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

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Is it possible to separate “by” from “by which” in these two cases?

There's no other standard by which to compare yourself to. Competition provides a benchmark by which to compare yourself to and be better than, and forces a company to prepare and think much in ...
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Are there execeptions to the rule that we always use singular forms to refer to singular objects and vice versa?

If that was the case, those movies would not have been successful. If that was the case, those movies would not have been a success. If that was the case, those movies would not have been successes. ...
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Are both these sentences grammatically correct and do they mean the same thing?

He always knows how to treat the people he could benefit from well or He always knows how to treat well the people he could benefit from. Are both these sentences grammatically correct? If not, ...
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Is that sentence correct

I'm trying to ask my teacher about my grade for the test. Does this sentence make sense? "when will test grade be post? " Thanks,
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'went with it' and 'hard five massive major ammunition sites' meaning

]2 https://youtu.be/5QZmMWSVw_4?t=159 from this................. 1) What does went with it mean? 2) 'We had very,very hard five massive major ammunition sites' -> What is it about?
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“Hear something used” or “hear something being used”?

Tell me please if the use being is optional in the following sentence? I never hear the word (being) used in day to day conversations. If it's optional, then do people tend to drop in casual ...
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“Even this means” VS “Even though this means”

Medical workers exhibited their dedication to saving lives, even though this meant they had to put themselves in harm's way. Medical workers exhibited their dedication to saving lives, even this ...
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Which one is correct? “Why is art a culture” or “Why art is a culture”? Someone please explain. Thank you!

I'm just a little bit confused today. If I were to ask a question, would it be "Why is art a culture?" or "Why art is a culture?". Is there a difference? I'm thinking the correct one is the former but ...
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Possession in English

Which is the subject and the verb in the following sentence? This Beach's beauty is startling. I'm reading a book of English grammar and I need to underline the subject and verb.
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does this “will” relates to future tense?

does this "will" relates to future tense? "No, my belief in Spiritualism has undergone no change. When I made those dreadful statements I was not responsible for my words. Its genuineness is an ...
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'The child was sobbing,every so often gulping in large draughts of air into his aching lungs.'Is that sentence correct?

I found in the novel 'The ladykiller' of Martina Cole the following sentence: The child was sobbing,every so often gulping large draughts of air into his aching lungs. Then I wrote the ...
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Using posession 's'

I have conducted several experiments using several devices. Each device is configured with a list of algorithms. I want to write a title to describe the algorithms used in the devices of the ...
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Proper nouns and common nouns grouped together?

This sentence was taken from a BBC article: "England knocked out by late Romania flurry." Is this association of words grammatical? Also, are there any more cases in which proper nouns combine ...
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Is this sentence's tense correct?

Thus, Alexander's untimely death at the age of 32 naturally begs the question of would could have been had he been given the chance to live a normal age. I'm not sure whether "would could have been ...
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does “which” here refers to “a quiet enjoyment of her experiments” or not?

does "which" here refers to "a quiet enjoyment of her experiments" or not? John Page Hopps describes her at this time as "a small, thin, very intelligent, but rather simpering little woman, with nice,...
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in the following grammar

Consider we have the sentence My bird likes sunflower seeds. She eats a lot of seeds everyday. Using pronoun resolution we can replace she with the actual subject 'My birds'; converting 'She ...
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“That’s a wake-up call that investors are really worried,” Boodry said, overriding Son’s previous reticence to slim the portfolio

“That’s a wake-up call that investors are really worried,” Boodry said, overriding Son’s previous reticence to slim the portfolio. what does (overriding) means in this sentence?
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Are both these sentences grammarically correct?

How is self-isolating coming along? How is self-isolation coming along? Are both these sentences grammatically correct? And if one isn't, why?
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business-as-usual during the country lockdown

Is the following sentences grammatical and idiomatic? The company is still business-as-usual during the country lockdown. Is the company still business-as-usual during the country lockdown?
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Why Taylor Swift says “The story of us” but not “The story of ours”?

I have a problem in understanding this type of relation between object and possessive pronouns. Can someone help me with this?
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can we combine “as frequent as” and “as long as”?

it is possible to combine below two sentences in two one 1. as frequently as someone wants to connect. 2. as long as someone wants to connect. can it be used -- as frequently and long as someone ...
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Is knowledge singular or plural?

I am not sure if I should add an article. Should I use a mean or means or a means?? Prior knowledge as means to combat ... Or, Prior knowledge as a mean to combat ... Or, Prior knowledge as ...
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Is “Let's start”grammatical correct?

