Grammaticality refers to whether something obeys the rules of grammar for English.

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“If not for you” meaning

Today I have encountered a phrase: If not for you, I would be poor. I would think it is like "if there were not you", is it like that? On the other hand, how would I say the following as the ...
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“This box of matches is empty”

There are several Japanese books teaching Japanese students how to write in English. I found this example in 『英作文参考書の誤りを正す』 (Correcting Errors in English Composition Manuals) by Michio Kawakami and ...
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Imroving my message [closed]

I am Mexican and my English is good, but there is a chance to make a mistake. I am gonna leave city after living here for 20 years and moving to new city. I have made many friends and memories right ...
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Fill in the blanks [on hold]

Beatles____________ are familiar with even the______________ of the band's history,including thefact that before Ringo starr joined the band their drummer was pete Best. a)fanatics.minutiae b)zealots. ...
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“Wrote it I did” Is this grammatical?

Are the sentences below grammatical? Write it I have. Wrote it I did. What reasons are there to think that they are or aren't? These sentences both involve pre-posed verb phrases, a ...
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“I guess Americans are hated a lot of places.” What's wrong with this sentence exactly?

From Cat's Cradle (Vonnegut). "The highest possible form of treason," said Minton, "is to say that Americans aren't loved wherever they go, whatever they do. Claire tried to make the point the ...
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The grammar of 'clothes' versus 'clothing'

Which of these is correct: I didn't realize how much clothes you had on the floor I didn't realize how much clothing you had on the floor Any additional explanation about clothes versus ...
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Usage of “Science and technology” as a singular term

Should we use singular verb with the subject/subjects "science and technology"? For example, Science and technology have a prominent influence in the modern world. Is this sentence correct? Please ...
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Is the phrase “horizon road” grammatically correct?

Is the phrase "horizon road" grammatically correct, and if so, is it equal to "road to horizon"?
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Can I use “too” at the end of a sentence? [on hold]

Can I use "too" at the end of a sentence? For example: They will guide in your interaction with family, friends, associates and loved-ones in a way that is healthy for you and all that you are ...
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'of' in 'to inquire of'

I read this, but of 's meaning confuses me in: to inquire of. 3. Which definition matches? Is of a particle or a preposition? For example, consider the following Notice to Counsel at the US Supreme ...
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Suggest to or Suggest

Do I say I suggest you not go there. or I suggest you to not go there.? Or are they complete wrong, needing to say going? Thanks
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“More so” or moreso?

I often find myself using the two words joined together, moreso. I'm not sure where I picked up this usage. I'm also not sure that it's necessarily the correct one, as some proofreading tools will ...
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“Take/Consider … as an example” vs “Take/Consider … for example”

For more than a decade, I have always seen/used the phrase "Take/Consider ... as an example" followed by a comma. Then, my recent visit on this page got me confused and raised more questions in me. ...
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Can I say “more funny” or “most funny” instead of “funnier” or “funniest”?

Could you please provide a reference to your answer whatever it is? I know that "funnier" and "funniest" are more correct, but I want to know whether the less common versions are considered errors or ...
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Can an English sentence have a 'dative subject'?

I have been thinking about this for a while. It seems to me that, sometimes, the subject plays a dative role in that it is the recipient of something. Take the following active sentence. He gave ...
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'within few next days' OR 'within next few days'?

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? and why? The project will be completed within next few days. OR The project will be completed within few next days.
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Ordered it Offline vs Ordered it Online

I'm new to this site so i don't know the proper formatting for questions here. My friends and I were having a debate whether or not saying "I ordered it offline" was a correct way to say "I ordered ...
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The grammar behind 'above mentioned'

A colleague of mine wrote the following sentence: I have worked on the below mentioned issues: Now, I'm not a native speaker, and certainly not an authority on grammar. I construct sentences ...
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When listing features of something, do I need to use “it” before “has”?

For example: The smartphone is blue, small, lightweight, (it) has three buttons, two cameras... Is the "it" relevant? Can I omit it?
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Is the use of the positive anymore considered correct?

While the word anymore is usually a negative context, the positive anymore is a well-documented phenomenon. I found this surprising, because I had never come across the positive anymore in a ...
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Can we use patient as a verb?

Patienter is verb in French for to be patient. Why can't we have a verb too. It should be pronounced as in French - peshi-ent. Sentence: Could you please patient another week for your payment?
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About using “only” with present perfect

I have seen this sentence in a status from one of my facebook friends. It doesn't sound right to me. We have only left the city for the day. I think that it should be something like: We have ...
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It was dark by now [duplicate]

Does the following sentence make any sense? "It was dark by now, and I realized that it was time to [...]," If it was an occurrence in the past, then wouldn't referencing it as "now" be ...
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please correct: “Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.”

