Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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Is “more of such examples” correct?

Let us assume that in a text we bring an example. And we want to bring more similar examples. Is this statement grammatically correct? There are more of such examples How about the following: ...
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Questions suitable for formal letter? [on hold]

Are these questions suitable for formal letter? 1) Firstly, I want to know how many paintings the participant can send? 2) Secondly, I would be grateful if you tell me, how much money the first ...
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Usage of acquaint

Someone has just told me (as form of farewell): It's been very nice to acquaint with you. Although it sounds weird to me, it is grammatically correct, isn't it?
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Using “NOT” to make a contrast

The criminals should be punished, not awarded medals. The criminals shouldn’t be awarded medals, but punished. Is there any grammatical mistake in these sentences I am just being doubtful of ...
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Is it okay to use “very Good morning” instead of 'Good morning'

while on cold call, is it okay to wish "a very good morning" instead of 'good morning', followed by your name and introduction? Or is it that we may wish "a very Good morning" to only those who are ...
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Is it possible to say “So was I” in English language?

Does the following sentence sound natural? "She was terribly upset and so was I". I can't find any examples of using this construction on the Internet.
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Is mixing future and past tense in this sentence correct?

'It will take a while to locate a paperwork for 2 years ago' I think this sentence sounds weird, future tense and past tense are mixed. Is this sentence correct?
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Find the error in the given statement

(a)He will/(b)bake a cake/(c)today in the evening/(d)No error. What option would have been correct in case this is how the question would have looked like? I feel that it should be - in the evening ...
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Use “bridge” as an intransitive verb?

I found the following sentence: The system controller interfaces to the PCI bus and bridges to other buses. I can guess the meaning of it, but looking at all the dictionary the verb "bridge" does ...
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The worst case or the worst case scenario

If I say “He is kidnapped, or the worst case may be murdered.” Does this sentence make sense? Or should I say ”He is kidnapped, or the worst case scenario may be murdered.” Or even “He is ...
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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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propositions, using that which whose

Is the following sentence correct? "It is an organization including the countries, all or a significant part of their population has a connection with French language and culture." If not, how can ...
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how to say it in grammatically correct way

You should enjoy a day from its start or beginning? which one is better to use? it is a grammatically correct way how to say it? Thank you very much in advance.
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to do or to conduct the digital marketing?

In English, do we say to do or to conduct the digital marketing? The original text is as follows: With the popularity of digital life, at this time, not only big advertisers but also millions of ...
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Usage of 'any' before more and comparative degrees

Could anyone please tell me what is the role of any in this sentence and can I leave out any in the sentence? I love to read books. I have books of many writers. I have a book named 'Gitanjali' ...
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“do the pair of vertical lines” or “does the pair of vertical lines”?

this is the title of this post do the pair of vertical lines in empirical entropy formula mean L1 norm? in this case, "do the pair of vertical lines" or "does the pair of vertical lines" which one ...
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Is the sentence grammatically correct? (Concerned with tense usage)

Since I can understand the English dialogue without much difficulty, there’s no reason not to enjoy the films in the way the film-makers intended. I'm not sure whether I should use "intended" or "...
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Is “intend on” ungrammatical?

Is "intend on" ungrammatical? I thought that "intend to do something" and "intend on doing something" were synonymous, but I was told by a few people that "intend on" is ungrammatical and is a ...
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Can a double negative be OK?

There is no job I cannot do. We are taught to avoid double negatives, and most of them sound really weird: That won't do you no good. She never goes with nobody. The example above these,...
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“What” instead of “that/which”

I remember coming across usage of "what" in place of "that/which". Is it very old usage or some dialect, or maybe it's plain wrong? One phrase I remember a hundred percent is: The secrets what lie ...
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Present Perfect Simple vs Present Perfect Continuous

She is away on holiday. Is she? Where ... ? Where has she gone? (Correct) Where has she been going? Why we can not use the second choice here ?
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Using ('s) when describing object usage

Which sentence is correct? We prefer Chrome because it is the most widely used browser. As of 2019, Chrome usage is 50% Or, We prefer Chrome because it is the most widely used browser. Chrome's ...
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What does “offering” mean in this sentence in The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry?

On the first page of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: Serviceable-enough Dahl offering, though Lambiase questioned whether a professional housewife could successfully cook a leg of lamb in the manner ...
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Should I use “for” or “of” after the word “test”

I wan to say we tested (tried) iphone version # Which one is correct? Our test of iphone version # shows that ... Or, Our test for iphone version # shows that ...
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“work that identify” or “work that identifies”

Implicitly by work I mean plural (several studies). So how should I treat the verb that comes after it? Similar to previous work that identifies Or, Similar to previous work that identify
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Should “The man has always needed religion and as profoundly as he has always needed food” use a simple tense instead?

