Questions tagged [sentence-choice]

The Sentence-Choice tag is for when you can have multiple ways to write a sentence but are not sure which way is most appropriate. Please explain which sentence you prefer and why.

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Which one of them is correct?

Dirty, but drinkable water can be used. Dirty, but drinkable, water can be used. I think 2 is correct because even if 'but drinkable' is omitted, a sentence makes sense. I want to know you guys' ...
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“Usually” in the beginning of the sentence to achieve parallelism

Guard statements They’re usually useful, but there are also cases where they make the code less readable or at least give nothing. here goes an example Guard statements Usually, they’re useful, but ...
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Are “have” and “need” interchangeable here?

A: Do you have a good relationship with your ex-husband? B: Define "good." A: Can you talk to each other? B: When we have/need to. Are "When we have to" and "When we need to&...
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“How do you know if I am Muslim” vs “How do you know I am Muslim”?

Context: Let's say somebody talked to me as if I am Muslim just because of my ethnicity. Can I respond to that person with these sentences? I am asking this because I think the word "if" is ...
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What are the differences between “inform” and “notice”?

I am trying to make a sentence in a IT document. At the first line, I'd like to say that "This document inform you that ~~". The verb "inform" is correct for it? Or is there any ...
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“Being generally discouraged”

The following approach, though being generally discouraged, is acceptable and may be useful in some rare cases. I'm not sure this sentence is correct; the part that confuses me is though being ...
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Is it appropriate to use “await” here?

I have always been struggling with when it is appropriate to use "await". Could I use it in this sentence? And how does it differ from the sentence with "waits for"? Jerry comes ...
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“Remain” vs. “remain as”

When would you omit the "as"? I know the following sentence can be reworded, but for the sake of an example: A lack of protein remains his most critical issue. A lack of protein remains as ...
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Could you please suggest appropriate terms for the translation? [closed]

I've been trying to translate some Chinese text into English with the help of google translate. Since google translate sometimes gives very poor translation, I would like to seek your help to ...
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Which one of the suggestions is more natural?

DIALOG: Ben: Did you have your son yesterday? Ken: I did. Ben: How did it go? Ken: Not good. I messed up, so... ...I'm not seeing him again anytime soon. (1) ...I'm not going to see him again anytime ...
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When asking a group of people for the time, which of “Have you got the time?” and “Has any of you got the time?” is the more appropriate?

Let's say you go up to a group of people in the street and want to ask them the time; which of the above two sentences is the more appropriate? (are there any better alternatives)
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“Use X, not Y” in passive voice [closed]

How to "switch" this sentence from the active voice to the passive one? Active voice: Use X, not Y. Passive voice, first version: It must be used X, not Y. Passive voice, second version: ...
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“a chance to meet” vs “a chance that we meet”

Please let me know if there is a chance that we meet somewhere in or outside Chicago. Please let me know if there is a chance to meet somewhere in or outside Chicago. Which one between these ...
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Singular or Plural in this sentence?

I'm writing a story about meeting a very old professor whose work I really like, and was wondering which of the following is correct: "Dying professors are rarely the destination of 10,000-mile ...
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A sentence with listing items: How to remove the ambiguity?

There is a store which trades oranges and 3 kinds of apples. And there is a person there to whom I'm giving directions. Which sentence will be the best in such a case? Put green apples in the first ...
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Jumped off the balcony to a tree house/Jumped from the balcony to a tree house

The boy jumped off the balcony to a tree house. The boy jumped from the balcony to a tree house. His intention with the jump is to reach the tree house, which is on a height level with the balcony. ...
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Throws himself down on

Context: Derek is standing on the top of a scaffold when a man starts shooting at him. Derek doesn't get hit. Derek throws himself down on the scaffold as the man keeps shooting. Derek throws ...
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Plural and countability of the word 'performance'

Algorithms A and B provide good performance. Algorithms A and B provide good performances. Could you please tell me which one between the above sentences is correct ? Algorithm A provides ...
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How to use “ involve in things you do not concern”

Which sentence sounds natural when you try to tell someone else who tries to intervene in a dispute you having with your friend. 1.It is not nice that you are involved in things you do not concern 2....
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Still permitted vs. It is still permitted

Which one of these sentences is correct? It is still permitted, though violates the idea behind the Continuation Lines section. It is still permitted, though it violates the idea behind the ...
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“Use the approach that you like more”

You can do it multiple ways. [Skipped]. Use the approach that you like more. You can do it multiple ways. [Skipped]. Use the approach you like more. You can do it multiple ways. [Skipped]. Use ...
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Sentence correction on subjunctive mood

From my textbook: I wish the earthquake never happened. Answer key: I wish the earthquake had never happened. Can I say the following sentence? I wish (that) the earthquake didn't happen. ...
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“Unlike many other languages, you cannot [skipped]” - Is it OK to use such a construction? [closed]

I have a text about German language. There is a following sentence: In German, unlike many other languages, you cannot [skipped]. Is it grammatically correct to omit "In German"? Unlike ...
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Harms vs. could harm [closed]

On the other hand, there are a lot of cases where X could harm Y or at least gives nothing. On the other hand, there are a lot of cases where X harms Y or at least gives nothing. Which sentence is ...
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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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Can we say “with makeup” and “without makeup” instead of “with makeup on” and “without makeup on”?

