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wear

Hello. Can I say "Wait a minute! I'm just wearing on my coat." Thank you.Read More...
Absolutely not, Ahmed. The sentence is both ungrammatical and ludicrous. You need to change "wearing" to "putting": "I'm just putting on my coat." " Put on (something)" is a phrasal verb. You can even say: "I'm just putting my coat on."Read More...
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Correct or now

Hi everyone!!! I need your help. I am trying to prepare a homework for my english classes and I have some doubts wheter I did the task correctly. Till now I thought I am good at grammar😉please take a look and let me know. Today is my deadline to send it back. Thank you in advance!!!! CORRECT or not When you have woken me I had a wonderful dream. This time yesterday I was playing tennis. When I got have got to the party everybody had a great time. When Columbus left Europe, he thought he...Read More...
Thank you, Ahmed. Olga, "Are all my answers to my grammar-homework questions correct?" is not a question about the grammar of English. If you ask a question about English grammar, we will be happy to discuss it with you.Read More...
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When I arrived home, she cooked the meal." means:

a)She cooked the meal before my arrival. b)She cooked the meal after my arrival. c)I arrived home and I saw her cooking. d)I arrived home but I didn't see her cook or cooking.Read More...
Hi, Toka, Please, notice that you shouldn't make your whole question the title of the thread. I see that 'b' is the best one here. It means that she was waiting for me and immediately on my arrival, she cooked the meal. Using the past simple with the two actions means that there was no time span between them.Read More...
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please help me what is the grammatical structure of this sentence

please help me what is the grammatical structure of this sentence "When a laser printer is used, the image is projected by means of a laser beam, which creates a brighter light and a greater contrast between lighter and darker areas and therefore results in sharper printed images. " 1.what type of this sentence what structure is it? 2.is it have passive voice? i really have no idea 3.is ''sharper printed images '' is past participle? 4.what job of ",Which" in third clause do? 5.is the first...Read More...
I don't know if this answers your question, which is not very clear to me, but complex sentences contain one or more subordinate clauses, and relative clauses are one type of subordinate clauses. Therefore, a sentence containing a relative clause is, by definition, a complex sentence.Read More...
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Am I correct in thinking that this is a relative clause and not a phrase?

I was reading an online PDF on the differences between phrases and clauses, and I came across something peculiar. It sounds like it is describing a relative clause, but it is labeled as a "another kind of phrase". I'm just posting it on here to make sure I'm not misunderstanding something. Website =...Read More...
Sorry about that.Read More...
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not letting me go

1) Are you not letting me go into the room? Is that sentence ambiguous? I think it could mean: a) Aren't you letting me go into the room? and also b) Are you preventing me from going into the room? Let us say someone stands in my way and blocks my passage to the room. I suspect that he is actively preventing me from going in. Let's assume I want to make sure there is no misunderstanding. I think I could use '1' but not 'a'. Gratefully, NaviRead More...

after Joyce

1) We shouldn't lose sight of the fact that these novelists were writing after Joyce. Is that sentence ambiguous? a) They were writing in a period of time that came after Joyce. They were post-Joyceian, so to speak. b) They were writing in the style of Joyce. Gratefully, NaviRead More...

speaks (more clear) or (more clearly) than

Hi, Which one of the following two sentences is more correct? John speaks more clear than Alan. or John speaks more clearly than Alan. I have chosen “more clearly” as the answer but there are those who argued that “more clear” is more correct. Please advise. Thank you.Read More...
Hi, Gustavo, I completely agree with you. I should have added, from the very beginning, that the usage of 'more clear' is nonstandard here. Quirk in A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, page 406, says: 1. ?Speak clear. 2. Speak clearer. [' more clearly '] 3. This newsreader speaks clearest of all. ['most clearly'] Whereas clear in [l] is nonstandard for clearly, [2] and [3] are both acceptable standard English variants of more clearly and most clearly, respectively.Read More...
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As to why & why

Hi, Is as to redundant here? Does it serve any purpose? e.g. I am not quite sure as to why you need me to accompany you. I am not quite sure why you need me to accompany you.Read More...
I prefer the second one, Tony. It sounds more natural. "as to" will generally be used when the relationship between the noun and the clause that follows is not so direct and, as a result, a stronger connection needs to be established: - There are different points of view as to why I should accompany you.Read More...
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Legal writing - we note in this context or we have decided in consideration of the following

Hello, In legal writing, supposedly, you want to write as to why your decision is not in favour of the appellant. So, which of the following is better/appropriate and what are the differences. e.g. We note in this context: a. b. c. or we have decided in consideration of the following: a. b. c.Read More...
Tony, David means you need to analyze how lawyers and accountants write and try to imitate their style.Read More...
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"In" vs "of"

Which one is correct in the following sentences : In or of ? 1a- John is the tallest boy in the class. 1b- John is the tallest boy of the class. 2a- Christiano Ronaldo is the best soccer player in the world. 2b- Christiano Ronaldo is the best soccer player of the world. 3a- Lionel messi is the best player of Barcelona. 3b- Lionel messi is the best player in Barcelona. 4a- Sir Donald Bradman is the most renowned player in Cricket. 4b- Sir Donald Bradman is the most renowned player of Cricket.Read More...
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comma after spoken dialogue

Is this sentence correct or do you put a period after the dialogue and capitalize the word one because he is not actually saying it out loud? "I wish I was more like my brother," one of the men in the group thought.Read More...
The sentence is correct as written, Whisperdrone. If you separated the quotation and the clause of attribution into two sentences, the clause of attribution would have a different meaning. The quotation would no longer be the complement of the verb "thought." "Thought" would be intransitive, and "One of the men in the group thought" would mean that one of the men engaged periodically in the activity of thinking. You could also simply say: One of the men in the group wished he were more like...Read More...
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The amount or The number?

