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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 talk with your one-year-old baby?

This question is about English language daily conversations. What are the phrases and sentences you would say to your one-year-old children, or any toddler? How would you tell him to come where you ...
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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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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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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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how to use the verb “compare”?

Which is preferable as an instruction for an assignment: "Compare the skyscrapers of NYC in terms of height, year of inauguration and number of floors!" or "Compare the skyscrapers of NYC with each ...
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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 (...
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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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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'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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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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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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Why is there an “in” in “Of America's million millionaires in, the average age is 63”?

Of America's million millionaires in, the average age is 63. https://www.shanbay.com/review/learning/42379858288 Why is there an "in"? (The main question) How about using "American" replacing "...
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“is read & note” other than “is to read & (to) note” or “is reading & noting”?

But there are lots of fixed phrases, and so what you want to do is just read a lot and note when one is used and when the other is used. The resource is an essay teaching "under", "below" & "...
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I would be thankful if you + did/do/could do?

There are three structures that I remember but can't say if they are correct or say the differences. I would be thankful if you could tell me! I would be very thankful if you spend your time on ...
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How to say a technique “allow something to be born”?

How to natively say that without the technique or knowledge (projective geometry), a style of art cannot exists (anamorphosis). My current attempt is: Projective geometry allows the anamorphosis ...
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Clean up time: Put away your toys

I am looking for very clear written instructions for a 7-year-old person or anyone who can read. The instructions are about putting away legos and throwing away trash bits left on the floor. I am ...
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'so much too..' construction

I would like someone to explain the way the "so much too" construction works in sentences. What prepositions work after this construction? I made up these sentence and would like to know if they work: ...
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Usage of 'want'

I have seen the following both sentences are used. What is the difference between them, if there is any? I want my books read. I want my books to be read.
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

My current goal is to improve my skills in English. I’m not sure and little bit puzzled whether the grammar construction of the sentence works like that and the sentence sounds natural.
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If the allegations(made?) against him are found (to be?) true

If the allegations(made?) against him are found (to be?) true he could face rigorous imprisonment. Is there any difference if I use or don't use made in the clause allegations against ? Also when ...
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Who is/are lecturing

Is the following sentence correct? 'Hey John, look who is/are lecturing us on not making fun of anyone.' Note that there is more than one person lecturing us. 'Is' or 'are' : Which one should I use?
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conditional sentences

The Earth revolves around the Sun. I consider the above statement should be written without any article as we're using earth and sun as a proper noun. Which of these is correct to write? Earth ...
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The best way to do it is (to make / by making) him friend

Which of the following sentence choices is correct? I guess both are. But is there a difference between them? The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him friend. The best way to destroy ...