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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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understanding this sentence?

Sometimes while reading a sentence I fail to understand what something is refering to for example - A cue tone is a message consisting of audio tones, used to prompt an action. which 'thing' is ...
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what is the format of writing two Questions after a colon?

I have the following: The project answered two very important questions: How does Ontario's mineral tax rate compare with those of other provinces and territories? And, what are the reasons, if any,...
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Question about a confusing sentence structure

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. (Context: "It" is a laden mattress that carries the dead body of Gastsby ...
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Is “add fourteen days and subtract two years to and from the current datetime” correct?

I have the following sentence: We add fourteen days and subtract two years to and from the current datetime. I am not sure about the to and from part. How can this sentence be rephrased if not ...
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Is using this 'ing' word after the comma correct? Why?

Could someone please explain why or why not this type of sentence is correct? The man bent down, his shirt crinkling. If it is correct, would removing the word 'his' after the comma change that? ...
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“Either way” in a sentence

It's fine either way. Either way is fine. I am fine (with) either way. Are all these constructions usable?
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Different verb foms in “not only … but also”

As far as I know, words following both parts of this conjunction (not only and but also) should belong to the same parts of speech. For example, if a verb follows "not only" , then a verb should also ...
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Incomplete “able to” in next sentence

Consider the following two sentences (from this SO answer): So the fact that you can now reference pygame.display is an accident of implementation details. You may not be able to in future ...
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“Take wrong”, “take away wrong” and “get wrong” [closed]

Imagine there is a conversation between two people, where while the speaker has been talking in an ambiguous way, thye notice that the second person is getting upset. In order to prevent the other ...
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“That was to become a pattern for every new instructor I was to meet”

I am writing a passage: Every new instructor would ask about my hobbies. That was to become a pattern for every new instructor I was to have/meet. For some reason I am feeling a bit uncertain ...
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“I forgot” + “to be” in question form. Which one is correct? [on hold]

I don't know which one of the next sentences are correct. Please, help me to find out. I also will be appreciated if you'll explain which rules we use here. Where I should to put the "is"? A) I ...
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Cleanness and Dirtiness

Dirtiness: the state of being dirty Example: - I don't mind a little bit of a mess - it's dirtiness I can't stand. Cleanness: how something is clean I need to know if using these two words ...
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To go (on / to) a mission

First scenario: Please imagine someone's husband just left the house and he is on a mission now. The woman's sister comes to her and asks where is her husband? What should she say then? Would it ...
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“How many people in the world” or “How many people are in the world”?

(a) How many people in the world? (b) How many people are in the world? Do we have to put 'are' or not? Also, will we answer like a) or b)? (a) Many people are in the world. (b) Many people ...
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The best way to enjoy a fine wine is slowly - Help parse the sentence

Can you please help me parse this sentence: The best way to enjoy a fine wine is slowly. Please explain the structure of the sentence. I am mostly having trouble with slowly after is.
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Thank you for (spending / putting / taking) your time

I wonder if you could let me know which one of the listed sentences below is more appropriate for thanking someone when the spend some time to help you? Is there any uncommon or unidiomatic sentence ...
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Thank you for helping me (out) VS Thank you for being of help

Could you please help me to find out how the sentences below differ in meaning? Thank you for helping me. Thank you for helping me out. [It strikes me as an informal way of saying just "...
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What is the correct way to say: Collected data from acts/laws and from <ministry counterparts> via phone and email?

I am not sure how to properly put this in a sentence. While working as a policy research assistant for a provincial government ministry [e.g., Alberta Ministry of Mineral Resources], I collected data ...
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Using “in doing” instead of “while doing”

Can I use them interchangeably? If so, is there a context where one of them is more plausible than the other? 1- Choose your words wisely while speaking to him. 2- Choose your words wisely ...
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Using “the more you do” at the beginning and end of a sentence

Can I use this form? Are those sentences grammatically correct? I understand them perfectly but not sure about the grammar construction. 1- You can understand this subject better the more you read ...
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A comparison between the verbs “aid”, “help”, “assist” and “give a hand” [closed]

Having a look on dictionaries, the following sentences can be made, but I don't know whether they are natural using each verb or not. Please have a look on them and let me know whether there is a way ...
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Active voice or Passive to tell general truth

I have some confusion with below below sentences Constructions. Que : Should I use Active voice or Passive voice? a) Wisdom always comes from the most unexpected and undesirable source. (Active ...
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Used to have to meaning

I know that "used to" is used for an action that is no longer done. But I want to know if I could use "have to" with it. For example if I want to say that getting up early in the morning everyday was ...
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What do you call an emotional, sensitive person's character?

