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

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“Tom needed a vacation having been worked so hard”

Because Tom had been working so hard, he needed a vacation. Having worked so hard, Tom needed a vacation. Tom needed a vacation because he had been working so hard Tom needed a ...
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Which sentence is correct? sold out/selling out/having sold out/having sold

There were more than 10,000 tickets for Adele's concert in LA, all of them selling out within 32 seconds. There were more than 10,000 tickets for Adele's concert in LA, all of them sold out within ...
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She hears him WALK (why not 'walking' ? )

I thought that the only correct form for this sentence is 'she hears him walking'. What grammatical rule is for such usage of verb? Does it mean that such variant is correct too: I saw him walk.
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Type of usage in this example/accuracy

After entering the fountain of youth, she was now young not old. After entering the fountain of youth, she was now young and not old. Are both these ok. Any difference? Can you leave out the comma ...
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“at most”, should it come before or after? [on hold]

If I ahve a sentence: reduces the number of attempt Shall I use: to 2 attempts at most or to at most two attempts.
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On the correct usage of “as is”

I have a sentence like: We find 3 common strings as is. What I mean in the sentence is that I find 3 common strings between two files appear as is. Shall I use "as-is" or as is?
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“participants responses” or “participant responses” or “participants responses”

I have many participants, each will provide a response. Which of the following is the correct sentence to describe all the participants responses? We want to get the maximum number of: ...
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On using “conscious”

When I want to use conscious and unconscious in specific context, for example, security conscious users, which is correct: security-conscious users (with dash), or security conscious users (without ...
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“a third” or “third”?

I have something similar to this sentence: However, more than third of the students that select math courses in the first term pass with higher grades. Which is correct: More than third Or ...
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On using “such probability”

I apologise about the proof-reading-like questions which annoy some of the experts here. But from them, I learn and apply in future. I have the following sentence: There is a small probability that ...
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Which one is correct Plz? and why? and which is better to use? [closed]

1-A) you can do well a lot of things 1-B) you can do well many things 2-A) you can do a lot of things well 2-B) you can do many things well 3-A) there're a lot of things you can do well 3-B) there're ...
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Plural vs. singular forms in a question

I have a question that looks like: Do devices that select xx-functions after the owner's xx-functions enforcement support yy-functions? 1) Shall I used: Do devices that .. or Do the ...
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When to use for vs. of

I have a sentence like: Second, we propose a new mechanism that we call XYZ, which aims to solve problem X. We implement and evaluate a proof-of-concept for it. However, I doubt that it should ...
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What was your name vs. What is your name?

Quite often when I am talking over phone with some customer service representative, if they'd need to ask my name again they'd go like What was your name Similarly I heard my teacher asking ...
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Is “I had better ring him” grammatically correct?

My English teacher was explaining simple past and present perefect tenses and he threw the following sentence I'd better ring him I thought he meant "I would", but he said it is I had. I don't ...
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The plurals' thing or plurals' things

In my sentence, I have a plural of devices. Each device has to select a version. So when I want to write about all the devices, is it: The devices' selected version OR The devices' selected ...
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Is “Do I open the door” grammatically incorrect?

I used to work with an English guy and whenever I had to ask something for permission I'd go like Do I put this away? Do I delete this from the system? Do I go home now? He told me that this ...
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Is it acceptable to use “For example” and “e.g.” interchangeably

As a general rule I know that I should maintain consistency if I choose some style, etc. But I am not sure about this: Is it acceptable to use the phrase "For example" and "e.g." interchangeably in ...
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can not or cannot

I used to write can not. But a website like grammarily correct it to cannot. I am confused which one to use?
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“The teacher didn't bore me to death”: Did the teacher bore me slightly, or did he not bore me at all?

When we place a negative word before expressions like bore to death, does it negate the word bore, therefore making boredom non-existent? Or does it negate the whole expression, making boredom ...
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Usage of “Like” vs “As”

In the following sentence: Dogs are not so wild like the wolfs or the lions are. Is using "like" in comparative grammatically correct here, or should it be "as" instead, when basically two things ...
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Are sentences like “He's somebody I hate the personality of” grammatical?

Are the sentences like the ones below grammatical? 1) He's somebody I hate the personality of. 2) It's a song I hate the lyrics of. 3) She can't date someone she doesn't like the appearance of. 4) ...
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Why did the author use “do not” in which should have been “will not”?

I do not invoke religion to defend beard, but, attempt to remove many misconceptions that the author seems to be having regarding beard. Should it be "do not" or "will not"? It implies the ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct, or it should be rewritten?

"Humanity" has gone on a long leave- I fear if it ever comes back! Friends: we use present simple tense for future only when it is scheduled... Is this sentence grammatically correct? Why or why not?
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“each win” or “each wins” in this sentence?

I see this sentence in this online article: The following answers to this artful question each win a random book. It seems ungrammatical to me because win should be a present tense verb in third ...
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How should I interpret “I'm didn't Verb”?

