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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What's a natural way to say “I am getting familiar with something”

I am looking for a simple and natural way to express the process of getting familiar with something. Some options I've been considering include I am acquainting myself with something. I am ...
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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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What are some alternatives to the sentence “I've recently suffered an injury”?

I myself was thinking of a few sentences, but wasn't sure if they were grammatically correct. "I've recently incurred an injury" "I've recently sustained an injury"
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What's the proper sentence to use when asking someone whether they know something, using the sentence structure “I was wondering ____?”?

Let's say that, as an office worker, you're looking for someone in a different department that could help you with a project X. You go up to one of your colleagues and want to ask him whether he knows ...
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What are some usual responses to “Hey, you Okay?”? [closed]

When I first started learning English as my second language, I was taught that when you greet someone you can say stuff like: "Hey, how are you [doing]?" and the normal response would be: "I'm ...
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What are some professional sentences one can use to quit their job?

Let's say someone works at a restaurant as a waiter. What are some appropriate sentences they could use to tell their manager that they'd like to leave their job?
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Is the sentence “I'd like to hear your input on this matter” correct?

I'd like to hear your input on this matter. I'm really unsure whether the above sentence makes sense. If not, what is the correct version of the sentence; and if it does make sense, are there any ...
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What is a suitable sentence to use when asking for your eyeglasses prescription?

As an already existing patient returning to the optician's, how do you ask for your prescription history. Say, you've lost your optical prescription from your last visit to the optician's. How do you, ...
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What's the best sentence to use when you're trying to ask for a different banknote than the one you've already been given?

Say you're at the checkout in a store and you receive a torn five-pound note; what's the best way of asking for a different note? I myself was thinking of something around the lines of "Excuse me; ...
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Is there any difference in the meanings of “Check out this place!” and “Check this place out!”?

Check out this place! Check this place out! Are the two sentences above both correct? and if so, do they have the exact same meaning?
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Does this sentence make sense “you can do it however way you think is best”?

Is this sentence correct? or rather, is there any way of improving this sentence (by possibly substituting in new words or even changing the sentence completely so that it still keeps its message)?
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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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Always take your (competitor/rival) seriously

There is a popular sentence in our language which says: Literal translation: Always, take your competitor/rival seriously. Connotation: if you are going to defeat your rival during a match, you ...
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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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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. ...
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How to ask someone to get back to the main subject of the discussion?

Imagine in a conversation over an important issue, between two people, the other side starts talking about a different topic which differs with the main subject under discussion. This way in an ...
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The way of mentioning an e-mail in a conversation

Imagine a situation that you sent an e-mail to your friend but he did not reply for a week and you see him in a place. Do the following options suit in order to mention the e-mail in a conversation? ...
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which is the right one / preferable sentence? Physics. An air bubble is released from a given depth under the surface of sea [closed]

If you can please explain it in a few words which is right / wrong or in which book can I see to this topic Calculate from how deep the bubble arrived. Calculate how deep from the bubble arrived. ...
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A rude/street-model equivalent for “He afraids of me too much”

Which one of the following sentences (or probabely your suggested one which would sound more suited to the case in my question) is commonly used to imply that someone is really scares of you? He ...
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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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Conditional sentence - usage of tense

Using conditional sentence I want to express a situation but not able to decide which is correct sentence out of below 2. Could an expert please help me understand along with reason and if possible ...
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It seems like yesterday

I am going to make up an example: Time goes very quickly. It has been twenty years since I last met Jack. It seems like yesterday. Does the clause in bold make sense? Thanks a lot.
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When someone gets a face-lift surgery

Imagine a woman who has had a plastic surgery on her face and has lifted her face. How a native speaker should say it in everyday speech? For me, the following examples which are direct translations ...
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Replying to a wish you well text [closed]

If someone wishes that you're doing well in your studies, can you reply the following? Thank you for wishing me well! What could be some other informal replies?
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When you are enjoying a good nutrition

I am an athlete and I have very good eating habits. Let's suppose I have changed my coach already and the new one tends to find out wheather I eat high-quality meals or not and in total he is going to ...
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Question on grammatically correct statement

Which amongst the following is grammatically correct? A) Almost nobody is interested in spending time on reading classical mechanics. B) Almost nobody is interested about spending time on ...
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“You should not work in the field while the sun was hot.”

