Questions tagged [grammaticality-in-context]

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Can a company be “at a disadvantage” [closed]

The company is at a disadvantage as it does not have enough money to invest in new technologies while its competitors are able to. Is "at a disadvantage" the correct usage in the above sentence?
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Clarity of understanding of the meaning

For example, I want someone doesn't do something then which one will be correct? And also I want him to do this. Does the first one mean that he will not do this and the second one Doesn't it mean he ...
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Sentence grammar [closed]

Are these sentences grammatically correct? Do they not change their meaning? It's you when you wait for food to be made of you. It's you when you wait for food will be made of you.
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Construction with “Let”

Do you say like that as below and is one of them grammatically correct? Let's I will do that. Let me you all/all of you do this. Let's I will let you do this.
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confusion on “quality of + verb form”

I have some confusion about the quality of + verb form. I have two sample sentences The quality of their clothing is very good. It really improves my overall quality of sleep. My question is why ...
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“Look at the sun setting” OR “Look at the setting sun”

Look at the sun setting. Look at the setting sun. As far as I know, setting in the first sentence is a participle and in the second sentence it is an adjective. Do they both mean the same? ...
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“For another same amount of time” in this context

The bus arrives at our local bus stop at 8am. The other day my brother and I were going to catch the bus and we went to the bus stop at 7:50am so we had to wait for 10 minutes. My 10-year-old brother ...
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Pragmatically likely or not

Where do you come? Is this sentence acceptable to say? I come to Dhaka Chawbazar. Where do you come? The sentence "Where do you come from" is correct but my question is if it is possible to ...
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Drawing attention from distance

How can I draw my school principal's attention from distance? Can I say: Hello sir, I need to speak to you. (out loud) Now, my friend is passing by my house. I want to talk to her just for one or ...
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Sentence construction with “as … so”

For example, if someone was driving in front of you in a car breaking the rules and continues to do so, then how do you say using a construction? Is this correct to use this one? Or maybe there is ...
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what is the function of “certain” in this paragraph? does is pronoun or adjective?

what is the function of "certain" in this paragraph? does is a pronoun or an adjective? One of the chief mouthpieces of the spirit was a certain Robert Baxter —not to be confused with the Baxter who ...
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Difference between “have done to ”and “have been doing to”

This is a scene from a novel: A boy is attacked by a bull in a field, the boy defends himself with a knife and both bull and boy are wounded. Someone asks the boy: "what has the bull done to you?" ...
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a patient was told to use their medication, “ every THREE days”. Does that mean, on the forth day, or the third?

Quote; a patient was told to use their medication every THREE days for pain. Does that statement mean; on the THIRD day, or the FORTH day ?
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Usage of appetite

When you are saying you have no desire to eat. Which one is more idiomatic(or grammatically correct) to say I have no appetite? Or both are acceptable? I don't have appetite or I don't have an ...
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Is “go and do something” formal enough to use in this context

We use go and do something / go do something with our friends, such as: Rob, go and buy some food for me. Hey sweetie, go and play outside. Can I use this pattern in the context given below: ...
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Grammaticality in context

If someone asks about how much did you get or how many did you get about a total amount then will it be correct to say like this?: Now we know how many of how many tasks have been completed. ...
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Should I use “be” or “are/is” in that-clauses?

I've problems with this type of structures For example It is important the next test be simple It is important the next test is simple Which one is correct? I've seen that in that-clauses ...
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Using ALL tenses in this text

I wrote an imaginary text in which I used all tenses (12 tenses) to familiarize with them. The tenses are: PAST: Past simple, Past perfect simple, Past continuous, Past perfect continuous. ...
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Grammatical Correction

What he has said is right. To me it is perfectly alright. But my mentor was telling like no it is grammatically incorrect. May I please know why it is grammatically wrong and what is the problem here ...
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In which tense is more common to use in this context?

I have a two tenses / ways to express my situation but I'm not sure what's more natural. I rushed / was rushing to the class, and when I arrived I found that nobody is there. "I rushed to the ...
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Is “Today, 800 billion cup of teas is sipped from teabags.” correct?

My English is telling that this is correct but I don't think so. Today, 800 billion cup of teas is sipped from teabags.
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On using “whether it be” with plurals

I use data to describe plurals (Xs or Ys). Is it correct to use whether it be in the following description? The data, whether it be Xs or Ys, are collected from users. Or shall I use whether they ...
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Phrase “Out of league”

Does it mean the same thing? If not so, then how to say that I am better than her. I'm out of your league You are out of my league
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Which one is grammatically correct in the context?

According to Einstein, a lot of energy is needed as a spacecraft nears the speed of light. Therefore, If Einstein is correct, it will be impossible for humans to travel at the speed of light. ...
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“They” or “Them”

Why for example in these sentences like that should use them instead of they and what is possible to put in between "want" and "them/they", I mean so or that or something else? I want them not to ...
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adjective with “being” or before noun

I wonder if the following usage is right. You should remove the answer being bootless. Is grammar of the sentence right? If yes, what is the usage of "being" here? Does it have same meaning with "...
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Using past perfect continuous in this situation

I find difficult the past perfect continuous, so I looked for some real examples for practice it. I will give you reasons about why the writer used the past perfect continuous in this situation, for ...
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Do we always use “more” to compare two things?

