Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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What part of grammar does this kind of syntax error pertain to?

"One of the most beautiful set of lyrics I have ever come across and sang." OR "One of the most beautiful set of lyrics I have ever come across and sung." I'm aware that the past participle is sung ...
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How did “to wish that” come to hate the present tense in the subordinate clauses it governs, and why is it alone in this?

Inspired by this earlier question, I've realized that we have no canonical question addressing the uniquity of the special grammatical rules demanded by the verb wish. This question seeks to remedy ...
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I am a new speaker. I have to know this following structure [migrated]

Is it correct to say " I have yet to believe you were dead"......if i mean a past event.
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my bank just sent a statement titled: Banking Done Different [duplicate]

Is it ever correct to write Banking Done Different? I am surprised to find this printed at the top of my savings account statement
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Omission of personal pronouns

They are so closely connected with each other that can't be easily separated I am asking: is this sentence correct or it is required to put pronoun "they" between conjunction "that" and modal ...
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Is “tear a hole in the surface” correct or “tear a hole on the surface” correct?

I feel like "in the surface" is wrong almost all the time. Specifically referring to surface as a noun. I acknowledge that sentences like "in the surface layer of the cell membrane" are fine, but I ...
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Grammar and adverbs question [on hold]

Is this question written correctly? Has the problem been solved already? or maybe is this way Has the problem already been solved? are both correct?
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Can we use 'calm' as a noun?

I was conversing with a friend and she told me that, "Only the hardcore survive". I replied with "I believe only the calm survive." I'm not a native speaker so I don't know if we can use calm in this ...
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Is using “Doesn't this also…” correct?

Is the following sentence correct? "Doesn’t this also apply to your Enterprise architecture?" It's a question following the statement below: "There are specific requirements that have to be met when ...
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should I write “These details belongs to my dad” or “These are my dad's details ” when writing an email? [on hold]

When writing an email should I write "These details belongs to my dad" or "These are my dad's details"? I know this sounds somewhat silly but I want to be grammatically correct.
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List with different last item with just one “and”

I have no idea how to describe this. I run into this usage all the time in English, and to me it seems wrong, but considering how common it is, I'm wondering if it's actually accepted. Consider the ...
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Band of Steves? [on hold]

We are starting a band where everyone's name is Steve. What is the correct use of the apostrophe in this case? Band of Steves
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Thank you note for my Bible Teacher and his wife [on hold]

I've been inspired and blessed by your husband and wife team
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What's wrong with this sentence? [duplicate]

I came across this sentence in a blog post: "Write with so much passion and energy and enthusiasm they can’t stay asleep." Shouldn't this be written as the following: "Write with so much ...
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counting syllables of Ambatofinandrahana [on hold]

How many syllables are there in the name "Ambatofinandrahana" ?
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What is the rule for when “a few X” is correct, vs when “a few of X” is correct? [migrated]

There are lots of previous questions about "few", but I couldn't find any that addressed this aspect of its usage. What is the grammatical rule that makes the sentence "This will take a few of days" ...
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How can “of me doing something” be grammatically correct? What grammar rule is this? [duplicate]

The first book on my list has actually been recommended to me like multiple times over the years of me doing BookTube. I found that sentence in my English book, and the last part where it reads of ...
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Correct usage of the phrase ‘ease of use’ - not proof-reading [closed]

‘I have experience generalizing tools for repeated and ease of use.’ The sentence should convey both that one has experience generalizing tools for repeated use and ease of use. Specifically, can ‘...
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“Against whom” vs “Whom against”

Against whom are you playing? Whom against are you playing? (Some better way to say this) Can anyone explain which sentence is the exactly correct one, or provide one that is? Does the order of the ...
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Using adjective before the word “something/someone” [migrated]

We normally use these kinds of sentences: I need something strong or I have to hire someone intelligent. Here, the words "strong" and "intelligent" modify the nouns something and someone.So,we can ...
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Help with commas in sentences containing names

I'm struggling to correctly place commas in sentences with names. First of all, some of the underlying grammatical principles do not appear to be universally accepted. Take for example the sentence: ...
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Does “Verb to be” imply something?

This is.... blah blah. They shocked and angered, when the people sought to deprive them. compare to this This is.... blah blah. They are shocked and angered, when the people sought to deprive them....
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when should I add “it” after believe or understand?

Is there any difference? I really can't understand it. and I really can't understand. Also I couldn't believe. and I couldn't believe it
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The “uncovered area in the survey” or the under covered area in the survey

I sampled the soil quality over a wide region. However, some areas in my study area were not sampled in this survey. So, I'm wondering how can I address these areas: A) the uncovered areas in the ...
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Can the sentence be combined? [migrated]

The cost of a tailored suit and the time required for a tailored suit...... Can the above be written as follow: The cost and time required for a tailored suit ...... The cost of and time ...
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When should you repeat the same subject in a compound sentence?

