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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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Meaning of “Provided the teacher draws attention to this” [closed]

Most of all though, it is through the language which occurs in the classroom that students can really see how the relationships between words matter, provided the teacher draws attention to this. ...
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Thank you for giving me the floor-VS-Thank you to give me the floor

Thank you for giving me the floor. vs Thank you to give me the floor. Are they both correct? If yes, Are they have same meaning?
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declared dead or announced dead

Which is more accurate of these sentences: Doctors at the hospital declared x dead Or Doctors at the hospital announced x dead What is the exact difference between declared, announced in these ...
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Can the word “More” be used in this context

We usually say: How far is London? But suppose if I am along the way to London, and very tired. Can I say: How more far is London? I am not a native speaker. Thank you.
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'Do you have anything needed?' Is this sentence incorrect?

This sentence just came to mind right after I watched the sentence : Do you need anything? So, do these two sentences have the same meaning, or is the one in the title totally redundant?
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'How much is the world so hard to live in, that some people give up their lives?' Is this sentence correct?

I want to express 'The world is so hard to live in, that some people give up their lives.' as an interrogative form, so that I can emphasize the meaning of it. Please let me know if this ...
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I Pass my life + (helping others or by helping others)

I hear both the expressions: I am passing my life helping others. I am passing my life by helping others. Do the both carry equivalent meaning ? Please explain.
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Correct sentence construction 1

Which one is correct to say? a) You were very close to him hence you could show your talent to him and got promoted. b) You were very close to him hence you had been able to show your talent to him ...
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“Configuring a Device”

I came across a sentence in a product description: We recommend it is configured according to the Standard. I would have written the sentence as We recommend configuring it according to the ...
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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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He worries more [than is necessary]. Is 'than is necessary' a relative clause?

He worries more [than is necessary]. Might I trouble you to tell me whether or not 'than is necessary' is a relative clause modifying 'more'?
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problem with understanding the structure [closed]

Nevertheless, had she not initially felt enough respect to want to understand what was important to her husband, she wouldn't have made the shift. Could someone explain the structure used in this ...
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“Prepare with” meaning in this context

I have a question in my textbook: What was Franz expected to be prepared with for school that day? Is "prepare with" a phrasal verb? Can I say : "I am preparing with mathematics tasks for school" ? ...
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“Right to” or “Right of” in this context

As a basic learner, we commonly use: Will to play(verb).. will of car(noun).. Need to eat(verb).. Need of food(noun). Similarly, we should write: Right to read(verb).. Right of education (...
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How do I link the following sentences. He is a social worker. He is a teacher

How should I link these sentences? He is a social worker. He is a teacher. I think the correct answer is Besides being a social worker he is also a teacher.
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Removing an extra “he is” from a compound sentence [duplicate]

He is very rich but he is not content. Can I change it to: He is very rich but not content.
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Another important trend has been. Is it a complete sentence?

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producer have long been doing. Is it correct/complete sentence? My question is about *Another ...
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Who picked you up by?

Can I delete the last word ‘by’ in: Who picked you up by? Why? Can I delete the last word ‘by’? Why? I feel that ‘Who picked you up’ is a right sentence.
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Converting a sentence to start with “The”

How long I shall stay is doubtful. I need to write that sentence without changing the meaning by using "The" at the start. Could it be: The duration of my stay is doubtful. or: The length of ...
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Transitive and intransitive verb

You have called London. You have called in London. You have called wrong person. you have called to wrong person. All the sentences relating to "Phone." When the verb "Call" in transitive and when ...
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the rule of S V O C and S V O O

I learned that two of the sentence patterns are S V O C and S V O O, the verbs in these patterns would be different from other verbs, meaning they would have their own grammar rules. What if I use ...
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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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How to use 'confirm' at beginning of sentence

I am writing some technical documentation - an instruction on how to test a certain piece of equipment. I wrote: "Confirm, that the message playback over the loudspeaker is not distorted and clear ...
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Is it an inversion in comparison?

There is no strong theoretical or empirical motivation for the view that grammatical competence is any more or less crucial to successful communication than is sociolinguistic competence or ...
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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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how to use either with more than three options with the word based on

I would like to use either with based on for three options. The existing methods are based on either one type, fixed type, or a small set of different types of dependency relationships. Is this ...
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Modals + Not + Past Participles

Can we use Models + not + Past Participles while constructing English sentences? E.g. a) This pizza would be the best ever if it would not arrived cold. b) Custom drapery should not arrived damaged,...
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Sentence structure , object and complement

He offered to lend the book to the student. Subject: He Verb: offered I don't know what the object should be, is it "to lend the book"? but then the object itself would be comprised of a verb and ...
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how to use the verb “compare”?

