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For explanations of correct Standard English that contradict widely-taught (but incorrect) "grammar rules".

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Why does the following sentence have prescriptively bad grammar?

He decided to quickly leave the house. I believe it was the split infinitive that was the concern. I was taking a verbal aptitude test, and the correct answer was "He decided to leave the house ...
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Interpretation of a sentence taken from REUTERS

He remained one of the world's most revered public figures, combining celebrity sparkle with an unwavering message of freedom, respect and human rights. I find it really difficult to understand "...
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no ... nor VS no ... or

Since there's no warning nor error thrown, I assume it's valid AHK code? Since there's no warning or error thrown, I assume it's valid AHK code? Which one is grammatically correct or both are ...
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More than one tenses in a single sentence

I came across situations where mixed tenses were spoken by the speaker that confuses me. Following is the example, If we were to call the server every five seconds, we will probably end up with a ...
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How to use 'the' in a sentence

I am trying to define irony. Can you explain if the use of 'the' in the following sentence is grammatically correct? "Involving the deployment of different levels of knowledge about an event, a ...
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Is the expression "cake cutting "suitable when cake is sliced on special occasions?

In India on the special occasions like on 'birthdays and anniversaries cake is cut and this act is described as below 1)The birthday girl cut the cake 2)The cake was cut 3)Cake cutting ceremony etc. ...
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Which of these is correct, “She doesn't has” or “She doesn't have”? And why? [duplicate]

She doesn't has a book. She doesn't have a book. Why is the first sentence wrong? We use 'has' with singular, and 'she' is singular.
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Cannot + verb without subject in the front

I was reading a sentence in which there is no doer or we can add a doer in the end, which makes it a passive sentence. But it was written similar to an active sentence. The pain of cultural loss ...
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Sentence started with Verb+ing, but it's a really different structure

In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, I came across this confusing sentence: Facing the square is the Palazzo Marchesale, the palace of the Saggese family, once the great landowner of those parts....
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Time frame of past perfect passive in this sentence

Can somebody explain to me the time frame of this sentence. Archeological sites in the remote locations are not likely to have been previously identified. I also tried to simplify it Archeological ...
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Having + object + Past participle and having + object + bare infinitive

What is the difference in these two sentences. I am quite confused The minister had eggs thrown at him. [past participle] The minister had a woman throw eggs at him. [bare infinitive] I think the ...
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Can we use second conditional for future

I was learning about second conditionals when I found a conflicting opinion on the internet regarding second conditional's future use. Consider this sentence for example : If I pilot a plane tommorow,...
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Do some subjunctive sentences mean the same with the sentences with the pattern " Too...for....to "?

The question is " Can I use inversions and subjunctives " in the same sentence ? ". In subjunctive sentence ,it says " It's so important that he get back home early " ,then ...
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"We will go" Vs "We went to"

Today in our exam I saw this multiple choice question We......(go) to Egypt in 2016 1-We will go to Egypt in 2016 2-We went to Egypt in 2016 3-We are going to Egypt in 2016 4-We go to Egypt in 2016 ...
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"Would he be the voice of reason?"

Is this grammatically correct sentence? I cannot seem to understand the grammar behind the structure of this sentence So if we change "would" to "why", it seems incorrect to me to ...
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Comma before which ( result relative clause)

Is it necessary to add a comma before a result relative clause? For instance consider these sentence John slipped in front of the bank, which was embarrasing. You have to write thesis in the end which ...
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Struct of alternative questions

I hope, I will be understood cause I'm beginner in English. My old (former) teacher of English told me that when I wanna construct an alternative questions with the negative form of the verb that I ...
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transitive or intransitive verb

A simple way to check whether a verb is transitive or intransitive is to ask the question what or whom after the verb. If you can answer what or whom then the verb is transitive otherwise it is not. ...
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Which sounds correct

I’m having some trouble deciding which one should I use: He doesn’t get mad anymore when I don’t reply to his text or He doesn’t get mad when I don’t reply to his text anymore Should anymore ...
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Is it true that questions in English cannot end on a preposition? [duplicate]

Is it true that questions in English cannot end on a preposition? Somebody told me that, but the more I continue on my English tour the more I run into suspicions here. Are such questions like: ...
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From where are/come you?

Is "From where are you" and "Where from are you" as correct as "Where are you from"? Or do you think one of those is more correct than the other? I'm aware of the non-existant rule about ending a ...
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Splitting the infinitive particle with the verb...is it lawful?

I was taught that the infinitive particle "to" cannot be separated from the verb under no circumstances, but my friend (a Canadian) told me that she would prefer "I try to never tell a lie" over "I ...
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Doubt in the usage of was in two sentences

I was making complex sentences in the class today. There I got stuck in two sentences similar to these: The percentage of car accidents – which was recorded at 30% – was high. The percentage ...
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Confusing example of usage of was/were

I am just a beginner in English and want to know why is "were" used in the first sentence: The least proportion of men were detained. The number of men in the party was high. Number (in ...
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Use of articles for different qualities

Is the following sentence incorrect? Churchil was a great orator and a great politician of his time. Some say that when article refers to a single person it must be used just once As Churchil ...
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Any comment or any comments? Of or From?

