Questions tagged [grammar]

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Articles with Spatial Prepositions

Are both sentences correct? with and without the indefinite article (a): She lives two minutes' walk from the station She lives a two minutes' walk from the station
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Why is the past participle used to describe actions occurring in the present?

Something I don't understand: why is the past participle used for describing actions in the present notwithstanding the name? There are two forms of participle in English – present participle and ...
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Can I “denote X by Y” in a mathematics paper?

It comes as no surprise that the word "denote" appears quite frequently in mathematics, mostly in the context where succinct notation is being introduced for some object. As far as I understand, it'...
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What part of grammar does this kind of syntax error pertain to?

"One of the most beautiful set of lyrics I have ever come across and sang." OR "One of the most beautiful set of lyrics I have ever come across and sung." I'm aware that the past participle is sung ...
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regarding the use of “them”

"What they refer to as the habit of dreaming by the Aborigines, is not what the Aborigines themselves believe them to be." "Them" is referring to dreams. Is the use of 'them' in the second part of ...
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different between “be”, “there is”, “there exist”, “exist” [migrated]

Meaning of "be", "there is", "there exist", "exist" These words are very similar. I don't know how to use them.
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I am going to show you the sink, kitchen and fridge

Can we use one article in > I am going to show you the sink, kitchen and fridge. (the sink and the fridge are in the kitchen we are talking about) I am going to show you the accommodation, campus ...
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Do two subjects need to be connected by a conjunction

Temporary-employment agencies benefit not only from the increasing demand for clerical workers but also from the higher profits made when highly paid professionals are placed, requests for whom have ...
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Would usage in this sentence [migrated]

1.We paid him enough to keep him in beers.You wouldn't expect him to rock the boat. 2.You either wait for him to retire and buy the secret,or you listen to how I would do it. 3.He would never talk ...
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“Would” usage in this sentence [migrated]

The truth is that I loved him and I stood by him and he sent me to you, like he would send a stagehand to pick up his shirts. What is the usage of would in this sentence? I think would is only used ...
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What are the tenses in this sentence?

I'd like to break this sentence down to its components and their tenses, but I'm struggling. How would you explain it? “I think we thought it would be easier” Thanks!
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Why is “What color eyes does she have?” correct? Shouldn't it be “What eye color does she have?”?

I stumbled upon this expression in a video and thought it was wrong, but googling it I found that it is actually correct. It feels wrong to my non-native ears to hear "color eyes" instead of "eye ...
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Constituent Structure

David is the best player [in the world]. is PP in the world an immediate constituent of the NP the best player in the world [is [the best player [in the world]]] or is it an immediate constituent ...
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How can I use formal speech in English?

I'm Patricia, from Brazil, and I'm translating my fantasy novel into English. I find it quite hard to express different levels of formality in this language. One of my characters is a mystical entity, ...
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How the west was won - Is this a noun phrase?

I'm trying to determine what the following types of phrases (in bold within the sentences below) would be called. I want to say they're noun phrases, but I may be wrong. To me, these resolve to ...
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How best to punctuate a list of quoted questions?

This may not show up in common usage, but I write assessment reports and will often have to document the patient has several remaining questions for their physician. Since the report will be kept ...
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He wished he would have met her

I do know that the much better construction is "he wished he had met her a year before", but is the construction "he wished he would have met her a year before" acceptable?
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Is “weren't gone” correct? [migrated]

I've been studying English for several years now and recently I've started to follow a Facebook group in which there are mostly people from the US. Beside the fact that they use so many acronyms (some ...
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Use of indefinite article [migrated]

Here are two complete sentences This is the weirdest case of scientific field. This is the weirdest case of a scientific field. I just want to know which is grammatically correct, with "a" or ...
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Position of “seem” in a sentence?

I recently came across a sentence which looks wierd to me. The sentence is: Crazy it seems. I think it had to be like below. It seems crazy. If the first sentence is correct then clarify it ...
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With 5 years experience [closed]

I would like to use this sentence in this context: ... which would correspond to my field of study and experience. With 5 years experience working in ... The Microsoft Word corrector ...
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Twenty dollars and fifty cents is or are? [duplicate]

Over the years, there are separate questions on dollars and cents. I am unable to find a question combining both. Here is my question: Twenty dollars and fifty cents is or are?
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Does leaving “any” change the meaning of the sentence?

It tackles a problem with no preconception that any human would have. It tackles a problem with no preconception that humans would have.
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Which one is correct? “A bird was on the box, from which/where it flew to the ground” [duplicate]

I would like to know whether I should use "from where" or "from which" in the following sentence: A bird was on the box, from which/where it flew to the ground
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Grammar and adverbs question [closed]

Is this question written correctly? Has the problem been solved already? or maybe is this way Has the problem already been solved? are both correct?
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'I took a vacation last year.' or 'I had a vacation last year.'

