunds and participles are in these sentences? PLEASE [duplicate]

Dozing in the sun at the beach after swimming, limbs exhausted, salt dring stiff in my hair. Cutting up vegetables into neat pieces. Flying into a city and at night seeing the lit gauze of its ...
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Comma or no comma for Adjective phrase

Jack stood at the door, numb with pain. Am I right in putting a comma before the word numb? It's not a comma splice because 'numb with pain' is not an independent clause. Without the comma, there is ...
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Word order in sentences starting with “How”

Could you please tell me which one is correct? How China's economy is being damaged? How is China's economy being damaged?
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I'm not sure how to use “to miss someone” properly

Which is correct: I miss having someone do something for me Or I miss having someone doing something for me Thank you
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have or had a pet is the grammar correct? [on hold]

if you have or had a pet is that correct or not I'm confused. because of the thing we are trying to get the essay right
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Is 'too big of an issue' correct?

Recently, when writing an email, I used the following phrase: 'I hope this does not cause too big of an issue' However, in their response, the recipient (an English teacher) said that he was 'not ...
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How can we use 'for' before an adverb of time?

I read this sentence in the book 'Icon' by Fredrick Forsyth: “I need to see the complete guest list for three nights ago.” Here, is he asking for the entire list of the three nights or only one ...
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Use of hyphens with a single letter + noun

I am a technical writer in oil industry. In the oil field, locations and platforms are named as A-Location, B-Location, etc., and AB-Platform, AC-Platform etc. I am always using hyphens for the ...
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Which one grammatically right: [on hold]

When I was ten, my grandfather (had \ was having ) his 60th birthday party. ?
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What is the difference between “ 's ” and of in attributing things?

I want to know when i should use 's or of in attributing things . For example , should I say "standard of living" or "living's standatd" ?
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Does this sentence' That is so incredulous' make sense? [on hold]

Does this sentence make sense? That is so incredulous, I am not sure.
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about the usage of “at present” and “in the present”

I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question. Thank you in advance. I'd like to know about the usage of "at present" and "in the present". Which is right A or B? A: At present the earth ...
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Would have and could have

Today when i said "she could have gotten an accident ,if she had not gone potty." Then an english speaker corrected me and said "you mean she would have gotten an accident?" In these sentences, i ...
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Edit the following paragraph [on hold]

Is it the following in the olden days student used to stayed in the Teacher's house and learnt
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Is the use of the word “lost” appropriate here?

I was writing a story and wanted to write a dialogue however I was unsure if it had proper grammar and wanted a verified opinion. You were lost and I made you lost even further. You can never ...
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Talking about the temperature [migrated]

Is it correct this? : Today is 25°C Or this: Today it’s 25°C And without today: Is 25°C/ It’s 25°C
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tenses: what's the difference between the following sentences

I am reading a novel named Thirteen Reasons Why. And there is a sentence (And that's when I realized how hard I had been crying) in a paragraph as follows: When someone finally did answer, I sucked ...
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“I saw the girl, who is standing outside our house”

I was having a conversation with my mom about this one sentence. Which option is grammatically correct? a) I saw the girl who is standing outside our house b) I saw the girl who was standing ...
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What was/is the name of the person who phoned/had phoned? [duplicate]

What was the name of the person who phoned? I'm wondering what does this question really mean? Does it mean: What is the name of the person who phoned? but why was instead of is? or ...
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Correct way to use Nor, Neither

Is this sentence correct? What is this "Email" tag? It is not HTML tag, nor I could find it in the "comfy" documentation. As you may have already noticed I am not native English speaker, so please ...
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Schedule us a call here [on hold]

Is it grammatically correct to write "schedule us a call here" in an email?
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Is this sentence a run-on and grammatically incorrect?

Please read the below sentence: "It was meant for me but I can't send a meme to myself now, can I ?" When I sent this message to my friend, she said this is grammatically incorrect and I cannot use ...
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Grammatical structure of sentences with “will” or “would” [on hold]

How can I know if I should use "will" or "would" in a sentence?
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Use of “which in part” - what grammar rule is involved?

Can someone explain how this author uses "which in part" in this sentence? What grammar rule allows the author to use "which in part"? How can I too use "which in part" correctly in a sentence? The ...
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Whom, who or that?

Which is the correct sentence? Match me only with people I kissed or people that I am following or Match me only with people I kissed or people who I am following or Match me only with ...
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Type of subordinate clause in 'I am happy that you are here'

In the sentence 'I am happy that you are here', 'that you are here' acts as a subordinate clause. However, I am unsure what type of subordinate clause it is: i.e. I'm not sure if it's an adverbial, ...
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Comma sense: Grammar and Usage Case

Working on a sentence that's bothering me: After a few minutes, a thin blue-eyed girl, wearing black stockings and wrapped tightly in a silver mink, kicked over the can with her white tennis shoe. ...
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Asking a question “did you use to…?” when we don't know whether person still have that habit or not?

“used to“ implies habitual actions is the past that is not valid now. How about questions “did you use to...?” Could we ask such questions when we want to learn about habits in the past BUT we aren't ...
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how to use exactly meaning “to”? [on hold]

i am learning English. and i have a problem which how to use exactly meaning "to" in English ?
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Can you help me to find out the wrong words? [closed]

The factory (was closed down) (considering) the use of excessive (chemical) made the river (dries out) 2.The Maasai tribe (are) people (whom) have (wondered) throughout the world for (nearly) 1000 ...
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Shouldn't there be “you” instead of “your” in this sentence?

I read this sentence in a book named "Word Power Made Easy": Such procedures would have struck you as absurd then, as absurd as they would be for your today. I think "you" should precede "today" ...
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Right a wrong & wrong a right [closed]

You can say "right a wrong" & "righting wrongs" But can you say "wrong a right or "wronging rights"
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Grammar: “for your and Jim's review” [closed]

Does this sound right or is this okay to say "for your and Jim's review"? Writing a professional letter
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Anyone can help me to find the wrong word in some sentences? [closed]

I am preparing myself to follow exam to continue my study. There is english test bcz i just know a little about it. Sorry, if i type it with ungrammatically form. So, can you help me to find out the ...
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When saying “one sec” is there an apostrophe? [on hold]

When you say "One second," or "Hold on a second," and shorten 'second' to 'sec', is there an apostrophe in 'sec'? Or would you leave the word as is? Like "Hold on a sec'." or "Hold on a sec."