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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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Is it “x- and y-directions” or “x- and y-direction”?

Consider the following sentence: We perform the filtering process in the x- and y-directions sequentially. Is 'directions' correct in this case? I believe it is, but 'direction' is very commonly ...
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Should I use “We then” instead of “Then we” [closed]

In one academic paper I wrote "Then we ...", but the editor suggested me to change it into "We then ...". I would like to know if the former is really unnatural or both are acceptable.
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-ing form with preparatory it

there, Would you please help me? There's a rule in Aim High 6 (the book I'm teaching) says: 'it' can be used as a preparatory subject for an -ing form, especially in informal style. We often use it ...
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Should this have an “of” in it?

I am looking at this invitation letter and to me it seems like it is missing an "of" : You are invited to a wedding on SAT, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 LORALEIGH and STEVEN I think it should ...
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Omission of the article in this sentence

I'm wondering if the highlighted part of the following sentence from Fulton, Intersection Theory is correct or if it is a pun? Omission of topics or references which should be included may be ...
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Oxford Comma: Is this a “list” or are they dependent clauses?

I'm confused about the following sentence. If it is considered a list then I should put an Oxford comma before and, but if they are dependent clauses then I wouldn't as one should not put a comma ...
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Comma before “or” for clarity? (and other things) [on hold]

From what I understand, one only puts a comma before "or" when linking two independent clauses. But for clarity, should there be a comma in the below case, after "sleeves", as the next part is not an ...
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Mixed tenses (present & past) [closed]

I am really upset now, experts. I said there were two acceptable answers to the following, but my superiors said there was only one. Below is the question. I really wanted to talk to him in person, ...
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“Every hiker climbed a hill”, is there one or multiple hills? [closed]

This question comes from a quiz but I could not find the correct answer.
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the use of would/will

Hello native speakers, Could you please teach me how to use will/would correctly? There were a few times I saw people use would+verb+if+present tense. For example, ' The premium would increase ...
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As well as = and? [on hold]

I would like to know the subtle difference between these words. When writing an essay, I usually encounter a difficulty: Can as well as be used interchangeably with and? For example, if I write I ...
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Should I capitalize the letter labels before nouns? For example, “person A” or “sentence B”?

Often I find myself explaining things where person A says something, and person B says something, or sentence A or sentence B is more correct. I’m used to seeing “Professor Bob” where words like “...
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must have washed downstream VS must have been washed downstream

There are two hikers hiking near a stream. One of them seeing it in says: Look! A miner's old pack and gear! Must have washed downstream! My question is: Is it just a simple passive voice sentence ...
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Choose one correct answer [closed]

He respects everyone, so he is highly ( respected _ respectable) I see it's respectable as it's related to being good behavior
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Should Chemical names be used at the start of sentences?

Which of the following sentences is more grammatically correct: 'Calcium was reported in the sample, but not Na.' or 'Ca was reported in the sample, but not Na.'? Or are they both fine?
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ANY: Why does “I will be taken anywhere” sound off but “…anywhere I want” is ok? [closed]

Why are the following ok: I will take anywhere. (#) I will be taken anywhere I want. I can be taken anywhere. but not: I will be taken anywhere. XXX (#2) I am taken anywhere. XXX ...
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Use of any in front of a singular noun

The boys will not receive any trophy. Does this mean that the boys will not receive a trophy? What does this sentence mean and is it grammatically correct?
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Does grammar alter meaning?

This question arose on the Bible Hermeneutics site regarding Hellenistic Greek but the question is, I would assume, universal and I hoped it could be answered here, with regard to the English language....
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“He then” vs “Then He” vs “Then, He” — conjunctive adverbs, semicolons, and commas

As far as I understand, you use a semi-colon to separate main clauses joined by conjunctive adverbs (however, therefore, moreover, nevertheless, then, thus). And, when you use a conjunctive adverb, ...
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Comma? “He stacked the money into neat piles sorted by denomination.”

"He stacked the money into neat piles sorted by denomination." Confused here about comma usage: Is "sorted by denomination" essential or non-essential? The sentence makes sentence w/o it, so it seems ...
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He loves cooking, doesn't he? OR He love cooking, doesn't he? [migrated]

He loves cooking, doesn't he? OR He love cooking, doesn't he? Do we need "s" at the end of "love" if we are using "does not"?
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that which used together?

Searching for the structure "that which", I saw in this site "that" refers to the noun coming just before it and "which" is usually a relative pronoun. However, I still cannot understand the ...
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It that cleft vs. formal subject it

I came across this sentence below, and have been wondering about the grammar. It wasn’t too long ago that the majority of people believed the earth was flat. In the sentence above, is “it that ...
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Is a collective subject 'it' or 'they'? Or are we allowed to use whichever sounds best? [duplicate]

I have long admired the grammatical teaser posed by the lyric: "Oliver's army is here to stay, Oliver's army are on their way" (Elvis Costello). Which is the correct form for a collective actor: "The ...
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different FROM or different THAN? [duplicate]

I have a problem on the use of the word “different” in English. My question is : Should you say “ different FROM” or “ different THAN”? Thank you very much.
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what is the difference between “mention”and “mention of”? [closed]

She mentioned her friend's name for the party. She made mention of her friend's name for the party. is the second sentence correct?
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enumerating from A to B to C to D

Is the following legitimate and grammatically correct paragraph? As I deeply believe in the importance of creativity as a powerful change agent, my immediate objective is to seek opportunities ...
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What is the error in “He came by foot”? [duplicate]

"He came by foot": correct the error. What is the error? I guess it is not about 'on foot' vs 'by foot' as some articles show that both are correct, though I am not sure.
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Shouldn't there be “have become” instead of “are” in this sentence?

