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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 choice best expresses “I will keep your secret.” in Passive/Active voice?

the below-mentioned question is asked in my exam, I think my answer is correct, please tell if I am right, I have to challenge the question in 2 days if its answer given is wrong. correct answer is ...
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Winter has Left me with Nasal Polyp

I wrote in email reply, "this winter has left me with nasal polyp" and later I doubted if the sentence is correct. Please suggest...
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What can come after phrase “as well as”?

I am trying to understand the usage of word as. I came across the following sentence. He is an excellent teacher as well as being a fine musician. Is it incorrect to write as follows? He is ...
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Is it correct: how it works

I am going to create the next situation, I am working in a web development company...: Boss: What are you doing? Me: I am working with Angular, I developed a simple project to see how it ...
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What do you think has happened with her?

Is it a correct sentence: What do you think has happened with her? it looks like both parts - "you think" and "has happened" require the same word - "what" but here is only one "what". If we give ...
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When you are indebted to someone and want to return their favor

All of us are well aware that most of the people are indebted to their parents because of their efforts in our lives. I would appreciate it if someone could let me know which one of the following ...
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Natural way to explain figures

I am trying to write figure captions for a paper and wondering if there is more natural way to explain below. The amount of sweep gas was 0,3, and 6 mL/min. for A,B, and C, respectively. ...
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“I want to buy a house near the beach” - differences between this sentence in Korean and English

When you want to say "I want to buy a house near the beach." to Korean, you can say just "I want to buy a house beach." Well, this is grammatically wrong sentence in English, but I don't understand ...
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I want to emphasize how often I played basketball in the past. So,

I want to emphasize how often I played basketball in the past. So, I would play basketball more often than anything else. I would play basketball more often than whichever I did. I would ...
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Should I have “but” or not? and sentence structure suggestions

I have a sentence: We would like to point out in XXX(a paper) a same result of YYY(YYY is a statement) is done, with a different condition, (but)without using ZZZ method. My question: I feel ...
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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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Passive Infinitive reconstruction

I remember that passive infinitive sentences can be changed into "It is PP that Subject+verb", but does the formula apply to the following sentences? I wonder if all passive infinitive sentences can ...
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Structures of some conversation sentences

What are the structures of the bolded phrases in the excerpt of a conversation? Employee: Because we desperately someone right away to help us keep our membership list up to date, work on our ...
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Phrasing in résumé/CV

I want to list this in my résumé: In an invited talk, I explained the application of X technique and then demonstrated with example A. My current phrasing is Invited talk on the application of X ...
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What clause is the sentence in the following paragraph?

We all have ways of showing our sweetie how much we love them. But celebrity relationship expert, Kailen Rosenberg, shares why it’s so important and has tips, that’ll really show them how much, ...
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Is it possible to say “I'm in the final stage of doing something?”

I've been playing this game where upgrading each building consists of a certain number of stages. Is it possible to say "I'm in the final stage of upgrading... say Stables?"
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When the media announces a day an official closure

Let's suppose tomorrow everywhere will be closed due to a heavy snowfall and subsequently the bad weather condition! The TV/radio announces / declares that tomorrow is a holiday for work, schools and ...
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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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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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Can you divide long sentences?

Can you divide long sentences like this? "I like apple that the red one" (long) -> I like apple. and the apple is red. (short, easy) The original sentence is this: Researchers go further, ...
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If you open more applications than can be shown in the Launcher

I'm reading about the document of Ubuntu, and I don't understand the structure of sentence below. If you open more applications than can be shown in the Launcher, the Launcher will “fold” the ...
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Distinction with phrases/usage

The sun overhead and the sky clear, Carl stepped into his future. What is the difference between this absolute phrase and introductory phrases like in these other two examples? Trying to be kind, ...
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Which form is more natural?

I'd like to tell my friends that I've made a call and no one answered. Which of the following sentence should I use? I called them, but no one answered. I called to them, but no one answered. ...
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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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Where do I place the year of an event in a sentence?

Is it more accurate to start a sentence with an year or to end it with an year? So which out of the given sentences is more accurate:- In 1965 the 'Snurfer' was developed as a child's toy. ...
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“Please return the equipment to its original place after being used.”

Are the following sentences accurate? Please return the equipment to its original place after being used Please return the equipment to its original place after use Please return the ...
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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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I have a doubt with the following sentences [on hold]

Which one of these two sounds appropriate? What should be my reply to that? Or What should my reply be to that?
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The usage of “while”, Is my sentence correct?

"The TV program ended while I did not know entirely." This sentence looks grammatically correct but doesn't sound right to me. Can anybody help me with the usage of "while"? When and when not to use "...
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How to talk with your one-year-old baby? [closed]

This question is about English language daily conversations. What are the phrases and sentences you would say to your one-year-old children, or any toddler? How would you tell him to come where you ...
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Use of “decreases”

Is use of "decreases" in the following sentence correct grammatically and conceptually? If it is not, kindly suggest ways to make it clearer. This causes better performance in VTB than the CTB. ...
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Which Tense is appropriate to tell Fact Telling in English Past or Simple Present tense?

While introducing someone if I Use past tense sentence is it correct to say or not? a) I joined this company in the year 2005. Reason being I am asking this question is because this is fact which ...
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Can I say “The results may change according to how much time you spend in the quiz”?

I am designing an English test for my students. However, I'm not a native speaker. I want to design a quiz that can judge a student's result not only by his/her answers, but also by how much time he/...
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Is “I know what times your breaks are” grammatically correct?

Suppose you need to call someone who's in college, and they get 3-4 breaks between classes on a regular college day. And you say I know what times your breaks are, I'll call you while you're on ...
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Alternative use of the word “otherwise”

Otherwise, apart from its usual meaning, can also indicate "in other respects" (found it in the dictionary). When constructing a sentence using aforementioned meaning of "otherwise" are these ...
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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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Springs of action

Clockwork mechanisms were the most advanced technology in the seventeenth century. Hobbes believed that muscles and organs in the body were the equivalent of these: he frequently wrote about the ...
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It is correct to write long phrases?

I am a game developer and I am trying to improve my english to increase the quality of the text in my games. I will like to understand what is the "correct" way to write text. Specially the lengh of ...
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Once a week \ Once in a week [closed]

The dog is given food once a day \ once in a day. We get a day off a week \ in a week. Thank you.
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Does “- ing “make verb noun?

When “-ing” comes after verb , does it make it noun like : A legislation contains giving some right to homeless people.
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Can I write “at times thick” at the end of the sentence, after a comma?

From the analysis of the bonding material and (of?) the bricks, it has emerged a partial detachment of irregularly-shaped flakes, at times thick.
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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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A problem regarding determiners as the object

In an editorial I found a sentence. It notes that East and South Asia have the highest number of deaths due to air pollution; by one estimate, it killed about 1.24 million in India in 2017. Here ...
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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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They don't want HER to think THEM not to appreciate

I've got such task. My friend said that the first variant is better. But I supposed the second one to be more clear. In my country the english constructions like these are called as "complex objects". ...
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How can I say the order in one chart is not like the order in another chart?

I'm trying to write a clear, beautiful, formal sentence about the order of data sets in this chart: As you can see, the order of the values for "non-curved" data points (from higher to lower)is light-...
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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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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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What is the meaning of “where not”?

I read a sentence in Merriam Webster dictionaries which was: The misery was general, where not glossed over by liberal application of alcohol. Does "where not" here mean somewhat like "not a place ...