Questions tagged [grammar]

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Question about “neither of”

I was going through some 5th grader's assignment and there was a question which required the synthesis of two sentences. Mary is not going to attend the party. Jane is not going to attend the party ...
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Two times “it was” with “as if”

"The floods were rising and it was as if it was the end of the world". The above sentence is from from English Grammar Today by the Cambridge Dictionary My doubt is why should be there two times it ...
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others deem otherwise?

i am writing an essay and have a question aboht it. if I say, while some people say that it is a good thing, others deem otherwise. is it awkward? im confused on the sentence 'others deem otherwise'...
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Is it correct ? “A vintage girl who came from 90s” [on hold]

is it correct? "A vintage girl who came from 90s"
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What is the best way to interrupt text with an onomatopoeia?

I know you can use hyphens to interrupt; but I was wondering how it would be best to have some sort of loud noise interrupt the speaker. For example, a bang interrupting speech. Is it okay to just ...
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Using present indefinite tense instead of present perfect and future indefinite tense

Can I change the form like below while formal speaking and writing? Tomorrow he will die > Tomorrow he dies. Simillarly, The match has started > The match starts. By the way, I heard the ...
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What does “there can be at least no want of subject” mean in Pride and Prejudice?

Quote from Darcy, "I am sorry you think so; but if that be the case, there can at least be no want of subject. We may compare our different opinions." Is that a double negation sentence? Thank you!
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Doubt about using plural form in this phrase “discuss about …”

Source: https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/public-restroom-rules/ I came across this article and thinking whether the use of plural form in the following sentence is necessary 2 . Conversation ...
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The usage of “on the way to”

Regarding the following sentence: I don't need to waste 2 hours on the way to and back from work anymore. Is the phrase 'to and back from work' correct? I want to use it in an informal letter to a ...
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Should I use plural or singular form in the following sentence?

The sincerity of pronouncements by multinationals is/are anybody's guess. My understanding is "sincerity" is an uncountable noun, and should be followed by "is", but it does feel a little weird to ...
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Meaning and structure of headline “Hair it is: A List of …”

"Hair It Is: A List of Hair Words". What are the rules for this header? Why is the noun before it is? Intuitively, I understand the meaning of this header. But please explain it for certainty.
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routinely moves using skill

Could you please tell me what is the structure that is used in this sentence for the part using skill? I mean why it doesn't have any "to be" verb before the main verb while it has -ing? If it's ...
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Of mine, of someone [duplicate]

I am wondering why we say "a friend of mine" and " a friend of Sarah" instead of saying "a friend of Sarah's" ? Or is it actually right to say " a friend of Sarah's" ?
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In what contexts is the phrase “a recent point” used?

There are many kinds of point, but is there a recent point? I can imagine this sort of phrase occurring in a discussion or lecture regarding subject matter that was referenced somehow not too long ...
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Is it correct to omit repeating the subject after “if” and “when”?

I think these two sentences are correct and make sense. Cross the task if the task has been done. I often swim when I go to a gym. While I am wondering if the following two sentences are correct ...
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Does “to tell apart” require “from” or “and”?

Which of the following sentences are incorrect and why? Is it okay to use "and" in these phrases? And should "apart" be moved to the end of the sentence? How to tell apart a raven from a crow? How to ...
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sentence transformation with No sooner [on hold]

As soon as the arrangements were made to release extra water from the reservoirs,the rain came in a downpour. Start your sentence with "No sooner...."
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Exceptions for the pattern help+ direct object +bare infinitive?

I am not an English native speaker, but as far as I know whenever someone wants to express the idea of helping someone with something, if this something has to do with an activity, there should be ...
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Which is correct here - get or gets?

our marketing department is working on a slogan for our web site and coined "Strategy, design and engineering that gets results" when I read this I thought because of the multiple subjects it ...
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Meaning of “e'er” in this sentence (sentences that start with e'er/ever)?

I am reading "Tristram Shandy" and as a non-native English speaker struggling very much to grasp the meaning of some sentences. Can someone help me with understanding the meaning of the following ...
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Why is the passive voice more prevalent in English than in other European languages? [on hold]

Although the active voice is predominant in the English language the ‘ideal’ proportion of recommended passive sentences is still regarded as between 5% and 10%(source1) ( source2). Which is ...
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Usage of Comma to remove ambiguity

Soon after the military operations, an 11 member committee headed by Mr. ABC was set up to suggest measures that would enhance the combat capability of the armed forces and to also, balance defence ...
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Can I add parenthesis after a possessive 's?

Is it okay to add parenthesis after a possessive 's? For example, is "Charles Devon's (1927 - 2000) argument is ...." correct? If it is not, would you please guide me a correct style? Thank you for ...
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Question on using “be worth”

It's worth visiting London. London is worth visiting. Visiting London is worth it. It's worth it to visit London. Are all these sentences grammatically correct? Do they have the same meaning? Which ...
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“shall” v “must” in IT standards

I am a native English speaker, and am familiar with the distinction between "will" and "shall". I will briefly summarise this, as it is somewhat relevant to the question I would like to ask. Strictly ...
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Why is number 4 correct and the other options wrong?

