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

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Does the 'verb form' always have to agree with the 'subject number'?

Is the 'verb and subject number agreement' a hard-and-fast rule? Or is there some leeway? For example, in the following sentences do I need to change the verb from 'was' to 'were' to match the ...
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"Looks daggers" vs. "look daggers"

"Looks daggers" or "look daggers": which one is correct? Ngram results here show almost equal results but when I searched for He looks daggers or He look daggers, I didn't find any matches. For ...
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How to say any day after a particular date?

My interviewer mailed me this: When can you come in for a technical interview? Is it correct to say "15th June 2013 or any other Saturday after that" or is there any other correct phrase to say ...
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What does "... they believe were to be ..." mean?

For evidence, investigators pulled from along the driveway a few dozen castor bean plants that they believe were to be the raw material for the biological toxin ricin, which can be fatal if ingested ...
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Is it grammatically correct to remove "The" from the beginning of a photo title?

For example in a photo there is a river. Can we title it "River" and not "The River"? Or there are some women who are sitting and standing on the ground. Can we title the photo "Sitting & Standing ...
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"I'm not able to make it fly high"

I'm not able to make it fly high. If I change not able to unable, will it retain the same meaning? When should I use not able and when unable? Is the phrase fly high correct? Suppose I'm trying to ...
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What's the role of "whatsoever" in this sentence?

Meanwhile, Cathy has become a prostitute at the most respectable brothel in the city of Salinas. She renames herself "Kate" and embarks on a devious – and successful – plan to ingratiate herself with ...
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I guess 'which' should be instead 'where' in these two sentences

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I read: Nose still stinging where it had hit the hearth, Harry made his way swiftly and silently toward the door, but [...] (page 49) I think the ...
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Subject-verb-agreement

I'm learning English and I'm having trouble on understanding which word I should use to avoid any subject-verb agreement issue. Which one is correct? The counting of votes are easy. The ...
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Is it grammatically correct to write restrictive clauses (of the form: which ... ) in this way?

The darkness, which had felt like it would last forever, gives way to dawn. The heavens open and light, which had seemed never to return, flows down. I could not help be overcome by wonder as I ...
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Is this verb usage idiomatically/grammatically correct?

For some reason, "slammed into" here sounds off to me. Does it sound OK to you? If it doesn't, please explain why. It was not uncommon for those chimpanzees to die within just a few days of ...
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Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? Why?

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? Are both OK? The butler relayed to them Eugene’s instruction to use as little seasoning as possible. The butler relayed to them ...
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using plural nouns with plural nouns?

I wanted to say "Please take a look at the ones with check marks beside them". But I was kind of confused whether it is more correct to say "Please take a look at the ones with a check mark beside ...
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Attached is a copy you've requested?

My friend wrote me this sentence and got me really confused. "Attached is the file you've requested." Is this sentence grammatically correct? Why isn't it "attached is the file you requested"? I ...
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Present perfect or not?

I have some sentences that I wanted to ask the experts here. When emailing people in present tense, do I have to use future tense in order to be grammatically correct? "You need to call me ...
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Tense of noticing/realizing things

When you explain to someone that you realized or noticed something at a certain point, should the realizing or noticing be past perfect or simple past or present perfect? I emailed you because I ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? (in less than ... since)

Is this sentence correct? The man died in less than a month since the start of his fast.
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Use of 'still' in present continuous tense

John is still reading the book. The above sentence looks odd to me. The use of 'still' in present continuous tense is not correct I guess? Right?
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stunningly at the end of a sentence

David, john and others are looking outside through the window stunningly. Here I put 'stunningly' at the end of a sentence to indicate that they look something stunned. Is this correct?
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What does one refer to?

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other gold. (A Korean middle school English textbook) Does one indicate new friends or any of both: new friends or the old ones?
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What does an "A/an before the comparative/superlative adjectives" change in the sentence, semantincally?

What is the difference when you use a/an before comparative/superlative adjectives and when you do not use it? Does it depend on the context or is there a grammatical rule? which one is correct? For ...
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"On the flatcar" versus "on to the flatcar" versus "on to flatcar" versus "on flatcar"

Mike helps John to get on the flatcar. Mike helps John to get on to the flatcar. Mike helps John to get on flatcar. Mike helps John to get on to flatcar. Mike helps John to get ...
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Should I use "was" or not?

I thought I was supposed to. He was served. The above two sentences are correct . Please explain me why the below sentence is wrong. What was happened to him?
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write form into cover letter [closed]

Today morning I have faced a viva-voce exam, and I did good in exam. How will I write this as formal cover-letter with 100 % Grammatically accuracy? What tense is good for mentioning this? past tense ...
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mixed functional and non-functional requirement

Some background: Functional requirement of a web service is concerned with the correctness of the web service's function, say the service will always return a number that is less than two. The non-...
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When and why do/does "staff" as a collective noun get plural/singular pronoun/verb?

