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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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Difference between “didn't think“ and ”hadn't thought"?

what is the difference between “didn't think" and “hadn't thought" ? I didn't think about the idea. I hadn't thought about the idea.
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Is it grammatically correct to use, Reason why i could vs reason why i am able [closed]

Guys could you tell me are these sentence grammatically correct He is the reason why i could afford this car. He is the reason why i am able to afford this car. Are these sentence grammatically ...
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Subject in English

I'm Japanese and I am studying English, in particular, reading English books. I have some questions about the subject. We also use pronouns in Japanese. Then, a subject usually does not change from ...
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reporting verbs

Are these sentences correct: He promised that I do it. He denied that I should do it. He warned that I do it. In other words when this reporting structure promise/deny/warn that ... can ...
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Could you may be point us to the right person? Is this sentence wrong? [closed]

Could you may be point us to the right person? Is this sentence wrong?
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Does “left over from” make sense?

Is the usage of from in the below paragraph correct? I just now read it in the paper. In response to a question on the Kashmir issue, Mr. Lu said China’s position remained “clear and consistent”. “...
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Defining clause boundaries when 'also' is used

I'm getting really confused trying to identify how many clauses are in this sentence and was just wondering if anyone could please advise. It's the 'also' that is throwing me off as surely I cannot ...
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When is it okay to not use a comma before an 'and' or 'or' followed by an independent clause? [duplicate]

I punched him and he cried. or I punched him, and he cried. Are both acceptable? Is one better than the other? Personally, I like the first one best, as it better shows the cause/effect ...
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This year's festival will end with a display of fireworks being set off at midnight

May I ask you to help me with this issue? Have got the following sentence: This year's festival will end with a display of fireworks to be set off at midnight. Would it be possible to change this ...
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Is “suggest that — do not” grammatically correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? You ask, does “other than” in § 188.606(f) suggest that variations in the material of a closure for the cover of a UN11A steel drum do not constitute a ...
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How to use nevertheless and nonetheless? [duplicate]

Are these examples correct? He was so weak nevertheless completed the task? The task was hard to complete but he is the man who nonetheless did that hard task. My question is, Are these ...
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Is this sentence correct? Help! [closed]

“I will never be as much comfortable and happy with others anymore as I am or was with you“ Is this sentence correct? If not then which would be the grammatically correct way to say this. P.s: I ...
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Whether to use “enable” or “enables” after mentioning two different types of the same thing

Take this sentence: "The portable inkjet printer and wireless color photo printer included in XYZ enables ABC." Should this be enable as you're referring to two different things, or is it enables ...
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“ if you can believe this is good for you ” is what grammatical function? [closed]

I really need help figuring this out. I just can't seem to finds its grammatical function
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HAVE (negation, contraction)

Why is (1) considered correct, but not (2) ? (1) This would have been such had it not been for... (2) This would have been such hadn't it been for... P.S.: Besides, should there be commas as ...
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Starting a sentence with OR?

In a book, I came across this sentence at the beginning of a paragraph: Or so the proposal says - the analogy raises many complicated issues. Before this paragraph, the author described a proposal ...
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Is my grammar is correct?

I want to know if my sentence is correct because I need to do a report. 'Needs to restart always the computer.'
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which is correct? Is or Was?

Which is grammatically correct: The letter to xxx is drafted by xxx? or The letter to xxx was drafted by xxx?
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More months in a year than days in a week

Is it right to say, There are more months in a year than days in a week. My question is how to compare between two groups of words using 'than'?
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1-1 correspondence

This case really bothers me while I am speaking. Here is the situation: I have a group of four students. Each has the textbook named "Gandhi Readers". So, there are four textbooks, yet there is only ...
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Can I use both the past and the present tense in this sentence?

Truth appears introspective, an image of ‘Botticellian sweetness’ sprawled against a Corinthian column, as she gazes apathetically beyond the skeletal spectre of Death through heavily-lidded eyes, ...
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Past Continuous Tense vs Past Perfect Continuous Tense

In the following sentences, which of the expressions in bold is correcet? Why is the other one not correct? How does the meaning change with each one? My parents got engaged in 1990. They had ...
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Is “helped paved” construction correct? (It's very prevalent—perhaps it's dated?)

I am proofreading a text with the following sentence: "By the time Henry died, he had helped paved the way for the future of economics." If "helped paved" is incorrect (and should be "helped pave" ...
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Past tense, progressive, or something else?

He looked in the mirror brushing his teeth. What's the tense of the above sentence. It seems like past progressive. But I'm trying to figure out what the "to be" part is. Also what's this: He ...
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Reason to study the concept of Transitive and Intransitive verbs

I'm looking for a good (but concise) explanation of the everyday values of knowing the concept of Transitive and Intransitive verbs. For example: Decide if you can turn an Active sentence into the ...
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Do the sentences mean the same?

