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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What does “I feel friendly” mean?

If I want to express the feeling that other people are very friendly to me, what is the proper way to say it? Is it okay to say:"I feel you are very friendly"? Is there any better way to say so? ...
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Does this sentence make sense [on hold]

"I think it was hectic week for you guys as server down yesterday and with other projects" Could you please correct it? I appreciate your assistance.
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“For how long have you been…” vs. “how long have you been…”

Ante-scriptum: The question should be quite a frequently arising one, so this might be a duplicate. If it is, I haven't found it previously asked here I don't know if the title is meaningful, but ...
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“Are” vs. “were” when action is in the past, but subject is still extant

Which is the correct word to use, "are" or "were" (or something else?) in the following examples: Two of the main sources I used for the project are/were Source A and Source B. Three of the ...
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“Like … also”

First off, I would like to apologise if this has been asked before - I did do a search on here, but there were far too many results to go through! Take for example this sentence: Like you, I also ...
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This record has been set by Rod Laver until now - incorrect?

I've got one correct and one incorrect sentence. I don't understand why I cannot say the first sentence as there is only a change in adjectives. One has "set" instead of "closed". This record ...
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Is there any difference between saying “for long” or just “long”?

For example: Is "Good sensation of freshness long after brushing" any different from "Good sensation of freshness for long after brushing?"
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Correctness of the construction “Are as my brothers”

A friend wrote it in a team document, exactly the phrase was "My teammates are as my brothers". I have never seen it, but he is so sure it's making me doubt.
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“I used” or I've used"?

Which is the correct way of saying the following sentence (if there is a "right" way) I used different symbols to make it great. I've used deifferent symbols to make it great.
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What is ungrammatical about “that's them”?

I was reading 3rd short story in Agatha Christie's "Poirot Investigates" when I stumbled on following sentence: "That's them," I declared in an ungrammatical whisper. What is so ungrammatical ...
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Are there any rules for missing words in English questions or affirmative statements?

In some sentences we don't use some words: For example: Instead of: "Do you want a ride?" We say: "Want a ride?" Instead of: "I'm just coming. Hang on!" We say: "Just coming. Hang ...
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Analysis of “It is like a dream come true”

I've been unable to grammatically analyse the sentence It is like a dream come true. To me, it should either be It is like a dream that has come true or It is like a dream comes true. ...
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Which preposition to use: “For/In/Over/During the first week after I came here”?

If I want to say “I used to cook by myself for(in, over, during) the first week after I came here”, which preposition and sentence below should I use? Which are right and wrong among these sentences ...
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What is the grammatical category for You, when meaning a person [on hold]

What is this grammatical category? Specificity, Definiteness ? ( You / A person / We / One ) should never drink beer. A general statement effecting everybody. You just drank a beer. A ...
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“In” or “For” — or Both Acceptable?

I'm currently editing my résumé's cover letter and, while shortening a sentence, noticed a particular use of in which seemed incorrect. It never stood out to me as wrong until I started to condense ...
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“would like to see being removed” or “would like to be seen removed”?

Let's say I let a room to a person and offer this person to remove stuff from this room if necessary. Could I say "Please let me know if there is something you would like to see being removed" or ...
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What is implied by the bold sentences?

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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for + period of time + present continuous/past perfect tense [on hold]

What is the difference between (1) I've taken antibiotics for 10 weeks. (2) I've been taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (3) I'm taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (4) I take antibiotics for 10 weeks. ...
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why do we use 'prepared' in a sentence like this [on hold]

The sentence below says something that's yet to happen, but the word prepared is in the past tense. Any suggestions on what to read to understand this will highly be appreciated. Thank you. Always ...
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Is it “despite” or “despite of”?

Should I always use 'despite' instead of 'despite of'?
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Be Going to vs. Present Continuous

Which of these is the grammatically correct form: Where are you going to apply? Where are you applying?
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I don't feel on my biceps/particular muscle [on hold]

Is the usage correct? While doing a particular biceps exercise, I don't feel on my biceps.
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When should I use “a” versus “an” in front of a word beginning with the letter h?

