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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 I say “with no avail” like “i tried that with no avail”? [closed]

Can I say "with no avail" like "i tried that with no avail"?
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Usage of “arising”

just a short question, since I was told that I am using the word incorrectly, but I don't know how to fix it. In my dissertation, I am often using "the arising stresses", e.g. in the form of: (1) "...
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if i nominalized “capitalize on” to “capitalization” in this sentence, would it still mean the same?

They used their salaries to capitalize on other laborers to gain more money. They used their salaries for the capitalization of other laborers to gain more money.
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Whose or who? Help please in understanding the difference between them. What's the use of it? [migrated]

Can you please help me understand the difference between using whose and who And why in this sentence whose is useful? whose umbrella is this? Is it your mother's? The choices were Who ...
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“It is an advantage learning a foreign language”. -> It is an advantage to learn…? (infinitive or -ing)

I've come across the following sentence in an article which provides businessmen with advice on how to improve their career prospects. "It is an advantage learning a foreign language." I think the ...
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when I held the assembly that women are fun I were just lying

"when I held the assembly that women are fun I were just lying" The speaker had previously said so to an assembly of workmates. What does the sentence mean? The sentence can be heard (with the ...
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that's how much I know my classics or that's how well i know my classics

I'm in trouble. Do we say: that's how much I know my classics or that's how well i know my classics ? Thank you for your help;
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Which is correct and why? [duplicate]

I'd like to know which is the correct option: He went to bed without my telling him to. He went to bed without me telling him to. I was pretty certain it is the first, but I am unclear on why. ...
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Gendered nouns without real gender - examples and origins? [duplicate]

Why is it Mother Earth and not Father Earth? Why is a ship a she and not a he? Can you give more examples of similar phenomena?
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Usage of negligent and negligence

there: I have a sentence: You were negligent in driving your car, so you are legally responsible for the accident caused. Do you think “sb be negligent in sth or doing sth” is a correct usage? We say “...
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Adding the letter “a” to certain words

Could the letter "a" be added to certain words as supplements, to bolster the definition of the word? For example, could "a" be added to "loud", thus making it "aloud"? While "aloud" is indeed a ...
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I knew I forgot / had forgotten

Is there any difference between: I knew I forgot something. I knew I had forgotten something. Let's say I return home and see the thing I've been looking for hours outside. I think the first one is ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct and can be used for Women's Day?

Let women rise and use their strength to contribute to the world. I need to use this sentence for a Women's Day social media design. But there are two doubts: Should it be women or woman? Let women ...
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Is this a faulty parrallelism or is there an expression like this?

A gardener can't just wish for a beautiful garden and one suddenly appears. I happened to see this sentence on an article about the importance of making an effort, and i can see that the sentence ...
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Correct Usage of a Past-Progressive Verb?

Is this correct usage of past-progressive verbs? "The dragon arose from the earth and took to his flight. Perédur drew his bow and let fly his own wing-beasts, arrows tearing through sky, rapacious ...
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Please help me to clarify which sentence is correct? Thank you in advance

The way I do things are a little different, if this works for you, I can definitely help you. or The way I do things is a little different. If this works for you, I can definitely help you. Please ...
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Use of “been”: Which one of these is correct?

Which of the following sentences is/are correct? He had already been formed his opinion. He had already formed his opinion. His opinion had already been formed. If #1 is correct, please explain as I ...
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You would like for us to?

Is the sentence correct: "If there is anything you would like for us to check further just let us know." I'm not sure about the "..for us.." part. Thanks in advance!
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Here who used for what and is this sentence correct?

9.     Two men have(a) /been arrested(b) /by the police who are believed to be involved in the robbery(c)/No error(d)  9.    (c) Here the words ‘who are’ create confusion. It is not clear whether the ...
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what does decrease less then 10-fold mean

Please let me know what does it mean if someone says "an initial innoculum of 10000000 decreased less then 10-fold over 60 days"
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Which sentence is grammatically correct? I am quite confused

A. 1000 students were asked about the role of literature, 90% of them maintained that this subject made it possible for them to have a deeper insight into cultural and historical values of their ...
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Is 'multinational' a compound word? [closed]

Please guide me as to whether 'multinational' can be considered a compound word in English. Thanks.
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Usage of “explain” verb

I have read this article. But it is not very clearly mentioned whether "explain" verb is always followed by a direct or indirect object OR generally followed. Could someone please clarify the rules. ...
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“can integrated” meaning

I saw the following sentence in a paper: Filament enables smart devices to blockchain transactions that can integrated in different distributed ledger architectures by use their Blocklet ...
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How to combine these two phrases? size-based and color-based [duplicate]

I want to write: "We design color-based and size-based models." Meaning that we design a color-based model and also a size-based model. Isn't it more appropriate to write: "We design color/size-...
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Which is correct: “where she went” or “where did she go”?

