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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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Can We Use Modal Verbs Could / would for future events?

Can We Use Modal Verbs for future events? My examples are as follows, Could: Can you tell me how could we recover this amount from him in the next month? Would: Can you tell me would it be ...
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Which noun does “usual and natural” modify?

Why be afraid of savage dogs if you can’t be sure they want to hurt you? Just because they’re barking and baring their teeth and running towards you doesn’t mean they’ll definitely bite. And even ...
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Difference between 'should have and should have been'

Eg. First one is: The room should have cleaned. And the second one is: The room should have been cleaned. What is the difference in terms of their meaning?
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Use of “could” for future event

Can we use "could" to express future events? How could we recover this much amount from him in future, if he will not earned any income? How we could manage our time for tomorrow's program? Without ...
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“Placed second” or “was placed second” BrE/AmE?

The Bears' 2V8 placed second in its repechage in a close race to earn a spot in the A/B semifinals. (source) This is a line from a Brown University sports team about a race. The Oxford Dictionaries, ...
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What are Could / Can in future Tense?

Can we use Could to express future tense? instated of Will/would? e.g. a) How we could change our plan tomorrow? b) How we could recover our bill from him tomorrow?
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Is it wrong/illogical to say … twisted open the door?"

Example sentence: I twisted open the door. Some people argue that you can't twist a door. You twist a doorknob. However, some people have used this construction. What's the real answer? Or there ...
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Using verb 'quantify' to express numeric result

How would it be correct to use the verb 'quantify' followed by the result of something being quantified? For example: My passion for learning can be quantified to/in five years of education
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Using the passive with the names

I would like to say that I have a new matrix and I called it "Function matrix". I would like to express my sentence in a good way. Here is my try: The result of the functions are stored in a new ...
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Order in the sentence

I would like others to tell me which sentence is written correctly. One of my friends took me this photo. One of my friends took this photo of me. Thank you!
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The grammatical role of “rich” in the following sentence

What is the grammatical role of "rich" in the following sentence and what does mean it? (also why it uses the comma?) In the Pacific Northwest, the high level of precipitation ensures rich, green ...
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Which sentence is correct grammar

A little background info, one of my favorite bands is doing a world tour next year. I live on the East Coast and all their concerts on the East Coast are in July, August and September. I am going to ...
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Can I use “therefore” at the middle of the sentence

Can I use therefore at the middle of my sentence? For example: Method A requires difficult computation. In addition, method B can only be applied to a bivariate case. Method C, therefore, and unlike ...
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What does it mean that “The hardline bullies in her party have been shown up for the reckless obsessives they are”?

The sentence above is from the article of Economist(link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/12/13/the-real-lesson-from-theresa-mays-bruising-week). I have a problem reading that sentence, ...
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“When applying on” or “applying to”

I have a method which I need to test its performance for real data set. Is it correct to say: This part of the chapter aims to test the performance of the method A *when applying on* the real ...
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Why always we use present verb after “in aim to”, “in order to”, and “in hope to”

During my learning, I always read that after in order to, in aims to or in hopes to we need to use present verb (I meant a verb without "s", e.g., selects or improves, and without "verb+ing"). However,...
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To do to have something done … what is the difference?

A seven year-old Indian girl has complained to the police to have her father arrested after he failed to build a toilet in their home as promised. Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/...
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how to join to different things (someting.. from and something for ) with and.

I would like to learn how can I join two different pharse with the word and in accorect way. The new method shows how to estimate the given model and how to simulate from a given model It is not ...
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how to express a sentence with is +verb+ing

I would like to express my sentence using is +verb+ing however, I feel the grammar is wrong. The one main advantagae of using model A is allowing specifying different marginal distribution for each ...
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can I use “the” as many as needed in one sentence

I always try to understan when I can use the word "the" and when I cannot. As I understand, I must not use it many times in one sentence. However, sometimes I read that it is Ok. I really would like ...
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How to write a good long sentence with different phrases [closed]

I would like to write a sentence which includes some reasons. In my study, I extend a method to a new one. I would like to say that I extend the first one which does something to a new one which ...
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“On the other hand” vs. “On the other side”

Consider this scenario: There are two phases A and B (e.g water on one side and oil on the other side). I wrote: Compared with the neat IL/water, the amount of water increased from 0.2 to about ...
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'Where's the guy that told I am an idiot' vs “Where's the guy who told I am an idiot” usage. [closed]

I was said that the 'Where's the guy that told I am an idiot' is correct.
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How to use “as” with “or” in one sentence

I would like to express two different points in one sentence using "as" and "or". In my area of study, we have an independent case, that is the two variables are independent. I built a new method, ...
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How to construct complex sentence (with reasons) using neither and nor.

