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

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Which is correct: “need removed” or “need to be removed” [duplicate]

Example: "...these items need removed immediately." vs. "...these items need to be removed imediately." Which is the correct grammatical usage of "removed" in past tense? Or, is there a better ...
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Fraction of … IS or ARE? [duplicate]

Should I use What fraction of the residents are married? or What fraction of the residents is married? Technically, as fraction is singular, I would use the latter version. Am I correct?
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What is this passive construction called?

I wonder what the tax raised is called as a sentence part shown below, and whether it's grammatical. Please suggest corrections if it isn't. The tax raised, more small enterprises will close down. ...
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Any question bank of Rewriting sentences without changing the meaning [closed]

I am having Grammar exam in a week so I am looking for nay reference on a collection of large number of questions like rewriting sentences without changing the meaning, etc. Our textbook is not good ...
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“According to our discussion, is that correct I DO this part?” is this sentence correct?

The whole sentence is here: Since this coming Sunday is the first day of March, our children need new TWA schedules, according to our discussion, is that correct I DO this part? Can I write this ...
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How is this sentence to be interpreted?

One thing that bothers me - a lot - reading older English texts, is the apparent tendency of writers to write what appear to me to be sentence fragments. For instance, today I found this old "map": ...
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May I pay “in cash” or just “cash” without in?

What is the right phrase - May I pay "in cash" or may I "pay cash"?
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Safe and sounder/soundier? [closed]

Is it safe and sounder or safe and soundier? Like we say "May God keep you safe and sounder/soundier" What is correct way to say?
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Is “more importantly” good English?

I was taught in school in the UK that it was either "more important" or "importantly," never "more importantly." We say "interestingly" or "more interesting," not "more interestingly". Is "more ...
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use of avail in the following sentence

The employees are expected to plan their expenditure and avail loans prudently and responsibly. Is this sentence correct? Is it necessary to use of after avail in this sentence? Please give the ...
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Function of “that” [duplicate]

Is that necessary to make a sentence grammatically correct? The best amusement park I have ever visited is Universal Studios Japan. The best amusement park that I have ever visited is ...
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I posted a question on this website, but I am not sure if I punctuated it correctly

I posted a question on this website, but I am not sure if I punctuated it correctly. The sentence in question is “What part of speech does the word warm function as in the expression ‘Stay warm’”? I ...
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What part of speech does the word warm function as in the expression “stay warm”?

Last week, as I was departing from work, a co-worker said, "Stay warm!" It was very cold that day. My question is how is the word warm functioning in this sentence? What part of speech is it? It ...
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Is it acceptable to say “the why”?

Is it proper English to say, The why? An example: I need to find out the why. To me, the, doesn't belong in this sentence. Note: TV personality Dr. Oz often says "the why".
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Grammaticality: 'gift … will not be denied him' (1786 UK)

Source: p 174, The Catholic Christian Instructed in the Sacraments ..., by Richard Challoner, 1786 A. Continency is not required of all, but such as have by vow engaged to keep it: and ...
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Why must 'offices' be pluralised in 'good offices'? [closed]

Source: p 529, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 119 Temple's reply was prompt aud generous. Swift was forthwith ordained, and presented by Lord Capel, the then Lord-Deputy (we are ...
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“the only left independent bookstore”

Is: I will go to the only left independent bookstore in my city a correct expression? It doesn't sound exceptionally good to me... could you advise on how to express the same meaning in a ...
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“The internet is full of clothes. But only some are perfect for your shape.”

I have a slight problem with a video we're working on. I'm wondering if "some are" is correct grammatically in the following sentence. The internet is full of clothes. But only some are perfect ...
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Is the following sentence odd? “I find them comic”

But this is the Old Bailey. He's a Lord — or she's a Lady. You may find the wigs and the ceremonial ways that people refer to each other strange or intimidating. I was advised. But I don't find ...
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perfect tense to refer to the future

Some events are happening from time to time and I'd like a colleague of mine to notify me about the occurrence of those events next time they happen. So, I'm writing to that colleague: I'm looking ...
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Is it correct to say “we start tomorrow”?

Here's an example of a short conversation between me and a native speaker via text messages: A: I'm so exited for this app B: Yeah, me too A: We start tomorrow B: OK Shouldn't it be "We are ...
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Non-standard sentence construction with “there is no”

I have just come across this very unusual construction, in my view at least. Is it correct and if yes, what grammar rules apply here? I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me with this and ...
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how to properly use “that that” so as a listener/reader/speaker can comprehend the entire sentence without complication?

Be it either whilst writing or reading, I've not come by an easy way to comprehend the use of the 'that that' lexical ambiguity, taking into account that improper use of punctuation is not the issue. ...
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Can a sentence be grammatical without making sense?

Am I the only one whose athletic career bared fruit? While this sentence doesn’t make logical sense, seeing as it should be "bore fruit", is it still grammatically correct? Can a sentence that ...
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Is “bared fruit” grammatical? [closed]

Am I the only one whos athletic career bared fruit? Is this sentence correct grammatically?
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“Question”/“issue” followed by “of”

"This raises the question [of] when the event happened." "This raises the issue [of] whether the Government would approve." Is the inclusion of "of" in these and similar sentences (a) necessary, (b) ...
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Does 'Digressing others' make sense? [closed]

One of my friends said the other day: 'Digressing others is a part of my job' Does this phrase make sense?
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Which is correct (i miss you -or- miss you) Or both can be true In the correct English [closed]

Which is correct (i miss you -or- miss you) Or both can be true In the correct English
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Which words can properly follow “including”?

"He sang everywhere, including in the bath". "He behaved badly in many ways, including cheating in his exams." These don't sound quite right to me. Are they wrong? And, if so, on the basis of what ...
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As my friend already introduced

Is it correct to use the following sentence part As my friend already introduced, ... when I want to express something like As my friend has already communicated to you, ... with ... ...
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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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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.