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

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how can I use “fewer” and “more” with numbers?

I have never heard anyone use words "fewer" and "more" when talking about the fact that a certain number of items is greater than a certain number of other items by a constant. For example if the ...
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Omitting subject or be verb in the second clause [closed]

Which one is the most natural? Such set is called an empty set and it is denoted by 0. Such set is called an empty set and is denoted by 0. Such set is called an empty set and denoted by 0.
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Using adjectives after verbs?

In a lot of sentences when speaking people use adjectives after verbs. In some examples it sounds right, however, and I was wondering if such uses were valid in formal writing. The only example I ...
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Does this sentence need a preposition or article [closed]

That work made poor coaching but great training. Idea being communicated is that the work wouldn't be considered "good coaching" but it was "good training." Note that I am not using an article before ...
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Correctness of “of my sending the picture” [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct? I don’t think Linda would have approved of my sending the picture; but I did it anyway. Specifically, is of my sending the picture correct?
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Word order: “Tell me what is your opinion on this matter” or “Tell me what your opinion on this matter is” [duplicate]

Tell me what is your opinion on this matter. Tell me what your opinion on this matter is. Which one is correct? I understand the word order in the sentence like I want to know where she is. But ...
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He spent $300 Ving

I made up the following sentence: He spent $300 talking to a counsellor. But a native speaker said "One doesn't spend $300 in talking to a counsellor. The fees for the session(s) may be $300, ...
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“Cannot be pasted to [the] cells that are editable” [closed]

… cannot be pasted to the cells that are editable. … cannot be pasted to cells that are editable. Intuitively, I am inclined to think that second fragment is correct. The ...
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Let me confirm your name. Is this sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

While you are on a customer service call, how would you clarify the name? Is it grammatically correct to say, " let me confirm your name".
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Synonym wanted for 'make it easy '

I am confused about how to write the sentence below. Is it grammatically correct? Our mission is to make it easy to post or search institute. Are there any alternate phrases for "make it easy"?
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The meaning of “be it practices” [duplicate]

Could you help me understand the meaning of "be it practices" in the context below? People will always find some aspect of another culture distasteful, be it practices, a way of treating friends ...
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Should “differentiate” be plural in this sentence? [duplicate]

What we know how to do and what we have done differentiate us from others. or What we know how to do and what we have done differentiates us from others. Can anyone explain to me which is correct ...
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Time given us or time given to us

I read this quote online: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" - J. R. R. Tolkien Is it just a relaxation of pronunciation of "the time that [god] has given us" ? ...
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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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Grammatical structure of this complex sentence [closed]

Lately, I have been working on my SOP for university admissions. Here is one sentence which seems correct to my knowledge but, I have a feeling that something's missing. Any help in reframing or ...
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“Position in/at/for your company”

Which is correct? I am writing to apply for the position of ____ in your company. I am writinng to apply for the position of ____ at your company. I am writinng to apply for the position ...
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Leak vs Leakage?

English is not my first language and I'm having trouble using the words "leak" and "leakage". Do they both mean the same thing? or what is the correct grammatical usage of each word? Thank you very ...
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Is there an adjectival form of “commodity”?

The adjective would apply to the word dependence. I'd like to say commodital, but Google says it isn't a word.
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Definite article or no definite article before “Americans” in this sentence from “The Adventure of English”

The Adventure of English, page 286, reads "The Americans are more polite about the English than the English are about Americans" I wouldn't use the definite article before "Americans" in this ...
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How many heads?

Should one say they shook their heads in disbelief or they shook their head in disbelief? The first kind of conjures up many-headed people? Similarly they referred the question to their ...
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Is the plural form of ID spelled ID's or ID? [duplicate]

How to write or tell that collection of Email ID's has been attached.
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“A unary” or “an unary?” [duplicate]

What's the rule for the "a/an" choice when a word begins with a vowel but sounds like a consonant (e.g. "unary") and vice versa?
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Adaptable at or in or to doing something

I am confused with what is the correct expression to use, is it better saying "I am adaptable at using smth", "I am adaptable on using smth" or "I am adaptable to using smth"? The third sounds ...
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Does the “close quote” go before the in-text citation?

Where does the close quote (") go with a in-text citation? “Did that really happen?...No, but it could have (p. 10).” or “Did that really happen?...No, but it could have" (p. 10).
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Using relative pronoun “who” with “team” or “bunch”

I would like to know if this sentence is grammatical, with its usage of the relative pronoun who. (I) Our team is a happy bunch who works night and day. I am getting two parses for this sentence: ...
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Is the omission of the verb “To be” in informative sentence [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: File (is) larger than allowed. Is the verb "to be" required here? Is it correct English to use "File larger than allowed."?
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“More so” or moreso?

