Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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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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'global role' vs 'role globally'

In a footnote at the bottom of page 123 of A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005; by Huddleston and Pullum), I found mention of a construction in which adverbs modify nouns: There is a ...
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Can we say “turn around something” to mean “rotate/revolve around something”?

I know we can use the phrase "turn around something" to mean "cause something to face the opposite direction" like in "He turned around the phone to see the camera." What ...
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Is this the correct use of “will it”?

Once the spirit is broken, only when the human has lost all hope WILL IT be transferred to the soul extraction chamber. It should be "it will be" for conditionals here, right??
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“the execution of” vs “execution of”

Please, have a look at the following sentences: Executing agency (also referred to as "executing entity") shall mean the entity responsible for execution of UN-Women programme activities as ...
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“For another same amount of time” in this context

The bus arrives at our local bus stop at 8am. The other day my brother and I were going to catch the bus and we went to the bus stop at 7:50am so we had to wait for 10 minutes. My 10-year-old brother ...
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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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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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“What is the opposite word for X?” Is the sentence correct?

I always use: What is the opposite of X ? But today I came across: What is the opposite word for X ? Are the both grammatical? Thank you.
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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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which tense is correct for “wish”?

I thought by myself I (wish\wished) never had I started that match. 1- In the above sentence, which tense is correct for "wish"? 2- Instead of "I thought by myself", what another ...
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Is it correct to use “were not they …?” to ask question about some people in negative way?

Were not they interested in my profile? Were not they from London? Both questions are negative and want to know about some people's information/ideas. If it's not something native people would use, ...
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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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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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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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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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“The way” vs “how”?

'The way' and 'how' are not used together. I know the way how he did it. (Incorrect). I know the way he did it. (Correct) Or, I know how he did it. (Correct) But "I know the reason why he did ...
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Instead of be or instead of being?

I know after 'instead of' verb-ing is used. But I have found a sentence : "My father wants me to be bold instead of be cautious". Is it correct? Can we use 'instead of being cautious' in the ...
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Using adjectives confusion

I just read the following number 1 sentence in newspaper, but I think that it should have been written either like number 2 or 3. Can any one please explain to me why they wrote it that way???? 1- ...
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Is subjunctive usage justified here?

Context: One (younger one) of the father's sons furtively watches his dad trying to do a mediocre enough back flip but he generally never ever has tried doing it, couple of seconds later his older ...
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Difference in Negative forms( also Archaic English)

Imagine this, my baby brother was making annoying weird noise to irritate me, so I'd tell him "Can you NOT do that!" {But here I can't say "CAN'T you do that!"} Now,imagine my big brother was making ...
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Add[ing] a splendid production

Which one of these sentences is more grammatically correct?: Add a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Adding a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Why, ...
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Are there execeptions to the rule that we always use singular forms to refer to singular objects and vice versa?

If that was the case, those movies would not have been successful. If that was the case, those movies would not have been a success. If that was the case, those movies would not have been successes. ...
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'went with it' and 'hard five massive major ammunition sites' meaning

]2 https://youtu.be/5QZmMWSVw_4?t=159 from this................. 1) What does went with it mean? 2) 'We had very,very hard five massive major ammunition sites' -> What is it about?
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Plural verb with “everybody/anybody/everyone/anyone”

Where have everybody/everyone gone to? Have anybody/anyone ever told her the truth? Are these valid usages, idiomatic?
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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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Past perfect continuous for continuing events in the past

I got from Cambridge Dictionary (in grammar section): Past perfect continuous tense. Continuing events in the past We use the past perfect continuous to talk about actions or events which ...
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In this sentence what it means (on his record)

Democratic presidential contenders got their first chance to confront Mike Bloomberg on the debate stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas. Bloomberg spent much of the night on the defensive as the ...
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The usage of past perfect

Can you please tell me whether or not it is pertinent to use pluperfect tense here: I thought that more time than that had passed. Is the sentence grammatically correct? To give you a context: I ...
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The use of “follow through”

I was making preps for a coming exam and this suddenly came to me: Can I say "I am that kind of person who always follows through once I make a promise"? Thanks
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Is “I, you and he have committed a crime” correct?

Could you tell me if the following sentence is correct and why? I, you and he have committed a serious crime. I was giving a test which gave this solution and the explanation that 1st person ...
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How do you use tenses with the word “after” sensibly: which combos of tenses work and which do not?

No context is required, it’s just a normal question about using the word after. For instance, here are some easy sentences: After he finishes his work, he will go for a walk. After he finished his ...
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“It is done” what is the sentence structure?

It is done Is "done" in the above sentence an adjunctive or a verb? Or is it a simple past tense in passive form. If so why "is" is used. Please clarify what is the structure of the sentence. This ...
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“prettier of the two” or "THE prettier of the two?

Am I using 'the' at the wrong place in the following sentence? Which sentence is correct? • She is the prettier of the two sisters. OR, • She is prettier of the two sisters.
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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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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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using “as far as” or “to as far as”

I have a sentence: I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go to as far as America Or I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go as far as ...
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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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Usage of 'any' before more and comparative degrees

Could anyone please tell me what is the role of any in this sentence and can I leave out any in the sentence? I love to read books. I have books of many writers. I have a book named 'Gitanjali' ...
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Sentence Structure - “You've got vs you got to see

I would like to check if my following sentence structure is correct. You've got to see my enemy's face when I was winning. or You got to see my enemy's face when I was winning.
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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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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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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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Can a participle phrase modify a whole sentence or clause?Or they have to stick to a specific word or phrase?

This is what my friend asked me and he gave out the following examples: Facebook's new feature translates your post into different languages depending on who's reading it. Depending on what ...
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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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Can 'to think' be an ordinary monotransitive verb?

(Per p 78, A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005), by Huddleston & Pullum) 'ordinary monotransitive' means this structure: Subject-Predicate-Direct Object-Predicative Complement. ...
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'The money Will transfer tomorrow' or 'the money will be transferred tomorrow'?

Which one is correct: 'The money will transfer tomorrow' or 'The money will be transferred tomorrow'?
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Omitting relative pronoun

He is the man whom I met yesterday. A relative pronoun can be omitted when it doesn't refer to the subject of the clause. So we can omit the relative pronoun 'whom' from the clause. But the clause is ...
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Grammaticality of 'a proposal that is discussed in a meeting and a vote is taken on it'

Is the phrase 'a proposal that is discussed in a meeting and a vote is taken on it' grammatically correct, and if so, could anyone please explain to me how, as I fail to see it. After the ...
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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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