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

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“Four is better” vs “Four are better”. Which one is correct?

I want to write: One cake is good, but 4 {is,are} better! Which one ("are" or "is") should I use? Looking at examples online it seems that both are acceptable. So here are my ...
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Structure for “you'll be the first to get informed”

You'll be the first to get informed. Is this sentence structure correct? May I use either "informed" or "notified" here?
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math book typo in “Work out the size of the angle the second hand of the clock turns through in 55 seconds.”

I have a math book in which there this question : "Work out the size of the angle the second hand of the clock turns through in 55 seconds." Is that sentence correct? Why there is not a &...
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Preposition usage with “system”, or a circumstance

As a programmer, my job frequently asks me to write reports. I'm confused about the usage of prepositions with “system” and other circumstance terms. For instance, which should it be? … ...
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Is there a 'generic we' in English?

Some languages around the world use the generic we instead of English's preferred one or you. I have noticed that some people, when asking questions on this site (EL&U although the same principle ...
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Why 'to bid fair' and NOT 'to bid fairness'?

ODO: bid fair to {archaic or literary} = Seem likely to Am I right that 'fair' has never been a noun meaning 'fairness'? fair {noun} lists only 'A beautiful woman.' as one archaic meaning, which's ...
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Is that sentence grammatically correct?

I came across the sentence below: ”Honestly, I thought everything went wrong and I will have to take the test again.” Or should it be written this way: ”Honestly, I thought everything went wrong and I ...
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How can I say this?

In this list of phrases, which sounds most natural or most natural and grammatically correct? Did anybody saw in the news this week about the plane which was hijacked? Has anybody seen in the news ...
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Here be the plan vs Here is the plan [duplicate]

Consider these two sentences when some is gonna demonstrate the plan: Here is the plan Here be the plan What is the difference between them? Is the second sentence grammatically ok?
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“Such a good day!” Is this gramatically correct? Is it a complete sentence?

"Such a good day!" "Such a bad question!" Are these gramatically correct? What about this: " Such a warm feeling reading this post! " I wonder whether they are ...
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Saying “for someone/something to” instead of “in order for someone/something to”

I have heard native English speakers say, "for someone/something to" instead of "in order for someone/something to". It sounds kind of informal to me and I feel like it might even ...
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Tenses for narrating past and future event

I'm confused with the choice of tenses when it comes to narrating past and future event. Do we still have access to the gym after the membership ends? The membership is ending but has not ended. ...
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Usage of a continuous time expression in a past simple sentence

Consider the following sentence: "The student did not come to the class for a long, long time." Can a continuous time expression "for a long time" be used in this case, where past simple ("… did ...
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The usage of past perfect

Can you please tell me whether or not it is pertinent to use pluperfect tense here: I thought that more time than that had passed. Is the sentence grammatically correct? To give you a context: I ...
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In the sentence “You should brush your teeth before going to school but after waking up” is the “but” necessary? If yes, then why?

Let's consider two versions of a sentence: You should brush your teeth before going to school but after waking up. You should brush your teeth before going to school after waking up. My intuition is ...
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Sentence concering unreal time

Can you please explain to me why this following sentence uses Past Perfect when we have a hypothetical current situation? From what I read when we have sentences with Supposing/Imagine (functioning as ...
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What is the difference between “high-pitched” and “high-pitch”

I have noticed many compound adjectives with an "ed" ending, such as "snowed-under" or "three-legged". It looks a bit weird since I have also saw words like "high-price" and "high-quality" in some ...
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Will vs would in the following question [duplicate]

What's the difference between: "I would go on a walk with my friend tonight. " "I will go on a walk with my friend tonight. "
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Is the sentence “This whiteboard won't erase” grammatically correct?

I often see such phrases, and I am wondering whether they are strictly grammatically correct or not. It seems to me that the subject is "whiteboard" and the verb is "erase", which ...
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Is the sentence 'I can be doing the work' correct?

Suppose, I am doing a work. I am having the ability to do the work. Can we say: I can be doing the work. Is the structure can+be+present participle correct? Again, suppose, I have done a work. Can we ...
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The ETA to close (down) the task is the first of January - which version is grammatically sound?

Which of the following sentences is grammatically sound? The ETA to close the task is the first of January The ETA to close down the task is the first of January. What difference does it make if I ...
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The use of “follow through”

I was making preps for a coming exam and this suddenly came to me: Can I say "I am that kind of person who always follows through once I make a promise"? Thanks
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Difference between 'can' and 'could'

Could/can any native english speaker tell me what the difference between 'can' and 'could' in the following sentences is. And, are they interchangeable in the following context? What Difference do the ...
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Is “system in placed” an idiom in English?

They have a system in placed to .... They have a system in place to .... I have always used in placed without any second thoughts. Someone just pointed out to me that "in placed" is wrong. ...
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Comparative illusion - Why is it ungrammatical?

