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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Does the comma make the meaning of the sentence clearer?

Sir Roger Moore exemplifies James Bond's personality, off-screen. My concern is that if there was no comma in the sentence, it would mean something like this: James Bond's personality off-screen is ...
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Is it formal to say “I've met people I was able to connect with”? [closed]

I would like to say the following: "During my daily work I’ve met many interesting people I was able to connect with." Is this right in a formal way? What I would like to say is that I did ...
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What is the correct grammar: “we” or “us”

What is the correct grammar for this sentence fragment: "She needed we the taxpayers to pay...." "She needed us the taxpayers to pay...." because without "the taxpayers", the correct sentence would ...
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“How much is faster the train than the car?” [closed]

How much is faster the train than the car? How much is the train faster than the car? Which one is correct?
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Can you ask “What is the meaning of your question” [closed]

It's not my native language But if you're asked a question can you answer with a question something like so "What is the meaning of your question" does that sound right?
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Present continuous form for oblique subject

Someone told me that the following is not correct: May the blessings of god always shower on you and should be May the blessings of god always be showered on you. My friend's argument is ...
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Is “So that, I can program microprocessor according to my desires.” a fragment?

Fifth, In order to communicate each component I should use some kind of IDE (Integrated Device Electronics). So that, I can program microprocessor according to my desires. This sentence ...
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Is “one needs only” or “one need only” correct?

This questions concerns the singular or plural form of the word "need". It might concern the property of the word "need" under different circumstances, which consequently affects whether it can ...
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Comparative form of shy [duplicate]

I've been looking for this answer a lot and people say diferent things are true. Is it shyer and the shyest, shier and shiest or more shy and the most shy? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary it's ...
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“The reason being” — Why is this grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Observe the following three sentences. I have a dog. The reason being dogs are fun. I have a dog. The reason being is dogs are fun. I have a dog. The reason is dogs are fun. Even ...
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Woe is me - what does it mean?

What exactly does the phrase 'Woe is me' mean? A google search returns many results ranging from FML to just having a bad day. There are many references to the phrase being grammatically incorrect and ...
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The usage of something and anything [duplicate]

I was studying and I saw a sentence that went like this: "Have I done something wrong?" I was wondering, instead of writing "something", shouldn´t I write "anything", since the sentence is a ...
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Should I use “for” in this case? [closed]

Which sentence below is correct? Or, are they both wrong? a) I hope the sign means for a good news, not a bad one. b) I hope the sign means for a good news, not for a bad one.
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Is that grammatically right if I use two predicates without using a conjunction to link them? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically right if I use two predicates without using a conjunction to link them? There are many sentences using this structure when I read a composition. Examples: He became a ...
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“Politifact was unable to find that report, and neither were we.” [closed]

Politifact was unable to find that report, and neither were we. Is this correct? Shouldn't "were" be "could"?
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Capitalizing Work Titles — Beyond General Rules

The rule I'm getting is: Capitalize if it comes before the name: Janitor Richard McGill was a fastidious man. Director Campbell slept in the office as McGill the janitor proofread his annual ...
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Comma or No Comma? Workplace and Title [closed]

Anthony Martin, assistant accountant, PwC, and associate editor, Washington Post. The commas above look a little too much. Are they technically all correct? Which would you recommend removed? I ...
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Comma usage; punctuation [closed]

"Pans propounds the view that, despite the importance of expeditious and efficient proceedings, efficiency and fastness should never be the determining factors." Pans propounds the view that , ...
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Does the sentence “How do you like Painting Exhibition?” make any sense? [closed]

Does this question make any sense? Is it grammatically correct? How do you like Painting Exhibition?
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Omission of “being” after prepositions

I've heard from somewhere in this website that being can be deleted after almost every preposition... which aroused many questions as to the usage of being for me. Today, I encountered this sentence: ...
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The more…the more structure with normal clause?

The more they sing, their burden lightens and their love deepens As you can see, the first clause applied "the more" structure, but the second one didn't. Is it acceptable and grammatically ...
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How should I interpret “case” in the headline, “Obama Case Against Ground War: 100 U.S. Deaths a Month”

There was the article with a headline, “Obama Case Against Ground War: 100 U.S. Deaths a Month” in New York Times (December 17) followed by the paragraph: “President Obama acknowledged that ...
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“Every interest and faith is…” vs. “Every interest and faith are…” [closed]

Please tell me which of the following options is correct: Option 1: It is also imperative to respect different beliefs, making sure every interest and faith is suitably represented at all times. ...
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Is this parallel? "He's not only the Hair Club president but also a client.'

