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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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“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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It took two hours for her to finish her homework

It took her two hours to finish her homework. It took two hours for her to finish her homework. Q: I know #1 is correct and I guess #2 is also correct/natural. What is your opinion?
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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" ? ...
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Grammatical role and meaning of “looking that”

What are the grammatical role and meaning of the "looking that" in the following sentences?: One other painting I really want you to look at is of a young woman surrounded by pumpkins. You will ...
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Using “almost” in a sentence

Which one of the following 2 sentences is grammatically/ idiomatically more correct: "She is almost a real fan of the jazz band." "She is an almost real fan of the jazz band" Tnx!
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insist on somebody('s) doing something

Which of the two sentences below is correct? Why do you insist so much on your child learning your native language? or: Why do you insist so much on your child's learning your native language?
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Ask about “as ~ as”

which one is correct and used by most people? " There are few things quite as sweet as revenge. " " there's no as sweet thing as revenge"
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“Carefully considering” vs. “carefully consider”

I have a sentence like: We recommend carefully consider these variations .. Is the sentence grammatically correct? Or is using considering instead of consider better?
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Interrupt or interrupting in the following context?

Which of the following forms of verb is correct in the following context? "When you slept yesterday, I tiptoed to the kitchen in order to not interrupt / interrupting you." It'll be very ...
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Why is “development of” wrong in this paragraph?

I wrote the below paragraph in an essay, the examiner commented that use of "development of" was wrong and "developing" was recommended. Could you please help me why ? In conclusion, I should say ...
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Incredible shot by/from Ronaldo

“An incredible shot from Ronaldo” said the commentator. I think it should be ‘by Ronaldo’ but I’ve heard a lot of people use the words interchangeably. Which one is correct?
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“that same month” or “the same month”

"They agreed by November 2005. But the accident that/the same month caused tension." Should it be "that same month" or "the same month"?
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What tense should we use for this context?

The scenario: We are outside of governmental office, and it's closed now. But it's understood that they're going to open it some-when soon but it's not understood exactly when. On the wall, near to ...
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The grammatical role of disposed?

What is the grammatical role of "disposed of" in the following short-passage? The worlds of science fiction abound with wonders. Yet modern technology progresses so rapidly that what is today's ...
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Is it correct to say “I was mistaking it with something”?

I was wondering if it is grammatically correct to say, "I was mistaking it with something"? For example: some animal is coming from far away towards you and you think it is a cat. When it is near, ...
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“I'd ask if(=whether) ~ ” Do my examples make sense? Plz correct me

After listening to the audio file of two job interviews, my English teacher asked us, "If you were the interviewer, what additional questions would you say?" and then he wrote down some examples on ...
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Phrasing and word usage

"I'm the best from all the crowd See me deeper and scream loud, Catch good vibes and inspiration Feel the power and my relation" This short lyric is a matter of argument between me and the ...
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Is “telecommunications industry development insight” a correct/clear title?

I am translating a prensentation. And the work in progress translated title is "telecommunications industry development insight". I know instinctively that this is not quite right because one cannot ...
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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 ...