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 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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“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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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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The ways to say someone has had ear or umbilicus / umbilical piercings

What a native speaker would usually say to indicate someone has had ear piercings? My translations are as below, but I'm not sure if they are natural: She has pierced her (ear lobe / umbilicus). ...
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When you want to take some measures in order to prevent something from happening againg

Imagine that, in a school, the principal notices that two students have had a bad fight and one of the students beat up the other one. The school's principal is talking to the other responsible ...
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Do I use the Subject right in this sentence [As a research assistant for professor]?

Hi here is a sentence in my personal statement for grad school, and I am not sure which expression I should choose. As a research assistant for professor X, my objective was to do... Or As a ...
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“wait me” or “wait for me”?

I am interested to know which is the right way to say: wait me? Or wait for me? I was debating over this with my girlfriend, and she claims that we can also say "wait me". Is she right?
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We had a lot of difficulty in finding or to find the house

Which one to choose and is there any rule which I can go through: We had a lot of difficulty in finding the house. We had a lot of difficulty to find the house. Suggestions please.
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“helps making”, “helps make”, “helps to make” - what is the difference?

In the three sentences below: Good horizontal spacing helps make individual statements more readable. Good horizontal spacing helps to make individual statements more readable. Good ...
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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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Are “Has he said that?” and “Did he say that?” interchangeable?

"He thinks I'm an idiot." "Has he said that?" / "Did he say that?" Are these interchangeable? Also, if someone said "He said that?" is that always a short version of "Has he said that?"
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Is it okay to say?: I'm going to go to the movies with him today, so I could've returned his pen then

This is what I saw in a movie. I borrowed his pen yesterday I promised this morning to go to the movies with him this evening I had a business near his house at around lunch, so I tried stop by and ...
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Which one is the correct/preferable form of the word “Word ”in the sentence: a word or words

Which one is the correct form of the word "Word "in the sentence: word or words Can I have a word with you? or Can I have words with you?
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Is it necessary to use preposition before gerund?

Which one is correct? I'll come by looking for you. I'll come looking for you. If I don't use preposition 'by' will it be fine?
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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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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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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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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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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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“in this way” vs “in the next way”

The students are grouped in this way: 30 in each classroom. The students are grouped in the next way: 30 in each classroom. Which is the correct version and if both are correct which is the best to ...
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I know how to talk someone into doing what they don't want to do in AmE

In eastern massage techniques there are some sensitive points on body (and even some particular veins) that the massage therapist takes them or massages them and in this way the therapist would be ...
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When someone's spirit increases

Please imagine a young boy who's mother is dealing with a malignant cancer. He feels very sad and has lost his morale recently and is not able to put enough time on his studies. After a long period of ...
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Do the given sentences convey what the speaker is looking to convey?

Suppose someone's tests have been going on for a while, and the last test they had to take was earlier today. And you didn't know their tests were going on. To convey that I could probably use a ...
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Neither Nor with belong

Neither I belong to "classA" nor I belong to "classB". Neither I belong to "classA" nor I do to "classB". I neither belong to "classA" nor "classB". I want to know which one of the above three ...
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“reach further” or “go beyond”

Bilingualism allows students to dream bigger and reach further. In this sentence, would "go beyond" be better ? Which one is more formal? (I am writing an essay.) Thank you guys.
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Is 'would' used instead of 'was' to mean probability in past time?

I knew that class test would be held at 11:00 AM. I knew that there was class test at 11:00 AM. What are the differences between them? Do they mean same meaning?
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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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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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Stacked- are these sentences the word has been used in grammatically correct?

"Look at those tables, stacked one on top of another." "Look at those tables, stacked one of top of the other." "Look at those tables stacked on top of one another." "Look at those tables stacked ...
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“Hold still” Vs "Don't move

Within an episodic instructive comedy named "Extra", when one of the characters saw a hazardous insect is moving on the other character's shirt, she got panicked and said: Hold still, Hector. I ...
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come/get back to work

"I want you to come back to work. We really miss you." "I want you to get back to work. We really miss you." Are these interchangeable? Or does "get" give another meaning?
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I needed to lose you to love me

In Selena Gomez's new song, Lose You To Love Me, she says: "I needed to lose you to love me." I was wondering if this means she needed to lose them, so that they would love them. If so, is this an ...
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Is the sentence “I'd like to hear your input on this matter” correct?

I'd like to hear your input on this matter. I'm really unsure whether the above sentence makes sense. If not, what is the correct version of the sentence; and if it does make sense, are there any ...
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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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Does 'NOT' take some effect in this sentence?

a1. This theory is yet to be proven. a2. This theory is not yet to be proven. I feel both a1 and a2 denote the same meaning that this theory hasn't been proven yet and probably will be proven, ...
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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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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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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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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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Confusion about two sentences

Sorry for my bad English. I have two sentences, can you tell me which sentence is correct. "Examine the effectiveness of ModSecurity by penetration testing vulnerable Web Server" "Examine the ...
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Who will do it: “your team or us” vs “your team or we”

Just would like to know which is correct? Who will do it, your team or us? Who will do it, your team or we? Any other way to ask the question above more efficiently (and professionally)?...
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How to ask someone to get back to the main subject of the discussion?

Imagine in a conversation over an important issue, between two people, the other side starts talking about a different topic which differs with the main subject under discussion. This way in an ...
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When one part of your body twists

There is a single structure in our language which is used to refer to some parts of body when they get twisted. We say X twisted. e.g. my right ankle twisted. Your audience would promptly get the ...
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What would a TV host say to his guest when the time for the show is about to end?

What would a TV host say to his guest when the time for the show is about to end? Our time is low/short. Can you answer the last question in 20 seconds? What are the other possible variations? ...
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When you are indebted to someone and want to return their favor

All of us are well aware that most of the people are indebted to their parents because of their efforts in our lives. I would appreciate it if someone could let me know which one of the following ...
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When a demand contradicts law principles

Imagine someone is going to give an authority a big bribe to help him run a big project. The authority is a straight shooter and rejects his demand and overlooks the enticing bribe, because he thinks ...
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When you are going to show your respect and tell somebody that meeting with them has been an honor for you

Imagine you as a representative of a popular party are going to talk to your country's vice president and as a sign of your respect towards him, you want to express your feelings. I was wondering if ...
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You or yourself

Which one is correct to use in this context?(all pronouns refer to the same people) Your best friend is you. Your best friend is yourself. Our best friends are ourselves. Our best friends are we. ...

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