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

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Usage of connecting phrases like “because of”

What type of connecting phrase makes my sentence clearer and more grammatically correct? (At the moment, I'm using because of.) It is reasonable to conclude that the negative contribution done by ...
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Does further explanation help to clarify statements?

Let us say that I am explaining the reason behind something: This occurs because of a disparity in globally utilized parameters, since they are isolated from objects’ local conditions. Here, ...
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Difference between “Let someone taste” and “Have someone taste”

I tried a new recipe for coming guests. After cooking I let my sister taste it. Can I also say, "I had my sister taste it"? I don't know the difference of these two sentences in terms of meaning. Is ...
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Dropping a preposition

Uncle Vernon made another funny noise, like a mouse being trodden on. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) Can on at the end of the sentence be dropped?
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When describing a ratio, should 'between' or 'of' be used?

When describing a ratio, should ratio between or ratio of be used? Example: The ratio between floor area of smallest rectangle to the enclosed contour area of a polygon is tested with a defined ...
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usage of although

I am trying to learn how to use although. Is the sentence below correct? Although, low vegetation being portrayed as buildings is restricted by the elevation constraint, some vegetation patches ...
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What does 'should' serve in “It is also important that we 'should' say no”?

It is also important that we should say no to wrong. And if there is something going wrong we must have the confidence to say that this thing is going wrong, and we must raise our voice. (The ...
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Is the adverbial in the sentence in the right place?

The institution name I used was "Institution name". Is the "I used" in the right place in the sentence?
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In the sentence “How did John do?”, should the verb “do” be replaced with “does”?

While giving my exam online, there was a comparison with John. There I found one sentence: How did John do? Is it right grammatically? I think John is one person so does should be used. Please ...
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Is it wrong to say “You are smarter than me”?

You are smarter than me. You are smarter than I am. Is there any difference between these two? One of my friends told me first sentence is wrong, but the second one is correct. But he could not ...
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“Neither”, “none”, “no one” + [of them] + verb-s

In a comment on English Language & Usage I read the following answer responding to a(n) asker's question: "Neither sound natural." I have always had more than one doubt on the "neither" usage and ...
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How to ask someone when they will submit their work in an e-mail

In brief, I want to write an e-mail inquiring an agency as when will they submit the work. This is what I have written. I am not quiet sure whether it is the proper way of writing the mail. I would ...
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Is this sentence grammatically wrong?

Had Nick been here on time, we would not have missed the train. [Introduction] Had Nick been here on time, we would not miss the train. Is the second sentence grammatically wrong, or are the two ...
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“God only knows” vs. “Only God knows”

One can say only God knows in reference to some mystery only an omniscient being would know, or for those who prefer their oaths minced, heaven knows or goodness knows or lord knows. The inverted ...
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Do you work or are you a student?

If someone is asked the question below, Q: Do you work or are you a student? A: Neither. I had a job couple of months ago, but I lost it because... does this answer above sound correct?
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“aged X” vs. “age X”

Should it be "aged 85" or "age 85", when you want to indicate someone's age?
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Correctness of shaded-yellow

As shown in picture below, can I say state 13 is in shaded-yellow circle?
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Regarding modified and modifying

Component services could behave differently after modifying by service providers. Is modifying correct? Can we use modified here?
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Sentence combinations and word choice

Is it correct to say "A world with no borders, no time and no place."? Why do I get the feeling that "boundaries" is a better word choice in this case? Also is it better to say "A world without ...
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“To go to buy” or “to go buy”?

When I spoke with a friend of mine, I had noticed she used sentences similar to "I need to go buy food." Is it correct to say "to go buy," or should I say "to go to buy"? I know that I could say "...
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Using “ought” in a question: “Ought I celebrate?” or “Do I ought to celebrate?”

How do I ask a question using ought? Ought I congratulate him? (like in this post) But I ought to congratulate is easily turned into Do I ought to congratulate, just like I have congratulate becomes ...
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How should I ask a barber the fee of a haircut?

