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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Do I need to use “from” after “graduated”?

I graduated high school. I graduated from high school. Which sentence is grammatically correct?
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Why is the phrase “less than 15 people” incorrect? [duplicate]

Why is the phrase less than 15 people incorrect? I just heard a radio personality flipping out over this usage.
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Ways to use 'both' in a specific sentence [closed]

Which of these sentences are grammatically correct? Are there even more ways to write the correct ones? Although I'd really like an analysis of why each sentence is correct or wrong, I would be ...
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Are quotation marks necessary?

For 8th grade recognition all students selected a quote they like. Is is necessary to put in quotation marks? The authors are acknowledged and the section is titled QUOTES.
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Should “ we studied it both on- and off-site” have both hyphens?

Should the phrase "we studied it both on- and off-site" have both hyphens? Or would "we studied it both onsite and offsite" be better?
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Which tense is (more) correct in this sentence, the present perfect or past simple?

The sentence is: "These investigations have seen several officials arrested." I'm not sure which tense I should use, the present perfect here seems more natural to me but I can't seem to find a rule ...
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A shorter form of question “Did it happen by coincidence?”

Imagine one person saying: "Oh, both Mary and John called me at the same time". Another asks: "Did it happen by coincidence?". I want to find the shortest possible way of asking the same ...
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“weaker” or “more weak”? [closed]

Which is grammatically correct?: She has become weaker lately. She has become more weak lately.
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Usage of neither in a sentence [closed]

Is the sentence "Neither of Jack and Jill is present here" correct? I want to use "neither" and "and" in a sentence.
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“Don't you…” question

I'm studying English for 10 months. I suppose myself to know it quite well now. But I'm confused about one thing. I noticed that some of my English speaking friends sometimes ask "Don't you ...
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How to use which?

Is it grammatically correct to say: A(x) and B(X) are the velocity and the temperature of the solution which we need to find them. Many thanks
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Indian English: Is this a correct sentence? [closed]

Is this a correct sentence in Indian English? It is not very long when my sister will finish their graduation.
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Sentence type, clause identification

I've been told that this is an example of a complex sentence: But then he took a great leap, trying to pull a high kick out of the sky. I see that the "but then" serves as a cohesive conjunction ...
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Which one is grammatically correct: “wood door” or “wooden door”

I have a grammar which says that: "The 'noun+noun' structure is normally used to say what things are made of." "A few pairs of nouns and adjectives are used as modifiers with different meanings. ...
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How should I interpret “Be different like that”? [closed]

Be different like that! What does it mean? Is it grammatically correct? I don't think it has any problems, but I am not sure.
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“This includes me” or “This includes myself”? [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct - or are both of these examples grammatical? This includes me, my friend and my brother. This includes myself, my friend and my brother. EDIT NOTE: ...
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Please help me to understand if this sentence is correct [closed]

Please make sure that you selected all file (For when the upload box is empty.)
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Which one is grammatically correct, with “the” or without “the”? Why? [closed]

An Introduction to the History and Principles of Heraldry. An Introduction to History and Principles of Heraldry. Which one is grammatically correct, with "the" or without "the"? Why?
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Meaning and Emphasis Depending on the Placement of “Only” [duplicate]

My dog only likes people food. My dog likes only people food. My dog likes people food only. In each of these sentences, how does "only" affect it (i.e. emphasis and meaning)? Are any ...
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Can you start a sentence with “Hopefully,…”? [duplicate]

I am studying for the SAT, and I learned just now that the following sentence is grammatically incorrect: Hopefully, we will be able to complete the building before the rainy season sets in. ...
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What does “in forming a human being” mean?

I just want to understand what the speaker meant in this sentence. I think there is nothing more important in forming a human being than your family.
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Correct use of 'comprise'

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The application site comprises an existing care home which has 59 bedrooms and 85 registered bed spaces" I was under the impression that 'comprise' would ...
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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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Comma before “or” in a series?

Example: "Your answer must be yes, no, or maybe." Is that correctly punctuated? Thanks!
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Can 'surgery' be a count noun in the sense of 'medical procedure'?

This is something that has bothered me for a long time. Several years ago a remember noticing in the media a shift from using "An operation" to "A surgery" when talking about someone who was ...
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Is “…that he doesn't even know where is” grammatical?

