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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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How to pluralize surnames ending in short vowel then s?

I've seen on this board that these are the rules: for certain ending letters - which include s - to add es to pluralize, and add only s to the rest. The rules say never change y to ies. And of course ...
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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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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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“He must have overslept, mustn't he?” versus “… , hasn't he?” or “… , didn't he?” Which is correct?

Which question tag should follow He must have overslept ? He must have overslept, mustn't he ? or He must have overslept, hasn't he ? or even He must have overslept, didn't he ? What ...
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Which of the following is wrong and why? [duplicate]

what is the grammatical error in the following sentence and why I will do it when I will go home.
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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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Graded/ungraded adjectives and grading/non-grading adverbs

I saw in the Farlex Grammar Book an explanation of gradable adjectives and graded adverbs. It lists the following words as examples of each category: Gradable adjectives small cold hot difficult sad ...
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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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Confusing syntax in sentences with indirect object complements

Some verbs produce unambiguous syntax when used with an indirect object. I brought a toy to Katy. --> I brought Katy a toy. I bought flowers for my wife. --> I bought my wife flowers. ...
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What is the difference between you owe me money and you owe my money

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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Can the verb “wonder” simply take an object?

In this question, the questioner states I wonder the origin of the word. Can wonder take a simple object like that? Or should it be wonder about or wonder at or something similar (or something ...
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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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Use of “if” and “can”? [closed]

Is this a correct sentence? And if not, why? We cannot expect reasonable results if the condition is not satisfied.
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buying local food habit: right or wrong

"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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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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Overthinking “…expect there to be…”

This sentence struck me as odd when I casually said it in conversation: I expect there to be bears. ...meaning I wanted [sarcastically] bears in the cave we were planning on exploring. What ...
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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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Present Participle versus Gerund

I was taught that the Present Continuous is formed using the Gerund, but that you call it the Present Participle. Even though these two forms look exactly alike in English, in other languages they do ...
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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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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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To make clear with a note between brackets

I am searching for the word in English which stand for: ( to make clear with a note between brackets ) I check it on the internet but has no result. Please help me. Thanks.
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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 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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Is “start” used with “fire” as a transitive or an intransitive verb?

Should I say The fire is reported to have started by accident. or The fire is reported to have been started by accident. P.S:Someone told me to use the former because "by accident" implies that no ...
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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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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's happening in this sentence using “far away”?

"David and Emma live far away in the mountains." What grammatical role do the words "far" and "away" have in that sentence? I realize that "far away" must be an adverbial, that can be both a ...
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Verb tenses in a sentence

Is this sentence Grammarly correct? The group members discussed their ideas to establish norms. I am not sure if I can use the present tense (establish) after using past tense (discussed).
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What's the difference between three of cups and three cups?

Is there a significant difference between two expressions? Is it okay to use the former in the context like "I found the three of Holy Treasures"? I've never heard the former in everyday contexts and ...
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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 last moment of something but not sure when to use

My hands were trembling until the last moment of checking the results . Or should i say Until the last moment ,my hands were trembling by checking the results Does the last moment comes in first ...
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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 grammar in this article of this student constitution correct?

I am currently disputing my eligibility to run for president of my college's Student Government. The grounds on which my opponents are seeking to exclude me from the ballot fall upon the following ...
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Confusion in was and were: The diameter length of X,Y,Z was/were 4,5,6 respectively

I am confused with the usage of was vs were in the following sentence: The length of diameter of three plates X, Y, Z was/were 4, 5, 6 respectively. I am not sure which one is correct: was or were. ...
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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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superlative + relative clause

An earlier question (Relative clauses: “I did the best I could.”) asks about the antecedent of the relative clause, and there are two answers there: The one (by @Man_From_India) accepted as the best ...
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“How long have you [had/been having] this?” - Cont. or Simple?

I'm studying Present Perfect tenses at the moment and have been wondering what tense should I use in this example: How long have you [had/been having] this thing? So I know that in some cases (...
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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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In barter… Is it “to pay in something” or “to pay with something”?

In barter deals... Say, a farmer wants to exchange his chickens for French lessons. Do we say like " A farmer pays a tutor in chickens" OR... "A farmer pays a tutor with chickens". My guess is that ...
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Is it “more just” or “juster”?

I was recently writing a sentence and added the words "more just", only for my extension Grammarly to flag the phrase and suggest "juster" instead. Is "juster" really a comparative form of "just"? If ...
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Why do we say “in range” but “out of range”?

Is is the pair of expressions "in range" and "out of range" just an idiomatic outlier? Maybe not, as you can put something "in the list" or take it "out of the list". But I can think of other in/out ...
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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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What is the correct preposition---“no objection in/at/to”? Also, advise on other aspects of grammar in the options provided

Which of the following options is grammatically correct? The undersigned has no objection in the foreclosure of the work The undersigned has no objection at foreclosing the work The undersigned has ...
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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....