I read an example of the word "dearer" in Merriam Webster Dictionaries which was: Eggs are very dear just now. The example doesn't sound totally fine to me. Because generally any form of "be" ...
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Why is the word 'is' not considered a preposition? [closed]

I am reading through the blue grammar book and the following is the definition of prepositions- A preposition is a word or set of words that indicates location (in, near, beside, on top of) or some ...
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“Something” meaning in context

Many use the word “something” in a multitude of contexts that don’t appear to correlate exactly with the definition. Specifically, many use the phrase “there is something or nothing” when talking ...
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Businesses: “passed over” or “handed down”?

I am very confused about the phrasal verb and/or prepositions that need to be used in a situation, when state-owned businesses change their form of organisation and become privatized. I checked the ...
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“the other two of which” or “the other two”?

Is "the other two of which" in the following sentence correct? "Neurons may be categorized into four types, two of which are strengthened and rise to dominance, while the other two of which are ...
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Is this correct in American English: It has helped me developed

I've come across a brief overview about a Canadian sales representative that says : I grew-up in a family business specializing in short-term rental accommodations. Our resort, Tyrolean Village ...
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“They made me what I become” is this grammatically correct? [duplicate]

This might help, When a nice guy was mentally tortured he did something horribly wrong with someone afterwards, so he said to the victim - "they made me what I become" They: people who tortured him ...
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Is the sentence “They made me what I become” grammatically correct?

"They made me what I become" or "They made me what I became", which one is correct? This might help, When a nice person was mentally tortured and he did something horribly wrong after, he says- "...
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Why sometimes the “perfect” aspect denotes something that has finished and sometimes it does not?

I am sorry if I phrased the title in a way that is unclear. I will try to elaborate: Perfect tenses often are taught as expressing something that has been finished, e.g.: He has left >> The "...
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Last year I took the bus to work. Since then I've taken the train [migrated]

Just read this in a textbook (not written by natives I believe). Is that correct, unambiguous? I would expect "Since then I have been taking the train".
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Which tense would be correct in this context?

Since I moved to my parents' old house, I have been going to work by bus. Is this tense correct? I am currently living in that house, so I believe a perfect tense is the right one, and I assume ...
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Would like in conditional form [migrated]

Is the expression "if there are tickets available, I would like to buy one" correct? In case it is, which type of conditional would be?
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If there are… then I would like

It is correct to write : "If there are tickets available, I would like to buy it one?" And, in case is correct, what type of conditional would be?
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Can there be 2 “was” on a sentence?

Is this correct?: "But I guess all there was was such a big lie." I think I've heard that sentence in somewhere and it sounds to my ears just fine but wanted to make sure if it was still right. (My ...
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Should “He bought some flowers to give to his wife” be amended to “He bought some flowers to give them to his wife”?

I have found this on British Council's website:- "We use the to-infinitive: to express purpose (to answer "Why...?"): He bought some flowers to give to his wife." https://learnenglish.britishcouncil....
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Will be worried or will be worry

I saw a man commented in instagram, he said "she will be worried" and i think it's wrong, but then i browsed up and find it was trus. As i know, it should be "she will be worry" So, what you say? ...
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Question about grammar in a sentence [duplicate]

Is this correct?: "But I guess all there was was such a big lie." I think I've heard that sentence in somewhere and it sounds to my ears just fine but wanted to make sure if it was still right. ...
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I envisage that it does not. Can the sentence exist?

The sentence is my answer to the question of whether robots will replace teachers in the future. I am not a linguist or a native speaker, therefore I cannot tell the truth. Personally, I speculate ...
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How to differentiate between “a clause” and “a question”?

I have been taught that when a wh-word is a subject of the question there is no need to use auxiliary before the main verb unlike the practice of subject-auxiliary inversion generally followed in ...
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Is “this 'Joshua' character” a crude way of talking about someone?

I am writing a letter to a friend (Joshua) for his birthday and I want to recount all I had heard about him before we met. An excerpt: Since I got to know Aditya, I had been hearing about this '...
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what should be the position of adverb of manner in the following sentences? [closed]

Both the teams played the game fairly. Both the teams fairly played the game.
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What is the difference between “Are you sure to xxx?” and “Do you sure to xxx?”

What is the difference between "Are you sure to xxx?" and "Do you sure to xxx?" I am writing an app that requires to ask the user to confirm some actions. E.g. I want to confirm the user whether to ...