Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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"When you become something" conditional

I'm having trouble choosing the correct conditional in sentences that could be both about a general principle (0th conditional) or a possible future (1st conditional). Would these sentences be correct ...
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The one is wrong is/are you

Help me to fix this sentence because it doesn't sound good to me: The one is wrong is you! I believe there is redundancy in that sentence, but I can't explain. Probably the "is"? A part of ...
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Can we use that/those of before a possessive?

I wonder whether these sentences are correct or not: My fingers are smaller than those of my brother's. You can borrow my note or that of Sandy's. I don't know, but the second just sounds awkward. ...
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similarity or difference between on and in

Last week my friend asked me if I found the information that he asked me to find. And I said yes. He asked how did I find about it. I said i found the information in my computer, and he said that, I ...
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long title without verb

As a non-native English speaker I know that English requires verbs in every sentence, but I don't know if it is the case for the long title (a title of a subsection in academic article). Example for ...
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Why can we say "in a day/in a week/in a month", but not "in a night" and instead "overnight"?

You can't learn English overnight. You can't learn English in one night. I know that "in one night" may not sound idiomatic, so I should say "overnight" to sound natural. I often ...
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"reason not to understand each other"

Our parents are much older than us, but that’s not the reason not to understand each other. Does that sentence sound good? [I know it also is possible also to say: "... but that’s no reason not ...
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Correct wording for quiz questions

I am developing a geography quiz game but am unsure about the wording of some quiz questions: To which geographical region do these countries belong? (here I am not sure if I should use "to"...
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would/wouldn't have wanted

10 days ago my friend and I went to a restaurant and my friend paid for the meal. 10 days later my mom tells me off for letting my poor friend do so: "you shouldn't have let him pay!" ...
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Possessive Case with a Name and a Pronoun

How do I change, for example, "the party/wedding/relationship/... of John and I" into the possessive case (possessive using 's)? My train of thought goes a little something like this: The ...
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Position of "Either/Of" in a sentence with different types of verbs

In either ... or structure, if the two verbs are of the same type, it's easy to figure out the position of "either" and "or", for example. On Sunday evenings, I either work out or ...
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There are/were far too many things which happened before

There were far too many things which happened before. There are far too many things which happened before. Could you tell me, please, those sentences sound natural? Is it possible to use "there ...
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"have too much to do" vs "have to do too much"

I have too much to do here. ["too" = very] I have to do here too much. ["too" = more than "I want"] As I understand it, these sentences have the different meaning. The ...
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Sentence Construction with put up

So yesterday I was driving my friend back to his home and he wasn't sure where we were. So I asked him "put up your address on Google maps" Now I am wondering if the sentence above is ...
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"She is at the end stage with cancer" or "She is at the last stage of cancer"

"She is at the end stage with cancer" "She is at the last stage of cancer". I can't be sure if "the end stage with cancer" is idiomatic or not. I would say ".....the ...
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About a sentence structure

Last year, some 41,354 Americans received a transplanted organ, more than half of them receiving kidneys, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, a nonprofit that coordinates the nation’s ...
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Rewriting a thesis statement, not sure about the world use of "rich" and "ecology" [closed]

By examining the writings of these two fervid writers, and detaching them from anthropocentric views, we may discover rich information that benefits our contemporary research and interdisciplinary ...
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Is this a valid alternative to say that someone hasn't been somewhere or done something?

In the phrase below may I say: It's easy for you who have spent your whole life not in a filthy hovel, as I have, to think that the world is a wonderful place. as an alternative to It's easy for ...
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"have drunk enough already" / "have already drunk enough"

You have drunk enough already. You have already drunk enough. As I know it, the commonest place for "already" is after "have". But in this case, there is the opposite situation. ...
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Why does this sentence use "which" without a comma before it (instead of ", which"), and what's the difference? [closed]

I'm trying to understand this sentence. I have set the "which" in bold: If you start a container which creates a new volume, as above, and the container has files or directories in the ...
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The temperature will increase "during" or "throughout" the night?

If I want to tell someone that the temperature is going to increase over the period of night, how can I say that? The temperature will increase during the night. or The temperature will increase ...
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Meaning of "the availability of vaccines **to** deep-seated logistical problems"

In much of the developed world, vaccine orders are soaring into the billions of doses, coronavirus cases are easing and economies are poised to roar back to life. In many less developed nations, ...
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Specific question construction (couldn’t find anything on Google)

How do I ask why a person does not want a certain thing ? If why don’t you is more like a suggestion, and why you don’t wanna…be together, as far as I know, is grammatically incorrect, what’s the ...
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Does "any" change to "some" in reported speech?

This sentence appeared in a reported speech exercise assigned to me. "Are there any oranges in the fridge?", she asked her mom. This is the exercise's key — it changed "any" to &...
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How to ask someone to complete a sentence, like on a test or exercise?

