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

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'Having been' verb third form, 'having been having' [on hold]

There is no much milk in my house because of my cow! Having been distributed it wouldn't not, having been gathered it wouldn't not! I have been having difficulties understanding these words for ...
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Can you end a sentence with 'hence'?

Pretentiousness/archaism aside, does the sentence Any changes that were made have been detailed hence. make sense? The context would be that the descriptions of changes would be found in the ...
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“I belong to a greater stage”

Is it okay to say: I believe I belong to a greater stage. Basically, I want to say that I want to transit from my current position to a better one since I think I am skillful enough for the ...
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Removing “who were” in “The park was empty except for a group of people who were stretching” [duplicate]

Can I remove who were in the sentence below? The park was empty except for a group of elderly people who were stretching, jogging, and doing Tai Chi Is it still grammatical?
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Can “a-mingle” be a verb in imperative mood?

In the last lines of "Jingle Bells Rock": Jingle bell time is a swell time To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet Jingle around the clock ...
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Is 'action this matter' a correct phrase? [duplicate]

Is 'action this matter' a correct phrase? Is it correct to say "Pls check with Mr. X to ascertain whether his team or we should action this matter."
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Identifying the subject of a sentence

Please could you tell me the subject of the sentence below? Is it 'He' or 'she'? Thanks. He believes she went to London.
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“Is been”: grammatical or not? [closed]

For example: is been rejected, is been found, etc.
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“It is about time I had a family” - Is this sentence grammatically correct?

Recently, I stumbled over a sentence that read: "I am 30. It is about time I had a family of my own". Is it grammatically correct? Shouldn't the correct sentence be "I am 30. It is about time I ...
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“will be all present” or “will all be present”

Which one do we use for this sentence : Student chairs will all be present for this meeting or "will be all present"
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Is it correct to say “X is a Y, doing Z”?

Not sure how to best put this in words, but I'll give an example below. This is from a boilerplate text of a company: ABC is a manufacturing company, partnering with DEF to... I would be ...
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“a question impossible to answer” and “a situation possible to arise” Are they grammatical?

To be possible/impossible can be followed by an infinitive verb only when the subject of the finite verb is the introductory "it". With any other subject the infinitive would be wrong, so I've ...
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“Why does he not?” or “Why does not he?” and why? [duplicate]

Which is the more correct form: Why does he not? Why does not he? and why? At first blush 1 would seem to be grammatical - just on an intuitive judgement. However 2 logically seems as ...
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“have/has condition” or “need condition”

Yesterday, I put a message in a social network environment to inform other members about lottery: "Lottery for year 2016 is now open, try your chance. It does not have any especial condition." But a ...
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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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“From lines 10 to 15” or “from line 10 to line 15”?

In an academic text, I need to explain a section of a computer program. This section extends from line 10 to line 15 in the code. Is the following way to refer to these lines gramatically correct? ...
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Is the term, gone from blank to blank, academically acceptable?

Is the term, gone from (blank) to (blank), academically acceptable? If not what alternatives are there to state the same thing in a more precise manner?
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“If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon…”

There is an old quotation attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson: If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbour, tho' he build his house in the ...
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Interested in him learning French - with accusative 'him' [duplicate]

Good morning everyone! Is it correct to say " I' m interested in him learning French in the future"?
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What is a sentence fragment? [closed]

"All of them, that is, but Storm." Is the above line a sentence fragment, and if so, why? Thanks.
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Is “The mall is constructing” grammatically correct? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct: "The mall is constructing".? I know that we use "The mall is being constructed" in passive, but I want to know that can I write "The mall is constructing". Is ...
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“There is” vs “there are”?

I wrote an essay and returned it to my teacher who told me that it was perfect except for that one mistake with the usage of there are: There are currently 192 218 546 ways to set up..." She ...
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“The set is empty and [is] ordered”

Which is correct? The set is empty and is ordered. The set is empty and ordered.
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What is omitted in the following sentence?

So they had every reason to keep a good relationship and, both for that deal and in general, to just sort of keep a reputation for being honest and for dealing fairly with people." I had a ...
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Is the sentence “Success is determined by how you are determined to succeed” wrong?

I understand that the better form of the sentence would be: Success is determined by how determined you are to succeed. but is the sentence I wrote wrong or ungrammatical?
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is the phrase “long time later” correct?

