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

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Which is grammatically correct [on hold]

Say we have a conversation Person1 : Hi. How are you? Person2: I'm fine. How about you? Person2: I'm fine. What about you? Which of the above two is correct?
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what does different meaning of the difference each of tenses [on hold]

I would like to ask you, what does different meaning, amongst tenses like below Rina has written a letter in Present Perfect tense Rina has been writing a letter in Present Perfect continuous ...
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What is more grammatically correct? [duplicate]

what is more grammatically correct: products that were featured OR products which were featured?
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Which is correct: “need removed” or “need to be removed” [duplicate]

Example: "...these items need removed immediately." vs. "...these items need to be removed imediately." Which is the correct grammatical usage of "removed" in past tense? Or, is there a better ...
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Fraction of … IS or ARE? [duplicate]

Should I use What fraction of the residents are married? or What fraction of the residents is married? Technically, as fraction is singular, I would use the latter version. Am I correct?
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If the rule states an infinitive follows the verb “want”, why is “I don't want you worrying” correct?

Why is the sentence "I don't want you worrying about the oral interview" correct? Is the syntax want+gerund correct? Shouldn't it be I don't want you to worry about the oral interview (?) ...
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What is omitted in the following sentence?

So they had every reason to keep a good relationship and, both for that deal and in general, to just sort of keep a reputation for being honest and for dealing fairly with people." I had a ...
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“with” vs “to have”

I have a tendency to say things like: It was nice with cake. Usually it's in the form of: It was adjective with noun. whereas my wife is always correcting me to: It was nice to have ...
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Be/keep/stay in touch

Are all these forms correct? Let's be in touch Let's keep in touch Let's stay in touch Thanks
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''didn't have'' versus ''haven't had''

Which of the following sentences is correct? In the last two weeks I didn't have much time. In the last two weeks I haven't had much time. If both are correct, are they different in ...
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“Sneak peek on” vs. “sneak peek at”

I would like to post a screenshot of my upcoming app. What is correct to say, "sneak peek on" or "sneak peek at"? Here is a sneak peek on my app for iPhone. Here is a sneak peek at my app for ...
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Is “Just a friendly advice” grammatical?

I know that "advice" is uncountable and thus is incompatible with the article "a". However, the phrase "Just a friendly advice" seems to be rather widespread. Is it idiomatic, or incorrect? What is ...
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What's wrong with “I'll open you the door”?

When I call the buzzer outside my girlfriend's flat, she sometimes says *"I'll open you the door". I correct this to "I'll open the door for you". I've never heard a native speaker say it the first ...
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Where does “emphasis mine” go in a quotation?

I have often seen the term emphasis mine used whenever an author wishes to denote that emphasis in a given quotation originates from said author rather than from the original source. What is the ...
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Is this combination of forms correct? [closed]

I ran into this particular sentence today: They shouldn't work more than they are now. Though, I'd expect this sentence to be expressed as: They shouldn't work more than they work now. or: ...
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Is “baddest” a proper word?

I just came across this documentary: The World's Biggest & Baddest Bugs by Animal Planet Is "baddest" a proper word? Shouldn't it be "worst"? What is going on here?
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“Impact in” vs. “Impact on”

This change has no impact in the system's current behaviour. Is the preposition in grammatical here? I think we should have used on instead: This change has no impact on the system's current ...
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“On the one/other hand” vs. “on the one/other side”

There are two slightly different expressions which do mean the exact same thing, these are: On the one hand [...]. on the other hand [...] On the one side [...]. on the other side [...] ...
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“Ponder about” or just “ponder”?

Which is correct? He was pondering about the meaning of life. He was pondering the meaning of life.
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Is the meme, “all your base are belong to us” correct for any time period?

Surely many people have heard, “all your base are belong to us”. It is a popular internet meme from 2000. The Wikipedia page calls it “broken English”, but it seems as if some translations of The ...
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Burst in or into laughter?

Which of the following phrases is correct grammatically? burst in laughter burst into laughter Or are they both correct (this is my guess)? I'd think that to "burst in laughter" could ...
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Is this a valid sentence? “Should there be any issues need to be clarified, please contact me”

Is this a valid sentence? Should there be any issues need to be clarified, please contact me.
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“Printfing” or “printingf”?

At this point the program starts printfing the pot value. At this point the program starts printingf the pot value. Both sound wrong, and yet... one of them must be used.
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“Has” or “Have” after “Who” in a sentence?

I'm confused about using "has" or "have" after "who". For example: I am a doctor who have confusion in using has or Have. I am a engineer who has 4 year experience, degree in engineering and is ...
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Divide two into four and Divide two by four

Why does "divide two into four" equal two, and "divide two by four" equal one half? Correct if I am wrong, but this what I have learned recently.
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What type of phrase is “done”?

