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Grammaticality refers to whether something obeys the rules of English grammar.

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is this “a” a print error or an article for to emphasize “one”

my question in another SE site has been edited as following: I've searched in SE for solfege and na mes of altered notes or tones. This point seems to be cleared. But I couldn't find a about ...
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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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Does “when they're used as a place to live“ make grammatical sense?

Geodesic domes have lots of issues, especially when they're used as a place to live. My biggest concern is that the dependent clause has a plural pronoun "they're" with a singular verb "live". ...
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Why is “Me help him out?” grammatical?

I found this sentence while I was looking up the word "perish": What? Me help him out? Perish the thought. Shouldn't it be the following? What? I help him out? Perish the thought.
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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’m not sure if it should ...
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Is + another expression

1-All you need is do your homework . 2-All you need is to do your homework . 3-All you need is that do your homework . Are all of these sentences grammatically correct and do they mean the same ...
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Is 'still wasn't able to' correct in this context?

Kindly, consider the following situation: The question says: Complete the following with was / wasn’t able to. The context says: A man said: ‘In my garden, there is a heavy stone, I tried to lift it ...
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the category of “as” here?

I looked up the word “as” in my dictionary and got three categories of it: prep. conj. and adv. However, in the following sentence, I think the word “as” possesses the attribute of “noun” or “pronoun”...
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learnin the english. ing grammar and simple present

which sentence is correct? 1-meditation really relax you. 2-meditation really relaxing you. we should use present simple or present continuous? thank you.
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“Was I was wrong” -> why “was” twice? [closed]

I see it's ungrammatical, but some natives still use that. Then what's the differences it has comparing when you just say it grammatical, such as "Was I wrong?" / "I was wrong?"
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Would using “one of either” be correct?

I was writing a comment the other day when I wrote a sentence similar to the one below: You can choose one of either (Pizza, Mac and Cheese, or Spaghetti). Obviously the choices are made-up, but ...
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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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which sentence is correct given below? [closed]

S1: Graduate with Physics as one of the subjects in each year. Or it should be S2: Graduate with physics as of the subject in each year.
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At/ on the point of leaving

I came across this: The phone rang when Tom was on the point of leaving. As I usually use "at the point of leaving", are both possible?
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Organisation or organisational skills

Is it more correct or appropriate to say: "I have strong organisation skills" OR "I have strong organisational skills"?
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Why is “He is the kind of person who, if he had lived …, people would not have been able to categorise him.” ungrammatical?

Could anyone explain why this sentence is considered ungrammatical? You often hear quite literate people saying hideously ungrammatical things such as: "He is the kind of person who, if he had lived ...
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many `a` in my sentence with purple

Suppose I have a set of numbers. Then, suppose further that I take a sample of this set. Which of my sentences is correct? and why? Let (0,2) be a sample from a set S of discrete numbers or Let (0,...
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Can I say 'I said it second'?

Like how you can say: 'I said it first' to mean that you said something first. Can you also say: 'I said it second' to mean that you said something second? and would it sound natural? I ...
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How to use of two times in one sentence

I have method A. This method has a limitation in high-dimension cases. This limitation leads method A to lose its flexibility in high-dimension. Therefore, there is method B, which overcomes the ...
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Reading a sentence

The accountant made the writer to sign on the check. They always make us laugh. In these two sentences .. why is to sign used in first sentence instead of only SIGN? In second sentence why is ...
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Plural or singular with repeated word

Suppose that I have a set (S). This set should contain numbers. These number should follow a specific bound. Then, 0 and 20 are the lower and upper bound of the set S, respectively. or 0 and 20 ...
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Should I use for or to in this sentence

I would like to say that method A provides great flexibility for something. I wonder how to express my sentence correctly? Method A provides great flexibility for learning English Method A leads to ...
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Is gerund after “lead + object pronoun + to” possible

Is it correct to say: John's interest in animals led him to becoming a vet. Or is this the only correct form: John's interest in animals led him to become a vet. Thank you in advance.
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About telling the time

Is it correct to use ..."a quarter past to five" instead of "a quarter past five" for 5:15 ? I have watched "a QUARTER PAST TO" in a you tube video.I also googled it but couldn't find it. The link ...
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Let me know when you are free to discuss VS Let me know your convenient time to discuss which is right and polite

When writing an email to a person to get a time to discuss some thing, what would the correct and polite way of writing among the below two. If both are wrong then what would be the right thing to say....
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Which of the two words sounds more natural and common to native speakers? “Though merging/merged…”

You know that the word 'merge' is both transitive and intransitive. Then in the following sentence, which of the two sounds more natural and common to native speakers? And why? Though (merging/...
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Sentence Structure - “You've got vs you got to see

I would like to check if my following sentence structure is correct. You've got to see my enemy's face when I was winning. or You got to see my enemy's face when I was winning.
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Two consecutive gerunds? -ing -ing?

