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Questions tagged [grammaticality-in-context]

For questions about whether something obeys the rules of English grammar in a certain context.

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Furious with vs at

I was furious at her. Vs I was furious with her. Also I am angry at him. Vs I am angry with him. What’s the difference?
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___ of the students should do his own work

Q: ___ of the students should do his own work. a) everyone b) all c) each d) every I think the answer is each (c) because we use each to talk about individual members of the group as ...
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Let us do what we want or Let “we” do what we want?

I took an exam and the test included this exercise Rewrite the sentence: Don't stop us doing what we want! -> Let................................. At first I thought it was "Let us do what we want",...
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Can participle clauses stand alone?

I think "Meaning" in the second line deviates from standard English grammar. In my opinion, it should be replaced with "It means..." or "field, meaning...". Do you agree? Or "Meaning" is just Okay? ...
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“Available 24 hrs a day” vs “Available for 24 hrs a day”

Food services are available 24 hrs a day. vs. Food services are available for 24 hrs a day. Which one is correct?
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Steven Speilberg movie vs Steven Speilsberg’s movie

How does it feel to be the lead in a Steven Speilberg movie? Vs How does it feel to be the lead in a Steven Speilberg’s movie? Which one is correct of the two?
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Converting Direct Speech to Indirect Speech - “Our” to “Their”

Today, my teacher gave me a few rules on changing direct speech to indirect speech. One of the rules was - 1) Change pronouns - "Our" changes to "Their". After this I was given an exercise. I was ...
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Is “experience” plural or singular

Is it grammatically correct to use the word experience to mean multiple experiences, and follow it by a verb without adding s. For example: Experience show that most people ...
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“What does it do?” or “what it does?”, Which one is the correct/ best?

I have asked this question on StackOverflow. In the last line, I have asked the following question. "Could anyone please explain how this method of 'tick()' works and what does it do? and Why?" ...
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How do you want it sent? vs. How do you want it send?

Ryan: I have some mail.Can you take care of it for me? Nathan: Sure. How do you want it sent? Why in the above text there is "sent" not "send"?
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Envy, is rarely used with a direct and indirect object - “I envy you your car.”

Q: I found following explanation in some forum site but somebody argued that "I envy you your car." form is used usually, too. Is that right? Which opinion is right? Envy, is rarely used with a ...
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How much / far does this apply?

"How far is Natural semantic metalanguage really natural?" "How much is Natural semantic metalanguage really natural?" Can I use any of these sentences to express: "To what extent is Natural ...
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Not mandatory of “a” and “an” [closed]

For a grammatically correct construction, is the use of the article "a" unnecessary in the following clause, between "in" and "coastal", and of the "an" before "estuarine"? Oil spill simulations ...
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“From behind” prepositions followed by adverbs. Is it grammatically acceptable?

he cracked his friend’s skull from behind. “From” is a preposition And.... behind is an adverb . As I know, preposition must be followed by objects. So, how is it possible that “from” in this ...
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Usage of “that” to specify quotation marks in speech [closed]

Is it correct to use “that” in the sentence “I have watched the film that Star Wars.” What I mean is: can I use “that” to specify the use of quotation marks, especially in speech?
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Present Simple or Present Continuous

I know that according to standard grammar rules in sentences with expressions of frequency such as ‘on a regular basis‘ we are recommended to opt for The Present Simple tense, but the below sentence ...
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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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Look down upon vs look down on

I have searched the meaning of look down upon as well as look down on is 'to hate' or to consider someone or something lesser or inferior in some way. But when we use look down upon and look down on?...
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to have so far gone + past participle

Although cows are famed for their ability to forecast rain hours advance, their talent for navigating has so far gone overlooked. Is that an idiomatic grammar construction or simply Present Perfect +...
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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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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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Would and will in the context

I would like to know why is the would used in the following paragraph,if certain we could have used 'will' and if not' may' It is from the editorial section of a newspaper India's ease of doing ...
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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 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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What is the meaning of “and it’s you are” in the poem I carry your heart with me?

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] BY E. E. CUMMINGS i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is ...
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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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Should I use Does or Is?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Does the usage of this word correct? or I must use "Is" instead of "Does"?
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“If only he could know” vs. “If only he knew”

In the following sentences: "If only he knew about the surprise party that is awaiting him." This one refers to a wish in the present - and it is correct. My question is about the following one, ...
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Do you mind related question [closed]

Do you mind if I join you? and Do you mind if I join with you? Which one is correct. Thanks in advance.
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Will vs going to

I am never going to lie to my parents again. Vs I will never lie to my parents again. Which one is correct? ‘Will’ or ‘is going to’? Because as far as I know, going to is used to talk about ...
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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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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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'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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Using “regardless of”

Please, tell is this sentence is right. They receive requests from all the company employees regardless of locations. I doubt whether it is right to use the noun after regardless in a plural ...
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“embarrassed to propose” vs “embarassed about proposing”

I don't think there is any reason for me to be embarrassed about proposing to my girlfriend in public yesterday. vs I don't think there is any reason for me to be embarrassed to propose to my ...
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To make vs making

The mission of my life from now onwards is making my parents proud. Vs The mission of my life from now onwards is to make my parents proud. Which form is correct ? The gerund form or the ...
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Believe me right now vs believing me right now

John called me when I was in the meeting so I couldn't answer his call. I told him the reason why I couldn't answer his call but he refuses to buy it. Which of the following sentences should I use. ...
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Subject verb agreement usage

Which one is correct? Rice and beef are not on the menu Rice and beef is not on the menu Explain why
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Get scholarship vs have gotten scholarship

Ashley promised herself that she won't talk to her cousins unless she gets the scholarship. Vs Ashley promised herself that she won't talk to her cousins unless she has gotten the scholarship. ...
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“I agree that technology itself has changed” Why do they have to put “itself”?

I think that this sentence can be understood without put "itself". I think it's used to emphasize "Technology", isn't it?
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sad/sadden/saddening

What is the difference between : Oh, that's very sad. vs Oh, that's very saddening. and I am sad to hear this. vs I am saddened to hear this.
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“Both” vs “Both of” in case of passive voice

I am confused with this sentence: ...So, both of the speech signal and envelops were shifted with the same amount Should I use both or both of and why?
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Should it be “carefully” instead of “careful” in this sentence?

He paused outside the doors, taking stock of his men, careful not to give any sign of his thoughts. (source) My understanding is the phrase "careful not to give any sign of his thoughts" is an ...
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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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have had meaning in following scenario

[Note - Before asking this question, I have referred the links -- Link-1, Link-2, Link-3, Link-4 in order to avoid duplication.] Question -- Many times I am confused about 'have had' in sentences. ...