Examples are provided aplenty, from chef Gordon Ramsay: Fry. Roast. Drizzle. Done. Drizzle olive into the sauce circling the fish. Done. But you also see the term used on buttons in ...
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Is the term “errored out” a grammatically correct phrase, or just a colloquial one?

I was wondering whether it is OK to use "errored out" as part of a status message in my code — is it grammatically correct to use it, or is there a better choice of words that I can use in its ...
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“Moving house” vs “moving houses”

Which is more natural between the two of these sentences? I plan to move house next month. I plan to move houses next month. Are there any places where move houses should be used over move ...
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“Alternately” or “alternatively”

What is the difference between alternately and alternatively? I've seen both words being used, but which one is grammatically correct? He could do X. Or alternately, he could do Y. He could do ...
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“If I would go there, I would be in trouble” - correct?

Occasionally I've seen the construct: If I would [verb], I would [verb]. ... used, to indicate that the second clause is a condition of the first. For example, If I would go there, I would ...
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When should we use “and” and/or “and/or”?

What's the difference between "and" and "and/or"? How do we decide whether to use one or the other? Note: Also it would be great if someone could explain how do we actually pronounce "and/or" ...
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“Analysis on” vs. “analysis of”

Which is the best matching? I made an analysis on the software which I bought. I made an analysis of the software which I bought.
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The difference between “have a lunch” and “have lunch”

Is there any difference between I am not having a lunch tomorrow. and I am not having lunch tomorrow. This is a follow up question of : About the use of future tense.
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Which phrase is correct: “dependent on” or “dependent upon”

Which sentence is correct?  my project is dependent upon your project completing my project is dependent on your project completing.
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Is “Am I needing to. . . ?” grammatical?

In the course of answering this question, we have evoked some dispute over whether the phrase Am I needing to read this book? is grammatical. I think it is correct, although not common, but ...
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'Today afternoon' vs 'Today in the afternoon'?

Which adverbial phrase of time is more grammatically correct: 'Today afternoon' or 'Today in the afternoon'?
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“In cases when” vs. “in cases where”

This is one I struggle with from time to time. Which is better? Methodology X is more suitable in cases where users' needs are well understood up front. Methodology X is more suitable in ...
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Which of the following phrases is correct?

Which phrase is correct: "Nice to hearing from you again" or "nice to hearing you again?"
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“Solution for” or “solution to” a problem?

I need to find a solution to/for this problem. Can to and for be used interchangeably here? Is one of them just plain wrong?
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“As part of” versus “as a part of”

When should I use "as part of", and when "as a part of"?
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Is one more correct: “lucky for me” or “luckily for me”?

Is it "more" correct to say "Luckily for me" or "Lucky for me"? I found a few sites that discussed this (including m-w.com, under the rubric "hopefully") but I'm still not sure if one is specifically ...
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What is the correct usage? “Ever so often” or “Every so often”

A colleague asked to check in with me every couple of weeks. I would like to respond that it would be wonderful if they checked in ever so often. But, I don't believe that sounds correct. How should I ...
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When is it correct to use the “-wise” suffix?

I found myself writing the following in a bit of technical documentation: The Trainers' and Students' clients have very little in common, both user interface-wise and code-wise. At first, I ...
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Is it correct to say “the bird is in the tree” or “on the tree”?

In the children's rhyme: Johnny and July sitting in a tree K I S S I N G First comes love Then comes marriage Then come children in a baby carriage They are said to be sitting in a tree. ...
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Which is correct: “with regards to,” “in regards with,” “regarding”?

I have been using the following phrases but I am still not confident that they are grammatically correct and sound right: "in regards with something" "with regards to something" "regarding ...
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Is “irrehensible” or “irrehensibly” a word?

I thought that irrehensible was a word like "morally irrehensible" would mean something so bad it is beyond forgiveness, or "irrehensibly damaged" would be damaged beyond hope of repair. None of the ...
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Is “non-vegetarian” a correct word?

I've heard that the words "non-veg" and "non-vegetarian" are not legal English words (i.e aren't in the dictionary). Is this true? If so, what is the right way to say that something contains ...
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Which is correct: “the below information” or “the information below”?

I frequently see statements that refer to something later in the text that use a phrase such as "the below information". Is it more correct instead to say "the information below" (or "the following ...
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When is it OK to use OK?

I often use "OK" in business and personal emails and phone conversations. But I often feel uncertain if it is appropriate to use it in every type of context. Please tell how universally I can use ...
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Is it acceptable to start a sentence with “however”?

I have heard that starting a sentence with however is wrong. What are the grounds for this view and is it still held by a majority of pedants? They would suggest changing However, some people are ...