Where I was or where I were?

This question came up to me when I was watching this interview video : https://youtu.be/5sNWXJnKYxc?t=251 Left: “Dan knows where I was. Where … where I was? Where I were?” Why did he switch to use “where I where” instead of “where I was”? Edit: I know that in that sentence, he should’ve used “where I … Read more

What do you call the sentence structure of “The X-er __, the Y-er __”?

Is there a term for a sentence in the form of “The ___, the ___”? For example: The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear. Further, is this a proper sentence? Is there an implied verb? Answer Comparative Correlatives Constructions like “The bigger they are, the harder they fall” are called comparative … Read more

If I connect two independent clauses with a semicolon, do the subjects of the two have to be the same?

ex: Their motivations varied and often intertwined; but, whether it was due to a desire for glory, wealth and power, knowledge, or religious converts, the entire worldview of Europe and Asia radically shifted after these expeditions. Answer First, semicolons come between two interdependent clauses. Second, “but” is a coordinating conjunction. Coordinating conjunctions introduce coordinate clauses. … Read more

Brave from ignorance and folly

I read a sentence: It is not fortitude to be brave from ignorance and folly. Why we use from in the construction brave from? What is the full meaning of the sentence? Answer It means “…to be brave because you are ignorant and foolish”. A person who goes into a dangerous situation even though they … Read more

Active and passive sentences

I was learning about ACTIVE and PASSIVE sentences and came across this particular example. I know a sentence is said to be Active when the subject of the particular sentence performs the action. For example, “The hunter killed an antelope.” In the Passive form it will be “An antelope was killed by the hunter.” A … Read more

Is “… his mother was possessed of a tyrannical nature and led her peasants and also her immediate family a miserable life.” correct?

His early youth was spent on a country estate where he was able to observe the life of the serfs and the relations between master and serf at their worst: his mother was possessed of a tyrannical nature and led her peasants and also her immediate family a miserable life. The sentence comes from Nabokov’s … Read more

‘Us students’ – Does this apposition need a comma?

Can a pronoun be used in apposition without comma? A few of us students have participated in the match. This sentence looks quite awkward at first glance. Is this sentence gramatically correct? I can’t find any forbidding rule regarding a relation between pronoun and comma in apposition. Answer This is not actually a case of … Read more

Singular they = general they

Well, here is the situation. I have four students. They did a test. Suppose that the regulation is a student getting a score below 40 gets the remark “study hard” which is written at the bottom of the work instead of a numerical score. When I want to confirm this, may I say: They get … Read more

is the following sentence correct? “Please select each articles condition.”

A customer should choose the condition for each “article”. “articles” is also the plural form of “article”. so is “Please select each articles condition.” correct, or should i use something like “…article’s…”? Thank you in advance. Answer If you mean ‘the condition which each article is in’, yes, you need the possessive article’s. AttributionSource : … Read more