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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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Have not vs Have never [migrated]

Can someone please tell me what the difference is between the two phrases: Have not and Have never? As far as I know, "have not" is usually used to mean that something has not happened in a period ...
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Which one is true? [on hold]

I need to know which sentence is true: Praying orders your state of mind, Praying influences your state of mind
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Suitable usage of words [on hold]

I just heard that my manager used word kept with word meeting. is it suitable word to use?
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Sentence structure: Can I not try that?

Does the sentence "Can I not try that?" mean: I want to try that but I'm not allowed to I don't want to try that
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Is 'to begin with' correct? [on hold]

Is the phrase 'to begin with' grammatically correct? Is it a dangling participle?
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Do I need a copyright symbol or similar when referencing program names? [migrated]

DISCLAIMER I am writing a paper for school and while I won't get in trouble for forgetting the copyright symbol I am interested in the use of it in this case should I need it in a more professional ...
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Difference between “taking into account” and “considering” when used as conjunctions of contrast

How do I explain the difference between "taking into account" and "considering" to ESL students and can they be used interchangeably in the following sentences? "Taking into account that my sales are ...
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Use of to in the following sentence [on hold]

The removal of Alok Verma as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation is a disconcerting denouement to an unseemly episode. Why has "to" been used here after "denouement"?
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Shortage, Deficiency [on hold]

wondering if a sentence like this makes sense and what would be an accurate way of forming a sentence like this, thanks. ''I started a production of certain parts my country in in shortage of/in''? or ...
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E vs Short I sound [closed]

Is there a difference in pronunciation between the short i and e. For example, do 'check' and 'chick' have the same sound?
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Is it grammatically correct to say this? [closed]

I will have nothing more to do with basketball.
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Is it grammatically correct to say: He was two person before me in the line? [closed]

Which one is correct? He was two person before me in the line. Or He was two-person before me in the line. Is there a better way to put it? Thanks, guys!
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Check grammar and meaning [closed]

Are those two sentences meaningful and grammatically correct " Travel is the window through which we catch a glimpse of the wisdom of other cultures and civilizations. Therefore, It is substantial to ...
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Applying a verb to two subjects

Which of the following is correct? If Insurance company or Law Firm have changed their opinion then please let us know. or If Insurance Company or Law Firm has changed its opinion then please let ...
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'where is there a' vs 'where is the' [migrated]

There are two sentences: 'Where is the restroom?' and 'Where is there a parking lot?' My question is: are 'Where is there a restroom?' and 'Where is the parking lot?' also okay? If not ok, then why ...
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Is the definite article required in “the more…, the more…”? [migrated]

Sentence 1: More they earn, more they spend. Sentence 2: The more they earn, the more they spend. Which is/are correct?
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English Grammar Books And Online Courses [closed]

I'm trying to improve my English grammar. So I wanted to ask for sharing some books and maybe online courses where I can learn, improve, and the most important recall some grammar rules and basics. ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct ? Can 'a / an' follows 'are'? [duplicate]

Can someone help me understand what's happening here? I don't think I have seen this before, thank you so much! "The takeaway is clear: cats are a growing environmental concern because they are ...
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Commas and word phrasing [on hold]

The Revolution only ended with the death of the leader, Ji Tai, after whom, Pol Zara, took over the leadership in 1978. Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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Is this a correct usage of the word “during”? [on hold]

Just come across this sentence "A good outline will guide you during you writing your novel." It seems a little bit odd to me. I know you can phrase it like "A good outline will guide you while ...
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“When is happens” meaning [closed]

I encountered this structure in the sentence: "when is happens". Is it grammatically correct?
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Why is the order for some words that function as ordinal numbers flexible?

Adjectives, numbers, and determiners have a set order when multiples are used to reference the same noun at once. When cardinal and ordinal numbers are used at the same time, the ordinal always comes ...
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Which sentence is the correct one? [duplicate]

"I just changed my phone number" or "I've just changed my phone number" ?
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Could havehave what is mean [closed]

what is usage of could have. I am not asking from you about perfect infinitive. The structure of perfect infinitive is (to have v3). But here it is only could have not v3 form.
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should I use 'the' or 'a'? [migrated]

A: Where are you going? B: I am going to the/a gym.(first time ever B has mentioned the 'gym' to A) My intuition tells me that I should use 'the'. But the 'gym' is an new information for A. So ...
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Transformation: Negative to affirmative

One day the man could not but go to a market. The sentence is to be transformed into affirmative. But I am just not getting how to transform it using 'must'. If I write- 'The man must go to a market'...
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I am confused on which to use That or by which [migrated]

Q: In the US, a primary election is a method -------- voters select the nominees for public office A:That B:Is That C:By Which D: By Those I am stuck between A and C
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Collocations in English

Which is the correct English ? Please find attached our new policy, which would be applicable on May 11th or Please find attached our new policy, which is applicable form May 11th Is it applicable ...
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What does “it wasn't an unusual route” mean in this sentence?

