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

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'global role' vs 'role globally'

In a footnote at the bottom of page 123 of A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005; by Huddleston and Pullum), I found mention of a construction in which adverbs modify nouns: There is a ...
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“What is the opposite word for X?” Is the sentence correct?

I always use: What is the opposite of X ? But today I came across: What is the opposite word for X ? Are the both grammatical? Thank you.
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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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“I would hate anything to happen to her” vs. “I would hate if anything should to happen to her”

I have a question regarding the sentence found in the song "Girlfriend in a coma" by The Smiths, and the song goes: There were times when I could have strangled her But you know, I would hate ...
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past tense/present tense… which one is best in this context?

Earlier this morning, I opened the list on my computer to check: A.    ...if there was anyone I knew who had made the list. B.    ...if there was anyone I know who had ...
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“do the pair of vertical lines” or “does the pair of vertical lines”?

this is the title of this post do the pair of vertical lines in empirical entropy formula mean L1 norm? in this case, "do the pair of vertical lines" or "does the pair of vertical lines" which one ...
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on using “to denote” to define a term

I want to define few terms but not sure how to use denote. For example: We use the term XYZ to denote websites consisting of ... Is the above correct statement?
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…books that give / giving details of the topic

As a basic learner I am confused about these two sentences: I have some books that give details of the topic. I have some books giving details of the topic. Both seems to carry the same ...
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Using comma before a non-essential reduced relative clause which describes the object of the main clause

I am really confused about dangling phrases. Which sentences below are grammatically correct? I think just 1 and 4 are correct here? 1- Did you read Hamlet, which was written by William ...
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Can 'one' as a pronoun be replaced with he/she or anyother pronoun later on in the sentence?

I found the following information on Wikipedia. I want to know whether its usage is grammatically correct. (from academic perspective)
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Is it correct to use “am” in a sentence without “I”?

I am noticing the trend of people using to be (am) without the subject (I). For example: Guys, am deciding to move away from Photoshop. Can you advise other apps as alternative? Is this ...
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Can continuous form of tense be used with “for” and “since”

I want to know if it is grammatically correct to use continuous form of tense be used with "for" and "since"? For example: instead of They had been friends for six months if I say They were friends ...
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Can you help me to find out the wrong words in the brackets? Thank you ^_^

1.The factory (was closed down) (considering) the use of excessive (chemical) made the river (dries out) 2.The Maasai tribe (are) people (whom) have (wondered) throughout the world for (nearly) 1000 ...
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Use of hyphen to form a compound noun

Can we form noun phrases like: biology-studying teen cricket-playing individual If so, what would this combination of 'NOUN+ING' be called? Is it a 'noun adjunct'? Or is it a compound noun or ...
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Supposed to be.. or supposed to have/has been

He is supposed to be actor when he was younger. He is supposed to have been actor when he was younger. Which one is grammatically correct?
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What is the meaning of the sentence ( through )?

I watched the mailman put one of my letters through your door. is there any missing part in this sentence ?
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Can this sentence’s relative pronoun be omitted?

He was shackled by the remnants of guilt (which are) indissoluble with forgiveness.
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Correct usage in these examples with that

1) That day he went swimming, he left his wallet in the car. On that day he went swimming, he left his wallet in the car. 2) Then it occurred to me, I don't need to finish early. Then it occurred ...
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is this “a” a print error or an article for to emphasize “one”

my question in another SE site has been edited as following: I've searched in SE for solfege and na mes of altered notes or tones. This point seems to be cleared. But I couldn't find a about ...
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Should I use for or to in this sentence

I would like to say that method A provides great flexibility for something. I wonder how to express my sentence correctly? Method A provides great flexibility for learning English Method A leads to ...
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How to use Human beings, Mankind, people, Humans, Humankind & Human being

I had some doubt about the usage of Human beings, Mankind, people, Humans, Humankind & Human being. I noticed that there are some questions about those words in 'ELL' community, but none of them ...
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Are the suggested ellipses grammatical?

A cannot be taken as X in the same way B can be viewed as X. Which of the following ellipses are/are not grammatical? A cannot be taken as X in the same way B can be. A cannot be taken as X ...
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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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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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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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“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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Using “at least”

Which usage is correct? if none, please suggest the correct one: I have been working in this job for six months at least OR I have been working in this job for at least six months
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Is this inversion kosher? What is this kind of inversion called?

