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

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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, ...
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“more leads mean more sales” or “more leads means more sales”?

I was just wondering which one is grammatically correct. "more leads mean more sales" OR "more leads means more sales" Of course, "more leads" is plural, but the sentence implies ...
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A question on narration in the past

This is a bit of a complicated question. The context is that someone gave advice to someone else. The whole situation is narrated in the past. I fear that by using the past tense, the reader may ...
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Sentence structure for grammar: parallel vs. what feels natural

Are the following both grammatically correct, or is one incorrect and why? (Usage context: book, not an essay). Original: He erases whatever he wills, and fixes. With him is the original record. ...
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What is the proper grammatical sentence structure for this Subject, Verb, Object?

A card game has a card with the following text: Each other player destroys his or her minion with the least power (owner chooses in case of ties). Am I correct in believing that the Subject, ...
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Is this correct English or is it slang from a particular region?

Is it correct to ask "Are you in area?" when you are asking if someone is from that city or township?
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Can someone please tell me which of the two sentences is correct?

Here are the two sentences. This was the fastest I heard someone responded. This was the fastest I heard someone respond. Can someone help me understand: A) Which one is correct, and what is ...
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Which is more grammatically correct - “performance in” or “performance on”?

Which of the following is more grammatically correct? a. John's performance on the test shocked the teacher. (or) b. John's performance in the test shocked the teacher.
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The use of numbers in time periods

Why do we say "10 minutes or less" rather than "10 minutes or fewer?"
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“Has Bluetooth Enabled” or “Is Bluetooth Enabled”

Having a debate at work... Current headline reads "Product-X Has Bluetooth Enabled". Does that make sense? Or should it be "Product X Is Bluetooth Enabled"?
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Am I using 'thus' correctly in this paragraph?

I'd like to confirm if the use of 'thus' is correct in the following passage. If it's not, please explain why, and what an alternative would be. I believe the most important mission of a ...
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It's not affect, but can you “effect” something?

I understand the differences between affect and effect, and generally when to use them. However, in some cases while reading I have seen authors use the phrase "effect a change" (among others) ...
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“Too low for the price” or “too less for the price” [closed]

Too low for the price Too less for the price Please suggest which one is correct grammatically. Scenarios: The cost for 15 minute show was Rupees 50. It is too low for the price. I ...
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For those who know (who knows) [closed]

Which one sentence is correct: "For those who know" or "For those who knows"? Google gives me about the same number (1 070 000 vs 783 000) of search results.
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Be/keep/stay in touch

Are all these forms correct? Let's be in touch Let's keep in touch Let's stay in touch Thanks
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Comma after the noun of the Oxford comma?

In a sentence like: Next to apple, pears, and bananas, a lot of other fruit exists. Is the comma after bananas needed, allowed, or forbidden? And why? Is the same true for descriptions with ...
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He or him in this sentence?

Just read this line on the Guardian: He dismantles his bedroom and helps tidy the house, daubing white paint over the pencil marks on the doorframe which have measured the growth of he and his ...
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One of the underlined words is wrong. Choose either A, B, C or D [duplicate]

"What (are:A) you talking (about:B)? (I'm:C) not (understand:D) you." At first, I thought C, so the sentence would be "What are you talking about? I don't understand you." And I chose C because I ...
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“I am a big fan of you” or “I am a big fan of yours”?

Which one of them is correct? "I am a big fan of you" or "I am a big fan of yours" ?** I think the last one, but the first one seems ok.
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'how many of us' vs. 'how many of we'

Which is correct: 'My friend asked how many of us are going to watch the Superbowl' or 'My friend asked how many of we are going to watch the Superbowl' Note: 'my friend' is not a part of the group ...
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“Can I” vs “May I” [duplicate]

You may have heard the argument "it's not can I go to the bathroom, it's may I." If this is true, then any question such as "can you get me a glass of water?" could have the same argument applied to ...
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A study of awake and awaken

It has been drawn to my attention that I may not be using the verb 'awake'correctly in the active and passive. Please could someone confirm that I have now got this right. In their simple present ...
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Number usage in a series [closed]

Is it right to say that the percentage decreases by 10% each time, like in this example: Around 30% of politicians throughout the world are women. A significant 30% is represented in Scandinavian ...
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To see them play and to see them playing

Excuse my limited acquaintance on English usage; which sentence is grammatically correct, and if any, which meaning do they convey to ? I saw them play chess. I saw then playing chess. Many ...
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Why use 'about them' in this sentence?

