Grammaticality refers to whether something obeys the rules of grammar in English. If your question is about grammar itself, please use the "grammar" tag.

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What's the grammatically correct way to say the following sentence?

"I have studied a few psychology books which helps me understand the needs of each user". Should it be "which have helped me" or are both correct depending on the meaning ?
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“See these guys [infinitive]” vs. “see these guys [present participle]”

Which is correct: I am excited to see these guys growing up. or I am excited to see these guys grow up. Having hard time figuring out how to use gerunds in a sentence.
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How is the word 'but' used in the famous quote 'What is life but a series of inspired follies?'

The full quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw: What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day. I ...
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Meaning of word with definite article the for a facebook page? [on hold]

Decorating cake is my hobby and am planning create a facebook page and a website to showcase this. Just listing out some names, can you please give me your feedback about these names? Cake Fairy Vs ...
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How should I use “so” and“ too” for implying “That's also true for me” in this example?

This is a conversation between two friends, one is 30 the other is 25. They are speaking about their school time: First conversation: A: Do you remember Mr. X? He was my English teacher. B: ...
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Is it insight in, or insight into?

Is the correct form - gaining insight in, or gaining insight into - or are both right? The context is: "Focus on your interactions to gain decisive insight in your emotional reactivity."
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“We're sorry for the delay in reply.” or “[…] delay in replying.”?

There's an office debate going on over this. We're all non-native english speakers so none of us can make a good case for either option. So, the debate goes on about whether the "delay in reply" ...
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What is the correct way to phrase? [on hold]

Which is the preferred usage; "Fix for BBD layer appearance" OR "Fixing for BBD layer appearance" (a) for staining, (b) for stabilising, the polymicrobial samples.
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Can “zero hours contracts” be considered as not grammatical?

Zero hour contract (or zero-hour contract) can be found : Number of workers on zero-hour contracts in UK rises to 801,000 Zero hour contracts are a hot topic in employment. Zero hour ...
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Any difference between pleasure to us to… vs. pleasure of ours to…?

I am writing a super-formal letter (it is a semi-legal text) and I am unsure if there is any sensible difference between writing "It is a great pleasure to us to..." (26,200,000 hits on Google) ...
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“Attitude should be professional looks need not to be” is it grammatically correct? [on hold]

Is this sentence is wrong? Attitude should be professional looks need not to be If yes, then what's the correct way or approach to write it in a correct grammatical way? May I know why it ...
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Discontinuous noun phrase and apposition involving object complements

I was wondering whether these uses of discontinuity were valid. Here are two uses I would like to question. The use of discontinuous noun phrase: [1a] He made the system useless that could have ...
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“The more you will open the app, the more you will receive some photos”

As a developer, I'm working on a new app and am wondering if this sentence is correct or not : "Info: The more you will open the app, the more you will receive some shots. The best idea is to open it ...
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proper way to word this without changing meaning? [on hold]

I'm trying to communicate that (1) we help companies display the nutritional information for their cakes, and (2) we also help the customers of these companies evaluate the nutritional information for ...
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Can the word “information” be used with both singular and plural nouns? [migrated]

Here is the sentence I'm constructing: "To begin, you'll need your school ID, username, and password; if you don't already have this information, your school can provide you with them." My problem ...
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Use of its and it's [duplicate]

I always get confused when to use "it's" and when to use "its". I don't know how they are used. Also someone once told me that "its" is wrong while "it's" is correct. Kindly throw some light on ...
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While + simple present vs simple progressive [on hold]

I found the following sentence: While Mary recovers, John lets out a shriek. Something about it makes me squirm, and I think it's the grammar. I think it should be: While Mary is ...
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Is “Find out how we can partner your company” correct?

I need to send out a business emailer which ends with the above phrase. Which version is grammatically correct: "Find out how we can partner your business" OR "Find out how we can partner with your ...
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The unconditional if [closed]

If introduces a conditional clause, but often we use it unconditionally. The consequence does not depend on the conditional clause. For example, "I am available at three if you want to come over." ...
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Do neither and nor ever switch places for literary effect? [duplicate]

I came across this picture: Is the swapping of nor and neither is a gross grammatical error (benign typo, if you will) or is it sometimes employed for some literary effect?
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How can I correct “our firewall will have been providing Internet safety to our customers”? [closed]

What is the correct sentence for question 60 at this website? Come August, our firewall will have been providing Internet safety to our customers for over ten years. The answer at the ...
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Can we say "Electronic dictionaries are useful IN looking up words?

One of the teachers at my school asked me this question. I believe the answer is NO. We can use FOR or WHEN but I don't believe IN is workable. Am I right and why?
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What are the difference among “should open” and “should be opened” and “should be opening”?

I am preparing some document. In this document I need to mention User activity and corresponding expected results. For example User activity : User clicks on the Submit button. Expected Results : ...
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Is the third conditional disappearing in American English?

New Zealander here. I came across a sentence similar to the following: If I moved, I might've been found. To me, this is grammatically incorrect. It should be: If I'd moved, I might've been ...
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Which is correct, “He asked how am I” or “He asked how I am”?

