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

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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 to ...
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Which one is grammatically correct: “wood door” or “wooden door”

I have a grammar which says that: "The 'noun+noun' structure is normally used to say what things are made of." "A few pairs of nouns and adjectives are used as modifiers with different meanings. ...
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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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Active vs Passive (Which construction is correct in which context )

I read the below sentence in Learn American English website. You were given some money to see a movie. Is this passive construction correct? Or do we need to construct it as follows: I got some ...
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Please help me to understand if this sentence is correct [on hold]

Please make sure that you selected all file (For when the upload box is empty.)
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How is the style and grammar of this prose? [on hold]

There is no best form of government. No system of government or form of constitution can prevent corruption and nepotism. There will always be loopholes and grey areas from which corruption ...
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Is “who all is” grammatically correct?

I often tend to say something like Who all is coming to the movies? And my friends correct me that I should be saying Who all are coming to the movies? So which one is correct?
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Which one is grammatically correct, with “the” or without “the”? Why?

An Introduction to the History and Principles of Heraldry. An Introduction to History and Principles of Heraldry. Which one is grammatically correct, with "the" or without "the"? Why?
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Meaning and Emphasis Depending on the Placement of “Only” [duplicate]

My dog only likes people food. My dog likes only people food. My dog likes people food only. In each of these sentences, how does "only" affect it (i.e. emphasis and meaning)? Are any ...
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Is it always necessary to be “finished with”?

Is it grammatically incorrect to say "done school" or "finished school"? For example, I am done school, or I am finished school. Must I always use the word with to be grammatically ...
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“I haven't got” vs. “I don't have”

Which is the correct way of saying this in English? I haven't got any money. I don't have any money. If both are correct, which is the difference between them?
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Is “Are” always used with plural verbs/nouns? [duplicate]

Examples: There's six seasons, dude. Wouldn't it be: There're six seasons, dude. We are talking about multiple items; six seasons. If we refer to multiple items, we should use "Are" in ...
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Can “cattle” be singular?

I've grown up on a farm, and my dad and his dad, apparently, always used "cattle" to refer to both the singular and plural forms of the domestic bovine. I've always assumed it's how the word "deer" ...
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Which is correct, “you and I” or “you and me”?

When the phrase is used as an object, why so many native speakers are saying "you and I" instead of "you and me"? I'm not a native speaker but I thought "you and me" is correct. Not sure if this falls ...
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Is “a whole nother” grammatical?

Often one will hear the phrase that's a whole nother kettle of fish, but is "nother" actually grammatical? If not, what would the correct way of saying it be?
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“Studying PhD at the university” or “studying PhD in the university”?

Which of these two sentences is correct: I am studying PhD at the university. I am studying PhD in the university. Should I use "at" or "in"? Or is there no difference?
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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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Can you start a sentence with “Hopefully,…”? [duplicate]

I am studying for the SAT, and I learned just now that the following sentence is grammatically incorrect: Hopefully, we will be able to complete the building before the rainy season sets in. ...
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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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What does “in forming a human being” mean?

I just want to understand what the speaker meant in this sentence. I think there is nothing more important in forming a human being than your family.
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I don't know Street address [on hold]

Do you know the Street address.i don't know please send me i read the your answer and understanding to knowldge.what is the street address please discribe him..reply
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Correct use of 'comprise'

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The application site comprises an existing care home which has 59 bedrooms and 85 registered bed spaces" I was under the impression that 'comprise' would ...
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Give it me! Write me! [duplicate]

Our young grandson, who is a Mancunian, says 'give it me', and 'give it me back', which is a northern British standard. It made me think that it is not only northerners who omit the indirect object ...
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Why is “till” used in this expression: “If we don't leave till after lunch…”?

If we don't leave till after lunch we'll be cutting it very fine. I understand it to mean: "If we don't leave after lunch, we'll be cutting it very fine." (In the event of our not leaving ...
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Why not 'somewhy'?

When I originally wrote this ELL question, I used 'somewhy' instead of 'for some reason' for want of concision. Only afterwards, a user kindly advised that 'somewhy' obsolesced. But why? Google led ...
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Comma before “or” in a series?

Example: "Your answer must be yes, no, or maybe." Is that correctly punctuated? Thanks!
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Can you say “absolutely good”?

