Questions tagged [sentence-usage]

The usage of a particular sentence, how and where it is supposed to be used properly, so as to convey the intended message properly and obtain the most favorable outcome.

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Why is it that when we say a balloon pops, we say “exploded” not “imploded”?

Sometimes I wonder, when a balloon pops, we say: Oh the balloon exploded! Instead of: Oh the balloon imploded! When a balloon pops, it becomes smaller. As I see it, the meaning of "imploded&...
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I'm baffled at this expression: “If I don't talk to you beforehand, then…”

A client wrote to me and ended his email with this line: If I don't talk to you beforehand, I hope you have a very happy, healthy and safe holiday! It seems to me that this expression is for giving ...
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Can we say “swap/trade something” instead of “swap/trade something for something”?

In all dictionaries I looked at, there are examples of the structure, "swap something for something" and "trade something for something," but there are no examples of "swap ...
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“The car/the guy behind” VS “The car/the guy behind us”

Context 1: Let's say me and my friend are in my moving car, and there is a car behind us; and I think that car is following us. Can I say either, "The car behind us is following us" or, &...
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I am glad to hear you are recovered [closed]

Is it correct to say I am glad to hear that you are recovered from... What else can I say even if it is correct to say?
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'Each' can be used the same way?

If 'two eggs each roll' means 'two eggs roll,' then 'two eggs roll on two desk each' can mean 'two eggs roll on two desk'? I know it can mean 'each egg rolls on two desk' or 'two eggs roll on each ...
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Is the usage of 'correct' correct here?

I had a conversation with my friend. Me: Thank you for sending this. Friend: Nothing. Me: I have to correct you that your response "nothing" is a kind of Chinglish and a proper one is &...
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Is the first sentence redundant in the paragraph?

I wrote the following sentences. I have read Prof. XX’ s work “AAA” and I am excited about his great achievements on data mining. I believe that my passion and experience in these areas will have a ...
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Are the two sentence different or which one is better?

I wrote a paragraph as follows. The experiments proved that the proposed framework A is flexible enough to optimize many models. For example, in the XXX dataset, MetricXX of A is 1, which is 10% ...
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Is this sentence grammatically and lexically correct? [closed]

All marketing research was objective, accurate and thorough, which allowed us to choose the optimal market outlet, to carry out planning, ie reasonable prediction, according to the results of ...
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“Politics is a principal dynamic in our individual, social and national lives.”

Is the above sentence equivalent to saying "Politics influences our individual, social and national lives."? Would it be appropriate to use the word "dynamic" there since Merriam-...
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“Municipality of <municipality-name>” or “<municipality-name> Municipality”

I was discussing with some people about which form is more correct regarding a Municipality, or other territory divisions. For example, regarding to a map of the municipality, is it more correct to ...
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What is better to use in modern English?

Which sentence is better to use in modern English between these two sentences having the same meaning? Be he ever so skillful. However skillful he may be. I guess number 2 can be used in modern ...
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Is the definite article ‘the’ superfluous in this sentence?

For the efficient running of the business, banking facilities play an important role. This is a text from my textbook. In my opinion, if we remove the bolded the from the quoted text then the ...
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Can we say a sports club transferred a player if they received the player?

As far as I know, if a sports club gives a player to another sports club, we can say the club that gave the player to the other transferred him or her like in, "Arsenal transferred two of their ...
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Should have + past particle = past simple?

I was reading The Great Gatsby and here's the sentence. I should have rented a house in one of the strangest communities. He did rent a house in fact. so I don't think he's expressing regret or hope....
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Sentence paraphrase spilt small sntences

Can anyone paraphrase this sentence for me. I am not a native speaker. It will be easy for me to understand the sentence if someone spilt it small sentences. The Dictionary, together with his other ...
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Sinks and baths have faucets (that are) attached to them [duplicate]

A faucet is a device that controls the flow of a liquid or gas from a pipe or container. Sinks and baths have faucets attached to them. This is the definition of the word faucet. My question is, if ...
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Should have + verb + By now?

Sometimes, I see sentences like the following, using two structures that, as far as my knowledge goes, aren't supposed to be together. I should've been somebody by now. You should've known it by now ...
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Understanding a long sentence with parenthesis (example)

I would like to ask for help with the following sentence: It was a compound of unusual esthetic and intellectual elements, and was somehow closely allied in my thoughts with the same fascination that ...
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How to use “ involve in things you do not concern”

Which sentence sounds natural when you try to tell someone else who tries to intervene in a dispute you having with your friend. 1.It is not nice that you are involved in things you do not concern 2....
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Can I use 'oversight' in this context?

This is an excerpt from a journal entry I am writing for my first-year university transition course: The annual pep rally is mandatory for all students, despite taking place in a crowded, hot ...
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What does “I will float off the floor from our morning time” mean?

After a date, that we have early at morning, a girl wrote me that sentence. What does it mean? I cannot figure out the sense translating it into my mother tongue. Thank you all.
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Ixora often called coloquially as 'Flame of the woods'. Sentence correction and formation [closed]

Does it correct sentence formation? Ixora often called coloquially as 'Flame of the woods'.
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

I have found two opposite views about the following sentence here : https://tinyurl.com/y7dvc48l "I love it very much." One view is that this sentence is incorrect because you either love ...
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“Learn the ropes” when do we use this idiom?

