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Questions tagged [grammaticality]

Grammaticality refers to whether something obeys the rules of English grammar.

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Uncertain vs uncertain about

Uncertain how to react, she was puzzled when she found that she was being cheated. Vs Uncertain about how to react, she was puzzled when she found that she was being cheated. Also, I am ...
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It took two hours for her to finish her homework

It took her two hours to finish her homework. It took two hours for her to finish her homework. Q: I know #1 is correct and I guess #2 is also correct/natural. What is your opinion?
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Usage of '' it '' in a sentence

I wonder if i can use '' it '' and verb+ing in the sentences below. I know that ''it'' can be used between verb and adjctive . Can use it in the same way in sentences below? 1) I left it as legacy to ...
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is this “a” a print error or an article for to emphasize “one”

my question in another SE site has been edited as following: I've searched in SE for solfege and na mes of altered notes or tones. This point seems to be cleared. But I couldn't find a about ...
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Can you explain “causing greyed out vision” grammatically?

"Oxygen deprivation in the retinal cells impairs their ability to process light, causing greyed out vison" I have a question of the sentence above. I think "causing"is a verb and "greyed out"is also ...
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Does “when they're used as a place to live“ make grammatical sense?

Geodesic domes have lots of issues, especially when they're used as a place to live. My biggest concern is that the dependent clause has a plural pronoun "they're" with a singular verb "live". ...
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Is + another expression

1-All you need is do your homework . 2-All you need is to do your homework . 3-All you need is that do your homework . Are all of these sentences grammatically correct and do they mean the same ...
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learnin the english. ing grammar and simple present

which sentence is correct? 1-meditation really relax you. 2-meditation really relaxing you. we should use present simple or present continuous? thank you.
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the category of “as” here?

I looked up the word “as” in my dictionary and got three categories of it: prep. conj. and adv. However, in the following sentence, I think the word “as” possesses the attribute of “noun” or “pronoun”...
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“Was I was wrong” -> why “was” twice? [closed]

I see it's ungrammatical, but some natives still use that. Then what's the differences it has comparing when you just say it grammatical, such as "Was I wrong?" / "I was wrong?"
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Would using “one of either” be correct?

I was writing a comment the other day when I wrote a sentence similar to the one below: You can choose one of either (Pizza, Mac and Cheese, or Spaghetti). Obviously the choices are made-up, but ...
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At/ on the point of leaving

I came across this: The phone rang when Tom was on the point of leaving. As I usually use "at the point of leaving", are both possible?
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which sentence is correct given below? [closed]

S1: Graduate with Physics as one of the subjects in each year. Or it should be S2: Graduate with physics as of the subject in each year.
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Organisation or organisational skills

Is it more correct or appropriate to say: "I have strong organisation skills" OR "I have strong organisational skills"?
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many `a` in my sentence with purple

Suppose I have a set of numbers. Then, suppose further that I take a sample of this set. Which of my sentences is correct? and why? Let (0,2) be a sample from a set S of discrete numbers or Let (0,...
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Can I say 'I said it second'?

Like how you can say: 'I said it first' to mean that you said something first. Can you also say: 'I said it second' to mean that you said something second? and would it sound natural? I ...
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Why is “He is the kind of person who, if he had lived …, people would not have been able to categorise him.” ungrammatical?

Could anyone explain why this sentence is considered ungrammatical? You often hear quite literate people saying hideously ungrammatical things such as: "He is the kind of person who, if he had lived ...
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How to use of two times in one sentence

I have method A. This method has a limitation in high-dimension cases. This limitation leads method A to lose its flexibility in high-dimension. Therefore, there is method B, which overcomes the ...
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Using “almost” in a sentence

Which one of the following 2 sentences is grammatically/ idiomatically more correct: "She is almost a real fan of the jazz band." "She is an almost real fan of the jazz band" Tnx!
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Plural or singular with repeated word

Suppose that I have a set (S). This set should contain numbers. These number should follow a specific bound. Then, 0 and 20 are the lower and upper bound of the set S, respectively. or 0 and 20 ...
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Should I use for or to in this sentence

I would like to say that method A provides great flexibility for something. I wonder how to express my sentence correctly? Method A provides great flexibility for learning English Method A leads to ...
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About telling the time

Is it correct to use ..."a quarter past to five" instead of "a quarter past five" for 5:15 ? I have watched "a QUARTER PAST TO" in a you tube video.I also googled it but couldn't find it. The link ...
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'I ate honey at breakfast' vs. 'I had honey at breakfast' [closed]

'I ate honey at breakfast' or 'I had honey at breakfast' Which is correct grammatically?
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I'm writing an English essay and I just wanted to check if this makes sense : [closed]

