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

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If I weren't a player, I'd be a coach

If I weren't a player, I'd be a coach. in this sentence, I'd be is about present or future? i can't understand
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Use of the word “state”

I wonder if the use of "state" in the sentence below is correct or not. What I want to learn is whether this sentence is grammatically correct or not. Water vapour is water’s state turned into gas ...
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Conditional I and Conditional II

Conditional I Active: Rita would write a letter. Passive: A letter would be written by Rita. Conditional II Active: Rita would have written a letter. Passive: A letter ...
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Plural or singular after a number?

Which one of those is correct grammatically? I We evaluate 1000 student result Or We evaluate 1000 student results Or We evaluate 1000 students' results
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On using “whether it be” with plurals

I use data to describe plurals (Xs or Ys). Is it correct to use whether it be in the following description? The data, whether it be Xs or Ys, are collected from users. Or shall I use whether they ...
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“refer to as .. ” or “refer to them as …”

Which one is correct (the difference is using them): There are many types of books, including those for children, which we refer to as children books Or, There are many types of books, ...
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The structure of this sentence? “What does the man suggest is the best solution?”

"What does the man suggest is the best solution?" Could somebody explain the grammatical structure of this sentence to me like talking to a toddler...? ([what does the man suggest] itself is a ...
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Phrase “Out of league”

Does it mean the same thing? If not so, then how to say that I am better than her. I'm out of your league You are out of my league
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I am confused about the word's positioning in the following sentence

After some time he appeared in a hall which had a 'long rectangular shaped table', which seemed empty. Should the correct one be a ' rectangular-shaped long table? Also, about the part after coma, ...
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How do you use tenses with the word “after” sensibly: which combos of tenses work and which do not?

No context is required, it’s just a normal question about using the word after. For instance, here are some easy sentences: After he finishes his work, he will go for a walk. After he finished his ...
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Death, taxes and depending on You for absolutely nothing

Death, taxes and depending on (someone / something) for absolutely nothing. what does it means? (for absolutely nothing)
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What's the answer to this?

I was asked to correct this sentence on my exam: A simple rule of 'five' helps make exercising a most enjoyable activity. What's the error and how to correct it? On the exam I changed exercising ...
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How to fix this sentence without adding more words?

"In recognition for being a great host, sharing experience in X." I think it's supposed to be "In recognition for being a great host and sharing their experience in X." But if I'm not allowed to add ...
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“They” or “Them”

Why for example in these sentences like that should use them instead of they and what is possible to put in between "want" and "them/they", I mean so or that or something else? I want them not to ...
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Is “You are influencing your negative behavior over me” grammatically well-formed and natural-sounding to native speakers?

I don’t believe this sentence sounds right: You are influencing your negative behavior over me. I'd instead rephrase it more like this: Your behavior creates a negative influence over me. Is that ...
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Sade - I Never Thought I'd See the Day

Sade - I Never Thought I'd See the Day I never thought would be there are both future in the past?
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Using participles in a row

Retrospective cross-sectional study of type 2 diabetes patients admitted to the geriatric ward receiving diabetes medications. (Original) Is using participles as in the example above grammatically ...
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Using past perfect continuous in this situation

I find difficult the past perfect continuous, so I looked for some real examples for practice it. I will give you reasons about why the writer used the past perfect continuous in this situation, for ...
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Avoiding repetition; common noun, different adjectives

Let us consider the sentence I see a green scarf and an orange scarf. What are some possible ways to shorten this sentence while keeping the meaning? Which of the following is/are correct? 1. I ...
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Using “nevertheless” after “while”

Is the following use of "nevertheless" correct: While this book is outside my subject area, nevertheless, it was useful to me.
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Is there any difference between 'Had we would have' and 'If we would have'?

Had we would have taken the original square root instead of Principal Square root, our extraneous solution might/would have worked" If we would have taken the original square root instead of Principal ...
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Meaning of “cheap out” in this context

Supercars are for the rich anyways so why cheap out by not having a roll cage with harnesses? cheap out - don't spend lots of money, or what does that mean?
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conditional sentence meaning ambiguity

Consider these two sentences: first one: If he asks me I will accept his offer. and the second one: If he asked me I would accept his offer. what is the exact difference between these two ...
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'a way that no one could have predicted'

Is "that no one could have predicted" a relative clause modifying the noun "way"? Events unfolded in a way that no one could have predicted.
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Why does it write with “ed”?

Why does it always write like this? What if you write without "ed"? What is the rule for this? I love to be loved by you / I love to be love by you. I like to be liked by you / I like to be ...
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Are all the paired sentences grammatically correct? And do all those sound natural to native speakers?

