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Questions tagged [grammaticality]

This tag is for questions about whether something obeys the rules of grammar in English. The question must INCLUDE THE SPECIFIC GRAMMATICAL CONCERN. If your question is about grammar itself, please use the "grammar" tag.

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what is the world that best completes the sentence? [on hold]

Seldom ........ that he may have made a mistake. A does a politician admit B a politician admits c admits a politician D a politician does admit
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depending upon or depending on which one is right as per British grammar?

I've seen depend on/upon depends on/upon on many British dictionaries and there is an idiom 'depending on' i want to know if its grammatically wrong to say 'depending upon' as per British grammar for ...
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Is it correct to use “friend and self” in a message or email?

I have seen some people write "my wife and self were invited" Or "Please give access to Tom and self" Is this is correct way of using "self" in a sentence? Or there is a different way?
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New to English Grammar: Why is this sentence correct. Anyone please explain [migrated]

Incorrect Form: Joan walks slowly so that her children can keep up with her. Corrected Form: Joan walks slowly so her children can keep up with her. To me this sentence seems to be correct but the ...
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is it correct to say if above mentioned mail will not be received seperately we will be billing in regular invoice [on hold]

• If above mentioned Spares order will not be received separately, we will invoice these items with regular retail price.
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What are the meaning and grammar of “Crying isn't like you”? [on hold]

Can I say that something is not like somebody like this: Crying isn’t like you. What is its meaning?
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Using “priority” to describe control or superiority [on hold]

Browsing stackexchange, I came across this answer, explaining the meaning of "lane priority". The term itself boils down to putting pressure on an opponent in a virtual tug of war, so that you have ...
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Is the sentence correct? If not how can I improve it? [closed]

Sentence: "This at its essence is what Fitzgerald uses to critique the abstract idea of the American Dream: those who pursue are left with a degenerating sense of "what's more?"."
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Is the use of the word “lost” appropriate here?

I was writing a story and wanted to write a dialogue however I was unsure if it had proper grammar and wanted a verified opinion. You were lost and I made you lost even further. You can never ...
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is it okay to start a paragraph with Due to? [duplicate]

Due to the severe foot injury, I was recommended to stay on bed rest for three months and also attend physical therapy to heal completely
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“Cell populations” or “cells populations”?

A simple question, but I did the answer while googling. I would like to say "The proposed method aims at delineating cells populations".
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How to write numbers and percentage?

In the sentence – Auditors recommend an increase of the allowance for bad debts by ten %. – should the percent sign be there or should the word percent be spelled out. Also should the number be ...
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Can you help me to find out the wrong words? [closed]

The factory (was closed down) (considering) the use of excessive (chemical) made the river (dries out) 2.The Maasai tribe (are) people (whom) have (wondered) throughout the world for (nearly) 1000 ...
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Two question words in a declarative sentence?

It was examined that which type of measurements created what sets of results.** Is is OK to use which and what in this sentence?
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Is “not to be a jerk, but” good English? [on hold]

Not to be a jerk, but you misspelled "complement." The connective but sounds awkward, because there is no logical opposition between the two clauses. What is implicit in its use is this opposition: ...
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Born - an adjective/verb/passive voice

I'm rather confused about that word - 'Born' According to Cambridge it is a verb. According to this Quora's answer it is an adjective. According to someone in ELL it is a verb in the passive voice....
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what is the difference between I am gonna go do something and I am gonna go to do something?

My doubt is in this sentence: Monica: I'm out of oven space. I'm gonna go turn on Joe's. Why didn't she say I am gonna go TO turn on Joe's? Thanks in advance!
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Grammaticality of “Don't let's get you cheap”

I have come across a sentence in one of my textbooks with which I seem to have some problems. One just needs to translate it, paying attention to the verb "hold" used with the appropriate particles. ...
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Is this sentence correct [closed]

As informed by you we will keep the cheque with us once the customer lets you know if he will collect it from our office. I need to know if I should keep the cheque or deliver it to the office where ...
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Can anyone give me examples of the relative-determinative 'which'?

I recently posted a question on a Spanish language forum asking what the equivalent in Spanish would be for the use of which in a phrase such as he refused, which decision proved disastrous (which ...
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must have washed downstream VS must have been washed downstream

There are two hikers hiking near a stream. One of them seeing it in says: Look! A miner's old pack and gear! Must have washed downstream! My question is: Is it just a simple passive voice sentence ...
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“be operational” with reference to people

I'm wondering if this is correct: This composition of the Executive Board was operational until April 10, 1995. I know "be operational" refers to machines and facilities (e.g. The mill was ...
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When quoting someone, is it proper to change “gotta” to “got to” without modifying the rest of the quote?

