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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Using While with continuous tense

They were playing here while you were gone. They have been playing here while you were gone. Can you please tell me Which one is correct?
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Use “will” twice in a sentence [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? "if the user confirmed , the Ticket will be saved and the update will be submitted too (Save and Submit)."
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When do I have license to use the present tense in a *past* narration?

I am narrating a past series of events; of course, all the verbs are in the past tense. One verb, however, signifies an action that will be complete long after (years after) the moment of narration ...
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“I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to.”: placing a comma before “if I am able to”?

Taken from #6 here is the sentence "I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to." I am wondering if there should be a comma before "if I am able to", or if ...
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“Because/because of/owing to/on account of/due to”? [closed]

I was doing my homework but I'm stuck on this exercise. The instructions say: Complete these sentences: (my answers are in brackets) “Don’t be fool; the dog’s dancing was … the extremely hot ...
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Is “there's ways” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I encountered it a few minutes ago as I was reading a webpage and it immediately felt wrong. It seemed obvious at first that it should be "there are ways". I googled it and to my surprise there were ...
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Is this a valid sentence or not?

I'm afflicted with one of those online "Learn English" things that I have to wade through as a prerequisite for something else. I report lots of errors, but this one I'm not sure of. I intially ...
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“In which” or “of which”? [closed]

I was writing the following sentence and became lost in thought. I wasn't sure whether to use "of which" or "in which". Are either correct? If not, what is? Strict-liability crimes are crimes ...
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Come to pick up vs. come pick up [closed]

This might seem like a trivial case, but I'm unsure whether to use: "he will come to pick you up" or: "he will come pick you up", i.e. without "to". If it makes any difference, the sentence ...
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Can I use “Week start” as alternative of “Week starts on” [closed]

I want to use "Week start" for the same purpose as in Google Calendar settings: It sounds clear for English-speaking people? Or it would be better to use "Week starts on"?
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Which is correct “lean on door” OR “lean against door”? [closed]

The questions is self-explanatory. I've actually seen "lean on door" to be more frequently used, but I've also heard the latter form. Is there a difference between these two forms?
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How is the sentence “My mama don't like you, but she likes everyone” correct?

I just heard Love yourself by Justin Bieber. I thought I heard "My mama didn't like you but she likes everyone" from the song. Then later I found lyrics on some websites(listed bellow) but it's not ...
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Is “a slightest glimpse” gramatically incorrect?

In the following quotes, the word "slightest" has the indefinite article "a". Are these grammatically incorrect? A Mother's Secret by Scarlet Wilson "So what do you think?" He spun around in his ...
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Which is correct - 2TB memories or 2TBs of memory? [duplicate]

I am working on a manual where they are trying to say that something support from 2 TB (terabytes) to 8 TB (terabytes) of flash memory per channel. The audience is programming engineers. It is ...
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Can we contract “well have” to “well've”?

Is the contraction of the term "well have" to "well've" grammatically correct? For example, can a sentence beginning "I may as well have . . . " be contracted to "I may as well've . . . "?
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Controvery over subject-verb agreement in this sentence

The sentence Women driving cars is, of course, such a foreign sight to a society like Saudi Arabia The subject is not "women" (otherwise, the verb would have been 'are'); the subject, as I ...
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“The lack of consensus impedes the process of necessary enhancements” [closed]

America's infrastructure is crumbling, and a lack of consensus in the government impedes the process of necessary enhancements that should be carried out nationwide. I'm not too sure about the ...
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Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence with “Which” (in academic style)? [closed]

What references, or your specific expertise tell about the permissibility of passages like: "We shall assume that 2x2=5. Which, of course, is not quite correct, but..."
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“The population is 57,000” or “the population is 57,000 people”? [closed]

I'm having a devil of time googling this, so my apologies if this question has been answered before. Internet searching has been all but worthless, what with boolean cues being imprecise as they are. ...
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'Year Obtained from education' on CV meaning

So I am filling out a CV and answering about my education, when it comes up 'year obtained' I have never come across this on a CV before and if I have it hasn't been worded this way. Could someone ...
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on route vs en route

I saw today a local college (in the UK) has taken out an advert on the side of the local bus which states "on route to a better future". I'd personally expect it to be en route. Is this an idictment ...
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Revising a Sentence for Brevity while Maintaining Eloquence

I am working on an article / story about legal cannabis in Colorado, and I have written this sentence regarding the smell upon entering a large, industrial grow room: The only way I know how to ...
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The using of from…to

Can I ask about the using of "from...to"? In my text, I have two sentences like this: These products may range from garment, fashion products, footwear, perfumes, cosmetics to even agro-products, ...
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that clause as an adjective

I heard some people say: All (that) I am is blue. All (that) I am is sad. This relative that clause is used as an adjective that represents adjective "sad" and "blue", right? But as far as I know, ...
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Can the verb “let” take an adjective as an object complement like to “leave”?

