Questions tagged [construction]

A construction is an established 'template' for combining words.

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It is impossible that . . . / It is not possible that . .

I'd like to know if the following sentences are correct. The intended message is that he cannot be a good student. What are the constraints on "It is impossible that . . ." and "It is ...
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Grammatical structure of this sentence

As with most things, what happens in the US winds its way over to the UK. Including, it turns out, racist tropes. In my day job as a writer on a national newspaper, I sat next to someone who would ...
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Used to have or had?

What is the difference between: I didn't use to have a phone AND I didn't have a phone Maybe the first option is not correct at all? I will be grateful for explanation :).
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Differences between the two phrases

When and how should I use the phrases “suddenly realized” and “suddenly realize” ? What are the differences between them? Thanks a bunch!
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“What is its name” vs “What is the name of it”

Let’s say a friend of mine is listening to a song, and I heard the song while he is listening to it; and I wonder what the song is called. Can I use these sentences interchangeably to ask him the name ...
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Sentence construction with “as … so”

For example, if someone was driving in front of you in a car breaking the rules and continues to do so, then how do you say using a construction? Is this correct to use this one? Or maybe there is ...
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construction of the question

Is it correct to say like this? Or are these questions both wrong? Why did this sentence make differently? Why is this sentence made differently?
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Negative tag-questions

I have a question regarding the question-tag. I hear that the negative question-tag can be made out of the following construction: helping verb + subject + not? I have a meeting every day, don't I/...
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“4 hours each session” or “each session will last for 4 hours”

Which one is clearer and grammatically correct? The course will commence on December 2 every Mondays and Wednesday, 4 hours each session, for 4 weeks The course will be scheduled every Mondays ...
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Sentences What for/For What need

Both sentences sound right? And do they have a different meaning? For what needs life? or What is life for?
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“I am safe” vs. “He is safe”

(A) I am safe. (B) He is safe. How do I distinguish the meanings above in sentences with the verb "to report"? For example: "I reported him to be safe." Who is safe?
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In what degree/to what degree

I was doing a chapter in my grammar and there I found the following sentences This mango is very sweet In this sentence, very shows in what degree the mango is sweet. What my confusion is We ...
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Either who or whom?

In present day English, I think both of the followings are correct The specialist who you want to meet is available only on weekends. The specialist whom you want to meet is available only on ...
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I was to have left

In the following sentence I was to have left on Thursday. But on Thursday I had a terrible cold, so I decided to wait till Saturday. I think was to have left by Thursday should be used.
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Is this construction <go someone something that clause> grammatically permissible? [closed]

I'll go you three dollars that the horse is going to win the race. I made this sentence myself. My gut is telling me there's no problem in grammar and in this case "go" can be meant for "bet" or "...
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Is “ingratiate someone” idiomatic?

All major dictionaries provide the usage of the verb "ingratiate" as "ingratiate oneself with people". However, I just came across this line: Since the outset of last season, Curry has cut down on ...
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He likes skiing and she loves walking

Can anyone explain to me what you call this type of sentence form in English? Other examples: she likes skiing - I like reading - I love cycling - We hate driving ... It's not a Present Continuous as ...
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for-if-construction

I don't understand the meaning of "For if" that I've found in different contexts: For if I could see this radiance, might it not reach.... For if we don't find, The next little girl, I tell you we ...
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How to provide technical as well as colloquial, or non-technical, adjective

How do I best insert a synonym for a technical adjective? For example, in the title of the question, How to provide technical as well as colloquial, or non-technical, adjective I gave the ...
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No sooner - than construction

No sooner had I spoken than I wished I kept my mouth shut. How is it explained that "than" is used alone and without any other words and why "than" in the first place? As a side question, how to use ...
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how to describe the three stages of before making policy, policy draft release and policy implementation?

I want to classify the process of creating a policy into three stages: Step 1: public begins to talk about an agenda, which attracts the government's attention. Step 2: the government releases a ...
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Question about a sentence construction (has/have)

Who have we got in the next round? Who have you arranged to meet later on? Who have they coming over for dinner? i know that after who we put has like this example who has the car? but in ...
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Question about a sentence construction has/have

I know that I should say" He/She/It has something, and I/We/You/They have something. I get confused with sentences such as: he was having a good time he is having a good time In these ...
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“Israeli-like” or “Israel-like”?

I happened upon an old news footage in which Howard K. Smith said, [C]ivilized people are going to have to accept much more police security action and put up much tougher resistance, Israeli-like, ...
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“As for to” in comparison to “as for” or “as to”

I often ask myself: if the preposition can be placed before the verb and not after it, will the construction "as for to" be grammatically correct in comparison to "as for" or "as to"? As for to where ...
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'so much too..' construction

I would like someone to explain the way the "so much too" construction works in sentences. What prepositions work after this construction? I made up these sentence and would like to know if they work: ...
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“it's not that somebody + verb” construction

I often see this construction "it's not that somebody + verb" and just wish to clarify whether I'm understanding it correctly. It's not that he doesn't like coffee that he doesn't want it now, he ...
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Is there a word for “the state of deserving something”, such, as, say, “deservance”?

