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

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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 [on hold]

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”?

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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the use of “but your request to verify your inquiry” is gramatically error or is it accepted? [on hold]

We apologize for the inconvenience, but your request to verify your inquiry cannot be resolved via email.
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Sentence starts with “Of” [on hold]

Speaking at the Playful conference in London on Friday, Machon paid tribute to Edward Snowden, who revealed details of surveillance by the US’s National Security Agency (NSA), for revealing the ...
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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?
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Do both sides of the conjunction need to align with the next part of the sentence?

If someone can improve my title, please do. I seem to be missing some vocabulary. I was writing an SO answer and ran into something that has always bothered me. Consider the following sentence: ...
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questions in 5 common sentences [on hold]

I've got several questions quoted with bold and need your thoughts in here. All sources are from US native speakers: (1) The second thing is to raise an objection to being sued that is unrelated ...
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to- infinitive: Is it correct to say or ask…? [on hold]

Is it correct to say or ask: What is a rich man to do with no light in his eyes? (meaning: What is it that a depressive rich man can do?) What is a rich man to do but hide? (meaning: ...
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What does “#Race together” mean? Is this a perfect English sentence?

Starbucks decided to stop their baristas writing “Race together” on customers’ cups in response to raging public criticism. Totally apart from political, social, or racial dispute involved in this ...
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“may you” or “can you”? [on hold]

Which is correct? Can you please fax me the document? May you please fax me the document?
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“suffered problems” or “suffered by problems”? [on hold]

The minister suffered problems The minister was suffered by problems What is the correct one?
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Is English considered easier to learn than most of the other languages in the world? [on hold]

In comparison to the other languages, I think English is much more simpler. For example, compared to French, English nouns have no gender, adjectives have only one form and verbs have extremely simple ...
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Which of these is right? [on hold]

Loving you WAS... Loving you WERE... Who is the subject on this sentence? I searched it on google, it says "was" is the right one but why?
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Is using a sentence as a subject grammatically correct?

For example: Attack them directly won't do anything "Attack them directly" is a partial sentence. In this sentence, we treat that whole phrase as a subject and make a sentence from the phrase. ...
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I'll be curious

Just wondering if it is correct to say "I'll be curious to". For example, I used the sentence "I'll be curious to read them [the text messages] later". Do I actually mean to say "I am curious to read ...
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Would it be 'meet' or 'have met' in this structure?

If I bumped into someone, who happened to be called John, yesterday, and I am telling someone else of the encounter, would I say: I happened to meet John yesterday. or I happened to have ...
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How do you say if something is as hard as something else?

Today I wanted to tell that buying a car for me is as hard as choosing a dish in a restaurant and I actually meant that I am picky on buying a car just like my eating habit. But I stuck in the middle ...
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Which one is the correct dialogue punctuation format? [closed]

I am writing my first novel and this the very first confusion I would like to clarify. As I am not a native English speaker, I find it very hard to understand the punctuation scheme in direct ...
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Why do people say “Go down this road” or “Go down this corridor” instead of saying “Go straight” [closed]

I was wondering, when giving directions, is it correct to say "go straight" instead of "go down"? Does down and straight in the context of giving directions mean the same thing?
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Should I use a comma before the conjunction in this sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence The movie was loud and the chatter was louder. Should I need to add a comma before the and that joins the first sentence The movie was loud and the independent clause the chatter ...
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Can I say : “He was made broke”?

He doesn't have any money. He was made broke in 1999. Is it grammatically correct to use this structure?
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What would you do if I told you+subordinate clause

there are a couple of sentences that I have been having trouble with lately. I'll start with an example: I'd be lying if I said I have never considered moving.(referring to the present) That's how ...
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What do you say to wish your fellows a good lunch? [duplicate]

It's lunch time, you joined a table with people, you are about to start eating, but just a moment before you do so, you want to wish everyone a good lunch. If they were French you would say: Bon ...
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Is there a reason for omitting “it” in: “As is usually seen”?

