Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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“Author of a book” = “book's author”? [duplicate]

Is the latter form correct? I used to think so because it is literal translation from my native language and sounded naturally but then I discovered that I had probably never heard it anywhere except ...
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Is vs. Are (Ambiguous subject + be-verb + object) [closed]

I would need help in understanding a particular situation: Which of the two statements is correct? Core Assumption: Person B will always answer with only one location Situation 1 Person A: Where are ...
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in vs over in present perfect tense

What's the difference between these two - I've been to the dentist quite a few times over the past few days . I've been to the dentist quite a few times in the past few days .
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Infinitive vs. To Be Gerund [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is regarded as more grammatical? They appear to like their new neighborhood. OR They appear to be liking their new neighborhood. Is it the case that while both may ...
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The definite article and “OF” [closed]

Here are two examples from English press. Example 1 Women's sport could generate more than £1bn per year by 2030, and increasing the visibility of female athletes and teams is key to unlocking this ...
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Use of conditional and subjunctive in past tense narration [duplicate]

I am helping my friend with a story that is written in the past tense, and I've hit a snag with their uses of conditional and subjunctive. I could have sworn that I learned that you use "was"...
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Sentence formation [duplicate]

Why in many sentences do we use verbs before pronouns such as we write in a question? For example: Neither did I try nor did I want to. She told me that I can improve my grades, and boy was she right....
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Will vs would in the following question [migrated]

What's the difference between: "I would go on a walk with my friend tonight. " "I will go on a walk with my friend tonight. "
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Is “I love that for you” grammatical?

Does the phrase "I love that for you" obey the rules of Standard American English, when used in the sense described in this Vogue article? In particular, the person uttering the sentence is ...
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“There are things I can't give up either/too”, which is correct?

I'm wondering whether I can use "either" or "too" in this sentence, or both? There are things I can't give up either There are things I can't give up too Please explain why/why ...
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Properly using semicolons to join two or more sentences [closed]

I am wondering if the following sentence looks grammatically correct, and if it would be better to remove the second semicolon and add a comma. Or I guess it is possible the entire sentence is wrong. ...
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How to use parentheses, commas, or neither to give additional information? [closed]

What’s the correct way to use commas, parentheses, or neither to add additional information to a sentence? For example, which of these is the correct punctuation for a sentence where the main point is ...
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When asking 'Where are you?' will the answer 'I am now at the bar' be correct? Will it require something else to be fully grammatically correct? [closed]

So basically I am asking my friend: 'Where are you?'. Will his reply 'I am now at the bar' be fully grammatically correct?
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Plurality and “there happens to be” vs “there happen to be” [duplicate]

Imagine we have the sentence I am hungry, and luckily there happens to be a lot of apple trees nearby. Should it be "happen to be" or "happens to be" in this instance? I believe ...
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What is the grammatical rule behind this? [closed]

"The people need to evacuate before the storm is coming." It should be "before the storm comes." What rule do we have to explain the structure after "before"? If I got it ...
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Correcting sentences “deal with vs deal in” [closed]

Finding the error in the following. Please confirm: Most shopkeepers in the mall deal with jewellery & fashionable items. Correct: Most shopkeepers in the mall deal in jewellery & fashionable ...
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Who versus whom “Authors use italics to help readers understand who is speaking…” [duplicate]

I've tried to read up on this but I don't know enough grammar to keep it straight, I can't find an example exactly like this, and my head is swimming. In my daughter's Brave Writer(c) grammar course ...
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He then sought God in different worldly things whom he revered them and praised them [closed]

He then sought God in different worldly things whom he revered them and praised them. Can someone please let me know if I have made correct usage of 'Whom' in the above sentence. Correction of this ...
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Is it possible to omit 'to' from the following sentence, 'This letter was sent to him yesterday.'?

Is it possible to omit 'to' from the following sentence? This letter was sent to him yesterday. I mean, This letter was sent him yesterday. Is it ok without 'to' ? If grammatically possible, ...
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can Where/Whereas be used interchangeably in the following examples?

"Whereas there were once as many as fifteen thousand divers on the island, there are now only about five thousand." "Where there were once as many as fifteen thousand divers on the ...
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Complications regarding use of 'by then' [migrated]

Is this sentence grammatically correct - When I was last there , he hadn't arrived by then . Should 'by then' be used , if a sentence already has 'when' and if it can't be used then what would be the ...
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“This is the one encyclopedia upon which I can depend.” Can I put the proposition 【upon】 at the end of the sentence? [migrated]

"This is the one encyclopedia upon which I can depend." Can I put the proposition 【upon】 at the end of the sentence? That is" This is the one encyclopedia which I can depend upon."...
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How to know that we have to use exclamation mark or full stop after an imperative sentence? [closed]

How to know that I we have to use exclamation mark or full stop after an imperative sentence? For example- Surrender./!. In this sentence, l have to use full stop or an exclamation mark? Also in this ...
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Countable nouns with a/an and the [migrated]

Task (Put in a/an or the.) I saw ... accident this morning. ... car crashed into ... tree. ... driver of ... car wasn’t hurt, but ... car was badly damaged. Answer I saw an accident this morning. A ...
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Can I add many verbs after the world “Do not”? [migrated]

Dear lovely native English speakers, I have a question. Can I write many verbs after the word "Do not" For example: Do not eat, catch and buy blue crabs. Is the above sentence correct?
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A first or the first after mentioning general categories

