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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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Use of probably

I know that I will probably go back to my house soon anyway so I don't want to fully decorate. Does it mean... I know that I will probably go back to my house soon anyway so probably I don't want ...
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A quote from the introduction of Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women

Here is a sentence from her introduction: I earnestly wish to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists - I wish to persuade women to endeavour to acquire strength, both of mind ...
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Help with Sentence Structure and Grammar

The following Federal dispatch case requested did not qualify for an automated dispatch creation. Please create the dispatch manually.
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Ending a statement with the word 'already'

What does the word 'already' at the end of a sentence indicate? For instance Enough With The Resolutions Already which is a title of an article on lifehacker. Does it mean 'now'? Does it mean 'I'm ...
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Please tell me which one of these sentences is correct?

I want to request people to update my contact number. Here's the message I wrote: Hey! I am changing my WhatsApp to a new number. Here it is: XXXXXXX. Should I then add Please update your ...
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What is the type of an adjective “fed up”

Recently, I stumbled upon a phrase "fed up" in one sentence. On the first glance, I was thinking it should be a phrasal verb but it didn't correlate with the sentence meaning. I found out that it is ...
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Even after + present perfect vs present simple

I came across the following sentence posted at the city of Melbourne public transportation rules, referring to the duties of the transportation officers: They can check your ticket and concession ...
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What do you call someone who you show a game to and then they binge plays the game until they are better than you? [closed]

My so called "friend " likes to play video games a lot. We like to play Roblox (We aren't 5 yr olds). So one day I found this awesome game called RoBeats and I loved to play it. One day I got so good ...
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How to say “get performed” in another way? [closed]

"The mechanism of warehouses can be further improved if the workload of employees is lightened by certain tasks getting performed autonomously." This is the sentence I want to use, however, the ...
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When I should use Ongoing and when I should use in progress? [closed]

If I wanted to say the meeting is still haven’t finished yet “The meeting is still ongoing” “The meeting is still in progress” Which one will be more appropriate and why?
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How is possible to use participles gramatically after verbs such as “want” or “would like”?

I see the uses of them in the following sentences in some articles: What are the questions you want answered before you die? Do you have any questions that you would like answered?
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You can say cometh/commeth and you can say hast come but not hast cometh, why? [closed]

Why is it wrong to say/write hast cometh and it's perfectly fine to say hast come?
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redundant definite article

I have a colleague who insists on inserting "The" into the following sentence --- "If you're familiar with Johnson City's hip, comfortable The Ellis Hotel, you'll love the new Autograph Collection by ...
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Reflexive pronoun in relative clause [closed]

Which sentence is grammatically correct? And is the other acceptable or just never used in daily conversation? 1. I am someone who loves himself. 2. I am someone who loves myself.
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Is this a dependant clause?

I found this sentence in one of the Shakespeare's works and I have no idea whether this sentence is a dependent or independent clause. This is the sentence: To pry into the secrets of the state ...
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Subject-verb agreement dilemma [duplicate]

For the sentence mentioned below, which verb form (singular or plural) of "cost" fits correctly into the blank space and what is your reason for it: "Every pale tomato slice, wilted pickle, and brown ...
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About the English grammar for wishing [closed]

Consider: I would have played football tomorrow. Is it correct?
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Why do some British people fail to put an article before the word “hospital”? [duplicate]

Like all English nouns, the word "hospital" is normally preceded by an article. For example, we might have a sentence like the following: He was taken to the hospital by an ambulance. However, I ...
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Do I use the “and also” in this sentence correctly?

I wrote a sentence: There is interesting daily life in the streets and alleys, and also unique places such as old or coloured houses and attractions between streets. But a senior colleague ...
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Type of usage/mood

jail house rock peaks. (the record jail house rock peaks) titantic sinks (the ship the titanic) Carter for president film flops Family flowers only please. What do we ...
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Can you begin a sentence with “but”? [closed]

Is it grammatically possible to begin a sentence with "but" ?
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''What of her''

While watching an episode of Tidelands I paid attention to ''What of her?'' . Can anyone explain me the difference between ''what about her'' and ''what of her''? is it gramatically correct? In what ...
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“If he were” vs “if he had been”

1.if he were my brother,i would have helped him. 2.if he had been my brother,i would have helped him. Are both of them correct? What speaker wants to convey is unreal past condition and past result....
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How does the second “that” function in this sentence?

Here is the sentence: On December 5th Canada’s justice department said that, on the same day that the two presidents dined, it had arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of ...
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“We met” vs We've met" [migrated]

Can somebody please explain the different between the following sentences? "Thank you to all of the people we've met and worked with in 2018." & "Thank you to all of the people we met and ...
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Is it wish or wishes?

