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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What happened?/What has happened?

In this context which is more correct: A: We've found him. He's dead. B: What happened?/What has happened? A: We think he fell down the stairs/We think he's fallen down the stairs.
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How to say I kept a longer haircut

I went to the barber earlier today and asked for a haircut with my hair to be left longer than usual. Then, when I am talking to someone else, can I say: I asked the barber to leave my hair longer....
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What's your hobby?

Edited: I have encountered lots of ways to ask someone how they pass their idle time and what they like to do as a "pastime". I'm quite confident, this term is considered as an old-fashioned term ...
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Which tense is more suitable?

In the near future you will discard your body with robotic upgrades. Or In the near future you would discard your body with robotic upgrades. Won't we use "would" instead as we're speculating ...
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“Canberra is to the south of Sydney” vs “Canberra is to Sydney’s south”

Are these sentences interchangeable? “Canberra is to the south of Sydney.” “Canberra is to Sydney’s south.” I know that the structure in the former is correct, but I wonder if I can use the latter ...
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Are “set on” and “determined to” interchangeable?

They've been pretty set on pulling the plug for a while now, so I'm surprised nothing's happened yet. They've been pretty determined to pull the plug for a while now, so I'm surprised nothing's ...
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“since you don't tell me anything”/“since you're not telling me anything”?

1) I talked to your mom yesterday, since you don't tell me anything. 2) I talked to your mom yesterday, since you're not telling me anything. Is the first sentence the best choice if I feel that he ...
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Come VS Come over

Please explain the difference between the following two sentences. Please try to explain it simple words. Thanks. A):- Please come over this afternoon. B):- Please come this afternoon.
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Will have to get used to / be used to

There is a sentence: I am a father now and I will have to get used to being called 'father' I am a father now and I will have to be used to being called 'father' What's the correct ...
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Once paid yearly - is in normal? [closed]

Is it correct to say Once paid yearly you have...(many advantages) ? Or would be better to unfold it to Once you pay early you have... or Paid yearly once... Meaning that it's said to a ...
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What tense should we use for this context?

The scenario: We are outside of governmental office, and it's closed now. But it's understood that they're going to open it some-when soon but it's not understood exactly when. On the wall, near to ...
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Which is the most natural way of saying this?

Whose is that car? Whose car is that? Which of the two is the most natural way of saying it? I think #2 but may I be mistaking?
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Can I use a definite article although a listener don't know what it is?

If there's the apple I bought yesterday, and I'm gonna eat the apple, can I say "I'm gonna eat the apple" although a listener don't know what apple it is? For example, as in "I'm gonna go to the bank"...
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Difference between “at any instant be sown” and “be sown at any instant”

The children, small seeds, might at any instant be sown to all the Martian climes. Why not the sentence be written as: The children, small seeds, might be sown at any instant to all the ...
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Plural and countability of the word 'performance'

Algorithms A and B provide good performance. Algorithms A and B provide good performances. Could you please tell me which one between the above sentences is correct ? Algorithm A provides ...
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What does a business man do (verb)

I need to know how to explain what a business man do as their job: Imagine I am a business man for many years and it has been my occupation. What shall I say in natural English? (I need the common ...
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How to ask someone to continue the play when they have stopped playing for some reasons like thinking or looking at their phones?

Imagine you're playing cards with your friends and there is someone among you who plays really slowly. Suddenly he stops to play and starts thinking about something. How would you ask them to play? ...
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“a chance to meet” vs “a chance that we meet”

Please let me know if there is a chance that we meet somewhere in or outside Chicago. Please let me know if there is a chance to meet somewhere in or outside Chicago. Which one between these ...
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Do the two given sentences mean the same?

"I have a few poems, and i'd like to know what people make of them." Now, if i were to convey what's conveyed in the sentence above, could i say "I have a few poems i'd like to know what people make ...
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In the second sentence, what difference does the way “On it” has been used make? Or is it just a matter of sentence choice?

I came across a picture with a weird caption on facebook the other day. I came across a picture with a weird caption on it on facebook the other day. Are both the sentences grammatically correct? ...
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Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? Do they mean the same?

"What brand is your guitar?" "What brand guitar do you play?" I suppose the first one is grammatically correct, is the second one correct as well? They mean the same thing, right?
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If you notice something you will see vs If you see something you will notice

When you are reading and you want to pay attention to a special word (for example colour_number), do you see the special word and notice how it is formed? or …you notice the special word and see ...
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The use of different forms of the verb ''understand'' in sentences [closed]

I would like others to explain this to me. Which sentence is correct? In his anxiety to make himself understanding, he spoke too loudly and too slowly In his anxiety to make himself ...
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“probably was” or “probably would be”, which one is correct?

