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

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Analysing the “kind(s) of problem(s) are [ones]/[to be]” construction

A. These kinds of problem are to be avoided. B. These kind of problems are to be avoided. Are both A and B grammatical? If not, why not? If so, after having noticed the parallelism between A and ...
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Which is correct? - “Guess, what it is?” or “Guess, what is it?”

I want to know which sentence is correct. If i say Guess, what it is? or Guess, what is it? which one is correct?
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“The group of fifty people {is / are} going to arrive Thursday” - which is preferred?

Isn't the following sentence grammatically correct? The group of fifty people are going to arrive Thursday. What's wrong with it? Someone said it should be The group of fifty people is going ...
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“Is it proved that …?” vs. “Has it been proven that …?”

Searching The New York Times, I found 22,100 results for "is it proved" and, therefore, I argue that that phrase is likely correct English. But on History Stack Exchange a user edited the following ...
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Is it wrong to say “You are smarter than me”?

You are smarter than me. You are smarter than I am. Is there any difference between these two? One of my friends told me first sentence is wrong, but the second one is correct. But he could not ...
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“Neither”, “none”, “no one” + [of them] + verb-s

In a comment on English Language & Usage I read the following answer responding to a(n) asker's question: "Neither sound natural." I have always had more than one doubt on the "neither" usage and ...
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Two consecutive gerunds? -ing -ing?

I am considering to set up a cyber cafe. I am considering setting up a cyber cafe. I think it should be version #2 where the verb considering is followed by the gerund setting. But it sounds ...
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Present perfect or simple past?

I just came across this question: This tree (be) _____ planted by the settlers who (found) _____ our city over four hundred years ago. I think "over four hundred years ago" is an unspecified ...
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provides information “on”, “of” or “about” somthing?

Which is grammatical: "it provides information on something", or, "it provides information of something", or, "it provides information about something"? Or if all are grammatical, which one is used ...
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When to use “of”, “in” and “at”?

I never know how to use prepositions like of, in or at. What's the rules for each one of then? My last doubt was about this sentence: Order of importance Order in importance Order at importance ...
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When do multiple negatives cancel and when do they not?

Which of the following is not stated in the passage? (a) Money will not be a factor in making the decision Here, not only is there a negative in the question, but there is also one in answer (a)...
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Present/past perfect when the object is a dead person

I remember (vaguely) reading somewhere that it is wrong to use the present perfect when the subject of a sentence is someone who is long dead: *Einstein has visited the Philippines. My question is,...
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Gerunds:Having+past participle and being+past participle

Here are two sentences: My having been to South-Korea helped me learn the languages when I took the classes. Being accepted to Harvard university was the greatest day of my life. Is it common ...
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“It's an interesting topic for me” versus “It's interesting to me”: Does it really matter?

I've just caught myself out twice by writing something down as being interesting for me! This is a typical Italian mother-tongue error, but Italian is not my first language. It used to be English, but ...
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On the singular vs plural aspects of “who”

In a question like this one, for example, Who have/has come? Is the word "who" singular or plural? Or is it both plural and singular? I have heard it’s plural. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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“To go to buy” or “to go buy”?

When I spoke with a friend of mine, I had noticed she used sentences similar to "I need to go buy food." Is it correct to say "to go buy," or should I say "to go to buy"? I know that I could say "...
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“me [gerund]” or “my [gerund]” at the beginning of sentences?

A.1 The lions reacted to my singing. A.2 The lions reacted to me singing. B.1 My singing alarmed the lions. B.2 Me singing alarmed the lions. As far as I know, both A.1 and A.2 are ...
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Houston, we have a problem: 'Has' or 'had'?

I was doing a research on some scientific topic, and while I was at it I just read the excerpt wikipedia gives about Persian wikipedia: The Persian Wikipedia (Persian: ویکی‌پدیا، دانشنامهٔ آزاد‎ ...
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'reason' vs 'reason that'

The complementiser that is the first word in a complement of a noun♦. When can it be omitted? Do 1 and 2 below differ? I am asking in general, but I exemplify with Prof John Lawler's examples ...
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the verb in plural with one company

Do native speakers of English use verbs in the plural form when speaking about one company? I've come across such use by supposed natives. Don't you think that it is ungrammatical to use verbs in ...
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Difference between “if only” and “only if”

What is the differences between "if only" and "only if" ? What is the use of each in the sentences? Are there any specific rules for their uses? "I could get more work done if only there weren't ...
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If “I woke up at 10” is okay, what about “I slept at 10”?

When did you wake up? I woke up at 10. But then if I say, “When did you sleep?” I slept at 10. – seems difficult to digest! That's because sleep is a process that includes duration. I ...
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What's wrong with “Most people in the country would like to own their house some day.”?

The following is a problem from my textbook. The following sentence has an error. Find it and correct it. (1)[Most people] in the country (2)[would like] to own (3)[their house] (4)[some day]. ...
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Is “Call me when you are available to talk” correct?

