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

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Using ‘has’ for a dead person

A person had died years ago. How do we say ‘has’ to him now? Say - Tom died 15 years ago. He has or had 3 sons? I know it’s ‘has’. But somehow ‘has’ to me sounds that he is alive. Even further, ...
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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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Does something interest (in) you or Do you interest (in) something?

Why is it correct to say: "Does something interest you" but not "Do you interest something"? But when we ask for example "Do you want to ask him" and "Does he want to ask me" are correct. Or does it ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to ask, “ Whose own is this?” [closed]

Is it grammatically incorrect to ask: "Whose own is this?"
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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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Sentence construction with “as … so”

For example, if someone was driving in front of you in a car breaking the rules and continues to do so, then how do you say using a construction? Is this correct to use this one? Or maybe there is ...
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I don't know how to feel about it/I don't know what to feel about it

So, since there's a military coup going on in Turkey right now, a few of my friends have taken to Facebook to share how they feel about the whole thing. And, one of them put up a status that reads: ...
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Sentence Construction: “Which players will be part of a squad today?”

I have situation wherein out of the two sports team I'm in a dilemma which players will be a part of their respective teams. The players may or may not be a part of their respective teams due to ...
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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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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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Is this sentence grammatically wrong? (Using as)

As owning a car is helpful, it costs a lot. Is this sentence grammatically wrong? The answer key said 'As' can't be used in this situation. But I think as can be used in many different ways.
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Grammaticality of the 'clause' after semicolon

In Wikipedia I found the sentence: The poem is well-known for its departure from Owen's famous style of including disturbing and graphic images in his work; the poem instead having a more soothing, ...
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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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Approximation “to” or “of”

Is this statement correct for formal usage? This model is a good approximation to the data. Or, should I use This model is a good approximation of the data.
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I wasn't expecting this to be how I'd hear of Hulk after ages

I wasn't expecting this to be how I would hear of you after ages. i would hear is future-in-past in this sentence?
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Does this quiz question make sense?

I want to buy ____ books, two for my brother and the other for me. A. all ; B. both ; C. three I encountered this question in a quiz today. I choose answer C, but the answer key is A. ...
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Is “it is that it had just been” grammatically correct?

I can't help feeling that there's something wrong with the following sentence: But can I say that it really belongs to me? Or is it that it had just been temporarily loaned to me?" Is it ...
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China Finance Minister or China's finance minister?

Today I was reading a newspaper and one thing bugged me that was the headline saying ''China finance minister sees more...''. I mean, isn't it going to be "China's finance minister" or either of them ...
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use of 'till' in a statement

if I say - her father left her at her two years for the time till I write it. Is it correct? or what about - her father left her in her childhood till I write it?
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“Scared of you” vs. “feared of you”

I am not scared of you. I am not feared of you. Are both grammatical? Is there a difference in meaning between them?
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Is 'school' a collective noun, proper noun, or common noun?

In case when we refereed school as an Collective Noun then what about class ( group of students) In case when it is used as an Proper Noun but only when both the speakers know about which school we ...
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“Hamlet was written by the William Shakespeare” or “Hamlet was written by William Shakespeare”

I need some suggestion about the article in both these statement which one is grammatically correct ? I was in school when my teacher teach me about articles.Its use with unique or big personality ...
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Correctness and difference between “On” or “For”

For example, someone asks someone about something that was done wrong and someone answers that all the questions are not for him, since he does not know this and it was a fault of the answerer. Or if ...
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Correct the sentences

I like traveling around the world. I like going traveling around the world. I like going to travel around the world. I like going for traveling around the world.
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“What do you mean (by)” without by?

Is it possible to say: What do you mean "Internet"? or What do you mean: "Internet"? instead of What do you mean by "Internet"?
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“As the paper is at 9:30 I will try to reach around.”Is this sentence makes any sense?

In the above sentence I wanted to tell my colleague that I will reach around 9:30. So I wrote this sentence but I am confused whether I had conveyed him that message correctly or not.
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Is it correct to say before he come or before he came

1/ Did he paint the wall before his friend came? (OR) Did he paint the wall before his friend come? 2/ Had he painted the wall before his friend came? (OR) Had he painted the wall before his ...
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I want to know the most adj noun (or) the most adj

The mountain scenery in East Java is the most exciting. (OR) The mountain scenery in East Java is the most exciting one. Which one is grammatically correct?
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Experience in/ with / no preposition. Do we have to use a preposition after “Experience”?

She doesn't have any experience loving someone. She doesn't have any experience with loving someone. She doesn't have any experience in loving someone. Are all the above sentences grammatically ...
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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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The code cannot be used on outlet products

The code cannot be used on outlet products. what is it mean outlet products? from my voucher fifa this sentence
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Hold up your time

During a call, a person mentioned that he is going to leave, I reply: "I wouldn't hold up your time as your family is waiting for you". Is it grammatically correct?
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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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Grammaticality in context

If someone asks about how much did you get or how many did you get about a total amount then will it be correct to say like this?: Now we know how many of how many tasks have been completed. ...
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two “will be” in a sentence - “not all the policies that 'will be' put in place 'will be' favorable”

The company will put in place some policies to cut cost. Nevertheless, not all the policies that will be put in place will be favorable by everyone. Is the sentence above with two "will be" in one ...
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Plural or Singular verb for a noun without “s”

The audience of Justin Bieber concert is/are very high! The staff of Company A has/have low morale right now. Should I use is/are or has/have in above case?
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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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Using ALL tenses in this text

I wrote an imaginary text in which I used all tenses (12 tenses) to familiarize with them. The tenses are: PAST: Past simple, Past perfect simple, Past continuous, Past perfect continuous. ...
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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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halfway through doing or to doing

1- We’re still only halfway to finishing the job 2- We’re still only halfway finishing the job 3- If she was still at Keele she would be halfway through to getting the various breakfasts by ...
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How worse vs how much worse

If you're in a bad situation, which of the following are you more likely to say? How worse are things going to get? How much worse are things going to get? Are both the sentences ...
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I realised + Past tense or Present tense?

"On calculating my annual carbon footprint recently, I realized how inadequate those efforts are." Source: https://commentwise.com/2019/12/06/will-the-rich-change-for-the-planet/ In the given ...
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My car is at the garage vs my car is in the garage

(My car is at the garage.It is being repaired,somebody is repairing it ) I think it should be in instead of at because my car is present in the building/shed and it is not out present of building/shed
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Find it hard to do

You can make the things easy which you find it hard to do. Should I use it in sentence above? What I want to say is that There are things and I found doing things hard and ı want to make things ...
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Is it natural to use the verb “want” in the continuous form to express a strong desire for something or to do something?

I am aware that the verb want is a stative verb and many grammar books and teachers say it is correct to use it in the continuous form. But as is the case with lot of stative cases, there some ...
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Unless and If after Either

Can we use unless..if after Either in such a way? I will go there either unless I have no other choice or if you give me the reason to. Or should Unless and If swap places?
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about position of who what etc. in interrogative and negative sentence

Which sentence is correct? Who don't want to lend his umbrella? What Paul doesn't want to lend? What doesn't Paul want to lend?
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hello guys help me please. Is it correct to say "how do you think the weather is going to be next week?" or we should add like- "how do you think the weather is going to be like next week?" thank
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Is it correct to say “Have an inconvenience”

I am wondering about what structure i need to use when I want to express an inconvenience that i experienced. Is it correct to say, : I have / feel an inconvenience to bring my toothbrush. : I have/...
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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?