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'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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How can global English be encouraged in my students without threatening their linguistic heritage? [on hold]

An additional language is better caught than taught, but my career is to fast-track executives to international business English fluency in a culture resistant to oral production practice. How can ...
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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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Identifying the subject in passive voice

What is the subject in: "In the City's Square mile are squeezed 400,000 workers" Would love to get detalied explanation. Many Thanks!
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Placement of “is”

Which sentence of each pair uses "is" correctly? "Whatever the reason is, he just doesn't want to sleep." "Whatever is the reason, he just doesn't want to sleep." And "How much do you think is ...
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Use of a comma after a phrase in the middle of a compound sentence

I want your suggestion on what is the correct punctuation: My test was finished within 3 days, and right after that, my dad and I took the earliest flight to come back home. My test was ...
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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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Articles in a list with an article before

If you have an article in a list (in this case, the), but an article (in this case, a) precedes the list, like so: You can power a command block by using a: button lever redstone torch ...
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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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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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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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is “I bring that statement to contest” grammatically correct?

My question is if the sentence "I bring that statement to contest" is grammatically correct and in a logical sequence of words that can be understood. Also, I would like to know if that is a ...
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Can you clear my these grammar doubts? [on hold]

Q1 Meaning:His clothes are burning a hole in my eyes. Q2 Rephrase it:He dealt unfairly with his partner. Answer:His partner was dealt with unfairly with by him. And not,he dealt with his ...
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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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Why does this seem incorrect to me?

Why does hadn't look out of place below? I hadn't seen them for nearly ten years.
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Is “make due” now considered acceptable?

Whilst plodding through Patrick Rothfuss' "The Name of the Wind", I came across: Our dinner was nowhere near as grand as last night's. We made due with the last of my now-stale flatbread, dried ...
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Is this use of “given” correct?

I am not sure whether the sentence Given any living person x, that person is married found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_quantification#Negation is grammatically sound. If it is ...
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“Call on” or “call at” or something else? Which is appropriate?

Which one of following sentence is correct? You can call me on my cell. You can call me at my cell. Or is there some other preposition? Or both are right?
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Which one is correct — “at the city” or “in the city”?

I want to know the correct preposition to use with the word city in the following context: He arrived in the city. He arrived at the city. So which one will be correct?
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English grammar [on hold]

Can anyone explain the use of "to be" in the sentence below? Is it right or not and how? Modifies the search to be case-insensitive.
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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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Is vs Are; why do they use the Are instead of the Is?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "Vodafone are providing a useless service" I am quite sure that the Vodafone is singular, but everyday I see even many native English speakers using the Are ...
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A questions about correlative comparatives

Which of the following sentences is correct? Or are both correct? The more you pick at your wound, the worse it gets. The more you pick at your wound, the worse it will get. I've looked on many ...
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“Wherever or Whenever”

Apologies for the title which sounds like the Shakira classic, but would you say "Thank you for providing help whenever possible" or "wherever possible"
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'Everyone make' or' everyone makes'? [closed]

Which one's the correct one? 1. Everyone make mistakes. 2. Everyone makes mistakes. And why?
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How do I speak about a relationship between two things to a third one? [closed]

I'm confused which prepositions I should use to connect three different elements. Which question form would be more appropriate? What is the relationship between age and gender to / with ...
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Is the use of “as is announced” grammatically correct? [on hold]

I."We have launched another man-made satellite, which is announced in today's newspaper." II."We have launched another man-made satellite, as is announced in today's newspaper." Which is ...
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Is the use of “that when” grammatically correct?

For example: Henry Fayol figured out that when a worker is assigned one specific task of one specific subject, he execute it faster instead of he execute of different subjects in equal ...
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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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Is “architect” a verb and a noun?

I hear the word architect used as a verb in the technical field and now more often in other industries and groups, for example: We need to architect a better solution to the problem. I am ...
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I'm a bit confused [migrated]

I have been watching a film today names "The Invisible Man", year 1984. Here is a link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087478/. And in the second episode i have listened next: "I said... don't touch ...
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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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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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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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Why is the sentence “I go to the US for studying English.” wrong?

I heard the sentence "I go to the US for studying English." is wrong. Can the preposition "for" as purpose be used in this case? Could you teach me the reason why this sentence is wrong?
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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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“If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct?

My question of whether to use if I was or if I were. Which one is incorrect or nonstandard?
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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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Which phrase is the best way to say a number and above?

In writing a medical document would it be better to say, "patients 15 and up" or "patients greater than 14" ?
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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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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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“Pick up something” or “pick something up”?

I have difficulties with word order: I have picked up the pencil from the floor. [says my dictionary] ?I have picked the pencil up from the floor. [could be?] ?I will pick up it. [sounds ...
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How to specify when receiving payments, that customer should pay bank fees for international payments?

On my invoice I have statement like this, which is saying when client is doing international payment, client must pay bank fees for international payments: The cost of bank fees for international ...
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Have a great sleep?

Saying "I had a good night's sleep" is considered correct English. But, is saying "I had a good/great sleep" considered correct? As a follow up: Is it also okay to wish someone, "Have a great sleep"? ...
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What do we call the construct “would have done” when it is *not* conditional perfect.

I noticed that "would have been" is used sometimes not as a conditional perfect as in If you'd told me earlier, it would have been less disappointing. but more as a past subjective ...
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Can time fleet?

I was listening to a song and there was the line "time's fleeting away" which struck me as wrong by ear. I always thought that fleeting was exclusively an adjective and not a verb, but I am not ...
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“lie on the basis of” versus “lie at the basis of”

I often read in scientific papers a sentence of the form "X lies on the basis of Y." or "X lies at the basis of Y." to indicate that Y is caused by X in some fundamental way. Are both forms valid and ...
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Is the placement of the participial phrase correct here?

I am using a participial phrase to modify the noun. But instead of the more common way of starting the sentence with the participial phrase, I want to use a medial parenthesis: So instead of this ...
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Definite article — “on television” vs. “on the radio”

Why are these different? We heard the news on the radio. We watched the news on television. In this book, the author says we must use television without the. Why? It makes me crazy. Is ...
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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: ...