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Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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sentence fragment to be improved

I ask the following as a non-native English speaker. In this question, I have trouble understanding how does "accompany me to my office" connect to anything else in the sentence. Original sentence: ...
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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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awkward or wrong?

This sentence sounds pretty awkward to me but I can't come up with an explanation. Could someone explain it? I wish to assure you that I should make every effort to be worthy of the confidence ...
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Use of paid as adjective

Can i use “paid” as an adjective while indicating an amount as is the case with the sentence below ? Plastic bag will be paid by 25 cent . Or would it be better to say: Plastic bags will be ...
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Had had (Is it a past perfect or past simple)

Look at the sentence that is in Italic. I wonder if had had there is the past-perfect or is it the Past Simple followed by 'had to'? I'm confused. Helen stepped outside her front door to see what ...
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Use of “become in debt”

I couldn’t understand why we use amount of debt before “in debt “ . I mean would it be wrong to use it like : I become in a $10000 debt .
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In a headline should I use “Isn't it time…” or “Is it time…”

I have headline and there is confusion over which is correct. "Is it time to make the jump?" or "Isn't it time to make the jump?"
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Sent vs sent to; present vs present to [duplicate]

Now I’d like to present you guys, the trailer of the movie. Vs Now I’d like to present to you guys, the trailer of the movie. Also, This is the last letter she sent me. Vs This is the ...
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Is “say+do” grammatically correct?

The man they said was her husband, seated in a chair ... I always think 2 verbs can't be linked.
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Usage of 'the most important being…'

Paper is made from many materials, the most important being trees. It is from my TOEFL preparation book and I know what it means throughout seeing the translation in my language. But I don't ...
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“What do you mean (by)” without by?

Is it possible to say: What do you mean "Internet"? or What do you mean: "Internet"? instead of What do you mean by "Internet"?
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What's wrong with the noun phrase 'their previously washed clothes'?

I have a question about the noun phrase their previously washed clothes (meaning 'the clothes that they had washed before'). I know we can't say this, but is there anyone who can explain to me why we ...
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which one is the correct one in colloquial sentences?

so a friend of mine asked me a question in how to say that "i were just about to finish up the game" but he got confused in how to say it in a colloquial sentence. so which one is the correct one ? i ...
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using “as far as” or “to as far as”

I have a sentence: I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go to as far as America Or I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go as far as ...
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Leave someone something vs leave someone with something

When his grandfather died, he left his grandson a typewriter. Vs When his grandfather died, he left his grandson with a typewriter. Is with required? Or not?
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“For” versus “on” in the given sentence

I was shocked when my teacher told me that this sentence is wrong: Do not congratulate him for his success. Could anyone explain why we can't use for here? I know that on is another competitor. ...
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Is the grammatical construction of this sentence correct?

I read a sentence in The Hindu which was Does he regard only Hindus as "the people of India" to the exclusion of other communities? I think it's fine until India. But the next part "to the ...
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If vs If used with OR NOT

I don't know if she loves me. Vs I don't know if she loves me or not. Could we use only if in the above sentences, without the use of "or not"? What's the difference in their meaning?
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You will be surprised - which tense is it?

It can't be the future continuous because there isn't ing form. Is it the simple future?
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this is sentence correct and portray what i mean to say

you sitting behind me was less distracting that you came and sat in front of me is this grammatically correct, does this sentence portray what i mean to say if you get it.
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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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In the morning, Rice was eaten by me. Is there any dangling? [closed]

1. I ate rice in the morning. 2. In the morning, I ate rice. 3. Rice was eaten by me in the morning. 4. In the morning, Rice was eaten by me. Are they all correct sentencess? In the last sentence, ...
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Borrow/get the wordings? [on hold]

In qualitative research (e.g., thematic analysis) often multiple text extracts are grouped into a theme. The wording of the theme sometimes is based on the wordings of the original texts. To describe ...
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There is few rules and regulations. Is it a grammatically correct sentence?

