Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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Which sentence is grammatically correct? This is the email John sent Or This is the email that John sent

I'm not sure which one is grammatically correct. Any input is highly appreciated. Thanks. "This is the email John sent Or This is the email that John sent"
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Can a Noun Idiomatically applying to more than one thing remain in the singular when it represents a quality or thing possessed in common?

Basic education consists of more than 1 Grade. Therefore a group of grades forms basic education. "Grades 1 to 6 are basic education" Which is true because we are not implying any one grade ...
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Can I switch between 'the cow' and 'cows'? [duplicate]

I was writing an essay on The Cow. I started like this: The cow is a four-footed domestic animal. It has a big body... ....There are many different breeds of cows in the world. You would notice ...
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After the colon, should I use “to speak” and then “to be” or just the bare infinitives?

After the colon, should I use “to speak” and then “to be” or just the bare infinitives in the following sentence: Now, you can see what the two necessary conditions were in order to stay here: (to) ...
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What is “what” in “what has been called“?

Climate change is thus a prime example of what people have called a "social ecological system" with factors from different domains interacting on different spatial and temporal scales. The ...
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Is there anything special about the word "the day-before"?

Here is a short paragraph from the novel Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden: “Annie, she help her mamma make the turk’,” Annie’s grandmother said. It was a second or two before I realized that “turk” ...
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"By that time" vs "At that time" with past perfect

Which sentence seems more accurate - We had already been friends for a while by that time . We had already been friends for a while at that time .
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How to improve this sentence?

I am reviewing my resume and I am curious how to improve the following sentence: Built a Chrome Extension for social recommendations which reduced recommendation insertion by 90%. It just doesn't ...
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To live by your values or Living the

Our (non-English) company recently had a survey where we were asked whether we are "living the (corporate) values". I am very much irked by this phrasing, as I believe it is incorrect usage. ...
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which is correct here, break or broke? [closed]

which one is correct? "Steve was amazing before his leg break." "Steve was amazing before his leg broke."
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How can I divide this clause? [closed]

How can I divide this clause from spoken text, in order to analyse the theme and type of the clauses? Announcer: Welcome back everyone, so doctors are warning people to not take pain relievers like ...
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Possessive Pronoun or Possessive Adjective? [duplicate]

"I couldn't persuade Tim in spite of my begging him to come with us" So, is it supposed to be "me begging him", or it is grammatical? My teaher said the sentence was correct. But ...
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"past end of life" or "passed end of life" or both

I think it is proper to say software has passed end of life, however I've also seen it written as is past end of life, or for example OpenSSL 1.0.2 (past end of life). "past end of life" has ...
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Correcting a grammar mistake

"French is my first language in which I am very articulate" My professor challenged us to this one. It is indeed awkward, but I can’t spot the grammatical mistake. :/
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Can we neglect subject in passive voice?

Hello I want to know that whether the following statement grammatically and semantically correct or not ceremony has been decided to be held tomorrow here it is in passive voice and we are not ...
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Is "Canned meats, rated." a valid and correct English sentence?

Canned meats, rated. Pencils, handled. Popes, interviewed. In other words, is the construction [Subject], [past tense verb] a valid sentence. If so, does this construction, or the clause after the ...
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Can "emigrate" and "immigrate" be used interchangeably? [duplicate]

To emigrate means to leave a country, so I'm confused that people use the word where I would expect the word "immigrate", eg. "He emigrated to Italy." How do you "leave to&...
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Should I use 'is' or 'are' in ambiguous sentences like this one? [duplicate]

I understand that you should use 'is' for singular and 'are' for plural, but in this sentence I am not sure which applies. Take the sentence Bees are an important part of our ecosystem. Let's say I ...
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Use of comma after a conjunction

Operationally, collective behavior was detected and quantified using correlations, or, more recently, by mutual information estimated either locally or globally. Here should it be "or more ...
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Using word usage to explain used in English is very helpful to understand that a Army Corps is latin for body, or Army "core"

I neglected my English pronunciation and grammar all in one instance it dawned on me. Unwittingly, born in America, and still not liberated from the fetters of misuse and indoctrination in words and ...
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How to suggest plurality of a generic word?

There is a basket of oranges kept in the middle of the room. A child comes in and kicks it. I want to describe the action but want to use the generic "fruit(s)" in the sentence. It does not ...
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Can I use 'more younger' in some cases?

Let's assume a woman is 50 and looking for a younger guys above 30 and I am 20. Would this be a right sentence? I see you are looking for a younger man, but why not even more younger?
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“Talking about certainty”

Well, is there any formula for certainty such as the question tense and the answer tense must be the same or like if the first sentence is used (must) as a certainty word the latter would be the same ...
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The use of comma in these sentences

Thus, the differences between the critical and average delays for BCLAs and KSAs are small, and, consequently, RPTs in multipliers with BCLAs and KSAs should be easily detected than those in ...
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Are sentences still Grammatically Correct when nominative cases are omitted?

