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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Using past perfect with “Less than a week later”?

I was wondering whether I can use the past perfect tense this way or not. One week later, I had already visited 3 different countries. What I am trying to convey here is that during the week I ...
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Redeem into…?

I just saw a Bank of America commercial that had this use of redeem: Is the use of redeem with the preposition into standard...or possible? To me, it doesn't make sense. I looked on Google and ...
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Comma before “with,” “who,” “having” for non-compound sentences

I've noticed my résumé and cover letter have multiple sentences like the ones (slightly edited) below: I offer excellent computer skills, with a typing speed of 80–120 WPM. I recently met ...
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Conflicting Advice: “Not Only,” “But Also” Constructions — Comma, No Comma, Parallel Structure?

I've searched for the answer on this site and other websites, and found conflicting advice and sample sentences that look wrong to me. I'm posting this question hoping for clarification. My ...
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“In” or “For” — or Both Acceptable?

I'm currently editing my résumé's cover letter and, while shortening a sentence, noticed a particular use of in which seemed incorrect. It never stood out to me as wrong until I started to condense ...
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Why isn't “read” spelled “reat” [closed]

Why isn't read spelled reat? I mean build, building, built -> read, reading, reat? PS I have dyslexia and I'm not native in English.
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On a side note vs. on a different note?

Is it grammatically correct if I write: On a side note, should I expect an e-mail/telephone call from you confirming my NHO date? I am not sure if you are able to obtain/verify all the required ...
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Does a comma come between because and although?

I am editing answer explanations for a school curriculum. The more I read the phrase "because although", the more stumped I become on whether there should be a comma between because and although. ...
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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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'Must' & probability

Sometimes I notice that there is a difference in opinions regarding the use of 'must' relating to probability. These three sentences look to me correct: He must be in the library (He and the key ...
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“unaccept” Is it a correct word?

Many a times I used the word "unaccept". But everytime our system shows redline (spellcheck). I believe it is the opposite of "accept", correct? If its a mistake, what should I use?
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Is the usage of “the a priori” correct?

I have read here that there is no consensus about the usage of a priori as italic or not. However, increasingly it is used as non-italic. And here I read the following text: "In fact the a priori ...
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Omitting “will” from a sentence

I am writing an essay and I am not sure whether I should place "will" in this sentence or not. The experience I will gain living in Panama will assist me in understanding how Central Americans ...
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Enquiry, grammar correction [closed]

Would you please tell me which of these four sentences is correct one? I am so confused with them :( Action movies are three times as popular as comedies for men. Action movies are three times more ...
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The way the past participle is used in these sentences

First, this is the meaning I am trying to put in writing: She could not tolerate the sight of them as they were being put to death. And I want the progressive aspect to be clear. Which of ...
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Which is more correct: “embodied by” or “embodied within”?

Which of the following seems more grammatically correct to you? This subjectivity is embodied by the concept of qualia This subjectivity is embodied within the concept of qualia "Embodied ...
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Use of preposition and prepositional adverb

I know that prepositions are not supposed to end a sentence; however, I have also read that some prepositions function as adverbs as seen in "come inside" and "run around". My question concerns an ...
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Understand or understands [duplicate]

Which one of the following is correct? Allen is one of the few people who understands the importance of hard work. Allen is one of the few people who understand the importance of hard work. ...
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Can people effect something within or about themselves?

"Effect" as a verb means to bring about a change in something (a policy change, a pleasant home atmosphere, etc.) I've always seen sample sentences indicate a change being effected external to the ...
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Is “lightly” a right word in this sentence? [closed]

XXX is a place you can lightly keep and share your thoughts. This is my service's tagline. XXX represents the service name. I'm not sure lightly is the right word in this sentence. I intended ...
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“Learn to” vs “learn how to.” [duplicate]

Is "I want to learn how to swim" the right expression, or should I have said so: "I want to learn to swim."?
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Which is the right sentence to compare multiple objects with different properties?

I'm writing a scientific paper in which there is a statement on the comparison of multiple objects with different properties. Actually, I would like to compare among A with P1, A with P2, B, and C. ...
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“Why, when, how and where” are not interrogative pronouns. Why? [closed]

I have the following question: What, who, which, whom and whose are interrogative pronouns, but why, when, how and where are not. Why? Please answer this question briefly. Thank you.
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as little as 1 day as an adjective object phrase of a preposition

You can get your money back in as little as 1 day! It is a sentence I heard from an advertisement. Sadly, I cannot tell if this is what the advertisement said, for I did not pay much attention ...
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“Thou shalt not pass” and “You shall not pass” hybrid

Is it technically incorrect grammar to make a hybrid of the well known statements: "Thou shalt not pass" and "You shall not pass"––this hybrid being: "You shalt not pass"? From what I understand from ...
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A question concerning the use of “as” as conjunction

It was as you said. When I first heard it, I was almost certain that it is grammatically wrong. But when I searched Google, I realized it is used frequently (at least according to the book ...
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It was our pleasure to meet you here in Jordan [closed]

I met someone last week and I want to send him a business mail now. Is it correct to write: It was our pleasure to meet you here in Jordan.
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Is the sentence “What is the biggest car Joe can buy?” correct?