One of the charges voiced by environmentalists is that the people constructing shallow ponds for shrimp farming all too often destroy mangroves, salt-tolerant trees ________ 1) in much of the ...
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Acclamation vs. acclaim as nouns: When to use one or the other?

Back when life was simpler, the words “acclamation” and “acclaim” behaved within precise heterogeneous bounds. The first acted publicly as a noun and the second as a verb. I was naive, oblivious to “...
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of greater concern

Could you please explain to me what is the structure that is used in "of greater concern" used in this sentence from "Strategic reading 3"? These are people that are perhaps a little older than ...
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Is there a 'proper' way to put the apostrophes in “and”?

I know you can put it as 'n', 'n, or n', but is there a proper? Any propers?
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About need to be + noun

Call me If there need to be changes made on the order forms,so that I can contact the departments. I can't understand"there need to be changes made on the order forms" As I know,"need to be" is ...
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Separable and inseparable phrasal verbs

How do you know when phrasal verbs can be separated or not? Is there any rule for it?
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Usage of “as well as” to combine past participle of the verbs

Is the usage of as well as grammatically correct in this sentence: "As an agent commonly utilized in the industry as well as recycled after use, substance X is very beneficial."
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What is the correct grammar for“ Select a device name” or “Select device name?”

My colleague and I are debating which is correct: Please select a device name or Please select device name
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Use of past tenses

Is it correct to use Past Simple but not Past Perfect in this sentence: This wouldn't have happened if you didn't go to meet your woman. If yes, please, explain why. Thank you!
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Paragraph sentence structure help [on hold]

After retiring from the army, I began to help my parents’ business temporarily, which we primarily sell ox-tongue-shaped pastry, and my job includes from preparing materials, baking the pastry, ...
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I was wondering will this paragraph look strange to native English-speakers? [on hold]

College years were time for me to look for my interests. Thus, I started to actively engage in various fields knowledge, which cover from neuroscience, physics to optronics. I designed and write a ...
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What is the correct way to say I don't go in over an hour

I was wondering which sentence is right I don't go for over an hour I don't have to go for another over an hour (This one probably doesn't make sense) I go in over an hour I go in ...
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ESL paragraphs help! [on hold]

I was born and raised in an ancient town, Lukang. I am an individual who loves challenging myself while doing things scrupulously with high sense of responsibility, and serving in the community and ...
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Which one to use, whom or who? [duplicate]

Who do you believe in? Does the following question closely correspond to the question mentioned above? If not, what is then? To whom do you believe?
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Please help me to correct this sentence [on hold]

Based on the volume of seafood export and the rate of domestic consumption, calculating the loss rate in processing. Based on the survey data of the industry, the research team conducts the division ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “World's Competitor” when referring to a participant in the World Championships?

I recently designed some materials referring to individuals who are participating in the 2019 World Championships of the Pokemon Trading Card Game as "2019 World's Competitors." Since publication, ...
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Which expression is right?

There are two expressions and I am not sure which one is right (or more correct). How can I specify the data type when loading the file? or How can I specify the data type loading the file?
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“ There will be many tired and stress drivers on the road. So you NEED TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL ” [on hold]

" There will be many tired and stressed drivers on the road. So you NEED TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL " Why not write - "so you need extra careful"??? Thanks!!
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Which would be appropriate accepts or accept

thanks in advance for answering the following question. I am trying to figure out which one would be correct. I am in process of writing documentation on a technical subject and I was asked to replace ...
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Is there a metalanguage term for using the correct verb for an action?

For example, we say "play a game" rather than "do a game." Is there a term for this kind of agreement? (i.e. not subject-verb agreement but rather why we stylistically use "play" when "do" to some ...
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Can the “Well regulated militia” part of the 2nd amendment be interpreted as a condition?

There are a couple other questions on this site about this sentence, most notably this one but none of them really focus on whether the second part of the amendment is conditional on the first part. ...
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in these example ''to''

1-APT application to be submitted if the existing ... 2-Then the contractor/ client to appoint ED Approved electrical contractor, 3-Applicant to download, fill and print APT application form ... My ...
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Grammar confusion, why without -ed [duplicate]

I am confused with this sentence "Convincing evidence to support this theory is hard to obtain" In my opinion, shouldn't be the "obtain" is "obtained", because the sentence sounds like a passive ...
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Gerund and noun meaning difference

I have 3 sentences; 1- Fixing file solved the problem. 2- File fixing solved the problem. 3- File fix solved the problem. I have no problems with sentence one since i know it is a standard gerund ...
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Difference between Anything and Something

Is there any meaning difference between these two sentences below? If this story has taught us anything, it's that... If this story has taught us something, it's that... If there's not, why ...