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

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Why are “and/or” constructions in English not considered grammatically correct?

Why are "and/or" constructions in English not considered grammatically correct? Consider, for example, the following sentences: "Multi-organ failure can be attributed to confusion, fatigue, and/or ...
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so angry / as angry as he is

In english class today, I wrote the following sentence: "If Susan had told Tom the truth, he would not be so angry." It seems to me that "so angry" is not really the best way of saying it. Is ...
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Is “A great place to start to move up the ladder” a grammatically correct sentence?

"A great place to start to move up the ladder"... We are in a quandary because of the sheer magnanimity of the message and importance it conveys.. Looking out for some quick answers regarding its ...
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Has a history or Had a history

Australian music has a remarkable history stretching back to 50,000 – 60,000 years vs Australian music had a remarkable history stretching back to 50,000 – 60,000 years which is the ...
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Repeated usage of “can”

A shop can be up- or downgraded or the user credentials * be changed with the help of [...] I have two questions in this sentence: The construction "up- or downgrade" (omit the grade from the ...
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“when it's snowing and when it isn't” vs “when it's snowing and when it isn't snowing”

Are either of the following sentences grammatically incorrect? Assuming they are both correct, is one preferred over the other? If so, in what situations is each preferred? I eat puppies when it's ...
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Substituting how for that

I feel the following sentence would be used by Native speakers but only in highly informal speech in certain areas: In his letter he explains how the book has a great plot and is generally enjoyable. ...
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class or classes?

I am reading spring docs and find this sentence: In several places an Inventor and Inventor’s Society class are used as the target objects for expression evaluation. Should the word class be ...
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Is this kind of sentence construction grammatical? [on hold]

'I think of them more as suggestions rather than corrections.' Here , 'them' denotes the corrections received on your posts on a certain website.
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Is the usage of “their” in the following sentence correct [duplicate]

Can someone confirm whether the following sentence is correct or not? "The failure could be due to their having an insufficient balance" The context is that a payment has failed, and we're needing ...
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How should I use “not A but B” structure in my sentence?

I want to use the "not A but B" structure to focus attention on a certain perspective. I saw the dead bodies of a mother and her son. This is the statement of fact. I want to use the "not A but ...
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What a magnificent body, how I should like to see it on the dissecting table

Is this sentence from a translation Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons grammatically correct? What a magnificent body, how I should like to see it on the dissecting table. The how I should like ...
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I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London [duplicate]

I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London. What is the difference between them? I'm not sure about these sentences. How to ...
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The usage of am? [closed]

When I'm using the word "am" in a sentence: e.g. "I too am in the same situation." Is "am" capitalized or not? Thank you for your help. -Ella P.S. To whoever created this website? Thank you SO much!
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What rules govern the ordering of phrases in a sentence?

When writing a sentence, I sometimes get stuck with the order of prepositional phrases if there happen to be a couple of them in a series. I cannot seem to place them next to the part they intend to ...
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Correct vs. incorrect usage of “there were + [number] noun + verb” patterns

I am having a problem figuring out what exactly makes the following sentences incorrect, and what is different in comparison with the correct sentences below. (I am not a native English speaker, but I ...
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“I would like to be sent something” “Could I be sent something” [closed]

Are these sentences grammatically correct? I would like to be sent some information on your hotel facilities. Could I please be sent some information on your hotel facilities? Which of these is a ...
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“Part time” or “part-time” [duplicate]

Which is correct? I had some clients that I worked for part time. I had some clients that I worked for part-time.
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'I eat kittens before ponies' vs 'I eat kittens before I eat ponies'

Are either of the following sentences grammatically incorrect? Assuming they are both correct, is one preferred over the other? If so, in what situations is each preferred? I eat kittens before ...
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Correct usage: 'frictions in the market' or 'frictions on the market' [closed]

I am searching for the correct usage of this term: Should I say 'frictions in the market' or 'frictions on the market'?
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Is either of 'at the same time as you create …' / 'at the same time that you create …' unacceptable?

The following sentence doesn't sound right to me, but I'm not sure whether it's actually wrong: If neither approval nor a purchase order is required, you can quickly create invoices at the same ...
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Is this proper English: “I am student”? [closed]

So, I have a debate with my associate. We are debating whether one can say something like "I am student." It was argued that this was proper and that indeed you can use a verb followed by a noun ...
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Why do we ask “Who is she?” in the subjective form? [closed]

If "her" is objective and "she" is subjective, why do we say: 'Who is she?' instead of: 'Who is her?' apart from the latter sounding a bit strange? For instance: 'That car belongs to ...
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“less” or “fewer” for countable and uncountable infinities [duplicate]

I feel like this is too grammatical for the math stack exchange, but I am sorry if it is too mathematical for this stack exchange. In math there are several different types of infinity, some of ...
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Full stop after why

I have a question regarding the use of the noun why in a sentence. Is it possible to use a full stop after why? For example, are these 2 sentences correct? That's the reason why. I chose ...
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I wish I knew who you are [migrated]

I wish I knew who you are? Is the above sentence correct?
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Lie or lay dead? [duplicate]

The context is "The mercenaries lie/lay dead." "The animal lies/lays dead." It's present tense and there's a corpse involved. I've looked it up elsewhere and I just don't understand the ...
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Could a group of several men and one woman be called “a group of men and women”?

