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Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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Is it correct to use “am” in a sentence without “I”?

I am noticing the trend of people using to be (am) without the subject (I). For example: Guys, am deciding to move away from Photoshop. Can you advise other apps as alternative? Is this ...
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Can continuous form of tense be used with “for” and “since”

I want to know if it is grammatically correct to use continuous form of tense be used with "for" and "since"? For example: instead of They had been friends for six months if I say They were friends ...
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Can you help me to find out the wrong words in the brackets? Thank you ^_^

1.The factory (was closed down) (considering) the use of excessive (chemical) made the river (dries out) 2.The Maasai tribe (are) people (whom) have (wondered) throughout the world for (nearly) 1000 ...
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Is it simple present tense or imperative mood?

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, ...
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Use of hyphen to form a compound noun

Can we form noun phrases like: biology-studying teen cricket-playing individual If so, what would this combination of 'NOUN+ING' be called? Is it a 'noun adjunct'? Or is it a compound noun or ...
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Is the sentence below grammatically correct? [closed]

I’ve given him money every time I go back home.
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Is it wrong to omit object pronouns in these sentences?

I asked (him) to clean his room. I demanded (him) to take me to the hospital by car. I told (him) to make up with his friend. I think it isn't grammatically wrong to omit "him", because we can see ...
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(That/it) is nice of you to say so!

What is the grammatically correct sentence? That's nice of you to say so! It's nice of you to say so! I've come across 1 many times, but I feel it seems not to be grammatically correct, strictly ...
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Would native speakers say WHILE in this context

A sentence: He listens to music while practicing handwriting. While sounds okay here. But, in this sentence: He is listening to music while practicing handwriting. (Present continuous tense) ...
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“He / his being…” In this context

John being a good teacher, his son never failed. With pronouns people make sentences like: He / his / him being a good teacher, his son never failed. He(subject pronoun) seems more appropriate to ...
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Have plus an adverbial phrase

This sentence is excerpted from Sophie's World, an Norwegian novel: Sophie lived on the outskirts of a sprawling suburb and had almost twice as far to school as Joanna. I looked into many ...
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“prettier of the two” or "THE prettier of the two?

Am I using 'the' at the wrong place in the following sentence? Which sentence is correct? • She is the prettier of the two sisters. OR, • She is prettier of the two sisters.
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Which is correct usage? “…in connection with/to the crime.”

Which is correct? Jones was arrested in connection with the crime. or Jones was arrested in connection to the crime.
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My surprise/the surprise

A: I have a surprise for you, Do you want to know what my surprise is? B: Yes A: Your favorite team won the game Is the usage of my correct? or we must say: Do you want to know what the ...
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Can “It mattered…” be rewritten like this “…was important”?

Can I rewrite the sentences in bold like this: "Not whether the parts of the system functioned, or even existed was important, but only that certain people, for a certain period of time, believed that ...
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Which of these sentences is right?

According to Murphy's English Grammar in Use you can use "have to" in all forms, and he offers an example in the past simple and another one in the present perfect tense. Hence, I was wondering if had ...
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What does it mean for “a tunnel” to “feel its way”?

I read a sentence in a chapter named "The Third Level" which was: There's probably a long tunnel that nobody knows about feeling its way under the city right now on its way to Times Square and ...
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Conditional sentences - usage of “shall” in main clause

I read here that in first type of conditional sentences, simple future is used in the main clause. However, it was not clear if only will should be used or shall can also be used. For example below ...
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Can I say “no sooner than in the first week of May”?

I will start no sooner than in the first week of May. Is that correct? I am not sure because I could not find any similar sentences with weeks or months. I would like to say that I cannot start until ...
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Dog Laying On Top Of A Cat; why laying, not lying?

I saw many people use 'laying' like Laying on top of his throw-up. Woman Laying On Top Of Man. , but shouldn't they be written with "lying", rather than "laying"? And if they want to stick ...
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Should an adjective or adverb be used? “writing this haphazard”

I am reading EB White's letters and encountered the following sentence: I'm just writing this haphazard for no reason other than that I felt like awriting you a letter before going to bed. I am ...
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What is the grammatical function of “circumstances as they are” in this sentence?

I find this sentence in an online article strange and even jarring for several reasons. With limited provisions, he awaits reinforcements, but circumstances as they are, is believed lost to the ...
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Usage of “will” with “if” clause in conditional sentences

I have read that "will" should not be used with "if" clause in conditional sentences. However, I feel that below sentence is grammatically correct even though "will" is used with "if" clause. Could ...
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Is there anything I can do to help for the party?

