Questions tagged [phrase-choice]

Is it Either? Is it Or? Is it Neither? Use the Phrase-Choice tag to help you complete the perfect sentence, say what you really mean, and learn new words and phrases.

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Using “her” to refer to the word “child”

I have confusions about a single sentence The pedagogical view is that the pre-school phase is crucial to stimulate a child’s curiosity and help her prepare for schooling at age six. Can her be ...
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“not available” vs “missing”

The Document_2 lists the rules that are not available in the Document_1. The Document_2 lists the rules that are missing from the Document_1. Which phrase is more common in everyday speech and ...
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“the work left” vs “remaining work” [closed]

I can't join you - I have a lot of work left. I can't join you - I have a lot of remaining work. Could you please tell me whether the selected phrases are OK? What is the common phrase to say ...
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Better way to describe tears

‘The tears welled up in pair of her eyes.’ I don’t really know how to phrase it. It looks a bit awkward. What is another way to write it?
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Shone or shined?

This is my first time posting and I need help. ’The sunlight shone dimly through the curtain.’ Does it make sense? Is it suppose to be shined instead of shone? I feel something is wrong but I don’t ...
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Will have to get used to / be used to

There is a sentence: I am a father now and I will have to get used to being called 'father' I am a father now and I will have to be used to being called 'father' What's the correct ...
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“must not be done” vs “must be not done”

The latest comments must not be included in the document. The latest comments must be not included in the document. I'm not sure whether the selected phrases are correct? What is the way natives ...
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The meaning of “to be a matter of”?

Happiness is a matter of health in body and soul. The sentence is meant to say that "happiness is defined by health in body and soul". Does "is a matter of" mean that? Is it idiomatic to use it in ...
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Is “for a soon-clear reason” a correct phrasing?

I a part of my paper I am going to call this thing I am talking about "XYZ". The reason why I call it XYZ would be clear very soon in the paper. So can I say the following? For a soon-clear reason, ...
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“I should have let you known”?

I was working on a song, and my friend pointed out this lyric to me while I played it for her. "I should have let you known that i'm a runner" My friend thinks it should be "I should have let ...
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What is a proper response to “Good luck with X”?

What is a proper response to "Good luck with X"? Example: Hi Franck, thanks for sharing the paper draft with me. Good luck with the submission! Bob Is it ok to reply with "You're welcome, thanks ...
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Accounting Terminology

I would like to know how to say something related to accounting in English. I have to show the totals of a current account in the following way: Totals: Below all, show the total Credit, Debit and ...
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For a subheading, can I replace “Obligation to Implement the Security and Maintenance” with “Security, Maintenance and Obligation”?

For a subheading, can I replace "Obligation to Implement the Security and Maintenance" with "Security, Maintenance and Obligation"? The former might be too long for a subheading of a document.
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is it correct to say “When it started to rain, I was in the open air.”

Is it correct to say "When it started to rain, I was in the open air"? Or should I say "I was not inside a building"? In Chinese there is a phrase that can be literally translated as "in the streets",...
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Which is correct: “of my own will” or “of my own free will”?

Situation: I purchased a book. However, no one demanded that I purchase the book. Which of the following should I say? I purchased the book of my own free will. I purchased the book on my own....
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A more precise phrase to describe someone softening their tone

I'm looking for a phrase that would encapsulate something I'm trying to describe, which would be someone who has distinct or strong views/opinions, but due to their current position or a position they'...
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“the challenge to do X” vs “the challenge of doing X”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: the challenge to do X the challenge of doing X Example: The models in the literature tend to employ different strategies to encode the ...
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“Once is enough” or “One time is enough” or something else?

Which of the selected phrases sounds natural? No need to do this several times. One time is enough. No need to do this several times. Single time is enough. No need to do this several ...
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What is the issue about “You are welcome” and “You're welcome”?

Recently, I came across a comment where a native English speaker stated that it is not "you are welcome" but "you're welcome". It was a side-comment as the original post wasn't about their difference; ...
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“Not faraway” for talking about a related matter

Can I use the expression "Not faraway" when wanting to talk about another matter that is strongly related to the previous one? For example: She always appears in the most beautiful clothes ever. ...
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Please, smoke with good manners

In Tokyo, I saw this sign next to the smoking area. It says Please smoke with good manners in the area surrounded by planters. The part "with good manners" sounds a bit weird to me. Is it just ...
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“You've called the wrong number” or “You called the wrong number”

A while ago I wrote this sentence: Sorry to interrupt you, sir. But I think you called the wrong number. Something felt wrong so I Googled: I think you've called the wrong number. To my surprise, ...
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what is the defference between 'I don't have anything' and 'I have nothing'

I don't have anything. I have nothing. What is the differnece between them? I wanna know the nuance, because to me they just look the same.
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Meaning of “He may not come today”?

I suppose that He may not come today means that he is not allowed to come today. Right? But what is the right way to say that he is allowed not to come today? He may not to come today Is that ...
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Is this question “If we can't write a unit test then what is the closest solution?” grammatical?

