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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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Which is correct? “To be done business” or “to do business with”

Could some help to clear my confusion as I am uncertain which sentence is grammatically correct: He is not the right person to be done business with. He is not right person to do business ...
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Can we say “You should have” by itself?

Let's say someone said, "I didn't visit him yesterday.". As a response to that, can I say "You should have." to mean "You should have visited him."?
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“That” and subject verb agreement

Painting involves a fixed perspective and a form of rational thinking that engages sight. or Painting involves a fixed perspective and a form of rational thinking that engage sight. or ...
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Have Yet to and Are yet to [duplicate]

What is the meaning difference in below sentences? a) Police are yet to arrest anyone for murder. b) Police have yet to arrest anyone for murder. according to me Sentence a) gives status of the ...
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Relative clause with infinitive verbal form and “from” preposition (“{subject} from whose {element} to get something”)

Let use have a subject, which will refer to as the "parent". This parent can have sub-elements, which will refer to as "child". Now let us say I want to describe the action of getting something from ...
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Asking question using Present past tense

I have confusion in asking question like, If I want to ask about Tea came or not. Is Tea came Did Tea come Which one is correct or both wrong? Is there any other way to ask it. Thank you
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Would u help me with a list of adjectives that come after the noun in adj order?

I found four injured men alive. In this sentence, the adjective "alive" comes after the noun "men". Why we have to use adjective "alive" after the noun, not before? because in adjective order, ...
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How to frame a question, where speaker knows the answer still asking for it?

The Pin knows Brendan's location but still asking Brendan for it. I want to phrase the sentence in question format, asking why The Pin still asking it?
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How can I say the order in a chart is not like other charts?

Trying to write a clear and beautiful and formal sentence about the order of datasets in this chart: As you can see the order for "non-curved" (from higher to lower)is light-blue, grean and Blue And ...
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Confuse about questions structure

I came across a sentence bellow At what time does the next plane to London leave? And I couldn't distinguish the difference from this statement At what time does the next plane leave to London?...
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“can simply select” vs “can select simply”

I would like to understand the correct way to use the words simply or easily in my sentence. For example, After the verb, directly: Method A can simply estimate the correct parameters. ...
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How to apologize

"I apologize for not have spoken to you in person yet." "I apologize for not speaking to you in person yet." Basically, I’m trying to say: "I’m sorry I haven't had the time to speak to you ...
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Does “when they're used as a place to live“ make grammatical sense?

Geodesic domes have lots of issues, especially when they're used as a place to live. My biggest concern is that the dependent clause has a plural pronoun "they're" with a singular verb "live". ...
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I would like to write below sentence in professional and shot form with all meaning [on hold]

Situation 1=> I am wanted let my manger know that i need some more time to complete the task and will send you the confirmation once done. Situation 2->I will be finishing my shift in 5 min and will ...
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If “discuss about” is redundant, what about “discuss with you about”?

My research showed that "discuss about" is incorrect because "discuss" is a transitive verb which means an object have to be attached. So "discuss about" would be redundant as in "talk about about". ...
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Past perfect or Simple past correct use

Which one is more correct ? A) Remain on the chair until lift has stopped. B) Remain on the chair until lift is stopped. Also, A) Do not attempt to leave the lift until the landing gate is opened ...
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tenses agreement get/got [duplicate]

1. Would it be okay if I called you when I got back home? 2. Would it be okay if I called you when I get back home? Now I believe that both the sentences follow the rule of the second ...
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Is “Over how many days is your coughing problem now?” correctly phrased?

How do ask the duration in days of person's coughing in English? Let's say you have a friend who have been constantly coughing for several days until now. You asked: Over how many days is/are your ...
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Wh clause in English

Can you please answer me the below question. earth is revolving around sun, which is not getting tired. in the above sentence, is ‘which’ refers to ‘earth’ or ‘Sun’ Please give some explanation ...
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I would like to know which sentence is correct [closed]

Which of these sentences is correct? Could you please help me with your name or May I please know your name
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what does the adverb “newly” modify in this sentence?

What does the adverb "newly" modify in this sentence? Certain Italians who were newly cognizant of Greek and Roman cultural accomplishments initiated a classical cultural rebirth after a long ...
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How can I repeat things (fall in the same category) using a comma

Suppose I have many things that are fall in the same category. Suppose further that I need to use a bracket ( ) to add further information. Then, how can I repeat these things correctly? The ...
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“RULE sth OUT ON/OVER people's complaint”

Let's say a government of a country implemented an UNBENDING rule on its citizens that they should pay higher taxes than other countries. You hypothetically say: "if the government rule the high ...
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ON my father's/mothers's side

Let's say your father's side has a family history of diabetes. Do you still use the preposition "ON", and is this a correct construction: Question: What motivates you to exercise daily? Answer: ...
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“How much reduction” or “How would reduction”

I have a method A, which is used to reduce the computation of difficult models. I would like to say that using this method will provide a great reduction in the computation of the model. Method A ...
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How to correctly express “Under all the assumptions but this one”?

