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Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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Is “I think, may be that's more of a question to John.” grammatical?

I think, may be that's more of a question to John. While in conference call, I heard a person said the above sentence. Can anyone please correct the grammar in the above quoted sentence?
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“Too expensive for me to afford it” why ungrammatical?

The medicine was too expensive for me to afford it. My practice question marked that as wrong for I didn't put the It out at the last. It suggested me to use "...too expensive for me to afford". I ...
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“Do you see” vs. “Did you see” vs. “Have you seen" [closed]

What are the differences between: Do you see Did you see Have you seen and when or what situations that I used them?
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Passive Voice of Future Continuous tense

I am learning English Grammar from a very popular book in Indian market (you can get it from here) and it very distinctively mentions that Passive Voice of Future Continuous tense is not possible. ...
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Type of usage in these examples

When an absolute phrase is described as a phrase/clause (as was in the below example) what is meant by this. Is it not clearly one or the other ? I'd imagine phrase as there is no subject. The winter ...
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How to express habitual actions

I am learning English Grammar and I learned that I can express habitual actions using present simple and modal like "would". So, are below sentences correct? He would come to me every day. He comes ...
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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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Should "his chin a jutting v” read “his chin IS a jutting v”?

I begun reading the book by Dashiell Hammett "The Maltese Falcon". And first sentence confused me. Samuel Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. ...
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How to use Human beings, Mankind, people, Humans, Humankind & Human being

I had some doubt about the usage of Human beings, Mankind, people, Humans, Humankind & Human being. I noticed that there are some questions about those words in 'ELL' community, but none of them ...
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Why this sentence is grammatically incorrect

I used below sentence and someone told me that it is grammatically incorrect, but I cannot find the grammatical error in the sentence and that person won't tell me. Context is that right now I am ...
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Curious about what would happen or curious what would happen?

I know that I am curious what would happen is a perfectly valid usage. What I don't understand is why there is no preposition to connect "curious" and "what would happen", which is acting like a ...
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When husband/he checked his wife mobile [closed]

Which of the following sentence is grammatically correct? When husband/he checked his wife mobile. When husband/he checked her wife mobile.
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Enjoyed your dance vs enjoyed your dancing

I absolutely enjoyed your dance. Vs I absolutely enjoyed your dancing. /If I were to ignore the word performance./ What’s the difference?
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Is this sentence missing a relative pronoun?

At later lessons we would be given a printed slip of paper entitled “Search the Scriptures,“ which was sent to the school by whatever national authority supervised the teaching of religion. (source) ...
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get product by name or from name [closed]

Is there a difference between: "get product by id" and "get product from id" "get product by name" and "get product from name"
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Are the suggested ellipses grammatical?

A cannot be taken as X in the same way B can be viewed as X. Which of the following ellipses are/are not grammatical? A cannot be taken as X in the same way B can be. A cannot be taken as X ...
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Is “Respect to” Correct?

For example, can you rewrite the sentence "I respect my boss." as "I respect to my boss."?
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Can things “grow smaller”?

This is the headline of an online article: Tasty Fish Grow Smaller in Warming Ocean. And this is from Google search: Why Belgian coins grow smaller. Growing is all about increasing in size and ...
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She hears him WALK (why not 'walking' ? )

I thought that the only correct form for this sentence is 'she hears him walking'. What grammatical rule is for such usage of verb? Does it mean that such variant is correct too: I saw him walk.
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Type of usage in this example/accuracy

After entering the fountain of youth, she was now young not old. After entering the fountain of youth, she was now young and not old. Are both these ok. Any difference? Can you leave out the comma ...
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On the correct usage of “as is”

I have a sentence like: We find 3 common strings as is. What I mean in the sentence is that I find 3 common strings between two files appear as is. Shall I use "as-is" or as is?
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“participants responses” or “participant responses” or “participants responses”

I have many participants, each will provide a response. Which of the following is the correct sentence to describe all the participants responses? We want to get the maximum number of: ...
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On using “conscious”

When I want to use conscious and unconscious in specific context, for example, security conscious users, which is correct: security-conscious users (with dash), or security conscious users (without ...
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“a third” or “third”?

I have something similar to this sentence: However, more than third of the students that select math courses in the first term pass with higher grades. Which is correct: More than third Or ...
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On using “such probability”

I apologise about the proof-reading-like questions which annoy some of the experts here. But from them, I learn and apply in future. I have the following sentence: There is a small probability that ...
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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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What was your name vs. What is your name?

