Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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Is putting more than one punctuation mark in a single question grammatically allowed?

I came across a sentence the other day which was structured along the lines of this: 'We trundled down the road, and suddenly, we hit a huge... deer? and it rocked and crumpled the car.' Even after ...
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Omis­si­bil­ity of the defi­n­ite ar­ti­cle “the” be­fore at­tribu­tive mod­i­fiers of per­sonal names in Amer­i­can English

Are both in­clu­sion and omis­sion of the defi­n­ite ar­ti­cle the be­fore per­sonal names that have at­tribu­tive mod­i­fiers (nom­i­nal or ad­jec­ti­val or both) con­sid­ered gram­mat­i­cal in Amer­i­...
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Can you use “if past, then past”?

Is it possible to use the past simple in the result-clause of the 2nd conditional? Is it possible to say: If I had enough money, I bought a car.
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Which sentence is the best?

Which one is (more) correct? Do they all mean the same? How long will it take FOR dinner be ready? How long will it take TO dinner be ready? When will dinner be ready? When is dinner going to be ...
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Two basic sentence structure questions

I'm taking a college english course and I have two basic questions I'm hoping to get an answer to. A sentence should be of the form Subject-Verb-Object. Ex: I'm watching Netflix this evening. Subject ...
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When was there a…? / When was a …?

There was a parade in the city center on Sunday. If I want to ask a question about the day, should I say: When was there a parade in the city center? or When was a parade in the city center?
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“more strongly”

Is "more strongly" improper? Here's an example blurb: "Looking back now, I don’t think my response would change that much. I might’ve spoken more strongly, but that’s about it."
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Is this the correct usage of commas in Alice in Wonderland?

Reading Alice in Wonderland, I noticed a strange use of commas: The only things in the kitchen that did not sneeze, were the cook, and a large cat which was sitting on the hearth and grinning from ...
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Are the commas in both of these sentences grammatical?

Are the commas in both I'm able to understand it, and it's understandable. and I'm able to afford it, for it's affordable. grammatical, or is the comma in the first sentence somewhat of a comma ...
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What does the idiom 'haunted by their own demons' mean? [closed]

I have a rough idea but I would like specifics here... Maybe a dictionary definition pasted or something...
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What does this “neither…nor” sentence really mean?

"There are neither serious doubts about Facebook’s dominant position on the German social network market nor the fact that Facebook is abusing this dominant position,” the court said. What does ...
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Can “is” be used for plural? [duplicate]

"The only thing bringing any money into that floating city IS tourists" Is this grammatically correct? Is there ever a time when one could us "is" for a plural?
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Is this a valid sentence structure, and what is it called?

I have been writing short stories for the last few months, and have a bad habit of overusing certain sentence structures. Now I think I overuse a particular remedy to the original problem. Oh dear. ...
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Proper structure of this sentence

To my knowledge, it is grammatical, but it looks strange to me as there are 3 participle clauses included in a single sentence. Eventually, the conclusion and recommendations have been proposed based ...
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Is this grammatical form correct? [migrated]

🙏🌹 "All we know is that we should stay alert and not let our guards down." I want to know if the bold part is grammatically correct!! Do I have to say "and do not let our guards down&...
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When to use “tomato” and when to use “toma­toes”? [migrated]

In my sci­en­tific ar­ti­cle manuscript, I used tomato to re­fer to the plant in gen­eral. But af­ter I sent the manuscript to the El­se­vier English Cor­rec­tion Ser­vice, they changed all tomato ...
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“I would _ and would _” [duplicate]

Which of these are correct? I think 1 and 3 are correct, but I don't know about 2 "I would work and play." vs "I would work and would play." vs "I would work and I would play.&...
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A grammatic question about modification

Why can we say "a not very intelligent boy", but not "a not intelligent boy"?
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Can you say “paint price” instead of “painting price”?

Is this sentence ok as currently written? The paint price is high. I ask because the free online proofreading service from Grammarly, Inc. tries to change that sentence to The painting price is high,...
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i could meet you vs i can meet you & i would meet you vs i will meet you? [migrated]

i have so many doubts about given sentences i would be greatful if someone could clear those! Could is generally referred to talk about past possiblity - is it true or not? if it's true then why we ...
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Consumers vs consumers' vs consumer's?

The biggest gap between technology development and its tangible impact on consumer markets is the (is it consumers, consumer's or consumers'?) awareness of the product and their education on how and ...
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you will have [committed]/[become]

CONTEXT: John tells Bill that he wants to kill Bob. Bill replies to John with one of the sentences below. SENTENCES: If you kill him, you will have become a murderer. Don't do that! If you kill him, ...
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gerund with compound clause for subject

Consider four sentences: The reason I am late is bad weather. The reason I am late is the weather being bad. The reason I am late is the weather's being bad. The reason I am late is a very adverse ...
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we would be [risking]/[running the risk of] missing

CONTEXT: It's now 5:30pm. John and Bill need to get to the railroad station as quickly as possible because they have tickets for train A, which arrives at 6:30pm. Bill's car is slow, so they take John'...
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I would enjoy it, but I've already seen it

CONTEXT: John has asked Samantha out, and they are going to the movies. John tells Samantha the name of the movie they are about to watch. Samantha has already seen that movie, and she doesn't want to ...
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Do you use a semicolon or colon before the word “that” in a sentence?