You should not work in the field while the sun was hot. I came across this sentence and it felt a little odd, The original sentence is not from a native speaker. I think it should be either: You ...
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'Sometimes' & 'However' at the beginning or in the middle of sentences

Which one would you prefer and when? You can go there sometimes and try out few things. Sometimes, you can go there and try out few things. Similarly, I'm having trouble understanding the ...
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Which one is right, and which should I use for what I'm trying to say? [closed]

He relishes feeling the watch in his hand, cold and sturdy. He relishes the feeling of the watch in his hand, cold and sturdy. He relishes in the feeling of the watch in his hand,cold and sturdy....
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When you are indebted to someone and want to return their favor

All of us are well aware that most of the people are indebted to their parents because of their efforts in our lives. I would appreciate it if someone could let me know which one of the following ...
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How to express 'going down the stairs to street'?

Suppose, one of my friends is waiting for me on street. I'm going to ground floor using stairs of our building. At that moment if my friend phones me, what should I say to mean that I'm on the way to ...
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Placement of “here” with “Am I the only one…?”

Are these sentences correct? 1) "Am I the only one who doesn't play video games here?" 2) "Here, am I the only one who doesn't play video games?" Can I say these two sentences to mean "Am ...
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Farewell message to passed away friend [closed]

How to write a farewell message to one my friend who passed away recently. Here is my try. There are no words to express my sadness. He is cannot be forgotten. I was lucky to meet a person like him ...
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“The situation made everyone worried about the future” VS “The situation made everyone worry about the future”

Confusion between The situation made everyone worried about the future. and The situation made everyone worry about the future. To me, it seems both are grammatical. Clarification would be ...
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The opposite of 'What do these two sentences have in common?'

'What do these two sentences have in common?' The question is asking for similarity between the two sentences but if we had to say that we're looking for the difference. How would we say that? Other ...
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In comparision to [closed]

In my study I need to compare many different methods. Therefore, I need to use the words "in comparison to" or "compared to". I repeat these words many times. My question is, are there other ways ...
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“May help explain” or “May help to explain”

I would like to know which of the following sentences would be preferable in American English academic writing: Over the past years unemployment increased, which may help explain the increase in ...
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Don’t use that supplement or your stomach will (hurt / be hurt / be harmed / be damaged)

I would appreciate it if someone could tell me which one of the following self-made sentences does not sound natural. (To me, the only natural one is the #3 and other sentences do not sound idiomatic ...
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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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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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“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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I want you to speak English / that you'll speak English / that you speak English

My friend just started to learn English and I want to listen to him speaking English. My question is what is the best / correct way to tell him it out of the following three choices (or more others ...
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What is the appropriate PREPOSITION here

Keep all defective items ..... It will come in my work. It will come to my work. Which of the two or something else is suitable in this context?
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Once paid yearly - is in normal? [closed]

Is it correct to say Once paid yearly you have...(many advantages) ? Or would be better to unfold it to Once you pay early you have... or Paid yearly once... Meaning that it's said to a ...
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Which of the following is more appropriate?

Cambridge dictionary says : They have three children UNDER the age of five. While Learners dictionary.com says : The game is suitable for children BELOW the age of ten. I am really confused ...
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“Meet” or “meet to” or “meet with” [duplicate]

I meet my friend every day. I meet to my friend every day. I meet with my friend every day. Is "meet" a transitive, or intransitive, or both? I'd appreciate your help.
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Since clause and present perfect

I have to correct the sentence: I haven't seen Peter since he begins seeing his new girlfriend. The correct answer is: I haven't seen Peter since he began seeing his new girlfriend. I thought I could ...
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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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Construction sentence on continuous form

It is correct to complete the sentence "What......doing with yourself over the last couple of days ?" with 'are you' ?
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Purpose of using it is okay..is it being polite?

What's the difference between You can have a drink now. and It is okay to have a drink now.

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