Deadlines as instants or periods with various verbs and tenses

I was wondering whether a deadline is more of an instant or more of a period. It seems to have some of both aspects, but with more of an emphasis on the instant. I thought that this should be reflected in the verbs used in this context. The total Google hit counts for “the deadline … Read more

Using (be) as a main verb in this form (be) without using auxiliary verbs, is it correct? [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Closed 4 years ago. Improve this question There’s no doubt that “Be happy” and “Don’t be sad.” are correct, and “They be happy” is incorrect. But … Read more

How can I omit adverbs to impart a strong feeling?

I’m practicing replacing adverbs with strong verbs. I read about few strategies that help replace adverbs. (E.g. this). I understand that a lot of it depends on the context. Adverbs can be removed, replaced with strong verbs, or left as is. Let’s say, I want to replace the following adverbs with strong verbs. I tried … Read more

“I’m done” (reprised)

Whether our work be finished, daylight is fading. We’re done. Is this wrong? Is it too American? If so, how or why, please? Would you suggest a concise, well-written alternative to “We’re done”? A NOTE REGARDING WHETHER THIS QUESTION IS A DUPLICATE At a casual glance, my question looks like a duplicate. However, I do … Read more

Does putting a how before an independent clause make it dependent?

I’m wondering if putting a “how” before an independent clause somehow makes it dependent. Example: John questioned societal norms, and how those norms affected the students. or Example: John questioned societal norms and how those norms affected the students. Both “John questioned societal norms” and “those norms affected the students” are independent clauses, right? Yet … Read more

Paragon as a Verb

In my vocabulary studies, I seem to constantly catch a snag on the word paragon. The noun is completely second nature to me, but I cannot seem to grasp the usage and definition of its verb counterpart. According to Dictionary.com: verb. to compare; parallel. My confusion stems from my inability to track down any usage … Read more

What does the adverb modify?

“I always do my homework.” Does the adverb always modify do or do my homework? “I went to the movies quietly.” Does the adverb quietly modify went or went to the movies? Answer Well, you already know that the adverb modifies the verb. Your question is whether do-~’s-homework and go-to-the-movies are elaborate verbs? Well, yes … Read more