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

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“Alternately” or “alternatively”

What is the difference between alternately and alternatively? I've seen both words being used, but which one is grammatically correct? He could do X. Or alternately, he could do Y. He could do ...
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Is the second “to” grammatical in “I plan to help build and then to start”?

I wrote this sentence: I plan to help build a strategic vision for Arabic digital content and then to start implementing that vision. I want to produce value-added information in a specific ...
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Omitting subject or be verb in the second clause [on hold]

Which one is the most natural? Such set is called an empty set and it is denoted by 0. Such set is called an empty set and is denoted by 0. Such set is called an empty set and denoted by 0.
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Using adjectives after verbs?

In a lot of sentences when speaking people use adjectives after verbs. In some examples it sounds right, however, and I was wondering if such uses were valid in formal writing. The only example I ...
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“Aaron is a genius boy”

I wonder whether can we call someone a genius boy? I've been using this term to describe my cousin until someone told me that the correct usage should be boy genius. The question is: Can we say Aaron ...
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Does this sentence need a preposition or article [on hold]

That work made poor coaching but great training. Idea being communicated is that the work wouldn't be considered "good coaching" but it was "good training." Note that I am not using an article before ...
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Is it grammatically correct to omit “is” in the following sentence? Is it correct in formal speech?

Is it grammatically correct to omit "is" in the following sentence? Is it correct in formal speech? The Soviet Union is the largest land power, China the greatest land-sea compound country and ...
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Which is correct, me and Larry or Larry and I? [duplicate]

Which is correct? I agree with the plan worked up between me and Larry. I agree with the plan worked up between Larry and I.
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“As on 16 May” vs. “as of 16 May” — which is correct?

I updated a cost sheet and I want to specify that it's a newly updated cost sheet. For this situation, which one is correct? cost sheet as on/of 16 May Before specifying a date, which will come ...
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Is 'Updation' a correct word?

I was wondering whether 'updation' is correct English or not. Sample sentence: I was involved in the updation of the website.
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tense change with rhetorical questions [on hold]

John mulled: Would it work? Is it possible to do it? In the above sentence, John mulls 2 rhetorical questions. One of them, the first of the questions agrees with the past tense (mulled). The second ...
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how can I use “fewer” and “more” with numbers?

I have never heard anyone use words "fewer" and "more" when talking about the fact that a certain number of items is greater than a certain number of other items by a constant. For example if the ...
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Subject and verb agreement [on hold]

Is this correct? Here is the book and the workbook that you'll need for this course. Thanks.
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Word order: “Tell me what is your opinion on this matter” or “Tell me what your opinion on this matter is” [duplicate]

Tell me what is your opinion on this matter. Tell me what your opinion on this matter is. Which one is correct? I understand the word order in the sentence like I want to know where she is. But ...
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“My interest in becoming” vs. “my interest to become”

I was writing a letter of application for a university. I wanted to start my letter by writing: I am writing this letter to express my interest in becoming part... and then I got confused. I am ...
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Correctness of “of my sending the picture” [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct? I don’t think Linda would have approved of my sending the picture; but I did it anyway. Specifically, is of my sending the picture correct?
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Is “geometry” plural or singular? [closed]

Which one of the following sentences is correct? The geometry of the objects are known. The geometry of the objects is known. Both cases are common in the literature and have been used ...
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He spent $300 Ving

I made up the following sentence: He spent $300 talking to a counsellor. But a native speaker said "One doesn't spend $300 in talking to a counsellor. The fees for the session(s) may be $300, ...
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“Cannot be pasted to [the] cells that are editable” [closed]

… cannot be pasted to the cells that are editable. … cannot be pasted to cells that are editable. Intuitively, I am inclined to think that second fragment is correct. The ...
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Is this sentence punctuated correctly? [closed]

ABC Company is managing these technology development activities, a portion of which are being performed by scientists at the National Lab.
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“Old days” or “olden days”?

Sometimes I use the phrase "back in the old days". I was recently in a class where the trainer kept using the phrase "olden days." Which usage is acceptable?
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Is it correct to say “…of guys got fame…”?

When reading a post I've seen this comment: Stupid idea from a bunch of guys got fame for helping people steal stuff – now they want to help you beg for money. I think these guys have high ...
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The bottom graph shows the acceleration profiles, while the top the corresponding speed changes

Are the verb and noun omissions in the following sentence correct? (The words enclosed in parentheses are the omitted ones.) The bottom graph shows the acceleration profiles, while the top (graph) ...
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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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“Gassy emissions from these giant dinosaurs” vs. “… by these giant dinosaurs”

Reading a science article on Huffington Post, titled "Dinosaur Farts, Prehistoric Climate Change Linked In New Methane Gas Study", I came across the following sentence: The gassy emissions from ...
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Synonym wanted for 'make it easy '

I am confused about how to write the sentence below. Is it grammatically correct? Our mission is to make it easy to post or search institute. Are there any alternate phrases for "make it easy"?
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Unnecessary pronouns: “The President he issued…”

Is it now considered acceptable to follow a proper noun with a pronoun? E.g. The President he issued a new executive order.
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Which one is right — “He works at company X” or “in company X ”?

