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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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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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“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 ...
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Verifying a structure of a sentence [closed]

Does this sentence sound awkward? This is one of the main reasons of focusing on X during my master’s studies, among many, such as X could have a high ITR comparing to other techniques, and (X)...
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Using “help you with” in a sentence

If I'm not wrong, the sentence "I want to help you with XYZ." means, you have a problem XYZ and I am willing to help you solve that problem of yours. Right? Now, when I have certain expertise ...
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Difference bw 'has been my favorite' & 'has easily been my favorite'

I am confused about use of Has Been specially among these two sentences. If I say It has been my favorite. and It has easily been my favorite. than the meaning both sentence is changing or ...
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When to construct sentence without Is and Was?

"Those,who killed in the accident, were residents of our area" Is above sentence construction is correct? is it in Active voice? Is World killed is as adjective? If I Construct below sentence can ...
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Using or avoiding “both” in a sentence [closed]

I am confused about when to use "both" and when to avoid it in the following sentence: These scientists' research aims to understand fundamental questions and (to) find clinical applications ...
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Correct use of enlighten as to?

I'm interested in the usage of "enlighten as to", I know "enlighten as to how..." is correct but is the following usage correct as well? Her aim is to enlighten the readers as to discard the fact ...
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What kind of sentence is it called if there are no verbs in it, like this example?

'Thanks,' said Harry, picking up a packet of tiny black Pepper Imps. 'What's Hogsmeade like? Where did you go?' By the sound of it — everywhere. Dervish and Banges, the wizarding equipment shop,...
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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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Is a group of letters a sentence? [closed]

Is a group of letters a sentence? I am wondering if a group of a bunch of letters, Is a Sentence? Thank you!
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Is it correct to use “…my such thinking..”?

The following conversation took place with one of my friends while discussing about a theory. Me: I am right (about some theory). Friend: No, you are wrong. Me: (After giving it a deeper thought) ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “…this would have been equivalent to an increase from X to Y”?

I am seeking help with the construction of the part in bold. Act B replaced Act A. Act A was based on weeks, and Act B is based on hours. The entrance requirement was significantly increased [...
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“where else” word usage in a sentence (phrase)

Let's say you just expressed your annoyance to a taxi driver who happens to be texting while driving you around. What the! where else can you see a driver who has got the nerve to text while ...
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Correct sentence construction Using need and needs [closed]

Which Sentence construction is correct? a) This Excel Column needs to be at the end of the Report.. Or b) This Excel Column need to be at the end of the Report. Is it like meaning of both the ...
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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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Why using comparative adjective in this sentence?

The sentence is: Many people move to the city, because there are too few jobs for them in smaller towns. (It is a single sentence without context - taken from a 'complete the sentences' exercise) It ...
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How to describe following situation?

I and my friend came out from our class and were going to powder our noses. After reaching near to bathrooms, we found that doors of all bathrooms were closed, meaning that some students had already ...
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Not only DID he exceed/he EXCEEDED, but he HAD also drank alcohol. (Past tense)

How come sentence1 is more correct than sentence2, in terms of BETTER FIT with its relative clause? Not only DID he exceed the speed limit, but he HAD also drank alcohol. (From a website) Vs....
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How do you use complacent to say that you would have become too complacent in a hypothetical scenario?

Like the questions says, how do you use complacent in a hypothetical situation? Would you say, "I would have become more complacent if I would have gotten into NYU?"
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Please keep calm and wait for the right time until

Which of the following sentence is grammatically correct? 1. Wait for the right time until the experiments are done. 2. Wait for the right time until the experiments will be done.
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when I need to omit the rest part of infinitive,but keeping “to”

A: Are you going to watch the football match this afternoon? B1: I'd like to, but B2: I'd like, but B3: I'd like to watch, but which answer is correct? Is there any Grammar here?
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How to understand the grammar of “This is what Dumbledore sends his defender!”

