Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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Acceptability of "I'm trying to think if..." [duplicate]

The following sentence recently came out of my mouth: "I'm trying to think if I've seen that before." In a rare moment of self-reflection immediately after saying this, it occurred to me ...
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Can one use the expression "[feel/experience/...] dissonance [... with]" to express antipathy?

I'm unsure how to correctly use the word dissonance in relation to myself - do I feel dissonance, do I experience it, or something else? The sentence I have is: I have been open regarding the ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct in terms of the agreement of the subjects of the two parts of the sentence? [closed]

I found this sentence in a publication of a world-renowned institution. Is it grammatically correct in terms of the agreement of the subjects of the two parts of the sentence? A reserved boy in his ...
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Listing multiple nouns with "to" in between? [duplicate]

Would it be grammatically correct to list multiple nouns with "to" in between? For example, "I've never seen so many desserts (from cakes to ice cream to cupcakes to cookies)." I'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I may go VS I would go [closed]

''I … not go there because it will be hot and crowded'' which one is correct 'may' or 'would', or both are correct but have different meanings? I think ‘may’ is correct, but people told me that ‘would’...
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World Oceans Day — why is it plural?

Today is the World Oceans Day. Why is ‘World Ocean’ in it plural? There is only one World Ocean. Or did they just omit the apostrophe before the -s?
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Placement of “anymore” with respect to other complements, as in "not possible anymore to …"

I often see sentences like this from non-native speakers: ?It is not possible anymore to cross the border without a passport. To me, this sounds wrong, and I would write this instead: It is no ...
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Is it ever grammatically correct to say "And you, my."

If it is acceptable to answer I love you. with And I you. which we could represent as: And I love you. Would it be acceptable to answer: You're my hero. with And you my. in other words: And ...
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"What went we out into this wilderness to find?" This sentence is grammatically correct. How?

"What went we out into this wilderness to find?" This is the first dialogue of the movie 'The VVitch'. I can't understand how this sentence is correct. I asked my teacher, she told me that ...
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Perfect infinitive- Expressing future

The perfect infinitive can refer to something that will be completed at a point in the future. Example: We hope to have finished the building works by the end of March. Can I replace the verb "...
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Is it a proper paragraph for introducing myself? [closed]

I have prepared this paragraph for introducing myself in my Linkedin about part: "I was in love with computers since my childhood, Now I study Computer Engineering and love Programing, Algorithm ...
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Repetition of "one" as number and pronoun

I am wondering about repetitions related to the use of the word one as a pronoun and as a number inside an adjectival compound. Here are two examples: My friend ordered a two-scoop cone, while a got ...
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What is the grammatically correct way of attributing possession to the noun phrase "her and others"?

"I also felt an urgent need to be able to do more to directly impact her and others’ lives during..." Is the bold part grammatically correct? Should it be "her and others' life"? ...
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Talk about A more than B vs talk more about A than B [closed]

Which sentence has the correct grammar? I talk about A more than B. I talk more about A than B. I think the first one is correct, while my friend uses the second one. Dr. Karp’s interview may ask ...
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Which one is grammatically correct? And why? [closed]

Which one is grammatically correct? And why? Those who feel interest to tell lies never prosper in life. or Those who feel interested to tell lies never prosper in life.
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Why the "ones" in this sentence "French students have to work harder than British ones." is incorrect whilst in another is correct?

Here are the sentences that I'm looking at right now, from The Longman Dictionary of Common Errors ("New Edition" p244): one ✗ British children have more opportunities than Tunisian ones. ✓...
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"someone satisfied /pleased / ??? with the situation" expression - is the correct way to say that? [closed]

I have the following phrase: A student just learnt that he failed an important exam. To what extent do you think he is satisfied/pleased/??? with this situation? I need that the answer to this ...
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Catenative verbs without "to"

Here's a well-liked comment under a YouTube video, complimenting the creator: This man is an absolute joy to watch do literally anything. Although YouTube likes is not an indicator of grammatical ...
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Should I use singular or plural here?

Which is correct and why?: I like to adopt abandoned things. This, and the fact that my wife works for an animal charity, appear to be why I have six dogs. I like to adopt abandoned things. This, and ...
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Is it grammatical to split a qualifying subclause from the qualified noun? [duplicate]

While drafting an answer on another site, at one point I came up with the following sentence: *You can’t force someone to follow a contract who hasn’t agreed to it. I think the intended meaning is ...