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

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Use of correct words

One of my friends says that It will not be better until it will not stop raining. is not grammatical, but he could not explain why. What is wrong about this sentence?
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Why is "plummet", as an intransitive verb, followed by a noun?

Consumer confidence plummeted a breathtaking 15 points, to its lowest level in ten years. The cable just snapped. The elevator plummeted ten flights. Stock prices plummeted 40 percent during the ...
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"I hope not" vs "I don't hope so"

'Is that woman American?' 'I think so. / I don't think so.' 'Do you think it's going to rain?' 'I hope so. / I hope not.' (not 'I don't hope so'). We can say "I don't think so"; but why ...
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Whats the difference between "Where 'you would'/'would you' like to go"?

I was wondering if you guys could help me with this. What is the difference there in Where would you like to go? and Where you would like to go?
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Is omitting a repeated subject and predicate in attributive clauses ok?

Can I omit the conjunction, the subject, and the auxiliary verb in this attributive clause in (1) I had returned the book (which I had) borrowed from library. to produce (2): I had returned the ...
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Does using "there" a second time matter?

I'm going to the hospital tomorrow. Usually, there are more people waiting to see the doctor than you can count, so I'll be late. I'm going to the hospital tomorrow. Usually, there are more people ...
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What is the difference between the prepositions 'up' and 'onto', both indicating 'motion'?

We are all familiar with the the rhyme: Jack and Jill went up the hill. The preposition 'up' describes motion from a lower level to a higher level. But the preposition 'onto' also describes 'motion'....
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What is the difference between up and upon?

Sometimes the preposition ‘upon‘ can be used to indicate ‘movement from a lower level to a higher level, keeping in touch with the surface‘ : ‘We went upon the hill.‘ But in this case, we can use ...
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What is the difference between the prepositions ‘upon‘ & ‘onto‘?

The prepositions 'upon' & 'onto' have a slight difference. 'Upon' indicates 'position at a higher level'; 'onto‘ indicates ‘movement to a higher position‘. Therefore, the sentence "The cat ...
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In the sentence "What are the benefits of earning money?" what part of speech is the word "earning"?

In the sentence: What are the benefits of earning money? What part of speech is the word "earning"? And what function does it serve to the word "money" after that?
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Preposition help required: which sentence is correct? [closed]

I would like to know which of the following sentences is grammatically correct and why? Nadeem has been living along his family in Murree for ten year or Nadeem has been living with his family in ...
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Why is "sally is a sandwich" grammatical? [closed]

I have this sentence: the president thought that sally is a sandwich. It's supposed to be grammatically correct. But isn't that mean that this sentence is also grammatically correct: sally is a ...
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Instruction Meeting or Introductory Meeting?

Which of the following two constructions is correct? Instruction Meeting or Introductory Meeting? The context is the title of a business meeting that is supposed to happen in the future, not with a ...
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Is "enough" after a noun grammatical?

On Page 80 of V. Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, this sentence occurs: We were the only two in camp who had strength enough to do the job. As far as I know we can use enough as a determiner ...
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Editing a paragraph

Error     Correction Discipline at public life ensures        (e.g.)       at                in peace and harmony, who in turn          (a)  ______   ______ offer the required impetous              ...
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Go up/come down: Do both phrases imply the same thing on a fundamental level in the given context?

The number of articles I've written so far this month is 47. If I can manage to write 10 more, that number will go up to 57. The number of articles I've written so far this month is 47. If I can ...
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Carry the luggage for me, _________? A. Will you B. Won't you [duplicate]

According to the answer sheet, B is the answer. Does that make A incorrect? What difference do these 2 make in the meaning? Plus, is B more polite? It seems kind of frustrated to me.
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Aren’t they vs don’t they

I have 2 sentences here, Aren’t crimes only happening in favelas? Don’t crimes only happen in favelas? and I’d like to know which of them is grammatically correct, and if they are both correct, ...
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Can ‘attribute A to B’ be used as ‘attribute to B A?’

The article I read uses ‘attribute A to B’, but it uses attribute A to B as attribute to B A. is this correct? Also, here’s the article. Delay is a necessary component of procrastination. This means ...
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Is there a typo in this sentence?

"[L]ife inside the state until the eighteenth century sharply distinguished between a formally unfree population (slaves, serfs, and dependents), on the one hand, and a large smallholder ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct and in a correct form? [closed]

When dinner time, we always go through the fact that what to eat.. assume that we're always arguing about what food to eat! So according to this, Is the sentence above in a correct form or not?
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Is it OK to say "Ask the question to your partner"?

Is it OK to say "Ask the question to your partner" instead of "Ask your partner the question"? How about "Ask the question of your partner"?
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Has/ have verb third form today or did the second form today

Learning grammar mistakes, today I found a sentence I have visited Niagara falls last weekend incorrect. The correct form “I visited Niagara falls last weekend” so She has done it today. She has done ...
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Once they opened it [closed]

Is "once they opened it" correct in this sentence? Then, suddenly, someone knocked on the door and once they opened it, they said: "I've finally found you!"
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Is it correct to use two 'of's very close to each other in a sentence?

