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

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Can I say “It's based on .Net Framework 2.0 for more versatility”

I am asking about this phrase: "It's based on .Net Framework 2.0 for more versatility” I’m not sure which one is the best way to say something like this, and also I'm not sure this community is ...
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Why ought I not use 'hope' passively, if it has a subject?

Source: Rebecca Gowers. Plain Words (2014 ed). p. 228 Bottom.   Hope should not be used in the passive except in the impersonal phrase it is hoped. We may say [1.] "It is hoped that payment will be ...
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Correct usage of “was” in a sentence

Is this grammatically correct? Specifically, have I used the word “was” correctly? Was the second appearance of John was also in Simon's dream? If no, how can I rewrite it correctly?
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Is “one of my favorite author” correct?

Does this sounds right? I’m taking about a book I like by an author I like! One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors.. or One of my favorite books by one of my favorite author (...
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Describing a group of children - year or years, old or olds

Is this sentence correct if I describe a group of children? Children 6-7 years olds.
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It's so long vs its been so long - What's the difference?

Does this make a difference in the meaning in the following sentence if been is included before so long? Which one of it is correct? a).It's been so long since we had a meeting that I've ...
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why do we use “ realizes” instead of “realized” in this sentence

Finally, he realizes that people have gossiped about their affair and that he has brought her dishonor. I saw this sentence in Cambridge dictionary.However, I think it should be "realized" because ...
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I graduated high school vs. I graduated from high school?

Which is proper? I graduated high school or I graduated from high school
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Can explain why there is had in the sentence

I had always dreamed of going and I know how fortunate I am to have had the opportunity to do so. Can u pls explain why there is''had'' in the sentence?
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Approximation “to” or “of”

Is this statement correct for formal usage? This model is a good approximation to the data. Or, should I use This model is a good approximation of the data.
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The wallet (which was) stolen is mine

Are any of these grammatically incorrect? ‡The wallet which was stolen is mine. ‡The stolen wallet is mine. ‡‡The wallet stolen is mine. the one I quoted with ‡‡ is the sentence that my university ...
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Midway vs middle ; for vs through

Our car broke down in the midway and we had to walk for the rest of the trip. Vs Our car broke down in the middle and we had to walk through the rest of the trip. Which one of the above ...
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Are these sentences grammatically correct in formal and informal English?

I had doubts on this so I asked this on Quora and Englishforums but to my surprise they gave conflicting answers. I want to know which of these sentences are grammatically correct in formal and ...
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The police or police [duplicate]

He must have called the police. OR He must have called police. I think we use the first one when we know about a specific group of police officers which we have called and the second one, when, ...
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Use of the word would in a sentence

Is this sentence grammatically correct "After I turned 17 I would go to Italy, but at that time I was only 16"?
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Is 'The student asked to be excused the examination' grammatically correct?

I am a high school student. I just want to know that, is this statement grammatically correct? "The student asked to be excused the examination"
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Why not use “casualties” in “Small shops have been a casualty of the recession.”?

From the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: Small shops have been a casualty of the recession. "Shops" is plural here while "casualty" is singular. Any reason for that? Can I have the sentence ...
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predicate adj or noun complement?

She is determined to finish this Is the word determined a predicate adjective or a noun complement?
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Is “which is directly affecting our operational duties” correct in this sentence? Should it be “which are” instead?

Is the following sentence correct: I would like to point upcoming events in Week 19, which is directly affecting our operational duties. I think it should be "which are", and the verb affect ...
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What's is the difference between the following sentences:

What's is the difference between the following sentences: 1.if I wanted to leave, I would leave now. 2.If I had wanted to leave, I would have left by now.
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Are the tenses of verb after “was” correct when referring to past event?

I used was because I am referring to a past event, but I'm not sure if the verb form of the verbs see and speak are correct. See my sentence below: I was so happy seeing my family while I'm ...
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future perfect in the past “would have”

"The match would have started by now." Could you give me a situation we could use this sentence?
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The use of “since” in “The Empire had long since fallen to the Barbarians”

Although Justinian’s reign started inauspiciously, he still enjoyed astonishing success. Rome and Western Empire had long since fallen to the Barbarians. But he and Theodora set out to recover the ...
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At or in the mirror?

