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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When a sentence includes a word like 'today' that indicates present time, can a past form of verb be used?

Today an excruciating accident has taken place in our vicinity. Today an excruciating accident took place in our vicinity. Today indicates the present time. So I prefer has taken, which has been used ...
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Alternative ways of saying “…, right?”

What are some alternative ways of confirming a point, situation, etc. apart from saying “…, right?” at the end of a sentence to make it a question? (e.g. You are going tomorrow on the 11:30 flight, ...
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What did you say / said?

What is the correct sentence : What did you say? or What did you said? The second sentence seems correct, but I am not certain.
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Can “Wow!” be a sentence?

The question is clear. Can "Wow!" be a sentence? Imagine a hypothetical context where I'd utter something like this: Wow! What an amazing idea! I should think about a way to push this fix. We see ...
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How to identify if sentence is passive Voice or Indicative sentence?

Examples: "One car was parked outside of the gate." "Your work volume is increased or not" "He was arrested" "She was raped" "After accident he was taken to hospital" "He was informed ...
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Usage of any with except

Can I use plural nouns after any in the following sentences?  1- We don't have any options except to go there.  2- I don't have any friends except John.  3- I didn't meet any officers except him.
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Meaning of “from whose known good sense he fully expected to have just such” from “Persuasion” by Jane Austen

I don't understand the structure of the bold part of the sentence below. It's from Persuasion by Jane Austen. Mr Shepherd, a civil, cautious lawyer, who, whatever might be his hold or his views ...
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What does this 'where' mean in this context?

“It is an art where you’ve got to deal with the demands of every day but at the same time place it strategically at the heart of what the company is doing.” — Jeroen Tas, group CIO of Philips ...
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When someone has a plastic surgery on the face

Imagine someone has done a plastic surgery on the face. What is the best and the most natural way to say this in English? What comes to my mind is: He had a plastic surgery on his face. But ...
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Help me with construction of this interrogative sentence

Why did you not tell the truth? Can you tell me? Now join them in one sentence. What is the result? Can you tell me why did you not tell the truth? or Can you tell me why you did not tell the ...
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He bought the same car as me

Is it correct to say Dilbert bought the same car as me. If it is, what are other sentences for other pronouns such as he? Dilbert bought the same car as David/he/him I know you can say ...
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“How is this called” vs “What is this called”?

Which of the following is more suitable as a title for a picture with an arrow toward a part of the body's anatomy? How is this called? What is this called? I need this for a picture of a ...
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“I invite you for / to coffee” is correct?

If I'm inviting a person to drink coffe with me, then can I say "I invite you for / to coffe" or should I add a noun or a verb such as "I invite you for drinking coffee" / "I invite you to drink ...
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Does the sentence sound “I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things” natural?

I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things. As pointed out by @Tᴚoɯɐuo in this thread, the part "with a bit pessimistic views of things" doesn't look idiomatic. I am an introvert, ...
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' being ' in participle clauses

According to the source " we can use an adverbial participle clause to express reason or cause as an alternative to a because/since/as clause. Using a participle clause in this way is more ...
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What's the grammar of “Me, Benjamin Clawhauser, … stereotyping you”?

"Zootopia" around 00:14:04/01:48:32 Benjamin Clawhauser: O.M. Goodness... They really did hire a bunny. [Laughs] What!? I gotta tell you, you are even cuter than I thought you'd be! Judy Hopps:...
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Finishing or Having finished

My friend says that "Finishing her homework, she went for a walk." is wrong. She thinks that this sentence implies that she is trying to finish her homework while taking a walk. If the girl went for ...
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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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Dangling participle?

As far as I know those two examples below considered wrong because of dangling participles. 1- For the interview, William borrowed Grandpa's old suit, draped neatly on a hanger. 2- Do you ...
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'Have never seen' or 'had never seen'

'past perfect tense' or 'present perfect tense': Which one should I use in the following context? The FIFA World Cup is one of the greatest shows on Earth. Of all the FIFA World Cups I have watched, ...
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what does mean “it there”?

