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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Can anyone tell me the name of these sentences?

I am a chinese student and one of my friend, a chinese, wrote sentences like this: Just a little above me, he was fighting with all his might. On the summit of the mountain, he cried with joy. He ...
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Gravity pull vs. gravitational pull

I've been reading "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey and I feel like he's misusing the word gravity in a couple of sentences. "Habits too, have tremendous gravity ...
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Is the word “by” necessary when modifying a percentage figure [closed]

I am writing a resume. Which is correct,and why? I grew sales 30% introducing new products to market or I grew sales by 30% introducing new products to market.
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Is there a grammar error here: “He does nothing but chase girls all day”?

I found this sentence in a book written for English learners: He does nothing but chase girls all day. But I feel that 'chase' should have been 'chases' (so to agree with the sentence subject ...
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How to use the word “magistricide”?

I’m having a bit of trouble using the word magistricide in context. I’m leaning towards using the word suicide as reference, but I’m still not sure if it’s correct. So given the model of “a failed ...
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“To include” vs. “including”

In the hot story of today (the U.S. Senate report on "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques"), I noticed the following: He was subjected to numerous and repeated torture techniques, to include being ...
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What is the origin of “GO + VERB + ING”?

The construction GO + V + ING is among one of the first things a learner is taught. Take for instance the verb swim, very often English expresses the activity in the present simple like this: I go ...
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Does it make sense to say “someone is the reason and purpose for me of doing something?”

I'd like to put this in acknowledgements of my dissertation, expressing that someone is very important to me: X is the reason and purpose for me of writing this dissertation. But is that a ...
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“In accordance to the rule” and “in accordance with the rule”

Is it correct to use preposition "to" in "in accordance to the rules" or it has to be "with" as in "in accordance with the rule"? I have found usage of "with" more frequent but have seen few instances ...
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Is “my clothes disintegrated, victims of the sea” correct? [closed]

I came across this sentence as I was reading a book: My clothes disintegrated, victims of the sea. I think saying: My clothes, victims of the sea, disintegrated. would be correct. Which ...
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“With his face (being) red, he shouted at the top of his lungs.” Which sentence do I have to use? [closed]

Which of these are correct? And if both are correct, what's more natural? With his face red, he shouted at the top of his lungs. With his face being red, he shouted at the top of his lungs.
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Is it correct to use “either” and “too” interchangeably?

The other day, I heard someone say: I want it either. It comes strange to me. I'm usually used to hear/say: I want it too. Is it grammatically correct to use either of them?
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“To ask” or “for asking” [duplicate]

It is a great place for asking questions. OR It is a great place to ask questions.
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Should “is” be used here? [closed]

The point is that money does not change hands as randomly as (IS) suggested by the aforementioned kind of statements.
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What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical?

An acquaintance recalled this specific example from an English textbook, but it is jarring to my native ear. Is this an example of prescriptive grammarians gone wild?
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Is it correct to say “I'll share it for the millionth time”

If I want to share something on social media with others, something that I've extremely enjoyed listening to or watching. would it be correct grammatically if I said: I'll share it for the millionth ...
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Grammar from the Final Empire

When’s the last time you slept in an alley, shivering in the cold rain, listening to the beggar next to you 1)cough with a sickness 2)you knew 3)would kill him? Is "cough" a verb? Is this a correct ...
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Does “then before, now once more” mean anything?

Does the phrase then before, now once more have any meaning in English? Or does it exist just because it rhymes so nicely? Or does it exist at all? Likewise, what about that time then, once again?
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Can I use “because” and “if” consecutively in a sentence?

This is the sentence in question: I would like to be able to make an unlimited number of wishes because if I wish for money, life, and love, I don't have to work and I don't have to be afraid of ...
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Can I use 'different different' in a sentence? [closed]

Is this a correct statement? - "He asked me different different questions."
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One year young - young

If somebody says my baby is one year young rather than one year old,is it grammatically acceptable?
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I can run faster than _____. (1) him (2) he?

Consider the sentence "I can run faster than 15 miles per hour." Its meaning is clear and to my eyes obviously grammatically correct. Now let me present some variations that have given me trouble for ...
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When can I use “peoples” in a sentence and have it be grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I need help for this story I'm writing. I have been told before that you can't use the word "peoples" in a sentence because it is not grammatically correct or doesn't exist by many people. If I were ...
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'My' or 'me' handing myself over? [duplicate]

For the following sentence, which is correct? If my handing myself over buys you some time, so be it -OR- If me handing myself over buys you some time, so be it. I struggle with the rules for this ...
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Is “in about” grammatical in “I'll reach there in about 5 minutes”?

