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

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Is this typical for the Present Simple?

I have noticed that there are some phrases which are typically found used with the Present Simple while it is not impossible to use them with the Present Continuous. And I am talking about such ...
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If I was an airline pilot vs. If I had been an airline pilot 10 years ago

In a comment signed by Martha, she wrote that: "If I was an airline pilot" and "If I were an airline pilot" have different meanings. The latter is the subjunctive case (and presumably what ...
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Dear Family & Friends or Dear Friends & Family? [closed]

I would like to begin the speach adressing family & friends... Should I say " Dear Family & Friends " or " Dear Friends & Family "?
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Is “I is free” grammatical [closed]

I heard the sentence “I is free” in the movie Django Unchained. But is that really a well-formed sentence grammatically? Could I use it myself in regular conversation?
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Is it ok to use “Why” as “Why do you ask?”

Is it grammatically correct to use one-word sentence "Why?" as "Why do you ask?", for example in such context: – Did you visit that shop yesterday? – Yes. Why?
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“Have trust in” vs. “have trust for”

What is the appropriate preposition for the following sentence? Is having trust in your employer important to you? Is having trust for your employer important to you?
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“both of” + possessive, which noun does “both of” refer to?

Both of the boy's parents were happy with the new school. Is it proper English to say "both of the boy's parents", as in the above sentence, to mean "both parents of the boy"? Or do we have to ...
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Is it correct to use “Please find in the following”?

I'm writing an article. At the beginning of the article, I want to write this quick introduction: We are pleased to share with you our knowledge in the network device managements. Please find in ...
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“You which know the secret of my heart”?

Is it correct to say "You which know the secret of my heart"? If yes, what is the difference from "You who know .... " ?
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Is it correct to intrigue me?

In conversation if someone pitches something to you but you're not entirely convinced, can you ask for more details by saying "intrigue me"?
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Usage of “as such”

I read that the following is ungrammatical: Because of the accident, he arrived at the dock an hour late. As such, he missed the boat and forfeited his deposit. Why? What is the correct usage ...
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What do you call a person who motivates or inspires?

My choices so far: motivational source inspirational source source of motivation source of inspiration Being a non-native speaker, I don't know which one to use. What I want to say is that ...
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Correct Question word: Who or whom? [duplicate]

I'm wondering which option is the right one: Who is he having lunch with? Whom is he having lunch with?
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Is it acceptable to say “badly efficient”

If you didn't want to say someone is "inefficient", how would you concisely describe someone who has bad efficiency - badly/poorly efficient doesn't sound quite right, or is this ok?
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“Is used” vs. “has been used” vs. “was used”

I have three sentences of which I'm not sure which one is grammatical, and why. It refers to the Eiffel Tower. It is used as the symbol of Paris and of France for over a century. It was ...
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“Choose from” vs. “choose of” [closed]

Which one of these is correct? I had two options of which I chose the former. I had two options from which I chose the former.
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“Is you is or is you ain't my baby?” [duplicate]

Is this phrase grammatically correct? Is you is or is you ain't my baby? It's from a Tom and Jerry cartoon: http://vimeo.com/40283242 (at 1:30, 2:00 and 3:00).
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Which is better: “was dead” / “died” / “has passed away” in my case? [duplicate]

I came across a question in Chinese@SE, which is about a status update of someone's cat. I asked the OP in the comment whether the cat was dead at that time: I assume his cat was dead, can you ...
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What does “20 weeks pregnant” mean?

First, let us agree that a woman is either pregnant or she is not I suppose a third state of uncertainty is possible, but that is more of a mental as opposed to a physical state. Is the phrasing "20 ...
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Is “a future musician” grammatical?

I want to become a musician in the future. Is it correct to say I am a future musician. I want to put it in my bio for Twitter. Are there any other better phrases?
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“To my right” vs. “on my right”

Which one is correct and why? To my right is Alex. On my right is Alex. What is the difference between on and to here?
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“Flatly denied that he had copied” vs. “flatly denied the charges that he had copied”

The student flatly denied that he had copied in the examination hall. The above sentence is not correct, I found that it must be "flatly denied the charges that". Am I thinking in the right ...
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Is the tense in the sentence correct?

The sentence is I bought a bottle of milk on Friday night, and I found that it had gone sour the following morning. I think the past perfect tense is weird with "the following morning." Am I ...
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Is it grammatical to say: Your understanding is correct? [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to say: Your understanding is correct to re-assure a concept?
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“Make easy” vs. “make it easy” [closed]

I need to know which of these options is the correct one and why: The Spanish cooking makes it easy to have a nice meal. The Spanish cooking makes easy to have a nice meal. I don't know ...
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Is a sentence beginning with “Different from” not so good?

