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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Could you please rank these in order of how natural you think they are?

In writing, which of these suggestions are fine? Could you please rank them in order of how natural you think they are? He sees something moving at the end of the corridor and starts firing his ...
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I would make sure you had a good flight

I found the following sentence in a movie. The context is there is a boy who do not like to fly and the girl tell him the following sentence. In fact, I cannot understand the grammar associated with ...
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'immediately before', 'right before' and 'just before'

What is the difference (if any) between immediately before, right before and just before ? What is the most suitable one to use in this sentence: The paragraph ..... before the image.
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Should I use past perfect in this sentence?

Should I use past perfect in this sentence? I've come up with three options: I forgot to add them on Sunday, so I added them today. I've forgotten to add them on Sunday, so I added them today. I ...
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How many kilometers (left / have been left / fo we have ahead) to X?

A passenger within a bus during the trip on their way to Amsterdam asks the driver: a. How many kilometers left to Amsterdam? b. How many kilometers have been left to Amsterdam? c. How many ...
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Which tense is more suitable?

In the near future you will discard your body with robotic upgrades. Or In the near future you would discard your body with robotic upgrades. Won't we use "would" instead as we're speculating ...
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“Forced” or “Was forced”

I am wondering which option is the correct one in my made-up scenario below and why? Tom: I really didn't want to take part in this ceremony; I just came because my wife asked me! Everybody knows ...
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How to say I kept a longer haircut

I went to the barber earlier today and asked for a haircut with my hair to be left longer than usual. Then, when I am talking to someone else, can I say: I asked the barber to leave my hair longer....
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Using “how far…?”

Edited: I am wondering if the two sentences below mean the same and can be used interchangeably: 1.a. How far is it from the Earth to the moon? 1.b. How far is the Earth from moon? (Asks a ...
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“How far” Vs “How far away”

I wonder which sentence in each pair below is not grammatically and idiomatically correct and why? Scenario 1: Imagine two people are driving toward New York city. One of them who has never been in ...
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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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Problems occurring or occurring problems?

We should solve the problems occurring in this pandemic. We should solve the occurring problems in this pandemic. Which sentences is grammatically correct and why it is?
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“To have an interest in something” vs “To be interested in something”

I think "to have an interest" means "to have a claim or share in something". If aptitude or curiosity is meant, the verb should be "to be interested in". But one of my friends said : "I have an ...
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Stacked- are these sentences the word has been used in grammatically correct?

"Look at those tables, stacked one on top of another." "Look at those tables, stacked one of top of the other." "Look at those tables stacked on top of one another." "Look at those tables stacked ...
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What's your hobby?

Edited: I have encountered lots of ways to ask someone how they pass their idle time and what they like to do as a "pastime". I'm quite confident, this term is considered as an old-fashioned term ...
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(Taking / putting in) the time + infinitive or gerund verb

I am wondering which following sentences does not sound idiomatic? (To me they all mean the same thing. If there is any nuance, then please let me know.) 1.a. Thank you for taking the time "helping ...
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English Grammar - Feeling good with

I have a problem with EN grammar so i need a little bit of help. So... From an early age, we are searching for a social circle and people we feel with. OR From an early age, we are searching ...
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Which of these two sentences mean the same as the highlighted one

He looked at me like I was a kid. He looked at me like he was a kid. Which of the above sentences would you take to mean the same as this sentence: "He looked at me like a kid." And why?
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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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“Hold still” Vs "Don't move

Within an episodic instructive comedy named "Extra", when one of the characters saw a hazardous insect is moving on the other character's shirt, she got panicked and said: Hold still, Hector. I ...
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How to ask someone in a questionary about the way the became familiar with us?

I'm going to make a questionary for my company and need to know how my customers have become familiar with my organization. Which option sounds more idiomatic and natural in this case and how the ...
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What would a correct sentence to say when power/electricity cut is “done”?

First, I'm confused whether I should use word power or electricity. The thing is, I want to say is this: I feel sad/excited/etc. when the electricity/power is cut/goes/goes off/cuts off. In simple ...
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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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Is it rude to say “I will let you know”?

In a meeting I've asked someone a question and in response she said: I'll let you know when I find out From her tone, I know that she didn't mean to be rude or anything, so I just want to know ...
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Is it correct to say - “ underwent pleasure ”

Is it correct to say - I underwent great pleasure listening to your song, nothing could make it better. I doubt if the above is correct, so I would say this instead- I experienced great ...
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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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How do I phrase this question naturally?

