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 ask someone if they know how they should stay on the water in a swimming pool [closed]

Suppose a swimming trainer wants to know if a learner know how to stay on the water (how to keep themselves on the water). What the trainer would ask the learner: Can you hold yourself on the ...
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“I texted you on…”, “in…”, or “by…” – which preposition do I use?

Which of these prepositions is correct in these sentences? I texted you on WhatsApp. I texted you in WhatsApp. I texted you by WhatsApp.
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A simple speech to introduce a song to audiences

I'd like to find common sentences to introduce a song. Could you please suggest me some? Can I say these ones? I can hardly know if it sounds odd "I'd like to present to you a song of..." "I'm going ...
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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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I would make sure you had a good flight

I found the following sentence in a movie. The context is there is a boy who do not like to fly and the girl tell him the following sentence. In fact, I cannot understand the grammar associated with ...
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How many kilometers (left / have been left / fo we have ahead) to X?

A passenger within a bus during the trip on their way to Amsterdam asks the driver: a. How many kilometers left to Amsterdam? b. How many kilometers have been left to Amsterdam? c. How many ...
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How to ask someone in a questionary about the way the became familiar with us?

I'm going to make a questionary for my company and need to know how my customers have become familiar with my organization. Which option sounds more idiomatic and natural in this case and how the ...
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Correctness and difference between “On” or “For”

For example, someone asks someone about something that was done wrong and someone answers that all the questions are not for him, since he does not know this and it was a fault of the answerer. Or if ...
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Increase/decrease as a gerund or a noun (describing trends in physical quantities)

When describing some experimental results, if two physical quantities (let's call them a and b) seem to depend on each other, it is often desirable to say what happened with one of them if the other ...
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Importance to me or importance me

Which one is correct? I need a friend who will give importance to me. I need a friend who will importance me. I think the former is correct but the website “sentencechecker.com” says it'...
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Keep your head/chin/pecker up

We have two situations that the following sentences can be used in: Keep your head up. Keep your chin up. Keep your pecker up. a. When you want someone to be hopeful again after a ...
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Why not simply put “ It is a kind of insect.” to “ It is an insect”?

I stumbled upon a sentence in my reference book. It states that: It is a kind of insect. Is there any specific reason for the author to use that kind of sentence construction? Wouldn't be easier ...
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What's the proper sentence to use when asking someone whether they know something, using the sentence structure “I was wondering ____?”?

Let's say that, as an office worker, you're looking for someone in a different department that could help you with a project X. You go up to one of your colleagues and want to ask him whether he knows ...
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What are some professional sentences one can use to quit their job?

Let's say someone works at a restaurant as a waiter. What are some appropriate sentences they could use to tell their manager that they'd like to leave their job?
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Does this sentence make sense “you can do it however way you think is best”?

Is this sentence correct? or rather, is there any way of improving this sentence (by possibly substituting in new words or even changing the sentence completely so that it still keeps its message)?
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Which one is right, and which should I use for what I'm trying to say? [closed]

He relishes feeling the watch in his hand, cold and sturdy. He relishes the feeling of the watch in his hand, cold and sturdy. He relishes in the feeling of the watch in his hand,cold and sturdy....
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What is the appropriate PREPOSITION here

Keep all defective items ..... It will come in my work. It will come to my work. Which of the two or something else is suitable in this context?
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What's the course of the course?

When I talked to my friend today I found that he has in his college the same course that I have. I wanted to ask him about the length(?) of his course (since our course is two two weeks and I wanted ...
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Sentence comparison

I'll take whatever of that pie is left. I'll take whatever is left of that pie. Do both of the above sentences mean the same thing?
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I will go vs. I am going

I used to think Will was used for future and Present Progressive for ongoing actions but recently I came across a site(forgot to save the link) which states that present progressive can be used for ...
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“Only a few minutes separate me from…” A common sentence-structure

I want to rephrase a sentence so it fits the common sentence-structure (I assume it is common), and that's exactly the problem, it seems that I can't recall what that structure is, precisely. The ...
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Did remember/ remembered

There is a sentence from GoT: And perhaps the dragon did remember, but Dany could not What the differences between sentences: And perhaps he did remember, but she could not And perhaps he ...
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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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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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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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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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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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is “I have x years of experience in ABC shop” equal to “I have x years of experience in a particular job in ABC shop”?

