20 Answered Questions for the topic word order
Subject, verb, direct object, object complement versus "subject, verb, indirect object, direct object"?
Reading _English Grammar_ (HarperCollins College Outline, published by HarperResource, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) I found a chapter (_Sentence Basics_) that explains that in English... 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
When can the -ing form of a verb be placed before a noun?
My native-speaker's grammatical intuition tells me that: > There is a **sleeping man** under the tree. is fine but > There is a **fishing man** by the river bank. is wrong. Why? I've... more
Is it possible to start a grammatically-correct English sentence with the word "Than"?
Question: * Is it possible to start a grammatically-correct English sentence with the word "Than"? * If no, what other English words share this property? Background: * Trevor claimed that it... more
both the users or "the both users"?
I keep running into this debate with my thesis advisor. Are both of these forms correct?> It can be seen that *both the* users> are able to...or> It can be seen that *the both* users>... more
Difference between 'eat soup hot' and 'eat hot soup'?
Can anyone explain the difference between the following sentences?1. I eat most kinds of soup hot.2. I eat most kinds of hot soup.Earlier today, one of my non-English speaking friends asked me the... more
Meaning of "non se ne parla"?
I recently saw this phrase on Facebook, and I got very confused, because shouldn't it be: > Si non ne parla?I know that (or at least I was told; correct me if I am wrong) in Italian, you say: ... more
Venire a prenderti vs. "venirti a prendere"?
L'altro giorno, parlando con la mia ragazza, mi sono imbattuto in una frase che sembra pronunciabile in due diversi modi (probabilmente uno dei due è errato a livello formale): - Vorrei venire a... more
Varying word order for stylistic effect?
Sometimes, for stylistic or rhetorical effect, one wants to delay mentioning a word/concept until the end of a sentence. For example, it's often best to save the punchline for the very end: > I... more
Position of verb for object clause?
Is the general word order of this sentence correct? > We investigate how strong the effect of X on Y is. Or, as an alternative, > We investigate how strong the effect of X is on Y. In a... more
Why do some questions not start with an auxiliary verb?
When I learned English, my teachers told me that all questions **must** have an auxiliary verb at the beginning, just like *Are you mad?* or *Is she playing?* do. But when watching some movies or... more
What is the rule for adjective order?
Some adjectives seem to change meaning depending on the position (before of after the noun), e.g.> un bambino piccolo - *a young child*> un piccolo bambino - *a small child*Other simply don't... more
Is there a proper format when asking a question?
My book has the following format when asking a question:"È verde il libro grande?" I write it as such.But what's the difference with writing "È il libro grande verde?" Would Italians tilt their... more
Difference between styles of English in technical communication?
I have a collaborative software project with two other users. Nearly every technical report and documentation written goes through the following editorial changes to some of the sentences (examples... more
How do you form questions in "passato prossimo"?
I was just wondering how does one form questions when you use the tense "passato prossimo". Is it necessary that the verb comes first before the subject/doer? Or the syntax doesn't matter? For... more
I will learn better English -- should it be "I will learn English better."?
Somehow, I think "better English" is incorrect, because I think there isn't better English; English is English. But I hear this phrase from other ESL students a lot. Is this correct way of saying... more
Fronting correct use?
I have this phrase (created myself) > He was entering into the office slowly / Slowly, he was entering into the office. (there shouldn't be difference I suppose) Now, the rules say that if... more
Why use "of" in the phrase "delivered of a baby"?
With all the "Royal baby" craze comes something that really confuses me. All the news media used pretty much the same sentence to make the announcement: > The Duchess of Cambridge has been... more
Position of prepositions in questions and clauses?
I would like to know if there is any rule to know where prepositions should be placed in questions or clauses. For example, I have heard many sentences and some of them put the preposition in the... more