I didn't want confirmed what I suspected might be true The adjective and noun seem inverted in this sentence. Is it grammatical? What is this kind of inversion called?
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Past participles having usage as Present tense words

The word Found, apart from being the past tense of Find, has another meaning as follows(verb): Establish or originate (an institution or organization) as in "Foundation of a building" or "Founder of a ...
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“What” instead of “that/which”

I remember coming across usage of "what" in place of "that/which". Is it very old usage or some dialect, or maybe it's plain wrong? One phrase I remember a hundred percent is: The secrets what lie ...
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Does “noun + that/which” always need definite article?

My view does not apply to the relationships that are insincere. That theory does not consider the relationships in which people are insincere. Is "the" necessary in the above sentences?
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Proposals and their rule in English

Please take a look at these sentences: A: He recommends/urges (that) she goes to a doctor. B: The doctor recommended (that) he gives up smoking. C: It is essential (that) you are given your ...
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“Find they're equal”, is this correct?

Just stumble upon the headline of this article : "Mathematicians Measure Infinities, and Find They're Equal" ( Source ), and it's messing with my head. Is the usage correct? If it's up to me, I ...
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What is the antecedent in this excerpt?

Passage excerpt from a TOEFL question: "... These laws are universal in their application, regardless of cultural beliefs, geography, or climate. If pots have no bottoms or have large openings in ...
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Is this participle correctly used?

Usually when a present participle is modifying a noun, that noun is the subject of the sentence. In this sentence, the modified noun, however, isn't the subject. The sentence sounds a little ...
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Are these sentences grammatically accurate?

Half the people who are interested in me, are people I'm not interested in. Would it be grammatically correct if the above sentence was shortened to: Half the people who're interested in me, I'm ...
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is it correct to say 'I never thought that I would fall that hard for someone'?

I'm writing a speech and I want to use something like 'I never thought that I would fall that hard for someone, but I admit it, I fell so hard for you, harder than I thought I would ever do' but I don'...
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Why 'past perfect' is changed to simple past in this context?

He had served in the Army for ten years; then he retired and married. His children were now at school. As I know the past perfect is used for actions which happened before another action or time ...
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Is it correct to say “It was he I was talking about”?

Is it correct to say "It was he I was talking about"? If it isn't, how should I say that? I also suppose it would be correct to say It was he (him) who I was talking about.
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Which is the parallel structure?

The farther the sealing-wax is from the fire, the harder it is. The farther from the fire, the harder the sealing wax. I'd like to know which is the parallel structure.
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Grammatical correctness of the given sentence

Refer to the following sentence from a research article. This significantly increased complexity in muscle recruitment strategy beyond the activation as pure ankle plantar/dorsiflexors, suggests ...
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usage of article in front of 'leap year'

I have read a sentence . ''The year with an extra day is called leap year.'' I wonder why the writer did not use 'article'' in front of leap year. Please explain it to me.
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What color hair does he have?

I have a question regarding asking about hair color. Someone wrote this to me recently: There are only 2 situations when such a question is being asked: The person who was asked has many heads, each ...
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Another than, Different than

Is it correct to say: You can save images to a different folder than videos, meaning images should be stored in one folder and videos in a different folder. Or should I say: You can save ...
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Subjunctive construction involving “that”

From a prep book for GMAT: Note that you should ALWAYS just use the base form of the verb in such a subjunctive construction involving the "that" clause. Wrong: she recommended that John ...
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“but this is seriously ridiculous but i kind of knew that this might happen so now we fully understand we we stand with you guys!”

While reading a comprehension i did go through a message sent by one person to another. The first person mentions: "but this is seriously ridiculous but i kind of knew that this might happen so ...
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Is “I see my freedom restricted” correct?

Could you please tell me whether the following sentence is really grammatical and why? I see my freedom restricted.
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What is the role of “Using the laboratory” in “Using the laboratory you can …”

Or grammatically correct sentence on bottom. Using the laboratory you can filter picks by differents parameters and find a best strategy for you. If I correct understand the top sentence is ...
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Can 'to think' be an ordinary monotransitive verb?

(Per p 78, A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005), by Huddleston & Pullum) 'ordinary monotransitive' means this structure: Subject-Predicate-Direct Object-Predicative Complement. ...
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How to parse: That is {adjective} which + {verb} + {object} (1904)?

I was reading this Etymonline entry which cited the following, whose syntax confuses me: [1.] That is common which pertains equally to two or more persons or things. [2.] That is mutual which is ...