Is is possible to say “Admit to something being something else”?

I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out whether the sentence below is grammatically correct or not. (is it okay to say admit to something being something else?) “The Prime Minister admits to the education system being in a bad condition” Thanks in advance. Answer Lawrence pointed out “Grammatically, the sentence looks fine … Read more

(raised) object or subordinate subject in catenative clauses

I have a question about objects/subjects in catenative clauses such as He told his daughter to tidy her room. I’ve found two main kinds of analysis of clauses such as these – those where his daughter is considered an object in the superordinate clause, and those where it’s considered the subject of the embedded non-finite … Read more

Can you say “Alone “?

can you say for example: Alone Potato? I want to say that a potato is alone, like “look at that alone potato”. I think lonely Potato is better right? But can you say alone potato also? Or is this sounding weird? DeepL is translating it right to german, but google translator not, so im asking … Read more

Dropping “it” in America

Before I embraced descriptive grammar it would really grind my gears when I heard, usually from someone with a US American accent, phrases like “I hate when that happens”. “Hate is a transitive verb!” I would yell. (To my knowledge it’s not normal to drop it in “UK English”.) However, these days I’m more mellow. … Read more

What is the meaning of *them* in this sentence? I mean what does them refer to in this sentence?

Do you remember the first time you talked about our future together and I said: “I’ll think about it later”? I lied. I lied that I can be with you forever and never leave. Do you remember our movie nights when you said how fun it would be if we’ll stay like this forever? I … Read more

What is the meaning of “{plural verb} {plural noun phrase}” vs. “{plural verb} {singular noun phrase}”?

Do the following two sentences have the same meaning? The robots perform their mission. The robots perform their missions. In grammar-wise, are both correct? If not, what is the difference in meaning between them? Answer In the first version, robots have a single mission. In the second they have more than one. AttributionSource : Link … Read more

What object am I referring to in this sentence?

I apologize if my question is too basic, my English is a little rusty and I have always had trouble with this concept: Consider the following sentence: Once I finished the project, I found that generating a beautiful image with a ray-tracer is a lot more challenging than actually implementing one. When I say “implementing … Read more

Meaning of “Peron” as used in Le Morte d’Arthur

I am unable to find a fitting definition for the word “peron” as used in Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. The book uses many archaic words, but usually I am able to find the definition online or figure out an approximate meaning. Below are a few examples from the book. As a note, … Read more

Help Fixing Yoda-like Sentence Structure?

I’m a native American English speaker and have noticed something in my speech/writing that I don’t really understand. I’ve noticed my speech sounds "Yoda-ish" and have been trying to figure out what’s causing it; well, I think I figured it out. Below are example sentences of things I’ve said/written and what I believe is the … Read more

Hoodie with no hood

What is a proper term for for a hoodie like clothing but without a hood. I usually wear this under my coat Answer Both Wikipedia and Wiktionary define a hoodie as a sweatshirt with a hood. From Wiktionary: A loose shirt, usually made of a knit fleece, for athletic wear and now often used as … Read more