As is usually seen in such mass tragedies Why can't I say "As it is usually seen"
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Grammaticality of “If to speak about” [duplicate]

I was wondering if it is correct to use the expression if to speak about. For example, suppose we wanted talk about one subject and then change it to another one: These are very dangerous ...
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A question on the use of 'since'.

'Since' means throughout the period from a specified point in past time to the present. Can I use it to mean 'throughout the period from a specified point in past time to a specific point also in the ...
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What does the phrase 'much the most" mean?

Is it really a phrase? I found it in Tom Sawyer - "...and the most hospitable and much the most lavish in the matter of festivities that St Petersburg could boast..."
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“Diameter is” versus “Diameters are” [closed]

Which one is correct? In [7] the diameter of Cayley graphs on Sn is calculated. In [7] the diameters of Cayley graphs on Sn are calculated.
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I need a word to describe a person who seeks information for other people?

Im looking for another word to call a person who seeks and finds information for others.
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Inconsistent verb tenses plus a clause issue [closed]

Here's a line from our thesis paper. It sounds off to me. Histamine was also called scombrotoxin since it commonly manifests in Scombridae and Scomberesocidae fishes such as tuna and mackerel; ...
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Is the statement grammatically correct? [on hold]

Is the bold part of the following statement grammatically correct? Let $A$ be the set of all cycles in $B$ which their lengths are congruent to $i$ modulo 7.
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“Among his team” or “among his team members”

Would it be correct to say "to disсuss among his team"? Can we use "among" with collective noun (team, group, committee, etc) if they are in singular form? Or "among" always must be followed by plural ...
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“to a bit of what is all around you”. Is it grammatically right? [migrated]

Song "Martha, my dear" (by Beatles) contains these lines: When you find yourself in the thick of it. Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you. I don't understand why part to a bit ...
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How to distinguish between “document” and “documentation”? [closed]

I am wondering when we could use documentation instead of document?
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“Under one year old” versus “Less than one year old”

Which is correct: Amy has a child under a year old Amy has a child less than a year old
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is this sentence right [closed]

"nothing cannot be fix in 0 seconds so result is no fix" Is this sentence right in the way of grammaticality and meaning
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Usage of articles [duplicate]

I am learning articles in grammar. Why do certain nouns take more than one article at times? Example: He is an english professor. It's because of the english people.
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Is this sentence using relative clauses correct grammatically? [closed]

The winner of the competition is the person who gets the cheese first, which is the prize.
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Is “reflectionally” a word? [closed]

Is it correct to say two shapes are "reflectionally symmetric"? Or do I need to say they are "reflectively symmetric"? Or are both words correct, but with different meanings? Or are both words ...
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simultaneous dialogue [closed]

[[The question has been edited in an attempt to address the reason it was originally put on hold.]] Suppose that several individuals are speaking. There are two conversations occurring at once in the ...
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Why is this sentence grammatically wrong?

Albert Einstein, who will always be revered in history, was not only a great scientist but a great human being. What's wrong with that sentence? My teacher gave us a hint and said the problem may ...
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Can “I would please prefer” be grammatical?

I got into a friendly argument with another user over whether a construction like I would please prefer to talk tomorrow. can be grammatical. To my eye, that just seems plain wrong. I would ...
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Listing two people and yourself [duplicate]

"My brothers, my cousins, and I" "My brothers, my cousins and I" Which one is correct?
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Is it “Does social media” or “Do social media”? [duplicate]

I am confused as to which way to say the following: "Does social media benefit people?" or "Do social media benefit people?"
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Meaning of “knew from” in this sentence [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand the usage of "knew from" in the following quote: (suddenly cleaning ladies knew from sun-dried tomatoes, suddenly hog farmers knew from creme brulee) Source: The ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved? [closed]

It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation. I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an I already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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What is more grammatically correct? [duplicate]

what is more grammatically correct: products that were featured OR products which were featured?