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

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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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Are the following rules correct? Why? [on hold]

When referring to a group that includes you, list yourself at the end: Example: 'Alex, Mason and I went on a field trip.' Instead of 'I, Alex and Mason went on a field trip' While when referring ...
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Usage of 'Could' and 'Would' in non-past tense sentense

Could someone explain me why we should use "Could"and "Would" in this sentence? can we use "Can" and "Will" instead? "Is this report something that your team could handle for me? Please review the ...
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What’s the difference between “for” and “to” in “for/to many people”?

Given these two versions of a sentence: For many people, dogs are the best friends. To many people, dogs are the best friends. I have following questions: What is the difference between ...
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Ambiguous comparison between percentage values

English is not my mother tongue. The question is whether the phrase "half as fast" is grammatical, frequent and unambiguous. When googling, I've found out that the structure "verb + half as fast as" ...
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Starting a text using By + ing form

Can I start a text using by + ing form? Ex. By recognizing the difficulty of the material, the teacher took extra time teaching it to her students.
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“I was away for the weekend”

I work as a customer service representative in a software company. Sometimes I receive customer support questions during weekends. I check them on Monday. What is the correct way of saying that I ...
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Can You Correct This Sentence? [on hold]

After getting burnt by firecrackers, being shot with bottle rockets, and having mortars blow up in our faces, I can conclude that it was an awesome 4th of July!
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Can “so” always mean “that”?

I know "so" in some places can have the same meaning as "that", but can we always use "so" instead of "that"? Like if my friend told me something yesterday, then he came today to tell me the same ...
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“They are…” vs. “these are” when answering the question “What are these…?”

When asked, "What are these called in English?" or similar, should we use just the right pronoun or can we also answer with the right demonstrative pronoun? For example, which is grammatical or ...
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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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“treating the interference as noise” or “treating interference as noise”?

Which one is the proper term to use when talking about interference in wireless networks "treating the interference as noise" or "treating interference as noise"? We I check google scholars the ...
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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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Is it “our work and that of others have demonstrated” or “our work and that of others has demonstrated”?

Do I use a plural or singular verb in this sentence? Is one more accurate than the other?
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Ways to use 'both' in a specific sentence

Which of these sentences are grammatically correct? Are there even more ways to write the correct ones? Although I'd really like an analysis of why each sentence is correct or wrong, I would be ...
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Differences between “in a list” and “on a list” [on hold]

Generally speaking, is there any difference between saying "in a list" vs. "on a list"? There's already a similar question, but that was about one specific example with a specific answer; if ...
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Pivotal, Imperative, use of hyphens [duplicate]

Since the Social Media is pivotal to building and maintaining interpersonal relationships - hence, central to human existence - it becomes imperative to investigate the current trend in language ...
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How do i know if the word is step or glide in English [closed]

today I have a lesson in school about steps and glides and i didn't understand it. My first question what are steps and glides? My second question is how do i know if the sentence ends with steps or ...
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unreleased final consonant sounds [on hold]

in school I learned that unreleased final consonant sounds b,d,d,k,p,t my question is what does unreleased mean ? my 2 question He played well and ran fast . My teacher said the st in fast is ...
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“I don't mistake” or “I don't make a mistake” Which one is correct? [closed]

I have a query about these sentences: If I do not mistake, she would be his fiancée ... but my teacher told me that it must be expressed in another way If I do not make a mistake, she ...
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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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why do we add s and put is in these sentences [closed]

My question is why do we add s to these sentence Are you the one who plays the violin? Why do we add s to play and one in this sentence mean you You are the one who is funny in the class ...
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How do i know if the word is stressed? [closed]

Yesterday I had a lesson about stressed words. My question is how do i know if the word is stressed or not without listening to the pronunciation? Examples: He wants a job that lets them travel. ...
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Why is 'So' being used to begin an anwer to a question grammatically incorrect?

I see that questions about the usage of 'so' have been asked, but none of the answers I've seen get into why. I first noticed this on the Shark Tank show. One of the sharks will ask a contestant ...
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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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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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Correct in context use of IS or ARE [duplicate]

I work for a company who, for sake of argument, are called Scottish Chickens. When writing to our customers, should we write that "Scottish Chickens is planning to carry out work to improve the ...
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Write a short story on Sea Voyage [closed]

You are on a ship. Write a story of your journey about 200 words, Using the words given in the word collage: Sea, float, sink, iron, relative density of iron, wood, iceberg ship, relative ...
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so angry / as angry as he is [duplicate]

In English class today, I wrote the following sentence: If Susan had told Tom the truth, he would not be so angry. It seems to me that "so angry" is not really the best way of saying it. Is "as ...
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Has a history or Had a history

Australian music has a remarkable history stretching back to 50,000 – 60,000 years vs Australian music had a remarkable history stretching back to 50,000 – 60,000 years which is the ...
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It really bugs me if

Suppose I have gone to the movies(cinema). There is a man behind me that cracks sun-flower seeds open, talks with the next person, and also talks on his cell phone. I want to say that these behaviors ...
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Will this sentence make any sense to readers? Grammar question [closed]

We sat on the ground in the alley i remember, talking about anything. OR? I remember we sat on the ground in the alley talking about anything. Is the first one grammatically correct?
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Can you use people's? [closed]

I was writing a thingy when I had a question on how to do it. I had no idea so I wrote it on this. Can you help me to do this?
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Is there any rule about splitting phrasal verbs?

I thought of this question right after I posted a tweet about a service upgrading me to a free student account since I am in college. I said "That really helps a broke college student out." I actually ...
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Why are “and/or” constructions in English not considered grammatically correct?

Why are "and/or" constructions in English not considered grammatically correct? Consider, for example, the following sentences: "Multi-organ failure can be attributed to confusion, fatigue, and/or ...
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Is it Web site or website?

Future Perfect's "Is it Web site or website?" states: Since the World Wide Web is a proper noun, we use initial upper-case letters, as we would with your surname, for example. As for ...
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Is “A great place to start to move up the ladder” a grammatically correct sentence?

"A great place to start to move up the ladder"... We are in a quandary because of the sheer magnanimity of the message and importance it conveys.. Looking out for some quick answers regarding its ...
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“It” vs. “this” [closed]

If I am sharing a (specific, identified) status update, which would be the most appropriate way of informing people that I will be sharing it: I am sharing it. or I am sharing this. In ...
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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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Repeated usage of “can” [closed]

A shop can be up- or downgraded or the user credentials * be changed with the help of [...] I have two questions in this sentence: The construction "up- or downgrade" (omit the grade from the ...
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“when it's snowing and when it isn't” vs “when it's snowing and when it isn't snowing” [closed]

Are either of the following sentences grammatically incorrect? Assuming they are both correct, is one preferred over the other? If so, in what situations is each preferred? I eat puppies when it's ...
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Substituting how for that

I feel the following sentence would be used by Native speakers but only in highly informal speech in certain areas: In his letter he explains how the book has a great plot and is generally enjoyable. ...
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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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Is it necessary to use “the” before using verb+“ing” in specific contexts?

I am confused with whether it is necessary to use the before verbs in certain contexts. Like: The milking of a cow is not a painful process at all like you think. I am afraid it has never been ...
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class or classes?

I am reading spring docs and find this sentence: In several places an Inventor and Inventor’s Society class are used as the target objects for expression evaluation. Should the word class be ...
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Is the usage of “their” in the following sentence correct [duplicate]

Can someone confirm whether the following sentence is correct or not? "The failure could be due to their having an insufficient balance" The context is that a payment has failed, and we're needing ...
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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 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. ...