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

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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 ...
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“Are” vs. “is” after “parents and the family”

I was reading the news on Yahoo and found a mistake (as per my opinion). I need your valuable feedback to make sure if it was a mistake or I am wrong! It is a paragraph on Yahoo. Please check and let ...
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“The opposite of” vs. “opposite to”

Small is the opposite of big. Small is opposite to big. Is the second statement grammatical? It sounds okay to me, but only if I leave out the the.
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Omitting repeated words like “have”, “has” and “his”

His veins have become distended, muscles tightened, the teeth grown a little like claws, and his face has become rough. This sentence describes what changes in appearance have happened to a person ...
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Should we put question marks at the end of the following sentences?

The three sentences are: Wouldn't it be good if we invited them over? Wouldn't it be nice to have those kitchen utensils? Wouldn't it be nice if we could have those kitchen utensils? P.S. Another ...
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“Cultural” vs. “culture” in this context

I wrote this: Cultural exchange is very important for societies in order to get benefits from each other. One form of cultural exchange is creating good connections between academic institutions. ...
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Is it correct to use “to” in “recommend to me studying”?

I am writing this to my manager. I’ve found a new job, and I won't start working there for two months. I would like to ask you if you recommend to me studying specific things, so that when I start ...
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“It” vs. “that”

Is this sentence correct? I did it yesterday, but I’m not going to do it again. I’m not sure about it. Should I replace “it” with “that”? I did it yesterday, but I’m not going to do it ...
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How can I make this sentence better?

I am going to say something in English but I don't know what are the best words or grammatical method for expression of it? This is the concept : "Soul is the point at the center of art circle" ...
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Questions in reported speech from direct speech

Direct speech: Do you love me? Reported speech: She asked if I loved her? Or She asked did I love her? Please let me know, which one is a correct answer? Or both are fine. Thanks in ...
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How do you spell professors when you include more than one professor in a sentence?

How do you spell professors when you include more than one professor in a sentence? Do you say Professors' James and Leslie Atkins? or Professors James and Leslie Atkins?
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Should I use “has X years old” or “is X years old”?

Should I use 'has' or 'is'? My son has 21 years old. My son is 21 years old.
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Which sentence is wrong?

I was doing an English test and I don't know how to answer this question. Which one of these sentences is correct? a) Could you give me an information, please? b) I have bought an interesting ...
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Question about “might like” vs. “would like”

Good evening! I took a modal verbs test at a website and one of my answers was marked off as wrong: Julie might like to visit Kyoto when she is in Japan I should've instead filled in "would", ...
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Resist meaning. What does it mean here?

I can't resist not to eat apples. I can't resist to see you. Actually, in the first sentence I want to say that I really love apples and I can't stop myself eating apples when I see them. In ...
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Is the usage of “good fit” correct, in these sentences?

Some of faculties’ research interests are interdisciplinary and diverse which are a good fit for my research interests. I hope that the admission committee finds my background and strengths a good ...
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Can I say: “He is carving way into there?”

I have already mentioned the place and I don't want repeat it; so I wonder if I can use "there" instead to refer to the same place. Sentence: The difference between the guys working out at the ...
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'What about the reverse' is correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? e.g for a journal paper's title: Unemployment affects stress, what about the reverse?
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Is this sentence grammatically incorrect? [closed]

The Sentence: If there is any person I wanted to share my small success with is then it has to be you. Is this sentence wrong? How could I rephrase this sentence?
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“Life that means you” or “life that mean for you”?

A life that means you. A life that mean for you. Are both sentences constructed correctly? I want to indicate a life that means you and reflects you or the way you want your life to be.
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Word order: “10 minutes more” or “10 more minutes”?

I'm still packing my clothes. I'll need 10 minutes more. I'm still packing my clothes. I'll need 10 more minutes. Are both grammatically correct?
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The use of the gerund in this sentence

Sentence: "Having started at the position of a teacher, I was later promoted to holding the role of the coordinator of the school." I wonder if this sentence is correct. The idea is that "holding ...
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Can “Monday”, “Tuesday” be plural like “Mondays” or “Tuesdays”?

Which of the following sentences is correct? From now on, the biochemistry lecture classes on Mondays at 10.30 a.m. will be held on Sundays at 11.30 a.m instead. From now on, the biochemistry ...
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Structure for “you'll be the first to get informed”

You'll be the first to get informed. Is this sentence structure correct? May I use either "informed" or "notified" here?
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Is “and” necessary in “he is always helpful, kind”

He is always helpful, kind towards his colleagues. He is always helpful and kind towards his colleagues. Are both sentences correct?
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“Get charged” vs. “get charge”, “got charged” vs. “gets charged”

My phone doesn't get charged. My phone doesn't get charge. Which statement is grammatically correct here? Actually, I don't know the use of get/got. My phone got charged. My phone ...
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“As you're subscribed now so you'll receive”

Is starting the sentence with "as" appropriate? For example: As you're subscribed now so you'll receive...
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Are there tools or techniques to stop translating literally?

My girlfriend speaks English as her third language, but not yet fluently. Her vocabulary is quite extensive, especially due to the fact that she reads a lot (fiction and non-fiction) and regularly ...
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Usage of connecting phrases like “because of”

What type of connecting phrase makes my sentence clearer and more grammatically correct? (At the moment, I'm using because of.) It is reasonable to conclude that the negative contribution done by ...
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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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How can I say this?

In this list of phrases, which sounds most natural or most natural and grammatically correct? Did anybody saw in the news this week about the plane which was hijacked? Has anybody seen in the news ...
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“Would anybody like” vs. “would somebody like” [duplicate]

I wonder if the following sentence is grammatical: Would anybody like another cup of tea? Should it be somebody or anybody?
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Is this verbless clause 'when a student at Harvard' grammatically correct?

Someone mentioned that "with children's books and DVDs equally second at 20% each" in the following sentence from another question is a verbless adverbial clause. In 2005, fiction made up the ...
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Why is this sentence correct?

In 2005, fiction made up the largest proportion of items borrowed at 35% with children's books and DVDs equally second at 20% each. I have two question about this. The preposition with is followed ...
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“and when” vs “until”

Just refresh the link, and when the judgement day arrives. Bang! Just refresh the link, until the judgement day arrives. Bang! Which is correct here, and when or until?
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Verb tenses when using will/would?

I have a question regarding what verb tenses to use when using "will" and "would". So if I start my sentence using "will", do I need to stick to using will throughout my sentence? I was recently ...
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Grammar about present tense in a conditional phrase

Which one is the correct one? If the worker [verb] something, the company will show something. If the worker [verb] something, the company shows something. The context is that I am writing ...
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'Fronting' structure in questions

From my understanding, in affirmative sentences, the thing we want to mainly talk about can be fronted. as in 'strange people they are'. I wonder if such structure is possible with questions. If so, ...
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Is this a pleonasm?

I quote Booker T. Washington: I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery. I wonder whether “to get entangled ...
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with that or without, the most formal way [duplicate]

I have this sentence There is an engine inside me that keeps saying "someone must be at the top, why isn't that you?" Should I put that or not? I know both ways are correct, but I am asking for ...
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Is “[…]planning to give all my endeavor[…]” grammatically correct?

I have this sentence: I am planning to give all my endeavor to help my homeland and my citizens as well. I used to listen to English, not write it. So, from the sense of listening, I think it is ...
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“Without excessively worrying”

In the phrase 'without excessively worrying', is worrying a gerund or a present participle ? A website where I was reading about prepositional phrases, marked the word as a gerund. What I am ...