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

“Have you ever been to … when …” versus “Did you ever go to … when … ?”

Here are two sentences patterns: Have you ever been to the opera when you lived in Milan? and Did you ever go to the opera when you lived in Milan? What is the difference between them? How can we say, which is right sentence? Answer I should start by admitting that although I can describe … Read more

Noun & verb agreement

in the sentence “Fourteen of the bones make up the face and jaw.” is “Fourteen” singular or plural? The preceding sentence is “The skulls of every human being have 22 bones.” The grammar book I’m using suggests that the sentence should read, “Fourteen of the bones serves as the face and jaw.” suggesting that “Fourteen” … Read more

Deadlines as instants or periods with various verbs and tenses

I was wondering whether a deadline is more of an instant or more of a period. It seems to have some of both aspects, but with more of an emphasis on the instant. I thought that this should be reflected in the verbs used in this context. The total Google hit counts for “the deadline … Read more

Using (be) as a main verb in this form (be) without using auxiliary verbs, is it correct? [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 4 years ago. Improve this question There’s no doubt that “Be happy” and “Don’t be sad.” are correct, and “They be happy” is incorrect. But … Read more

“I’m done” (reprised)

Whether our work be finished, daylight is fading. We’re done. Is this wrong? Is it too American? If so, how or why, please? Would you suggest a concise, well-written alternative to “We’re done”? A NOTE REGARDING WHETHER THIS QUESTION IS A DUPLICATE At a casual glance, my question looks like a duplicate. However, I do … Read more