Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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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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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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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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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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“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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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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“due” instead of “to”?

"Take your orni and fly due south-west." I heard this quote in a dialogue from the game "Dune" and I am wondering if the usage of "due" is applicable in this case.
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“He went ill and came back healthy” is it correct

I heard a man say: He went ill and came back healthy. Here ill and healthy are adjectives and qualify the subject, he. And the sentence structure is: sub + verb + adjective Is it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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On using “conscious”

When I want to use conscious and unconscious in specific context, for example, security conscious users, which is correct: security-conscious users (with dash), or security conscious users (without ...
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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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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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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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Usage of future perfect with 'by then'

What is the difference between A) By then, you will have shown what you meant to do since the beginning. B) By then, you will show what you meant to do since the beginning. Is B grammatically ...
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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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Is it common/acceptable to use “the feeling of vulnerabilities”

Instead of saying I don't like to feel vulnerable, are the following acceptable too? I don't like the feeling of vulnerabilities. The feeling of vulnerabilities crippled me.
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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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Difference between “hardly someone” and “hardly anyone”

The following construction is considered nonstandard in English Nowadays, hardly someone studies ancient Greek. It should be Nowadays, hardly anyone studies ancient Greek. And although the ...
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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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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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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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Are double negatives like 'he's never not been in the family' grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I'm asking this question because I was taught not to use double negatives, because they are ungrammatical and that people who use them sound uneducated. However, today here on this site I found an ...
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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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Usage of hyphen in “bit-will”

This is the whole paragraph. What confuses me here that why should the author have used hyphen between bit and will here also. Is this a typo error, which implies to have been used an emdash as a ...
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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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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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“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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Replying to a morning greeting

When you are replying to a morning greeting, do you reply with "Good morning, too" or, "Good morning to you, too" or just, "Good morning"?
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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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Were it not for VS Had it not been for

The following is part of writing on the Navajo Code Talkers during the second world war. *One Marine Corps signal officer summed up the situation after the war: "Were it not for the Navajo Code ...
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What kinds of music you don't like? or What kinds of music don't you like?

What is more proper to say: What kinds of music you don't like? What kinds of music don't you like? Can you please explain why?
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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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Which is correct - 'Do you bought pizza last night' OR 'Did you buy pizza last night'?

Do you bought pizza last night OR Did you buy pizza last night? When we can say "do you bought" instead of saying "did you buy"? or just a half an hour ago?
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Is “my current goal is to improve my skills in English” grammatically correct?

My current goal is to improve my skills in English. I’m not sure and little bit puzzled whether the grammar construction of the sentence works like that and the sentence sounds natural.
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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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She said shyly some things are not for sharing [closed]

In our bathroom there is a bottle of shower gel (see picture), and whenever I see it I wonder if there is something wrong with me or with the text. The text says: Maybe I won[']t tell you she 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 + another expression

1-All you need is do your homework . 2-All you need is to do your homework . 3-All you need is that do your homework . Are all of these sentences grammatically correct and do they mean the same ...
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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 ...