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

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Is the sentence correct or shortened?

Let's look at the sentence. "He doesn't want to see me win". Is it shortened? Is it correct grammatically? I think the sentence should be as follows. "He doesn't want to see me to win" Or "...
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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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An exam of French?

Is it grammatically correct to say "An exam of French". Or should I say "A French exam"? I tried to google it, it gives a few results, but a lot were found in languages learning forum from non ...
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usage of 'neither.. nor', 'not…or' and 'not… nor'

Are these sentences grammatical?  I neither usually wake up at 6 am, nor do I like to wake up at 5 am. We neither wear the same clothes, nor do we eat the same food. We don't wear the ...
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Grammaticality: 'Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something'

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something — Plato I didn't understand this quote. How do you understand this? Shouldn't there be a verb after 'fools'?...
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Another usage of “from which” in this case?

...or like our young student, they have what is called a mental calendar from which they can pull details about almost any date. (The source: https://youtu.be/43JDG0E5k4U?t=212) Could the "from ...
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Put up at vs. put up in

Consider the following examples: 1. We put up at a hotel in the city centre. 2. We put up in a hotel in the city centre. To me, the first example sounds better than the second one. Can we use the ...
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Yesterday was the lawn mowed

I've just learnt about inversion and I'm not sure if it can be used in sentences which are in present simple or past simple. Can the two following sentences I made be inverted? Original sentence: ...
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pseudo-sentence after a preposition

Is there a topic covering the sentences' type? What about last one as well? As you see, "being" is used after preposition in lieu of am/is/are. How come? Now, think about everything being recorded. ...
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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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Principles give pactitioners of the method added confidence OR Principles give TO pactitioners of the method added confidence

While speaking with a native speaker, she commented that I was constantly using the preposition TO in a wrong way. However, it was difficult for her to explain the rules of grammar that I was breaking....
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Difference Between To, For, and Till

The sentences below are describing how a certain event will happen on Friday, and I'm very excited. I can't wait to Friday comes. I can't wait for Friday comes. I can't wait till Friday. ...
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Is the use of “As we do” in this sentence grammatically accurate? [closed]

I was writing a paragraph about meeting new people through social networking sites. I'm not sure if the following sentence is correct. It would be really helpful if somebody could take a look at this. ...
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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 it okay to use “very Good morning” instead of 'Good morning'

while on cold call, is it okay to wish "a very good morning" instead of 'good morning', followed by your name and introduction? Or is it that we may wish "a very Good morning" to only those who are ...
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Usage of present tense in a past tense sentence

I read that if sentence is in past tense then all clauses of the sentence should be in past, except if it is a universal truth. Now, I want to create a sentence and situation is this - I watched ...
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Proper Use of “Had” and “Have” in Past Tense?

I know I've seen articles on this, but I can't find any. I'm trying to get a rule or explanation for when to use "have" or "had" when describing something that happened in the past. My understanding ...
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I want to know whether the sentence which I am mentioning below is right

I want to know whether the sentence which I am mentioning below is right It's a humble request kindly give a Leaving Certificate of the School.
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Correct the verb between the brackets

Don't call me after 7,I_____my studying(finish). I think the answer is will finishing or I had finished, but I'm not sure.
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I would suggest

Which of the following statements is grammatically correct? Why? *Well, for your own good, I’d really suggest dropping back and starting at the usual place.* Or *Well, for your own good, I ...
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Can we write a sentence like 'X does Y, doing Z'?

Both of them are the same, loving English. Is the sentence grammatically correct?
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I liked vs I like

Which one in the following is grammatical? I liked the above chart as it clearly lays out the scope of each team and helps everyone to understand how teams are aligned for the mission. I ...
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Are you and I am going to the store? [closed]

I was taught in college to move the I at the end of the sentence and read it from begin to end. For example; yes, I am going to the store no longer yes, me is going to the store. I believe it becomes ...
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What is the correct preposition to use in/for this sentence?

What is the correct preposition to use in the following sentence? I found some information on the Internet and I used it in/for my project.
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the correct way to use “who” in sentences [closed]

I'm little bit confused with these sentences People who dont have purpose are prone to addictions. People who dont have purpose prone to addictions. Which one is correct? People who ...
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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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“To inform something to someone” vs “To inform someone of something”

I've just got an official message, which says - "Please inform this to me as soon as possible." I think this sentence is unidiomatic. The sentence should be like this - "Please inform me of ...
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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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Using the word “apart”

A doctor says " you have to take this medication 3 times a day" Does the following questions ok to be asked ? ( Grammatically speaking ) 1-How many hours apart are there between each time ? 2- ...
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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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Do the following sentences sound incorrect?

We use 'also' / 'too' / 'as well' in affirmative sentences, and 'either' in negative sentences to give more information about someone or something. "Jane speaks French. Peter also speaks French."...
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Good morning, Gabriel. or Good morning Gabriel, [closed]

I have seem people writing both of these ways. But I think the second phrase, Good morning Gabriel,..., should be wrong. Am I right?
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The structure of this sentence? “What does the man suggest is the best solution?”

"What does the man suggest is the best solution?" Could somebody explain the grammatical structure of this sentence to me like talking to a toddler...? ([what does the man suggest] itself is a ...
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Stacked- are these sentences the word has been used in grammatically correct?

"Look at those tables, stacked one on top of another." "Look at those tables, stacked one of top of the other." "Look at those tables stacked on top of one another." "Look at those tables stacked ...
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“reason of doing something”

I’ve recently stumbled upon a “key word transformation” sentence which sounded like this: The poor harvest led to many families leaving the island. It had to be transformed using the word “reason”....
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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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“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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Such as I, I am, Me, Myself

I, personally, always use "myself": A person such as myself. But are the other three correct and if they are then are they Br.E or Am.E? A person such as I am. A person such as I. A person such as ...
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Which one is correct? Should I use “the” before the word “enabled”? [closed]

I have done some research about when to use "the". https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/a-an-and-the Do both of the following sentences make sense? 1 does this server have ...
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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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Which of the following statements is not correct?

Which of the following statements is grammatically incorrect? And why? (I don't know the answer. Ignore the marks) Meats and vegetables are so expensive these days. We'd better eat out. I'd rather go ...
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Using synonyms to express same meaning in context

Are the following sentences applicable/natural to use ? ( grammatically and conversational speaking ) Telecommunication companies claim that the government closes VOIP ...
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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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Sade - I Never Thought I'd See the Day

Sade - I Never Thought I'd See the Day I never thought would be there are both future in the past?
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Future-Perfect-In-Past Tense?

I know with time clauses we only use either Present or Past tense like If it rains, I will bring an umbrella but NOT If it shall/will rain,I will being an umbrella. But in this below example I don'...
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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 “would be watched” the correct tense in this context?

This is my sentence: Users' ratings keep changing. For instance, if a user watches a movie today, he might give it 5 stars, while if he wanted to rate it after 1 year, he might not give it 5 starts ...
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Look out outside or Look outside

Can it be said like this or Is the second one correct only? Look out outside the window Look outside the window
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Has “which were” been omitted before “noted” in this text?

Has "which were" been omitted before "noted" in this text? "But there is no other evidence that the Persians of this period were the slaves of any such superstitions as that noted by Ammianus."
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I am curious to know . I really what to know

Is it implicit when I say am curious to know the topics the teacher will teach in class today? Or I really want yo know the topics the teacher will talk about in class today? Am curious about the ...

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