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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Is there a term for mangling two words to create a new word or term? [more inside]
posted by suki
on Jul 17, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
How do you show possession in the case of an optional pluralisation? For example, if the word is player(s), would you write player(s)'s? Player(s)'? Player('s|s')? [more inside]
posted by magacid
on Feb 28, 2007 -
Help me find evidence contrary to this analysis
that claims the internet causes language to be "dumbed down". As Hemingway said:
"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"
posted by Acey
on Jan 14, 2007 -
is there a grammar checker out there that will check my documents for consistent tense? I have a teacher who's a real stickler, and even if I go over my paper with a fine toothed comb, I always miss one or two. Does anybody have a program I could use to save myself some points in class?
posted by gilsonal
on Dec 8, 2006 -
I'm writing a book. What's the difference between a prologue, a foreword, an introduction, and a preface?
posted by soulbarn
on Nov 29, 2006 -
I am writing a children's book (first time). I can't decide whether to use present or past tense. Here's a sample in present tense:
Bobby walks slowly into the water. The waves rush up over his feet, but he is not afraid because the same thing happened last time. He goes a little farther. And a little farther. The water is up to his knees.
and past tense:
Bobby walked slowly into the water. The waves rushed up over his feet, but he was not afraid because the same thing happened last time. He went a little farther. And a little farther. The water was up to his knees.
The present tense seems a little more "active", but past tense has certain story telling quality. Any comments on why I should use one or the other?
posted by allelopath
on Nov 20, 2006 -
Hawaiian has only eight consonants. Pirahã purportedly has even fewer phonemes and no numerals. What other languages have properties which would be considered unusual by Indo-European language speakers?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Nov 16, 2006 -
Very straightforward: would a testy copyeditor say "take out our grammar frustrations" or "take out our grammatical frustrations" and why?
posted by vers
on Oct 21, 2006 -
Weird grammar question that's been bugging me for a while with regards to reversing questioning clauses at the end of declarative sentences. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Sep 8, 2006 -
My girlfriend is Korean, and has been living in the US since 2000. Her English is fairly good, but she still makes a few grammatical errors on a regular basis, especially when writing. Can anyone recommend a good, and probably more importantly interesting to read, book on English grammar she could use to get better? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine
on Aug 8, 2006 -
Bruce Sutter's Hall of Fame plaque notes that he ..."lead the league in saves five times." Is this a typo? Or this one of those things that can go either way? ("led" or "lead" for the past tense of "lead")
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Jul 30, 2006 -
Which words in the following sentence are adjectives?
"My wife put a 1kg Nescafe coffee tin on top of that oily cardboard box." [more inside]
posted by meech
on Mar 23, 2006 -
Are there any web authoring applications that have a robust grammar (not just spelling) checker? [more inside]
posted by markmillard
on Mar 8, 2006 -
Why is Quiznos Sub the official name of the sandwich shop and not Quizno's Subs? [more inside]
posted by Gucky
on Feb 9, 2006 -
Why does one not use the word "one" more often when refering to people in general? [more inside]
posted by Jase_B
on Jan 10, 2006 -
Do you use "please" or "kindly" to soften a formal imperative? And if you say "kindly," why?
posted by Saucy Intruder
on Dec 31, 2005 -
How does one correctly pluralise an acronym or an abbreviation? How does one specify an acronym's ownership? How should one go about specifying the ownership of a collection of acronyms? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ
on Nov 20, 2005 -
Which is correct?
"six ten-dollar installments" or "six ten dollar installments" or "six $10.00 installments"
Or something else? Please give citations of grammar books, rules, etc along with your answer. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav
on Nov 11, 2005 -
"Hear hear" or "here here"? What's the correct way to express this exclamation in writing?
posted by WolfDaddy
on Nov 1, 2005 -
Microsoft word help! Midterm paper due in the morning and I can't figure out the teacher's grammar check requirements! [more inside]
posted by sarahmelah
on Oct 24, 2005 -
[GrammarFilter] "the show was broadcast live" or "the show was broadcasted live"? [more inside]
posted by banished
on Sep 7, 2005 -
Spanish hyphenation rules/exceptions? Due to some new responsibilities, i need to improve my more-than-basic-but-less-than-fluent Spanish. Are there any online or purchasable cheatsheets/books outlining when/how to break words? (it's a general Latin-American Spanish and not pure Castilian) [more inside]
posted by amberglow
on Aug 20, 2005 -