Why use 'about them' in this sentence? I appreciate every kind of person, most notably those who have a good sense of humour, a positive outlook on life as well as a good energy about them. ...
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Because of in the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

Is this sentence right? " I eventually go to that restaurant. Because of the prices I can't afford to go there very often" Can I start a sentence using "Because of"?? Thanks
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“Went and got” — is it grammatically correct?

Trying to find out if phrases like "went and got" are correct, e.g.: She went and got the book.
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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 three examples with “range from”

When using range from with two examples, it could be: I should note that our current users range from juniors to graduates. But when using three examples: I should note that our current ...
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“There was some attempts” or “there were some attempts”? [closed]

Is the grammar in the following Alice in Wonderland quote correct? Would it be more appropriate to use were given that the noun phrase is plural? There was some attempts at applause, which was ...
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Use of “had” in this sentence

This sentence pertains to a movie I watched: I wish I watched it with subtitles. I wish I had watched it with subtitles. What effect does adding had have on the sentence? Are both sentences ...
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“I don't understand you” vs. “I'm not understanding you” [closed]

Which sentence is correct? What are you talking about? I don't understand you. What are you talking about? I'm not understanding you. That was a question we've had in an exam and it was: ...
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Total number of combination or combinations [duplicate]

May I know which sentence is grammatical? Given n services in sequential composition, where each of them having l candidates, the total number of combination is l^n. Given n services in ...
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“[Is/are] X and Y the reason[s] you did Z?”

Is the violence and the abuse the reason you ran away home? Are the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away from home? Is the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away home? ...
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“On the air” OR “On air”

Do you remember Northern Exposure? I hope so. Chris had a light-sign in his office: http://nevergoodbye.com/go/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/totalchris.gif And when you search google images for "on the ...
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speaking about time known now but not when the readers read the message

I am writing to a university. Plus, XXX University is doing a great in the researching areas. For example, just a week ago, researchers from this university joined the ESA's Rosetta mission, that ...
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How to combine in a sentence two verb–preposition pairs that have the same TWO objects?

How could one combine succinctly two verbs with the same two objects with different prepositions? For example, if I can either add gifts to a box and remove gifts from the box, what would be the most ...
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To whoever it may concern

I received a letter of confirmation for funding from an English native speaker. She started the letter with: To whoever it may concern, I am not a native speaker, but that sounds quite odd to me ...
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Does conjugation reduction require a hyphen in the affected words?

In a sentence where we have two listed words that are hyphenated, we can omit the latter part of the first compound and still be grammatically correct: I don't believe we will ever find ...
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“Not only should I” in declarative sentence [duplicate]

There is a phrase "Not only should I succeed but others should fail". And I saw it many times in similar structures that the order of words "should I" are as if they were in a questioning sentence. ...
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Is 'Regards by' a valid usage

Is 'Regards by' term correct when we end an e-mail. I have seen ending mail using "With Regards, Warm Regards, Regards" but 'Regards by' seems somewhere wrong, please correct me if I am.
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Is it more correct to say “You have not yet <actioned>” or “You have not <actioned> yet”?

Having seen Correct placing and usage of "yet", it sounds like it may be correct to say either "You have not created any items yet." or "You have not yet created any items." Is one more ...
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Is “Didn't you have a meeting to attend to?” grammatical? [closed]

Is the sentence "Didn't you have a meeting to attend to" grammatically correct?
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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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Should an “and” be placed before the last item in a list if the item is followed by an “etc.”?

Which of the following sentences is correct? There are several types of email uses, such as professional, personal, and promotional etc. There are several types of email uses, such as ...
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Should I factor-out “to” in a series of infinitives?

Which of the following two forms of the sentence is better? "Managers can use these findings to bound estimates, to assess the realism of road maps, to recognise unsustainable growth, to judge the ...