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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Except only + clause?

"...what things do they provide us? For instance, a donkey looks like a horse, except only it is smaller than a horse." As you can see, the bold part confuses me. As far as I know, except is used as ...
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'more later' vs 'later'

I've just stumbled into "We’ll cover this idea more later" in a book. Is it a widely used form? and if so, what's the difference from plain 'later'? To me it sounds weird, even ungrammatical, but I'm ...
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Is it 'sale' or 'the sale' when referring to a period during which a shop or dealer sells goods at reduced prices [on hold]

sale has started the sale has started 50% sale has started the 50% sale has started What is common usage? What is correct?
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Is “the” allowed to be used in this case?

My dad and I are arguing whether "the" is able to be used in this sentence: Where did he find the time and energy to fight so many times? I say that "the" is allowed to be used but my dad says "...
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“I'll go with the candidate I'm used to” or “I'll go with the candidate to whom I am used?”

I'll go with the candidate I'm used to. I get that this is colloquial, but, c'mon. Ending a sentence with a preposition? However, is the alternative correct? I'll go with the candidate to whom ...
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Articles in a list with an article before

If you have an article in a list (in this case, the), but an article (in this case, a) precedes the list, like so: You can power a command block by using a: button lever redstone torch ...
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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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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word 2?

Actual sentence: Another surprising finding was the lack of any neurotic traits in the bonobos, even though these are widely found in other ape species. In this sentence, two contrasting ...
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is “I bring that statement to contest” grammatically correct? [on hold]

My question is if the sentence "I bring that statement to contest" is grammatically correct and in a logical sequence of words that can be understood. Also, I would like to know if that is a ...
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Would it be 'meet' or 'have met' in this structure?

If I bumped into someone, who happened to be called John, yesterday, and I am telling someone else of the encounter, would I say: I happened to meet John yesterday. or I happened to have ...
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Should we use awoken or awakened [on hold]

Should one use awoken or awakened? I say awakened. A PROFESSOR I know says awoken.
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What is the 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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A question about “but not” as coordinating conjunction

So I was reading an article or something, and there was a sentence that quite intrigued me. a. You can turn everybody against you, but never your boss. "But never" is used as a coordinating ...
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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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Tense of “lie”/“lay” in a clause

I've been using "lay" but many people have looked at my sentence dubiously. However, while in secondary school, I abandoned my higher scientific aspirations because I became more focused on a ...
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Using Neither Nor

Is it correct to say: He needs neither to store the datasets locally nor to access the outsourced datasets each time they delegate the computation. Edit- What I mean is: He does not need to keep ...
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Conflicting Advice: “Not Only,” “But Also” Constructions — Comma, No Comma, Parallel Structure?

I've searched for the answer on this site and other websites, and found conflicting advice and sample sentences that look wrong to me. I'm posting this question hoping for clarification. My ...
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What is the proper usage of “not only… but also”?

I'm trying to figure out how to use "not only... but also" properly. Basically, my goal is to combine two clauses by using "not only". For negations, I've figured out two styles that both sound ...
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is the sentence “But we didn’t be informed before” grammatically correct? [closed]

is the sentence "But we didn’t be informed before" grammatically correct? please answer my post.
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Putting examples in a different sentence

If I were to ask a question like this: What type of glue is it? And I need to provide some examples: Liquid, stick, etc. Do I have to keep them in one sentence or could I split them into ...
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'For while …, yet …' : Right quantity and use of conjunctions?

For while the capacity to overcome all opposing sensible impulses can and must be simply presupposed in man on account of his freedom, yet this capacity as strength is something he must acquire. (Kant,...
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Have never vs have not [closed]

What is the difference between following 2 sentences? In which situation can we use " I've never" and "I've not"?? 1: I've never been there. 2:I've not been there.
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Is this a proper way for a question? [closed]

As a native English speaker, does the following sentence grammatically correct and/or to be used daily? What do you think is the essence of winning this pageant? I thought about: What do you think ...
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Is it correct to say “solve this situation”? [closed]

It somehow does not feel right to me. "Solve this problem" is obviously correct, but can you "solve a situation" in English?
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Warm temperature [closed]

It was raining but the temperature was surprisingly warm. I came across this sentence in a book, can anybody explain why this does not look right?
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I am worrying about for not receiving my email [closed]

Can I use preposition one after another in this sentence. Pl answer me
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“the growth of he and his sister” in this sentence from the Guardian

