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

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What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical?

An acquaintance recalled this specific example from an English textbook, but it is jarring to my native ear. Is this an example of prescriptive grammarians gone wild?
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Is it correct to say “I'll share it for the millionth time”

If I want to share something on social media with others, something that I've extremely enjoyed listening to or watching. would it be correct grammatically if I said: I'll share it for the millionth ...
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Grammar from the Final Empire

When’s the last time you slept in an alley, shivering in the cold rain, listening to the beggar next to you 1)cough with a sickness 2)you knew 3)would kill him? Is "cough" a verb? Is this a correct ...
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Does “then before, now once more” mean anything?

Does the phrase then before, now once more have any meaning in English? Or does it exist just because it rhymes so nicely? Or does it exist at all? Likewise, what about that time then, once again?
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Can I use “because” and “if” consecutively in a sentence?

This is the sentence in question: I would like to be able to make an unlimited number of wishes because if I wish for money, life, and love, I don't have to work and I don't have to be afraid of ...
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Can I use 'different different' in a sentence? [closed]

Is this a correct statement? - "He asked me different different questions."
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One year young - young

If somebody says my baby is one year young rather than one year old,is it grammatically acceptable?
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I can run faster than _____. (1) him (2) he?

Consider the sentence "I can run faster than 15 miles per hour." Its meaning is clear and to my eyes obviously grammatically correct. Now let me present some variations that have given me trouble for ...
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When can I use “peoples” in a sentence and have it be grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I need help for this story I'm writing. I have been told before that you can't use the word "peoples" in a sentence because it is not grammatically correct or doesn't exist by many people. If I were ...
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'My' or 'me' handing myself over? [duplicate]

For the following sentence, which is correct? If my handing myself over buys you some time, so be it -OR- If me handing myself over buys you some time, so be it. I struggle with the rules for this ...
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Is “in about” grammatical in “I'll reach there in about 5 minutes”?

Is it correct to say "I'll reach there in about 5 minutes?" Is "in about" correct in this sentence?
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Chaste and virgin - adjectives associated with feminine gender alone

Do the adjectives chaste and virgin associated only with feminine gender? Can they be extended to masculine gender or any other corresponding adjectives associated with masculine gender?
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nothing is holding *thinks up* if you need something [closed]

I received an email with: "I just want to ensure that nothing is holding thinks up if you need something." I know what he meant:"I just want to ensure that you're ready (or you can use what you need) ...
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English grammar usage [duplicate]

'I will attend a conference next week ' & 'I will be attending a conference next week ' which is correct?
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How do we use the word “landfall” in a sentence?

May I ask for a specific sentence using the word "landfall"? which has a definition of: a reaching of land as by a traveler, craft, or storm according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. ...
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Is “Why to… …” grammatical?

From Google Support: Why to use page-level permissions Page-level permissions allow you to.. Is the sentence "Why to use page-level permissions" grammatical?
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Can a sentence start with “ due to”

I think a sentence cannot start with due to. But if i need to say due to this thing something is happening how can I say it? How can I write the following sentence correctly? Due to the changes ...
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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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“As if you have” vs. “As if you had”

I saw this advertisement while waiting for the subway in a town in Germany: English fit for travel, as if you have your teacher with you. Is this proper English? I would have said it should be ...
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Using the word “Influential”

A Japanese friend asked me this: When I want to say that someone has influenced me, I can say "influenced by". When I am skeptical of someone or doubtful of someone, I can say, "skeptical of" and ...
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meaning of as - as in following sentence [duplicate]

"The Plaza hotel is as near as it gets to the best shopping along New York's famous Fifth Avenue." Whats the meaning of this sentence?and what does as-as means here?
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Is it “grammar error” or “grammatical error”?

We say “spelling error”, which seems to imply it would be “grammar error” since both spelling and grammar are nouns, whereas grammatical is an adjective, but I can’t help think “grammatical error” is ...
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Are All Compound Nouns Countable

Are all Compound Nouns Countable? for example traffic is an uncountable noun but traffic jam is countable. sorry for my mundane question
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How does this sentence fare grammatically? [on hold]

One cannot forget those [who/whom] left such an indelible mark on [his/their] [life/lives]. I am unsure as to which words to use in the bracketed options.
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Which one is right, “The text to search for must be typed in the …” or “The text to be searched must be typed in the …”?

