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

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Should I use “a” or “an” before a foreign word that starts with a “u”?

I have a foreign word that begins with the letter "u", and don't know whether to use "a" or "an". The word is "unitario". It's a word used mainly in Argentina to describe a T.V. show comprising ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use “who” for inanimate objects?

Is it grammatically correct to use "who" for non-persons such as organizations, animals? Consider a question Q1: "Who should I feed?" and the answer A1: "Feed the hungry, your friends and your ...
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Should I say “study materials” or “education materials” or “teaching material?”

I am building a web application where people can upload their study materials about robotics and programming and manage them and share etc. I want to name it well, so at the moment I have: ...
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Would this sentence be correct?

The sentence is: This is what they have been reduced to be doing to. I'm ok with understanding how This is what they have been reduced to is correct, but the to be doing to part in original ...
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How can I improve this sentence stylistically [closed]

My mother burst into tears about how I was changing. That was, for I lately indeed had begun to show some rebel attitude. Is the latter sentence understandable, clean and grammatically okay? I ...
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Which one is right, “The text to search for must be typed in the …” or “The text to be searched must be typed in the …”?

Which one is right, "The text to search must be typed in the ..." or "The text to search for must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be searched must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be ...
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Does “Pursue Impossible” Make Grammatical Sense?

My university recently pushed a campaign for their new rebrand, and their tagline is "Pursue Impossible". I have seen a few adjectives used as nouns before but all had a definite article in front. ...
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Is it ever grammatical to leave out the verb 'to be' between subject and predicate?

In the following sentence there is no verb to be after the subject and before the predicate: Indeed this government - neither their great wealth nor their many supporters will benefit them on ...
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Modal verb CAN + continious

Is it possible to say 'I've broken my leg, I can't be walking' regarding it's happening at the moment or I must always say 'I can't walk'?
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Should this be “not annoying me” or “not annoy me”? [closed]

Which one is correct sentence? Thank you very much. Can you make strong coffee, never wear perfume and not annoying me? Can you make strong coffee, never wear perfume and not annoy me? I'm ...
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Is the clause “where are you from” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

One of the most fundamental sentence from the English “phrasebook” that almost every beginner will learn is this sentence, using which one can ask another one’s nationality or country/region of ...
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“Go Green !” : Grammatical Analysis

I have been trying to see what is behind the hyped-up phrase "Go Green" and have asked friends to rephrase that buzz-word/cliche, but nobody has given me a satisfactory explanation of what it actually ...
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question on availability of supervisor [closed]

I want to show some results to my supervisor. before that I need to check with him if he is free or will be free.does the following sentence is grammatically correct and fluent? Would you let me know ...
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A necessary condition is .. or are? [closed]

Which one of the following is the correct form? For some reason, I have trouble understanding whether the correct form depends on "a necessary condition" (is) or "changes" (are). A necessary ...
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Grammaticality of “if X then A. Otherwise if Y B”

I am explaining something that has the following structure if written in computer language: if X A else B However the condition X is quite subtle, and because of this I want to recall it when ...
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Can I say “Being walking down the street, I met my old friend.”?

I know walking down the street, I met my old friend is much better. I just wonder if the sentence is grammatically incorrect, or it's acceptable like in the case of passive participles as below. ...
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attributable adjective

Is there not a rule that a particular noun (some nouns) can have only certain adjectives. For example : "strong source" seems incorrect to me. Can you suggest a better adjective for the noun "source". ...
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Is “Are you there only ?” grammatically correct? [closed]

My friend sent me this. I'm wondering if it is correct. What is the use of "only" here ?
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does this sentence make grammatical sense [closed]

Koreans apparently demand their films make them cry by the end, and this film explores new realms of melodrama I didn't know existed. ...does that sentence make sense?
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“When will you come” vs. “When are you coming”? [closed]

One of my friends will come to my city "Ahmedabad" on 18th May 2015. In a WhatsApp group chat, my friend asked him, "When are you coming to Ahmedabad?" I corrected my friend: "When will ...
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Is it correct to use “me” or “I” here? [duplicate]

Thank you for initiating the opportunity for Bob and me to talk.
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Why is encourageable not a word? [closed]

What are general rules of thumb for creating adjectives with -able? I wanted to denote an object as having an ability to be encouraged, but "encourageable" and "encouragable" both are yielded as ...
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Laugh to world to world laugh to you is grammatical [closed]

I want to know this statement is grammatical? Laugh to world to world laugh to you I had this statements too: Laugh to world then world will laugh to you. & World will laugh to you ...
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why is it wrong to say: “Nowadays women have a considerable more role.” [closed]

Is it wrong to say: "Nowadays women have a considerable more role." Grammatically speaking why exactly is it wrong?
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How to form possessive from “belongs to X (preposition) Y”

This is none's of us business. Everyone's in the room pockets were empty. The car isn't anyone's from this town. Are the sentences correct? If not, how should they be phrased correctly?
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“I'll be upset with someone”: Is this sentence (a) acceptable (b) idiomatic? [closed]

I saw someone post on Facebook "I'll be upset with someone". Is there a better way to say this?
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“Wrote it I did” Is this grammatical?

