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David, Moderator
Our Policy on the Use of Quotations We understand that members occasionally desire or need to ask grammar-related questions about sentences or phrases that were written by others, and it is perfectly acceptable for you to do so. However, if you wish to include sentences or phrases in a post that were not originally written by you, you must do two things: 1) You must show punctuationally that they are not your words. 2) You must cite what you have taken the text from. The easiest way to...Read More...

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of the same size or the same size

Hello there I'd like to know if it's correct to say : 1. The two products are of the same size. 2. The two products are the same size. 3. The two products have the same size. 4. The two products are of different sizes. 5. The two products are in different sizes. 6. The two products have different sizes. Thanks a lot. Happy Easter :DRead More...

Oblivious clearly

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: "I'm oblivious clearly."Read More...
Hello, Hailey, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange! That isn't a very kind thing to say about oneself. From a grammatical standpoint, the sentence wants a comma (or, in speech, an intonation break or slight pause) before "clearly." Alternatively, you could place "clearly" at the beginning or in the middle. It is a sentence-level adverbial modifying the proposition "I'm oblivious." It is clear that I'm oblivious. Clearly, I'm oblivious. I'm clearly oblivious. I'm oblivious, clearly.Read More...
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Reported Speech

He told the police that he always ……..the doors and windows to avoid being burgled. a) locks b) locked I think that both answers are correct. The first would mean that it's a habit that he still does (which makes more sense to me) and the second implies that he used to do this before reporting the theft to the police. Am I right? Thanks for helping me out.Read More...
Oh, very good, Ahmed. Thanks for clarifying. Now I fully agree with you, too.Read More...
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Wish

Salma is in England. She wishes it ………..raining! a. stops b. will stop c. stopped d. would stop The model answer is d. I wonder if 'c' is also possible. I appreciate your help. From the textbook "New Hello for Third Secondary" in Egypt.Read More...
Hi, Rasha Assem, This question has been discussed here: https://thegrammarexchange.inf...0#590866539123703210Read More...
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The All Other

ahmad
Hello, everyone, 1. The all inclusive system soon gave way to a new one. 2. All other systems soon gave way to the new one. 3. The all other systems soon gave way to the new one. I hope (1) and (2) are fine. I think (3) is incorrect. Can someone help me understand what makes (1) different from (3) ? Thanks. PS to David: God willing, I will soon return to the other open thread. I need to do a little reading there.Read More...
Thanks, Gustavo. It seems that my inability to put across my real question is something I must attend to before I end up embarking on the wasteful journey of frittering away your or somebody else's precious time. Thanks.Read More...
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Past Cont vs Past Perfect Cont,

Someone next door ................... heavy metal music all night long. I didn’t get a wink of sleep. a) was playing b) has played c)had been playing d) has been playing I think that 'c' is the answer but 'a' is also possible. From one of the mock exams in Egypt.Read More...

Mixed conditionals ?

B and G got married 10 years ago. Now B and G have decided to divorce. But they have no regret about their 10-year marriage. My question : Is it grammatically correct if B and G say to their friends and relatives something like this : If we had known that we would get divorced today, we would still get married 10 years ago. Thank you very much in advance.Read More...
Hi David, thank you very much again for your help.Read More...
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so did he

a. As his father played tennis, so did he. b. Just as his father played tennis, so did he. Do these mean 1. His father played tennis and so did he . 2. He played tennis in the same way his father played tennis. 3. He played tennis because his father did. 4. He played tennis at the same time as his father did. Many thanks.Read More...

just as I played the guitar

a. As I played the guitar, he played the piano. b. Just as I played the guitar, he played the piano. c. He played the piano as I played the guitar. d. He played the piano just as I played the guitar. e. He played the piano as I played the guitar. f. He played the piano just as I played the guitar. Which of the above correspond to which of the below: 1. He played the piano while I played the guitar. 2. He played the piano and I played the guitar. 3. He played the piano because I played the...Read More...

this way; in this way

1. I did it this way. 2. I did it in this way. 3. Come this way. 4. Come in this way. Are they all correct? Are there any rules of whether to use 'this way' or 'in this way'? Thanks!Read More...
It's largely a matter of native idiomatic preference, Kis; however, if "this way" is functioning as a stand-alone noun phrase -- one which cannot be analyzed as a reduced prepositional phrase (i.e. as a reduced version of "in this way") -- then it is not possible to use "in this way" instead. This is the situation when, for example, "this way" is the subject of a sentence: This way is a good way to go. * In this way is a good way to go.Read More...
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two green and one red box/es

