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Questions tagged [sentence-structure]

A complete sentence contains at least a subject and a verb, with all of the words being used in the sentence arranged in such a way that they express a complete thought.

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A distant family member

How do you refer to someone who is a distant family of you in natural English? I.e. your cousin's cousin. The only options that I can think of are as below. I wonder if you have a look on them and ...
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A natural alternative for “become familiar with someone”

Edited: As I see on the web pages, the word familiar is mostly used for things rather than people. For example although you can get familiar with someone, but most of the times, you use it for "...
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Using the noun “familiarity” and the verb “familiarize”

Please consider my following made-up short story: That was fifteen years ago! I was good friends with the girl of one relationship, and the guy of another. They each broke up with their respective ...
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The emotional moment of lovers' saying goodbye

I wonder if you could let me know how a native speaker would imply the situation in which two people are saying goodbye to each other and while they are getting away they are looking with their eyes ...
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An accidental friendship

When our family moved to a new house, we got familiar with our neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Watson. They invited us for dinner that night and wanted us to be their guests. My parents agreed and we were ...
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Having a very superficial recognition “of” each other

Please imagine a couple who have gotten familiar recently are facing some problems in their relationship. Most of the times, they argue over some unimportant matters, but they also can get along and ...
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When you can recognize someone's character by taking a look on their faces

Dictionaries say: to be a good/bad etc. judge of something means: to be someone whose opinions about something are usually right, wrong, intelligent etc. Example: - My sister is a very shrewd ...
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Describing the relation between two things

I wrote: We expect, the larger a home's living space is, the higher its price is. First, I would like to know about the correctness of the sentence and punctuation. I don't know exactly the ...
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“Keep something” vs “stand by something”

I have heard both of the sentences below in quite similar cases. I wonder if you could let me know how can I distinguish between them and how they differ in meaning? do they mean the same thing? 1) ...
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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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When you're going to know about your cut in a deal

Edited: Please imagine a dealer is going to make a deal happen between two people. He needs to know what cut he would get out of this dealing. In our language the dealer can say: 1- What's in ...
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What would you say when you are not a beneficiary in a matter?

Please imagine that you have introduced a buyer and a seller to each other (both of them are your friends, but they have not been familiar with each other so far.) The two people have been connected ...
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When someone is just looking for his/her own profit/benefit

What shall I say in natural English to convey that someone is just looking for his own benefit/profit in everything (i.e. business, personal relationships, social connections etc.) The term which can ...
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When something is good / not good for someone to be done

Please imagine someone's parents are giving some advice to their son. The father wants to say something that feels it would be very beneficial for his son. (For instance: continue his education.) ...
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I watched (a) hockey

A colleague told me today (none of us native English speakers): I watched a hockey. I told him that it is correct to say: I watched hockey. or: I watched a hockey game. ...
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“our own developed” or “own developed”

I am not sure if I should use our We use a combination of our own developed and existing programs. We use a combination of our own developed and existing programs. OR We use a combination of ...
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Grammar issues need help

Can you tell me "I saw you close/closing the door"-this one is correct "I saw you were closing the door" Is this one correct???
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Verb precedes Subject example

Before our amazed eyes was a white unicorn. Why is unicorn the subject of the sentence instead of eyes? It is because the preposition "before" that was placed in front of the words "amazed eyes"?
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From (somebody's / something') side VS On behalf of (someone / something)

Please consider the following sentence: I went on a long-term mission from the company side. I need to mention that the company's authorities have sent me to this mission and they have asked ...
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To rewrite the sentence using “It seems …”

If you rewrite the following sentence A "It seems ..." to a sentence whose subject is "Nature", which is grammatically correct among B to D? A. It seems that nature cannot be controlled. B. ...
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“Get the idea of” and “come to the idea of”

Imagine you are going to ask someone about the source of an idea to do something. Which one of the following sentences does not have a correct structure or construction? Where did you get the ...
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understanding this sentence?

Sometimes while reading a sentence I fail to understand what something is refering to for example - A cue tone is a message consisting of audio tones, used to prompt an action. which 'thing' is ...
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Where to use “even” in a sentence?

I am going crazy. I have confusion about where to use only, even, just, etc. I have two sentences, They don't even listen to their mothers They don't listen even to their mothers Here, ...
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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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Can “In a timely manner/fashion” describe a noun?

I want to use the phrase "in a timely manner" like this: Such a timely manner answer! It is supposed to function as an adjective that describes the noun "answer", but I find it awkward beside the ...
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How do I use “compared to” without predicate in a sentence? [on hold]

In this sentence, after compared to, there is no predicate. Is this sentence can be considered grammatically correct? Recent technologies, such as the internet and computer, have less benefited to ...
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Can an infinitive verb be used right after “as” or “such as”?

