Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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Correct me if I am wrong, from or since [closed]

From childhood ,I was never used half shirt . Is this sentence is correct ?
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Poor sentence structure, why? [closed]

Can someone help me with this sentence? Accоrding to the ΔpKa-rule, the selеcted co-former satisfied the ΔpKa<0 cоndition hence a co-crystal fоrmation was expеcted. I was told that this sentence ...
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Is this correct usage? "..., especially with as egregious of circumstances as exist here." [closed]

I just wrote this, but it sounds a little odd, and I couldn't think of a better way to phrase it so I think it's ok. Is my intuition correct here?
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Which sentence is grammatically correct in English? [closed]

Out of those 3: His schedule is surely extremely filled, just like ours and he probably couldn't found time to respond yet. His schedule is surely extremely filled, just like ours and he probably ...
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"In this regard" vs "in regards to this"

I am not a native English speaker but have had English as the medium of instruction throughout my education. While writing an email application, I wrote this line as a concluding statement. "Let ...
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Subjunctive "be" inversion [closed]

Can i invert the protasis bellow : If you not be, ... Into : Be you not, ... Will it not —in an archaic sense— be mistaken for imperative and will it convey the same conditional notion?
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Can I use adv. at the end of sentence? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? The sun set was unforgettable at the beach." Or The sun set at the beach was unforgettable."
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Comparing “Zeroth” and “First Conditionals” in similar contexts [migrated]

Hey! Do not touch the car. The alarm (go off) ______ if you touch it. Can both “zeroth conditional” and ”first conditional” be accepted in this context? Regarding their usage, zero type refers to a ...
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Capitalisation for emphasis?

Let's say we have a time card software system. In the help FAQ, is the second version grammatically correct, or preferable? How can we locate time cards that had errors? How can we locate Time Cards ...
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I wonder why wouldn't/don't they do it already? [migrated]

Are any of these two sentences correct?: I wonder why wouldn't they do it already? I wonder why don't they do it already? It's a response of mine to a comment where the guy said something like: ...
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Improving readability and comprehensibility of sentences in which a relative clause separates the subject and predicate

I want to bring more readability and structure in my sentences. I often write sentences in the following format / structure: To incorporate A which can be seen as B with something of C (c.f. Sect. X) ...
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Could you please help and explain to me how to correct the seemingly incorrect passive voice sentence pattern?

Could you please help and explain to me how to correct the seemingly incorrect passive voice sentence pattern? I would prefer it if we could be sat next to a window.
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Is "99.9% of the X community is degenerate" grammatical? [duplicate]

In all honesty, this is a bit of a dumb question. So I recently had a conversation about a video game and my friend said "99.9% of the League community is degenerate." I told him that it's ...
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how to use "that" properly

We look forward to a revised proposal that the installation of lift will not lead to any loss of the school premises nor worsen the existing school environment. Is proposal that alright? Or is ...
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“…that the privations on the soul grow ever more stark and ruinous by the day.” - Can the word “privations” be used in this format?

Is it admissible to use to the phrase “privations on the soul” to describe the state in which the needs of the soul are not met and thus starved?
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When should I put "the", "a" and "an" [migrated]

Zero coupon bonds with a par value of £1,000 have maturity of 2 years, and required rate of return of 2 percent. Zero coupon bonds with a par value of £1,000 have a maturity of 2 years, and a ...
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Can we use present perfect tense with past time expressions?

Can we use the present perfect tense with past time expressions if we are not telling stories or talking about the past, but if it is important to let know that an action happened at the exact time in ...
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Article the is an adverb or an adjective [migrated]

I read an article that states that the definite article "the" is an adjective before nouns (the ball) and is an adverb before superlative adjective (the best player) what its type (part of ...
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Is this tense usage correct, "you'll continue acting"?

if you'll continue acting like... I understand "if you continue to act like..." seems more logical, but is there a fault in the first sentence? I am focusing on the "act" part. ...
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Is the sentence "You rise groggily, the campsite a casualty of merriment." grammatically correct?

You rise groggily, the campsite a casualty of merriment. Saw this on a story heavy game, I understand what it means but the grammar confused me. Is this a proper structure?
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Is my use of a colon correct. If it is correct, is the sentence itself structured okay?

The traditional narrative is composed of two types of characters: dramatic characters, which are characters that see huge changes to their personality or core beliefs, and static characters, which are ...
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Idiom and grammar [migrated]

The day was like any other day but the different thing it was me. Do you know any idiom for this sentence? And is this sentence right? How can I make it better?
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“suggested I just ate/eat a banana”

The following is an extract from a passage, the emboldened sentence being the phrase of interest: Coming in a minimalistic white pouch, the meal-replacement powder blends things like rice, peas and ...
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Why does "an universe" sound so wrong? [closed]

I just ran across the phrase "an universe where" in a book, and my mind is telling me that it should be "a universe where." It just sounds wrong. But... you're supposed to put &...
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Do I use "is" or "are" in these situations? [duplicate]

Suppose I want to describe "work" or types of work on a school.  Do I use "is" or "are" in these situations? The proposed renovation and rehabilitation of the school is ...
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How to know when it is subjunctive or not [duplicate]

In this line: God save the earth! … and the Queen too if God so chooses. Was the word “chooses” correctly used?
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Is this a grammatical construction?

