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

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“One of my friends” vs. “one of my friend”

Which of the following is correct? Yesterday, I met one of my friends. Yesterday, I met one of my friend.
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attributable adjective

Is there not a rule that a particular noun (some nouns) can have only certain adjectives. For example : "strong source" seems incorrect to me. Can you suggest a better adjective for the noun "source". ...
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Is “Are you there only ?” grammatically correct? [closed]

My friend sent me this. I'm wondering if it is correct. What is the use of "only" here ?
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“Is used” vs. “has been used” vs. “was used”

I have three sentences of which I'm not sure which one is grammatical, and why. It refers to the Eiffel Tower. It is used as the symbol of Paris and of France for over a century. It was ...
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The use of nominative “whom”

From page 48 of Law: A Very Short Introduction, by Raymond Wacks: In other words, you owe a duty to persons whom it is foreseeable are likely to be harmed by your conduct. To try to parse this, ...
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Do I have to use the auxiliary before all the verbs?

Which of the following is correct? I will dance and sing at the concert tonight. I will dance and will sing at the concert tonight. Does it happen with to, too? For example: I ...
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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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“When will you come” vs. “When are you coming”? [closed]

One of my friends will come to my city "Ahmedabad" on 18th May 2015. In a WhatsApp group chat, my friend asked him, "When are you coming to Ahmedabad?" I corrected my friend: "When will ...
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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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Using 'very' with a noun

Are these correct ways to use very with a noun? She is the very girl I want. On the very year of 2012, comes the end of the world. This is the very company everyone wants to work for. ...
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Is using a sentence as a subject grammatically correct?

For example: Attack them directly won't do anything "Attack them directly" is a partial sentence. In this sentence, we treat that whole phrase as a subject and make a sentence from the phrase. ...
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“How big of a problem” vs. “how big a problem”

Quite a few phrases in English are constructed like so: How [adjective] a [noun]...? This is the question form of the construction, which is often answered with the negative: Not that ...
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Why is encourageable not a word? [closed]

What are general rules of thumb for creating adjectives with -able? I wanted to denote an object as having an ability to be encouraged, but "encourageable" and "encouragable" both are yielded as ...
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Usage of “Science and technology” as a singular term [duplicate]

Should we use singular verb with the subject/subjects "science and technology"? For example, Science and technology have a prominent influence in the modern world. Is this sentence correct? ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “Many more happy returns of the day ”?

Many people greet me "Many more happy returns of the day" on my birthday. I thought it is grammatically wrong. Can we use "many" and "more" at a time in a sentence. I thought that it is correct to ...
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What is wrong with “I don’t like these kind of things”?

The New Oxford American Dictionary reports that USAGE 1 Kind of is sometimes used to be deliberately vague: it was kind of a big evening; I was kind of hoping you’d call. More often it reveals ...
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Laugh to world to world laugh to you is grammatical [closed]

I want to know this statement is grammatical? Laugh to world to world laugh to you I had this statements too: Laugh to world then world will laugh to you. & World will laugh to you ...
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Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?

The sentence Except the buildings built towards the end of his life, the buildings erected in Istanbul can be assumed to be his. was recently used in a question here. I edited to replace ...
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Subject/Complement Agreement. How to describe problem with “The thing is the objects.”

In my ell answer, version 32, I provided the following, problematic, wording (especially bold italic), and I need help to better understand this issue so I can fix my answer:1 The thing is ...
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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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why is it wrong to say: “Nowadays women have a considerable more role.” [closed]

Is it wrong to say: "Nowadays women have a considerable more role." Grammatically speaking why exactly is it wrong?
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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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“I guess Americans are hated a lot of places.” What's wrong with this sentence exactly?

