Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

This tag is used for questions about the proper construction of sentences.

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Preposition + being + adjective

Can I omit "being" in such cases. (preposition + being + adjective) For example: 1- Despite (being) poor, he was happy. 2- He was very fast in spite of (being) terribly overweight. 3- ...
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Known as/to be, reveal as/to be, see as/to be

I am having a hard time differentiating "as" and "to be" when they are used with some verbs. What is the difference between them? I have posted some examples to understand the issue better: 1- They ...
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2 'The's with 2 consecutive nouns joined with a conjunction

"Please write the transliteration and translation for the following words." Is the sentence above grammatically correct? Do I need to put the other 'the' before 'translation' as well, or is it ...
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“Collapse” or “crumble”

I won't ever forget that moment. The moment I wish never was. I just stepped out of my work that got a call from my mother and came to know the most horrible news that my grandma who raised me and I ...
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Why do they don't have OR Why do they not have?

Between these two, Why do young people don't good manners? Why do young people not have good manners? Which is correct? or both are correct?
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Look at one's eyes/face out of embarrassment

I had a very close friend. We were too young; once he was supposed to come to me so that we could both go to a soccer field along with so many other friends. He was standing by our building door that ...
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Is the “is” redundant here?

The two sentences: The lighter the camera, the harder it is to hold steady. The lighter the camera is, the harder it is to hold steady. I just saw the former one but always make the ...
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(Behind), (behind them), (behind their back)

I wonder which choice works naturally and idiomatically in my scenario? When those genocidal and bloodthirsty warlords attacked, they burned everywhere, killed many innocent people and ruined many ...
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Omitting “being” after subject in absolute phrases

As far as I know, we can omit "being" in the sentence 1 and 2. 1- He smiled at his girlfriend, her clothes (being) all muddy and tattered. 2- His Ipad (being) dead, he felt bored. Can I ...
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What is the subject of this sentence? Does the sentence make sense?

“The quality of written work submitted for his Science Final should have been completed with more thought and care".
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What is the range of 'that' clause for this sentence?

In the sentence below, It also contains code to support a specific type of processors, drivers, and other functions that might need updating occasionally. Is the target of 'that' clause 'a ...
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“On-screen” usage as an adverb and/or prepositional phrase

I want to use the phrase "on-screen" correctly, so I have looked it up on online dictionaries and found it defined as an adverb or adjective but not a prepositional phrase which is a bit confusing ...
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A child who acts playfully

I am looking for a verb/idiom/expression to describe a specific mood/action of people. The term in my question is most of the time used for children in which they are not serious at all and just have ...
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Based on/ depending on

Are these phrasal verbs classified as "prepositions" ? I came across this page in a dictionary, it classifies "according to" as a preposition. Or they are just participles(reduced from a participle ...
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problem with not only..but also

I wrote this sentence in my essay Not only such institutes provide physical support but the elderly also get emotional support from their fellows and caretakers. What is the mistake in this ...
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“Being” more precisely

Being more precisely, I just don't even know what "end up" means. I saw this sentece in a forum. Is use of "being" here correct? I would write it this way: To be more presicely, I just don't even ...
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Is the format be+on+trial grammatically correct?

See, for example, the following example; He is on trial for selling illicit goods in his store. Is that sentence grammatically sound or should it better be like; He is put on trial for selling ...
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In what circumstances are you allowed to place the word “until” at the end of a question (asking about time)?

I once saw a sentence reading "When are you open until?" which made enough sense to me to understand it. Later, I tried to come up with sentences having a similar structure; but, no matter what ...
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“To all of you wanting to improve your English”

So I have the sentence "To all of you wanting to improve your English ..." Is that sentence correct? Shouldn't it be something like "All those who want to improve their English"?
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What does the sentence “It's just like him, to have to have the last word” mean?

I heard this on a TV show and I've never really heard a sentence similar to it before. I'd appreciate it if you would help me out with the meaning of the sentence and its structure.
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Giving hope to somebody

I wonder what phrasal verb/expression/idiom do you normally use in English for giving someone hope? Please have a consideration in my examples: A) He is a very energetic and positive individual. ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause

"Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Here, "extending" describes the Essos or does it describes the landmass? ) Having ...
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correct comma usage with lists

All content is copyright to the their respective owners, the webmasters claim no ownership and receive no financial gain for this site This police officer is truly deserving of this award, he had ...
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How to express “a person who talk really quickly & carelessly” in English?

When I teach English to some children and adults, I realize that some speak slowly but carefully and make less mistakes whereas some speak really quickly, carelessly and make more mistakes. Can I say ...
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Coordinating Conjunctions + Conjunctive Adverbs

1- Alexander II was an obscure commander but nevertheless interesting Scottish king. (Full version: Alexander II was an obscure commander but nevertheless Alexander II was an interesting ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, why so? [closed]

Without science, neither many medical conditions nor mental disorders could be treated.
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What does “offering” mean in this sentence in The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry?

