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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 I be using “which are” or can I omit this?

My first post on this site, so forgive its naivety. I am a scientist trying to improve my prose. Here goes! I am wondering whether I should be using, "In these models, the aim of inference is to ...
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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 does it mean - 'pick up and put on your attitude' and 'beat the streets' in context

What does it mean - 'pick up and put on your attitude' and 'beat the streets' in context There's one last word then I'll conclude Before you pick up and put on your attitude Bet you'll never find ...
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Preposition problem [migrated]

I bought two discounted tickets on Standard airlines to Honolulu Or I bought two discounted tickets for Standard Airlines to Honolulu Out of the two , Please tell me which one is correct with regard ...
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I love-----bike riders. Does this sentence need articles if it doesn't why' [duplicate]

I love-----bike riders. Does this sentence need articles if it doesn't I'm confused because for generalization we need The However I feel like in this particular.sentence The can't be used I need ...
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Difference between “open up” and “open”, optional “up” & “down” words

I don't really understand why we add the word up or down even if it is not needed, example : open up! when requesting/ordering someone to open the door. Why not just say open the door!, or open!, what'...
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the ratio of conductivity/conductivities of two phases

When I search the following expressions in Google Scholar I find: 1- "the ratio of conductivities of two phases" --> 3 results 2- "the ratio of conductivity of two phases" --> 30 results which ...
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I can't understand what your point is or I can't understand what is your point? [closed]

What is correct way to say: I can't understand what your point is? or I can't understand what is your point?
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Can phrases be “nested”?

When parsing a particular sentence for grammar, I am trying to understand how many phrases there are here. My question revolves around whether technically, in a grammar sense whether a phrase can ...
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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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Should I divide this sentence?

Should I turn this sentence into two sentences so it will be easier to understand? As the global population increases, energy consumption increases, which in turn relies on more fossil fuels to be ...
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How should I parse and understand this sentence in the rules of a game that I am playing? [migrated]

While reading a rulebook of the popular role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, I have come across a sentence structure that is difficult to parse. I try to determine whether I have to ...
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Comparative form - which one is correct?

Which of the following comparative forms is correct? It is much cheaper to train doctors, teachers, police and other vital public service workers than it is to train astronauts or the ...
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Where should I put the possessive apostrophe in the construction noun + “Proper Name” + possessed thing

The sentence is as follows: The association "Association Name" requirements. Where should I put the possessive apostrophe? The association "Association Name"'s requirements. OR The ...
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Which one is to be chosen: “has - had”? [on hold]

She ... already visited the city before her school trip. has had This question was in my final exam, some of my classmates said: "(before) comes with the past perfect tense, so (has) is not right", ...
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The use of possessive with genitive case

This has been puzzling me greatly. I see "Governance quality has been decreasing ..." and think it should be "Governance's quality has been decreasing ...". Which one is correct? Could someone ...
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my argument is the word coexist can not be used to state “metaphysics and physics coexist together” [on hold]

can the word coexist , be used to state "metaphysics and physics coexist." my argument with a friend is the word coexist is wrong grammar and cant be used.? thank you all for responding and I ...
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When to use 'a,' 'an,' or 'the'? [migrated]

I am confused when to use them. Example in below email: Dear Journal of Business News, I have received the information about subscribing to your journal. I have a few questions about your journal. ...
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Whole + Plural Nouns

On my old Upper-Intermediate Book it's reported that whole plus a plural noun ( for instance whole businesses) means each one. To be more clear, I write here the explanation the book gives: "It's ...
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there is a number of [duplicate]

I've just read about "here is" vs. "here are" and remembered that there was a great controversy at my work about an expression "there is a number". Could you please clarify if we talk about something ...
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What part of speech are “ing” words and best practices [on hold]

What are "ing" words called when used in this manner, and is it advisable in writing not to over-use them? I feel like I may use them too much to keep from having too many choppy sentences. "He did ...
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Classification - There is/are

What is the official 'name' for the 'there is' / 'there are' construction? Is it a verb phrase or a lexical verb? I'd say possibly a verb but it must be the most difficult term to Google.
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Use of “is no without” [on hold]

In formal writing, is it possible to say: The method is no without issues. as a nicer way to say The method has issues.?
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Do we reply “approve” or “approved” in an approval request email? [migrated]

If you were to approve the following email: Dear Tom, Kindly requesting for your approval on the enclosed content. Regards, Bob What would you write? Approve. Regards, Tom ...
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'did not finish' or 'have not finished' [on hold]

