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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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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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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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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“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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How to amend the mentioned sentence so that it contains less repetition?

The difference between A and B adds up to the former being beneficial while the latter failing to be beneficial. I don't like the way "being beneficial" is repeated in the sentence. The following ...
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I would be thankful if you + did/do/could do?

There are three structures that I remember but can't say if they are correct or say the differences. I would be thankful if you could tell me! I would be very thankful if you spend your time on ...
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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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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 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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More appropriate expression for “B is half-of-A greater than A.”

Let A and B be whole numbers such that B = A + A ÷ 2. Assuming I need to express it as greater than, I could say: B is half-of-A greater than A. But I want to get rid of the hyphens. I want to ...
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Is 'Where do you buy yogurt from?' grammatically correct?

Are all of these sentences sound natural? Where do you buy yoghurt? Where do you buy yoghurt from? I buy it from Kurosh Supermarket. I buy it at Kurosh Supermarket. I buy it in Kurosh ...
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I don't know when she laughed last time vs. I don't know when did she laugh last time

I am always confused about the second part. Because it seems to me that the second part is kind of a question so i should use do/ did according to tense but at the Same time it also feels weird to add ...
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It seems like he has asked her vs. He seems to have asked her [closed]

Which one is correct? And if both are, then please explain to me in which situations can I use "seems to have" and what is the grammar term for it? Thanks in advance.
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Is “I heard someone that is singing” a natural sentence?

I've seen I heard someone singing but I haven't seen I heard someone that is singing Is it the same as the first one? or maybe I heard that someone is singing
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“We all love the good quotes, especially love ones.” vs. “especially about love.”

We all love the good quotes, especially love ones. or We all love the good quotes, especially about love. The idea is to express in a short way that we love good quotes about love. Do these ...
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Introducing A Group

How do I introduce a young children's song on stage? My group is MC"ing and I'm not sure what to do. Is it possible to just say "Introducing Kindergarten with their song..."?
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Sentence correction on subjunctive mood

From my textbook: I wish the earthquake never happened. Answer key: I wish the earthquake had never happened. Can I say the following sentence? I wish (that) the earthquake didn't happen. ...
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Which is the most natural way of saying this?

Whose is that car? Whose car is that? Which of the two is the most natural way of saying it? I think #2 but may I be mistaking?
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“Did you have…” or “Have you had…”

I know that this question was asked before and I read the other posts but I'm still which one to use. I was just talking with a friend and I asked, "Have you had a tiring day?"... I thought I was ...
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Does this sentence sound natural: “Typhoon number 16 can affect Ho Chi Minh city, people should follow to have prevention”?

I have recently got an alert text message on my phone from my local authorities in Vietnam: (a) Typhoon number 16 (Tembin) can affect Ho Chi Minh city, people should follow to have prevention. ...
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Sentence structure for a long list

My graduate education enabled me gainfully employ everything from the basic laws of physics, Maxwell’s equations, lumped circuit abstractions, amplifier abstraction, and from there into the ...
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Usage of in/on before a month

I read that when you refer to a specific date you should use the preposition "on", and if you refer to a month you should use "in". I wonder if this is an unbreakable rule, and, which of the next ...
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Which would be better? 'Last two weeks' or 'Take two weeks'

Sorry I will not able to check the attached reports because I have an important task to fulfill and that task might last two weeks. What it is better to say, 'last two weeks' or 'take two weeks'?
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Use of concerning

Which sentence sound more correct for business use? “The company will deliver vital knowledge of system-related aspects concerning workflows to new employees.” “The company will deliver vital ...
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Adjective after the object - “when I will go home I will find my parents sad”

I need a piece of advice. Look at this two sentences: I got a bad grade. As a consequence, when I will go home I will find my parents sad. Vs I got a bad grade. As a consequence, when I will go ...
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“What is expecting you” as not a question

I'm going to print a poster for my colleagues co-workerswith two pictures on it. The first picture will go with caption "What you are expecting" and the second with "What is expecting you". However I'...
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Does “Don't talk. Your mouth is full.” sound natural?

