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

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“She does what she wants” Is this sentence correct?

As with 'does' the 's' with verb infinitive is removed,so it should be 'want' at the end, but I am confused if 'what' changes the rule here and the sentence is correct...
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Can the NP be 'adjectival' in function?

I think the following two sentences have the same meaning : Your shirt is of the same colour as John's. In this sentence, the PP ("of the same colour") modifies the NP ("Your shirt"). Here ...
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Present perfect vs present continuous and grammaticality

I have been listening to this song on repeat for the last couple of months and I still haven't got tired of it. I've been listening to this song on repeat over the last few months and i still haven't ...
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Grammaticality of the 'clause' after semicolon

In Wikipedia I found the sentence: The poem is well-known for its departure from Owen's famous style of including disturbing and graphic images in his work; the poem instead having a more soothing, ...
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Can “Not everyone can love you” be used in this situation?

Can: "Not everyone can love you" be used to mean: "It's impossible for you to be loved by everyone: there will always be some people out there who hate you" ?
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Reason behind his getting married to Rinky vs. reason behind him getting married to Rinky [duplicate]

Which one is more accurate? (1) Rocky's new job was reason behind him getting married to Rinky. (2) Rocky's new job was reason behind his getting married to Rinky. Explain which one of these is more ...
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Reason behind his getting married vs. reason behind him getting married [duplicate]

Which one is more accurate ? (1) Tony's mother was reason behind him getting married to Nancy. (2) Tony's mother was reason behind his getting married to Nancy. Can you describe me which one of these ...
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“I would not X if I didn't Y” vs “I would not X if had not Yed”

What are any differences between these two conditionals in their grammaticality, meaning, connotation, and formality? I would not be writing to you so soon to ask about my interview result if I did ...
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Usage of “Like” vs “As”

In the following sentence: Dogs are not so wild like the wolfs or the lions are. Is using "like" in comparative grammatically correct here, or should it be "as" instead, when basically two things ...
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Regarding “any chance to …”

Hi Jack, any chance to try on the new method I proposed? Is the sentence above grammatic and idiomatic?
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that can do the fixing [closed]

Hi all, our master bedroom toilet Glassdoor fall off on one side, any one has suggested contractor that can do the fixing? May I know is the above sentence grammatical and idiomatic?
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the problem that…falling off

Has Jack told you the problem that the door at our master bed room toilet falling off? Has Jack told you the problem that the door at our master bed room toilet was falling off? May I know are ...
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beat up or beaten up

Without an audience Gandhi would have just been some guy who goes around getting beat up a lot ? My question is : Is 'beat up' grammatically sound or it should have been 'beaten up' and WHY? Thank ...
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Confused about this participle

He entered the room smiling. I think the participle 'smiling' acts here as an adverb. When he entered he was smiling. I saw him smiling. Here the participle 'smiling' acts as adjective when we ...
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What does “You are starting” mean?

I'm studying English at BUSUU and there's a sentence below that's confusing me. You are starting your journey to improve your English in our B1 Intermediate course! What does "You are starting" ...
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*Bend at knees* what does that mean?

(Bend at knees) what does that mean?
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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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Can a result clause come before a conditional clause when “if” is omitted?

Quote from here: http://www.englishbaby.com If I were you, I would call her. --------> Were I you, I would call her. If I had known, I wouldn't have done it. ---------> Had I known, I ...
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“Everything I did were+the+plural noun” VS “Everything I did was+adjective”

"Everything I did were the things possible for me to do." VS "Everything I did was wrong." Are both of them correct?
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Is “Made heavy use of [X] principles.” grammatically correct?

Developed a mobile app that performs [something]. Made heavy use of [X] principles. Is the use of "made heavy use of [X] principles" grammatically correct? Can one make heavy use of some principles?...
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Which one is gramatically correct

Actually, I am writing a story. I have to explain the poverty of a family. So please let me know which one is the grammatically correct and reasons behind them, in the following two statements. ...
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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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Does “were carried” have a passive structure, or is “carried” simply an adjective in this text?

At Hit the rolling Assyrian plain had come to an end, and the invading army had entered upon the low alluvium of Babylonia, a region of great fertility, intersected by numerous canals, which in some ...
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What is the meaning of “such as” in this sentence? [closed]

No difficulties had delayed the invaders but such as Nature had interposed to thwart them.
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Merely copying in this or that dictionary definition 'does not an answer make'

In one of my answers, I had only copy-pasted definitions from a dictionary so the moderator commented on my post and said: Merely copying in this or that dictionary definition does not an answer ...
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Is 'still wasn't able to' correct in this context?