I ... my report because I had a problem with my computer. Should I use 'did not finish' or 'have not finished'? What is the difference?
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Usage of twice and two times with “size”

Below are taken from a grammar book. a) The Earth is about **four times as big as** the moon. = The Earth is about **four times bigger than** the moon. b) The Earth is about twice as big as ...
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“Dangling Participles”

My case here is that I was writing something for school, and my teacher explained an error which I really can't see. She referred to articles about "dangling participles", which was previously ...
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When to use “than them” vs “than they ___” [duplicate]

Is there a rule or best practice when choosing between "than them" or "than they ___" Here are two an examples: She was smarter than them. She was smarter than they were. Many market leaders were ...
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Is it correct to use “Good Time” instead of “Good Morning” or “Good Night” etc? [on hold]

Is it correct to use "Good Time" instead of "Good Morning" or "Good Night" etc., or even in a letter, such as: Hi and good time, ...
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Sentence correction related question [on hold]

I was making a character certificate. Someone had told me the body of the certificate. Now I am in doubt about the usage of the phrase PERSISTENT OF shown in the highlighted sentence below. Is it ...
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Which part of speech is “back” in “then she went back to her secretaire”? [duplicate]

Which part of speech is "back" in the sentence “then she went back to her secretaire”?
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How do you say Doll Stories or Doll's Stories?

I am trying to make a logo and already made it saying The Doll Stories And I am not sure if this is incorrect? Please help Thankyou
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Are the words “who” and “have” pronounced like /həv/ together?

Are the words "who" and "have" pronounced /həv/ together? For example how do you pronounce this phrase, "people who have family members"? https://vocaroo.com/i/s0opK5B9gp9T
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Give/insert a pronoun [on hold]

I have come across a question in a book. Please explain the solution. The statement is as follows: The city_________ is very large. (Give a pronoun).
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Question regarding using the term “weekend / weekends”

Usually people say "How was your weekend?" But weekends are two days right? Then why don't we say "How were your weekends?" (If we are asking how his/her weekend was then which one of the two are we ...
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Nominative Absolute Phrase

I jogging, a stranger asked me to tell him the way to the station. Does the strange sounding sentence above qualify as a nominative absolute phrase?
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Conditional sentences: type 3 but did not use perfect conditional [migrated]

I am working on my scholarship exam practice and I am not sure where I got it wrong. Could you please have a look? If we had started studying Spanish three years ago, we (.....) much more fluent ...
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Can I use “end-focus” for a noun phrase? [on hold]

today I read about “end-focus”: In English grammar, end-focus is the principle that the most important information in a clause or sentence is placed at the end.  End-focus (also known as the ...
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Indefinite article in thesis title

I have a thesis that is called "Maritime Dimension of the Energy Policy of Korea". Is it nesessary to add indefinite article in the beginning of the title. If yes/no, then why? What are the rules for ...
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What is the theme in this sentence?

I study descriptive grammar of English and don't quite get the theme and rheme part. Could someone tell me what is theme in this sentence: "Where the first men originated we do not know." ?
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The difference between “elected” and “selected” [closed]

What is the difference between “elected” and “selected”?
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“Does anyone recommend a place to go in New York?”

"Does anyone recommend a place to go in New York?" can "a place to go" be a variable? "Does anyone have a recommendation for a place to go in New York?" sounds better, but is the above sentence ...
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How do I make a word possessive when there are words after it before the object? [duplicate]

Would I say: "It was the boy's beside her balloon." Or "It was the boy beside her's balloon." I feel like it's the first one, but it sounds weird when I say it out loud. Thanks!
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Usage of 'beginning' as a verb

"Since the beginning of her journey, [...]." - this sentence most likely is correct, right? Here beginning is used as a noun. "Since beginning her journey, [...]." - is this sentence correct as well?...
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“But no man's charm is so practiced who knows himself well.”

What does this sentence mean? I can't seem to make sense of it grammatically: But no man's charm is so practiced who knows himself well.
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“Welcome” or “Welcomed” in British English or American

If I was telling someone "you're most welcome, and accepted." should I've said most welcomed instead of welcome?
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“of different” or just “different”? [duplicate]

Is it "Even if our trips are of different lengths" or "Even if our trips are different lengths"? Why? More specifically, the construct would be [verb] [subject] [preposision?] [adjective] [object]. ...