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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Does this sentence make grammatical sense?

Here is a sentence from an article about drug discovery : "Nowadays, drug targets and disease mechanisms twisted empiric drug discovery to rational drug design programs." I think the point the ...
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Which is correct? …as from today or from today onwards [closed]

I have a water filter in my office. It is broken. I wrote a reminder telling the staff. The word I would like to highlight is "as from" or "from." Water filter can only be used as from 1st ...
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Questions on “Like father, like son” [duplicate]

I have a few questions on this phrase "Like father, like son". Is it an idiom or a proverb? Or both? Can it be analysed grammatically? If the answer is "Yes", can you analyse it grammatically for ...
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unassigned vs non-assigned

We are developing modules in a ticket assignment system and most of the labels are in French. Someone has translated the label for unassigned tickets to "Non-Assigned" in English. I'm not sure this ...
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“May you please give me your approval?”

The phrase is bring used in our office, and while I am certain it doesn't sound right, ie shouldn't it say "Would/could/will you please give me your approval" I would like an expert to tell me why.
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Would 'sitting in a queue' be incorrect English?

Usually, to avoid any ambiguities, I'd say 'waiting in the queue', however I came across 'sitting in a queue' and wanted to know whether it's correct or incorrect English. Is it used? And if yes, in ...
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Is this a grammatical sentence?

One of my students wrote a sentence, shown hereunder in italics, and I can't seem to able to tell if it is correct or not? Andrew has thought good of creating some company and setting it up abroad. ...
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Is the line “Bush never quit figured out how to deal with him, and finished well behind him“grammatically right? [closed]

There was the following passage in Time magazine’s (February 20) article titled, “Watch Jeb Bush’s saddest campaign moments”: Jeb Bush’s campaign has fallen short of expectations. At one time the ...
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I have a bodyguard in order to protect myself

I have a bodyguard in order to protect myself. I was told that I cannot have a stative verb in the required condition: I have a bodyguard But I don't understand how "I need to study in ...
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Is this correct? : “Tenji that was, died in his sisters arms.” (Kind of like 'powers that be') Also is 'have a claim to' correct' or 'hold a claim to'

Full quote for context "I have no claim to life, yet I walk. I have no claim to valor, yet I fight. I have no claim to love, yet I mourn. I am not the dragon, for Tenji Minamoto that was, died in his ...
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Countable and uncountable nouns [duplicate]

Is it correct to write: "Dreams become a reality? or is it better to write: Dreams become reality?
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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 ...
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Whose sunshine do you belong to? [closed]

Are these sentences grammatically correct? They are translated from Thai song lyrics. Whose sunshine do you belong to? Who is your sunflower?
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“So must the X be” vs “So must be the X” vs Neither [duplicate]

I am not sure whether either of the following sentences (in quotations) are grammatically correct. They both sound awkward to me. Is anyone able to judge whether they are? "Since the latter is large, ...
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Not only… but also

Is this sentence grammatically correct? He doesn't only like football but also likes tennis. and if it's wrong, why so? Specifically, is there any problem with omitting the subject in the ...
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Can I list countable nouns to be done after “do much”?

Examples: I can't do much for that. There is too much to be done. At first I assumed there is an omitted noun after "much"? But the possible applicable nouns I knew, such as "works", or ...
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How to drop a pronoun? (pronoun-dropping/removing 'I'/omitting the subject)

I wrote resume and got stuck in this place. There are recommendations to write your achievements in the short form (without "I"): "Worked with ... " "Created something ... " "Collaborated with ... ...
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What does “I feel friendly” mean?

If I want to express the feeling that other people are very friendly to me, what is the proper way to say it? Is it okay to say:"I feel you are very friendly"? Is there any better way to say so? ...
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“Like … also”

First off, I would like to apologise if this has been asked before - I did do a search on here, but there were far too many results to go through! Take for example this sentence: Like you, I also ...
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“would like to see being removed” or “would like to be seen removed”? [closed]

Let's say I let a room to a person and offer this person to remove stuff from this room if necessary. Could I say "Please let me know if there is something you would like to see being removed" or ...
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for + period of time + present continuous/past perfect tense [closed]

What is the difference between (1) I've taken antibiotics for 10 weeks. (2) I've been taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (3) I'm taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (4) I take antibiotics for 10 weeks. ...
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why do we use 'prepared' in a sentence like this [closed]

The sentence below says something that's yet to happen, but the word prepared is in the past tense. Any suggestions on what to read to understand this will highly be appreciated. Thank you. Always ...
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Correct way to use capitalization for undergraduate degree [duplicate]

In writing about a persons college degree achievements I'm confused over capitalization. Any thoughts or inputs would be greatly appreciated. Here goes, should I write... He/She earned a Bachelor of ...
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Is “I like how when + phrase” correct?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I like how when Katy asked "Is everything okay?", Lilly asked "Is it not?".
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Is “cemetery gaits” grammatically correct?

