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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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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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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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Introducing A Group

How do I introduce a young children's song on stage? My group is MC"ing and I'm not sure what to do. Is it possible to just say "Introducing Kindergarten with their song..."?
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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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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 ...
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What does “child components can mutate the parent” mean?

From View.js: In some cases, we may need “two-way binding” for a prop. Unfortunately, true two-way binding can create maintenance issues, because child components can mutate the parent without the ...
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“I'd appreciate it if you didn't interrupt me any further” OR “I'd appreciate it if you don't interrupt me any further”, which one is correct?

I feel like they are actually both grammatically correct; however, I have no idea what the difference in their meanings is then. I'd be grateful if you helped me out with this. (I'm always looking to ...
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What should I use 'Being' or 'to be' in a sentence?

Which one is correct? What's your secret of being closer to women?. What's your secret to be closer to women?. Should I use 'getting' instead of 'being' or 'to be' and 'close' instead of comparative ...
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Teaching at or a teacher for high school

I am writing my CV. For the experience section, I want to express that I was a teacher at a high school in my country for about one term. I do not know which of my sentences is correct? ** Teaching ...
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Will Be Explaining vs Will be of Explaining. Gerund and participle use in sentences

Which sentence is correct? It will be better that I keep quiet than I will be explaining everything to her. It will be better that I keep quiet than I will be 'of' explaining everything to her. ...
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Which sentence is correct? Passive or past?

Car were drowned by water (actually in the water). Car drowned in water. Sentence 1 is passive, if I use 'by' then water acting as an agent but where the car drowned? 'In the water' is not mentioned. ...
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When you're going to be late for a meeting

Let's assume that you are going to be late for a meeting. I wonder when do you normally use each sentence below? 1) I’m sorry for keeping you / to keep you waiting. I would use this sentence ...
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Which sentence is more appropriate and correct?

For an absent student Your son, John Doe of Class-X has not come to school on 21.06.2019 without any reason. Your son, John Doe of Class-X did not come to school on 21.06.2019 without ...
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Sentence correction,usage of the present perfect

Is it right to say like this in present perfect? It has not been a decision, I have forgotten.
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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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Asking this in a restaurant, is this the best way to construct the following sentence “Do you serve fries separately?”?

If you're trying to ask whether you can JUST order fries, and not as a side order, would the above sentence suffice? or are there better sentences that ask the same thing?
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Can continuous form of tense be used with “for” and “since”

I want to know if it is grammatically correct to use continuous form of tense be used with "for" and "since"? For example: instead of They had been friends for six months if I say They were friends ...
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What is the correct term for this?

I was in my hall and heard my brother's mobile phone ring, but as soon as he could come upstairs, the phone stopped ringing. What term/phrase is used when the other person disconnects before you pick ...
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What will be the appropriate sentence in the given situation?

From today I am going to start doing "PAN card" at my computer center. So, what will be the appropriate sentence to be written outside as a short notification ? Can I write "PAN card is done here?" ...
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“we are pretty close in our hearts” VS “our hearts are pretty close”

Is the following line a ill-expressed sentence? Even though there is a great distance between us, we are pretty close in our hearts Certainly, the writer was intended to send out the ...
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Sentence constructon question \ Incorporate

I looked up the definition for "incorporate" and stumbled across this sentence from the ODO, which is not how I would have used it. incorporate verb [with object] 1 Take in or contain (...
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How to ask a wondering question to make a listener deduce the answer

How can someone ask a wondering question to make a listener deduce the answer? Here are a couple of examples to demonstrate what I mean: A: Is he sad because he lost 1 Bitcoin? B: He was ...
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I want to express that I write about something. Which sentence should I use?

I want to express that I write about something. It could be history, politics etc. Which sentence should I use? I write articles & blog posts focused on ___ I write articles & blog ...
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I would be thankful if you + did/do/could do?

There are three structures that I remember but can't say if they are correct or say the differences. I would be thankful if you could tell me! I would be very thankful if you spend your time on ...
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which one is correct/better: that allows or allowing

Could you tell me which one is correct or better: For instance, opening the session in a way that allows students to demonstrate their prior knowledge could be an effective method (flipped classroom ...
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position of adverbial phrase in sentence

Using of placement of adverb, manner, place, and time in sentence. I am a bit confused speaking to place them in sentence. While speaking with my boss: I went to Ram's home, I connected my ...
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Correct approach of politely reply back with strong oppose

I asked for some details to one of my colleague.He replied and mentioned a special note in the reply mail. Something like that : Please find the detail below 1>aaaaaa 2>bbbbbb Please Note: ...
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changing a sentence into passive and reducing the relative clause

I wanted to reduce the relative clause of the following sentence or change that into passive structure but unfortunately I couldn't be able to. Integrated transport systems that take into ...
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Another than, Different than

Is it correct to say: You can save images to a different folder than videos, meaning images should be stored in one folder and videos in a different folder. Or should I say: You can save ...
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Present Continuous or Future Continuous

I want to say that I won't be there for the first two weeks of August (everything has been arranged). Should I say: I am leaving for the first two weeks of August. or I will be leaving for ...
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Is there a significant difference in meaning between “I would like it to be” and “I wish it were”?

What is the difference in meaning betweeb the following sentences. I would like it to be already 8 pm so that I could go home. I wish it were already 8 pm so that could go home. Does the ...
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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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I need some help on sentence making. What should I say?

I am not a native English speaker and sometimes I find making sentence difficult. So I'm asking for help. I was trying to express like that, "somebody has picked up a guy on his arm to throw him up ...
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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 ...
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Which Sentence Is Written Correct?

A. Checking the barometer, Elaine predicted good weather. Or B. Predicting good weather after Elaine checked the barometer. I think A is correct and B is wrong because the gerund "predicting" needs ...