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Ask Me ANY English Grammar Related Question You May Have!

UPDATE! Here you can check out the article where I’ve answered all your questions below!!!

Hello my fellow foreign English speakers!

Are you having any English grammar related questions that have been bugging you for a long time but you just can’t figure out the right answers?

Now you can ask me ANY English grammar related question and I guarantee I’ll answer it in the most detailed and helpful way I can!

Here’s the plan (I just thought of it this morning and personally think it’s a brilliant plan!):

  • You post your question in the comments section below
  • I put ALL of your questions in an article
  • I respond to each and every single one of your questions
  • As a result we’re going to have a massive article on this blog where I’ve answered all your questions!

UPDATE! Here you can check out the article where I’ve answered all your questions below!!!

Just think about it – not only you’ll get your own question answered, but you’ll also bound to come across some other question that’s also going to be really helpful in your particular situation 😉

So please my friend, if you have a couple of minutes to spare – just head over to the comments section below and ask your grammar related question – and remember, no question is too simple!

I’m going to answer them all ❗

Chat soon,

Robby

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Hi Yunus, personally I would word this sentence a bit differently because it kind of doesn’t sound right: “Despite any rain or snow there are always more than fifty thousand fans attending OSU football games”!
    Cheers,
    Robby

  • Yunus Shudeifat

    help me to find the error in this sentence.

    Despite of rain or snow there are always more than fifty thousand fans at
    the OSU football games.

  • I have to appear for an interview…
    I met a famous actor…
    … knowledge of how our government works.
    … income will increase by 50 percent.

  • kranthi katta

    I have some fill in the blanks please give me correct answers

    Q) Today, I have to appear for______ interview at a software company in New Delhi.

    (1) an (2) the (3) a (4) are

    Q) While travelling yesterday, I met ____ famous actor on the plane.

    (1) an (2) the (3) a (4) are

    Q) Do you have any knowledge ____ how our government works ?

    (1) about (2) of (3) for (4) if

    Q) If the current trend continues, the average income _____ by 50 percent.

    (1) will increase (2) increase (3) increasing (4) increased

  • Ramesh Kumar

    Across the river, swam Niti and Mini. What is the subject and the predicate in this sentence???

  • Actually none of them are incorrect; I mean – even if you were to say: “Surely I can!”, it wouldn’t be wrong. “Sure, I can” does sound better though, so a) is the option I would go for.

  • Jalolliddin Mustafoyev

    HI ROBBY. I HAVE ONE GRAMMAR QUESTION FOR YOU. 1.CAN YOU LEND ME SOME MONEY? _______ I CAN. a)SURE b)SURELY. THX

  • Hi Mag,

    A very valid question – thanks for asking, you’ll read the answer to it in the upcoming article!

    Cheers,

    Robby

  • mag

    Hi Robby,
    i have a question that bothered me ever since im ready to write an essay. Wats the difference between “if i did something…” and “if i do something” This make me so confused and i dont know how to choose between them to write in my essay.
    thx
    mag

  • Hi Milay,

    Thanks a lot for the question, it’s a very valid one, and I’ll respond to it in the article!

    Cheers,

    Robby

  • Milay

    Hi!
    Yesterday my English teacher told me that the verb “love” never can go in the -ing form. However, I have just listened to a song called “I still loving you” by Scorpions and the slogan “I’m loving it” by McDonalds’. I feel a little bit confused. Thanks a lot!

  • sivaram

    Thank you sir

  • Hi Sivaram,

    I’m WRITING to let you know that I’ll add this question onto the article and I’ll respond to it accordingly!

    Cheers,

    Robby

  • sivaram

    Which one is correct -(In letter writing) I am writing a letter to you about………….., (or) I write a letter to you about…………..

  • Hi Ashkeen,

    No problem, I’ll respond to your question in the article!

    Cheers,

    Robby

  • Hi Vajira,

    I’d RATHER limit the number of questions a single person can ask, but I’m not going to do it! 😉

    Chat soon,

    Robby

  • And this, Vajira, is actually another question that may seem very simple initially, but if you think about it deeper, there’s a lot to consider.

    Thanks, I’ll include it in the article!

  • Hi Parmo,

    No problem, no question is too stupid!

    What SEEMS like a stupid question initially, may turn out to be quite a valid question afterwards, so don’t worry, I’l include it in the article and respond to it accordingly!

    By the way – do I LOOK LIKE a person who’d discredit my fellow foreigner’s question? No chance in hell! 😉

    Cheers,

    Robby

  • ASHKEEN AHMED

    Dear Robby.
    How’s tricks.
    Me being as Ashkeen Ahmed. one of your followers from India. I have got a questions. Could you tell me How to define someone’s personality. in which tense we have to speak. Present progressive or present simple..

