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Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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A parallelism between “Here come they …” and “Here comes the bus …”

A1. Hardly had they arrived ... A2. Hardly had the bus arrived ... B1. Here come they ... B2. Here comes the bus ... One can notice a parallelism between A1 and A2, and these sentences ...
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How to use “compared to”

Is the following sentence correct? This text has altered significantly compared to original version.
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“me [gerund]” or “my [gerund]” at the beginning of sentences?

A.1 The lions reacted to my singing. A.2 The lions reacted to me singing. B.1 My singing alarmed the lions. B.2 Me singing alarmed the lions. As far as I know, both A.1 and A.2 are ...
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Is “[location] welcome to” acceptable?

The song "Chałupy welcome to", about a nudist beach near the seaside village of Chałupy was the hit of summer 1985 in Poland, with catchy, positive, light text for the dark times, and fun melody. ...
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Need help with expressions like “It is going to be like this…”

Consider this expression: If you don't make an effort for this, It is going to be very difficult Instead of the expression "it is going be difficult", I want to elaborate what the repercussions ...
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May I say “may be what is the case with him is that he is going to some fancy dress competition”?

Person1: Why is he dressed up so funny? Person2: I don't know, may be what is the case with him is that he is going to some fancy dress competition. Is the second expression grammatically ...
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“I can make myself 'understood'/'understand'/'understandable'”

I don't speak acceptable English, but I can make myself understood. I don't speak acceptable English, but I can make myself understand. I don't speak acceptable English, but I can make myself ...
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Starting a sentence with a preposition

Recently I've heard someone say "Off I go." At first it sounded a bit strange, then I've realized maybe it could be a saying. Or maybe not. So here it is my question: Are there any other sentences, or ...
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Is there a grammatical rule impeding the presence of 'for' in “I have lived here 'for' all my life”?

I have lived here all my life. I have lived here for all my life. Yes, 1 is perfectly 'standard' English, but I wonder why one cannot add for to 1 before 'all my life'? Is there a grammatical ...
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Appropriate usage of “can't” and “cannot”

Are there any rules for using can't and cannot since they mean the same thing, and they are used interchangeably, but they sound weird in certain contexts?
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Grammatically right way to answer the phone

When you pick up the phone and someone asks for you, should you say "It is I" like you were an actor from a Shakespearean play or "It is me" like you had dropped middle school?
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Is it okay to say “Yes no, I don't want to”?

Is it okay to say "Yes no, I don't want to"? People seem confused by it. Is it correct? If not, why?
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“The group of fifty people {is / are} going to arrive Thursday” - which is preferred?

Isn't the following sentence grammatically correct? The group of fifty people are going to arrive Thursday. What's wrong with it? Someone said it should be The group of fifty people is going ...