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

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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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Would have +past participle/or will

We'd better buy something useful with the money would have spent or /will spend for the wedding party. My question is for you as a native speaker which one you might use and why? Thanks
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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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MS Word's mistake?

This is a picture which looks nice. In this sentence, I don't see anything wrong with the grammar. BUT, MS Word always ... always wants 'which' to be changed to ', which' or 'that'. Why is that?
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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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When can we use 'much' in affirmative clauses?

I found the below in Cambridge Dictionary web-site: We use much in questions and negative clauses to talk about degrees of something. We don’t use much in affirmative clauses. Also, it the ...
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“The children are happily playing” — grammatically correct?

I would like to seek clarification on this sentence. The children are happily playing. Is it grammatically correct? Or should there be a place as an object to follow?
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correct use of “tear up” in a sentence

She was so angry that she tore the letter up. I'd like to know whether the use of the phrase "tore the letter up" in the above sentence is correct or not, or whether it should be "tore up the letter"....
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Should we end the given sentence with TO in the given situation?

He's this person who I owe 40$ (to). He's this person I owe 40$ to. He's this person who I owe 40$. Are all these sentences grammatically correct? Are the first and second one grammatically ...
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Do they wish to personify BBC Worldwide? Or it's merely an ordinary mistake?

A message, on YouTube, popped up before my eyes. It read: This video contains content from BBC Worldwide, who has blocked it on copyright grounds. My concern is about the presence of the pronoun ...
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How should I write a sentence that has multiple questions?

I got these words from a speech, so I'm not entirely sure how I would write this... Is the website easy to navigate? Easy-to-read? Well-structured? Concise? "Easy-to-read" and the others are ...
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“also has been” vs “has also been” [closed]

Split infinitives are considered no-no's to boldly go where no man has gone before being one of the more famous examples. In the sentences He also has been a poet. He has also been a poet. ...
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Is less votes correct?

One article today said that Trump could win even if had less votes. I search in google and I see that "less votes" is common. Is it correct? As vote is countable, it should be fewer votes... ...
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“X's Y” vs “Y of X” [duplicate]

I remember when I was in junior high school, my English teacher taught me that When the subject is not human nor animal, use Y of X to indicate Y belongs to X instead of X's Y. for example Use ...
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if you were an animal or if you are an animal

I thought it was correct to say "If you were an animal...", then one day when I watched a talk show, I heard the host was saying " If you are an animal". I am confused which one should be the right ...
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Is “an independent clause” the same as “a sentence?”

Knowing that the clause is a group of words that contain mainly a subject and a tense , and it may be dependent or independent, what is the difference between the latter and a sentence.? This doubt ...
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“Of” being used instead of “have” [duplicate]

Recently I've seen many people on Twitter use "of" instead of "have". Eg. Ben Stokes tweeted after the world cup final, " So proud to of represented my country in a world cup final" I don't want to ...
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Is 'It's a pen you could use to shoot lasers out of' grammatically correct?

I heard someone explain to someone else what a laser pen/ laser pointer was. This is how he explained it, "It's a pen you could use to shoot lasers out of." and I have been wondering whether what he ...
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“Since” at the end of a sentence

I am confused with this and rarely see since put at the end of a sentence: There were the children to consider. She had told him she wanted a divorce two days ago, and neither of them had slept ...
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A variation of form in present perfect

She has returned five days ago. I want to express the idea that she has returned, and that she returned five days ago. So I'm thinking the above construction is permissible, and I vaguely remember ...
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Concrete nouns cannot be modified by abstract ones [closed]

Concrete nouns cannot be modified by abstract ones. I cannot understand this sentence. It does not mean that I cannot understand the meaning of this sentence, rather I cannot understand what it ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? “You are so offended”

Is this sentence grammatically correct? You are so offended. (Since offended is adjective in past tense)
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is “them” only used for people?

Chop the tomatoes and onions and saute them/it? Should it be "them" or "it"? because I have heard that them is used only for people.
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Why is “his driving the car” wrong?

I don't approve of his driving of the car. According to my text book, "his driving" cannot take the object "the car" directly, instead it needs "of" to put the object as in the sentence. Another ...
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Is it perfectly natural to end sentences with Prepositions? [duplicate]

There are numerous myths relating to grammatical dos and don’ts, many of which were drummed into us at school. The one that stubbornly refuses to budge from my mind is the diktat "never begin a ...
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Avoiding subject repetition in the body of a business letter

I've been attending translation courses, and our business writing teacher has been drilling us to avoid the repetition of subject nouns referring to the sender (a company, as a rule) - not in some ...
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“in” or “into” to help this sentence?

1) For the first time, I went back to China and was allowed the opportunity to see what type of environment I could have been raised into. 2) For the first time, I went back to China and was allowed ...