Questions tagged [grammar]

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Do I have to use the past continuous or the past perfect?

I’m working on mixed tenses exercises, and this sentence has confused me! I’d like to know whether my answer is correct or not please. This is the sentence: “For the first eight years, she worked in ...
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“Verb1 preposition1 and verb2 preposition2” VS. “Verb1 and verv2 preposition2”?

When we have two verbs followed by a preposition separately, should we omit the first one? I am addicted to and pleased with the new drug. I am addicted and pleased with the new drug. ...
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Tense agreement with “the first time/case/person/etc.”

I've been taught in school that the proper time agreement in English is to use Present Perfect or at least Past Simple after "the first time/case/person/etc.", "the second time/case/person/etc.", "the ...
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Why use “has knocked here”

Everybody believes that Reggie is the one who "has knocked" Chris down after the Big Game. Can we say "knocked". If not can anyone tell me why use "has knocked" here. Thank you.
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Why is present tense uses rather than past tense in this essay?

Grandpa liked chewing tobacco, and he carried a Styrofoam cup with him wherever he went. I remember him spitting in that cup with great regularity when I used to spend the night with him and ...
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“Make excuses” vs “make up excuses.”

Since "make up" means to fabricate something, I thought saying "make up excuses" would be more common than "make excuses." But Google Books showed me the opposite. made up excuses (4,580) made ...
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The use of the present perfect and the past perfect in context

Tell me please which tense is the most apt to use in the following context. Rob, do you often drink soft drinks? I haven't thought about that. Rob, do you often drink soft drinks? I hadn't ...
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“When is the last time…?” OR “When was the last time…?”

I wonder which one is correct: is, was or either in this following conversation ? Henry: I was on the phone for an hour. Ron: Who were you talking to for an hour? Henry: Sam, an old ...
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David is not very fit. He does not do any sport. VS David is not very fit. He is not doing any sport

David is not very fit. He does not do any sport. VS David is not very fit. He is not doing any sport. Which is grammatically correct? What is the difference in meaning?
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“How could someone do something?” vs “How could someone have done something?”

Tell me please what is the difference between the following sentence. How could he steal the money? He had always been so law-abiding. How could he have stolen the money? He had always been so ...
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Why do they don't have OR Why do they not have?

Between these two, Why do young people don't good manners? Why do young people not have good manners? Which is correct? or both are correct?
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“I can see someone ” vs “I see someone”

As this dictionary says can is used with the verbs see, hear, feel, taste, and smell, and with verbs connected with thinking, to mean that someone sees something, hears something etc. For exapmple: ...
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Is it wrong or uncommon to use whether when there isn't a second option?

When there are two options, it's clear. You should use whether: He didn't know whether to go on Monday or Tuesday. What about when there aren't two options? Example: He called to check whether ...
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the meaning of would

What is the meaning of would in this sentence: Guy Fawkes established a reputation as a soldier of great courage, a fact that would lead to his participation in the infamous Gunpowder Plot.
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present simple + recently

Today I got into argument with my colleague about the answer of below question. She claims both are possible but choice 2 is the better one saying that "economics is a branch of science and if we ...
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Why can't I use “to the point that” here?

If you're anything like me, I'm sure you've found yourself, at one point or another, feeling trapped in this endless loop of work and play, week after week. And it gets to the point where all that ...
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Concerning this type of construct “They ran afoul of standards we'd like to see countries meet.”

In the sentence: They ran afoul of standards we'd like to see countries meet. standards is the object of meet, it has been positioned six words before its verb, could someone please tell me how ...
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Preposition problem

I bought two discounted tickets on Standard airlines to Honolulu Or I bought two discounted tickets for Standard Airlines to Honolulu Out of the two , Please tell me which one is correct with regard ...
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What does it mean - 'pick up and put on your attitude' and 'beat the streets' in context

What does it mean - 'pick up and put on your attitude' and 'beat the streets' in context There's one last word then I'll conclude Before you pick up and put on your attitude Bet you'll never find ...
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What does 'get yourself together' mean?

What does 'get yourself together' mean? Your sister says that every week You just come home to eat and go to sleep And you make plans you never keep Because your mind is always in the streets ...
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comma position in a list of subjects

In the following sentence, I mean policy makers and decision makers. It is not clear to me how to express this and where to place the comma: If I use this: This study benefit vendors, policy and ...
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should I give “s” to the verb “get” in the sentence below?

should I give "s" to the verb "get" in the sentence below? "if one makes sure that they are rich and then get married, they will be happy"
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Noun links Adjective

It was a hot day, the sky big and white over their heads, and the children seemed to be running Why can a noun directly link an adjective? What is the grammar knowledge point?
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'Where I should be' vs 'Where I am meant to be'

Is there a difference between these Where I should be. and Where I am meant to be. ? Context: When you are going to fill the autobiography section on SE, it says 'Location' and it'...
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Can “during” be always substituted with “in”?

