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

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What is the tense of “wasn't interrupted”

So I'm writing a book and English is not my native language. As I've gotten deeper into the writing process I noticed that I'm almost randomly choosing between past tenses without making much logic (...
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Meaning of had better

I have to convert the following sentence into its imquoted indirect form for narration. "You'd better leave the dog alone," the man said. Which one of the following two is correct? The man ...
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Is “Do you know some writers?” grammatical?

Is "Do you know some writers?" grammatical? I mean, does that mean do you know a number of writers that isn't a few nor a lot but some? Is there ever used or could it be in that sense?
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“response” data or "responses data2

I am not sure if I should use plural or singular. I have many responses. I have a sentence like: We summarise the responses data vs. We summarise the response Which one should I use?
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Verbs of perception: see, hear, watch + object +[bare infinitive/ gerund/ adjective/ past participle/]

Some of the verbs called "verbs of perception or perceptual. However many English language learners would face many problems with using them, me one of them. > Some of them are being used in such ...
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“results' statistics” vs. “results statistics”

How should I write this. There are many results. we remove them them from our results' statistics vs. we remove them from our results statistics vs. we remove them from our result ...
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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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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 me understand “You become a …creature who slips into a sort of mediocrity where…”

You become a cold, calculating creature who slips into a sort of mediocrity where you realize there is difference between your desired self and your actual self In the above sentence, there are ...
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The computer does not [receives/receive] its updates

Should I use s in receive when I use does before it? the computer does not receives/receive its updates
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Change of pronouns in reported speech

I have a question that says: Report the following sentence- ‘Tomorrow we’re starting a new project,’ the teacher told us. [Direct Speech] According to the rules: (tense): present continuous (...
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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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I don't know how to feel about it/I don't know what to feel about it

So, since there's a military coup going on in Turkey right now, a few of my friends have taken to Facebook to share how they feel about the whole thing. And, one of them put up a status that reads: ...
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Shouldn’t “language USE by learners” be “language USED by learners”?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The Cambridge Learner Corpus is a collection of over 44 million words of English, based upon evidence of language use by learners from all over the world and ...
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Which is correct: “John was born after…” OR “John had been born after…”?

Is it correct to say: John was born decades after the death of his grandfather. or John had been born decades after the death of his grandfather? I remember learning that "had been" was a relative ...
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Grammaticality: 'such […] relief as to this Honourable Court may seem just'

Source: Ontario Small Claims Court - A Practical Guide (2011), p. 82 Middle. The plaintiff claims: [...] (f) such further and other relief as to this Honourable Court may seem just This ...
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Question Tag Have to [closed]

I have a question, when I use have to in a sentence do I use mustn't or don't as the question tag. Thanks in advance Wiesy
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Are they two subordinate clauses?

Consider the following sentence I got from github tutorial. If you’ve made a change that you feel would benefit the community as a whole, you should definitely consider contributing back. The part ...
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“What do you mean (by)” without by?

Is it possible to say: What do you mean "Internet"? or What do you mean: "Internet"? instead of What do you mean by "Internet"?
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Does she have or has she got? Which one is correct?

I'm not sure which one is correct. I had read that "does have" is more likely used in American English and "has got" in British English. But which one of these is correct? What kind of hobbies does ...
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With or without a “be” when a verb in past participle form qualitys a subject

Chinese new subway cars start operation in U.S. Boston New subway cars built by a Chinese company for Boston residents started their first run in the U.S. city of Boston on Wednesday. If I make ...
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Continuous Past vs Continuous Past Perfect

Well, guys, please consider the following: When he arrived, she was repairing the bike. When he arrived, she had been repairing the bike. Which one is better? Or do they have their own meanings?
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Is “more better” ungrammatical?

I want to find out whether these sentences are grammatically incorrect: It is more better than your book or It is far more better than your book
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Is it correct to say “testing passed / failed”?

