Determiners and quantifiers are words we use in front of nouns. We use determiners to identify things (this book, my sister) and we use quantifiers to say how much or how many (a few people, a lot of problems).

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I want to know where and how to use 'would' (in past sense) and where to use 'did' ?

Hello chandersheel,

These are both auxiliary verbs. We use 'did' to form questions and negative in the past tense:


She went to the shop.

Question: Did she go to the shop? / Where did she go?

Negative: She didn't go to the shop.


'Would' is a modal verb and we use it in a number of ways. You can see those ways on this page.



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Some times first letter of every word in a heading or title of an article is capitalized, except for article 'the'.

e.g. this headline : 'Sinking Deeper Into the MSP Mire'
Hear MSP means Minimum support price for agriculture commodities.
I would like to know the different conventions in beginning every word in heading with capital letter , and why 'the' starts with lowercase letter in above heading.

Hello dipakrgandhi,

The convention for titles is to capitalise each word other than what are considered 'grammar words' (articles, prepositions etc). However, a specific style will be set by each publication and some prefer to use normal capitalisation, for example. The best way to familiarise yourself with these styles is to look at a range of newspapers and other media sources and pay attention to how they do it.



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Thank you!

I wrote the following first sentence while forwarding an application to the higher authorities .

" The application for the revival of the account no 3857DF received from the depositor ,Mr. John is sent herewith."

Here , I am introducing an application of which the higher authorities have no prior knowledge . So I must have used ' an application '.
But when a noun is post modified by a prepositional phrase { ' for revival ----}
, definite article should be used as I did .

Which is correct ?
Similarly can I use 'application for revival ' instead of 'application for the revival ' ?
Kindly explain .

Hello p t balagopal,

The definite article is required here as the sentence contains its own clarification of which application is being referred to. You can use either 'the revival' or 'revival'. However, we would not use any article before 'account'. When a noun is numbered in this way we use the zero article. Thus, we would say 'go to house number 3' not 'the house'.


The setence would therefore be as follows:

The application for revival of account no 3857DF received from the depositor, Mr. John, is sent herewith.


This is a very formal phrasing, however, and not the normal way we would normally phrase it. I think we would use 'enclosed' (if the application is part of a letter) or 'attached' (if sent electronically):

Please find enclosed the application for revival of account no 3857DF, received from the depositor, Mr. John.

Please find attached the application for revival of account no 3857DF, received from the depositor, Mr. John.



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Thanks for your reply. I never expected it to be so detailed. Thanks for your effort.


A friend asked: is the statement "what did James is wrong" correct or grammatically wrong?

Hello Akong,

The sentence is wrong. The correct sentence would be as follows:

What James did is wrong.




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