There is a construction rule I often find myself reaching for of the form: so X a Y Where "X" is an adjective and "Y" a noun. E.g. I had never encountered so bold a claim I am ...
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After the game, we went out to eat, went to the movies, and then went home. Is it a simple or compound sentence? [migrated]

After the game, we went out to eat, went to the movies, and then went home. Is that a simple or compound sentence?
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Would you say "He has homework to do, doesn't he?" or "He has homework to do, hasn't he?"? [duplicate]

I would normally say 'He has homework to do, doesn't he?' but I've heard some people say the other variant is correct. Which one would you say is correct? Or are both of them correct?
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I would like to know if the verbs "want to" and "have to" are considered "stative" [duplicate]

Is it correct to say - "I've been wanting to call you all week, but I have simply not had the time." Or - "I'm having to tend to petty issues all the time, and don't get to do my work.&...
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In the sentence " They want me to do this sober ", why is an adjective being used to describe a verb ( do )? [duplicate]

In a movie, the interviewer wanted to interview someone, and then his friend offered him a drink, but the interviewer said " They want me to do this sober ". "They" refers to his ...
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Does this sentence convey my intended meaning properly? I have to write a six word story

Sentence: "They acquitted guilty men for justice." Does this sentence convey that "They acquitted guilty men to achieve justice," or am I not able to use the word "for" ...
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Can "that" stand after a comma? [duplicate]

Is the underlined "that" used accurately there? I suppose it is a relative clause, based on its meaning and function but this dialogue has been bugging me for a while since all I've learned ...
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Is there really a tense-concord in English?

For those who don't know what tense-concord is, it is the concord between the conditional part and the resultant part in a conditional sentence. For e.g. (1) If he comes, the party will be lit. (Real ...
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Is this a correct construction?

is Some people theorized online that it could have been because of a difference in the type of shoes worn by the players on the field, I personally prefer divine intervention. a correct construction?...
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Why is "I too" so rare? [duplicate]

It would be interesting to hear the reasons why "I too" is so rare. It is usually replaced by "me too", although this is techically wrong when it denotes the subject. Perhaps it is ...
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'It is I who is' or 'It is I who am'? [duplicate]

Which of these two sentences is correct? It is I who is foolish, not you. It is I who am foolish, not you. (Incidentally, I am fully aware that the use of 'I' after 'is' is rather stilted, and that ...
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Could "being" be omitted in "spend time (being) someone"?

I came across a sentence in Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence that I don't quite comprehend: They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred, and remain aloof among the only scenes they ...
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Is using 'as if' okay as a sentence starter?

My teacher is having us write as if sentences and using as if at the start of the sentence. For example, she used "As if I had money, I went shopping". This makes no sense to me or several ...
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Counting state of an object or person

Is it natural to use an article to specify the state of an object or person? Or alternatively, is this structure not suitable? For example, see the following sentence. An unconscious Michael Jackson ...
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"that" after A of B structure [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? I came across this sentence when reading the NY Mag; the writer produced sentence A. A: It’s also a real biological feature, a specialized bundle of cells that ...
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Can you tell me if the "ask for myself should be ask for me [closed]

If you have questions, please feel free to ask for myself or Cory to answer any questions you may have.
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Can I omit "should" at this time? [closed]

By the end of the week, all applicants (should) have a preliminary interview. So, is the right sentence...? By the end of the week, all applicants have a preliminary interview. or By the end of the ...
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"It holds+statement"

In some of the mathematical papers I've encountered sentences like "It holds A>B.". I have a feeling that this is far from being grammatically correct, but I would appreciate a ...
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Is the phrase 'wonderfully easier' grammatical?

There is an advertisement I see constantly that promotes convenience shopping at a particular store as 'wonderfully easier'. This doesn't sound grammatical to me. To me, the correct phrase should be '...
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"Damn am I hungry." vs "Damn I am hungry." What is the difference? [duplicate]

I know this is a stupid question, but I've heard a lot of people saying some sentence like that, like interrogative sentence, but they didn't mean to ask a question. Damn am I hungry, lets go get ...
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Especially in X "class" or "classes"?

I'm writing a document and am confused whether I should write "class" singular or "classes" plural. Grammar online checker seems to allow both. What is the reasoning behind? ...
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Can I ask “Actually?” instead of “Really?” [closed]

If someone says something and I would like to express my disbelief I would normally say “Really?”. An example would be someone says: “I won the lottery” - “Really?” or “I climbed the mount everest” - “...
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Beers vs. glasses of beer [duplicate]

If I would want to order a beer, I would normally say "I want a beer". But if I want to order two of them, do I say "two beers" or "two glasses of beer"? On the one hand, ...
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"is lack" or "is a lack"?

Are there any differences between the uses/meanings of "is lack" and "is a lack" for example in the following? There is a lack of interest in the topic. There is lack of research ...

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