Questions tagged [grammaticality-in-context]

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

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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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How to say I don't have time to help

I was asked to run and coach an entire sport team after already beginning with another team. I want to know how to say you're already involved with or have prior engagements to attend that will not ...
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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 ...
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Did you have a good flight or have you had a good flight?

You meet your friend Sally at the airport. She has just arrived. You say: Hi, Sally. How are you ________________________ A) did you have a good flight? Or B) have you had a good flight? According ...
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How to make question form from “the only way to do this is to…”?

What is the question form of this sentence? The only way to do X is to do Y. Is it this? Is the only way to do X to do Y? I think it's grammatically correct, but it doesn't sound fluent to my ...
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Is it correct to use “can be commonly seen” in this sentence?

Another resistor can be commonly seen around us is marked with E96 Standard.
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Presents (is present)

I came across this usage in a DevExpress support ticket: It is automatically checked if the corresponding value presents in the filter. I think it should be either "is present" or "presents itself", ...
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What is meant by self-policing?

I search and I found the meaning of Self-policing that: "The act or action of supervising the activities or policies of one's own group in order to prevent or detect and address violations of rules ...
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Is “The future has never begun yet” gramatically correct?

A friend posted the following on Facebook recently, possibly to get a rise out of people: The future has never begun yet. I have been trying to figure out why I keep rejecting the construction, ...
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Moscow lay as a crossing of three roads

What is the grammatical role of the "lay" in the following sentence? It seems like a verb. But why it is not used like a third person form (lays) or "lay" is the past form of it? First, attention ...
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Use of present perfect and comparison with other tenses

Gloves for goalkeepers restrict heat loss from the hands and cuase discomfort. To alleviate this problem, material A has been incorporated into gloves to reduce the amount of heat. This is a ...
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probable or probably? [closed]

In the following sentence, which one is right in the viewpoint of grammatical structure? Why? Notice: In the main source, it is "probable". It seems probable that there is no single explanation ...
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I and we think why Should India not be able to make such a huge expenditure? [closed]

I asked a question: I and we think, Why should India not be able to make such a huge expenditure for a region, which is urgently needed? Is the sentence grammatically correct? Does the question ...
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It is correct to write long phrases? [closed]

I am a game developer and I am trying to improve my english to increase the quality of the text in my games. I will like to understand what is the "correct" way to write text. Specially the lengh of ...
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to us vs to see us

Which sentence is grammatically correct or both? If he has time, he will come to us. vs If he has time, he will come to see us. Thanks.
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My mobile is getting SLOW \ SLOWER

I have heard people say: My mobile is getting slow. My Mobile is getting slower. Which is correct to say? Thank you.
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Do you say the plural TO or OF something? [closed]

Are these sentences both correct? What is the plural of boy? What is the plural to boy? Are they interchangeable?
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Past tense of “dare” auxiliary verb [closed]

Dare as an auxiliary verb is used as: I dare threaten her. How to change it into the past tense? Thank you.
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After “for" is noun or V-ing?

I have 2 sentences, what is true? Data is too large for exporting Data is too large for export Please help to choose and explain why we choose the answer. Thanks so much!
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Can noun follow by it

I have found this sentence. It said 'Whatever the final answer to the water crisis may be, it is evident that within the High Plains, irrigation water will never again be the abundant, inexpensive ...
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Grammatical structure of “upon”

What is the grammatical role and structure of "upon" in the following sentences? Much of the world’s great architecture has been constructed of stone because of its beauty, permanence, and ...
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“Cross over the river” OR “Cross the river”

Sentences: I want to cross over the river. I want to cross the river. Which one of the sentences conveys correct meaning?
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Period after Hi (Hi.)

We usually write: Hi, John. But if I'd like to write simply Hi followed by a Period, ie, Hi. How are you? Is it correct? Thank you.
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“Beard comes late to our family males.” is the sentence correct?

Today, one of my school friends ended up saying: Beard comes late to our family males. Is the sentence grammatical? If not, then help me correct. I'm not a native speaker. Thank you.
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Grammartical error in this sentence? [closed]

I was reading How to Solve It by George Polya when the sentence bellow confused me: It may happen that a student hits upon an exceptionally bright idea and jumping all preparations blurts out ...
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Using “name the .. with”

What should I use? I want to say we give the name xx-prog to the program (that I already described. [...] and we name the program with xx-prog. Or, [...] and we name the program xx-prog.
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“Finish OF” or “Finish TO” difference

Macmillan dictionary examples: A swim in the sea seemed a perfect finish to the day. I didn't see the finish of the game Apart from these I have also heard: **Greatest ever finish to a cricket ...