Which is the correct word order? He asked how am I. He asked how I am. I have heard both forms, I think latter one is correct, but so many people use the first one, that I'm not sure ...
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Can a noun be silent?

In the sentence: Don't be crazy. Am I right to say in the above sentence, the noun is the word 'you', which is not expressed and so is silent. So am I right to say we can have a sentence ...
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Terminology for describing lack of agreement between a clause and subject

First question, and apologies if I word it awkwardly. Someone posted a chart of emotions. At the top were the words, "As a writer, this has proved to be a truly valuable chart." Here's the link: ...
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What is the correct answer - “Opening” or “Open”? [migrated]

In the proofreading part of my test paper, I wrote "Opening at the same time as the school, the library is an important place." But the answer was "Open at the same time as the school, the ...
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Correct usage of professionals' versus professionals [migrated]

Which is the correct sentence? "...through our extensive professionals’ network..." or "...through our extensive network of professionals" Thank you very much for your support. Best ...
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Do I need a comma after the “or”s? [closed]

It shall not be published in any document or broadcasted or transmitted in any way.
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Using “speaking” in the wrong context

While talking about how a movie hasn't created enough buzz, can one say "Why aren't people speaking about that movie?" and not use the verb 'talking' as is done usually?
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which one is correct (sounds more comfortable) and why?

This theory is similar to a) what was already presented in the paper. b) what already presented in the paper. c) that was already presented in the paper. d) that already presented in the paper. ...
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“You need [v.] no longer”

I was playing GTA IV earlier today and I called Roman (who is the protagonist's cousin) for a cab. English is Roman's second language and he said to Niko (the protagonist) something along the lines ...
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Action performed by a sentence initial 'and then'

I'm doing some analysis and I keep coming across 'And then I did/was [action]' in the sentence initial position. Is there a specific term for sentence initial 'And then' / any literature as regards ...
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Ask about past day [closed]

I want to ask about past day to one of my friend. So,is this right sentence ?? "Who remind you this day ?" If not, please correct this ,and also explain what's wrong in this.
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I washed the dishes clean

Firstly, is "I washed the dishes clean." a grammatically correct sentence? If it is right, I have a question about it: in this sentence, is "clean" an adverb or an adjective? I think that "I cleanly ...
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One of the best universities in the world to _______?

In the construct one of the best places + to + infinitive, the infinitive refers to an activity that a person can do. Example Cape Breton Island is also one of the best places in the world to ...
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Is “go exercising” ungrammatical or non-standard?

Friends, I think the phrase "go exercise" is spoken in colloquial English. But I can still find the phrase "go exercising," even in Google books. Like the excerpt below: I like to exercise, but ...
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correct the error in the below sentence [closed]

Do you want to go to the cinema later?” “Sorry, I can’t. I will meet John for dinner.” please advise where is the mistake in this sentence
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Which order of the two preceding modifiers is correct for this proper noun?

In southwestern China, there is a mountain named (after translating to English) Qingcheng Mountain (or Mount Qingcheng). However, apart from Qingcheng Mountain itself, there is also a second mountain ...
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A plural noun is used with a singular verb in a proper English speech—why?

From the film script of Gladiator (2000): Your faults as a son, is my failure as a father My question is: how come?! If anyone (unless you're one those very good few who get to define what the ...
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Molest and molestation [closed]

I was watching an advertisment. In that, they highlighted the following: "molest is a crime". Or should it be "molestation is a crime"?
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Correct usage of Personal Pronouns [duplicate]

Which of these is the right way of using a personal Pronoun? (Me vs I) This is I. Einstein the Genius! This is Me. Einstein the Genius! I'm a bit confused since both sound right.
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At the end of the day And By the end of the day [closed]

At the end of the day And By the end of the day I am confusing to use this words What is the differents between these words, Could your please some scenario of this two words Thanks
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Is “many a person” singular or plural? [duplicate]

I'm writing a paper and I am not sure how to word this sentence. Which is the correct sentence: I am able to avoid a pitfall into which many a student has fallen. I am able to avoid a pitfall ...
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Using While with continuous tense

They were playing here while you were gone. They have been playing here while you were gone. Can you please tell me Which one is correct?
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Use “will” twice in a sentence [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? "if the user confirmed , the Ticket will be saved and the update will be submitted too (Save and Submit)."
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When do I have license to use the present tense in a *past* narration?

I am narrating a past series of events; of course, all the verbs are in the past tense. One verb, however, signifies an action that will be complete long after (years after) the moment of narration ...
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“I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to.”: placing a comma before “if I am able to”?

Taken from #6 here is the sentence "I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to." I am wondering if there should be a comma before "if I am able to", or if ...
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“Because/because of/owing to/on account of/due to”? [closed]

I was doing my homework but I'm stuck on this exercise. The instructions say: Complete these sentences: (my answers are in brackets) “Don’t be fool; the dog’s dancing was … the extremely hot ...