I'd like to know whether the question If we can't write a unit test then what is the closest solution? grammatical? Does it sound natural or may be you would ask that kind of a question some ...
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“the world over” vs “all over the world”

I have seen many writers use "the world over" to mean something is happening all over the world. Is not it more appropriate to use "all over the world" instead? "the world over" sounds like a twisted ...
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How to say in English that someone is aggressive and that aggression is pointed at someone?

What is the most natural way to say that someone is aggressive and that aggression is pointed at someone? Is any of the following options correct and natural? Kate is aggressive to/towards her Mom ...
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Taking one approach over [another/the other]?

Which sentence is correct? To what extent, taking one approach over the other, can... Or To what extent, taking one approach over another, can...
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The use of the adjective “narrow” as an adverb

Tell me please if the following use of the adjective is correct. You hands are too far apart. Grab the bar narrower and chin up. What I want to communicate is hands being closer together is better....
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‘Whether or not’ VS ‘whether’

He wants to know whether we want dinner. He wants to know whether or not we want dinner. What is the difference between two sentences above?
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purposeful VS motivated

Let's suppose someone has a goal and they work on achieving that goal. Would it be idiomatic to say: He is purposeful. He is motivated. Do these two phrases mean the same? If they don't, ...
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Is “to reach more” idiomatic?

Let's suppose someone's goal is to get a better job, better salary and so on. Would it be idiomatic for them to say: I want to reach more than I have now.
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Do “usually never” and “usually always” make sense?

When visiting the lunch buffet: "I usually never take the spicy dressing" When waiting for Tom: "Tom usually always comes on time" It seems like a bit of colloquial exaggeration - but is it ...
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Are “could” and “would be able to” always interchangeable?

Example sentence: At first, I thought of writing a note. But then I figured that with a recording, you could/would be able to lie down and close your eyes. Maybe I'm wrong but could sounds more "...
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to estimate time and labor efforts for a task completion

Could you please tell me whether the selected sentence Ability to estimate time and labor efforts for a task completion sounds natural? I don't want it to sound informal, instead I want it to be ...
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The film will already be started by the time we get to the cinema [closed]

Could you please tell me whether the selected sentence We are late. The film will already be started by the time we get to the cinema. is grammatically correct?
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experiment data vs experimental data vs testing data

As said like the title, this question haunted me for a long time, I would usually use the phrase experimental data, but I have ever been told experiment data has the identical meaning when referring ...
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“No doubt he ..” or “There is no doubt (that) he …”; are both grammatical?

No doubt he will pass the examination. There is no doubt (that) he will pass the examination. Is the first way, "No doubt he", grammatical? The second, of course is grammatical! What's the ...
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“Stay hungry” or “Keep hungry”?

If I had two choices, either to "Eat something" or "Stay/Keep hungry", when food is offered to me when I was in a state of hunger. I want the phrase to be in the same format as "Eat something", I ...
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Proper terminology for the edition and version/printing of a book

On the inside of the cover of a typical book you'll find the small print about the book. Stuff like copyright notices, place of print, authors, editors and alike. Also, you'll find information about ...
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Does “I've got the following macro in the code” sound OK?

I wrote a question a few days ago starting like this: I've got the following macro in the code: I was meaning the code of a whole program. I also provided the code of the macro (kind of a function ...
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“On the minute” vs “after a minute”

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning in the following context. After you complete the excercise, you can do it again on the minute/after a minute.
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“about the latter times”

Situation: the student is asking about the possibility of having the next lesson with his teacher at 8:00 instead of usual 8:30. Teacher is answering: "This Friday, 8:00 is fine. Not sure, though, ...
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“doing something on command” or doing something after one's command"?

Tell me please which is the correct and natural way to say that someone wants someone to do things only after the person tells that person to do the things. Here is the context: Do not do anything ...
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This is going to be my chance to [verb] any difficulties. Solve or sort out?

The sentence This is going to be my chance to _____ any difficulties. is from an English test. Possible answers include: "solve", "sort out". And an examinee have to choose ONLY one right answer. ...
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I don't think VS I don't suppose

Could you please tell me whether the phrase "I don't suppose [something]" is idiomatic? If it is then what is the difference between: I don't think [something] I don't suppose [something]
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You're all ignoring the fact VS You all are ignoring the fact

Which one is correct? You're all ignoring the fact [that ...] You all are ignoring the fact [that ...]
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“you have ordered” vs “you ordered”

Why does the author prefer to use present perfect in this case? I have included all the records you have ordered Why not ordered as the two orders were made quite a long time ago (6 months and 8 ...
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Best X and Y vs. Best X and Best Y

Came across a place with the name Best Bagel and Coffee. This naturally brought up a debate on the following, does "Best X and Y" mean: We have the best X AND best Y We have the best X, and also we ...
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Sorry, I haven't seen your letter

I'm waiting for an email answer from another person. And then I'm writing to him a question asking whether he is going to answer: Me: Are you going to answer? Person: I've answered to you ...