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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Can you please check this out for me? [on hold]

Is this right: Rev. Princess Elizabeth Smith nee Miller was born on Sept. 22nd, 1954 to the proud marital union of Everette and Minister Ivamae Miller (deceased).
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I would rather give birth in shark than be killed by a bear [on hold]

Is this right: I would rather give birth in shark than be killed by a bear.
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Difference between it's been 2 weeks since I spoke vs since I was speaking

I usually say "It's been two weeks since i spoke with him" to mean that i spoke with him 2 weeks ago. Is it grammatically correct to use the past progressive (I was speaking with him) instead?
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Which one is correct: “after a century of” or “after a century from”?

I have two sentences: 1) The Solvay conference, after a century of the first one, brought all the physics geniuses together once again. 2) The Solvay conference, after a century from the first ...
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Collective nouns treated as singular and plural in the same sentence

I have a problem with a sentence in a news announcement I'm writing. This is the sentence: 1) Company X is expanding and hires Person Y as their new CEO. I've previously understood that it is ...
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Or it is correct sentence? [migrated]

I have problem of using articles, and don`t know or correct is use this pronoun in sentence at the bottom; Here you can found all matches stored in company database. We do predictions using this ...
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“There were people there that I didn't even know who were”

That was about the only title I could think of that accurately describes the problem. The situation is whenever you go somewhere and there are people/things there that you don't know. Instead of ...
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How can word “and” be deleted in this sentence?

This food looked horrible, (and) even grotesque. In this sentence, do I have to put the word and before phrase even grotesque? And if I don't have to put the word and, what is the rule that allows ...
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“were among the earliest” or “are among the earliest”? [on hold]

Consider these sentences: The Africans were among the earliest visitors to the region, having arrived with Spanish explorers in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Today a vibrant African ...
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Are these sentences considered grammatical?

So here is the question: His eyes, still on me, were blazing with fury. I know for sure this sentence is correct. But what about these: Still on me, his eyes were blazing with fury. and His ...
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What if we met tomorrow? vs What if we meet tomorrow?

I just asked a friend: "What if we met tomorrow?" My girlfriend called me out on it and says it should be: "What if we meet tomorrow?" In my head both sound fine, but I know I couldn't say: "Could we ...
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I have some basics in [on hold]

I would like to ask you whether the following sentence is correct or not: I have some basics in Italian.
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How to use which?

Is it grammatically correct to say: A(x) and B(X) are the velocity and the temperature of the solution which we need to find them. Many thanks
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showing possession for inanimate

There are some exceptions to using ’s for showing possession for inanimate nouns. For example, it isn’t correct to write door’s handle but today’s world is correct. Could you please explain more ...
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Does “differ by” even exist?

I have a question about the preposition for differ in the following context: A differs B merely from a chemical element. Or better to say: A differs B by a chemical element. I will ...
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I just wanted to be sure the sentence below is correct [on hold]

While FOB terms are used only for sea freight I have quoted you FCA terms that is equivalent for air freight. Likewise FOB terms, FCA terms does not include pick up nor customs clearance, but if in ...
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Is “errored” correct usage?

If "errored" is not a valid word, then how should I say: The program errored at line 44 I guess I could say: The program threw an error at line 44 But why is "errored" wrong? Is there a ...
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Sentence type, clause identification

I've been told that this is an example of a complex sentence: But then he took a great leap, trying to pull a high kick out of the sky. I see that the "but then" serves as a cohesive conjunction ...
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“For your archive” [on hold]

Like "for your information" and "for your reference", can I say "for your archive"? As in this sentence: This is an audio book we listened to early day for your archive/for your archival purpose. ...
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Modified version of an object, use of articles

What article should I use when referring to a modified version of an object? For example, I try to shorten "a modified version of Dijkstra's algorithm" and I'm not sure which of the following are ...
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pronoun order where subject and object are equal

Is the following sentence correct? Does it sound awkward? It wasn't long before he and Dolores were locking eyes.
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Where to put themselves?

Is there a difference between the following sentences? Is one better? These widjet pairs can come in different configurations themselves. These widjet pairs can themselves come in different ...
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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. ...
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'The picture hung crooked on the wall'

Is it more correct to say 'The picture hung crooked on the wall' or 'The picture hung crookedly on the wall'? My instinct is that the first one sounds better to me as a native speaker, but someone ...
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Conditional + Let you know

The context is that a group of us asked a friend to come and have a breakfast, instead of study for a test (bad influence, I know). Initially she said she wouldn't come, but after some badgering on ...
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“By clicking submit you agree…” or “By clicking submit you are agreeing…”

By clicking submit you agree to the Terms and Conditions. By clicking submit you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions. Which is correct? Why?
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How should I write long numbers in comma separated lists or parenthetical phrases?

