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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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Call somebody over VS Call over somebody

As far as I know, the structures "call somebody over" and "call somebody over somewhere" are correct. How about "call over somebody" and "call over somebody somewhere"? Can we use these too? For ...
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Using discriminates with/without against

I am not sure if discriminate should always followed by against? Example: .. and discriminates against its users in terms of .. Or, .. and discriminates its users in terms of ..
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When to use “on” vs. “in”

Not sure which one is correct: On our scenario .. Or, In our scenario ..
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“Who” or “Whom”?

Please have a look on the following examples: 1-1- Who does he look like? 1-2- Who does he resemble? 1-3- Whom does he look like? 1-4- Whom does he resemble? As far as I know, for “he”’ ...
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When you distress someone by your words and want to apologize him/her

Imagine in a meeting, you say something upsetting to a friend who did not expect it from you in a social setting! After the meeting you take the person aside and talk to him / her in private and want ...
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When you are going to make clear that who you were just talking about was someone else and not the person you are talking to

How naturally shall one indicate that who I was talking about / who I mentioned ... was someone else and not you (the listener)? I have made some examples and have no any idea if they work properly ...
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Verb without “be” in sentence

Are the below sentences are incomplete? a) Police arrested the person who killed his brother. It is unable to understand without context that killing referring to past or present. That is, would ...
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when I meet a friend who is a foreigner and come to my country. I ask him: “who have u come with?”

when I meet a friend who is a foreigner and come to my country. I wanna ask him "who have u come with?" does this sound natural?
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Instantaneous insanity

Imagine a murderer who has been arrested and imprisoned recenly and he has been tried in the court several times! The judging team members, have reached to an agreement on his case and unanimously ...
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Tenses past ind. Past perfect

Which one us correct? Jane studied the lawyer's face carefully before she answered him. Jane had studied the lawyer's face carefully before she answered him.
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How to identify an adjective or the past tense in English?

A history sheeter convicted in 2013 for raping a five-year-old girl in the neighbourhood, was released in 2018 early for good behaviour in jail. I have below questions about this sentence, ...
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Is it correct to say A (which is made up of X+Y+Z) includes a wide range of X, such as m, n, o, p, etc.?

I am facing a technical problem with the following idea. According to many dictionaries, the word "include", when used, must not precede a complete list. In my case, I have a "thing" called Support ...
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Clauses, same structure but different results

What he did to the company to cause employees to resign is unforgivable. In this sentence , i bolded the noun clause, and the entire sentence is considered correct with clear meaning. He made a ...
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Past Tense Vs Passive Voice

Que : Why are you late ? Ans a) : I was stuck in traffic. Ans b) : I stuck in traffic. Which sentence should I use ? Simple past tense or Passive voice? I want to refer past event and both ...
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Native speaker's saying for “move up and down” in this context

To operate a hand pump of water one has to move the handle (lever) up and down. As a basic learner I would say: Jack, move the handle up and down to get water. Do native speakers use any short ...
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Different ways of saying “ I am not following the conversation” when someone is speaking and ask you a question but you are absent minded? [closed]

The following options cone to my mind 1. Sorry, I am not following you. 2. Sorry, I did not get that. 3. I am sorry, can you repeat that? 4.Say that again! Please advise for more options, ...
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When you are going forward from among a crowd

Please imagine a big number of journalists have swarmed to the location in which a renowned politician is going to give a speech! An independent journalist has fallen behind and is going to elbow his ...
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Can we schedule it (a call) for 15:30? [closed]

I got an email with the following content: I'm available next Tuesday evening if that works for you. And I want to reply with: Yes, can we schedule it for 15:30? But I'm not sure if the ...
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How do I say “for + there be” correctly?

