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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4
votes
2answers
79 views

Why is there no article for "president" in this sentence?

In the following sentence: I decided not to vote for your candidate for president. I thought that the article "the" is needed for the word "president", because there is usually ...
1
vote
1answer
20 views

Is it grammatically correct to put "to" and "within" together in sentence "this is confirmed by experiment to within strict limits"?

a post says the photon is a massless particle. According to theory it has energy and momentum but no mass, and this is confirmed by experiment to within strict limits. Is it grammatically correct ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Which on of the sentence is correct and why?

How can I not know this? How can't I know this? Which one of the two sentences is correct? Or maybe they are both correct, but different in meaning.
1
vote
1answer
29 views

How can “oneself” as a subject appear after the copula?

Dictionaries say that the word “oneself” is a pronoun, but I’ve just noticed that I can actually put it right after the copula, “is,” even if it’s a grammatical subject. Is it because the word “...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

use will, would, shall or should appropriately

A. Complete the sentences using a positive or negative form of will, would, shall, should and the correct form of the verb in brackets. Sometimes more than one answer is possible. I find it ...
10
votes
3answers
3k views

Is "Being a heavy stick the dog has held it tightly by the middle" grammatically correct?

These are two quotes from The Hound of the Baskervilles: Being a heavy stick the dog has held it tightly by the middle and the marks of his teeth are very plainly visible. (Ch. 1, Holmes studies Dr. ...
-2
votes
1answer
51 views

50th vs 50nd? Whats the difference?

I have a question to ask 49 artists already joined Want to be the 50th/50nd ? Which one is correct? What’s the diffrence? Between th and nd
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Does "The Vampire Diaries" mean "the diaries of the vampire"?

Not sure how many people have heard of the book series / television series by this name, but can somebody explain the grammar behind the name "The Vampire Diaries"? Does it mean "the ...
3
votes
1answer
101 views

Is '(the superlative adjective) of (a plural noun)' singular or plural?

Here are two example sentences I found on the web. But the most intriguing of its efforts here revolve around a whole new format created specifically for its platform. and The most intriguing of ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Understanding the difference between some grammatical points [closed]

I've learned more from you than I could've from anyone else. I've learned more from you than I could from anyone else. I learned more from you than I could've from anyone else. I learned more from ...
2
votes
1answer
49 views

Is "if you say so" considered offensive or polite refusal?

Literally the title! If somebody says some statement and I really don't believe it and said " if you say so, dude". Would that be considered offensive or polite refusal?
1
vote
2answers
65 views

the use of "piled"

"Between the chair and Polly, and filling most of the middle of the room, was a big table piled with all sorts of things." According to my view, in that sentence 'piled' is a verbal ...
5
votes
2answers
535 views

Why do we say how much if asking for the price?

I've read that to ask for the quantity or amount of uncountable nouns, we use how much, but why do we also use how much to ask for the price of something?
0
votes
1answer
29 views

A singular noun that is modified by a plural expression

Can you tell me which one is modified and which one that modifies A good knowledge of three languages is needed for the job Someone gave this example when she told me that when I have a singular ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

Which is correct? All week Vs. a week

Craig has been staying with his brother ___ for all week for a week since a week The correct answer is 'for a week'; why can’t ‘for all week’ be an answer? Is it because of present perfect ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

choose the correct answer: present continuous vs be going to [duplicate]

John is ______ in Paris next year. (studying / going to study) which one is correct?
0
votes
1answer
38 views

Subject in the middle of sentence. What grammar is it?

What kind of grammar is used in this sentence? In school, while actively interacting with other students, children actually are practicing how to communicate with others. Particularly my question is ...
0
votes
1answer
9 views

The modal verb 'will' in reporting

M. Hewings in his book Advanced Grammar In Use explains that the modal verb will in the original statement, suggestion, etc. can be either changed into would or unchanged i.e. still will when it's ...
3
votes
1answer
82 views

Is 'coordination' a countable noun?

But those productions rely heavily on the Fair use doctrine, an important but often wobbly legal standard that allows part of a song to be played for limited purposes or on direct coordination of ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

On using 'last' before past tense veb

I want to say the last time I checked something was on [date]. I last checked it on [date]. Is the above sentence using last correctly?
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Standing to pull my into a tight hug [closed]

Could someone explain why the possessive 'my' appears between two prepositions in this reporting clause below "Hey college girl," He smiles a bright, perfectly lined smile while standing to ...
3
votes
1answer
65 views

I can't find an abbreviation in 'Berlin calling' phrase

From The movie American Traitor Radio Caster : This is Berlin calling. Berlin calling the American mothers and wives. And when Berlin calls, it pays to listen in because there's an American girl ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Never + past simple. Help me understand the meaning please

I'm reading and learning an example dialog and can't understand the meaning of this phrase: You sit there staring at the screen and taking to yourself. You never even combed your hair. You look like a ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Is there any grammar mistake in the sentence?

Researchers hypothesize that sharks sometimes confuse humans for another type of animals they usually consume, different from seals or fish. Is there a grammar mistake in the above sentence? I think ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Verb + thousands of [duplicate]

There's been thousands of problems with it. Or There have been thousands of problems with it. Which one is correct? I feel like there's something different because of thousands in the sentence ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Using outweighed as a past verb

I want to say that we give more consideration to quality over quantity. I am not sure of my understanding of the word. Is my use of outweighed here correct? We outweighed food's quality over quantity....
4
votes
1answer
38 views

We didn't know what to do, so we did nothing/ were doing nothing

I was advised to ask this question here, which was originally posted here: [https://english.stackexchange.com/q/580212/381160] I came across this sentence in one of my workbooks: We were in a ...
1
vote
1answer
28 views

Human wants are limited. What part of speech is "limited"?