Quite often when I am talking over phone with some customer service representative, if they'd need to ask my name again they'd go like What was your name Similarly I heard my teacher asking ...
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Is “I had better ring him” grammatically correct?

My English teacher was explaining simple past and present perefect tenses and he threw the following sentence I'd better ring him I thought he meant "I would", but he said it is I had. I don't ...
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The plurals' thing or plurals' things

In my sentence, I have a plural of devices. Each device has to select a version. So when I want to write about all the devices, is it: The devices' selected version OR The devices' selected ...
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Is “Do I open the door” grammatically incorrect?

I used to work with an English guy and whenever I had to ask something for permission I'd go like Do I put this away? Do I delete this from the system? Do I go home now? He told me that this ...
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Is it acceptable to use “For example” and “e.g.” interchangeably

As a general rule I know that I should maintain consistency if I choose some style, etc. But I am not sure about this: Is it acceptable to use the phrase "For example" and "e.g." interchangeably in ...
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can not or cannot

I used to write can not. But a website like grammarily correct it to cannot. I am confused which one to use?
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“The teacher didn't bore me to death”: Did the teacher bore me slightly, or did he not bore me at all?

When we place a negative word before expressions like bore to death, does it negate the word bore, therefore making boredom non-existent? Or does it negate the whole expression, making boredom ...
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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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Are sentences like “He's somebody I hate the personality of” grammatical?

Are the sentences like the ones below grammatical? 1) He's somebody I hate the personality of. 2) It's a song I hate the lyrics of. 3) She can't date someone she doesn't like the appearance of. 4) ...
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Why did the author use “do not” in which should have been “will not”?

I do not invoke religion to defend beard, but, attempt to remove many misconceptions that the author seems to be having regarding beard. Should it be "do not" or "will not"? It implies the ...
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“each win” or “each wins” in this sentence?

I see this sentence in this online article: The following answers to this artful question each win a random book. It seems ungrammatical to me because win should be a present tense verb in third ...
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On the right usage of “had they been …”

I need to know if my usage of the term had they been. This is a phrase: Had they been aware of the danger, they would perform regular checks I want to say if they have been aware of the danger, ...
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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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Usage of hyphen in “bit-will”

This is the whole paragraph. What confuses me here that why should the author have used hyphen between bit and will here also. Is this a typo error, which implies to have been used an emdash as a ...
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Type of usage in these examples?

*That feeling you get when your kid won't let you do your housework. Me stressed at the thought of tonights traffic.* What do we call these types of sentences that commonly come with a picture or ...
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About “them” in “Well, Alibaba had them forty thieves”

A song in Aladdin, “A Friend Like Me” starts with this line: Well, Alibaba had them forty thieves In this line, does the word “them” function as an apposition? Does the “them” indicates the ...
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Usage of “but then”

Does the usage of "but then" in this sentence correct? I love all my family, but then I love my mother more. I read in the Collins Dictionary that we can use 'but then' before a remark which ...
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'Where I should be' vs 'The place I should be'

Which of these is correct: Where I should be. or The place I should be. ? Context: When you are going to fill the autobiography section on SE, it says 'Location' and it's supposed ...
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Does “He started remembering” breach the laws of english grammar?

He started remembering his past days and got really emotional about it. vs He remembered his past days and got really emotional about it. Does the 1st sentence breach the laws of English grammar? ...
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Do we say “A movie of Tarantino's” or “A movie of Tarantino”?

What do i say when i want to mean the same as i would mean by saying "The movie of his"? "Big bat of his", "Good looking face of hers" etc... Should i say "Big bat of the guy's" and "Good looking ...
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Arrogance vs arrogancy

What is the difference between arrogance and arrogancy? Do they mean the same thing? which one sounds more correct and natural in the given examples: Your arrogance is going to end you up nowhere. vs ...
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Is there a way to say “28 days” using the word “month”?

On October 20, he will have been dead for 28 days. Can this be rewritten as: On October 20, he will have been dead for 2 days shy/short of a month.
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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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Is “I believe to” in this sentence correct?

I know the sentences: He is believed to be dead. I believe (that) she is the right person. He is the man believed to deserve that title. But when I want to say “the man I believe”, I don’...