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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Terminology for describing lack of agreement between a clause and subject

First question, and apologies if I word it awkwardly. Someone posted a chart of emotions. At the top were the words, "As a writer, this has proved to be a truly valuable chart." Here's the link: ...
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Do I need a comma after the “or”s? [closed]

It shall not be published in any document or broadcasted or transmitted in any way.
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Using “speaking” in the wrong context

While talking about how a movie hasn't created enough buzz, can one say "Why aren't people speaking about that movie?" and not use the verb 'talking' as is done usually?
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“You need [v.] no longer”

I was playing GTA IV earlier today and I called Roman (who is the protagonist's cousin) for a cab. English is Roman's second language and he said to Niko (the protagonist) something along the lines of:...
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Action performed by a sentence initial 'and then'

I'm doing some analysis and I keep coming across 'And then I did/was [action]' in the sentence initial position. Is there a specific term for sentence initial 'And then' / any literature as regards ...
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Ask about past day [closed]

I want to ask about past day to one of my friend. So,is this right sentence ?? "Who remind you this day ?" If not, please correct this ,and also explain what's wrong in this.
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I washed the dishes clean

Firstly, is "I washed the dishes clean." a grammatically correct sentence? If it is right, I have a question about it: in this sentence, is "clean" an adverb or an adjective? I think that "I cleanly ...
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One of the best universities in the world to _______?

In the construct one of the best places + to + infinitive, the infinitive refers to an activity that a person can do. Example Cape Breton Island is also one of the best places in the world to ...
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Is “go exercising” ungrammatical or non-standard?

Friends, I think the phrase "go exercise" is spoken in colloquial English. But I can still find the phrase "go exercising," even in Google books. Like the excerpt below: I like to exercise, but ...
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correct the error in the below sentence [closed]

Do you want to go to the cinema later?” “Sorry, I can’t. I will meet John for dinner.” please advise where is the mistake in this sentence
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Which order of the two preceding modifiers is correct for this proper noun?

In southwestern China, there is a mountain named (after translating to English) Qingcheng Mountain (or Mount Qingcheng). However, apart from Qingcheng Mountain itself, there is also a second mountain ...
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A plural noun is used with a singular verb in a proper English speech—why?

From the film script of Gladiator (2000): Your faults as a son, is my failure as a father My question is: how come?! If anyone (unless you're one those very good few who get to define what the ...
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Molest and molestation [closed]

I was watching an advertisment. In that, they highlighted the following: "molest is a crime". Or should it be "molestation is a crime"?
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Correct usage of Personal Pronouns [duplicate]

Which of these is the right way of using a personal Pronoun? (Me vs I) This is I. Einstein the Genius! This is Me. Einstein the Genius! I'm a bit confused since both sound right.
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At the end of the day And By the end of the day [closed]

At the end of the day And By the end of the day I am confusing to use this words What is the differents between these words, Could your please some scenario of this two words Thanks
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Is “many a person” singular or plural? [duplicate]

I'm writing a paper and I am not sure how to word this sentence. Which is the correct sentence: I am able to avoid a pitfall into which many a student has fallen. I am able to avoid a pitfall ...
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Using While with continuous tense

They were playing here while you were gone. They have been playing here while you were gone. Can you please tell me Which one is correct?
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Use “will” twice in a sentence [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? "if the user confirmed , the Ticket will be saved and the update will be submitted too (Save and Submit)."
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When do I have license to use the present tense in a *past* narration?

I am narrating a past series of events; of course, all the verbs are in the past tense. One verb, however, signifies an action that will be complete long after (years after) the moment of narration (...
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“I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to.”: placing a comma before “if I am able to”?

Taken from #6 here is the sentence "I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to." I am wondering if there should be a comma before "if I am able to", or if ...
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“Because/because of/owing to/on account of/due to”? [closed]

I was doing my homework but I'm stuck on this exercise. The instructions say: Complete these sentences: (my answers are in brackets) “Don’t be fool; the dog’s dancing was … the extremely hot ...
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Is “there's ways” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I encountered it a few minutes ago as I was reading a webpage and it immediately felt wrong. It seemed obvious at first that it should be "there are ways". I googled it and to my surprise there were ...
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Is this a valid sentence or not?

I'm afflicted with one of those online "Learn English" things that I have to wade through as a prerequisite for something else. I report lots of errors, but this one I'm not sure of. I intially ...
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“In which” or “of which”? [closed]

I was writing the following sentence and became lost in thought. I wasn't sure whether to use "of which" or "in which". Are either correct? If not, what is? Strict-liability crimes are crimes [of/...
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Come to pick up vs. come pick up [closed]

This might seem like a trivial case, but I'm unsure whether to use: "he will come to pick you up" or: "he will come pick you up", i.e. without "to". If it makes any difference, the sentence ...
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Can I use “Week start” as alternative of “Week starts on” [closed]

I want to use "Week start" for the same purpose as in Google Calendar settings: It sounds clear for English-speaking people? Or it would be better to use "Week starts on"?
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Which is correct “lean on door” OR “lean against door”? [closed]

The questions is self-explanatory. I've actually seen "lean on door" to be more frequently used, but I've also heard the latter form. Is there a difference between these two forms?
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How is the sentence “My mama don't like you, but she likes everyone” correct?

