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

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Removing “who were” in “The park was empty except for a group of people who were stretching”

Can I remove who were in the sentence below? The park was empty except for a group of elderly people who were stretching, jogging, and doing Tai Chi Is it still grammatical?
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“My interest in becoming” vs. “my interest to become”

I was writing a letter of application for a university. I wanted to start my letter by writing: I am writing this letter to express my interest in becoming part... and then I got confused. I am ...
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Should the verb phrases following “either” and “or” in an “either/or” sentence have the same structure?

Should the verb phrases following either and or in an "either or" sentence have the same structure? For example, is the following sentence correct? The coordinates of the points are either ...
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Using “And” at the beginning of a sentence

Since I first learned English, I have been holding this understanding that "and", as a conj. but unlike "but", can only connect two clauses, not two sentences ended with periods. But recently, I ...
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Can “a-mingle” be a verb in imperative mood?

In the last lines of "Jingle Bells Rock": Jingle bell time is a swell time To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet Jingle around the clock ...
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“Introduce person to object” or “introduce object to person”?

I'd like to introduce you to this technology. I'd like to introduce this tech to you. Which one is right and what are appropriate uses?
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“All our X” vs. “all of our X”

Is the word "of" optional in this instance? Is either of these considered preferable to the other? Taste all our delicious treats. Taste all of our delicious treats.
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Is 'action this matter' a correct phrase? [duplicate]

Is 'action this matter' a correct phrase? Is it correct to say "Pls check with Mr. X to ascertain whether his team or we should action this matter."
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Is “yesterday night” acceptable? [duplicate]

I catch a lot of grief about this from family and friends, so I figured I'd settle the score once and for all. In verbal context (though not written), I tend to use the phrase ... yesterday ...
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Identifying the subject of a sentence

Please could you tell me the subject of the sentence below? Is it 'He' or 'she'? Thanks. He believes she went to London.
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“Is been”: grammatical or not? [on hold]

For example: is been rejected, is been found, etc.
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Is there any difference between saying “for long” or just “long”?

For example: Is "Good sensation of freshness long after brushing" any different from "Good sensation of freshness for long after brushing?"
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How is “all your data are belong to US” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “All your commas are belong to Array” and similar — is this grammar form “proper”? What's the necessity of "are" before "belong" in this ...
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“Highest building of/in the world”

Which is correct? The Chrysler building was the highest building in the world. Today, it is the seventh highest building in the USA. or: The Chrysler building was the highest building of ...
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“It is about time I had a family” - Is this sentence grammatically correct?

Recently, I stumbled over a sentence that read: "I am 30. It is about time I had a family of my own". Is it grammatically correct? Shouldn't the correct sentence be "I am 30. It is about time I ...
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Which is correct: “one or more is” or “one or more are”?

Should the phrase be "one or more is...", or "one or more are..."?
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“I've gotten better-looking as I get older” When did “gotten” re-enter the BrEng vernacular?

This summer I went to Ireland, to be more precise Dublin. Overall good weather and good fun. Anyway, while I was staying in Dublin I'd buy the local newspaper and one tabloid headline caught my eye. ...
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“I would like to ask you a favour” vs. “I would like to ask you for a favour”

Which form is to be preferred? I would like to ask you a favour. I would like to ask you for a favour.
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“will be all present” or “will all be present”

Which one do we use for this sentence : Student chairs will all be present for this meeting or "will be all present"
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“a question impossible to answer” and “a situation possible to arise” Are they grammatical?

To be possible/impossible can be followed by an infinitive verb only when the subject of the finite verb is the introductory "it". With any other subject the infinitive would be wrong, so I've ...
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Is it correct to say “X is a Y, doing Z”?

Not sure how to best put this in words, but I'll give an example below. This is from a boilerplate text of a company: ABC is a manufacturing company, partnering with DEF to... I would be ...
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Why does switch take a noun in the plural?

Why do we say "We switched locations." or "We switched phones." instead of "We switched location?" or "We switched phone?" Are there any other verbs that take the noun in the plural?
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“Are either of you free?”

In the process of writing to two people I typed: "Are either of you free?" and was immediately called out by my grammar checker which suggested I should write: "Is either of you free?" The second of ...
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“Had been engaged when they married” vs. “were married” vs. “had married”

Which of the sentences below are grammatically correct? The couple had been engaged for five years when they married. The couple had been engaged for five years when they were married. The ...
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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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Inversion with “many times” at the beginning of a sentence

I am having a discussion with my friend. I said, "Many times I have seen him washing his car." He says it should be, "Many times have I seen him washing his car. Much like "Often do I see him", and ...
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“Why does he not?” or “Why does not he?” and why? [duplicate]

Which is the more correct form: Why does he not? Why does not he? and why? At first blush 1 would seem to be grammatical - just on an intuitive judgement. However 2 logically seems as ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “Many more happy returns of the day ”?

