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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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The difference between two sentences

Are these two sentences both correct? A) Do people in your country have a big lunch? B) Do people have a big lunch in ...
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The usage of comma or dot after the introductory clause that starts with “As”

The sentence that I have problem in its grammar is like this: As company A offers many exciting projects for different product, I really want to learn as many new things as possible during my ...
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Using 'There,' at beginning of sentence, referring to the location in the last sentence

Is the use of 'There,' in the following sentence correct? This feels clunky to me. Austin went to France. There, some of the buildings were white and others were blue. Thank you!
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The herd of cattle had grown to 30 head. Why didn't the writer write 30 heads?

Why is "30 head" singular instead of plural in this sentence? Can you explain more about it?
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“Does the university have” or “Does the university has”?

I do self-study for some English exam and this is a sentence from some online resource, which I suppose to listen and write down. "Does the university have an ice-hockey team?" In my opinion, since ...
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Use of “by” in sentence?

What is beyond doubt is that governments are not doing their duty by India’s children.  Can anybody justify why there is "by" not "for"?
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Does this sentence make sense? It feels off: We aim to bring voices to the table otherwise we will not be heard

"We aim to bring voices to the table otherwise will not be heard." I am not sure if it should be: "We aim to bring voices to the table who otherwise will not be heard". If it is okay I would prefer ...
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is this grammatical analysis of but correct?

I would not be sad but that I might be happy. Could this mean... I would not be sad even if I could not be happy.? "I would not be sad unless I were in heaven." Could this mean,,, "I would not be ...
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Using the semicolon correctly

I am studying maths and have seen the semicolon being used frequently. I'm not sure if I'm using it correctly though. Is the semicolon to be used to separate two sentences which could be written as a ...
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What is the correct capitalization of the words earth and moon?

I believe that Earth means planet and earth means soil. But I've seen earth used in published works to mean the planet earth. But no one writes jupiter. Similarly, Moon should mean the name of Earth'...
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Question about the phrase “interests me”

The teacher marked the words "interests me" in the following sentence to be gramatically wrong, why? I think the sentence is gramatically correct. "I never thought that I was going to be accepted ...
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Sorry for not been/being able to participate?

Is Sorry for not been able to participate in the meeting despite being very vocal about his subject on the group (the meeting already happened) or Sorry for not being able to participate [...]...
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What is the meaning of “we must have missed you”? [migrated]

I was missed from agenda list of minutes of meeting, hence i requested for including my name in the list. But the chairperson of the meeting replied saying "we must have missed you". I am confused? ...
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Would you help me regarding English grammar? [on hold]

We examine these effects in Korea because first, there is appropriate panel data to analyze the subject; second, it has a good population distribution to compare the happiness level between the ...
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how to attribute a singular property to a plural noun?

Please consider the following examples: The size/sizes of the planets is/are written here. The door/doors of a 100 houses is/are 100Kg. Men's nose/noses is/are bigger than that/those of women. Which ...
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Is there a dangling modifier in this sentence?

"The expression constantly changes while watching it". We are talking about a picture here and this sentence is supposed to mean "while smb. is watching it", "it" refers to the expression. Is it a ...
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Can I use “into” instead of “to”?

He was quick to adapt himself to the new system. = He was quick to adapt himself (into) the new system. Can I use "into" instead of "to"?
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Revising a sentence to make it more clear

I'm making revisions on a book from an archaeological museum. As I was reading through, this sentence stroke me as a bit odd and I need your help correcting it. Pottery shaped as horses, ducks, ...
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Is is correct to say “all the types of music”?

I'm having trouble correcting this sentence: "All the types of the music". The definite article before "music" is not correct, I know. But I'm not sure about "the types". Can you help me? It is a ...
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Is the phrase “That is typically exactly what happens “ grammatically correct?

Wondering if it makes sense to say “That is typically exactly what happens “. My wife tells me I can’t use the words typically and exactly together.
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The difference between 'to' and 'of' in some sentences

I have a quick question regarding some usages of both 'to' and 'of'. Could you please have a look at the sentences below and share your insights with me as to how to make a distinction between them. ...
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Which is correct; “Be not late for school”, or “Don't be late for school” [migrated]

We are taught when you negate a verb, you use "do not", "does not" or "did not" for general verbs, but you only have to add "not" after the verb in the case of Be-verb. If this rule should be applied ...
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Looking for a breakdown of this sentence relating to (I think) relative/essential/non-essential clauses

I'm an ESL teacher and one of my adult students and I recently read this article in class. He and I were stumped by the structure of the very last sentence: Toshimitsu Motegi, minister of economic ...
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If there is/are any

Are both of the following sentences correct? 1- If there are (any) cars parked in the road, they will be towed away. 2- If there is any car parked in the road, it will be towed away. I know we ...
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Is it correct to use “because of”'?

I read the motivational phrase " You are a precious and important person, only BECAUSE OF BEING YOURSELF" I want to know if it is written correctly or if it were better to say "You are a precious and ...
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Where do you place words such as certainly, surely in a sentence?