In writing out a sentence with a parenthetical number, it occurred to me that it is a bit difficult to read. Is there a better way? (Yes, this is a bit of a contrived example and yes, I realize it ...
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Is this correct English? [on hold]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: Best of luck to all those who are and who already have started their schools!
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Sentence correction [on hold]

What is wrong in this sentence? As the prison will get an official telephone facility soon, the prisoners won’t have to make calls in discreet manner through smuggled mobile phones.
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The use of preposition in this case

Do I always need a preposition when I say.. "I traveled (in) NY?" Can I simply say, "I traveled NY"?
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Is it okay to say “easier” after a verb?

Is it correct to write 'browse easier' and 'search easier'? When I use my Word grammar check, it doesn't correct them. Edit: Perhaps I shouldn't have mentioned the grammar checker at all. I was ...
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Can predicative complements not be bare noun phrases in English? That is, are clauses such as “I am student” incorrect?

In Chapter 4 of the book A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar, written by Rodney Huddleston of the University of Queensland and Geoffrey K. Pullum of the University of Edinburgh and published ...
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Stylistic Transformations [closed]

Given this question: This is the most interesting book I have ever read. Are these answers correct? I have never read a book more interesting than this. I have never read such a book ...
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Using “literary present” with past perfect

It's standard for scholars in the humanities to write about the contents of a book in the present tense, but write about the factual details of the book or author in the past tense. My question has to ...
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The “Since… then” construction

Is the construction "Since... then" correct? E.g. Since it's a right triangle, then the Pythagorean theorem holds. It sounds and feels wrong to me, and I think someone once told me it's wrong, ...
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Preposions after ''been'' [closed]

Please, which one is correct and why: 'I've been in Georgia' or 'I've been to Georgia'? Thanks Nana
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Why is this sentence correct? “She suggested that he go to the cinema.”

Why is this sentence correct? She suggested that he go to the cinema. I would definitely use goes instead of go.
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Should I use 'are' or 'is' in this sentence?

Which one is correct? Our first choice are garden Mum’s. Our first choice is garden Mum’s.
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How to use “Please”? [closed]

Is this sentence awkward or impolite? Sales managers, please make the measures plan for next year. I'm going to send an email to all employees, but I would like to ask only sales managers to ...
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Is it “involved with” or “involved in”?

In the following sentence, should "in" or "with" be used? "They are all involved ____ the program." Assuming there is one correct way to say it, is there ever a situation where the other is used, or ...
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The grammar behind 'above mentioned'

A colleague of mine wrote the following sentence: I have worked on the below mentioned issues: Now, I'm not a native speaker, and certainly not an authority on grammar. I construct sentences ...
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Is “What does the woman suggest the man **do** for his vacation?” correct? [duplicate]

I just went through an official English test taken in China, and I saw something rather weird. Whenever I read this sentence, something tells me that the "do" part isn't right, it simply doesn't sound ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? [closed]

I've noticed a few times recently that a generic, but well known text editor seems to be flagging up stuff that I'm sure is correct. For example, in the following sentence, the generic, but well ...
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Possessive noun form of “country” [duplicate]

In a recent test, we were asked to identify the grammatically incorrect sentence from this: They gave us the money back less the service charges of three hundred dollars. This country's ...
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“Haven't you?” or “don't you?”

What is the right question tag (in British English) when we use the verb have? I have interviewed a few native speakers and none of them could explain why sometimes they prefer "haven't/hasn't" and ...
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Gerund phrase or participle phrase [migrated]

Q1 : Nothing would prevent him speaking out against injustice. I guess that "speaking out against injustice" is a gerund phrase as an object complement. Am right? Q2: Last night I saw him riding his ...
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Is this grammatically correct?

Using MS Word, I typed, "As Roblin and Adelaide are reading the reviews, Roblin thinks that women may get the vote and their rights after all. MS Word puts a green squiggle under "reviews," and it ...
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Is it okay to ignore “I” in certain circumstances while writing a first-person essay?

So I was writing an first-person essay, and my Taiwanese English teacher told me that one of the sentence is missing the Subject "I", however my Canadian English teacher suggests that it is okay to ...
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Using “from” and “to”

I want to express that the doctors I shadow do surgery on patients who are newborns all the way to patients who are adolescents but I feel like this sentence has a grammatical error. Can someone help ...