Ask Me ANY English Grammar Related Question You May Have!

By Robby

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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,


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  • Tanisha Agrawal

    Hi Robby,
    Please give the answers of following questions and explanation also

    1.Banks charge DIFFERENTLY RATE OF INTEREST depending on the size of the loan.
    a) different rates of interest
    b) the different rate of interest

    2. It is necessary that WE TAKE ANY steps to reduce pollution soon.
    a) we should take every
    b) we have taken no
    c) us to take any
    d) we take some

    3. It is too early to say HOW THE IMPACT the new tax will have on investors.
    a) what impact
    b) that the impact
    c) how much impacts
    d) what are the impacts of
    e) no correction required

    4. whether or not to confront/ them about their role/ in the matter is a decision/ which is yet to take.
    what is an error in the above sentence?

    In each question below, find out the word which is inappropriate

    5.The bank’s FLUCTUATING performance over the PRIOR year has been a MAJOR CAUSE of concern.
    a) fluctuating
    b) Prior
    c) major
    d) cause
    e) All correct

    6. An economy RELIES on its ACCESS to DEPENDABLE and AFFORDABLE sources of energy.
    a) relies
    b) access
    c) dependable
    d) affordable
    e) All correct

    7. Researchers have used data PREVALENT to manufacturing companies to ILLUSTRATE the HARMFUL IMPACTS of technology on the environment.
    a) Prevalent
    b) Illustrate
    c) harmful
    d) impacts
    e)All correct

  • Here’s the correct version: “How many gates are open?”

  • avinash jha

    is this sentence correct – who many gates are open?

  • She swears AT you all the time!

  • Homesh

    She swears….you all the time
    a) by
    b) to
    c) with
    d) at

  • Hi Deenu,
    Here’s how I’d describe such a person: taken aback, stunned, hasn’t got a clue what’s going on, lost, none the wiser as to what’s going on, aghast, wide-eyed.
    Hope it helps!

  • deenu deenu

    What is proper word to say ,when someone looks like he got no idea about anything ,literally in a situation when eyeballs are out.
    ( blinking is nearly comes close but not the right one I assume, please help )

  • To be honest with you Tanisha, the entire sentence sounds a bit weird…But if I had to point out the one that doesn’t make grammatical sense, it would be c) – the reason being, the word “should” should be replaced with “would” – I guess… But just like I said, the whole thing sounds weird to my ears anyway! 😉

  • Tanisha Agrawal

    a)/ The parliamentary secretaries are b)/ under notice from the EC to show c)/ cause that they should not be d)/ disqualified for holding an ‘office of profit’.

    Hi Robby,
    In which part of the above sentence there is a grammatical error and why?
    Pls explain..

  • Well, in purely grammar terms – yes, it’s correct!

  • Roha

    Standees have been installed at the respective sites. Attached are the pictures for your reference. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

  • To me “with a view to find” sounds just fine. The word “view” in this phrase can be replaced with a lot of other words such as “prospect”, “goal”, “aim” etc.- and the verb “to find” can stay the same there.

  • walkingdead

    thanks..lot of people saying it should be ” with a view to finding”

  • From the grammar point of view there’s no need for the definite article “the” in the first part (a) – it should simply say “…through different countries”

  • walkingdead

    where is the grammatical error?”I have journeyed through the different countries(a) of the world with a view(b) to find out the source of(c) true happiness.(d)”

  • There’s no need for the definite article “the” before “French” – you’d only use it if you were to say “The French and German languages…”

  • walkingdead

    The French and German are (1)/ different forms of the Latin language, (2)/ which was once spoken (3)/ in almost every part of Mars…….my question is can we use The before French?

  • Yes, bother of those sentences are correct!

  • walkingdead

    so both of them are correct?..i mean grammatically and otherwise?

  • It’s much of a muchness – pretty much the same thing!

  • walkingdead

    should is say” Unless they modify the system, our future generation will suffer” or “unless the system is modified, our future generation will suffer”?

  • walkingdead


  • I’d personally go for c – sympathisers!

  • Whoever wrote this article, hasn’t used a lot of the words and collocations in a native-like fashion, that’s why it doesn’t sound right! Let’s take the following sentence – “Whites started to blacklist governmental issues by and large” – while I kind of understand what the author is trying to say here, the word “blacklist” and the idiom “by and large” aren’t the right ones to be used in this sentence. Here’s how it should be: “The whites started to boycott the government in huge numbers” – or something along those lines. Basically the problem here lies within the fact that the person having written this article has a good grasp of the English language in terms of individual vocabulary words but has a very limited understanding of native-like speech patterns! 😉

  • walkingdead

    “New terrorism has no long-term agenda but is ruthless in its short-term intentions. It is often just a cacophonous cry of protest or an outburst of religious intolerance or a protest against the West in general and the US in particular. Its perpetrators may be religious fanatics or die hard opponent of a government and see no reason to show restrain”

    Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning to the word used in the passage as mentioned below

    1>. perpetrators

    (a) opponents

    (b) followers

    (c) sympathisers

    (d) leaders

    (e) manoeuvres

  • WB09

    Someone wrote this in a class somewhere. Something is wrong with their writing, but I can’t make out what it is. I ran it through some word usage/grammar software and found no errors. Why does this all seem wrong? The usage of words sometimes make no sense to me.