Can I use this idiom when I talk about “studying”? For example: I’m going to Canada to study and learn the ropes of English. It doesn’t seem right to me, but I don't know.
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Use of 'You can certainly try'

Does 'You can certainly try' mean, I already know that what ever you are going to do, is not going to work, but you are free to try it(a negative tone) ,or it just means go ahead and try(a positive ...
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While its true that

I've read a lot of sentences which start like 'while it's true that' but I'm not sure what it exactly means. I think it indicates two contradictory factors. I want to write the following sentence: ...
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“that” in indirect speech

In indirect speech it is more common for the reporting clause to come first. When the reporting clause is first, we don’t put a comma between the reporting clause and the reported clause. She told me ...
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How to express this to a child: “It is good that you inform me in advance before you pee so I can put you to the bathroom…”?

Now, you don't want to put a diaper on your child because it may cause diaper rash. Thus, you just let him wear normal clothes. But your child may pee his pants without telling you in advance. If ...
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the first train to London

Could you say if both sentences are correct? Which sentence construction is used more frequently? Do you know what time the first train goes to London tomorrow morning? vs Do you know when ...
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Does “ whether nothing can be done to solve crime problems is debatable.” sounds odd to you

I'm writing an IELTS practice essay now. In the example essay, there is a transition sentence saying "Nevertheless, whether nothing can be done to solve crime problems is debatable. " I know it is ...
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Is it correct to say - “ underwent pleasure ”

Is it correct to say - I underwent great pleasure listening to your song, nothing could make it better. I doubt if the above is correct, so I would say this instead- I experienced great ...
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Thank you for your kind notice. (when can be used?)

Thank you for your kind notice... Can be used when you shared a document to your boss and he went through it in detailed and asked you further questions on it? After replying to those questions, can ...
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What is the difference between these two sentences

What is the difference between the sentence "He was tired because he was exercising too hard" and "He was tired because he had been exercising too hard"?
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Ways to ask 'Do you do it to deal out of your problem'

Does it make sense? Do you do it to deal out of your problem?I just tried to use "out of Sb problem" phrase Also, can I say: "Do you do it to let your problems go away?"Anyway, what's the polite ...
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How do you say that X has played a role in sustaining the difference between two things?

Let's say different regions in a country are divided into two categories - high and low unemployment regions. Low unemployment regions have plenty of job opportunities, but workers in high ...
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Is it fine to say “Tell me your name/your opinion/your favorite team/your hometown” etc?

Is it fine to say sentences like “Tell me your name.” “Tell me your opinion.” “Tell me your favorite team.” “Tell me your hometown.” etc to mean “Tell me what your name is.” “Tell me what your ...
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Someone's smile VS Someone smile

Which one of the following is correct? Be the reason of someone's smile. Be the reason of someone smile. Million of thanks.
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meaning of “congress to the mayor's president”

I'm trying to understand the following sentence: The (New York) city council is congress to the mayor's president. Can anyone please teach me its meaning in a grammatical sense? Also, what (who) ...
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“There are not people like you at my school” vs “There are not any people like you at my school”

Let's say I am a high school student and I am talking to a group of students from another high school, and I think they are nicer than people at my school. So I want to let them know that. Can I say, ...
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Is “invoke” synonymous with “have” in this sentence?

I'm confused about the sentence below, is it correct? Please help me clear the confusion. I don't understand the meaning of Invoke; is it synonymous with have? I invoke the right of parley = I ...
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“I made my username John95'” vs “I made 'John95' my username”

Are these two sentences interchangeable? I made my username "John95" I made "John95" my user name. Context: Let's say I created an account on ell.stackexchange.com for the first time in my life (so ...
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Visit Australia

I saw this phrase today in a meme Visit Australia - Where there is stuff the bites the heads off crocodiles. Because of the way my natural language works, makes more sense to me if there was an of ...
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Made us fool VS Made fool of us

Which one of the following is correct sentence. He made a fool of us. He made us fool. Thanks.
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Going to VS Goes to

Anderson):- Is your brother serious about taking job at fast food restaurant? Bob):- I guess not. He is going to college. Now my question is what does the highlighted sentence mean? Does it mean; ...
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Help me out VS Help me

I don't understand the difference between the following two sentences and grammatical explanation. Why we use out here and also here "Ask her out for a dance. Thanks. Help him Help him out
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Wait VS Wait up

Please explain the difference between the following two sentences. Please try to explain it in simple words. Thanks. 1:- Don't wait up for me. 2:- Don't wait for me.
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Come VS Come over

Please explain the difference between the following two sentences. Please try to explain it simple words. Thanks. A):- Please come over this afternoon. B):- Please come this afternoon.
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thanks for help or thanks for the help or thanks for your help

Which ones are casually acceptable as follows? Thanks for help. Thanks for the help. Thanks for your help.

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