Can you tell me which sentence is correct: 1) I'd appreciate any comment of (from) you. 2) I'd appreciate any comments of (from) you. First, I think "any comments" is correct but I also read a ...
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Is the phrase "a few" an exact synonym of "some" or it implies a fewer number?

I have just told by experienced native English author (or seems to be one) that "a few" implies a small number. When you say "In a few countries", this implies 3 or 4 countries, but when you say "In ...
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using "the" for the objects in the speaker's field of vision

I am one of those learners who have been greatly and negatively affected by various grammar myths. One of such myths is that you should always use "the" before a noun, by which you refer to an object ...
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When do we not put a comma before "because"?

In what situation do you put a comma before "because"? And, when do you not put a comma before "because"? I've always assumed that you put a comma, because the clause introduced by "because" will ...
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What's the difference between 'I have worked in this company before' and 'I had worked in this company before'

If I used to work in a company, which one of the sentences given below is correct when I am telling someone about this experience: (1) I have worked in this company before; or (2) I had worked in ...
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I and we think why Should India not be able to make such a huge expenditure? [closed]

I asked a question: I and we think, Why should India not be able to make such a huge expenditure for a region, which is urgently needed? Is the sentence grammatically correct? Does the question ...
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two consecutive adverbs ending in -ly

Please consider the following sentence: "He walked home seriously angrily." This sentence sounds a bit funny to my ears, even as a non-native speaker of English, an impression that is shared by ...
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Relative pronoun whom, who

When you speak to him remember to whom you are speaking. When you speak to him remember who you are speaking to. When you speak to him remember whom you are speaking to. What is the ...
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The difference between "having seen"," having to see", and "having seeing", in the sentences down below?

The difference between "having seen"," having to see", and "having seeing", in the sentences down below ? Following is an excerpt from ' A Study in Scarlet'. 1- "from a drop of water,"said the ...
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Subjunctive in if clause

I have a question about the use of the subjunctive in if clauses. I usually use grammarly as a grammar checker and ran into following problem: I wrote: If he stay at home, he would die. Grammarly ...
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Which vs. Whose

Which of the following sentences is correct? "These kind of branding strategies are adopted by those firms and organisations whose sales are decreasing day by day. Or "These kind of branding ...
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Can we say "Are we finished?"

I am wondering if it is grammatically correct to say this. I have heard it a couple of times and was just wondering. I know that the correct way to ask this question is in present perfect, "Have we ...
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What's wrong with saying "I am watching TV" instead of "I am watching television"?

I was told that I could only say or write "TV" when it is accompanied with a word like "show" or "program", but if I refer just to TV, I should say or write "television". For example: I am ...
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Usage of 'Those' who/'Those students who'/'students who'

I have question related to grammar. Can I change the phrase "those who" With "Those students who" and "Students who" In the following context? Here is the example: 1-Dear students, On 26 th December,...
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"present perfect continuous" vs "present continuous" with 'So far'

Could anyone please tell me whether I should use present perfect continuous or present continuous tense with 'so far'? I have seen native speakers use both tenses with 'so far' like "How's your day ...
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"Never + past simple" vs "did not+ verb1" for denials

I have a question related to the usage of 'never'. I have heard native speakers use 'never' when they want to negate something emphatically. And they use 'never' instead of "did not verb1" to negate. ...
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"more depressed than her/she"

Please explain the error in the following: He looks more depressed than her but I don't know the reason. Is there any error in it? My book says her should be replaced by she. This confuses me ...
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Passive voice (consider revising). Why?

I am writing an article on Microsoft Word and it underlines all my passive voice sentences such as this one: Our current electric grid was conceived more than one hundred years ago where energy ...
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She danced better than any of us (did?)

I read this sentence : The three individuals are so different that their tastes vary from one another's. In this their tastes are compared so apostrophe is used with another But in this sentence ...
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What is "from" here? how translate "America's second biggest wrestling federation"?

What is "from" here? America's second biggest wrestling federation finally hit consoles with a roster of 25 stars to choose from.
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Negative deduction

In grammar books, it is written that you can use "cannot" or "can't" for negative deduction like: 'Susy cannot stay at her mother's house because she is in hospital.' I know that this works for ...
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Is it grammatically correct to put "more" instead of "more of" immediately before a predicative noun in this sentence?

I came across this sentence and I'm not sure if it is grammatically correct. Are the dinosaurs of Jurassic World more fact or fiction? The word "fact" and "fiction" are nouns. I'd use "more of" ...
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Why don't English speakers like sentence in the passive form?

In my native language (Indonesian), the passive form is used as frequently as the active form, if not more often. So I read passive sentence in English without problem. I also see it more convenient ...
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How to correct "Take heed to not wake the sleeping baby"?

Take heed to not wake the sleeping baby. What is wrong with the above sentence? Should it be "take heed of not waking"? The answer in the book suggests, "take heed not to wake"
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Why "i" is written with a capital?

This is a long error that has run with me, so it is better to have to an understanding of why, I always used I in small letters, whereas I am always corrected that it is a capital I e.g I am not ...
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