Should this sentence's verbs indicate that the actions occurred in the past indirectly by using the compound present prefect construction: The man has always needed religion and as profoundly as he ...
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on using “to denote” to define a term

I want to define few terms but not sure how to use denote. For example: We use the term XYZ to denote websites consisting of ... Is the above correct statement?
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Usage of a continuous time expression in a past simple sentence

Consider the following sentence: "The student did not come to the class for a long, long time." Can a continuous time expression "for a long time" be used in this case, where past simple ("… did ...
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…books that give / giving details of the topic

As a basic learner I am confused about these two sentences: I have some books that give details of the topic. I have some books giving details of the topic. Both seems to carry the same ...
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“at the time of”, it should be at the end or at the beginning of the sentence

I'm not a native english speaker, so I have this doubt. For example I have these two sentences: At the time of taking the family picture she was next to her father Or: She was next to her ...
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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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usage of unless when we need double negation in if-clause

Once I thought it was wrong to use not after unless, but then I found the following example on the internet: I cannot go to the cinema unless I don’t go to the restaurant. And now I'm trying to ...
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Can “It mattered…” be rewritten like this “…was important”?

Can I rewrite the sentences in bold like this: "Not whether the parts of the system functioned, or even existed was important, but only that certain people, for a certain period of time, believed that ...
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Is it correct to use 'wet cold' as a compound adjective?

Is it correct to use 'such a wet cold weather' in the following sentence? It was such a wet cold weather that we could not go out.
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“due” instead of “to”?

"Take your orni and fly due south-west." I heard this quote in a dialogue from the game "Dune" and I was wondering if the usage of "due" is applicable in this case.
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People all over the world / People from all over the world

An example in Collins Dictionary: ...the letters she received from people all over the world. But if I write: ...the letters she received from people from all over the world. Is it correct? ...
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What is the grammatical function of “circumstances as they are” in this sentence?

I find this sentence in an online article strange and even jarring for several reasons. With limited provisions, he awaits reinforcements, but circumstances as they are, is believed lost to the ...
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Should the “a” be removed in this sentence or not?

Which one of these sentences is grammatically correct? I cooperated with this company on a per-project basis. I cooperated with this company on a project basis. I cooperated with this company on ...
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“There is 10%” or “there are 10%”

Shall I use: Of the 10% that showed one or more symptoms, there are 20.25% that .. Or, Of the 10% that showed one or more symptoms, there is 20.25% that .. Clearly, 10% of a countable thing (...
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Usage of present/past tense with “would”

I am not able to decide that out of below 2 sentences which one is grammatically correct. Please note that I want to know from international competitive exams perspective. All good/additional ...
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Conditional sentences - usage of “shall” in main clause

I read here that in first type of conditional sentences, simple future is used in the main clause. However, it was not clear if only will should be used or shall can also be used. For example below ...
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Is this sentence correct to ask for a go

I have to ask a customer, if I can proceed with my work and I set up this sentence: Please tell me if I should proceed. Is this correct or is there a better way?
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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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Usage of “Like” vs “As”

In the following sentence: Dogs are not so wild like the wolfs or the lions are. Is using "like" in comparative grammatically correct here, or should it be "as" instead, when basically two things ...
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“Who would you rather had won” is this correct?

Which of these sentences is correct? "Who would you rather had won?" "Who would you rather have won?" "Who would you rather have win?" "Who would you rather had win?" I can find instances of people ...
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It wonders me. Possible?

Is there such a usage with the word "wonder"? It wonders me whether you've been to Paris. I know of "bothers me" and "amuses me".
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Is “tries it hand” a typo?

Excerpt the title from techrepublic.com: Google Deepmind AI tries it hand at creating Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering cards The only possible way I can interpret this title is to change it to ...
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How do you tell someone who's asking you for directions, in a single sentence, that they could follow you since you're headed in the same direction?

What is the proper sentence to use when you're trying to tell the person asking for directions that they could follow you because the way you're headed largely overlaps with theirs (I'm particularly ...
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Using “not only”

I hear word today from Trump, He said: "Not only have thousands of JOBS been created in USA, we’re shipping freedom and opportunity abroad!" I have three questions: most of time we use NOT ONLY ...
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Can “Not everyone can love you” be used in this situation?

Can: "Not everyone can love you" be used to mean: "It's impossible for you to be loved by everyone: there will always be some people out there who hate you" ?