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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 I explain a process of something in sentences without using “I”?

I am creating a portfolio of design works, which illustrates how each project is made from start to finish. On each project's pages, there are graphic to guide people to read from left to right with a ...
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What should be the reply to “Where are you put up?” or “Where do you put up?”. Do they both have same meaning?

Someone recently asked me "Where are you put up?". I assumed that she was asking me about my place of residence. Is this the correct way to ask someone where they are staying. Are there any other ways ...
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Verbs that can have the subject right after them

I saw this phrase: "to look the horse in the mouth" and remembered that there are many more such phrases out there. What are such constructions called and how do they function?
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Can “of our students” be omitted in the second sentence? Why can it be omitted?

We found that only fifteen percent of our students exercise every day. Forty-five percent exercise four to six times a week. Twenty percent exercise only one to three times a week.
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Help to understand: “render to Caeser that which is Caeser so …”

"She took my life away, like my very own life," Allison said of the officer. "She has to face whatever the law says. The very Bible says to render to Caeser that which is Caeser so if Ceaser says to ...
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What's the weight of this cabbage

I knew we usually say how much weight of, but I am wondering if I can say what is the weight of, as I came across some sentences like what's area of. why do we need collocate what with area rather ...
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As soon as vs. Just as or immediately after

Today I mailed notes to one of my classmates. Under the subject I typed " Reply immediately after receiving". But the thing is, I am a bit skeptical about the grammar of the sentence which I always ...
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get with past participle

Let's get started! In this sentence "get started" means that "to begin or start".But as far as I know "get + v-ing" has that meaning too .Such as in the following examples : We have to get moving ...
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No sooner - than construction

No sooner had I spoken than I wished I kept my mouth shut. How is it explained that "than" is used alone and without any other words and why "than" in the first place? As a side question, how to use ...
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Help to understand: “the hearing wound down to tell her” in this context

Sen. Kamala Harris put Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on edge with a surprise question at his confirmation hearing on whether he spoke with anyone about the investigation into Russian election ...
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How to understand “before her Sept. 14” in this context?

On Wednesday, Judge Dow ordered Badway to tell clients, who were not in court, that they must appear before her Sept. 14 after giving sworn depositions on what happened to the money at Badway's law ...
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To be vs. Being [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two sentences? I like being a Doctor. I like to be a Doctor. For instance I am a a Doctor by profession. And if someone asks me if I like my profession? Then ...
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Can I use a comma between “so «adjective»” and “that «clause»”?

Now I am writing a scientific paper, and I want to write a sentence as follows: A has a chemical composition so similar to that of B that it also has a high potential. As you can see, the first '...
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Sentence constructon question \ Incorporate

I looked up the definition for "incorporate" and stumbled across this sentence from the ODO, which is not how I would have used it. incorporate verb [with object] 1 Take in or contain (...
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Making someone tired vs. Tiring someone out

What is the exact difference between Making someone tired Getting someone tired Having someone tired Tiring someone out 1,2, and 3 are used when you are doing something to or on someone against ...
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With this occasion [closed]

I'm attempting a direct translation from my native language to English, because I can't think of the English form at the moment. I'm trying to say "because of this day, I would like to do something..."...
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Different between two sentence [closed]

What is different between this two sentences? Rich American do not hurt this trade war but only ordinary American. Rich American are not hurt this trade war but only ordinary American.
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Joining dependent clauses

The angry driver pulled alongside the cyclist, hands sweating at the wheel. The angry driver pulled alongside the cyclist with his hands sweating at the wheel. Can the first example stand as ...
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Is this a dependent or independent clause?

Sally told her friend that because she smelled bad, she no longer wished to be friends with her. This sentence from a previous question says the clause after the comma is dependent. Why?
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Is my understanding of “the one-time starting quarterback and heir apparent to Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl 50 offense” correct?

The Broncos parted ways with former first-round pick Paxton Lynch on Sunday, cutting the one-time starting quarterback and heir apparent to Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl 50 offense as they trim their ...
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I am almost to London. This sentence is correct?

If I want to tell someone that I am almost to a specific location, What should I say ?
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Struggling to convey the intended meaning of my sentence. “Threat fueled by” vs “Threat of unrest fueled by”

First, I need to say that the main sentence comes after a sentence like as this: Authorities were afraid of a post-war social upheaval. Writing this to stress that I already said "post-war". Here is ...
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How to determine, the verb I have chosen for making a sentence, that is transitive or intransitive?

A lot of transitive and intransitive verbs out there but I want to know, Is there any rule? that can help us to determine it.
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Combining two things

We are able to combine two things when two things happen at the same time .Like in this example She is in the kitchen and she is making coffee. to She is in the kitchen making coffee. What about ...
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Are the commas in “The confusing unmatched bracket, and the fact that it is…” incorrect?

