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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A question about two structures

I've read in a grammar text that : I don't like people telling me what to do. I don't like being told what to do. The author claimed that 1,2 convey same information in reader. However, I ...
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How should I say more polite in such situation? [closed]

Recently, my downstairs neighbor always slam the door, and that is so annoying. Which of the following utterances should I use? The noise from you slamming the door is so loud. Could you be ...
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What are the differences between these two sentences?

I was trying to translate the description of a game in english by myself and then asked a professional translator to compare with. I wrote : Connect the dots so that paths don't overlap ! He ...
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Different ways to express the fundamentalness of a problem

Consider we intend to say that a problem cannot be solved only if we look through more fundamental concepts of a theory. I suggest these: Problem A cannot be solved without resorting to the ...
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How to introduce the method used in a research [closed]

Which of the following sentences are correct? why? and how to make it proper? Our approach to dealing with the problem A was of method B. we can also introduce method B as follows: Our approach ...
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Conversation through skype

We started the conversation throught skype and 1my companinon didn't turn on his web-cam. How to ask the following: Will we talk without seeing through web cams? in a more natural non-formal way?
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“Is there a plane” or “Do you have a flight”, which is better?

Assuming I'm speaking to staff at a booking center, which of these is better? Is there a plane to London today? or Do you have a flight to London today? And why?
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How to say the car has no more gas

I have run out of gas. I am run out of gas. My gas is over. My gas is finished. Which of these (if any) is a normal way to tell someone I have no more gas?
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“It'd been… since”

I've been working on these sentence structures lately: It has been... since... It had been... since... I've learned that we can use past simple and present perfect after since with "it has been" ...
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“It was pleasure to meet you” vs “It was pleasure meeting you”

I met somebody for the first time two days ago and the next day he sent a message on Facebook in which he said, "Thank you" and I replied "You're welcome! It was pleasure to meet you." Although it is ...
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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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Is “Whoever does not progress every day is in loss” good English?

It is a quote from a not-English religious leader of many centuries ago. I like to know which rendering is the most natural. These have come to my mind: 1) Whoever does not progress every day is in ...
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Cause vs make / get

Which one is idiomatic or is there another way to say it in more idiomatic and a bit formal way? What I read caused a question to pop up in my mind? What I read caused to pop up a question in ...
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Can I change order in this sentence? - “By the time”

Here are two sentences that I want to know I can both use no matter what situation I'm in. By the time a memorable incident happened, I had been working just for a few weeks. By the time I had been ...
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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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Shall I say “Open your books” or “Open your book” when facing a group of kids?

It might be a very simple question or even a silly one, but I am really a bit confused when saying "Open your books" while I am asking a group of kids to open a certain book(many students have one ...
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Why do you always “go down the street”

I think I hear people mostly use the phrase "going down the street" instead of "going up the street" or "going on the street" It is common to hear that : I was going down the street when I saw ...
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She played / replayed the song repeatedly

Which one is correct ? She played the song repeatedly. She replayed the song repeatedly. Since the adverb repeatedly adds a meaning that something is done over and over again, should we use the ...
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Keeping on + keep in touch

Consider that parents whose son is leaving home for the college say to their son: Please keep on keep in touch with us when you get to the college. Is this sentence idiomatic? How do we say ...
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How to excuse if we sleep more than we should

Consider both formal and informal (among friends ) situations. How to excuse if we slept more than we should have therefore we were late somewhere we were supposed to be. For example: Situation 1: ...
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Are “Having common interests” and “having things in common” synonymous expressions?

Can we say A and B have many common interests (I am sure they are going to get on well.) to mean "A and B have (many) things in common"? Does it have double entendres or does it have only ...
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“It feels so good” vs. “I feel so good” vs. “It makes me feel so good”

What are the differences between following sentences, in terms of meaning? It feels (so) good I feel (so) good It makes me feel (so) good For me it sounds like we need a driver/thing ...
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I am cold vs I feel cold vs I got cold

There are three sentences which makes me confused. I think one of them is used to say you don't feel good or you literally are sick. Other one is used to imply that the temperature in the room where ...
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“Take advantage of” and “make the most of”: What is the difference?

For example, if I'm looking forward to spending a month in Spain, I could say: I will take advantage of the opportunity to learn Spanish. I will make the most of the opportunity to learn ...
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Arriving at airport on time

This question is regarding "on time" and "in time" with a specific example. Consider, if a train is scheduled to leave at 9:00,it leaves on time, and you arrive at the station at 9:00.Thus you miss ...
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Living by himself vs Living on his own

What is the difference between these sentences below in terms of meaning? He lives by himself. He lives on his own If you ask me, the first sentence connotes that he doesn't have a ...
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Dedication of my thesis to my late father

My father passed away when I was studying my PhD. Now I want to dedicate my thesis to him. I want to say that I am afraid that I couldn't finish my studies sooner. How do you feel about something like ...
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Choosing the wrong sentence [closed]

guys. Could you please tell me which sentence is wrong and which is right? This question asks to select the wrong sentence and there is only one answer. However, I assume this question has at least ...
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A question about the sentence structures of the following examples

I need help in choosing between the constructs 'is' and 'to be' I am trying to say: Now that I have argued that there is a research need, I would like to fill something of a gap by . . . The ...
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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 ...
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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"...

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