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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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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“More so” or moreso?

I often find myself using the two words joined together, moreso. I'm not sure where I picked up this usage. I'm also not sure that it's necessarily the correct one, as some proofreading tools will ...
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the usage of comma [migrated]

I have recently read a sentence in a story . ''The four of you may be proficient , each in your own subject . '' I wonder why is the comma used before '' each '' . Is the word '' each '' adverb ...
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The deal between “Mary and me” vs. “Mary and I” [closed]

I think "Mary and me," even though it sounds odd to the ear, is correct, but my choice is between: "I've forgotten everything about the deal between Mary and me" and "I've forgotten everything about ...
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Seem small clause

It is said that the omission of "to be" is allowed only when the adjective (phrases), noun (phrases), or prepositional phrase comes after the to be like this: a He seemed (to be) angry about the ...
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Small clauses (or verbless clauses)

Small clauses are clauses with "to be" deleted. I found him (to be) difficult. And as we all know, an adjective complement can be added afterward. I found him (to be) difficult to work ...
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What is wrong with the word “performant”?

I keep getting the red underlining in Word whenever I write the word "performant". Here I intend to refer to something that performs well or better than something else (i.e., it's more performant). ...
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“Seductive” as an adjective for describing snake

I would really appreciate if some native English speaker help me in clearing my doubt. Recently, in one of Indian English newspaper the column writer wrote the following: "A scary sci-fi scenario. ...
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Does gramaticality depend on semantics?

The title is really the question but I will elaborate with some background and examples. I have lately seen a number of answers (on ELL mostly) which state that something is ungrammatical because its ...
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“Are” vs. “were” when action is in the past, but subject is still extant

Which is the correct word to use, "are" or "were" (or something else?) in the following examples: Two of the main sources I used for the project are/were Source A and Source B. Three of the ...
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'Are they something' and 'they are something' [migrated]

Which of these sentences is correct? Are they apples or they are bananas? Are they apples or are they bananas?
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commercial line — strange?

I don't know if it's only me, but I found this sentence (actually a phrase) extremely annoying. The fact that you can travel with it as a laptop and use it as a drawing tool ... "Use it as a ...
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“I want it rather than him” could mean

The sentence "I want it rather than him" could mean I want to have it rather than him having it I want to have it rather than to have him Or are both meanings possible?
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For a while or in a while [duplicate]

Ok so... My friend and i used to walked to school sometimes but we haven't done that recently. I messaged him " we haven't walked in a while " He replied " for a while* " And now we're arguing over ...
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Is “Everyone is welcome along.” a valid sentence?

Is "Everyone is welcome along." a valid English sentence? My English grammaticality is basic at best and I'm not sure how to even research this... EDIT: I'm adding a bounty, and I'd like to know ...
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Are there any rules for missing words in English questions or affirmative statements?

In some sentences we don't use some words: For example: Instead of: "Do you want a ride?" We say: "Want a ride?" Instead of: "I'm just coming. Hang on!" We say: "Just coming. Hang ...
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I washed the dishes clean

Firstly, is "I washed the dishes clean." a grammatically correct sentence? If it is right, I have a question about it: in this sentence, is "clean" an adverb or an adjective? I think that "I cleanly ...
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Which preposition to use: “For/In/Over/During the first week after I came here”?

If I want to say “I used to cook by myself for(in, over, during) the first week after I came here”, which preposition and sentence below should I use? Which are right and wrong among these sentences ...
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usage of folded/being folded [closed]

"with my arms folded" Is this always right? vs. "With my arms being folded" Is this wrong? thanks
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Is there a comparative form of “well”?

Is there a word that means "more well", in the same way that "better" means "more good"? In common parlance most people just use "better" for this purpose, but this sounds wrong and is a nagging ...
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A plural noun is used with a singular verb in a proper English speech—why?

From the film script of Gladiator (2000): Your faults as a son, is my failure as a father My question is: how come?! If anyone (unless you're one those very good few who get to define what the ...
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What is the correct structure for this sentence (IT)

XYZ Servers are small machines used to facilitate ABCD. They are automatically launched and discarded on your hosting account as needed. XYZ Servers are small machines used to facilitate ABCD. They ...
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Which order of the two preceding modifiers is correct for this proper noun?

In southwestern China, there is a mountain named (after translating to English) Qingcheng Mountain (or Mount Qingcheng). However, apart from Qingcheng Mountain itself, there is also a second mountain ...
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Offensive behavior is better avoided / be avoided / to be avoided here

Suppose that there's a rule about how to behave in a society (a school, a chatroom, whatever) that goes: Offensive behavior is better (1)avoided / (2)be avoided / (3)to be avoided here. I ...
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What is the correct of saying between you and I? [closed]

I was taught that it is correct to say "between you and I," instead of "between you and me." Which is correct?
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Be Going to vs. Present Continuous

Which of these is the grammatically correct form: Where are you going to apply? Where are you applying?
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Is “has or will read” grammatical?

