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

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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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“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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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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“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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does “which” here refers to “a quiet enjoyment of her experiments” or not?

does "which" here refers to "a quiet enjoyment of her experiments" or not? John Page Hopps describes her at this time as "a small, thin, very intelligent, but rather simpering little woman, with nice,...
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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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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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Is the sentence, “I'm really enjoying reading these.”, grammatically correct?

Is the sentence, "I'm really enjoying reading these.", grammatically correct? Though clumsy, I believe it to be correct.
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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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Less than versus fewer than

I completed my Doctoral Degree in less than four years. I completed my Doctoral Degree in fewer than four years. Are both the sentences correct and mean the same thing or one ...
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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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Should “The man has always needed religion and as profoundly as he has always needed food” use a simple tense instead?

Should this sentence's verbs indicate that the actions occurred in the past indirectly by using the compound present prefect construction: The man has always needed religion and as profoundly as he ...
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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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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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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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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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Is gerund after “lead + object pronoun + to” possible

Is it correct to say: John's interest in animals led him to becoming a vet. Or is this the only correct form: John's interest in animals led him to become a vet. Thank you in advance.
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Is this grammatical? “This game will be decided by which team has the better strikers.”

"This game will be decided by which team has the better strikers." I am not at all sure if this is grammatical and there are certainly easier ways to say this like "The team with the better strikers ...
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Is there a 'generic we' in English?

Some languages around the world use the generic we instead of English's preferred one or you. I have noticed that some people, when asking questions on this site (EL&U although the same principle ...
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Does “kindly do the reimbursement” need an article?

I am writing a reimbursement letter: I booked train ticket for Dr.David journey on 19.Apr.2016 and the ticket is attached for your kind perusal. I request you to kindly do the reimbursement ...
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Is “I have had to take a leave” correct?

I am little bit confused about English grammar structure about "Have had to" and its uses and needed some clarification on the same. For example: I have had to take a leave. Is it grammatically ...
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“Hear something used” or “hear something being used”?

Tell me please if the use being is optional in the following sentence? I never hear the word (being) used in day to day conversations. If it's optional, then do people tend to drop in casual ...
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Which one is correct? “Why is art a culture” or “Why art is a culture”? Someone please explain. Thank you!

I'm just a little bit confused today. If I were to ask a question, would it be "Why is art a culture?" or "Why art is a culture?". Is there a difference? I'm thinking the correct one is the former but ...
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does this “will” relates to future tense?

does this "will" relates to future tense? "No, my belief in Spiritualism has undergone no change. When I made those dreadful statements I was not responsible for my words. Its genuineness is an ...
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'The child was sobbing,every so often gulping in large draughts of air into his aching lungs.'Is that sentence correct?

I found in the novel 'The ladykiller' of Martina Cole the following sentence: The child was sobbing,every so often gulping large draughts of air into his aching lungs. Then I wrote the ...
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Is this sentence's tense correct?

Thus, Alexander's untimely death at the age of 32 naturally begs the question of would could have been had he been given the chance to live a normal age. I'm not sure whether "would could have been ...
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in the following grammar

Consider we have the sentence My bird likes sunflower seeds. She eats a lot of seeds everyday. Using pronoun resolution we can replace she with the actual subject 'My birds'; converting 'She ...
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business-as-usual during the country lockdown

Is the following sentences grammatical and idiomatic? The company is still business-as-usual during the country lockdown. Is the company still business-as-usual during the country lockdown?
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Why Taylor Swift says “The story of us” but not “The story of ours”?

I have a problem in understanding this type of relation between object and possessive pronouns. Can someone help me with this?
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can we combine “as frequent as” and “as long as”?

it is possible to combine below two sentences in two one 1. as frequently as someone wants to connect. 2. as long as someone wants to connect. can it be used -- as frequently and long as someone ...
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with illness following a period

She has been diagnosed with illness following a period of self-isolation and subsequent testing. in this sentence is (following) means (after a period) or (coming a period) ?
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Language bindings “to” or “for” (computing)?

In computing, one can write bindings from one language to another, e.g. LISP bindings to OpenGL, or a collection of bindings for C. I seem to find both prepositions to and for used indiscriminately, ...

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