Are the following sentences grammatically parallel? "He's not only the Hair Club president but also a client." (No comma.) "Not only is he the Hair Club president, but also he is a client." (Comma.) ...
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Making something “something else”

Please take a look at this: The sunlight reflected on every wave crest, making the ocean a sea of sparkling stars. I'm trying to understand both of the bold parts, the followings are my ...
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Is it bad practice to say “a husband and his wife” because of redundancy?

Phrasing like "a husband and his wife" or "a daughter and her father" always irked me, for being a bit redundant. Surely, it is enough to say "man and his wife" (or in the case of same-sex marriages ...
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Start save money or start saving money? [closed]

Is it right to say "Start save money..." or it should be start saving money? and how the continuation of a such sentence after that could be... I mean, which of the following are correct sentences: ...
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Is the use of the indefinite article possible in the sentence context?

Is the use of the indefinite article below possible in this context? In the out-of-court settlement, the drug makers virtually admitted that they were responsible for the spread of a fatal ...
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A handgun vs. Handguns

In high school debates, we have resolutions or topics. This month our topic is: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned. Many debaters will specify a certain ...
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“the school was set in a little pray house with hardly any walls/without any walls…”

"the school was set in a little pray house built with bamboo and straw with hardly any walls". Is it grammatically correct? Since I don't know that "with hardly any walls" modifies "the school" ...
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Use of aux. “be” with “got” for passive?

Someone got full marks in the exam. Is it possible to change its voice to passive using got as follows? Full marks were got by someone. Why or why not?
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“My goal is to be happy” or “being happy” - Which of them is correct? [closed]

Which of these is grammatical? My goal is to be happy. or My goal is being happy. My friend told me that the second one is incorrect, but I don't believe my friend about this.
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Is “But to no avail” a fragment?

I am trying to write a dialogue and I wanted to end it with "But to no avail." however I am not sure if it is grammatically correct or not. “Go ahead!” he begged. “It's going to be okay.” But ...
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What is implied by the bold sentences? [closed]

Malfoy : “But this is servant stuff, it’s not for students to do. I thought we’d be copying lines or something, if my father knew I was doing this, he’d —” Hagrid : “— tell yer that’s how ...
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Using past perfect with “Less than a week later”?

I was wondering whether I can use the past perfect tense this way or not. One week later, I had already visited 3 different countries. What I am trying to convey here is that during the week I ...
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Redeem into…?

I just saw a Bank of America commercial that had this use of redeem: Is the use of redeem with the preposition into standard...or possible? To me, it doesn't make sense. I looked on Google and ...
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Comma before “with,” “who,” “having” for non-compound sentences

I've noticed my résumé and cover letter have multiple sentences like the ones (slightly edited) below: I offer excellent computer skills, with a typing speed of 80–120 WPM. I recently met ...
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Conflicting Advice: “Not Only,” “But Also” Constructions — Comma, No Comma, Parallel Structure?

I've searched for the answer on this site and other websites, and found conflicting advice and sample sentences that look wrong to me. I'm posting this question hoping for clarification. My ...
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Why isn't “read” spelled “reat” [closed]

Why isn't read spelled reat? I mean build, building, built -> read, reading, reat? PS I have dyslexia and I'm not native in English.
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On a side note vs. on a different note?

Is it grammatically correct if I write: On a side note, should I expect an e-mail/telephone call from you confirming my NHO date? I am not sure if you are able to obtain/verify all the required ...
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Does a comma come between because and although?

I am editing answer explanations for a school curriculum. The more I read the phrase "because although", the more stumped I become on whether there should be a comma between because and although. ...
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Train Station vs. Railway Station

When I say "train station" I am corrected to say "railway station", but I don't understand why. Examples... Buses are stationed at a bus station. Trains are stationed at a train station. ...
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'Must' & probability

Sometimes I notice that there is a difference in opinions regarding the use of 'must' relating to probability. These three sentences look to me correct: He must be in the library (He and the key ...
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“unaccept” Is it a correct word?

Many a times I used the word "unaccept". But everytime our system shows redline (spellcheck). I believe it is the opposite of "accept", correct? If its a mistake, what should I use?
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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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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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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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The way the past participle is used in these sentences

First, this is the meaning I am trying to put in writing: She could not tolerate the sight of them as they were being put to death. And I want the progressive aspect to be clear. Which of ...
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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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Use of preposition and prepositional adverb

I know that prepositions are not supposed to end a sentence; however, I have also read that some prepositions function as adverbs as seen in "come inside" and "run around". My question concerns an ...