Greetings. I have a question here. Which sentence below is the correct one? - The amount of CO2 emissions was 2 tonnes. - The number of CO2 emissions was 2 tonnes. I have looked the word "emission" up in the dictionary. It's a countable noun, but it seems ambiguous to me to say "one,two or three emissions" if it is a countable noun.Read More...
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grammar for dialogue

I'm writing a novel and I am confused on where to separate paragraphs with dialogue. Tell me which of the following sentences is correct: Bobby sat down on the bed and hung his head. He heard a noise out the window and opened it and saw his best friend playing basketball. "Hey, Joe," Bobby called out. "I thought you were at work." "Not today," Joe said. "I get Thursdays off now." OR: Bobby sat down on the bed and hung his head. He heard a noise out the window and opened it and saw his best...Read More...
Hello, WHISPERDRONE, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange. Both ways are acceptable.Read More...
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“I hope I can” vs “I wish I could”

I hope I can go to the beach I wish I could go to the beach Am I right to assume that both of these sentences are grammatically correct? And that their difference only lies in the meaning you want to convey? For example, I will use "I hope I can" when I'm trying to say that there is a future possibility that I can go, there is a strong possibility it can happen (just not now). But for "I wish I could", I will use that when I know that there's no chance I could go, or there's no chance it...Read More...
Hello, Leeen A., and welcome to the Grammar Exchange. The first sentence is grammatical in the right type of context. For example: I don't know what I would do if I couldn't go sailing while there. I hope I could (at least) go to the beach.Read More...
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more than structure

Hello, everyone I have questions about these sentences. The death of her grandmother did more than carry away the woman Alexandra loved best. https://books.google.co.kr/boo...best.%22&f=false Throughout the twentieth century , bridal magazines have done more than just tell young women what to buy https://books.google.co.kr/boo...0than%22&f=false It seems that "carry away the woman Alexandra loved best" is a bare infinitive clause. Unlike other normal comparative clauses, it doesn't...Read More...
Hello, WinD and Gustavo—This is a very interesting topic. I think it is probably in the Top 10 of the most challenging questions ever asked on the Grammar Exchange. I do not have a definitive answer to offer here but only my perspective. For me, the correctness judgements should be just the reverse. The sentence with "furnishing" is correct, and the sentence with "raise" is incorrect. As Gustavo goes on to say, Fowler finds "furnishing" unidiomatic but defensible, and "raise" idiomatic but...Read More...
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Please help me understand the grammatical structure of this sentence.

Hello, I need help in understanding the grammatical structure of this sentence. Could anyone break it down? Thank you very much!! "Scattered among the leaves crawl creatures called Zeepers that are half insect, half animal".Read More...
Hello, mark888, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange. Where have you taken this sentence from? Restrictive "that" should be replaced with non-restrictive "which" (preceded by a comma), and, being nouns, "insects" and "animals" should be in the plural (by the way, insects are animals). This is a case of full inversion, with "scattered among the leaves" being a subject complement in front position and with the verb "crawl" preceding the subject "creatures ..."Read More...
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If vs. Whether

Hi! How would you answer the quiz question below? It was taken from the website page: https://www.engvid.com/grammar-if-whether/ 2. Please let the front desk know _____ you need extra towels. a. if b. whether c. both are correct The reason I'm asking is that the online corrector gave an answer which I'm not sure I agree with. The website's answer is " c. both are correct ". I'm OK with "if". The problem is with "whether". If I say the sentence out loud with "whether", it sounds OK (not that...Read More...
I hadn't thought of a specific context in which "whether" could fit in. Great context! Thanks, @Gustavo, Co-Moderator and @David, Moderator !Read More...
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Subject inversion with "would"

I know that when you're asking a question in English, the subject and the verb are inverted. But I just wanna make sure if it's correct to say something like: "Which of these foods you wouldn't eat for breakfast?" In comparison to something like "Which of these foods would you not eat for breakfast?"Read More...
No, CROSSCHAOS, that is incorrect. You can say: - Which of these foods wouldn't you eat for breakfast? or, as you proposed: - Which of these foods would you not eat for breakfast?Read More...
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Past Simple or present perfect continuous.

ceedhanna
Hi. I found this sentence " 6. My uncle ____________________ the same pullover the whole winter. I guess he ____________ it. (WEAR, LOVE) " in this website ( www.english-practice.at ). The answer was " My uncle has been wearing the same pullover the whole winter. I guess he loves it." I am asking is it possible to answer it like this: "My uncle wore the same pullover the whole winter. I guess he loved it." Greetings.Read More...
Yes, Ceedhanna, that would be a possible answer too.Read More...
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There would be

I came across this sentence . " There would be a shop here " is it correct .Read More...
Hi, Ilko, Could you tell please us in what context you found this sentence? One possible context I can think of is an architect showing the layout of a future urban development and explaining where the different buildings would be located.Read More...
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Question about the correct form

Hello! Please help me to understand which sentence is correct. Could you please explain what does this statement mean? And Could you please explain what this statement mean? Thanks in advance!Read More...
Hello, AnnaS, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange. Both sentences are wrong. The embedded question should be in the affirmative form. - Direct question: What does this statement mean ? - Indirect question: Could you please explain what this statement mean s ? Alternatively, you can say: - Could you please explain the meaning of this statement?Read More...
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