Is it correct to use Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.
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Correct use of “rid of”

From what I understood, "rid of" is used when I want to express that particular object will be disposed of something. "Get rid of something," on the other hand, does not specify the object. According ...
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“Being” or “to be”? [duplicate]

Which is better structured? "She loves to be herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being and not appearing"
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Should an adverb go before or after a verb?

For example: The word rarely turns up outside of those contexts. The word turns up rarely outside of those contexts. Which one is correct and why?
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Because vs. due to with adjectives?

I know that because of modifies verbs, whereas due to modifies nouns. However, what do I do if I see something like: We find that X is better than Y in most cases, due to lack of support for Y. ...
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Usage of the phrase “type of”

I'm creating a worksheet for my students, and one of the questions asks them to identify which expression from three given expressions is correct. I am not sure how to pose the question, but I think ...
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Why does pluralization of compound words typically occur in the middle as opposed to the end of the word?

As I understand, correct plural versions of passerby and attorney general become passersby and attorneys general. But why? With passerby, the the preposition "by" has been combined with the noun ...
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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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Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?

The sentence Except the buildings built towards the end of his life, the buildings erected in Istanbul can be assumed to be his. was recently used in a question here. I edited to replace ...
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“Please explain” or “explain please”

Which one is correct in this context? Person A: I think Apple will displace Google. Person B: Please explain. Should he say/write "Explain please"?
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Can one say: “I wish magazines and newspapers would contain less ads.”? [on hold]

I can say “I wish prices would go down”, but what about similar sentences that have an inanimate subject after 'wish'? For example, “I wish magazines and newspapers would contain fewer ads.” Can one ...
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“I wish I would wake up early”

Is this sentence correct? I wish I would wake up early Some grammar rules say that would shouldn't be used when its subject is the same as wish subject. It ‘would be illogical’, the rule says. ...
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You can vs. You may [closed]

I'm struggling with the use of "can" or "may" in this sentence. "Maybe you can encounter one of our relatives" or "Maybe you may encounter one of our relatives." Which is correct? Or are ...
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We can love them and let them know we care about them and their family. [duplicate]

Please correct this sentence: Indeed we can love them and let them know we care about them and their family.
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Finding Grammatical Error In A Model SAT sentence [closed]

Sacajawea, a Native American woman, whose ability to translate between indigenous languages and English was extremely helpful to the explorers, Louis and Clark, on their expedition to the Pacific ...
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Can a sentence start with “Because”?

In my grade school days, I recall a teacher proclaiming to the class: You should never start a sentence with the word "Because". Of course, I've since seen lots of examples to the contrary, and ...
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'use of' or 'use' [closed]

Should I use 'use of integrated' or 'use integrated'? Ability to use integrated development environment to accelerate and support the design and creation of applications process: Microsoft ...
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How old are you? or What is your age? [closed]

Which is more common or used more and also the correct way of asking?
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In what (semantic) context might “REFUSE” be used with a gerund complement?

I know that, prescriptively speaking, that the verb "refuse" is supposed to be followed by an infinitive. For example: The parents refused to buy the dangerous toy for their kid. Since language ...
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Is a comma needed to offset a title?

If I were to try and describe a book called "Book", is this sentence grammatically correct? The book Book by Joe Bob is set in... I was told that this sentence is incorrect, that commas must ...
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If I wanted to say, “There are three twos in the English language,” would “twos” be the correct spelling?

Taken from this question on a blog, how would correct usage in the situation where you are talking about "to, too and two" in the english language be phrased? Would it be along the lines of "There ...
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Is “switched” always used as a verb?

I was thinking that the word switched could be used as a noun and maybe an adjective too but I might just be making grammar mistakes. Switched in the dictionary only shows up as being a verb! Here ...
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If I attain a Master's degree, how do I refer to myself?

This is in reference to holding an MLS degree. Am I a "Master"? Would it be correct to say When I become a Master of Library Science, I would like to... That sounds somehow kooky, but I can't ...
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comparative clause

The following three sentences appear in the same published paper. Why does No. 1 employ the auxiliary "did" whereas the other two omit it? This could explain why ProRoot WMTA showed significantly ...
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Using “so that” instead of “ensure”

I am reviewing a set of guidelines which make frequent use of to ensure, like: The soup should be taken off the gas after cooking, to ensure that it does not burn. I want the text to be less ...
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Unless in third conditional sentences

"Jane wouldn't have found a job unless she had gone to London" is a natural-sounding sentence and has two different meanings, depending on whether Jane really did move to London or not: (1) "Jane ...