If not, what's the correct way of referring to the group?
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Usage of “very much” in a sentence with a nominal complement [closed]

Does this sentence have any grammatical error? Language is very much a part of our daily activities. If it is okay, in what way is 'very much' used in this sentence?
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Usage of “on” in the phrase “on our team”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: "Alice on our team has been excellent in managing tasks." I'd rather substitute "from" or "in" instead of the "on" in this sentence. Can someone ...
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Which of the following sentences is correct and why? [closed]

We have been asked to correct the error in the sentence : Either he or I is right. The only possible change that I can think of goes like this : Either I or he is right. Am I right? It will be ...
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“should” and “been” with no have in between

My question is in reference to the following headline I came across on a running publication. It is worded as such: "The men's 1500m prelim saw a lot of pushing and shoving. So what do you think ...
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Which one of these is correct sentence if there are any?

We're having a discussion about which of these three sentences is the correct one. The context is about chocolates. That's what's going to be sticked in mouth. So, here are the sentences. 1) Tag ...
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In the phrase “my dog wiggles it's butt” is the use of the apostrophe correct? [duplicate]

In the phrase "My dog wiggles it's butt" there seems to be a division of opinion as to whether the use of the apostrophe is grammatically correct. I suggest that as the dog in question is the owner ...
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neither . . . nor . . . or

Consider the following excerpt: For several generations, my father's family has owned a cottage on California's North Coast, in Mendocino County. Valley Inn is the name it was given, which is ...
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Collective nouns treated as singular and plural in the same sentence

I have a problem with a sentence in a news announcement I'm writing. This is the sentence: 1) Company X is expanding and hires Person Y as their new CEO. I've previously understood that it is ...
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Can I use two ampersands in my logo?

I am thinking of updating my logo. Would it be wrong to write John Smith Advocate & Notary & Mediator ?
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“Our Today's Meeting” or “Our meeting that is scheduled for today” [closed]

Is it correct to say: We shall discuss it in our today's meeting. Or would it be more correct to say something longer like: We shall discuss it in our meeting that is scheduled for ...
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Legality of sentence involving the word “real” [duplicate]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I bought a real heavy book. I feel it should have been a really heavy, but I heard people use a real heavy all the time.
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Does this sentence sound awkward, in terms of verb tense or preposition use?

Just a couple of quick questions: Though not all my students grappled with the same issues that I had faced... Does this phrase sound off at all? I'm trying to imply that I still struggle with ...
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Correctness of adding “one” before a plural form (like people) or collection

We are struggling to decide on a name for our company. Our preferred choice happens to be onefora.com. As a non-native English speaker, I am worried if it sounds odd to native speakers. Would "one ...
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The solution of so/but/since and because? [closed]

What do you think about the options of this case, i hav chosen the A", it's a little tricky?
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Is this sentence gramatically correct? [closed]

I have got transferred to Bangalore. Or I have got transfer to Bangalore. Are these sentence mean the same? Which sentence is correct?
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which is more grammatically correct on date 26/6 or in date 26/6? [duplicate]

which is more grammatically correct to say on date 26/6 or in date 26/6 ? I am using the on as a preposition and I feel not sure about that.
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“Content of the book” OR “Content in the book”?

I'm not sure which one is appropriate. Here's the sentence I want to fit it in - Any resemblance with the content {of | in} the book is purely intentional.
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Choose the sentence that would make the most effective thesis statement [on hold]

San Francisco and San Diego are cities in California that have many differences but also share many similarities, which are important to know if you want to move to one of these places. While San ...
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“I hope it will be useful for you like” + verb

I'm writing down few notes about a technical argument, I'm doing it also to understand them better, so in my intro I'm saying: If you are reading this, I hope it will be useful for you like ...
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By … we … punctuation

Is this introductory clause qualifying the rest of the sentence, such that it would require a comma, or is it simply introductory, such that it would not. I'm a bit confused about what the rule ...
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Listing ages of children [closed]

I am an ESOL teacher. I want to teach a simple sentence construction to low level learners to enable them to say the ages of their children. Is it grammatically correct to say: My children are ...
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Is this grammatically correct and is there a formal name?

The sentence is as follows: Security is focussed upon what we do want to protect but danger lies in what we do not. If the end of the sentence were changed to 'do not want to protect' it would ...