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

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Lack intellectually or Lacking intellectually

I came across a phrase on the internet that seemed wrong (surprise): "[...] especially for those who lack intellectually." In my opinion, this should say "especially for those [who are] lacking ...
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“I won't stay longer than I can help” or “longer than I can't help”?

I'm a non-native speaker of English and the following sentence makes me wonder: "I won't stay longer than I can help." I've heard similar uses of "can help" in other contexts and they all ...
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Is it third person singular or plural? [duplicate]

Do I need to add a suffix -s to the verbs in the following cases? Her academic background combined with her working experience...provideS... Her academic and professional experience.. provideS... I ...
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Please check the sentence [on hold]

I can be found interacting with different people on the floor, discussing about their life, ideas, projects and something new they recently learned.
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Are these default questions about events correct grammatically? [on hold]

As you can see below, I created some default questions which are supposed to ask about events that either have happened or will happen in future(the gaps will be filled by different events such as ...
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Where can I find some default rules to generate WH-questions ( Who, What, Where, Which, When, Why and How )? [on hold]

I have some categories for English words: PERSON - Person ORG - Organization LOC - Location TIME - Time LAW - Law NORP - Nationality GPE - Geopolitical Entity LANGUAGE - Language ...
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“New York is a great place to live.” (no preposition?)

New York is a great place to live. New York is a great place to live in. I've seen the former usage a lot and I've started wondering what the grammar aspects of it are. The main question ...
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Is this valid English: “it can help the learner generalize better”?

It sounds a bit off, but I am not sure if it valid or not. It was likely written by a native French speaker. After viewing the comments, I am including the full sentence: It has been shown to ...
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Usage of “to find out” [on hold]

Your father climbed to some rough rocks near the coast to find out that under the rocks, our friend Lake lies severely wounded. Is this usage of "to find something by chance (as a result of ...
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A is more near to B than C (is or does)? [on hold]

Which of the following sentences is correct? The approximate data values are much closer to the real data values than the original ones are. The approximate data values are much closer to the ...
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Deletions in clauses connected by “and” [on hold]

Can the words in the parentheses be omitted? Accordingly, the camera amount used to simulate one IBEO LUX LiDAR sensor is 11, and (the camera amount used to simulate one ) Velodyne (is) 36.
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“In” + gerund: “Pip joins the procession in carrying the casket”

Pip joins the funeral procession, planned out by Mr. Trabb, the tailor, in carrying Mrs. Joe’s casket through town. Is this sentence grammatically correct? One of my teachers proofread my work, ...
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“The problem is he is stingy”

I have this sentence: The problem is he is very stingy with his money. But I feel it sounds weird or even wrong with the two ises so close. Is the sentence structure grammatical? If it isn't, ...
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Had been vs was

Now this is confusing.. I wanna know the difference between the following sentences: -If you were there, I would see you. -If you had been there, I would have seen you. What's the difference ...
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“In my career as” — is “as” correct here?

I have this fragment: ... the experience and knowledge gained will be helpful in my career as a neuropathologist. Is the "as" here okay? It somehow does not sound right to me. Obviously I want ...
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“I never went to poker yesterday” - Is this grammatically correct? [duplicate]

A colleague of mine often pulls me up on my awful grammar, earlier today I said "I never went to poker yesterday" and she told me that it was grammatically incorrect. I understand that I ...
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You and Me both

Which is correct: Me and Bob have both reviewed the fees. Bob and I have both reviewed the fees. I ask this because it sounds more grammatically correct to say Me and Bob when using the ...
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“All you send me is erased” [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatical? All you send me is erased. A friend of mine always sends me pictures by phone, so I used that phrase as a response to them.
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I need help with the correct usage of You and Me/I [closed]

when is it right to say "you and me" and "you and I"?
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Having vs To Have [closed]

So I came across a grammar question that I really had no idea how to answer. The question was to pick the best answer for the blank. The question was A: Did you see Mandy's presentation this morning? ...
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Is 'Apart from by…' grammatically correct

While writing a news report, I found myself phrasing a sentence like this: "Apart from by the managing director, the report would be reviewed by three specially constituted teams." Though I ...
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Is it ok to write “Good to see you” in an email or facebook message?

An old friend of mine wrote some greetings to me on facebook. Now if I want to answer his greetings, is it ok to write: "Hi, Jhon, good to see you again"? Because I don't "see" him by e-mail or when ...
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Something happens because clause A, and clause B.

I wonder whether because can introduce two or even more reasons; if yes, how they are connected. For example, John came late because he woke up late, and his bicycle was broken. Is the sentence ...
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In the sentence structure “where + clause”, can the clause include multiple sub-clauses? [closed]

Is the clause after "where" as is shown below correct? Their relationship is given as: A + B = C (1) where A belongs to something, B is something, and C denotes ...
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The bottom graph shows the acceleration profiles, while the top the corresponding speed changes

Are the verb and noun omissions in the following sentence correct? (The words enclosed in parentheses are the omitted ones.) The bottom graph shows the acceleration profiles, while the top (graph) ...
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“He walks as if he is drunk.” Grammatically correct ? Any difference in meaning from “…as if he were drunk.”?

