Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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

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“By” or without “by”

Are these correct sentences and can they be with or without "by"? A child is someone who can call a duck a goose. A child is someone who can call a duck by a goose.
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Is “for the purpose that” grammatically correct?

I have googled and rarely found the example of usage. Instead I found "for the purpose of" is more common. My English teacher, who is not English-native speaker, showed me one but I rather disagree ...
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IPA natural classes, what makes a natural class?

What makes a natural class in phonology? Can we consider [k, x, q,χ] a natural class in phonology? I think it can because they are all dorsals. Is that true?
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Use of commas and the word “starring”

I'm correcting a film review by one my ESL students and she has written the following sentence as the first one in one of the paragraphs: Starring, Joaquin Phoenix, with incredible acting that makes ...
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our company is only paying

Is is only paying grammatically correct in the following sentence? if you took pictures yesterday, please note that our company is only paying for 1 picture per person. If you need additional ...
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The accident “to” somebody or the accident “of” somebody?

Which sentence is correct? Or are both or neither correct? The accident to my child was traumatic. The accident of my child was traumatic. Maybe the first one is correct as in English we say an ...
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have vs will have

May I know which one of the following is grammatical? I won't take your time anymore as you have another meeting later I won't take your time anymore as you will have another meeting later
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Find out what your supervisor can do

Is the following sentence grammatical and idiomatic? The context is to ask the call center staff, who told me that his supervisor will help to look into a matter, and he is not sure about the right of ...
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Update of the status

Is the following grammatical and idiomatic if I want to ask somebody to provide me an estimated time for the update How long should I wait for the update of the status?
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“She isn't a movie-going person”

What does "movie-going" mean in this phrase? Can we use the same for other locations like the theater or the stadium? She isn't a movie-going person Source: https://twitter.com/tvs_movies/status/...
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Different between verb + ing and verb + ed

Can somebody helps to explain what are the differences between these sentences? What grammar is this? ex) 1. - This is an added product - This is an adding product - This is an ...
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Why is “what's what?” always wrong as a question?

When I talk to somebody, and I miss a certain part(word) of the sentence they said, I have a habit of replacing the unheard part with what and ask the same sentence like this: Speaker: Can you ...
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What is the grammaticality of “not” in “I hope not” and “I know not”?

This question stemmed from the lyrics of the song Vague Utopia by Tia Gostelow. One of the lines from the chorus is as following: I just want you to know, And i know not what the younger dreams,...
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Is this sentence incorrect?

"People have become more health-conscious than in the past." Is this sentence ungrammatical? Someone who is not native English speaker said that it is ungrammatical to make a comparison between '...
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Would you like to explain these sentences to me?

I need the design a stunning app icon. I need to design a stunning app icon. I need the design to be a stunning app icon. Please review those sentences and explain what meanings they express. I'm ...
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Native speaker doesn't follow grammar rules

One of my clients who is a native English speaker said to me, "I need the design a stunning app icon" To me, the sentence or phrase should be "I need the design to be a stunning app icon" The ...
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“Thanks for interesting to” vs. “Thanks for your interest to”: which one is correct?

I got an email from a professor which started with: Thanks for interesting to work with me... I was wondering if this is grammatically correct. I thought the correct usage should be: Thanks for ...
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I am bit confused with the following sentence

What the different between "So exciting to be part of it" and "So excited to be part of it" which one is correct?
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Cyberbullying means bullying that “takes” place using electronic technology

I don't know why the need to use 'takes" and not "take"? Can somebody tell me why??
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Is “I, you and he have committed a crime” correct?

Could you tell me if the following sentence is correct and why? I, you and he have committed a serious crime. I was giving a test which gave this solution and the explanation that 1st person ...
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Is it “a player who always do” or “who always does”?

I have a doubt question or confusion about the following structure: I am a player who always do the best. or I am a player who always does the best" Which is the correct version? I think the "do" ...
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Compliance “to be mandatory”

I want to ask a question about the function of the word "compliance". I was writing a text regarding politics and wanted to mention whether if the United Kingdom left the EU whether some of the ...
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What is the correct sequence of negatives for this use case?

Which of the following sentences is most grammatical for US English, or are all of them ungrammatical and should be written differently? I will not allow anyone to do something to him or her. ...
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Are there any grammatical errors in the statement “As are you.”?

If someone compliments you, and you want to respond with the same compliment, Is it grammatically incorrect to say “As are you my friend."
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Is “make a difference” fit to this conditions?

