Questions tagged [grammar]

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With in “We are currently looking into the most appropriate approach for both parties to proceed with”

This seems odd to be without the "with," but I don't like the preposition at the end. Is there a better way to phrase this?
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What is the longest 1-word sentence?

I recently discovered the wonderful grammatically correct "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" sentence and I was curious if it is possible to construct a longer,...
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Can on be used with next day in this case?

My teacher texted this You would need to submit on the next date of your exam I know on can't be used with next day and therefore the line should be you would need to submit next day of your exam ...
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Usage of the word 'Each'

I saw the following sentence in a journal paper. The base stations, users, and relays are each equipped with one antenna. I'm sure it means that each of them is equipped with one antenna. However, I ...
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Ellipsis or Emphasis?

There is an example of "after" in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: I can't believe she'd do that, not after all I've done for her. In this context, "after" means "...
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Which sentence has the better grammar?

I am kind of stuck between these two questions. Can you help me determine which is the right choice? I answered b and a respectively, however, I don't feel confident on my answers. 1. a. I hurriedly ...
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Does this usage of “so too (without comma in-between)” sound natural?

I am reading a book about longevity and have run into a sentence using "so too (without comma in-between)" which makes me curious whether it sounds natural to native speakers. It goes, Just ...
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A question on grammar and hyphenation

But he insisted on going, him being a tenacious problem solver. I can Intuit that "him" sounds more natural here than "he". I want to know why this is so. Secondly, do I have to ...
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“I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith”

The 1964 Walt Disney film Mary Poppins features the following famous lines: Bert: I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith. Uncle Albert: What's the name of his other leg? It is a joke that ...
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“If I were born in 1920s, my name would have been Margaret”

Yesterday I heard someone saying "If I were born in 1920s, my name would have been Margaret" and I was confused why she didn't say 'If i had been born in 1920s', what's the difference here?
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If someone had to die

Is the sentence below in second conditional and indicate future? ▪ "If someone had to die, I thought it should be me," he later told his parents.
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the prep 'when' in the perfect tense

This room had been cleaned when the last tenant moved out. This room has been cleaned when the last tenant moved out. Are the two sentences correct? If they are, I want to make sure that the ...
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“which” or “who” after “the work of somebody,”?

In the sentence "We refer to the work of Alice and Bob, [] proposed a novel idea of ......". Which word should I use in [], "which" or "who"? Thanks.
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Why does a prepositional phrase restrict superlative?

If A is on X, B is on Y, and C is on Z, and A is the most beautiful, isn't B the most beautiful on Y? However, in general, why do speakers say B is the most beautiful on Y? For example, there're a boy ...
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What part of speech is “there”?

"Please, put the books over there" "Do circuits run back there?" "Let's get away from there" "Sam sold his computer to my friend from there" I am confuse on ...
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What is this 'gerund' or 'noun'

I read a book, and I noticed in it a sentence in which I do not understand what do the part of the language refer a word to? A story plot is this: one man has busted the groups of people which are bug ...
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What is the technical name for the birth and death dates that follow a person's name?

There has been discussion here as to the proper way to indicate a birth-death range for a person still alive. I would like to know what the the grammatical name of these dates. For example, in the ...
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Always has been / has always been

I'm deeply sorry for my poor english skills but I need to know. :( Can I answer: "It always has been happening" after the sentence: "This is happening because of you" ?
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How to use “be” and “get”?

I was reading an article and I found be and get being used at two places. Extract- Different workers respond to this in different ways and some employees may be left behind there is a risk that others ...
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Perhaps or Maybe or I Guess/Think - which one is correct in formal (office) email writing

Background: Boss: Did you get that X thing is done? Me: Yes, that's done. Boss: No that's not done, I am still getting calls from people asking for X? Me: Oh, Perhaps/Maybe/I guess/I think you are ...
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Is there a correct answer to this 12th Grade English question, listed below?

This was published on BuzzFeed as a supposedly 12th Grade English question Should you change this sentence to make it grammatically correct? "We took shelter in the middle of the night when my ...
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Adverb “Really” + could + present perfect

My question is about the adverb placement "really" when combined with "could" and the present perfect in a sentence. Below are four possibilities. I really could have made more ...
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Correct usage of suspended hyphens [duplicate]

I have seen some people using them while others not. Should I still use a suspended hyphen in the following snippet? I have used upper- and lowercase in my script.
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What does 'only' represent in following sentences?

