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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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Structures of some conversation sentences

What are the structures of the bolded phrases in the excerpt of a conversation? Employee: Because we desperately someone right away to help us keep our membership list up to date, work on our ...
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Passive Infinitive reconstruction

I remember that passive infinitive sentences can be changed into "It is PP that Subject+verb", but does the formula apply to the following sentences? I wonder if all passive infinitive sentences can ...
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Is it possible to say “I'm in the final stage of doing something?”

I've been playing this game where upgrading each building consists of a certain number of stages. Is it possible to say "I'm in the final stage of upgrading... say Stables?"
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When the media announces a day an official closure

Let's suppose tomorrow everywhere will be closed due to a heavy snowfall and subsequently the bad weather condition! The TV/radio announces / declares that tomorrow is a holiday for work, schools and ...
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Read it in the comment section below \ given below

As we know that the word below acts as an adverb and preposition. Sentences: Read it in the comment section below. Read it in the comment section given below. Are they both correct? Explain.
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Where do I place the year of an event in a sentence?

Is it more accurate to start a sentence with an year or to end it with an year? So which out of the given sentences is more accurate:- In 1965 the 'Snurfer' was developed as a child's toy. ...
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“Please return the equipment to its original place after being used.”

Are the following sentences accurate? Please return the equipment to its original place after being used Please return the equipment to its original place after use Please return the ...
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I have a doubt with the following sentences

Which one of these two sounds appropriate? What should be my reply to that? Or What should my reply be to that?
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The usage of “while”, Is my sentence correct?

"The TV program ended while I did not know entirely." This sentence looks grammatically correct but doesn't sound right to me. Can anybody help me with the usage of "while"? When and when not to use "...
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How to talk with your one-year-old baby? [on hold]

This question is about English language daily conversations. What are the phrases and sentences you would say to your one-year-old children, or any toddler? How would you tell him to come where you ...
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Using two-ings in the same phrase. Is it grammatically correct?

My dad is texting me using abbreviations.
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Which Tense is appropriate to tell Fact Telling in English Past or Simple Present tense?

While introducing someone if I Use past tense sentence is it correct to say or not? a) I joined this company in the year 2005. Reason being I am asking this question is because this is fact which ...
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Can I say “The results may change according to how much time you spend in the quiz”?

I am designing an English test for my students. However, I'm not a native speaker. I want to design a quiz that can judge a student's result not only by his/her answers, but also by how much time he/...
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Alternative use of the word “otherwise”

Otherwise, apart from its usual meaning, can also indicate "in other respects" (found it in the dictionary). When constructing a sentence using aforementioned meaning of "otherwise" are these ...
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It is correct to write long phrases?

I am a game developer and I am trying to improve my english to increase the quality of the text in my games. I will like to understand what is the "correct" way to write text. Specially the lengh of ...
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Once a week \ Once in a week [closed]

The dog is given food once a day \ once in a day. We get a day off a week \ in a week. Thank you.
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What do you think has happened with her?

Is it a correct sentence: What do you think has happened with her? it looks like both parts - "you think" and "has happened" require the same word - "what" but here is only one "what". If we give ...
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A problem regarding determiners as the object

In an editorial I found a sentence. It notes that East and South Asia have the highest number of deaths due to air pollution; by one estimate, it killed about 1.24 million in India in 2017. Here ...
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Springs of action

Clockwork mechanisms were the most advanced technology in the seventeenth century. Hobbes believed that muscles and organs in the body were the equivalent of these: he frequently wrote about the ...
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Appropriate sentence/ Tense to be used for declaring something

Which Sentence Should I Use when I pass the exam ? I mean at the time of announcing the result. a) I cleared the Exam. (Past Tense) It refer to past event of passing exam. I mean result were ...
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What is the meaning of “where not”?

I read a sentence in Merriam Webster dictionaries which was: The misery was general, where not glossed over by liberal application of alcohol. Does "where not" here mean somewhat like "not a place ...
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A problem regarding causative verbs

In an editorial I found a sentence. The government may be more successful if it identifies the incentives it can offer China in the next few months to review its position. To review its position ...
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`used only to test` or `only used to test'

I have built a new idea. To test this method, I applied it to several data sets. Then I would like to say that these data sets are only used to test the performance of the new method. These data ...
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“They did not pay any attention” vs “They paid no attention”

I made two sentences: 1. "They did not pay any attention" 2. "They paid no attention" Q1: Are they both correct? Q2: What's the difference between these two sentences. Q3: Which expression is ...
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A problem regarding superfluous constructions

There is a sentence that I found in an editorial. Victory in Baghouz will also mean the IS’s territorial caliphate is shattered. According to cambridge dictionary meaning of caliphate is an ...
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Is it correct to use the word time with the word adaptation`?