I just wrote [he] has or will read [some text] in an ELL chat room. But looking at it (or more accurately, listening to my "inner voice" trying to "read it aloud"), I find it bothers me a lot. A ...
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grammar: could versus would be able to

I'd like to be a dog walker because I think I'd be able to or I could control several dogs at once. The person's speaking about her abilities in the conditional. Is could be used in this ...
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How do I show the past tense? [migrated]

She had to knew that I was there there for her help She had to know that I was there for her help She has to knew that I was there there for her help Please explain in details which ...
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Difference between Present perfect and past simple logically

I know difference between present perfect and past simple clearly. But,in the below sentences, which of these tense is more correct logically? Today was a ridiculous, outrageous,absurd day.Now ...
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“As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned”

As an intermediate English language leaner, I have just faced with the phrase "As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned". I tried a lot to find an appropriate answer for and to understand what ...
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Subjunctive construction involving “that” [migrated]

From a prep book for GMAT: Note that you should ALWAYS just use the base form of the verb in such a subjunctive construction involving the "that" clause. Wrong: she recommended that John ...
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Confused by the syntax or grammaticality used in this quote by Karl Marx. Please help?

The quote is from the Manifesto of the Communist Party: No sooner is the exploitation of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he receives his wages in cash, than he is set ...
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Which is proper usage prices or price?

The company's shares of face value Re1 each, recorded 52-week high/low prices of Rs201/149. In the above sentence should I use high/low prices of or high/low price of
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Verb for “to make bold”

Consider the following: Imagine that you are sitting at your word processor and you need to make a word bold. Imagine that you are sitting at your word processor and you need to bold a word. ...
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Usage of Interrogative adjective

I have these sentences (both of them are in a book series, and are written by Indian): 1)Which football team wins the game? 2)What materials are used to make it? I wonder if they are ...
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“Wanting” or “want”?

Lately I have noticed that a lot of people use "wanting" in sentences, or in books, but I don't get it because my English teachers have always said to me that with verbs like "love", "like", "want" ...
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The way the past participle is used in these sentences

First, this is the meaning I am trying to put in writing: She could not tolerate the sight of them as they were being put to death. And I want the progressive aspect to be clear. Which of ...
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agree on that clause?

I wrote this sentence one day. "I agree with the author on that the structure of the poem is unusual." I read it again and found it a little strange. I knew that that-clauses cannot be used after a ...
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A question on usage of could and was able to

As you know,we use could for general ability. But if we want to say that somebody did something in a specific situation,we have to use was/were able to or managed to **(not **could ). I know the below ...
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“Me knowing that he was… ” Is “me” the subject?

"That was it," he told me. "Laughing at me behind their faces, about a woman. Me knowing that he was up there, and them knowing I knew that if I busted in and dragged him out and bashed his ...
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How do I use “as of now” correctly?

Just to clarify, I am not a native English speaker. I occasionally hear from other non-native English speakers the use of the phrase: "As of now" with the meaning of Currently. Initially I did not ...
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Use of “in comparison to”

I have doubts regarding the construction of the phrase: "[...] degree of fulfilment regarding the number of water quality parameters effectively controlled in comparison to the mandated number ...
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How should I use “so” and“ too” for implying “That's also true for me” in this example?

This is a conversation between two friends, one is 30 the other is 25. They are speaking about their school time: First conversation: A: Do you remember Mr. X? He was my English teacher. B: ...
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Where should “just” go when describing possibility?

Which is the grammatically correct way to write this sentence? Ask, we may just have what you are looking for. Ask, we just may have what you are looking for.
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Is it OK to start a phrase with a gerund, when it is meant to imply an action in the past?

Example: "She was out of school for a long time when she caught the measles, giving the disease to her family." I am editing a document in which the author frequently uses the above construction, ...
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Use of preposition and prepositional adverb

I know that prepositions are not supposed to end a sentence; however, I have also read that some prepositions function as adverbs as seen in "come inside" and "run around". My question concerns an ...
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Please help me with these if conditionals [closed]

If I studied, I wouldn't fail the exam If I had studied, I wouldn't have failed the exam What is the difference between the two? Please explain.
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Passive voice for sentences using modals and "used to:

I always have some problems with changing an active sentence which contains used to into a passive sentence, for example: Mr Green used to teach languages at school. What is the passive form? ...