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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Should we use present and past tense together in a sentence?

I always get confused in these kinds of sentences when someone thinks in his mind. He might be thinking that I also got these kinds of materials that's why he asked me He might be thinking that I ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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 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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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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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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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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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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“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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“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 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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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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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what is the sentence structure of the bold sentence in the passage?

As the US has raised concerns about drones, DJI has increased the kinds of security and data controls it offers its customers. We are not in the business to control data, but we want to give the ...
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Is “invoke” synonymous with “have” in this sentence?

I'm confused about the sentence below, is it correct? Please help me clear the confusion. I don't understand the meaning of Invoke; is it synonymous with have? I invoke the right of parley = I ...
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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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Which one is correct, “Taking day off Monday” or “taking day off on Monday”?

I am bit confused which of these sentences is correct when I write an email for leave. Which one is correct? Taking day off Monday or Taking day off on Monday
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He left doing it vs Doing it he left

Let's look at two sentences. He left doing it. It means when he left he was doing it and here the work of doing wasn't finished. Here the word 'doing' acts as an adverb. Doing it he left. It means ...
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Made us fool VS Made fool of us

Which one of the following is correct sentence. He made a fool of us. He made us fool. Thanks.
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Going to VS Goes to

Anderson):- Is your brother serious about taking job at fast food restaurant? Bob):- I guess not. He is going to college. Now my question is what does the highlighted sentence mean? Does it mean; ...
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“documents you sent me” or “documents that you have sent me”

Which is the correct sentence? I filled out the documents you sent me. OR I filled out the documents that you have sent me. Could somebody explain me why first or second sentence is correct?
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Wait VS Wait up

Please explain the difference between the following two sentences. Please try to explain it in simple words. Thanks. 1:- Don't wait up for me. 2:- Don't wait for me.
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Come VS Come over

Please explain the difference between the following two sentences. Please try to explain it simple words. Thanks. A):- Please come over this afternoon. B):- Please come this afternoon.
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“Have you had a breakfast” or “did you have a breakfast”?

Which one is correct "have you had a breakfast" or "did you have a breakfast"? And should I use the ‘a’ s, is it necessary to use it?

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