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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“Attitude should be professional looks need not to be” is it grammatically correct? [on hold]

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]”

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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Discontinuous noun phrase and apposition involving object complements

I was wondering whether these uses of discontinuity were 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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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? [on hold]

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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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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Is it insight in, or insight into?

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.”?

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? [on hold]

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? [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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 ...
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The unconditional if [closed]

If introduces a conditional clause, but often we use it unconditionally. The consequence does not depend on the conditional clause. For example, "I am available at three if you want to come over." ...
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“He has yet to” vs. “he is yet to”

He has yet to receive an appointment. He is yet to receive an appointment. Is there any difference in meaning? Is one more correct than the other?
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Do neither and nor ever switch places for literary effect? [duplicate]

I came across this picture: Is the swapping of nor and neither is a gross grammatical error (benign typo, if you will) or is it sometimes employed for some literary effect?
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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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“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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How can I correct “our firewall will have been providing Internet safety to our customers”? [closed]

What is the correct sentence for question 60 at this website? Come August, our firewall will have been providing Internet safety to our customers for over ten years. The answer at the ...
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Can we say "Electronic dictionaries are useful IN looking up words?

One of the teachers at my school asked me this question. I believe the answer is NO. We can use FOR or WHEN but I don't believe IN is workable. Am I right and why?
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What are the difference among “should open” and “should be opened” and “should be opening”?

I am preparing some document. In this document I need to mention User activity and corresponding expected results. For example User activity : User clicks on the Submit button. Expected Results : ...
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Can we contract “well have” to “well've”?

Is the contraction of the term "well have" to "well've" grammatically correct? For example, can a sentence beginning "I may as well have . . . " be contracted to "I may as well've . . . "?
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Alternative phrase to “highly paid job”

James: I make 10000 USD a month. Alice: Wow, you have a highly paid job. Is the phrase “highly paid job” correct? I think yes, but also wish to ask the native speakers here. I assume that ...
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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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Is the third conditional disappearing in American English?

New Zealander here. I came across a sentence similar to the following: If I moved, I might've been found. To me, this is grammatically incorrect. It should be: If I'd moved, I might've been ...
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How to use “while” in the middle of the sentence?

I am confused. Is using while correct in the following sentence: Most students are able to expertly manage their time while they work along with their other responsibilities. Is it correct to ...
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If I help “evacuate” a building, what am I doing to the people?

I remember reading somewhere that to evacuate a person is a medical procedure, and not something to be done during an earthquake. (I thought it was in Fowler, but I just looked and couldn't see it). ...
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Which is correct, “He asked how am I” or “He asked how I am”?

Which is the correct word order? He asked how am I. He asked how I am. I have heard both forms, I think latter one is correct, but so many people use the first one, that I'm not sure ...
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Can a noun be silent?

In the sentence: Don't be crazy. Am I right to say in the above sentence, the noun is the word 'you', which is not expressed and so is silent. So am I right to say we can have a sentence ...
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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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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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Revising a Sentence for Brevity while Maintaining Eloquence

I am working on an article / story about legal cannabis in Colorado, and I have written this sentence regarding the smell upon entering a large, industrial grow room: The only way I know how to ...