Italian has a word called "merito", which describes the state which a person may attain in reaching a state of deserving something. Unfortunately, bilingual dictionaries tend to do a poor job of ...
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What is the right way to say “Smb. was/is understood by smb.”?

What is the right way to say "Smb. was/is understood by smb."? I suppose that this sentence is incorrect in English, so I'd like to know how to express this idea the right way. E.g.: He ...
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What are these constructions?

When you red painted the car, you scratched it. (When you painted the car red) If I hand make something I sell twice the regular price. (If I make something with my hands) What if I ice freeze the ...
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Having pp, have pp sentence

I'd like to ask questions about the exact tense of participial construction like the following sentence. Having worked in the industry over the years, I have sometimes been surprised to see young ...
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How to use the phase “as opposed to”? [closed]

As the title states, in what circumstance should i use "as opposed to"? Can i use "vice versa" in some context instead?
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What is the name of this construction?

I've got an excerpt from a book here and I want to know what kind of grammatical construction this is: He set off for the stairs with the others trailing after him. I want to research it, but I ...
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Did not! - Did too!

I often hear the "Did not! - Did too!" in TV series and films. I know perfectly well what it means but why is it the word "too"? As best as we know "too" stands instead of "indeed/so" and ...
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What happened to “widely spread”?

According to statistics and Google Ngram "widely spread" is dying out, and is being used less and less often while "widespread" is becoming popular. There's also "spreads widely" that is also ...
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Do these sentences give same meaning? [duplicate]

Do the following (1) and (2)sentences have the same meaning ? Being taken to the hospital, he died. While being taken to the hospital, he died. ( Do both sentences mean: while he was being taken to ...
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Is it correct to say “Data are transferred” [duplicate]

I am a bit confused. When multiple data (plural) transfer takes place, which would be the correct expression: a. "data are transferred" b. "data is transferred" Or both expressions are correct? ...
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the things that money can not buy vs the things that we can not buy things with money

The things that money can not buy The things that we can not buy with money The things that money cannot be bought What is the difference between these phrase phrase and clause ? Can money ...
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Why did the writer use “would” instead of “loved”

I can't understand why the phrase beneath is written that way. "She needed someone that would love her for more than just one night" I've seen the same construction in other cases. Hope someone ...
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“How do you say that in Russian” is it correct in the following context?

Many time when my friend talk to me in English and I want to know the parallel word of this English word but in Russian language. So, what is the right why to ask it? I always say "How do you say ...
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“I like to be loved” vs. “I like being loved”

I like to be loved. I like being loved. What is the difference between them?
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When to use infinitive and when to use present participle of a same word?

When to use infinitive and when to use present participle of a same word? I like to play cricket. To play cricket is fun. I love playing cricket.
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I am wondering what“the simple cast off items” means

Take metal cans, for instance, and imagine them in any number of uses, functional or purely as an art form. Can your eyes and mind see the potential metal case, bird feeder, or other object in the ...
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Why are lakes called “Lake Soandso” but seas are called “Soandso Sea”?

I am an English teacher for Brazilians. I was explaining the Great Lakes, and after that I mentioned the sea in Europe and noticed that the names were in a reversed order: Which of the great lakes ...
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What does “one is to do something” mean?

What does construction one are to do something mean. E.g. in this context: Imagine, that you are to open an online shop.
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What is the meaning of “every of the sons”?

I read this question on facebook, A man and his wife have three sons and every of the sons has a sister. How many members are there in the family ? A. 8 B. 10 C. 6 D. 12 I've never ...
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The use of “NP + for someone doing sth”

Peter Quill: She betrayed Ronan. He's coming back for her. And when he does, that's when you... ( Quill makes a gesture of slicing his own throat ) Drax: Why would I put my finger on his throat?...
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It is worth trying vs it deserves a try

Let’s imagine two constructions: It is worth trying, and It deserves a try Checking on google Ngram Viewer I found out that both are valid English. In my language, there are no the exact equivalents ...
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“Services marketing” vs “marketing services”

I surfed the internet and found both terms, but I couldn’t figure out which one is more suitable in the following context: Consider that company A persuades company C to buy some product from company ...
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Strange structure of “is in a shambles”

When I said "is in a shambles", a native speaker of American English corrected me, saying it should be "is in shambles." And it makes sense, because in my case you have a (represents singularity), and ...