What does the word 'only' represent in the following sentences: I can only dream of becoming someone like Dr. Stone. I can only do this for so long.
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asking about the past perfect simple in this sentence

I have a question, why do we use the past perfect in this sentence? "By the year 2000 more than 12% of the population had managed to live to the age of 65 and over compared to only 4.1% in 1900. ...
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“Represent” vs “stand for” vs “means”

I am writing an academic paper. I wrote the following sentences Notation A ↔ B stands for that A corresponds to B. Qualid and ident stand for qualified identifiers and simple identifiers, ...
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Work around an issue or workaround an issue? [duplicate]

I'm writing an essay for college admissions, and this snippet is highlighted by my auto-correct as incorrect: There are many obstacles I face while working on a project, most of which take a lot of ...
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What do you understand by this sentence [closed]

Someone posted the below sentence on Facebook: “ Nursing “ is a step up game for a female pedophile. Comments erupted about breastfeeding, while the poster claimed his sentence was about "nursing&...
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Bare genitives: written vs spoken forms

Page 1595 of the CambridgeGEL reads In writing the bare genetive has the form of an apostrophe at the end of the word: dogs’. In speech it has no realisation at all [...]; an optional bare genitive ...
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Do these sentences follow the syntax rules the best? If not, how would you write them using the same words? Please provide me the correct sentences [closed]

Do these sentences follow the syntax the best? If not, how would you write them without framing them very differently? Was ever a case of yours referred to the court? (question being asked to one ...
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Verbs different forms in a same sentence

My question is related to the statement mentioned below. In first part after auxiliary verb "is" the main verb is present participle which is "increasing" while in the last part the verb is past ...
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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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Pride and joy as a plural

I just came across some text in a book which stated, “it was one of his prides and joys“. That sounds wrong to me. It seems as if it should be pride and joys, since that phrase is considered a ...
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Reading books and checking websites has/have helped them

Which is more correct to say? Reading books and checking websites has helped them. Reading books and checking websites have helped them.
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How to express difference from to

How do you express the difference between two value correctly? Let's say I have several houses. For example house A has a larger height than house B. Now I have several cases where I just want to ...
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Is “was” being left out of the following translation before shown because of parallelism?

"If this work could be discovered, it might, he thought, in all probability be restored. Some of the country people were therefore seized, and, inquiry being made of them, the line of the canal ...
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“put an article on the word” is this sentence awkward?

I'm a Korean student and my high school test went wrong. I wrote "Samsung is a company's name, so we don't put an article on it". the word 'article' refers to the grammar one. I was not ...
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I can't post my question [closed]

Every time I try to post my question (not this one obviously) I get a picture of a rabbit like the one from Alice in wonderland. How do I overcome this and what does it mean? There's no advice in the ...
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The difference between “adopt” and “use” when they refer to utilizing something

Both of "adopt" and "use" can represent utilize something. What is the difference? I feel "adopt" is more formal, but I am not sure of my feelings. For instance, I am ...
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Preposition At + Place and/or At + The + Place

I know that I can use this structure: I AM + AT + THE + NAME OF THE PLACE + TYPE OF PLACE For instance, I can say: I'm at the Empire State Building I'm at the Hilton Hotel ...
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<ie ⟷ y> before the ·ing suffix

Page 1579 of the CambridgeGEL reads For die the ie is the default spelling, so that the replacement works in the opposite direction: ie is replaced by y before the ·ing suffix. Why was a replacement ...
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Reducing the number of words in a sentence

Is it possible to reduce the word count of the following sentence, and if so, what would be the resulting sentence?: I eat lunch and then sometimes have desert; and, sometimes for desert, I will eat ...
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I graduated in the top or as a top [closed]

what is the right way to say I graduated in the top 10 percent of my class with a cum laude honor or I graduated as a top 10 percent of my class with a cum laude honor Thanks
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To or For when we want to assign something?

I'm going to open a ticket for one IT team to change the volume of the old service called IVO to the new one called INO. And my question is, should I use to or for? The subject will be something like ...
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Writing task 1 for IELTS [closed]

The graph illustrates the percentage of people who are 65 and over in Japan, Sweden, American from 1940 and predicts the future trend to 2040. Overall, all three countries witnessed significant growth ...
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What does “Doesn’t harm the books!”mean here? Is it an imperative sentence?

These days, you can find out how to disinfect books on a librarians’ thread on Reddit. Your best bet appears to be either denatured-alcohol swipes or kitchen disinfectant in a mist-spray bottle, ...
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What is the difference between the meanings of “afterwards” and “then”

We can use "Then" at the beginning of a sentence. Meanwhile, we can put "Afterwards," at the start of a sentence. What is the difference between such two usages' meanings? I am not ...
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Okay, so I have a question regarding quotations and commas

Basically I was writing a small prompt about relationships and was thinking about the general rules (I mean professionally writing not in the British way), you put a comma inside quotation of a quote ...

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