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

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which is Grammaticality correct allowed for me or allow for me [on hold]

which is Grammaticality correct? Is this allowed for me? or Is this allow for me?
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apart from + verb with gerund or not

I was reading the Rails Tutorial and I came across this: The div tag is a generic division; it doesn’t do anything apart from divide the document into distinct parts. I would say apart from ...
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Can we say “the must info” in the sense of valuable information?

I heard the phrase once but don't know the context of conversation. Additionally, is "the must info" grammatically 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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Isn't that the point of school, that between 8 and 3 he's your problem

I would appreciate it if anyone can comment on my analysis of the sentence, "Isn't that the point of school, that between 8 and 3 he's your problem." This is the basic form of the sentence: "That is ...
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Tense about tenses [duplicate]

*Is there a correct answer to the number of tenses in the English Languages? How can a mark be given in an examination to the question," How many tenses are there in English?" It seems that highly ...
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“warmth of one another” or “one another's warmth”

"A companny of porcupines crowded themselves very close together on a cold winter's day to profit from ............ and to save themselves from being frozen to death." I need to fill in the gap with ...
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Placement of adjective “only”

I have the following sentence and three versions to write it: Ensure string only contains printable ASCII characters. Ensure string contains only printable ASCII characters. Ensure string ...
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Do we say “After 7th grade” or “After THE 7th grade”

I would like to ask if we say "After 7th grade" or "After THE 7th grade" Thank you
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Delayed relative clause

Consider the following phrase taken from a draft of my master's thesis: In this chapter, the fundamental physiological principles will be presented that underlie the mathematical models and ...
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If I can “fall in” love, can I “fall in” depression?

In Italian we say essere innamorato (to be in love) whereas the English idiom, to fall in love, expresses the idea of abandoning control, of letting oneself go. mi sono innamorato (I am in ...
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proper use of the word myself [duplicate]

Is it ever proper to use myself and when starting a sentence? Here is an example of what I mean: Myself and some very successful people are building a team across the Globe! or Myself and (Name) are ...
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“I can do it too” [migrated]

Can you say "I can do it too" meaning that I can also do what someone else just did? I had an argument with my mate who is a native speaker (or that's what she claims). I was pretty sure you can say ...
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“What” = “the thing” in the beginning of the sentence

Is the sentence What he didn't know is that in the future (...) correct? The meaning should be similar to "The thing that he didn't know..."
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“Due to lack of / For lack of”? [closed]

Which of these statements is grammatically sound? : I would like to point out that I have already graduated and have marked 5th year in the question regarding the current status of my education due ...
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Is it correct to say “I realized that you are truly lost.”

Is it correct to say "I realized that you are truly lost." instead of "I realized that you were truly lost"? Because realized is past tense, I'm not sure whether using "you are" instead of "you were" ...
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Participation v Participancy

I'm really curious as to know when you'd use participancy over participation. Right now Chrome is telling me that participancy is wrong and not a word. I always believed it to be a word and it is in ...
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“List of Xs” vs “X list”

Is there a difference in meaning between "List of Xs" and "X list"? For example, does "task list" means the same thing as "list of tasks"? What about grammar? Can they be used interchangeably in a ...
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Using “ex” on a genitive

I’ve constructed this headline: “Opera Mini to become the default browser on Microsoft’s (ex Nokia’s) feature phones” So, the phones in question used to be produced by Nokia, but Microsoft has ...
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“It had now been two weeks since he had left the house” [migrated]

It had now been two weeks since he had left the house. Is this use of since correct? Is the tense of the verb after it correct?
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“Sorry for bothering you” vs. “sorry to bother you” [closed]

Is it grammatically OK to use "Sorry for bothering you"? I often hear "Sorry to bother you".
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When to use Comma before coordinating conjunctions?

So I understand that serial comma (the one used before and/or) is used only when we have 3 or more items to be separated using and/or. What exactly is the rule that governs where to add comma before ...
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Is the phrase “tirade of” grammatically correct

This question has to do with the phrase "tirade of". Can you say the following: "She commenced a tirade of yelling and screaming at her husband?" Or would it be more correct to say: "She commenced a ...
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“Jimmy did his homework and so didn't his brother” Is this correct?

Shouldn't it be "...and so did his brother"? I got confused when I read the original sentence in an American newspaper some time ago. It read something like this: "US Representative from ...
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To agree in + noun - 1871 use

[Last Para, J Blackburn's judgment:] The difference is the same as that between buying a horse believed to be sound, and buying one believed to be warranted sound; but I doubt if it was made ...
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'Suppose a person to buy a horse' - Grammaticality in 1871

[Para 2, CJ Cockburn's judgment:] All that can be said is, that the two minds were not ad idem as to the age of the oats; they certainly were ad idem as to the sale and purchase of them. Suppose a ...
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Can you say “rancoring”?

