Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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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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In this sentence what it means (on his record)

Democratic presidential contenders got their first chance to confront Mike Bloomberg on the debate stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas. Bloomberg spent much of the night on the defensive as the ...
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“the execution of” vs “execution of”

Please, have a look at the following sentences: Executing agency (also referred to as "executing entity") shall mean the entity responsible for execution of UN-Women programme activities as ...
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Which one is grammatically correct

Which sentence is grammatically correct? I don't know why did I write it I don't know why I did write it Thanks for any answers
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What to be careful of when using which

So, I hear this phrase is wrong because of ‘which’ in the sentence which is grammatically wrong. The sentence at fault is as follows. Don’t waste time in talking about the level of the pay ...
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Is “to be” unnecessary in this sentence?

Which is the correct usage here? This Final location of these holes are to be to suit at field. Or this 2 Final location of these holes are to suit at field.
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The usage of past perfect

Can you please tell me whether or not it is pertinent to use pluperfect tense here: I thought that more time than that had passed. Is the sentence grammatically correct? To give you a context: I ...
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not being able vs not able

May I know which one is grammatical and the reason? The virus can mutate, and this makes the current method not being able to detect it. The virus can mutate, and this makes the current ...
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“do we” in a non-question statement

From https://www.businessinsider.sg/ceos-from-these-6-universities-led-most-ipos-this-year-2019-10/?r=US&IR=T 2019 has been filled with some notable initial public offerings, but rarely do we ...
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The time could slip

Is the following grammatical and idiomatic? What I want to say is that the meeting is supposed to hold until 3pm, but it can go off time, like to 4pm. Although the meeting is scheduled to be ended ...
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Different way to ask a question

Let’s say that my friend saw a mouse in the house . After catching it would it be grammatically correct if he said sentences below ; Do you think there is any of it ? Do you think there is ...
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To be V-ed vs to v-ed

I don't understand why I can't use "to be locked up" instead of "to locked up" mentioned in this right sentence "I've often wondered what it would be like to locked up in a house for twelve weeks with ...
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The use of “follow through”

I was making preps for a coming exam and this suddenly came to me: Can I say "I am that kind of person who always follows through once I make a promise"? Thanks
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The use of “ever since”

I have been reading threads on this site, but I still have one question: Is it possible to say: I didn't like travelling ever since I came back from Paris (for example)?
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I liked vs I like

Which one in the following is grammatical? I liked the above chart as it clearly lays out the scope of each team and helps everyone to understand how teams are aligned for the mission. I ...
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“sometime” and “sometimes”

I came across two sentences and wanted to check with you which one is correct: (1) Back then, I was trouble-making and rebellious sometime. (2) Back then, I was trouble-making and rebellious ...
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“just went to [place] last September” vs “have just gone to [place] last September”

May I know are the following two sentences grammatical and idiomatic? I just went to Venice last September I've just gone to Venice last September
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“By” or without “by”

Are these correct sentences and can they be with or without "by"? A child is someone who can call a duck a goose. A child is someone who can call a duck by a goose.
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Is “for the purpose that” grammatically correct?

I have googled and rarely found the example of usage. Instead I found "for the purpose of" is more common. My English teacher, who is not English-native speaker, showed me one but I rather disagree ...
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IPA natural classes, what makes a natural class?

What makes a natural class in phonology? Can we consider [k, x, q,χ] a natural class in phonology? I think it can because they are all dorsals. Is that true?
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Use of commas and the word “starring”

I'm correcting a film review by one my ESL students and she has written the following sentence as the first one in one of the paragraphs: Starring, Joaquin Phoenix, with incredible acting that makes ...
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did not care to walk away

he did not care to walk away from because it had given him all he ever wanted Is it means (did not care to walk away) that he can leave without any problems or he don't want to leave?
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our company is only paying

Is is only paying grammatically correct in the following sentence? if you took pictures yesterday, please note that our company is only paying for 1 picture per person. If you need additional ...
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The accident “to” somebody or the accident “of” somebody?

Which sentence is correct? Or are both or neither correct? The accident to my child was traumatic. The accident of my child was traumatic. Maybe the first one is correct as in English we say an ...
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have vs will have

May I know which one of the following is grammatical? I won't take your time anymore as you have another meeting later I won't take your time anymore as you will have another meeting later
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Find out what your supervisor can do

Is the following sentence grammatical and idiomatic? The context is to ask the call center staff, who told me that his supervisor will help to look into a matter, and he is not sure about the right of ...
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Update of the status

Is the following grammatical and idiomatic if I want to ask somebody to provide me an estimated time for the update How long should I wait for the update of the status?
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“She isn't a movie-going person”

What does "movie-going" mean in this phrase? Can we use the same for other locations like the theater or the stadium? She isn't a movie-going person Source: https://twitter.com/tvs_movies/status/...
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What is “not” in “but not” grammarly?