Is there any fixed term which can describe an emotional person who is very gentle, kind, sensitive, and can be easily upset? I think a construction of "gentle," "delicate," and "tender" plus "morale"...
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I would / Would I / If I would [closed]

What's the difference between the 3 sentences below, are they all correct to use ? Is the meaning the same for each one ? I would have seen it with my own eyes I still wouldn't believe it. ...
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I need to ask some details but in a gender neutral way

I want to ask a landlord if there are any special rules for bachelors and bachelorettes who wish to rent his property. Is there any way to use just one word instead of bachelors and bachelorettes? ...
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Difference Between Was taken Place & Took Place

When to use Was Taken and Took Place in Sentence? Are both the versions correct? a) The Accident was taken place in our neighborhood. b) The Accident took place in our neighborhood. for me, 1) ...
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How to inform someone when there is a “flood” or an “earthquake” in a city

How would you normally let someone know that a flood or an earthquak has happened in a specific place? I was wondering if you let me know which choice would work better in the blank below: a) Hey, ...
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which one is correct? let me know after you're testing it or let me know after you testing it?

Well I am feeling so weird about this and I just wanna ask you guys which one is true? Let me know after you're testing it. or Let me know after you testing it.
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Using the term “gone-with-the-wind” in a passive and an active sense

There is an English term gone with the wind (derived from a movie name) which as you know well, it is used to describe something that has disappeared, passed, or vanished, permanently or completely. ...
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What does this clause explain: the subject or the preceding object?

I am trying to shorten the following sentence: When the mirror is rotating at a large angle, the mirror reflects the light away from the lenses. into: The mirror diverges the light from the ...
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Minus and plus a specific temperature degree (weather)

When we are going to say the weather temperature is below 0 degrees we use X degrees below zero or minus X degrees, but what about the contrary case? For instance we would probably say something ...
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“10% off all overseas flights” in this context

An example in Cambridge dictionary: The voucher is valid between July and December and entitles you to 10% off all overseas flights. Can I put on: .....10% off on all overseas flights. I know ...
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Using “called” to modify an entire preceding sentence

Is there any possible contexts in which called (as a past participle) can be used modifying the whole preceding sentence? For example: "Some people can't recognize whether their behaviors are ...
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Using the idiom “the sky is falling down” in a hopegiving sentence

How should I use the idiom the sky is falling down when I'm going to say to someone in an understated way to that the situation is bad, but not too bad? In other words, I need to make a similar ...
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At both 25% (each)-to include or not?

On the picture shown, should I say it this way: Coal and natural gas were the highest units of electricity, which were both 25%. Or Coal and natural gas were the highest units of electricity, ...
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I thought about asking my girlfriend to marry me there

how can I correctly say: I thought about asking my girlfriend to marry me there. This sentence looks like that I thought about asking my girlfriend to marry me in someplace when I want to actually ...
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Can we use Verb Somersault without Auxiliary?

Which sentence is correct? a) The car somersaulted several times in the air. b) The car was somersaulted several times in the air. According to me "was somersaulted" Is correct use because someone ...
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Usage of the phrase “give-and-take”

In accordance with the Oxford's explanations: give-and-take - willingness in a relationship to accept what sb else wants and give up some of what you want: - If the dispute is to be resolved ...
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“In / how many percents is it smaller”?

If I have two apples, one is smaller (/bigger) than the second. What's the way to ask about the differences between them in percents? Could it be correct to say 1) "In how many percents is this ...
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Term a plea “frivolous” or term a “frivolous plea”?

I read an article in "The Hindu" which was titled as: In 2015, SC had termed ‘frivolous’ plea on Rahul’s citizenship Now, the article (source) talks about a plea filed by Rahul which was described ...
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Whether to use second or third conditional sentence

I have read about conditional sentences over here, now I have to form a conditional sentence but I am not sure whether it should be in second or third conditional sentence. Do either of the following ...
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How to say a city has a polluted air properly?

I was wondering if you could let me know which one of the following sentences is the natural way to say it: This city's weather is so polluted. (To my non-native ear, it sounds to be the most ...
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Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor

Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. Now is that a correct sentence to start with? Does that strictly mean, 'when somone is worthy, then he can hold the ...
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Something works not in we thought way

scenario: A software has a foo function. This function works well. But Someone just mis-think foo function should work in another way. So can we say: Foo function works well. It's just not what ...
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What does it mean for “a tunnel” to “feel its way”?

I read a sentence in a chapter named "The Third Level" which was: There's probably a long tunnel that nobody knows about feeling its way under the city right now on its way to Times Square and ...
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Conditional sentences - usage of “shall” in main clause

I read here that in first type of conditional sentences, simple future is used in the main clause. However, it was not clear if only will should be used or shall can also be used. For example below ...
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Confused about the type of the sentence

"He will teach me how important I am." Here 'how important I am' is the object of the verb teach. What is the type of the quoted sentence? Is it assertive or exclamatory??
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The specific verb for covering a floor surface with parquets / moquette / carpet on the ground

What is the verb used for the noun parquet and moquette and carpet in order to cover a floor surface using them? I.e. I have no idea whether you'd use them in the following ways: We have laid ...
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Let's the room be aerated

How would you normally ask someone for opening the doors/windows in a an area (like your home or an office) to let the fresh air flows in and fill the area with oxygen-rich air? How about the satate ...