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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
-1
votes
0answers
4 views

“did you have a cold last week” or" did you had a cold last week [migrated]

I should to say "did you have a cold last week" or" did you had a cold last week? " Thank you
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Where is the brakes?

Is saying "where is the brakes" is correct? I was watching a video on YouTube and the guy on it said: Ow! Where is the brakes?
1
vote
0answers
21 views

The phrase “in duplicate”

What does the following statement mean ? Admit card should be submitted in DUPLICATE. a) 1 original & 1 photocopy. b) Both originals. c) Both photocopies.
1
vote
1answer
42 views

an adjective after a noun [duplicate]

I have faced the following sentence: "The work leverages features unique to a particular platform." As far as I know an adjective is used before a noun but how can we say "features unique"? I think ...
1
vote
0answers
33 views

The Using of Subjunctive Mood [closed]

cluster A: I hope/pray he gets well. I hope/pray he is found (for someone who has gone missing for example). cluster B: I suggest/recommend/demand/require/ask he come. it's essential/important/...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Those instead of That

When you're talking about something like tv shows or series do you use that or those? Like "that series" I know it sounds weird but calling it "those series" also makes it look like it's a group of ...
1
vote
4answers
94 views

Is 'highly advise' proper English? [closed]

I highly advise anyone who is launching a new venture to buy this book and build a brand that works. Is this correct or should it be strongly advise?
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Adverbial use of near / close

Which of the following usages are (in)correct and/or uncommon for native speakers when talking about people who do not live far away from each other? : They live near. They live nearby. They live ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

He promised him a noble title if Andalucia was/were conquered

I want to choose "were" because Andalucia hasn't been conquered yet - it's a hypothetical scenario calling for subjunctive. However, I see that "promised" is in past tense. If the sentence were: "He ...
0
votes
1answer
65 views

Would it be proper to state “I countermand you to…”?

As in, He commanded you to go to hills. But I countermand you to go to the hills. (to convey the "go to the hills" order being revoked/overridden) I know the use of countermand in this context is ...
1
vote
2answers
39 views

In the phrase “a button click”, what are the parts of speech of each word?

In technical writing, if we say something like "the user performed a button click, which took them to the next page," what part of speech is "click"? Is it a noun, since the click is an event, and the ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

In syntax, why cannot we say things like “he took walked at the park”? but can say “he took a walk at the park”? [migrated]

In syntax, why cannot we say things like "he took walked at the park"? but can say things like "he took a walk at the park"?
2
votes
2answers
86 views

What kind of word is the “a” in “a few”?

What kind of word the the "a" in a sentence like "I left a few books in the office"? Is this an indefinite article, even if "few" here does not seem to be a noun?
0
votes
0answers
41 views

Ambiguous sentence?

Is the following sentence Copyright created by Employee or with a participation of Employee during his/her employment with Company shall belong to Company. ambiguous in the following way? 1) ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

What is the simple form of this complex sentence?

I am little bit confused of making this complex sentence into simple sentence. The sentence is: As I was ill, I could not attend the class. However, I made three types of simple sentence of this ...
1
vote
0answers
42 views

Which is correct — 'longer than it otherwise would' OR 'longer than it would otherwise'

Which of the following sentences is correct, and what is the underlying grammar rule? The roads are rough, so the journey takes a little longer than it otherwise would. The roads are rough, so ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

two relative clauses in a sentence

I would like to ask which of the following sentences is grammatically correct when two relative clauses are used together. To conclude, we live in an era when we are faced with myriad choices in ...
-1
votes
0answers
20 views

Which usage is correct for my application?

I'm coding an application for work but my English grammar is not so good. I was wondering which usage is correct. "Upload not completed", "upload was not completed" or "upload did not completed" I ...
0
votes
1answer
34 views

take so long vs taking so long [closed]

I've worked in a market. Suddenly they stopped my work for verification purpose. They requested me to provide a student ID card. I've sent a scanned copy of my Student ID card for verification. One ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

Is it Ok to omit 'IN' in this sentence? [duplicate]

I found this phrase in the Clean Code book: Pragmatic Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt said this a different way. Is this phrase correct? From what I know, one should write: Pragmatic Dave Thomas and ...
0
votes
1answer
34 views

Suffers from -> tends to?

Does "suffer from" have the meaning of "tend to"? I looked up the Collins dictionary, and found that "suffer from" can mean "given to", which means "tend to". E.g. A chemical element suffers from ...
1
vote
0answers
22 views

concerning the usage of the measurement scale “meter”

Would you answer my question? Thanks in advance. A: The meter is easier to use than the yard when the cloth is sold. B: The cloth is sold by the meter. Both examples are of my own making for ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

I am confused about the usage of than in the following context:

This is from a question from GMAT. The official correct answer is C. but I am wondering what is the difference between A and C. Both seem correct and clear to me. 10.A large rise in the number of ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Can I shorten this speech?

None of these are taken. Can I shorten this above speech like below: None taken. Is this process grammatically right? If it is right then what are the rules behind it?
1
vote
2answers
75 views

Would it be “You have been reading too much manga” or “You have been reading too many manga”?

