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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subjunctive in a “non-if” hypothetical clause

I know that both the conditional sentences below are acceptable: If I were an animal, I would be a horse. If I was an animal, I would be a horse: But what about this? It would be unwise for a ...
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Using Neither Nor

Is it correct to say: He needs neither to store the datasets locally nor to access the outsourced datasets each time they delegate the computation. Edit- What I mean is: He does not need to keep ...
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What is the role/function and origin of “to” being used in the idiomatic phrases “there's something to him/her/it” & “there's nothing to him/her/it”?

"something to him/her/it" Google Books (to him): Google Books (to her): Google Books (to it): The phrase meaning "there's something (with respect to/about) him/her/it (that is observable/...
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poor sentence example to fix [on hold]

Initial contact person for students and visitors to the Campus both in person and over telephone, greets callers, provide as much accurate infprmation pertaining to their need and if necessary forward ...
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Why is “on” not used in “…given under my hand this x day of y of z”?

The legal documents generally use an expression like: ...given under my hand this x day of y of z. I always wonder why is "on" between "my hand" and "this" missing in the expression? I have ...
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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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Putting examples in a different sentence

If I were to ask a question like this: What type of glue is it? And I need to provide some examples: Liquid, stick, etc. Do I have to keep them in one sentence or could I split them into ...
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Choosing between objective and subjective pronouns

Which of the following sentences uses the correct pronoun forms and why? My parents met in Havana -- him an artist and her a singer. My parents met in Havana -- he an artist and she a singer.
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multiple times vs many times [migrated]

I want to say that I remember a name if I hear it three or four times. What should I say? I remember a name if I hear it multiple times. OR I remember a name if I hear it many times. I ...
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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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'For while …, yet …' : Right quantity and use of conjunctions?

For while the capacity to overcome all opposing sensible impulses can and must be simply presupposed in man on account of his freedom, yet this capacity as strength is something he must acquire. (Kant,...
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How to understand 'ducked and rolled'?

“I just ducked and rolled,” said Jacob Lutz, a Cleveland State University graduate student who went to the protests on Public Square with one of his professors. Does duck=dodge? And the word 'rolled' ...
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“If found then please let me know, so that i can raise this issue to security” [on hold]

"If found then please let me know, so that i can raise this issue to security" Please tell me the grammatical errors in this sentence.
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Mark the letter A, B, C, D to indicate the correct answer [on hold]

Which one do you want? - I don't want_______ A. both B.neither C.either D.each She arrived___a helicopter A. on B.in C.with D.by They prefer to go____their car than____the train. A. by-on B. in-on C....
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How should I understand “resulting research effort”?

Each discipline has contributed techniques and perspectives that are characteristically of its own, and the resulting research effort exhibits an intriguing blend of these different flavors. In this ...
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Forms of the verb “to be” followed by “graduated from”

I know the old fashioned way of saying that someone has been graduated from somewhere is to say that "someone was graduated from school". Does this mean that you can say "He is graduated from that ...
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“Don't hold me against your decision”—grammatical?

There's a fairly common expression: "Don't hold it against them", meaning "Don't blame them for what has happened". But does this exact phrase make sense: "Don't hold me against your decision"? ...
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Is this correct? : “Tenji that was, died in his sisters arms.” (Kind of like 'powers that be') Also is 'have a claim to' correct' or 'hold a claim to'

Full quote for context "I have no claim to life, yet I walk. I have no claim to valor, yet I fight. I have no claim to love, yet I mourn. I am not the dragon, for Tenji Minamoto that was, died in his ...
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Difference between 'spake' and 'spoke'?

The King James Bible interchangeably uses 'spake/spoke', 'sware/swore' and 'bare/bore' for the simple past tenses of 'speak', 'swear', and 'bear', respectively. Were their interchangeability an ...
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Use of the definite article [on hold]

Please could you help me with the correct syntax of the following sentence: Breaking Barriers: A seminar on the English language as a unifying force Breaking Barriers: A seminar on English ...
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Of the translations of the gambler

What follows is a few sentences from two existing translation of The Gambler by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY. At first,I must say ,I don't want by any means to take PEVER and VOLOKHONSKY part. In my view ,...
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Is using *Our mind remembers* wrong English?

I said to my teacher-"Our mind remembers...".He said this is wrong and the correct is-"our minds remember...".I told him that if we keep the verb as 'remembers' my statement seems correct.But he said ...
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Should “something, and therefore something” be referred to as singular or plural?

For example, if I have the sentence Due to the improvement of our algorithm, our model, and therefore simulation, becomes more realistic. Should the becomes be instead written as become? Does ...
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How to paraphrase It is “possible” and “impossible” to clauses into that clauses?