Are the following two examples grammatical? Write it I have. Wrote it I did. Consider as possible contexts: They said that I have to write it, and write it I have. -- (for #1) They ...
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“I guess Americans are hated a lot of places.” What's wrong with this sentence exactly?

From Cat's Cradle (Vonnegut). "The highest possible form of treason," said Minton, "is to say that Americans aren't loved wherever they go, whatever they do. Claire tried to make the point the ...
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Usage of “Science and technology” as a singular term [duplicate]

Should we use singular verb with the subject/subjects "science and technology"? For example, Science and technology have a prominent influence in the modern world. Is this sentence correct? ...
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Is the phrase “horizon road” grammatically correct? [closed]

Is the phrase "horizon road" grammatically correct, and if so, is it equal to "road to horizon"?
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Can I use “too” at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Can I use "too" at the end of a sentence? For example: They will guide in your interaction with family, friends, associates and loved-ones in a way that is healthy for you and all that you are ...
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Suggest to or Suggest

Do I say I suggest you not go there. or I suggest you to not go there.? Or are they complete wrong, needing to say going? Thanks
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Can I say “more funny” or “most funny” instead of “funnier” or “funniest”?

Could you please provide a reference to your answer whatever it is? I know that "funnier" and "funniest" are more correct, but I want to know whether the less common versions are considered errors or ...
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'within few next days' OR 'within next few days'?

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? and why? The project will be completed within next few days. OR The project will be completed within few next days.
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Ordered it Offline vs Ordered it Online

I'm new to this site so i don't know the proper formatting for questions here. My friends and I were having a debate whether or not saying "I ordered it offline" was a correct way to say "I ordered ...
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“Take/Consider … as an example” vs “Take/Consider … for example”

For more than a decade, I have always seen/used the phrase "Take/Consider ... as an example" followed by a comma. Then, my recent visit on this page got me confused and raised more questions in me. ...
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Can we use patient as a verb?

Patienter is verb in French for to be patient. Why can't we have a verb too. It should be pronounced as in French - peshi-ent. Sentence: Could you please patient another week for your payment?
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Is the use of the positive anymore considered correct?

While the word anymore is usually a negative context, the positive anymore is a well-documented phenomenon. I found this surprising, because I had never come across the positive anymore in a ...
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It was dark by now [duplicate]

Does the following sentence make any sense? "It was dark by now, and I realized that it was time to [...]," If it was an occurrence in the past, then wouldn't referencing it as "now" be ...
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please correct: “Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.”

Is it correct to use Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.
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“Being” or “to be”? [duplicate]

Which is better structured? "She loves to be herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being and not appearing"
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Usage of the phrase “type of”

I'm creating a worksheet for my students, and one of the questions asks them to identify which expression from three given expressions is correct. I am not sure how to pose the question, but I think ...
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Why does pluralization of compound words typically occur in the middle as opposed to the end of the word?

As I understand, correct plural versions of passerby and attorney general become passersby and attorneys general. But why? With passerby, the the preposition "by" has been combined with the noun ...
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Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?

The sentence Except the buildings built towards the end of his life, the buildings erected in Istanbul can be assumed to be his. was recently used in a question here. I edited to replace ...
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You can vs. You may [closed]

I'm struggling with the use of "can" or "may" in this sentence. "Maybe you can encounter one of our relatives" or "Maybe you may encounter one of our relatives." Which is correct? Or are ...
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Finding Grammatical Error In A Model SAT sentence [closed]

Sacajawea, a Native American woman, whose ability to translate between indigenous languages and English was extremely helpful to the explorers, Louis and Clark, on their expedition to the Pacific ...
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How old are you? or What is your age? [closed]

Which is more common or used more and also the correct way of asking?
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The grammar behind 'above mentioned'

A colleague of mine wrote the following sentence: I have worked on the below mentioned issues: Now, I'm not a native speaker, and certainly not an authority on grammar. I construct sentences ...
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In what (semantic) context might “REFUSE” be used with a gerund complement?

I know that, prescriptively speaking, that the verb "refuse" is supposed to be followed by an infinitive. For example: The parents refused to buy the dangerous toy for their kid. Since language ...
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Is “switched” always used as a verb?

I was thinking that the word switched could be used as a noun and maybe an adjective too but I might just be making grammar mistakes. Switched in the dictionary only shows up as being a verb! Here ...