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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Have never vs have not [closed]

What is the difference between following 2 sentences? In which situation can we use " I've never" and "I've not"?? 1: I've never been there. 2:I've not been there.
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plenty of chance or plenty of chances

Is it correct to say 'plenty of chance' rather than 'plenty of chances' or are they both acceptable? You certainly wouldn't say 'many chance' but 'many chances'. Is there something about the phrase '...
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What does 'pack into' mean? [closed]

"Yes, I suppose we'll have to get down to work soon, though I dont know how we'll able to, packed into that little space." In the sentence above, I don't get it why it has a comma after 'able to' and ...
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what is the correct way to write birth day greetings [closed]

what is the correct way to write birthday greetings "Happy birth day"or we can write Wish you a "Happy Birth Anniversary" to living person??
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A question about “but not” as coordinating conjunction

So I was reading an article or something, and there was a sentence that quite intrigued me. a. You can turn everybody against you, but never your boss. "But never" is used as a coordinating ...
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Is using *Our mind remembers* wrong English?

I said to my teacher-"Our mind remembers...".He said this is wrong and the correct is-"our minds remember...".I told him that if we keep the verb as 'remembers' my statement seems correct.But he said ...
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Grammar structure [duplicate]

I'm unable to explain why the following sentence is grammatically correct. This means that not only does it not harm the environment, but it also actually improves it! What's the difference between ...
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Can you answer a “did want” question with a “that <pronoun> <verb>” sentence?

I was recently criticized for the way I worded myself in the following exchange. (Condensed a bit for the sake of brevity.) Stranger: We can see you edited the episode to make it sound like that. Me: ...
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Via and its usage

We had a discussion over over the correct usage and meaning of the following sentences. Sign up via (web.link) or calling (phone number) by DD MMM ‘YY. vs. Sign up via (web.link) or call (...
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Which one is Gramatically correct? Was/were? [duplicate]

The massive project in which large sums of money "were/was" invested beneficial to the community. Which one is grammatically correct?
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information that there is

Is it possible for noun "information" to take on content clause as below? "I have some information that there is a guy with a gun in the building." "I have some information that a girl was cheating ...
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How to break sentences to get clear understanding? [closed]

Sparva, unlike Treland’s other provinces, requires automobile insurers to pay for any medical treatment sought by someone who has been involved in an accident; in the other provinces, insurers pay for ...
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it is that… than comparative placement of more?

When using comparative, does it have to be It is more that they were too afraid to fight than that they were lacking skills. or this It is that they were too afraid to fight more ...
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Can one feed themselves?

I was helping my spouse to proof read some reports, shes a preschool teacher. One sentence that seemed very strange to me was: "... he fed him self confidently." As far as I explain it to my self, ...
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What is the best word for possessive determine his/her

Is there any word or any rule that we can use instead of writing his/her all the time for possessive determines E.g: Student can come with his/her bag. - Student can come with their bag. Is it ...
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“Ready when you're.” or “Ready when you are.” [duplicate]

Should I follow up the first sentence with the word ready? And if so, why is this so?
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Is the phrase “are forgiven you” grammatical? [closed]

From the quote by Albert Camus: "Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them."
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“I'm done” (reprised)

Whether our work be finished, daylight is fading. We're done. Is this wrong? Is it too American? If so, how or why, please? Would you suggest a concise, well-written alternative to "We're done"? A ...
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Herring is a fish

Consider this list of sentences which are designed to convey the idea that herring are fish. Herring is a fish. Herring are fish. A herring is a fish. All herring are fish. The herring is a type of ...
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what is the purpose of “as” here?

Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the missing side, being careful to mark the value as positive or negative as makes sense in that quadrant. I simply cannot understand how, grammatically, "as"...
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make it after 3 o'clock

I heard someone say "make it (the meeting) after 3 o'clock." To me, it sounded pretty idiomatic, but I was unsure as to the grammar of it. "After three o'clock" is a prepositional phrase, then how ...
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When offering a list of examples that is 3-4 items long in parenthesis, how is it formatted?

When offering a list of examples, I've seen it done 4 different ways: (e.g., x, y, and z) (e.g., x, y, z) (x, y, and z) (x, y, z) Which of these is correct? Are they all okay to use? Example ...
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Idiom for two different consequences from one antecedent

I'm searching for an idiom to use to say briefly that two different outcomes may represent different sides of the same underlying phenomenon. I would use it in the topic of a chapter. These two ...
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does otherwise fit in this sentence

I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this: In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise. Did I use otherwise correctly here please ? Thanks ...
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Is this(apostrophe plus is)a contraction? What is the original form?

