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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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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When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition?

Like many others, I commonly find myself ending a sentence with a preposition. Yes, it makes me cringe. I usually rewrite the sentence, but sometimes (in emails) I just live with it. To, with... ...
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What does the phrase 'much the most" mean?

Is it really a phrase? I found it in Tom Sawyer - "...and the most hospitable and much the most lavish in the matter of festivities that St Petersburg could boast..."
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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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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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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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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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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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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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mixed functional and non-functional requirement

Some background. Functional requirement of a web service is concerned with the correctness of the web service's function — say, the service will always return a number that is less than two. The ...
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Those vs They vs That

In the following example conversation, what will be the best way to ask if the given resources help the person? Example conversation: John: Hey Joe, I need to improve my chess, please help. ...
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“After-midnight” as adjective

A recent CNN report reads: In an after-midnight session the U.S. Senate passed a bill Saturday ... Google returns few results for after-midnight, other than references to a certain horror ...
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“Whether or not” vs. “whether”

This will depend on whether he's suitable for the job. This will depend on whether he's suitable for the job or not. This will depend on whether or not he's suitable for the job. ...
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What is wrong with the word “performant”?

I keep getting the red underlining in Word whenever I write the word "performant". Here I intend to refer to something that performs well or better than something else (i.e., it's more performant). ...
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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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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 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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Grammar - Having known subject for X years, I am sure that

There is a following expression: Having known him for more than 10 years since we were at the same school, I am sure that... This sentence seems weird to me. What it is trying to say is: I ...
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“The last thing I want is…” vs “The last thing I wanted was…”

For the two phases "the last thing I want is..." and "the last thing that I wanted was", can you give some examples of usage and explanations in what situation when you want to use one over the other? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun?

I assume that the following sentences are grammatically correct: He resents your being more popular than he is. Most of the members paid their dues without my asking them. They objected ...
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Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular?

I'd say Microsoft have a way of bending the rules and I know that McLaren have won the championship. While this sounds strange, I believe it is correct English (sorry, I'm not native). But when it's ...
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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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Why not 'somewhy'?

For this ELL question, a desire for concision motivated me originally to use 'somewhy' instead of 'for some reason'; afterwards, a user kindly advised that 'somewhy' obsolesced. Why? Google ...
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What is the actual meaning and purpose of saying “I'm in a call”

What is the actual meaning and purpose of saying "I'm in a call" Ex: if a person pinged me when am talking with someone over phone at the same time then what would be the simple and correct way to ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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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“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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Comparisons: “so [adjective/adverb] as” or “as [adjective/adverb] as”

When learning how to make comparisons, students of English as a foreign language are first told to use the structure "as [adjective/adverb] as". However, at higher levels, they are told that both ...
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Can the phrase “be necessary to” only be used on people?

My teacher told me that the phrase be necessary to can be used only on people. For example, Something is necessary to someone. Assuming she is correct, then this following sentence, the one I ...
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Anaylsis of Text and Words choice between 'Calumniate vs Asperse vs besmirch'

I stumbled upon these intriguing sentences and words when reading the text: That passion which in common life is termed, anger, fury, vengeance or delirium, becomes zeal as soon as its object is ...