I am considering to set up a cyber cafe. I am considering setting up a cyber cafe. I think it should be version #2 where the verb considering is followed by the gerund setting. But it sounds ...
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'I ate honey at breakfast' vs. 'I had honey at breakfast' [closed]

'I ate honey at breakfast' or 'I had honey at breakfast' Which is correct grammatically?
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Usage of Have got

Can I use "have got" like those? For examples: My mother wants to have got a child (or) My mother wants to have a child. He may/might/could/can/should (modal verbs) have got a car (or) he (modal ...
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SAT Writing question about diction: “ranging” vs. “that range”

Which one is correct? The smell can elicit reactions ranging from deep appreciation to intense disgust. The smell can elicit reactions that range from deep appreciation to intense disgust. ...
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Describing a group of children - year or years, old or olds

Is this sentence correct if I describe a group of children? Children 6-7 years olds.
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I'm writing an English essay and I just wanted to check if this makes sense : [closed]

..... I agree with the statement that Boland's reflective insights are expressed through her precise use of language. We see this statement to be true in 'Child of Our Time'.....
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Is 'The student asked to be excused the examination' grammatically correct?

I am a high school student. I just want to know that, is this statement grammatically correct? "The student asked to be excused the examination"
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Phrasing of an instragram post [closed]

I have an account on Instagram. It’s everything about hair, like new haircuts or new hairstyles and I want to say something like this to make followers send their photos to me so I can post it on my ...
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Is “I wish I knew who you are?” grammatical?

I wish I knew who you are? Is the above sentence correct?
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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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Can a participle phrase modify a whole sentence or clause?Or they have to stick to a specific word or phrase?

This is what my friend asked me and he gave out the following examples: Facebook's new feature translates your post into different languages depending on who's reading it. Depending on what ...
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Using “whether .. or” in negated sentence

I have a sentence like this: .. and have no students whether from the same city or others at all Is it correct? Or would using neither as below seems better: .. and have no students neither ...
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“In what ways does Strindberg show…?” vs. “In what ways do Strindberg show…?”

Personally, I think the former is correct. My question is why this is the case. How would I know which pronoun is the one with which the verb agrees?
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Can I say “years passed” in specific usage

I am sure I’ve seen this usage somewhere, i want to use this and it goes like this: “As I reflect on the years passed, ...” I don’t feel comfortable with it. But I’ve seen similar usage in “ a ...
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Do Prepositions Alter Meaning of a Subject?

Do prepositions alter the meaning of a subject in a way that changes what the verb's compliment is referring to? (Specifically infinitive phrase compliments) Examples: I work at my position in time ...
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“Our mission is not to __, but (to) __.” Should there be a second “to” in this sentence?

Which one is correct? Our mission is not to prevent you from seeking a lawyer, but to educate you on your rights. Our mission is not to prevent you from seeking a lawyer, but educate you on your ...
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Two-step or two steps

Which sentence is correct? We process the data in two steps: First, .. Second, ... OR We process the data in two-step: First, .. Second, ...
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Why are “software”, “advice”, and “information” uncountable?

Sometimes in English I encounter words which are uncountable, while they may be countable in my native language causing some mistakes in my sentences, and I wonder why they are uncountable. For ...
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On using “by no means”

I want to use "by no means" in a sentence. I am not sure whether I should use it before or after the word "can". Here are examples: Is it: Our method can by no means be considered as an attack Or ...
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Do I have to repeat possessive pronouns in a list?

Would it be okay to write: Nevertheless, we will analyze it because of its straightforward computation, prevalence in research and lack of qualitatively different results with other measures. or ...
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Why are both “when” and “once” used in “… when it was once broken”?

Transporting the stone when it was once broken was comparatively simple. This sentence is by the English author George Orwell from the world-famous book Animal Farm. I am wondering the reason why the ...
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“Trouble is now closer than earlier” [closed]

Trouble is now closer than earlier. Is this sentence grammatically correct? What is the right way to say this?
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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"?