I am a shop assistant in ABC shop. I have been working there for several years. Given that situation, when I want to tell people about my work experience, Is it alright to use the shorter sentence 1 ...
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Which one is the right sentence here?

Assume that John is taking interview of harry. In past, harry was an administrator but now he is not . what should harry say here? JOHN : Harry, Tell me about your past experience Harry : I was an ...
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Article usage in “I want to see ____ (beauty, nature)”

I want to see _______ A) beauty of nature B) the beauty of the nature C) the beauty of nature Which one is correct and why? I have posed this question just to seek proper explanation for the ...
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Don’t use that supplement or your stomach will (hurt / be hurt / be harmed / be damaged)

I would appreciate it if someone could tell me which one of the following self-made sentences does not sound natural. (To me, the only natural one is the #3 and other sentences do not sound idiomatic ...
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“Not today anymore”? [closed]

If someone asks whether I want to play and I plan not play for the rest of the day could I answer : "No, not today anymore." or would it have to be different? "No more today" or perhaps "I dont want ...
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It seems like yesterday

I am going to make up an example: Time goes very quickly. It has been twenty years since I last met Jack. It seems like yesterday. Does the clause in bold make sense? Thanks a lot.
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When someone injects Botox to her face

Please imagine someone injects Botox to a part of his / her face. What is the most natural way in common English to say it? For me, all of the following examples work, but I have no idea which one ...
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On this occasion my class prepared celebration in which I was a host. - articles usage

On this occasion my class prepared celebration in which I was a host. On this occasion my class prepared the celebration in which I was a host. On this occasion my class prepared a ...
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When someone is trying to use your own words against you or just sophisticates the topic of discussion (In AmE)

In Puritanical philosophy there is a method for arguing which is called "sophistry". In this technique, the arguer uses a clever so called specific method in which they would use some key points of ...
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I'm glad you do/ I'm glad you like the painting (i've drawn) — meaning difference

If someone tells you they really like the painting you've drawn. Could you respond to their telling you that, saying "I'm glad you do.", instead of "I'm glad you like the painting"
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“Stop making me laugh so much” Vs “Stop cracking me up so much”

Scenario 1) Suppose someone is lying to you and you want to tell him / her sarcastically that his words sound too funny (because of the obvious lies he is making up); Scenario 2) Suppose someone is ...
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How do you answer the questions like “What is[are]” + noun(s)?

How do you reply to the questions like... "What is one good example of modern Beijing?" Can I either reply with A. "The National stadium is. " or B. "It's The National stadium."?
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To respond positively

Suppose the following scenario; which one of the listed answers would work here? '1' or '2' or both sound natural to you as natives? Person B) Hey Andy, I finally proposed to her! Person A) ...
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“I have a dream that” vs “I have a dream to”

I have a dream to go to Las Vegas and I want to tell this to my friend but I am a little confused what is the right way to tell her about that. Should I say that I have a dream to go to Las Vegas ...
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“You're done doing that” vs “you've done that”

Give me a call when you're done doing that. Give me a call when you've done that. What's difference between the two meaning wise? Are they both grammatically correct? Do they both imply "Call me ...
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Is this exclamatory sentence correct?

During my leaning training, I came across this question when reading this sentence in my English workbook. a) What an interesting program this is!! I wonder why "a" is used?? Why the answer book ...
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Which one is correct- '1980's Wimbledon' or 'Wimbledon of 1980'?

I stuck to one point while writing a blog. Basically, I wrote ... 'This technology is used in tennis since 1980's Wimbledon. But then... This technology is used in tennis since Wimbledon of ...
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Preposition in “driving to the mountains”

He is driving to the mountains. Does it mean that he is driving to reach to the mountains, he hasn't reached but he is driving to reach in the mountains? And, which sentence is correct? He ...
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How to express that something was very difficult: with great/a lot/much difficulty?

I found these sentences in a book, which one is correct: 1.He escaped death with great difficulty. 2.He escaped death with a lot of difficulty 3.He escaped death with much difficulty. If all these ...
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Two sentences - same meaning?

I like to open my mind, but my mouth in a general discussion. I like to open my mind, but not my mouth in a general discussion. and I have a cat at my home, but not a dog. I have a ...
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Preposition Usage; “My interest in ~”, “My interest about ~” or “My interest to ~”

I wonder which one of these is the best sentence. Or, if they make different meaning in sentence, please explain it to me ! 1. My interest in human right in North Korea has started from CNN ...
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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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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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