Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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Allowed to use “they’ve” in a new paragraph? [closed]

Option A: “Great! Your new account request has been sent to ABC company. You'll be emailed a notification as soon as they've got your account ready for you to use.” Option B: “Great! Your new account ...
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Sentence grammar usage "as"

He was exposed as lacking in intelligence. I'm writing this sentence but I feel there is something amiss with the grammar, but I can't tell exactly why or where. Something to do with "as" I ...
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Should I write "Appyling any issues" or "Applying any fixes"?

Is this the correct sentence? We support our current releases, unfortunately you are on older version, we are not applying any respective issues. Or it should be "applying any respective fixes.&...
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Is "It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some." grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Brother, I have completely run out of money. It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some. Is the last sentence grammatically correct? I am doubtful because we don't normally use "can&...
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A Specific Instance of Me (object) vs. I (subject)

I was just crafting an email. The sentence was similar to this: You are hereby invited to the Pristine Medal Ceremony, an event which will result in Anthony and me becoming knighted, and receiving ...
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Is "It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some." grammatically correct? [closed]

Brother, I have completely run out of money. It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some. Is the last sentence grammatically correct? I am doubtful because we don't normally use "can&...
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Possessive 'it' : Pronoun vs Adjective [duplicate]

I was working on some grammar schoolwork, some pronoun revisions and it states that the pronoun 'it' has no possessive, it has an adjective possessive, but not as a possessive pronoun. I'm confused. ...
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Is a phrase "A table for two" correct or should I always add word "people"? [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to say "A table for two, please", without saying "for two people"?
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Apostrophe use for guys [closed]

I've seen similar questions asked here but what I saw didn't cover my specific question (at least I believe). The sentence I have the question on is the following: "But, the best guys gonna win.&...
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Whats the difference between "Where 'you would'/'would you' like to go"? [migrated]

I was wondering if you guys could help me with this. What is the difference there in Where would you like to go? and Where you would like to go?
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Is omitting a repeated subject and predicate in attributive clauses ok? [migrated]

Can I omit the conjunction, the subject, and the auxiliary verb in this attributive clause in (1) I had returned the book (which I had) borrowed from library. to produce (2): I had returned the ...
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Is it correct to use "source codes" to mean the source code of more programs? [duplicate]

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the word source code is countable, even if usually used in its singular form. I would like to know if it is correct to use the plural to mean the source code of ...
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Can "in front of" be used as a time adverbial?

At my workplace, which is a large multinational corporation with a non-English speaking headquarter, I often hear "in front of" being used in the meaning "before". Some examples: &...
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Is "This is my family" an acceptable response to "Who are they?"? [duplicate]

Context: suppose that I am looking at a family picture in an album in my friend’s house. Who are they? It’s my family. (correct) That’s my family. (correct) This is my family. (wrong) They are my ...
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'Team's interaction' or 'team interaction'?

I'm not sure which one is correct here: It has influenced our (team/team's) interaction and coordination skills. Is it team's since the interaction is possessive? Or team?
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Position of relative clauses after verb

I myself consider the sentence offset below to be correct; however, some of my associates regard it as being wrong. I would like your advice on it. The sentence is Jane Austen published 4 novels, who ...
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at the time/at that time/then

Could anyone please tell me the difference between the words written in bold? 1- I was 16 at the time/at that time/then. My mom brought me a pet. His name was Tom.
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Answering "I don't have a criminal background"

There is this request for information in a form, given as a (negative) statement rather than a question, but requiring a response of 'Yes' or 'No': I don't have a criminal background (Y / N) To my ...
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Unnecessary use of 'and': 'A few seconds later and...'

In several books I've read recently I've noticed what seems to me to be the unnecessary use of the word 'and'. For example: A few seconds later and the phone rang. Is it even grammatically correct?
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Is this "upspeak" or something else?

I am reviewing a book (fiction) where the following type of sentence occurs frequently: That dumb suggestion? That just made me angry. [That dumb suggestion just made me angry.] You and I? We’re in ...
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Can ‘attribute A to B’ be used as ‘attribute to B A?’ [migrated]

The article I read uses ‘attribute A to B’, but it uses attribute A to B as attribute to B A. is this correct? Also, here’s the article. Delay is a necessary component of procrastination. This means ...
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Comparative Correlatives without the verb?

When using comparative correlatives in the context of something "being", can the verb be omitted? A classic example of this is "The more, the merrier.", where we refrain are are &...
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Should I separate multiple "ands" in a series with commas? [closed]

I enjoy eating apples and cherries and pears and bananas. OR I enjoy eating apples, and cherries, and pears, and bananas. I apologize if this question was listed somewhere else, but I can't find a ...
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"of which" with a number – is this grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Consider this sentence; I found 6 coins, 5 of which were rare Is this grammatically correct? I've been using it for years but I recently realised it may not be "correct". I put the term ...
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"choose anywhere to go" or "choose to go anywere" Are both phrases grammatically correct?