I am confused with the prepositions. Is it... looking at the mirror looking in the mirror
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Who is the direct object and who is the indirect object

In the following sentence, Who is the direct object and who is the indirect object? I know the woman in the blue dress.
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Passive voice and active voice

How can I change this sentence from active to passive without changing its structure? My student has found those words in that thesaurus.
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My intention is (to finish/to have finished) my studies by June

My intention is to finish my studies by June. My intention is to have finished my studies by June. Is it correct to say 1 or 2? If both are correct, are there any differences between them?
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“I saw him crossed the street” & “I saw him to cross the street”

My English teacher taught me that "I saw him crossed the street" was correct. But I'm not sure that the sentence is correct because I have never seen it like that in any writing. I've ever read ...
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Using 's after a word before gerunds

Can using 's after a word before gerunds be correct? In this case, the professor's behavior is high in distinctiveness and you are more likely to attribute the cause to the late student 's ...
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Which noun should I make the verb agree with in this sentence?

One set of events in Lord of the Flies that shows how William Golding is a pessimist is/are the murders of Piggy and Simon and the attempted murder of Ralph. Don't know whether to use "is" or "are." ...
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Is this “It could've been more thrilling as I was expecting something more at that time.” correct?

I have a confusion with a sentence. Is this sentence correct in grammar-article sense? "It could've been more thrilling as I was expecting something more at that time." I have confusion with "as"...
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The meaning of the mentioned sentence?

What is the meaning of the bold sentence? It seems to me that something is wrong with the sentence grammatically. Specially, is the part "which meant ..." grammatically flawed? Last year's US ...
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Let me know when you are free to discuss VS Let me know your convenient time to discuss which is right and polite

When writing an email to a person to get a time to discuss some thing, what would the correct and polite way of writing among the below two. If both are wrong then what would be the right thing to say....
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“I shall not go unless you do not accompany me” -Is this correct?

This was another sentence found in an university question paper to make correction. "I shall not go unless you do not accompany me." Is the correction to do with changing "shall" to "will" ? or ...
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Which of the given sentences are correct?

She didn't make any effort to catch the train. She didn't put any effort to catch the train. She didn't make an effort to catch the train. She didn't put in any effort to catch the train. ...
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Is “Out of nowhere” a negative?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? It did not come out of nowhere, Michael. As I know, we can't use two negatives in the same sentence. Can I use this sentence at IELTS Writing Task 2, where ...
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Use of would had been

Read below the sentences My wish would had completed. If I would had been to London. Are they grammatically correct? What's the use of "would had" in them? Do both the following sentences ...
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“My X is to be Y-ing Z” Is this gramatically correct?

For example: "My goal is to be leading a team of people that are skilled in construction." Is this gramatically correct or not? edit: I know "My goal is to lead a team" is better, but is the above ...
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Is “have been enjoying” correct in “Since they were very young, the children have been enjoying…” ?

I am wondering whether the sentence below is right: Since they were very young, the children have been enjoying travelling by plane. Have been enjoying is appropriate here? Or any other more ...
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Using verb after class of [plural]

I have the following sentence: These files are often vulnerable to a class of viruses known as xx viruses which targets their structure format. The word targets refers to the class of viruses. ...
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What is the plural of a

What is the plural of word "a" ..can we. Say, we have spent a beautiful night with friends for three days.
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Is “It's the worst thing we can do before we went to sleep” correct?

I heard (and read on subtitles) the sentence in a TED talk. I think the sentence should be "It's the worst thing we can do before we go to sleep" and I don't understand why the past tense of go is ...
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“What do you mean (by)” without by?

Is it possible to say: What do you mean "Internet"? or What do you mean: "Internet"? instead of What do you mean by "Internet"?
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usage of unless when we need double negation in if-clause

Once I thought it was wrong to use not after unless, but then I found the following example on the internet: I cannot go to the cinema unless I don’t go to the restaurant. And now I'm trying to ...
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“This is my job on the line.” Is it grammatical?

I have seen/heard this several times, for instance: This is my job on the line, and you are gonna talk to me. (Movie Glengarry Glen Ross) [A]nd it is my job on the line, and hers too. (a book) ...
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“Don't let him to mislead you” vs “Don't let him mislead you”

I have some questions about these statements: Don't let him to mislead you Don't let him mislead you Are both of the sentences correct? If both are interchangeable, which one sounds more ...
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“How close are you to your goal?” vs. “How close to your goal are you?”

I tried searching for an answer but I'm not sure what the underlying concept is and thus am not having much luck with my searches.
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When to use “leads into” [closed]

When using "lead", when to use "into" and when to use "to". For example: The implementation vulnerability leads the machine into using a weaker mode OR The implementation vulnerability leads ...
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“help identifying” or “in identifying”

I have the following sentence which contains couple of sentences that I have doubts in, namely: the classification has the potential for serving as a useful tool in devising a usability ...
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Which structure is grammatically correct

Which one of the following is grammatically correct? the three lesson unit the three lessons unit Also mention whether the the correct structure is a dependent clause, independent clause or a ...