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

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Using “The” when starting sentence with a noun

My sentence starts with a noun: Shall I add "The": The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is becoming .. or leave it without an article: HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is becoming ..
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Which tense do I use when reporting an action that occurred yesterday?

Today I told my friend that yesterday I had read the book which my father had given me two weeks ago Today (when I told my friend) is 23rd March; I read the book on 22nd March, and my father gave it ...
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Why is the preposition omitted?

Examples: 1. I'm busy doing homework. 2. I could use your help getting the tire back on car. Why there's no prepositions, like : .....in doing homework. .....in getting the ..... ...
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crosscheck x with z?

I am not sure about my use of the word crosscheck. I have a sentence similar to: To ensure the program correctness, we manually crosscheck the program's xyz function, and the product expiration ...
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Is “I did not breakfast today” correct?

Is the following sentence correct? I did not breakfast today Due to breakfast coming from ‘to break your fast’.
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Some one next door( was playing/has played/had been playing / has been playing ) heavy metal music all night long.I didn't get a wink of sleep

What is the difference between ( was playing and had been playing here ) what is the correct choise ?
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sentence fragment to be improved

I ask the following as a non-native English speaker. In this question, I have trouble understanding how does "accompany me to my office" connect to anything else in the sentence. Original sentence: ...
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Use of paid as adjective

Can i use “paid” as an adjective while indicating an amount as is the case with the sentence below ? Plastic bag will be paid by 25 cent . Or would it be better to say: Plastic bags will be ...
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awkward or wrong?

This sentence sounds pretty awkward to me but I can't come up with an explanation. Could someone explain it? I wish to assure you that I should make every effort to be worthy of the confidence ...
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Had had (Is it a past perfect or past simple)

Look at the sentence that is in Italic. I wonder if had had there is the past-perfect or is it the Past Simple followed by 'had to'? I'm confused. Helen stepped outside her front door to see what ...
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Use of “become in debt”

I couldn’t understand why we use amount of debt before “in debt “ . I mean would it be wrong to use it like : I become in a $10000 debt .
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Sent vs sent to; present vs present to [duplicate]

Now I’d like to present you guys, the trailer of the movie. Vs Now I’d like to present to you guys, the trailer of the movie. Also, This is the last letter she sent me. Vs This is the ...
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Is “say+do” grammatically correct?

The man they said was her husband, seated in a chair ... I always think 2 verbs can't be linked.
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Leave someone something vs leave someone with something

When his grandfather died, he left his grandson a typewriter. Vs When his grandfather died, he left his grandson with a typewriter. Is with required? Or not?
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Is the grammatical construction of this sentence correct?

I read a sentence in The Hindu which was Does he regard only Hindus as "the people of India" to the exclusion of other communities? I think it's fine until India. But the next part "to the ...
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You will be surprised - which tense is it?

It can't be the future continuous because there isn't ing form. Is it the simple future?
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this is sentence correct and portray what i mean to say

you sitting behind me was less distracting that you came and sat in front of me is this grammatically correct, does this sentence portray what i mean to say if you get it.
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In the morning, Rice was eaten by me. Is there any dangling? [closed]

1. I ate rice in the morning. 2. In the morning, I ate rice. 3. Rice was eaten by me in the morning. 4. In the morning, Rice was eaten by me. Are they all correct sentencess? In the last sentence, ...
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There is few rules and regulations. Is it a grammatically correct sentence?

There is few rules and regulations. Is it a grammatically correct sentence? I mean whether it be IS or ARE
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“This is considered…” vs. “This is considered as…” [duplicate]

Does this "as" change the meaning or correctness of this sentence? This is considered as socially desired. This is considered socially desired. Are both of them grammatically correct? Why or why ...
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“This is considered…” vs. “This is considered as…”

Does this "as" change the meaning or correctness of this sentence? This is considered as socially desired. This is considered socially desired. Are both of them grammatically correct? Why or why ...
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Is this grammatical?

There's a precedent for well-bred girls addicted to the paranormal. I get the feeling that after the 'girls' you should say 'to have addicted' instead of the past verb 'addicted'. And if you want ...
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Can noun follow by it

I have found this sentence. It said 'Whatever the final answer to the water crisis may be, it is evident that within the High Plains, irrigation water will never again be the abundant, inexpensive ...
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“In the east” VS “to the east”

Today I come across a sentence in my book: There are more people farther away, especially to the east. But if I say: There are more people further away, especially in the east. Do the both ...
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“What is the opposite word for X?” Is the sentence correct?

I always use: What is the opposite of X ? But today I came across: What is the opposite word for X ? Are the both grammatical? Thank you.
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“ was stemming from ” vs “ was stemmed from ”?

