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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“On the one/other hand” vs. “on the one/other side”

There are two slightly different expressions which do mean the exact same thing, these are: On the one hand [...]. on the other hand [...] On the one side [...]. on the other side [...] ...
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Is it correct to use “all this” instead of “all of this”?

I frequently see people write "all this", instead of "all of this". Is this a grammatically correct phrase? My intuition tells me that it's wrong (the spoken phrase "all this" is really a contraction ...
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Is “I will sleep you to bed” grammatically correct? [closed]

Like we use "I will walk the dog to the park", is using "I will sleep you to bed" grammatically correct?
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I remember taking a lot of pictures for my wedding

This is Anna studying English by myself in Korea. I've faced some expressions written in one of my English learning books. Actually there is a controversial issue that most of people think these are ...
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“strongly” or “strong”?

Is strongly correct in the following, or should it be strong? ... and had a strongly Protestant and unionist identity. What is the explanation in grammar terms? Context.
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Using Neither Nor

Is it correct to say: He needs neither to store the datasets locally nor to access the outsourced datasets each time they delegate the computation. Edit- What I mean is: He does not need to keep ...
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I was asked if I …? [duplicate]

It seems to be a matter of opinion whether If I was a sailor, (seven oceans I'd sail to her) is correct or "were" must be used, but if you consider it to be wrong, would I was asked if I ...
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The difference between per person and each person

What's the difference between the two? 'It costs $50 per person' 'It costs $50 each person'
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Should you use first word capitals for an advertising slogan used in a descriptive, adjectival way?

If you're using a slogan in a sentence to describe something in an adjectival way, should the first letters of each word of the slogan be capitalized, or not? For example: Nike has a 'just do it' ...
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Types of things vs. types of thing

When speaking precisely or technically, one would say that "Homo erectus and homo sapiens are two species of hominid" rather than "Homo erectus and homo sapiens are two species of hominids." The ...
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Should I use who or whom? [duplicate]

This is part of my sentence (for an essay): "For example, Kate- the Governor's sister, who/whom was later executed-...." Should I use who or whom in this situation?
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“10 years in” vs. “In 10 years”

I read a headline: "10 years in, something happens". Is that grammatically correct or incorrect to give that headline? Any difference with "In 10 years, something happens"?
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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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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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Use of “parley” meaning to convert?

I sometimes use the word "parley" as a verb effectively meaning "to convert from one language or system to another". Such as Stargate parleys the Egyptian deities into villainous star-faring ...
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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 more and the lesser [closed]

The more you learn, the lesser mistakes you make. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can lesser be used to refer to the quality of the mistake?
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To have behavior?

Is the following use of have and behavior correct? All programs have the expected behavior.
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Proper use of “out to lunch”, “out for lunch” and “out at lunch”

Recently a co-worker and I debated the proper use of "out to lunch". The argument stemmed from conversation over the appropriate preposition to use, and became particularly heated when we tried to ...
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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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Is writing “wishing you the best of health” at end of a letter considered a sentence fragment? [closed]

Is writing "wishing you the best of health" at end of a letter considered a sentence fragment?
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Is the “are” this sentence correct? [duplicate]

The following sentence sounds incorrect to me when read aloud. "Eating and playing like the locals are important for enjoying the festive atmosphere." I tried diagramming it and am clear on the ...
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Is it “me sitting at a table” or “I sitting at a table”?

The sentence is I can recall vivid images of my first atlas; I sitting at a table, finding all countries and their capitals on the atlas, and jotting them down on a paper. This is the first line ...
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'Must' & probability

Sometimes I notice that there is a difference in opinions regarding the use of 'must' relating to probability. These three sentences look to me correct: He must be in the library (He and the key ...
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Why is there no comma between this participle phrase and the main clause

I searched around, and they said that all the participle phrases are happening concurrently with the main clause. Hm, I thought they are consecutively happening, according to ...
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Expressions to use in English about “for” and “to”

This question is about “for” and “to” in terms of destination or direction. Which is right? Are they both right? Could you give me more examples and information about the usage of for and to? a. Is ...
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Using “of” after a coordinating conjuction

How should I say this? The color of the chair and the table ... The color of the chair and of the table ... Why should that option be used (apart from being the correct one)?
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Should “something, and therefore something” be referred to as singular or plural?