Which is preferable as an instruction for an assignment: "Compare the skyscrapers of NYC in terms of height, year of inauguration and number of floors!" or "Compare the skyscrapers of NYC with each ...
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I'm having trouble understanding a “fronted concessive clause”

Well-intentioned though many people may have imagined that the CIA probably thought they were, their foreign-policy operations were confused, duplicitous failures. I do understand the basic ...
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Didn't have + past participle

Can we use past. Participle after didn't have ? This is because we use first form of verb after did. For example, I'm so sorry John I didn't have asked that question.
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“Get a free notebook WORTH $2.” Where is “IS”?

I use worth in sentences like: This is worth $10. It is worth doing the job. Today I have seen a sentence : "Get a free Notebook worth $2." Is the sentence grammatical? If it is then tell me the ...
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“How” in the end of a sentence

A woman's boss invited her to attend some business dinner and she asked and I fit into this how? Is it same with How do I fit into this?
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“Knowing Language know grammar is easy.” Is the sentence correct? [closed]

"Having a lot of money have respect for others is not easy." Are my sentences correct, does it need any punctuation mark ? Please Explain me. I am not a native speaker.
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Hanging TO or FROM or ON in this situation

I have seen the sentence in a grammar book: "There are hanging some ripe mangoes TO the twig of the tree." But earlier I always used ON and FROM in this situation. Explain (hanging) on, from and to....
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To say “You should use X for Y and Z only” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? (Yes, it's a list now, just for convenience. It will be normal sentence). E.g., you can use [discrete] for section titles only, NOTE for plain paragraphs or ==== blocks ...
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Got any more of them pixels? Is this sentence grammatical?

Got any more of them pixels? (from a meme) and Now hand me them scissors. I don't remember the sources, but I find this pattern of sentence used in movies and blogs. Being a non-native speaker, I ...
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The structure of “cut himself a nice fat slash off”

Everybody is gonna cut himself a nice fat slash off John Does, eh? I failed to comprehend how I parse the sentence. Especially, I'd like to see what "off John Does" modifies. My parsing is as ...
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Does this sentence make sense? - would expect to receive

Could someone please check if the following sentence makes sense/correct? As discussed earlier, there is one more video in the pipeline you would expect to receive by the end of September. It ...
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Is my sentence correct in this situation?

Suppose, I am cooking meal, and my daughter is doing homework. Then my daughter asked me, "is the food ready?" I answered: "it will be ready by the time you will complete your homework." Is my ...
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Intransitive verb + one's way construction

The following seems to be transitive verb + one's way constructions. She pushed her way through the crowd. She cut her way through the jungle. I parse that as this: S+V+O+O.C Yet, the ...
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“Is it persuasive for sth to do” is not grammatical construction?

Is it persuasive for an adjective to take a nominal complement directly? Would you tell me If that's ungrammatical? If so, what did you think of the following? Is it persuasive that an ...
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Can I say “I am five nine tall”?

Without using the word "tall", we can say "I am five nine". Can I say "I am five nine tall" as well, or do I have to say "I am five feet nine inches tall" if I'm using the word "tall"?
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briefly + ver or verb+briefly

I read many examples in English about using the word briefly. However, I found that all the examples, that I read, used verb + briefly. My question is can I use it as briefly + verb. For example, ...
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the incorporation or incorporating

How I could say that my paragraph discusses something in a correct English sentence. This paragraph discusses the incorporating method A in the B context. or This paragraph discusses the ...
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Can I use the word each twice in my sentence

I have a mixture of two subjects. I can call each of them as a mixture component. I would like to store each mixture component in its own matrix. From my old question here, I may write my sentence ...
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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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Is it OK to use multiple verbs separated by coma that lie between a common subject and object?

I am writting a recommendation letter for one of my employees in support of his application for graduate school in Canada and English is not my native language obviously. Is it grammatically OK just ...
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development in accuracy or to accuracy

I wonder which one is correct: A introduces further developments in the accuracy of the model. or A introduces further developments to the accuracy of the model.
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How to explain repeating words for different subjects

Suppose I have numbers, letters and names. Suppose further that I would like to store them in matrices, a matrix for each. Then, how could I explain this in a correct English sentence? The numbers, ...