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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 “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 ...
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How can the word “benchmark” be a noun? [duplicate]

I was taught in my high school that a noun can be a person, place, animal or a thing? The word "benchmark" does not qualify to be any one of them yet it is considered as a noun Can someone please ...
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What are the subjects in these sentences? [closed]

Having to walk the dogs drives me crazy. Walking the dogs drives me crazy. In the first sentence, what is the subject? What would the correct verb tense (drive or drives) be for this sentence? In ...
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Correct sentence in informal context

A: We haven't got any holiday. B: Did you just say we haven't got any holiday? OR B: Did you just say 'no holiday ' ? Can both of these be used in an informal context? Can we shorten the ...
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Should there be a comma after annually? Should there be a coma before with? [closed]

Globally, annually an estimated 646,000 individuals die from falling, with older adults suffering the greatest number of fatal falls.
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What does “it” in “If it wasn't for Amber…” refer to?

If it wasn't for Amber he wouldn't be able to marry Claire. Please, what does "it" in this sentence refer to?
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“He is the sinner of the main creation of the despute” [closed]

It sounds off and slightly wrong to my ears. Is it grammatically correct? Ryan is the sinner of the creation of the third dispute. Ryan is the sinner of the creation's third dispute. I am ...
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reduction of clause

You need to have some friends whom you learn social graces from You need to have some friends from whom you learn social graces You need to have some friends you learn social graces from (All three ...
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Preposition following 'ambitious'

In the following sentence, what will be the right preposition? He is ambitious ____ fame.
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What would be the correct preposition to be placed here? I shall be glad _____ his assistance. [migrated]

I've thought of using with/for but I don't think it seems to fit in here. I'd definitely appreciate if somebody could help me out with this one.
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Probably use in sentence

I will probably move to the north soon. Probably I will move to the north soon. What is the difference between these two? Does Number one imply that there is a small chance I may not move at all?
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Dedicate doing and dedicate to do

I have always seen this form" dedicate doing ", but someone said "dedicate to do" is also correct. I'm in doubt about it tho.
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Usage of word “Former”

Is it fine to use the word "former" when pertaining to an object? Example: John's former laptop.
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When to use mid-sentence commas when adding a formal name

Where is it appropriate to insert a comma when putting a persons name in the middle of a sentence, such as when writing an email or letter. Is it really before AND after? Examples: Thank you for ...
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“Start Work” on something vs “Start working” [closed]

Is it correct to say Now I am going to start work on this new project I have the habit of saying that in the same context. Also, I have heard British people say this and I am wondering if it is ...
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Position of word in sentences

History is an inevitably important and compulsory subject in the curriculum of many countries, and some people argue that learning about local history is more crucial than memorizing historical ...
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I am fine, or I am well, or I am good? [closed]

In grade school, eons ago, I was taught to say "I am fine." Today, most people say, "I am good." Recently, I received scorn for an old man saying, "I am fine," as it was argued that "fine" would ...
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Subject & Object Pronoun Question

What is the rule in use here that allows me to use I do in place of me in the second sentence? An Olympic sprinter on a bad day runs faster than me on a good day. An Olympic sprinter on a bad day ...
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I vs you when it is the object in a sentence followed by an action starting with to [closed]

which is correct: John asked you and I to go to the meeting or John asked you and me to go to the meeting.
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Looking for the name of a grammar point [on hold]

Would you tell me whether this grammar has a name or not? All you need to do is SIT . (Not Sitting )
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A sentence from The Economist that I don't understand

Here is a sentence from economy magazine The Economist that I don't understand. Fully 5.8m more Americans are in work than in December of that year, when the Federal Reserve began raising interest ...
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“There is a number of” vs “There are a number of” [duplicate]

The sentence is "There are a number of steps you can take." I thought "is" had to be used because it refers to "a" number of steps. Is "a number of something (steps for this case)" considered ...
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Doubt in using “Being” or “As”

Should I use: Being a mathematics enthusiast, problem-solving has always been part of me. OR As a mathematics enthusiast, problem-solving has always been part of me.
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location of post attribute

Suppose there is a table in a bar, a guy called Tom stands by the table and is singing a lovely song. Can I say Tom by the table is singing a lovely song in the bar or By the table, Tom is ...
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Can I use “either, both, neither” in more than 2 options [closed]

It's known that "either A or B" means any one of the two options. How about anyone of more than 2 options? Either A, B, or C? How about "both A and B" in the same case? Is "both A, B and C" right? ...
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Usage of 'there' and 'an'

I don't know the exact difference between these two expressions: There is an apple on the table and An apple is on the table Can anyone explain the usage?
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Sentence structure and choices

Let's say you're asked to name your top 3 songs by an artist and you can't choose would you say: 1. I can't only/just pick/choose 3 2. I can't pick/choose only/just 3 What sounds better in your ...
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What will be the best word in this situation? [on hold]

He knew it was a very ___ operation but he was determined to carry it out. Available options are: a) Difficult b) Dangerous c) Risky d) Troublesome It seems that all the options are valid. Could ...
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“But by” subject verb aggreement?

