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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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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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 ...
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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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Difference between “looked like” and “were looking like”

1) Why past tense has been used in below sentence for looked, walked? 2) Can we use my version of sentence using looking, walking? a) Actual... The video was shot beautifully. Pranay Kumar and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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