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

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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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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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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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Which article to use and why?

Which article should I use and why, both seem correct to my senses. Here I'm talking only about a leg of mine not both. a) I have the leg of a footballer. OR b) I have a leg of a ...
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What is the difference between “What will happen in the world?” and “What will happen to the world?” [closed]

What is the difference between them? Are these sentences grammatically correct? What will happen in the world? What will happen to the world? Feel free to correct any of my sentences, because I ...
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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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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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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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Checking the meaning in context

Someone I know who is at college and I'm asking him few questions. What is written inside the brackets is what I want to check its applicability. You seem young, are you (at/in) your second year. ...
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Past simple vs present perfect inquiry

When I meet someone and I doubt that I know him. Should I say : 1- I think we have met before. 2- I think we met before.
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“My aunt is coming to tea tomorrow.” (idiom “to come to tea”?)

My mother has decided to make a cake today since my aunt is coming to tea tomorrow. Source: my English grammar book. Google gives little results involving the given expression "to come to tea". Is ...
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Phrasal verbs confusion

I saw the following sentences on the cambridge online site.I made some changes and I want to know if they are applicable ? 1- They are digging up the potatoes. (Original) 2- A detective to dig up ...
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Should’ve been/All I’ve done

I was wondering which is correct: ( 1 ) I should’ve been the one to know about this // I should’ve been the one who knew about this ( 2 ) All I’ve done is give you what you wanted // All I’ve done ...
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“Declined” Vs “Declining”

She glossed over the company's declining profits. ( original text) Can I use the word "declined" instead of "declining" so that the sentence becomes as follows : She glossed over the company's ...
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Is “an ear that listens” correct?

I read the following sentence: All he needs is a hug, a shoulder to cry on, a friendly touch, and an ear that listens. I think the subject of the verb "listens" should be somebody but not ...
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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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“How close are you to your goal?” vs. “How close to your goal are you?”

I tried searching for an answer but I'm not sure what the underlying concept is and thus am not having much luck with my searches.
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Which sounds correct

I’m having some trouble deciding which one should I use: He doesn’t get mad anymore when I don’t reply to his text or He doesn’t get mad when I don’t reply to his text anymore Should anymore ...
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If you didn't/couldn't find it you would've told your father

Jack lost his expensive earpods now his maid found it and told him that she found it in the living room. But Jack is sure that he hasn't been to the living room in the last few days. After listening ...
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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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'Where I should be' vs 'The place I should be'

Which of these is correct: Where I should be. or The place I should be. ? Context: When you are going to fill the autobiography section on SE, it says 'Location' and it's supposed ...
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“I am from” or “I come from”?

If someone is asking me about my nationality what is the correct answer? Question: Where are you from? I am from... I come from...
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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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On using “agree on it more”

Is this a correct sentence? A nice statement that we can not agree on it more. I used to use: Can't agree more. But the above use is new to me.
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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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Phrasal adjectives

1.It was none other than John. 2. It was told by no less than John. In both the example sentences above, can the phrase "none other than" &"no less than" be said to be used adjectivally ...
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“Had not being able” or “not having been able”?

I'm writing an apology letter for missed class. Which of the following should I use? I had not being able to attend the class. I not having been able to attend the class. If both are ...
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Soon/quickly - are they interchangeable in the given context?

Wanting to rid the world of himself, he jumped in front of the bus. But he did it too quickly and the officer was able to push him away before the bus bit him. Wanting to rid the world of himself, he ...
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“As the paper is at 9:30 I will try to reach around.”Is this sentence makes any sense? [closed]

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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Miss out on/miss out/miss

I miss out on so many words when I'm writing something. I miss out so many words when I'm writing something. I miss so many words when i'm writing something. The second and third and sentence ...
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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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Come to me as/come across as

1.The words in the book came to me as comforting. 2.The words in the book came to me as soothing and comforting. 3.The words in the book came to me as soothing and comforting content. 4.The words ...
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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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