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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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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agree on that clause?

I wrote this sentence one day. "I agree with the author on that the structure of the poem is unusual." I read it again and found it a little strange. I knew that that-clauses cannot be used after a ...
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Is “Everyone is welcome along.” a valid sentence?

Is "Everyone is welcome along." a valid English sentence? My English grammaticality is basic at best and I'm not sure how to even research this...
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A question on usage of could and was able to

As you know,we use could for general ability. But if we want to say that somebody did something in a specific situation,we have to use was/were able to or managed to **(not **could ). I know the below ...
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exports goes with is or are! Which is correct [on hold]

India's beef exports are 7,10,791 tonnes or India's beef exports is 7,10,791 tonnes in these two sentence which is correct? is or are
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“Me knowing that he was… ” Is “me” the subject?

"That was it," he told me. "Laughing at me behind their faces, about a woman. Me knowing that he was up there, and them knowing I knew that if I busted in and dragged him out and bashed his ...
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Help with correct phrasing for poorly constructed sentence [on hold]

I know the below sentence is wrong, but I'm stuck on the right way to phrase it; any suggestions? Select the period of duty this person will be going on while awaiting approval or rejection for ...
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How do I use “as of now” correctly?

Just to clarify, I am not a native English speaker. I occasionally hear from other non-native English speakers the use of the phrase: "As of now" with the meaning of Currently. Initially I did not ...
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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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How should I use “so” and“ too” for implying “That's also true for me” in this example?

This is a conversation between two friends, one is 30 the other is 25. They are speaking about their school time: First conversation: A: Do you remember Mr. X? He was my English teacher. B: ...
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Difference between 'due to' and 'owing to' in this context [on hold]

She said that she was ill owing to cold weather She said that she was ill due to cold weather Which is the correct sentence? I'm confused on the usage of due to and owing to. The previous threads ...
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Where should “just” go when describing possibility?

Which is the grammatically correct way to write this sentence? Ask, we may just have what you are looking for. Ask, we just may have what you are looking for.
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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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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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Is “has or will read” grammatical?

I just wrote [he] has or will read [some text] in an ELL chat room. But looking at it (or more accurately, listening to my "inner voice" trying to "read it aloud"), I find it bothers me a lot. A ...
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Please help me with these if conditionals [on hold]

If I studied, I wouldn't fail the exam If I had studied, I wouldn't have failed the exam What is the difference between the two? Please explain.
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Passive voice for sentences using modals and "used to:

I always have some problems with changing an active sentence which contains used to into a passive sentence, for example: Mr Green used to teach languages at school. What is the passive form? ...
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“I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to.”: placing a comma before “if I am able to”?

Taken from #6 here is the sentence "I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to." I am wondering if there should be a comma before "if I am able to", or if ...
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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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Discontinuous noun phrase and apposition involving object complements

I was wondering whether these uses of discontinuity are valid. Here are two uses I would like to question: The use of discontinuous noun phrase: [1a] He made the system useless that could have ...
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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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What's the grammatically correct way to say the following sentence?

"I have studied a few psychology books which helps me understand the needs of each user". Should it be "which have helped me" or are both correct depending on the meaning ?
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“Attitude should be professional looks need not to be” is it grammatically correct? [closed]

Is this sentence is wrong? Attitude should be professional looks need not to be If yes, then what's the correct way or approach to write it in a correct grammatical way? May I know why it ...
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“See these guys [infinitive]” vs. “see these guys [present participle]” [duplicate]

Which is correct: I am excited to see these guys growing up. or I am excited to see these guys grow up. Having hard time figuring out how to use gerunds in a sentence.
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How is the word 'but' used in the famous quote 'What is life but a series of inspired follies?'

The full quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw: What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day. I ...
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Meaning of word with definite article the for a facebook page? [closed]

Decorating cake is my hobby and am planning create a facebook page and a website to showcase this. Just listing out some names, can you please give me your feedback about these names? Cake Fairy Vs ...
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Is it insight in, or insight into? [on hold]

Is the correct form - gaining insight in, or gaining insight into - or are both right? The context is: "Focus on your interactions to gain decisive insight in your emotional reactivity."
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“We're sorry for the delay in reply.” or “[…] delay in replying.”? [on hold]

There's an office debate going on over this. We're all non-native english speakers so none of us can make a good case for either option. So, the debate goes on about whether the "delay in reply" ...
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What is the correct way to phrase? [closed]

Which is the preferred usage; "Fix for BBD layer appearance" OR "Fixing for BBD layer appearance" (a) for staining, (b) for stabilising, the polymicrobial samples.
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Can “zero hours contracts” be considered as not grammatical?

Zero hour contract (or zero-hour contract) can be found : Number of workers on zero-hour contracts in UK rises to 801,000 Zero hour contracts are a hot topic in employment. Zero hour ...
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Any difference between pleasure to us to… vs. pleasure of ours to…?

I am writing a super-formal letter (it is a semi-legal text) and I am unsure if there is any sensible difference between writing "It is a great pleasure to us to..." (26,200,000 hits on Google) ...
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Is this a valid sentence or not?

I'm afflicted with one of those online "Learn English" things that I have to wade through as a prerequisite for something else. I report lots of errors, but this one I'm not sure of. I intially ...
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Correct vs. incorrect usage of “there were + [number] noun + verb” patterns

I am having a problem figuring out what exactly makes the following sentences incorrect, and what is different in comparison with the correct sentences below. (I am not a native English speaker, but I ...
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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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Would it be 'meet' or 'have met' in this structure?

If I bumped into someone, who happened to be called John, yesterday, and I am telling someone else of the encounter, would I say: I happened to meet John yesterday. or I happened to have ...
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“The more you will open the app, the more you will receive some photos”

As a developer, I'm working on a new app and am wondering if this sentence is correct or not : "Info: The more you will open the app, the more you will receive some shots. The best idea is to open it ...
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proper way to word this without changing meaning? [closed]

I'm trying to communicate that (1) we help companies display the nutritional information for their cakes, and (2) we also help the customers of these companies evaluate the nutritional information for ...
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Can the word “information” be used with both singular and plural nouns? [migrated]

Here is the sentence I'm constructing: "To begin, you'll need your school ID, username, and password; if you don't already have this information, your school can provide you with them." My problem ...
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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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While + simple present vs simple progressive [closed]

I found the following sentence: While Mary recovers, John lets out a shriek. Something about it makes me squirm, and I think it's the grammar. I think it should be: While Mary is ...
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Can you add emphasis by ending a sentence with “even”?

Can you end a sentence with "even", or is considered incorrect? He even smiled at me. He smiled at me, even.
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One of the best universities in the world to _______?

In the construct one of the best places + to + infinitive, the infinitive refers to an activity that a person can do. Example Cape Breton Island is also one of the best places in the world to ...
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Use of its and it's [duplicate]

I always get confused when to use "it's" and when to use "its". I don't know how they are used. Also someone once told me that "its" is wrong while "it's" is correct. Kindly throw some light on ...
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Does “Who knows” need a question mark?

Although "who knows" is almost as an expression for giving sense however, expressions can be statements, orders, and questions, so does the expression: "who knows" need a question mark?
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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. ...
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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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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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“This was the fastest I heard someone [respond/responded]” - which to use, and why?

Here are the two sentences. This was the fastest I heard someone responded. This was the fastest I heard someone respond. Can someone help me understand: A) Which one is correct, and what is ...
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Is “Find out how we can partner your company” correct?

I need to send out a business emailer which ends with the above phrase. Which version is grammatically correct: "Find out how we can partner your business" OR "Find out how we can partner with your ...
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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 ...