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Can there ever be such a thing as "proper grammar" knowing that languages change over time? [duplicate]

Who decides what is "proper grammar"? Who decides when to make changes when the grammar of the people change, and why is it important to follow "proper grammar" if languages change so often? Edit: to ...
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When is a English dialect considered to be non-grammatical/have non-grammatical phrasing? [duplicate]

So the question is when a dialect of English is considered non-grammatical. I am aware that it can be considered non-standard, however some phrases can be to an extent not to be considered non-...
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"Y'all" or "ya'll"?

I've seen it spelled both ways. Are both correct?
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“He was feared by other, lesser, men.” is this sentence correct in grammar? [duplicate]

I found this sentence in http://www.thefreedictionary.com/lesser “He was feared by other, lesser, men.” is this sentence correct in grammar? I can't make sense out of it. I suppose it should be "...
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What is the correct word to use instead of else’s? [duplicate]

If I am trying to say, “That problem that belongs to someone else,” then what is the correct word to use in this sentence: That is someone else’s problem. My spell checker says else’s and elses ...
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Here's -- Plurality Question

A phrase I came across tonight was "Here's the good news and the bad news." Trouble is, "Here's" means "Here is", and "is" is meant for one thing, not two things. I'm describing two things. However, "...
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Can you "do" Science? [closed]

My kid told me recently, she "likes to do science" at school. Though happy about her interests developing into the right direction, I was irked by the phrase itself. I don't think, science can be done,...
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Descriptivism and widespread misspelling

If you search google for "fuscia" it asks "did you mean fuschia?". The correct spelling of the word is "fuchsia". (This was pointed out on the xkcd blog a while ago.) So enough people are spelling ...
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How dangerous is the acceptance of common usage on traditional English?

I mean how far should we flow on with the current called "common usage"? Is there a fear that the real English is going do disappear someday? By the way, as for me, I like common English myself. :)
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Does appending a question mark to a declarative sentence result in a valid sentence?

Suppose I have the sentence: "All apples are green." Although it is not a true statement, clearly it is a declarative sentence. Can any declarative sentence like this be made into an interrogative ...
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How to relearn English grammar? [closed]

English (uk) is my first language, however a few colleagues have picked up that my grammar could do with improvement. How should I go about this? I think I need to go right back to the basics as I ...
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Is it appropriate to say "I've never been" when referring to a place, omitting the adverb "there" from the phrase?

I have been hearing the phrase "I've never been" with increasing frequency lately when referring to places (i.e., "I'd like to go to the Apollo. I've never been" as opposed to "I've never been there")....
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Is it OK to have an apostrophe at the end of a sentence?

Earlier I wrote a sentence that happened to end with a plural possessive. Is this OK to have? For example, "I got the guys' costumes, but not the girls'." looks odd to me. It would be easy to reword ...
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Is "may the force be equal to mass times acceleration" proper English?

There is a meme going around in which a game-show contestant is given the phrase: May the force … And they finish the phrase with: … be equal to mass times acceleration. My ...
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Is this salutation correct, "Hi, <name>-" [duplicate]

I have seen this salutation written to me in an email, " Hi, -" Is this correct grammar ?
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