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

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“He is go to school” grammatical error

I have a sentence, He is go to school. and although He, is and go, all are in singular form. I am not sure why He is going to school sounds more accurate than He is go to school. Can anyone suggest ...
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To change or not to change the tense? [duplicate]

I think that I have understood the simplest cases of indirect speech: She said that she was hungry. She said that she had waited for me. But what about indirect speech introduced in a complex ...
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Confused with the use of the phrases [closed]

I am confused with the use of the following phrases. Which usage is correct? won in the semi-final/ won the semi-final
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How to use “to be”

I saw a quote that goes, "Here's to new beginnings. To all we can't see yet. Surrendering to who we're just about to be." Why did they add "to be" at the end of the sentence?
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Using “moved by” in a positive sentence

From google search, it seems to me that "moved by something" is used in negative sentences, like expressing sadness or sympathy sue to something. Can "moved by" used in positive sentences to mean ...
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the use of the phrase 'interested for his school to create'

I ran across a sentence. I don't understand the usage in it. Can the phrase 'for + noun + to-infinitive' follow 'interested'? The sentence is: But, there were not enough students interested for his ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to say “I speak a bit German”?

Do they all mean the same? I speak a bit German I speak a little bit of German I speak German a bit. I speak some German. I speak a little German. I have been told 1 is incorrect. I am trying to ...
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'Next' what is it?

Next from English Grammar Today "is an adjective, an adverb or a pronoun" As a pronoun, it can be used with or without 'the'. In Oxford Dictionaries it is called a ‘noun’ and use of the article is ...
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Consider them to be smart…but Say them to be smart?

If we can say: He is considered (to be) smart. We consider him (to be) smart. By the same token, I have also heard: We think him (to be) smart or think him dead. It is also correct to say: He is ...
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What tenses should these sentences be? [closed]

How do they exchange their languages in the past when we all didn’t have any dictionary ? And How did they exchange their languages in the past when we all didn’t have any dictionary ? And these ...
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matching the verb form with complicated subjects

I recently came across a sentence: The second class of disparates have more to do with the particular foibles of the aperture involved. Here, the verb is in plural form, I guess, in relation to ...
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the place of objects in a sentence

Usually people say "make something difficult". But, like how you can both say "turn the light off" and "turn off the light", can you also say "make difficult something"? For example, apparently ...
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Is “I don't like girls smoking” a correct sentence?

I have two questions: 1. To express the same meaning as "I don't like girls who smoke." can I say "I don't like girls smoking."? It sounds kind of odd to me but I think it is not wrong. 2. ...
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which preposition should go with attractive

Normally, people say "I'm attracted to her", "She is attractive to me" to convey that "she is an attractive person". Not that the two words are all that closely related, but attractive seems to be ...
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Using plurals of scientific words regarding events

Mostly people say "too much apoptosis can lead to cancer" or "too much photosynthesis". However would it be wrong to say "many apoptoses" or "too many a apotosis" or "too many apoptoses"? The first ...
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Full stops inside quotes in a list

Consider a list of quotes like this one: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”, “Remove the beam in your eye before worrying about the mote in others’.”, down to “Before you accuse me, ...
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Can a prize “increase”?

I have a mobile app that runs tournaments with cash prizes. I want to add a sentence which I'm not sure it's correct grammatically: The prize increases every time one of your friends join. Can a ...
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Difference between wear makeup and put on makeup [duplicate]

Do the following sentences have the same meaning? She put on makeup. She wore makeup.
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correct using of “nor”

When should I use nor? For example, this sentence: We do not gather any private nor personal details. Is nor here correct? is using or also correct?
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Using “versus” in a title

I use capital letters in the first word of titles except (the, in, on, etc.). I am now using the word versus in a title. does the first letter needs to be capitalized Method-A Versus Method-B or ...
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Difference between `Must` and `Must be` in a sentence

Which one of these lines is correct? After close browser, session must be expire. and After close browser, session must expire. Actually, what's the difference between the usage of Must be and ...
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Is it right to say “I keep telling my mom even though she is sleep”? [closed]

Is it right to say: I keep telling my mom even though she is sleep I don’t know if it soun weird or unnatural to say it by the grammarical structure
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Which verb should be used, is or was?

According to the sequence of tenses in the following sentence, which should be used, 'is' or 'was'? She got a well-paid job as she is/was proficient in both English and Chinese.
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Should I use “As of” or “Up to” or “Until”? [closed]

Which of these form can I use to submit presentation? This is the presentation as of Jun 30, 2018. This is the presentation until Jun 30, 3018. This is the presentation up to Jun 30, 2018. ...
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Use of “it” in the following sentence

Do I need it in the following sentence? I am not that sure about it. A coin has two sides. It takes both to flip it.
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Should this sentence use “could”, or “managed to”?