There is a song with the following lyrics: "You know us by the way we crawl and you know us by our cemetery gaits" The part I'd like to ask about is 'cemetery gaits'. I love the lyric and am having ...
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Subject / verb agreement [closed]

None of the boys play / plays on the team. Each of us want/ wants to have a piece of the pie.
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Using partially redundant phrases such as “blatantly obvious” in a sentence for emphasis

Would it be grammatically correct to use phrases like blatantly obvious or hugely massive in a sentence? The words themselves have different enough meanings that I would think it is okay.
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Introduction to potential employer

Is this the proper way to introduce myself to a prospective employer? "My Great Uncle, Joe Smith, has spoken with you about my interest in entering the healthcare industry. I would like to set up a ...
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What is the grammatical construction behind the word “climbing” in the phrase “climbing wall” or the word “running” in the phrase “running” shoes?

I am curious about the grammar behind the word "climbing" in the phrase "climbing wall" (or the word "running" in the phrase "running shoes," etc). I first thought it was an adjective describing the ...
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Is WHO an acronym or an initialism?

Is WHO (the World Health Organization) usually treated as an acronym without a definite article, or as an initialism with a definite article? I have seen both, but with the initialism usage ...
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Is it valid to say 'in the presence of something' [closed]

The title I chose for my thesis is: Finding Synapses in Data in the Presence of Artifacts I think this is bad language and am unhappy with it but I am not a native speaker. I want to convey ...
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Definite article before “media”

Should this question use the definite article before "media"? Does the media influence us? Does media influence us? Are these both OK? I have seen both being used.
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use something to do something (with)

Surely it is not quite ethical but is it grammatical to say: "I am going to use this stick to hit you." vs "I am going to use this stick to hit you with." (excuse my ending the sentence with a ...
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Why is “that” preceded by a comma in this relative clause? What does it mean?

As you know, there are two types of relative clause: Type 1 The woman who lives next door is a doctor. In this example,the relative clause tells us which person or thing (or what kind of ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “Those who”?

There is a question asking a student to fill in the word. Heaven helps those ( ) help themselves. The answer is "who" Is this "who" is a relative pronoun? What is the meaning of this word?
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Is “I will sleep you to bed” grammatically correct? [closed]

Like we use "I will walk the dog to the park", is using "I will sleep you to bed" grammatically correct?
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Should I use who or whom? [duplicate]

This is part of my sentence (for an essay): "For example, Kate- the Governor's sister, who/whom was later executed-...." Should I use who or whom in this situation?
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“10 years in” vs. “In 10 years”

I read a headline: "10 years in, something happens". Is that grammatically correct or incorrect to give that headline? Any difference with "In 10 years, something happens"?
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Is writing “wishing you the best of health” at end of a letter considered a sentence fragment? [closed]

Is writing "wishing you the best of health" at end of a letter considered a sentence fragment?
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The more and the lesser [closed]

The more you learn, the lesser mistakes you make. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can lesser be used to refer to the quality of the mistake?
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Is the “are” this sentence correct? [duplicate]

The following sentence sounds incorrect to me when read aloud. "Eating and playing like the locals are important for enjoying the festive atmosphere." I tried diagramming it and am clear on the ...
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Why is there no comma between this participle phrase and the main clause

I searched around, and they said that all the participle phrases are happening concurrently with the main clause. Hm, I thought they are consecutively happening, according to ...
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Can we have a noun after “being able to”?

Currently reading "Taiwan's brain drain prompts worries," by Austin Ramzy from International New York Times (January 14, 2016), I came across the following sentence: but I do not see the D.P.P. ...
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Is this the right usage of word 'sprain'?

There has come a sprain on my foot mysteriously through the night :), not able to walk comfortably. Also, is there any other general grammatical mistake in the above sentence?
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Can subjects really do more then in german [duplicate]

Two or three years ago my english teacher told me that "in the english language subjects can do more then in german". He gave an example like this: This car seats four persons Today my english ...
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Is the phrase “who/what even is [blank]” correct?

I've been hearing a lot of people recently say something like: What even is a baseball? however when I hear people say that I get the gut feeling that it should be What is a baseball even? ...
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Medium of instruction - “is in English” or “was in English”

I have requested for a certificate from my college and received the same. In that certificate I am seeing one grammatical error. But I just want to confirm. Here is the sentence in question: He ...
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Is it grammatically correct to shift an appositive away from the noun it renames or describes?

I'm taking a semester in London. Here's a sample of something I keep hearing: John: My mum will be here later? Susan: Is she staying for supper, your mum? If Susan wishes to say, "your ...
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Which one is correct - “ There is only us here” or “There are only us here” [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: The linked-to question is about the verb agreeing with the grammatical number of the first item in a list in a there is/are sentence. However there is no list in this question ...
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'I couldn't use to' instead of 'I didn't use to be able to/I used not to'

I heard this over the weekend - I've been going to evening classes and now, at last, I can touch type. I couldn't use to do that. I would normally say 'I didn't use to be able to do that', or ...