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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Don’t seem too forward / Don’t seem overly friendly [closed]

Let’s suppose someone is behaving in a very impolite and perhaps rude way with you and you dislike his manners toward yourself. In such a condition, do the following sentences mean the same and can ...
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Difference in meaning between 'I'd be surprised if he hadn't/hasn't'

"Has he tried to flirt with you yet? I'd be surprised if he hadn't." "Has he tried to flirt with you yet? I'd be surprised if he hasn't." Is the first one more appropriate than the second? ...
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Which article to use: 'the' or 'a'

We adopt the approach under which the ... We adopt an approach under which the ... We consider the scenario where ... We consider a scenario where ... Suppose that I say nothing about the ...
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Why do you always “go down the street”

I think I hear people mostly use the phrase "going down the street" instead of "going up the street" or "going on the street" It is common to hear that : I was going down the street when I saw ...
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How/What is it like?

How is it like to live in Helsinki? What is it like to live in Helsinki? How is living in Helsinki? What are the differences between these three sentences and what is the common way to ask someone ...
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How to excuse if we sleep more than we should

Consider both formal and informal (among friends ) situations. How to excuse if we slept more than we should have therefore we were late somewhere we were supposed to be. For example: Situation 1: ...
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synonyms for “you're welcome”

Which one of the following (or maybe another one that you know) is the strongest answer for someone that sent me a lot of thanks and hearts for a favor that I did to him? Obviously, I know the answer ...
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I want you to speak English / that you'll speak English / that you speak English

My friend just started to learn English and I want to listen to him speaking English. My question is what is the best / correct way to tell him it out of the following three choices (or more others ...
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Help me with construction of this interrogative sentence

Why did you not tell the truth? Can you tell me? Now join them in one sentence. What is the result? Can you tell me why did you not tell the truth? or Can you tell me why you did not tell the ...
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“Stop making me laugh so much” Vs “Stop cracking me up so much”

Scenario 1) Suppose someone is lying to you and you want to tell him / her sarcastically that his words sound too funny (because of the obvious lies he is making up); Scenario 2) Suppose someone is ...
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Are they interchangeable: “I'm sorry that..” “It is too bad that…” and “It's a pity / shame that..”?

There is a sentence in a textbook. I'm sorry that the trip was cancelled. I can think of several sentences similar to this, meaning-wise, but I'm not sure. 1) It's too bad that the trip ...
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How do native speakers say condolences to someone else (especially in AmE)?

In my mother language, when someone dies, friends and family usually try to say their condolences to everyone who is suffering from that loss. What we say is as follows: I say condolences to you. ...
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“It feels so good” vs. “I feel so good” vs. “It makes me feel so good”

What are the differences between following sentences, in terms of meaning? It feels (so) good I feel (so) good It makes me feel (so) good For me it sounds like we need a driver/thing ...
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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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What does “I am feeling hot” mean?

What does "I am feeling hot " mean in causal and slang sense? For example can we say it has a meaning like The temperature is high so you feel the heat and sweating maybe. You were stimulated ...
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“Of these two birds the male is that which is colored brighter”

As far as I understand, in American English there must stand that instead of which in the sentence "Of these two birds the male is that which is colored brighter" the clause being restrictive. On ...
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“within this year” vs “by the end of this year”

If I'd express the thought that the plan will be published at anytime before the end of this year, which of the following two sentences that I should use? 1) The plan will be published within this ...
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Did remember/ remembered

There is a sentence from GoT: And perhaps the dragon did remember, but Dany could not What the differences between sentences: And perhaps he did remember, but she could not And perhaps he ...
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How to ask someone to get back to the main subject of the discussion?

Imagine in a conversation over an important issue, between two people, the other side starts talking about a different topic which differs with the main subject under discussion. This way in an ...
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Preposition Usage; “My interest in ~”, “My interest about ~” or “My interest to ~”

I wonder which one of these is the best sentence. Or, if they make different meaning in sentence, please explain it to me ! 1. My interest in human right in North Korea has started from CNN ...
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When you cannot recognize identical twins

Please imagine your neighbor has identical twin sons and since you've met them you've been unable to recognize them properly. It seems strange to you and you're talking to a friend. I was wondering if ...
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What's the difference between I want it and I want to have it?

What's the difference between; I want it I want to have it And what is the reason? Thank you in advance
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Tend to be/become (tending)

Over time students tend to be better at their skills. Over time students tend to become better at their skills. Which is correct? Can we use present continues? Over time students are tending to be ...
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Is the word “have” in this sentence grammatically wrong? & When is it fine to be “redundant”?

Sometimes, when we ran out of time and did not have space for any further activity, he used to tell us that should anyone need any assistance or have any query, accompany me to my office. Microsoft ...