From Cat's Cradle (Vonnegut). "The highest possible form of treason," said Minton, "is to say that Americans aren't loved wherever they go, whatever they do. Claire tried to make the point the ...
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How to form possessive from “belongs to X (preposition) Y”

This is none's of us business. Everyone's in the room pockets were empty. The car isn't anyone's from this town. Are the sentences correct? If not, how should they be phrased correctly?
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“If not for you” meaning

Today I have encountered a phrase: If not for you, I would be poor. I would think it is like "if there were not you", is it like that? On the other hand, how would I say the following as the ...
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“This box of matches is empty”

There are several Japanese books teaching Japanese students how to write in English. I found this example in 『英作文参考書の誤りを正す』 (Correcting Errors in English Composition Manuals) by Michio Kawakami and ...
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Imroving my message [closed]

I am Mexican and my English is good, but there is a chance to make a mistake. I am gonna leave city after living here for 20 years and moving to new city. I have made many friends and memories right ...
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The grammar of 'clothes' versus 'clothing'

Which of these is correct: I didn't realize how much clothes you had on the floor I didn't realize how much clothing you had on the floor Any additional explanation about clothes versus ...
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Can I use “too” at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Can I use "too" at the end of a sentence? For example: They will guide in your interaction with family, friends, associates and loved-ones in a way that is healthy for you and all that you are ...
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Suggest to or Suggest

Do I say I suggest you not go there. or I suggest you to not go there.? Or are they complete wrong, needing to say going? Thanks
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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 I say “more funny” or “most funny” instead of “funnier” or “funniest”?

Could you please provide a reference to your answer whatever it is? I know that "funnier" and "funniest" are more correct, but I want to know whether the less common versions are considered errors or ...
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Can an English sentence have a 'dative subject'?

I have been thinking about this for a while. It seems to me that, sometimes, the subject plays a dative role in that it is the recipient of something. Take the following active sentence. He gave ...
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'within few next days' OR 'within next few days'?

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? and why? The project will be completed within next few days. OR The project will be completed within few next days.
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Ordered it Offline vs Ordered it Online

I'm new to this site so i don't know the proper formatting for questions here. My friends and I were having a debate whether or not saying "I ordered it offline" was a correct way to say "I ordered ...
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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 ...
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When listing features of something, do I need to use “it” before “has”?

For example: The smartphone is blue, small, lightweight, (it) has three buttons, two cameras... Is the "it" relevant? Can I omit it?
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Is the use of the positive anymore considered correct?

While the word anymore is usually a negative context, the positive anymore is a well-documented phenomenon. I found this surprising, because I had never come across the positive anymore in a ...
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Can we use patient as a verb?

Patienter is verb in French for to be patient. Why can't we have a verb too. It should be pronounced as in French - peshi-ent. Sentence: Could you please patient another week for your payment?
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About using “only” with present perfect

I have seen this sentence in a status from one of my facebook friends. It doesn't sound right to me. We have only left the city for the day. I think that it should be something like: We have ...
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It was dark by now [duplicate]

Does the following sentence make any sense? "It was dark by now, and I realized that it was time to [...]," If it was an occurrence in the past, then wouldn't referencing it as "now" be ...
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please correct: “Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.”

Is it correct to use Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.
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Correct use of “rid of”

From what I understood, "rid of" is used when I want to express that particular object will be disposed of something. "Get rid of something," on the other hand, does not specify the object. According ...
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“Being” or “to be”? [duplicate]

Which is better structured? "She loves to be herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being and not appearing"
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Should an adverb go before or after a verb?

For example: The word rarely turns up outside of those contexts. The word turns up rarely outside of those contexts. Which one is correct and why?
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Because vs. due to with adjectives?

I know that because of modifies verbs, whereas due to modifies nouns. However, what do I do if I see something like: We find that X is better than Y in most cases, due to lack of support for Y. ...
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Usage of the phrase “type of”

I'm creating a worksheet for my students, and one of the questions asks them to identify which expression from three given expressions is correct. I am not sure how to pose the question, but I think ...
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Why does pluralization of compound words typically occur in the middle as opposed to the end of the word?

As I understand, correct plural versions of passerby and attorney general become passersby and attorneys general. But why? With passerby, the the preposition "by" has been combined with the noun ...
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“Please explain” or “explain please”

Which one is correct in this context? Person A: I think Apple will displace Google. Person B: Please explain. Should he say/write "Explain please"?