For example, if I have the sentence Due to the improvement of our algorithm, our model, and therefore simulation, becomes more realistic. Should the becomes be instead written as become? Does ...
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How to form sentences starting with “it”

I would like to learn how to reconstruct this sentence to use it at the beginning: The reason why they chose this way looks weird to me. I think we could form it as follows, but of course I am ...
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Can we have a noun after “being able to”?

Currently reading "Taiwan's brain drain prompts worries," by Austin Ramzy from International New York Times (January 14, 2016), I came across the following sentence: but I do not see the D.P.P. ...
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Is this the right usage of word 'sprain'?

There has come a sprain on my foot mysteriously through the night :), not able to walk comfortably. Also, is there any other general grammatical mistake in the above sentence?
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“To include” vs. “including”

In the hot story of today (the U.S. Senate report on "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques"), I noticed the following: He was subjected to numerous and repeated torture techniques, to include being ...
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Can subjects really do more then in german [duplicate]

Two or three years ago my english teacher told me that "in the english language subjects can do more then in german". He gave an example like this: This car seats four persons Today my english ...
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Nostradamus in you

I am in the process of creating a prediction puzzle and need a tagline for it. I believe this one just might do the trick: Nostradamus in you! Is this correct English?
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Is this grammatically correct? “For one, I had mainly be”

Is the following grammatically correct? The introduction of this assignment had made me rethink many previous ideas that I had held on to in previous assigned projects. For one, I had mainly been ...
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Shouldn't “the exact same” always be “exactly the same”?

I've always avoided using the common phrase "the exact same" because it sounds incorrect to me (unless perhaps a comma were inserted thus: "the exact, same".) Shouldn't "the exact same" be "exactly ...
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She is a girl vs it is a girl [duplicate]

There is a photo of a baby girl with her brother but the baby can't be much Of differentiated as a girl or boy. What would it be right to say? It is a girl. Or She is a girl.
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Medium of instruction - “is in English” or “was in English”

I have requested for a certificate from my college and received the same. In that certificate I am seeing one grammatical error. But I just want to confirm. Here is the sentence in question: He ...
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Should I say “study materials” or “education materials” or “teaching material?”

I am building a web application where people can upload their study materials about robotics and programming and manage them and share etc. I want to name it well, so at the moment I have: ...
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Is the phrase “who/what even is [blank]” correct?

I've been hearing a lot of people recently say something like: What even is a baseball? however when I hear people say that I get the gut feeling that it should be What is a baseball even? ...
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Is it grammatically correct to shift an appositive away from the noun it renames or describes?

I'm taking a semester in London. Here's a sample of something I keep hearing: John: My mum will be here later? Susan: Is she staying for supper, your mum? If Susan wishes to say, "your ...
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Which one is correct - “ There is only us here” or “There are only us here” [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: The linked-to question is about the verb agreeing with the grammatical number of the first item in a list in a there is/are sentence. However there is no list in this question ...
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'd hate to be vs. 'd hate being [closed]

Which of the following two structures is grammatically correct? Why? I'd hate to be questioned by the FBI. I'd hate being questioned by the FBI.
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'I couldn't use to' instead of 'I didn't use to be able to/I used not to'

I heard this over the weekend - I've been going to evening classes and now, at last, I can touch type. I couldn't use to do that. I would normally say 'I didn't use to be able to do that', or ...
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How to use “while” in the middle of the sentence?

I am confused. Is using while correct in the following sentence: Most students are able to expertly manage their time while they work along with their other responsibilities. Is it correct to ...
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How to use “what better way” to ask a rhetorical question?

I want to say that friendship can inspire a lot using a rhetorical question. Is the following question correct: What better way to get inspired than by accompanying a good friend?
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Look and tell me what you see! Is it correct as a sentence? [closed]

Look and tell me what you see. Is it correct as a statement, or should I add quotation marks?
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Is it “that” or “how”?

I have been thinking about a title for a post on another website that I'd made all day. At first, I had worded it like, "Reasons That [character one's name here] and [character two's name here] Are ...
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What exactly does it mean to say something is “grammatical?”

I often see the expression "That's ungrammatical" used to explain why something is not OK. For example, a user might post a question: "Is it OK to say, I are go to New York?" Most people would ...
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Is it correct to add an adjective after a preposition? [migrated]

Here is a sentence from an English magazine: With the weather still on this side of chilly, it might be better to stay in and nest ― especially when nursing a cold. Why not write on this side of ...