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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Would it be 'meet' or 'have met' in this structure?

If I bumped into someone, who happened to be called John, yesterday, and I am telling someone else of the encounter, would I say: I happened to meet John yesterday. or I happened to have ...
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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 “make due” now considered acceptable?

Whilst plodding through Patrick Rothfuss' "The Name of the Wind", I came across: Our dinner was nowhere near as grand as last night's. We made due with the last of my now-stale flatbread, dried ...
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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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“Call on” or “call at” or something else? Which is appropriate?

Which one of following sentence is correct? You can call me on my cell. You can call me at my cell. Or is there some other preposition? Or both are right?
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Which one is correct — “at the city” or “in the city”?

I want to know the correct preposition to use with the word city in the following context: He arrived in the city. He arrived at the city. So which one will be correct?
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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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Is “architect” a verb and a noun?

I hear the word architect used as a verb in the technical field and now more often in other industries and groups, for example: We need to architect a better solution to the problem. I am ...
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The more…the more structure with normal clause?

The more they sing, their burden lightens and their love deepens As you can see, the first clause applied "the more" structure, but the second one didn't. Is it acceptable and grammatically correct ...
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Why is the sentence “I go to the US for studying English.” wrong?

I heard the sentence "I go to the US for studying English." is wrong. Can the preposition "for" as purpose be used in this case? Could you teach me the reason why this sentence is wrong?
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A handgun vs. Handguns

In high school debates, we have resolutions or topics. This month our topic is: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned. Many debaters will specify a certain ...
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“If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct?

My question of whether to use if I was or if I were. Which one is incorrect or nonstandard?
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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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Train Station vs. Railway Station

When I say "train station" I am corrected to say "railway station", but I don't understand why. Examples... Buses are stationed at a bus station. Trains are stationed at a train station. ...
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“Pick up something” or “pick something up”?

I have difficulties with word order: I have picked up the pencil from the floor. [says my dictionary] ?I have picked the pencil up from the floor. [could be?] ?I will pick up it. [sounds ...
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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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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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“lie on the basis of” versus “lie at the basis of”

I often read in scientific papers a sentence of the form "X lies on the basis of Y." or "X lies at the basis of Y." to indicate that Y is caused by X in some fundamental way. Are both forms valid and ...
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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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Definite article — “on television” vs. “on the radio”

Why are these different? We heard the news on the radio. We watched the news on television. In this book, the author says we must use television without the. Why? It makes me crazy. Is ...
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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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“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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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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What is wrong with the word “performant”?

I keep getting the red underlining in Word whenever I write the word "performant". Here I intend to refer to something that performs well or better than something else (i.e., it's more performant). ...
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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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“I want it rather than him” could mean

The sentence "I want it rather than him" could mean I want to have it rather than him having it I want to have it rather than to have him Or are both meanings possible?
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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....
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Is “Everyone is welcome along.” a valid sentence?

Is "Everyone is welcome along." a valid English sentence? My English grammaticality is basic at best and I'm not sure how to even research this... EDIT: I'm adding a bounty, and I'd like to know why,...
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usage of folded/being folded [closed]

"with my arms folded" Is this always right? vs. "With my arms being folded" Is this wrong? thanks
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Is there a comparative form of “well”?

Is there a word that means "more well", in the same way that "better" means "more good"? In common parlance most people just use "better" for this purpose, but this sounds wrong and is a nagging ...
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What is the correct structure for this sentence (IT)

XYZ Servers are small machines used to facilitate ABCD. They are automatically launched and discarded on your hosting account as needed. XYZ Servers are small machines used to facilitate ABCD. They ...
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Offensive behavior is better avoided / be avoided / to be avoided here

Suppose that there's a rule about how to behave in a society (a school, a chatroom, whatever) that goes: Offensive behavior is better (1)avoided / (2)be avoided / (3)to be avoided here. I ...
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What is the correct of saying between you and I? [closed]

I was taught that it is correct to say "between you and I," instead of "between you and me." Which is correct?
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Is “has or will read” grammatical?

I just wrote [he] has or will read [some text] in an ELL chat room. But looking at it (or more accurately, listening to my "inner voice" trying to "read it aloud"), I find it bothers me a lot. A ...
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“As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned”

As an intermediate English language leaner, I have just faced with the phrase "As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned". I tried a lot to find an appropriate answer for and to understand what ...
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Confused by the syntax or grammaticality used in this quote by Karl Marx. Please help?

The quote is from the Manifesto of the Communist Party: No sooner is the exploitation of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he receives his wages in cash, than he is set ...
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Which is proper usage prices or price?

The company's shares of face value Re1 each, recorded 52-week high/low prices of Rs201/149. In the above sentence should I use high/low prices of or high/low price of
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Verb for “to make bold”

Consider the following: Imagine that you are sitting at your word processor and you need to make a word bold. Imagine that you are sitting at your word processor and you need to bold a word. ...
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Usage of Interrogative adjective

I have these sentences (both of them are in a book series, and are written by Indian): 1)Which football team wins the game? 2)What materials are used to make it? I wonder if they are ...
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“Wanting” or “want”?

Lately I have noticed that a lot of people use "wanting" in sentences, or in books, but I don't get it because my English teachers have always said to me that with verbs like "love", "like", "want" ...
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agree on that clause?

I wrote this sentence one day. "I agree with the author on that the structure of the poem is unusual." I read it again and found it a little strange. I knew that that-clauses cannot be used after a ...
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A question on usage of could and was able to

As you know,we use could for general ability. But if we want to say that somebody did something in a specific situation,we have to use was/were able to or managed to **(not **could ). I know the below ...
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“Me knowing that he was… ” Is “me” the subject?

"That was it," he told me. "Laughing at me behind their faces, about a woman. Me knowing that he was up there, and them knowing I knew that if I busted in and dragged him out and bashed his head ...