The last time I put my pen to the paper, was suffering from a great deal of regret, wrote something about the things that I thought this regret was stemming/stemmed from. I couldn't figure out which ...
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English History professors are very smart is ambiguity? [closed]

Also, She hates scratching dogs is ambiguous too?
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In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk [closed]

it's grammatically wrong to say: "In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk"?
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Using the phrase “prefixed by” [duplicate]

Which one seems correct? non-xx domains (those that are not prefixed with "xx" sub-domains) Or non-xx domains (those that are not prefixed by "xx" sub-domains)
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Sentence from 'The Plague' novel

Sentence is "He was deterred by the thought that not one of his sufferings but was common to all the others and that in a world where sorrow is so often lonely this was an advantage". I don't ...
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“What is your name” vs. “What your name is” in this context [closed]

Which sentence is grammatical: Tell me, what is your name? Tell me, what your name is. Tell me the uses of both the sentences along with correct punctuation marks.
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Using “name the .. with”

What should I use? I want to say we give the name xx-prog to the program (that I already described. [...] and we name the program with xx-prog. Or, [...] and we name the program xx-prog.
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“For background on ..” vs. “for a backgroun on ..”

This is somewhat tricky articles case: For a background on X, see .. vs. For background on X, see .. By background, I mean background about a specific topic to build knowledge on it.
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“Percentage of … Higher than that [of/in] …”

Which one is correct (using of or in): The percentage of tiny devices in the IPs dataset is higher than that of the top websites. Or The percentage of tiny devices in the IPs dataset is ...
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“refer to something by” or “refer to something as”

The machine selects a single variable X (we refer to the latter by the machine's selected variable) Or The machine selects a single variable X (we refer to the latter as the machine's ...
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Which should be 'give me' or 'pay me'?

Which of these two is the correct form to say? I would sell my book if you give me 100 dollars or I would sell my book if you pay me 100 dollars Are there alternatives to say the same?
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Using “discriminated against”

In my sentence, there are some users are discriminated against by some operator. If I want to refer to users' data, I say: reveal those discriminated against users' data Is this correct use of ...
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Can the word “More” be used in this context

We usually say: How far is London? But suppose if I am along the way to London, and very tired. Can I say: How more far is London? I am not a native speaker. Thank you.
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Using plural or singular after “both”

Suppose there are two phases, a water phase and an IL phase, you can use any other name too. We did some calculation between X and each of them. Which of the following is correct: Y was calculated ...
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Conjunction to use after “one of the following” + comma-separated list

In the following sentence, which conjunction (and or or) should be used? One from these programming languages is good: PHP, Java, and/or Perl. If I use and since the sentence is referring to a ...
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I could buy it yesterday, wrong?

I just learned that I should not say: I could buy it yesterday. but rather use “was able” or “could have”. At the same time, I have just seen a sentence: He could help me but he did not. That is ...
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You got me confused with sb else..what usage of “get” is that?

In a movie I have just watched, the following sentence appeared after a guy was kidnapped: Guys, you got me confused with somebody else.. I understand that but at the same time, I am not sure what ...
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Got any more of them pixels? Is this sentence grammatical?

Got any more of them pixels? (from a meme) and Now hand me them scissors. I don't remember the sources, but I find this pattern of sentence used in movies and blogs. Being a non-native speaker, I ...
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is this structure is correct?

"Safer than with" is correct? I have seen some sentences using this structure, I think it should be safer that not safer than with, could you please help me in this issue? For exp: as it does not ...
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How do I say “If the download failed … ” correctly?

If the download failed ... Since download is a verb, it is supposed to be downloading. But it seems there is no one use downloading.
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Is my sentence correct in this situation?

Suppose, I am cooking meal, and my daughter is doing homework. Then my daughter asked me, "is the food ready?" I answered: "it will be ready by the time you will complete your homework." Is my ...
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What is the meaning of the sentence ( through )?

I watched the mailman put one of my letters through your door. is there any missing part in this sentence ?
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Can the verb acknowledge be used in this form “acknowledge to sb”?

I came across this sentence when reading a book: They acknowledge as much directly to the students reading one of their textbooks when they write, "...". Is this correct? Does this mean that "...
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grammatical accuracy and meaning of the given sentences

How good are you at doing things when you're put on the spot? How good are you at doing something when you're put on the spot? Is the second one grammatically incorrect? What's the difference in the ...
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Can “wish the weather would be good tomorrow” be correct?

My teacher told me that for future, I have to use “hope”. But what about a situation like this: the weather has been bad for a few days and I am annoyed, impatient as tomorrow I go hiking. So I say “ ...