My friend asked me about my colleague and I replied him that "I don't know where she went". Then he replied that I must say like "I don't know where did she go". Is there any mistake in the former ...
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What is the correct way to say the next sentence?

Spanish is my first language and I just saw a post on Instagram that says "Quality sobriety must include self acceptance" and I want to comment it by saying this: This is the hardest part for me Is ...
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Pronoun Usage (on or on it)

Which of the following is more accurate? 1) You have one day to solve the exam on. 2) You have one day to solve the exam on it.
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single “as” or double “as”

In terms of using "as". Are the first and the third sentences correct? Or should I just use the second and fourth one? (1) he plays soccer well as(just like) his father used to. (2) he plays soccer ...
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When to use attributive nouns vs. deverbal adjectives

I'm not sure if I have the title correct, but I am trying to figure out how to determine whether to use a noun form as an adjective or a verb form as an adjective. For example: 1) Is it an extension ...
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Difference in the meaning

What's the difference between the sentences ? And how do we need to use present simple with ever? Do you ever study or work ? Have you ever studied with the TV on? Thanks a lot for your ...
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Is this grammar correct?

It was a screenshot from a video on Youtube. I interested with the description saying "..., he was the first African American to be elected to the presidency......" I bold the to be as in my ...
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“…who/whom I can share my feelings with”

Is it a correct sentence: I just wanted a friend, who I can share my feelings with. OR should I say I just wanted a friend, with whom I can share my feelings.
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The toughest part to me or for me? [duplicate]

Which of these sentences is correct? A) This is the toughest part to me. B) This is the hardest part for me. C) This is the toughest part for me. D) This is the hardest part to me.
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Should the parenthetical change anything in this sentence?

I took an SAT test a while back and encountered this question in the grammar section. At the fork of two rivers near the settlement was a red star outlined in blue, a symbol historians believe ...
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Why is it 'have to go' but not 'can to go' and also not 'must to go'

1) Could anyone explain me why it is have to go or want to go but you don't say can to do although have, want and can all are auxiliary verbs. 2) The grammatical rule is have to + infinitive. Is that ...
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How to split apart the word order in English?

I've got the following sentence: 'Every now and then a ray of moonlight through the branches above lit a spot of silver blue blood on the fallen leaves.' It's originally from the Harry Potter book. ...
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How to use the apostrophe? [migrated]

Which of the following sentences is correct? I'm unsure regarding the participant. Figures showing the distribution of the participants' ratings on the math tasks. Figures showing the distribution ...
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Road closed to through traffic

What is the grammatical analysis of the sign "Road closed to through traffic", specifically the prepositions "to through"?
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Strictly “copular” verbs

I know the list of copular verbs, but some verbs can also be used as non-copular verbs (for example, look and appear can be used as copular as well as non-copular verbs). I want to know which all ...
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Causative - Passive/Active voice

Would you agree to the following guidelines: In the Passive voice, the causatives "have" and "get" have the same meaning, but 'get' is less formal In the Active voice, the causatives "have" and "get"...
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What do broad and narrow mean in the context?

What does broad and narrow mean in a general context suppose Broad traits are x, y, z and narrow traits are a, b, c, broad issues are f, g,h and narrow issues are k, j, h? If a trait suppose X cant be ...
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when to use “to” vs “in” with elope?

I would have thought "elope to (destination for the marriage)" was correct. However, I recently saw someone write "elope in (destination for the marriage)," and when I looked it up, the answer wasn't ...
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Is there an grammar term for “what happens”, “how long”, “how far” in linguistics?

In such cases, WH-word will always go with some other advmod, I just wonder if there's a classification and academic term for phrases like how long, how far, what happens.
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Do I place a comma after the word Dad or is it correct as is? [duplicate]

Dearest Gabriella, You are an amazing daughter! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished. Congratulations on your graduation. Wishing you all the success and happiness the world has to offer....
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What is the grammatical problem with this sentence? [closed]

I need to leave early because I will meet a friend for lunch. The above sentence is not grammatically correct but I cannot tell exactly what the problem is. Is it the usage of 'will'? Thank you.
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Using “They” Vs. “You” After using unless

Which sentence is correct ? Should it be: Unless you keep your teeth clean, they won’t stay healthy. or: Unless you keep your teeth clean, You won’t stay healthy. The question is from a ...
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It's the size of a brick; What size shirt/shoes do you take?; I have a daughter your age

What is the grammar of the English words "size", "age", etc? According to Quirk (1985:1293) Some noun phrases of measure, denoting size, age, etc, can also be postposed: A man the size of a ...
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Struggling with sentence of poem

First of all, I doubt whether this is the proper place to ask my question since it might be quite basic, but I will try. The sentence is: You flee my dream come the morning. I certainly ...
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What is the correct order? [duplicate]

I'd like to know the correct order of this sentence: Is it: I and my friends plan for a movie months before the release. or My friends and I plan for a movie months before the release.