I want to make a slogan in English. What I want is, my brand slogan is grammatically correct and accordance to below conditions. Following brand names, like: [BRAND NAME]. [slogan] Sentence ...
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Hope it gets better if he's trying to run whatever it is off [closed]

He moving better than before but still doesn't seem he can sprint. Hope it gets better if he's trying to run whatever it is off. – what does it mean (to run whatever it is off) in that sentence.
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Is “I had the chance read him in his report, not all his report…” correct?

I have a full sentence: "I had the chance to read him in his reports, not all of his reports were perfect but his writing skill on a level far from I expected" Is this same with "I had the chance ...
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To ask about the process

I wish to confirm the process from the other party after I told them my assumption of the process. Are the following questions grammatical and idiomatic: Is it what the process should be? If ...
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Why study english?

Is the following grammatical and idiomatic (verb directly follow why) for both writing and speaking english Why study english? Why go home early? As I normally use the following format: ...
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Is the sentence, “I'm really enjoying reading these.”, grammatically correct? [closed]

Is the sentence, "I'm really enjoying reading these.", grammatically correct? Though clumsy, I believe it to be correct.
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Go some in number

For example, the teacher has a gradebook and asks you about your position in the gradebook . Is this correct to say this and maybe there should be numeric?: Teacher: What number do you go in the ...
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They are more accepting to this concept

They are more accepting to the idea of John rather than the idea of Peter. They are more acceptance to the idea of John rather than the idea of Peter. What I wanted to say is that they could ...
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“I was bornt with” and “like to have”

I feel that fun-loving nature is what I was bornt with. When I look back when I was a child, I like to have fun with other kids. Is it correct to say I was bornt with other possibilities could ...
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the correct way to use “who” in sentences [closed]

I'm little bit confused with these sentences People who dont have purpose are prone to addictions. People who dont have purpose prone to addictions. Which one is correct? People who ...
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What is the correct preposition to use in/for this sentence?

What is the correct preposition to use in the following sentence? I found some information on the Internet and I used it in/for my project.
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Is chosen vs is being chosen vs has been chosen [closed]

How many of you are being chosen? How many of you are chosen? How many of you have been chosen? May I know which of the above are grammatical and the reason?
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An exam of French?

Is it grammatically correct to say "An exam of French". Or should I say "A French exam"? I tried to google it, it gives a few results, but a lot were found in languages learning forum from non ...
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Gerund usage as passive

How to use passive gerund. Any help would be appreciated. Do these sentences express the same meaning "He is looking for his watch being found few minutes before". "He is looking for his watch that ...
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Regarding “have a say on this”

Is the following sentence grammatical, the context is when we want the boss to comment on something the team has decided: Does John have a say on this?
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Grammar usage in quasi passive voice

What is the procedure to use "being" in english sentence.how to apply in english sentence in quasi passive voice. Any reference would be appreciated
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Clarity of understanding of the meaning

For example, I want someone doesn't do something then which one will be correct? And also I want him to do this. Does the first one mean that he will not do this and the second one Doesn't it mean he ...
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Describing the past events with proper tense choice

I want to describe a past incident. Like, a few months ago I faced a bike accident. I tell the story to one of my friends. I describe the story in the past tense. Like, I wanted to buy groceries. ...
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Construction with “Let”

Do you say like that as below and is one of them grammatically correct? Let's I will do that. Let me you all/all of you do this. Let's I will let you do this.
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via survey or via a survey? Which one is grammatically correct?

I've found a similar topic related to "via the Internet", but I'm still wondering if you can use the phrase without a preposition - "via survey." I conducted primary research via survey. vs. I ...
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What is your life or What is your life like?

Which one is correct? Or are they both correct? What is the difference? Are they interchangeable? I didn't find any results on google about the first one: What is your life like in two words? or ...
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footage surfaces of someone/something

footage surfaces of someone/something What does it mean?
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How many increase

How many increase in the (number of) jobs go to Americans? Is using How many increase correct above (instead of How much increase)
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“For another same amount of time” in this context

The bus arrives at our local bus stop at 8am. The other day my brother and I were going to catch the bus and we went to the bus stop at 7:50am so we had to wait for 10 minutes. My 10-year-old brother ...
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“ How many meter timbers do you need to build a cabin ?”

Can I say “ How many meter timbers do you need to build a cabin ?” İnstead of “how tall should timbers you need to build a cabin be ? “ I don’t have any context for this but I wonder If “ ...
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Does something interest (in) you or Do you interest (in) something?

Why is it correct to say: "Does something interest you" but not "Do you interest something"? But when we ask for example "Do you want to ask him" and "Does he want to ask me" are correct. Or does it ...

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