I would like to express "under all the assumptions, except a certain one (call this certain one A), of the theorem, we construct...". If it can be shortened, then the first thought that came to me was ...
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Please help to frame the below [closed]

I will be late to home ask John to go to tution classes. Please help me to frame the above sentence in a proper way.
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Sentence construction using went, did go and had gone

Which one sentence is correct to say? Please explain the situation where I can use below sentences. a) Where you went, I have been looking for you. b) Where you had gone, I have been looking for you....
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“since late on the previous evening”

I read this sentence in a book: He has been unconscious since late on the previous Saturday evening. I am wondering about this construction. I thought it should be "since late the previous ...
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Is the phrase “in a way that” appropriate for a Formal sentence

"At first, internet allows the people to connect with others, who live in far-away, in a way that just wasn't possible decades ago." Is "in a way that" is formal or informal?
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Is this a wrong sentence “Heidi Montag is probably more famous for the plastic surgery that she has had carried out than for her TV Career”?

This sentence is literally copied from an English textbook (Solutions 2nd Edition -Intermediate) "Heidi Montag is probably more famous for the plastic surgery that she has had carried out than for ...
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can still .. about or can still .. on

I am learning the proposition, about, and on. I still need to improve my understanding. I wonder do I need to use about or on with the word information. For example, The method A can still give ...
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Placement of “here” with “Am I the only one…?”

Are these sentences correct? 1) "Am I the only one who doesn't play video games here?" 2) "Here, am I the only one who doesn't play video games?" Can I say these two sentences to mean "Am ...
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“types” vs “type” with each and all

I have different functions. Each function is able to deal with only one thing. If I have 3 variables, X1, X2, and X3, then, I can fit three different functions to these variables. One function to each ...
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“a pair of variables” and “mixture of Gaussian models”, why in the first sentence `a` is correct while is not required in the second sentence?

As I mentioned in my previous question, a is a determiner used with a noun. However, I am confused about the usage of a in the following sentences. Let (x_1, x_2) be a pair of variables. The ...
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passive voice in complex sentence

change the voice The goons did not realize that their conversation was being recorded Which option is more appropriate ? And why? a) The goons did not realize that someone was recording their ...
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Difference between Past Tense and Past Continuous Tense

a) I stood in the bus and she was sitting comfortably. b) I was standing in the bus and she was sitting comfortably. c) I stood in the bus and she sat comfortably. I want to tell about situation ...
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How can I apologize and make promise that wont happen again?

I want to apologize for some mistake in official mail and want to make them sure I will not do that again. "I will take care of this next time" . or "I will take care of this onwards".
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Can I make a sentence with “impressive of”?

Is the word "impressive of" an appropriate preposition? Do you think the sentence is correct: The museum is impressive of its design. Can I make a sentence this way or correct me please.
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How to use “suppose” and “supposing” to begin a sentence? [on hold]

Which of the following sentence is/are correct? Suppose (that) I like cheese; then I will probably like cheesecake. Suppose (that) I like cheese; I will probably like cheesecake. Can "then"...
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Cover letter: work in/work for/work with/work at

I understand how these work: I work in IT. I work at Google. I work for Google. I work with computers. But how about these? To tell someone if I get this job, I would gain experience. I will ...
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he made his clothes wash/washed

Is either of these sentences correct? He made his clothes washed or He made his clothes wash
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How to connect the sentences?

Is this sentence correct? I am hesitant about the part of as a protein source - is it in the right place in the sentence? And also about the production of which - How should i connect the ...
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Where to put the common word in a series including symbols

Look out for bold D, struck-through D and italic D formatting. Look out for bold D, struck-through D and italic formatting D. Which of these above sentences should I be using? The sentences ...
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present participle use in different ways

I saw a speeding sedan down the road. The sedan was speeding down the road. The first one is an example of the present participle (as the word speeding is linked with the car acting like an ...
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I don't get the structure and also the meaning of this sentence

I do not understand the sentence at 3:15 in this video: Growing animal feed means more land per calorie of food is needed to produce beef than broccoli. Sorry I wanted to write more specific ...
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“I need to cook food yet” vs. “I still need to cook food”

I need to cook food yet. vs. I still need to cook food. Is it appropriate to use yet at the end of a sentence in that form or should I reform the sentence in a different way to get the same ...
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determining adverb or preposition in phrasal verb

When Sam came in, I was asleep. The definition of a phrasal verb is a verb that is made up of the main verb together with an adverb or a preposition or both. My question is What should we consider '...
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Semicolon usage in this sentence

A person who is a big fan of big pop star finds a cardboard poster of that celebrity takes a picture of himself with the cardboard. And says, 'Since chances of meeting my idol in this life are ...
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Rules: conjunctive adverbs

Below is a sentence from yourdictionary.com There has been an increase in greenhouse gases, therefore global warming is happening. (Depending on a writer) Which can be rewritten as: 1)- There has ...