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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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“Which planet is nearest Earth?” vs “Which planet is the nearest to Earth?”

I don't understand why the definite article is not used in front of the superlative and why we don't use the preposition "to" as in: Which planet is the nearest to Earth? instead of ...
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Using 'would' or 'used to' with a time reference in a different sentence

In a test there are such sentences: "When I was little, I shared a bedroom with my sister Catherine. As I was eight years her junior, I obviously (used to go / would go) to bed earlier than her." ...
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“I teach myself”

Is it grammatically correct to say “I teach myself subject”? Context: my girlfriend is Italian, and remarked that “I teach myself” has no meaningful equivalent in Italian — ordinarily they would use “...
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Do I need the hyphen?

"Part-Time" in the beginning of this sentence is technically a compound adjective to employment, but it is separated by "or temporary." Do I still hyphenate "part-time"? The same question holds for "...
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how to understand this sentence “unbelievably slow in appreciating their good fortune in ruling the country…”?

Here are two consecutive paragraphs from The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg: The extensive range of what I would call “almost synonyms” became one of the glories of the English language, ...
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Should I say “they're my brother and sister” or “that's my brother and sister”? [migrated]

This is the direct translation of a sentence in Mandarin. I feel that it is more natural to say "that's my brother and sister", in English. Am I wrong?
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Which one is correct in the following sentences? [on hold]

Belgium is considered to be a country of chocolate. Belgium is considered to as a country of chocolate.
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I came across the following sentence. Is the comma before “but” essential?

Chelsea, a big club for many years now, has a habit of producing players with good potential, but most of the academy graduates do not get a chance to play for the senior squad.
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Which tense do I use when reporting an action that occurred yesterday? [migrated]

Today I told my friend that yesterday I had read the book which my father had given me two weeks ago Today (when I told my friend) is 23rd March; I read the book on 22nd March, and my father gave it ...
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“Do I have my mobile phone inside?”- Is this sentence correct? [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "Do I have my mobile phone inside the restroom?" or "Do I have my phone there(some place)?"--- One day I asked this question to my friend and he replied that ...
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The difference in form and meaning [on hold]

Only now have students taken a more central role in the democracy movement. 
 Students have only now taken a more central role in the democracy movement.
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I was just informed by Resource team that I’m scheduled for AAA project from next week [on hold]

I was just informed by Resource team that I’m scheduled for AAA project from next week. Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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Is it ever correct to use “on” after “continue”?

Is it ever grammatically correct to use the word "on" after the word "continue"? as in: "After this break, we will continue on with the broadcast."
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It is typical vs. It is frequent

It is ______________ to find that, when a young male and female are near a mound, she's really focusing on termite fishing and he's spinning round in circles. I must put only one word in the gap. ...
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Is “I did not breakfast today” correct? [migrated]

Is the following sentence correct? I did not breakfast today Due to breakfast coming from ‘to break your fast’.
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which of these two sentences would be correct? [on hold]

I thought you said you are Michael Jordan. Or would the correct form be: I thought you said you were Michael Jordan.
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Any more+comparitive+than

I heard a person saying, “That place is not any more riskier than this place”. (And it wasn’t about time- like how it has changed from earlier to now) I thought it’s grammatically incorrect to say so. ...
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Which is correct? Launch Ceremony or Launching Ceremony?

I have been having a disagreement at work. We have several events where we commemorate the launch of something like the start of an alliance or an award. My colleagues (whose first language is not ...
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Some one next door( was playing/has played/had been playing / has been playing ) heavy metal music all night long.I didn't get a wink of sleep [migrated]

What is the difference between ( was playing and had been playing here ) what is the correct choise ?
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Feminine gender pronoun as a default pronoun for general, neutral third person [closed]

I've seen similar topics on the StackExchange but all of them are older than 5 years and it seems that things have changed since then. It is no longer a niche phenomenon but a stanard that professors ...
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Is the word “supporting” being used properly here?

In an effort to prove someone wrong I want to know if the use of the word "supporting" fits that sentence.
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“me's” when referring to another version of you?

Let's say I want to refer to a toy that I had when I was younger. Would it be incorrect to say "young me's toy"?
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causative passive vs simple past

I have some confusion about the doer in these sentences: (1) I should fix my PC. (2) I fixed my PC. (2) I should have my PC fixed. (3) I should have my homework done by tomorrow. so who is the ...
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Have been to/have gone to

Could you please see if I have the correct solution for this task: "Write the sentence, using 'have (has) been'/'have (has) gone'. Don't forget about full stops. Example 0. I haven't seen Kate for ...
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Usage of 'it is' or 'is it' in questions

Who can tell me what day is it today? Or Who can tell me what day it is today? Which is correct grammatically?
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Can “how” and “what/which” be used in the same sentence?