May I know if the following sentences are grammatically correct? Mother told me I can choose to go anywhere this holiday. Mother told me I can choose anywhere to go this holiday. Are there any ...
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Is it grammatically correct [nowadays] not to invert the NP and copula in an indirect question? [duplicate]

I don't know if this is a recent phenomenon, but for the last decade, I've noticed when English speakers make statements denoting there are/were unknowns, they usually phrase them with a question ...
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What is the meaning of "encourages it for… on" in this context?

Agriculture expands yield production to meet demand to limit overlapping, and the government encourages it for crop yield forecast on TamilNadu dataset imports." What does "encourages it ...
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Is using "what he claims is" in this sentence grammatically correct?

"He is on hunger strike in protest at what he claims is his wrongful conviction for murder." This is an example sentence for the word 'wrongful' I come across in Collins dictionary. I don't ...
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Compound sentence specific [duplicate]

I need clarity for the following sentence. At our company, your sentiment and well-being is our #1 priority. Grammarly is asking me to change "is" to "are": At our company, your ...
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Types of unaccusative verbs

I'm trying to gauge whether there is a pattern in (1-3); specifically, whether verbs of (dis)appearance and verbs of (dis)assembling pattern differently in these structures. Which of these are ...
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Usage of "even when" in a sentence [duplicate]

Does the meaning of this sentence change if “even when” is placed in the beginning? Removing the word “even” gives the sentence clear meaning, does adding it change the meaning?? Larceny occurs even ...
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Shall I use “the” before “sound” and also “smell” ( the sound and the smell or the sound and smell ? ) [duplicate]

I adore the sound and [the] smell of the rain falling at a late quiet night. When should I keep the second “the” in the sentence?
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The principal and accountant ……… on leave. (is/are) [closed]

Its is on my book and I can’t figure it how. Is it misprint?
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Rock, Paper, Scissors Game - what article before rock and paper [closed]

Let's play "Rock, Paper, Scissors" game. If you play "rock", then would you say? I've got a rock I've got rock (without a)? The first option seems much more natural. On Youglish ...
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Is it correct to use present perfect continuous in Conditional sentences Type 2? [closed]

It is taught widely as standard: Conditional type 2: If I wasn't helping you now, you would fail tomorrow. Conditional type 3: If I hadn't been helping you yesterday, you would have failed. My ...
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How to address an entire family in a letter?

How should you start a letter when addressing an entire family? Dear The Jones Family, or Dear Jones Family, I was discussing this with my wife and I preferred the former while my wife prefers the ...
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Ideally it would be a rare occurrence so any affect on a customer's user experience is minimized? [closed]

"Ideally it would be an rare occurrence so any affect on a customer's user experience is minimized?" Just double-checking, it is "affect" and not "effect" correct?
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How is the singular noun "vote" used compared to the plural "votes"?

Being a big fan of fivethirtyeight.com, and political nerdishness in general, I have repeatedly run into a plural use of the singular nominal 'vote,' most often in the phrase 'percentage of vote.' ...
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Cardinal numbers in dates when speaking

I understand that in speaking (if we are talking strictly about formal rules) it is more common to use ordinal numbers and not cardinal numbers. However, it has come to my attention that people these ...
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Can I say "the US people"?

Is it fine to describe people of the USA as "US people"? For instance: "the US people display different cultures and traditions." What I want to ask is that can I use the word &...
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The hotel provides breakfast, available at 8:00 am by the front desk

The title and the following sentence sound grammatically correct to me. Are they? If they are, what do I call the phrase "available at 8:00 am by the front desk"? I turned our first server ...
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using me and I in a sentence [duplicate]

Which one is technically correct and most used: “John and me are going to the store.” or “John and I are going to the store.”
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(Rather than) as a conjunction

It is said that, as a conjunction, the two constructions on each side of (rather than) must be parallel. So can this phrase join two sentences like this? (I know there are better ways of doing it) I ...
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"Something won't happen because something is good." It seems the 'something is good' would affect the first 'Something' negatively but doesn't

I am writing about minimal web design, and these are the first lines I wrote: Minimalism was one of the major web design trends throughout the 2010s. And it likely won't fade away in the 2020s because ...
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'may be' or 'might be'? [duplicate]

If I share my teacher's instructions with a friend from another class do I say "It may be different for different classes though" or "It might be different for...". Is there a way ...
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Question about "which is"

This is a sentence in my paper: To end with, the authors suggest further research on self-focused benefits could be helpful for recruiting “human books”, which is one of the most challenging aspects ...
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Can I say "Since we met, I had been meaning to say that I like everything you do"? [closed]

Hypothetically, I said "I like everything you do" in the past. So now can I say "Since we met, I had been meaning to say that I like everything you do." ? Is it okay to use past ...
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The last time I [...] was back to January. "in" or "back to"

Somehow my brain came up with the sentence: The last time I [verb] was back to October. I want to emphasize it was long time ago. I know the correct way of saying is: The last time I [...] was in ...
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Is this fronting correct? [duplicate]

I need to know if fronting the compound object of the sentence in italics is grammatical and idiomatic. But first, some context: a man wants to give a dress to a woman. He would prefer the tailor to ...
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I am looking forward to ...ing as well as?

I am looking forward to meeting you as well as the eager for learning new things. Is the above sentence correct and fine? I mainly have problem with the form of the noun after (as well as). What I ...
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