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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't adjuncts be placed between verbs and their direct objects?

Andre ate greedily all the biscuits. (English Syntax and Argumentation, Bas Aarts) Bas Aarts says the sentence is ungrammatical because the adjunct takes a position between the verb and its direct ...
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How can I make this sentence better?

The following sentence will go into a technical article and I wanted to know how to write the following sentence in a better form: Results are shown when the region localization constraint is ...
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Is the SVOMPT word order necessary in creating a sentence?

I learned the English word order SVOMPT (Subject, Verb, Objects, Manner, Place, Time) rule at school. Although it was a quite straightforward rule when I was studying, now (under more influence from ...
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Is “into the house” an objective complement, or an adverbial phrase?

Spencer doesn't let the cat into the house. Is "into the house" an objective complement, or an adverbial phrase?
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“as such” or “therefore”

Additional calculations suggest that teacher effects on college going and wages may be as much as three times larger than that predicted based on test scores alone. As such, more than half of teachers ...
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Can I use “here” as depicted in the question?

I can write a simple sentence such as: A hotel is there in the middle of the Thor desert in India. Slightly rearranging I can write: There is a hotel in the middle of the Thor desert in India. ...
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Can adjuncts be put between a verb and its complement?

I think he knows more or less everything that goes on here, you know. (Harry Potter) I’ve heard, in English, adjuncts cannot be put between verbs and their complements. For instance: *I think he ...
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Turn “Notify the persons before 30 days” into a question

I have the following sentence. Notify the persons before 30 days How can I create a question for this sentence? Before how many days the persons should be notified? Am I correct? To make the ...
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Constructing sentences with “both”

A1. I was both unhappy with your work and your time keeping. A2. I was unhappy with both your work and your time keeping. B1. We were both unhappy with your work and your time keeping. ...
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Which of the questions is correct? [closed]

I have given my view why I think each of them may be correct. 1) Why is the young Joe right handed but the old Joe left handed? In example 1, I think there is no need to add "is" two times ie."...
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“a comparison between A and B” or “a comparison of A and B”?

When I have to compare two things A and B, can I say "a comparison between A and B" or "a comparison of A and B". Which is best ?
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When converting a statement to a question, where in the sentence should I put “to be”?

For example, take a statement like this: You have no idea what the thing is. If we ask it as a question, where should the is go? 1) Have you any idea what the thing is? 2) Have you any ...
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Is “rain is falling” entirely wrong?

I thought it was a custom in English to write "it is raining" instead of "rain is falling". Still I don't know why the second construction is wrong. Yet I found a song called Rain is Falling, so I'm ...
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Choosing between “who have” or “with”

Which of the following sentences is correct (if any)?: 1) a man with a green card can enter. 2) men with green card can enter. 3) men with green cards can enter. 4) All men who have ...
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“me [gerund]” or “my [gerund]” at the beginning of sentences?

A.1 The lions reacted to my singing. A.2 The lions reacted to me singing. B.1 My singing alarmed the lions. B.2 Me singing alarmed the lions. As far as I know, both A.1 and A.2 are ...
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Need help with expressions like “It is going to be like this…”

Consider this expression: If you don't make an effort for this, It is going to be very difficult Instead of the expression "it is going be difficult", I want to elaborate what the repercussions ...
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Understanding “still” and “yet” usage

A1. I still can't speak English. A2. I can't speak English yet. B1. *I yet can't speak English. B2. *I can't speak English still. As far as I know, A1 and A2 are acceptable English. ...
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“I can make myself 'understood'/'understand'/'understandable'”

I don't speak acceptable English, but I can make myself understood. I don't speak acceptable English, but I can make myself understand. I don't speak acceptable English, but I can make myself ...