63 Answered Questions for the topic grammaticality
Ending a sentence with "however"?
today I got into a discussion with a colleague of mine about if it's correct to end a sentence with "however". Here's the case:"I've attached the following document. I don't think it'll be useful,... more
Can an adverb modify a noun?
Is it right to say:> the scientifically literate? The reason I ask is that "The literate" is a noun. And the adverb *scientifically* modifies it. But as far as I know, adverbs cannot modifies... more
“To enable him to escape” vs. “to enable him escape”?
I have been coming across this kind of sentence more and more:>She gave him a key to enable him *to* escape capture. She gave him a key to enable him escape capture.Which sentence is correct?... more
Correctness of omitting a definite article or a preposition?
I am writing an essay about my university experiences and a suggested correction from an English Ph.D. sounds wrong to me.The suggestion is>In our meeting to discuss... more
“She ran… , her nose pressed against the glass” Are the actions simultaneous or consecutive?
>She ran towards the display, her nose pressed against the glass.My friend and I don't understand the same thing when reading this sentence, and neither of us can explain why. To me, it doesn't... more
Why can't "being" come after the verb "feel"?
The question is completely edited.>*I felt being dragged by a beast.The word *being* cannot be used here, and that's for sure. It sounds wrong. What I am trying to find here is *why* it is... more
Is it possible to use present and past in one sentence?
> In *On The Road* Jack admits to Justin W. Brierly that he loves Neal Cassady because he reminds him of his brother, Gerard, who dies when Jack was five years old. Is this grammatical? The... more
Why do we use "-s" with verbs?
Why do we use an "s" for some verb conjugations? e.g. *I run/He run**s***. Why can't it be *I run/He run*?
Why do people say "Go down this road" or "Go down this corridor" instead of saying "Go straight"?
I was wondering, when giving directions, is it correct to say "go straight" instead of "go down"? Does down and straight in the context of giving directions mean the same thing?
Can an auxiliary verb have an object?
* I want to goHere 'want to' is a phrasal modal. Do we agree? Now consider this:* I want him to goIs it possible that in this sentence the pronoun him is the object of the modal auxiliary 'want... more
Would you mind to do something??
Is it correct to say "Would you mind to do something?". I've seen this usage in a few places, but it doesn't sound right to me. I would guess that it's proper to use "Would you mind doing... more
What are the rules about using 'half of' with plural nouns?
Here are some sentences with 'half of' and plural nouns that I consider to be well-formed: >Half of all films are a waste of celluloid. >Half of users surveyed said they preferred the old... more
Lists Without "And"?
I just came across this sentence:> Everyone has lost his country, his home, his equilibrium.I've seen such structure used numerous times but I'm not sure how this works. What effect does it have... more
Punctuation for the phrase "including but not limited to"?
When using the phrase "including but not limited to", how should it be punctuated? When used in the following (no punctuation): > There are many activities including but not limited to running... more
Just Googling it?
Today in class a student was reading the title of an article for group discussion: "Just googling it is bad for your brain." http://qz.com/519155/just-googling-it-is-bad-for-your-brain/ The... more
Can a person happen? Is "Zodanga happened" correct?
I was watching movie *John Carter* where there was some dialogue like this: > — What happened here? — Zodanga happened. Here Zodanga was a bad guy in the movie. I don't understand how **a... more
Implied subject with "i.e."?
Is it required that an `i.e.` clause have an explicit subject? Preferred? *E.g.*, is the following sentence correct? >She was not amenable, i.e., turned him down. Or would it have to be >She... more
Is there bad grammar in Cinemark's "No Texting" warning?
The sentence in question is "Do not be the person we ask to leave the auditorium, because we **will**." It sounds very wrong to me, but I can't put my finger on the exact problem. Nobody on the... more
Punctuation for the phrase "including but not limited to"?
When using the phrase "including but not limited to", how should it be punctuated?When used in the following (no punctuation):> There are many activities including but not limited to running... more
Is it grammatical to introduce a result clause using “then”?
Is it grammatical to introduce a result clause by using *then* as in these examples: * Don’t be lazy – *then* you will fail. * Don’t kill him – *then* you will regret it. If so, then is the *then*... more
I like it that vs. "I like that"?
I want to express the following: You are blaming me for your lack of concern and I like that (in a sarcastic way). Which one of the following sentences would be correct? > * I like it that your... more
Is it incorrect to use a sentence fragment to answer a question?
In an English essay, I wrote: > What am I looking at? People enjoying themselves? I lost points for using a sentence fragment. Is it truly incorrect to use a sentence fragment this way?
On the usage of the expression “What differentiate(s)”?
**Question one:** Which of the following sentences are grammatically correct? 1) What differentiate apples from oranges are their colors and sizes. 2) What differentiates apples from oranges is... more
Is a comma needed to offset a title?
If I were to try and describe a book called "Book", is this sentence grammatically correct? >The book _Book_ by Joe Bob is set in... I was told that this sentence is incorrect, that commas must... more
Subordinating conjunctions "who" & "when" as subject clause?
I understand *who* and *when* can be used to introduce adjective clause for sure like the following sentences. >The time when is good for us to meet has not been decided. >The person who is... more