Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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Correct opposite of checkbox ticked

I want to write "If left unticked ......" , but it seems like unticked is not a word(or is it?), what would the correct opposite of ticked because I use "If ticked ...." at the beginning of paragraph.
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Is it grammatically correct for titles to not have punctuation?

I was wondering (for no particular reason), is it grammatically correct for titles, including, but not limited to, the ones of questions in the websites of the Stack Exchange network, to not have ...
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'you ' as singular and plural? [closed]

Which is the correct answer is this? You are or you is. You as Using both singular and plural .then why not use you as singular the verb is
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Am I using the word “viable” correct in this context? [closed]

“ I hope this email finds you well. I am writing you this email to inquire about the viability of myself transferring to your school`s IGCSE department at grade 10 starting from the next academic year....
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Present tense used with past perfect tense in a sentence

"...,and these things have kept me awake all night". Or ""...,and these things have kept me awoken all night" Although I know the first one is correct ,but to someone who doesn't have an ear for the ...
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the simple present tense

Why is say simple present, and not said? This isn't a repeated action, nor is it a general truth. What sense or meaning was the writer going to express? American Airlines and Alaska Airlines say ...
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To be V-ed vs to v-ed [migrated]

I don't understand why I can't use "to be locked up" instead of "to locked up" mentioned in this right sentence "I've often wondered what it would be like to locked up in a house for twelve weeks with ...
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Rule of zero article

I understand from ThoughtCo that: In general, no article is used with (i) proper nouns, (ii) mass nouns where the reference is indefinite, or (iii) plural count nouns where the reference is ...
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Inculcated With [closed]

Is this phrase incorrect or perhaps awkward? John was inculcated with certain ideas. The phrase comes naturally to me. But I decided to check, and I can find no examples of it being used. Ngram ...
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Can I drop the word “like” in certain instances?

The particular example I am thinking of here is: "This sounds like a noble pursuit." I was wondering if it would be grammatically correct to drop the like: hence, "this sounds a noble pursuit." It ...
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Usage of past perfect continuous and past continuous tense

Which sentence is correct? I had been waiting here for two hours until you finally arrived. I was waiting here for two hours until you finally arrived. Which one is correct? How does one ...
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What is the word for relationship in a sentence? [closed]

What is the word for relationship in a sentence? thank you
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Is “for the purpose that” grammatically correct? [migrated]

I have googled and rarely found the example of usage. Instead I found "for the purpose of" is more common. My English teacher, who is not English-native speaker, showed me one but I rather disagree ...
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Use of commas and the word “starring” [migrated]

I'm correcting a film review by one my ESL students and she has written the following sentence as the first one in one of the paragraphs: Starring, Joaquin Phoenix, with incredible acting that makes ...
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Questions regarding a sonnet? [migrated]

I have two questions regarding this sonnet by William Wordsworth: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ...
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Is this impolite or rude? Or not making any sense at all? [closed]

I am in the process of hiring by a company and I had a question regarding one specific matter so I sent an email to HR department and I asked my question but later on I've received an email with ...
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The accident “to” somebody or the accident “of” somebody? [migrated]

Which sentence is correct? Or are both or neither correct? The accident to my child was traumatic. The accident of my child was traumatic. Maybe the first one is correct as in English we say an ...
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Why is “I didnt mean to, not miss it” incorrect?

I know someone who initially typed the phrase, "I didn't mean to not miss it." After I pointed out that this had a double negative, he corrected this to "I didn't mean to, not miss it" I believe this ...
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Abbreviation, attributive [closed]

How to call the letter or linking verb that Abbreviation, attributive emits,grammarly? Give me something grammarly like Negator.
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“She isn't a movie-going person” [migrated]

What does "movie-going" mean in this phrase? Can we use the same for other locations like the theater or the stadium? She isn't a movie-going person Source: https://twitter.com/tvs_movies/status/...
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Past participle as adjective without verb 'to be' [duplicate]

Looking at the clause "... to talk to two separate people or groups involved in a disagreement" is the word 'involved' an adjective here? If it is, shouldn't it be 'that are involved'?
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Funnily enough or Funny enough

How to say this correctly? In the first sentence I want it to be the way he said it, describing a verb, and in the second one I want to make it the way he is, describing a noun. And what part of ...
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What is “not” in “but not” grammarly? [migrated]

What is "not" in "but not" grammarly? For example: I love all the chocolate but/ but not/ but never kinder but the egg one. What do we call the "not" in but not grammarly? Can I use but twice to ...
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What are you guys having today? vs What are you having guys today? [closed]

What are you guys having today? or What are you having guys today? Can anyone tell me which of the above statements are correct and why?
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Different between verb + ing and verb + ed [migrated]

Can somebody helps to explain what are the differences between these sentences? What grammar is this? ex) 1. - This is an added product - This is an adding product - This is an ...
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What is the difference between a curiosity and having a sexual desire? [closed]

What is the difference between a curiosity and having a sexual desire? Can they be used interchangeably? From what I understand, "Sexual Desires" are what you get when you "know" what that something ...
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How to describe factors leading to a negative event?

