Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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Correctness of shaded-yellow

As shown in picture below, can I say state 13 is in shaded-yellow circle?
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“God only knows” vs. “Only God knows”

One can say only God knows in reference to some mystery only an omniscient being would know, or for those who prefer their oaths minced, heaven knows or goodness knows or lord knows. The inverted ...
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Regarding modified and modifying

Component services could behave differently after modifying by service providers. Is modifying correct? Can we use modified here?
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Sentence combinations and word choice

Is it correct to say "A world with no borders, no time and no place."? Why do I get the feeling that "boundaries" is a better word choice in this case? Also is it better to say "A world without ...
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“To go to buy” or “to go buy”?

When I spoke with a friend of mine, I had noticed she used sentences similar to "I need to go buy food." Is it correct to say "to go buy," or should I say "to go to buy"? I know that I could say "...
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Can I say “I am your age” when speaking to somebody who has my same age?

In Italian, I would say ho la tua età (litterally, "I have your age") Since in English it is "I am twice your age," I guess it is one of those cases where Italian uses avere ("to have") while English ...
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Doesn't it need to be changed into 'when our story starts from'?

When Mr. and Mrs. Dursley woke up on the dull, gray Tuesday our story starts, there was nothing about the cloudy sky outside to suggest that strange and mysterious things would soon be happening ...
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Comparing “more than” and “more than what”

Google Search shows 765,000,000 results for "more than what". So, assuming that A is "standard" English, I wonder if B is really acceptable, or not. A. I love English more than others do. B. I ...
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Analysing the “kind(s) of problem(s) are [ones]/[to be]” construction

A. These kinds of problem are to be avoided. B. These kind of problems are to be avoided. Are both A and B grammatical? If not, why not? If so, after having noticed the parallelism between A and ...
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'[preposition] whom' vs. '[preposition] who' vs. 'who … [preposition]' [duplicate]

A1. To whom were you speaking? A2. To who were you speaking? A3. Who were you speaking to? B1. They asked to whom I was speaking. B2. They asked to who I was speaking. B3. ...
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Grammatically right way to answer the phone

When you pick up the phone and someone asks for you, should you say "It is I" like you were an actor from a Shakespearean play or "It is me" like you had dropped middle school?
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Is there a grammatical rule impeding the presence of 'for' in “I have lived here 'for' all my life”?

I have lived here all my life. I have lived here for all my life. Yes, 1 is perfectly 'standard' English, but I wonder why one cannot add for to 1 before 'all my life'? Is there a grammatical ...
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Appropriate usage of “can't” and “cannot”

Are there any rules for using can't and cannot since they mean the same thing, and they are used interchangeably, but they sound weird in certain contexts?