I know it's an adjective, but I googled it, and found it in an article about John McEnroe, specifically, "a rancoring go-to-hell beast". I was wondering if it is okay to use the word as if it were a ...
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“Inspection of A and B is/are already done”

My friend wrote: Inspection of Indian Embassy and Bangladesh Embassy is already done. Rest of the inspection is expected soon! I think the first sentence is ungrammatical, the is must be an are ...
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“Four times greater chance” vs. “four times greater of a chance”

Researchers from Finland's National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health discovered that women who participate in an abortion have four times greater chance of dying in the ...
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To comma or not to comma?

I often find myself putting excess commas and brackets (parentheses for all you US English speaker) into sentences, in hopes of rendering it more 'readable'. The trouble is, I am never sure just how ...
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Past tense of lightning

When we talk about lightning and thunder, we generally use the words like this: It's lightning It's thundering The antenna was hit by lightning But sometimes we use thunder in the past tense... ...
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Different positions of using 'be' in the phrase 'would be' in a sentence

I am reading a book by Gavin Esler and in one part he writes this sentence. If you excised these twenty or so words from the speeches of David Cameron, Tony Blair, or most political or business ...
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“All of Europe” [duplicate]

Is the use of preposition "of" correct in this sentence? Within five weeks all [of] Europe was at war.
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Idiomatic usage of “of which”

Taken from the Barron's SAT prep book: "Ron liked to play word games, of which he found crossword puzzles particularly satisfying." According to the answers this is an unidiomatic phrase ...
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“Is it for when?” vs. “When is it for?”

I always get confused which of the following is correct: Is it for when? When is it for? Or are there further ways to ask for when something is needed. The it in question is an ...
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Reported speech - questions

In the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language; Huddleston and Pullum 2002, they make the following qualifying comment: ... reported speech covers the reporting of spoken and written text but ...
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Is answering “Hope you had a good time! I” with “I did!” correct?

If someone says to me, "Hope you had a good time!" could I then answer "I did!" and it be grammatical? My first language is French, and I’m wondering if responding that way works in English.
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“As a team” or “like a team”?

I was going through some English page with grammar where I saw their explanation to a problem when to say 'as'/'like' correctly and I have to say I was left perplexed. The site explained to use like ...
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Is it correct to ask “ What degrees is it outside?” [closed]

My friend keeps saying that asking "What degrees is it outside?" is not correct, is she right?
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Nobody's perfect but I could stand corrected

Is the phrase: Nobody's perfect but I could stand corrected... proper grammar? I want to say: No one is perfect, but if they or I make a mistake, I can take it if they tell me I am wrong. ...
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Is it improper to say “count till a hundred”? [closed]

I'm told that using count till a hundred is improper grammar. What's the correct preposition?
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“Joe and Me” vs. “Joe and I” vs “I and Joe” [duplicate]

My Team lead sent me some appreciation and forgot one of my co-worker to include. So, Which one is correct : 1. Joe and Me worked together on this so, Kudos to Joe as well. 2. Joe and I worked ...
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“If you get lonely, I hope you phone me” vs. “will phone me”

Which one is correct? If you get lonely, I hope you phone me any time. If you get lonely, I hope you will phone me any time. A detailed explanation would be fantastic.
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“We met when we were studying” vs. “when we had studied” [migrated]

Which one is correct? We met when we were studying in North Korea. We met when we had studied in North Korea. Could you give me a detailed explanation please?
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“Is himself in?” What does it mean?

Context - A stranger knocks on your door and asks "Is himself in?" himself, a reflexive pronoun, here seems to be used for a nominative pronoun.
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'Was' or 'were' with 'period' & 'eleven years' [duplicate]

I was reading a letter I got from an old friend, back in 1998, and at a certain point she wrote: "Our period of greatest prosperity were those eleven years when Thatcher was in office." ...
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Can I use “procrastinated” with an indirect object?

This is what I wrote: I found the inspiration and energy to get stuck into old todos that were being consistently procrastinated. I believe this is an incorrect usage of the verb ...
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Can you say “and so, he was deserved of his sorry fate”?

Can you say and so, he was deserved of his sorry fate ? Would you pronounce deserved as deserve-ed, as is commonly done in poetic language?
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What's wrong with my use of “anyone” and “their” in this sentence? [duplicate]

For a paper that I have to write for school, I have the following sentence* that my teacher claims is incorrect. I am not sure what is incorrect about it, but it has something to do with my usage of ...
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Is “Were there cattle on the road?” grammatically correct?

Is Were there cattle on the road? grammatically correct? What is the rule regarding the usage of was and were around collective nouns ?