So far, I've always used 'take' when I'm talking about the vacations I've taken. But minutes ago, I happened to see 'I had a vacation last year.' on the internet. I've never heard of that before. I've ...
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Correct use of weeks'

Consider the following statement: I have four assessments due in a weeks' time. Here, the four assessments are due in one week. I am unsure if the apostrophe is placed correctly, i.e. is weeks' ...
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Using the preposition For to indicate a purpose

I am curious to know if the usage of "for" in the sentence below is grammatical? The reason why “socioeconomical understanding” is chosen as the umbrella section is for it to mediate the ...
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What is the difference between 'I almost completed…' and 'I have almost completed…'

While having a conversation, my friend said 'I almost completed...', but when I heard that line, it sounded to me like 'I nearly did something, which I should not have done, and thank god for that' ...
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What is the actual meaning of these lines and what time (Past/Present/Future) it indicates?

These lines have been taken from Shakira's Whenever, Wherever song lyric, "Never could imagine there were only Ten million ways to love somebody". Thanks in Advance.
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“provided that there was no case” or “provided that there were no case”

My doubt is which of the two is grammatically correct. I'm not sure whether 'were' should be used because it is a subjunctive phrase, or if 'were' should only be used if 'cases' was plural. Thank you! ...
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The usage of “out of the box.” [closed]

I faced this sentence in a book: Ann Trason had expected to be in front, but an eight-minute mile right out of the box was just nuts. Would you please help me with the meaning? Specially, I can't ...
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Changing of phrasal verbs by tenses [closed]

Probably that is extremely strange question , but can I change pharasal verbs by tenses ? There is no something else information at the most popular resources . For example , break down Past ...
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What is wrong in this sentence grammatically?

I am so sorry for asking such question. But my boss keep saying there are grammatical error in these sentences, and I for one, even after reading them over and over can't find one. However, these ...
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'Too much' with countable noun [closed]

He has too much friend. Is this correct? If so, what is rule for using much for countable noun or should I use many instead? Please clarify.
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Does “you are looking good” use “are looking” as a copulative verb?

I enjoyed the post titled: Different meaning of “looks good” vs. “looks well.” Does the answer change when using a participle ("are looking," as opposed to "looks")? I think that "you are looking good"...
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Is the usage of “from where” correct in these sentences? [duplicate]

I would like to know if I have used "from where" and "from which" in the following sentence correctly. China, from where foreign companies are shifting their operations away, has been hurt badly this ...
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“was employed at” vs “had been employed at”

I am providing an "employment verification letter" to one of my past employees. He worked at my company from Oct, 2008 till Jan 2017. Which one of the following is correct? 1) He was employed at XYZ ...
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The usage of 'to'

My problem is that I don't know whether I should use 'to' or not when I say the sentences I wrote below. Can anyone tell me which one is right and why, 'have you gotten New York safely?' or 'have you ...
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Rock and roll past

According to Wikipedia, Jerry Lee Lewis's successes continued throughout the decade and he embraced his rock and roll past with songs such as a cover of the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and Mack ...
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Sentence confusion

Please let me know if the following sentence is correct or not: "With our CCTV cameras installed in your home, you can be sure that what you care about is being looked after." Thanks
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'that has' or 'that is' yet to be built?

Is this statement grammatically correct? The best Ferrari ever is the one that has yet to be built. -- Enzo Ferrari Photo location: Museo Ferrari Maranello Should it be 'that is yet to be ...
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How come 'much enough' isn't correct if 'big enough' is correct? [closed]

I'm asking for my friend who is learning English. Although I'm a native speaker, I can't really explain it besides "it's not right". Can someone explain why saying "much enough" isn't correct, while "...
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Present perfect vs possesive verb

There is a sentence: He has restricted access to his profile How can we know whether the verb 'has' is auxiliary or possessive? I.e. does it serve to form the Present perfect tense or to indicate ...
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Adjective after noun?

I come across a sentence: The many problems inherent in the setup are deep and disturbing. Does the adjective inherent modify the problems? and what does deep and disturbing mean in the sentence?...
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“He is not so cool like the girl thought he is”, Is this a grammatically correct sentence?

I came across following sentence when watching a youtube video, probably spoken by a native english speaker. He is not so cool like the girl thought he is. Is this a grammatically correct sentence?...
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Should I put a comma to make this sentence correct?

As I am preparing for an English exam, I have questions about what I read here and then so I really appreciate if you can tell me if this sentence is correct in terms of its grammar. To be more ...
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I will see my friend to the airport. Why the progressive seems to be not possible? [closed]

I assume this is correct: I will see my friend to the aiport. But for this, I cannot see a single hit on Google: I'm seeing my friend to the airport. I'm using the progressive to express that ...
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why do we use phrasal verbs in English?

I want to know why we use phrasal verbs? I saw many phrasal verbs that have similar meaning with a verb. why do we use them when there are verbs?
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What is the meaning of the “ 's ” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I'm currently studying to pass the TOEFL test with a high score, but I have encountered a sentence in an app that I fail to see why it is correct: "The committee members resented the president's not ...