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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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usage with with is in this example

A film scene is made all the more powerful by its score. Can we say something is made powerful? Should it be something like: brought to life by its powerful score.
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General Infinitive vs Gerund usage

Is there a general rule telling me when I should use an Infinitive or a Gerund? For example, why is in this sentence a Gerund instead of an Infinitive? "The aim of this report is to give ...
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Can we use two auxiliary in one sentence?

a) Despite civic functionaries claiming that funds have been released, these projects are haven't taken off yet. b) Our buses are haven't left yet, you can still get the bus. 1) Are above sentences ...
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Use of the relative pronoun who

I know the brother of Ram who loved Rani. In the above sentence what does it mean? Who loved Rani?? Ram or his brother?? Because we use the word 'who' just after Ram. But it might be different as ...
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Slighly cutting your body when your skin gets red (not bleeding yet) or when you bleed very slightly

How do you mention these types of wounds? Based on my mother language and dictionaries' definitions, the only word which can work here is: "scratch". So I need to know if the following sentences are ...
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Regarding for someone to V phrase

Hello I've got a question regarding for someone to (verb) I'm always curious about "for someone to" phrase. Here's my examples: This is first time to see her not tieing up her hair. O This is ...
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“A top three” or “one of top three”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: We are working together to see India become a top three trading partner for Australia by 2035. Shouldn't there be "one of top three" or "top third" ...
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Confused about the meaning of these

H is a subset of G containing those elements of G that commute with every element of G. Clearly, H contains the elements. Now let's take an another example. The boy is the son of the man ...
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Confused use the comma

I know the brother of Ram, who loved Rani. I know the brother of Ram who loved Rani. Are the sentences same in meaning? In the first one we've used comma and in the 2nd one we haven't used comma. ...
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Walk crawling, leaping, hopping

Can I say the followings: Frog walks hopping. Snake walks crawling. Are these sentences correct to use? Or simply crawl, hop, leap? Thank you.
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“Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three”

"Yeah," breathed Harry, looking up at the end of the closest row. Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three. Harry Potter and the ...
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Is this question asked correctly?

I saw someone post a tweet with a gif animation (a rock star singing something). The tweet itself is about some stock's price going up or down. Every comment under that tweet is talking the stock ...
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Use of present participle

The boy is the son of the man standing here. In the above sentence we used the participle form 'standing' after the object instead of the noun. Is the sentence correct? And if it is correct, what ...
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“Growing so much” vs “so much growing”

Which sounds better or is more grammatically correct? The frog was hungry from growing so much OR The frog was hungry from so much growing
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How to describe following situation?

I and my friend came out from our class and were going to powder our noses. After reaching near to bathrooms, we found that doors of all bathrooms were closed, meaning that some students had already ...
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Which one is gramatically correct

Actually, I am writing a story. I have to explain the poverty of a family. So please let me know which one is the grammatically correct and reasons behind them, in the following two statements. ...
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Are these sentences correct?

Affirmative: You are in love with her. Question: With whom are you in love? Who are you in love with? Are the both question forms correct?
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I don't get the exact meaning of “have + somebody + gerund” in this sentence

Doctor: well , Paul... let's get u bandaged up, we'll have you hobbling out of here in no time is "hobbling" a gerund? to modify "you"? I'm not sure please give me some examples like this structure
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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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Do you use the structure 'make + it + adjective + gerund'?

I know both A) and B) are okay. But how about C)? That is, can I replace ‘to communicate’ with ‘communicating’ in the following sentence? A) Aphasia is a language disorder that makes it very ...
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By this “smoothness means fast decay” principle

This is the starting part of a sentence in my paper. Here 'smoothness means fast decay' is a whole sentence. Is it appropriate to use it in this way? Is it too long here?
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When your appetite makes you feel that you want to eat

When someone is off their food would probabely say something like: I lost my appetite. But how about the situation in which they feel they want to eat? What would you usually say here? The ...
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Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?

Caroline was skiing when she broke her leg. Is when a conjunction or adverb? Can I replace when with the word and? Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?
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What's on the menu for dinner mom?

How do you usually ask your mother/wife etc. "what they have cooked to eat for a meal like a lunch or a dinner? Does it sound idiomatic and polite to ask: What's on the menu mom? If not then ...
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Can we express future tense with simple tense?

