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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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How to rewrite “I think that in the film is some similarity with our real world but with hyperbole, sure.”

How would be the following idea expressed in more fluent and idiomatic English? I think that in the film is some similarity with our real world but with hyperbole, sure. It is somebody defending ...
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Are they interchangeable: “I'm sorry that..” “It is too bad that…” and “It's a pity / shame that..”?

There is a sentence in a textbook. I'm sorry that the trip was cancelled. I can think of several sentences similar to this, meaning-wise, but I'm not sure. 1) It's too bad that the trip ...
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was to be and was to have been

I have a question 1.He was to be home by now. That means he was supposed to come home either before now or maybe by now? 2.He was to have been home by now. That means he was supposed to have ...
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Which of these three expressions works to ask somebody how late he was for school?

I want to ask somebody how late he was for school. How should I ask him? How late were you for the school? How much were you late for the school? How much time were you late for school? Are these ...
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How to construct sentences about reunion

I went to the high school reunion for the first time and met my old friends. When I describe this event using time expression, what sentences are appropriate? 1) It was the first meeting since the ...
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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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Don’t seem too forward / Don’t seem overly friendly [closed]

Let’s suppose someone is behaving in a very impolite and perhaps rude way with you and you dislike his manners toward yourself. In such a condition, do the following sentences mean the same and can ...
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Everything in that shop is on sale

I was wondering if you could let me know which one of the following sentences of mine is a natural way to say: That shop sells everything off. That shop sells everything at discount. Everything in ...
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Does X include off?

Let's suppose you are in a shop. You see that the shop owner has divided their goods in too parts. One which is off and one which is not! You admire one T-shirt and need to try it on, but first you ...
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“celebration is good to have”

To my mind, celebration is good to have, but I do not encourage spending too much money. To my mind, to have celebration is good, but I do not encourage spending too much money. Are the two ...
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Problem of abstracting two things into one

As I am having some new options to describe one of my earlier post regarding to the following two constructions making into one sentence, I want to post this once again with my options. If I say main ...
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“within this year” vs “by the end of this year”

If I'd express the thought that the plan will be published at anytime before the end of this year, which of the following two sentences that I should use? 1) The plan will be published within this ...
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“Which one has the answer yes” vs. “Which one is affirmatively answerable”

When I edited an earlier question I wasn't sure whether to completely change the "A" form into the "B" form: A. How do the below three sentences differ in their meaning and which one has the answer ...
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“While asking” vs “Asking” vs “While I was asking”

A. While asking a previous question I was not sure whether to conclude by asking "A" or "B". B. Asking a previous question I was not sure whether to conclude by asking "A" or "B". C. While I ...