Is it correct to use two 'of's very close to each other, in the following sentence? A photo with the advanced stage of execution of the electronic device. How to avoid this in my case?
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“My each/every attempt”

After the possessive pronouns, can we use “each” or “every”? For example, are all four of the sentences below grammatically correct? My each attempt was useless. My every attempt was useless. Take ...
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Is following sentence grammatically correct.? They are my foundation [closed]

They are my foundation. Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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Can i say "Tree is fallen" as "considering "fallen" as an adjective instead of past participle which will make the sentence passive voice?

Can i say "Tree is fallen" as "considering "fallen" as an adjective instead of "past participle" which will make the sentence passive voice? I know we cannot say &...
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Meaning of "the less specific the 'No' was, the better it expressed the feeling of actuality." [closed]

I can not understand this sentence despite I know the meaning of every single words: Only one thing mattered to these men, to say "No" to fascism. The less specific the "No" was, ...
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Why is ( the better the job ) = the correct choice?

Why is ( the better the job ) = the correct answer ? The more I know, ....... I will get. the better job the better the job ( the correct choice ) more job ' Link : https://www.grammar-quizzes....
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Is "to down" grammatical in this little text?

Is this headline: Kansas, With a Record Comeback, Snatches N.C.A.A. Title Over North Carolina The Jayhawks rallied from a 16-point deficit to down the Tar Heels in a spirited — and physical — men’s ...
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Present continuous vs present simple for future

As I was practicing the difference between present simple and present continuous, I came across this sentence: The shop is closing for good next Monday. I also encountered this sentence: The ...
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Punctuations inside quote with regard to single quotation marks

My friend told me about the party. "We had a lot of fun there. Jen was having a great time and kept yelling 'This is so much fun!' before passing out. My friend told me about the party. "We ...
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Depending or dependent? [closed]

"Sometimes the tiles were cold, other times warm, dependent on when I woke up." or "Sometimes the tiles were cold, other times warm, depending on when I woke up." If both are ...
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Are there any grammar mistakes in the quote "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds"?

Oppenheimer once said, "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds". Why did he use an "am" before "become"? Besides, why not use "the world" instead of "...
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Should "just" come before or after the verb?

Which one is grammatically correct? I just have studied German. I have just studied German. Or if these two are wrong, what sentence can I use?
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Did not have + past participle sentences

Usually we use "past perfect negative" as in "I had not eaten a burger when he arrived" But could you pls tell me if we could also use "did not have plus past participle"?...
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"There are alot of people who can substitute you"

Is "There are alot of people who can substitute you" equivalent to "There are alot of people who can substitute for you".(People will take your position). I reckon if we use "...
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"The meeting ends in 2 hours" or "The meeting will ends in 2 hours"?

2 hours later is in the future, so "the meeting will ends in 2 hours" is correct, right? But since we say "the train arrives at 9AM", does "the meeting ends in 2 hours" ...
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How to convert age+ to words

If I have "11+ years old children" in a sentence and I want to re-write the statement without the "+". What is the best alternative? For 11 years old or more children. or For 11 ...
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Can ‘why’ and ‘that’ be used together here? [closed]

I’ve seen this sentence: This essay will explain that why united nations has failed. What I don’t understand here is why ‘that’ and ‘why’ are used next to each other.
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Grammaticality of informal constructions

In colloquial English, it is not uncommon to hear such sentences as these: It says here in the instructions that you should do this first. It says on Amazon that the package will be here in two days' ...
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Does "Are thousands of times a charm?" sound correct?

I want to interpret the idiom "the third time's a charm" differently by questioning whether, if you did it a thousand times/thousands of times, it would then be a charm. So is putting it ...
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Using article with "regular basis"

Does regular basis needs an article before it? Use computers on regular basis vs. Use computers on a regular basis
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Is "...which are tended to be depicted..." correct?

It was mentioned that the sentence "...which are tended to be depicted..." is grammatically false and should be replaced with "...which tend to be depicted...". Would it be like &...
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Is "He ensured to lock the door" correct English usage?

It's not clear to me from a dictionary if this is correct verb tense use of the word 'ensure'. Something about it doesn't sound right, but I can't see why it would be incorrect. Ensure in this usage: &...
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How "looking forward to watching me play" makes sense grammatically

According to my teacher, the sentence They were looking forward to watching me play is technically incorrect. My teacher suggests that They were looking forward to watching my playing is a "...
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Is "I am getting watched sleep" correct?

My roommate and I were discussing whether the following is proper English or not. I am being watched sleep. It's similar to I am being watched while I sleep and I am being watched as I am sleeping, ...
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Is it correct to say "In the room lay a table"?

It seems that in stories people often put the adverbs of place at the beginning of the sentence as in "In the room lay a table" "In the kingdom lived a king" Some Asian languages ...
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You {did not move/have not moved} your car... there {would not/will not} have been... - which choice is correct?

I have these examples: Given you did not move your car away from my garage door by next weekend as you promised there wouldn't have been any change in your behaving. and Given you have not moved ...
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