I was watching "Good Wife Season 7, Episode 16". Alicia was having a private time with her new boyfriend and her mother visited her daughter's house without prior notice. Alicia tried to hide him in ...
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What is the grammar of the quote: “There isn't a Parallel of Latitude but thinks it would have been the Equator if it had had its rights.”?

Though I understand more or less the meaning of this quote, I cannot see that it is really a grammatical English sentence. It can be found in he Chapter LXIX of Mark Twain's novel "Following the ...
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“it is not exactly clear which” vs. “it is unclear exactly which”

I wonder if the two expressions "it is not exactly clear which" and "it is unclear exactly which" are examples of a correct use of English and carry mostly the same meaning (I am aware they are ...
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“Quest of providing” vs. “quest for providing” [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct and why? In our quest of providing unparalleled value to our customers. In our quest for providing unparalleled value to our customers. I understand that the ...
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A or an, which is correct [duplicate]

Which is correct, " I'm a RSD/CRPS Warrior" or " I'm an RSD/CRPS Warrior " ? Which is correct a or an in front of RSD/CRPS Warrior ?
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… the Future or Future

I am trying to answer this question asked in acaemia.SE. In my answer, I have 3 subtitles as follows. Which of the two {alternatives} are grammatically correct? Anxieties of {the Future} or ...
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but certainly or but,certainly? [duplicate]

We will have a lot of skills, but certainly, we also have limitations. I don't know whether it's right or wrong to place "but" and "certainly" together. Since "but" is conjunction, while ...
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Only in or in only?

1)He held the thought that women in the upper class (and in only the upper class) needed to be educated and trained to become lords. 2)He held the thought that women in the upper class (and ...
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what is the difference between 'travel back in time' and 'travel through time'?

What is the difference between 'travel back in time' and 'travel through time'. Can you explain this with an example?
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Difference betweeen “Compared to” and “Comparing to” [closed]

as i mentioned in the title is there any difference between "comparing to" or "compared to" as we got for these examples "USA Exports Few amounts of petrol,compared to Saudi Arabia" "USA Exports ...
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“Hundred-thousands” or “Hundreds of thousands”? [closed]

Which word choice is correct? The company saved several hundred-thousands of dollars. or The company saved several hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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Into vs. in to question

Which is correct: "Dive right in to why you're involved" or "Dive right into why you're involved" My guess is that the first is correct, since "in" is a part of "dive right in" and should be ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct - subject verb aggreement?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The charge nurse would call the patient back from the waiting room and escort them to an empty exam room" Call the patient... escort them??
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Cost vs. Costs when to use [closed]

When do we use cost and costs in a sentence? Like for instance in this sentence.. "Secrets have their costs or secrets have their cost?"
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Is it correct to write 40+ in a sentence?

If the amount of something, let's say locations, has a minimum of 40 but fluctuates to up randomly, can 40+ be used? Would "around 40," "about 40" or something similar be more appropriate for a formal ...
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“Proper ” contraction of 'because'

I got into it with a buddy of mine over how one would write out the oft spoken contraction of because. He is steadfast on 'cause, but this struck me as unnecessarily jarring as it isn't spoken this ...
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“One such type of knowledge can be that the problem” vs “One example of such knowledge is a problem”

I have a paragraph that starts with the following In order to obtain a more accurate result, additional knowledge is required. My next line is as follows but it doesn't feel right... One ...
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Distributive property of 'and' for a set

If I did 'x' for two years and then did 'y' for one year, can I correctly say that I did 'x' and 'y' for 3 years? Or would that be false since I hadn't done 'y' for more than one year? Would it be ...
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Does this sentence make grammatical sense?

Here is a sentence from an article about drug discovery : "Nowadays, drug targets and disease mechanisms twisted empiric drug discovery to rational drug design programs." I think the point the ...
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Which is correct? …as from today or from today onwards [closed]

I have a water filter in my office. It is broken. I wrote a reminder telling the staff. The word I would like to highlight is "as from" or "from." Water filter can only be used as from 1st ...
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Questions on “Like father, like son” [duplicate]

I have a few questions on this phrase "Like father, like son". Is it an idiom or a proverb? Or both? Can it be analysed grammatically? If the answer is "Yes", can you analyse it grammatically for ...
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unassigned vs non-assigned

We are developing modules in a ticket assignment system and most of the labels are in French. Someone has translated the label for unassigned tickets to "Non-Assigned" in English. I'm not sure this ...
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“May you please give me your approval?”

The phrase is bring used in our office, and while I am certain it doesn't sound right, ie shouldn't it say "Would/could/will you please give me your approval" I would like an expert to tell me why.
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Would 'sitting in a queue' be incorrect English?

Usually, to avoid any ambiguities, I'd say 'waiting in the queue', however I came across 'sitting in a queue' and wanted to know whether it's correct or incorrect English. Is it used? And if yes, in ...
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Is this a grammatical sentence?

One of my students wrote a sentence, shown hereunder in italics, and I can't seem to able to tell if it is correct or not? Andrew has thought good of creating some company and setting it up abroad. ...