Human wants are limited. Is this sentence in passive form? Is the 'limited' word an adjective?
1
vote
1answer
31 views

is it the Board's approval or Board approval?

I've seen both have been used in many articles and documents. The only difference I can see is that if 'the' is added before 'Board', they usually use apostrophe + s. Does the apostrophe for ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

Should it be "how about he take" or "how about he took" in the following?

This is in the past tense (third-person). Should I use took or take and why? There was someone outside the door. How about he took/take a peek through the peephole? Note: he here is the observer.
1
vote
1answer
35 views

Want to be one of the first of the 50?

I have a question We are inviting people to join our platform and we want to pick the first 50 artists In our advertisement we are using “ Want to be one of the first of the 50?” Is this sentence ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

noun clause or adverb clause

I read on Google books and exactly on this book: Applications of Grammar: Analysis of Effective Communication, Book 3 By Garry J. Moes, Ed Shewan The following Adverb clauses page 141 It is clear [...
1
vote
0answers
23 views

modal perfect construction(could have found) & real past tense(found)

Is modal perfect construction is equal to past tense when past action really happened/completed. How this particular use of the modal perfect construction differs from the real past tense used in the ...
0
votes
0answers
49 views

Is there any rule when inserting a phrase in the middle of a sentence?

It is, at least, clear that a free media is no guarentee that the world's fastest cultural changes will be reported. As "at least" in this sentence, When I read something that is in English ...
0
votes
1answer
34 views

How to understand "whether or not" here if there are no two clauses in the sentence?

In The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Neo learns that Zion will be destroyed: Neo: You won't let it happen. You can't. You need human beings to survive. The Architect: There are levels of survival we are ...
0
votes
1answer
19 views

I "wouldn't / won't" recommend it to others. - is the "would" the hypothetical use?

What is the difference between using "wouldn't" and "won't" in Example 1? Does "wouldn't" sound softer and maybe more indefinite? Is it related to the hypothetical use of ...
0
votes
1answer
20 views

have been or had been with "in 2020"

According to a report from 2020, one in ten Americans have (or had?) had a pet... Should I use have or had when I specify the report is an 'old' report, but the report result should still hold today ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Is it possible to omit "for people" in a sentence?

I have a question regarding the sentence below. This book is intended to make it easier to be informed. I interpreted this sentence as This book is intended to make it easier for people to be ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

Is ‘By + V-ing’ in the beginning of a sentence a [dangling] participle?

Samples: By intently contemplating on the beauty and qualities of his beloved, his sadness dissipated. By chanting Lord’s names, the ultimate attainment is had. By seeing this mountain, His memory of ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

Is "increasingly" a grammar mistake in "She turned increasingly to radical diets to lose weight"?

I wonder if this is a grammar mistake: She turned increasingly to radical diets to lose weight. Why use increasingly?
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Do we use article with gerud in present simble with 'be'?

I am wondering about the following pattern of sentence: The first and the main reason is the producing new goods for... Do we need to put bold "the" to distinguish present continuous from ...
0
votes
1answer
20 views

"But it's good to know it's there a possibility."

I am thinking about what it correct in the sentence above: ...it's there a possibility or ...there is a possibility. The original version sound a bit unnatural for me. Please, help me.
0
votes
1answer
44 views

How to understand "I'm calling it a push"?

I'm reading the book Working Backwards recently and got a little confused with the sentences below: I told him I’d played two weeks earlier at the local park with my buddy John. “So you have me beat ...
1
vote
3answers
75 views

", he/she on ..." vs. ", him/her on ..."

Example sentence: They sat across from each other, he/him on the chair, she/her on the bed. Should it be he/she or him/her? And why?
-2
votes
2answers
108 views

Can you say: What o'clock is it?

I have read the following expression/sentence in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland": "And it (the watch) doesn't tell what o'clock it is". (A Mad Tea-Party, chapter 7) Source: ...
1
vote
2answers
47 views

"doing something the traditional way" or "doing something in the traditional way"

John is learning English the traditional way. John is learning English in the traditional way. I would expect an "in" before a particular way: "doing something in the traditional way.&...
0
votes
4answers
76 views

What is 'have had better' meaning?

From CSI Las Vegas 404. Context: There was a case that a baby was dead in a car in the morning and a forensic doctor joined the case. Detective A: Heard you had a rough morning. Forensic Doctor: I've ...
1
vote
0answers
34 views

Using ‘would have’ for an impossibility in the future

In DC’s Titans (season 3 episode 1), Barbara said to Dick that she was helping “whoever Bruce would have recruited next”. I know intuitively that ‘would have’ can be used in relation to the present or ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

Preposition for “responsible” + verb

What preposition should one use with “responsible” when followed by a verb? I have seen that “for” should be used when followed by a noon (except when meaning “answerable to someone”). I noted that ...
1
vote
1answer
31 views

Which sentence is correct "being" or 'having been' or when he was?

Being a child, he could not understand how severe the situation was. As a child, he lived with his parents abroad for a long time. Questions about first sentence: should I use 'being a child' or '...