In the following sentence, it seems it should end up with "like it" or "like there". Why the both of "it" and "there" have come together? I have been to Washington several times, and I like it ...
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Questions about the phrase “but of tea not a glimpse” from “Great Expectations”

I still have a question about the phrase "but of tea not a glimpse" from the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I rang for the tea, and the waiter, reappearing with his magic clew, ...
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Grammatical explanation of a sentence that begins with “there” [duplicate]

There was a loss of 36 billon. I don't know how to explain the grammatical concept of this sentence. Can you kindly explain me? Please tell me the sentence pattern of this also.
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“what do you think” + wh questions

Could you make my sentences correct please? I want to learn the general rule by that. What do you think is the best restaurant in the town ? What do you think what the best restaurant is in ...
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Use of the passive voice with the verb “drown”

A)They had been drowned. B)They had drowned. What is the difference between the above two sentences. (They were looking for the dead bodies of the three boys because they assumed that they 'had ...
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Help to understand: “the headline writer for Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Chris Fedor’s story in The Plain Dealer did his job Thursday”

The purpose of a headline, they say in journalism school, is to draw the reader in, so the headline writer for Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Chris Fedor’s story in The Plain Dealer did his job ...
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“By doing [something], you are [something].” - Is the structure correct?

I have phrased the sentence below awkwardly, I assume: By numbering the examples, you are a genius. I want to know how it can be fixed to fit a proper and clear structure. And I suppose it would ...
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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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Slighly cutting your body when your skin gets red (not bleeding yet) or when you bleed very slightly

How do you mention these types of wounds? Based on my mother language and dictionaries' definitions, the only word which can work here is: "scratch". So I need to know if the following sentences are ...
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How to ask someone to get back to the main subject of the discussion?

Imagine in a conversation over an important issue, between two people, the other side starts talking about a different topic which differs with the main subject under discussion. This way in an ...
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Dangling modifier when the preposition is at the beginning of the sentence (“After”, “by”)

Which of the following sentences are correct? After introducing some anchors by the user, the range of nodes which are affected by a single anchor or a group of anchors should be specified. ...
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Usage of a gerund and a verb in the present simple

Being sick, he, nevertheless, left home to go to work. Getting sick, he, nevertheless, decided to come to work. Are these sentences grammatical? Do they make sense? I am concerned about whether ...
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“That” seems to be omitted.

In the game "XCOM: Enemy Within" there is a guy, whose way of speaking seems to be more appropriate for written language (as it seems to me). In particular, he says such a phrase: Intelligence ...
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When you cannot recognize identical twins

Please imagine your neighbor has identical twin sons and since you've met them you've been unable to recognize them properly. It seems strange to you and you're talking to a friend. I was wondering if ...
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A comparison between the structures “would rather” and “would prefer”

I know that "i'd rather", like "I'd prefer" is used for specific situation and not general ones. On the other hand I know that the second sentence below doesn't work here. But the question ins that ...
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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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How to arrange the noun and its pronouns in a sentence?

When I was learning English in high school, the "standard" textbook compared English grammar with Chinese grammar, saying while in Chinese the noun is usually put in the first clause and its pronouns ...
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Another important trend has been. Is it a complete sentence?

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producer have long been doing. Is it correct/complete sentence? My question is about *Another ...
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What age are you?

Is the question of "what age are you" idiomatic,common or does it sound naturally in the meaning of "how old are you" Can we say this structure could be used for materials as "how age is it"?
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What's the grammatical structure of “all three of them periods”?

Oxford Guide to English Grammar; John Eastwood; Oxford University Press 1994-09 Page 54 2 Information in a text a In a text, old information usually comes first in the sentence and new ...
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How to use would like in my sentences

Sometimes I need to use would like in my sentences, to show some suggestion or asking for something. I really do not how to use it correctly here. For example, I would like to ask someone whether he/...
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Difference between “doesn't pity” and “doesn't do pity”?

He doesn’t really do pity. In a sentence like that one, what's the difference between "doesn't pity" and "doesn't do pity"?
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Help me to understand this usage of periods in quotations and with incomplete sentences

Help me to understand this quote: "You should never read just for 'enjoyment.' Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, ...
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To depend sb on oneself

Please suppose a girl that has a compassionate friend who is older that she! The friend knows the girl well! Due to some problems the friend feels that her friend is getting emotionally very ...
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Is the word “have” in this sentence grammatically wrong? & When is it fine to be “redundant”?

Sometimes, when we ran out of time and did not have space for any further activity, he used to tell us that should anyone need any assistance or have any query, accompany me to my office. Microsoft ...