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

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it took a little time because of a great friend

I want to say i wanted to quit but i stayed a little bit longer because of her."it took a little time because of a great friend" is this grammatically correct?
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Borrow/get the wordings?

In qualitative research (e.g., thematic analysis) often multiple text extracts are grouped into a theme. The wording of the theme sometimes is based on the wordings of the original texts. To describe ...
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“Have” and “have got” in Questions

Are they correct? E.g. Group 1: informal Haven't I got to go? (Or) Haven't I got a flat in Manchester? Hasn't He got to go? (Or) Hasn't He got a flat in Manchester? Don't I have to go? (...
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Is “have traveled…twice” grammatical

Is the following usage of "have traveled ...twice" grammatical? I have traveled to Seattle twice.
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Usage of future perfect with 'by then'

What is the difference between A) By then, you will have shown what you meant to do since the beginning. B) By then, you will show what you meant to do since the beginning. Is B grammatically ...
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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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using “as far as” or “to as far as”

I have a sentence: I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go to as far as America Or I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go as far as ...
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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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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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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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“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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“This in itself (already) shows the naturality of such approach”. Should I remove “already”?

I want to say and emphasis that the situation from the previous sentence already shows the naturality of some approach. I want to write: This in itself (already) shows the naturality of such ...
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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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Follow / following on social media

I follow her on Instagram . Vs I am following her on Instagram. Which one's correct in this context ?
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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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Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

My current goal is to improve my skills in English. I’m not sure and little bit puzzled whether the grammar construction of the sentence works like that and the sentence sounds natural.
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“at the time of”, it should be at the end or at the beginning of the sentence

I'm not a native english speaker, so I have this doubt. For example I have this two sentences: At the time of taking the family picture she was next to her father Or: She was next to her father ...
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Should I have the comma inside or outside of the quote?

Example 1: The woman was looking to buy a piece of "jewelry", but she got scammed into buying a fake ring. Example 2: The woman was looking to buy a piece of "jewelry," but she got scammed ...
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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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“here's it” versus “here it's”

Which is correct? Weird is hard to spell. Here's it spelled correctly: weird. or Weird is hard to spell. Here it's spelled correctly: weird. In conversation, both seem acceptable, but on paper ...
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Using “than” as coordinating conjunction

Can than be used as a coordinating conjunction. Dictionary.com's examples of than as a conjunction makes it seem so. But all the websites I found don't have it listed as a possible coordinating ...
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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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necessary to life or necessary for life?

From Longman dictionary I see that the word necessary can be used as follows: It is necessary (for somebody) to do something. Something is necessary for (doing) something. However, I saw the ...
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Formatting of References

I arrange the references in the order of some books. My question is whether this arrangement is correct linguistically (if the reference is three names of authors, is it permissible to put a comma ...
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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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“Have to” in progressive tenses

So, are they possible if I use "have to" in progressive tenses? For examples: A. She is having to take care of her. B. She was having to have a bath. C. She will be having to walk to her school. ...
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Have and have got

So, do they have a same meaning? I'd like to know. Ex. I only have to know / I have only got to know. I only have 5 books / I have only got 5 books. I only had to read/ I had only got to read. I ...
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Have got in progressive form

Are they correct, if I use: E.g. I am/was/will be having got a car (or) I am/was/will be having got to do it. I am not/wasn't/won't be having got... Am/was/will I be having got..? Am/was/will I ...
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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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Modals with question tags

I am learning about "question tags" now, so are they correct? Examples I/she need go to school,needn't she/I? (needn't she/I go to school?). I/she needn't go to school,need she/I? (Need she/I go to ...
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“Why to use” vs “Why using”

I have written the following: Why to use "wireless networking" instead of "Wi-Fi"? and someone advised me to replace that "Why to use" by "Why using". Regarding the normative (and formal) grammar,...
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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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“Unlike” vs “contrary to”

Which sentence is correct/sounds better: He didn't want his father's sterile money—unlike this new woman, probably. He didn't want his father's sterile money—contrary to this new woman, ...
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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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Is “at the time that events occurs and in the long run” correct and does it make sense?

Is this question correct in grammar and does it even make sense, especially what is in bold? How did the world coped/dealt with oil spills at the time that events occurs and in the long run ?
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Grammatical error fixing

Please help me to choose right alternative and state the reason for choosing that. I dare not (to go/go) there now. My sister (need not go/need not to go) to Delhi in this circumstances.
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The definite article and “the first mention rule”

How strict is this rule exactly? Can one just keep using generic statements especially if they are plural? To give an example: “’Member when there weren’t so many Mexicans?” and “’Member when we ...
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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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Which should be used - “peace” or “peacefulness”?

I am reading a novel and in that I read this: I felt a sense of peace and calmness. So, I want to ask if I can put peacefulness in place of peace? If not then why? Is there any grammatical reason ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct or is there a parallel structure problem?

Under conditions where Deutsche Bank continues to hold on its balance sheet high levels of toxic derivative assets and the prospects for a serious revival of world trade and economic growth become ...
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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 ...