There is few rules and regulations. Is it a grammatically correct sentence? I mean whether it be IS or ARE
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“This is considered…” vs. “This is considered as…” [duplicate]

Does this "as" change the meaning or correctness of this sentence? This is considered as socially desired. This is considered socially desired. Are both of them grammatically correct? Why or why ...
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“This is considered…” vs. “This is considered as…”

Does this "as" change the meaning or correctness of this sentence? This is considered as socially desired. This is considered socially desired. Are both of them grammatically correct? Why or why ...
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It took a little time because of a great friend

I want to say that I wanted to quit, but I stayed a little bit longer because of her. It took a little time because of a great friend. Is this grammatically correct?
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Is this grammatical?

There's a precedent for well-bred girls addicted to the paranormal. I get the feeling that after the 'girls' you should say 'to have addicted' instead of the past verb 'addicted'. And if you want ...
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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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“In the east” VS “to the east”

Today I come across a sentence in my book: There are more people farther away, especially to the east. But if I say: There are more people further away, especially in the east. Do the both ...
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Which is grammatically correct, “my name is John” or “the name is John”?

My name is John. The name is John. Which of the above sentences is grammatically correct? If both are, which is preferable and why?
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Does she have or has she got? Which one is correct?

I'm not sure which one is correct. I had read that "does have" is more likely used in American English and "has got" in British English. But which one of these is correct? What kind of hobbies does ...
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“What is the opposite word for X?” Is the sentence correct?

I always use: What is the opposite of X ? But today I came across: What is the opposite word for X ? Are the both grammatical? Thank you.
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Uncertain vs uncertain about

Uncertain how to react, she was puzzled when she found that she was being cheated. Vs Uncertain about how to react, she was puzzled when she found that she was being cheated. Also, I am ...
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“ was stemming from ” vs “ was stemmed from ”?

The last time I put my pen to the paper, was suffering from a great deal of regret, wrote something about the things that I thought this regret was stemming/stemmed from. I couldn't figure out which ...
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matching the verb form with complicated subjects

I recently came across a sentence: The second class of disparates have more to do with the particular foibles of the aperture involved. Here, the verb is in plural form, I guess, in relation to ...
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Usage of '' it '' in a sentence

I wonder if i can use '' it '' and verb+ing in the sentences below. I know that ''it'' can be used between verb and adjctive . Can use it in the same way in sentences below? 1) I left it as legacy to ...
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Difference between “if only” and “only if”

What is the differences between "if only" and "only if" ? What is the use of each in the sentences? Are there any specific rules for their uses? "I could get more work done if only there weren't ...
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Usage of future perfect with 'by then'

What is the difference between A) By then, you will have shown what you meant to do since the beginning. B) By then, you will show what you meant to do since the beginning. Is B grammatically ...
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She is very envious that you have more money that she does [closed]

She is very envious that you have more money that she does. What is wrong here?
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In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk [closed]

it's grammatically wrong to say: "In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk"?
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Using the phrase “prefixed by” [duplicate]

Which one seems correct? non-xx domains (those that are not prefixed with "xx" sub-domains) Or non-xx domains (those that are not prefixed by "xx" sub-domains)
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Sentence from 'The Plague' novel

Sentence is "He was deterred by the thought that not one of his sufferings but was common to all the others and that in a world where sorrow is so often lonely this was an advantage". I don't ...
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“What is your name” vs. “What your name is” in this context [closed]

Which sentence is grammatical: Tell me, what is your name? Tell me, what your name is. Tell me the uses of both the sentences along with correct punctuation marks.
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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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“For background on ..” vs. “for a backgroun on ..”

This is somewhat tricky articles case: For a background on X, see .. vs. For background on X, see .. By background, I mean background about a specific topic to build knowledge on it.
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Using plurals of scientific words regarding events

Mostly people say "too much apoptosis can lead to cancer" or "too much photosynthesis". However would it be wrong to say "many apoptoses" or "too many a apotosis" or "too many apoptoses"? The first ...
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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 ...