In software development, after I perform a number of tests on a program, is it grammatically correct to say "testing passed" (or failed)? It is probably correct to say "testing is completed", but it ...
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Using adjective before the word “something/someone”

We normally use these kinds of sentences: I need something strong or I have to hire someone intelligent. Here, the words "strong" and "intelligent" modify the nouns something and someone.So,we can ...
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about position of who what etc. in interrogative and negative sentence

Which sentence is correct? Who don't want to lend his umbrella? What Paul doesn't want to lend? What doesn't Paul want to lend?
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It took a little time because of a great friend

I want to say that 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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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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Preposition problem in or on

I have a dobt that which one is correct he is in the chair he is on the chair Which one is right and why?
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Amy has had many different jobs : contraction

Can we contract the sentence Amy has had many different jobs to this one? Amy's had many different jobs
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“be in love” vs. “fall in love” in a perfect construction

Which one is correct grammatically? I've been in love with you ever since I saw you I've fallen in love with you ever since I saw you
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What do they vs What they

I wonder ____________. ---Pandas. A. what do they call these animals. B. what they call these animals. C. what they do call these animals. I guess if it is a personal conversation, it would be "...
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being usages dilemma

I've read in BBC that we use use "being" as a verb-ing. BBC has listed two kind of usage, What I want to learn here is about "preposition+verb-ing" form of usage.It has been said that "being+past ...
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“due” instead of “to”?

"Take your orni and fly due south-west." I heard this quote in a dialogue from the game "Dune" and I am wondering if the usage of "due" is applicable in this case.
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“He went ill and came back healthy” is it correct

I heard a man say: He went ill and came back healthy. Here ill and healthy are adjectives and qualify the subject, he. And the sentence structure is: sub + verb + adjective Is it ...
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On modifying the resumptive modifier

Usually, the resumptive modifier works as follows: Life is all about moments, moments that record achievements, moments that record time with family. I wonder what is the grammatical function of ...
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Does here miss “have”: “What you been doing in there?”

In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain on the first page there is a sentence: "What you been doing in there?" Isn't it correct "What have you been doing in there?"?
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Is “the most edifying of experiences” grammatical?

When I search the word 'edifying' in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, I get the sample sentence: Being left in a bar all afternoon with a load of football fans is not the most edifying ...
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Uncertain vs uncertain about

Uncertain how to react, she was puzzled when she found that she was being cheated. Vs Uncertain about how to react, she was puzzled when she found that she was being cheated. Also, I am ...
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Correct the sentences

I like traveling around the world. I like going traveling around the world. I like going to travel around the world. I like going for traveling around the world.
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Which one is right 'sale was increased' or 'sale increased'?

I have seen in some books authors write sale was increased, while others write sale increased. What is the difference between the two, and please explain why? For example, Sale increased in the UK ...
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On using “conscious”

When I want to use conscious and unconscious in specific context, for example, security conscious users, which is correct: security-conscious users (with dash), or security conscious users (without ...
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Short answers - 'In Tokyo' v 'Tokyo'

This issue arose in a recent lesson. In short, it centres on the difference between: Where do you live? I live in Tokyo. v In Tokyo. v Tokyo. and: Which city do you live in? I live in Tokyo?...
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Help understanding the structure of this sentence (Typical orienting reactions include *the following the arteries* to the brain…)

Typical orienting reactions include the following the arteries to the brain grow wider allowing more blood to reach it, the heart slows down and arteries to the large muscles become narrower so as to ...
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Is it correct to say: “Let's have another person into the game”?

Let us assume that we are three friends playing bowling and we like to have a 4th player. Can we say: "Let's have another person into the game"? I'm doubtful about the use of the word "into". Is this ...
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Are con­junc­tions like “and” al­lowed be­fore a tran­si­tion word?

In this sen­tence, is it gram­mat­i­cally cor­rect to use and be­fore con­se­quently? He did not sub­mit the ap­pli­ca­tion by the dead­line and con­se­quently, his ap­pli­ca­tion was not con­sid­...
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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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I feel a line of an article somewhat strange gramatically

I am currently reading this article, which has the below line, The outcome also reflects the seismic effect the U.K.'s decision three years ago to leave the 28-nation EU has had on the country's ...
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Is it common/acceptable to use “the feeling of vulnerabilities”

Instead of saying I don't like to feel vulnerable, are the following acceptable too? I don't like the feeling of vulnerabilities. The feeling of vulnerabilities crippled me.