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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How to negate “in good shape”

Please have a look on the following structures: I’m in a good shape.[physically/emotionally/mentally/financially/generally etc.] 2. They are in a good economic shape. How would you usually negate ...
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Is the first sentence redundant in the paragraph?

I wrote the following sentences. I have read Prof. XX’ s work “AAA” and I am excited about his great achievements on data mining. I believe that my passion and experience in these areas will have a ...
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Are the two sentence different or which one is better?

I wrote a paragraph as follows. The experiments proved that the proposed framework A is flexible enough to optimize many models. For example, in the XXX dataset, MetricXX of A is 1, which is 10% ...
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Is 'silently' placed correctly?

I have written this: Fiona silently takes in the sight of the city. Is 'silently' placed correctly? Could I also place it at the end of the sentence? Fiona takes in the sight of the city silently.
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Takes (out)… (out) of/from his pocket

Sam got into his car and took out a small bag of white powder from his pocket. Sam got into his car and took out a small bag of white powder of his pocket. Sam got into his car and took a small bag ...
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Asking someone about someone else in your greetings

Person 'X' and person 'Y' live together. You bump into the person 'X' on street and what to ask the 'X' about the person 'Y'. How would you ask informally how a person "Y's" life is going ...
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“Hear from” VS “Have news from”

Please imagine you leave the company where you work. At the same time, a colleague does the same and quits working there. (The CEO of the company (Terry) was a close friend of you.) A couple of years ...
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Ways of asking someone to move over

Could you please let me know how the two short request sentences below differ when it comes to ask someone to move over? Stand aside please. Step aside please. I cannot explain the reason, but I ...
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To be (a / like the) Venus

I wonder if it is normal in English to compare an extremely gorgeous girl / woman to the Greek goddess "Venus" as a complement. If so, then what would you normally say? She's a Venus. She's ...
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“For one's own good” Vs “In one's best interest”

I was wondering if in the following sentence: I know you're mad that I won't let you eat candy for dinner, sweetheart, but it's for your own good. we can substitute the bold part for: this is in ...
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Is this grammatically correct?: “something we thought which might have been lost due to the time and distance”

Here is the context: Two performers who are based in two different countries are going to carry out a performance together. The two of them cannot see each other often so they thought the senses and ...
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(A) burden (to / on) someone

As you know, the word "burden" depending on context, can convey various meanings. One of its connotations is "something difficult or worrying that you are responsible for", which ...
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Talking to oneself

Suppose that someone wants to do something for someone. I am drinking tea. I think I should give a cup of tea to my brother too. What is the better way to say this, while I'm thinking to do this or ...
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How do you like…“ VS ”What do you think of…"

I was wondering whether the two phrases "How do you like..." and "What do you think of..." mean the same in the following examples. If the don't, then please kindly explain their ...
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Why this sentence is correct?

How you love to hate me? This is not a subject question, but why is it correct and we don't say 'How do you love to hate me?' I have same problem with this question: Why she said that?
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To be in (good / bad) shape

As you are well aware, when someone has a nice physique, we can say: He/she is in good shape. But in case someone is "out of shape", I know that native speakers normally would say: He/...
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A problem with reported speech [duplicate]

I was wondering which tense should be used in the following indirect questions? First case: 1.1. Where are you going? → I asked where you are going 1.2. Where are you going? → I asked where you were ...
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“To be one's age” and “To be the same age as someone”

I was wondering if in the following case we can substitute the bold sentence with the alternative written bellow: You are a youth and should work to make a better life in the future(Says a father to ...
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“Make you some coffee” or “Make some coffee for you”

I was wondering which structure is the correct one: 1- Do you want me to make you some coffee? Source 2- Do you want me to make some coffee for you? I think the first one means: "Do you want ...
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Trying to express a mind state - sentence correctnesss

I'm writing a letter to my employer regarding getting education assistance for my Master's program. My question: are there errors? what can I do to express this sentiment better? Should I split this ...
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Problems are for being solved/for solving them/for solving/to be solved/to solve them/to solve

Which of these sentences is grammatically correct if we want to mean the reason problems exist is to be solved? I have trouble in terms of the usage in sentences of this kind. “Problems are for being ...
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He looks like he just got out of famine

In Urdu language, there is a saying which is used to describe a person who eats so fast and too much humorously or sarcastically (depending on the context its connotation can vary.) They say: Look at ...
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Is it “this type of words” or “these types of words” in following context?

I am a English learner and recently asked a question. In my description, I wrote following. I know that there are phrasal verbs like loop up, look out, Pass away, etc. But, I want to know what this ...
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What of the following is correct?

Did you know you could follow us on our Twitter? Or Did you know you can follow us on our Twitter?
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The music is turned off

Everyone abruptly stops dancing and the music is turned off. Is "the music is turned off" the natural choice or will it sound like the music is already turned off? Would one of these work ...
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Email subject for an email including information for campus residents who have poor internet connection

I am sending an email to all students, but it is for campus residents who have poor internet connection. Which one is a good subject? To campus residents who have poor internet connection To campus ...
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What is better to use in modern English?

Which sentence is better to use in modern English between these two sentences having the same meaning? Be he ever so skillful. However skillful he may be. I guess number 2 can be used in modern ...
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What is the adjectival form the word “APPEAL”

What is the adjectival form of the word "APPEAL"? does the word meaning change when used in adjectival form? if I write "this poem is appealing" or these poems are appealing. ...
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He continued vs he was continuing? [duplicate]

What is the difference between those two sentences? Is ''was continuing'' even correct? Without her help, he continued the project slowly. Without her help, he was continuing the project slowly. Thank ...
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Work/Be working

You don't deserve to work for this great company. I hope they fire you. You don't deserve to be working for this great company. I hope they fire you. Which of the above sentences is more natural?
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Are the two sentences equally natural?

X: It wasn't exactly a happy marriage. Y (1): Okay. But no matter how, I guess a divorce is always difficult. Y (2): Okay. But I guess a divorce is always difficult no matter how. Are the two ...
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Sentence correction question

Despite all obstacles (a) I will complete (b) this training on (c) self control by next month (d) [No error] It's a question from a test. One of the bold sections is erroneous or there is no error. I ...
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“Are not” or “not be”— what should I use?

Two sentences to be considered are: It's not bad if you rob but are not robbed. It's not bad if you rob but not be robbed. To me, they both mean the same and the latter one seems a bit more formal. ...
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“to rub smth into a surface” vs “to rub a surface with smth”

I found 2 sentences: We rubbed some polish into the surface of the wood. First rub the baking tray well with butter. Can I rephrase them as "we rubbed the surface of the wood with some polish&...
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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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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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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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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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“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 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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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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“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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