Many people greet me "Many more happy returns of the day" on my birthday. I thought it is grammatically wrong. Can we use "many" and "more" at a time in a sentence. I thought that it is correct to ...
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Interested in him learning French - with accusative 'him' [duplicate]

Good morning everyone! Is it correct to say " I' m interested in him learning French in the future"?
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The grammar of 'clothes' versus 'clothing'

Which of these is correct: I didn't realize how much clothes you had on the floor I didn't realize how much clothing you had on the floor Any additional explanation about clothes versus ...
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When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun?

I assume that the following sentences are grammatically correct: He resents your being more popular than he is. Most of the members paid their dues without my asking them. They objected ...
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Is this usage of 'of which' correct?

I'm working on an employee manual and I came across this one: "Our team philosophy is to become the best of which we are capable." Is this a correct sentence? The point it's trying to get across is ...
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“He walks as if he is drunk.” Grammatically correct ? Any difference in meaning from “…as if he were drunk.”?

Is it grammatically correct to use an indicative verb after "as if", or "as though" for that matter? I've heard someone say: "He walks as if he is drunk." Would there have been any difference ...
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“have/has condition” or “need condition”

Yesterday, I put a message in a social network environment to inform other members about lottery: "Lottery for year 2016 is now open, try your chance. It does not have any especial condition." But a ...
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“From lines 10 to 15” or “from line 10 to line 15”?

In an academic text, I need to explain a section of a computer program. This section extends from line 10 to line 15 in the code. Is the following way to refer to these lines gramatically correct? ...
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Is the term, gone from blank to blank, academically acceptable?

Is the term, gone from (blank) to (blank), academically acceptable? If not what alternatives are there to state the same thing in a more precise manner?
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“If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon…”

There is an old quotation attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson: If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbour, tho' he build his house in the ...
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Is “breaths” grammatically correct?

In some books, I see the use of the word "breaths" in the phrase "they held their breaths". Is this correct? And if it is, should I go by the Ngram (below) in spite of grammaticality? Or are both ...
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Formal way to wish good morning

I am not a native English speaker, the source of my learning is books, websites and of course movies and music. In the movie — if I remember the name correctly — The Last Samurai, I heard that they ...
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How to understand “It takes a little bit of getting used to the idea…”?

The following sentence is from a mathematical lecture note here: It takes a little bit of getting used to the idea of a function that cannot actually be evaluated at any specific point, but with ...
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What is a sentence fragment? [closed]

"All of them, that is, but Storm." Is the above line a sentence fragment, and if so, why? Thanks.
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Is “The mall is constructing” grammatically correct? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct: "The mall is constructing".? I know that we use "The mall is being constructed" in passive, but I want to know that can I write "The mall is constructing". Is ...
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Is “a wide range of features” singular or plural?

In the office, we've been having a discussion about the grammar in a sentence and have differing opinions about what is right and what is wrong... It is a very minor issue but is still bugging me :) ...
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“The set is empty and [is] ordered”

Which is correct? The set is empty and is ordered. The set is empty and ordered.
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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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“There is” vs “there are”?

I wrote an essay and returned it to my teacher who told me that it was perfect except for that one mistake with the usage of there are: There are currently 192 218 546 ways to set up..." She ...
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Can a sentence have two verbs of same type - for example “is”?

I found the following sentence in a book. A good way of figuring out what a function is doing is to type it without the parentheses. Is this correct way of writing? Thanks.
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Is the sentence “Success is determined by how you are determined to succeed” wrong?

I understand that the better form of the sentence would be: Success is determined by how determined you are to succeed. but is the sentence I wrote wrong or ungrammatical?
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is the phrase “long time later” correct?

I have come across this weirdly formed phrase in a book , but i am not sure of its correctness. If this is correct, what would be its proper usage? Is saying "I met you a long time later" correct?
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“What singer do you dislike?” “What singer don't you like?” “Who among singers do you hate?” [closed]

What singer do you dislike? What singer don't you like? Who among singers do you hate? Are these grammatically correct? In sentences 1 and 2 is it okay to use "which" instead of ...