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

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“Alive in the next minute”

Consider the following sentences: We ourselves don't know whether we'll be alive in the next minute. We ourselves don't know whether we'll be alive in next minute. We ourselves don't know ...
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“Almost all workload is done by me” — is it correct and formal?

Is it correct to say, "Almost all workload is done by the server computer"? What I wonder about is the almost at the beginning of the sentence, and the usage of done. Is this suitable for a formal ...
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In and at uses in city and places or any alternative?

What is right? I live in Seattle? I live at Seattle? and can I use Hails instead and how?
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Usage of “this” and “that” in logical and mathematical argumentation

I know that the use of those - [is "those" here correct since it is referring to something I already mentioned?] - words commonly depend upon the (physical) distance to the referring object. But ...
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Sentence with 'issue' and 'issue': Is it even grammatical?

Does this make sense and is this grammatical? It’s a very difficult issue to push because of the issue that security comes first. -- The Accidental Victims of Morsi's Fall, New Yorker, ...
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“Eat in one day” vs. “eat on one day”

The doctor asked me to have a record of food routine like what I eat in/on one day. Which is grammatically right to use?
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“Can't” versus “couldn't”

In the following text, should I replace the highlighted can't with couldn't? Furthermore, the third point the lecture uses to contradict the passage is that organic foods don't benefit small famers....
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Is “him or her self” correct grammar?

I have this sentence: I completely believe that teenager working is the foundation step for any child to rely on him or her self. Is this correct? Should I instead say “himself or herself”?
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What tenses should I use in clauses joined by “so”?

I'm learning about joining Past Continuous and Simple Past tenses. It's easy to understand when we use while and when. However, for other conjunctions, I don't know which sentences should be Simple ...
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Can the indefinite article be omitted in “watch solar eclipse”?

I have read the following passage, and I wonder whether watch solar eclipse is correct. On July 22, 2009, there was solar eclipse in the sky. In the morning, we got up early. After we had breakfast,...
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What is the right place to use “I got it working” and “I made it worked” and “It's working”?

I had a situation where I struggled to make my program run. So after a great struggle I got it working. Is this the correct statement I can use here? Or is there any other sentence like I made it work ...
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How different values of .. affect/affects?

May I know which one is grammatical? We will investigate on how different values of V affects the behaviour of the program. We will investigate on how different values of V affect the ...
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have the same structure or structures

The background is that the program structures have four kinds: sequential, compositional, conditional, loop. If two programs say both using sequential program structure, then they have the same ...
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How should I ask a barber the fee of a haircut?

I'm struggling as to which one of these two sentences is right. If neither, then what is the right sentence? How much is the fee for a haircut? How much do you charge for a haircut?
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Repeating the subject in a subordinate sentence

Just a short while ago I edited a question published on EL&U(1) and, doing this, I added the following paragraph: The words that express the tangible and visible things of our experience, such ...
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plural or singular for “The complete set of”

Is the following grammatical? The complete set of compositional structures that are used in this paper is provided in section 1.
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Is “Has the lad a dog?”correct?

I have read a very short passage from an American textbook which is for elementary school students. Has the lad a dog? The lad has a fat dog. The dog has Nat's cap. Nat and Rab ran. Rab ran ...
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When should I use 'its' vs 'their'?

I have a sentence as follows: Architectural analysis is an initial step in defining the system components and their relationships. Can I use "its relationships" instead of "their relationships"?
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Is the use of “scalable” or “scalability” correct in this sentence?

Which of the following is grammatical? How is the scalability of method 1? How scalable is the method 1?
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where are we vs where we are

Where are we? Where we are? Which one of the above QUESTION is correct? I want to know where in the hell are we. I want to know where in the hell we are. Which one of the above ...
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Present perfect or simple past?

I just came across this question: This tree (be) _____ planted by the settlers who (found) _____ our city over four hundred years ago. I think "over four hundred years ago" is an unspecified ...
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Can a sentence begin with “But why” or “So why”?

Can a sentence start with 'But why' or 'So why'? And what's the meaning and use cases for both of them?
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“Anybody can dance” or “Everybody can dance”, which is correct?

"Anybody can dance" or "Everybody can dance", which is correct? Or do they have same meaning?
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“That's what is” and “that's what that's”

To the best of my knowledge, we can say "That's what is called camouflage." If I'm not wrong, here what means "the thing which." So, the sentence makes sense. But I just need a native English speaker ...
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“That's what” or “that's all what”

I would like to know which sentence is more grammatical and understandable. That's what remains of a man just after a long babysitting day. That's all what remains of a man just after a long ...
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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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Comparing “to make them 'alive'” and “to set them 'aliving'” under a grammatical perspective

McGonagall transfigured the chessmen to make them alive. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) If "to make them alive" is correct, why "to set them alive" is not? In fact, after some searches, ...
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The role and the meaning of the “of”

Consider the two sentences below It is of crucial importance that we make more use of technology if we are to make progress. and It is crucially important that we make more use of technology ...
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What should I use instead of “this week”?