..... I agree with the statement that Boland's reflective insights are expressed through her precise use of language. We see this statement to be true in 'Child of Our Time'.....
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Phrasing of an instragram post [closed]

I have an account on Instagram. It’s everything about hair, like new haircuts or new hairstyles and I want to say something like this to make followers send their photos to me so I can post it on my ...
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“Carefully considering” vs. “carefully consider”

I have a sentence like: We recommend carefully consider these variations .. Is the sentence grammatically correct? Or is using considering instead of consider better?
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Using “whether .. or” in negated sentence

I have a sentence like this: .. and have no students whether from the same city or others at all Is it correct? Or would using neither as below seems better: .. and have no students neither ...
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Can I say “years passed” in specific usage

I am sure I’ve seen this usage somewhere, i want to use this and it goes like this: “As I reflect on the years passed, ...” I don’t feel comfortable with it. But I’ve seen similar usage in “ a ...
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Reading a sentence

The accountant made the writer to sign on the check. They always make us laugh. In these two sentences .. why is to sign used in first sentence instead of only SIGN? In second sentence why is ...
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Which of the two words sounds more natural and common to native speakers? “Though merging/merged…”

You know that the word 'merge' is both transitive and intransitive. Then in the following sentence, which of the two sounds more natural and common to native speakers? And why? Though (merging/...
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Two-step or two steps

Which sentence is correct? We process the data in two steps: First, .. Second, ... OR We process the data in two-step: First, .. Second, ...
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On using “by no means”

I want to use "by no means" in a sentence. I am not sure whether I should use it before or after the word "can". Here are examples: Is it: Our method can by no means be considered as an attack Or ...
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“Trouble is now closer than earlier” [closed]

Trouble is now closer than earlier. Is this sentence grammatically correct? What is the right way to say this?
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“that same month” or “the same month”

"They agreed by November 2005. But the accident that/the same month caused tension." Should it be "that same month" or "the same month"?
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Do I have to repeat possessive pronouns in a list?

Would it be okay to write: Nevertheless, we will analyze it because of its straightforward computation, prevalence in research and lack of qualitatively different results with other measures. or ...
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Do both of them correct? & “Are both of them correct?” [closed]

Any grammatical errors in these sentences? Thanks in advance.
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Phrasing and word usage

"I'm the best from all the crowd See me deeper and scream loud, Catch good vibes and inspiration Feel the power and my relation" This short lyric is a matter of argument between me and the ...
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Does “to look at” mean something similar to “looking at” in this context?

1) I was in the zoo to look at/see the animals. 2) I was in the zoo looking at the animals. 3) I went to the zoo to look at/see the animals. Does the first sentence mean something similar to either ...
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can the given idiom be used this way?

If you like the video and want to see more where this came from, subscribe to the channel. Is this sentence grammatically accurate, and does it mean "If you like this video and want to see more ...
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“I propose you'” grammatically correct? [closed]

I would like to know if the following sentence is grammatically correct I propose you that we do this. Could you offer an explanation if it's not grammatical correct?
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Is “to worry about their children being led astray” correct?

Parents always worry about their children being led astray by unsuitable friends. Is this sentence grammatically correct? What is the grammar of "their children being led astray"?
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How to remind a colleague about myself? Business phrases

I will delete my question later. How to remind a colleague about myself? Which option is correct? I just want to make sure you don't forget about (or on?) my request to send a photo. I would ...
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Can I say “… have us been provided”? :)

Can I say "this robot have us been provided", without being gramatically incorrect? :) Or is it only "this robot have been provided".
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Is “I think, may be that's more of a question to John.” grammatical?

I think, may be that's more of a question to John. While in conference call, I heard a person said the above sentence. Can anyone please correct the grammar in the above quoted sentence?
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“Too expensive for me to afford it” why ungrammatical?

The medicine was too expensive for me to afford it. My practice question marked that as wrong for I didn't put the It out at the last. It suggested me to use "...too expensive for me to afford". I ...
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“Do you see” vs. “Did you see” vs. “Have you seen" [closed]

What are the differences between: Do you see Did you see Have you seen and when or what situations that I used them?
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Passive Voice of Future Continuous tense

I am learning English Grammar from a very popular book in Indian market (you can get it from here) and it very distinctively mentions that Passive Voice of Future Continuous tense is not possible. ...
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Type of usage in these examples

When an absolute phrase is described as a phrase/clause (as was in the below example) what is meant by this. Is it not clearly one or the other ? I'd imagine phrase as there is no subject. The winter ...
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How to express habitual actions

I am learning English Grammar and I learned that I can express habitual actions using present simple and modal like "would". So, are below sentences correct? He would come to me every day. He comes ...
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Is “experience” plural or singular

Is it grammatically correct to use the word experience to mean multiple experiences, and follow it by a verb without adding s. For example: Experience show that most people ...