1,318 Answered Questions for the topic grammar

08/21/19

What is a homophone?

What is a homophone, and can you give an example of one?

English grammar transformation

As soon as the arrangements were made to release extra water from the reservoirs,the rain came in a downpour.Start your sentence with "No sooner...."

08/13/19

Does this sentence make sense? Specifically after the comma in the second sentence.

Bryan Stevenson was in law school, lost. Lost because he did not find a meaning in his education with law, unfulfilled with the required monotonous courses.

08/13/19

Does this sentence make sense? Specifically after the comma in the second sentence.

Bryan Stevenson was in law school, lost. Lost because he did not find a meaning in his education with law, unfulfilled with the required monotonous courses.

08/06/19

Use of subjunctive form?

I know that when you introduce a statement with 'if,' you are speaking in the subjunctive and therefore use 'were' instead of 'was' (e.g., "If I were to do this thing, something else would... more
Grammar

08/06/19

Should probably be vs. "should be probably"?

Which one is more correct?> This one should probably be similar to the other one.> This one should be probably similar to the other one.My gut tells me it's the first one, but I'm not sure.
Grammar

08/06/19

Is it a "Texas Accent" or a "Texan Accent"?

Is it proper to say "Texan accent" or "Texas accent" - or does it make any difference?
Grammar

08/06/19

What is the difference between faulty coordination and faulty parallelism?

What is the difference between the two errors ? I've tried to understand the difference between them , but none of the sources helps .
Grammar

08/05/19

Using "will" in a sentence vs not using "will"?

I'm an ESL teacher. A student asked me a question regarding this sentence. ***"Don't phone Ann now. She'll be busy."***The student asked me why we have to use "will" in the sentence. Why... more
Grammar Usage

08/05/19

Confusion in using "due to"?

I usually meet "due to" usage in a document or conversation, but in different ways. I did some research and found out that "due to" is adjectival.Thus, the correct sentence should be:> The... more

08/05/19

Is "to [verb] will [verb]" a complete statement?

Let's have, for example, the following phrase.>To create fancy product will require more effort.Is it a grammatically complete and correct sentence?

08/05/19

The name of this grammar structure?

> It is a serious, ***and sometimes fatal***, disease that may become epidemic in crowded, unsanitary living conditions.I'm trying to find the name of grammar structure (a very technological... more
Grammar Past Tense Tenses

08/05/19

How do I say "now it holds" in past tense?

I'm writing a short story, and came across a weird grammar issue. Here's a simplified snippet:>The holding cell was spacious, originally intended to hold a dozen prisoners. But **now it held** a... more
Grammar Differences

08/05/19

Try to do something vs. Try doing something?

Is there any differences between > Try to do And > Try doing Thank you in advence.
Grammar Prepositions

08/05/19

Which is correct: "The facts are known by us" or "The facts are known to us"?

Which is correct?>The facts are known by usor >The facts are known to usI think _by_ is correct but my friends persist that it's _to_.

08/05/19

You will have to Vs Have to?

I have come across this, in a recent conversation with an educationalist.During our conversation regarding higher education; He said, "you will have to do that".Is it the right phrase? What is the... more
Grammar

08/05/19

Using "was" vs "were" for "as if"?

For hypothetical situations, I've read that mostly, it is safer to use "were" for ifs.> If the world were peaceful, there would be no wars.But, I've also read that for *some* unhypothetical/past... more
Grammar Terminology

08/05/19

What is the opposite of the perfect aspect?

Most tenses exist in a perfect and non-perfect form, e.g. present vs. present perfect and past continuous vs. past perfect continuous. What is the group of tenses that are not perfect called?

What is the correct usage of "the question of ..."?

I am currently writing my thesis, which addresses the question <em>of how to do X</em>. However, I am not sure whether the usage of <em>"the question of ..."</em> is... more
Grammar

08/05/19

If someone says, "I behoove you to read the policies" is that a correct use of the word?

I was attending a presentation and the manager said at least ten times, "I behoove you to read the policies. The first time I heard it, I thought I had not heard it correctly. But then he said it... more

08/05/19

In structures such as 'football manager', is 'football' a modifier or a complement of the head noun?

I thought I'd post this as it illustrates a problem often encountered on ELU.> In structures such as 'football manager', is 'football' a modifier or> a complement of the head noun?I've seen... more
Grammar Idioms

08/05/19

In the phrase "man enough", is man an adjective?

I do realize that the phrase *"to be man enough"* is an idiom. But I wonder what is the grammatical/syntactic role that *man* plays in it. Is it an uncountable noun? An adjective? An adverb? Or... more
Grammar History

08/05/19

Have grammar rules changed through the history of the English language?

When I want to know what form a word has say in 12th century (end Old English, begin Middle English), 14th century (end Middle English), or any other time in England history, I only need to track... more

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