Is “you Chromebook” correct grammar in any dialect?

As a learner of English as a foreign language, I believe from what I learned that “you Chromebook” is not grammatically correct in “standard” English (as spoken in formal situations in the UK, US etc). I’m not familiar with the less prestigious dialects of English, however, and I heard that English dialects can vary greatly … Read more

All done. What grammar is that?

what grammar is this? “All done”, “clarification needed”, “additional information required”. Isn’t it “all is done”? Etc. Thanks in advance. Answer Yes, all of those phrases need “is” to make them sentences proper. There are also other ways to make them sentences. For example, “(It) needs clarification.” Needless to say, don’t use them in a … Read more

Usage of “to find (noun) (adj)”

I am a native speaker of German, and I often see the English verb find being used like its German cognate finden. For example: My students and I find your platform very useful and very appealing visually, as well. — Source This just feels wrong to me. Shouldn’t it be something like: My students and … Read more

Does English allow a zero copula in subordinate clauses?

In a casual search of the web, I found a few indications English does not allow zero copulas ( However, I frequently see sentences with subordinate clauses that juxtapose a noun phrase with an adverb phrase, such as the following from a contemporary sci-fi author: Kai stares up at me from the grave, his eyes … Read more

“I believe it’s valid” vs. “I believe it valid”

Over on another network site, a helpful user corrected the grammar of a post of mine. The answer now says I believe it’s valid. where I originally wrote I believe it valid. Is the original sentence gramamatically (or at least idiomatically) correct or do I absolutely need a form of ‘to be’ here? (What’s more, … Read more

Can an adjective follow dynamic verbs (“leave”, “declare”)?

I know that an adjective can come after some verbs, such as: be, become, feel, get, look, seem, smell, sound. These verbs are "stative" verbs, which express a state or change of state. For example: Dinner smells good tonight But I also find this kind of sentence. Seventeen years of war left the country bankrupt … Read more

Differences between Verb + to be + adjectives and Verb + adjective

If you have a more illustrative title, feel free to change it. I searched but I couldn’t find one. This may be an easy and trivial question; if so, I am sorry. What are the differences between these two sentences? These two guys seem to be inseparable. These two guys seem inseparable. I can intuitively … Read more