Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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The present participle used for actions in the past

I have come across these sentences written in an English blog. The doctor, living in this house before us, moved to Australia. The doctors, attending a conference on malaria, urged governments ...
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“You will find taxis waiting at the bus station ______ you can hire to reach your host family”

You will find taxis waiting at the bus station __ you can hire to reach your host family Two options: which where Which one is correct? I think (2), but the answer is (1): why is that?
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“Anybody can dance” or “Everybody can dance”, which is correct?

"Anybody can dance" or "Everybody can dance", which is correct? Or do they have same meaning?
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Does the 'verb form' always have to agree with the 'subject number'?

Is the 'verb and subject number agreement' a hard-and-fast rule? Or is there some leeway? For example, in the following sentences do I need to change the verb from 'was' to 'were' to match the ...
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What is the correct sentence: “Who are we?” or “Who we are?”

I searched the Internet to find which of the following is correct: Who are we? Who we are? And I found that both are used. What is the correct sentence?
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How to say any day after a particular date?

My interviewer mailed me this: When can you come in for a technical interview? Is it correct to say "15th June 2013 or any other Saturday after that" or is there any other correct phrase to say ...
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“Looks daggers” vs. “look daggers”

"Looks daggers" or "look daggers": which one is correct? Ngram results here show almost equal results but when I searched for He looks daggers or He look daggers, I didn't find any matches. For ...
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What does “… they believe were to be …” mean?

For evidence, investigators pulled from along the driveway a few dozen castor bean plants that they believe were to be the raw material for the biological toxin ricin, which can be fatal if ingested ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct?

I'm asking because I kind of feel there is something wrong here but in spite of racking my brains over it and rewriting the sentence several times I haven't been able to find the source of the problem....
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Is using “not have a drop” correct in this context?

Is this idiomatically correct? Those feelings kept gnawing at me so I had to turn to alcohol to soothe my nerves even though I have not had a drop in a while.
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“I'm not able to make it fly high”

I'm not able to make it fly high. If I change not able to unable, will it retain the same meaning? When should I use not able and when unable? Is the phrase fly high correct? Suppose I'm trying to ...
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“Then” at the end of a sentence

You both are really lucky then. Let's say two people A and B, explains a situation (something bad) to C, and C tells them how lucky they are to escape from that bad situation. Now C responds, "You ...
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Is it grammatically correct to remove “The” from the beginning of a photo title?

For example in a photo there is a river. Can we title it "River" and not "The River"? Or there are some women who are sitting and standing on the ground. Can we title the photo "Sitting & Standing ...
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What's the role of “whatsoever” in this sentence?

Meanwhile, Cathy has become a prostitute at the most respectable brothel in the city of Salinas. She renames herself "Kate" and embarks on a devious – and successful – plan to ingratiate herself with ...
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I guess 'which' should be instead 'where' in these two sentences

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I read: Nose still stinging where it had hit the hearth, Harry made his way swiftly and silently toward the door, but [...] (page 49) I think the ...
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“His sight blurs in dizzy.”

His sight blurs in dizzy. What wrong with "sight blurs in dizzy"? I don't find any google result for the phrase. The context is the following: The person is old and sick, and he is walking on the ...
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Is it grammatically correct to write restrictive clauses (of the form: which … ) in this way?

The darkness, which had felt like it would last forever, gives way to dawn. The heavens open and light, which had seemed never to return, flows down. I could not help be overcome by wonder as I ...
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Is this verb usage idiomatically/grammatically correct?

For some reason, "slammed into" here sounds off to me. Does it sound OK to you? If it doesn't, please explain why. It was not uncommon for those chimpanzees to die within just a few days of ...
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Subject-verb-agreement

I'm learning English and I'm having trouble on understanding which word I should use to avoid any subject-verb agreement issue. Which one is correct? The counting of votes are easy. The ...
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Attached is a copy you've requested?

My friend wrote me this sentence and got me really confused. "Attached is the file you've requested." Is this sentence grammatically correct? Why isn't it "attached is the file you requested"? I ...
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Present perfect or not?

I have some sentences that I wanted to ask the experts here. When emailing people in present tense, do I have to use future tense in order to be grammatically correct? "You need to call me ...
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Is using 'yourselves' in this sentence grammatically correct?

Even among yourselves there will surely be differences and variances. Or should I use 'you' here?
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Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? Why?

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? Are both OK? The butler relayed to them Eugene’s instruction to use as little seasoning as possible. The butler relayed to them ...
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Tense of noticing/realizing things

When you explain to someone that you realized or noticed something at a certain point, should the realizing or noticing be past perfect or simple past or present perfect? I emailed you because I ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? (in less than … since)

Is this sentence correct? The man died in less than a month since the start of his fast.
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How should I use “go + present participle”?