"This is what Dumbledore sends his defender! A songbird and an old hat! ..." I don't understand the grammar of that sentence because it engaged two objects for the verb sends: what and his defender. ...
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Can “guidance” be in line with an “occupation”?

I am currently writing statement of purpose for my graduate studies and I find myself struggling with a particular turn of phrase. I'd like to convey (at this point in my letter in a rather abstract ...
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How can I use “How many” in a question without using helping verb?

How can I use "How many" in a question without using helping verb? Like this How many people died?
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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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Using “in” before a gerund

This is a sentence I saw on a TV program: One of the ways in which lizards differ from snakes is in having eye openings. What I am confused about is why we use "in" before "having eye openings." ...
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Difficulty in understanding a compound sentence from 'The Eye of the World'

I am not a native English speaker, a reason for which I struggle to understand the meaning of some sentences used in literature which have even slightly different structure than ordinary. I quote here ...
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Why two 'us's used in this sentence?

"Ah, if Harry Potter only know!" Dobby groaned, more tears dripping onto his ragged pillowcase. "If he knew what he means to us, to the lowly, the enslaved, us dregs of the magical world! Dobby ...
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What does “and she them” mean?

Moaning Myrtle was crying noisily in her cubicle, but they were ignoring her, and she them. I guess it just means she was ignoring them too. But I have never seen this kind of structure before. Is ...
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The sentence structure analysis

"Wretched creatures that we are! what resource for us amidst the innumerable ills of life, did not religion suggest some methods of atonement, and appease those terrors, with which we are ...
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How to know if it is on or in in each case?

I have knowledge on web technologies <> I have knowledge in web technologies I have experience on web security <> I have experience in web security What is correct in each case? Why?
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Using “They are” vs. Using “He is” multiple times

Q : Who are they? Which answer is correct in grammar? A1: They are Roy, Ryo, And Ory. A2: He is Roy, he is Ryo, and he is Ory.
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Sentence construction use of Simple Tense to tell future tense

Which one is correct to say ? 1] Dont worry I help you . 2] Don't worry I will help you .
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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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What's the grammatical structure of “all three of them periods”?

Oxford Guide to English Grammar; John Eastwood; Oxford University Press 1994-09 Page 54 2 Information in a text a In a text, old information usually comes first in the sentence and new ...
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Is the construction “a/an X so Y” correct?

I often see this construction: "Who had spread such a horrible rumor?" Or "He told her a rumor so horrible, she gasped." How about this construction: "Who had spread a rumor so horrible."? Note: I ...
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Confusion of A/AN in this sentence (or does it even need any article?)

My friend told me today the following while he was jogging on the park. We crossed each others path while jogging and he said: "Yo dude, wish you good morning!" I think his English is wrong? ...
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Position of “all” in a sentence

I'm a bit confused about the position of all in these sentences: We all will die one day We will all die one day Are they both acceptable? Is there any difference in meaning?
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“what and how” as an object in a sentence

Could you explain why one of these sentences is grammatically preferable (if any)? Would you write the sentence in another way? Our aim is to understand what and how the equipment measures ...
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Is it correct to say- “I love him and I admire him since I know him.”? [closed]

Is it correct to say- "I love him and I admire him since I know him." ?
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About “them” in “Well, Alibaba had them forty thieves”

A song in Aladdin, “A Friend Like Me” starts with this line: Well, Alibaba had them forty thieves In this line, does the word “them” function as an apposition? Does the “them” indicates the ...
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Meaning of “like a heartbeat, keepalive, or other static/monitoring system” [closed]

If I have given feedback on some product like below Me: Super useless, Description: Who will add properties here like ContentLenght, ContentType.. etc Reply: Someone who needs to send the ...
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A winner's attitude IS, says Lao Tzu, YOU… (sentence style)

In this statement: A winner's attitude is, says Lao Tzu, a philosopher, ''you have to know when to fight and when not to fight.''(I've made this up) For me it sounds a bit weird to sepearate the ''...