Is this question grammatical? "Is there anything I can do to help for the party?" I saw it on an English class whiteboard. I think it's supposed to be "with" instead of "for".
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It was vs it would have been in the context

It was vs it would have been in the context Hello teachers! which one is correct here using "was" or " would have been", and how do they differ in the meaning if both are correct? For example: It ...
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Usage of present/past tense with “would”

I am not able to decide that out of below 2 sentences which one is grammatically correct. Please note that I want to know from international competitive exams perspective. All good/additional ...
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What is the full form of “The whole management structure” here?

What is the full/sentence form of the phrase “The whole management structure"? IF THERE HAD BEEN the whole management structure? Perhaps the group’s structure accounted for its success. Were its ...
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Did you see the cat? [closed]

When there is a cat present in the room, how would you ask your one-year-old kid whether she see/saw the cat? -Did you see the cat? -Do you see the cat? -Have you seen the cat?
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Which is the correct way to say it “who are you spending it with?” Or “whom are you spending it with?”

As per the grammar rules, if "I" is the subject of the sentence then the other person must the object. And generally whom is used in the objective form but in this case the prior format is more common ...
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Supposed to be.. or supposed to have/has been

He is supposed to be actor when he was younger. He is supposed to have been actor when he was younger. Which one is grammatically correct?
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“Seemed to had” is it correct?

Here's a sentence I made up: "He seemed to had not understood what I had said to him" Is this sentence correct? I tried searching for similar sentences by putting quotation marks around 'seemed to ...
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Which one is correct? [duplicate]

You are always complaining about me driving your car. You are always complaining about I driving your car. You are always complaining about my driving your car.
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“we are some” or “we are a few”

I don't know what should I say between "we are some" or "we are a few" in the sentence below. Also can both be said, if so please educate me on when should I use each ? We are some in my department ...
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Conditional sentence - usage of tense

Using conditional sentence I want to express a situation but not able to decide which is correct sentence out of below 2. Could an expert please help me understand along with reason and if possible ...
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“point me the right direction” or “point me to the right direction”?

"point me the right direction" or "point me to the right direction"? Which one is correct and sounds more natural?
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Proofreading- tenses used with word the 'once' in the sentences below?

1) "I had always thought that once you grew up you could do anything you wanted - stay up all night or eat ice-cream straight out of the container" ( one of Bill Bryson quotes) 2) "My boss is a nice ...
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Labels are confirmed - A passive voice or an adjective?

I'm rather confused regarding the following sentence: Labels are confirmed. are confirmed represent a passive-voice or 'confirmed' is just an adjective, describing the labels?
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Is it correct to use “neither”, “nor” and “but” together?

Is this sentence grammatically and stylistically correct? They mightn't experience neither obsession nor attraction but real love.
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Can I use a “be” not after a modal verb or “to”?

I always think "be" should be after "would, should, could ..." and "to". But I see this today. Any test which be migrated without this tool, will be charged as per Azure pricing. Is it ...
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What is the word “Self” in this sentence

The product has been delivered to self John. What is the word self in this context? Is it adjective or pronoun. Explain. Thank you.
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“Going to” VS “having gone to” in this context

Going to the stadium, I saw Tendulkar was batting. Having gone to the stadium, I saw Tendulkar was batting. As a learner I know that the former is present participle and the latter is perfect ...
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Usage of present tense in a past tense sentence

I read that if sentence is in past tense then all clauses of the sentence should be in past, except if it is a universal truth. Now, I want to create a sentence and situation is this - I watched ...
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“Cheers to a new year” is idiom or literal?

On New year greetings card we get to see: Cheers to a new year. Is it idiomatic or literal? I am familiar with : Cheer --Noun and verb. I have heard about: Cheer for someone Online ...
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Is it correct to use “can be commonly seen” in this sentence?

Another resistor can be commonly seen around us is marked with E96 Standard.
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Jump off of \ jump off the rock

I have seen both types of sentences: He jumped off the rock. He jumped off of the rock. Are they both grammatical? Explain. Thank you.
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Could I say the more the thickness is, the greater the A is?

The resistor formula is R=ρL/A. Is this sentence grammatically wrong about the more...is...the greater...is? Total length of resistive element is like L in the formula. The thickness of film layer is ...
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the usage of “any”

I was a little bored, so I just happened to read one of the information pages here on bounties, and I stumbled upon this sentence. no bounty is awarded to anyone I don't study grammar academically,...
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Presents (is present)

I came across this usage in a DevExpress support ticket: It is automatically checked if the corresponding value presents in the filter. I think it should be either "is present" or "presents itself", ...
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Is “tree is got to go” correct?

I have watched a movie and in it there is a dialogue which confused me. So can someone tell me whether it is correct or not? The dialog is: tree is got to go. It is from the movie Grinch (...
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when describing age

I recently came across this sentence in my English class and found it a little weird. It said, "A girl of about nine years old had recently described ..." Often I hear people say "a girl about nine ...