Is it correct to say "I'll reach there in about 5 minutes?" Is "in about" correct in this sentence?
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Chaste and virgin - adjectives associated with feminine gender alone

Do the adjectives chaste and virgin associated only with feminine gender? Can they be extended to masculine gender or any other corresponding adjectives associated with masculine gender?
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nothing is holding *thinks up* if you need something [closed]

I received an email with: "I just want to ensure that nothing is holding thinks up if you need something." I know what he meant:"I just want to ensure that you're ready (or you can use what you need) ...
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How do we use the word “landfall” in a sentence?

May I ask for a specific sentence using the word "landfall"? which has a definition of: a reaching of land as by a traveler, craft, or storm according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. ...
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Is “Why to… …” grammatical?

From Google Support: Why to use page-level permissions Page-level permissions allow you to.. Is the sentence "Why to use page-level permissions" grammatical?
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Can a sentence start with “ due to”

I think a sentence cannot start with due to. But if i need to say due to this thing something is happening how can I say it? How can I write the following sentence correctly? Due to the changes ...
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“As if you have” vs. “As if you had”

I saw this advertisement while waiting for the subway in a town in Germany: English fit for travel, as if you have your teacher with you. Is this proper English? I would have said it should be ...
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Using the word “Influential”

A Japanese friend asked me this: When I want to say that someone has influenced me, I can say "influenced by". When I am skeptical of someone or doubtful of someone, I can say, "skeptical of" and ...
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meaning of as - as in following sentence [duplicate]

"The Plaza hotel is as near as it gets to the best shopping along New York's famous Fifth Avenue." Whats the meaning of this sentence?and what does as-as means here?
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Is it “grammar error” or “grammatical error”?

We say “spelling error”, which seems to imply it would be “grammar error” since both spelling and grammar are nouns, whereas grammatical is an adjective, but I can’t help think “grammatical error” is ...
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Words that can be repeated and still make sense [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there other repeated single word sentences like the Buffalo sentence? Are there words in English like had that can be repeated while still making sense? For example, ...
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Is there any valid rule discouraging the use of a certain word to start a sentence?

Is there any rule you think is valid that discourages the use of a certain word to start a sentence? Because I suspect the answer is no. But it would be good to have a blanket answer to this kind of ...
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Choose the correct answer from a.b.c or d (duplicate) [closed]

.......the radio you can get news in different languages. a)By b)With c)On
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Is it correct to use 'being' after a noun? [duplicate]

I found the following sentence in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (5th Edition): You can’t expect them to sit still for that long, children being what they are. For me it sounds weirdly ...
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“Reveal” vs. “revelation” as nouns

I just posed this question on sci-fi.stackexchange and had my wording corrected from reveal to revelation. I realise that to have said that too early in the film would have ruined the big reveal. ...
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Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?

Multiple questions herein ask "Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question with X?" So, I'm definitively asking, are there any words for which it is absolutely not grammatically ...
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Talking or talking about

I always have wondered if there is any difference between these two sentences : I am not talking science here. and I am not talking about science here. If yes, then what is that ...
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Ditto ,when do I use it?

How do you use the term "ditto" when you're expressing the same sentiments,I.e. I told someone,"it was good to see you last week." They responded "ditto,seeing you too." Is this response correct?
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“In a list” vs. “on a list”

In the following sentence, should I use in or on? If I ever make a list, not only will you be in/on it, you'll top it, too.
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Function of participle [closed]

I know that the participle can be part of a verb to express continuous tense, perfect tense, passive voice. And it also can has a separate line as an adjective. The participle adjective have either ...
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Which of these is grammatically correct? “lay foundation to” or “lay foundation for”?

The last line in one my admission letters is "...and also to lay foundation to my long term career goals." Is it more correct for me to write "lay foundation for" ?
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Can you say “within 90 days after”?

I understand that you can say, "within 30 days of receiving your application", but I am seeing more and more "within 30 days after your application is received". Is the latter grammatical?
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My father had no much money / My father did not have much money [closed]

Can both sentences be acceptable? (1) My father did not have much money. (2) My father had no much money. If one of them is incorrect, what is the grammatical reason why?
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“He spends twice as much money as I earn” is correct?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? He spends twice as much money as I earn. I'm wondering if the first verb (spend) and the second verb (earn) can be different. All the examples of ...
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Ambiguous comparison between percentage values

English is not my mother tongue. The question is whether the phrase "half as fast" is grammatical, frequent and unambiguous. When googling, I've found out that the structure "verb + half as fast as" ...