I often find myself using the two words joined together, moreso. I'm not sure where I picked up this usage. I'm also not sure that it's necessarily the correct one, as some proofreading tools will ...
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Can we omit the definite article, *the*, in front of two musical instruments?

My sentence is He plays the piano & the violin. Is it correct to say He plays the piano & violin?
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I haven't offered you at least a drink [closed]

I haven't offered you at least a drink. Have I used at least correctly here? Are there rules to how an expression like at least is used?
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“So shouldn't you”?

So shouldn't you: is this grammatically correct? Or is you shouldn't either the only appropriate response?
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“The more, the merrier!” — Is this a sentence? If not… what?

Is The more, the merrier! a sentence? It doesn't seem to have a main verb, so I'm inclined to say no, but it certainly functions as a sentence in everyday speech. I can think of three ways of ...
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preposition “travel in” or “travel by” [duplicate]

Which is the grammatically correct statement : "We are travelling in a car" Or "We are travelling by a car" Thanks in advance...
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Need help identifying subject in sentence with a conjunction

Currently, I am involved in a disagreement as to interpreting the grammatical meaning of the following sentence: “Restores 10% of Att as HP in battle.” Given that “Att” and “HP” are nouns (with ...
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apart from + verb with gerund or not

I was reading the Rails Tutorial and I came across this: The div tag is a generic division; it doesn’t do anything apart from divide the document into distinct parts. I would say apart from ...
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Can we say “the must info” in the sense of valuable information? [closed]

I heard the phrase once but don't know the context of conversation. Additionally, is "the must info" grammatically correct?
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Is “geometry” plural or singular? [closed]

Which one of the following sentences is correct? The geometry of the objects are known. The geometry of the objects is known. Both cases are common in the literature and have been used ...
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If the rule states an infinitive follows the verb “want”, why is “I don't want you worrying” correct?

Why is the sentence "I don't want you worrying about the oral interview" correct? Is the syntax want+gerund correct? Shouldn't it be I don't want you to worry about the oral interview (?) ...
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Isn't that the point of school, that between 8 and 3 he's your problem

I would appreciate it if anyone can comment on my analysis of the sentence, "Isn't that the point of school, that between 8 and 3 he's your problem." This is the basic form of the sentence: "That is ...
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Tense about tenses [duplicate]

*Is there a correct answer to the number of tenses in the English Languages? How can a mark be given in an examination to the question," How many tenses are there in English?" It seems that highly ...
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Placement of adjective “only”

I have the following sentence and three versions to write it: Ensure string only contains printable ASCII characters. Ensure string contains only printable ASCII characters. Ensure string ...
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Delayed relative clause

Consider the following phrase taken from a draft of my master's thesis: In this chapter, the fundamental physiological principles will be presented that underlie the mathematical models and ...
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If I can “fall in” love, can I “fall in” depression?

In Italian we say essere innamorato (to be in love) whereas the English idiom, to fall in love, expresses the idea of abandonment, of letting oneself go. mi sono innamorato = I am in love, and ...
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proper use of the word myself [duplicate]

Is it ever proper to use myself and when starting a sentence? Here is an example of what I mean: Myself and some very successful people are building a team across the Globe! or Myself and (Name) are ...
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“What” = “the thing” in the beginning of the sentence

Is the sentence What he didn't know is that in the future (...) correct? The meaning should be similar to "The thing that he didn't know..."
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“Due to lack of / For lack of”? [closed]

Which of these statements is grammatically sound? : I would like to point out that I have already graduated and have marked 5th year in the question regarding the current status of my education due ...
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Is it correct to say “I realized that you are truly lost.”

Is it correct to say "I realized that you are truly lost." instead of "I realized that you were truly lost"? Because realized is past tense, I'm not sure whether using "you are" instead of "you were" ...
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Participation v Participancy

I'm really curious as to know when you'd use participancy over participation. Right now Chrome is telling me that participancy is wrong and not a word. I always believed it to be a word and it is in ...
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“List of Xs” vs “X list”

Is there a difference in meaning between "List of Xs" and "X list"? For example, does "task list" means the same thing as "list of tasks"? What about grammar? Can they be used interchangeably in a ...
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Using “ex” on a genitive

I’ve constructed this headline: “Opera Mini to become the default browser on Microsoft’s (ex Nokia’s) feature phones” So, the phones in question used to be produced by Nokia, but Microsoft has ...