The company where I work has strange working days; for example, I work for 3 days and another employer works for 5 days. The company has changed my working days, and I know what the new days are. ...
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“He sees her take…” or “He sees her takes…”?

He sees Sophia hurriedly take a syringe and inject it into Alex's forearm. He sees Sophia hurriedly takes a syringe and injects it into Alex's forearm. Which one correct? Up to my knowledge, the ...
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face changes as if he has seen this before?

John's face changes as if he has seen this before. Here this could any thing (an object, a map, a place, a movie, etc). Normally when you see something and if you feel as if you have seen this ...
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Does “In the room is cool.” make sense?

I want to know if the following sentence makes sense. In the room is cool.
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Difference between What are they doing? vs What they are doing? [duplicate]

what are they doing? What they are doing? What is the difference between these two? Both are correct?
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“Waiting for you”

It was in a class. I waited for my teacher and when he came I told him, "I had been waiting for you for the last ten minutes and you came now." Is it grammatical because the wait is over in the past ...
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Position of “is”

Which of these sentences is correct and has is in the correct position? It is not important how but when the change is brought. or It is not important how but when is the change brought.
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Which fits better “more important” or “more importantly”? [duplicate]

Sorry - I always think the question is obvious when plainly it is not. Should I use "important" or "importantly" in the introductory phase of this sentence: "Appellant's argument is premature. ...
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Is the phrase “an I Can Read Book” correct?

I read this phrase on the top of the cover of a book: an I Can Read Book I wonder whether "I Can Read" can be used as an adjective without a hyphen.
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Is the sentence“That T-shirt must be expensive because it's by a famous designer” correct?

I am confused about this sentence. That T-shirt must be expensive because it's by a famous designer. I think the complete sentence should be the following one. That T-shirt must be expensive ...
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“They have been exempted” vs. “they are exempted”

What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences? They have been exempted from paying tax. They are exempted from paying tax. Are both sentences grammatically correct?
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“She has passed the exam, therefore she can work in the company directly.”

Which of the following two sentences is correct? She has passed the exam, therefore she can work in the company directly. She has passed the exam and, therefore, she can work in the company ...
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“will be tried to be” vs. “will tried to be”

Is it grammatically correct to say "will tried to be" in a sentence like: "He will [be?] tried to be contacted 3 times" or "Data will [be?] tried to be retrieved from the database"? If yes, is there ...
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Shadow vs Shade

Which of these two sentences is more used by people in the USA when talking about staying outside in the shadow/shade? "I am in the shadow and not in the sun." OR "I am in the shade and not in ...
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“Want to be able to” VS “Want be able to” [duplicate]

Which form is correct? I want to be able to run 3 miles even when I am very old. I want be able to run 3 miles even when I am very old.
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The present participle used for actions in the past

I have come across these sentences written in an English blog. The doctor, living in this house before us, moved to Australia. The doctors, attending a conference on malaria, urged governments ...
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Should I use “have ” or “are” when asking the question?

Have we crossed the bridge? Are we cross the bridge? Is this your pen? Has this your pen?
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I'd like to know which tense is appropriate

I'm confused which tense I should choose in the following sentence. I got an announcement from my school that I would be in charge of an additional class from next month. In this case, what should I ...
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Can “Why don't you be” be correct? If so, how is it different from “Why aren't you”?

In this comic occurs the phrase: Why don't you be more social? This sounds wrong to me, but I'm not sure why. Can the phrase Why don't you be... be correct? If it is correct, how does the ...
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“Gets dizzy” and comma splice when multiple events happen

Kevin gets dizzy, his sight blurs, and he falls. Is the comma splice okay? Is the phrase "gets dizzy" grammatically correct? Is anything else wrong with above sentence?
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in one ear and out the other

His lecture went in my one ear and out my other ear. If I use the determiner my, would it be grammatical to omit the headword ear in the second phrase of the conjunction, like this: . . . in my ...
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“Don't let dog out” vs “don't let the dog out”

Don't let dog out. Don't let the dog out. Are those sentences both valid, or is only the latter a valid one? Is the needed for non-proper nouns? Is "Don't let Mike out." valid?