I am an English teacher who has a duty to teach correct English to the students who want to learn it. That is why I think I have to know grammatically correct English because it can destroy my ...
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be out the window

All right, here's the deal. Sheldon is gone, so the tree decorating rules are out the window. Yeah, which means we don't have to use his ridiculous ornament-spacing template. what does it mean ...
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Is 'lay lady lay' grammatical?

From a song by Bob Dylan: Lay lady lay, Lay across my big brass bed. Is lay lady lay grammatical? It looks like the guy confused the verb 'lay' with 'lie' here. Is it the case? Bob Dylan is not ...
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To know things versus to be known things [closed]

We have to know such things We have to be known such things
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use of 'till' in a statement

if I say - her father left her at her two years for the time till I write it. Is it correct? or what about - her father left her in her childhood till I write it?
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“As the paper is at 9:30 I will try to reach around.”Is this sentence makes any sense?

In the above sentence I wanted to tell my colleague that I will reach around 9:30. So I wrote this sentence but I am confused whether I had conveyed him that message correctly or not.
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I'd be left with the distinct impression

I'd be left with the distinct impression would be left is it past or present?
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“consisting of” or “that consist of” in this context

A book defines sonnet as: A lyric poem consisting of a single stanza of fourteen iambic pentameter lines... But if I rewrite it as: A lyric poem that consists of a single stanza of fourteen ...
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Have + verb-ing participle

I'm wondering if the following sentences have the same meaning. Does the second one sound natural in English? I can't sit there because her bag is standing there I can't sit there because she ...
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She's been a vegetarian for ten years now

She's been a vegetarian for ten years now. Does She continues to be vegetarian or no?
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Do “how to proceed” and “how to do” express the same meaning when giving instructions?

Since "proceed" generally means to continue a course of action, how do you understand the sentence "how to proceed" when used before instructions? How to Proceed Step 01 Step 02 ...
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i'm in a catch 22 situation vs i have a catch 22 situation

Two people were conversing in something I read (I forget the details) — I'm caught in a catch 22 situation..." —"I have a catch 22 situation myself, and it's going to be the reason I die early." ...
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Why has the preposition been moved to the end of the sentence? [closed]

The school is surrounded by big trees and grassy fields that the children use to play football on I've come across it in the school Olympiad, so I don't think it was wrong. In this example, the ...
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How to use ate and had eaten

Which one is correct Example. Mark ate all the chocolate when I got home . There was nothing left . Mark had eaten all the chocolate when I got home . There was nothing left . Thanks
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Grammaticality of 'a proposal that is discussed in a meeting and a vote is taken on it'

Is the phrase 'a proposal that is discussed in a meeting and a vote is taken on it' grammatically correct, and if so, could anyone please explain to me how, as I fail to see it. After the ...
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Can I use the verb “disappear” in Present Continuous Tense?

"More and more forests are disappearing because of fires." or "More and more forests disappear because of fires." which one is grammatically correct? Our English teacher said that disappear is a ...
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“It is done” what is the sentence structure?

It is done Is "done" in the above sentence an adjunctive or a verb? Or is it a simple past tense in passive form. If so why "is" is used. Please clarify what is the structure of the sentence. This ...
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“I was first” vs “I was the first”

I was/first to reach/the school/today The book describes I was the first should be used I'm not sure about it.... And what is the use of 'today' here! should it be 'yesterday'?
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grammar of the sentences

Do these sentences sound grammatically correct? I mean, for example, you were bad person at school, so you will be your whole life this way or something like that. Who you were in the same way ...
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Was never one for being jinxed

Was never one for being jinxed I can't understand the structure of this sentence and it's meaning.
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“…, ready to swoop at any moment.” Grammarticallity in this context

Today I found a sentence: The eagle hovered, ready to swoop at any moment. I don't know the grammarticallity of the sentence. Can I rewrite as: The eagle hovered and ready to swoop at any ...
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Can a verb be “both” singular or plural

As the grammar says, we should always use a singular verb with a singular noun and a plural verb with a plural noun. We say: I speak. He speaks. Are they both (speak and speaks) singular ...
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What he does vs What does he do? [closed]

What's the difference between them? and when do we use "What he does" and "What does he do"?
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Less than versus fewer than

I completed my Doctoral Degree in less than four years. I completed my Doctoral Degree in fewer than four years. Are both the sentences correct and mean the same thing or one ...
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Last summer Modric was one of the first who approached the club to talk about what had happened and what was to come

Last summer Modric was one of the first who approached the club to talk about what had happened and what was to come What does this phrase "what was to come" in the sentence mean? what was ...