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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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Type of sentence/correct usage

It makes you consider the difference between riding down that road in a car, versus driving down that road on a bicycle. What do we call these type of clauses, where they have a comparative ...
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I do not know how to diagram this sentence

How would I diagram Unless we share the food, many of us will go home without any food.
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What is the sentence structure? Specific use of gerund

Even after lowering the volume, Suzanne found that her electric guitar so annoyed her neighbours that they complained to the building's manager Why is the gerund used here? What sentence ...
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Apposition at the end of sentence

I think in the following sentence I used apposition at the end of sentence, I would like to know is it a correct way to introduce an apposition? If this rule be applied on the elements of the page,...
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Giving hope to somebody

I wonder what phrasal verb/expression/idiom do you normally use in English for giving someone hope? Please have a consideration in my examples: A) He is a very energetic and positive individual. ...
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Is it wrong to use “as + to + be + past participle” to mean “as it will be past participle”?

I know I can say: As it will be shown in the following section, strawberry is a cute fruit! Can I recast this as As to be shown in the following section, strawberry is a cute fruit! I am ...
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Reducing adverbial clauses when the subject is different from main clause

To perform this pose, they rest on their legs while positioned wide apart, as if they were straddling an invisible horse. (while those legs are positioned) After I saw that sentence above, I ...
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Is there an idiom or phrase that means “to burden someone or something with something”?

Consider the following self-made sentence: It is better to distribute the processing workload among several computers instead of burdening one machine with the entire processing load. I am ...
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Sentence construction with however and nevertheless

Psychostimulant medication, such as methylphenidate, is a first-line pharmacological treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and its short-term efficacy is ...
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<Close by> and <Closer by>

When you want to say someone who lives far from you that it was better if they lived close to you, you would probabely say something like: I wish you lived close by. But how about a comparative ...
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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 ...
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Meaning of “be that of”

I received this answer for my another thread. "Should", like most modals, has a range of meanings. The most common one is that of obligation (or duty, or the best chance of success). But I ...
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Relative clauses which qualify a whole sentence

Anthropologists found parasite eggs in ancient poop samples, providing a glimpse of human health as hunter gatherers transitioned to settlements. (Scientific American) Is this a reduced relative ...
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Entering through legal / illegal solutions

Let's say that as a business man you have some problems with the tax ministry of your country. You are a very wealthy and influential individual that have friends in high places. Therefore it would ...
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Using comma before a non-essential reduced relative clause which describes the object of the main clause

I am really confused about dangling phrases. Which sentences below are grammatically correct? I think just 1 and 4 are correct here? 1- Did you read Hamlet, which was written by William ...
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Can we use these without “of”?

Quantifiers:a number of,large number of,scores of,a good deal of ,a vast amount of .
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Asking this in a restaurant, is this the best way to construct the following sentence “Do you serve fries separately?”?

If you're trying to ask whether you can JUST order fries, and not as a side order, would the above sentence suffice? or are there better sentences that ask the same thing?
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Questions on the difference between “you can do it the same way as she does” and “As she does, you can do it the same way”?

Can I change this sentence "you can do it the same way as she does" as "As she does, you can do it the same way"? What is the difference in meaning between them? I just got an answer that both are ...
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I need you both the same - is it correct?

Is it correct to say 'I need you both the same'? I want to say 'I need you both equally' but need it for the song with the word 'same'. Doesn't it mean 'I need you both to be the same'? Do you have ...
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Using the phrasal verb “hold up” for an individual appearance

When something holds up it means that it has remained strong or in a fairly good condition. For example: There were fears that her ankle might not hold up for the competition. Prices had held ...
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Using “being” with past participle phrases

I almost never see using "being" in past participle phrases, even though those participle phrase express something progressing. 1- For nigh on half a year, they had lived in the magister’s house, ...
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“Put something into action” versus “put something into practice”

How do the following sentences differ in meaning: Put your promise into action. Put your promise into practice. Dictionaries' definitions are so close that I cannot tell these expressions ...
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see something done/ see something being done

As far as I know, we use "see something do" if we see an action from the beginning to the end. And we use "see something doing" if we see an action in progress. I wonder about passive form of this ...
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Grammar Rules Behind the Phrase: Had we but world enough and time

