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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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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“My brother or one of my sisters” — singular or plural?

Should I use 'was' or 'were' in this example? I was always delighted when my brother or one of my sisters was/were asked to do them.
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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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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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Can I say : “He was made broke”?

He doesn't have any money. He was made broke in 1999. Is it grammatically correct to use this structure?
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Is “who all is” grammatically correct?

I often tend to say something like Who all is coming to the movies? And my friends correct me that I should be saying Who all are coming to the movies? So which one is correct?
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What to use in context: “surely” or “sure”

Which expression is correct: I sure hope so. I surely hope so. I would say the second one. However, the first one seems to be used more often. Or are they both correct?
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When do I use “I” instead of “me?”

From some comments in the answers for common English usage mistakes (now deleted, 10k only), there's confusion around the usage of I vs. me: While the sentence, "the other attendees are myself and ...
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“Keeping moving forward is important” - felicitous or not?

Is the following sentence felicitous or not? If it is, why? Keeping moving forward is important. The "keeping moving" is what bothers me, it sounds pretty weird to me. I am a nonnative speaker, ...
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Is it okay to use the Present Perfect tense twice in the same sentence? [duplicate]

I wonder if it is grammatically fine to use two have/has been in the same sentence? Example: After you have been informed that your paper has been accepted…
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If I wanted to say, “There are three twos in the English language,” would “twos” be the correct spelling?

Taken from this question on a blog, how would correct usage in the situation where you are talking about "to, too and two" in the english language be phrased? Would it be along the lines of "There ...
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Can we say: “The summer has been over” for a recently finished event?

I am studying Present Perfect now and I am wondering if it is correct to say, for example: The summer has been over
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Is there an exception to the prohibition against ending a sentence with “ ’s ” at work here?

The ’s can be used as a contraction representing a weak, unstressed word that is not pronounced. It allegedly cannot occur in sentence final position. She is not ready, but he is. She’s not ...
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Usage of “is when”

In grade school, when writing stories for English classes I recall being gently corrected whenever I handed pieces in that contained sentences with a structure similar to this: “A debate is ...
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Can you say “two groups of people stared at each other”?

Is it grammatically correct to say that "two groups of people stared at each other" since, by itself, a group can't do anything? It's the people within the groups that do the staring, not the groups ...
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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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“Disappointed in” versus “disappointed with”

I'm aware there are different prepositions possible after disappointed: with, in, of, at. I'm particulary interested in the difference between with and in. I'm disappointed with you. I'm ...
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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 ...
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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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May you please explain this?

At a family dinner, my 18 year-old niece asked my sister, "May you please pass the salt?" My sister said that she was impressed with her daughter's politeness, but that that particular wording was ...
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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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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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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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Controversy over verb choice in “neither you nor I {is/am/are} in control”

I was watching the film A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Junior and Jude Law when this line came up, "...neither you nor I is in control..." (I can’t remember the exact words that ended the ...
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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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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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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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“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 ...
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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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“I'm home” or “I'm at home”

The second form looks more correct to me, but the first expression is present in several titles of movies and songs. Which form is preferable?
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Do you “create” a hypothesis?

What is the most appropriate verb when talking about making a new hypothesis? E.g. Lenneburg created the critical period hypothesis. Lenneburg coined the critical period hypothesis. ...
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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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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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“Definitely” vs. “absolutely”

What's the difference between absolutely and definitely? Actually which of the following sentences is correct? You are definitely right. You are absolutely right.
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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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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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“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 ...
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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 ...
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“Which Allow me” or “Which Allows me”?

Context: "My work requires me to be at different areas for different events which allow me to learn ..." Do I use "allows" or "allow"? Can you provide me the rules/situations in choosing which one to ...
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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 ...
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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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What is the difference in meaning between 'nonchalant' and 'insouciant'?

OED defines them as: nonchalant adjective (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm insouciant adjective showing ...
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Different between 'effect' and 'impact'

Someone asks me this question: 'How much work is it to fix issue? then I'm trying to determine potential impact.' My answer is that 'very little work should to be done to fix this issue. And there is ...
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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 ...