146 Answered Questions for the topic usage


Which is correct, “learnt” or “learned”?


Another way to say "it never hurts"?

It **wouldn't hurt** you to be a bit more serious.*Wouldn't/won't/never hurts* make perfect sense in this example. I'm wondering if there's any alternative way to preserve the meaning of this... more
Usage Grammar


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


You didn't miss me, right? (possible answer with correct use of English)?

A) No, I didn't miss you.B) Yes, I didn't miss you.C) No, I did miss you.D) Yes, I did miss you.According to my common sense perfect answers can be C) and B) only, and reason behind it is-... more


“Has reported” as present perfect vs. “has” as present + “reported” as a noun?

In the following sentence below, I **want** to use the word *reported* as a noun, but it looks like I’m using the present perfect form *has reported*. How can one be clear when constructions like... more
Usage Grammar


Is the expression 'too much, too young' grammatically acceptable?

I'm happy to see that grammar is being seen as important enough to be taught in English schools ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22403731 ) again. I think. At least it might improve some... more

In back of'' vs. back of" vs. the spatial sense of "behind" in AmE?

What's the difference to these expressions, as in "The little girl was hiding in back of the tree" vs. "The little girl was hiding back of the tree" vs. "The little girl was hiding behind the... more


Is this worded correctly if it was spoken in an interview?

I am like a clean slate. I do not have any preconceived notions about how the company runs


What's the difference between will and going to?

I have no idea what the difference between these are. I have heard that they have the same meaning, but how do they?


Is this worded correctly if it was spoken in an interview?

Is this worded correctly if it was spoken in an interview? > I am like a clean slate. I do not have any preconceived notions about how the company runs


This is true or That is true?

When someone says something that you agree with, should you say "that's true" or "this is true"? I have heard people say it both ways. My question is for both formal and informal usage.

When to use "respectively"?

I have been wondering what it means when people use "respectively" in, before, and after sentences. For example:> We are looking for a babysitter to pick up and supervise our kids ages> 6 and... more

Should I vs. "Shall I" vs. "Do I" in AE?

In colloquial prose, is there some difference to saying "Should I/we", Shall I/we", "Do I/we" to ask someone's advice?E.g.> Should I call the police?Sounds like I'm asking someone (or myself) if... more


Correspond to vs. Correspond with?

Is there any significant difference between `Correspond to` and `Correspond with`? I only mean in the sense of "matching", here, rather than "communication". I've looked at a few sources, but I... more


Mark Twain and the tenses?

Maybe I'm being too pedantic for my own good, but here's the thing. There is in Mark Twain's short story titled *Journalism in Tennessee* a passage in which, if you take a good close look, the... more

Is "as (adjective) as (adjective)" acceptable usage?

For idiosyncratic reasons of euphony and metre, I want to write (something like) "She wore round her neck many gems, as beautiful as rare." I feel in my bones that this formulation, "... as... more


When the agent takes を in the causative form?

I've seen a few sets of terminology when referring to the causative form, so for the basic case, I will use the following: `instigator が agent に 〇〇 を v-させる。` In its most basic, text-book form, we... more


Are there cases when two or more particles will occur next to each other without intervening lexical words?

Most particles seem to be postpositions but I'm sure I've seen say a noun followed by a location particle followed by "wa" or "ga" or possibly "wo" but when I've tried to use it I've only confused... more


What are the fundamental differences between the ~と一緒に and the ~とともに fragments?

I'm accustomed to saying `together with` using the `~ to issho ni` fragment, but I've been noticing that some people I talk to phrase this using `~ totomo ni` instead. i.e. 彼女と一緒に日本へ来た。 ... more


correctness of い adjective + です?

Generally, in all Japanese language classes, the rule you're taught is that です does not follow い adjectives. Instead, い adjectives can act like stative verbs, and as such terminate a sentence by... more


Can 何で mean "how"?

Looking at <a href="http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/verbparticles">this</a>, it seems that when the word 何 is used with the で particle, it roughly translates into "by means... more


Do Japanese parents address their son as musuko?

In America, parents can address their son as son. For example, "Son, could you open the window for me?" Do Japanese parents address their son as 息子?Thanks.


Differences between "very" and "very much" as adjective modifiers?

The following examples are clearly wrong: > &#215; I am very much tired > &#215; She is very much clever But the following sounds fine (at least according to... more


what is the difference between ごとに and おきに?

Both ごとに and おきに appear to mean "repeatedly at intervals". What is the difference between these two expressions?


In what situations can you use ぞ as a sentence ender?

When can one use the sentence ender ぞ? I've only ever heard it anime, so I'm unsure of it's actual usage in the real world. Is it not used that often or limited to specific age/gender groups?

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