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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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How to frame a question, where speaker knows the answer still asking for it?

The Pin knows Brendan's location but still asking Brendan for it. I want to phrase the sentence in question format, asking why The Pin still asking it?
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What is the main idea of the sentence?

One of my friends wrote the following sentence on his wechat moment(like facebook): The problem with being competitive and running with a friend is that you may find yourself at their mercy as to ...
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Correct usage of “and more generally”

What I am trying to say: "It is important to design efficient selection algorithms and more generally efficient resource allocation algorithms". Note that the resource allocation algorithm include the ...
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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 ...
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but I knew before I went that I didn't really want > to have a serious relationship with Joe

Can we use "know that" in the following way? Is it kind of a grammar rule to put an independent clause between "verb + that"? It was a really terrible vacation. It was my fault. I mean I wanted ...
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Use of “decreases”

Is use of "decreases" in the following sentence correct grammatically and conceptually? If it is not, kindly suggest ways to make it clearer. This causes better performance in VTB than the CTB. ...
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“If you could come, it would be great” VS “It would be great if you could come”

I am confused about these sentences If you could come, it would be great and It would be great if you could come I think the first one refers to the past. I.e. it's like the party is over now....
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Confusion about the structure of a sentence

I confronted with this sentence: Rainfall was limited and what water there was rushed across the plain in the annual flood of melted snow. I'm confused with the sentence in bold. Can anyone help ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How to use “suppose” and “supposing” to begin a sentence?

Which of the following sentence is/are correct? Suppose (that) I like cheese; then I will probably like cheesecake. Suppose (that) I like cheese; I will probably like cheesecake. Can "then"...
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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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“Placed second” or “was placed second” BrE/AmE?

The Bears' 2V8 placed second in its repechage in a close race to earn a spot in the A/B semifinals. (source) This is a line from a Brown University sports team about a race. The Oxford Dictionaries, ...
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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 (...
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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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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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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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“We just are diligent“ VS ”We are just diligent"

"We just are diligent, and we'll continue to do so." I saw this sentence quoted by this article. "We just are diligent" looks unusual to me. I normally see "We are just diligent" instead. So, is ...
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is 'there wasn't much to be changed' correct?

I've finished editing some files and I was about to write a little side note to my friend that went there wasn't much to be changed That sentence popped into my head automatically, but then I ...
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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 play a lot of video games

I think all these sentences below are interchangeable when I want to mean like very often, but the forth one can cause ambiguity, am I right? It can have two meanings: I play video games very often ...
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What dose Line 261 “since what it has to be now” mean?

This line is copied from the movie Homeless to Harvard. In my own view, since here means because and the mother wants to tell her daughter that she has to go away from home because the current ...
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What's different between “so … that” and “so that” sentence

As following two sentences,please tell help me to handle a couple of questions? 1.Are they the same meaning ? 2.If not ,how to use both and give me some sentences for both? 3.And please instruct about ...
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Words with hyphens (e.g., clean-up)

When I was reading the newspaper, the writers use many words like clean-up. Why they write a word with hyphen (-)? Can you please explain me? I have seen many words with hyphen. When I see a word ...
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Is “The only invariant for me is change” proper English, if not, how to correct?

The only invariant for me is the change I write this sentence and hope to show that the frequency of my changes is very high(IOW, I often make changes). But I don't know is it proper. BTW, how native ...
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Could(parallelism) accuracy. Other helping verbs possible?(present tense)

As an ESL, one cannot be completely accurate in their ''parallelism'' sometimes. Like this one: "If I can't tolerate simple criticisms or much worse even, I still couldn't regard myself as a ...
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Sentence Modifiers are part of complete subjects or complete predicates?

A sentence is made of two parts:[complete] subject and [complete] predicate. I would like to confirm that sentence modifiers are part of the predicate? What confused me was that sentence modifiers ...
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That or those? How can they be used in a sentence?

Is the sentence, "why did she buy that bangles ?"correct.? Or "why did she buy those bangles?"
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Second year straight vs. second straight year

Which of these word orders is correct? 1) He's worked here two years straight. 2) He's worked here two straight years. and: 3) That's his second year straight here. 4) That's his ...
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Why can't we use “ing” continues form with “let”?

I have been talking with my friends and I used the phrase I let my nuts hanging, but they told me that I should say hang instead of hanging because of the let. I can think of other phrases like, I ...
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Help to understand “because think it did the job” in the context

He added that if he were hired to make Boeing 777 disappear, he would “do the exact same thing”. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s very accurate flying because think it did the job and we know, as ...
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In the sentence, Jon started his team two players short against Eric

Jon started his team two players short against Eric. This is my analysis of the above sentence. Jon (Subject), started (Verb), his team (Object), two players short (Objective Complement), against ...
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The best way to refer to the intended noun in the mentioned sentence?

This research is supposed to examine how the sociology of a relation affects its ethics. In the above sentence I want "its" to refer to "a relation", but the way the sentence is constructed it ...
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Explaining a Statement in More Shorter Way

I have some points in three-dimensional space, and these points are projected to x-y surface. I have an image which demonstrates projected points on x-y coordinate system. How can I explain this in ...
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What is the main clause here?

"This third objection also applies to other explanations of the forcé of morality which appeal to the interests of the person who must act. For example, it may be said that you should treat others ...
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Placement of 'Immediately' in sentence

"That will be immediately taken care by user" "That will immediately be taken care by user" "That will be taken care of, immediately" Which one is correct?
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Defining introductory clauses with contrast to subordinate clauses

In the coldest weather, they made a snowman Although, they got cold, they made a snowman What are some alternative words or sentence/clause examples that function in a similar capacity to a ...
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Gerund at the beginning of a sentence

I just noticed a sentence in an academic paper which says: To move into this conceptual terrain has required a certain amount of defiance of the conventional wisdom that questions of migration ...
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Which choice best expresses “I will keep your secret.” in Passive/Active voice?

the below-mentioned question is asked in my exam, I think my answer is correct, please tell if I am right, I have to challenge the question in 2 days if its answer given is wrong. correct answer is ...
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How to understand this sentence (underlining blue), especially “the” and “that so”?

Machiavelli "The Prince" Chapter VIII The Harvard Classics: Injuries, therefore, should be inflicted all at once, that their ill savour being less lasting may the less offend; whereas, benefits ...
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S when do you you add it to a name?

When asking someone to join you for lunch do you say we are going to El Dorado for lunch or El Dorados’ for lunch
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Is “I don't know what this refers to.” a correct sentence?

I came up with the sentence: I don't know what 'XYZ' refers to. I know that it doesn't have the question mark because it isn't a question. But it still sounds weird to me. Is this sentence ...