I'm struggling as to which one of these two sentences is right. If neither, then what is the right sentence? How much is the fee for a haircut? How much do you charge for a haircut?
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What's wrong with 'the students' cheating displeased themselves'?

The students’ cheating displeased themselves. It seems to make sense, but a book says it’s ungrammatical. I can’t find any reason for it. What’s wrong with the sentence?
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Can I say “I am your age” when speaking to somebody who has my same age?

In Italian, I would say ho la tua età (litterally, "I have your age") Since in English it is "I am twice your age," I guess it is one of those cases where Italian uses avere ("to have") while English ...
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Doesn't it need to be changed into 'when our story starts from'?

When Mr. and Mrs. Dursley woke up on the dull, gray Tuesday our story starts, there was nothing about the cloudy sky outside to suggest that strange and mysterious things would soon be happening ...
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Why is “Mary told the cake to be cut by John” ungrammatical?

Mary told the cake to be cut by John. A textbook says that this example is ungrammatical, but it seems to make sense to me: where does the sentence have its fault?
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“leave us kids alone”

From the lyrics to Another Brick in the Wall: What is the grammatical construct in leave us kids alone or leave them kids alone? Teachers leave them kids alone. Hey teacher leave us kids alone ...
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Is it uncommon to end a sentence with a contraction?

I tried to persuade X to go, but I couldn't. I came across someone writing a sentence ending in a contraction, similar to the one above, and someone else saying that it's uncommon, and that "but I ...
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“I see / can see / am seeing an aeroplane / a camel flying”

These sentences refer to a real situation: A1. I see an aeroplane flying. A2. I can see an aeroplane flying. A3. I am seeing an aeroplane flying. These, however, refer to a hallucination: ...
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Constructing sentences with “both”

A1. I was both unhappy with your work and your time keeping. A2. I was unhappy with both your work and your time keeping. B1. We were both unhappy with your work and your time keeping. ...
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“bigger” vs. “more big”

As we know, comparatives compare two things. So, for example, we say that one thing is larger or more temperate than another thing. Now, let us consider the following examples. A. The African ...
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Comparing “more than” and “more than what”

Google Search shows 765,000,000 results for "more than what". So, assuming that A is "standard" English, I wonder if B is really acceptable, or not. A. I love English more than others do. B. I ...
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Analysing the “kind(s) of problem(s) are [ones]/[to be]” construction

A. These kinds of problem are to be avoided. B. These kind of problems are to be avoided. Are both A and B grammatical? If not, why not? If so, after having noticed the parallelism between A and ...
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'[preposition] whom' vs. '[preposition] who' vs. 'who … [preposition]' [duplicate]

A1. To whom were you speaking? A2. To who were you speaking? A3. Who were you speaking to? B1. They asked to whom I was speaking. B2. They asked to who I was speaking. B3. ...
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Can pronouns be used if who it is referring to is clear from the context?

Consider these sentences: John and Bill met at the airport. He invited him to his home. One cannot make out who invited whom. However: John and Mary met at the airport. He invited her to his ...
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That vs Which and comma usage in this sentence [duplicate]

A1. The dogs, which barked in the night-time, did not recognize the thief. A2. The dogs which barked in the night-time did not recognize the thief. B1. The dogs, that barked in the night-...
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About the sentence “Do you have any idea”

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? Do you have any idea to prove it? Do you have any idea how to prove it? Do you have any idea about proving it?
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Choosing between “who have” or “with”

Which of the following sentences is correct (if any)?: 1) a man with a green card can enter. 2) men with green card can enter. 3) men with green cards can enter. 4) All men who have ...
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“asked” as past tense and “asked” as past participle

Residents asked for comments on Lydney Area Action Plan Baseline Report. Last summer the Treasury Department asked for comments on fixes to—or outright elimination of–the use-it-or-lose-it rule ...
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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?