  • That’s a good question Nick. The subjunctive is something that a lot of teachers don’t even know about!
    Knowing more about it will help you better understand certain conditionals and when we speak more hypothetically or use some verb structures.
    Many patterns in English ‘include’ the subjunctive, which Robby can elaborate on in his upcoming posts 🙂

  • Juhapekka

    I didn’t find any good sample sentences despite my searches. It’s weird because I have usually encountered it every now and then but now when I’m looking for it I can’t find. I tried to google it and I did searches such as difficult grammar structures
    containing preposition “of” but I didn’t find this particular structure. I don’t know what is the name of this structure: It’s not the double genitive construction such as “a book of mine” or “a friend of my friend’s” and it’s not “sequential genitive”
    such as in the sentence “Within the nucleus (which for the purposes of the simple descriptions of the atom could be regarded as like a positively charged billiard ball), we find particles that are, in some senses, “like” electrons, and forces that operate
    “like” electromagnetism.”, either but it’s similar or the combination of them. Despite all of this I’m still sure it’s relatively common in written and also in spoken English. But anyway, the link in my previous comment contains somewhat similar structures I was looking for. The sentence I mentioned in my latest comment was only one random sentence and the articles in the link contain more like the sentence “Surreal indeed — but so general as to be of little practical value”. When I first read this sentence I hadn’t any clue what the word combination “as to be of” mean but I kind of guessed it from context quite soon but I don’t know what kind of grammar structure it is or why there has to be preposition “of”. But that doesn’t matter
    from the point of view of reading comprehension and that’s the good way how we should read difficult English texts without bogging down on individual grammar structures too much and that’s the way how we were taught to understand them in the reading comprehension course of my university. And the second good method to understand longer sentences is to split them to smaller meaningful units: “One of the standard ways (SPLIT) to determine (SPLIT) how useful a scientific paper is (SPLIT) is (SPLIT) to count the number of times (SPLIT) it is referred to (SPLIT) in other scientific papers (SPLIT) — the number of citations.” And then it’s also easier to memorize this kind of sentences and speak them out loud. This previous sentence is unbelievably simple and finally easy to understand by splitting it meaningfully and by finding the main clause but I didn’t understand it in the first place at all because it sounded confusing because of its sequential verbs “is is” and its sequential prepositions “to in”. Maybe there is better way to understand difficult texts but this is at least the good one. But I’m not usually so lucky as guessing grammar structures and words from context and that’s my problem but hopefully practice makes perfect!

  • vajira

    How to use the word RATHER in speaking

  • vajira

    Hi Sir

    The estimate budget is attachec herewith for your perusal
    or
    The estimated budget is attached herewith for your perusal

    What is correct

  • Parmo

    Hi Robby…

    Regarding this topic, I also have one stupid question:
    When I can use “seem” and “look like” to describing something??
    Appreciate your response.

    Thanks.

  • Hi Juhapekka,

    Yes, you’re quite correct in pointing out that this whole grammar analysis goes against the English Harmony philosophy – but there’s a reason why I’m encouraging my blog visitors and mailing list subscribers to ask them.

    Namely – they’ll be asked by those who still haven’t been “converted” to the idea of learning sentences and phrases on an individual basis without trying to extrapolate certain rules on the entire speech which inevitably leads to fluency issues.

    And then, when those said visitors explore the article and start reading my ideas (which I’m sure going to include in it!) about uselessness of analysis, hopefully I’m going to “convert” some of them.

    Speaking of your question – it goes without saying I’ll include it in the article and elaborate on it accordingly.

    Thanks!

    Robby

  • Thanks Anna for asking the question, I’ll include it in the article!

  • Juhapekka

    Hi Robby!

