Is “whatever is left can ” correct grammar?

Whatever is left can be given away. Initially this seems like a complete sentence, but it seems odd to me that the verb phase involving “is” is used as a subject. Could someone explain why or why not this is correct? Answer “Whatever is left” is a noun clause with Subject-Verb-Complement order. That clause serves … Read more

“help achieve” usage (verb licensing)

When I was taught English (as a foreign language) I was told that there are two ways of putting verbs together: learn to play (to + infinitive) quit smoking (gerund) Some verbs require one way and some require the other. However, after some language practice, as far as I can tell help” is the only … Read more

Is it customary or grammatical to drop ‘to’ in “I’m not going to go look for it”?

There was a scene a thirty-something wife refuses to go looking for the wedding ring her husband lost in a courtyard when she was asked by her husband over the phone, in the fiction titled “The Lost Order” appearing in New Yorker magazine (January 7). “I think I lost it when I was in the … Read more

Usage of infinitives in this sentence

In my academics I learned that we use infinitives (to + verb 1st form). So I was surprised when someone told me this sentence is incorrect. I am not able to figure it out why this sentence is incorrect. When the shootout took place the police made everyone to leave the building immediately. According to … Read more

Should I always insert “and” between two verbs in imperative mode?

As far as I understand, the word and is usually inserted between two verbs used in imperative mood in English. For example, “Go and make me a drink.” How obligatory is this? Can I claim that it is ungrammatical (or at least less typical) to have to consecutive verbs in imperative mood? Also, what about … Read more

What is the correct way to use infinitive after the verb “help”: with or without “to”?

What is the correct way to use infinitive after the verb “help”: with or without “to”? For example: Please, help me to understand this. or: Please, help me understand this. Answer The particle “to” is not wrong in this sentence, but it is unnecessary. I would recommend against using it. The phrase “to understand” can … Read more