I just heard Love yourself by Justin Bieber. I thought I heard "My mama didn't like you but she likes everyone" from the song. Then later I found lyrics on some websites(listed bellow) but it's not ...
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Is “a slightest glimpse” gramatically incorrect?

In the following quotes, the word "slightest" has the indefinite article "a". Are these grammatically incorrect? A Mother's Secret by Scarlet Wilson "So what do you think?" He spun around in his ...
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Which is correct - 2TB memories or 2TBs of memory? [duplicate]

I am working on a manual where they are trying to say that something support from 2 TB (terabytes) to 8 TB (terabytes) of flash memory per channel. The audience is programming engineers. It is ...
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Can we contract “well have” to “well've”?

Is the contraction of the term "well have" to "well've" grammatically correct? For example, can a sentence beginning "I may as well have . . . " be contracted to "I may as well've . . . "?
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Controvery over subject-verb agreement in this sentence

The sentence Women driving cars is, of course, such a foreign sight to a society like Saudi Arabia The subject is not "women" (otherwise, the verb would have been 'are'); the subject, as I ...
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“The lack of consensus impedes the process of necessary enhancements” [closed]

America's infrastructure is crumbling, and a lack of consensus in the government impedes the process of necessary enhancements that should be carried out nationwide. I'm not too sure about the bit ...
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Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence with “Which” (in academic style)? [closed]

What references, or your specific expertise tell about the permissibility of passages like: "We shall assume that 2x2=5. Which, of course, is not quite correct, but..."
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“The population is 57,000” or “the population is 57,000 people”? [closed]

I'm having a devil of time googling this, so my apologies if this question has been answered before. Internet searching has been all but worthless, what with boolean cues being imprecise as they are. ...
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'Year Obtained from education' on CV meaning

So I am filling out a CV and answering about my education, when it comes up 'year obtained' I have never come across this on a CV before and if I have it hasn't been worded this way. Could someone ...
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on route vs en route

I saw today a local college (in the UK) has taken out an advert on the side of the local bus which states "on route to a better future". I'd personally expect it to be en route. Is this an idictment ...
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Revising a Sentence for Brevity while Maintaining Eloquence

I am working on an article / story about legal cannabis in Colorado, and I have written this sentence regarding the smell upon entering a large, industrial grow room: The only way I know how to ...
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The using of from…to

Can I ask about the using of "from...to"? In my text, I have two sentences like this: These products may range from garment, fashion products, footwear, perfumes, cosmetics to even agro-products, ...
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that clause as an adjective

I heard some people say: All (that) I am is blue. All (that) I am is sad. This relative that clause is used as an adjective that represents adjective "sad" and "blue", right? But as far as I know, ...
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Can the verb “let” take an adjective as an object complement like to “leave”?

I was watching "Good Wife Season 7, Episode 16". Alicia was having a private time with her new boyfriend and her mother visited her daughter's house without prior notice. Alicia tried to hide him in ...
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What is the grammar of the quote: “There isn't a Parallel of Latitude but thinks it would have been the Equator if it had had its rights.”?

Though I understand more or less the meaning of this quote, I cannot see that it is really a grammatical English sentence. It can be found in he Chapter LXIX of Mark Twain's novel "Following the ...
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“it is not exactly clear which” vs. “it is unclear exactly which”

I wonder if the two expressions "it is not exactly clear which" and "it is unclear exactly which" are examples of a correct use of English and carry mostly the same meaning (I am aware they are ...
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“Quest of providing” vs. “quest for providing” [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct and why? In our quest of providing unparalleled value to our customers. In our quest for providing unparalleled value to our customers. I understand that the ...
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A or an, which is correct [duplicate]

Which is correct, " I'm a RSD/CRPS Warrior" or " I'm an RSD/CRPS Warrior " ? Which is correct a or an in front of RSD/CRPS Warrior ?
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… the Future or Future

I am trying to answer this question asked in acaemia.SE. In my answer, I have 3 subtitles as follows. Which of the two {alternatives} are grammatically correct? Anxieties of {the Future} or {Future}....
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but certainly or but,certainly? [duplicate]

We will have a lot of skills, but certainly, we also have limitations. I don't know whether it's right or wrong to place "but" and "certainly" together. Since "but" is conjunction, while "certainly" ...
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Only in or in only?

1)He held the thought that women in the upper class (and in only the upper class) needed to be educated and trained to become lords. 2)He held the thought that women in the upper class (and only ...
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what is the difference between 'travel back in time' and 'travel through time'?

What is the difference between 'travel back in time' and 'travel through time'. Can you explain this with an example?
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