If I say that "Medicine is too broad a field of study" and "Medicine is too general a field of study" or I say that "Social demography is a broader field of study than Formal demography" and "social ...
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Differences between “This solves the problem” and “This can solve the problem”

I posted a question here on stackoverflow.com. Inside the question, I said "This can solve the problem I mentioned in the original question.". But a user named Lluís Suñol suggested that I should ...
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Is this correct? or have a better way? [closed]

We would like inform you that payment will be pay by 3/29, please provide the bank details for remittance.
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'following independence' or 'following the independence'

Example: Economic growth was prioritized to ensure political stability in the years immediately following the independence. My friend suggested to delete 'the'. I have also found a lot of examples ...
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There’s or There is?

There’s antiques, knickknacks, and many more at the thrift store. Or should it be, There will be an abundance of items this Saturday at the thrift store.
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Should I add 'the' after to

Should I add 'the' after 'to' in this example? "Even if the cooking event is over, you can still transport your shipment to the other villages until 10" Or should it be: "Even if the cooking ...
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most of that or most of them or most of it

I happened to read the following sentence in ‘Poached’ by Stuart Gibbs, which deals with coalas. They(Coalas) rest sixteen to eighteen hours a day and spend most of that unconscious. But I wonder ...
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is it ok to say “from diagnosing to treatment to follow up”?

what i want to express is Blockquote from diagnosis to treatment to follow up Blockquote .i want to express it in a way that reader feels that its a continuous and long term process. ...
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Should I pluralize based on an item in parentheses [duplicate]

Which of the following two sentences is correct: Jon (and Michael) is smart. Jon (and Michael) are smart. This example is clearly contrived but my question is whether the sentence should be ...
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Example of history and historical [closed]

I have read the previous topics but still dont know where I should use history or historical in the following examples. Athens is a historic / historical city This chair is historic / historical ...
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To be at work at vs to be at work for [migrated]

I am a programmer so please excuse my poor grammar... A friend recently posted a question on Facebook asking "which sentence is correct? 1) I have To be to work for 7:30 2) I have to be at work for ...
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A predicative adjective in an atributive clause OR a postpositive adjective?

Example: These are/were the images presented by us. Is "presented" in this case a postpositive adjective or a predicative adjective in an attributive clause? In case "presented" is a verb here, can ...
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colon + passive voice

I got a couple of scientific articles to check the use of the colon in context. So, I am confused with the use of the colon in the following cases: "The reason that IMRT and VMAT plans are different ...
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this is sentence correct and portray what i mean to say [migrated]

you sitting behind me was less distracting that you came and sat in front of me is this grammatically correct, does this sentence portray what i mean to say if you get it.
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Can I use the “there is” construction for art exhibitions, instead of using the word “hold”?

As a sightseeing suggestion to my out-of-town friend, I want to say there's an exhibition he might be interested in checking out. Option 1 below sounds too formal to me, so I'd like to know if ...
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Past Simple vs Past Continious [closed]

Did your team win the football match yesterday? The weather was very bad, so we weren't playing. vs The weather was very bad, so we didn't play. Is the first one not correct? Why is it? ...
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THE English language or English Language? [duplicate]

Which is correct? I have been successful in teaching the English language
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Present tense for a past action?

I am quite confused because of a simple thing, actually. Suddenly, this thought struck me. I am still doubtful about which tense to use, the present or past tense. Here is an example: 1. The speech he ...
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Help me understand the usage of “edition” in “Apple Watch Edition”

I am not sure how to put this, but shouldn't it be < Apple Watch > < _____ Edition >? In my understanding, it is usually product followed by edition, and something to indicate what edition it ...
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Are these kinds of sentences correct? [closed]

Today when I was thinking these sentences came to my mind. I want to know whether these are gramatically correct or not. The mechanic can make it be of no use. John can make this book be like an ...
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Observe in vs observe about vs observe of

This came out of a casual conversation with a friend - and now all three sound correct to us; could someone please confirm if it’s correct to say - 1. I observed this about you, or 2. I observed this ...
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make or makes in this context? [migrated]

Their love of (something) and (something) make/makes (I forget what was here). (sorry i forgot the blanks it was on an sat test)
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Immediate/prospective husband,mate,significant other,wife

I wanted to know what is the correct collecation for significant other or soul mate who has not come to someone's life yet( an unknown person or a probable person who gonna come in the further). Is it ...
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Can contractions always be used to replace their original words? [duplicate]

I was thinking about how "I am" can stand as a sentence but wondered why "I'm" doesn't sound right. I kind of came to the conclusion that noun-verb contractions (ex. I'm, they're, it's, she'll) can't ...
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Using “or” to connect alternative possibility. Regarding to my university’s refund policy

There is a policy statement of my university that are confusing me and this could be a make or break on my case to receive a refund from my university. The below statement was written in the policy: ...