In this sentence: I looked very carefully, and I ________ see someone in the distance. Is the missing word "could", or "managed to"? I have been told the correct answer is "could", but I think ...
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connect to or connects to

Which one is correct? the client connect to the server Or the client connects to the server Since client is singular, I assume there should be s after the verb. But the following to makes ...
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Is it acceptable to rewrite the sentence in 'it-cleft'?

Is it acceptable to rewrite the folowing sentence in 'it-cleft'? The workers haven't had a holiday for ages. It is for ages that the workers haven't had a holiday.
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Why is there no indefinite article before the word hall?

The usage of the word 'hall' listed in ODO sounds a bit odd to me and I can't wrap my head around how it could be grammatical. hall [british]: A university building containing rooms for students ...
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Would him or his go for this sentence? [duplicate]

I came across the following sentence in a workbook: There was a possibility of ... (he) going to England. The book says the answer is his, not him. Would him be grammatically incorrect? If so, ...
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Can I be “a few players short”?

I was discussing a topic on English usage and found conflicting opinions on the following: Our team is a few players short. or We are a few players short. One opinion was that this is not ...
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“may not only be” or “may not be only”

Which one of the two is correct? Doing something may not only be a personal decision, but also a business decision Or Doing something may not be only a personal decision, but also a ...
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Use of simple present vs. present perfect to announce something

"The car is sold for thirty thousand euros," the auctioneer said. Vs "The car has been sold for thirty thousand euros," the auctioneer said. Also You are fired. Vs You have been fired....
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Can I rewrite the sentence with 'are'? [closed]

I read a sentence in a book. In the sentence, 'you' and 'is' have been used together. Can I rewrite it with 'are'? The real you is inside of you.
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Been to America three times/for three times

I have been to America three times. Vs I have been to America for three times. Is for necessary here? Or is the use of preposition futile here?
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when do I use “do / does + base verb ” & “base verb + s ,es , ies” for instance , ( does use) & (uses)?

I am always confused when it comes to this type of sentence: she does use her car rarely. she uses her car rarely. So, what is the difference?
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Is it correct to use 'you'?

Can we use the subject 'you' for emphasis in the imperative? Don't you learn the lessons by heart! Don't you forget it!
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Chance For me to

Would you please give me one more chance to prove my worth to you? Vs Would you please give me one more chance for me to prove my worth to you? Vs Would you please give me one more chance so ...
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after something is done

I just need to check with you. Is this sentence correct as it does not sound familiar to me. After the scan is done, we analyse the results. What I want to say is after some task "scan" is finished, ...
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Why is “Me help him out?” grammatical?

I found this sentence while I was looking up the word "perish": What? Me help him out? Perish the thought. Shouldn't it be the following? What? I help him out? Perish the thought.
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Slept 6 hrs vs slept for 6 hours

I woke up at 8 today, that means I slept for only 6 hours last night. Vs I woke up at 8 today, that means I slept only 6 hours last night. Sleep vs sleep for? Which one is correct? I often ...
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Meeting ex girlfriend after ages, feeling/feels awkward

I am meeting my ex girlfriend after ages today. What does this sentence mean? Does it mean, I am yet to meet her today or does that mean that she is with me right now. And also, could anybody ...
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To see vs Seeing

It felt really nice seeing all the things fall together into place. Vs It felt really nice to see all the things fall together into place. Is this just an infinite- gerund thing ? Or are the ...
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Strolling Around In vs Strolling around

I like strolling around cities that I travel to. Vs I like strolling around in the cities that I travel to. Is in necessary here or is strolling around itself self sufficient ?
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When I was there, I sunbathed a lot [duplicate]

When I was in Sharm El-Sheikh, I ______ a lot A) Have sunbathed B) Was sunbathing C) Would sunbathe D) Sunbathed This sentence was in Egypt's General Secondary Education English exam (12/6/...
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If vs If used with OR NOT

I don't know if she loves me. Vs I don't know if she loves me or not. Could we use only if in the above sentences, without the use of "or not"? What's the difference in their meaning?
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Sure Vs For Sure , the difference

Could I please borrow your pen ? Ans: yeah sure ! Vs Could I please borrow your pen ? Ans: Yeah, for sure! What's the difference between Sure and For Sure ??!? I think, sure means - okay And ...
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According to the context, which is grammatically correct? [closed]

According to the context, which is correct, #1 or #2? Donald Trump was elected President. He is the 45th President of the United States. Donald Trump was an elected President. He is the 45th ...
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To vs For ; their usages and comparisions

He is extremely important to me. Vs He is extremely important for me. The low expectations that the english fans had from their team proved out to be a blessing to the team. Vs The low ...
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Introduced us to humanity Vs Introduced Humanity to us

We were introduced to the concept of humanity by Ron. Vs The concept of humanity was introduced to us by Ron. What's the difference? Introduce us to humanity vs introduce humanity to us? Which ...