Okay, What I have learned so far that if we add "To be verb" ( are, is, am) before verb words, the verbs will change to adjective. For instance, * I am interested, instead of I am interest * He is ...
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with illness following a period

She has been diagnosed with illness following a period of self-isolation and subsequent testing. in this sentence is (following) means (after a period) or (coming a period) ?
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Thousands of jobs are set to go at

Thousands of jobs are set to go at the Dutch national airline, KLM, as it deals with the impact of the outbreak. Its chief executive, Pieter Elbers, said KLM will shed as many as 2,000 jobs and ...
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Help Rectify vs Help Rectifying

It will be great if someone can help rectify it. It will be great if someone can help rectifying it. May I know which one above is grammatical?
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To the point of time

This closed-gap solution can help to bridge the gap between now to the point of time where the real solution is discovered. Is closed-gap solution the right word to use for tentative solution? Is ...
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The nutshell of the projeft

This is basically the nutshell of the project What I want to say is this is basically the summary of the project, is the above sentence grammatical and idiomatic?
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To level up the accuracy

That method can help you to level up the accuracy What I meant to say is that method can help you to improve the accuracy, is the sentence above grammatical and idiomatic?
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Do you have any encountering

Do you have any encountering with C++? What I meant to say is do you have any coding experience with C++, is the sentence above grammatical and idiomatic?
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Language bindings “to” or “for” (computing)?

In computing, one can write bindings from one language to another, e.g. LISP bindings to OpenGL, or a collection of bindings for C. I seem to find both prepositions to and for used indiscriminately, ...
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the situation is not good

Is the following sentence, especially on the part the situation is not good, grammatical and idiomatic? if the situation is not good, please contact me.
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We're here? VS Are we here? [duplicate]

What is the difference between the first and second option? I think 2 option is right and the translator made a mistake. We're here? And Are we here?
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“found you a good place” vs. “found a good place for you”

I found you a good place to stay Is this valid English? If so then how to describe the grammar used here: Why "found you a place" instead of "found a place for you"? Why not "stay at/in" instead of ...
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James said if he wasn't a start for the competition that he be left out completely

James said if he wasn't a start for the competition that he be left out completely. said if he is it (conditional in indirect speech) and mean about present?
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Plural verb with “everybody/anybody/everyone/anyone”

Where have everybody/everyone gone to? Have anybody/anyone ever told her the truth? Are these valid usages, idiomatic?
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Why can we say I have done it before, but not yesterday?

I have found on wikipidea that you can't use specific time in past for present perfect tenses, e.g. I have done it on last monday. I have done it yesterday. But, I wonder why are we allowed to ...
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On using “without whom”

I want to thank to persons: A and B as follows: I am thankful to A and B, without whom, this project would not be possible. I am afraid if I said without whom, this may be understood to refer to ...
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He interviewed several candidates who he thought had the experience and qualification

A.Who he thought B.Whom he thought C.Of whom he thought D.he thought who E.Which he thought In my point of vie, the answer is "whom he thought" As "whomever is a direct object pronoun" so if I am ...
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“Sense of Calm” vs “Sense of calmness” & “Works are” vs “work is”

I came across a sentence his works are invariably imbued with a sense of calm and serenity Now in my opinion (for which I do not have any concrete reason) it should've been "sense of calmness". ...
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How to describe “the English letter Q” in words

As a learner I am having problem answering the question: How to make English capital Q ? in words. Answer: First, draw a circle then... I am not able to describe the small line that points ...
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Whoever objects to me going to the Convention ought to state his position promptly

A.Whoever objects to me B.Whomever objects to me C.Whomever objects to my D.Whoever objects to my What will be the right answer and why??
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Complex WH-questions: grammaticality and long-distance movement

The more I'm reading about syntax, the more I'm starting to doubt my ability to judge the grammaticality of English sentences correctly... so I need some help with that. I'm a non-native speaker of ...
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Test question misunderstanding

I have always thought that I am rather good at English, but in a test today I made a mistake although I can't say for sure whether it is something to do with grammar or logic. The question was: When ...
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Anni's smoking habit has done seriously and potentially fatal damage to her lungs [closed]

has done seriously and potentially fatal damage to did damage that is seriously and potentially fatal damaged, serious and potentially fatally has done serious and potentially fatal damage to ...
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Past perfect continuous for continuing events in the past

I got from Cambridge Dictionary (in grammar section): Past perfect continuous tense. Continuing events in the past We use the past perfect continuous to talk about actions or events which ...
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Successful meditation between two countries requires patient and enthusiasm [closed]

Successful meditation between two countries requires: A. Patient and enthusiasm B. enthusiasm and patience C. enthusiastic and patience Which will be the right answer?
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Has vs had grammaticality for something that happened last week

In my English class, my professor posed the following question: Manuel (has / had) asked Pedro to help him fix his computer last week. He said the answer was has, but that seems present tense to ...
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But seem like he didn't study much but still can do well in the exam

Why cannot write "studies" instead of "study"?
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Takes awhile longer

I heard someone say It might take awhile longer for the document to be signed It might take a bit longer for the document to be signed Is it grammatical and idiomatic? What they meant is that ...

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