Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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Leave someone cut off

War leaves too many young men cut off in their prime. (Source) I just came across this sentence. Is "cut off" here used as an adjective or passive voice? I know I can use this structure: "Leave + ...
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Correct way to phrase: “He has a bomb which no one knows how powerful it is”

Is the following grammatically correct? He has a bomb which no one knows how powerful it is. I think the "it" should be removed to make it grammatically blunder-free.
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Correct usage of “used to”

Should I use 'used to' even when something just doesn't happen only today but will happen tomorrow? Should I use 'used to' for this kind of sentence also. I normally leave at 5 pm from office, at ...
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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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change jobs/careers vs change my accounting job/my accounting career

If you want to quit your job or career and choose to do something else, you can say: (1) I want to change(or switch) jobs. (2) I want to change(or switch) careers. (3) I want to change my job. (4) ...
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Passive clause and use of verb 'are' in a statement

(Passive clause) We learn language when messages being communicated are compelling. We learn language when messages are communicating are compelling . Is the 2 sentence correct ? Why use verb 'are' ...
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“as well as” + verb

1a- He hurt his arm, as well as breaking his leg. 1b- He hurt his arm, as well as broke his leg. (Can I use "broke" here as well?) 2a- He can play the guitar as well as sing. (Are both ...
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Rearranging the word “of”

I believe this sentence is grammatically correct: Let's have a civil dialogue, to the extent that we're capable of. Can I replace of to form a sentence like this? Let's have a civil dialogue, ...
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Converting impersonal constructions to modal sentences

In these examples: It is required that we file taxes. It is crucial for my friend to be here. It is possible that humans are on the edge of breathtaking discoveries.. How can I convert these ...
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Character X or of X

A: Do you know Rosa from Brooklyn Nine-Nine? (Brookyln Nine-Nine is an american sitcom. Rosa is one of the character in this tv-series.) B: Of course I know character of Rosa. B1: Of course ...
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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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in doing/by doing/while doing

By/in doing X, Y happens. I am trying to understand the subtle difference between "by doing X" and "in doing X" . This thread's responder says that: " Both "by doing X" and "in doing X" form non-...
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Building a Comparison

Today, while I was watching a video on YouTube, I came across the following sentence: Contrary to my personality, my sister is very outgoing and tends to make friends easily. From a meticulous ...
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Can I use “Verb+ing” in the middle of my sentence

I would like to understand how can I add further information to my sentence using verb+ing. Here is my example, Model A extend stage C from, fitting only one dependency relationship, to stage D, ...
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Where should I write “equally” in this sentence?

Where Should I write the word "equally" in this sentence in order to show that the number of tasks on all devices is the same? Results indicate that this approach distributes tasks between devices. ...
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proper parts of speech and analysis of structure

Find the wrong one(S) I saw injustice happen. I saw injustice happening. I saw injustice happened. This is from a grammar competition. Now from my little knowledge. I can only break it ...
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When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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Is “my current goal is to improve my skills in English” grammatically correct?

My current goal is to improve my skills in English. I’m not sure and little bit puzzled whether the grammar construction of the sentence works like that and the sentence sounds natural.
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Can we 'get passive' without 'by'?

I read the below sentence somewhere. My question is can we use 'get passive' without by? He might get carried away in being a TV reality star rather than being a boxer. Should we use 'by' instead ...
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“That of being”

He then spends the rest of his life trying to expiate his dual sin: That of being furious at his mother for not satisfying him; that of being such a greedy child who really deserves nothing better. (...
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Where is the subject of the question “”How many people are in your family?"?

What is the subject of the question? "How many people are in your family?" What is the rule this question was formed with? I mean, as I know, usually, to form a question with verb to be we have such ...
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Usage of “to do with”

Can I use "to do with" in the same meaning as "about/concerning a particular subject" ? For example: 1- All applications to do with this role go through my secretary first. 2- Most of the ...
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Imagine someone to be/ ımagine someone being/ imagine someone is

This websites says: "imagine can be followed by either (a) a gerund or (b) a noun phrase or pronoun + to-infinitive but with different meanings". And gives examples: a- Imagine living at 2,000 ...
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How to correctly punctuate a statement that has a list of questions after a colon?

