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 -
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 -