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

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Preposition usage

In these sentence , i am confusing about usage of being 1)I am pround of him for his being a student of my school and being a resident of my area. Is it grammatical and idiomatic I am waiting ...
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You have the right as a parent **to second guess** everything [on hold]

You have the right as a parent to second guess everything. Does to second guess in this sentence mean "to criticize or doubt everything"?
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“viable” in a question

Are both examples viable? compared to Are both viable examples? Could the adjective "viable" change its position in question without violating grammar rules?
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“compared to each other” vs “compared with each other” [duplicate]

It’s important to note that the grammatical functions in English and Romanian present strong similarities to each other/ with each other. Are both expresions grammatical in this case? If not, why? ...
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On separating two prepositional phrases with a comma followed by and

Is it grammatical to separate the two prepositional phrases (P.P) by a comma in The truth is that after hospitals are hit, and in areas like this where there is just one hospital, our houses have ...
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In present-day reality no-one actually uses classical Latin any more.Why can we use “Classical Latin uses the ablative” in present tense?

What is the difference between (a) and (b) (a)"Classical Latin uses the ablative" (b)"Classical Latin used the ablative"
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The word “late” means “till a later time”

I got up late today. Here the word late means at a later time than usual and the opposite of early. Now, I worked late at work today. He stayed up late last night. Are these sentences fine ...
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Causative verb usage with must

Can we use causative have with modal must. Suppose you must have had those document published by you. you must have the documents prepared by someone. Are these idiomatic and grammatical. actually i ...
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Have causative verb get causative verb

I am in confusion of using causative verb 'have' If i write "I wanted to have you sit on the chair". " i wanted to get you to sit on the chair". "Why did you get him to come with you?" Are those ...
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Causative verb have

I am confused over the usage of "have" causative. She wanted to have you sat on the chair. Is it grammatical or idiomatic?
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Causative verb of get [on hold]

I am confused regarding a sentence. if I say "I wanted to get my parents to sign on the paper". Is it grammatical?
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Causative verb and grammar [closed]

I am in confusion regarding this sentence "She wants to have you sit on chair". is it correct usage of 'have' causative verb
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Stand or standing [closed]

I want to know why the sentence: Why you are getting irritated for my stand? is incorrect whereas: He is happy for his work is correct.
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Stand or standing in “why are you getting irritated for my standing here?” [duplicate]

Is it correct to write why are you getting irritated for my standing here? I am in confused if i need to use stand or standing
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What is “prime minister to replace him” modifying?

I am currently reading this article, and one line says, Johnson would not step aside if his Brexit proposals were rejected by the European Union, and even if members of the U.K. Parliament declare ...
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Causative verb usage in sentence

Can i write "having had him seat on chair,he started telling story". here first have is participle and second had is used as causative.is it correct to write
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Beginning a sentence with 'At'

I've been writing a scientific paper in English, although this isn't my native language and some colleagues have pointed out I could not start a paragraph with "At this paper..." Can anyone elaborate ...
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is it correct to say “Can my spouse be covered under my health insurance?”

In an email I want to ask about health insurance of my spouse by my company. What is the correct way to ask about it? Is it grammatically correct to say under my health insurance in the following ...
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Infinitive usage in grammar

is it okay if i say that "is it the place only gents to stand". I am in confusion. please reply as soon as possible so as to i can clear my doubt.i will be waiting for your answer.
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Grammar usage of causative verb

Can we say "Why don't you get him to come here?". get means to convince some one. So does the sentence express what I want to say?
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Usage of number in grammar

I have seen pepole saying 'station is next but one'.can we write that 'station is one next.i can remember i heard it but i am not sure.i have search the google but did not find any answer
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“Always watch the kids out” or “Always watch out for the kids”

Are both "Always watch the kids out" and "Always watch out for the kids" grammatically correct? If so, is there one more frequent than the other? I feel like the first is not correct.
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“on leave from” vs. “on leave on”

A: I will be on leave from 3rd, 4th October. B: I will be on leave on 3rd, 4th October Which one is correct?
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“separately” and “put together” in this context

Conversation between two friends: A: My dad bought me a school bag and a wrist watch yesterday. B: How much did the cost? A: I don't know their price separately but the put together cost ...
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Should it be “journey by train” or “in the tomorrow morning”?

We reserved tickets for a journey on train for the tomorrow morning with my sisters and me. Should it be a journey by train or in the tomorrow morning?
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Grammatically of the word “meaning” in this context

I just saw a sentence: It is said that history repeats itself. Meaning what we did 600 years ago might repeat itself. Here the word meaning has been used at the beginning of the sentence. Is it ...
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Turning 'What value of T is just small enough to make the bulb light?' into its affirmative form

I am somehow confused with regard to the way the following question is constructed What value of T is just small enough to make the bulb light? The question below, in contrast, is clear and we can ...
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How to use 'used to' two times in a sentence

How to say this "When I used to go to the college, I used to play Volleyball". Or is it ok to use used to two times in a sentence? I know I can also use something like: "When I was in ...
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Is it mandatory to use contractions in tag questions and the like?

