Questions tagged [grammar]

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I could see them run towards the shop; I could see them running towards the shop

Which one is right? And WHY? 1 I could see them run towards the shop 2 I could see them running towards the shop
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She acted as though she was subtle. She never was subtle. Or: She was never subtle

She acted as though she was subtle. Then: 1 She never was subtle 2 She was never subtle The first one sounds right to me although the second one seems to be the grammatically correct one? Or are both ...
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Can anyone explain the grammar rules used to form this sentence?

This sentence is from Larry McMurtry's 'Lonesome Dove'. This is about a signboard that is disliked by a character. I quote. "Anyway he soon came to dislike the sign so much that he would just as ...
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one big of a [noun]

Asked to comment on the use of the phrase “one big of a question,” I responded that it sounded totally off to me. I’ve always used a noun in the place of “big” here: one hell of a night, one humdinger ...
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Difference between Reply x Answer x Response

I have a question about conversation in english... i'm only a recently student of english, then I've got a lot of question. If I understood, in a conversation face to face or in some social media, ...
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What is the specific usage of the expression, “Boom goes the dynamite”? and why is it still frequently used in a grammatically awkward way?

Is there anyone who could briefly explain the specific usage of the famous blooper "Boom goes dynamite"? And is it still OK to use the expression in a formal writing?
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“If were” and “if was” in the same sentense. What's the deal with that?

A quote from Fahrenheit 451: If there were no war, if there was peace in the world, I'd say fine, have fun!
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Machine learning on or of some data?

If it's machine learning using some platform or technology, it makes sense to use "on" ("ML on AWS"), but if we are talking about applying ML to some data, should "on" or ...
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What is the difference between “a lack of confidence” and “lack of confidence?”

Below are some example sentences: Her only problem is a lack of confidence. Lack of sleep had made him irritable. If he fails it won't be for/through lack of effort (= he has certainly tried). We ...
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Problem regarding tag question [migrated]

It is man who is the best of all creations,_ ? Here, I think the tag should be "isn't he". But my teacher is suggesting otherwise. He is suggesting it to be "aren't they ". So, ...
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“And please do be honest.”?

Can you say this? And please do be honest. I'm trying to tell somebody that I wish that they are honest with the reply that they are about to write to me. Is the "do" part redundant?
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Is this sentence grammatically valid. “It's been decades and centuries that people are hoarding money?”

I'm confused between "it's been decades and centuries that people are hoarding money" and "it's been decades and centuries since people have been hoarding money." Which one is ...
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Street Lamps go on - in other words? [closed]

How can I describe it more poetically? Street Lamps light on? Street Lamps flicker on? Street Lamps light up? Thanks! and is street lamp the right word? Or would street lights etc be better?
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Why are gender pronouns conventionally written as subject/object? [duplicate]

When gender pronouns are explicitly stated they tend to be given in the form "subject-pronoun/object-pronoun" e.g. he/him, she/her, they/them. Where does this convention originate from? Is ...
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Footsteps echoed from across the street? Sounds right or weird? [closed]

I know that you can say ´Footsteps echoed down the street´. But I want to say that they come from the other end of the street. I don´t know why, but does this sentence sound weird to you? How else ...
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Can you write 'Monthly' and 'per month' in the same sentence? [closed]

which of the following sentences are correct : -Your monthly personal allowance is £200. Or -Your monthly personal allowance is £200 per month. What is the best format to write this sentence.
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Do I include “that” or leave it out when used adjacent to “whatever, whereever, etc.” such as in the following example?

"Advantages of whatever THAT happens always outweigh the costs" Grammarly underlines THAT as red to leave it out. I know that when I say "whatever happens, I will be there for you" ...
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Can the sound of footsteps break through the howling wind?

Is this grammatically correct or does it sound weird? The sound of footsteps breaks through the howling wind. How can I express it with other words - that the noise of the footsteps is audible in ...
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“a large amount of effort” vs “a large amount of efforts” [closed]

What is correct? "a large amount of effort" or "a large amount of efforts"
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Why does it sound incorrect that he like me is a teacher? [closed]

He like me is a teacher. Why does it sound incorrect?
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What part of speech is the that clause after 'I'm sure'?

fellow grammarians. When it comes to a clause, we'd naturally understand that each of them has a lexical class to it, and, the part of speech they serve as in a sentence. Adjective + that clause has ...
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couldn't vs wasn't able vs couldn't have?

what is the difference between : couldn't vs wasn't able vs couldn't have ? I really can't see any difference between these three sentences : she couldn't have gone to the party, she couldn't go to ...
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Proper usage of “having given birth” in this sentence

Recently, I came across a question that asks whether a given sentence is correct. If not, we're required to select an option that corrects the error. Question: Having given birth to six kittens, my ...
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Which is truer between “can we appreciate” and “can't we appreciate”?

