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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“you,” “your” or “yours” in this sentence?

I just received an email that had the following sentence, We have plenty of magic that will pique your and your customers' interest. Aside from the obvious errors, do we use "you" "yours" or ...
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Collective nouns treated as singular and plural in the same sentence

I have a problem with a sentence in a news announcement I'm writing. This is the sentence: 1) Company X is expanding and hires Person Y as their new CEO. I've previously understood that it is ...
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Rather ugly guys or guys rather ugly

Do I have to say Rather ugly guys came into the line or Guys rather ugly came into the line? First one sounds fine to me but the second one sounds off to my ear, but I am not really sure.
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“your” followed by gerund

I teach presentation to companies, and a common sentence at the end of a presentation (for my ESL students) is "Thank you for your listening," or "Thank you for your coming," or "Thank you for your ...
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Can Neither-Or be used?

My friend was reading the book "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green and she found what seems to be a grammar mistake. The following sentence is found in the author's note: Neither novels or ...
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An odyssey to Greece.. is this suitable as the title for a topic?

i'm deciding the title of my presentation on Greek mythology. So is "An odyssey to Greece" appropriately conveying the message, preferably with an impact.
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How can word “and” be deleted in this sentence?

This food looked horrible, (and) even grotesque. In this sentence, do I have to put the word and before phrase even grotesque? And if I don't have to put the word and, what is the rule that allows ...
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Which of given forms are gramaticaly correct? [on hold]

I will be very greatful for your help and a bit of explenation. “EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT IN A VIRTUAL TEAM” “EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT IN VIRTUAL TEAMS” “EFFECTIVE ...
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I'm look for commercial relations or relationship

Which one is more correct in formal English writing: "I'm look for a commercial relation with your company" or "I'm look for commercial relationship with your company"
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Something happens because clause A, and clause B.

I wonder whether because can introduce two or even more reasons; if yes, how they are connected. For example, John came late because he woke up late, and his bicycle was broken. Is the sentence ...
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Plural of table leaf

In the context of a table leaf, what is the correct plural term, "table leafs" or "table leaves"?
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What is the difference in meaning between 'nonchalant' and 'insouciant'?

OED defines them as: nonchalant adjective (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm insouciant adjective showing ...
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a few days every month usage

"A few days every month, he goes cycling." Is the noun phrase "a few days every month" acting as an adverb to "goes" in the above sentence? There is no preposition before the noun phrase "a few ...
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“noun + not + modifier”— is it only for a noun

In a country not their own, they suffered a great deal. In this sentence, I can see how it works. But we never say "in a country their own", do we? We say " in their own country." Here is how ...
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Is this the right way of framing the sentence [on hold]

I am preparing my resume and I would like to have your opinion on the grammatical correctness of the following sentences. Taught Laboratory sessions, graded home works, exams for PH 101 (Course ...
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Can “proper” be used proper as an adverb?

Which one is correct? I hope I thanked you proper! I hope I thanked you properly!
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“Don't let's fight”

I was watching a movie the other day and one character said to another, "Don't let's fight" instead of "Let's not fight." Is this proper usage, and if so, what is the grammatical rule that applies ...
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Should there be a question mark in a quoted question? [on hold]

This is the tweet I want to tweet: All people repeat after me - I pledge I will not ask every co-worker I run into on Monday, 'how was your weekend'. Should there be a question mark after ...
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“I have been keeping ignoring you.”

Does this make any sense? I have been keeping ignoring you. Besides that it sounds awkward, my Chinese buddy who knows more grammar rules than I care to list said that the phrase is ...
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They are going to be letting me out next week

I am reading a book "Second hand" by Michael Zadoorian in which a boy visits his ex girlfriend in the hospital as she attempted suicide. There is a sentence which creates some difficulty to me: "They ...
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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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Is using “they” in things like “John and Bob, they looked blah blah” an error, or is it ok? [duplicate]

Is the following sentence right the way it uses they after naming the two dogs? Nap and Winkle, they looked at the hay and they didn't know what to do.
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Do scenarios hover?

I was recently editing a document produced by a consulting firm. I came across the sentence: Under this scenario, Kazakhstan can expect to secure its energy sector. I quickly replaced under with ...
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Why areN'T 'not least' and 'notably' interchangeable?

