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 right to say “What time is it?” and “What day is it?” when asking about the day and the time of an event? [migrated]

If there's an event yet to come and two people talking to each other about it, if one of them doesn't know about the day and the time, can he ask (What day is it?) and (What time is it?)? Isn't it ...
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Usage of “this issues with”

It has been customary to use the following sentence in official parlance, at the end of transfer orders. "This issues with the approval of the competent authority" Is this usage acceptable? This ...
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Present participle phrase with negative auxiliary [closed]

So I was writing as any other usual days. And I encountered a problem. He does not lose his temper, being driven by his emotions. Well, after I wrote this, I could see that it was not what I ...
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A question on grammar [closed]

I am an English teacher—a non-native, of course. During teaching my coursebook, I came across a structure that seems to be wrong: His was lost at the dry cleaners. Is it correct grammatically ...
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Grammatically correct questions in a survey [closed]

Trying to ask following questions in a customer feedback form: What tools do you for recruitment? What are you favorite features of these tools? What are the functionalities missing in these tools ...
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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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What is correct: using myself or I? [duplicate]

What is correct: we are waiting on dinner for myself and Jamie, or, we are waiting on dinner for Jamie and I?
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“When once they had done this, …” - what's with “when once”?

From George Orwell's 1984, part 2 chapter 9: For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and ...
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Is the sentence grammer correct? “During the meeting that … , I had …”? [closed]

"During the meeting that Dr. Edward Smith coordinated last month, I had the chance to meet with you and hear the possible projects ..." English is my second language, and I usually feel that my ...
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Certain and inseperable results: is the phrasing “Make for yourself inevitabilities reality” valid? [closed]

Make effort towards your goals, which at present seem improbable, until they become inevitable. I wish to mean this, is "Make for yourself inevitabilities reality." valid? I would understand it when ...
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“What time” vs “At what time”

If I want ask my classmate at what exact time did he come to class, which question is correct? I don't want to use "When". "At what time did you come here?" or "What time did you come here?"
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“After n years” or “n years down the line”?

I am planning to work at a firm X and after 5 years down the line I would like to work at Y. Is after 5 years down the line grammatically correct or it should be just "after 5 years" or "5 years down ...
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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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“Actions taken on [Noun]” vs “Actions taken against [Noun]”

I am an Australian working in the US. During the workday I often find myself either reading documents or being corrected in how I write them myself when it concerns this grammatical usage. Which is ...
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Using the word “by” before “whom”

I read the following sentence in a newspaper about a restaurateur's reasons for abolishing tipping: "Many of the owners other reasons sound like the typical complaints of British tourists, who are ...
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Does the comma make the meaning of the sentence clearer?

Sir Roger Moore exemplifies James Bond's personality, off-screen. My concern is that if there was no comma in the sentence, it would mean something like this: James Bond's personality off-screen is ...
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Is it formal to say “I've met people I was able to connect with”? [closed]

I would like to say the following: "During my daily work I’ve met many interesting people I was able to connect with." Is this right in a formal way? What I would like to say is that I did ...
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What is the correct grammar: “we” or “us”

What is the correct grammar for this sentence fragment: "She needed we the taxpayers to pay...." "She needed us the taxpayers to pay...." because without "the taxpayers", the correct sentence would ...
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“How much is faster the train than the car?” [closed]

How much is faster the train than the car? How much is the train faster than the car? Which one is correct?
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Can you ask “What is the meaning of your question” [closed]

It's not my native language But if you're asked a question can you answer with a question something like so "What is the meaning of your question" does that sound right?
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Present continuous form for oblique subject

Someone told me that the following is not correct: May the blessings of god always shower on you and should be May the blessings of god always be showered on you. My friend's argument is ...
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Is “So that, I can program microprocessor according to my desires.” a fragment?

Fifth, In order to communicate each component I should use some kind of IDE (Integrated Device Electronics). So that, I can program microprocessor according to my desires. This sentence ...
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Is “one needs only” or “one need only” correct?

This questions concerns the singular or plural form of the word "need". It might concern the property of the word "need" under different circumstances, which consequently affects whether it can ...
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Comparative form of shy [duplicate]

I've been looking for this answer a lot and people say diferent things are true. Is it shyer and the shyest, shier and shiest or more shy and the most shy? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary it's ...
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“The reason being” — Why is this grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Observe the following three sentences. I have a dog. The reason being dogs are fun. I have a dog. The reason being is dogs are fun. I have a dog. The reason is dogs are fun. Even ...
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Woe is me - what does it mean?