I know that collective nouns such as staff, team, crew, and family can get both singular and plural pronouns/verbs in different situations and contexts, but my question is only about staff when used ...
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Correct usage of "which"

Am I using which correctly when combining the following sentences? The usage of normal vector for searching plane objects is introduced. The method is formed by seeking points representing a plane ...
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Can "relevant to" be replaced by "due to"?

In the following sentence, can "relevant to" be replaced by "due to"? Our modification addresses the problem relevant to disturbing objects attached to the main object. Our modification ...
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Is "in which" relevant here?

I am writing the following sentence. In contrast to the object modeling, (ABC et al., 2009) present an approach for urban object recognition using shape knowledge in which a set of features ...
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What is the difference between "can not" and "cannot"?

I have found both in texts of native English speakers but couldn't find the difference. In EL&U site people edited all my "can not" to cannot. So again I couldn't find out the matter. Which of ...
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Can the word "geek" be used as an adjective?

I'd like to know whether I should use the word "geek" as an adjective or noun?
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"Back in 2000 for example" or "for example, back in 2000"

I think the second sentence sounds nicer, but I was always taught that time should be at the beginning. So, what's right? Back in 2000 for example, I built a robot. For example, back in 2000, I built ...
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Should I use "kissed" or "kiss" in this sentence?

Should I use the simple past tense or the present tense? Would you mind very much if I kissed you? Would you mind very much if I kiss you?
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Is the structure of "a/an X kind of Y" correct? [closed]

Is this structure correct or not? An orange kind of morning is desired. Can I replace X with a noun like Europe,Japan,India etc. or not? For example: An India kind of morning is desired after ...
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How to say about your blood pressure?

Which of the following expressions is more correct or exposes a better English structure or grammar? My blood pressure is low/high. I suffer from/have low/high blood pressure? After some Googling I ...
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Plural or singular when comparing two different objects?

Should I use plural or singular when comparing two different objects? For example, I want to tell a friend that I have two clothes that are of different styles but have the same color. "The colors ...
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Correctness of "Which has best served" (present perfect)

I have this sentence: The system shall allow any customer to find the restaurant which has best served a specific food item. I want to say that there are many restaurants serving food items and I ...
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Can I use "I was wondering" with simple past

Can I use "I was wondering" with simple past? For example, I called my friend's house but his mom answered the phone. I introduced myself and asked her "I was wondering if he was available". Did I ...
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Can we omit the subject of second sentence when they relate to each other

I am having the following construction. 1: The figure demonstrates that the most frequent rmse falls within the range of 0.3m-0.6m. The deviation is approximately equal to the resolution of ...
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Does using a colon (:) correctly combine these 2 sentences?

I'm asking about the following construction. I'm not sure whether the way I use a colon to combine my sentences is correct. Here, I would like to summarize the reasons for my extension request: ...
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What is the correct usage of "cause"?

Regarding the following construction Lengthy literature survey is mainly caused for this extension. I would like to ask: Do I correctly use "cause" in above sentence? What is the general rule ...
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Can we say "issues are not an obstacle"?

I just read an answer on Stack Exchange containing the following sentence. If these issues are not an obstacle, then […]. Is this grammatically correct? I think it should be rewritten as follows: ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say 'interrupting the perspective'?

The context I want to use it in is as follows: There were no partitions separating one division from another either. The only things interrupting the perspective in places, were the columns ...
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How to ask someone when they will submit their work in an e-mail

In brief, I want to write an e-mail inquiring an agency as when will they submit the work. This is what I have written. I am not quiet sure whether it is the proper way of writing the mail. I would ...
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"His/her" or just "his"? [closed]

Should I use his or his/her in the following sentence? The user can determine his name.
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Question regarding simple/compound/complex sentences

We read about these three classes of sentences. For example, It is too hot to go out without an umbrella. (Simple) It is so hot that we cannot go out without an umbrella. (Complex) It is very hot and ...
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Is it 'cold to touch' or 'cold to the touch'?

Do you need the article 'the' in the following sentence. Please explain. The gun felt cold to touch. The gun felt cold to the touch.
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regarding "how you paid and how you get the ticket?" [closed]

Is the following conversation grammatically? Me: Have you bought the air ticket via this agency directly? Jack: I bought once. me: How you paid and how you get the ticket?
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Is "not even ever more" grammatical? [closed]

And still, we are compel to a critical approach to our practices if –as Ferrajoli claims- even very realistic reasons –that is, prudential reasons- are invoked: our own lives –and not even ever more ...
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Is it correct to say 'It takes 2 hours, 4 hours top'?

I'd have expected it should rather be 2 hours, 4 hours max. So can top in this context be used like a synonym for max? Is this a common phrase?