Questions tagged [grammaticality-in-context]

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“made her vomit” or “made her to vomit” [duplicate]

https://books.google.com/books?id=v4LQAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA187&lpg=PA187&dq=%22The+smell+made+her+vomit.%22&source=bl&ots=XueIg2fPsq&sig=ACfU3U1oaxbDb1ZV5sViGtya3XZZaXRJiQ&hl=en&...
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Which one is correct between these two sentences

Which one is correct Students are more interested to study. Students are more interested in studying. Please explain
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The usage of “it” after verbs

-Do you speak German? -I speak it quite well. Is the usage of it as a substitute for german grammatical? Does providing context make a difference? Does it sound off to the native ear? Is ...
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verb after “I thought”

Is below sentence correct? Or what is a better form for it? "It is good news (that there is no problem) since I thought a problem has raised" I am not sure about using the verb "has raised". Is it ...
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Doing something than doing other thing or than to do other thing?

She pulled her toolbox toward her on the table, fishing through it for no other reason than to keep her hands busy. If this sentence use "than doing", does it sound natural? ... fishing through ...
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Why does it use “if will”?

From 2 Broke Girls: I'm going to the prom with Brandon, if his dad will lend him the car. Why does the quote use "if ... will"? After reading this ELL question, I think it should be if ... would
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Which is more formal - “bit urgent” or “urgent”?

When I am writing a formal email, let's say I wanted to let someone know that it is urgent but not extremely urgent. So what is a formal way of telling my boss: If you sees this message, please ...
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He delivers top notch (advise/advice)?

I understand advice is a noun while advise is a verb. Advise is the act of giving advice. Despite knowing what they mean, I am still confuse how to use them correctly. I came across this sentence ...
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Long-standing effort?

Does long-standing sound right to native speakers in this context? Example: Your long-standing effort has paid off. Does this sound idiomatic?
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I cannot make up my mind: “at the moment” has the same meaning than “At this moment”?

Example: The police arrived and the police chief says: I want to know if there is anybody in the house at the moment!! or..at this moment?
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How to use So Inversion

I came across "so" inversion without "that" do you ratify this clause and supply more examples ? The attitudes towards the use of insect in animal feed and resulting livestock products are generally ...
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Is there any difference between restrictive and non-restrictive clauses, and defining and non-defining clauses?

Are these the same things called differently or not? Restrictive clause: The person who taught the ceramics class is a friend of my mother’s. Non-restrictive clause: Every journalist has a ...
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Is it right to use “how important” as a subject in this sentence? And what does it mean?

I wonder if it's correct to use “how + adj.” as a subject in a sentence, just the way I saw in the following sentence : “Everybody stay where you are. Chill out,” Quill said, slowly circling ...
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Placing “through” after a subject

I wrote this sentence and my teacher underlined it as a mistake because I didn’t add a verb before the preposition “through” Children through getting exposure to media and listening to daily ...
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Adjective + Preposition Verbing

Everyone wants to be a student of this university because its good reputation is helpful in landing a job when graduating. When the adjective(helpful) is possitive, seems like the Adjctive+ ...
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When exactly can “to be” be omitted in the sentence? (want ~ to be p.p)

UEFA said it wants the rules of soccer changed to protect players from concussions, after its own policy for dealing with head injuries came in for critism. I think in this sentence, "to be" was ...
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The function of “it”

If it is public knowledge that anyone can purchase followers and likes, then why does an "influencer" hold weight? I wonder if "it" derives its meaning from "that anyone can purchase followers and ...
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Explain this case please

Yesterday I had to answer to this seller question: -Will you come back? I thought that I could answer like that: I will come much more times here. I will come here more often. How to answer ...
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Can I use thanks to them in an enumeration?

Is it okay to start a sentence with an enumeration with "thanks to"? Here are some examples : Thanks to John, Mary and Suzy, we were able to have a lot of fun. The ministers of justice did a ...
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Americans/Americans'/American mistrust in the world?

This research shows the Americans mistrust in the world. This research shows Americans' mistrust in the world. This research shows the American mistrust in the world. What is the difference ...
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No. VS Not? He had a pen not a pencil

I know that we use not to negate a verb and we use no to negate a noun! he had no pencil Why do we use not in this sentence? He had a pen not a pencil Why don’t we use “no” ...
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Is it common/acceptable to use “the feeling of vulnerabilities”

Instead of saying I don't like to feel vulnerable, are the following acceptable too? I don't like the feeling of vulnerabilities. The feeling of vulnerabilities crippled me.
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Transitive verb + interrupter + object?