I have come across this weirdly formed phrase in a book , but i am not sure of its correctness. If this is correct, what would be its proper usage? Is saying "I met you a long time later" correct?
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“What singer do you dislike?” “What singer don't you like?” “Who among singers do you hate?” [closed]

What singer do you dislike? What singer don't you like? Who among singers do you hate? Are these grammatically correct? In sentences 1 and 2 is it okay to use "which" instead of ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement with “Who” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? He is one of the boys who play football. He is one of the boys who plays football. Please state the reason as well.
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Can the heart 'approach what it yearns', or must it 'approach what it yearns for'?

Paul Simon's lyrics ... how the heart approaches what it yearns... has always seemed to me an incorrect usage, although it's difficult to state why. It seems to me that the verb yearn ...
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Subject and verb agreement

Is this correct? Here is the book and the workbook that you'll need for this course. Thanks.
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Grammaticality of “What is there there?”

If someone says I am going to the market I may ask What is there at the market? If someone says I am going to the bookstore I may ask What is there at the bookstore? If someone ...
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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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“Would of” or “Would have”? [duplicate]

Which is correct I'd of thought better of you or I'd have thought better of you. And Why is one more correct than the other.
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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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Is the usage “one of the better” correct and grammatical?

A colleague of mine stated that he often hears "one of the better X" from native speakers. I haven't heard this phrase often, and I would use "one of the best X" myself, unless I want to contrast ...
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Can one use “may” and “might” in the same sentence?

Is it possible to use may and might in the same sentence to describe a potential outcome? For example: While Sara may recognise the car, Paul might not.
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Sentence with incorrect/ambiguous subject?

This is from Alex Harris’s article on Angel Di Maria on express.co.uk. What does the sentence in bold mean? It is grammatical? Can you explain it? “When you ask me how I will return to Argentine ...
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Is “happened Tuesday” (without “on”) a valid pattern? [duplicate]

The album was released Tuesday and has been well-received by […] Shouldn't it be "released on Tuesday"? Where did the "on" go? I think dropping the preposition is confusing, but I see it ...
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Pseudo-subject verb agreement [duplicate]

Please, I want to know the meaning of pseudo-subject and its agreement with verbs. Please, show me the rules even without examples.
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Better phrasing for “the sum of cost of all the rows”

I have added up the cost in several rows and I want to write "The sum of cost of all the rows", but that sounds off. I have a feeling it's wrong. Any suggestions? Likewise, if money were replaced ...
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Using the word 'come' to mean 'when it comes'

I am currently playing the game Max Payne 3 and I came across an interesting formulation: I hope Fabiana will not be served to the fishes come feeding time. Is this normal in American English?
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“You and me against the world” vs “You and I against the world” [duplicate]

I have heard the first sentence in a song and there are also other songs that go something like "Me against the world" and "Me against the music". Shouldn't it be "You and I against..." since the ...
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Was “an unicorn” ever correct?

According to Biblehub and Bible Gateway, King James's Numbers 23:22 says: God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. I don't have a hard copy to check. Is that ...
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How to deal with parallel structure where the plurality of the nouns changes?

This is the intent of what I want to get across: You are participating in a discussion with the moderators and as a moderator. I want to emphasize in particular that he is not only speaking with ...
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Which is or are grammatically correct: “Cats are carnivores / carnivorous or carnivorous animals”? [closed]

Cats are carnivores Cats are carnivorous Cats are carnivorous animals I often hear people say those sentences and I wonder which among them is/are correct. And are there any differences in ...
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Which is correct: 'that type always does' or that type always do'?

Is 'type' considered singular or plural in this case? Should I use 'do' or 'does' The spell check take either.
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Can I say, “He needs to go there and not need to participate”?

I have a question about the use of verb to need. Which of the following sentences is the correct form? He needs to go there and not to participate or He needs to go there and does not need ...
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Correct question form with “supposed to”? [closed]

I am wondering is following question correct: Is it what was supposed to be done here? Thanks in advance.
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Please help me explain the grammatical error

I don't think the following sentence is correct: "Your English is terrible regardless of where you derive.", but my elementary school English lessons have worn thin over the years. The closest I can ...