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

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sometimes quite significantly

Anything happens during election can affect the result of election, sometimes quite significantly. I am concerned about the usage of sometimes quite significantly What I want to say express is ...
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'Who we are' vs 'Whom we are'

Source: The Conceptual Self in Context ... by Ulric Neisser, David A. Jopling DPhil (Oxon) ... The Western philosophical tradition provides a venerable partial answer to the question of who we ...
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Negative infinitive usage

Which of the following sentences is correct? I was so focused on not making any mistakes. or I was so focused on not to make any mistakes. Thanks, Charmi
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'as a body' vs 'in a body'

in a body = All together; as a group I already understand and so ask NOT about the above definition. Instead, my problem is: As a preposition, in confuses me. Why was as not used instead? Am I ...
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…so beautiful eyes.. Grammatical?

Is it correct to write a noun after so + adjective like in this example " She has so beautiful eyes".
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knowing vs know

May I know which are grammatical in the following It is often more important to know what you cannot do than knowing what you can do It is often more important to know what you cannot do ...
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Correctness of Justice Alito's oral question, in Young v. United Parcel Service (2014) ?

Source: p 2 of 2, 'Heavy Lifting', by Dahlia Lithwick BA JD. Even [Justice Samuel] Alito seems to start to worry that the facts here have not been developed at trial, asking Bagenstos in rebuttal: ...
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running from the command line will let you do — a gerund as the subject?

Example with a context: I'll type cd ..\bin, I'll list the contents of the directory, and I'll see the new copy of Main.class. Now, because I've changed my current directory to bin, I can run the ...
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Usage of comes to know of

May I know is the following sentence grammatically correct? who comes to know of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew since you were very young? Is the usage of "comes to know of" grammatically correct? The sentence ...
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Use of past perfect with present perfect in “Mother Tongue”

I came across this sentence written by Amy Tan in Mother Tongue: You had agreed to send the check two weeks ago, but it hasn't arrived. It seems at least unnecessary, if not ungrammatical, to use ...
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How do you infer the right ellipsis for “… have different rights than others do”?

Source, at around 5:25: Justice John Paul Stevens with interviewer Stephen Colbert [1.] Some people have different rights than others do. => 2. Some people have different rights than others do ...
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a software — can “software” be used as a count noun?

Example: Some people like to do this using a dedicated diagramming software, like Microsoft Visio. A friend of mine, who is a native English speaker, says that this sentence doesn't sound weird to ...
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“Does my thinking correct?” and “Let we go?”

Is it grammatically correct to say "Does my thinking correct?" and "Let we go?"? I am half convinced that "Let we go?" is correct, and if it is, what is the difference between it and "Let us go?"?
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said something — no article requred in front of the expression?

Source: Microsoft Access VBA Programming for the Absolute Beginner The most common of table relationships is the one-to-many relationship, which is created by adding the primary key (one or more ...
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“Which” or “what”?

Which one is correct? Do not pretend to perceive WHICH is not there. Do not pretend to perceive WHAT is not there. Used in the following: What you don't know is that I feel pain in ...
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Must you repeat the personal pronoun after a semicolon?

A grammar teacher claims that 'so' is NOT a conjunction. Assume this for this question. Example Sentence: 1. It is the same before a Fire; the Heat of which sooner penetrates black Stockings than ...
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Is it incorrect to use 'There is ~' in reference to a single proper noun?

Is #1 wrong? There is Mt. Everest on the border between China and Nepal. and should it be #2, Mt. Everest is on the border between China and Nepal.
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Gerund or infinitive?

Is this possible to use the infinitive in these sentences?And how to form the last one? I simply can not do it. In brackets I wrote variants which to my mind suit it best. 1.Not overdoing(or to ...
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What is the meaning of 'dynamic' as a noun in this passage?

I'm confused about how dynamic can be used as a noun here: ODO: {noun} 1. A force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process: Third Example Sentence thereunder: The ...
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Use of “thus (far)” with past perfect

I am working overtime this week, and I have earned $200 extra thus far. I was working overtime that week, and I had earned $200 extra thus far. (?) Does the use of thus far require that the action ...
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Preapproved, pre-approved or pre approved?

Just wondering which is correct in this sentence: And, I think that was someone spamming, pretending to have a convo. Because they have to be preapproved before they show up on my blog.
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What is the difference between “he helped me out” and “he helped”?

What is the difference between he helped me out and he helped? In what context can we use them?
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When 'like' is a conjunction, which grammatical case follows? [closed]

Whenever like serves as a conjunction, does user John Lawler's answer also answer this question? So the answer about they/them, at least, is to use whatever case the NP being compared uses. I read ...
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Grammaticality: 'neither “but” nor “yet” make apt conjunction'

[Source:] It's also worth noting that the corrected version doesn't use but, but but then. The then is a key word that makes the sentence sensible; it indicates when Joey realized his wallet was at ...
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Difference between These & Those [closed]

I would like to know what is the exact difference between These & Those.
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“The team had comes” versus “the team had come”

Which among the following sentence is correct? The team had comes up with a database table design through with the rules and its definitions can be stored. The team had come up with a database ...
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How to state we do not delay?