Please help me to recover from my splitting headaches due to the usages of “possible” and “impossible”, especially in case of “ how to change it into that clause or when to use ”should“ in that clause....
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At the end of the day And By the end of the day [closed]

At the end of the day And By the end of the day I am confusing to use this words What is the differents between these words, Could your please some scenario of this two words Thanks
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Comma rule for sentences of the form “I [verb 1], and [verb 2], [direct object of verb 1]”?

Apologies for asking such a basic question, but I couldn't find an answer to the question (neither in here, nor another website). General form of the sentence I have in mind in question title. Here'...
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“Hence” and “hence why”

My question is, is the use of the word "hence", used in it's most common sense as an alternative to "therefore", strictly acceptable in English usage in the following example: I like bananas, ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

It's not your fault, it's your insistence on being right what make you suffer.
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Is this Adverbial a complement or an adjunct?

According to Wiki, Adverbials are typically divided into four classes: adverbial complements (i.e. obligatory adverbial) are adverbials that render a sentence ungrammatical and meaningless if removed....
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Is it rude to say “Thanks for asking”?

My manager recently asked me "How are you doing? Everything OK?". I felt happy that he asked me that question, and felt that he was really concerned about me. I was doing well. So I told him that and ...
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In Hospital or In the Hospital? [duplicate]

I am a Brit that grew up in the USA. When discussing a relative that has fallen ill, my father often said, "Your aunt Jenny has fallen ill and is in hospital again." Is this proper English? I would ...
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Usage / examples of “of which” [closed]

Could anyone give me some examples or rules for using ", of which"? I mean only ", of which", neither "which" nor ", xxx of which". Any idea is appreciated. p.s. She discovered so many spiders, of ...
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Terminology for describing lack of agreement between a clause and subject

First question, and apologies if I word it awkwardly. Someone posted a chart of emotions. At the top were the words, "As a writer, this has proved to be a truly valuable chart." Here's the link: ...
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Describing an inaccurate statement

I would like to describe a statement as failing to be accurate, but I'm struggling to articulate it in a manner which may be considered grammatically correct. I had initially written: "Not only does ...
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How to use “what better way” to ask a rhetorical question?

I want to say that friendship can inspire a lot using a rhetorical question. Is the following question correct: What better way to get inspired than by accompanying a good friend?
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When should I use “is” and when should I use “are”?

I always mixed them up, and use the wrong one on other sites on StackExchange. And the questions is edited by another person. When should I use "is" and when should I use "are"? Sometimes I write "...
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information that there is

Is it possible for noun "information" to take on content clause as below? "I have some information that there is a guy with a gun in the building." "I have some information that a girl was cheating ...
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Is either usage of until right? [closed]

"until I have money, I don't care about it" vs "until I don't have money, I don't care about it"?
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“replace with” vs. “replace by” in the sense of substituting strings

Given that both prepositions are acceptable in general contexts with a slight deviation in usage, meaning, and voice ("Replace with" versus "replace by" has a too wide scope), let ...
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Em dash, semicolon, or comma? [closed]

"You don't deserve to witness the best of me— not even a glimpse." "You don't deserve to witness the best of me, not even a glimpse." "You don't deserve to witness the best of me; not even a glimpse." ...
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Electric cars are easier to make our dreams come true than gas fueled cars [closed]

Electric cars are easier to make our dreams come true than gas fueled cars. This sentence does not sound right to me. Can anyone explain why I might think so.
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it is that… than comparative placement of more?

When using comparative, does it have to be It is more that they were too afraid to fight than that they were lacking skills. or this It is that they were too afraid to fight more ...
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What types of words can be appended to a keyword to produce a legible phrase? [closed]

I'm creating a random business name generator. For example if I provide the word: cars, the generator will create a handful of random words such as: robot cars cars united penny cars cars delight ...
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Is this sentence correct?

Please help me correct this sentence the baby suffer from defects due to deformities that were left behind I know it might be wrong. I translated it from my native language.
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Seem small clause

It is said that the omission of "to be" is allowed only when the adjective (phrases), noun (phrases), or prepositional phrase comes after the to be like this: a He seemed (to be) angry about the ...
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“Broadcast” or “broadcasted”

I'm not a native English speaker, so sorry if this is a very basic question. Is broadcast a verb? If it is, what is the simple past and past participle: broadcasted?
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Small clauses (or verbless clauses)

Small clauses are clauses with "to be" deleted. I found him (to be) difficult. And as we all know, an adjective complement can be added afterward. I found him (to be) difficult to work with....
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Is this correct: “I'd have to have had…”

This sentence makes my head hurt a bit, and it doesn't seem right, but perhaps you guys could help me sort it out. "If I would've gone to Canada, I'd have to have had some kind of winter gear."
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“I give it to him who came first” vs. “to he who came first” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is grammatically correct: “Let he who…” or “Let him who…” Should the pronoun be "him" because it's the object (gave it to him), ...