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

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Use of tense and clause in a sentence

'when shone through a prism, a beam of white light breaks into all the colours of the rainbow' Is the usage of shone correct here? Is it an adverb clause?
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the usages of while

Metals occupy a rather special position in the study of solids, (while) sharing a variety of striking physical properties that other solids such as sulfur lack. One of my friends has told me the ...
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number unite adjective

Please give me a two hour leave Please give me two hours leave Providing that those are correct, Could you tell me when/ in which situation you would rather use one over the other? Meanwhile, would ...
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'I produce and rebuild' or 'I refurbish and fabricate'? [closed]

Which sentence is better? In my present job, I produce and rebuild machine parts used in the food sector. In my present job, I refurbish and fabricate machinery parts for food industry.
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Is using “not have a drop” correct in this context?

Is this idiomatically correct? Those feelings kept gnawing at me so I had to turn to alcohol to soothe my nerves even though I have not had a drop in a while.
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Is “my heart has been slice and dice for you” grammatical?

I miss someone so much. Would it be correct to say: My heart has been sliced and diced for you.
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Is the word “the” necessary here?

Please correct my mistake (if it is) in the below sentence: "SS-Computing: A New Method for Calculating smth Based on (the) variation of smth else" Could you tell me if I must put "the" before "...
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Do we need to use “to” in this sentence? [closed]

I saw the following sentence in a script that includes conversations between a teacher and students. I was looking for to the question about which Great Lake is the largest. I do not understand ...
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Grammaticality of “several of them she did not deem good enough, but there was one which”

I'd like to know if the first proposition is grammatical in the following sentence Several of them she did not consider good enough, but there was one [that was outstanding]. Or should it ...
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Using “by the time he WAS 30,” when he's only 27

I was reading news online in the morning. I read a headline which did not make any sense to me. Because it had a grammar issue as per my opinion. But I think, as the reporter has written the headline ...
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must and should

"They told her over and over again that she must not do it." is a correct sentence. Is "should" OK instead of using "must" in this sentence? If so, "They told her over and over again that she not do ...
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“Was impressed by”

I am not so good at English, because it is not my native language. I have chosen Nelson Mandela, because he brought freedom into the world, and I was impressed by the way he did it. Is "by" the ...
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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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“Do you want to go mummy there?” [closed]

Does this sentence make sense? Do you want to go mummy there? When you and your kid are in room A, and his mummy is in room B, can we say "Do you want to go mummy there?" to your kid to ask him ...
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Meaning and correctness of “he was more understanding of her than of any of the others”

What does the following sentence mean? Is it grammatically correct? He was more understanding of her than of any of the others.
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Present Perfect and Passive Voice

Consider the diffrence between the two sentences below: Today's match has been cancelled. (Present Perfect) (Meaning: Today's match is cancelled due to any reason. This would be just an ...
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“Our” class teacher or “my” class teacher?

I have to write this in my project acknowledgment: I am sincerely thankful to my class teacher ... But, the class teacher is not mine alone, she's of all the students of the class. But then, this ...
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How to ask my optician check my eyes for glasses in proper english?

How can I ask my optician for an eyes check for myself in proper English. I am thinking something along the line of Can I have my eyes checked? or I would like to have an eyes check, please. What ...
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Which is correct — “avoid fight” or “avoid fighting”?

To avoid fighting among children, we should give them equal number of chocolates. To avoid fight among children, we should give them equal number of chocolates. Which one of the above statements ...
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“Does stats show” or “Do the stats show”

using Google show both sentences have been used. Which one is more correct? a more detailed example: Does stats show who read my mail Do the stats show who read my mail
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“One thing or another” is singular or plural?

There are a lot of answers about has/have but I couldn't find one that answers my question. Which one is correct ? Window size or position has been modified Window size or position have been ...
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Is “The customer experiences that the connection has been failed by unknown factor.” grammatically correct?

For this sentence: "The customer experiences that the connection has been failed by unknown factor." the following sound unnatural to me – but is it still grammatically correct? a. "The ...
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“I wish it is just sometimes.”

(Something bad happens). I wish it is just sometimes. "sometimes" is an adverb, not sure if the sentence is grammatically correct? Thanks.
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“Comparing these stories is/are lazy”: “is lazy” or “are lazy”?