Option 1: An unemployed individual asks three essential questions following their loss of employment: Do I qualify for EI benefits? If I qualify, how much will I receive? How long will I receive EI ...
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is it correct to say “today is rainy” or it is “today, it's rainy”?

I was looking for an answer to another question and I've found an answer on the italki website, which makes unclear about which is the right usage. Is it syntactically correct to say "today is rainy" ...
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Do you want me continuing?

Is this phrase correct? Do you want me continuing? I usually use that phrase to ask my boss if he needs more support from me in a specific activity. But obviously I'm not quite sure if it's the ...
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When a car or a human body gets riddled severely

Please imagine you in a gunfire a car / someone's body gets riddled with bullets as the linked pictures. As you will notice at first glance, you will see a big difference between the amount of the hit ...
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Using “Look across”

1- You look across the table and tell your daughter to stop argueing with her brother. (Context: You are sitting at the dinner table with your son sitting next to you on the same side of the table ...
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“you don't…without…”

A and B are going to take a bomb-defusing class tomorrow. A: I am going to dominate that class. You don't cross-stitch for 20 years without developing a steady hand. B: Wow, you really think ...
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Can we put infinitives at the beginning in order to emphasize them?

In order to emphasize the infinitive, can I change its position? Example, 1-) Your brother has some opportunities to get a better education in the U.K, but to go to the U.S, he doesn't have any ...
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“Being such” or “Being as such”

Looking for an descrpition of a phrase, I came across these definitions: Definitions for Natural: 1- Being such from birth or by nature. 2- Being such by blood and not by adoption or ...
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Last word in something

Dictionaries give be the last word in something as the correct construction, but in the following sentence The ICC World Cup remains the last word on cricket’s hierarchy. in is used. Is that correct?...
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“It is time + you + do”

Which means you're technically an adult, don't you think it's time you move on from primitive constructs such as popularity? I saw this line in a tv-series. I thought this construction "it's time + ...
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should I write “These details belongs to my dad” or “These are my dad's details ” when writing an email?

When writing an email should I write "These details belongs to my dad" or "These are my dad's details"? I know this sounds somewhat silly but I want to be grammatically correct.
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(Subject+verb+object) sentence after a preposition

Can a sentence (subject+verb+object) follow a preposition? There is an example sentence I think it’s wrong. XYZ showed how certain protein molecules repair DNA damaged by UV light. These ...
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Can I say 'it will be hard for the society to make any progress'?

Ambition is indispensable for both individuals and the society. Without the ambition of pursuing success, people may feel empty and meaningless in their lives, and it will be hard for the society ...
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Use of “May I be” for exclamation

In the language I speak when we see someone getting a lot and we don’t get that much, to speak to God in a sweet way, we say a sentence whose literal meaning in English is: May I be sacrificed for ...
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Correct usage of “and more generally”

What I am trying to say: "It is important to design efficient selection algorithms and more generally efficient resource allocation algorithms". Note that the resource allocation algorithm include the ...
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Usage of “Opt”: opt vs opt for

I understand the usage of opt to (do something) and opt out (of something), but I'm a little confused about opt vs opt for. For example: Which Subjects did you _____? I _____ philosophy; he, ...
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The right verb after “ensure”

Which forms of verb can I use here? The client must ensure that accurate records be/are/will be kept. I don't know why Google translate example uses "be" here.
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Sentence Structure and a Phrase - Are these sentences correct?

I havent learned english since 5 years, so I have joined an English lecture this year. I sometimes struggle with the sentence structure ... Like this: "Pandora, a moon the film is set on, ..." - Is ...
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Correct use of Deduct and Deducted

Once we deduct/deducted it we have to deduct this for next six month. What should I use in above sentence Deduct or Deducted? Is it something like a) If we deduct it once the we will have to ...
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Are adverbials inclined to the subject?Rather than simply modifying the verb

"He writes the word on the board." If adverbials are simply about the verb, then “on the board” in “He writes the word on the board” can be explained as either an adverbial or an complement, for on ...
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Confusion regarding usage of rather

What is the difference between following sentences: This is venerable rather magnificent institution. and This is venerable and rather magnificent institution. Also, can I use rather in this ...
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Using 'as' and 'will'

I was wondering about the usage of 'as' and 'will'. 'As she will go to the cinema, I will go too.' 'As the waiter will wipe the table clean, I will sit at it.' I know about the rule that applies ...