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super-size it to a triple tense for $1

Grammar Filter: what is the English equivalent to the "Double Future Tense"? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jul 9, 2008 - 10 answers

No more than vs. not more than

What is the difference between "no more than" and "not more than"? [more inside]
posted by Arasithil on Jul 3, 2008 - 15 answers

When is a noun a proper noun?

English grammar filter: can a common noun act as a proper noun if the thing being referred to exists within a shared context? Please help to settle a dispute between my girlfriend and I. [more inside]
posted by ellF on Jun 6, 2008 - 29 answers

bad grammar vs. poor grammar

Which expression is correct when describing grammatical mistakes: "bad grammar" or "poor grammar?" [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on May 30, 2008 - 7 answers

How do you pronounce 'read'?

How do you pronounce the word 'read' when used in the following context? -- 'John is dry (read: boring).' /rɛd/ or /rid/ Thanks!
posted by gman on May 29, 2008 - 122 answers

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation?

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on May 26, 2008 - 16 answers

Simple French-language booklets for Kenyan French teacher of elementary students?

On a recent trip to Kenya, we visited a school who is in need of simple French language instruction booklets for elementary-age children. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on May 23, 2008 - 3 answers

[latin grammar filter] Summa or summa? Laude or laude?

How do you properly capitalize "summa cum laude" on a diploma? [more inside]
posted by deejay jaydee on May 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me improve an employee's writing skills.

Looking for recommendations for English grammar workbook(s) designed for adults who did not finish high school years ago. [more inside]
posted by bartinpc on May 15, 2008 - 2 answers

Yes, I'm.

Vagaries of the English Language, part n: I need to tell my boss why the contraction "I'm" cannot stand alone as a sentence. For example, "Yes, I am" is okay. "Yes, I'm" is not. I haven't been able to find any good logic for this case or that works for the different contractions in general ("don't" can also stand alone, "I'd" and "I've" cannot). Given this is about languages, and particularly English, "just because" is, alas, potentially the best answer.
posted by whatzit on May 15, 2008 - 36 answers

[There is rockets.] vs [There are rockets.]

GrammarFilter: True/False -- The following sentence can be grammatically correct. There's rockets. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Apr 29, 2008 - 53 answers

Don't trust the messenger

EpigramFilter: What's the converse of "Don't kill the messenger"? [more inside]
posted by Araucaria on Apr 28, 2008 - 21 answers

Capitalize This

Wordsmiths, Help! -- Do you capitalize the word "left" in the phrase "the political left"? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Apr 24, 2008 - 26 answers

God bless the Grammar Natzi's

Copy editors or grammar natzi's: I am pre-copy editing a manuscript for my friend. Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the word "but"? I am leaning towards no but I can't remember. Also what are the rules about mentioning name brands in novels? such as "Hilton" or "Boston Red Sox" or "Boston Globe"? Thank you so much!
posted by meeshell on Apr 21, 2008 - 22 answers

I need to brush up on my Spanish.

I need recommendations for the best Spanish review/dictionary. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 21, 2008 - 4 answers

Take this broken grammar and learn to fly

GrammarFilter: I was listening to "Blackbird" by the Beatles recently, and was struck by the line: "You were only waiting for this moment to arise." I was intrigued by the way the phrase "to arise" has sort of an ambiguous function here. [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy on Apr 17, 2008 - 26 answers

grammar police?

Do you correct colleagues when they make grammatical mistakes? What is the proper etiquette? [more inside]
posted by pasici on Apr 10, 2008 - 21 answers

Is there a consensus on the grammatical relationship between emoticons and punctuation?

Is there a consensus on the grammatical relationship between emoticons and punctuation? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Apr 8, 2008 - 37 answers

foreign language "bibles"

Foreign language "bibles" (superlative, comprehensive language resources) for language-learning lovers? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 3, 2008 - 10 answers

Is this missing a verb?

I have a grammar question that has been driving me crazy. It's probably a matter of style but... [more inside]
posted by mekanic on Mar 31, 2008 - 17 answers


How do I pluralize a contraction that already ends with an apostrophe? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Mar 28, 2008 - 17 answers

Is there any hope?

Please hope me! Or why hope for help? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven on Mar 27, 2008 - 23 answers

A mp3 or an mp3?

Grammar Filter: A mp3 or an mp3? I can't make myself say the former! [more inside]
posted by tastycracker on Mar 25, 2008 - 25 answers

"And" versus "or"

Proper choice of coordinating conjunction in a list. "And" versus "or." [more inside]
posted by tentacle on Mar 18, 2008 - 14 answers

Help us with a syntax question (buffalo buffalo buffalo.)

Do fish fish fish fish fish fish fish? [more inside]
posted by ThomThomThomThom on Mar 5, 2008 - 35 answers

Bad Grammar pop lyrics

Please: I would like a bazillion examples of popular music lyrics and song titles that would make an English teacher cry out in empathetic pain for their abuse of grammar. [more inside]
posted by spock on Mar 4, 2008 - 89 answers

No he or she, just us

Are there any languages that do not contain gender-specific pronouns? (no he's or she's, just 'it')
posted by dinty_moore on Mar 4, 2008 - 19 answers

When is "to" unecessary?