I'm sorry I'm didn't go to the party. So is it like kind of Present Perfect, which means "I haven't been to the party". Or is it just a meaningless overlap, so I could take that away and change it ...
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On the right usage of “had they been …”

I need to know if my usage of the term had they been. This is a phrase: Had they been aware of the danger, they would perform regular checks I want to say if they have been aware of the danger, ...
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Is 'still wasn't able to' correct in this context?

Kindly, consider the following situation: The question says: Complete the following with was / wasn’t able to. The context says: A man said: ‘In my garden, there is a heavy stone, I tried to lift it ...
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Usage of hyphen in “bit-will”

This is the whole paragraph. What confuses me here that why should the author have used hyphen between bit and will here also. Is this a typo error, which implies to have been used an emdash as a ...
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Type of usage in these examples?

*That feeling you get when your kid won't let you do your housework. Me stressed at the thought of tonights traffic.* What do we call these types of sentences that commonly come with a picture or ...
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About “them” in “Well, Alibaba had them forty thieves”

A song in Aladdin, “A Friend Like Me” starts with this line: Well, Alibaba had them forty thieves In this line, does the word “them” function as an apposition? Does the “them” indicates the ...
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Usage of “but then”

Does the usage of "but then" in this sentence correct? I love all my family, but then I love my mother more. I read in the Collins Dictionary that we can use 'but then' before a remark which ...
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Is a sub-clause “when reached” natural?

I am not sure about a sub-clause in the sentence below. The sub-clause when reached is referred to the word number, but is this kind of sub-clause usage grammatically right? And I doubt if it sounds ...
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'Where I should be' vs 'The place I should be'

Which of these is correct: Where I should be. or The place I should be. ? Context: When you are going to fill the autobiography section on SE, it says 'Location' and it's supposed ...
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“Don't do X this year” vs. “This year don't do X”

What is the difference between the following two sentences? Please don't drink alcohol this year. This year please don't drink alcohol. Which one is correct? Both sound correct to me.
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Does “He started remembering” breach the laws of english grammar?

He started remembering his past days and got really emotional about it. vs He remembered his past days and got really emotional about it. Does the 1st sentence breach the laws of English grammar? ...
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Do we say “A movie of Tarantino's” or “A movie of Tarantino”?

What do i say when i want to mean the same as i would mean by saying "The movie of his"? "Big bat of his", "Good looking face of hers" etc... Should i say "Big bat of the guy's" and "Good looking ...
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Arrogance vs arrogancy

What is the difference between arrogance and arrogancy? Do they mean the same thing? which one sounds more correct and natural in the given examples: Your arrogance is going to end you up nowhere. vs ...
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Is there a way to say “28 days” using the word “month”?

On October 20, he will have been dead for 28 days. Can this be rewritten as: On October 20, he will have been dead for 2 days shy/short of a month.
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Find the error in the given statement

(a)He will/(b)bake a cake/(c)today in the evening/(d)No error. What option would have been correct in case this is how the question would have looked like? I feel that it should be - in the evening ...
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Is “I believe to” in this sentence correct?

I know the sentences: He is believed to be dead. I believe (that) she is the right person. He is the man believed to deserve that title. But when I want to say “the man I believe”, I don’...
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Is 'promise going fast and not stopping' gramatically incorrect?

They started off. In keeping his self made promise going fast and not stopping, the hare took off and ran at top speed until he came to a broad river. promise going fast and not stopping =promise (...
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Is it OK if I use the word 'empathized' in this blank?

Emotions and emotional sensitivity are important to our effectiveness in problem-solving. We would like our actions to be well reasoned and make sense, but each element of a good working relationship ...
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Is the sentence “Could I smoke here?" ungrammatical?

The correct sentence is "Can I smoke here?", but I wonder why I can't use "could" in this question.
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I am glad to be doing it, at this moment (today) vs. I am glad to have been doing it, at that moment (yesterday)?

Please tell me, if the BOLD sentence below is correct. I am glad to be doing it, now. (correct) I am glad to have been doing it, for 3 months. (correct) I am glad to have been doing it, yesterday ...
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Is “to pull marks” a valid phrase?

[...] in the paper, there happens to be an entire section that is dedicated to creative writing. The section usually consists of 3-4 options for a creative writing task. Each option gives a topic/...
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Value of sentences with or without antecedent

Our politicians have been pandering again. This demotivates the voters. - Entire first sentence as antecedent When we take the bolded sentence away from its antecedent, where does that leave it ...
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Difference between “will not do it anymore” and “will not do it again”

Does these sentences make sense? What's the difference between these sentences? I will not pray to Sananda again. I will not pray to Sananda anymore. I will not eat too much ice cream ...
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which one is the correct one in colloquial sentences?

so a friend of mine asked me a question in how to say that "i were just about to finish up the game" but he got confused in how to say it in a colloquial sentence. so which one is the correct one ? i ...
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Parsing “as this child's parent or guardian”

Do you provide your consent as this child's parent or guardian for them to have access to website? This is a sentence appeared on website, but I am confused about the sentence structure, in the as ...