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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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can a/an modify unccountable noun?

My father was not a tall man but he was able to command a room. He had a presence about him, the solemnity of an oracle. His hands were thick and leathery—the hands of a man who’d been hard at work ...
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A formal way to place the emphasis on myself

I want the person to feel they can contact me directly but also give them the option to get in touch with other colleagues. It is a big benefit to them to have the capacity to contact me directly. ...
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Preposition stranding: is it possible to remove preposition altogether?

Here is one phrase: This mayhem is not something to put up with. Here "put up with" is a complete expression, so I cannot simply drop "with" or "up" from the end. How about this one, a title for ...
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Who or Whom and WHY [duplicate]

I was even glad to see some cops drag in two teens who/whom I found out had stolen a car. Can't figure out if it's who or whom and why. Can anyone help?
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how to find the subject and verb in the subordinate sentence

Q: Please help me to understand where the subject s2 and the verb V2 in the subordinate sentence because I confuse in the string of "who I thought was".
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Which is correct: to be or be? [on hold]

Which is correct? 1: In order for an offline gift be counted towards... 2: In order for an offline gift to be counted towards...
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Thankful of OR thankful to [on hold]

★Most of the people use use both of them is it possible to ise both of them(thankful to) OR(thankful of)
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How to understand WHICH here?

Further,as from 1 January 1958 or the earliest practicable date thereafter, contracting parties shall cease to grant either directly or indirectly any form of subsidy on the export of any product ...
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A person who gets angry when they… vs A person who gets angry when he

I don't know why they instead of he is used in this sentence and is this correct at all? *A person who gets angry when they have to wait is impatient
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Reported Speech Which one correct

Which of these phrases are correct?? It is a reported speech from do dreams actually influence our behavior? 1- the researchers wanted to know if dreams did influence our behavior 2- the researchers ...
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Is “et al. [1]” used as a singular or plural subject?

I've checked out a similar question, but to the best of my knowledge, it only tells me that "Name et al." is used as a singular subject since it refers to the authors, but what if the “et al..” part ...
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Participial adjectives: Usage

'Escaping prisoner' is acceptable whereas 'sitting man' is not. Is there any explanation.
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It was a dark night + , or

It was a dark night, a prisoner of war who had intended to escape killed the guard and changed into his uniform. Why not ‘It was a dark night. A prisoner...’?
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Power dynamics on aboriginal and terror strait islander peoples' during colonisation with whiteness in relation to nursing practice in Australia [on hold]

what is power dynamics with the concept of whiteness an how it is related to contemporary nursing practice? how institutional racism has been approved and keep going throughout Australia's history ...
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“I teach myself”

Is it grammatically correct to say “I teach myself subject”? Context: my girlfriend is Italian, and remarked that “I teach myself” has no meaningful equivalent in Italian — ordinarily they would use “...
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Is this the right usage of “the latter” [on hold]

I believe he is not the shittest player. Rather he is the second best. I prefer the latter.
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If only had I known it! / If only I had known it!

Could you help me, please? A question for the native speakers (desired) of British English or American English. Which variant is correct and why? Or it's possible to use either of them)? If only ...
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What is the difference between ‘On + ing ‘ and ‘ing ‘?

On having killed the guard he dragged him into the bushes. Having killed the guard he dragged him into the bushes. What is the difference between them?
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Whats wrong with this phrase? [on hold]

Is the phrase Tips on how tell the difference. Grammatically correct? Should it be Tips on how to tell the difference.
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Correct answer fo the question with 'do you'

I know one of possible correct answers for the question 'Do you want to see her?' is – Yes, I do. But is also grammatically correct an answer: – Yes, I want. ? Thanks :)
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Which one is better to use, Need or Needs? [on hold]

I have two sentences does this item need to be repaired? and does this item needs to be repaired? which sentence is better, and why. Thank you.
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Can I replace “was” by “had been” here?