    This grammar topic is a bit surprising because it seems to be somehow against EH philosophy. I mean that there are so many grammar structures and exceptions to grammar rules that it’s perhaps nearly impossible to learn them all separately and then
    use them efficiently. But maybe you’re going to provide some general guideline how to learn difficult or unclear grammar structures. Although I have learnt English quite a long time, I still make mistakes with simple grammar things like whether to choose preposition “to” or “for” and sometimes I struggle a bit with articles or with tenses (simple or continuous). And some grammar rules are unclear for me like the rule where it’s forbidden to use both infinitive and gerund sequentially but I have still seen few examples of those written by native English speaker but maybe it’s still always mistake because even native English speakers make mistakes when they are writing. And there are many more grammar structures that I can struggle with! That’s why it’s difficult to pick up only one English grammar related question but having said that there is one question which has bothered me in the past but unfortunately I don’t remember any sample sentences but I’ll post at least one good sample sentence later if I find a good one. But anyway my question relates to the usages of prepositions “of” and “for”. And of course I don’t mean the most usual usages of those prepositions where “of” is genitive but I mean something similar like the usage of preposition “of” in the sentence “It is unproblematic that scientists produce accounts of the world that they find comprehensible; given their cultural resources, only singular incompetence could have prevented members of the [particle physics] community producing an understandable version of reality at any point in their history.” The sentence is from the article http://www.lifesci.sussex.ac.uk/home/John_Gribbin/misc.htm#Prescient . There was also one interesting word in the title of one other article and it’s ye: On Ye Shoulders of Giants but it’s maybe rather old English used in King James Bible, for example but it’s still very interesting despite it’s oldness. Anyway this usage of preposition “of” is somewhat clear for me but I actually mean the grammar structure which is more complicated (but it’s still relatively common even in spoken language but I didn’t understand this particular grammar structure at all when I saw it) but I just couldn’t find or remember any sample sentence. And sometimes I think whether the definite article “the” is always used in “of-genitive” or is it possible to use indefinite articles “a” and “an” instead. And sometimes “for” means something like “because of” or then something other that is sometimes confusing for me. But these grammar questions can be quite endless and when I was writing this comment I actually started to think about why the collocation “having said that” is exactly in that form and what kind of grammar structure it is and when to use “which” and when “that” or what is the difference between “though” and “although”. As you know there are many peculiar grammar structures in English but anyway I eagerly anticipate what kind of article you’re going to make. I know that my comment is a bit vague this time and I haven’t any good sample sentence but hopefully it makes sense and you have some sort of idea what I meant. And hopefully I don’t have much grammar mistakes in my comments that they’d be easy to read.

  • anna

    Hi Robby,
    Can you tell when to use this, it or that. For example : that’s great, it’s great….

  • Thanks Carl, thanks for the question! But hold on, were you aware I’m not providing an immediate answer? It’s to keep the suspense and maintain the intrigue – I’ll publish my answers to all these questions in a big, long article in about week’s time or so!

  • Thanks Orlando, I’ll add your question onto the list and explain it in the very detail!

  • Carl

    Can I start a sentence with the word “but”?

  • orlando

    how to use whether and aren’t

  • Hi Nadash,

    I’ll answer your question in the article I’m putting together from all your questions, stay tuned, it will be published in a week’s time or so!

    Cheers,

    Robby

  • Hi Ashkeen,

    Great question, I’ll provide an easy-to-understand answer in the article I’m preparing!

    Cheers,

    Robby

  • Hi Vajira,

    I’ll answer your question in the article as promised, no problem!

  • I will definitely elaborate on the occasions “the” isn’t used in English!

  • Thanks for asking, a very valid question, I’ll answer it in the upcoming article I’m preparing by putting all these questions together!

  • Hi Nick,

    No problem, I’ll include your question in the article and I’ll explain everything in relation to the Subjunctive Mood!

    Cheers,

    Robby

  • No only will I publish your question in the article, but I will also provide an easy-to-follow instruction on how to use this English phrase you’re asking about in real life conversations!

  • Thanks, now just wait on the article to be published where I’ll elaborate on this!

  • Thanks for asking the question, this is a very good one – I’ll put it in the article and I’ll provide a detailed answer!

  • nadasha

    Hai
    how will use have been

  • ASHKEEN AHMED

    Dear Robby.
    This is Ashkeen Ahmed from India. one of the English trainers says that English language has two alphabet. He is Rajiv Gandhi Excellence award winner in English.
    1. Letter alphabet

    2. International Phonetic alphabet.

    However, I have scanned though and Google as well. It shows alphabet is a series of letters. Could you put some light on this.

  • Vajira

    What is correct ” This has reference to the telephone conversation with Mr. X had with you on the above subject. ”
    or
    “This has reference to the telephone conversation had with u by Mr. X “

  • José Alves de Oliveira

    What are the situations that we cannot use the definite article “the”?

  • Basile

    Can you explain in detail this grammatical structure: it’s high time i went. Why two different tenses at the same time (It is….I went)

  • nick

    One of the most difficult themes in English grammar for me is the Subjunctive Mood.

    When I am reading and comparing what numerous authors saying it seems to me sometimes as if they talk about some different languages.

    Can you propose an easy and practical way of learning for this case ?

  • Hugo

    How to use Not only…but (also)

  • Sarath

    Explain the usages of do, did, does.

  • Vitali

    What’s the easiest way to go about commas? It usually looks like there is no need for commas in English at all but sometimes you can see people using them. I have no idea when to use them.