What is verb tense consistency?

“To his great astonishment and mortification, Sticky saw his parents begin trying less and less to find him, instead devoting their time and energy toward the proper disposal of their newfound riches” So I stumbled upon this sentence and the part which usually confuses is keeping the consistency of the tenses and my english teacher … Read more

Is there a term for using color to describe taste or flavor, instead of using the actual flavor?

For example, if someone says “this tastes purple” instead of saying it tastes like grape, or if asked what flavor of Gatorade you prefer you answer with, “blue”. It also seems common with candy and artificial flavors (or flavors perceived as artificial), and I’m wondering if there’s specifically a name or term for this type … Read more

What tense is used for “go” in “you see it go away”?

I understand it’s not the present tense, else it would be “goes”. Is the sentence grammatically correct? If so, does it mean “you are seeing that it is going away”? Answer Verbs of perception (see, hear, notice, etc.) are followed by an unmarked infinitive — technically a present infinitive, but the past infinitive can’t be … Read more

Why would anybody use “bloody” to describe how would they take their burgers or any other food?

I think it doesn’t make sense to go over to the bar and ask for a burger, and then when the bartender replies "How would you like your burger", to answer "bloody" (I saw this in a movie but also heard someone use the word to describe their food). I know that "bloody" is sometimes … Read more

Should this verb be in the third-person singular form, the infinitive form, or the present participle form?

Watching a game review, I’ve noticed a phrase whose meaning confused me. The reason why I got confused is that the author used a base form of the verb "to explore" in pair with the singular subject "friend". The question is, is it correct to do this? I will write below two more options as … Read more

What does this mean: “understanding you is like smelling the colour 9”?

I saw a quote that read as “understanding you is like smelling the colour 9” what does it mean? As it suggests it may mean finding something or someone hard to understand but why it’s called smelling the colour 9? What’s the origin of this saying? A descriptive information will be highly appreciated. Answer Since … Read more

Is usually tired, usually tired, and feels tired?

She is usually tired after coming back from school. She usually tired after coming back from school. She usually feels tired after coming back from school. Which one is correct? Also, are usually, often, and seldom nouns, adjectives, adverbs or other? Answer All are grammatical, and whilst the first and the last mean almost exactly … Read more

Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression?

While creating this proposal I was struggling to find the right words for olfactory impressions. Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression? smell seems to have a negative connotation aroma sounds more like having to do with dishes or spices olfactory impression well, … that’s not a word, it’s two. And two that … Read more