Are the commas in this sentence correct, and the comma before 'and'? Is this not a dependent clause followed by an independent clause thus no comma. If you look at it as extra information within ...
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“To be appalled” vs. “Who feel appalled”

Today while reading a news regarding Serena Williams' cat suit ban, I came across this sentence: We aren't the only ones to be completely appalled at the news of the cat suit ban. I am confused ...
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This sentence is a paradox to me. Is it correct? [closed]

This story is like a paradox in itself, revolves around the concepts of life and death, freedom and obligation; concludes with a final metaphor ”being locked inside a little box with no way out.” I ...
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How to write this without any confusion? How do I refer 'he' to someone?

I was writing a title in which, I need to mention two men and a woman. But the context made me think twice. I am finding an unambiguous way to tell it in the Title. Nick told Arnold's girlfriend ...
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It is + adjective + doing

It is no use crying. It is expensive running this car. It is a waste of time doing this. Why we have this pattern of sentence construction? I more often meet with some sentences have ...
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I been patiently waiting ! Where is have?

Explain me please, why there is no auxiliary verb "have" in this sentence : I been patiently waiting ?
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What is the passive voice of “The noise attracted us.”

Voice change of the sentence The noise attracted us. Should it be We were attracted by the noise or We were attracted to the noise.
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A complete sentence + a period + Not + another period

I read several sentences in different positions that have this structure: (A complete sentence. Not.) which is said when someone wants to praise a person s/he hates, but in the same time doesn't want ...
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Does the sentence sound “I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things” natural?

I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things. As pointed out by @Tᴚoɯɐuo in this thread, the part "with a bit pessimistic views of things" doesn't look idiomatic. I am an introvert, ...
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cooled or cool usage

I saw a sentence labeled on a packaging, saying Do not reheat once cooled. I am wondering why here they used cooled rather than cool. and in turn, another question that can we say eat (serve) cool (...
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How to ask a wondering question to make a listener deduce the answer

How can someone ask a wondering question to make a listener deduce the answer? Here are a couple of examples to demonstrate what I mean: A: Is he sad because he lost 1 Bitcoin? B: He was ...
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How to be specific when saying “every full hour”

Say that the doors will open only at 9 o'clock, 10 o'clock, 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock etc. How do I phrase the following sentence correctly? Make sure to be there every full hour. Is the word "full" ...
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How to apologize

"I apologize for not have spoken to you in person yet." "I apologize for not speaking to you in person yet." Basically, I’m trying to say: "I’m sorry I haven't had the time to speak to you ...
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During/over a period of time

Will you be home over the summer vacation? Will you be home during the summer vacation? Over a period of ten years he stole a million pounds from the company. During a period of ten ...
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Is the structure/construction of the sentence wrong? What can I tweak to correct the sentence?

This does not sound right. As the war progressed, the federal government came under immense pressure to establish a national system of labour offices, prompted by concerns over the shortage of ...
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Can I make a sentence with “impressive of”?

Is the word "impressive of" an appropriate preposition? Do you think the sentence is correct: The museum is impressive of its design. Can I make a sentence this way or correct me please.
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I want a word like “Assure” but on the other way around

When someone says: Prepare (by wearing nice clothes) for tonight's date. Over and over again, whenever that person sees you, he tells you that, not to annoy, harras, or bully you, but to make sure ...
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There + verb , is it grammatical?

There didn't exist computers. Will there happen similar events in the future? Are these sentences grammatical or is my mind making stuff up? I haven't been able to find much on the net.
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What is the word that means “not saying anything bad in any way about someone”?

I have this sentence where I used the word infringement, and I think I'm exaggerating things a bit by choosing it. Moreover, I want it to mean: not saying anything bad in any way about someone, not ...
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Every schoolday or every schooldays?

Let's say you are being asked what is your schedule in school as a student. And you say: "My class starts at 8am and it ends at 5pm, they are fixed every schoolday or schooldays" I am talking ...
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Sentence improvement question: which is the right answer?

By the time tomorrow, I (will reach) my home. will be reaching shall have reached can reach no improvement What would be the appropriate answer, i think it should be 2
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If I say “My message is: you should always speak your mind.”, and say another sentence after the period, will that sentence be part of my message too?

For example: My message is: If you want to approach someone, listen to your gut and do it. Nice people are truly hard to find and it is always worth a while to spend 5 minutes talking to them and ...
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Sentence construction Using Took and Had Taken

Which statement construction is correct? a) He did not provide her service even though he had taken Rs 500 from her as an advance. b) He did not provide her service even though he took Rs 500 ...
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Reduction of adjective clauses

We reduce the adjective clauses to adjective phrases when the adjective pronoun is a subject pronoun right ? we can not reduce it when it is an object pronoun . Here is my question: we reduce this ...
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Specifying the auxiliary verb before and after the coordinating conjunction

Are the following two sentences identical? It has given me real satisfaction and motivated me to perform my duties toward mankind. And It has given me real satisfaction and has motivated me to ...
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Sentence construction using went, did go and had gone

Which one sentence is correct to say? Please explain the situation where I can use below sentences. a) Where you went, I have been looking for you. b) Where you had gone, I have been looking for you....