To me these two words mean the same thing, but I'm confused which one is the truer of the two words, or do they mean different things? If the same, can you explain which word is more correct? "...
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Supposedly vs supposed to be

That is supposedly/supposably wrong or That is supposed to be wrong Which is correct?
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How should I describe rebuilding

Should I add an adjective or an adverb to describe the act of rebuilding? Is there any difference between "rebuilding" and "rebuilding of"?
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Word order basic rules in English

I've always been convinced that there must be a subject and a predicate in each English sentence. However I've met this sentence "As has been suggested throughout the book, intonation is very ...
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Comma required for attaching optional information to the end of a phrase

What are the rules regarding grammar for adding an optional piece of information to the end of a fully formed phrase that contains important contextual information. E.g., "In Ancient Rome, ...
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Which is correct, Is or are? [closed]

While conceiving ideas are desirable basic issues must first be addressed. Shouldn't it be is instead of are? I guess as it is representing one singular action, it ought to be is
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Should the below Bullets of Equipment be Capitalized?

PURPOSE: 1.1. This Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) establishes the process to properly take oil samples required by the Beaumont Reserve Fleet (BRF) for the following machinery equipment: 1.1.1. ...
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“Steve has won the first prize in the wall painting competition” Change the voice

The title says it all. This question had come up in my exam and I wrote the answer as follows "The first prize in the wall painting competition has been won by Steve**" But the teacher ...
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Is the use of 'takes' and 'came back' in this sentence correct?

"It takes an old friend who came back after 5 years studying in England to get her out of her shell" context: the 'her' here never went out anywhere. it is only now when her friend is ...
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Confused about 'What she likes I like that.'

Let's look at the sentence : I like what she likes. This is a correct sentence. Here 'what she likes' acts as object of the verb like and it is a noun clause. So we can consider the above sentence as ...
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what does “metaphor” mean in this sentence?

For the best part of a week, the Suez canal was blocked by a 200,000­tonne metaphor.The Ever Given is not just one of the world’s biggest container ships, it is also the emblem of a backlash that ...
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“Whom” or “who” I wrote this for?

See title. Is the correct sentence “Guess whom I wrote this for?” or “Guess who I wrote this for?” I prefer the former.
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Is this grammatically correct? I am not sure of the sentence structure. “She saw two boys in white dresses standing by the road?”

I am kinda confused of the participial phrase in that sentence. Is that grammatically correct? Do I need to put a comma? Does the sentence make sense?
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Do you need a comma for these sentences?

Is it possible to not have a comma before a conjunction when the conjunction is connecting two independent clauses? I came across it in a book again, and I remember reading somewhere that you can ...
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Comma before conjunctions when it's not connecting two independent clauses?

I've seen times where a comma is used before a conjunction even though the conjunction isn't connecting two independent clauses. Is that allowed to emphasizes in writing? I've seen it a lot, but I ...
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Is “has studied in the major of *** at *** University” grammatically wrong or not sound normal? [closed]

English native speakers, I have a question regarding How do I express major and university in one sentence? Should I use has studied or studied? I have studied in the major of Computer Science at ***...
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Direct & indirect speech

How can I change these sentences into indirect speech? "Before I went out, I had done my homework" she said "After I had done my homework, I went out" he said to me
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Replacing that with a comma?

If you replace that with a comma, it comes a run on sentence, right? I've been trying to learn better writing skills through reading books, but at this point, I'm not sure whether it's my grammar ...
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Help needed in english problem [closed]

She _______ be so tired if she ____ to bed earlier. wouldn't / goes wouldn't / go wouldn't / gone wouldn't / went Which sentence is correct? When my dad gets home, I had went my homework. When my ...
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Hey, can you help me with paraphrasing a sentence to participle? [migrated]

I was doing my homework about participles and I really got confused. I have to paraphrase it to participles but I couldn't... The sentence is: "Peter was abandoned by his parents at an early age ...
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is there a difference for example between : zoology facts and zoological facts?

I can't see any difference between the two, I would like someone who is advanced to shed some light ^^
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“[…] hasn't worked for me as much as I would like it to has”: is this grammatically correct? [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically and semantically correct? If not, what would be its alternatives? [...] but unfortunately, that principle hasn't worked for me as much as I would like it to ...
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Must vs. Have to [duplicate]

What's the difference between [must] and [have to] or [have got to]? Is it possible to replace each other in many/all cases?
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Run on vs not run on [duplicate]

I think that this might be a stupid question, but I never figured this out. I think this might be a stupid question. If I get rid of the that, is it a run on? I see it a lot, so I think that it is ...
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Difference between “parents” and “both parents”

I've been having some trouble understanding the difference between "parents" and "both parents". When referring to your parents, doesn't that automatically mean your mom and dad ...
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Should I Use Past or Past Perfect? [closed]

If I want to use Past Perfect, are my sentences grammatically correct? Sentences - I hadn't finished my meal. Anthony hadn't had a day off for months. They had not eaten for five hours. I had just ...

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