I read some activities are commonly expressed in English by "go + present participle." However, I found a sentence like "Let's go ride a bike!" and I am wondering which sentence I should use. ...
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“Is it proved that …?” vs. “Has it been proven that …?”

Searching The New York Times, I found 22,100 results for "is it proved" and, therefore, I argue that that phrase is likely correct English. But on History Stack Exchange a user edited the following ...
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Use of 'still' in present continuous tense

John is still reading the book. The above sentence looks odd to me. The use of 'still' in present continuous tense is not correct I guess? Right?
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What does one refer to?

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other gold. (A Korean middle school English textbook) Does one indicate new friends or any of both: new friends or the old ones?
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stunningly at the end of a sentence

David, john and others are looking outside through the window stunningly. Here I put 'stunningly' at the end of a sentence to indicate that they look something stunned. Is this correct?
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What does an “A/an before the comparative/superlative adjectives” change in the sentence, semantincally?

What is the difference when you use a/an before comparative/superlative adjectives and when you do not use it? Does it depend on the context or is there a grammatical rule? which one is correct? For ...
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“On the flatcar” versus “on to the flatcar” versus “on to flatcar” versus “on flatcar”

Mike helps John to get on the flatcar. Mike helps John to get on to the flatcar. Mike helps John to get on flatcar. Mike helps John to get on to flatcar. Mike helps John to get ...
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Best grammar-checking software [closed]

What is the best grammar-checking software to check the grammar errors in novels and screenplays? I heard about Grammarly and Whitesmoke but I'm not sure which is good.
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“Gave me one of the recipes that were/was”?

I know this is a common question on the web, but I still wasn't sure about this particular sentence. "She gave me one of the recipes that were/was in her personal cookbook." In this sentence, I'm ...
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Is “It is I who decides.” correct?

Google Translator translates c'est moi qui decide as "it is I who decides." I'm confused about "decides" being correct, since there is I before who. Is decides right, or should decide be used?
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“Have you ever read” versus “have you never read”

"Have you ever read Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities?" he asked. (The New York Times) I don't know why, but if I wrote that question I would have used never, not ever, but, ...
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Should I use “was” or not?

I thought I was supposed to. He was served. The above two sentences are correct . Please explain me why the below sentence is wrong. What was happened to him?
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write form into cover letter [closed]

Today morning I have faced a viva-voce exam, and I did good in exam. How will I write this as formal cover-letter with 100 % Grammatically accuracy? What tense is good for mentioning this? past tense ...
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mixed functional and non-functional requirement

Some background: Functional requirement of a web service is concerned with the correctness of the web service's function, say the service will always return a number that is less than two. The non-...
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Verb tenses when using will/would?

I have a question regarding what verb tenses to use when using "will" and "would". So if I start my sentence using "will", do I need to stick to using will throughout my sentence? I was recently ...
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When and why do/does “staff” as a collective noun get plural/singular pronoun/verb?

I know that collective nouns such as staff, team, crew, and family can get both singular and plural pronouns/verbs in different situations and contexts, but my question is only about staff when used ...
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Can “relevant to” be replaced by “due to”?

In the following sentence, can "relevant to" be replaced by "due to"? Our modification addresses the problem relevant to disturbing objects attached to the main object. Our modification ...
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Correct usage of “which”

Am I using which correctly when combining the following sentences? The usage of normal vector for searching plane objects is introduced. The method is formed by seeking points representing a plane ...
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Is “in which” relevant here?

I am writing the following sentence. In contrast to the object modeling, (ABC et al., 2009) present an approach for urban object recognition using shape knowledge in which a set of features ...
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What is the difference between “can not” and “cannot”?

I have found both in texts of native English speakers but couldn't find the difference. In EL&U site people edited all my "can not" to cannot. So again I couldn't find out the matter. Which of ...
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Can the word “geek” be used as an adjective?

I'd like to know whether I should use the word "geek" as an adjective or noun?
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“Back in 2000 for example” or “for example, back in 2000”

I think the second sentence sounds nicer, but I was always taught that time should be at the beginning. So, what's right? Back in 2000 for example, I built a robot. For example, back in 2000, I built ...
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Should I use “have ” or “are” when asking the question?

Have we crossed the bridge? Are we cross the bridge? Is this your pen? Has this your pen?
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Should I use “kissed” or “kiss” in this sentence?

Should I use the simple past tense or the present tense? Would you mind very much if I kissed you? Would you mind very much if I kiss you?
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Is the structure of “a/an X kind of Y” correct? [closed]

Is this structure correct or not? An orange kind of morning is desired. Can I replace X with a noun like Europe,Japan,India etc. or not? For example: An India kind of morning is desired after ...