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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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Which of the two sentences below is more gramatically correct? [closed]

I'm having difficulty choosing between the two sentences below. Which is more grammatically correct? Can anyone suggest a more succinct way of articulating what I am trying to say? While donning his ...
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Which phrase sounds better( more natural and common for native speaker).“ Victim of art”

I have doubts about the phrase "Victim of art". Should I change it to "Art victim" or it can be used as it is but may be I miss articles? Or, please, suggest your own version with the same sense. ...
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Which sentence sounds better? [closed]

Can someone kindly tell me which of the two sentences is more grammatically correct (and why)? As such, I was challenged to develop exercises more suited to my audience. As such, I was challenged to ...
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Related to Simple past usage

I didn’t see her for over 20 years and then I bumped into her last week. I read this sentence on Cambridge dictionary's page related to Simple past vs present perfect usage.I can't understand why ...
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A question on modifiers

"Voldemort turned his scarlet eyes upon Harry, laughing a high, cold, mirthless laugh." Grammatically, the sentence is implying that Harry is laughing, right? I was reviewing modifiers, and the rule ...
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Difficult construction with Past Perfect + have to

I'm a little bit confused with grammatic construction which includes Past Perfect + "have to". The first question which appears here is: if this construction is grammatic or not? The law changed ...
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Use of subjective or objective case [migrated]

It is not good for you and (I/me) to be seen together. What is proper grammar: I or me?
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Can i use “one day” for the past? [closed]

Can i use "one day" to talk about something happen in the past? For example, can i say "I went to Paris one day"? If this is grammatically correct, does it mean that i spent exact 1 day in Paris?
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Names with question marks [closed]

If someone asks me about a person I don't know, can I say, for example?: Hey, do you know Mark? Mark? No, I don't. Who's he? Maybe it's a stupid question, but I just wanna make sure about. Thanks in ...
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“Welcome to” or “Welcome in”?

Could anyone help me and explain when we should use "welcome to" or "welcome in"? I know that both exist but I would like to get sentences as examples in order to clearly understand the difference. ...
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Which of the two words sounds more natural and common to native speakers? “Though merging/merged…” [migrated]

You know that the word 'merge' is both transitive and instransitive. Then in the following sentence, which of the two sounds more natural and common to native speakers? And why? Though (merging/...
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A lot has been happened this year. Is this grammatically correct? [closed]

If incorrect, then what's the correct statement?
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I know what “look about” means but in this sentence, I failed to figure them out

"she looked about her expecting the owner would not be far off; but she could see nobody." Look about means to look around to find someone, so in this sentence, I think it should be "looked about the ...
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Word for the set of adjectives that describe someone who gets a certain emotion easily

For the next examples Touchy: Someone who gets offended easily. Jealous: Someone who feels jealousy easily. Irascible: Someone who gets angry easily. The adjectives above describe a person who ...
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As little vs A little

I am in an unfamiliar country and find it difficult to communicate, I can only speak and understand as little. Can I just/also say : "I can only speak and understand a little." ? What is the ...
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Suitable verb form in the past tense sentence

There's the next sentence: "I saw Mr Brown ..... the building at two o'clock." Which option would be the most appropriate to put in and why ? I really want to put in "was leaving", but there's no ...
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Long time no see [duplicate]

Is " Long time no see " Grammatically correct ? So I use to talk to native English speakers and they use it usually so I want to make sure if it's grammatically correct ? or " I haven't seen you for ...
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Tense used for giving comments on a place you have been to

I'm a bit confused about which tense I should use when, for example, giving feedback on a hotel where I have been staying. Should I say: A) The room is clean and well equipped with basic amenities....
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is this sentence correct with cut through? [closed]

I try make a sentence because i am not a native speaker. So I wonder is it right. I am very appreciate any suggestions. "When I drive to my driveway. Suddenly, a cat cuts through a head of my car. I ...
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Program or Program's

How do you refer to a Program on your resume, is it Program or Program's.ed program's applications and summarized information into quick access format for selection commit
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I watch a TV vs I watch TV [duplicate]

My student said "I watched a TV at home" but I corrected it to "I watched (the) TV at home". I said "the" is not absolutely necessary. My student doesn't understand why "a" is not appropriate. How can ...
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Can I use simple past along with present perfect like this?

The sentence is, for example, The researchers investigated and found that due to the rise of AI bots, most of the existing works have focused on protecting the email services from spam. Is this ...
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Is this a restrictive clause that doesn't need a comma before it?

I'm confused by the following. S1: He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in USA, which facilitated his success in Z. Is "SwimFest-X in USA" restricting "...
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“We wish you Merry Christmas!”

The question: is the "a" needed? So: 1) "We wish you a Merry Christmas!" 2) "We wish you Merry Christmas!" Which one is the correct one and why?
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Which is more correct to write as a slogan?

