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

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Use of commas and or in “either”/“any of” lists of things

Which of the following is "more" correct? Either one, two, or three? Either one, or two, or three? Any of one, two, or three? Any of one, or two, or three? What I am interested in, is the use of ...
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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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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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Can “whose” refer to an inanimate object?

We lit a fire whose fuel was old timber wood. Is the word whose referring to fire, an inanimate object, correct in this sentence? Or is there a more appropriate word?
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Why is the sentence “She sighed, and began whispering again” grammatically incorrect?

That's a line from a Twilight book. It's a grammar mistake pointed out by this website. She sighed, and began whispering again. I don't see anything wrong with it. Is the comma the mistake?
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Using the expression “the same” for a previously mentioned item

I frequently use "the same" as in the following sentence. I need the details of XYZ project. Could you please send me the same as soon as possible? Is this grammatically correct? I have not been ...
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“Change in scope” versus “Change of scope” versus “Change to (the) scope”

Any changes in scope will be addressed during this meeting. or Any changes of scope will be addressed during this meeting. or Any changes to (the) scope will be addressed during this ...
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'too dangerous to let live' or 'too dangerous to be let live'?

I was writing something down that came to me in a passing while I was watching TV, and I found myself discombobulated with the way one should phrase the notion of letting someone do something in the ...
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Is “give an exam” grammatical for “writing the answers to exam”?

Amongst North Indian Students, the phrase "give an exam" is very popular. These students use the phrase to describe the act of writing the answers to examination questions. The reason being, in ...
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What's wrong with these sentences?

My workplace has presented me with the opportunity this month to attend a "grammar" webinar that is suppose to help me enhance my grammar skills. I thought they were good already... I don't have time ...
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What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical?

An acquaintance recalled this specific example from an English textbook, but it is jarring to my native ear. Is this an example of prescriptive grammarians gone wild?
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Is a thumb also a finger?

The thumb has a different name compared to the other fingers (index, middle, ring, little) and it does not end with "finger". Also, when referring to the hand, I have seen literature where it is ...
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The use of “exact same”

My English teacher feels very strongly that exact same is redundant and therefore incorrect. I disagree with her. She feels that exact should be used in place of exact same, but I have rarely heard ...
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Should you use “who” or “that” when talking about multiple people doing something?

Which of the following is correct? There were 10 people that went to the store. There were 10 people who went to the store. Edit: Which of the following is correct? There were 10 ...
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Check the grammar for “returned back”

Is there an error in this sentence? When Darun heard the news that his father had been hospitalised he cancelled his trip and returned back to his village. I think the error is 'back' but I need ...
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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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'Should've seen it glow' or 'should've seen it glowing'?

Which one of the following is the correct one? I should have seen it glow. I should have seen it glowing. Or are both correct? Would you parse them please?
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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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“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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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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Is it wrong to start sentences with “in which case”?

I read a few things someone wrote and for the first time I saw a sentence starting with "in which case". This person does that very frequently, and it seemed really wrong to me. Some time after that ...
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Indian English use of “only”

I am from Bangalore and people here tend use the word only to emphasise something in a sentence. For example: We are getting that only printed. What is the proper way to put it?
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Does an object have “specificity to” or “specificity for” another object?

Does an object possess specificity to or for another object? Every time I go to express this concept in writing, I struggle over which preposition is the more appropriate and more precise. This is ...
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Using a question mark mid-sentence

May I use a question mark in the middle of a sentence? Examples: Would you like the drapes to be white? or perhaps something off-white? Would you like the logo to be centered? at the bottom? ...
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“Go by foot” vs. “go on foot” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “London By Foot” vs. “London On Foot” This is a very simple question, yet I did not find anybody that could give me a satisfactory answer. I ...
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“Increasingly XXX” or “increasingly more XXX”

Which is correct: increasingly XXX or increasingly more XXX, where XXX is an adjective? A colleague and I are disagreeing. I think the use of more is redundant.
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Active and passive verb with different prepositions for same object - commas?

I've got a sentence like this: A will impose B on and further be affected by C The two verbs have nothing in common, they both just put A in some relation to C. As C is quite long I don't want ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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Is “must” ever grammatical as a past tense verb?

I have seen uses of must that appear to be in the simple past tense. Sometimes these seem grammatical, but sometimes not. Examples that help illustrate my confusion: He knew he must go to New York ...
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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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“Belated happy birthday” or “happy belated birthday”?

What's the correct sentence? Belated happy birthday! Happy belated birthday!
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“The supervisors can better monitor employees” vs. “supervisors can improve the monitoring of employees”

Can we say "the supervisors can better monitor employees" rather than the mouthful that is "supervisors can improve the monitoring of employees"?
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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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Can we accept such words as 'invite' when used as a noun in correct English? [closed]

So often people tell me they have had an 'invite' to something, I am wondering if the word can actually be accepted as correct English, as opposed to 'invitation'. In a similar vein people, more ...
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Should a company be referred to as “he/she” or as “it”?

When a customer represents a company, not a person, and a pronoun is needed to refer back to that customer, should one use he/she, or should one use it?
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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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Which is correct: “bored of”, “bored by”, “bored with”?

I have been asked by a young friend, "Which is correct: bored by, bored of, or bored with?" My instinct is to say that "bored of" and "bored by" are fine, but "bored with" sounds like she is being ...
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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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Punctuation for the phrase “including but not limited to”

This is my first question on this stack exchange. I'm hoping this kind of question is welcome here, and excuse my ignorance, but my confusion evident below is exactly why I am a Software Engineer ...