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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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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“No, you must” vs “No, you must be” as a response to “You must be an idiot”

Let's say someone said, "You must be an idiot" to me to mean that I'm most likely an idiot. As a response to that, can I say these sentences below interchangeably to mean that that person is actually ...
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What's the course of the course?

When I talked to my friend today I found that he has in his college the same course that I have. I wanted to ask him about the length(?) of his course (since our course is two two weeks and I wanted ...
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What tense should we use for this context?

The scenario: We are outside of governmental office, and it's closed now. But it's understood that they're going to open it some-when soon but it's not understood exactly when. On the wall, near to ...
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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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John and I live ten minutes away on foot

I think it's clear to say things like this. (1) John and I live ten minutes away by car. (2) John and I live ten minutes away by bus. What about something like this? (3) John and I live ten ...
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“To repair something” vs “To get something repaired”

How is the phrase “Get the car repaired” different from “Repair the car”? Is there a difference? If so, how do I use this? For example:
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“To kill someone” vs “To have someone killed”

In a movie, I’ve heard “Are you going to have me killed?” How’s this different from “Are you going to kill me?” Is there a certain rule for that? If you’re wondering where I heard this, it was ...
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Usages of Look vs Looks

Just wondering if these sentences are correct. "All these rocks looks the same." (Potentially an informal usage? Like saying anyways instead of anyway??) "All these rocks kind of look the same."
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Subjuctive Mood 1 and 2 with different markers of time [closed]

Am I correct if I say?: If I had not drunk coffee today I would have been sleepy. If I didn't drink coffee today I would be sleepy. If I had not already drunk coffee I would be sleepy now. ...
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Sentence comparison

I'll take whatever of that pie is left. I'll take whatever is left of that pie. Do both of the above sentences mean the same thing?
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When someone is indebted to you and you are going to get your money back

Imagine someone is indebted to you some amount of money. You are going to get it back. You friend who knows the issue, meets you and wants to ask about the matter. Which one of the following questions ...
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Apply a model to or for?

In this research, two types of assessment models have been applied for/to the sample. Do we apply a model to or for something in research? Or shall I paraphrase it? In this research, two types ...
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How to make a BIT stronger negation?

In my view, we can use the word "NO" to substitute "NOT" to express a bit stronger negation. For example, "He is no singer." put a bit emphasis on negative, compared with "He is not a singer." But ...
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'Confirm it' vs 'confirm' to you

I will probably visit Berlin tomorrow; I can confirm (it) tomorrow morning. Will you be home? Could you please tell me if the above sentence is correct and if the use of it is necessary? Also, ...
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“The reason why X is because” or “The reason why X is that”

So, there's a group called One sentence startup pitches in Facebook and I posted the following sentence there. A startup/university/research institution that would prove that the reason why no one ...
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What's the proper adjective to use with the phrase “bill details”? And what's the proper tense?

I'm not sure what to use: The bill details or the break down of the bill will (Appear - be ready - come out - or something else) within the next week. Also, How can I say that I don't have them ...
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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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A platform of wild animals to be shown to the public

I was writing an essay, and when I finished it and read it, I thought that this sentence: Zoos have always been the platform of wild animals to be shown to the public. Is not idiomatic at all. But ...
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expressing your attitude towards something [closed]

I have recently watched a movie which is really great and now I'm trying to express my attitude towards this movie. Here is what I want to say: I'm wondering how a movie can be so complicated and ...
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I will go vs. I am going

I used to think Will was used for future and Present Progressive for ongoing actions but recently I came across a site(forgot to save the link) which states that present progressive can be used for ...
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serve regarding question

When I was introducing people to a dish, I'd like to express it can be eaten cold or hot, but I want to use the word serve express the same meaning, do I say this dish can be served chilled or hot or ...
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To be vs. Being [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two sentences? I like being a Doctor. I like to be a Doctor. For instance I am a a Doctor by profession. And if someone asks me if I like my profession? Then ...
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Making someone tired vs. Tiring someone out

What is the exact difference between Making someone tired Getting someone tired Having someone tired Tiring someone out 1,2, and 3 are used when you are doing something to or on someone against ...
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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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“Only a few minutes separate me from…” A common sentence-structure

I want to rephrase a sentence so it fits the common sentence-structure (I assume it is common), and that's exactly the problem, it seems that I can't recall what that structure is, precisely. The ...
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Is this a question correct?

