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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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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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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'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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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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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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“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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“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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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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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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Which is the most natural way of saying this?

Whose is that car? Whose car is that? Which of the two is the most natural way of saying it? I think #2 but may I be mistaking?
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Difference between “at any instant be sown” and “be sown at any instant”

The children, small seeds, might at any instant be sown to all the Martian climes. Why not the sentence be written as: The children, small seeds, might be sown at any instant to all the ...
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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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“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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Difference between “looked like” and “were looking like”

1) Why past tense has been used in below sentence for looked, walked? 2) Can we use my version of sentence using looking, walking? a) Actual... The video was shot beautifully. Pranay Kumar and ...
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Which sentence below is grammatically correct?

"He would tell you he didn't attend the class." or "He would tell you that he didn't attend the class." I hope I didn't make any mistake.
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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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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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How many times do we need to use auxiliary verb in a sentence?

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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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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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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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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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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“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 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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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“By the next year, I will have been losing my dad for 5 years.” “By the next year, I will have been working in this company for 5 years.”

I’m wondering if this sentence is grammatically correct or not! By the next year, I will have been losing my dad for 5 years. By the next year, I will have been working in this company for 5 ...
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“We will inform you as to when the items will be ready for return” or “We will inform you as to when the items will be ready to be return”

We will inform you as to when the items will be ready for return or We will inform you as to when the items will be ready to be return
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“I would be very happy, if I can get a chance on work on these projects”

Just got a informal message in a group regarding CSR activities. Can you please suggest me which one will be the best sentence. I would be very happy, if I can get a chance to work on these projects. ...
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How or why this is good for me

I don't understand how this is good for me. I don't understand why this is good for me. Do they mean the same? If not what's the difference? Or maybe nuance? What context would one use them ...
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What are some polite sentence structures for asking a question from a stranger?

The other day I was in the library and saw a few people studying; I was sat next to them and soon realized they were university students. I wanted to ask one of them which university they were from ...
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Does this sentence make sense? “There's no such thing as an oversized commitment that is too big for one to dedicate oneself to.”

I was writing an IELTS essay on this topic: Some people think that environmental problems are too big for individuals to solve. Others, however, believe that these problems cannot be solved if ...
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When to use night/nighttime in the following context?

"How have you survived living here for nearly a year now if you don't like the hustle and bustle?" 1) "At night it's bearable." 2) "It's bearable at night." 3) "Night makes it bearable."...
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The colloquial expression of future prediction using tree falling analogy

I once heard a vivid expression which expresses that you can't precisely predict the future, which goes something like this: you can't anticipate each branch you will hit when falling off a tree ...
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Help them don't make mistake or Help them not make mistake?

Which one is correct? Parents are more experienced than their children so they can help them don't make mistake in their life. Parents are more experienced than their children so they can ...
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How to know which one is right between past and present passive?

How to know which one is correct? Friendship that is built on trust has bright future.(passive) Friendship built on trust has bright future.(past) Why we can't use build? I asked this question but ...