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

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please correct: “Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.”

Is it correct to use Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.
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“Being” or “to be”? [duplicate]

Which is better structured? "She loves to be herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being and not appearing"
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Usage of the phrase “type of”

I'm creating a worksheet for my students, and one of the questions asks them to identify which expression from three given expressions is correct. I am not sure how to pose the question, but I think ...
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Why does pluralization of compound words typically occur in the middle as opposed to the end of the word?

As I understand, correct plural versions of passerby and attorney general become passersby and attorneys general. But why? With passerby, the the preposition "by" has been combined with the noun ...
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Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?

The sentence Except the buildings built towards the end of his life, the buildings erected in Istanbul can be assumed to be his. was recently used in a question here. I edited to replace ...
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You can vs. You may

I'm struggling with the use of "can" or "may" in this sentence. "Maybe you can encounter one of our relatives" or "Maybe you may encounter one of our relatives." Which is correct? Or are ...
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We can love them and let them know we care about them and their family. [duplicate]

Please correct this sentence: Indeed we can love them and let them know we care about them and their family.
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Finding Grammatical Error In A Model SAT sentence

Sacajawea, a Native American woman, whose ability to translate between indigenous languages and English was extremely helpful to the explorers, Louis and Clark, on their expedition to the Pacific ...
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'use of' or 'use' [on hold]

Should I use 'use of integrated' or 'use integrated'? Ability to use integrated development environment to accelerate and support the design and creation of applications process: Microsoft ...
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How old are you? or What is your age? [on hold]

Which is more common or used more and also the correct way of asking?
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The grammar behind 'above mentioned'

A colleague of mine wrote the following sentence: I have worked on the below mentioned issues: Now, I'm not a native speaker, and certainly not an authority on grammar. I construct sentences ...
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In what (semantic) context might “REFUSE” be used with a gerund complement?

I know that, prescriptively speaking, that the verb "refuse" is supposed to be followed by an infinitive. For example: The parents refused to buy the dangerous toy for their kid. Since language ...
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Is “switched” always used as a verb?

I was thinking that the word switched could be used as a noun and maybe an adjective too but I might just be making grammar mistakes. Switched in the dictionary only shows up as being a verb! Here ...
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Using past tense for retelling events, even though the logic behind the decisions made is still valid [duplicate]

This is related to this question about using past tense when speaking of something that was observed in the past, but you know it still is the same. What if you're talking about a generally held ...
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Words that sound grammatically incorrect [on hold]

I am looking for a list of words that sound grammatically incorrect. The only one that I have found so far is Amen because when heard outside of a sentence, it sounds incorrect, since you could ...
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“Informing” — Gerund instead of Verb+Object?

I think if we take informing as a noun in this sentence, it should be fine. What are your views on the grammaticality of the following sentence? He left me without informing.
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“Things are N1, N2, N3” or “Things are with N1, N2, N3”?

I wrote a sentence in my article: The most important things are: practicability, simplicity however my friend told me that the sentence should be: The most important things are with ...
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Is 'it' redundant in '… which God hath ordained it' ? (1899 UK)

I was reading this which linked to Prof Lawler's PDF. I thought to try the Matriculation examination in 1899 just (on p 6 of 6) to test the littleness of my linguistic knowledge: 10. "To make a ...
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using are to name but a few

In a very formal writing style, Is it fine to use to name but a few in a separate sentence? There are a lot of algorithms to do hashing. MD5, SHA1 and CRC are to name but a few.
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Is This The Correct Grammar Structure for “I Thought…”? [closed]

I thought they had a dog. I thought he was injured. I thought she had breakfast. What's the general form of this grammar structure? Can I replace "thought" with just any word and it would still ...
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Position of adverb with respect to the adjective it modifies [closed]

The arm was so badly injured (a) that he must have (b) it amputated (c). Which part of this sentence has an error? Should it be "The arm was injured so badly." Is that right?
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Is the “B” in Brussels Sprouts capitalized? [closed]

It's not standard to capitalize "F" in french fries... In that case what is the proper way to write it?
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object or complement confusion?

In this sentence: He is going to school. is the word "school" an object or complement? My confusion arises from the dual observations that: (a) it apparently can not be object, because the verb ...
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a path to v+ing / a path to + verb

which one is grammatically correct an auspicious path to fighting against rape. an auspicious path to fight rape. or maybe an auspicious path towards the fight against rape
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Alternative for “couldn't not help”?

Given a sentence like: I couldn’t not help him right? I was wondering if that sentence was grammatically correct, and even if it is, what better way is there to rephrase it? Because as it ...
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Can you be metaphorically abrasive to something?

