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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Simple Past and Present Perfect together

An original line from Stratfor's Decade Forecast: 2015-2025, published in February: The world has been restructuring itself since 2008, when Russia invaded Georgia and the subprime financial ...
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After usage is correct or not?

After traveling for a number of days, their dry rations run out. After traveling for a number of days, the fourth youths run out their dry rations. Which sentence is correct? Please.
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“Upload to” vs. “upload on”

Which preposition should follow the verb to upload — to, on, or something else?
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Is “a whole nother” grammatical?

Often one will hear the phrase that's a whole nother kettle of fish, but is "nother" actually grammatical? If not, what would the correct way of saying it be?
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Usage of 'Could' and 'Would' in non-past tense sentense

Could someone explain me why we should use "Could"and "Would" in this sentence? can we use "Can" and "Will" instead? "Is this report something that your team could handle for me? Please review the ...
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What’s the difference between “for” and “to” in “for/to many people”?

Given these two versions of a sentence: For many people, dogs are the best friends. To many people, dogs are the best friends. I have following questions: What is the difference between ...
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Starting a text using By + ing form

Can I start a text using by + ing form? Ex. By recognizing the difficulty of the material, the teacher took extra time teaching it to her students.
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“I was away for the weekend”

I work as a customer service representative in a software company. Sometimes I receive customer support questions during weekends. I check them on Monday. What is the correct way of saying that I ...
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“They are…” vs. “these are” when answering the question “What are these…?”

When asked, "What are these called in English?" or similar, should we use just the right pronoun or can we also answer with the right demonstrative pronoun? For example, which is grammatical or ...
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“treating the interference as noise” or “treating interference as noise”?

Which one is the proper term to use when talking about interference in wireless networks "treating the interference as noise" or "treating interference as noise"? We I check google scholars the ...
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Differences between “in a list” and “on a list” [closed]

Generally speaking, is there any difference between saying "in a list" vs. "on a list"? There's already a similar question, but that was about one specific example with a specific answer; if ...
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Pivotal, Imperative, use of hyphens [duplicate]

Since the Social Media is pivotal to building and maintaining interpersonal relationships - hence, central to human existence - it becomes imperative to investigate the current trend in language ...
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How do i know if the word is step or glide in English [closed]

today I have a lesson in school about steps and glides and i didn't understand it. My first question what are steps and glides? My second question is how do i know if the sentence ends with steps or ...
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unreleased final consonant sounds [closed]

in school I learned that unreleased final consonant sounds b,d,d,k,p,t my question is what does unreleased mean ? my 2 question He played well and ran fast . My teacher said the st in fast is ...
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“I don't mistake” or “I don't make a mistake” Which one is correct? [closed]

I have a query about these sentences: If I do not mistake, she would be his fiancée ... but my teacher told me that it must be expressed in another way If I do not make a mistake, she ...
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Correct in context use of IS or ARE [duplicate]

I work for a company who, for sake of argument, are called Scottish Chickens. When writing to our customers, should we write that "Scottish Chickens is planning to carry out work to improve the ...
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so angry / as angry as he is [duplicate]

In English class today, I wrote the following sentence: If Susan had told Tom the truth, he would not be so angry. It seems to me that "so angry" is not really the best way of saying it. Is "as ...
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Has a history or Had a history [closed]

Australian music has a remarkable history stretching back to 50,000 – 60,000 years vs Australian music had a remarkable history stretching back to 50,000 – 60,000 years which is the ...
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It really bugs me if

Suppose I have gone to the movies(cinema). There is a man behind me that cracks sun-flower seeds open, talks with the next person, and also talks on his cell phone. I want to say that these behaviors ...
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Will this sentence make any sense to readers? Grammar question [closed]

We sat on the ground in the alley i remember, talking about anything. OR? I remember we sat on the ground in the alley talking about anything. Is the first one grammatically correct?
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Is there any rule about splitting phrasal verbs?

I thought of this question right after I posted a tweet about a service upgrading me to a free student account since I am in college. I said "That really helps a broke college student out." I actually ...
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Why are “and/or” constructions in English not considered grammatically correct?

Why are "and/or" constructions in English not considered grammatically correct? Consider, for example, the following sentences: "Multi-organ failure can be attributed to confusion, fatigue, and/or ...
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Is it Web site or website?

Future Perfect's "Is it Web site or website?" states: Since the World Wide Web is a proper noun, we use initial upper-case letters, as we would with your surname, for example. As for ...
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Is “A great place to start to move up the ladder” a grammatically correct sentence?