Call me when you are available to talk Is that correct? Can I use it that way?
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I have “a doubt” about whether this phrase is acceptable English

To my (British) ear, it never sounds correct to say you have a doubt about something. I expect that doubt to be pluralised, even if there's only one specific thing that I'm doubtful of, in one ...
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“Not they” or “not them”

You, not them, are responsible for that. You, not they, are responsible for that. Which one is correct? And why?
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Why must the future tense not be used after 'unless'?

[Source:] !! Do not use the future tense after unless [✓] I won't go unless you go [✘] [I won't go] unless you will go. [✘] Why not? Even if the above is prescriptive, what may be some reasons? ...
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what kind of an animal vs. what kind of animal

An excerpt from Java for Dummies, 6th Edition: If you already know what kind of an animal Java is and know that you want to use Java, skip Chapter 1 and go straight to Chapter 2. Believe me, I won’...
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Is “Hello.” a sentence?

I've seen this at many places, that people who know very good English (even native speakers of English) write "Hello" followed by a full stop. My confusion is that the use of the full stop indicates ...
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Why is 'neither' (without 'nor') singular?

I ask about 'neither' as a determiner. I want to dredge below the last 5 paras under 'Tip 2' , which don't explain. Neither does p 90, A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005). Consider: 2. ...
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“Are” vs. “is” after “parents and the family”

I was reading the news on Yahoo and found a mistake (as per my opinion). I need your valuable feedback to make sure if it was a mistake or I am wrong! It is a paragraph on Yahoo. Please check and let ...
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“Not enough memory” vs. “no enough memory”

Which is correct? Why? Not enough memory No enough memory The first variant seems to be significantly more popular on the Internet than the second one. I want to use such construction as an error ...
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“in the morning” vs. “in morning”

I messaged you in the morning. I messaged you in morning. I am confused which sentence is correct. I think both are correct, but please help me out and tell me which sentence is grammatically ...
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“We plan” versus “we are planning”

Is there a semantic difference between the following two sentences? In the future, we are planning to migrate our tool to the Z3 solver. In the future, we plan to migrate our tool to the Z3 ...
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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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“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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“God only knows” vs. “Only God knows”

One can say only God knows in reference to some mystery only an omniscient being would know, or for those who prefer their oaths minced, heaven knows or goodness knows or lord knows. The inverted ...
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Question regarding simple/compound/complex sentences

We read about these three classes of sentences. For example, It is too hot to go out without an umbrella. (Simple) It is so hot that we cannot go out without an umbrella. (Complex) It is very hot and ...
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Best grammar-checking software [closed]

What is the best grammar-checking software to check the grammar errors in novels and screenplays? I heard about Grammarly and Whitesmoke but I'm not sure which is good.
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Why no subject after “as”?

Please correct me, but does as function as a conjunction here? I already tried i, ii, and iii. Page 3: In any event it might be said that Hart ‘won’ the debate in the sense that it was his infl ...
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a software — can “software” be used as a count noun?

Example: Some people like to do this using a dedicated diagramming software, like Microsoft Visio. A friend of mine, who is a native English speaker, says that this sentence doesn't sound weird to ...
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Is the possessive gerund preferred in “with Windows 7's being installed”?

I have to work on my laptop with Windows 7's being installed. Can the possessive gerund be used in this way? In case this phrase doesn't make sense: I'm trying to say that on my laptop Windows 7 is ...
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“My hand breaks” or “My hand is broken”

Can you guys help me with my problem here. I"m confused between these two sentences: My hand breaks and My hand is broken As far as I'm concerned, for the first sentence "breaks" is a verb. ...
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Word order: “10 minutes more” or “10 more minutes”?

I'm still packing my clothes. I'll need 10 minutes more. I'm still packing my clothes. I'll need 10 more minutes. Are both grammatically correct?
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Necessity of using “had had” where a single “had” could have sufficed?

If Sir John had had the slightest idea what was going to be the devastating effect of his son's handsome looks upon a certain beautiful courtesan and the tragedy which would ensue, he might have had ...
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Interpreting having known

Please look at the following sentence Having lived all my life in India, I can speak Hindi very well. Does this mean I still live in India, or can it also be used if I have just moved from ...
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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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A question about using the “v-ing” verbs

To native speakers, normally do you use adverbs to modify these v-ing worlds especially when they are the objects of the verbs? Like: I regret swimming hurriedly Not I regret hurried ...
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Are those sentences grammatical? [closed]

Q1. Are those 8 sentences grammatical ones? or if not could you tell me? Q2. Why do we use 1 instead of 3? It seems both are similar but is there any meaning difference or any purpose? I love it ...
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Why is “Mary told the cake to be cut by John” ungrammatical?

Mary told the cake to be cut by John. A textbook says that this example is ungrammatical, but it seems to make sense to me: where does the sentence have its fault?