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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Problem in using “has”

I am conveying the work status that I witnessed to my boss. I have doubt in below sentence "SS top and trolley wheels are to be attached" or "SS top and trolley wheels has to be attached" I am ...
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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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Analyzing a sentence

Do my analyze is correct? If don't then correct it. Sentence: The tsunami and the undersea earthquake which triggered it, the largest ever recorded in the region, killed nearly 20,000 people, ...
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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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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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“I'm happy when you're beside/s (of) me”

I have a doubt about the following sentence how it should be made correctly. "I'm happy when you're beside/s (of) me" Beside or besides, me or of me?
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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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“One would almost suspect you had brains in your head” — could “have” be used instead of “had”?

Here is a sentence from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: "That is a first-rate idea," said the Lion. "One would almost suspect you had brains in your head, instead of straw." I think had might be ...
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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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Is “named” an adjective in this sentence?

"Let's pretend that this monkey belongs to a girl named Bianca" In this sentence, could anyone help me identify what sentence instruction is given using "named" in this sentence? Is 'named' here an ...
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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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What's the difference between the exclamations “what” and “how”

What's the difference between: What a rude person you are! How rude you are! How rude of a person you are! How rude of you! Which one is correct? Please give me some elaboration so I can understand, ...
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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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A noun must be missing in which/that or what clauses?

Can I simply conclude that a noun must be missing in which/that/who or what clauses, even though the missing noun might be an object behind an infinitive verb, gerund verb or a preposition? I wrote ...
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Sentence that finishes with prepositions

Sentences (specially when people are talking) finished with words like with,to,from (prepositions ). Example: Whom am I speaking with ? (Not only in questions ) I don't understand how to use ...
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“Should I” or “I should”?

Should I give it to you or I should keep it with myself? Should I give it to you or should I keep it with myself? Which one is correct? Or which one is better?
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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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'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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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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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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The meaning of 'formal'

In a very formal style, think is sometimes followed by an object and an adjective or noun complement. They thought her fascinating. We thought him a fool. (M. Swan, Practical ...
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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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“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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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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“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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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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When you are going to make clear that who you were just talking about was someone else and not the person you are talking to

How naturally shall one indicate that who I was talking about / who I mentioned ... was someone else and not you (the listener)? I have made some examples and have no any idea if they work properly ...
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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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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. After ...
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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 it is ...
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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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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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To be in (good / bad) shape

As you are well aware, when someone has a nice physique, we can say: He/she is in good shape. But in case someone is "out of shape", I know that native speakers normally would say: He/...
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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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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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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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“There is/has got to be an explanation.” — which verb to use there?

I just came across the following sentence; There has got to be an explanation. I think has has been wrongly/mistakenly used there and should better be replaced with is.