I'd like to know when it is required to repeat the pronoun after a clause or an interjection within the same phrase. For example, which of these two phrases would be considered correct: I've recently ...
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The use of the grammar structure “if” + “would” in context

I stumbled upon it in this video. It is at 1 hour 21 minute and 42 second. If the Israelis would ever once just say we got screwed in 1948, and we are sorry it happened, we would be willing to make ...
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"The economic and health [crisis | crises] can be tackled together.”

Is this sentence correct with plural crises: The economic and health crises can be tackled together. or should it instead be this one with a singular crisis: The economic and health crisis can be ...
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“I can't understand what does it mean.” vs “I can't understand what it means.” [migrated]

In fact, my English skill is poor. Sometimes, I said that "I can't understand what does it mean" or "I can't understand what it means". Which one is correct?
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Using the plural form of proprietary for software

I came across this sentence in an article. There is a balance of proprietary and open sources in the market. Should it be either of the following instead? There is a balance of ...
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How should I phrase this?

I am writing a cover letter for a resume that will be sent to a hopeful job of four years at my university. I am short on cash and would be beyond ecstatic to receive this job but this sentence or ...
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“Which is the best reason” vs “which the best reason is” [migrated]

I was recently asked to decide " which the best reason is for people to do exercise". Momentarily stopped in my tracks, I felt I should have been asked "which is the best reason for people to do ...
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There was nothing to do than watching films [closed]

I was writing something and I made a sentence 'There was nothing to do than watching films.' Is the usage of 'than' in this sentence correct? I kind of remember 'than' can be used the same way as '...
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Singular or plural after Subject + modal + base form of the verb

For example: A well thought-out system streamlines operation, improves work process, reduces data redundancy..... If can is added to the sentence, should the following verb be singular or plural?...
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What should be the proper usage of “has been/have been” in Present Perfect Continuous Tense?

Is this a wrong sentence?? kindly clarify it?? Since the inception of India, the political environment of the country has always been in troubled situation. These sentences are taken from the ...
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In spoken language, if a name is used to substitute the pronoun I, which is the correct verb to use as the first person?

For example I am Aunt Jalene talking to a kid. Instead of saying I try to cook I said Aunt Jalene (I as the first person) tries/try to cook. Should it be try or tries?
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Task List or Tasks List?

I wonder, which is correct to use as a title for list (on a website, f.e.) Task List Tasks List List of Tasks and why? PS. Please, edit tags if I added them not correctly.
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Putting two of the same words together in a sentence has always bothered me

Why is there nothing wrong with this sentence where the preposition for is doubled in the sentence? Little does she know that this chance meeting with the gentleman with the alluring green eyes ...
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When to use “And” at the start of sentence? [duplicate]

I know that and is used to join two sentences or phrases. There are some places I've read that have And is used at the beginning of a sentence. What are the occasions when this is done?
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Where does currently fit in? [duplicate]

There are currently no employees assigned to this work center. or There are no employees currently assigned to this work center.
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Is it permitted to put the subject after a copula instead of before it?

For instance, can one say “Smart is the Eastern system”?
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Can You Use “It Is Because” to Explain Your Opinion

For background I work in ESL as an assistant, and I give a native's perspective, but sometimes I doubt myself. My students have a habit of writing "it is because" to explain why they think something ...
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Why Does the Format “_____ Is” When Asking a Question Sound Correct in Some Situations, but Not in Others

For context, I am an Assistant Language Teacher for ESL. Part of my job is offering a native speaker's perspective, the main teachers are not native speakers, and I was asked about this. To the other ...
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Is it good morning to you or good morning too

When you are replying to a morning greeting ,do you reoly with good morning too or good morning to you too or just good morning
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The different usage of “whatever” and “what”

Following two sentences includes a confusing grammar in my opinion. Can you help me ? Whatever a man lacks in himself he will seek outside. If I wrote this sentence, I would use "it" after the ...
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what is the difference between and among [duplicate]

what is the difference between Blockquote communication between and communication among?
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Is it acceptable to use “almost” at the end of a sentence to make it sound dramatic?

Does adding the word "almost" at the end of the sentence make it sound dramatic or does it change the context of the sentence? Additionally, is it grammatically acceptable? This new laptop has ...
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“they can really drew you in” [closed]

So on the pro side, they're very visible, they're very attractive, they're eye-catching, and they can really drew you in as a potential buyer and prospect. What I mean by that is the meaning of "they ...
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What's the correct grammar, “Who” or “That”? [duplicate]

She would believe anyone "who" tells her that she is... She would believe anyone "that" tells her that she is...
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“yet” and “after all” [closed]

Can I use "yet" at the beginning of a sentence ( as an conjunction which adds a surprising fact to the previous sentence ) and "after all" at the end of that sentence? Example: ..., Yet he didn't ...