Questions tagged [grammaticality]

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Hardly/Scarcely...than

I have been taught that "Hardly...than" doesn't exist. However, I have found many sources like Longman and Merriam-Webster stating otherwise, so I've become very confused. It is true that &...
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Why is "Geography's test was difficult" ungrammatical?

I've been working on this minimal pair and sentence B is ungrammatical but I don't know the reason so far. I have to give an answer contrasting both sentences but B seems grammatical to me. Does ...
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Why are these titles grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I frequently come across titles that are hard for me to make sense of in grammatical terms. These titles sound like questions or incomplete sentences to me. For example: "How Social Media Affects ...
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"out of racing" or "out of the races"

Until recently the feminine touch was kept out of racing. Until recently the feminine touch was kept out of the races. Can we say these sentences are correct grammatically?
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What is the difference between "on a cold winter morning" and "in a cold winter morning"? [closed]

What is the difference between "on a cold winter morning" and "in a cold winter morning"? Which is correct or which sounds more natural?
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Present tense or past tense? [duplicate]

I just wanted to check in and see how you are doing. Or I just wanted to check in and see how you were doing. Should the tenses match?
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over/in/at some place to describe

I'm a non-English speaker and I have a little question. Let's say I have some paintings and I want to give them a name, what is the most eloquent way of referring to them? "Night over/in/at/...
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“Be all about everything.” Is this grammatically correct? [closed]

Would that phrase be appropriate to express that I want to immerse myself in being in the moment, in everything that I have been focusing on.
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"Will have heard by now" sounds like bad usage to me; what is your opinion? [closed]

I posted the question here https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/295727/bad-usage-of-will-have but it was closed due to insufficient details or clarity. I'm trying here. The following sounds wrong ...
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"Search for them" vs "Search them" in relation to online searches

This might be the wrong place - if so, I can delete. I'm looking for correct language guidance regarding a line on a lead generation web application where we allow a user to search for more ...
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On the use of "have" to denote have in mind

A native English speaker(I am not) used the phrase: "I have a teacher". I was surprised because I didn't think he went to school. However, he told me that by "have" he meant "...
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How can I interpret "not so + somebody"

As I went my night rounds among the newly wounded that first night there was not one murmur, not one groan—the strictest discipline, the most absolute silence and quiet prevailed—only the step of the ...
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Can I use plural form of a nous as if it is a singular? [duplicate]

I came out, Ma’am, prepared to submit to everything—to be put upon in every way—but there are some things, Ma’am, one can’t submit to. There is caps, Ma’am, that suits one face and some that suits ...
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is "make love not violence" grammatically correct or not?

There's a center in Russia that helps victims of sexual assault, and I bought a t-shirt from them with the slogan "make love not violence" but as I started to think about this phrase, it ...
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One of the at least one - followed by singular or plural noun? [closed]

Which of the following is correct:     (a) One of the at least one fruit; or     (b) One of the at least one fruits
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Can you use "him" for a wolf?

I encountered this: This is like dangling a big, juicy steak in front of a wolf, without letting him eat it. Using "him" for a wolf sounds sort of non-native English, as if the sentence ...
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Should I write 'Mechanical Engineering Graduate' or 'Mechanical Engineering graduate'? [closed]

Mechanical Engineering graduate looking for work... is how my personal statement starts. Should I capitalize the word graduate or leave it as it is? I have done research using google to see how it is ...
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She was supposed to/had to/was to fly to Brussels

Before posting this question, I honestly tried to find the answer to my question on this website, but failed. Therefore, I've decided to create a new 'conversation'. Will you consider the following ...
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What is the correct usage of “of” in phrases about quality [duplicate]

I frequently see phrases like “how good of a cook is she?” I would have said “how good a cook is she?” without the insertion of “of.” Is either form incorrect?
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Passive using the "be" verb: "is been" [closed]

So an impossible thought came to my mind. I'd like to know if there's any way to have an "is" in a passive tense. It's probably just a result of broken translation, but I'll try to lead you ...
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the only way is if~

I have never gotten to listen to one of those Parental Warning CDs, because Mom and Dad never let me buy them at the mall. So I realized the only way I was gonna get a chance to listen to Rodrick's CD ...
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Is it correct to say "a weapon with 1 meter of length"? [closed]

Is it correct to say "a weapon with 1 meter of length"? I know there's an alternative way that I believe should be more common to say the same: "a 1 meter long weapon". Are those ...
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I am looking for thoughts about poetic license and the use of double negatives

I am new to the group. I am a lifelong poet and enslaved to the written word. This query spawns from a line in Jurassic Park: Lost World. Whilst the line in question is one of my very favorites, the ...
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Are phrases of the form "A <possession> of <name>'s" grammatically correct?

I recently found myself about to write "David, using a metaphor of Saul's, said...", with the intended meaning that Saul had coined the metaphor (rather than it being a metaphor involving ...
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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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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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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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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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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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”There are many who” vs ”Many are those who”

Is it grammatically correct to say: Many are those who enjoy camping and is it any different in meaning than There are many (people) who enjoy camping
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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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