I just wanted to ask if a semicolon or colon is appropriate before the word “that” in a sentence. For example, I want to tell him that maybe it is the fact that I have been guarded every second of ...
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I, Dave, confirm that I have read the document thoroughly and accept your offer letter [migrated]

I, Dave, confirm that I have read the document thoroughly and accept your offer letter. OR I, Dave, confirm that I have read the document thoroughly and accepted your offer letter. OR I, Dave, confirm ...
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A watermelon is divided into three parts to be served to guests. Is the melon singular or plural? [duplicate]

say that a watermelon is divided into three parts to be served to the guests. I should say "would you like some melons" or "would you like a melon"? I should say "the melon is ...
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Incorrect “There's” with plurals--am I missing something? [duplicate]

More and more lately I've been noticing--what I think of as--mistakes with plurals. I've seen this a lot in spoken English, but it's also popped up a few times in the articles and books I read. The ...
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“Will have been to be” + past participle [migrated]

The more vital the worker, the more likely they will have been to be asked to postpone their annual leave in the pandemic. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Particularly the part in bold. And ...
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What is the correct form for an ad banner [duplicate]

What is the correct form: "Stop mumbling, start speaking!" or "Stop mumbling, start to speak!" ? This is for an advertisement of foreign language learning appl=. Thanks
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"He was steeped in a to many people boring book?

I am confused in the use and name of a class of adjectives similar to the following example: He was steeped in a to many people boring book. Which has the meaning of "He was steeped in a book ...
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Is it grammatical to use ellipses to indicate a character reminiscing?

Is the usage of ellipses correct here? He sat on his wooden desk, fixing the reel on his cassette. When he played the cassette, his mind played the memories of the past ... [a paragraph outlining the ...
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Does this sentence make sense grammatically? [closed]

Humans on Mars has always been a favorite subject of sci-fi. Or would it be... Humans on Mars have always been a favorite subject of sci-fi. Thank you!
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Do these phrases add value to these sentences? [closed]

Let’s hope for coronavirus free 2021 More than 1.7 million people have lost their valuable lives (life?) in the COVID-19 pandemic, so far. Although I would like to know if both are grammatically ...
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Blatant Grammatical Error [migrated]

I have just Googled 'damn or damned' and was presented with your site. Imagine my absolute horror when I saw in the explanation you gave, a grammatical error. You write 'Damn'is a verb.....and can be ...
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Correct way of using 'intently' in a sentence? [closed]

I'll outline two ways of writing the same sentence below. Please guide me on which one is grammatically correct. I wake up to a bear intently staring at me. OR I wake up to a bear staring intently at ...
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How to use a quotation as an extraneous part of a sentence?

I've been trying to use a quotation as an extraneous part of the sentence and wanted to see if there is any grammar convention surrounding it. Sample sentence: Her answer, “I don’t demand ‘new year, ...
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iterate over vs iterate

Which one is correct or more correct? These meetings get iterated every three weeks. These meetings get iterated over every three weeks. Edit: We are talking about a set of meetings (3-4 meetings) ...
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“i am cooking”, “i have to cook”, “i am going to cook”, and “i will cook” [migrated]

I have a situation. i am watching the TV at noon, then i make a telephone call with my husband for a while, then it is time to cook. whhat would i say below is correct? I am cooking (now), bye. I ...
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Is such an ellipsis acceptable?

If we have the sentence She is interested in philosophy (especially philosophy of mathematics). is the following ellipsis acceptable in modern (American) English? She is interested in philosophy (...
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Is this just an error or am I missing something?

I ran across the following passage on a package of tea: "As the farmers all our teas come with a Tea Passport guaranteeing quality and sustainability from bush to cup". I don't see how this ...
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Is “Don't be” correct? [migrated]

I have heard someone saying "Don't be" in response to "I am sorry". I wonder whether it is correct, because some native speakers said it was a mistake, however, some said it was ...
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Do I need to use -ing in this sentence?

Sentence: Can Toast toast Toast toast Toast toast? For context: There is a player in a game with the name "Toast" and a city named "Toast". Here are some sentences that might help ...
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Is it correct to paraphrase “the most” as “one of the most”

I just want to know if I have paraphrased the following accurately or is there another way to paraphrase it? The original sentence is: Our previous study also demonstrated that PCP was the most ...
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What does “Still, you weren't eleven every day” mean in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone? [closed]

The context: Monday. This reminded Harry of something. If it was Monday—and you could usually count on Dudley to know the days of the week, because of television—then tomorrow, Tuesday, was Harry’s ...
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This type of + plural ( reason)

As we all agree on, types when plural, always comes after "of" a plural noun.. Like types of cars : meaning different classes of cars. My question here is : when I want to address one type ...
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Not sure when to use “exist” and “exists”

As a non-native English speaker I have never been quite sure how to use the words "exist" and "exists". For example is the usage of the said words grammatically correct in the ...
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What's the problem with the syntax of this sentence?

This sentence appears in Shuggie Bain, this year's Man Booker Prize winner. Him, her man, who when he shared her bed now seemed to lie on the very edge, made her feel angry with the littered promises ...

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