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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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'They ride a bike.' vs 'They ride bikes.'

'They ride a bike.' vs 'They ride bikes.' I don't know the difference between these. When each person rides a bike one by one, Can I use this sentence? >> 'They ride a bike.'
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“Ageing is more and more difficult for many people” or “Ageing is the more and more difficult for many people”

wich one is more correct: “Ageing is more and more difficult for many people” or “Ageing is the more and more difficult for many people”
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“Since” usage in Future Perfect sentences

My friend gave me a sentence in Polish "odkąd pływam minie 8 lat przed koncem tej klasy" to translate into English. And so i did, it is what i came up with "It will have been 8 years by July since i ...
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Use of “the” among list of proper names

When listing proper nouns in a sentence, must I use "the" before each proper noun, or can the first "the" constitute for the remaining nouns? Example: ...the Department of Transportation, the ...
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Usage with conjunctions

She bought one for her, one for him. She bought one for her, and one for him The horse ran out of the gate, across the field. The horse ran out of the gate and across the field. Are the ...
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Can I use “whom” to refer to a non-person?

Person one says: I'm switching my phone carrier from company X. Person two replies: To whom are you switching? It feels wrong to me, but I don't know why or what the grammatical justification ...
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When do I put a comma before the word 'on'?

For example, why is there a comma before 'on' in this sentence: So, return to the case of Max Greene and consider the way in which satisfaction made by Max Greene should be understood, on the ...
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Is it Decryptor or Decrypter?

I'm coding a decryption service and wondering which is the best name, Decryptor or Decrypter I had a quick look online and it appears -er and -or convert a verb to an agent noun, however is one ...
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Question: Is it having been sent [migrated]

Can I use "Is it having been sent" for question? I know I can ask "is it sent", that's why, I thought that I can put "having been sent" instead of "sent". Is it correct?
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Use of the correct preposition

Choose the correct options below to complete the sentence. I met him __________________________. on last Sunday morning on the morning of last Sunday on the morning, last Sunday last Sunday ...
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I want to improve my English. Can you check this letter and find out mistakes? [on hold]

Your local college is organizing an event on the International Student’s Day and is looking for people to talk about their country. Write a letter and say - What topics would you like them to cover?...
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When talking about a year in the past, do you use by, in or before?

There has been a few questions on this but this one example has never really been answered. If you were writing a report on the year before and you wanted to say that the a project was completed in ...
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Is it possible to use suggest followed by an object? [on hold]

I need your help. Can we use an object after suggest? He suggested me going out? Does is sound right to you?
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Speak to (topic) or speak on (topic)?

Here's an example: BizComm is miles ahead of industry when it comes to artificial intelligence - a subject James will speak to later in the presentation. I find this phrase jarring. The following ...
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Which two of these sentences are correct? [on hold]

I’m writing to my professor a suggestion of how his course can be made more interesting. Do I write it like this: It can be more interesting if there was an action learning, or case studies. Or ...
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Usage of the word “Am” [duplicate]

Please fellows, how and what is the best usage, application and difference between the word "Am" and "I am"
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you owe me and you owe my [on hold]

I read all the answers about "owe" but I am still confused. My question is not about the meaning of sentences, it's clear but which grammar rule is used in these sentences: I owe you some money (and ...
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Time with time adverb [on hold]

Which is correct? I met him at 5 O'clock yesterday I met him yesterday at 5 O'clock. based on comments of capitalization and morning/night : Which is correct? I met him at 15 o'clock yesterday I ...
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he raised his upper body with his left knee and right foot on the ground [on hold]

what i want to describe is in the picture i attached thank you
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A question about “seems like (as If, as though)”

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 subjective ...
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I scratched my head when I read the meaning of word impartial

I read something today, and that's the word impartial. Many days ago, in the same book I read the difference between uninterested and disinterested. The author stated in an example that a judge ...
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From my early age vs From an early age

When I'm going to start a sentence with From my early age grammar checker shows an error. It's suggest me to use From an early age Is there any major different with both of the term.
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buying local food habit: right or wrong [on hold]

"There are a number of steps that can be taken to promote buying local food habit among local people" Is it grammatically right or wrong? should I write: "local food buying habit", "the habit of ...
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Wedding Invitation Sentence Structure

Would love some help with this. I'm creating a wedding invitation card and am confused on how it should be written. The invitation is for my dinner reception. I'm the grandson of Mr. & Mrs. ...
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He ___ owner of that place

I want to convey a meaning that, a person was and is owner of that place. Obviously, saying "he was always an owner of that place" is other way of saying it, but it means- right from the start. This ...
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Looking for the grammar terms to describe the components of a question

Questions like these: "How do I increase productivity in my organization?" "How do I increase pro-social behavior in my community?" I want to say that in all of these questions, the second part (e.g....
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On or in the sea? [on hold]

Where should I use 'in' and where 'on' with the sea? For example, 'Pirates are just robbers in the sea' vs 'Pirates are just robbera on the sea' which is correct? And why?
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Passive voice of “Get rid of” [migrated]

What's the passive voice of "get rid of"? I want to change below sentences into passive voice but seems I can't make it properly..... Or any other alternative words can be used, Thanks! 1) Mary got ...
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Expression with “starring” [on hold]

I'd like to compose a phrase with a movie title, a lead actor and 'starring'. For example the title is "Top Gun", a lead actor Tom Cruise. In this case, which is/are correct and the most popular? ...
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What is the usage of “of” in this sentence?

What is the usage of the 2nd "of" in this sentence? the duration of the x-ray pulse can be of picosecond duration Why is it not be this? the duration of the x-ray pulse can be picosecond Is ...
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What is the meaning of the “will already have…” structure?

I am wondering about the meaning of a sentence which includes the "will already have...." structure? The exact sentence is a part of IELTS practice test which says: " ....in today’s tutorial we’re ...
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Is it correct to say “He was breaking his own record.” after ten minutes of victory? [migrated]

Context: The car race has just ended ten minutes ago. He not only won the match but broke his own record. Breaking a record in sport takes only a moment. And it just makes sense to me that we are not ...
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Now surround or Now Surrounded? [on hold]

"I then walk to a mirror to observe my dark brown eyes that have grown brighter with age and the fine lines that now surrounded my smile." Should it be "now surrounded" or "now surround"?
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“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
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Reported questions

In reported questions, there is a simple rule of changing the order of the sentence into a non question order. like "what's the dinner" changes to "she asked me what the dinner was". However, ...
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Can anybody help me about tense question below?

As the victim .... motionless on the ground, the killer .... his weapon? A) has been lying / reloaded B) would lie / had reloaded C) is lying / has reloaded D) lay / was reloading
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The usage of plural form of “percentage/proportion/number…” [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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 [closed]

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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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) [on hold]

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 ...