Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [grammar]

This tag is for grammar questions, but only if you're not certain what other tag to use. If possible, tag as tense, verb, articles, prepositions, or some other more specific tag or tags instead.

0
votes
1answer
12 views

'By myself' vs 'On my own'

'I didn't hear this song when I was by myself, I heard this song by the road side when other people were playing music there.' Or 'I didn't hear this song on my own, I heard this song by the road ...
1
vote
2answers
26 views

Usage of “to” between “to be” and the following verb

Here are several examples: Luis lost his job and was short of money, so what he did was (to) sell his flat and move in with his brother. The reason hundreds of students marched through the city ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

in the sentence below should i use of/ for ? Please explain places where one can use of and where one can use for

The international monetary fund maintened its forecast 'of/ for' weak global growth??? According to me it should be 'of' as the news of weak global growth makes up the forecast and hence is a part of ...
0
votes
1answer
11 views

Does this sentence sound right or need to be fixed? [on hold]

I was paying with the credit card but the transaction didn’t go through. I paid cash instead.
0
votes
1answer
20 views

Grammar Question: Go to where… or go where

I am confused whether it Is correct and common to say go/come "to" when the following word is where... I will go/come where you suggested I will go/come to where you suggested. The ...
0
votes
3answers
25 views

‘Whether or not’ VS ‘whether’

He wants to know whether we want dinner. He wants to know whether or not we want dinner. What is the difference between two sentences above?
0
votes
1answer
17 views

Which one is correct, “both in … and in …” or “in both … and …”?

Which one is correct? Asia is the largest continent, both in land and in population. Asia is the largest continent, in both land and population. I am confused because I've seen both of "both in .....
0
votes
1answer
15 views

“Comprehensive quality” vs “comprehensive qualities”?

To be exact, Which one is correct? We should strengthen our comprehensive quality? or We should strengthen our comprehensive qualities?
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Does anyone know how to distinguish between (1) [ Subject(plural) + are + Object(plural) ] and (2) [ Subject(plural) + are + a/an Object(singular) ]?

For example: Computers are important research tools Computers are an important research tool. Does anyone know how to distinguish between (1) and (2)?
0
votes
1answer
21 views

I only know I know nothing

Take this sentence I only know I know nothing What if we write it as: I only know I nothing know Question Nothing is an adverb and should be placed after the verb (please correct me if wrong)...
0
votes
1answer
152 views

“He is older than me by one year”

My English is excellent, but I'd like to know whether this is grammatically correct, especially in a formal situation. My slang/day-to-day English is excellent, but I don't know if this would be ...
-1
votes
0answers
14 views

Is this sentence grammatically correct [on hold]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct I won't go to Canada if I don't become a successful person. Also if there is any appropriate sentence better than this.
0
votes
2answers
22 views

Is the sentence “She's been shopping for how long?” grammatically correct?

Is the sentence "She's been shopping for how long?" grammatically correct? I'm concerned that it sounds too awkward. In context, it is obvious that I am asking how long Thora went to the shop for (it'...
0
votes
1answer
21 views

Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?

Caroline was skiing when she broke her leg. Is when a conjunction or adverb? Can I replace when with the word and? Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?
0
votes
0answers
22 views

You cannot resist taking picture here or you can't resist but take a picture here [on hold]

Honestly telling, you cannot resist taking a picture here. Is this a complete correct sentence?
1
vote
3answers
41 views

Which is more natural and acceptable?

When two singular subjects are connected by 'neither...nor', does it take a singular verb or plural verb? Which is more natural and acceptable? Neither Mary nor Jane is / are beautiful.
1
vote
2answers
750 views

Who you are. Vs Who are you

What is the grammar term for the statements / questions with question words in them? Like: I don't know who you are. Do I know where are you? Or: Do I know where you are? I don'...
0
votes
2answers
14 views

Is it natural and acceptable to use the phrase 'studies his lessons'?

The following sentence is from Grade 6 English Textbook in Myanmar. In the sentence, is it natural and acceptable to use the phrase 'studies his lessons'? He studies his lessons from 8:00 p.m. to ...
0
votes
2answers
109 views

relations to vs relations between

But that doesn't seem enough to make something a pain. It's true that pains are caused by injury, and they do make you hop and yell. But they also feel a certain way, and that seems to be ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

Is there anything wrong with the sentence? [on hold]

I opened the door and walked inside the bathroom in which I found a vacuum standing in the corner.
2
votes
2answers
270 views

Can 'why' act as a relative pronoun?

Please consider the following two main clauses. Both variables have the same range of values. Therefore, a 4:3 aspect ratio has been chosen. I would like to combine these two main clauses into one ...
0
votes
2answers
268 views

Active passive confusion

I need help in passive of this sentence Spain expected to win the world cup My answer was The world cup was expected to be won by Spain but the book's answer is it was expected by Spain ...
1
vote
2answers
35 views

walking vs. walked

Which tense is correct? She was walking faster towards the station ‘cause she didn't want to miss the bus. She stumbled over the sidewalk and fell down. She walked faster towards the station ‘...
0
votes
1answer
177 views

Someone offers someone an opportunity vs. Someone offers an opportunity to someone

I am trying to express an idea but I am not sure it is proper: I'm writing a letter to someone explaining a situation, but I need to be sure the person will understand. My sentence is the ...
0
votes
1answer
679 views

Next vs the next (year, month, week)

I have read various opinions on this subject, and my English professor told me that: When the definite article is used, it indicates the period itself, like: I will do it in the next week = in ...
0
votes
0answers
8 views

should I use “end up being full of charges” or “end up full of charges” in this sentence?

