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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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“She dressed like/as an owl.” Which is correct?

She dressed like an owl. She dressed as an owl. "As" or "like"? Which one is more appropriate? My brother said that the second one is correct. He said that first one means "she dressed like an ...
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“consists of” or “consists in”?

The proof consists of two parts (or steps). Is consists of correct or it should be consists in instead ? and why ?
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Living by himself vs Living on his own

What is the difference between these sentences below in terms of meaning? He lives by himself. He lives on his own If you ask me, the first sentence connotes that he doesn't have a ...
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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 was pleasure to meet you” vs “It was pleasure meeting you”

I met somebody for the first time two days ago and the next day he sent a message on Facebook in which he said, "Thank you" and I replied "You're welcome! It was pleasure to meet you." Although it is ...
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When you're having a cat nap and a bad car accident happens

Imagine yourself in a road where the driver is your friend and your are sitting in assistant seat. You feel a bit tired and are catching some Z's. Suddenly a car accident happens and you notice it, ...
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When you want to ask someone to maintain their class

Please imagine that you take a friend (a guy) to meet a group of your friends at a party. The group and the guy are have never met one another and know nothing about one another. The guy starts ...
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“Take advantage of” and “make the most of”: What is the difference?

For example, if I'm looking forward to spending a month in Spain, I could say: I will take advantage of the opportunity to learn Spanish. I will make the most of the opportunity to learn ...
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“It'd been… since”

I've been working on these sentence structures lately: It has been... since... It had been... since... I've learned that we can use past simple and present perfect after since with "it has been" ...
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How to remove ambiguity: “… lives in the city of H, the capital of the province of NS, WHERE the unemployment rate is …”?

The sentence here is quite confusing. I wrote this. Jessica lives in the city of Halifax, the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, where the unemployment rate is 5 percent. A fellow reader is ...
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How to say that you spent the night with someone, you were only sleeping and nothing else?

In French, as I'm French, to say that I have spent the night with someone, for instance with my dad in separate beds in a hotel, we were only sleeping, for a holiday weekend for example, I would say: ...
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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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Wait or be waiting?

Which one is correct? I'm coming please be waiting. (Also, is waiting gerund here?) I'm coming please wait.
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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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“Lived a lion” or “there lived a lion” [closed]

Long long ago in the dense forest lived a lion. OR Long long ago in the dense forest there lived a lion. Are the both correct?
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To (have / take) a swim

1. I'm going for a swim. 2. I'm going to have a swim. 3. I'm going to take a swim. Are the last two sentences correct? I know the first one is, but what about the last two? I know that you can use '...
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“Breastfeed your baby longer” -I'm stuck with this sentence

I want to say that it is scientifically proven that breastfeeding helps babies grow better. As a doctor I know that human milk also gives immunity to babies and that is the reason, I want to advise ...
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Problem of abstracting two things into one

As I am having some new options to describe one of my earlier post regarding to the following two constructions making into one sentence, I want to post this once again with my options. If I say main ...
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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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How can I tell someone that they are not allowed to express their opinions, in English?

Imagine you are discussing about a matter and someone else interferes and takes the side of the second person you were discussing with. Although it would be blunt, but I need to know the precise ...
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I'm living in a sharing apartment

Currently I'm living in an apartment with some roommates. In this case how can I say when I'm asked about my room? I'm living in a sharing apartment. I'm sharing an apartment. Which one is ...
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Should the adjective “local” get the noun that it describes?

Should the adjective "local" get the noun that it describes? I mean to ask if I should say: We are local. or we should say: We are local + people / residents etc.
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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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I am cold vs I feel cold vs I got cold

There are three sentences which makes me confused. I think one of them is used to say you don't feel good or you literally are sick. Other one is used to imply that the temperature in the room where ...
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Correct way of using - “Both”

Which one of the following two sentences is more correct/appropriate than the other? Why? That's a both interesting and challenging problem. That's both an interesting and challenging problem.
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“While asking” vs “Asking” vs “While I was asking”

A. While asking a previous question I was not sure whether to conclude by asking "A" or "B". B. Asking a previous question I was not sure whether to conclude by asking "A" or "B". C. While I ...
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Does “I should get to solving the math problems” mean the same as I should start solving the math problems?