(Also known as subjective cases) For example: Samatha stared down at the broken shards, [her] eyes welling with tears. In this sentence, would the nominative case of 'her' need to be added in order ...
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"used force to arrest" vs. "used force in arresting"

I came across this sentence from a news article, saying "Police used force in arresting protesters." And I thought that this sentence should be like "Police used force to arrest ...
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Where should the antecedent for "it" be?

When I posted a previous question, a contributor to this site amicably corrected my text, explaining that “it” needed and antecedent. Here is my text under consideration: Finally, the storm ended. ...
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What do you mean X? vs What do you mean by X? - Is the omission of the preposition "by" grammatical?

People sometimes say "What do you mean X", e.g. "What do you mean I'm funny?", "What do you mean I'm not going to the party? Of course I'm going!", etc. I completely ...
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What should be the correct auxiliary verb, did or do? [duplicate]

Which one is correct, “if you ever did it again?” or “if you ever do it again?” The act has already been done once by a character A, much to character B’s dislike. Now, if B warns A not to repeat the ...
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want to know whether grammar in this sentence is correct or not? [closed]

From being vacillated on whether to go with this project or not, into creating a project that was selected for ‘University Expo 2020’ among several others,
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Should I use a comma? [duplicate]

Which is correct? Forgive, but don't forget. Forgive but don't forget. I have researched this and found unclear answers.
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How to punctuate this sentence with a semicolon?

How can I punctuate the following sentence? The semi-colon usage is nonstandard, since the second clause is dependent, but I'm not sure how else to do this besides an em-dash. The goal of this ...
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Can a plural possessive pronoun be used for “side”?

Be the following paragraph: Finally, the storm ended. Then, the two groups of men reached the centre of the field with their goods to trade. After they did it, each side took what was theirs and went ...
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"robustest" Why do all grammar software underline this word? [closed]

I wrote a sentence like the following using the word "robustest". But many grammar software started showing typos. The word exists in the dictionary. Why is this happening? I came across it ...
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The page that opens vs The page that is opened [duplicate]

On a website I have an input field "Page" with a label / description below it: which one of the following is correct? If both are correct, is there any difference in meaning? The page that ...
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water is a liquid vs water is liquid [duplicate]

A little backstory here. Someone tried to school me on the internet when I made a comment about how something was a liquid. My direct quote was: "Cats are a liquid" Now immediately someone ...
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Inanimate things doing things

My question is about inanimate things doing things - like the new smartphone will ship out tomorrow; the ship will launch tomorrow; the book will publish next month. We see that often these days. Is ...
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How is this couplet to be interpreted grammatically?

What follows are two couplets from the final stanza of the poem 'And thou art dead as young and fair' by Lord Byron. I wish to ask how the word 'thus' is being used here. Yet how much less it were to ...
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Having had fallen asleep

When I am referring to something that has occurred yesterday evening as I was falling asleep (continuous action, it took place while I was falling asleep), but it is no longer occurring and I am no ...
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"What have they to say?" vs "What do they have to say?"

Is "what have they to say?" grammatical? If so, what is the difference with the phrase "what do they have to say?"? Do they mean the same thing?
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Past perfect tense and Since

Lenny had slept most of the way since leaving Texas. I found this sentence from Cambridge Dictionary. I have been taught that you use past perfect tense to emphasize an event in the past that took ...
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Correct usage of "verb+ing" used as an adjective

Sentence - It's literally annoying to tell someone to do all the work. I have a doubt regarding the implication of this above mentioned sentence , who's being annoyed here the person who's being ...
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Can I say "someone is ample"?

My friend appoints someone to be our spokesperson in an interview. And I think this person is enough to answer all questions, thus my friend does not need to find another spokesperson. I want to reply ...
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Noun + to + Verb - Grammar Structure

I saw this sentences below somewhere and am struggling with the grammar structure. " Britain to restrict promotion of unhealthy food from April 2022 " Just wonder why is " to " ...
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What's the grammatical function of a registered number of units? [duplicate]

Consider this sentence: The damage extended 400 yards either side of the island. Should 400 yards be considered as the object of 'extended', an adverbial of extent, or subject complement to 'the ...
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Is it correct to say: "is just this what/all I'll leave behind me?"

I'd need help from English native speakers to check the following phrase: "A fleeting smile captured on a torn, yellowed snapshot, is just this what/all I'll leave behind me?" The words &...
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"Just waiting for" or "waiting just for"?

I have found both on the Internet. Which one is correct? If both are, what's the difference between the two?
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Is combustant a word?

I am trying to pin down the definition of the word combustant, but I can't seem to find anything. Almost all dictionaries are giving me the definition for combustion. If I search with a strict filter, ...
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Dialogue usage uncertainty

Sorry for the vague title! I'm writing a short story and I'm wondering if the below sentence is correct. Should a new paragraph be started when she hears the shout, since it's technically dialogue? Or ...
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Separate Sentences combined with "and"

I am new to this site. I have seen a sentence like, "Do not do xxxxxxx AND maintain xxxxxx", where xxxxx can be any instruction. Does the "Do not" phrase apply to both parts of the ...