He kissed her during a drunken night. He kissed her in a drunken night. Can "during" be always substituted with "in"? I am always wondering about it, because I use during as a synonym for in. Is ...
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Meaning of the sentence which begins with a verb in infinitive form

I cannot understand the following sentence because of its grammar. To borrow a phrase from the old Star Treck series, the "prime directive" of the limbic brain is to ensure our survival as a ...
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What “conjunctions” to be used here

I and my mother are planning to go on a trip next week, but my father doesn't want us to go. On top of this he just got the news that the weather is going to be severe next week. As I am not a native ...
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Is this use of 'have' grammatical?

I think for those of us who have jobs and have been working for some time have this habit of telling ourselves that we deserve to take the money that we earn and spend it on things that we like. What'...
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Are “it” and “this” almost always interchangeable?

Are "it" and "this" almost always interchangeable? When I talk to people, I often use "it" or "this" interchangeably, because I have no idea when exactly I can use "this". In a dialogue or ...
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Can pre- be used as a preposition?

I'm reading a WHO guidance, and I am not sure what it means: 6.3.4.1 General considerations 20 Comparative safety data should normally be collected pre-authorization. The extent of collection ...
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Why does programming take so many words that are normally used in different meanings?

Words like head, tail, stack, tree, and map are all used in programming and learning both programming and english at once has been hard for me. Why is this?
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Can a single word refer to two or more things at once?

a. A body of persons sent to conduct negotiations or establish relations with a foreign country. b. The business with which such a body of persons is charged. c. A permanent diplomatic ...
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Using 'a,' 'an,' or 'the' with 'price' and 'discount'

I am confused when to use the correct articles. For example, in an email: Dear Journal of Business News, I have received the information about subscribing to your journal. I have a few ...
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In what circumstances are you allowed to place the word “until” at the end of a question (asking about time)?

I once saw a sentence reading "When are you open until?" which made enough sense to me to understand it. Later, I tried to come up with sentences having a similar structure; but, no matter what ...
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What is the difference between 'at least' and 'in the least'?

What is the difference between 'at least' and 'in the least'? What does 'in the least patient' mean? I'm not in the least patient. A WIND in the DOOR by MADELEINE L’ENGLE
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“a null pointer” VS “the null pointer”

In programming the null pointer is a pointer that is equal to 0. I.e. it is a pointer with a concrete value equal to zero. It is the only one of course. So I suppose we should always say: the null ...
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Is it ok to use the Frequent adverbs eg. always,often,usually,etc in past tense?

Is it OK to use the 'frequent' adverbs e.g. always, often, usually, etc. in the past tense? For example: She always went to park. She usually ate bananas.
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Meaning of “up from”

"Between July and May, ministries and divisions expended Tk 120,043 crore, up from Tk 98,978 crore in the same period a year ago. " I don't understand the meaning of "up from" in the above sentence....
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There are still a lot of places we have to go/go to

There are still a lot of places we have to go. There are still a lot of places we have to go to. I've asked some native speakers which sentence is grammatically correct, but they gave different ...
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A director will tell us how she chooses/chose the actors

(An excerpt from an English book's audio script) Situation: You and other students will meet a director of a play. "We're going to meet a director. She'll describe the whole process of producing a ...
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The usage of first time

I am trying to tell something.Let's say I have a friend, he is now in coma and I have never been trying to figure out what he will want me to do in the situation I am in but now I am thinking about ...
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Manage or will manage

In exam (Egyptian GSEC English exam) If you are a well-organized person, you (manage/will manage) This question was in my exam, I already answered it "will manage", I want to know the difference ...
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“The guitars have been restringed” or “The guitars are restringed”? [on hold]

My question is: which one is correct? I'd also be grateful if both wrong you'd tell me some corrections.
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How can this be “would”?

I was studying the use of "used to" and "would" when I came across this sentence, which has been nagging me: 1a Family values used to be quite different in those days. 1b Family values would ...
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Using the definite article “the” with adjective before a person's name

I am sure this has been asked in the past, but I can't find any rule and I would like to understand what's going on. "The" is never used for proper names, that much I know. When I google "playwright ...
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“someone will have arrived yesterday” - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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Conditional sentences: type 3 but did not use perfect conditional

I am working on my scholarship exam practice and I am not sure where I got it wrong. Could you please have a look? If we had started studying Spanish three years ago, we (.....) much more fluent ...
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meaning and grammar in context

The non-Finnish degree granting eligibility to apply must be equivalent of 180 ECTS credits or more. Is "The non-Finnish degree granting eligibility to apply" the same as "The non-Finnish degree ...
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The system was extended by/with several new functions

I would like to know whether the following is correct: The system was extended by several new functions. Our tool extends the system by a few new functions. I have read similar questions but ...
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Does “would have submitted” (modal and past participle) have any sense of perfect aspect?

I've always thought like that 'have' between a modal and a past participle is nothing but a grammatical method of indicating the past tense of modal. But recently I saw a video saying that in the ...