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Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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

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Using “ comma + participle clause” when the subject of the main clause is different

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 and ...
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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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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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Using noun as verb

A lot of times, native speakers use proper nouns like movie names, fictional characters as the verb while speaking. I have heard these statements in a lot of movies and youtube videos. I will give an ...
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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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Conditional sentences - usage of “shall” in main clause

I read here that in first type of conditional sentences, simple future is used in the main clause. However, it was not clear if only will should be used or shall can also be used. For example below ...
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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 (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 "...