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

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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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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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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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“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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Grammaticality and idiomaticity of “Help clarify”

Is the following sentence grammatical? An example could help clarify the problem. I hear the construction help clarify quite often, is it idiomatic?
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Is it correct to put “by the way” at the end of sentence?

Is it correct to put "by the way" at the end of sentence? I don't know it's gramatically correct or not. Sometimes, i use "by the way" at the end of sentence while i'm chatting. For example, Do you ...
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I haven't got a brother [closed]

Which sounds most natural when talking about your family? Are all correct? I haven't got a brother. I haven't got any brother. I don't have a brother. I have no brother.
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In syntax, why cannot we say things like “he took walked at the park”? but can say “he took a walk at the park”?

In syntax, why cannot we say things like "he took walked at the park"? but can say things like "he took a walk at the park"?
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Using “get to” rather than “arrive at”?

Is this a grammatically and syntactically correct sentence? When you have got to at home you have to get on with the work straight away. I want to say when a person arrived at home he has to ...
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One of these most intelligent students whose example (is/are) being

Please help me with One of these most intelligent students whose example (is/are) being followed (is/are) David. (question 42) I have checked its answer, but I still don't understand it. The ...
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“I have been doing this job” vs “since I am doing this job”?

I am really confused about these two sentences: 1:- I have been doing this job for 10 years. 2:- It has been 10 years since I am doing this job. Whether or not these sentences are same, if ...
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Which is more formal - “bit urgent” or “urgent”?

When I am writing a formal email, let's say I wanted to let someone know that it is urgent but not extremely urgent. So what is a formal way of telling my boss: If you sees this message, please ...
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Can I use the present tense “don't” when referring to a past event?

I would like to know if this sentence is correct: I don't love you anymore after you left me. I am wondering if it should be "didn't love anymore", as the second part after after is in the past ...
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Should I write “said someone” or “said by someone”

What is more applicable when writing "said someone" or "said by someone" e.g. "said Elon Musk" or "said by Elon musk"
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He delivers top notch (advise/advice)?

I understand advice is a noun while advise is a verb. Advise is the act of giving advice. Despite knowing what they mean, I am still confuse how to use them correctly. I came across this sentence ...
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Subject-Verb agreement: the adjustment[s?] of the X and the Y lag actual conditions in the labour markets

A few hours ago I asked what lags meant in that specific context as I have not used that term before. I am now confused, I can't seem to be able to satisfy the subject-verb agreement (between ...
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Is “I have yet to believe you were dead” grammatical?

Is it correct to say I have yet to believe you were dead If I mean a past event? I mean he was dead but I still dont belive it.
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should I write “These details belongs to my dad” or “These are my dad's details ” when writing an email? [closed]

When writing an email should I write "These details belongs to my dad" or "These are my dad's details"? I know this sounds somewhat silly but I want to be grammatically correct.
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(Subject+verb+object) sentence after a preposition

Can a sentence (subject+verb+object) follow a preposition? There is an example sentence I think it’s wrong. XYZ showed how certain protein molecules repair DNA damaged by UV light. These ...
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I don't think “realize on” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" I realized early on that such hand-tuning would not be reliable when the CAD software was applied to ...
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I don't think “be something to doing” grammatically correct

Is "be something to be doing" grammatically correct? From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" What have been the impediments to realizing the ...
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Which is correct “no one does” or “no one do”?

If I said that I don't like bad people and someone replies, should he say no one does or no one do ? If both are correct then which one is better or more frequently said?
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What is the rule for when “a few X” is correct, vs when “a few of X” is correct?

There are lots of previous questions about "few", but I couldn't find any that addressed this aspect of its usage. What is the grammatical rule that makes the sentence "This will take a few of days" ...
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Is it right to use “how important” as a subject in this sentence? And what does it mean?

I wonder if it's correct to use “how + adj.” as a subject in a sentence, just the way I saw in the following sentence : “Everybody stay where you are. Chill out,” Quill said, slowly circling ...
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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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Is 'telling' noun or participle on this sentence?

There is no telling where he has gone. In the above sentence, Is 'telling' noun or participle?
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Can the sentence be combined?

The cost of a tailored suit and the time required for a tailored suit...... Can the above be written as follow: The cost and time required for a tailored suit ...... The cost of and time ...