I just made the statement: I’m abrasive to poetry. And I was told that it’s not grammatically correct. Does it make sense?
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'develop' or 'developing' [closed]

Here are my constructions: He has the ability to develop policies, procedures and solutions that improve network disaster recovery and business continuity. He has the ability to developing ...
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Problem with sentences structures [closed]

I have problem with sentences structures. I have sentences: He possesses wide span of skills and specialized knowledge in design, implementation, management, and maintenance a fully ...
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can use neither and not together? [closed]

The price estimates include both state and national taxes, neither not delivery charges. Is this corrected? I know 'neither' and 'not' can't use together.
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Why not 'somewhy'?

When I originally wrote this ELL question, I used 'somewhy' instead of 'for some reason' for want of concision. Only afterwards, a user kindly advised that 'somewhy' obsolesced. But why? Google led ...
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Are my friend vs. are my friends? [closed]

Which one of the following is correct and why? You both are my friend. or You both are my friends.
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Is “He is risen” Correct?

This is not correct, right? Mixing present tense and past tense makes me think it is not correct but I see it so often on signs that I'm not even sure any more. Is there a specific reason why it's ...
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“Twice (adj.)-er” vs. “two times (adj.)-er” vs. “twice/two times as (adj.) as”

Suppose we are comparing a particular characteristic (that takes comparative -er) of two items, A and B. Compared to B, A displays double that characteristic. There are multiple ways we can express ...
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“There's no point” vs. “it's no point”

I came across this English test question: You aren't allowed to use your mobile so ________. it's no point in leaving it on [my answer] there's no point in leaving it on [correct ...
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Using “well” to start a sentence [duplicate]

What does "well" mean when used to start a sentence. Examples: "Well I never like going to the store with my aunt" "Well its still better than cooking onions"
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Do I need a determining pronoun if it can be implied?

It’s the hour at which they usually go out for their daily walk or It’s the hour they usually go out for their daily walk
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Usage of “Only” and “Comma” [closed]

I was wondering if these sentences are correct ; Only then did she realize the stress he was under. (o) What if we add a comma in this sentence? Only then, did she realize the stress he was ...
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The use of “Their” [duplicate]

I saw on facebook recently where its states and individuals birthday for all to see and comment the use of "their", which seemed inappropriate to me. Upon further investigation on my singular male ...
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“Making Do” or “Make Do”? [closed]

Consider the following sentence At present, I'm making do with what I have Though it tells you what I'm trying to convey, something feels funny about the phrase "making do". Is it grammatically ...
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What do you call the grammatical element that describes the state of being of the subject?

Suppose we have these sentences: 1. Smiling, she offered me a hot cup of chocolate. 2. Busy finishing my homework, I have no time to even think about video games. 3. Knowing there's little change of ...
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what to use: Them or it? [closed]

Question about the phrase: please, could you fill out 3 documents in attachment and send them (or it?) to me Thank you in advance!
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To have ALL + adjective + noun

I am wondering whether the sentence That school has all smart students is a valid alternative to All the students of that school are smart. Is it idiomatic/grammatically sound? (Let's ...
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Which is more grammatically correct; [closed]

Which is more grammatically correct - a guide to things to do or a guide of things to do?
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Is “He should be consequenced” an error?

I've been watching The Sopranos recently; a very useful vehicle for picking up American pronunciation and mob slang. In series one, episode seven, Tony Soprano and his wife Carmela are in the school ...
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What Do You Call It when a Noun is Used as a Verb?

Like "Petition": I signed a 'petition,' and carried it onward to 'petition' for support of lower wages & more suffering etc.
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Is a verb pattern possible [closed]

Is this sentence correct: The teacher told every single one of the pupils rewrite their essays.
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Is it correct to shorten “you have” to “you've”? [closed]

If "you are" can be shortened to "you're", can "you have" be shortened to "you've"? Is it acceptable? If yes, what are the situations where it can be used?
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'For while …, yet …' : Right quantity and use of conjunctions?

For while the capacity to overcome all opposing sensible impulses can and must be simply presupposed in man on account of his freedom, yet this capacity as strength is something he must acquire. ...
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“It's a long time that” - correct or not?

I recently used the following phrasing in an fictional informal dialogue: It's a long time that I did this. Someone (a native speaker of English) corrected me and told me that I should use ...
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Should I use Singular or Plural for “Donor(s) List”? [duplicate]

To be recognized in the Saddle River Donors List and help the Saddle River community, please include your tax free donation: Should it be Donors or Donor?