To what extent can someone interrupt a transitive verb and its object, and what is possible to use to make sure it has no mistakes either in grammar or meaning? For instance, look at this sentence: ...
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Using “NOT” to make a contrast

The criminals should be punished, not awarded medals. The criminals shouldn’t be awarded medals, but punished. Is there any grammatical mistake in these sentences I am just being doubtful of ...
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Difference between Pr. Simple and Pr. Continuous

During one of my recent English lessons I have faced some problems with the strong understanding when to use the present simple or the present continuous. There are some examples of what I have met ...
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comma position in a list of subjects

In the following sentence, I mean policy makers and decision makers. It is not clear to me how to express this and where to place the comma: If I use this: This study benefit vendors, policy and ...
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'Where I should be' vs 'Where I am meant to be'

Is there a difference between these Where I should be. and Where I am meant to be. ? Context: When you are going to fill the autobiography section on SE, it says 'Location' and it'...
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Why has the writer used “where” in the sentence in bold?

Sometimes his wife got this look where she pinched her brows together and bit her lower lip and stared down at something.when he saw her like this he knew he should keep his mouth shut, but he never ...
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Can the grammar (have something done) be used when an “appliance” rather than a “person” does something for us?

Is this sentence correct? I had my dishes washed by the dishwasher. or this form of grammar (have something done) is used "only" when "someone" is paid to do something for us? Thank you
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Standing roadside: shouldn't it be “on the roadside” or “at the roadside”?

I was reading this page and came accross this sentence: But there is one other attraction of the race that gets those standing roadside to scream almost as loudly: The publicity caravan -- La ...
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Were it not for VS Had it not been for

The following is part of writing on the Navajo Code Talkers during the second world war. *One Marine Corps signal officer summed up the situation after the war: "Were it not for the Navajo Code ...
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Using postive verbs to express passive meanings

This book teaches us some example of using postive verbs to express passive meanings. The kind of cloth washes easily. These books sell well. The door doesn't lock. This pen writes ...
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Is the “that” important as in “and that”?

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-mexico-tariffs-escalating-illegal-immigrants-stop The Washington Post reported earlier in the day that the Trump administration was considering the move, ...
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The word “await” used instead of “Wait for” in many dictionary meanings and thesaurus synonyms

Why the word "Await" preferred to any dictionary meaning or thesaurus synonyms even though there are innumerable synonyms in thesaurus. The front cover of a magazine published:[ a small magazine,...
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Overlap between present perfect and past perfect

I found this paragraph in a grammar book: I saw an elderly lady yesterday. You don’t see her kind much anymore. She was wearing a black dress and she was carrying an umbrella. Most elderly ladies I ...
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will vs going to in the if-sentence

According to Cambridge's Advanced Grammar in Use, (Unit 11D) only will is correct in the following sentences, but not going to, If you look carefully, you'll (not are going to) find writing ...
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Selecting vs selecting for

See in this sense refers to selecting for variants that do reproductively useful things. What does for function here in this sentence. As far as i am concerned, we can use for when the word “...
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Why do people prefer using “will be doing” form(future continuous) when they can use just “will do”(simple future)?

I get confused several times, especially in speaking English, when I hear more and more native English speaker prefer to use "be doing" form. When I attend a class the instructor may say "We will be ...
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Should not there be “preceding” instead of “following” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in a chapter in my book which was: Death rate in Bihar in 1967 was 34% higher than the number of deaths that occurred in the following year. I think, in comparison, we tend to ...
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Why the D is silent in Fidgety?

There are a lot of word’s letters that can’t be pronounced, like The D in Fidgety, the K in know, and the H in hour. Is there a rule or something that I most follow to know it.
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Why is “more than meets the eye” grammatical in some cases?

I find this idiom very interesting, idiomatic and intuitive but not that grammatical to me. Why should we use meets, the third-person singular simple present sense? Can I change it to any other senses?...
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Use of past perfect continuous after a long illness

Context: I was ill from 1/4/19 to 30/4/19. I already joined office from 1/5/19. HR was aware from the beginning. Application main body: As you were already aware that I had been encountered with ...
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About whether two sentences are grammatical, and meaning of that [closed]

Please tell me on what day you are free. Please tell me what day you are free. Are both sentences correct grammatically? Is each sentence makes different meaning?
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“a client and a doctor” vs. “a client and doctor”

I'm conducting a survey related to health care. You can describe yourself using 3 categories: a client, a doctor or "a client and (a) doctor." I'm wondering if I should repeat the second "a" before ...
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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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Is there a rule of thumb for simplifications like “it looks like rain today”

I am wondering if there's any rule to know when or where we can simplify sentences like It looks like rain again today Which I think it's the short version of It looks like that it's gonna rain ...
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have + had + participle - …I have had partaken of the brew

I need help from a proper native speaker. See the example here below By the time of writing this text, I have had partaken of the brew for a total of 3 times. The exemplary sentence was written in ...
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The subject of the verb following while?

I remember I was taught in school that if the verb follows while its subject may not share the same suject with the main clause. For illustration, in the following example: While John was sleeping ...
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When and Whom are adverb, pronoun, or conjunction?

In the following sentence, what are the "when" and "whom" grammatical roles? And what are the meanings of them? The texts to classical Greek plays were written down soon after the performance and ...