The above line "Had we but world enough and time" is taken from a famous poem. But what is grammar behind? Can anyone help me with the explanation of the phrase above?
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Subordinate clause information

I want to clear my doubt with the below sentence that is it gramatically correct? It coud be spoken in daily life. I worn the Swater in my home yesterday that my mother knitted. Is the above ...
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Adding “additional information” to a sentence

If I want to add additional information to a part of the main clause, where should I add that additional information? Right after the part that I want to qualify? For example in my sentence 1, "his ...
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Can continuous form of tense be used with “for” and “since”

I want to know if it is grammatically correct to use continuous form of tense be used with "for" and "since"? For example: instead of They had been friends for six months if I say They were friends ...
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Question about a confusing sentence structure

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. (Context: "It" is a laden mattress that carries the dead body of Gastsby ...
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“Either way” in a sentence

It's fine either way. Either way is fine. I am fine (with) either way. Are all these constructions usable?
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which one is correct? let me know after you're testing it or let me know after you testing it?

Well I am feeling so weird about this and I just wanna ask you guys which one is true? Let me know after you're testing it. or Let me know after you testing it.
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“10% off all overseas flights” in this context

An example in Cambridge dictionary: The voucher is valid between July and December and entitles you to 10% off all overseas flights. Can I put on: .....10% off on all overseas flights. I know ...
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“This food is sweet for a meal, sour for a dessert” - the punctuation for this construction

If I have to state its general form, I would write: ... [X] + as/for/article/none + [noun 1] , [X antonym] + as/for/article/none + [noun 2] . X: is any adjective I want to know if the comma makes ...
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Confused use the comma

I know the brother of Ram, who loved Rani. I know the brother of Ram who loved Rani. Are the sentences same in meaning? In the first one we've used comma and in the 2nd one we haven't used comma. ...
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“Take this quiz to see how much you can score” or “Take this quiz to see how much you score”?

I want to ask my students to take an online quiz to challenge themselves. Take this quiz now to see how much you can score? or Take this quiz now to see how much you score? Which one is ...
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How to say: You do not have enough background knowledge to take/continue a course?

I am trying to write an email and do not know how to say this properly: You should not/ cannot take a course in college, because of some pre-requisites that you lack.
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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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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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Converting a sentence to start with “The”

How long I shall stay is doubtful. I need to write that sentence without changing the meaning by using "The" at the start. Could it be: The duration of my stay is doubtful. or: The length of ...
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What is the grammatical structure of the sentence

I would like to know the grammatical structure of the sentence below: The next morning she wrote her son, David, asking for important information. I am confused as it is not in a suitable ...
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“Noted. Thank you” as an answer to a letter informing about task completion? I mean office correspondence

Is it correct and polite to end business letter with "Noted. Thank you" as an answer to a letter informing about task completion?
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Best combination of these phrases?

So in one of my writings, I happen to have to write something like "Under the assumptions of a theorem for so-and-so method appearing in so-and-so paper". What I am intending to say can be decomposed ...
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Relative clause with infinitive verbal form and “from” preposition (“{subject} from whose {element} to get something”)

Let use have a subject, which will refer to as the "parent". This parent can have sub-elements, which will refer to as "child". Now let us say I want to describe the action of getting something from ...
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“RULE sth OUT ON/OVER people's complaint”

Let's say a government of a country implemented an UNBENDING rule on its citizens that they should pay higher taxes than other countries. You hypothetically say: "if the government rule the high ...
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I saw x while y

I stumbled across a sentence recently I saw a baby bus while its proud mother showed it the way I feel like while should be replaced with as, or saw with watched. Can anyone tell me if this ...
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Should I use for or to in this sentence

I would like to say that method A provides great flexibility for something. I wonder how to express my sentence correctly? Method A provides great flexibility for learning English Method A leads to ...
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What sentence pattern is this?

I like living in the country. Is it Subject - Verb - Object - Adverbial of place OR Subject - Verb - Object - Postmodification of living realized by a prepositional phrase? Thanks.
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“On the other hand” vs. “On the other side”

Consider this scenario: There are two phases A and B (e.g water on one side and oil on the other side). I wrote: Compared with the neat IL/water, the amount of water increased from 0.2 to about ...
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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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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 ''...
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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 (...