Instead of "What colors are you using to paint the waterfall and how are you using those colors?" is the following also grammatically correct? "How are you using what colors to paint the ...
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Is “suggest that — do not” grammatically correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? You ask, does “other than” in § 188.606(f) suggest that variations in the material of a closure for the cover of a UN11A steel drum do not constitute a ...
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Can banger (in context of a song) be used as a noun?

I wrote this sentence and something seems off about it: Some of their stuff are complete bangers. Can't place my finger on what's wrong. Is banger not supposed to be used as a noun? or is it not ...
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Earliest I've been to work

I am supposed to clock in at 8 am every day to work. I was late today, just like every day, but today I was only late by 5 minutes, less than every other time. Is saying "earliest I've been to work" ...
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Possession neither with apostrophe nor with “of”

Is it correct to express possession in this form: the array length, the company name instead of length of the array, name of the company ?
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On the possibility of tag-questions with relative clauses [closed]

I would like to know if the possibility of tag-questions depends upon the proposition expressed in a relative clause. I was wondering if I could ask two questions about the sentence pairs in (1) ...
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Using “Mix of” with one object

"Mix of" is most frequently used to show that two or more items are included in the creation of something. Is it still grammatically correct to use "mix of" when there's only one item, but the item is ...
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Can “semicircle” be used to refer to a part-circle that is not a exact half-circle?

Going through a specification sheet for an engineering device, I glanced upon this phrase: ...the angular scanning range of the device is a semicircle of 300 degrees... A semicircle is usually ...
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“My Mom” vs “Mom” Usage

Context My brother and I when having a conversation that refers to our mother usually use "my mom" to refer to her. For example "Have you talked to my mom today?" is a common question we ask. Now the ...
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Does 'evinced' make sense in this context?

Is this sentence correct, and if so, does the word evinced make sense here? An aura of gloom and doom had also settled over the City, evinced by a fusion of dirt, ash, building debris, and ...
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Should “noun” be plural here?

Should I use "a noun" or "nouns" in this sentence? We use any before nouns to refer to indefinite or unknown quantities or an unlimited entity. Or: We use any before a noun to refer to ...
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this is sentence correct and portray what i mean to say [migrated]

you sitting behind me was less distracting that you came and sat in front of me is this grammatically correct, does this sentence portray what i mean to say if you get it.
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How to form a sentence begin with “please”? [duplicate]

There was a meeting held in our society today and the invitation massage was concluded with “Please presence your mark in a great number in today's meeting.” So can you tell me if the the quoted ...
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The conference started tomorrow

I heard when someone told "The conference started tomorrow" so my question is: is it correct grammatical and acceptible? If yes when I can use it?
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if i nominalized “capitalize on” to “capitalization” in this sentence, would it still mean the same?

They used their salaries to capitalize on other laborers to gain more money. They used their salaries for the capitalization of other laborers to gain more money.
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Either of … (Plural/Singular)

I've been told that both sentences are correct, so how can I tell next time which form to use, plural or singular? Do either of you have any money I can borrow? Either of the plans is equally ...
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think vs thought

Where is mistake or both sentences are correct? Did you enjoy the film? Yes, I think it was very good. Did you enjoy the film? Yes, I thought it was very good. I like the first one, but what ...
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do you dudes think this is correct grammar?

“Children can do anything they put their minds to.” Thank you so much.
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Comprehensive problem

Would you please explain grammar of this sentence? I am confused about "as" in this sentence. Strange as this behaviour may be , there is a very good reason for it.
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Which is the right There “seem” / “seems” to be?

I was writing an essay when I became confused. My question is which sentence is the right one? There seem to be two main causes of long-distance relationships. or There seems to be two main ...
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I am 5-minute late? [closed]

Which of the options are acceptable and which are not? Any other suggestions/corrections? I'm 5 minutes late I'm 5-minute late I'm running 5 minutes late I'm sorry for being five minutes late. I'm ...
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The future perfect continuous - prediction what was happening in the past

Here it says that the Future Perfect Continuous can be also used to predict what was happening in the past. “What do you think the men were doing in the store room?” “Don’t worry. They will have ...
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him/his - what is the right one and why? [duplicate]

I'm not sure what is the right answer: I'm looking forward to him/his visiting me next week. Many thanks.
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Past Perfect Continuous vs. Past Perfect

I took a grammatical quiz and chose 'had been spending' answer. It turned out to be the wrong answer. May you explain why not the continuous form? John _______ (to spends) 3 years in Pakistan ...
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“Welcome *at* the train”?

The Austrian Federal Railways recently translated some (more) of their automated onboard announcements, one of the new automated announcements now welcomes passengers at the train ("Welcome at the ...