Is it grammatically correct to use an indicative verb after "as if", or "as though" for that matter? I've heard someone say: "He walks as if he is drunk." Would there have been any difference ...
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Much and not much

Why is it that much doesn't fit in many of the places not much does? Compare "Have you got any food in the house?" "Not much." "Would you like this old box?" "That's not much use to me." with ...
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Is “no other” + comparative grammatically correct?

There is no other harsher critic than yourself. I'm really stumped on this one. The more I read it the less correct it sounds. I think the word harsher is making the sentence sound fairly off ...
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Why can't “had better” take a that-clause?

Given that we say things such as "I'd rather (that) you do it.", I'd expect "I had better (that) you do it." to be possible as well to mean "I would consider/find/have it better that you do it.", ...
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“It follows that” + an equation or “It follows” + an equation? [closed]

Which of the following sentences is correct? (a) It follows: a=b. (1) or (b) It follows a=b. (1) or (c) It follows that: ...
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Should the verb phrases following “either” and “or” in an “either/or” sentence have the same structure?

Should the verb phrases following either and or in an "either or" sentence have the same structure? For example, is the following sentence correct? The coordinates of the points are either ...
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difference between “confer” upon & “confers” upon

In an example like: Aristotle University upon recommendation from College of Nursing and by authority of the Board of Governors of Aristotle University hereby "confer" upon Mr. John Williams the ...
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“Sally broke her leg” or “Sally has broken her leg”? How does switching the past simple with the present perfect affect meaning?

Earlier today I had a private lesson with an Italian student—intermediate level, who has been studying the present perfect vs. past simple tense. His teacher had given him an exercise where a list of ...
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Omitting “there” in a sentence

Can I omit there in the following question: How much juice is there in the bottle? When is it possible to omit there in a sentence? Any references to grammar sources are welcome and expected. ...
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“Whom” or “who” for object of a subordinate clause inside a relative clause [duplicate]

They interviewed several candidates who he thought had the experience and qualifications he required. My test prep book says this should be "who" because of the subordinate clause's predicate: ...
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What is the origin of using '-wise' as a suffix? [duplicate]

What is the origin of using '-wise' as a suffix in expressions such as the following. Is it grammatically correct? Is it strongly idiomatic, or sloppy language? 'What is he doing job-wise these ...
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Whats the past of present unreal conditonal?

What is the past of present unreal conditional ? I wish I were king ( how to make it past, is it - I wished I had been king ) What's the difference between the following two - "I wish it stopped ...
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Is it possible to say so very and very so?

I know that it is correct to use: Thank you so very much. As much as I know an adverb can be theoretically used to modify another adverb, so my question is: Is it possible to say very so ...
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Grammar used in have been and had been in sentence [duplicate]

When we are going to use have been and had been ? Especially in Past tense and Past participle ?
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Why “hundreds of <noun>s” instead of “hundreds of <noun>”?

In the expression hundreds of <noun>(s), I would think that hundreds is what's being modified because of is usually right-branching: hundreds<-{of <noun>(s)} (This is in contrast ...
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The placement of you

It was great working with you and Jan. Or It was great working with Jan and you.
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Is the usage of “in” in the following sentence correct? [closed]

Is the usage of in in the following sentence correct? She sacrificed her own life in to teach my father a lesson and hoped to keep us alive. I am reading a book that one of my friends wrote; ...
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Why is “herself” required in this particular sentence?

Why is a reflexive pronoun, i.e. herself, grammatically required in the following sentence? I gave Susie a picture of herself. Compare with: I gave Susie a picture of her. This ...
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What’s so funny about “You are winner”? [closed]

I came across one slang thing: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=You%27re%20Winner! While understand that it is grammatically incorrect and you must say "You are the winner", I don't get ...
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How to best correct ambiguity of “in the room next to me”?

A common construction in English is: There is a person in the room next to me. However, this is ambiguous because it’s unclear whether the person is in a separate room that happens to be ...
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“Write an update to people”?

In the context of the proper use of a ticket-tracking system for software development, someone said: Do not write project status updates to a limited subset of people in email. (Instead, send ...
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How to indicate “now” in storytelling?

The following sentences - I was humiliated by him, and now he was standing next to me. and And now, I was looking at him, preparing for his entrance. Are these grammatically correct? I ...
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“Not only . . . but (also)” correlative conjunction question

The amount of jobs that have been transferred out of state in the past five years is staggering; not only manufacturing jobs but white-collar ones have moved as well. Is this appropriate usage of ...
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When to use “myself” or “me” [duplicate]

Which is grammatically correct? "Request you to register me for the course" "Request you to register myself for the course"
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Would you guys change the following sentence suitable for my cover letter? [closed]

I need your help guys:) I am applying for an instructor position at a university in the States. Would you please change the following statement appropriate for my cover letter? "My bachelor's degree ...