Which sentence is correct to say? And when? a - If I do this, I hope she forgives me. b - If I do this, I hope she will forgive me. One more example c - OK, I check that and send you again. ...
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When you don't want eat food

Please imagine your mother insists that you must eat something and you just don't want to eat because of lacking appetite, what would you normally say? I don't have appetite. I'm off my food. ...
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'immediately before', 'right before' and 'just before'

What is the difference (if any) between immediately before, right before and just before ? What is the most suitable one to use in this sentence: The paragraph ..... before the image.
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Usage of “in part”

The usage of "in part" seems very peculiar to me. It is used in the middle of phrases. These usage quite confused me. For example: 1- The levels of blood glucose depend "in part" on what you eat ...
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What is the difference between these three sentences?

That's what your fantasy was This was your fantasy This all was your fantasy What is the difference between these three sentences? To me, being a non-native speaker, they sound alike. But I know ...
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“Association Rules Reduction” or “Reduction of Association Rules”?

I'm writing a post about data mining and I was wondering which one of these titles sound better or more formal: Association Rules Reduction or Reduction of Association Rules Is there any ...
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Can I say: “I'm very glad to be a part of X's team”?

Let's suppose you've just been hired by Google, so you wanna say that you're very happy to be a part of the team, would you say: "I'm really happy to be a part of Google's team"? Is the apostrophe ...
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Someone offers someone an opportunity vs. Someone offers an opportunity to someone

I am trying to express an idea but I am not sure it is proper: I'm writing a letter to someone explaining a situation, but I need to be sure the person will understand. My sentence is the ...
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“Take this quiz to see how much you can score” or “Take this quiz to see how much you score”?

I want to ask my students to take an online quiz to challenge themselves. Take this quiz now to see how much you can score? or Take this quiz now to see how much you score? Which one is ...
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were VS are - We all started panicking and looking around to see if there [were/are] any unattended tickets around us

Which is correct? We all started panicking and looking around to see if there are any unattended tickets around us..... OR We all started panicking and looking around to see if there were ...
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“it's being a holiday” is it correct in this context

Today I have heard a sentence: Today it's being a holiday what are you doing up there? Does it mean: Although it's a holiday, you're so busy. Is it correct to say in this context? Thank you.
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Doing two things simultaneously

I'm reading a book. And at the same time: I'm listening to music. Combining these, we have: I'm reading a book while listening to music. Am I correct? What are the other ways to express this?...
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What is the alternative of “primarily…secondarily,… and thirdly,… ”?

I am writing a scientific manuscript in which I have to describe an experimental protocol. The used sentence should show the priority of picking up biological samples depending on their origins. The ...
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verb according to which subject in case of 'or' 'either-or' and 'together with'

Has Ram or his friends come to school? I am confused about the rule When two subjects are joined by 'neither...nor', 'either-or','or' etc the verb follows the nearest subject (Ram) or the second ...
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Long dependency of phrases in a sentence

I wrote this sentences: In the Web accessibility tools, speech rendering of the main content [of a web page] can provide better access to a web page for the visually impaired users. Extracting ...
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Is this an incomplete sentence? (from The Great Gatsby) [on hold]

Over the great bridge, with the sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with ...
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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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How to say: You do not have enough background knowledge to take/continue a course?

I am trying to write an email and do not know how to say this properly: You should not/ cannot take a course in college, because of some pre-requisites that you lack.
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I should have done this. VS I should have been to do this

I should have done this. I should have been done this. I should have been to do this. I have not too much idea about english but I want to know that, grammatically above sentences are correct ...
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I've been to/in London for three years

I usually get to see : I have been to London. But, what if I say: I have been in London. Do they carry the same meaning? Thank you.
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Why is it “try and stop”? [duplicate]

In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time to invoke the war powers resolution to try and stop U.S. involvement in a foreign conflict. Why is it not "try to stop"?
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Is “he has to eat more” a complete sentence?

Is this a complete sentence? It has both a noun and a verb, but I am unsure if it expresses a complete thought. It seems to me that more is modifying a noun that is missing from the sentence. He has ...
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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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consider somebody/something + adj. | consider somebody/something (to be) something

Is there a difference between these two forms ? 1- A dog is considered old if it lives seven years. 2- A dog is considered to be old if it lives seven years.
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Why seperate such interlinked and indispensable words so far apart in a sentence?

On BBC News, there was news about royal wedding preparations. During the coverage, the text at the bottom of the screen was as follows: "Rehearsals have taken place in Windsor for wedding." When I ...
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“again called you yesterday” or “called you again yesterday”

I tried to call a friend yesterday and wanted to let her know that I have tried calling her. Do I write A: I again called you yesterday or B: I called you again yesterday