What exactly does the phrase 'Woe is me' mean? A google search returns many results ranging from FML to just having a bad day. There are many references to the phrase being grammatically incorrect and ...
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The usage of something and anything [duplicate]

I was studying and I saw a sentence that went like this: "Have I done something wrong?" I was wondering, instead of writing "something", shouldn´t I write "anything", since the sentence is a ...
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Should I use “for” in this case? [closed]

Which sentence below is correct? Or, are they both wrong? a) I hope the sign means for a good news, not a bad one. b) I hope the sign means for a good news, not for a bad one.
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Is that grammatically right if I use two predicates without using a conjunction to link them? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically right if I use two predicates without using a conjunction to link them? There are many sentences using this structure when I read a composition. Examples: He became a ...
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“Politifact was unable to find that report, and neither were we.” [closed]

Politifact was unable to find that report, and neither were we. Is this correct? Shouldn't "were" be "could"?
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Capitalizing Work Titles — Beyond General Rules

The rule I'm getting is: Capitalize if it comes before the name: Janitor Richard McGill was a fastidious man. Director Campbell slept in the office as McGill the janitor proofread his annual ...
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Comma or No Comma? Workplace and Title [closed]

Anthony Martin, assistant accountant, PwC, and associate editor, Washington Post. The commas above look a little too much. Are they technically all correct? Which would you recommend removed? I ...
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Comma usage; punctuation [closed]

"Pans propounds the view that, despite the importance of expeditious and efficient proceedings, efficiency and fastness should never be the determining factors." Pans propounds the view that , ...
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Does the sentence “How do you like Painting Exhibition?” make any sense? [closed]

Does this question make any sense? Is it grammatically correct? How do you like Painting Exhibition?
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Omission of “being” after prepositions

I've heard from somewhere in this website that being can be deleted after almost every preposition... which aroused many questions as to the usage of being for me. Today, I encountered this sentence: ...
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The more…the more structure with normal clause?

The more they sing, their burden lightens and their love deepens As you can see, the first clause applied "the more" structure, but the second one didn't. Is it acceptable and grammatically ...
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How should I interpret “case” in the headline, “Obama Case Against Ground War: 100 U.S. Deaths a Month”

There was the article with a headline, “Obama Case Against Ground War: 100 U.S. Deaths a Month” in New York Times (December 17) followed by the paragraph: “President Obama acknowledged that ...
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“Every interest and faith is…” vs. “Every interest and faith are…” [closed]

Please tell me which of the following options is correct: Option 1: It is also imperative to respect different beliefs, making sure every interest and faith is suitably represented at all times. ...
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Is this parallel? "He's not only the Hair Club president but also a client.'

Are the following sentences grammatically parallel? "He's not only the Hair Club president but also a client." (No comma.) "Not only is he the Hair Club president, but also he is a client." (Comma.) ...
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Making something “something else”

Please take a look at this: The sunlight reflected on every wave crest, making the ocean a sea of sparkling stars. I'm trying to understand both of the bold parts, the followings are my ...
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Is it bad practice to say “a husband and his wife” because of redundancy?

Phrasing like "a husband and his wife" or "a daughter and her father" always irked me, for being a bit redundant. Surely, it is enough to say "man and his wife" (or in the case of same-sex marriages ...
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Start save money or start saving money? [closed]

Is it right to say "Start save money..." or it should be start saving money? and how the continuation of a such sentence after that could be... I mean, which of the following are correct sentences: ...
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Is the use of the indefinite article possible in the sentence context?

Is the use of the indefinite article below possible in this context? In the out-of-court settlement, the drug makers virtually admitted that they were responsible for the spread of a fatal ...
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A handgun vs. Handguns

In high school debates, we have resolutions or topics. This month our topic is: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned. Many debaters will specify a certain ...
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“the school was set in a little pray house with hardly any walls/without any walls…”

"the school was set in a little pray house built with bamboo and straw with hardly any walls". Is it grammatically correct? Since I don't know that "with hardly any walls" modifies "the school" ...
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Use of aux. “be” with “got” for passive?

Someone got full marks in the exam. Is it possible to change its voice to passive using got as follows? Full marks were got by someone. Why or why not?
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“My goal is to be happy” or “being happy” - Which of them is correct? [closed]

Which of these is grammatical? My goal is to be happy. or My goal is being happy. My friend told me that the second one is incorrect, but I don't believe my friend about this.
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Is “But to no avail” a fragment?

I am trying to write a dialogue and I wanted to end it with "But to no avail." however I am not sure if it is grammatically correct or not. “Go ahead!” he begged. “It's going to be okay.” But ...
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What is implied by the bold sentences?

Malfoy : “But this is servant stuff, it’s not for students to do. I thought we’d be copying lines or something, if my father knew I was doing this, he’d —” Hagrid : “— tell yer that’s how ...