A basic grammar rule is to use an instead of a before a vowel sound. Given that historic is not pronounced with a silent h, I use “a historic”. Is this correct? What about heroic? Should be “It was a ...
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“How far” vs “How long”

I am not clear how to use "How long" and "How far". Suppose I got in a taxi or cab to my hotel, how should I say to the driver if I want to know the distance to the hotel? Which of the following is ...
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Correct way to use capitalization for undergraduate degree [duplicate]

In writing about a persons college degree achievements I'm confused over capitalization. Any thoughts or inputs would be greatly appreciated. Here goes, should I write... He/She earned a Bachelor of ...
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Non-standard sentence construction with “there is no”

I have just come across this very unusual construction, in my view at least. Is it correct and if yes, what grammar rules apply here? I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me with this and ...
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Is “technical possible (to do something)” the same as “technically possible”? [closed]

I've sometimes read the expression "technical possible" as a synonym of the phrase "technically possible". I would like to know if it is grammatically correct. If it's correct, I understand that ...
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Is “I like how when + phrase” correct?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I like how when Katy asked "Is everything okay?", Lilly asked "Is it not?".
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Is “cemetery gaits” grammatically correct?

There is a song with the following lyrics: "You know us by the way we crawl and you know us by our cemetery gaits" The part I'd like to ask about is 'cemetery gaits'. I love the lyric and am having ...
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Is “in” before “losing” correct in the following phrases? [migrated]

Sample #1: I am interested in doing the sport, and in losing weight. Sample #2: I am interested in doing the sport and in losing weight. (comma deleted before and) Question: Is placing in before ...
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Subject / verb agreement [closed]

None of the boys play / plays on the team. Each of us want/ wants to have a piece of the pie.
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Question regarding the usage of comma and preposition [on hold]

Please someone help me to check these two sentences: A motivated hydrogeologist and keen on sustaining the environment and water resources, and on assessing the potential impacts of climate change ...
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Use of “in comparison to”

I have doubts regarding the construction of the phrase: "[...] degree of fulfilment regarding the number of water quality parameters effectively controlled in comparison to the mandated number ...
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Do you need to “remember” a consideration?

I wrote an email and sent it out for review to my manager. My text was: An important consideration is that you may see multiple objects for a single user. My manager changed it to: An ...
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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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Is it OK to start a phrase with a gerund, when it is meant to imply an action in the past?

Example: "She was out of school for a long time when she caught the measles, giving the disease to her family." I am editing a document in which the author frequently uses the above construction, ...
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What / Which would you like more of?

If you present someone with four options to choose from (and they can only choose one), should you say: "What would you like more of?" or "Which would you like more of?" Would the answer change if ...
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Tell versus Say [closed]

One of the differences between tell and say is that we cannot say somebody but we can tell somebody. What about the things? Can we use say for saying the things (everything), like this sentence? She ...
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Using partially redundant phrases such as “blatantly obvious” in a sentence for emphasis

Would it be grammatically correct to use phrases like blatantly obvious or hugely massive in a sentence? The words themselves have different enough meanings that I would think it is okay.
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Introduction to potential employer

Is this the proper way to introduce myself to a prospective employer? "My Great Uncle, Joe Smith, has spoken with you about my interest in entering the healthcare industry. I would like to set up a ...
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Plural words/singular modifiers

Something I've always been confused about even as a native English speaker... Say, someone is discussing a concert and they say: "there was a huge amount of people there". Is this correct, or should ...
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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 ...
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What is the grammatical construction behind the word “climbing” in the phrase “climbing wall” or the word “running” in the phrase “running” shoes?

I am curious about the grammar behind the word "climbing" in the phrase "climbing wall" (or the word "running" in the phrase "running shoes," etc). I first thought it was an adjective describing the ...
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Is WHO an acronym or an initialism?

Is WHO (the World Health Organization) usually treated as an acronym without a definite article, or as an initialism with a definite article? I have seen both, but with the initialism usage ...
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Except only + clause?

"...what things do they provide us? For instance, a donkey looks like a horse, except only it is smaller than a horse." As you can see, the bold part confuses me. As far as I know, except is used ...
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Is it valid to say 'in the presence of something' [closed]

The title I chose for my thesis is: Finding Synapses in Data in the Presence of Artifacts I think this is bad language and am unhappy with it but I am not a native speaker. I want to convey ...
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Definite article before “media”

Should this question use the definite article before "media"? Does the media influence us? Does media influence us? Are these both OK? I have seen both being used.
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When do I use “I” instead of “me?”

From some comments in the answers for common English usage mistakes (now deleted, 10k only), there's confusion around the usage of I vs. me: While the sentence, "the other attendees are myself and ...
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Is it okay to use the Present Perfect Continuous tense twice in one sentence?

I wonder if it is grammatically fine to use two have/has been in the same sentence? Example: After you have been informed that your paper has been accepted…