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

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Merging “does not tell” in the following sentence

I recently asked a question on this site and in that question I used "doesn't tell" twice: I checked a similar question on this site, but that question doesn't tell the difference and doesn'...
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will know and doing reconciliation

Is this part of my phrase correct? "will know French and he'll do reconciliation" I can guarantee you the quality of the translation because the editor of the book will know French and he'll ...
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will record or will be recorded

Which one is correct? I also checked the National Library which any official translation will record in it. or I also checked the National Library which any official translation will be recorded in it....
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“have got ” along with “no” usage

I am not a native English speaker. I want to know whether the following sentence is grammatically correct or not. There is no way you have got to escape
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Why's “owed + someone” at the end of clauses correct?

Every time I see "owed + direct object", I wince and think why isn't this "owed TO someone". How can I make my mind accept "owed + someone" and process it effort-lessly? ...
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Why's “agree + direct object” correct?

This answer appears wrong, because two reputable English contract law textbooks and many English judges write "agree + direct object". Anson's Law of Contract 2020 31 edn. p 65. The authors ...
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Is this sentence correct? “We buy cars for cash ”

Is this sentence correct? We buy cars for cash. I read it on a sign outside a car lot. I assume the intent is to say they pay cash for cars but can it also mean they are buying cars in order to get ...
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“that they may not be increased, and ascertained, that they may not be confounded”

Box 5 From the Preface to Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1755) ‘In adjusting the ORTHOGRAPHY, which has been to this time unsettled and fortuitous, I found it necessary to distinguish ...
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how to use might for past sentences

I wrote: It was a step toward independence and get rid of foreign interference, but it might went too ideological on this ground. versus. It was a step toward independence and get rid of foreign ...
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Is it right if I say, “May I know from which countries my sales are being executed?”?

First I like to say I'm not a native speaker and sometimes I face troubles to make sentences and English learning is a continuous process. I usually sell products and I want to know what are the ...
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“How did you know how much time he spent there” [closed]

Is it correct to say: "How did you know how much time he spent there"
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Is “commemorated” a postpositive adjective? or we are merely faced with a reduced relative clause?

If this be so, we must necessarily ascribe it to the later of the two monarchs commemorated, i.e. to Sapor ΙΙΙ. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/16167/16167-h/16167-h.htm
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Is “the prince thus represented was regent rather than monarch of persia.” a reduced adjective clause?

Those of Artaxerxes bear a head which is surmounted with the usual inflated ball, and has the diadem, but is without a crown-a deficiency in which some see an indication that the prince thus ...
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grammar - Conditionals

Let's say, I have something that I rarely use, but I don't want to throw it away because I think I may need it in the future. So, do I use conditional 1 or 2? I thought I should keep it in case I ...
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Is “even if you didn't come to party tomorrow” wrong?

It wouldn't be a big deal, even if you didn't come to party tomorrow. As far as my knowledge goes I know, this is a conditional sentence and this conditional is used to talk about things that are ...
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Whether to include the definite article when we talk about all of the instances of some set

a. k. a., i. e., e. g. — Notice that the intermediate periods in the abbreviations are followed by hair spaces. The sentence after the abbreviations themselves is not a description of a rule how ...
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infinitive-to : what is the difference between two type of infinitives

I wonder about the usage of word “to” in the following sentences: In the first example, the first phrase before ‘to say’ is a full sentence and in the second example it follows an adjective. I can ...
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Should I include or skip “on it”

Which is right? A black bird with a small white patch eats to its fill the fishes in t he pond. A black bird with a small white patch on it eats to its fill the fishes in the pond. I kind of think, &...
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prefer to work and prefer working

Are these sentences grammatically correct and do they both mean the same thing? I prefer to work from home and I prefer working from home
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Is “from simple to complex” grammatically correct

I often read the phrase "from simple to complex" and wonder if it is grammatically correct. The reason for the doubt is that "simple" and "complex" are adjectives and I ...
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It was explained or it has been explained?

I don't known which of the following I should use, because it translates with the same words. It was explained to him that nothing else could be done! It has been explained to him that nothing else ...
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Has “as” been deleted before “a prisoner” in this text?

A certain Meroujan, an Armenian, noble, jealous of the power and prosperity of Manuel, persuaded him that the Persian commandant in Armenia was about to seize his person, and either to send him a ...
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Use of “would” for past repeated actions?

