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

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Is “I watched them go” grammatically correct? [migrated]

It has been only few years I have been watching English movies. Recently I heard a sentence saying "I watched them go". I have been repeating the scene, and checked through subtitles whether I heard ...
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Which word is used to specify? [on hold]

Can yo say which word is used to specify? a. Yet b. In fact c. In brief
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Is acquiesce used correctly in the following exchange?

Joy wants some candy. That can be acquiesced. I have two main questions here: 1) Am I correct in thinking that "That" represents a noun such as "the request", making the second sentence ...
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Is “The MSO/MSE Split is soon underway” grammatically correct?

We're in the middle of a historical time. Two creatures will be separated from each other. Waffles will be torn in two. Meta Stack Overflow will be split. This banner is currently being shown on Meta ...
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Gramatical correctness of a sentence from To Kill A Mocking-Bird

Whilst reading To Kill A Mocking-Bird I came upon this sentence (Full extract below): It is better to say, built in spite of them. To me, this sentence seems poorly structured, possibly even ...
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Is it correct to sat [on hold]

is it correct to say that "John will be welcoming you all night for dinner and party"
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“[Brand] Terms and Privacy” vs. “the [Brand] Terms and Privacy”

I just developed a sign-up form for my website, but as English is not my native language I'm not sure which wording of the following sentence is correct: I agree to [Brand name] Terms and ...
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“As of this morning” vs. “as at this morning”

As of this morning, he was not in support of the motion. As at this morning, he was not in support of the motion. Which is correct?
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“Led Zeppelin was” vs. “Led Zeppelin were” [duplicate]

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. (Source.) Is "were" really the right word here? It feels like it should be "was". After reading the answers and my own ...
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Sending a work email. Does this sound professional. A little lost, help please! [closed]

All, I found a problem with the setup of our Merchant Accounts that has affected our sales. We have had a lot of recent declines from our customers within Limelight and the reason is our Merchant ...
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Is the “sorry to [infinitive] ” structure always grammatical?

I'm sorry to be so late. I'm sorry to hear about your sick mother. I'm sorry to waste your time. I'm sorry to make you feel so sad. I'm sorry to frighten you. I'm sorry to disagree ...
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Using 'own' in passive voice and causative sentences

Is it correct to use own in causative and passive voice sentences? For example, I had my own house built by a local builder. I didn't have my own eyes tested. His own hair was dyed by a ...
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Is it correct to use “pointing out” in this context?

I am writing in this context I am so excited about XXXX. Thanks a lot for pointing it out to me. You are great Is point out the correct expression to use? Note: the one I am sending ...
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One shower doesn't work and the fridge either [migrated]

One shower doesn't work and the fridge either. Is it well said? One shower and the fridge doesn't work.
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As he came within 20 feet of an officer - meaning, understanding [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/gunman-kills-3-wounds-16-fort-hood-army-030737677.html The shooter apparently walked into a building and began firing a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol. He then got ...
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Is it right to say “before since”?

I wonder if "before since" is right in my sentence. If not, could you please help me improve it? This company provides products since 2010. Consequently, there is no record of this product before ...
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I don't understande the usage of “either” in this sentence

"I couldn't sleep last night. I bet you guys couldn't either". Does the second sentence mean "I bet you too, guys"? Is it correct to use "either" like that or is it just slang?
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Are collective nouns taught at school (and one has to learn them) or are they just a fun thing?

I speak English as a foreign language and find it unique in several aspects. One of them is the large number of collective nouns, especially for groups of birds. Such high degree of specificity ...
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Is this sentence incorrect?

Euler ascertained that 231 − 1 = 2147483647 is a prime number; and this is the greatest at present known to be such, and, consequently, the last of the above perfect numbers [i.e., 230(231 − ...
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Can you say “accurate to”?

For example: The building is accurate to its schematics Is this invalid use of the word "accurate"?
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all three loop types - no the?

Loops allow stored programs to execute statements repetitively. The MySQL stored program language offers three types of loops: Simple loops using the LOOP and END LOOP clauses Loops ...
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Error Correction possessive noun [closed]

Wrong Sentence-All the candidates felt that this year's question paper was too easy. Right Sentence-All the candidates felt that this year the question paper was too easy. Why is "this year's ...
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I can't get it: It will vary amongst database systems who has what function

It will vary amongst database systems who has what function, or even whether they use the same function name. Asked a native English speaker "does this sentence make sense to you?". His answers ...
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Can 'post' and 'after' used interchangeably?

I notice few colleagues use 'post' almost everywhere. Today one of them said 'lets meet up post noon' and I thought shouldn't it be 'afternoon'? I could be okay with 'post lunch' but somehow 'post ...
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The Nissan manual or the Nissan's manual?

