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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is this statement grammatically correct? [closed]

The decision of approving the bank statements lies either with the Finance officer, or with the Bank Manager, or with the CFO of the company. Is this statement grammatically correct?
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How can we describe a broad sense of taste?

How can we describe a broad sense of taste? Can we say that we have a versatile taste? Or is it more correct to say that we have a diverse taste? Taste here is with reference to food.
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Is “whatever is left can <verb>” correct grammar?

Whatever is left can be given away. Initially this seems like a complete sentence, but it seems odd to me that the verb phase involving "is" is used as a subject. Could someone explain why or why ...
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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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I deposited the funds? [migrated]

Should I say: I was deposited yesterday the funds OR: I deposited yesterday the funds. Can I add the 'was' or I'm not allowed to? Thank you in advance
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What is the correct way to show tiered possession?

When there are multiple places where possession is shown, how are the words structured? A few examples: Greg's son's laptop is on fire. Mary's friends' boat is sinking. Thomas's neighbor's cat ate ...
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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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Use of the term 'disappeared' - meaning 'exterminate' [duplicate]

Is it correct to say “...a young man who had been ‘disappeared’.” I need this to align with a statement used earlier in the text: “Many civilians simply ‘disappeared’ with no trace found afterwards.” ...
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The front and back door(s) are red [duplicate]

If I have only one front door, and only one back door, and they are both red. Which is correct: The front and back door are red; The front and back doors are red. I feel that (1) looks ...
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“One thing to note” or “One thing to be noted”? [closed]

Just stumbled which to use when I was writing something. "One thing to note" seems to be used much more often, but clarifications from experts would be helpful.
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comparative correlative with 3 parts

Is it possible to construct a comparative correlative sentence with 3 parts? e.g., The more he walks, the less energy he has, the more tired he gets. or must it be split into 2 parts, e.g., ...
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Is “is sent” correct?

File is sent. File has been sent. Is the line above grammatically correct? What is the correct one and what is the difference between both of them ?
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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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when and how I can use plural form of a noun.

I am still confusing on when I should use plural form of noun. For example, "Nancy survived her five-hour ordeal by following another intuition: She engaged the dangerous stranger in constant ...
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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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Single Preposition/descriptor for Multiple Subjects versus Multiple Ones

Could anybody please tell which one is correct? The President is going to give speeches in Belgium, in the Netherlands, in Luxembourg and in France versus The President is going to give ...
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Between 'decide' and 'an object', are prepositions like 'on, upon, about' extraneous?

Caution: This question concerns the verb 'direct' followed immediately afterwards by an object. To ameliorate readability, I eschew the use of blockquotes below, where I quoted the OED. [Source:] ...
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How did 'so' mean 'so that'?

so, adv. and conj. = 24. so .. that [=] in such a way, to such an extent, that 25. a. With omission of that, = sense 24. 26. a. so (that) , in limiting sense: On condition that, provided that, ...
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Is the phrase “I love playing guitar, been doing it since a very young age” grammatically correct?

My quarrel with the phrase in the question title is the use of "been doing it". Is it valid to use it this way (without the word "having" in front of it)? If it's not grammatically correct, is it at ...
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Is it grammatical to omit the subject from “I did my work”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it acceptable to begin a declarative sentence with “Am”? Is it correct to start a sentence with did. Did my work. instead of I did my work. ...
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“I am” vs “am” - When should they be used in a sentence? [duplicate]

So often, I find people using am instead of I am, for example, am going to work am okay am sleeping Is this grammatically correct and when should am be used in a sentence if it is ...
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Is it acceptable to begin a declarative sentence with “Am”?

I want to know firstly if it's grammatically correct to start a declarative sentence with "Am". For example: Am excited about the game today. Secondly, if it is grammatically incorrect, then I ...
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Is 'so I did', and other like expressions, at the end of a sentence good English?

In Northern Ireland people will say 'He went to Bohemia on holiday, so he did', or 'I need to do some shopping, so I do'. Is this correct English?
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“Enquire from someone” vs “enquire with someone”

Which is the correct sentence from these two? Can you enquire from her? Can you enquire with her? I tried to search the internet but most results talk about the difference between ...
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Is it correct to use “media” as a plural?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? There are six media widely used: newspapers, radio, TV, books, theater, comics. To be specific, is it correct to place the number six right ...
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Why is there nothing between those two words?

None of them, not a single one of them, tried to do it. Why is there nothing between "none of them" and "not a single one of them"? They are simply connected by a comma and I don't know how ...
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Sentences lacking subject

As shown above, you can use this sentence. When needed, you can have this candy. You did more than necessary. Those sentences have one thing in common. After word as, when, and than, ...
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Why is “union” an exception to the “a/an” rule? [duplicate]

Usually when a word starts with a vowel, we will use "an" before it. But for union, it is "a union" not "an union." It is not explained in the previously mentioned a vs an why union is an exception. ...
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“Nice to see you, to see you nice!”

Look at this famous phrase used by a British talkshow host when saying goodbye to his audience: 'Nice to see you, to see you nice!' Nobody in the UK (including my grandmother who was a frequent ...
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“He could do the job, as expected.” Is ellipsis used in this sentence?

This is a question concerning superfluous element, because I cannot think of other rules that would allow the deletion. If it is not superfluous element, please notify me. He could do the job, as ...
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“Going to go” or not?

I have been corrected by a person more educated than I for my use of going to go as in a statement of intent. Is my critic correct?
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Can someone explain to me which sentence is grammatically correct…?

I would like to inform you that I haven’t yet received the acknowledgement receipts of two files that I had submitted. or I would like to inform you that I haven’t yet received the ...
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Because in the middle of a question

Do I put a question mark after the following sentence? Do you know where it is because I cannot find it? I guess it is quite simple but I get really confused when the 'because' is there. To me ...
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“I myself Naresh” as an introduction

I have heard so many times that before starting presentation people introduce themselves like this: I myself Naresh and the topic I am going to present is.... Myself Naresh and the topic I am ...