The example is taken from page 1 of this PDF ; The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT): You may find, however, that answering one question helps you answer the next, not least for the purposes ...
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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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Is this grammatically correct? “You see a dirt block, above which a stone block”

Is this grammatically correct? You see in front of you a dirt block, above which a stone block. If not how should it be fixed?
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Subjunctive or indicative: “was” or “were” after he [duplicate]

I have a question regarding which it should be: He acted as if he were owner of the place or He acted as if he was owner of the place. Which is correct?
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Is “People of Mars, why most of you are just losers?” grammatically correct? [on hold]

People of Mars, why most of you are just losers? Is this question grammatically correct?
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Which one is correct: “after a century of” or “after a century from”?

I have two sentences: The Solvay conference, after a century of the first one, brought all the physics geniuses together once again. The Solvay conference, after a century from the first ...
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Can we use “around about” like this? [on hold]

Can we use "around about" together as in the following sentence? The building was built around about 2 years ago.
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“with” vs “to have”

I have a tendency to say things like: It was nice with cake. Usually it's in the form of: It was adjective with noun. whereas my wife is always correcting me to: It was nice to have ...
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Difference between it's been 2 weeks since I spoke vs since I was speaking

I usually say "It's been two weeks since i spoke with him" to mean that i spoke with him 2 weeks ago. Is it grammatically correct to use the past progressive (I was speaking with him) instead?
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Can you please check this out for me? [closed]

Is this right: Rev. Princess Elizabeth Smith nee Miller was born on Sept. 22nd, 1954 to the proud marital union of Everette and Minister Ivamae Miller (deceased).
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I would rather give birth in shark than be killed by a bear [closed]

Is this right: I would rather give birth in shark than be killed by a bear.
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Or it is correct sentence? [migrated]

I have problem of using articles, and don`t know or correct is use this pronoun in sentence at the bottom; Here you can found all matches stored in company database. We do predictions using this ...
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“There were people there that I didn't even know who were”

That was about the only title I could think of that accurately describes the problem. The situation is whenever you go somewhere and there are people/things there that you don't know. Instead of ...
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“were among the earliest” or “are among the earliest”? [closed]

Consider these sentences: The Africans were among the earliest visitors to the region, having arrived with Spanish explorers in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Today a vibrant African ...
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Are these sentences considered grammatical?

So here is the question: His eyes, still on me, were blazing with fury. I know for sure this sentence is correct. But what about these: Still on me, his eyes were blazing with fury. and His ...
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What if we met tomorrow? vs What if we meet tomorrow?

I just asked a friend: "What if we met tomorrow?" My girlfriend called me out on it and says it should be: "What if we meet tomorrow?" In my head both sound fine, but I know I couldn't say: "Could we ...
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I have some basics in [closed]

I would like to ask you whether the following sentence is correct or not: I have some basics in Italian.
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How to use which?

Is it grammatically correct to say: A(x) and B(X) are the velocity and the temperature of the solution which we need to find them. Many thanks
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showing possession for inanimate

There are some exceptions to using ’s for showing possession for inanimate nouns. For example, it isn’t correct to write door’s handle but today’s world is correct. Could you please explain more ...
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Does “differ by” even exist? [on hold]

I have a question about the preposition for differ in the following context: A differs B merely from a chemical element. Or better to say: A differs B by a chemical element. I will ...
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I just wanted to be sure the sentence below is correct [closed]

While FOB terms are used only for sea freight I have quoted you FCA terms that is equivalent for air freight. Likewise FOB terms, FCA terms does not include pick up nor customs clearance, but if in ...
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Is “errored” correct usage?

If "errored" is not a valid word, then how should I say: The program errored at line 44 I guess I could say: The program threw an error at line 44 But why is "errored" wrong? Is there a ...
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Sentence type, clause identification

I've been told that this is an example of a complex sentence: But then he took a great leap, trying to pull a high kick out of the sky. I see that the "but then" serves as a cohesive conjunction ...
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“For your archive” [closed]

Like "for your information" and "for your reference", can I say "for your archive"? As in this sentence: This is an audio book we listened to early day for your archive/for your archival purpose. ...
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Modified version of an object, use of articles

What article should I use when referring to a modified version of an object? For example, I try to shorten "a modified version of Dijkstra's algorithm" and I'm not sure which of the following are ...
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pronoun order where subject and object are equal

Is the following sentence correct? Does it sound awkward? It wasn't long before he and Dolores were locking eyes.