"A great place to start to move up the ladder"... We are in a quandary because of the sheer magnanimity of the message and importance it conveys.. Looking out for some quick answers regarding its ...
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“It” vs. “this” [closed]

If I am sharing a (specific, identified) status update, which would be the most appropriate way of informing people that I will be sharing it: I am sharing it. or I am sharing this. In ...
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Repeated usage of “can” [closed]

A shop can be up- or downgraded or the user credentials * be changed with the help of [...] I have two questions in this sentence: The construction "up- or downgrade" (omit the grade from the ...
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Substituting how for that

I feel the following sentence would be used by Native speakers but only in highly informal speech in certain areas: In his letter he explains how the book has a great plot and is generally enjoyable. ...
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Is it necessary to use “the” before using verb+“ing” in specific contexts?

I am confused with whether it is necessary to use the before verbs in certain contexts. Like: The milking of a cow is not a painful process at all like you think. I am afraid it has never been ...
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class or classes?

I am reading spring docs and find this sentence: In several places an Inventor and Inventor’s Society class are used as the target objects for expression evaluation. Should the word class be ...
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Is the usage of “their” in the following sentence correct [duplicate]

Can someone confirm whether the following sentence is correct or not? "The failure could be due to their having an insufficient balance" The context is that a payment has failed, and we're needing ...
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How should I use “not A but B” structure in my sentence?

I want to use the "not A but B" structure to focus attention on a certain perspective. I saw the dead bodies of a mother and her son. This is the statement of fact. I want to use the "not A but ...
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Is a sentence always grammatically incorrect if it has no verb?

Is the following grammatically correct? My friend says the second sentence is grammatically incorrect, but couldn't explain why. I have always been fascinated by statistics. The different ways in ...
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Is “make no mistake” a mistake?

Is "make no mistake" proper grammar? Isn't "no" being used as a quantifier? Aren't quantified nouns supposed to be plural when the quantity is none? For example, I was taught to say, "one egg" and ...
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I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London [duplicate]

I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London. What is the difference between them? I'm not sure about these sentences. How to ...
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What a magnificent body, how I should like to see it on the dissecting table

Is this sentence from a translation Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons grammatically correct? What a magnificent body, how I should like to see it on the dissecting table. The how I should like ...
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What rules govern the ordering of phrases in a sentence?

When writing a sentence, I sometimes get stuck with the order of prepositional phrases if there happen to be a couple of them in a series. I cannot seem to place them next to the part they intend to ...
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Is the phrase “horizon road” grammatically correct? [closed]

Is the phrase "horizon road" grammatically correct, and if so, is it equal to "road to horizon"?
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“I would like to be sent something” “Could I be sent something” [closed]

Are these sentences grammatically correct? I would like to be sent some information on your hotel facilities. Could I please be sent some information on your hotel facilities? Which of these is a ...
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“Gassy emissions from these giant dinosaurs” vs. “… by these giant dinosaurs”

Reading a science article on Huffington Post, titled "Dinosaur Farts, Prehistoric Climate Change Linked In New Methane Gas Study", I came across the following sentence: The gassy emissions from ...
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Are “way better” and “way more” correct?

"Way better" and "way more" are popular expressions, but they both seem incorrect to me. "Far better", "far more", "much better", and "much more" all seem correct. Is this true? If so, why?
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“Part time” or “part-time” [duplicate]

Which is correct? I had some clients that I worked for part time. I had some clients that I worked for part-time.
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Is this proper English: “I am student”? [closed]

So, I have a debate with my associate. We are debating whether one can say something like "I am student." It was argued that this was proper and that indeed you can use a verb followed by a noun ...
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'I eat kittens before ponies' vs 'I eat kittens before I eat ponies'

Are either of the following sentences grammatically incorrect? Assuming they are both correct, is one preferred over the other? If so, in what situations is each preferred? I eat kittens before ...
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Singular noun objects of plural subjects

What is the rule for singular noun objects of plural subjects? For example I and google N-grams agree that They gave their word. is better than They gave their words. To my mind, this is ...
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Correct usage: 'frictions in the market' or 'frictions on the market' [closed]

I am searching for the correct usage of this term: Should I say 'frictions in the market' or 'frictions on the market'?
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Is either of 'at the same time as you create …' / 'at the same time that you create …' unacceptable?

The following sentence doesn't sound right to me, but I'm not sure whether it's actually wrong: If neither approval nor a purchase order is required, you can quickly create invoices at the same ...
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Correct position of “only”

Which is grammatically correct? I can only do so much in this time. or I can do only so much in this time.
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“Support on the project” or “support with the project”

What would be the correct preposition to use? Thanks for your support on/with the project.
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Is this sentence grammatical and punctuated correctly?

Does this sentence need to be broken up by a semi colon, conjuction, or a period? Is there a modifier error here as well? The peasants were the least free of all people, bound by tradition and ...