Which one is right, "The text to search must be typed in the ..." or "The text to search for must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be searched must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be ...
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Words that can be repeated and still make sense [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there other repeated single word sentences like the Buffalo sentence? Are there words in English like had that can be repeated while still making sense? For example, ...
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Is there any valid rule discouraging the use of a certain word to start a sentence?

Is there any rule you think is valid that discourages the use of a certain word to start a sentence? Because I suspect the answer is no. But it would be good to have a blanket answer to this kind of ...
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Is it correct to use 'being' after a noun? [duplicate]

I found the following sentence in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (5th Edition): You can’t expect them to sit still for that long, children being what they are. For me it sounds weirdly ...
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“Reveal” vs. “revelation” as nouns

I just posed this question on sci-fi.stackexchange and had my wording corrected from reveal to revelation. I realise that to have said that too early in the film would have ruined the big reveal. ...
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Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?

Multiple questions herein ask "Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question with X?" So, I'm definitively asking, are there any words for which it is absolutely not grammatically ...
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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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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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Talking or talking about

I always have wondered if there is any difference between these two sentences : I am not talking science here. and I am not talking about science here. If yes, then what is that ...
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Ditto ,when do I use it?

How do you use the term "ditto" when you're expressing the same sentiments,I.e. I told someone,"it was good to see you last week." They responded "ditto,seeing you too." Is this response correct?
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“In a list” vs. “on a list”

In the following sentence, should I use in or on? If I ever make a list, not only will you be in/on it, you'll top it, too.
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Function of participle [closed]

I know that the participle can be part of a verb to express continuous tense, perfect tense, passive voice. And it also can has a separate line as an adjective. The participle adjective have either ...
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Does this sentence sound awkward, in terms of verb tense or preposition use?

Just a couple of quick questions: Though not all my students grappled with the same issues that I had faced... Does this phrase sound off at all? I'm trying to imply that I still struggle with ...
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Which of these is grammatically correct? “lay foundation to” or “lay foundation for”?

The last line in one my admission letters is "...and also to lay foundation to my long term career goals." Is it more correct for me to write "lay foundation for" ?
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Non-standard sentence construction with “there is no”

I have just come across this very unusual construction, in my view at least. Is it correct and if yes, what grammar rules apply here? I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me with this and ...
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Can you say “within 90 days after”?

I understand that you can say, "within 30 days of receiving your application", but I am seeing more and more "within 30 days after your application is received". Is the latter grammatical?
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My father had no much money / My father did not have much money [closed]

Can both sentences be acceptable? (1) My father did not have much money. (2) My father had no much money. If one of them is incorrect, what is the grammatical reason why?
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“He spends twice as much money as I earn” is correct?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? He spends twice as much money as I earn. I'm wondering if the first verb (spend) and the second verb (earn) can be different. All the examples of ...
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Ambiguous comparison between percentage values

English is not my mother tongue. The question is whether the phrase "half as fast" is grammatical, frequent and unambiguous. When googling, I've found out that the structure "verb + half as fast as" ...
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Simple Past and Present Perfect together

An original line from Stratfor's Decade Forecast: 2015-2025, published in February: The world has been restructuring itself since 2008, when Russia invaded Georgia and the subprime financial ...
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“I hope it will be useful for you like” + verb

I'm writing down few notes about a technical argument, I'm doing it also to understand them better, so in my intro I'm saying: If you are reading this, I hope it will be useful for you like ...
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After usage is correct or not?

After traveling for a number of days, their dry rations run out. After traveling for a number of days, the fourth youths run out their dry rations. Which sentence is correct? Please.
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“Upload to” vs. “upload on”

Which preposition should follow the verb to upload — to, on, or something else?
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Is “a whole nother” grammatical?

Often one will hear the phrase that's a whole nother kettle of fish, but is "nother" actually grammatical? If not, what would the correct way of saying it be?
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Usage of 'Could' and 'Would' in non-past tense sentense

Could someone explain me why we should use "Could"and "Would" in this sentence? can we use "Can" and "Will" instead? "Is this report something that your team could handle for me? Please review the ...