In the following passage: Recent works have tackled the explainability shortcomings with different approaches. A first approach investigates to which extent an input feature is responsible for a ...
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Which is ‘more correct’: “It has been a month since you graduated” or “It has been a month since you ʜᴀᴠᴇ graduated”? [migrated]

I am unsure on whether to use or to omit the word have in a particular sentence: It has been a month since you graduated. It has been a month since you have graduated. I believe that it may be ok ...
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Grammaticality of “a list is added an Item”? [migrated]

Using the word given as a past participle in the following sentence is, presumably, correct: A person is given a gift Can we use the past participle form of the word added in the same way in the ...
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Why is it grammatically correct to say “It’s time she went”? [duplicate]

Consider these possibilities: It is now time for her to leave home. It is now time for her to be told. It is now time (that) she left home. It is now time (that) she were told. It is now time (that) ...
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“He will be a doctor” [closed]

Am I right, interpreting these sentences? He will be a doctor= Either he is a doctor now or he will become a doctor in future. He might be a doctor= Either he is a doctor now or will become a doctor ...
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GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT OR NOT? [migrated]

I forgot to write "to" in my test, but I am not sure if it's still okay. So can you help me please? The sentence I wrote: Families let their children play games. What I supposed to write: ...
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Adverbial adjectives [duplicate]

Continuing from this question about a cloze reading test, in the construction If a conversation starts angry, it will almost certainly continue angry. or the song lyrics Start angry... end mad... ...
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Can a prepositional phrase be a subject? [migrated]

Is a prepositional phrase acceptable as a subject ? I got this grammar book yesterday, need not to mention its author Book title ( Whose grammar book is this anyway ? ) On page 25 I found this: (words ...
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Why is the verb after the words “better” and “rather” always singular (no s)? [migrated]

I don’t know what word type these belong to (are they adverbs?). I notice that the verbs after these two words are always singular verbs even though the pronoun is a singular pronoun. The following is ...
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Which article should go before a specific game like cricket, football etc. Is it will be a, an or the [duplicate]

Which article should go before a specific game like cricket, football etc. Is it will be a, an or the.
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Can Past Simple and Past Perfect be used in combination this way? [migrated]

I found this sentence in Persuasion by Jane Austen: Till he came and had examined the child, their apprehensions were the worst for being vague; they suspected great injury, but knew not where; but ...
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How are “[]” and “[…]” used in in-text reference [duplicate]

I've seen direct quotations which use "[]" and "[...]", but so far I've been unable to find a definition for the syntax. Specifically, the text could be like: [S]o here we don't ...
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A comparative clause without a subject

Why is this comparative clause correct? The situation might be worse than seems to be. Does it omit the subject " that" or " it"?
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Task 1: Reason treavel and main issues for travelling public [duplicate]

The charts describe reasons for people to travel and main problems they concerned about the travelling public. In general, the biggest number of people travel because of work and the price of travel ...
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Is “do so so that” in the following sentence correct?

Is the sentence correct? Can the word "business" used in this context? By the word "host" I mean an owner of a house who entertains. Hospitality is one of the traits of a friendly ...
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Do we use (has or have) with an unknown gender? [duplicate]

Do we use (has or have) with an unknown gender? For example: Which one is correct? 1.Who has been invited? 2.Who have been invited? I'm asking this question because I know that we use "them&...
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Can the phrase, “bred as we” obey grammatical rule?

Exultation is the going Of an inland soul to sea, Past the houses—past the headlands— Into deep Eternity— Bred as we, among the mountains, Can the sailor understand The divine intoxication Of the ...
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Correct usage of a sentence with “is/was”? [closed]

I have a question regarding the usage of a sentence. Option A: Today is your last day to complete this task. Option B: Today was your last day to complete this task. I have a doubt, so when I'm ...
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The usage of more or less [migrated]

I've come across a sentence as following: Denotation is a translation of a sign to its meaning, precisely to its literal meaning, more or less like dictionaries try to define it. I got confused with ...
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It feels like there can be more than one correct answer to the way these questions are posed [closed]

Can someone tell me if this quiz is credible? Answers and the reasoning behind them would be most helpful in the case that it is credible. My feeling is the questions are posed in an ambiguous way and ...
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“As pets being welcome, she stayed at the hotel with her dog.” [closed]

I know that the the following two sentences are validly structured. Pets being welcome, she stayed at the hotel with her dog. and As pets were welcome, she stayed at the hotel with her dog. The ...
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Is there a phrase like 'in my joy'? What about 'feel the hours passing by'? [closed]

Are the phrases in bold in the following sentence correct? "In their joy of finding a friend in each other, they did not feel the hours passing by." I'm not a native speaker. I feel like the ...
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of no interest or not of interest? [closed]

An official document from my University (HAN Arnhem, the Netherlands) is full of typos, for instance, ...to interrupt a task when a peripheral signals an hardware event. et cetera, et cetera. But what ...
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Correct tenses for history book

I’m reading and hearing conflicting advice on this topic. I’m writing a history book and I am getting tripped up on tenses when the time period shifts when referencing the same topic. Some are telling ...
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Is “A or B is C” or “A or B are C” correct? What about “(A and B,) or C _ D” or “A, or (B and C) _ D”? [duplicate]

If "A xor B _ C" I think "is" would be correct. Since they are otherwise technically uncountable, I would say that "A or B is C". As for the last one, I think I would say ...

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