Do we always use "more" to compare two things? Among the various and conflicting interpretations of Aristophanes’ works, there is a general admiration for the poet’s seemingly boundless ...
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Do these changes of the location of commas in a dictionary make the meaning dif from the original?

Does the location of commas in the original explanation (,or not ~ of,) indicate the phrase between them is not neccessary? I wonder whether the change of the location of commas below affects on the ...
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Why does it write with “ed”?

Why does it always write like this? What if you write without "ed"? What is the rule for this? I love to be loved by you / I love to be love by you. I like to be liked by you / I like to be ...
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Exclamations with verb

How to make an exclamatory sentence with a verb? For example: Someone plays football incredibly and you want to exclaim how he plays. I guess I made the sentences wrong. How he plays football! ...
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How to understand “keeping the complaining customer satisfied”?

I'm trying to understand the below sentence, "Which sectors does he say have most problems when it comes to keeping the complaining customer satisfied?" Especially, "keeping the complaining customer ...
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i'm in a catch 22 situation vs i have a catch 22 situation

Two people were conversing in something I read (I forget the details) — I'm caught in a catch 22 situation..." —"I have a catch 22 situation myself, and it's going to be the reason I die early." ...
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grammar of the sentences

Do these sentences sound grammatically correct? I mean, for example, you were bad person at school, so you will be your whole life this way or something like that. Who you were in the same way ...
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“…saw someone out…”: grammatical role of “out”?

Sentences: My dad is out on vacation. I saw her out on a bicycle. Is the word out an adjective in this context? Or is the word out the short form of out of home? Thanks in advance.
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Grammar from Sherlock Holmes: Count Dracula and Ebenezer Scrooge come to mind

Here are two adjacent sentences from Sherlock Holmes Few fictional characters have taken on a life of their own outside the pages of their stories the way Sherlock Holmes has. Count Dracula and ...
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use of could / would - correct the sentence - I like that piece of furniture. I wish it could fit in my apartment

I like that piece of furniture. I wish it could fit in my apartment. Options: - was able to fit might would My answer: I like that piece of furniture. I wish it would fit in my ...
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Construction of

If I swap words, will this sentence still grammatically correct? "You're his one weakness — he should never have met you" "His one weakness is you — he should never have met you"
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Not always I understand what she's saying vs. what she says

Is there a difference between: "Not always I understand what she is saying".(present continuous). Vs. "Not always I understand what she says". (present simple) I would tend to use the ...
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When to say “to be” and “to have been”?

In situations like this one (neither I know if this sentence is gramatically correct, nor I know who is Merkel): "In her campaigning, Ms Merkel never pretended to be a dissident or an oposition ...
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Reluctant to understand “and more often than not one”

I am reading SICP-Chapter II and encounter such a sentence In this chapter we are going to look at more complex data. All the procedures in chapter 1 operate on simple numerical data, and simple ...
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We ARE / WERE just done with our meal now?

If finished our meal last minute, and my friend call me and ask us to come to have a meal with him, which of the following two is correct in this context? We are just done with our meal now, Thank ...
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Using present perfect simple in a real world situation

I do not know when I have to use the present perfect simple (and others tenses in perfect form). I normally use: present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, future, ... for write/...
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meaning of “getting in” in “spent time getting in”

The government is seeking to take out things from the political declaration that Theresa May spent time getting in. What does getting in mean?
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Can I express a trend like this?

This city has experienced a decrease of 1% per year in the visibility, a meteorological parameter partly affected by atmospheric pollution. I would like to include the parenthetical clause to ...
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Reduce subordinate clauses to adjectives/ adjective phrases?

(1) If subordinating clauses contain adjectives or adjective phrases, like these below, how do you reduce them? Do you reduce them to adjectives/ adjective phrases or something? I think the 1c and ...
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“No more someone doing something” meaning

By the phrase no more we mean Someone doesn't want something anymore. Eg: Son: Mom, I am going to play cricket. Mom: No more cricket! Your exams are very close. The same way, can I say: No ...
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In present-day reality no-one actually uses classical Latin any more.Why can we use “Classical Latin uses the ablative” in present tense?

What is the difference between (a) and (b) (a)"Classical Latin uses the ablative" (b)"Classical Latin used the ablative"
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When teachers introduce the outdated theory(for example:Classical element) to students,should teachers use present tense or past tense to describe it?

Example: 1(a)Classical element comprises the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and Aether. 1(b)Classical element comprised the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and ...
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“Survivors clinging to a raft.” Is this sentence right?

"Survivors clinging to a raft." There is no verb in this sentence. I know this sentence is not the present progressive/present continuous. But can this sentence be used independently? I found this ...