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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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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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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 ...
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“Percentage of … Higher than that [of/in] …”

Which one is correct (using of or in): The percentage of tiny devices in the IPs dataset is higher than that of the top websites. Or The percentage of tiny devices in the IPs dataset is ...
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“refer to something by” or “refer to something as”

The machine selects a single variable X (we refer to the latter by the machine's selected variable) Or The machine selects a single variable X (we refer to the latter as the machine's ...
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Which should be 'give me' or 'pay me'?

Which of these two is the correct form to say? I would sell my book if you give me 100 dollars or I would sell my book if you pay me 100 dollars Are there alternatives to say the same?
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What is the appropriate PREPOSITION here

Keep all defective items ..... It will come in my work. It will come to my work. Which of the two or something else is suitable in this context?
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“Run away” and “Run off” difference in this context [duplicate]

He ran off from my house. He ran away from my house. Are these two sentences interchangable? Thank you.
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I Pass my life + (helping others or by helping others)

I hear both the expressions: I am passing my life helping others. I am passing my life by helping others. Do the both carry equivalent meaning ? Please explain.
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“Prepare with” meaning in this context

I have a question in my textbook: What was Franz expected to be prepared with for school that day? Is "prepare with" a phrasal verb? Can I say : "I am preparing with mathematics tasks for school" ? ...
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“Right to” or “Right of” in this context

As a basic learner, we commonly use: Will to play(verb).. will of car(noun).. Need to eat(verb).. Need of food(noun). Similarly, we should write: Right to read(verb).. Right of education (...
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Is “sure does” a colloquial phrase?

In an essay I wrote this sentence : A car does not enable you to travel thousands of kilometres in a couple of hours, but an aircraft sure does. My teacher said "sure does" should be "surely does"...
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is this structure is correct?

"Safer than with" is correct? I have seen some sentences using this structure, I think it should be safer that not safer than with, could you please help me in this issue? For exp: as it does not ...
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Where should “efficiently” go? “…to use ___ the money we collected ___.”

I need to answer a business-related e-mail. The intended thing is using the money efficiently. According to some sources are expressed as follows:" to use technology wisely ". Which one is correct ...
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How aircraft move? Or moves?

I saw a book titled "How Aircraft Move Through the Air". But is that correct? I think aircraft is the singular. So Would it be "moves" or "moved"(in case of past sentence)? Am I wrong? Please ...
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“Demand ” as a parts of speech

In the following sentence The information is important to demand attention from all levels of organization what type of parts of speech is demand?? Thanks in advance.
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How to use 'my own self' in this sentence?

Would you say "My own self is doing his homework" or "My own self is doing my homework"? Or is it wrong to use "my own self" in this way? Technically, I think it should be possible even if not widely ...
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Can “wish the weather would be good tomorrow” be correct?

My teacher told me that for future, I have to use “hope”. But what about a situation like this: the weather has been bad for a few days and I am annoyed, impatient as tomorrow I go hiking. So I say “ ...
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Can 'address" used as a verb be used without an object?

I received an email from a client who is a native English speaker. At the end of his message, he wrote, :If there are any follow-up questions we are happy to address." This sounds weird to me. ...
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“I'll be there in around one hour” or “I'll be there in one hour around”

I want to say that I'm going to be there in one hours but it's approximately not accurate. What's the best way to say it? How to locate the adverb (around) in this sentence? "I'll be there in ...
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Is “I heard the bough broken off by its own weight” correct in grammar?

Sometimes, as I sat at my window, so heedlessly did they (boughs) grow and tax their weak joints, I heard a fresh and tender bough suddenly fall like a fan to the ground, when there was not a ...
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Does it have to be “to lend the money” when say “someone borrowed me money”?

For example, someone asked me to borrow my money. But I refused. Then I talked it with another people, Can I say "Yesterday, XX borrowed me money." Or, I only can say "Yesterday, XX asked me to ...
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Which adjective makes sense in this sentence?

Students might not only have ------- time to finish it but also they have no time to think it deeply. Enough or scarce?
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Can you explain “causing greyed out vision” grammatically?

"Oxygen deprivation in the retinal cells impairs their ability to process light, causing greyed out vison" I have a question of the sentence above. I think "causing"is a verb and "greyed out"is also ...
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“Have never won” v/s “had never won”

In a book I found a sentence like this: The 2010 FIFA World Cup culminated in an epic final with two teams that have never won the World Cup. I'm wondering why have never won is used instead of ...
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The grammatical role of “did” in “and so did people’s lungs”

What is the grammatical role of "did" in the following excerpt of a passage?: The smoke just went out the same hatchway that people used for going in and out themselves. So there would have been ...
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Why sentences are made short? [closed]

Sentence: "The work that has been done by you is useful". I have seen this whole sentence written as " The work done by you is useful ". Why writers remove "that has been" and only retain "done" ? ...