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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Difference between Everyone has gone home vs everyone went home? [duplicate]

Could anyone please tell the difference between present perfect sentence "Everyone has gone home" and simple past "Everyone went home"? What difference does present perfect makes, when simple past ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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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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“Run away” and “Run off” difference in this context [duplicate]

He ran off from my house. He ran away from my house. Are these two sentences interchangable? Thank you.
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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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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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 ...