“The men at the shop, two of whom John knows, are helpful.” Is the relative clause restrictive or nonrestrictive?

The men at the shop, two of whom John knows, are helpful. Is the relative clause nonrestrictive or restrictive? Or ambiguous? (For written English) (1) If it is nonrestrictive, the interpretation should be “The men are helpful and John knows two of them.” (2) If it is restrictive, the interpretation should be “Only two men … Read more

Grammatical term for a noun coming after an infinitive?

I didn’t come to offer help. As far as I can tell, this is how I would analyze this sentence from a grammatical perspective. I = pronoun didn’t = aux. verb with “not” for negation. come = zero infintive verb. to offer = infinitive acting as an adverb modifying the verb come. help = ? … Read more

Can a dependent clause refer to a word other than last word of independent clause?

For the sentence construction: “(independent clause), which (dependent clause)” could the dependent clause be referring to a word other than the last word (or phrase) of the independent clause? So for instance, the sentence: “I released many novels through a publishing company, which received rave reviews”. Would that be incorrect because does the construction necessitate … Read more

“should always have been done”/“should have made”/ should have been always done” [closed]

Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations by editing this post. Closed 2 years ago. Improve this question So I’m doing a coffeemaker advert in English and it is not my native language. I … Read more

For the linguists among us: I like loud singing vs I like singing loudly

Can you explain why using “loud” as either an adjective or an adverb changes the meaning of the sentence. Is it just an English convention, or is there something deeper going on? I like loud singing = I like turning the volume up on my stereo I like singing loudly = I break wine glasses … Read more

What does ‘it’ refer to in “come you more nearer than your particular demands will touch it”?

Apologies for the long title; I was led to understand it is better to be as specific as possible in titles, even if it makes them a little long. I’ll edit it if people agree otherwise. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act II, scene I, Polonius says the following to Reynaldo: Marry, well said; very well said. … Read more

“Love to see this happen?” or ‘Love to see this happens?” What’s the grammar rule behind this? [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 1 year ago. Improve this question It confuses me sometimes. It looks likes the former is far more common. But what’s the logic behind that? … Read more