A, "Is that not what happened?" B, "No." A, "What happened, then?" / "Then, what happened?" / "What did happen, then?" / "Then, what did happen?" What can I use of these? Are they all natural here ...
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“I texted you on…”, “in…”, or “by…” – which preposition do I use?

Which of these prepositions is correct in these sentences? I texted you on WhatsApp. I texted you in WhatsApp. I texted you by WhatsApp.
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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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“Canberra is to the south of Sydney” vs “Canberra is to Sydney’s south”

Are these sentences interchangeable? “Canberra is to the south of Sydney.” “Canberra is to Sydney’s south.” I know that the structure in the former is correct, but I wonder if I can use the latter ...
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Are “set on” and “determined to” interchangeable?

They've been pretty set on pulling the plug for a while now, so I'm surprised nothing's happened yet. They've been pretty determined to pull the plug for a while now, so I'm surprised nothing's ...
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Is it fine to say “Tell me your name/your opinion/your favorite team/your hometown” etc?

Is it fine to say sentences like “Tell me your name.” “Tell me your opinion.” “Tell me your favorite team.” “Tell me your hometown.” etc to mean “Tell me what your name is.” “Tell me what your ...
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Someone's smile VS Someone smile

Which one of the following is correct? Be the reason of someone's smile. Be the reason of someone smile. Million of thanks.
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being vs acting

Last time I saw him he was being weird. / Last time I saw him he was acting weird. Do they mean the same thing? Could I use them interchangeably? Which one would native speakers be more inclined to ...
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Should “then” be at the start or at the end of the sentence?

Should "then" be at the start or at the end of the sentence? Thank you. "I haven't asked for your help, have I?" "Alright. Then I won't bother you anymore. / I won't bother you anymore then."
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Are “Has he said that?” and “Did he say that?” interchangeable?

"He thinks I'm an idiot." "Has he said that?" / "Did he say that?" Are these interchangeable? Also, if someone said "He said that?" is that always a short version of "Has he said that?"
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What is the correct word order?

He was restlessly wandering around in the park. He was wandering restlessly around in the park. He was wandering around in the park restlessly. Which of these are possible? Which one is the most ...
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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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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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going to (become): which form in past?

When talking to someone, and he doesn't listen to you, even though you repeat it, do you ask him: "Do you went deaf?" or "Did you go deaf?" or "Do you became deaf?"
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“I would have thought/ You would think” kind of sentences

I am writing an article about the judicial system and why prisons are not the best solution to deter crime. The "better way" I mention in the following examples is one that could supersede ...
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When someone gets you wrong and you are going to explain them that they've got you wrong

Please imagine you say someone something and that person gets you wrong. You want to explain them that their taking has been wrong. I was wondering if someone could let me know which one of the ...
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barely anything/barely nothing/almost nothing

We thought and she broke up with me. What happened? Barely anything/Barely nothing/Almost nothing, but she gets hysterical easily. We're back together tomorrow. What is most natural in this context?...
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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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What does “persist with X (=compound noun)” mean? Does it mean to continue applying X despite criticism?

Background: Despite strong criticism, a federal program continues to operate with its faulty program design. The Employment Insurance (EI) program differentiates unemployed workers' access to ...
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wound which is/from which she's bleeding heavily

She clutches her wound which is bleeding heavily. She clutches her wound from which she's bleeding heavily. Can I say both? Which one is better? Is there a better way to say this?
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Is the sentence structure in the sentence “Would you be so kind as to [verb] …?” correct?

So, would a sentence like "would you be so kind as to help me out with this project" be correct? Are there any similar request type sentences with the phrase "would you be so kind ..." with possibly ...
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“There are not people like you at my school” vs “There are not any people like you at my school”

Let's say I am a high school student and I am talking to a group of students from another high school, and I think they are nicer than people at my school. So I want to let them know that. Can I say, ...
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Who do you want [your best man to be] [to be your best man]

Who do you want your best man to be? Who do you want to be your best man? If I want to ask the future bridegroom about who he will choose to be his future best man, which one is the correct one ...
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Must and must have been

Rewrite the sentence below using the words in brackets: The jacket you bought is very good quality (it/ be/ very expensive). Should we write it into ''It must be expensive'' or ''It must have been ...

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