I should get to solving the math problems. Does the above sentence mean- I should start solving the math problems? And is it grammatically correct?
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How to console someone whose sister has gone travelling?

Someone told me that her sister had gone to another country and she is kind of sad about this. What can I say to console her? Does "I hope she returns soon" or "I hope she comes back home soon" work? ...
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What is the difference between “This is” and “Here is”?

I mean, is there a difference in the meaning, or the contexts for these sentences? When using the one or the other one? My question is about every kind of words. Innert things, or beings, or any ...
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“What is 'bleach'?” or “What does 'bleach' mean?”

What is 'bleach'? What does 'bleach' mean? I want to ask about the definition of a word. Are both sentences OK? I don't know why I sometimes think that it is not suitable to use the word 'mean'...
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Leaking valve - which sentence sounds most professional

Which of the following sentence sounds more professional for a technology report? The valve was found in leakage The valve was leaked The valve leaked
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Is it rude to say “I will let you know”?

In a meeting I've asked someone a question and in response she said: I'll let you know when I find out From her tone, I know that she didn't mean to be rude or anything, so I just want to know ...
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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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How to ask someone to observe a hierarchy in managing levels of an organization

Please imagine an organization in which the hierarchy is not observed. E.g. an area manager (a low manager) contacts to the chairman of the whole system instead of his / her upper / direct manager ...
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Does the second text “Shops selling everything from…” mean the same as “Shops that sell everything from…”

So, I was reading an article today, and I came across a sentence that went Keep walking, and you will find yourself walking past shops that sell everything, from steel trunks to conch shells. And ...
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Phrase that starts with present participle

Doing the work he was sure. Meeting you, I was proud. This link says that the first one is wrong, but the second one is correct. It also gave the reasons behind it. But I failed to understand it. Why ...
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Someone who has passed lots of difficulties in their lives

Please suppose someone who has had lots of difficulties in his life and has passed many problems so far. Someone who had been without money, food and even a home to live in for a long time and as the ...
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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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What's the difference between the exclamations “what” and “how”

What's the difference between: What a rude person you are! How rude you are! How rude of a person you are! How rude of you! Which one is correct? Please give me some elaboration so I can understand, ...
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How to ask about someone's study?

Suppose I meet a stranger at park. And I want to ask about his study,i.e., what course he is studying. Then which one the following is true: What do you study? What are you studying? I think first ...
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How to say the car has no more gas

I have run out of gas. I am run out of gas. My gas is over. My gas is finished. Which of these (if any) is a normal way to tell someone I have no more gas?
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She played / replayed the song repeatedly

Which one is correct ? She played the song repeatedly. She replayed the song repeatedly. Since the adverb repeatedly adds a meaning that something is done over and over again, should we ...
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How to construct sentences about reunion

I went to the high school reunion for the first time and met my old friends. When I describe this event using time expression, what sentences are appropriate? 1) It was the first meeting since the ...
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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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I saw a nightmare, dreamed a nightmare or something else?

Which one is the correct one? And if there is more than one answer, when to use each?
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Adding and subtracting small numbers OR Addition and Subtraction of Smaller Numbers?

I am preparing a mathematics syllabus for students, so I need to give a heading like "Adding and subtracting small numbers OR Addition and Subtraction of Smaller Numbers." which one is the correct one ...
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Lorry is inhibited? Or stopped?

If the lorry could be inhibited, a lesser misfortune might have destined to its driver. If the lorry had stopped, a lesser misfortune might have destined to its driver. inhibit is a verb, and in ...
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Dedication of my thesis to my late father

My father passed away when I was studying my PhD. Now I want to dedicate my thesis to him. I want to say that I am afraid that I couldn't finish my studies sooner. How do you feel about something like ...
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Everything in that shop is on sale

I was wondering if you could let me know which one of the following sentences of mine is a natural way to say: That shop sells everything off. That shop sells everything at discount. Everything in ...
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Is “how long is the average time your sketches take to finish?” a correct sentence?

I want to ask someone about the normal/average time she needs to finish a sketch/drawing. I have several options of question and I feel there should be some corrections to these question sentences. ...