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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 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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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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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
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“There is/has got to be an explanation.” — which verb to use there?

I just came across the following sentence; There has got to be an explanation. I think has has been wrongly/mistakenly used there and should better be replaced with is.
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about position of who what etc. in interrogative and negative sentence

Which sentence is correct? Who don't want to lend his umbrella? What Paul doesn't want to lend? What doesn't Paul want to lend?
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Can an example be mentioned like this

As an example of the role of context in classification of a node, suppose a user wants to remove the navigation links in the sidebar section. To accomplish this task, they may define a rule to ...
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Conditional sentence - usage of tense

Using conditional sentence I want to express a situation but not able to decide which is correct sentence out of below 2. Could an expert please help me understand along with reason and if possible ...
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Take something for granted [on hold]

I am looking for a substitute for the idiom: "take something lying down" that can only be used for an occurance, a negatively cited statement, a bad event and so on! But as you are well-aware one ...
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Using “nakedly” instead of “with nothing on”

I need to know whether it is possible to substitute the following bold part with the adveb "nakedly" in a manner that it doesn't change the meaning and doesn't make it ambiguous: She went to ...
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“analysis of” vs. “analysis on” [closed]

Which one is correct? We conduct an analysis on more than X devices Or, We conduct an analysis of more than X devices
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Take your money/right… lying down

There is such an idiom in English "take sth lying down" which means to endure something unpleasant without fighting back. e.g. He insulted me publicly. You don't expect me to take that lying ...
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meaning of these sentences about dancing

What is the difference between the below three sentences? I enjoyed dancing with you I felt good dancing with you I felt good by dancing with you
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Which sentence structure is the best? [on hold]

Which one is better ? What's the difference ? For those who aren't aware yet, PRODUCT NAME is now available ! For those who aren't aware of it yet, PRODUCT NAME is now available ! Thank you ...
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Open the door. How to change this into indirect speech?

Open the door. Can we make its indirect speech? Example:Open the door. He ordered me to open the door. He requested me to open the door.
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When in order to prevent someone from getting upset you want to clarify the subject of your words [closed]

How to say: the person who I'm talking about is not you, so take no offence? I have several similar and self-made sentences listed below, but have no any idea which one works correctly in this sense ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, why so? [closed]

Many celebrities have been involved in scandals, some of whom having been made to look bad in people's eyes because of mass media.
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Call somebody over VS Call over somebody

As far as I know, the structures "call somebody over" and "call somebody over somewhere" are correct. How about "call over somebody" and "call over somebody somewhere"? Can we use these too? For ...
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sentence structure, noun phrase

Below sentence is copied from The Economist. Firms operating there will be subject to rules based on English common law, enforced by independent courts, the government promises. I'm not able to ...
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How to avoid multiple negatives in sentence [closed]

I have written few lines, but I feel those could be more better in English, even I am not sure about grammatical mistakes. Please correct my below sentences "But that didn't go well as I didn't ...
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focused on OR focusing on

It involved producing new or improved products with evolving marketing methods focused on core market targets. I think which are can be understood to be between methods and focused: ..with evolving ...
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coordinating conjunctions

For is used as an introduction of reason. I consider, the reason of what happened in the first clause should be introduce with For (used as coordinating conjunction) in the second clause. "She must ...
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Meaning of “was having”, “had” and “have had” in English

How to tell someone that I have observed fast full day? 1 I was having fast whole day 2 I had fast today 3 I have had fast today I feel all are correct to say Please, help me to ...
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Using the time marker “All day”, are my sentences correct?

Good day! I would like to ask if both sentences are correct or not. And please tell me the difference in meaning between the two. We were looking for that phone all day. I thought I lost it. (Past ...
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When someone gets a face-lift surgery

Imagine a woman who has had a plastic surgery on her face and has lifted her face. How a native speaker should say it in everyday speech? For me, the following examples which are direct translations ...
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usage of 'neither.. nor', 'not…or' and 'not… nor'

Are these sentences grammatical?  1- I neither usually wake up at 6 am, nor do I like to wake up at 5 am. 2- We neither wear the same clothes, nor do we eat the same food. 3- We don't wear the same ...
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Using “their” or “its” when referring to an inanimate object

I'm a bit confused on the usage of "their" and "its". For example, if I had the following phrase: Each of these programs had ______ code reviewed by an expert. Will I use "their code" or "its code"...
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sentence construction - ,(comma) noun after a complete sentence

The 4-year-olds often chose to look at the marshmallows while waiting, a strategy that was not terribly effective. Is "which is" omitted before "a strategy" ( ... waiting, which is a strategy ...)? ...
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Should I write “expertise I will have gained” or “expertise I have gained”?

"Using the teachings, skills and expertise I have gained through this course I’d like to produce..." Do I need to add "I will have gained here" or rather not? Even though skills are not yet acquired,...
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Can “in which” be used instead of “which” to express something in a more stronger way?

I have used "which" in a situation where two entities use things, but one entity used a different thing in the second time while the other entity stuck to the same thing it used in the first time. I ...