Questions tagged [grammar]

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Can I use “since” at the beginning of a sentence when I want to refer to a particular time?

I know that I can use "since" at the beginning when I want to mean "because". Can I do the same when I want to refer to a time-moment? I feel like if I use "since" at the beginning of a sentence, ...
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Had looked or was looking?

I found my key when I (had looked/ was looking) for something else. What is the correct choice and why? My answer is "was looking" because the event of “founding the key” was interrupted “looking ...
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Is being, to be, or will be in this passive construction?

Here are the following sentences that I am having some problems with. The problem is that whether they are grammatical or ungrammatical. The speed limit is being introduced gradually. The speed ...
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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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usage of present perfect tense

My question is about the use of present perfect tense. To my knowledge this tense is used for the actions that have started in the past and continues up until now. I have questions about different ...
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What is the best replacement of normal?

The Armstrong limit, often called Armstrong's line, is a level of altitude in which water boils at 37C, normal body temperature. Here is the question: Which one of the following best replaces "...
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Usage of words be ,been [closed]

I know the word be and been.but I don't know use of that can you someone give some example for it
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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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Use of definite article in thesis title

Should "the" be used in this thesis title? "Reducing the Human Efforts in Data Analysis" Should it be: "Reducing the Human Efforts in Data Analysis" or: "Reducing Human Efforts in Data ...
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Usage of a continuous time expression in a past simple sentence

Consider the following sentence: "The student did not come to the class for a long, long time." Can a continuous time expression "for a long time" be used in this case, where past simple ("… did ...
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Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause?

Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause? "To get to New Zealand the fastest way" The whole sentence is... To get to New Zealand the fastest way, you will have to fly from ...
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Identifying the correct tense

Im in beginer level of learning english and i want to learn english logically. Sometimes i know certain statements are correct but i dont know how to explain to someone. As an example I am Jack, My ...
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Until sentences

She usually does not leave for work until she finished all her chores. (a) finishes (b) has finished (c) had finished (d) no improvement Please ans this question I am confused in option A and B
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grammar / meaning Does “treating” in the example sentence mean “because he treats” or “and at the same he is treating” or just “and he treats”?

(“treating”) “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends…!” And does “verb + ing” in the following examples belong to one of the three cases in the title question? ...
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Sentence complements in questions

In the following sentence I am wondering if the word what functions as a sentence complement. What time is it? Thank you.
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grammar / meaning “The surprise attack sent the enemy running”

Does “Running” in this sentence mean “ongoing activity” or “initiating an activity” Or other meanings? 1) The surprise attack sent the enemy (moved the enemy quickly) so that it made them start ...
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The organizational data vs the organization data

I am a bit confusing with 2 noun words are combined together because I've seen many phrases such as web data, car data, human resource, child care ... etc. Here, instead of the organizational data, ...
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Which is the correct way yo use in business mails in below sentences

We haven’t been offloaded any items by last Thursday. Or We didn’t offload any items by last Thursday. Pls share the correct grammatical sentence to use in business mails
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Is the phrase “if it had been for you” useable?

I tried looking for the answe in Google, but there was nothing. Can I say if it had been for you as a snynom for If I had counted on you? And is it used by native English speakers? Do these 2 ...
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What is the name of such sentence in English syntax? (Pronoun + auxiliary verb + noun / adjective)

What is the name of such sentence in English syntax? Pronoun + auxiliary verb (or lexical verb) + noun / adjective No verb in the sentence. for example: I am a student or I am shy I ...
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What is the meaning of speed is good in the context?

I saw an advertisement of a telecom company In which it says speed is good What is the meaning of speed is good Is it a habitual action like speed it always good? Or they are talking about their ...
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Can I omit the “was'ses” In the following list?

Her hair was not too long or too short, her face (was) not too round or too angular, her body (was) not too thin or too thick. I think you can omit "was" in certains lists. But I'm not sure if that'...
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Similar? Similarly? which should I use here

I am having a hard time trying to write this correctly. "As for procedure A, the controller handles it similar as with procedure B by using function C" I suppose you understand what I want to say. ...
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Help me put one eye drop

My eyes are red and need to put on eye drop. "Help me put one eye drop." "Help me drop an eye drop" How to ask to drop an eye drop into eyes?
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grammar / meaning “I was going to do the washing, but we would run out of washing powder.”

The explanations of my grammar book is as follows. 1) “They left the house at 6.00 a.m. and would reach Edinburgh some 12 hours later.” (=they reached Edinburgh) 2) He was sure that the medical ...
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which uages of Would

I know that would has different usages, for requests, conditionals, Habitual actions in the past, Talking about the future in the past, Willingness in the past, Being less direct.... which usages of '...
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What's the function of “in” in “fishing in the lake”?

