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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When someone gets you wrong and you are going to explain them that they've got you wrong

Please imagine you say someone something and that person gets you wrong. You want to explain them that their taking has been wrong. I was wondering if someone could let me know which one of the ...
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Adding and subtracting small numbers OR Addition and Subtraction of Smaller Numbers?

I am preparing a mathematics syllabus for students, so I need to give a heading like "Adding and subtracting small numbers OR Addition and Subtraction of Smaller Numbers." which one is the correct one ...
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Lorry is inhibited? Or stopped?

If the lorry could be inhibited, a lesser misfortune might have destined to its driver. If the lorry had stopped, a lesser misfortune might have destined to its driver. inhibit is a verb, and in ...
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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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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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Is “how long is the average time your sketches take to finish?” a correct sentence?

I want to ask someone about the normal/average time she needs to finish a sketch/drawing. I have several options of question and I feel there should be some corrections to these question sentences. ...
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When you are going to ask someone about the amount of their bank deposit

Imagine you are going to find out how much deposit someone has in their bank account. I would appreciate it if you could tell me which one of the following self made sentences would sound natural in ...
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What is correct sentence to ask, How much money or how many money? [duplicate]

What is correct sentence to ask, How much money How many money How many dollars In case of singular noun we use much, but is money singular? I'm a bit confused need help here.
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Ways to ask about the time remaining before something is ready

My friend is cooking food. I asked her if it's already ready and she said that it's not ready yet. Now I want to know how much time we have to wait until it'll be ready. What are the common ways to ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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Is it fine to say “Tell me your name/your opinion/your favorite team/your hometown” etc?

Is it fine to say sentences like “Tell me your name.” “Tell me your opinion.” “Tell me your favorite team.” “Tell me your hometown.” etc to mean “Tell me what your name is.” “Tell me what your ...
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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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“Note that for the x systems, we ..” vs “Note that for the x systems we ..”

For the x systems, we usually have harder constraints, such as ... Note that for the x systems, we usually have harder constraints, such as ... Note that for the x systems we usually have ...
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When someone's spirit / soul / morale damages, harms , hurts as a result of a catastrophe

Let's suppose all four members (parents and a son and a daughter) of a family are travelling by their to another city and in that journey a car accident takes place and subsequently three members pass ...
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A comparison between “as long as” and “while”

Please imagine a father is polishing his young son who has committed a very bad action. He is going to throw him out of the house while he changes. Which one of the following self made structures do ...
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Two kinds of the subject

Is the first sentence correct? Does it have the same meaning as the second one? Him knowing four languages helped him with getting a job. The fact that he knows four languages helped him with ...
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Why do people use “I've been + name” instead of “I am + name”?

I have watched many interviews and talk shows in English and in many of them, when the host is saying goodbye, they say "I've been Xxxx Xxxxxx and this is The Talk Show X!" Why do they say "I've ...
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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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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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position of adverbs in no sooner ---than

No sooner did I lie down last night than I fell asleep. No sooner did I lie down than I fell asleep last night. Which is better. ? Thanks in advance.
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I don't usually go wrong doing sth vs .. go wrong with doing sth vs …wrong when doing sth…Do all these mean the same?

I don't usually go wrong when i'm playing song X on guitar. I don't usually go wrong with playing song X on guitar. I don't usually go wrong when it comes to playing song x on guitar. I don't ...
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Difference in meaning between 'I'd be surprised if he hadn't/hasn't'

"Has he tried to flirt with you yet? I'd be surprised if he hadn't." "Has he tried to flirt with you yet? I'd be surprised if he hasn't." Is the first one more appropriate than the second? ...
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Sentence choices

"I need to go out to get a few things from the store." Now, do the following sentences convey the same meaning as the one above? "I need to go out, get a few things from the store." "I need to go ...
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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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To get + adjective/V3

The past simple and present perfect form of "I am dirty" and "I become dirty" are: "I was dirty" "I have been dirty" "I became dirty" "I have become dirty" What is the present perfect form of "I get ...
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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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'immediately before', 'right before' and 'just before'

What is the difference (if any) between immediately before, right before and just before ? What is the most suitable one to use in this sentence: The paragraph ..... before the image.
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Preposition choice: “There is no interest (from/by/of) A (in/for) B.”

I want to say that "A" is not interested in a given thing "B". I want to start my phrase with "There is no interest". I am forcing this limitation because I have no problems in saying it in the ...
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Confusion between 'have been' and 'were' [closed]

Which one is correct or more appropriate? Several investigations have been conducted on this topic. Several investigations were conducted on this topic.
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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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What other sentences could I use to convey the given expression in the question? And, of the given two sentences, which is right?

I don't use the same pick I use to play the acoustic guitar, to play the electric guitar. I don't use the same pick I use to play the acoustic guitar as I do to play the electric. (I'm not ...
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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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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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How to say “reducing the chance” fluently in this case?

My friend said he was bitten by mosquitos on twitter, since any mosquito has the limited quota of sucking blood, my friend reduced the probability of me being bitten, and I want to reply him that as a ...
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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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What does “persist with X (=compound noun)” mean? Does it mean to continue applying X despite criticism?

Background: Despite strong criticism, a federal program continues to operate with its faulty program design. The Employment Insurance (EI) program differentiates unemployed workers' access to ...
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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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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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Why “Welcome to take our TAXI” is incorrect and any correct ways can be suggested?

There is a machine installed in some TAXI cars within China. Whenever a new passenger enters the car, it will play this sentence: "Welcome to take our TAXI!" One of my American friends pointed it out ...
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Nothing or anything

Sometimes I never know if I should say nothing or anything. For example: Should I say I don't have nothing to do or I don't have anything to do
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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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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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Can we say “with makeup” and “without makeup” instead of “with makeup on” and “without makeup on”?

Are all of the sentences below correct? Do you know that girl with makeup? Do you know that girl with makeup on? Do you know that girl without makeup? Do you know that girl without makeup on? Do you ...
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How should I say it if I want someone to read an article?

I was reading an article and that was about good teaching. So I wanted to say something like, 1. I wish if I could get my teachers to read that article, that would be worthwhile 2. I wish if I could ...

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