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

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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 ...
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The habitual past “would” versus “simple past” tense

One can use the habitual past 'would' to describe past events. For example one could say, Jim would spend weekends at the farm. He would cut weed and water the plants. One can also use the ...
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“Quality comes naturally with integrity.”

Is the title a correct way to convey that, quality is a byproduct of integrity? Any suggestions on how to rephrase the title are welcome of course.
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In which or at which?

Whether the integration of the refugees into the local community can be feasible depends on the manner in which and the rate at which this happens. Or Whether the integration of the refugees into ...
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“Our team” or “My team”?

I have to send a mail to a group which has my team members along with other co-workers. I want to write "Our team is drafting a report" since my team members are also present in the group. I think the ...
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We like to wish you .. VS We would like to wish you…

I'm having some difficulty with this sentence. Can one say: ''We like''...(to wish, to ask, to join etc) In my opinion one can never say ''we like to'' but must always say ''We WOULD like to'' or ...
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What to use in context: “surely” or “sure”

Which expression is correct: I sure hope so. I surely hope so. I would say the second one. However, the first one seems to be used more often. Or are they both correct?
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Parallel construction [duplicate]

Teaching one student who is very good and another who is bad was a learning experience. Teaching a student who is very good and the other who is bad was a learning experience. One side ...
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Possessive + gerund + object pronoun [duplicate]

I'm reading The Great Gatsby and there's one part when Tom Buchanan is arguing by phone with George Wilson about a car, and Tom says the next: Very well, then, I won't sell you the car at all ... ...
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Is “will open 1st quarter 2015” grammatically correct? [closed]

A lot of signs in the Hong Kong MTR writes: xxx Station will open 1st quarter of 2015 Is this actually grammatically correct?
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If it's incorrect to “learn” someone, then why is “learned man” correct?

I am well aware that "learn" is incorrect when used as "teach" (referenced in Is 'learn' the new 'teach'?). So why is "learned" common fare, since it is apparently just a participial ...
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How do you write “outprioritize”? [closed]

I often hear "outprioritize" spoken, like: Request X outprioritizes request Y But it's not a word, so how should it be written? Out prioritize? Out-prioritize? Neither?
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Position of the word ‘just’

I was just watching a tv show where they used the following sentence: He probably just hasn't gotten around to it yet It was a reply to the question, “Why didn't he inform you about it?” I want ...
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If I wanted to say, “There are three twos in the English language,” would “twos” be the correct spelling?

Taken from this question on a blog, how would correct usage in the situation where you are talking about "to, too and two" in the english language be phrased? Would it be along the lines of "There ...
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Is the usage 'the message didn't send' grammatically correct?

I have often encountered this sentence on Facebook; even a web-search of this string indicates that it is used quite commonly. However, is it correct to say so? The dictionary definitions of the word ...
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Which is correct, me and Larry or Larry and I? [duplicate]

Which is correct? I agree with the plan worked up between me and Larry. I agree with the plan worked up between Larry and I.
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Is it grammatically correct to omit “is” in the following sentence? Is it correct in formal speech?

Is it grammatically correct to omit "is" in the following sentence? Is it correct in formal speech? The Soviet Union is the largest land power, China the greatest land-sea compound country and ...
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tense change with questions that speakers asks himself silently [closed]

John mulled: Would it work? Is it possible to do it? In the above sentence, John mulls 2 rhetorical questions. One of them, the first of the questions agrees with the past tense (mulled). The second ...
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how can I use “fewer” and “more” with numbers?

I have never heard anyone use words "fewer" and "more" when talking about the fact that a certain number of items is greater than a certain number of other items by a constant. For example if the ...
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Omitting subject or be verb in the second clause [closed]

Which one is the most natural? Such set is called an empty set and it is denoted by 0. Such set is called an empty set and is denoted by 0. Such set is called an empty set and denoted by 0.
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Using adjectives after verbs?