With the context that plural of manga is manga, what would be the correct use? Manga is basically, japanese comics if anyone doesn't know. My quick google, and limited grammar knowledge says much is ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

To say that the web server will be closed at a certin time

When there is a website allowing paper submission till a specific time (e.g. 7 PM), which of the following might be the best expression to say this? The submission website will be closed at 7 PM. ...
-1
votes
0answers
23 views

What is the difference between 'he hasn't said' and 'he did not say'? What are the rules and which should I use? [migrated]

I am following an exercise to fill in the gaps in a text. The text is: Jacques _____ how he pulled off perhaps the most systematic plundering of Britain's great libraries ever carried out by an ...
3
votes
2answers
75 views

Placement of adverb with gerund-participle that is the object of a preposition

I have a rather fussy grammar question, and I'm having a hard time finding out whether there even is a rule that applies here. Even describing the structure correctly is a bit of a challenge. The ...
0
votes
0answers
50 views

“And if labour exploitation was not possible, to marginalise Indians[.]”

In North America, the fur trade during the colonial and early U.S. periods was a major source of wealth production. Colonial governments sought to exploit the labour of Indigenous Peoples. And if ...
-1
votes
0answers
50 views

Is saying “Did your dog or your cat died?” correct?

Is saying "Did your dog or cat died" correct if a pet of your friend has died but you're not sure which one? If it isn't, can you tell me a way to ask it?
0
votes
0answers
47 views

“Is he serious?!” VS “Is he being serious?!” [migrated]

Which phrase is correct? The context is: Jack makes a silly mistake and John replies, out of frustration, to everyone else in the room: "Is he being serious?!" / "Is he serious?!"
1
vote
1answer
35 views

Hyphenation example: sometimes-worried

In writing an essay, I have the phrase: "sometimes worried". Microsoft Word has made the suggestion "sometimes-worried", However, browsing through google and related questions on the site, I m still ...
1
vote
2answers
37 views

Meaning of a sentence in Thoreau's Walden

There is a passage where Thoreau writes about the pond and its bottom. At the end of the paragraph he seems to be using a metaphor or making a comparison between the objects related to the pond. I do ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

why should we use looking forward to seeing you instead of see you

I know that "looking forward to" is followed by a gerund but I do not know why should we use a gerund like seeing and meeting instead of the infinitives like see and meet. Is it a matter of grammar, ...
-1
votes
1answer
35 views

Does this make sense

Does saying, 'I've been here for a shorter period of time' make sense or 'shorter time than you'? Like, I know, 'I've been here longer than you' makes sense but I'm not sure about the first example.
1
vote
1answer
48 views

What is the formal way to reply mail with requested attach file [closed]

Is it grammatically correct, and a formal way to reply mail with my attached ID card? If I say “I have attached my student ID card. Please check it”
1
vote
1answer
36 views

subscribing of or subscribing to?

I received a Location error on a website that suggests me to try subscribing of Romania's service when within its boundaries Basically I'm trying to subscribe to a Romanian service, but I'm not in ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

Usage of comma in the sentence written by a popular writer [closed]

Every now and again though, they keep punching and kicking you until you’re bleeding and broken, lose consciousness, and wake up in the hospital breathing through a tube. I found this sentence ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

Can stagnate be used as a noun?

I couldn't remember stalemate for some reason so opted to use the phrase, "put us in a stagnate". In this context, would that be appropriate? Full sentence: I'm worried that a lack of coordination ...
1
vote
0answers
36 views

“What dont kill you, makes you more strong”

Okay so this is a lyric from one Metallica song (Broken, Beat & Scarred) which clearly says "What dont kill you makes you more strong"... i eventually found out about the "what dont kill you" part ...
0
votes
2answers
60 views

A or An When Listing Professions [duplicate]

I've spent too long thinking on this, so I apologies ahead of time.... but I'm just curious which to use when listing items or occupations. For instance, I am a writer, anthropologist, and teacher. ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Categorial grammar, Is 'leg' an adjective in 'skipping leg days'

I am working on CCG (combinatory categorial grammar), which assigns categories to words. So I was wondering if 'leg' is adjective, or just another noun in the phrase "skipping leg days". Or is "leg ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

what do we say “English Department” or “Department of English” [duplicate]

I would like to know whether these phrases "English Department" and "Department of English" have the same meaning. Is the term "English department" refers to "a department in England" or something ...
2
votes
1answer
40 views

Can I answer someone's request with: “That, I can do.”

A friend asks me to do a task, is it proper to reply "That, I can do" in speaking form? or Should I still say "I can do that" ? To provide more background, a friend asked me to do "A" task, but I did ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

“X Department” versus “Department of X” [duplicate]

I would like to know whether these phrases "English Department" and "Department of English" have the same meaning. Thanks!
0
votes
0answers
32 views

Using two finite verbs at the same time in a simple sentence

Sometimes, I notice some sentences used in some youtube videos which are: Come have dinner/Come enjoy the party etc (Are these correct?) I think they had to be like below: Come to have dinner/...
-1
votes
0answers
13 views

QUESTION about WOULD [migrated]

My friend said to me yesterday that "I don't think having superpowers would make my life easier". Why did he use would in that sentence? It is not future in the past, so why use would?
0
votes
0answers
26 views

Understanding a Statement [migrated]

"a man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for [...]" I understood it until nothing. What does which mean? Why is it there? Can I omit?
1
vote
3answers
71 views

Should I use “in” or “of”?

I posted a photo that was very serene. I wrote as my heading: The serenity of this speaks to me. But I don't know if that's correct. Should I have instead said: The serenity in this speaks to ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Use of Past tenses to tell a story

In my story, it is like this: The detective investigated my father (3 event happened). He investigated him because my father had looked suspicious (2 event) after locking a safe(1 event). He wasn't ...