I was recently invited to a party by a Facebook friend. I asked him where the party was happening, and he said he couldn't remember the address. While texting someone else about the experience, I ...
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Correct according to British English language rules [closed]

I have a sentence which looks as if it may have some grammar rules problems. Can someone correct it according to British English rules? I am going to hospital to see a friend who has undergone ...
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“Conceal Carry” vs. “Concealed Carry”

I have been doing some research on firearms law lately, and have run across a lot of people using the phrase "conceal carry" to describe people carrying a concealed firearm. In my opinion, this should ...
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Is it correct to start a sentence with “Not either”? [closed]

Let´s suppose a group of people is having a conversation about what they are planning to do .. they are trying to decide between 2 options and after a while one of them says: Not either one is good ...
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Is it acceptable to say 'quite occasionally'

I quite occasionally play chess. Is it acceptable to say 'quite occasionally'
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If it was'nt / hadn't been for

Would I rather say He would have forgotten about the incident, if it wasn't for the huge backpack or He would have forgotten about the incident, if it hadn't been for the huge backpack or ...
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Which is grammatically correct, “I” personally, or “me” personally?

"Good luck to each of you with your endeavors, and if the Association, or me personally, can do anything to assist you, please don't hesitate to contact me."
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“some time” or “some times”

I've found an error identification question and its answer from a website and wonder whether this was right. The question says: He has been working here for sometimes. And the answer is: He ...
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What is the correct possessive form of “Drs. Smith”

I want to address two Doctor Smiths via the abbreviation Drs. Smith; what is correct the possessive form of that (plural) noun phrase? Is it Drs. Smith's? An example sentence: Drs. Smith's house is ...
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Should I use “a” or “an” before a foreign word that starts with a “u”?

I have a foreign word that begins with the letter "u", and don't know whether to use "a" or "an". The word is "unitario". It's a word used mainly in Argentina to describe a T.V. show comprising ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use “who” for inanimate objects?

Is it grammatically correct to use "who" for non-persons such as organizations, animals? Consider a question Q1: "Who should I feed?" and the answer A1: "Feed the hungry, your friends and your ...
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Should I say “study materials” or “education materials” or “teaching material?”

I am building a web application where people can upload their study materials about robotics and programming and manage them and share etc. I want to name it well, so at the moment I have: ...
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Would this sentence be correct?

The sentence is: This is what they have been reduced to be doing to. I'm ok with understanding how This is what they have been reduced to is correct, but the to be doing to part in original ...
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How can I improve this sentence stylistically [closed]

My mother burst into tears about how I was changing. That was, for I lately indeed had begun to show some rebel attitude. Is the latter sentence understandable, clean and grammatically okay? I ...
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Which one is right, “The text to search for must be typed in the …” or “The text to be searched must be typed in the …”?

Which one is right, "The text to search must be typed in the ..." or "The text to search for must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be searched must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be ...
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Does “Pursue Impossible” Make Grammatical Sense?

My university recently pushed a campaign for their new rebrand, and their tagline is "Pursue Impossible". I have seen a few adjectives used as nouns before but all had a definite article in front. ...
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Is it ever grammatical to leave out the verb 'to be' between subject and predicate?

In the following sentence there is no verb to be after the subject and before the predicate: Indeed this government - neither their great wealth nor their many supporters will benefit them on ...
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Modal verb CAN + continious

Is it possible to say 'I've broken my leg, I can't be walking' regarding it's happening at the moment or I must always say 'I can't walk'?
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Should this be “not annoying me” or “not annoy me”? [closed]

Which one is correct sentence? Thank you very much. Can you make strong coffee, never wear perfume and not annoying me? Can you make strong coffee, never wear perfume and not annoy me? I'm ...
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Is the clause “where are you from” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

One of the most fundamental sentence from the English “phrasebook” that almost every beginner will learn is this sentence, using which one can ask another one’s nationality or country/region of ...
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“Go Green !” : Grammatical Analysis

I have been trying to see what is behind the hyped-up phrase "Go Green" and have asked friends to rephrase that buzz-word/cliche, but nobody has given me a satisfactory explanation of what it actually ...
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question on availability of supervisor [closed]

I want to show some results to my supervisor. before that I need to check with him if he is free or will be free.does the following sentence is grammatically correct and fluent? Would you let me know ...
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A necessary condition is .. or are? [closed]

Which one of the following is the correct form? For some reason, I have trouble understanding whether the correct form depends on "a necessary condition" (is) or "changes" (are). A necessary ...
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Grammaticality of “if X then A. Otherwise if Y B”

I am explaining something that has the following structure if written in computer language: if X A else B However the condition X is quite subtle, and because of this I want to recall it when ...
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Can I say “Being walking down the street, I met my old friend.”?

I know walking down the street, I met my old friend is much better. I just wonder if the sentence is grammatically incorrect, or it's acceptable like in the case of passive participles as below. ...