Just read this line on the Guardian: He dismantles his bedroom and helps tidy the house, daubing white paint over the pencil marks on the doorframe which have measured the growth of he and his ...
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plenty of chance or plenty of chances

Is it correct to say 'plenty of chance' rather than 'plenty of chances' or are they both acceptable? You certainly wouldn't say 'many chance' but 'many chances'. Is there something about the phrase '...
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What does 'pack into' mean? [closed]

"Yes, I suppose we'll have to get down to work soon, though I dont know how we'll able to, packed into that little space." In the sentence above, I don't get it why it has a comma after 'able to' and ...
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Have something done in English [closed]

Is it true if I say Japan has got almost all types of fish sushi-ed To express that Japan makes Sushi from almost all types of fish?
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kindly correct my below sentence [closed]

Kindly take the handover of all leads,accounts and proposals from Mr. Nasheed,as we will be relieving him from work tomorrow.
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Forms of the verb “to be” followed by “graduated from”

I know the old fashioned way of saying that someone has been graduated from somewhere is to say that "someone was graduated from school". Does this mean that you can say "He is graduated from that ...
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Is “net out” grammatically correct? [closed]

As in, "You should charge this much if you want to net out this much." Shouldn't it be, "You should charge this much if you want to net this much."?
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what is the correct way to write birth day greetings [closed]

what is the correct way to write birthday greetings "Happy birth day"or we can write Wish you a "Happy Birth Anniversary" to living person??
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Is this correct? : “Tenji that was, died in his sisters arms.” (Kind of like 'powers that be') Also is 'have a claim to' correct' or 'hold a claim to'

Full quote for context "I have no claim to life, yet I walk. I have no claim to valor, yet I fight. I have no claim to love, yet I mourn. I am not the dragon, for Tenji Minamoto that was, died in his ...
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Is the expression, “Romney will not to let Obama change the subject” grammatically right?

The article titled, ‘U.S. factors may spare Obama EU allies’ fate’ on Japan Time May 9 issue wraps up with quotes from Mitt Romney and his campaign spokeswoman, Amanda Henneberg; “'The real question ...
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“I'm not sure what the right way is”

I believe the sentence in the title is grammatically correct. Recently I've seen too many people writing it this way: I'm not sure what is the right way. Is it grammatically correct as well? ...
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Is using *Our mind remembers* wrong English?

I said to my teacher-"Our mind remembers...".He said this is wrong and the correct is-"our minds remember...".I told him that if we keep the verb as 'remembers' my statement seems correct.But he said ...
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Grammar structure

I'm unable to explain why the following sentence is grammatically correct. This means that not only does it not harm the environment, but it also actually improves it! What's the difference between ...
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Should “something, and therefore something” be referred to as singular or plural?

For example, if I have the sentence Due to the improvement of our algorithm, our model, and therefore simulation, becomes more realistic. Should the becomes be instead written as become? Does ...
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Is it proper to have consecutive adverbs?

Is it proper grammar to have consecutive adverbs in a sentence? e.g. "It was not exactly accidentally.... My thought is that is probably is not proper, especially in this case. The above could have ...
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Have a great sleep?

Saying "I had a good night's sleep" is considered correct English. But, is saying "I had a good/great sleep" considered correct? As a follow up: Is it also okay to wish someone, "Have a great sleep"? ...
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Can you answer a “did want” question with a “that <pronoun> <verb>” sentence?

I was recently criticized for the way I worded myself in the following exchange. (Condensed a bit for the sake of brevity.) Stranger: We can see you edited the episode to make it sound like that. Me: ...
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Via and its usage

We had a discussion over over the correct usage and meaning of the following sentences. Sign up via (web.link) or calling (phone number) by DD MMM ‘YY. vs. Sign up via (web.link) or call (...
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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: http://forum....
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“Broadcast” or “broadcasted”

I'm not a native English speaker, so sorry if this is a very basic question. Is broadcast a verb? If it is, what is the simple past and past participle: broadcasted?
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Which is more appropriate — “I work for” or “I work at”?

If you are working as an employee at an organization, when you tell about it to others which usage would be more appropriate? I work for company. I work at company. Or are both usages ...
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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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How to use “what better way” to ask a rhetorical question?

I want to say that friendship can inspire a lot using a rhetorical question. Is the following question correct: What better way to get inspired than by accompanying a good friend?
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Which one is Gramatically correct? Was/were? [duplicate]

The massive project in which large sums of money "were/was" invested beneficial to the community. Which one is grammatically correct?