What is the uncontracted equivalent of ' is (apostrophe plus is) in the sentence, “Aye, when he comes into 'is money, like” in the following? If it is “it is,” what does “it” refer to? Does “it” ...
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Identifying the subject in passive voice

What is the subject in: "In the City's Square mile are squeezed 400,000 workers" Would love to get detalied explanation. Many Thanks!
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Placement of “is”

Which sentence of each pair uses "is" correctly? "Whatever the reason is, he just doesn't want to sleep." "Whatever is the reason, he just doesn't want to sleep." And "How much do you think is it?"...
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Use of a comma after a phrase in the middle of a compound sentence

I want your suggestion on what is the correct punctuation: My test was finished within 3 days, and right after that, my dad and I took the earliest flight to come back home. My test was ...
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Articles in a list with an article before

If you have an article in a list (in this case, the), but an article (in this case, a) precedes the list, like so: You can power a command block by using a: button lever redstone torch ...
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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is “I bring that statement to contest” grammatically correct? [closed]

My question is if the sentence "I bring that statement to contest" is grammatically correct and in a logical sequence of words that can be understood. Also, I would like to know if that is a ...
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Why does this seem incorrect to me?

Why does hadn't look out of place below? I hadn't seen them for nearly ten years.
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Is this use of “given” correct?

I am not sure whether the sentence Given any living person x, that person is married found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_quantification#Negation is grammatically sound. If it is ...
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Is vs Are; why do they use the Are instead of the Is?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "Vodafone are providing a useless service" I am quite sure that the Vodafone is singular, but everyday I see even many native English speakers using the Are ...
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A questions about correlative comparatives

Which of the following sentences is correct? Or are both correct? The more you pick at your wound, the worse it gets. The more you pick at your wound, the worse it will get. I've looked on many ...
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“Wherever or Whenever”

Apologies for the title which sounds like the Shakira classic, but would you say "Thank you for providing help whenever possible" or "wherever possible"
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Is the use of “that when” grammatically correct? [closed]

For example: Henry Fayol figured out that when a worker is assigned one specific task of one specific subject, he execute it faster instead of he execute of different subjects in equal ...
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Putting examples in a different sentence

If I were to ask a question like this: What type of glue is it? And I need to provide some examples: Liquid, stick, etc. Do I have to keep them in one sentence or could I split them into ...
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Forms of the verb “to be” followed by “graduated from”

I know the old fashioned way of saying that someone has been graduated from somewhere is to say that "someone was graduated from school". Does this mean that you can say "He is graduated from that ...
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How to specify when receiving payments, that customer should pay bank fees for international payments?

On my invoice I have statement like this, which is saying when client is doing international payment, client must pay bank fees for international payments: The cost of bank fees for international ...
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What do we call the construct “would have done” when it is *not* conditional perfect.

I noticed that "would have been" is used sometimes not as a conditional perfect as in If you'd told me earlier, it would have been less disappointing. but more as a past subjective ...
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Which phrase is the best way to say a number and above?

In writing a medical document would it be better to say, "patients 15 and up" or "patients greater than 14" ?
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Can time fleet?

I was listening to a song and there was the line "time's fleeting away" which struck me as wrong by ear. I always thought that fleeting was exclusively an adjective and not a verb, but I am not ...
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Is the placement of the participial phrase correct here?

I am using a participial phrase to modify the noun. But instead of the more common way of starting the sentence with the participial phrase, I want to use a medial parenthesis: So instead of this ...
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The deal between “Mary and me” vs. “Mary and I” [closed]

I think "Mary and me," even though it sounds odd to the ear, is correct, but my choice is between: "I've forgotten everything about the deal between Mary and me" and "I've forgotten everything about ...
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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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“Seductive” as an adjective for describing snake

I would really appreciate if some native English speaker help me in clearing my doubt. Recently, in one of Indian English newspaper the column writer wrote the following: "A scary sci-fi scenario. ...
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Does gramaticality depend on semantics?

The title is really the question but I will elaborate with some background and examples. I have lately seen a number of answers (on ELL mostly) which state that something is ungrammatical because its ...
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commercial line — strange?

I don't know if it's only me, but I found this sentence (actually a phrase) extremely annoying. The fact that you can travel with it as a laptop and use it as a drawing tool ... "Use it as a ...
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For a while or in a while [duplicate]

Ok so... My friend and i used to walked to school sometimes but we haven't done that recently. I messaged him " we haven't walked in a while " He replied " for a while* " And now we're arguing over it....