Hello, I am having trouble finding the rule for the usage of plural or singular in the following sentences: 1. There were two yellow and one red card/s awarded. 2. Two yellow and one red card were/ was awarded. I feel like in sentence 1 - "There were two yellow and one red card awarded" is correct, and in sentence 2 - "Two yellow and one red card were awarded" is correct. Grammarly accepts both plural and singular in both sentences. Please, please, can anyone name the rule for these examples...Read More...
Hello, Nico, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange! "Were" is the verb that is needed, and you should say "one red card." It is ungrammatical to say * one red cards . "Two yellow and one red card" means "Two yellow [ cards ] and one yellow card." That is a plural noun phrase. We use plural verbs with plural subjects in English.Read More...
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One

Do we say "one should do his/her/their jobs well."Read More...
Hello, Emad, I agree with Ahmed_btm that the best choice is "one's," and it is not listed. In old-fashioned English, "his" was used as a generic singular pronoun. In modern feminist English, "her" can be used as a generic singular pronoun. If you use "his" or "her," however, you must change "jobs" to "job." Indeed, you need to change "jobs" to "job" even if you use "one's": One should do one's job well.Read More...
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acres of land is/are

570 acres of land ______ filled with gardens and cycling paths. a. is b. are Are they both correct? Is 'acres of land' singular or plural? Thanks!Read More...
Hi, Kis, Yes, they are both correct. The singular represents the 570 acres as one piece of land. The plural represents the 570 acres as 570 individual units of land.Read More...
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Reported Speech

Hello, "He said a moment ago:"I have just seen the doctor."" Is it reported as following: "He said a moment ago that he....... just seen the doctor." A-had b-has I think (had)Read More...
I agree with Ahmed_btm's answer here and respect the Egyptian guidelines. For me personally, however, I find the backshifted version ("He said a moment ago that he had just seen a doctor") to be more natural, and that is the sentence that I would naturaly use, though it is true that each is correct and justifiable.Read More...
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grammar

Dear teachers, what is the difference between house and home? Another question :- Must any English teacher know all idioms? Thanks a lot.Read More...

Paraphrasing the sentence

Can you explain this sentence please :"There were so many people that I didn't know who was doing what."Read More...
Hello, Emad, The "that"-clause relates to "so." As a result of there being a lot of people there, you didn't know who was doing what. "Who was doing what" is an embedded question with two wh-elements and is functioning as the object of "didn't know." You didn't know the answer to the question "Who is doing what?" (i.e., Who is doing this?, Who is doing that?, etc.). Q: Who is doing what? I can't tell. / I can't tell who is doing what. A: John is shaking Mark's hand. Joan is setting the...Read More...
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Past Perfect

Hello, everyone! As far as I understand, the most important function of past perfect is to refer to ' earlier past '. However, when I found the following sentences, I couldn't undertand the usage of past perfect, since the action of past perfect tense in the main clause obviously occurred later compared to the action of past tense in the subordinate clause. Since I have often seen such sentences with above unexpected past perfect, I wonder if natives might have the usage that they use...Read More...
I'll appreciate, if I could hear your explanation for my last question in the following post, when you're convenient; https://thegrammarexchange.inf...pic/seems-like-as-if Thanks in advanceRead More...
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Past Perfect 2

Hello! I'll appreciate, if anyone could explain me the usage of past perfect in the following sentence, since the past perfect, I assume, is unusually refering to ' later past '. "The frustrated interrogator was not going to give up easily. “Are you both still working in the company?” Barbara, appearing not the least disturbed by the woman’s incontinent insistence, scooped the last cherry out of her dish, smiled , looked directly at her, and said in the identical tone of voice, “We’ve...Read More...

Decompose "I have something important to tell you"

Hi everyone, I heard this on a film and when I try and decompose it using sentence diagramming I get stuck trying to define what each word's function is. Is it possible someone define each each word please? The sentence: "I have something important to tell you." The movie was: Conspiracy Theory; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...piracy_Theory_(film) Many thanks, PhilipRead More...
Thank you David. It is deeply satisfying reading your answers.Read More...
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Tenses

What is the right choice in this sentence :"l (knew /had known) him for ten years when he died in 2000.Read More...
Hello, Emad, The past perfect is the correct choice in that sentence. To see this, it may help you to see the sentence with the "when"-clause fronted: When he died, in 2000, I had known him for ten years. I have set off "in 2000" with commas because the phrase is nonrestrictive. He only died once, and that was in 2000.Read More...
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Will you want

We are going for a walk. Will you want to come with us? Is it natural? (I would say: Do you want ... or Will you come ...?)Read More...
Hi, Freeguy, That question is not natural. I'm assuming that the time of the walk is to be in the fairly immediate future. Your other questions are OK, but "Will you come with us?" is a request, whereas "Do you want to come with us?" is a friendly invitation. Here's what I would use: We're going for a walk. Would you like to come with us?Read More...
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