“The Tengwar are an artificial script…”

Reading up on Tolkien’s Tengwar, I stumbled upon this sentence introducing its Wikipedia article: The Tengwar are an artificial script created by J. R. R. Tolkien For me, mixing plural Tengwar with singular script makes this an awkward sentence, and I’m not entirely sure how it’s even a correct one. I would rather have written … Read more

Verbs with prepositions in subordinate clauses? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: When can we change the order of the particle and the verb in a phrasal verb? (2 answers) Closed 7 years ago. When I use verbs with prepositions like “to know of” in a subordinate clause like Examples (the 1st is wrong [genitive construction], the 2nd doesn’t make sense … Read more

Identifying verb types, nouns, adjectives and adverbs in a sentence – 5th grade

While helping my son, who happens to be in the 5th grade, with his English grammar, I have realized that I am confused. The following sentence, that I gave him as an exercise, he has identified the components i.e. verbs/verb-types, adverbs, adjectives and nouns as follows: Sentence: “Jack is going to have a car of … Read more

How to punctuate spoken dialog with multiple levels of nested clauses?

I’m trying to do an audio transcription (for fun—I’m a complete amateur at this) and struggling with how to punctuate this part. Could anyone please help? We’ve designed this around the functions of nature, so, at certain times, and it’s very relevant we choose the right time— more timing, not just technique— strategy again coming … Read more

To go + gerund (go fishing etc)

My question is aimed at the constructions of this structure “to go + doing something” which are: to go fishing, to go dancing, to go jogging and so on. I need some explanation about the verb “go” in them. As far as I understand “go” doesn’t imply some “moving” on the part of the speaker … Read more

Pesky ‘that’ removal – what is this construction generally known as?

Recently seen: There is an expression I think comes from … Others have told me (that) such a construction is wrong, but I am sure (that) it is OK. An editor decided it was grammatically wrong and “corrected” it to: There is an expression that I think comes from … Though correct, that ‘that’ isn’t … Read more

What is the word “funny” modifying in this sentence?

I don’t understand why Daniella is acting so funny. Is funny modifiying Daniella (which would make it an adjective) or is it modifying acting (making it an adverb)? Is there any way to tell from this sentence? Answer funny in this sentence is an adverb (meaning strangely) modifying the verb acting. AttributionSource : Link , … Read more

Since when a double negative as an intensifier was considered as non-standard and why?

In present-day English, a double negative as an intensifier is regarded as non-standard. For example I don’t think that “I can’t get no satisfaction” is considered as standard English. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoxRFOr_sQ0 However, here’s from Hamlet Act 1, Scene 2. O, most wicked speed, to post With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not, nor it … Read more