When you keep charging a capacitor for a period of time, the plates will end up being full of charges and When you keep charging a capacitor for a period of time, the plates will end up full of ...
-1
votes
3answers
31 views

It is good for you to help the lady [on hold]

It is good for you to help the lady. It is good of you to help the lady. You are good to help the lady. Are the sentences all grammatical? Are there any differences among them? Do we have to ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

About “too…to do” and “too… not to do”

As taught by our English language teacher back home who are not native speakers, we learn that "too...to do" contains the negative implication which means the opposite to the face meaning, as in "he ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

I saw a bee on my left arm [on hold]

I saw a bee on my left arm. I saw the bee on my left arm. Which one is correct? Do we have to use 'a bee' or 'the bee' in this case?
1
vote
1answer
20 views

about “that that” where “that” is repeated with the first being a pronoun and the second being a relative pronoun

I would like to ask if the that that expression can be used and correct. The only that that expression I can think of is the case where the first that is a pronoun and the second that is a relative ...
0
votes
2answers
21 views

were VS are - We all started panicking and looking around to see if there [were/are] any unattended tickets around us

Which is correct? We all started panicking and looking around to see if there are any unattended tickets around us..... OR We all started panicking and looking around to see if there were ...
2
votes
1answer
221 views

Correct tense with ever

Please help me choose the correct verb tense with ever: William Shakespeare is the best playwright who ever lived/has ever lived. William Shakespeare was the best playwright who ever lived/...
0
votes
1answer
198 views

I can't remember the last time that I have had breakfast vs … had eaten breakfast

What is the difference between these expressions: I can't remember the last time that I have had breakfast vs. I can't remember the last time that I have eaten breakfast Thank you in advance.
0
votes
2answers
689 views

I was accompanied by my friends “for” or “to” a picnic

A) I was accompanied by my friends for a picnic. B) I was accompanied by my friends to the picnic. Which of two is correct? Can we use 'for' with the word 'accompanied'>
-1
votes
0answers
15 views

It is five past five [on hold]

It is five past five. It is five five. It is five o five. It is five oh five. It is five zero five. It is 5:5. It is 5:05. Which expressions are grammatical?
1
vote
1answer
38 views

While I do or while I'm doing (future meaning)

Please which of the following sentences is correct? "While I study there, I'll look for a job" or "While I'm studying there, I'll look for a job" I think the second is correct because it has a ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

First conditional or second conditional?

Which is more correct to combine the following two sentences with 'if': first or second conditional? He won't study hard, so he won't get high marks. Thanks.
1
vote
2answers
42 views

Passive voice of “Get rid of”

What's the passive voice of "get rid of"? I want to change below sentences into passive voice but seems I can't make it properly..... Or any other alternative words can be used, Thanks! 1) Mary got ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Is 'timeouting' a word?

When I write: The script is timeouting. or: Timeouting commands in shell scripts The word timeouting is marked by Apple spell checker as non-existing. Is it a valid word?
0
votes
1answer
712 views

Is “looks like” a group verb?

I was asked to fill in the blank with a group verb. The child ____ his father. (To resemble) Would "looks like" be a correct group verb? If not, why ?
1
vote
1answer
17 views

Is “An unfathomable chaos” grammatically correct?

I am writing a blog where I describe a problem as leading to "an unfathomable chaos", which is being underlined by Grammarly plugin for Chrome. Is it a mistake on my behalf or Grammarly is getting it ...
0
votes
1answer
139 views

What is the grammar for “it mistakenly believed” in this sentence?

I just find a sentence in NYTimes quite uncomfortable even though it reads quite smooth and articulate. I never saw that kind of sentence structure as following. By putting off repairs that it ...
1
vote
2answers
27 views

Is it correct to say “He was breaking his own record.” after ten minutes of victory?

Context: The car race has just ended ten minutes ago. He not only won the match but broke his own record. Breaking a record in sport takes only a moment. And it just makes sense to me that we are not ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Is there any difference between “was always doing something” & “would always do something”?

This is an very interesting grammar point. I just want to know how native speakers think about this. The Past Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Any of your work or works

(1) Has any of your work been published? (2) Have any of your works been published? Which one is correct? I think if it is something you can publish, it will have to be a book or something ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Verbs of perception: see, hear, watch + object +[bare infinitive/ gerund/ adjective/ past participle/]

Some of the verbs called "verbs of perception or perceptual. However many English language learners would face many problems with using them, me one of them. > Some of them are being used in such ...
0
votes
2answers
18 views

Did you see the cat?

When there is a cat present in the room, how would you ask your one-year-old kid whether she see/saw the cat? -Did you see the cat? -Do you see the cat? -Have you seen the cat?
0
votes
1answer
13 views

OVER or IN the period/periods given?

1999: travels-50 2000: travels-60 "The figure for travels increased over the period/periods given." When it comes to the "over" in the sentence, is this a grammatically correct sentence? I ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

'Has to has access' or 'Has to have access'?

If we want to say "Every successful individual has to have access to monetary capital" vs "Every successful individual has to has access to monetary capital" Which is correct grammatically? Can we ...