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

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Correct?: To come upon such positive resonance

I am trying to find a good translation for the German Auf eine positive Resonanz stoßen Can one say Something comes upon such positive resonance when I want to express that something is ...
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Why it is okay to omit “the” in some cases only? [closed]

I am wondering why saying: Learn physics with Mr. Brown sounds okay but if Mr. Brown teaches vegetable names, for example, it sounds awkward to say: Learn vegetables with Mr. Brown Or Learn ...
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Have a great sleep?

Saying "I had a good night's sleep" is considered correct English. But, is saying "I had a good/great sleep" considered correct? As a follow up: Is it also okay to wish someone, "Have a great sleep"? ...
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Is the sentence below grammatically correct? If not, I know no other way of constructing it

"For a celebrated actor, I was surprised at how ordinary he was." The "celebrated actor" refers, of course, to "he" (not "I"). However it seems to me the grammatical construction is wrong. By ...
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Is this sentence comprehensible?

Heyho! I've been discussing the following sentence with my girlfriend for days. For me (the author :)) it is understandable. She thinks that the point is hard to get and the sentence could be better ...
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“a question by you” or “a question of you”

Is it grammatically correct to say, "What a silly question of you..." My friend is trying to convince me that "What a silly question by you..." is the only correct way.
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How are compound adjectives nominalised?

There are compound adjectives in which each word is inflected (as adjective). When they are nominalised, should each adjective be separately nominalised or only the ultimate word? The concrete ...
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Optionality of the preposition “at”

I see/hear many instances where the preposition "at" is omitted when a question starts with "What time ... ?" For example, I hear people say "What time are you guys meeting?" as opposed to "What time ...
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do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? [duplicate]

do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? For example(s) Do you want to go eat tomorrow, Nathan? Check me out, Nathan. Commas, people, commas! Just sent you a message, Nathan. Just sent ...
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I have a question regarding the proper usage of I and me [duplicate]

Is it "No one will notice but you and me" or "no one will notice but you and I" ?
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Generic he, correct or incorrect? [duplicate]

Completely ignoring the sexist aspect of the word, is using "he" as a gender neutral pronoun grammatically correct or incorrect? I'm well aware that using "he" may come off as sexist or politically ...
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Add “the” before “of” [migrated]

I am confused with the usage of "the" before an of". City of Pain A City of Sadness Why the first example does not add "a" or "the" before the word "city"? Actually, the first one is a ...
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Is there an alternative to “aren't I?” [closed]

"Aren't I" sounds wrong to say, but as far as I know there are no alternatives. Does anyone have a quick, compact alternative to "aren't I" that sounds more grammatically correct? Thank you so much ...
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When to use “is” vs. “are” [closed]

Joining us in the studio is Secretary of State John Smith and Attorney General Bill Jones. or Joining us in the studio are Secretary of State John Smith and Attorney General Bill Jones. Which is ...
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Usage of “will” after the when clause [closed]

Which of these sentences is correct / better / more appropriate for the formal style? This is the same as the probability that when taking out two balls we get the same color twice. This is ...
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How to correctly abbreviate name [closed]

Please advice on how to correctly abbreviate name. Which are grammatically correct? (if there are more correct forms please kindly add them as well) NOTE, If there is no correct way, please point ...
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Can “most of which” be used in the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

Just out of curiosity I would like to ask. By searching through the web I could not find an answer yet. Can "most of which" be used in the beginning of a sentence? Here is an example of a sentence ...
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(allegedly) ungrammatical preposition stranding [duplicate]

Certain types of preposition-stranding are considered by some linguists to be "ungrammatical" in English, even though they do not seem remotely strange to me (an English speaker). I'm not talking ...
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Why should a copula link two noun phrases of the same case?

http://english.stackexchange.com/a/30392/50720 motivated this question: To quote from the clear explanation: The rule for what [Fowler] and others consider technically right is ... that ...
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I can make it, I will leave. What's the precedence and ambiguity?

Here's a scenario. I am confounded when after a discussion with a friend, they arrive at my place on Saturday, here's the transcript. her: I can make it on Saturday. me: Ok, see you then anytime! ...
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'no matter in which way' or 'no matter which way?

Is in necessary in the phrase: It is the same, no matter in which way it is done. That is, is it acceptable to write: It is the same, no matter which way it is done.
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What's the grammar behind “let read”?

Source, para 4 : p 2 of 2, 'Against YA', by Ruth Graham, slate.com Fellow grown-ups, at the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old, we are better than this. I know, I know: Live and let ...
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Is it correct to say “tell it right”? [closed]

Could you advise if the phrase "tell sth. right" is correct grammatically?
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

Myself and Brian have recently moved offices.
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Help with this question

Please let me know if there are any grammatical mistakes in this sentence: "However,feel free to send me a follow request,If I like what your site is about,I'll follow you instead." Is there supposed ...
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Is this sentence right? (Among the first signs that…)

Among the first signs that patriotic propaganda was losing its effectiveness came in 2009, when Apple launched the iPhone in South Korea. (from ...
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Is this an example of a dangling modifier?

