Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

483 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
3answers
283 views

What do you think has happened with her?

Is it a correct sentence: What do you think has happened with her? it looks like both parts - "you think" and "has happened" require the same word - "what" but here is only one "what". If we give ...
3
votes
3answers
155 views

“After being several episodes in” vs. “several episodes in”?

Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? At first I thought that show was a cheap rip off of Friends, but several episodes in I started liking it. At first I thought that show was ...
3
votes
2answers
293 views

Reducing adverb clauses

Here's a sentence from a textbook Before I left home, I promised my parents that I would return. According to the given instruction, I'm suppose to rephrase it into a participial sentence. One ...
3
votes
1answer
86 views

I wanted to do something but have forgotten

I wanted to do something but have forgotten. Is this sentence valid? Can I use the past simple with the present perfect in this case? As another example: I have wanted to buy something but have ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

What is the function of “of” in “of her immortal sisters” and “that of Roy Bhaskar”?

There are two long sentences here, I quoted from different books. If you paint the same face, and set a winged rose or a rose of gold somewhere about her, one's thoughts are of her immortal sisters,...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
2
votes
1answer
26 views

using the simple past in the present tense

In the sentence given below It is quite apparent that the Narendra Modi government did not want the language issue to acquire disproportionate importance at a time when it is embarking on its ...
2
votes
1answer
24 views

When doing / while doing

I am a little confused about using "when v-ing" and "while v-ing". When should I use "when v-ing" instead of "while v-ing" ? 1- Always keep some change with you. It’s useful when buying a bus ...
2
votes
1answer
32 views

Fill out the form

I filled out the form that only required patients name and patients room number Is this sentence correct? I understand that in American English people use fill out the form instead of fill in the ...
2
votes
2answers
52 views

Transformation of sentence from compound to complex

I tried but bit confused in applying the rules to transform the following sentences from compound to complex. GIVE ME MONEY AND I SHALL SPEND IT. WORK HARD AND YOU WILL SUCCEED.
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Has he come yet or hasn't he come yet?

To get the meaning ' Hasn't he come until now ?' what should I ask 'Has he come yet ?or Hasn't he come yet?'
2
votes
1answer
48 views

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."?
2
votes
1answer
87 views

“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 ...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
37 views

Using will and would to talk about future

a) Ok sir, I will send you that file tomorrow. (Definitely) b) Ok Sir, I would send you that file tomorrow. (Probably) In above sentences can we use Will interchangeably and imagine the meaning ...
2
votes
2answers
50 views

How to count consciousness?

I'm afraid I'm talking about my favourite topic, consciousness, wrong. Can you please check which of these cases of my trying to use the word on Reddit are correct? "Quantum wave form collapses ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

Past-participles Grammar in use

Can I say so? Is it right in terms of grammar? it was wrong to meet him without having had talked before I know for sure that it's correct to say: without having talked but I mean exactly ...
2
votes
1answer
315 views

interrogative and affirmative sentence constructions

Say we have the following sentence : The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held. Is it grammatically correct to place "is" where it's placed in the sentence, ...
2
votes
1answer
465 views

Where to place are/is in question sentences?

I can't tell where I need to put the verb are/is in question sentences. For example: Do you know how many feet are in one mile? It sounds completely odd to my ears but I know it's right. I'd ...
2
votes
1answer
412 views

Is “wish/if only + I/we + would ” possible?

https://taylorenglish.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/wish-if-only-form-function-and-meaning-present-and-past-usage/ From this site, I have read that the first person singular or plural pronoun cannot ...
2
votes
3answers
630 views

I'd like to know the answer (what is “to know the answer”)

In the sentence: I would like to know the answer. What is "to know the answer" here? Is it a participle functioning as an object, a verbal modifying like, an infinitive functioning as an object ...
2
votes
1answer
817 views

How to properly write down an enumeration? No consensus in the literature

I doubt what is a proper, and suitable for in an academic text, way to give an enumeration. I used Google to see how other people (mainly in papers) do it, but there is not a consensus. The reason ...
2
votes
1answer
6k views

'immediately before', 'right before' and 'just before'

What is the difference (if any) between immediately before, right before and just before ? What is the most suitable one to use in this sentence: The paragraph ..... before the image.
2
votes
1answer
58 views

Is it ok to say “Improved the RBT's deletion operation's implementation”?

I've had this question more than once, and that is, when I'm referring to "something which belongs to something which belongs to something else". For example, in the following phrase I'm referring to ...
2
votes
1answer
152 views

Can I say 'it will be hard for the society to make any progress'?