In a sentence such as "Alice is fishing in the lake", what is the function of "in"? My impression is that "in" is used to indicate the target of "fishing". That is, Alice herself is not necessarily ...
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I am going to get dress

I told my son we were going to shopping. "I am going to get dress." "I am going to getting dress." Is getting dress a noun? I know after "to" must be present tense. It should be get or ...
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Does the sentence 'Come out into the world' make sense?

I made the sentence like this. The sentence is 'Come out into the world' Somebody always stayed at home because he doesn't want to make friends. And his mom said "Come out into the world. Make a good ...
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Any time and Any day in english

1) Can we use ‘any time’ instead of ‘any day’ in the below example? "Have you seen this any day before?" Can you please tell me what the difference is between ‘any time’ and ‘any day’? 2) Answer ...
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Does hide mean to make disappear [duplicate]

Someone asked me What if someone hides their instagram stories from you? I replied I'd hide them from my life Is my sentence right Does hide mean to make disappear? If not What else could I have ...
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The use of bullet points in formal writing

I have encountered a problem when I was proofreading one of my essays. The example is as follows: "To help you make a decision, I have found five possible locations for you to consider.The specific ...
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“Anything could happen” vs “anything can happen”

What's the difference betwee the following two sentences? 1- "Do not try to do this stunt. Anything could happen. You may/might/could get injured or die." 2- "Do not try to do this stunt. Anything ...
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It's about a relative pronoun which has 2 possible antecedents.

In this sentence, "someone like you who is" , 'someone' is the antecedent of relative pronoun, 'who' . But can you explain why 'you' cannot be the antecedent of the relative pronoun, 'who' ? I'm ...
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“It is the first time” vs “This is the first time”

I have a question related to the usage of "it" and "this". Are they interchangeable in the following context and such contexts? 1- It is the first time I have driven a car. 2- This is the first time ...
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Should the “a” be removed in this sentence or not?

Which one of these sentences is grammatically correct? I cooperated with this company on a per-project basis. I cooperated with this company on a project basis. I cooperated with this company on ...
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Is he arrived yet? Has he arrived yet? [duplicate]

My Japanese friend asked me why we can say "Is he gone?" but we can't say "Is he arrived yet?". I corrected it to "Has he arrived yet?". I'm not sure how to explain this grammatically :( Can someone ...
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Who have vs. With (What's the difference?)

Someone who has something. Someone with something. What is the difference between the two sentences? Here is the question I got in GMAT: In 1776 Adam Smith wrote that it is young people who ...
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Why do you say 'He has it' but 'Does he have it'? [duplicate]

I tried looking up the difference between has and have and it generally has to do with plurals, but that doesn't seem to be changing in this case. Why do you use have in one case and has in another?
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Each or Every for speaking about what the people like?

Each or Every for speaking about what the people like? For example, I want to say that the people all around the world like different kinds of music. How do I say it? Each person likes different ...
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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.
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Can articles be used with adjectives? [duplicate]

I saw a video In which the girl says I think I can smell the spiritual As far as I know articles can not be used with adjectives . No?
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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 ...
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the present perfect+The future tense

I read the news and I saw this: "The government has said it will not accept blackmail." Should it nobe like: the government has said it would not accept blacmail.
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Do we have to use ''where(as a relative)'' right after the place we are defining?

This is the sentence I want to design a building for children with cancer where they could have fun and receives treatment as well. I want to know that if it's right to use ''where'' in this ...
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What is the appropriate word for these? -> one day, one month, one year and so on

I want to know the most appropriate word for these. one day two days three days one month two months three months one year two years three years The context where these appears is that they are ...
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Consider sth separate from each other Vs Consider sth separately from each other

1: Do not consider the sentences separate from each other. 2: Do not consider the sentences separately from each other.
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Can we use a subordinate conjunction after the conjunctive adverb?

1."It is not always necessary,however, we use it to link two parts of that instrument". ‘However’ can be used to join two simple sentences to make a compound sentence. But in (1) there is a mistake ...
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In penetrating transparent media? Is “penetrating” standing for an adjective or a verb “gerund”?

... Hooke had previously elaborated on René Descartes’s notion of light as pressure waves transferred through an “aether” that permeates space. He concluded that colors embodied weak and strong ...
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Meaning of (s) in a word

I have seen the use of (s) inside the two brackets. For instance Others in a way. Also Other(s) in another way. What does the word including (s) in brackets define? Does other(s) = other or ...