In a lot of sentences when speaking people use adjectives after verbs. In some examples it sounds right, however, and I was wondering if such uses were valid in formal writing. The only example I ...
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Does this sentence need a preposition or article [closed]

That work made poor coaching but great training. Idea being communicated is that the work wouldn't be considered "good coaching" but it was "good training." Note that I am not using an article before ...
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Correctness of “of my sending the picture” [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct? I don’t think Linda would have approved of my sending the picture; but I did it anyway. Specifically, is of my sending the picture correct?
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Word order: “Tell me what is your opinion on this matter” or “Tell me what your opinion on this matter is” [duplicate]

Tell me what is your opinion on this matter. Tell me what your opinion on this matter is. Which one is correct? I understand the word order in the sentence like I want to know where she is. But ...
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He spent $300 Ving

I made up the following sentence: He spent $300 talking to a counsellor. But a native speaker said "One doesn't spend $300 in talking to a counsellor. The fees for the session(s) may be $300, ...
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“Cannot be pasted to [the] cells that are editable” [closed]

… cannot be pasted to the cells that are editable. … cannot be pasted to cells that are editable. Intuitively, I am inclined to think that second fragment is correct. The ...
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Let me confirm your name. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

While you are on a customer service call, how would you clarify the name? Is it grammatically correct to say, " let me confirm your name".
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Synonym wanted for 'make it easy '

I am confused about how to write the sentence below. Is it grammatically correct? Our mission is to make it easy to post or search institute. Are there any alternate phrases for "make it easy"?
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The meaning of “be it practices” [duplicate]

Could you help me understand the meaning of "be it practices" in the context below? People will always find some aspect of another culture distasteful, be it practices, a way of treating friends ...
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Should “differentiate” be plural in this sentence? [duplicate]

What we know how to do and what we have done differentiate us from others. or What we know how to do and what we have done differentiates us from others. Can anyone explain to me which is correct ...
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Time given us or time given to us

I read this quote online: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" - J. R. R. Tolkien Is it just a relaxation of pronunciation of "the time that [god] has given us" ? ...
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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 below: He was subjected to numerous and repeated torture techniques, to include being ...
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Grammatical structure of this complex sentence [closed]

Lately, I have been working on my SOP for university admissions. Here is one sentence which seems correct to my knowledge but, I have a feeling that something's missing. Any help in reframing or ...
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“Position in/at/for your company”

Which is correct? I am writing to apply for the position of ____ in your company. I am writinng to apply for the position of ____ at your company. I am writinng to apply for the position ...
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Leak vs Leakage?

English is not my first language and I'm having trouble using the words "leak" and "leakage". Do they both mean the same thing? or what is the correct grammatical usage of each word? Thank you very ...
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Is there an adjectival form of “commodity”?

The adjective would apply to the word dependence. I'd like to say commodital, but Google says it isn't a word.
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Definite article or no definite article before “Americans” in this sentence from “The Adventure of English”

The Adventure of English, page 286, reads "The Americans are more polite about the English than the English are about Americans" I wouldn't use the definite article before "Americans" in this ...
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How many heads?

Should one say they shook their heads in disbelief or they shook their head in disbelief? The first kind of conjures up many-headed people? Similarly they referred the question to their ...
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Phrase question

Are the words "board lease" or "residential lease" capitalized in a sentence? I am a secretary for a school board (is that capitalized?? ha) and these phrases are very frequent. Thank you.
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Is the plural form of ID spelled ID's or ID? [duplicate]

How to write or tell that collection of Email ID's has been attached.
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“A unary” or “an unary?” [duplicate]

What's the rule for the "a/an" choice when a word begins with a vowel but sounds like a consonant (e.g. "unary") and vice versa?
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Adaptable at or in or to doing something

I am confused with what is the correct expression to use, is it better saying "I am adaptable at using smth", "I am adaptable on using smth" or "I am adaptable to using smth"? The third sounds ...
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Does the “close quote” go before the in-text citation?

Where does the close quote (") go with a in-text citation? “Did that really happen?...No, but it could have (p. 10).” or “Did that really happen?...No, but it could have" (p. 10).
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Using relative pronoun “who” with “team” or “bunch”

I would like to know if this sentence is grammatical, with its usage of the relative pronoun who. (I) Our team is a happy bunch who works night and day. I am getting two parses for this sentence: ...
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Is the omission of the verb “To be” in informative sentence [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: File (is) larger than allowed. Is the verb "to be" required here? Is it correct English to use "File larger than allowed."?
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“More so” or moreso?

I often find myself using the two words joined together, moreso. I'm not sure where I picked up this usage. I'm also not sure that it's necessarily the correct one, as some proofreading tools will ...
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can we omit the article the in front of 2 musical instruments?

My sentence is : He plays the piano & the violin. Or is it correct to say, he plays the piano & violin?
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I haven't offered you at least a drink [closed]

I haven't offered you at least a drink. Have I used at least correctly here? Are there rules to how an expression like at least is used?
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“So shouldn't you”?

So shouldn't you: is this grammatically correct? Or is you shouldn't either the only appropriate response?