I came across this sentence in the story Around the World in 80 Days, but I can't figure out what it means. Does it mean that it was an unusual route or not?
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Describing myself as reliable [closed]

Hi I'm wondering if it's valid to describe myself being reliable like this: "I'll be someone on whom they can rely on"
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Does through used to set a range make the subject singular or plural? [closed]

Which is correct using this banner announcement?: Now offering preschool though 6th grade or Now offering preschool through 6th grades
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Articles with enumeration of nouns [duplicate]

I'm having trouble with understanding what is the correct grammar rule regarding articles for the next sentence: A request, payload or attachment was not found. Do we need to repeat indefinite ...
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Do I ever hyphenate adverbs when used with “based”? [duplicate]

I've seen it used both ways, but I'm wondering what is the proper way to punctuate phrases with adverbs and words like "based". example would be: academically-based instruction vs. academically based ...
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You or Do you for email invitation [duplicate]

Which is correct: You desire more freedom and flexibility for your production processes? or Do you desire more freedom and flexibility for your production processes?
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What is “What is does allow is”?

Context: A degree does not change your potential to make an impact on the world. If you want to dive head first into a problem and solve it, go for it. Nothing is stopping you. What is does allow is ...
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If clause and comma

I was wondering, why is it necessary to use a comma when the if clause preceds the main clause. I know the rule but I want another reason. Could you please help me???
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Is the time expression “for the moment” used in Present Simple or Present Continuous Tense?Or in both?

Could you tell me please whether the time expression "for the moment" is used in Present Simple or Present Continuous?Or in both cases?Also, could you provide me with the examples to confirm your ...
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Was to be a … Usage [closed]

I am writing academic paper, the background of the task, and I want to describe idea behind the product like so. It was to be a "something"... However I am not sure if that is a correct usage of the ...
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Comparing negatives (It is nice not to be rude.) vs. (It isn't nice to be rude.)

What is the difference in style and meaning between the following two in terms of the adjective "nice"? (It is nice not to be rude.) (It isn't nice to be rude.) besides, what is the difference in ...
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Scam someone out of something

I read it on the following sentence: ... to scam people out of their cash. I didn't find any entries on "scam out of" as a phrasal verb in online dictionaries. Should I interpret "scam" and "out ...
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“¿The areas that i have experience in/ the areas in which a i have experience?” [duplicate]

I just don't know if there's a formal way to use which/that or they are just interchangeable
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Is “…should I have done…” a correct tense? [closed]

Can you please tell me if my tenses are correct in the following sentence? If so, what are the tenses I am using? Thank you! "I was hoping to get a response before the upcoming deadline, so I could ...
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Is it “the instructions were intended for me and my friend” or “the instructions were intended for my friend and I”? [duplicate]

Is it "the instructions were intended for me and my friend" or "the instructions were intended for my friend and I"? I think the first one is correct because usually if it's "my friend and I," you ...
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be of importance vs be important [on hold]

Would you help me understand the differences between these two sentences? Protecting valuable information assets is of critical importance to my organization to be successful. Protecting valuable ...
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Quotations or no quotations?

Should "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Anniversary" written on a cake or card be in quotations or is both with or without correct?
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Question about sentence [closed]

which one is correct 1- Contributions of vacant lands to other changes in Arriyadh city from 1987 to 2017. 2- Contributions to net change in vacant lands at Arriyadh city from 1987 to 2017. 3- ...
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Is “Finish him” grammatically correct or must it be “Finish him off”?

I know it's just "Finish him" in Mortal Kombat, but is it really grammatically correct when, say, writing dialogues for characters in a story (eg. a villain saying the line in a superhero story)? All ...
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Is “feel positively about…” grammatically correct?

Saying “I feel positively about...” to praise something sounds more natural than “feel positive” to me. It’s strange that we usually say “we feel...” with an adjective but here we’re using an adverb. ...
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which is a right way to write list Item

Below are the example to write a List, which is a right way to write list Item Example 1 : 4).Upload with File Restrictions Example 2 : 4) Upload with File Restrictions
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adequate/sufficient + amount of time

When should I put "amount of" after "sufficient" or "adequate"? I have found a mix of both and I couldn't figure out a pattern or logic in the usage. Many villagers had also felt that the proposal ...