I have got two sentences and I want to know whether they make sense gramatically or not. 1) I would surely have crashed the car if I was driving at the time you called me. 2)I would surely have ...
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Problem in understanding the syntax

Here is an excerpt from the book flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi which has confused me a bit. If the trend of traditional families keeping together is on the ...
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I cant choose which one is more splendid [on hold]

I cant choose which one is more splendid this grammar is right ?
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Are any of these sentences grammatically correct? [on hold]

Hi, I am writing a user guide and i dont know if any of these sentences is correct. a. On the new user account window,specify the required information of the user from the organisation's database, ...
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Which right and when i use found and find [on hold]

1_ (I will never found a friend like you ) 2_(I will never find a friend like you )
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How should I name my company? [on hold]

Im starting a motorcycle-for-rent company in Cebu, Philippines. Cebu is one of many islands in the Philippines. I was thinking; "Ride in Cebu" or "Ride in Cebu." or "Ride Cebu" or "Ride Cebu." or "...
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Help me find another word that fits the sentence meaning [duplicate]

I want to use a synonym for (it appears likely): The sentence is: By comparing the formulas for quantity1 and quantity2 ,it appears likely that quantity1 > quantity2 for all points and all N, although ...
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Zero conditional [on hold]

"If you think we should be in school, then why don’t you go on strike?" Technically this is a zero conditional, isn't it? I have been told zero conditionals are used for facts which are always true ...
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Have cried/have been crying [duplicate]

The book 'English Grammar in Use, Murphy' contains the following exercise under the Present perfect/Present perfect continuous chapter: Are you OK? You look as if ____ (you / cry). I have not found ...
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Apostrophe: Individual team member's goals or individual team members' goals?

This is stumping me a bit. The sentence is referring to individuals out of a group, but writing it as 'individual team member's goals' seems a bit weird to me as it's like it's just one person in the ...
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“Do I have my mobile phone inside?”- Is this sentence correct? [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "Do I have my mobile phone inside the restroom?" or "Do I have my phone there(some place)?"--- One day I asked this question to my friend and he replied that ...
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Help with sentence construction [on hold]

The rhetoric being deployed here reveals the emptiness of social titles. When faced with a rational argument regarding his sins Clarence counters by suggesting that the image of a begging noble should ...
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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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Commas before and/or after "because

Which is proper grammar: He argues that there is no binding contract, because, at any given time... He argues that there is no binding contract, because at any given time... Thanks so much!
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Adverbial phrase in passive voice

'The chairman was met by his subordinates on his return from Chennai.' What is the adverbial phrase used in this sentence?
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Rephrasing relative clauses [on hold]

How to rephrase the sentences: Shopping centres now look like cathedrals. People love to shop there. a. Shopping centres where people love to shop now look like cathedrals. or b. Shopping centres ...
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Still and despite/inspite

Can we use still with inspite of/despite? For example, would one say: "Despite being old, he works hard." or "Despite being old, he still works hard." Thank you!
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Is the phrase “come fast” a grammatically correct imperative? [on hold]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct as a command? "Come fast." I believe this would be a correct alternative: "Come quick."
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Which one is correct i am proud of you or i pround on you [on hold]

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“Do we use” versus “are we using”

I am a native German speaker and we are currently translating a protocol for students to English. We are asking questions and wonder what would be correct, a or b? and why. a) Why are we using a ...
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Correcting grammar [duplicate]

He said "aaron here" is that correct? How about "aaron is here"
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Is this grammatical? “It is I who was being romantic about tradition” [on hold]

I read this in a book and it threw me a little bit. Should it not be "It was I who was being romantic about tradition" as it's talking about the past?
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“A vs. One” in this context

As well as hoping to encourage children to catch the reading bug, WBD also hope to get reluctant adults hooked on books. So, for the first time, WORLD BOOK DAY will also have an adult focus, with the ...
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Was doing VS Had been doing [on hold]

Although the police suspected him, he was able to prove that he ...... when the crime was committed. A) was working. B) Worked. C) Had worked. D) Had been working. Someone next door ..... ...
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correct usage of preposition 'on' and 'with' [migrated]

which of the following sentence is correct and why? 1.The principal started his lecture with a pessimistic note. 2.The principal started his lecture on a pessimistic note
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“Changed or improved”?

We have the following text on a feedback page on a website we have been working on: “We'd love to hear what you think about any [Product name] feature or aspect — including anything you'd like to see ...
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In a hope/ an attempt/ a try [on hold]

He escaped from prison in an attempt to prove his innocence. Can I replace an attempt by a hope or a try?
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“have dinner” vs. “have a dinner”

Hi I am a teacher of English in Argentina. I teach in 5 th grade ,primary school. I share the same grade with another teacher and I would like to be sure about certain points we teach differently. For ...