Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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Is “sat a horse” grammatical?

I came across the phrase "sat a horse" in a novel. I ignored it as a typo, thinking it should have been "I sat on a horse." However I searched this on Google now and I find a number of examples where ...
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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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How can I rewrite this sentence?

The System must be secure: a. Data encryption. b. User Identification using SIM number and a password. c. User Authentication using verification code. I think the sentence is not ...
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Is “lose” correct in this context? [closed]

The system must be recoverable to protect data from any lose. I don't know if it is grammatically correct; in particular, I don't know if lose is correct, or what I should use instead of it.
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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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“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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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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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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Usage of the article 'a' and 'the' and suggestion for better wording

1) Is the 'a' before 'shirtless Jimi Hendrix' not required? Because my word processor keeps marking it as wrong when I use it. I'm sure 'Jimi Hendrix' is not a mass noun. If it is not required, ...
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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?
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Is 'sidelined' the right word here: “But these days she feels as if she has been sidelined.”

Also, are these sentences grammatically correct? If not, why? But these days she feels as if she has been sidelined. But these days she feels as if she has been sidelined, pushed back as far as she ...
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How many students are involved in the question “How do students actually learn from each other?”, two or more than two?

In Bill Bryson's book titled "Mother Tongue. The Story of the English Language", on page 132 it says that "we must use each other for two things and one another for more than two." So, when I read ...
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I have “a doubt” about whether this phrase is acceptable English

To my (British) ear, it never sounds correct to say you have a doubt about something. I expect that doubt to be pluralised, even if there's only one specific thing that I'm doubtful of, in one ...
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Tense choice problem

I have to go to sleep because I have a class [-----] at 7:30 A.M. In the above sentence, which of the following fits correctly in the blank, and why? begin begins is beginning began
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Is this sentence correct?

For your perusal and evaluation, I have enclosed my curriculum vitae for further information. My main problem with this sentence is the double usage of the word for. My idea was to replace it with ...
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“Your mail is received.” or “Your mail was received.”?

I'm looking for the right subject for my email autoresponder. Your mail is received. Your mail was received. Which one is correct or more acceptable?
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Omitting the existential “there” and the dummy “it” in sentences

Steve Glassman in the book "On the Trail of the Maya Explorer" writes: On the walls were pictures, some drawn by artists of Guatemala and others that had been brought from Spain. Is [it] ...
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“So as to” at the beginning of a sentence

Usually, in scientific literature I have found: In order to achieve something, we did something Is it possible to use the same construct with "so as to" ? So as to achieve something, we did ...
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What should be used: “you got it” or “you get it”?

When I sent a mail to a person and he's on chat right there. What should I ask, "You got it?" or "You get it?"
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When to use “of”, “in” and “at”?

I never know how to use prepositions like of, in or at. What's the rules for each one of then? My last doubt was about this sentence: Order of importance Order in importance Order at importance ...
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Joining two sentences using “which”?

I have following constructions, The geometric reconstruction of the pentagon models is then performed using graph cut approach. The geometric reconstruction of the pentagon models can be ...
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What is simple and grammatically correct?

I have two constructions with the same meaning: The estimation of these attributes is difficult by using traditional field measurements method, which is rather expensive and time-consuming. ...
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correct usage of clauses referring to subject and object

I have a doubt on my construction. Here is my original idea. i have written it in 2 sentences. Outer bounds are fixed using method A. Method A leads to a closed polygon having preserved their ...
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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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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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Does further explanation help to clarify statements?

Let us say that I am explaining the reason behind something: This occurs because of a disparity in globally utilized parameters, since they are isolated from objects’ local conditions. Here, ...
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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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Dropping a preposition

Uncle Vernon made another funny noise, like a mouse being trodden on. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) Can on at the end of the sentence be dropped?
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When describing a ratio, should 'between' or 'of' be used?

When describing a ratio, should ratio between or ratio of be used? Example: The ratio between floor area of smallest rectangle to the enclosed contour area of a polygon is tested with a defined ...
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usage of although

I am trying to learn how to use although. Is the sentence below correct? Although, low vegetation being portrayed as buildings is restricted by the elevation constraint, some vegetation patches ...
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What does 'should' serve in “It is also important that we 'should' say no”?

It is also important that we should say no to wrong. And if there is something going wrong we must have the confidence to say that this thing is going wrong, and we must raise our voice. (The ...
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Is the adverbial in the sentence in the right place?

The institution name I used was "Institution name". Is the "I used" in the right place in the sentence?
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In the sentence “How did John do?”, should the verb “do” be replaced with “does”?

While giving my exam online, there was a comparison with John. There I found one sentence: How did John do? Is it right grammatically? I think John is one person so does should be used. Please ...
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Is it wrong to say “You are smarter than me”?

You are smarter than me. You are smarter than I am. Is there any difference between these two? One of my friends told me first sentence is wrong, but the second one is correct. But he could not ...
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“Neither”, “none”, “no one” + [of them] + verb-s

In a comment on English Language & Usage I read the following answer responding to a(n) asker's question: "Neither sound natural." I have always had more than one doubt on the "neither" usage and ...
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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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Is this sentence grammatically wrong?

Had Nick been here on time, we would not have missed the train. [Introduction] Had Nick been here on time, we would not miss the train. Is the second sentence grammatically wrong, or are the two ...
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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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Do you work or are you a student?

If someone is asked the question below, Q: Do you work or are you a student? A: Neither. I had a job couple of months ago, but I lost it because... does this answer above sound correct?
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“aged X” vs. “age X”

Should it be "aged 85" or "age 85", when you want to indicate someone's age?
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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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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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Using “ought” in a question: “Ought I celebrate?” or “Do I ought to celebrate?”

How do I ask a question using ought? Ought I congratulate him? (like in this post) But I ought to congratulate is easily turned into Do I ought to congratulate, just like I have congratulate becomes ...
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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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What's wrong with 'the students' cheating displeased themselves'?

The students’ cheating displeased themselves. It seems to make sense, but a book says it’s ungrammatical. I can’t find any reason for it. What’s wrong with the sentence?
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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 ...