I have heard peo­ple us­ing both of these fol­low­ing sen­tences while talk­ing about some past re­peated ac­tions, but the first one sounds a bit un­gram­mat­i­cal, be­cause I have never seen this ...
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are making and make

I saw this sentence a few days ago: All these family photos are making me miss home Can I change to: All these family photos make me miss home *because of the feeling of 'missing home' is established ...
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enquire about/ on

Which is grammatically correct? I am writing to enquire about any job opportunity or I am writing to enquire on any job opportunity
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I [hadn't wanted]/[didn't want] to marry

CONTEXT: John didn't want to marry his English teacher, Cindy, but now that she's done a lot of good things for him, he has changed his mind. He meets his friend, Bob, and says one of the sentences ...
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how you feel feel/ felt

Context: Asking someone if he told his parents about him feeling stressed. Did you tell him how you feel? or Did you tell him how you felt?
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certain guidelines and be published [closed]

one of my friends send me a French novel in English and recommend it to me to be translated, but people in charge in my country may not allow me to do it because of censorship. I want to send him an ...
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Difference in meaning between “the things you needed” and “the things you need”?

What’s the difference in meaning between these two? Did you find all the things you needed? Did you find all the things you need?
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Using “do so” in a sentence

I am not very happy with this sentence as I feel it contains duplicate words (use): UK children ranked the highest in using online games, where 50% of them have use them I want to change it to this, ...
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see him last or last see him?

Are all these sentences grammatically correct? And which is better to use in a formal speech? when did you see him last? or when did you last see him? or when did the last time you see him?
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What does a relative pronoun refer to in the preceding sentence

Are both of these correct? I.e., can a relative pronoun refer to anything in the preceding sentence, or even earlier in the paragraph? "Bob went to Costco to buy some bread. It was delicious.&...
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Why are you dressing so weird/weirdly?

Which will you say and why: 1.Why are you dressing so weird? 2.Why are you dressing so weirdly? A native speaker said although she knew sentence one is grammatically incorrect, she would probably say “...
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Using need and when in one sentence

Is this a correct English sentence ? You need medicine when you sick. I don't think it is correct because I never seen the sentence like that (need and when in one sentence) before, and today, I see ...
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was/is + past tense

Which of these sentences is right? Why would you review a file that was closed? or Why would you review a file that is closed? And, would it make a difference if already was added: Why would you ...
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have nothing to do with it and had nothing to do with it

context: Police interrogate a murder suspect (2 different movies) suspect: I have nothing to do with it and suspect: I had nothing to do with it question: why one uses have, and the other uses had? To ...
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indifferent to and indifferent about

Is to and about interchange in this context? I was indifferent to the subject. or I was indifferent about the subject.
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I [haven't]/[hadn't] seen him for a long time so I [have] decided

CONTEXT: John is my friend. I'm in his house right now (we've been talking for about 20 minutes). My other friend calls me and asks me: "Where are you?" I say: "I'm in John's house at ...
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The sentence “I just have noticed now […]”, tense and adverbial constructions

The phrase I just noticed now [...] seems to be quite common, as a google query reveals. However, I am wondering why is simple past used here, and also why not "justly" instead of "...
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Can we delete the second “Whether” after “or” and simplify the sentence? Why is the “Whether” after “or”?

He had only to consider whether he would employ art or violence, or whether he would rather prefer a judicious admixture of the two. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/16167/16167-h/16167-h.htm
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Can you “give good” to someone?

I wanted to thank someone who has helped me a lot, and I wanted to say that I hoped I could at some point "give back some of the good you've given me". But this doesn't sound correct. Is it ...
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Usage of past tense in present/ regular activities

I saw this sentence yesterday and it's bugging me: she still exercised every day. My question: What is the reason for using past tense in this sentence? Shouldn't it be in the present tense? Can ...
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Time expression

Is it right to write: At quarter (to) seven I have breakfast with my Xyz. My understanding is that it must be: I have breakfast with my Xyz in the kitchen at quarter seven. because I was taught ...
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take time to do something / doing something

While in New York he took time to visit some friends. This is an example of the phrase take time to do something from Longman Dictionary. My question is, can we also say While in New York he took ...
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“we” and “all of us” together?

I saw this sentence in a novel that I am reading: There was a chill in the air, and we were all of us tired. The second part, using "we" together with "all of us" seemed unusual ...
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to do and doing; on a person/to a person

I think it would be wrong to do that to a person. or I think it would be wrong doing that to a person. (That here means uninformed or non consented medical procedure) Question: Does it matter if I ...
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I [had]/[have] been in a pretty good mood so far [duplicate]

CONTEXT: John to Bob: "I was wondering if you could lend me some money, Bob." Bob to John: "I've been in a pretty good mood so far, so stop bringing me down with that nonsense." ...
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Is this grammatical form correct?

All we know is that we should stay alert and not let our guards down. I want to know if the bold part is grammatically correct. Do I have to say "and do not let our guards down" or "...
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When to use “tomato” and when to use “toma­toes”?

In my sci­en­tific ar­ti­cle manuscript, I used tomato to re­fer to the plant in gen­eral. But af­ter I sent the manuscript to the El­se­vier English Cor­rec­tion Ser­vice, they changed all tomato ...
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handled (past tense used for future events)

Why is this sentence correct: If not handled well, it may result in a fire. Why use past tense? How to know when to use it?

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