Time and time again, I've faced situations in which I have to talk about being on time, avoid delay and suchlike. Well, there are many useful verbs which you can use to express your thoughts, however ...
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How can I detect a word members in sentence grammaticality?

Please consider this sentence: Members of the flatfish family, sand dabs and flounders, have an additional evolutionary advantage.......... if I know the kinds of fish I can understand these 2 ...
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“…as I and many others have…” - An exception to the rule of putting I last?

In Part 2 of my answer to this question I wrote the following:1                  (Focus on the bold print.) Both ...
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Too many independent clauses?

Can I have thoughts on this sentence? I worry that the clauses are too many or that the positioning of 'would' is awkward. On other other hand, Common Law, which at this point has infiltrated ...
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What's the subject: 'is the extent to which is a possibility…' ? (2014 US, Justice JP Stevens)

Source: Starting from the 20-second mark of the 2nd audio clip entitled 'Justice [John Paul] Stevens Talks about Gay Marriage', 2014 April 24 (I transcribed this myself so please correct any errors.) ...
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How to dissect/parse 'price elasticity of demand'?

Source: p 90-91, Principles of Microeconomics, 7 Ed, 2014, by N Gregory Mankiw [p 90:] [1.] price elasticity of demand = a measure of how much the quantity demanded of a good responds to a ...
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“She would of been a good woman”

"She would of been a good woman," The Misfit said, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life." Source: A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor This is an quote ...
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When do multiple negatives cancel and when do they not?

Which of the following is not stated in the passage? (a) Money will not be a factor in making the decision Here, not only is there a negative in the question, but there is also one in answer (a)...
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Is it ungrammatical to end a list preceded by a colon without an “and”?

Example: The mansion looked like a castle: crenelated roof, lancet windows, cylindrical towers with crosses on top. As yo can see I omitted the and. Is it ungrammatical?
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Grammaticality: appears/looks/seems the same

B appears/looks/seems the same as C B appears/looks/seems TO BE the same as C My intended meaning: B seems to be identical to C, but I'm unsure of this. I guess that 1 is simply 2 with ...
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How can 'important', an adjective, modify an entire clause? Why not an adverb?

[Source:] "More important" and "more importantly" are used as full-sentence modifiers, often in the initial position and treated parenthetically (set off with a comma). Either phrase can usually be ...
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Houston, we have a problem: 'Has' or 'had'?

I was doing a research on some scientific topic, and while I was at it I just read the excerpt wikipedia gives about Persian wikipedia: The Persian Wikipedia (Persian: ویکی‌پدیا، دانشنامهٔ آزاد‎ ...
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Truman's use of 'become' in 'it becomes my duty' ? (1951 US)

[Source:] On 11 April 1951, President Truman drafted an order to MacArthur, which was issued under Bradley's signature: I deeply regret that it becomes my duty as President and Commander-in-...
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Are sentences like “ I bought an apple to her.” and“ I gave the robot for her.” grammatical?

There are two sentence here, I bought an apple for her. I gave the robot to her. Can I exchange 'to' with 'for' in the sentence above? I bought an apple to her. I gave the robot ...
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'yet' is wrong; 'but then' is right?

Source: p 142, If I Was You..., Lauren Sussman, 2014 Faulty coordination occurs if you join (combine or coordinate) two clauses in an illogical way: [1.] Joey and Micah made their way to ...
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“Experienced the *fastest* growth”?

I have a question about this sentence: Canada experienced the fastest growth in Internet usage. From what I know about superlatives, the grammar structure is: S + be + the + adj. Therefore I am ...
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Difference between “Let someone taste” and “Have someone taste”

I tried a new recipe for coming guests. After cooking I let my sister taste it. Can I also say, "I had my sister taste it"? I don't know the difference of these two sentences in terms of meaning. Is ...
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“Cannot be let to rely on”

When I think of what I want to express, it naturaly comes as the following sentence: Self/peer assessment report - This evidence has least value and cannot be let to rely on, because... Is it ...
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Let me know when you were free

Is this sentence construction grammatically correct? Let me know when you were free.
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Use of 'but' in sequence of relative clauses, absent any contrast? (1910 US)

Source: p 7 of 35, Citizenship in a Republic (a speech), by Theodore Roosevelt One notable passage on page seven of the 35-page speech is referred to as "The Man in the Arena": It is not the ...
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evaluates to be false vs evaluates to false

"The guard condition evaluates to be false" vs "The guard condition evaluates to false" Which one is grammatical?
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A sentence in Present tense was understood as future tense

I came across a Chinese web site selling skirts and then paid for two skirts in different colors. After I had paid for the skirts, I sent a short message to them: please let me know when you send ...
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Why present perfect for the infinitive? (1951 US, Truman to MacArthur)

[Source:] ... Truman drafted an order to MacArthur, which was issued under Bradley's signature: I deeply regret that it becomes my duty as President and Commander-in-Chief of the United ...

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