This sentence is taken from a writing sample I receive in my English class. I think the subject after the "by" clause should be they, referring to people instead of it? "Some people think doing ...
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Is it wrong to use 'As equally significant as'?

I was preparing for IELTS and I used an online correction service, which corrected the following sentence I had used. Original: "Due to the monetary benefits brought by careers, working has become ...
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“What I envision” or “what I envisioned”? [closed]

Which of the two is grammatically correct: '... and knew it was exactly what I envisioned as the beginning of ...' '... and knew it was exactly what I envision as the beginning of ...'
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“Would there be an availability” vs “Is there an availability” for appointment scheduling?

It's my understanding that the first is a more formal version of the second phrase however I'm not quite certain that's the case or that they mean the exact same thing.
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Use of object pronouns after the verb “to be” and in the presence of a conjunction. [duplicate]

The other day my friend and I were playing darts with several other players. We selected teams. When I learned that my partner would be Jordan, I enthusiastically announced, "Hey Jordan, it's you ...
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“fall prey to” or “fall a prey to”

Thanks everyone for checking this question. I was reading Great Books of the Western World, and there is a phrase "fall a prey to" and since I didn't know about it so I went to Collins Dict and ...
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“transition words” and "conjunctive adverbs”

What is the difference between "transition words" and "conjunctive adverbs,” are they the same? I have read many articles about these two words, but they all seem to be in contrast in some ways.
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The link to a subtitled version or the link for a subtitles version?

I was writting a post on Facebook and I didn't know how to write this properly: -This is the link to a subtitled version or -This is the link for a subtitled version A few months ago a modern ...
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If+Are+Ing Correct?

I saw the following sentence on a book (It was a conversation between two students). If you are going to school bring an extra pencil. I want to know whether this is correct or not because I have ...
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“Invited to” vs. “Invited to join”

Is there a difference between: I got invited to the baseball team and I got invited to join the baseball team ? And, if there isn't any difference, why is the second example still in use?
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“Over the years” and “many years” [closed]

What is the difference between these two sentences? I have searched for it over the years. I have searched for it for many years. Thank you.
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Use of 'wanting' [migrated]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: I was wanting to know if I could sent you a link. It does not sound correct to me.
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Is “with” optional after “conferring”?

Consider the sentence: I answered the question as a novice, without conferring with Sir Thomas More or Sir Francis Bacon. Is the with optional? Could the sentence also be written as: I ...
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What is the relationship between words like see and show , eat and feed called as?

Isn't "I will make you see." same as "I will show you." does there exist a word for every such word lik id I want to say I will make you work , what word would I use or maybe for something else ...
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Hypothesis on / about

My virgin post! Which has the most appropriate preposition usage of the following two sentences; Do you have a hypothesis on why you got sick? Do you have a hypothesis about how you got sick? Or ...
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The presentation of effective date…“After 7 July”

I was reading some journal and came across below statement regarding a new restriction: "(the product) shall not be placed on the market after 7 July 2020" What I understand is that under this ...
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Help identifying clasuses, sentence structure

I'm a first time poster, so please let me know if I am posting in the wrong place! I am trying to break down the sentence structure of this sentence. Specifically, how commas are used in the following ...
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Is this sentence grammatically ok? [migrated]

Take a look at this sentence: I have certainly posted the letter lastweek. I wonder why it hasn't arrived yet. So what is the problem with this sentence? I took a look at the amswer sheet. At the ...
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What’s the difference between “… a word you have said” and “…a word you said”?

Consider two sentences: I don't understand a word you said I don't understand a word you have said. I know about usage of simple past and present perfect, but these kinds of sentences baffle me. ...
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What's the best answer that suits the following statement [closed]

What's the proper answer for "Don't know what I'm doing here"? "Nor do I" "Neither do I" "Neither am I" "Nor am I" ?