Being a non-native English speaker, I am looking for an appropriate verb/phrase to describe the negative event as consequence of two health factors. My best shot is "precipitate"; however, I am ...
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I am trying to find out differences between between a bunch of “would” conditionals [duplicate]

I am confused about how to correctly use if with would (+have) or could (+have) while talking about past activities in conditionals. Please check out these sentences and help me to figure out their ...
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Would you like to explain these sentences to me? [migrated]

I need the design a stunning app icon. I need to design a stunning app icon. I need the design to be a stunning app icon. Please review those sentences and explain what meanings they express. I'm ...
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What does the “open exchange of information” mean?

What does the "open exchange of information" mean? For example, in order to find the truth about history, there must be an open exchange of information? Could I re-write the sentence and make "...
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Misuse of the word “Timely”?

My coworkers use "timely" in a way that I am unaccustomed to and it strikes me as odd (wrong). An example: "we need to get those reports timely". As I've always understood it, the correct form of ...
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Native speaker doesn't follow grammar rules [migrated]

One of my clients who is a native English speaker said to me, "I need the design a stunning app icon" To me, the sentence or phrase should be "I need the design to be a stunning app icon" The ...
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“Thanks for interesting to” vs. “Thanks for your interest to”: which one is correct? [migrated]

I got an email from a professor which started with: Thanks for interesting to work with me... I was wondering if this is grammatically correct. I thought the correct usage should be: Thanks for ...
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“Each party must not” - grammatically correct? [closed]

I know that the above phrase is commonly used in legal documents, but I’ve been told that the above phrase is grammatically incorrect or clunky. What do you think? If so, how would you change it? ...
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“You're one of the only people” plurality

I'm normally pretty good with grammar, but this one just stumped me. I was trying to write something similar to "you're one of the only people who [is/are] nice to me", but I'm not sure if I should ...
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I am bit confused with the following sentence [migrated]

What the different between "So exciting to be part of it" and "So excited to be part of it" which one is correct?
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What kind of structure is this?

I have written this paragraph as part of a review. I believe it is correct grammar but can't pinpoint the logic behind the use of the comma or the it is. I don't know the name of this kind of ...
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Usage of “the” prefix where it doesn't seem to be grammatically correct [duplicate]

I've noticed 2 instances of usage of a the prefix where it doesn't seem to correspond with standard usage of English. The flu I'd expect a flu or just flu: He caught a flu She's infected with ...
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Cyberbullying means bullying that “takes” place using electronic technology [migrated]

I don't know why the need to use 'takes" and not "take"? Can somebody tell me why??
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Is using “Says” in the beginning of a sentence correct?

A listed company uses the following sentence structure in all its press releases: Says John Smith, Director, ABC Ltd, “The credit profiles of FMCG companies are likely to remain stable, supported ...
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“not so useful as” vs “not as useful as” [duplicate]

I do not understand whether the first or the second sentence is correct, or perhaps both? No other metal is so useful as iron. No other metal is as useful as iron. Although the latter feels ...
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Time saving or time savings?

This is for a questionnaire. There are multiple options to choose from that indicate that I can save time with a certain option. I am wondering whether to use "time savings" or "time saving" in this ...
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What is the suitable verb form for wish-clause in this context?

You're looking for a job – so far, without success. Nobody will give you a job. You say:_________________________ (give). The answer from the book is 'would give', but some students use 'gave'. ...
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Grammatical placement of an intensive pronoun

Struggling with the placement of an intensive pronoun – can anyone please advise? Gina – mother herself of a teenage daughter – asked me if I was all right. Gina – mother of a teenage daughter ...
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Tense agreement rule when we refer to a fact that occured in the past, and still holds [duplicate]

I am writing an academic paper. In my literature review section, I refer to past work that mentions some lasting facts. I have composed the following two sentences that mimic my sentences in the paper....
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Why as a subject does the pronoun “I” follow all other pronouns in a list? [duplicate]

Why is this sentence incorrect? I and you can go there. And why is this sentence correct? You and I can go there.
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Is it “a player who always do” or “who always does”? [migrated]

I have a doubt question or confusion about the following structure: I am a player who always do the best. or I am a player who always does the best. Which is the correct version? I think the "do" ...
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Compliance “to be mandatory” [migrated]

I want to ask a question about the function of the word "compliance". I was writing a text regarding politics and wanted to mention whether if the United Kingdom left the EU whether some of the ...
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What is the correct sequence of negatives for this use case? [migrated]

Which of the following sentences is most grammatical for US English, or are all of them ungrammatical and should be written differently? I will not allow anyone to do something to him or her. ...

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