Are all of the sentences below correct? Do you know that girl with makeup? Do you know that girl with makeup on? Do you know that girl without makeup? Do you know that girl without makeup on? Do you ...
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What happened?/What has happened?

In this context which is more correct: A: We've found him. He's dead. B: What happened?/What has happened? A: We think he fell down the stairs/We think he's fallen down the stairs.
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Which statement is correct?

Which statement is correct? I want to recreate her look to as nearly possible as I can. I want to recreate as nearly as possible as I can her look.
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“Use them only where it really makes sense to do so.”

Comma-separated expressions Use them only where it really makes sense to do so. Use them only where it really makes sense to. Use them only where it really makes sense. Which one sentence I should ...
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come/get back to work

"I want you to come back to work. We really miss you." "I want you to get back to work. We really miss you." Are these interchangeable? Or does "get" give another meaning?
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“since you don't tell me anything”/“since you're not telling me anything”?

1) I talked to your mom yesterday, since you don't tell me anything. 2) I talked to your mom yesterday, since you're not telling me anything. Is the first sentence the best choice if I feel that he ...
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The plane was hit by turbulence/Turbulence hit the plane

She woke up when the plane was hit by turbulence. She woke up when turbulence hit the plane. Do the two sentences mean the same? Are they equally natural?
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lucky to have met / met / meet someone

In a scenario, if you met someone a few days ago for the very first time and then you met again today and after spending time together, you feel lucky to know him/her because you think you will get on ...
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Pulls out a gun from/Pulls a gun from/Pulls a gun out of

Before anyone can say more, the old woman pulls out a gun from her purse and coldly shoots the man in the head. Before anyone can say more, the old woman pulls a gun from her purse and coldly shoots ...
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Are the following sentences correct?

The first time I saw her was in a pub. I first saw her in a pub. I first saw her when I was in a pub. The first time I saw her was when I was in a pub. The first time I saw her in a pub was last week. ...
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How to shorten a sentence which got long due to commas followed by another lines

This is a sentence, I've to write in an e-mail I have been waiting for any information from the office regarding the cause of delay, but despite multiple follow-ups with ... & writing emails of ...
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“bought a dog that escaped”

Tom says: I saw a dog I had never seen before running about in the street on its own. Pete replies: a. Maybe one of your neighbors bought a new dog that escaped. b. One of your neighbors might have ...
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looks at him as if she's about to say something

She looks at him as if to say something, but then stops herself. She looks at him as if about to say something, but then stops herself. She looks at him as if she's about to say something, but then ...
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“If the courier will still deliver your parcel, we ask you to refuse it.”

Context: Parcel shipping. A parcel has been lost and the client has been refunded. However, in case the parcel would be found and delivered, the client should refuse it. Phrase: “If the courier will ...
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Is this the right way to ask someone: “Did you go to school or you stayed at home?”

I have a little doubt if this structure is actually correct or not. I think the more standard alternative is to say: Did you go to school or stay at home? However, they do not feel quite the same to ...
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How to ask a wondering question to make a listener deduce the answer

How can someone ask a wondering question to make a listener deduce the answer? Here are a couple of examples to demonstrate what I mean: A: Is he sad because he lost 1 Bitcoin? B: He was ...
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Difference between: Has Katy got / Does Katy have

English is my second language and I am trying to help someone to pass a spoken English exam (GESE trinity) in the book they ask the question: Has Katy got a football? If I would ask that question I ...
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Introducing A Group

How do I introduce a young children's song on stage? My group is MC"ing and I'm not sure what to do. Is it possible to just say "Introducing Kindergarten with their song..."?
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I have a question regarding “I am sorry”

I would like to say I'm sorry that the item you needed for your brackets has been discontinued. Is this sentence correct? Or should I say I'm sorry. The item you needed for your brackets ...
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How many times do we need to use auxiliary verb in a sentence? [duplicate]

Which one is correct sentence? I'm asking how many times I need to use 'will' in a sentence? One day I will have so many cars that I will not even remember how many cars I will have. One day I will ...
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When your sock(s) is / are torn

Please imagine you have torn one of your socks and the other one (in the same pair) is OK. Which one of the following sentences is t he correct way to convey this message: I have torn my sock. 2. I ...
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Does anyone have a group? or Who has a group? or Who already have a group?

If I want to ask to my classmates about they already have some group to do a homework, it is correct to say: Does anyone have a group? or Who has a group? or Who already have a group?
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(Look forward / eagerly wait / cannot wait) + noun [closed]

Could someone please tell me if all the sentences below mean the same in each set and if there is any unnatural one between them? 1.1. I look forward to Christmas every year. 1.2. I eagerly wait ...
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position of adverbial phrase in sentence

Using of placement of adverb, manner, place, and time in sentence. I am a bit confused speaking to place them in sentence. While speaking with my boss: I went to Ram's home, I connected my ...
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To get + adjective/V3

The past simple and present perfect form of "I am dirty" and "I become dirty" are: "I was dirty" "I have been dirty" "I became dirty" "I have become dirty" What is the present perfect form of "I get ...

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