I would like to write a complex sentence using neither and nor. For example: This method is neither fast, as it requires long times to give the result, nor simple as it requires three main ...
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I was admitted in Mathematics

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I was admitted in Mathematics. I am confused about the preposition.
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Best position for an adverb in a sentence

Consider the following sentences: I currently work as a soccer coach and have helped a number of players to considerably improve their technique. or I currently work as a soccer coach and have ...
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How can I use lean times?

You would have lean times unless you study more. Is it awkward? I wanna say that you should study more.
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Which one is correct: “Introduction on” or “Introduction to” or “introduction about”

I always try to use "introduction" however, I just afraid that I cannot use it in a correct way. For example, I would like to say that this section introduces a short background about something: ...
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“They are blindly optimistic to say the season is over.”

They are blindly optimistic to say the season is over. This is a line I am writing. I am trying to say It is blindly optimistic of them to say the season is over. Do the two sentences mean the ...
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Use of Infinitive

I am reading uses of infinitive from a grammar book and two sentences are written in it, that are He started weeping seeing his father. (x) And He started weeping to see his father. (✓) ...
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Should I choose “I already belong to a museum” or “I belong to a museum already”?

Is this sentence grammatical and semantic correct? I feel like I already belong to a museum! or I feel like I belong to a museum already! or it should be something completely different?
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Isn't that the place which kids under twelve can't enter?

should "where" be used instead of "which"? the sentence should be "Isn't that the place where kids under twelve can't enter?" as where is the object pronoun to replace enter"the place", using "which" ...
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“For such requests/questions” or “In such requests/questions”?

In/for such requests, you should make the details clear. It gave me a pause to choose between the two prepositions. Which one should be used? Does it have to do with the noun in the phrase? What ...
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Something wrong in “What will this course help you to?”

I have been told by an English teacher that after the sentence "This course will help me to be more relaxed and patient" the following sentence is inadequate "What will this course help you ...
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Conditional sentence in simple past

Me and my friend decided to meet at school but on last movement he changed the plan. But I went their on time and surprisingly met another friend. After he left my formar friend arrived. How would I ...
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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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How to use “and” in this case

I would like to use and with my following sentence but I feel my structure is wrong. We used lower and upper tails dependency shapes and positive and negative dependency shapes. How can I use and ...
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joint two sentences with “which” and “will”

This method suffers from high computation difficulty. The high-computation difficulty will require high efforts. I would like to join them in one sentence using which and will: My try: This ...
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The use of “be” in future tense in this sentence

I would like to visit NY in future if you are also there. Is this a correct sentence? I am concerned about the "are" part.
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“I made a request for a letter be sent to you” or “I made a request for a letter to be sent to you”?

I am more familiar with using the verb form of request with the imperative, e.g.: I requested that a letter be sent to you. How should I phrase a sentence with the same meaning with the noun? I ...
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Not only… but also

I would like others to tell me if this sentence is correct. I don't know if I should use we before met. We not only studied but also met, laughed and became friends. Thank you!
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Are you having a lecture now?

Is it okay to ask: Are you are having a lecture now?' Or: Are you at lecture now? would that be more correct?
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15 businesses you can start FOR cheap

15 businesses you can start FOR cheap. I know this by context BUT if there is a chance when I have to use FOR that way, I am not sure I can do that. If I'm correct the sentence means: 15 businesses ...
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Position of more than one prepositions in sentence

I am a bit confused that how to place the preposition "for". I took some apples for you from India. I took some apples from India for you. The placement of "for you" is correct in which ...
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Safe and sound usage

I am wondering if a phrase "safe and sound" is used or at least can be used when it isn't referring to person. For example sentences They will do anything to keep their bonuses safe and sound! ...
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“Why not do it” vs “why not to do it”

The following sentence came up and started a discussion between me and a friend over the grammar and the use of the word to: Now that the weather is frightful, why not (to) spend the time indoors ...
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Order of an object and the name of that object [closed]

Let's imagine there is an object named "Country", and it is stored in the database table named Countries. In terms of English grammar, what is the right position of Country/Countries - before the ...
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What is wrong with 'is + past participle'?

Grammarly is showing me a warning, Passive voice misused for the sentence : She is taught by John What is wrong with this sentence?
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“Rich” or “Well off”: Which is more common in the USA?

I saw in a dictionary this expression: well off is like: rich My question is: is it more common to use "well off" or "rich" in the USA? Example: they must be well off to buy a house there or ...