Am I talking about the gerund or the stories? Should I use is or are after the word lazy?
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Compare to vs Compared to

May I know which one is grammatical? Method A offers a better pruning result compare to Method B. Method A offers a better pruning result compared to Method B.
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who worth you most / who worths you most

"Do not overlook the worth of the person who worth you most." Or, "Do not overlook the worth of the person who worths you most." I wanted to say, the person for whom you are worthy and important ...
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Trying to express the frequency of ones activity

If I say... "you're almost always on call" Is it a right form of expressing your little knowledge about the matter. In this case, I'm talking about the person who's not close (in relationship or ...
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I hear people say this often time. Which is correct

"I will visit you today, come rain come shine" or "come rain come sun shine".
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Is “I watched them go” grammatically correct?

It has been only few years I have been watching English movies. Recently I heard a sentence saying "I watched them go". I have been repeating the scene, and checked through subtitles whether I heard ...
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Is 'nomenclature' grammatically correct in this sentence? [closed]

Is 'nomenclature' grammatically correct in this context? Pseudo-code contained in the article will be presented in a programming language [name of programming language], which combines ...
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“I beg pardon” vs. “I beg your pardon”

I read something said here recently and the person said “I beg pardon”. I often hear “I beg your pardon”. So between the two, which is correct?
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How to describe the decision in the future related to another future event

Here is the background facts: I now live in Asia. In the future, I am going to live abroad, in Europe. It is (right now) my decision to adopt some kittens in Europe. I'm not sure about ...
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Present/past perfect when the object is a dead person

I remember (vaguely) reading somewhere that it is wrong to use the present perfect when the subject of a sentence is someone who is long dead: *Einstein has visited the Philippines. My question is,...
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What is the grammatical function of “from across”?

In the following sentence what is the function of "from across"? Professionals from across the country are coming to London. I think it functions as a preposition but I'm not sure.
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One shower doesn't work and the fridge either

One shower doesn't work and the fridge either. Is it well said? One shower and the fridge doesn't work.
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Is this sentence grammatically correct?

I'm asking because I kind of feel there is something wrong here but in spite of racking my brains over it and rewriting the sentence several times I haven't been able to find the source of the problem....
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Is this sentence grammatically wrong?

Had Nick been here on time, we would not have missed the train. [Introduction] Had Nick been here on time, we would not miss the train. Is the second sentence grammatically wrong, or are the two ...
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The many…the more

I'd like to know if a sentence like the following is grammatically correct and, if not, how it can be written. The many friends you have, the more important you are.
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“This box of matches is empty”

There are several Japanese books teaching Japanese students how to write in English. I found this example in 『英作文参考書の誤りを正す』 (Correcting Errors in English Composition Manuals) by Michio Kawakami and J....
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Can I omit the relative pronoun and the verb 'be' in the this sentence? [duplicate]

Can I omit the relative pronoun and the verb 'be' in the this sentence? That is, can: I doubt we presume too far in thinking that by scientific truthfulness, he means proven facts which are not ...
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Am I correctly using the word “interest”? [closed]

The professor hoped to interest his students in English grammar. His explanations were so interesting that all the students interested in. Are the words which I have put in italics correctly ...
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Note that or noted that

Which one is grammatical? Note that we have previously discussed about this. or Noted that we have previously discussed about this. Note to Myself: First one is correct (by StoneyB)
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Usage of “when” followed by verb+ing

Is it okay to use "when" immediately followed by a verb ending with -ing? For example: When climbing the hill,... When writing a book,...
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compare to or compared to

How does the performance of our method state-of-the-art? How does the performance of our method compared to the existing state-of-the-art? May I know which one is grammatical?
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The set of integers is or The set of integers are

May I know Which one is grammatical? A set of integers is returned by the function. A set of integers are returned by the function.
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Must be exist or must be existed

May I know which one is grammatrical? (what I want to say is given a set of features, there is a set of features that must be selected) This feature set must be existed in any feature selection. ...
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a/an k-objective optimization problem [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? a k-objective optimization problem an k-objective optimization problem
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Is “spying is what I do” grammatical?

Spying is what I do. Is this sentence correct? If someone asks me "What do you do?", can I reply with the above sentence?
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They are shorter than me and lean

They are shorter than me and lean They are shorter than me and are lean They are shorter than me and they are lean Which one of this grammatically correct?
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Regarding first name and last name

When a professor is Michael Ernst (I suppose Michael is first name, and Ernst is last name), we call him Prof. Ernst or Prof. Michael? When his close friends call him, should they call him Michael, or ...