I would like to know which of the following sentences is correct and if possible, a source accompanying your answer. (Note: Only choose which sentence is correct as regards to the title, do not mind ...
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For to ask if this title is grammatical

Being in a country where Spanish is spoken natively, when folks speak English, I often hear them using phrases of the form "for [infinitive]" (e.g., "for to ask"). It strikes me – somewhat ...
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Singular or plural in these sentences . . [duplicate]

I've often written sentences like these: The structure and linearity here is [are?]what is [are?] stifling creativity. Compare: The pencil and pen are in the room. [Where is seems wrong] The project ...
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Let it be done - grammatical analysis

How should the phrase "Let it be done" be interpreted grammatically? What confounds me are the following assumptions, some or all of which may be wrong: "Let" implies imperative "it be done" ...
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How to train concentration on environment (when trafficing)? [closed]

In reference to how to concentrate while in the midst of traffic. Is this a correct statement: "How to train concentration on environment (when trafficing)?"
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“My” twice in a sentence

To settle a disagreement, is the following sentence grammatically correct? It's slowing my paying my debts off.
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think it fair criticism (grammar question, can't understand)

In the past, SQL has been criticized for having an inappropriate name. Structured Query Language lacks a proper structure, does more than just queries, and only barely qualifies as a programming ...
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“This box of matches is empty”

There are several Japanese books teaching Japanese students how to write in English. I found this example in 『英作文参考書の誤りを正す』 (Correcting Errors in English Composition Manuals) by Michio Kawakami and ...
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“Looks really well” or “Looks really good”? [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is correct? Could you use both? Why is this? "That dress looks really good!" "That dress looks really well!"
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“How many rooms left to clean?”

I want to express how many rooms have yet to be cleaned before the work is finished. Is this correct: How many rooms left to clean?
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Any opened supermarket near?

I want to know if this sentence is correct: Are there any opened supermarket near? If I want to place "Do you know" before the question, which is preferred? Do you know if are there any ...
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Ironic question “Do you now?”

From time to time I encounter the sentence "Oh, do you now?" which I suppose expresses some kind of irony. Is the question grammatically correct? The question was asked also here: ...
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Is the sentence “I think you have got a temperature” correct? [closed]

I'am an English speaker living amongst people who speak english as a foreign language, this sometimes gets me very confused. I found following sentence in an english school book: "I think you have a ...
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Grammatically correct usage. [duplicate]

Happy Holi to You and Your Family. Play Safe! Is anything grammatically wrong in above sentences? In which category does the second sentence fall? Can we replace Play Safe! with Play Safely!. Are ...
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Why do we say “Present Arms” instead of “Present Your Arms”?

There is a military command to Present Arms. And, depending upon the military and the situation, the typical response is to either salute or hold one's weapon in front of them in the prescribed ...
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If and would construction

If I do all this, I would have such a story to tell. Is this sentence wrong? I've searched it up and it's wrong according to grammar guides -- but I've seen it so often. The would is supposed to ...
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I am perplexed by this sentence [closed]

I want to know which sentence is correct "you take a optimistic view of life" or "you take an optimistic view of life"
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Is “spying is what I do” grammatical? [migrated]

Spying is what I do. Is this sentence correct? If someone asks me "What do you do?", can I reply with the above sentence?
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Is “I am optimistic that <something will happen>” correct?

Is it grammatically correct to say the following? I am optimistic that compilers will improve their error messages in the future.
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Is it correct to say (Name of University) Academic Community welcome guests and participants to the first youth congress of ~?

I saw a tarp with this text: (Name of University) Academic Community Welcome to the First Youth Congress~~~~ June 15 - 17, 2013 (Name of University) Social Hall Theme: ...
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Is “statistics” singular or plural?

Statistics shows that people are having fewer children these days! Statistics show that people are having fewer children these days! Which one is grammatical?
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“The time and place” or “the time and the place”

A. He still hasn't told us the time and place of the meeting. B. He still hasn't told us the time and the place of the meeting. Q1: Which of the above sentences is correct and why? More ...
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Is is too bad to start a sentence with “So” or “Then” in this case?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step... I'm starting a book, and this is how I'd like to open it: This book is about X. So why do we need to talk about Y? Where X and Y are ...
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Can I say, “the article claimed”, “the focus of the article is”, etc.?

I once went to a writing centre at a community college and asked if it's more correct to write the article explains... or the author explains.... The instructor replied that the latter was preferable, ...
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Sports commentators' English

Football commentators are not renowned for their erudition, but one particular usage I am finding wearisome. I am not writing this by way of complaint as I know that is not the purpose of the site. ...
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Meaning of “additive form”

I'm writing a inferential visual analysis and I'm not sure if the phrase "Additive form" makes sense. The phrase is meant to represent a persons added form (for example clothing). I'm using it in the ...