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

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Meaning of “additive form”

I'm writing a inferential visual analysis and I'm not sure if the phrase "Additive form" makes sense. The phrase is meant to represent a persons added form (for example clothing). I'm using it in the ...
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What is the right form for writing this sentence?

I was writing a letter of application for a university; I wanted to start my letter writing: "I am writing this letter to express my interest in becoming part" and then I got confused, I am not sure ...
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Is it correct to say “We did a make”?

When we build software using Make or a similar build tool, is it correct to say "We did a make"? Also, do we need to say "The files were built using make" instead of "The files were made"?
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Is it grammatical to have duplicate 'it'?: __ it it __

Is it grammatically correct to use the word it twice in a row? When doing so, do you have to separate the two using a comma? If there are different situations please use examples. My examples: ...
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Is it possible to get real property from the phrase “real and tangible personal property”?

My understanding from the research that I have done on the phrase "real and tangible personal property is has follows: Real and tangible are adjectives and is a conjunction that puts together ...
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In a technical environment what is the correct sentence to use when solving a problem

What is the most suitable sentence to use when answering to someone about a problem that they had and we solved it for them: 1- The problem is solved 2- The problem has been solved
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When someone says, “I do not feel that good”, what does that mean?

I have heard it many times in movies and shows. I think it means "I do not feel very good" or "I do not feel as good as you think", but why do we use "that" here, and is it correct?
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In time or On time?

Which is the correct way of saying: Do (sthg) on your free time. or Do (sthg) in your free time. Both variations are being used a lot.
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Pronoun Dilemma - "The winners of the contest were Morgan and me / Morgan and I [duplicate]

In the sentence 'The winners of the contest were Morgan and I', is 'I' or 'me' correct? I think it should be 'I', because 'Morgan and I were the winners of the contest.'
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Article (the) with relative clauses

I am not confident about my judgement as to whether or not "the" is required if a relative clause is used in a sentence. For example, The data can be collected on all the computers on which the ...
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is “Younger Generation” plural or singular

Is this sentence correct? I recently read it in an article: "How does younger generation spend their money." I want to know whether the usage of "their" in the above is correct
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“This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy”

Lately I have heard many people using what in place of which in adjectival phrases: This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy. This cake, which is my favorite, makes me happy. Is ...
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“Fall from” vs. “fall off”

Which of the following sentences is correct? She fell from the bike. She fell off the bike.
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Change subject after “in doing so”

I was recently told in class that this sentence is correct: "He reprogrammed the system, and in doing so, we lost crucial data." It just doesn't feel right to me - my intuition is that the subject ...
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Plural of table leaf

In the context of a table leaf, what is the correct plural term, "table leafs" or "table leaves"?
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Is the adjectival form “to be concatenated” correct?

I have the following sentence: Fetch the transformations which need to be concatenated. Is the following adjectival form of which need to be concatenated correct? Fetch the to be ...
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“of the three” vs “of all three”

If we make a sentence comparing the age of three people, we can say "A is the oldest of the three." At that time, would it be possible to say, "A is the oldest of all three." Is the sentence ...
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“I used” or I've used"?

Which is the correct way of saying the following sentence (if there is a "right" way) I used different symbols to make it great. I've used deifferent symbols to make it great.
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“Take on responsibility” vs. “take up responsibilty”

I now have to take _ additional responsibility. Are both on and up grammatically correct? Is there a difference in meaning? When to use which one?
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Can “somethings” be used as a plural?

I heard the soft thumps of somethings heavy on cloth. This looks wrong, but changing it to singular makes it work. I heard the soft thump of something heavy on cloth. I want to keep the ...
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Imperative of 'to lie'. [duplicate]

At our regular supermarket this morning I noticed that they have put stickers on the check-out conveyor which say 'Lay bottles this way' with an arrow indicating that they want them parallel with the ...
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is it correct to say “though” in this context

I want to ask my manager something. i tried this I have some questions, though I do know that I have asked you a lot and I am so sorry for losing your time. is though correct in this context?
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In “set of reasons that” what does *that* modify?

Suppose that there is a survey of people asking them their reasons for thinking or behaving a certain way. While analyzing the survey results, a researcher may discuss all the different reasons the ...
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Which one is it all-time or all time? [duplicate]

all time or all-time, not sure which one it is. Are they different in different scenarios?
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Thanks be to you, John

Is "Thanks, John." a short form for "Thanks be to you, John."? Is "Thanks, John." a sentence?
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How to use namely correct

Is this a correct use of namely: We will investigate two different research questions: 1. Is there a correlation between age and income? 2. Does university education lead to higher income? ...
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Was I driving more than 5 mph under the speed limit, or less than 5 mph under the speed limit?