On the first page of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: Serviceable-enough Dahl offering, though Lambiase questioned whether a professional housewife could successfully cook a leg of lamb in the manner ...
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Sentence structure. Need help

Hi i am new to english language. Here in sentence 'Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, said his former wife had “cured” him of homosexuality. Afger " said " new Claus starts with "his ...
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We have known to each other or We have been known to each other?

Which is the correct way to say We have known to each other for many years. We have been known to each other for many years. Present perfect or present perfect continuous.
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If zero and first conditional [duplicate]

If you are well-organised, you (manage OR will manage) your time. Everyone in my test was saying "will manage" is the correct answer, but the way I understand it is this sentence is talking about a ...
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Is it wrong to use “as + to + be + past participle” to mean “as it will be past participle”?

I know I can say: As it will be shown in the following section, strawberry is a cute fruit! Can I recast this as As to be shown in the following section, strawberry is a cute fruit! I am ...
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<Get beaten up> or <get beaten badly>

Beat up as a transitive verb means: "to give a severe beating to, etc." Example: I got beaten up by thugs on my way home. Also, Cambridge says: Beat up: to hurt someone badly by hitting or ...
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Reducing adverbial clauses when the subject is different from main clause

To perform this pose, they rest on their legs while positioned wide apart, as if they were straddling an invisible horse. (while those legs are positioned) After I saw that sentence above, I ...
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While + Past Participle

To perform this pose, they rest on their legs while positioned wide apart, as if they were straddling an invisible horse. I am not sure whether this use is grammatically correct. Is it okay?
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Omitting “while”

1- I found a hundred dollar bill on the sidewalk walking down the street. (While I was walking down the street) 2- She was also attending to her email talking on the phone. (While she was ...
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Is there an idiom or phrase that means “to burden someone or something with something”?

Consider the following self-made sentence: It is better to distribute the processing workload among several computers instead of burdening one machine with the entire processing load. I am ...
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Using “however” at the beginning of a sentence

Can I rephrase this sentence Our school only has Apple computers; however, some students are more familiar with PCs. to this one without changing the meaning? However, our school only has ...
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Is the use of the word restrained strange in this sentence?

Lines of a poem: A strong woman is not asked if she is tired, if she is suffering or falling, if she has anxiety or fear, the important thing is that she is always there: a lighthouse in the fog or ...
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Sentence construction with however and nevertheless

Psychostimulant medication, such as methylphenidate, is a first-line pharmacological treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and its short-term efficacy is ...
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Is “all” used as an adverb to modify the following adjective?

...But, as all cat lovers know, sometimes our otherwise friendly felines will bite us when we're trying to pet them, which makes no sense at all. Why get all bitey with the human who loves them, ...
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<Close by> and <Closer by>

When you want to say someone who lives far from you that it was better if they lived close to you, you would probabely say something like: I wish you lived close by. But how about a comparative ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct (placement of helping verb)?

I'm not sure about How and have here. 2 possibilities: a) How health care monitoring devices have helped in changing your life? b) How have health care monitoring devices helped in changing ...
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<The success/happiness/best> VS <All the success/happiness/best>

When you search the internet there are lots of English sources written by natives including my listed structures for the topics like: "success", "happiness", etc. For instance: 1-1- I wish you ...
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How do I complete the sentence, “If you don't mind, ____”?

I'm trying to learn the sentence structure and I had a few thoughts about the possible structural continuations of the sentence. I'd appreciate it if you could introduce any new possible continuations ...
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Using “being” in reduced clauses

As far as I know, when two things happen at the same time, I can combine them with using participles. Such as : Kate is in the kitchen and she is making coffee. to Kate is in the kitchen ...
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Where do me and you stand?

Where do me and you stand? In the aforementioned sentence the pronoun 'me' used as subject doesn't seem to fit best; I mean, the problem that I see is that: The speaker should keep himself after ...
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Meaning of “be that of”

I received this answer for my another thread. "Should", like most modals, has a range of meanings. The most common one is that of obligation (or duty, or the best chance of success). But I ...
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“I never thought”, “I've never thought”, “I never would have thought”

Let's suppose that you face an old friend on the street accidentally for the first time after a couple of years and you are going to express your surprise out of this coincidence. Which one of the ...
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When you want to ask someone to meet with another person to define who is the liar

Let's assume that someone is telling something lie about you and claims that what he says is someone else's statements about you. All the stuff he says, seem to be wrong regarding you and you want to ...
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How do I complete the sentence “If it's no trouble, ____”?

I'm trying to learn the sentence structure and I had a few thoughts about the possible structural continuations of the sentence. I was wondering if you could introduce any new possible continuations ...