Kindly, consider the following situation: The question says: Complete the following with was / wasn’t able to. The context says: A man said: ‘In my garden, there is a heavy stone, I tried to lift it ...
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Can I say “name after the first letter”?

there. I would like you guys to answer this question. Let s say, I had a dog named "Camila". After she passed away I got a new dog. (This dog is a male.) I want to give him a name beginning with ...
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“I want you succeed in life”

I want you succeed in life. Is the above sentence correct? It sounds grammatical if we think of the sentence as 'I want that you succeed in life' and take 'that you succeed in life' as the object of ...
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Confused about the structure of the sentence

Let's look at the sentences. These are the things to sell. These are the things to be sold. Which one is correct? The first one sounds good. It seems that in the first sentence we are talking ...
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Things to sell vs things to be sold

Let's look at the sentences. These are the things to sell. These are the things to be sold. Which one is correct? The first one sounds good. It seems that in the first sentence we are talking ...
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Can I say “go in the direction the voice came from”?

Let's say When I walked in the park, I heard a cat was meowing. So I tried to look for that cat. I'd like to explain this situation like "I went in the direction the voice came from." Does it make ...
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An exam of French?

Is it grammatically correct to say "An exam of French". Or should I say "A French exam"? I tried to google it, it gives a few results, but a lot were found in languages learning forum from non ...
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usage of 'neither.. nor', 'not…or' and 'not… nor'

Are these sentences grammatical?  I neither usually wake up at 6 am, nor do I like to wake up at 5 am. We neither wear the same clothes, nor do we eat the same food. We don't wear the ...
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Grammaticality: 'Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something'

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something — Plato I didn't understand this quote. How do you understand this? Shouldn't there be a verb after 'fools'?...
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Another usage of “from which” in this case?

...or like our young student, they have what is called a mental calendar from which they can pull details about almost any date. (The source: https://youtu.be/43JDG0E5k4U?t=212) Could the "from ...
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Put up at vs. put up in

Consider the following examples: 1. We put up at a hotel in the city centre. 2. We put up in a hotel in the city centre. To me, the first example sounds better than the second one. Can we use the ...
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Yesterday was the lawn mowed

I've just learnt about inversion and I'm not sure if it can be used in sentences which are in present simple or past simple. Can the two following sentences I made be inverted? Original sentence: ...
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pseudo-sentence after a preposition

Is there a topic covering the sentences' type? What about last one as well? As you see, "being" is used after preposition in lieu of am/is/are. How come? Now, think about everything being recorded. ...
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Principles give pactitioners of the method added confidence OR Principles give TO pactitioners of the method added confidence

While speaking with a native speaker, she commented that I was constantly using the preposition TO in a wrong way. However, it was difficult for her to explain the rules of grammar that I was breaking....
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Difference Between To, For, and Till

The sentences below are describing how a certain event will happen on Friday, and I'm very excited. I can't wait to Friday comes. I can't wait for Friday comes. I can't wait till Friday. ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically incorrect and is it used colloquially?

(1) I don't know what graph theory is. According to the grammar, I believe it should be: (2) I don't know what is graph theory. But is it spoken colloquially the way I wrote it in (1)? Grammar ...
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Is it okay to use “very Good morning” instead of 'Good morning'

while on cold call, is it okay to wish "a very good morning" instead of 'good morning', followed by your name and introduction? Or is it that we may wish "a very Good morning" to only those who are ...
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Usage of present tense in a past tense sentence

I read that if sentence is in past tense then all clauses of the sentence should be in past, except if it is a universal truth. Now, I want to create a sentence and situation is this - I watched ...
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Proper Use of “Had” and “Have” in Past Tense?

I know I've seen articles on this, but I can't find any. I'm trying to get a rule or explanation for when to use "have" or "had" when describing something that happened in the past. My understanding ...
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I want to know whether the sentence which I am mentioning below is right

I want to know whether the sentence which I am mentioning below is right It's a humble request kindly give a Leaving Certificate of the School.
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Correct the verb between the brackets

Don't call me after 7,I_____my studying(finish). I think the answer is will finishing or I had finished, but I'm not sure.
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I would suggest

Which of the following statements is grammatically correct? Why? *Well, for your own good, I’d really suggest dropping back and starting at the usual place.* Or *Well, for your own good, I ...
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Can we write a sentence like 'X does Y, doing Z'?

Both of them are the same, loving English. Is the sentence grammatically correct?
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I liked vs I like

Which one in the following is grammatical? I liked the above chart as it clearly lays out the scope of each team and helps everyone to understand how teams are aligned for the mission. I ...
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Are you and I am going to the store? [closed]

I was taught in college to move the I at the end of the sentence and read it from begin to end. For example; yes, I am going to the store no longer yes, me is going to the store. I believe it becomes ...

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