Is there a grammar rule that deals with when to use a "to" following certain phrases like "help"? For instance, "Product Wonderful will help you sleep better" -or- "Product Wonderful will help you to sleep better." To my ear, I prefer it without the "to," but I don't know if there's a grammar issue let alone a style guide preference. [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Feb 28, 2008 - 34 answers

This is an historic question.

What are some other examples of using 'an' in front of a non-vowel like some do with 'an historic...'? [more inside]
posted by afx114 on Feb 22, 2008 - 40 answers

This Needs Answered

I went to school near Pittsburgh and now live in Ohio. Both at school and here in Columbus, I notice people leaving off "to be" in sentences. This needs fixed, that neads cleaned, those need washed. What's the deal here? [more inside]
posted by lohmannn on Feb 21, 2008 - 45 answers

quirky sentence structure among sports fans

Why is there a disdain for the future conditional tense among people who talk about sports? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Feb 8, 2008 - 31 answers

To question is human; to declare, divine

"How do we get to Jupiter? And do it cheaply..." [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity on Jan 23, 2008 - 17 answers

censure, said the tenser

A) "At the next stage in the process, the tea leaves ARE blended". B) "At the next stage in the process, the tea leaves WERE blended". Is A correct from a formal grammar standpoint? If so, which tense is it using, and how is it using the past tense of "blend"? If not, why not?
posted by Jon Mitchell on Jan 11, 2008 - 19 answers

Grammar Question: Is or Isn't?

Grammar Question: Is or Isn't? [more inside]
posted by philmas on Dec 8, 2007 - 57 answers

If I were recently laid off, I would have a lot of time on my hands.

GrammarFilter: Is the sentence “If I were ______, I would have done _____” grammatically incorrect? If so, why? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Comma in an introductory clause

Do I need the comma in this sentence? "In _Grapes of Europe_, Joe Bloggs reports that grapes are purple." And if so/not, why? I've tried googling adverbial introductory clauses and prepositional introductory clauses, but I can't find a similar example where a work is being introduced.
posted by media_itoku on Dec 2, 2007 - 35 answers

when should I say 'african american' and when 'black' ?

when should I say 'african american' and when 'black' ? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Nov 16, 2007 - 71 answers

I need adjectives!

I need . . . adjectives! Is there a *scannable* online dictionary or some way in which I can search through giant lists just for the adjectives? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert on Oct 18, 2007 - 9 answers

What's the deal with male/female/man/woman grammar?

A guy becomes a "male president" but if it's a girl she is a "woman president." Can someone explain this grammar? [more inside]
posted by bryanboyer on Oct 2, 2007 - 7 answers

The subject verbs the object

Explain tenses to me? Past/present/future, continuous/simple/perfect, and so on, in English. I can use them with fluency, but I need to be able to explain them (when each is used, how to form them). I've tried Fowler's, Chicago Manual of Style, and a number of other resources, but they seem to subtly contradict one another. Is there a simple, go-to reference for this?
posted by sarahkeebs on Sep 28, 2007 - 16 answers

How do YOU use the '?

I have a friend named James, I'd like to know how to spell James's name. [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Sep 13, 2007 - 36 answers

Which is correct verb?

In a sentence which begins, "I expect that the answer lay/lays/lie/lies not in the answers provided, but . . . ," which is the correct verb choice? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert on Jul 29, 2007 - 28 answers

How to define this language mistake?

Is there a term for mangling two words to create a new word or term? [more inside]
posted by suki on Jul 17, 2007 - 28 answers

What is the plural of "no"?

What is the plural of "no"? Example: You have to hear a hundred "nos" for every yes. What is the proper way to write "nos"?
posted by dzot on Jul 13, 2007 - 71 answers

Differences between UK and US English grammar?

What are some essential differences between UK and American English Grammar? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Jul 8, 2007 - 71 answers

Most all people don't know proper English, amirite?

"Most all" - it is wrong. Right? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jul 2, 2007 - 45 answers

help me understand English grammar.

Best book for "learning" English grammar? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Jun 28, 2007 - 28 answers

[ArabicFilter] لكن vs لكنَّ: I still don't get the difference.

َ[ArabicFilter] لكن vs لكنَّ: I still don't get the difference. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on May 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Who am I?

English grammar question: Which is grammatically correct, "If I were not myself" or "If I were not me"? Or is it "If I were not I"? [more inside]
posted by misozaki on Apr 5, 2007 - 24 answers

Looking for a mac word processor with French language support to replace Word

I'm looking for a mac word processor with French language support (spelling and grammar) to replace Microsoft Word 2004. [more inside]
posted by Frankieist on Mar 2, 2007 - 8 answers

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