I usually use "at a company" but I have encountered some articles using "in a company", "in XYZ firm" or "in an organization". Which one is right?
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“Position in/at/for your company”

Which is correct? I am writing to apply for the position of ____ in your company. I am writinng to apply for the position of ____ at your company. I am writinng to apply for the position ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

I need to get started fast, though, because his mom, Mim, will be home in about an hour.
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Grammar check of story [closed]

Can someone proofread the following? The story: Computer Land By me He was talking to himself about stuff like "shaped portal" and "nether" when he disappeared. He didn't exactly "disappear", it ...
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The meaning of “be it practices” [duplicate]

Could you help me understand the meaning of "be it practices" in the context below? People will always find some aspect of another culture distasteful, be it practices, a way of treating friends ...
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Alternative to the incorrect “I’m doing great”?

Since great is an adjective, "I'm doing great" seems to be incorrect. It should be: "I'm doing (adverb)." You could say "I'm doing well." Could you also say “I’m doing greatly”?
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To include vs including

In the hot story of today (the U.S. Senate report on "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques"), I noticed the below: He was subjected to numerous and repeated torture techniques, to include being ...
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Types of things vs. types of thing

When speaking precisely or technically, one would say that "Homo erectus and homo sapiens are two species of hominid" rather than "Homo erectus and homo sapiens are two species of hominids." The ...
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Be careful for what you eat or Be careful what you eat

I usually hear "Be careful what you eat" and also Google is telling me that but it seems "Be careful for what you eat" to me right. Could you please explain which one is right and why please?
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“As of this morning” vs. “as at this morning”

As of this morning, he was not in support of the motion. As at this morning, he was not in support of the motion. Which is correct?
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looking for appositive that-which phrases

I asked sentences having an appositive that-which phrase like the following sentence in English Language Learners. The insect propagates best near "disturbed land," that which is being cultivated ...
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Is this usage of 'of which' correct?

I'm working on an employee manual and I came across this one: "Our team philosophy is to become the best of which we are capable." Is this a correct sentence? The point it's trying to get across is ...
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“Now I am” vs. “I am now”

Which is more correct? Now I am the main stakeholder... or I am now the main stakeholder... Do the intonations imply different meanings?
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Time given us or time given to us

I read this quote online: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" - J. R. R. Tolkien Is it just a relaxation of pronunciation of "the time that [god] has given us" ? ...
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Using term “shot dead”

I'm curious about newscasters using the term "shot dead" in describing the death of a gun shot victim. Is this correct? They would never describe a survivor as "shot live".
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Should “differentiate” be plural in this sentence? [duplicate]

What we know how to do and what we have done differentiate us from others. or What we know how to do and what we have done differentiates us from others. Can anyone explain to me which is correct ...
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When to use Comma before coordinating conjunctions?

So I understand that serial comma (the one used before and/or) is used only when we have 3 or more items to be separated using and/or. What exactly is the rule that governs where to add comma before ...
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Grammatical structure of this complex sentence [closed]

Lately, I have been working on my SOP for university admissions. Here is one sentence which seems correct to my knowledge but, I have a feeling that something's missing. Any help in reframing or ...
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Leak vs Leakage?

English is not my first language and I'm having trouble using the words "leak" and "leakage". Do they both mean the same thing? or what is the correct grammatical usage of each word? Thank you very ...
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Is there an adjectival form of “commodity”?

The adjective would apply to the word dependence. I'd like to say commodital, but Google says it isn't a word.
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“Do a shop” for “go shopping”

This has puzzled me for a few years now. When preceded by 'a', shop becomes a noun. Does "do a shop" even make sense then? The correct phrase for me was always "go shopping", or similar. Can ...
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“I've gotten better-looking as I get older” When did “gotten” re-enter the BrEng vernacular?

This summer I went to Ireland, to be more precise Dublin. Overall good weather and good fun. Anyway, while I was staying in Dublin I'd buy the local newspaper and one tabloid headline caught my eye. ...
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Is 'so I did', and other like expressions, at the end of a sentence good English?

In Northern Ireland people will say 'He went to Bohemia on holiday, so he did', or 'I need to do some shopping, so I do'. Is this correct English?