That probably was the most surprising moment in my life. That probably would be the most surprising moment in my life. Which of the above sentence is correct or are they both correct? Is the second ...
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In comparision to [closed]

In my study I need to compare many different methods. Therefore, I need to use the words "in comparison to" or "compared to". I repeat these words many times. My question is, are there other ways ...
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Difference between “looked like” and “were looking like”

1) Why past tense has been used in below sentence for looked, walked? 2) Can we use my version of sentence using looking, walking? a) Actual... The video was shot beautifully. Pranay Kumar and ...
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What of the following two sentences sounds more native? [closed]

What of the following two sentences sounds more native? 1) If you wonder why I hold a balloon, so I got this balloon in order to hit Mike on his head with it 2) If you wonder why I hold a ...
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How to make a BIT stronger negation?

In my view, we can use the word "NO" to substitute "NOT" to express a bit stronger negation. For example, "He is no singer." put a bit emphasis on negative, compared with "He is not a singer." But ...
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When you cannot recognize identical twins

Please imagine your neighbor has identical twin sons and since you've met them you've been unable to recognize them properly. It seems strange to you and you're talking to a friend. I was wondering if ...
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“explaining to my boss” or “explaining my boss”

Which is correct? I remember futile attempts at explaining to my boss how this technology works. I remember futile attempts at explaining my boss how this technology works. Is there a ...
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“Such a bad behavior” or “Such bad behavior”?

"I can’t believe he did that - I’ve never seen______ bad behavior!" If there are two choices: "such" and "such a," which one is correct? I personally think both are correct but have slightly ...
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“You should not work in the field while the sun was hot.”

You should not work in the field while the sun was hot. I came across this sentence and it felt a little odd, The original sentence is not from a native speaker. I think it should be either: You ...
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Tend to be/become (tending)

Over time students tend to be better at their skills. Over time students tend to become better at their skills. Which is correct? Can we use present continues? Over time students are tending to be ...
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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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serve regarding question

When I was introducing people to a dish, I'd like to express it can be eaten cold or hot, but I want to use the word serve express the same meaning, do I say this dish can be served chilled or hot or ...
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Should I avoid double possessive adjectives in this kind of sentence?

Let's imagine a situation in which there are two males in a room, and we read: John laid his hand on his shoulder. It's clear that John is not laying his hand on his own shoulder but on that of ...
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Reported speech for things not related with communication [closed]

Which of these sentences would be correct? "Currently we've got no clue how consciousness works." Or "Currently we've got no clue how consciousness worked."
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How to indicate you've sleep-lack in AmE

How a AmE native speaker would indicate that they have slept less than usual / needed hours and they had to sleep more, but for some reasons they didn't do that? I have some offers here; could you ...
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Can this sentence be said?

If not, please tell me the alternative. These types of issues cannot be haphazardly assigned opinions/judgements/views to them without first taking a methodical approach to studying them. I am ...
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lucky to have met / met / meet someone

In a scenario, if you met someone a few days ago for the very first time and then you met again today and after spending time together, you feel lucky to know him/her because you think you will get on ...
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Wait VS Wait up

Please explain the difference between the following two sentences. Please try to explain it in simple words. Thanks. 1:- Don't wait up for me. 2:- Don't wait for me.
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A rude/street-model equivalent for “He afraids of me too much”

Which one of the following sentences (or probabely your suggested one which would sound more suited to the case in my question) is commonly used to imply that someone is really scares of you? He ...
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Question on grammatically correct statement

Which amongst the following is grammatically correct? A) Almost nobody is interested in spending time on reading classical mechanics. B) Almost nobody is interested about spending time on ...
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Purpose of using it is okay..is it being polite?

What's the difference between You can have a drink now. and It is okay to have a drink now.
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“No, you must” vs “No, you must be” as a response to “You must be an idiot”

Let's say someone said, "You must be an idiot" to me to mean that I'm most likely an idiot. As a response to that, can I say these sentences below interchangeably to mean that that person is actually ...
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Apply a model to or for?

In this research, two types of assessment models have been applied for/to the sample. Do we apply a model to or for something in research? Or shall I paraphrase it? In this research, two types ...
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Can I use “The mike is yours” implicitly?

Is it necessary when I say: "The mike is yours, confound me." that you really have a microphone, or you should have a microphone? If yes, then what should I say instead that sentence with the part "...
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How to use should in past tense

I have this sentence. If shouldn't helped him this tragedy might not happen. Should I include have after shouldn't? shouldn't have helped doesn't sound fine to me. shouldn't helped either.
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Impact, countable or uncountable?

This assumption has a negligible impact on the study. This assumption has negligible impact on the study. Which one between the two above sentences is correct ?
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is “I entered the lift” correct?

I entered the lift. I entered into the lift I entered in the lift I got in the lift Which one of those sentences is the most appropriate? I'd also like to know what is the difference between a lift ...

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