What is "not" in "but not" grammarly? For example: I love all the chocolate but/ but not/ but never kinder but the egg one. What do we call the "not" in but not grammarly? Can I use but twice to ...
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Different between verb + ing and verb + ed

Can somebody helps to explain what are the differences between these sentences? What grammar is this? ex) 1. - This is an added product - This is an adding product - This is an ...
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Why is “what's what?” always wrong as a question?

When I talk to somebody, and I miss a certain part(word) of the sentence they said, I have a habit of replacing the unheard part with what and ask the same sentence like this: Speaker: Can you ...
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What is the grammaticality of “not” in “I hope not” and “I know not”?

This question stemmed from the lyrics of the song Vague Utopia by Tia Gostelow. One of the lines from the chorus is as following: I just want you to know, And i know not what the younger dreams,...
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Is this sentence incorrect?

"People have become more health-conscious than in the past." Is this sentence ungrammatical? Someone who is not native English speaker said that it is ungrammatical to make a comparison between '...
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Would you like to explain these sentences to me?

I need the design a stunning app icon. I need to design a stunning app icon. I need the design to be a stunning app icon. Please review those sentences and explain what meanings they express. I'm ...
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Native speaker doesn't follow grammar rules

One of my clients who is a native English speaker said to me, "I need the design a stunning app icon" To me, the sentence or phrase should be "I need the design to be a stunning app icon" The ...
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“Thanks for interesting to” vs. “Thanks for your interest to”: which one is correct?

I got an email from a professor which started with: Thanks for interesting to work with me... I was wondering if this is grammatically correct. I thought the correct usage should be: Thanks for ...
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I am bit confused with the following sentence

What the different between "So exciting to be part of it" and "So excited to be part of it" which one is correct?
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Cyberbullying means bullying that “takes” place using electronic technology

I don't know why the need to use 'takes" and not "take"? Can somebody tell me why??
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What is the difference between saying “motor oil” and “motor's oil” [closed]

What is the difference between saying "motor oil" and "motor's oil"?
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Is “I, you and he have committed a crime” correct?

Could you tell me if the following sentence is correct and why? I, you and he have committed a serious crime. I was giving a test which gave this solution and the explanation that 1st person ...
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Is it “a player who always do” or “who always does”?

I have a doubt question or confusion about the following structure: I am a player who always do the best. or I am a player who always does the best" Which is the correct version? I think the "do" ...
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Compliance “to be mandatory”

I want to ask a question about the function of the word "compliance". I was writing a text regarding politics and wanted to mention whether if the United Kingdom left the EU whether some of the ...
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What is the correct sequence of negatives for this use case?

Which of the following sentences is most grammatical for US English, or are all of them ungrammatical and should be written differently? I will not allow anyone to do something to him or her. ...
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Are there any grammatical errors in the statement “As are you.”?

If someone compliments you, and you want to respond with the same compliment, Is it grammatically incorrect to say “As are you my friend."
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Is “make a difference” fit to this conditions?

I want to make a slogan in English. What I want is, my brand slogan is grammatically correct and accordance to below conditions. Following brand names, like: [BRAND NAME]. [slogan] Sentence ...
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Hope it gets better if he's trying to run whatever it is off [closed]

He moving better than before but still doesn't seem he can sprint. Hope it gets better if he's trying to run whatever it is off. – what does it mean (to run whatever it is off) in that sentence.
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Is “I had the chance read him in his report, not all his report…” correct?

I have a full sentence: "I had the chance to read him in his reports, not all of his reports were perfect but his writing skill on a level far from I expected" Is this same with "I had the chance ...
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To ask about the process

I wish to confirm the process from the other party after I told them my assumption of the process. Are the following questions grammatical and idiomatic: Is it what the process should be? If ...
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Why study english?

Is the following grammatical and idiomatic (verb directly follow why) for both writing and speaking english Why study english? Why go home early? As I normally use the following format: ...
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Is the sentence, “I'm really enjoying reading these.”, grammatically correct?

Is the sentence, "I'm really enjoying reading these.", grammatically correct? Though clumsy, I believe it to be correct.

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