“I know that I’m good at singing.” “I know that ________.” I want to make someone form the first sentence by adding a clause to the second one. In this situation, can I say, “Write that you’re good ...
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When you are free or whenever you're free

Is it better to say in a professional email: we can schedule a call when you are free Or We can schedule a call whenever you are free What's the difference?
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About sentence structure

The technology, often so prescient it borders on creepy, has made Chinese counterparts very profitable too.China Tech: Those Who Control The Algorithms Control The Future I've never seen a sentence ...
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Sentence construction Do vs does

Could someone please let me know if do POC (proof of concept) is correct or should I use does in the below sentence? Does sound correct to me but according to language rules, should use a singular ...
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"You had a book published.". Does this sentence mean: 1-You got a book published. (causative) 2-You have got a book which was published

You had a book published. I get confused to figure out whether the sentence is in a causative structure(have something done) or a relative clause structure where relative pronon was omitted, because ...
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everyone is talking about [it] now

She is mad about the latest iPhone model, everyone is talking about [it] now. Could you explain, please, there is a need to add "it" in the end of the sentence, or not, if "it" ...
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Correct usage of only

I read this rule somewhere: Only can be used before a verb though it may put emphasis on a noun used later in the sentence Is it true? For example, is this sentence correct? Although he only earns ...
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Is the word "models" appropriate here? Is "more" valid after "and"?

I will call him for advice what models of the appliances are cheaper, more convenient and reliable. Is the word "models" appropriate here, or do I need to choose some other word? Is "...
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Inversion with "to not have"?

I came across this quote and was intrigued by its grammar: "The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears" At first glance, "had the eyes no tears" this seems like a type ...
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What is the best way to clarify a sentence with multiple connectors like And in a horizontal list?

In the example below, the sentence appears confusing because of its length and the double use of the connector "and". The study of oral health examines the causes of oral diseases and the ...
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Is "One of them being tourist attractions" a complete sentence?

What the title says. Consider this example: "There are a lot to visit when going sightseeing. One of them being tourist attractions." Is "One of them being tourist attractions." a ...
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why "that that"? [closed]

Do industrial researchers have souls?In his work The Scientific Life: a Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation, historian and sociologist of science Steven Shapin questions two widely accepted ...
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Is there any difference: "I had an accident." and "I have been in an accident."

I had an accident. I have been in an accident. Although the first sentence seems more common, today I have come across the second sentence and got suprised. I checked online and saw it frequently used ...
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Sentences beginning with “Not only”

1, He not only studied hard, but also joined many extracurricular activities. 2, Not only did he study hard, but he also joined many extracurricular activities. I was taught that sentence 2 has a ...
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Is this sentence correct - "He broke into a chuckle as he heard it"?

The person chuckles when he hears something - a joke or a funny anecdote. Is the sentence in the question correct for such a setting or is there a better way to frame it? My main concern is the "...
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Unlike the TV, students can use a computer for a variety of functions

I found this title sentence in a book. However, I worry that grammatically speaking, it may be comparing TV and students, because "students" is the subject. In order to eliminate any ...
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Is it acceptable to omit "about" in this sentence? "I love everything (about) math."

I have two sentences: I love everything about math. I love everything math. I am pretty confident based on the phrase's usage that the first sentence is grammatically correct. Is it acceptable to ...
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Connecting two sentences with comma and without a connector

In the below sentence, why there was comma without a connector or transition? What rule allows separation of two sentences with comma and without connector? Is this phrase (the fulfillment of ...
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I'd rather you hadn't

I’d rather do something I’d rather not do something I’d rather not have done something I’d rather you did something I’d rather you did not do something I’d rather you had not done something When ...
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A singular noun that is modified by a plural expression

Can you tell me which one is modified and which one that modifies A good knowledge of three languages is needed for the job Someone gave this example when she told me that when I have a singular ...
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Understand the structure "something to be"

I found a sentence in the song Donna Donna that I am not sure to understand correctly. It is "Stop complaining said the farmer, who told you a calf to be?". I am not sure I understand ...
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Subject in the middle of sentence. What grammar is it?

What kind of grammar is used in this sentence? In school, while actively interacting with other students, children actually are practicing how to communicate with others. Particularly my question is ...
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not only to, but also +ing

is the following rule true? This not only can be helpful to apply for a refund but also applying for a free ticket.
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Is the following sentence correct and easy to read?

Is this sentence correct and easy to read? Whether speculating on commodities is a lucrative business venture or not is something that should be considered. Does it need punctuation? Whether ...
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Is "while" used correctly to connect to ideas?

I want to say that sustainable agriculture can: fix the problem of hunger preserves natural resources at the same time. Does the following sentence mean the same? Only sustainable agriculture and ...
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"Good luck" prepositions

Related: Preposition - 'Good luck' with indirect and direct objects I'm a native english speaker, but I cannot for the life of me figure out the rules in this sentence structure. The question ...

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