I want to say This method is only used for there is no real error code. I think "for" always links "doing", so this sentence is grammatically wrong. Or maybe I could say, This method is only ...
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What is the significance of “with” in this context:

To get over---- to overcome an unpleasant situation. An example in Cambridge dictionary: I'll be glad to get these exams over with. What if I would omit the 'with'? Would it change the meaning? ...
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All of the queries vs all the queries that you may have

Let's say you are an appointment setter. Then you said (from your company's script) this line to your potential client. "Hello, I'm gonna ask you only 3 questions to verify the information that we ...
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Depend Vs. Become / get dependent

Please imagine a girl that has recently gone through some emotional problems which occured between she and her boyfriend; they are about to break up now, but they have not cut ties yet! The girl feels ...
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“Had I better go (or gone) with you?” — which verb to use there?

I just came across the following sentence (which can be found here); Had I better go with you? I think, that is correct; I just don't know what the context/meaning would be! Amazingly, Google-...
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To depend sb on oneself

Please suppose a girl that has a compassionate friend who is older that she! The friend knows the girl well! Due to some problems the friend feels that her friend is getting emotionally very ...
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This is being to + infinitive (the reason)

Original sentence. a) The reason being that you will be free from extra shipping for the transfer. Can we reconstruct the sentence as, b) This is being to make you free from extra shipping for ...
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Which is the correct one “You idiot” OR “you're an idiot”

"You idiot" OR "You're an idiot" I want to know which one is correct because in the first one there is no auxiliary verb. As I know if I wanted to say that someone is like someone/thing I'll say "...
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The same to you or likewise

Imagine when it comes to say goodbye, someone says: -Have a good day. In order to indicate the message: "the same to you", would it sound idiomatic to answer -Likewise. The word "Likewise" is an ...
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Proper way to express “He disappeared them”

While watching an early episode of the TV show, "The Blacklist," one of the characters used the phrase: We got the list of the people he disappeared. I'm sure they meant the people the bad guy ...
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Interpreting “a close contact between A and B as well as C”

Just saw a sentence like this. It's confusing. When saying: There is close contact between A and B as well as C does that means: A is close to C, and B is close to C A and B (as a whole) are ...
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Is this “being” usage is essential?

I generally see and have a difficulty in understanding of usages "as" and "being". The question is about the latter. When I was glancing at Oxford's learner dictionary for the meaning of masochistic, ...
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using “do not do so”

Is this sentence structure is correct? We count the number of members that meet the criteria while their peers do not do so Will using the following sentence instead provides the same meaning? ...
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“5 weeks time span” or “5 week time span”

Q1: Which one is correct? We executed two experiments over 5 weeks time span OR, We executed two experiments over 5 week time span Q2: is it ok to write time span as two words? Q3: is it ok ...
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Using Past tense of verb to know current status

After the completion of my lecture, can I say the sentence below? a) I hope you learned something today from my speech. or should I say, b) I hope you have learned something today from my ...
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Describing quantity: “code-length less than # lines” or “less than # lines code-length”

Which one is correct? code-length less than # lines Or less than # lines code-length Also, Should I write 'code-length' (with hyphen) or as separate words 'code length'?
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Plural or singular after “either x or y object”

Which one is correct? Either in the first or second version Or, Either in the first or second versions
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Using articles with brand names

One example: One student has reported that Safari web browser .. The brand Safari is mentioned for the first time in the text. Another case: We store the data using Oracle database Shall I ...
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apologies vs apology

How to define when a single apology or apologies are to be used in the case of a singular personal mistake? Is using my sincere apologies valid if there are multiple recipients or if you want to ...
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on comparisons: “Higher than that in y” vs “Higher than y”

I have doubts which statement is correct. I have two datasets, both have x and y. I measure variations between x and y from several aspects (aa, b, c, etc.) in both datasets and I want to compare the ...
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You are going the wrong way / on the wrong way

You are going the wrong way. You are going on the wrong way. As a learner I commonly use the second one to remind someone who has taken the wrong road to get to his destination. But today I came ...
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Does “I like sports especially playing badminton.” sound natural?

I like sports especially playing badminton. I like sports especially like playing badminton. I'm fond of sports and especially like playing badminton. Which one is correct and sounds more ...
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That light is bothering my eyes

If the light is turned on, and a person is trying to sleep,he asks the other person to turn off the light. Will it be natural to use: That light is bothering my eyes. Is there a more natural way ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...