I saw one topic on the wordreference forum discussing whether a sentence could begin with "Different from" (see the post). The example sentences in that post are A: Different from Drug A, Drug B ...
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“Which Allow me” or “Which Allows me”?

Context: "My work requires me to be at different areas for different events which allow me to learn ..." Do I use "allows" or "allow"? Can you provide me the rules/situations in choosing which one to ...
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usage of “Made for”

eg. I would've made for a bad lawyer. conveying the meaning that if I had been a lawyed, I would have been a bad one. is it correct usage?
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If the rule is “such (a) + adj. + noun”, why is “such fun” correct?

According to my Cambridge Grammar of English, 'such (a)' is used in noun phrases with attributive adjectives. She's such a quiet girl. (such a + adjective + singular countable noun) They're ...
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Is “who did what” grammatically correct?

Sometimes I wish to know what each person in a group of people did, or where each person went, or which book goes where. Is it correct to say, Who went where? Who did what? Who told whom? ...
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“James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher” Correct Sentence? [closed]

How "James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher" is Correct Sentence? Can anyone explain?
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Asking a question with “have” without do-support: “What symptoms has Anne?”

The context is that a doctor is asking about somebody's child's symptoms of influenza. Is this question correct: "What symptoms has Anne?" If it's incorrect, then why? It looks strange to me, I ...
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Is “more optimal” correct grammar? [duplicate]

As a math and computer-science person, I use the phrase "more optimal" quite often, such as "This algorithm gives more optimal results." However, I was recently corrected, and told that "more ...
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Which one to use as general Personal Pronoun: he, she or it [duplicate]

The issue On my mother language, Portuguese, we have a lot of little differences to English on Pronouns. My question Which phrase is correct? Since I don't know if user is a man or a woman (or a ...
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What's the meaning of “what am I to do” [closed]

Is "what am I to do" be commonly used in daily lives? Also what do following sentences imply? What should I do the next? What am I to do the next? Please.
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Successfully submitted vs Submitted Successfully

When data has been submitted through a form online, which sentence below make the most sense to use? Is one grammatically correct more than the other? Your information has been successfully ...
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Is it ok if I start an opinion composition with the word 'Indeed'?

I was just wondering, is it's OK to begin an opinion composition with the word 'Indeed' in the first sentence? For example: Indeed I believe people's consumerism is one of the main causes for our ...
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Singular noun objects of plural subjects

What is the rule for singular noun objects of plural subjects? For example I and google N-grams agree that They gave their word. is better than They gave their words. To my mind, this is ...
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Is it correct to say “I would like to inquire about something?”

When I make a call to get some information regarding a matter, I generally start the conversation with "Hello, I would like to inquire about something." Is this a correct usage? If not, what would be ...
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“Lay on the bed” vs. “lay in the bed” [closed]

Which one is more grammatically correct? I lay on the bed. I lay in the bed.
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Can I use the “ll” contraction with proper names?

Can I contract "will" as "ll" when preceded by a proper name? For example: John will visit you tomorrow John'll visit you tomorrow I am inclined to think this is not acceptable in standard ...
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Identifying the class of this word

I'm reading the Wikipedia page on garden-path sentences. One example is: The government plans to raise taxes were defeated. What class of word is government in this sentence? I read this ...
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“A tool to do” vs. “a tool that does” vs. “a tool for doing”

I'm the curator of the Open Web Platform Daily Digest link. In the "Tools" section of each daily I write entries in this format: tool_name, tool_description For example: hapi, a server framework ...
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“Oblong to Allantoid” — is it valid? [closed]

I read in a paper: One such genus is Dinemasporium which ... characterised by superficial, cupulate to discoid conidiomata with brown setae, and phialidic conidiogenous cells that give rise to ...
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who or whom in this context? [duplicate]

I am unsure which is the grammatically correct one in the following context: ...trying to find a programmer with who / whom I could collaborate. Which one is the correct usage?
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Grammaticality of “Shoreditch station to permanently close”

I recently read an article on BBC titled Bad grammar and the people who hate it. In it, there is a photo of a train station sign which reads as follows. Friday 9 June 2006 Shoreditch station ...
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“Committed to supporting X” vs. “committed to support X” [duplicate]

I'm trying to edit a speech and found a commonly used phase which I'm not sure if I should amend it or not. The sentence goes like this: [a subject] is committed to supporting [a project]. ...
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Should I use life or lives in the following question

Should I use life or lives in the following question? I would promote prayer as a part of the pupils' everyday life I would promote prayer as a part of the pupils' everyday lives
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A question about date [duplicate]

A standard date question would be: What date is it today? But is What date is today? acceptable?
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Origin and correctness of “ain’t no”?

In contemporary American English usage, I come across sentences like: I ain’t got no money. Ain’t no man like him. Saying ain’t no sounds incorrect to me because it is a double ...