I struggle constantly or is it I constantly struggle with the usage of such words. I don't even what they are called in English grammar. My question: how do I know whether I'm grammatically correct ...
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“these are the list of” or “this is the list of”

I have an essay that goes something like this. This is the list of items that I found on the internet Catz Java PUBG StarWars But I feel that I'm pointing to a list of items. So should it be "...
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Gerund or other grammatical construction?

I am not able to figure out why there is a gerund in this sentence: My mother convinced me to sing, without me initially wanting to. Could someone explain why there is a gerund? Is it a some kind ...
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Do I Capitalize someone's role?

Do I use capitals when referring to someone's position within an institution or company? And is it the same for all levels of employee? i.e in the following sentence, should the words in bold be ...
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Does one resign their office, or resign from office?

Stylistically, is it more appropriate to use it in the transitive, or intransitive way? Merriam-Webster has examples in both cases. In Nixon's resignation speech, he says "Therefore, I shall ...
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British vs. USA grammar: Wasn't or Weren't usage

From a British speaker, "I hope you wasn't too late." In the USA we would say "weren't". Was this poor grammar, or is this acceptable in the UK? I immediately thought it wrong; however, I don't want ...
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…of you/your getting free early? [duplicate]

Which sounds correct and why? Is there a scene of you getting free early? Is there a scene of your getting free early? Thank you
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A Grammatical Point [on hold]

Is this a grammatically correct phrase? "Wicked and detestable slave-owners since generations" Thanks.
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Is this sentence correct? “They have never had” in context

The sentence in question is: “in this room are all the things that she thought belonged to her, but that they have never had” Thank you so much in advance to whoever answers! This is greatly ...
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Difference between Was and Were. Correct usage

Which is the correct usage in this case? The salary on both days was 500. The salary on both days were 500.
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Is this sentence correct? - “Every one of them could not solve it.”

Thank you for checking out my question. Even though I asked a similar question earlier, another confounding issue showed up here. Is this sentence grammatically correct or, at least, acceptable? ...
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Are/is there something here/over here [on hold]

Can I say: Are/is there something here/over here. For example Is there a toilet over here ? Are there many opportunities here ? Thanks and regards ?
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Does this sentence sound strange to your ears? - “Not anyone can be a poet.”

Thank you so much for checking out my question! I am currently trying to be a teacher of English in Japan and reviewing the basic grammars of English. And I hit a wall. I cannot explain what is wrong ...
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what must be the tense of sentences when we want to talk about a group of people opinions? [on hold]

for example of I want to talk about Democrats opinions about a topic. what must be the tense of my sentences?
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Take a train or Take the train? [on hold]

Lovely people,I really need your help... I saw different variety of Take a train or take the train in sentences... And I still can't get it...When should I say take the train and when take a train?:/
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Are 'among' and 'of' interchangeable in this sentence?

I am proofreading a book for a museum of archaeology. While I was doing so I came across this sentence and it seems a bit odd but I am not so sure. I need your help; "Of the six gold crowns of ...
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Are “in accordance with” and “according to” interchangeable?

I always use the two expressions interchangeably; well indeed I'm mostly prone to use "in accordance with" in an academic context instead of "according to." Is that correct? What would you recommend ...
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Only a waning candle sheds its light around

I found above mentioned sentence in a article is it some proverb? What does this mean? Below I am copying paragraph where I found this. May be this would be helpful to answer. Only a waning candle ...
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Dashes(-) and Double Dashes(--) [on hold]

Is there any difference between a pair of dashes and double-dashes? I see them being used interchangeably, but I need an expert reply. All help appreciated.
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Despite in a sentence

Normally, I only use "despite" with a noun followed but now I see this sentence: "despite people having different opinions, we still managed to get everyone on board". Is the use of "despite" in this ...
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“Left behind after class?” Is this sentence correct?

Is the following sentence correct? "I left my book behind after class." What I want to say is that my character left their book behind after class, so they went back to get it. I know I could say "...
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Is the phrase “the fact that” fixed?

It seems that the phrase "the fact that" is fixed, and we cannot substitute the word "fact" with others? E.g., we can say: We made this decision based on the fact that he is one of the most the most ...
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Which is correct , on first dates or on first date? [migrated]

In the sentence in block quote below, is it correct to say "on first dates" ? Or is the correct form "on first date?" Is it supposed to be "on first few dates?" During job interviews , ON FIRST ...
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Is this sentence make a sense? [on hold]

Sentence : I was waiting passionately for you. What I have had read is that I was eagerly waiting for you. But recently I read it somewhere but I cant make sense out of it when there is "passionately"...
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Rewriting a sentence to be more grammatically clear

I'm proofreading/editing a museum catalogue and I could use some help. I found this sentence idiomatic; "Around the beginning of the fourth century, extremely long chamber tombs emerged, a clear ...