Example 1: The weather is hot, isn't it? vs.: The weather is hot, is it not? Example 2: Aren't you going to study tonight? vs.: Are you not going to study tonight? Apart from ...
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Questions on compund nouns in the form of 'A of B'

In this forest, we have ten different types of trees. Each type of trees needs a specific type of fertilizers. The choice of fertilizers is depending on the type of trees. Hi, I don't know when to ...
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Is “some of Mr. Trump’s own allies fear the failure to follow through was taken by Iran as a sign of weakness” grammatical?

Does the following construction make sense with regard to grammar? Some of Mr. Trump’s own allies fear the failure to follow through was taken by Iran as a sign of weakness. Shouldn't there be a ...
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“decide which one is equal” seems to be not grammatical, is this one more appropriate, “check if the two are equal”?

This post says It may be a pain to see compile errors, but trust me, getting error here is good for you. You did something stupid you tried to compare string with int and decide which one is equal. ...
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Is this sentence grammatical and does it make sense?

"The key to understanding big data is that data has to be managed so that it can meet the business requirement a given solution is designed to support" (Hurwitz, Nugent, Halper, & Kaufman, 2013, p....
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Is the following sentence grammatically incorrect and is it used colloquially?

(1) I don't know what graph theory is. According to the grammar, I believe it should be: (2) I don't know what is graph theory. But is it spoken colloquially the way I wrote it in (1)? Grammar ...
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On 'unknown to' in “As for how we know, the equipment used is unknown to be in the Houthis’ arsenal.”

I am generally acquainted to seeing unknown to followed by a noun, pronoun or noun phrase. What about this case As for how we know, the equipment used is unknown to be in the Houthis’ arsenal. Is ...
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“Replace” Vs “Be replaced”

As you know the verb "to replace somebody / something" means "to take the place of somebody / something" or "to supersede somebody / something." I was wondering what form is correct in the following ...
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Is “bare from waist up” grammatical?

I just saw a sentence: Men protesting the law were bare from waist up. I would write it as: Men protesting the law were bare from above their waist. How would native speakers say it? Thank ...
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Can we write- please confirm about your duty

Can I use -please confirm about your duty.?
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Can I say “I hope I can get any chance to go back”?

My friend said, “Can’t wait for you to come back.” Can I say: I hope I can get any chance to go back. Or If only I can get any chance to go back. Or I hope I will get a chance. Do they ...
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Would you teach me how this sentence is structured?

I'm currently reading this article, and a paragraph says, “I honestly don't say this lightly, but I don't know how you could look at the things that have happened over the last year … [and] under ...
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“Would you?” or “Will you?”

I'm in the process of book-writing (mainly for fun; I don't think it's one I will ever publish, but who knows), and a good friend of mine is proof-reading it for me. It's more like me making her do it ...
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Why is “I let him to sleep” incorrect (or is it)?

I am trying to explain to someone why the sentence "I let him to sleep" is wrong, but I fail to come up with a good explanation other than "it's wrong". And now I am even doubting myself. Is this ...
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Is contraction obligatory in negative interrogative sentences?

I know that a verb and "not" are usually contracted when together in a negative interrogative sentence. Example: Aren't they lovely? Is it grammatically wrong to avoid the contraction? Example: ...
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Shall I use an article with the phrase “increasing trend”?

If I want to use the word increasing trend, shall I consider it countable or uncountable? i.e. should I write: With an increasing trend towards using the Internet, the need for security is becoming ...
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Non-consciously VS Un-consciously

I have seen the following sentences in standard English study materials 1. Native English speakers acquire the language non-consciously. 2. Native English speakers acquire the language un-...
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On using capital/small letter in a question after a double colon

I have a sentence with a double colon, then a question. When I use double colons, I used to use small letters after it. But it is not clear what is the case if the sentence after the double colons is ...
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Similar sentence/omission of preposition

I'm in the same class you're in. I'm in the same class you are. I'm in the same class as you. Are these sentences grammatically correct? Is the sentence in the middle, with the omitted ...
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at the time/when- similar in usage?

I broke my ankle when I was in fourth grade. When I was fourth grade I broke my ankle. At the time I broke my ankle, I was in fourth grade. Do all three of these sentences mean the same ...
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Meaning of had better

I have to convert the following sentence into its imquoted indirect form for narration. "You'd better leave the dog alone," the man said. Which one of the following two is correct? The man ...
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What is the tense of “wasn't interrupted”

So I'm writing a book and English is not my native language. As I've gotten deeper into the writing process I noticed that I'm almost randomly choosing between past tenses without making much logic (...