Suppose I am driving 38 miles per hour in a 45 zone. This, of course, is seven miles per hour under the speed limit. Of course, I am driving this slowly because the road is wet, and safe driving ...
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“Can” or “could”, which is grammatically correct?

I'm a call center agent. When I ask to transfer the call to the authorized person, which form should I use: Can I speak to...? or Could I speak to...?
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Valid to use “more conceptually” at the beginning of a sentence?

Suppose I have the following two sentences... The equation can be expressed in terms of the (insert complex but slightly conceptual gibberish here). More conceptually, the heavy cow moves slower ...
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“As far as job is concerned, marriage is no longer an obstacle.” Is this a grammatically correct and meaningful sentence?

There was a question in a book: Do women in your country work after they get married? Does "As far as job is concerned, marriage is no longer an obstacle." mean that having a job is no ...
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Correct Use of “Resort to”

Are "resort to" or "resorted to" (phrasal verbs followed by a preposition) always negative? For example, is it always incorrect to write any of the following sentences, or are there circumstances ...
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Is it ever acceptable to use “but” after a period/full stop [duplicate]

View the following text as a generic example, disregarding issues of context, etc. Stir constantly as the mixture begins to boil, watching the temperature regularly as the contents begins to ...
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Is this sentence grammatical and punctuated correctly?

Does this sentence need to be broken up by a semi colon, conjuction, or a period? Is there a modifier error here as well? The peasants were the least free of all people, bound by tradition and ...
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Is it right to use “both” in negative sentences?

I've just come across a film review by an American author where he says: "I can assure you that both are not typical in any part of this state". In negative sentences like that, my inclination would ...
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Is the sentence “We are invested” correct?

Is the sentence "We are invested" correct? I found it in a blog and was wondering whether it is correct. I do not want to discuss the usage, but just if the combination of "are" + "invested" is ...
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Unnecessary pronouns: “The President he issued…”

Is it now considered acceptable to follow a proper noun with a pronoun? E.g. The President he issued a new executive order.
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Resources on writing grammatically and clearly [duplicate]

The first part of this question is about how I should ask this question. I am a bit confused about all the terms used to describe books written about English. For example, "usage", "style", ...
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Use of the word “familiar” with “people” [closed]

Can I say that I am not familiar with the people of my place? (Taken from the OP's comment below) I mean that I don't have acquaintances in the place where I stay, as I am quite new to the ...
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Nationalities - When do we use the singular or plural form

I always have doubts whether to use a singular or a plural noun when I refer to certain peoples. For example, we say Americans, Italians, Brazilians, Russians and Austrians. But we say The British, ...
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“Sorry to have kept you waiting” vs. “sorry for having kept you waiting”

Can I transform "I am sorry to have kept you waiting so long" into "I am sorry for having kept you waiting so long"? Is there a difference between them? Additionally, is "I'm sorry having kept you ...
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“If the robot can learn from a human, it can/could keep track of humans.”

I have the following sentence and I don't know whether "can" or "could" would be a better choice. If the robot can learn from a human, it could keep track of humans. If the robot can learn ...
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Usage of two hads in a sentence, not continuously

Is the second sentence correct? Are we going ahead with this now? Earlier, you had told me that they had quoted a huge fee the last time we asked. Or should it rather just be "You told me that ...
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Which verb is used for the word “activity” - “do” or “play”?

In an English test I had recently, there was this multiple choice question: There were lots of different activities for Jay to ... there. A - Make B - Do C - Play There was no extra ...
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“Huge potential profit” vs. “huge profit potential”

What is the proper usage — "huge potential profit" or "huge profit potential"?
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Usage of the word “ascetic”

Is the sentence "You have to be ascetic about eating junk food" correct? Ascetic: Practicing severe self-denial
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Naming a chat group with The Lee or Lee's

I want to start a WhatsApp group and I don't know which of the following names is grammatically correct: Lee Family The Lee Family Lee's Family The Lee's Family.
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“It's not raining today, isn't it?” vs. “it's not raining today, is it?” [duplicate]

Which is correct: It's not raining today, isn't it? It's not raining today, is it?
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“Order something done” for “Order something to be done” [duplicate]

As far as your variety of English goes, can the verbal turn "order something done" be used interchangeably with "order something to be done"? "We ordered this item sent to our local store." ...
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Can't , can not and cannot [closed]

Can't, can not and cannot is a bit confusing. I know that can't and can not are both grammatically correct. Is cannot a real word? Is it grammatically correct? Should it be written as one word or ...
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there is a lot or there are a lot? over here or at here? [duplicate]

I am an English learner. While I was watching a documentary video, this caption really confused me a lot. Is it correct to say there is a lot? I thought it is supposed to be there are a lot. Also, ...