I read that the sentence: "More people have been to Russia than I have" is a comparative illusion and in particular ungrammatical. I do not understand which grammatical rule(s) it violates (...
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Complications regarding use of 'by then'

Is this sentence grammatically correct? When I was last there, he hadn't arrived by then. Should 'by then' be used if a sentence already has 'when'? And if it can't be used, then what would be the ...
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“This is the one encyclopedia upon which I can depend.” Can I put the proposition 【upon】 at the end of the sentence?

"This is the one encyclopedia upon which I can depend." Can I put the proposition 【upon】 at the end of the sentence? That is" This is the one encyclopedia which I can depend upon."...
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The morning rain clouds up my window

In the song Thank You, Dido sings: My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I got out of bed at all. The morning rain clouds up my window, and I can't see at all. And even if I could, it would all be ...
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Plural or Singular form for fruit names

I have a question regarding fruit names. When writing about fruit, I'm confused about which form I should use – singular or plural. I'm not even sure if they are actually count nouns or mass nouns or ...
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Countable nouns with a/an and the

Task (Put in a/an or the.) I saw ... accident this morning. ... car crashed into ... tree. ... driver of ... car wasn’t hurt, but ... car was badly damaged. Answer I saw an accident this morning. A ...
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More than one tenses in a single sentence

I came across situations where mixed tenses were spoken by the speaker that confuses me. Following is the example, If we were to call the server every five seconds, we will probably end up with a ...
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Is the tense correct in “I was talking about you for 2 years.”?

Once I've watched a video when reporter said to sportsman who hadn't been participating for 2 years, "I was talking about you for 2 years". Does the reporter use the tense correctly? As far ...
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Can I add many verbs after “Do not”?

Can I write many verbs after "Do not". For example: Do not eat, catch and buy blue crabs. Is the above sentence correct?
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Usage of '' it '' in a sentence

I wonder if i can use '' it '' and verb+ing in the sentences below. I know that ''it'' can be used between verb and adjctive . Can use it in the same way in sentences below? 1) I left it as legacy to ...
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Grammaticality of “a list is added an Item”?

Using the word given as a past participle in the following sentence is, presumably, correct: A person is given a gift Can we use the past participle form of the word added in the same way in the ...
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Which is ‘more correct’: “It has been a month since you graduated” or “It has been a month since you ʜᴀᴠᴇ graduated”?

I am unsure on whether to use or to omit the word have in a particular sentence: It has been a month since you graduated. It has been a month since you have graduated. I believe that it may be ok ...
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much more relate/more relate

Can I use the following sentence constructions: I much more relate to A than to B or should I say I more relate to A than to B ?
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“Families let their children play games” or “Families let their children TO play games” [duplicate]

I forgot to write "to" in my test, but I am not sure if it's still okay. So can you help me please? The sentence I wrote: Families let their children play games. What I was supposed to ...
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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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Why is the verb after the words “better” and “rather” always singular (no s)? [duplicate]

I don’t know what word type these belong to (are they adverbs?). I notice that the verbs after these two words are always singular verbs even though the pronoun is a singular pronoun. The following is ...
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Choosing a grammatical but better modifier

I have two sentences and I hope anyone can take a look. Having carried out the experiment several times, the scientists finally succeeded in developing a new vaccine. Carrying out the experiment ...
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Can a prepositional phrase be a subject?

Is a prepositional phrase acceptable as a subject ? I got this grammar book yesterday, need not to mention its author Book title ( Whose grammar book is this anyway? ) On page 25 I found this: (words ...
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have already taken vs already taken

Can simplify have already <past participle> to already <past participle> e.g., are the following sentences both grammatical and idiomatic (with and without have) I've already taken the ...
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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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Can Past Simple and Past Perfect be used in combination this way?

I found this sentence in Persuasion by Jane Austen: Till he came and had examined the child, their apprehensions were the worst for being vague; they suspected great injury, but knew not where; but ...
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Does this vs Is this (grammar)

Can someone explain to me the grammatical rule for these examples: Does this belong to you? - correct Is this belongs to you? - wrong and Does this mean I am right? - correct Is it mean I am right? ...
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Regarding “have a say on this”

Is the following sentence grammatical, the context is when we want the boss to comment on something the team has decided: Does John have a say on this?
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I [haven't]/[hadn't] seen him for a long time so I [have] decided

CONTEXT: John is my friend. I'm in his house right now (we've been talking for about 20 minutes). My other friend calls me and asks me: "Where are you?" I say: "I'm in John's house at ...
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take time to do something / doing something

While in New York he took time to visit some friends. This is an example of the phrase take time to do something from Longman Dictionary. My question is, can we also say While in New York he took ...
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Difference between Gerund “verb + ing” and “having + past participle”

Can anyone explain what is the difference between these form of the gerund? He published his first book after having returned from Africa. He published his first book after returning from Africa. ...

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