I am creating a brochure for a travel company and I am not sure which of these is more correct to write. We will pick you up where and when you want We will pick you up wherever and whenever ...
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Teaching at vs teaching to

Which one is the correct sentence? Teaching maths at BSc level. OR Teaching maths to BSc level. Edit: Just to further clarify the situation. In my CV i need to write below job's responsibilities. ...
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Countable Attributive nouns in plural context

There are a lot of topics about this question. All of them explain the form (plural, singular) of the attributive noun coupled with a main noun in the singular form, for example: ladies room ...
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“ to” or “ for”? in this sentence?

i have a doubt whether to use 'to' or 'for' in the following sentence- You don't seem equal _____ the task either- 'to' or 'for' should be the answer. I have saw books mentioning both "to" & "...
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Correctness of the sentence “As we have seen in the previous section”

The reason for writing this post has been the occurrence of the following two types of sentences in a book I am reading: 1) "[a list of some concepts] you have seen in the X program" (it is about a ...
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Present perfect tense and specific time expression?

According to many grammar textbooks, present perfect tense should not be used with specific time expression. Therefore, it is grammatically wrong to say "I have sold my house on 10 December 2018." ...
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Get a message *that*? [closed]

My father has got a message that he had received 50000rs. Is this sentence meaningful or not?? Can I use "he had received 50,000rs" after "that"? If not, please send me the correct alternative ...
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Is there a comma required in this sentence?

Consider the following. He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in countryname-Y, which facilitated his success in Z. or should there be a comma before ...
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What does use of “would” in the following sentence mean exactly?

I would study X and Y, possibly thorough the help of Z. Say, this is being written for a statement or application contingent on approval by a committee. Is "would" a modal verb or subjunctive here? ...
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The form of the verb to be in the questions with “and” and “or”

Should I use was or were in sentences like this: Who was/were the bride and groom? In my opinion, both are possible, but I don't know why. What to use if there is or instead of and?
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Article Placement in a sentence

In the following line of a song, can you please explain why the article should be used here? And why article the not a or nothing? And I don't say the hook unless I wrote the hook From Eminem's ...
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If your employer tells you “we will push your rate up to $40 an hour” does it mean they will push it to exactly $40/hr?

I am confused if that sentence means exactly $40/hr or just up to $40/hr in which case the rate could become $35/hr for example.
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Can't see no more VS can't see anymore [duplicate]

English is not my native language. I have a confusion regarding 2 sentences. 1) I can't see any more 2) I can't see no more I speak like I mentioned the first one, is the second sentence correct? ...
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I saw no one / I didn’t see anyone

I saw no one / I didn’t see anyone. We can’t use double negatives, but is there any difference between these sentences?
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You are right and Your answer is right

Why do we say "You are right " where we mean "Your answer is right" ? Is it "You are right in your answer. " ?
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“to create” or “creating”

Maybe this is too basic, but I'm a little confused. What's the difference between these three sentences? My first idea was to create a... My first idea was create a... My first idea was ...
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Parallel structure with “than”

Which one is correct? 1) It's easier to draw than doing sports 2) It's easier to draw than do sports 3) It's easier to draw than to do sports
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should I use the present simple when I describe something? [migrated]

I want to consult with my friend about something. When I talk with her I fill good. When I'm talking with her I'm filling good. I try to explain about some filling something that happen when I ...
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What is the grammatical name of the first part of the following sentence?

What is the grammatical name of the first part of the following sentence in bold? One of the greatest playwrights of the English Renaissance, Christopher Marlowe is known for his plays Doctor Faustus ...
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How to grammatically structure sentence

How does one write this correctly? I’m not sure if this should be in two separate sentences or maybe three. Are there really any guidelines on how to write something that we would normally express ...
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Can text be monotone?

Someone said to me, "Your text is monotone in fashion" and I just simply can't wrap my mind around this statement. If I am wrong, that is okay. Assume it's a metaphor, can this make any sense?
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Wrong usage of “versus”

A friend of mine has written: "Iraq! You gave us a war! vs., we'll give you Haftsin." Isn't this sentence wrong? AFAIK we can say: "Iraq, you gave us a war; but we['ll] give you Haftsin". I have ...
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Why is 'have difficulties' incorrect? [closed]

But it is far enough away that early explorers had difficulty/difficulties finding it. What should I choose completing the exam task? There is the answer 'difficulty' in the keys but the authors do ...
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Which is correct - “responded” or “would respond”?

Jack had anticipated that it would be several minutes before the local police responded to a burglary in the New York District. or Jack had anticipated that it would be several minutes before ...
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Sentence correction - formal [closed]

What will your office hours be next week? or What are your office hours next week? Which one is correct?
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“doomed to” + noun or infinitive?

I know the phrase "doomed to failure" exists. I also found someone here who suggests that both, "doomed to failure" and "doomed to fail" can be used for a specific situation: "I'm doomed to failure"...