“be forbidden to Verb” or “be forbidden from Verb_ing”

1.Long ago, women were forbidden to vote in political elections. 2.Long ago, women were forbidden from voting in political elections. Which’s true? “be forbidden to V” or “be forbidden from V_ing”? Answer As a learner, I want to share my thoughts: I think both pattern, using preposition “from” and “to+infinitive”, are correct since I know … Read more

Should “other than” be followed by the infinitive or the -ing form

I’d do anything for you to repay my debt, other than killing people. I’d do anything for you to repay my debt, other than kill people. Are both sentences grammatically correct? Is the first more appropriate than the second one? Answer 1. I’d do anything for you to repay my debt, other than killing people. … Read more

Is “coincident” followed with “as” or “with”?

I was looking at examples of the word usage of “coincident”, and I saw that most “coincidents” were followed by “with”. dictionary.com then says that coincident is “happening at the same time”, so rather than “with”, is following “coincident” with “as” also acceptable? For example: Coincident with/as the cutting of the tree, the edge of … Read more

“I like listening to music” and “I like to listen to music” – is there any difference?

When speaking about my hobby, should I say: I like listening to music. I like to listen to music. Do both mean the same? Is any of these sentences grammatically incorrect? Answer In short: there is almost no difference when using them in that sentence, and both are grammatical and common. In general, the "Xing" … Read more

What’s the difference between “continues doing” and “continues to do”?

I realized I don’t really know. I’ve just been using them interchangeably. If I were to guess, perhaps “continues doing” hints a bit more at a continuous process (continues hitting him for ten minutes) as opposed to repeatable incident (continues to hit him every time he makes a mistake). Though the opposite combinations sound okay … Read more

Usage of “ratio to” when talking about proportions

In my application, the fonts are automatically resized to stay proportional with the window. I am trying to describe it with this sentence: Font sizes are dynamically calculated in order to maintain a given ratio to the size of the window Is that correct? Especially the part “ratio to”, I am not sure about that … Read more

‘Would’ vs ‘should’, expressing expectation on the part of the speaker

Page 111 (77, Should expressing probability), Oxford Learner’s Grammar – Grammar Finder: We can also use should to say that something is probable, either in the present or the future. I posted the letter ages ago. They should have it by now. The journey normally takes four hours, so we should get there about six. … Read more

Departure To/For

Two senses of both “depart” and “departure” are 1) going from one place to another, and 2) leaving one job and taking another job. For sense 1, it seems that “depart/departure” should be followed by preposition “for”, not “to”: He departed for London. After his departure for London, ….. For sense 2, it seems to … Read more