You often hear people follow up the word "absolutely" with words such as "fantastic", "amazing", "brilliant", "knackered". But to hear say someone say "That was absolutely good" or "I am absolutely ...
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Can 'surgery' be a count noun in the sense of 'medical procedure'?

This is something that has bothered me for a long time. Several years ago a remember noticing in the media a shift from using "An operation" to "A surgery" when talking about someone who was ...
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“Wanting” or “want”?

Lately I have noticed that a lot of people use "wanting" in sentences, or in books, but I don't get it because my English teachers have always said to me that with verbs like "love", "like", "want" ...
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Is “…that he doesn't even know where is” grammatical?

I was recently invited to a party by a Facebook friend. I asked him where the party was happening, and he said he couldn't remember the address. While texting someone else about the experience, I ...
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Correct according to British English language rules [closed]

I have a sentence which looks as if it may have some grammar rules problems. Can someone correct it according to British English rules? I am going to hospital to see a friend who has undergone ...
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“Conceal Carry” vs. “Concealed Carry”

I have been doing some research on firearms law lately, and have run across a lot of people using the phrase "conceal carry" to describe people carrying a concealed firearm. In my opinion, this should ...
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I <verb> and am <rest of sentence>

I sometimes find myself writing something like this: XXX is a project I admire and am very interested in. The "I <verb> and am <something>" feels strange here. It somehow sounds more ...
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Check the grammar for “returned back”

Is there an error in this sentence? When Darun heard the news that his father had been hospitalised he cancelled his trip and returned back to his village. I think the error is 'back' but I need ...
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“Nobody will help you but me” vs. “Nobody will help you but I”

As has been shown in another question, in comparisons with than both the accusative and the nominative are possible and grammatical: He loves you more than I. He loves you more than me. ...
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Is this sentense correct [closed]

Is this sentence : Water come from hills. correct or not? Whether we can use "come" here for water or not?
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Is answering “Hope you had a good time! I” with “I did!” correct?

If someone says to me, "Hope you had a good time!" could I then answer "I did!" and it be grammatical? My first language is French, and I’m wondering if responding that way works in English.
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“some time” or “some times”

I've found an error identification question and its answer from a website and wonder whether this was right. The question says: He has been working here for sometimes. And the answer is: He ...
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Is it correct to start a sentence with “Not either”?

Let´s suppose a group of people is having a conversation about what they are planning to do .. they are trying to decide between 2 options and after a while one of them says: Not either one is good ...
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Can a person happen? Is “Zodanga happened” correct?

I was watching movie John Carter where there was some dialogue like this: — What happened here? — Zodanga happened. Here Zodanga was a bad guy in the movie. I don't understand how a guy ...
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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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Which is correct “can you get sick” or “can you get sickness”? [closed]

Get sick is the correct usage. But is the usage of "get sickness" also right? Similarly, people get tickled and also people can get ticklish? Like in the example: Maybe next year someone would get ...
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Is it acceptable to say 'quite occasionally'

I quite occasionally play chess. Is it acceptable to say 'quite occasionally'
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If it was'nt / hadn't been for

Would I rather say He would have forgotten about the incident, if it wasn't for the huge backpack or He would have forgotten about the incident, if it hadn't been for the huge backpack or ...
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What is the correct possessive form of “Drs. Smith”

I want to address two Doctor Smiths via the abbreviation Drs. Smith; what is correct the possessive form of that (plural) noun phrase? Is it Drs. Smith's? An example sentence: Drs. Smith's house is ...
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Should I use “a” or “an” before a foreign word that starts with a “u”?

I have a foreign word that begins with the letter "u", and don't know whether to use "a" or "an". The word is "unitario". It's a word used mainly in Argentina to describe a T.V. show comprising ...
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Which is grammatically correct, “I” personally, or “me” personally?

"Good luck to each of you with your endeavors, and if the Association, or me personally, can do anything to assist you, please don't hesitate to contact me."
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“I'm not understand” — help regarding sentence structure

I am trying to learn/improve my English by remembering grammar rules. Every day, I read a lot of technical documentation and have many conversations with my colleagues from US. I already have many ...
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Should I say “study materials” or “education materials” or “teaching material?”

I am building a web application where people can upload their study materials about robotics and programming and manage them and share etc. I want to name it well, so at the moment I have: ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use “who” for inanimate objects?

Is it grammatically correct to use "who" for non-persons such as organizations, animals? Consider a question Q1: "Who should I feed?" and the answer A1: "Feed the hungry, your friends and your ...