"It is customary for such as seek a Prince’s favour, to present themselves before him with those things of theirs which they themselves most value, or in which they perceive him chiefly to delight." ...
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“Take wrong”, “take away wrong” and “get wrong” [on hold]

Imagine there is a conversation between two people, where while the speaker has been talking in an ambiguous way, thye notice that the second person is getting upset. In order to prevent the other ...
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Can “A game a few would play” be a valid structure?

This is a line in a "poem", but I have changed two words to "game" and "play" with preserving the sentence exact structure. Indeed, a game a few would play. I have searched for this structure ...
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The normal order for “word come back”

"Hey, Hank," said Bass, after word came back of the successful outcome."Great news, we got the loan.Just one thing.How are we gonna pay it back" Is the normal word order same as below? "Hey, Hank,...
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Cleanness and Dirtiness

Dirtiness: the state of being dirty Example: - I don't mind a little bit of a mess - it's dirtiness I can't stand. Cleanness: how something is clean I need to know if using these two words ...
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To go (on / to) a mission

First scenario: Please imagine someone's husband just left the house and he is on a mission now. The woman's sister comes to her and asks where is her husband? What should she say then? Would it ...
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“Someone else's”, “Someone's else”, and “Someone else's one”

For example: -- You should move your car out of the way. -- This is not my car but someone else's car. I want to get rid of the redundancy in the sentence which is presented by the second "...
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The best way to enjoy a fine wine is slowly - Help parse the sentence

Can you please help me parse this sentence: The best way to enjoy a fine wine is slowly. Please explain the structure of the sentence. I am mostly having trouble with slowly after is.
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Thank you for (spending / putting / taking) your time

I wonder if you could let me know which one of the listed sentences below is more appropriate for thanking someone when the spend some time to help you? Is there any uncommon or unidiomatic sentence ...
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Thank you for helping me (out) VS Thank you for being of help

Could you please help me to find out how the sentences below differ in meaning? Thank you for helping me. Thank you for helping me out. [It strikes me as an informal way of saying just "...
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A comparison between the verbs “aid”, “help”, “assist” and “give a hand” [closed]

Having a look on dictionaries, the following sentences can be made, but I don't know whether they are natural using each verb or not. Please have a look on them and let me know whether there is a way ...
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Active voice or Passive to tell general truth

I have some confusion with below below sentences Constructions. Que : Should I use Active voice or Passive voice? a) Wisdom always comes from the most unexpected and undesirable source. (Active ...
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Used to have to meaning

I know that "used to" is used for an action that is no longer done. But I want to know if I could use "have to" with it. For example if I want to say that getting up early in the morning everyday was ...
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I would / Would I / If I would [on hold]

What's the difference between the 3 sentences below, are they all correct to use ? Is the meaning the same for each one ? I would have seen it with my own eyes I still wouldn't believe it. ...
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Difference Between Was taken Place & Took Place

When to use Was Taken and Took Place in Sentence? Are both the versions correct? a) The Accident was taken place in our neighborhood. b) The Accident took place in our neighborhood. for me, 1) ...
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How to inform someone when there is a “flood” or an “earthquake” in a city

How would you normally let someone know that a flood or an earthquak has happened in a specific place? I was wondering if you let me know which choice would work better in the blank below: a) Hey, ...
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Using the term “gone-with-the-wind” in a passive and an active sense

There is an English term gone with the wind (derived from a movie name) which as you know well, it is used to describe something that has disappeared, passed, or vanished, permanently or completely. ...
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Until sometime ago + present perfect or past perfect?

I always see this structure(1) in movies, tv series etc. but I think this structure is grammatically incorrect. I suppose I would use this structure in a daily conversation but not in a essay or a ...
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how + adjective + I + be + to-infinitive

1- I can’t describe to you how surprised I was to find out I loved her 2- I can't describe to you how suprised I was when I found out I loved her I just saw the first sentence and it seemed a ...
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how + adjective + a/an + noun:

As far as I know I can use this structure(how + adjective + a/an + noun) with singular countable nouns. (The plural form is not possible, nor is using the definite article “the.” ) 1- No matter ...
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What is the meaning of the word 'but' here

Science will continue to invent more things, but most significant improvements in people's lives are done by science. What is the meaning of 'but' in the above sentence? I am having difficulty ...
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How to say a city has a polluted air properly?

I was wondering if you could let me know which one of the following sentences is the natural way to say it: This city's weather is so polluted. (To my non-native ear, it sounds to be the most ...
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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 ...