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

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On the grammaticality of “What it is that you fear is unfounded.”

Is the construction What it is that you fear is unfounded. grammatically correct? I am somewhat confused about what the subject of the first auxilary is is. Is it what, or is it it?
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You have the right as a parent **to second guess** everything [on hold]

You have the right as a parent to second guess everything. Does to second guess in this sentence mean "to criticize or doubt everything"?
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Would you teach me how this sentence is structured?

I'm currently reading this article, and a paragraph says, “I honestly don't say this lightly, but I don't know how you could look at the things that have happened over the last year … [and] under ...
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Preposition usage

In these sentence , i am confusing about usage of being 1)I am pround of him for his being a student of my school and being a resident of my area. Is it grammatical and idiomatic I am waiting ...
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On separating two prepositional phrases with a comma followed by and

Is it grammatical to separate the two prepositional phrases (P.P) by a comma in The truth is that after hospitals are hit, and in areas like this where there is just one hospital, our houses have ...
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“He committed a crime killing/by killing a bird”

Which wording with kill should be used here: He committed a crime (killing/by killing) a bird. My guess is the answer would be by killing. But I am really confused with the answer killing. My ...
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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 these two sentences: At the time of taking the family picture she was next to her father Or: She was next to her ...
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“viable” in a question

Are both examples viable? compared to Are both viable examples? Could the adjective "viable" change its position in question without violating grammar rules?
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“compared to each other” vs “compared with each other” [duplicate]

It’s important to note that the grammatical functions in English and Romanian present strong similarities to each other/ with each other. Are both expresions grammatical in this case? If not, why? ...
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Do I have to repeat possessive pronouns in a list?

Would it be okay to write: Nevertheless, we will analyze it because of its straightforward computation, prevalence in research and lack of qualitatively different results with other measures. or ...
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Is it correct to use 'wet cold' as a compound adjective?

Is it correct to use 'such a wet cold weather' in the following sentence? It was such a wet cold weather that we could not go out.
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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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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 word “late” means “till a later time”

I got up late today. Here the word late means at a later time than usual and the opposite of early. Now, I worked late at work today. He stayed up late last night. Are these sentences fine ...
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Causative verb usage with must

Can we use causative have with modal must. Suppose you must have had those document published by you. you must have the documents prepared by someone. Are these idiomatic and grammatical. actually i ...
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What is the grammatical function of “circumstances as they are” in this sentence?

I find this sentence in an online article strange and even jarring for several reasons. With limited provisions, he awaits reinforcements, but circumstances as they are, is believed lost to the ...
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Causative verb of get [on hold]

I am confused regarding a sentence. if I say "I wanted to get my parents to sign on the paper". Is it grammatical?
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Causative verb have

I am confused over the usage of "have" causative. She wanted to have you sat on the chair. Is it grammatical or idiomatic?
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Have causative verb get causative verb

I am in confusion of using causative verb 'have' If i write "I wanted to have you sit on the chair". " i wanted to get you to sit on the chair". "Why did you get him to come with you?" Are those ...
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Causative verb and grammar [closed]

I am in confusion regarding this sentence "She wants to have you sit on chair". is it correct usage of 'have' causative verb
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“Wrote it wrong” or “wrote it wrongly”?

Which is grammatically correct? He wrote it wrong. He wrote it wrongly.
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Should the “a” be removed in this sentence or not?

Which one of these sentences is grammatically correct? I cooperated with this company on a per-project basis. I cooperated with this company on a project basis. I cooperated with this company on ...
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What is “prime minister to replace him” modifying?

I am currently reading this article, and one line says, Johnson would not step aside if his Brexit proposals were rejected by the European Union, and even if members of the U.K. Parliament declare ...
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Stand or standing in “why are you getting irritated for my standing here?” [duplicate]

Is it correct to write why are you getting irritated for my standing here? I am in confused if i need to use stand or standing
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Causative verb usage in sentence

Can i write "having had him seat on chair,he started telling story". here first have is participle and second had is used as causative.is it correct to write
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Beginning a sentence with 'At'

I've been writing a scientific paper in English, although this isn't my native language and some colleagues have pointed out I could not start a paragraph with "At this paper..." Can anyone elaborate ...
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is it correct to say “Can my spouse be covered under my health insurance?”

In an email I want to ask about health insurance of my spouse by my company. What is the correct way to ask about it? Is it grammatically correct to say under my health insurance in the following ...
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“I can't understand what does it mean.” vs “I can't understand what it means.”

My English skills are poor. Which of these is correct to say? "I can't understand what does it mean" or "I can't understand what it means".
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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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Infinitive usage in grammar

is it okay if i say that "is it the place only gents to stand". I am in confusion. please reply as soon as possible so as to i can clear my doubt.i will be waiting for your answer.
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Grammar usage of causative verb

Can we say "Why don't you get him to come here?". get means to convince some one. So does the sentence express what I want to say?
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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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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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Usage of number in grammar

I have seen pepole saying 'station is next but one'.can we write that 'station is one next.i can remember i heard it but i am not sure.i have search the google but did not find any answer
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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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“Always watch the kids out” or “Always watch out for the kids”

Are both "Always watch the kids out" and "Always watch out for the kids" grammatically correct? If so, is there one more frequent than the other? I feel like the first is not correct.
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Are these lines correct grammatically?

I want to know if the following lines are grammatically correct. In particular, I want to know if this use of fell is correct. Dear XXXX: Would you tell me what is the result please? If my ...
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“on leave from” vs. “on leave on”

A: I will be on leave from 3rd, 4th October. B: I will be on leave on 3rd, 4th October Which one is correct?
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“separately” and “put together” in this context

Conversation between two friends: A: My dad bought me a school bag and a wrist watch yesterday. B: How much did the cost? A: I don't know their price separately but the put together cost ...
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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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Should it be “journey by train” or “in the tomorrow morning”?

We reserved tickets for a journey on train for the tomorrow morning with my sisters and me. Should it be a journey by train or in the tomorrow morning?
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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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Grammatically of the word “meaning” in this context

I just saw a sentence: It is said that history repeats itself. Meaning what we did 600 years ago might repeat itself. Here the word meaning has been used at the beginning of the sentence. Is it ...
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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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How to use 'used to' two times in a sentence

How to say this "When I used to go to the college, I used to play Volleyball". Or is it ok to use used to two times in a sentence? I know I can also use something like: "When I was in ...
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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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People will feel boring/bored … which is appropriate?

people will feel boring if advertisements give information only. people will feel bored if advertisements give information only. Please tell me if I should choose bored or boring.
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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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Turning 'What value of T is just small enough to make the bulb light?' into its affirmative form

I am somehow confused with regard to the way the following question is constructed What value of T is just small enough to make the bulb light? The question below, in contrast, is clear and we can ...