Which is correct? Everyone here at xyz wish you a happy holiday or everyone here at xyz wishes you a happy holiday?
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Link sentence with “By doing”

I am trying to find a way to link two sentences and was confused if I can use "by" here? "One way to solve this problem is to give equal job opportunities for everyone. By doing this, it will help .."...
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Is this exercise correct? [migrated]

There is an exercise wich asks to: "Write a logical sentence to follow each statement. Use the correct passive or causative form of the verbs in brackets. 1. We couldn´t use our washing machineall ...
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Future Simple vs. Future Perfect in difficult sentence

I would like to ask three questions: 1.) If the sentence mentioned below is gramatically correct. Everything will be spotless by the time they get here. 2.) Is it correct to use Future Simple ...
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Verb for sentence joined by comma?

I am writing a novel and this sentence comes in middle of a paragraph. When such people found someone who was not easily bored or not greedy, they reacted unexpectedly. I this sentence, the form ...
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What a web link does? What verb to use? [closed]

The sentence: "The 'Contact us' link in the navigation bar ... to an error page" (When you click it you get an error page) Does it directs to / points to / refers to / leads to / ... may be there is ...
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Is “take many people, for instance, who + Verb” grammatically correct?

This sentence is taken from a sample essay but since I only see this sentence in speaking, I do not know if this is a complete sentence or not. "Take many people, for instance, who have been working ...
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What is the most natural way to ask this quesion? [migrated]

• What language do you prefer to speak in? • In what language do you prefer to speak? • What language do you prefer to speak? I want to ask someone what language they prefer to speak at the moment. ...
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Verb phrase and other elements

For this sentence... Are you a collector of art? Can someone tell me the different parts of it please? I think... Are is the verb. you is the noun. What is a collector in the sentence? What ...
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Despite in a sentence

Normally, I only use "despite" with a noun followed but now I see this sentence: "despite people having different opinions, we still managed to get everyone on board". Is the use of "despite" in this ...
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Adjective and conjunction which has higher priority?

I have a question about priority. For example: "elder brother and sister" means: "elder (brother and sister)" or "(elder brother) and sister"? Another example: "old men and women" means: "old (...
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I suggested my boss buy a new laptop. Is this correct? [duplicate]

It sounds odd to me when a noun is used instead of a pronoun. I suggested my boss buy a new laptop. I suggested he buy a new laptop. I suggested that my friend go to the cinema. I suggested that ...
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Reported / indirect speech - why no backshift

I've come across the following example sentences and I wonder why only one part of the sentence requires backshift when put into reported speech. I am familiar with the general rules as well as ...
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What `be` can add to following statement? [migrated]

Context: I asked reason for a statement in Question and answer forum. I got two possibilities in this scenario. How can it be possible? OR How can it possible? My question is how be changed ...
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Whats the difference between made it and did it when they arr used to mean success?

My colleague in America fixed his computer after having a lot of conversations with IT guy in Korea. He skyped and told me It's finally fixed and I replied "you finally made it!!!. I'm sure he ...
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Which preposition is appropriate?

Hurry up! We have to go in five minutes. Hurry up! We have to go by five minutes. Which one is correct? Based on my study, in is used to mean a particular period of time. So 1 should be more ...
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Is it correct to say “not needed to be “?

Whenever someone says sorry, we simply say It’s fine, no problem etc. Instead of that i want to use ‘Not needed to be’ because i want to say ‘No please don’t say sorry, don’t feel that you are ...
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What is the plural form of 'Achilles(Achilles tendon)'?

In Oxford Learner's Dictionary, under Achilles tendon, it says that Achilles tendon = Achilles Then the plural of 'Achilles tendon' is 'Achilles tendons'. But, what is the plural form of "Achilles"?...
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Is “Generally, when I am at home, I am doing my homework,” a correct sentence?

I am confused between these two sentences and could not identify which one is correct to say. Generally, when I am at home, I am doing my homework. or Generally, when I am at home, I do my ...
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to serve for..? Which of the below is correct [closed]

Which of the below is the correct usage?: The seminar served for relevant discussion. The seminar served for a relevant discussion.
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Can an adjective make a noun a restrictive appositive?

Consider the example phrase "Their firstborn son". Without the adjective "firstborn", "Their son" could be non-restrictive if 'they' have multiple sons. However, there can only be one firstborn. In ...
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Is starting a sentence with “or” acceptable? [closed]

The sentence(s) I want to use is Even if the claims above were true, this sort of logic is consequentialist in nature. Or, more accurately, specifically consequentialist since it is concerned not ...
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Is it acceptable to use “to ever happen” in future time, like “I don't want this to ever happen”

this is my first time posting here so excuse me if this is not the place to ask. I wanted to use the "She didn't want it to ever fade", but I'm not sure if this is grammatically proper. I have ...
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“I just sent a mail” or “I just sent mail” [migrated]

I'm wondering if it is "I have sent a mail to him" Or "I have sent mail to him" I could not find much online. Thank you.
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Is Present Perfect Continuous commonly used in AmE?

Is Present Perfect Continuous tense a commonly used tense in American English? Or do you somehow simplify it with some other structures? Thank you! For example: How long have you been working here? I ...