A customer noticed that her bill amount increased on a specific month and I would like to ask her about it. When did you start noticing extra charges on your bill? In which month did you start ...
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Can I use “The mike is yours” implicitly?

Is it necessary when I say: "The mike is yours, confound me." that you really have a microphone, or you should have a microphone? If yes, then what should I say instead that sentence with the part "...
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Which is the correct sentence [closed]

I'm just looking forward to the holidays which is coming soon. I'm looking forward to the coming soon holidays.
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Since the accident of the last year or something

Imagine someone has experienced a bad accident one year ago and then has become housebound. Which one of the following sentences sounds grammatically and structurally more correct in this respect: ...
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How to express 'the happiness of doing is at…' authentically?

Similarly,how do express "The interest of doing sth is at..." like a native speaker. For example, The interest of learning a foreign language is ... or The happiness of studying mathematics ...
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Should I avoid double possessive adjectives in this kind of sentence?

Let's imagine a situation in which there are two males in a room, and we read: John laid his hand on his shoulder. It's clear that John is not laying his hand on his own shoulder but on that of ...
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How to use should in past tense

I have this sentence. If shouldn't helped him this tragedy might not happen. Should I include have after shouldn't? shouldn't have helped doesn't sound fine to me. shouldn't helped either.
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Did remember/ remembered

There is a sentence from GoT: And perhaps the dragon did remember, but Dany could not What the differences between sentences: And perhaps he did remember, but she could not And perhaps he ...
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I am to go / I have to go

There is a sentence from GoT: I'm to go north to the Wall. Are there any differences between the sentences: I am to go north I have to go north ?
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Reported speech for things not related with communication [closed]

Which of these sentences would be correct? "Currently we've got no clue how consciousness works." Or "Currently we've got no clue how consciousness worked."
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Why “Welcome to take our TAXI” is incorrect and any correct ways can be suggested?

There is a machine installed in some TAXI cars within China. Whenever a new passenger enters the car, it will play this sentence: "Welcome to take our TAXI!" One of my American friends pointed it out ...
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What does “I am feeling hot” mean?

What does "I am feeling hot " mean in causal and slang sense? For example can we say it has a meaning like The temperature is high so you feel the heat and sweating maybe. You were stimulated ...
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How to express cross pairing between two groups?

Assume that we have two smalls: Group 1 and 2. Group 1 has two members: A1 and A2; Group 2 has three members: B1, B2 and B3; I want to do cross-pairing based on some unknown criteria. The result ...
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What is the most related title to this description?

I want to make a video that aims to teach Arabic. I'm gonna teach sentences that are neither formal nor slang. They're casual or normal sentences. Also, those sentences are practical so they don't ...
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Is this exclamatory sentence correct?

During my leaning training, I came across this question when reading this sentence in my English workbook. a) What an interesting program this is!! I wonder why "a" is used?? Why the answer book ...
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Does 'NOT' take some effect in this sentence?

a1. This theory is yet to be proven. a2. This theory is not yet to be proven. I feel both a1 and a2 denote the same meaning that this theory hasn't been proven yet and probably will be proven, ...
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“something in her tone” vs “her tone”

The sentence is Something in her tone reminded me of the other girl's "I think he killed a man," and had the effect of stimulating my curiosity. - "The Great Gatsby", F. Scott Fitzgerald If I ...
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Tend to be/become (tending)

Over time students tend to be better at their skills. Over time students tend to become better at their skills. Which is correct? Can we use present continues? Over time students are tending to be ...
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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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Impact, countable or uncountable?

This assumption has a negligible impact on the study. This assumption has negligible impact on the study. Which one between the two above sentences is correct ?
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inquire of plant's wellbeing

For example: I wonder how my plant might be doing/might be bearing up, since I've neglected it for a week. Meaning, I wonder what state my plant might be in when I come back home (dried out, grown ...
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“Device calibration” or “calibration of a device”?

I need to know how to specify something in English, I mean for example in the following case: "Device calibration" or "calibration of a device"? How can I know which is the right one? What is ...
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Preposition in “driving to the mountains”

He is driving to the mountains. Does it mean that he is driving to reach to the mountains, he hasn't reached but he is driving to reach in the mountains? And, which sentence is correct? He ...
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“We don't suppose to have” Vs. “We are not supposed to have”

My friend asked me about how to refer correctly to the cancellation of a class on Monday. The choices were: 1) We don't supposed to have class on Monday. This choice was rejected since "don't" ...

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