Dangling modifiers occur when it is unclear to which word a descriptive part of sentence applies. A classic example would be "She left the room fuming" -- is it "she" or the room that's fuming? But ...
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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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When can we omit the subject of a clause?

Is the following sentence correct? Rob is not at school today, but said he would come tomorrow. Notice that the version above does not have a subject before said. Should it be: Rob is not at ...
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articles like “the” carrying over using conjunction reduction

Jon had used the scientific approach of his brother and artistic approach of his sister. Would definite article "the" be implicit before "artistic" due to conjunction reduction? Since the phrase ...
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plural or singular in this sentence

The product and the scale have changed from a small prototype to many production units. The product along with the scale has changed from a small prototype to many production units. Can ...
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conjunction-reduction in the sentence

My work ethic together with belief in my ability has led to progress. Can linking phrases with together with/combined with/along with/as-well-as be seen as using conjunction-reduction so that the ...
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which is correct “at the following” or “on the following”

i use it when i send link (URL for file or something) for some one, so what is the correct to say Please find file on the following link OR Please find file at the following link
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Which one to use - “order” or “orders” [closed]

Which of the following two phrases would be correct? with issuance of these orders, ... with issuance of this order, ...
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“Please be considerate of…” vs. “please be considerate to…”

We have a sign on a door at work which slams when people aren't careful. It originally read: Please be considerate of those here and close this door quietly. Someone crossed out the of and ...
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“I hope you'll do X” vs. “I hope you do X”

Both "I hope you'll read lots of good books this year" and "I hope you read lots of good books this year" are correct, right? Is one of them more common than the other? Is there any difference ...
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comparative clause

The following three sentences appear in the same published paper. Why does No. 1 employ the auxiliary "did" whereas the other two omit it? This could explain why ProRoot WMTA showed significantly ...
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Grammaticality - 'what care I then for the Ridicule' (1778 November, US)

Original Source. Google Source: p 169, The Portable John Adams, by John Adams AA to JA [Braintree, 12-23 November 1778] In vain do I strive to through of [throw off] in the company of my ...
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Is 'much' always singular? [duplicate]

When is this correct: 'there are much to'? I was taught that much describes only noncount nouns. But NEARLY [caps mine] all uncountable nouns are singular, implies that some uncountable nouns are ...
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Reflexive pronoun (myself) grammar issue

I was writing in MS Word 2003, and it put a green underline under the word "myself", as used below. Don’t trust people, even myself, trust the code. I ran the spell and grammar check, but it ...
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What's the proper way: Forever Lucky, or Lucky Forever? [closed]

The title says it all, what's the proper way to say it? Also, could you please explain me the why one is the right form, and the other is the wrong form? Thanks.
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Making sentence using “distaste” [closed]

Is this sentence correct Distaste about apple. I want to say that he dislikes apple. Am I correct?
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Using “…so that” instead of “ensure”

I am reviewing a set of guidelines which make frequent use of "...to ensure" eg The soup should be taken off the gas after cooking, to ensure that it does not burn. I want the text to be less ...
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Correct usage of “of course you (do/are)”

In this exchange: A: I'm having trouble finding my car. B: Of course you are. I think this sentence could also be used, keeping the same meaning: Of course you do. I don't see any difference ...
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Keep the good work up / Keep up the good work - Are they both grammatical?

I have always heard “Keep up the good work”, but “Keep the good work up” also sounds fine to me. Is it acceptable?
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What’s the difference between “for” and “to” in “for/to many people”?

Given these two versions of a sentence: For many people, dogs are the best friends. To many people, dogs are the best friends. I have following questions: What is the difference between ...
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Why does this sentence format only work some of the time?

The sentence, "he took my toy away" can be rewritten as, "he took away my toy." However, "he took me away" cannot be rewitten as "he took away me." The second sentence sounds awkward at the very ...
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“whether” or “according as” or …?

I want to state that depending on the context, A will not react the same. I would like a concise phrasing, I am not sure which of these are grammatical: Here's what I wrote — but I found no support ...
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That's a lot of ___ vs. those are a lot of ___

That's a lot of cars! Those are a lot of cars! The context is when a someone sees many objects (in this example, cars) and makes the exclamation. According to this site, lot can handle ...
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a few days every month usage

"A few days every month, he goes cycling." Is the noun phrase "a few days every month" acting as an adverb to "goes" in the above sentence? There is no preposition before the noun phrase "a few ...