I am not sure about correctness of the sentence: What is the biggest car Joe can buy? Should there be a comma? Does it have the same meaning as What is the biggest car that can be bought ...
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Is “the instant you left” correct?

Given this sentence: Frankly, I was deeply offended the instant you left me. This web page covers the sentence the instant I heard it which is grammatically similar to the above sentence, ...
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Why is this sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

What grammar elements have been used to construct such a sentence? For music isn’t just something nice to listen to.
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Whenever…then

In my mathematical writing in grad school there used to be sentences like "Whenever x is a fish, then x is an animal." (Yes, that's what my dissertation was on!) I am a native speaker of English and ...
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The construct: [subject] “approximates” [something] to [something else]

Cambridge provides this example of "approximate" as a verb: to come near in ​quality, ​amount, ​value, or ​character: The ​painting only approximated the ​mountain ​landscape. Similarly, ...
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How to best use 'based around your skill set' in a sentence most effectively?

I am trying to figure out which way I can convey the following sentence more convincingly. Get paid for providing hiring recommendations to hiring managers, based around your skill set. or ...
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Why is there is no comma after “yet”? What does it mean compared to “however” and “but”?

Why is there no comma after the word yet in the following two sentences? There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. She had bonny children, yet ...
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Is this sentence correct: “I am making my personality better”? [closed]

Is the following grammatical and appropriate? I am making my personality better If not, could you please suggest a sentence expressing the same sentiment.
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Is it a complement clause?

"In response to the growing pressure from people living in developing countries to be allowed to migrate and work in developed countries many governments have now imposed harsh restrictions on ...
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“Two pairs of trousers” vs. “two trousers”

I have read the following sentence in an exercise book written by a non-native speaker: Wilson has bought two trousers. I know that it is very common to say "Wilson has bought two pairs of ...
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What is the correct form: two verbs with direct and indirect objects

I am unsure about the correct way of writing two parallel verbs and the objects (direct and indirect), when these objects are the same pronoun. Which of these are correct? Feel free to copy or ...
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how can I improve my English? [closed]

Please tell me which sentence is correct 'my files erases automatically'. If not then give me reason.
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Why use “have signed up” in “You can't change it once you've signed up”?

You can't change it once you've signed up I do not understand why "have signed up" is used here. To me, "You can't change it once you sign up" is correct grammatically. What is different ...
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Can we use both “gonna” and “wanna” together? [closed]

For instance, can we say "I'm gonna wanna do it". or is it better to say "I am going to want to do it". It shouldn't be grammatically incorrect, but can we consider this is not common even in informal ...
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What is the difference in the meaning and the connotation communicated in this paragraph?

I try to stick to the meaning of the words on the page, but I believe that structure and diction also provide meaning that the words may or may not directly convey. As such, this paragraph has two ...
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Should you use first word capitals for an advertising slogan used in a descriptive, adjectival way?

If you're using a slogan in a sentence to describe something in an adjectival way, should the first letters of each word of the slogan be capitalized, or not? For example: Nike has a 'just do it' ...
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I remember taking a lot of pictures for my wedding

This is Anna studying English by myself in Korea. I've faced some expressions written in one of my English learning books. Actually there is a controversial issue that most of people think these are ...
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“Took into consideration” or “Taken into consideration”

Do I say "took into consideration" or "taken into consideration"? For example, do I say when looking at shoes, "The first thing "took/taken" into consideration is how fashionable they are."?
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Why the adjective “vague” comes after the noun “change”?

In Longman dictionary there is an example for disingenuous which says "Keeping the details of the tax changes vague is disingenuous." the adjective vague precedes the verb is and follows the noun ...
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“It's been days since I last ate” or “It's days since …”

I've read that the second option (It's days since ...) is correct, but being an ESL learner I don't understand at all why this is so. Does anyone know? Thanks!
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Is this sentence grammatically correct?

I would like to write a general sentence followed by a colon and three coordinate sentences in detail separated by commas. For example: I had a bad day: my phone was stolen, my leg was broken, and ...
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Is it “me sitting at a table” or “I sitting at a table”?

The sentence is I can recall vivid images of my first atlas; I sitting at a table, finding all countries and their capitals on the atlas, and jotting them down on a paper. This is the first line ...
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Why does my spell-checker correct the word “Lecture's”?

I was trying to write “I was using the lecture's flow of logic”, as to say that I was following the logic that was in the lecture. But I am corrected by a spell-checker. I tried to google it, but ...