Lately, when I read quotes in the media, I've seen the following styles: Spoken: "I gotta try harder." Written: "I got to try harder." Is is just my stupid ear/eye/brain that does a record scratch ...
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enumerating from A to B to C to D

Is the following legitimate and grammatically correct paragraph? As I deeply believe in the importance of creativity as a powerful change agent, my immediate objective is to seek opportunities ...
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passive infinitive & perfect participle

In this sentence – the last player to be sent off/having been sent off in the final match of the 2006 world cup was Zinedine Zidane – why is having been sent off not accurate?
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What is the error in “He came by foot”? [duplicate]

"He came by foot": correct the error. What is the error? I guess it is not about 'on foot' vs 'by foot' as some articles show that both are correct, though I am not sure.
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Differences in antonyms of “balance” with negative prefixes

Most words only have one correct negative prefix out of "in-", "im-", and "un-". Why are both "imbalance" and "unbalance" both grammatically correct (but "inbalance" is not")? What are differences in ...
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Is this sentence correct? If not, how can I rephrase it? [closed]

I will send a copy of my renewed passport as soon as I receive it, that is before the 14th of May.
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Addressing two cities in the same country

Should I use "In 1347, the port cities of Messina and Genoa, Italy..." or "In 1347, the port cities of Messina, Italy and Genoa, Italy..."? just want to know if one is grammatically incorrect.
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“prettier of the two” or "THE prettier of the two? [migrated]

Am I using 'the' at the wrong place in the following sentence? Which sentence is correct? • She is the prettier of the two sisters. OR, • She is prettier of the two sisters.
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is that correct? is because of …/and the rest of that

Statistics show that 54% of the increase happens because of the Population growth and the rest of that is because of per the increase in person consumption growth
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About grammatical errors

I wanted to know wether this statement is grammatically correct or not By making understand our schoolmates to not dump garbage during a field visit
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Is there any grammatical error in: “All people are potentially geniuses.”

My Korean niece's English exam had a "find the errors" section in which one "mistake" was the phrase, "All people are potentially geniuses." According to the exam: Correct: "All people are ...
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Manner adjunct or emphasizer subjunct?

I have a doubt regarding adjuncts and subjuncts. In the sentences: The horse was humanely killed with a rifle. The horse was brutally killed with a hunting knife. What I want to know is: Are ...
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Which is correct usage? [migrated]

Which is correct? Jones was arrested in connection with the crime. or Jones was arrested in connection to the crime.
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Is bare infinitive used after 'seeing'?

I have learnt that bare infinitives are used after the verbs make,see watch, dare ,help etc.Is it the same if the present participle of those verbs are used? •Seeing the examinee answer all the ...
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Is the auxiliary “have” disguised in this sentence? [closed]

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: After having accused the Congress of working in favour of Pakistan, it appears to resurrected the issue of "citizenship". At first glance, the sentence ...
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Is this a complete sentence? Using colons

The sentence I saw: "The eggs benedict should include the following ingredients: poached eggs, English muffins, bacon, and hollandaise sauce." But colons must follow an independent clause. So does ...
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Can / Should you begin *and* end a sentence with a preposition

Here's the phrase in question which originally ended with a preposition: Who is the client currently residing with? A way to rephrase to put the proposition at the beginning would be: ...
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Do you need to specify indefinite articles in a comma separated list?

Let's say I've got an apple, a banana, and an orange. Which of the following are ok, if any? I've got an apple, banana, and an orange. I've got an apple, banana, and orange. The actual sentence I'...
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Gerund vs infinitive: ‘suggested to me {to get/getting}’ [closed]

Can I know which one is correct. I am confused about when to use gerund/infinitive in a sentence. My brother suggested to me to get a job in bank My brother suggested to me getting a job in bank. ...
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Relative frequencies of words of a certain length?

I struggled to find this online, so I have turned to the English stack exchange... Is there a list of relative frequencies of words of a certain length? For example, how much more common is a word ...
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Constructions after “have to”

According to Murphy's English Grammar in Use you can use "have to" in all forms, and he offers an example in the past simple and another one in the present perfect tense. Hence, I was wondering if had ...
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Using words used as words: Why am I confusing myself?

Humans, naturally, prefer simple over complex. I would think that in the above sentence, both simple and complex are words used as words. (Though, perhaps, not as clear as it is in the preceding ...
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Do I need whom in this sentence? [duplicate]

"One of the benefits of this is that it will eliminate gym anxiety if you have any because you are with someone whom you trust."
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Can you add -ness to the word “blasé”? [closed]

I tried searching the word up. Some results did pop up but I doubt the accuracy of the sources. Does anyone know the answer to this??
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Showing 1-10 from 56 items [closed]

I have a grid displayed in my app, and the app can show 10 rows of data at a time. At the bottom of the grid it provides buttons for left and right to browse through the data. What is the best ...
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Does this sentence “it doesn't meet the blind's need who want to read.” make sense? [closed]

Does the following sentence make sense grammatically or practically? Can I use it as it is without any correlation? "it doesn't meet the blind's need who want to read."
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Is “but on what grounds did not appear” ungrammatical?

You can see the quote beneath on Google Books, but I've double-checked it on Westlaw. The highlighted dependent clause looks wrong to me, as I can't pinpoint the subject of "what did not appear"? "...
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Words preceding a direct question (in general and specifically in BrE)

Are such words unacceptable? We can't say: Tell me, what time is it now? or I forgot, how long will your trip last? can we? Or are the following affimative sentences with indirect questions the ...