He likes to talk while he eating. "Don't talk with your mouth full." "Don't talk. Your mouth is full." Does the second sentence sound natural to a native speaker?
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Can I use a definite article although a listener don't know what it is?

If there's the apple I bought yesterday, and I'm gonna eat the apple, can I say "I'm gonna eat the apple" although a listener don't know what apple it is? For example, as in "I'm gonna go to the bank"...
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What's the difference between I want it and I want to have it?

What's the difference between; I want it I want to have it And what is the reason? Thank you in advance
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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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What is better way to say about a future plans?

I have a dialogue and need to complete the answer. A: Do you fancy playing tennis at 12 o’clock tomorrow? B: I’m sorry, I can’t join you at that time Which is the most preferable answer and ...
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Sentence agreement with perfect

I am trying to construct such a sentence, and I am stuck whether it's possible to use Present Perfect here or not. I have two options: There were times when people thought that physics had been ...
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Past perfect with before

Once again I don't get the difference in 2 sentences from my grammar book: The noise of their footsteps had become distant before my father spoke again. He walked quite close to them ...
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Help me with construction of this interrogative sentence

Why did you not tell the truth? Can you tell me? Now join them in one sentence. What is the result? Can you tell me why did you not tell the truth? or Can you tell me why you did not tell the ...
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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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Do you have any other

Can I use singular countable nouns after any other? And are the following sentences grammatical? 1- Do you have any other book? 2- Do you know any other doctor? 3- Is there any other way to do this?...
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Contribution vs Contributions

The main contributions of this book are as follows. The main contribution of this book is as follows. In the above context, which one between contributions or contribution is correct?
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How to ask about folder size

In an email message, which would be better to say: How much is the folder size? or: What is the folder size?
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Do both the given sentences mean the same thing?

What better way to show him you're interested in him than by getting him a present? What better way to show him you're interested in him than with a present? Do both the sentences mean the same ...
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Who is/was the author of

if someone asks me or if there is a question in exams like "who is the author of Xxx book?" Should I answer in the past or present tense,like "Yyy is/was the author of Xxx book". I know the author is ...
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Who is/was the founder of

if someone asks me "Who is the founder of apple?" Should I reply in present tense or past tense?Like, "The founder of the apple is/was Steve jobs": 'Was' or 'is', which one should I use? As I know the ...
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position of adverbial phrase in sentence

Using of placement of adverb, manner, place, and time in sentence. I am a bit confused speaking to place them in sentence. While speaking with my boss: I went to Ram's home, I connected my ...
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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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“which” vs “that” and comma before “which”

I am extremely interested in obtaining such a position at your lab, where I can contribute to its research and development for new standards, and where I can gain extensive experience that is ...
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Difference between “at any instant be sown” and “be sown at any instant”

The children, small seeds, might at any instant be sown to all the Martian climes. Why not the sentence be written as: The children, small seeds, might be sown at any instant to all the ...
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Plural and countability of the word 'performance'

Algorithms A and B provide good performance. Algorithms A and B provide good performances. Could you please tell me which one between the above sentences is correct ? Algorithm A provides ...
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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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synonyms for “you're welcome”

Which one of the following (or maybe another one that you know) is the strongest answer for someone that sent me a lot of thanks and hearts for a favor that I did to him? Obviously, I know the answer ...
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Correct comma placement in a sentence containing 'for instance'

In short, which sentence seems to be more correct? This: It can be done, for instance by mixing in following ingredients. or maybe this one: It can be done for instance, by mixing in following ...
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Describing the position of elements of a web page

Here is a screenshot of the Visual Dictionary Online website's homepage as displayed in my browser: My question is: How would you refer to the position of the image of the reindeer on the web page? ...

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