    Southern Republicans composed new state constitution and framed another state government. Dark men enrolled to vote Republican since they were thankful to the Republican Party that liberated them and conceded them Franchise. They joined in Politics toward training and equivalent treatment under the steady gaze of the law and joined together in the Republican Party to seek after political change. Dark ladies took an interest in the political battle by joining parades and encourages, going to addresses and crusading. Whites started to blacklist governmental issues by and large. Dark’s rejoin with family that they were isolated from on account of being sold. Dark were no more made to go to chapel where they were made to sit in the back, rather they made their own congregation of love that despite everything we know today as the Methodist and Baptist church. That struck an example of school and other get-together to be far from white individuals. Numerous Black individuals could get taught and took each chance to do as such. I don’t trust that any kind of reparations would have tackled a large number of the issues confronted by the liberated men and ladies amid remaking primarily in light of the fact that numerous liberated men and ladies did not have any riches. Regardless of the possibility that they needed to exchange or lead “business” not everybody bolstered liberated men and ladies. The guarantee to some was to possess the area they worked in, a guarantee, satisfied, would not of had a positive result. Arrive alone would not have tended to access to money, credit and markets.

  • Hi Gabriela,
    It’s because when you pronounce the word “universal”, you actually pronounce it as ‘Yuniversal’, so the first sound isn’t a vowel and therefore demands an “a” in front! The rule should actually say “before a consonant SOUND”!

  • Gabriela Prodan

    why it is correct to say,,a universal language” and not ,,an universal language”? As far as I know a is used before a consonant. Can you explain me the rule?


    Thank you sir.

  • 1 – b
    2 – a (who instead of whom)
    3 – a
    4 – c (under the red light)

  • I’d personally change this sentence a little bit: “We acknowledged THE receipt of THE below offer.”


    Q1. Choose correct sentence.

    A. I trust English.

    B. I can speak English fluently.

    C. I trust the English.

    D. I can speak the English fluently

    (a) a, b (b) b,c (c) c,d (d) a,d

    Q2. Find the Error.

    (a) The Old women, whom

    (b) I thought was lunatic

    (c) behaved well at the lunatic function

    (d) and gave no evidence of abnormality.

    Q3. Choose the Correct Sentence.

    (a) We were late due to the blowout.

    (b) Our lateness was due to the blowout

    Q4. Find the error.

    (a) The students were officially told that

    (b) they are not to cross the road

    (c) against the redlight.

  • sol arevalo

    Is this sentence ” We acknowledged receipt of your below offer.” grammatically correct?

  • Well, guess what? Now that I’m looking at it I also think it’s Gerund instead of Present Participle!
    One way or another – I would have to do a thorough research to figure out what exactly it is and after all – analyzing your grammar too much is actually bad for your fluency! 😉

  • The first thing you should stop doing is looking up 14 different word meanings in a dictionary – the only purpose that will serve is to confuse the hell out of you!

    Just take every single phrase with WOULD for what it is – learn how to use that particular phrase, what context it goes with, and try not to analyze and pinpoint what EXACTLY the word means in that phrase:

  • sri

    I think it is Gerund.

  • sri

    I think I its noun Robby because it is after preposition.

    I have one more doubt.

    1) I WOULD never do that. I WOULD be frightened to death.

    2) ‘And if you are anything like me, by now you should have arrived to the same conclusion or else you Wouldn’t be reading this, right ?

    In the above sentences WOULD is used as imagination. In dictionary I found 14 meanings for WOULD but I am confused which meaning suits this. could you please explain. The second sentence I have taken it from your blog. can you explain “wouldn’t be reading this”.

  • I would rather gravitate towards present participle in this case, but guess what? It’s not really that important for fluency speech – you may want to check out this article where I’m talking about it:

  • sri

    a state of being very angry.
    In the above sentence being is noun or present participle.
    can you please clear my doubt ?

  • sri

    Thanks Robby.
    Hyphen is not mandatory. Am I right.

  • Hi Sri,
    No, you can’t really say “to be mothers” – you have to use the “to be” part after the word:

  • sri

    there is an idiom “to be” in dictionary meaning “future” and example as “mothers to be(=pregnant women)” can we write as “to be mothers” please clarify

  • sri

    there is an idiom “to be” in dictionary meaning “future” and example as “mothers to be(=pregnant women)” can we write as “to be mothers” please clarify.

  • Sorry, but the question doesn’t make sense – the noun “feature” being singular can’t be proceeded by “one or TWO” – “two” demands plural!

  • walkingdead

    which of these two verb follows in the sentence given below?(please don’t change the sentence format cause it was a question asked in an exam)
    “one or two of her feature is/are attractive”

  • Hi Mona,

    Please check out this article – it might be just what you’re looking for! 😉

  • mona bilal

    thanks a lot. i humbly request you to write a detailed article about conversation that one may need with kids. it sholud include all routine work from dawn to dusk. eg getting up, school preparation, breakfask, school work, travel, evening activities, playing, manners, attitude and so on. i want you to tell me what should be possible civilized responses ( from speaking point of view) when we want to warn/threat/ scold our kids.for example ” what the hell is this?” is this right thing (civilized) that we should allow our kids to speak? how should we tell them their do,s and dont,s in accurate english.
    i’m conscious about it because i don’t want my kids to learn wrong english. i,ll be greatful.

  • Hi Mona,
    Of course you can say “What color is this?” – I just typed in “What color?” to indicate that it’s WHAT and not WHICH that you have to use but it’s totally up to you how you continue the sentence!
    “Let’s do it!” is more about spontaneous decisions, such as suddenly deciding to go for a walk in the rain.
    “Let’s make it happen!” is more about tasks that would take more time and effort to accomplish, but anyway – these two phrases are pretty much interchangeable.
    As for “we made it” – it’s a typical phrase used when people have accomplished some sort of an arduous and dangerous mission. Imagine reality show participants on TV having just accomplished one of their missions – so this is what they would say “We made it!”

  • No problem! 😉

  • mona bilal

    thanks. I’m still confuse about the first query. when i want to teach my daughter about colors, can i say’ what colour is this’. moreover what’s the difference between “lets do it” and “lets make it happen”. and “we did it” and “we made it”.