There is an existing idea, lets called it A1. This idea only work on a specific way. This leads to two main limitations. Therefore, I adapted this idea to fix its first limitation. Lets called this ...
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Same sentence structure, different modification

We learned an approach that is used to measure company growth. We employed a strategy that is scarcely used to generate profit. (The above sentences probably seem weird) In the first sentence , ...
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How to compare different choices of different methods

Suppose I have different methods, A, B and C. Suppose further I used these method to select me colour balls. Assume that I need to select three balls using each method. Assume that method A selected 2 ...
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Significant with more in one sentence

I would like to use the word "significant" with the word "more". Here is my sentence: Estimating the model parameters using method A will provide significant more flexible models. I fell my ...
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Which vs what in a sentence

We did not know about that, WHICH/WHAT caused us thinking in a wrong direction. What is the correct form of this sentence? Thanks
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Making a simple sentance

Managers must make changes that are consistent with their firm's structure. Managers must make changes in their strategies. My ovjective is to make a simple sentance using the sentences 1&2. ...
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Transformation of sentence from compound to complex

I tried but bit confused in applying the rules to transform the following sentences from compound to complex. GIVE ME MONEY AND I SHALL SPEND IT. WORK HARD AND YOU WILL SUCCEED.
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simple past + (modal verbs) have been VS. 3rd conditional clause

In English grammar, we have "3rd conditional clause" with the format of: (modal verbs) have been+ IF past participle Ex.If I had known you earlier, I could have hired you. HOWEVER, there are some ...
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Does my sentence (run-in list) need a semicolon to separate two items with internal commas?

A native English user suggested me to use the run-in list format to put across this information. While the numbering makes it easier to read than without, I have some questions. The UI program ...
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Is the construction of this long sentence idiomatic?

I am having a hard time trying to make this sentence grammatical, idiomatic and easily parsed; all at the same time. The UI program provides temporary income support to eligible unemployed workers ...
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Why adding the article “the” when it is not needed?

There are many sentences, most are titles, that have the before nouns when they seem okay without it. I assume it is added to over-define them but not very sure. Here is a title that uses "the" ...
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“In the east” VS “to the east”

Today I come across a sentence in my book: There are more people farther away, especially to the east. But if I say: There are more people further away, especially in the east. Do the both ...
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“What is the opposite word for X?” Is the sentence correct?

I always use: What is the opposite of X ? But today I came across: What is the opposite word for X ? Are the both grammatical? Thank you.
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“Cross over the river” OR “Cross the river”

Sentences: I want to cross over the river. I want to cross the river. Which one of the sentences conveys correct meaning?
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Meaning of “out” in this context

In a text I found: .... like the other giant planets Uranus has a ring system and numerous moons. It is the seventh planet out and it ...... Is the out is adverb here? Give some examples and ...
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Can we use past tense of verb for present tense?

Can we use past tense of verb for present tense? E.g. a) If you finished this burger in 5 min I will give you one more. I want to use Finished because I want to emphasis on completed action and ...
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“It seems to be good” OR “It seems good”

The car seems to be quite old. The car seems quite old. Are the both fine? Explain. Thank you.
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“Where are you coming from” is the sentence correct?

I was taught that where are you going to is incorrect. But if I use: Where are you coming. It seems to be ambiguous. Can I say: Where are you coming from. Please Explain.
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“continuation with” VS “continuation of” [closed]

Examples: **The continuation of the strike caused a lot of hardship ** Today's lecture is in continuation with the previous lectures. Explain the difference. Thank you.
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How to structure this sentence?

What type of sentence should be structured to say that: Use this word and make it has a positive meaning? a) Use this word in a way that it has a positive meaning. b) Use this word in a way ...
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Alternatives of a poor sentence, “Summer is increasing day by day.”

Today I have come across a sentence that seems quite poor: Summer is increasing day by day. The word increasing doesn't seem to be suitable here. Tell me the alternatives for this. Is it okay to ...
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Correct sentence construction 5

Which one is the correct sentence ? a) Please eat the toffee before it hardens. b) Please eat the toffee before it hardened.
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“ was stemming from ” vs “ was stemmed from ”?

The last time I put my pen to the paper, was suffering from a great deal of regret, wrote something about the things that I thought this regret was stemming/stemmed from. I couldn't figure out which ...
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Why do native speakers dislike/disallow “Films with lots of gratuitous violence are liked by Tony”?

Tony likes films with lots of gratuitous violence. Films with lots of gratuitous violence are liked (by Tony). Might I enquire of you why native speakers do disallow/dislike this passivisation?
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“To read this book later” or “To later read this book”

There is a dialog between two persons, and they are discussing some book owned by third person. Which version is grammatically correct: first, second, or both? To read this book later -- ask ...