Ambition is indispensable for both individuals and the society. Without the ambition of pursuing success, people may feel empty and meaningless in their lives, and it will be hard for the society ...
2
votes
1answer
135 views

Natural way to use “same as” + relative clause

I'm concerned my sentence may sound awkward In many cases we want to give the same set of directories as we give to -L to -rpath when I want to say In many cases, if we want to give directories ...
2
votes
1answer
31 views

“What is the opposite word for X?” Is the sentence correct?

I always use: What is the opposite of X ? But today I came across: What is the opposite word for X ? Are the both grammatical? Thank you.
2
votes
1answer
71 views

Is “entitled” a verb or adjective or both in “She is entitled…”?

She is entitled to all luxuries in her life. What is the voice of the sentence? If it is passive, which word is the main verb in the sentence? In this sentence the word "entitled" is used as ...
2
votes
1answer
94 views

Is this sentence anastrophe?

I came across the sentence Pretty soon along came some people. However I wonder if Some people came along pretty soon. is correct. Is this sentence anastrophe?
2
votes
1answer
363 views

All was happened due to his carelessness. All happened due to his carelessness

All was happened due to his carelessness. All happened due to his carelessness. Which one is correct and why? Is first one in Passive voice? Please define it.
1
vote
1answer
28 views

How to understand “of longing the discovery of the broken mirror had occasioned” in this sentence

Then he placed the fragment on top of that morning's Daily Prophet, which lay unread on the bed, and attempted to stem the sudden upsurge of bitter memories, the stabs of regret and of longing the ...
1
vote
3answers
95 views

Which is the correct/most appropriate option out of the following?

Q: They_______the saplings before we reach home. Options: will have been planting will be planting planted will have planted I got this question in my recent FSSAI exam and I have to fill ...
1
vote
0answers
18 views

Usage of “to do with”

Can I use "to do with" in the same meaning as "about/concerning a particular subject" ? For example: 1- All applications to do with this role go through my secretary first. 2- Most of the ...
1
vote
0answers
14 views

The right verb after “ensure”

Which forms of verb can I use here? The client must ensure that accurate records be/are/will be kept. I don't know why Google translate example uses "be" here.
1
vote
0answers
45 views

Must “firstly,… secondly, …” or “first,… second, …” always follow “There are X number of reasons”?

I have read hundreds of posts where people debated over the use of "firstly, secondly, ..." and "first, second, ..." My understanding is it comes down to style and neither is wrong. However, I can't ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

Give an example sentence: (Correct?)

Is this sentence correct? Give an example sentence: I'm not sure whether there is a phrase ' example sentence' or not. I always use: Give an example: or Give a sentence as an example: or ...
1
vote
2answers
35 views

Use of “May I be” for exclamation

In the language I speak when we see someone getting a lot and we don’t get that much, to speak to God in a sweet way, we say a sentence whose literal meaning in English is: May I be sacrificed for ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

How do I complete the sentence, “If you don't mind, ____”?

I'm trying to learn the sentence structure and I had a few thoughts about the possible structural continuations of the sentence. I'd appreciate it if you could introduce any new possible continuations ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Using “being” in reduced clauses

As far as I know, when two things happen at the same time, I can combine them with using participles. Such as : Kate is in the kitchen and she is making coffee. to Kate is in the kitchen ...
1
vote
3answers
65 views

Why is my answer wrong?

(First of all,this is grammar question.) İn the 1970s scientists found out that chemicals_____ into the atmosphere______the ozone layer. A)having been released /destroyed (which is picked) B)...
1
vote
1answer
26 views

Adverbs after the verb “BE” in “he has and STILL IS”?

In my grammar book, I saw this: He has been looking everywhere for you, and he still is. Why does 'is' stand after an adverb? I thought that there was a rule that we have to put adverbs ...
1
vote
1answer
21 views

Last word in something

Dictionaries give be the last word in something as the correct construction, but in the following sentence The ICC World Cup remains the last word on cricket’s hierarchy. in is used. Is that correct?...
1
vote
1answer
18 views

Confused about the meaning of these

H is a subset of G containing those elements of G that commute with every element of G. Clearly, H contains the elements. Now let's take an another example. The boy is the son of the man ...
1
vote
2answers
46 views

Using “their” or “its” when referring to an inanimate object

I'm a bit confused on the usage of "their" and "its". For example, if I had the following phrase: Each of these programs had ______ code reviewed by an expert. Will I use "their code" or "its code"...
1
vote
2answers
37 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
57 views

“Used to” with period of life

can I say " I used to smoke for 5 years "? is it correct? And if no, which tense should I use? Should I say "I had smoked for 5 years?" Thanks a lot.