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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Do I need a second verb in a descriptive sentence like: The definition of x is something (eg.:) done contrary to y?

I am not sure if I need a second verb in a sentence like the above. One actual example is: The definition of illegal is something done contrary to or forbidden by the law. Do I need 'done' here? ...
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Is it right that I told him the truth?

To mean "Was I right to tell him the truth?" Can we say, "Was/Is it right that I told him truth?" Context: I want to ask if what I did is morally right. I know that we can say ...
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"....in 10 days" or ".....after 10 days."

The text is from BBC web site: "....Under the measures, Austrians will be asked to work from home, non-essential shops will close, and schools will remain open for children who require face-to-...
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May I say "the use of English is acceptable?" on my website?

I'm a Taiwanese and I'm running a shopping website for my dad. I want to add a sentence to express: "If you want to contact us, but you don't speak Chinese, English is fine, then." So, is &...
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"Xs are those who are Y." vs "Xs are Y"

I read the following sentence from an LSAT: "Animated films appropriate for children are those that are innocently naive, mischievous perhaps, but not threatening." Would you kindly help ...
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'In contrast' at the beginning of a sentence

Can 'in contrast' start the sentence and be used without 'to' or 'with'? For instance, is the following construction possible? For the product A the procedure X is typically used. In contrast, for the ...
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Construction Shift [closed]

I need to construction shift this sentence but I have two options in mind that make sense somehow and those two options are options B and D. There was no remedy available for his constant attacks of ...
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"How about you start tomorrow?"

Does this a common phrase? Or at least does it sound natural? I know this is quite common: "Okay, you have the job. How about starting tomorrow?" But I'm not sure about this: "Okay, ...
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which one is better to be used in my sentence? (visible to/ visible for)

which one to be used? visible for/ to? 1.This webpage is only visible for registered users. 2.This webpage is only visible to registered users.
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Is it necessary to prepare anything else for our meeting? / Is there anything else to prepare for our meeting?

As I understand it, both sentences are grammatically correct, but the second version is used more often. Why? Is that because the second version is less formal? Or are there any other reasons in ...
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Why don’t English speakers say “I’m cold very much”?

When I’m very cold, I noticed I say “I’m very cold.” But why not “I’m cold much” or “I’m cold very much”? You can say “I’m cold now” adverbs can be added and “be” and “cold” mean the same. Or, "I ...
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Is it wrong to say "I ate one soup" today

I am wondering is it correct to say "I ate one soup today. I didn't eat much."
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What is the proper way to thanks a professor for asking me to TA for her course?

I want to thank a professor for asking me to TA for her course, because it made me happy that she had thought of me for the position. As a non-native English learner, it is sometimes hard for me to ...
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Tell me whether the statement is right or wrong

"Whoever reads this comment, I wish u achieved all the goals in your life and became a great person!" is this correct? I saw this comment in a youtube video... I think it's incorrect because ...
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I need help for a definition [closed]

Does this sentence make sense, and is it correct? “ Her honest opinion seemed very abrasive to others”
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go from work to home on foot / go home from work on foot / come back from work on foot [closed]

I know that the first sentence and the second one are used in English. How about the others? Maybe, some examples are grammatically correct, but awkward in English. I usually walk home from work. I ...
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adjective + wh-

Be careful whom you hire. There is an example in Oxord advanced learner’s dictionary. careful when/what/how, etc. I wonder if the sentence I mentioned above is part of the usage of the adjective + wh-...
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How to express “I feel some thing has been done” in English?

(This question was closed in the English Language & Usage forum. I guess I should ask it here?) I'm a English learner and I encountered a situation which I didn't know how to express in English. ...
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We will select 3 participants and each will receive a goodie bag of their choice, **subject to availability.**

We will select 3 participants and each will receive a goodie bag of their choice, subject to availability. If no other context is provided, does the sentence convey that there are more than 1 goodie ...
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The mess in your room reflects on you. (Is this idiomatic?)

The mess in your room reflects on you. Is this sentence idiomatic? (The intended meaning is "the mess=your status of mind or situation")
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How to express "to the extent of my ability" after receiving a recommendation letter?

I asked and received a letter of recommendation from someone outside my company. This person is considered an expert in the field, and has much more experience than me (decades v. years). I am very ...
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Can double "but"s be used in a sentence?

It's not literally double "but"s, but here's the sentence that I'm talking about: The old system had its flaws, but nevertheless it was preferable to the new one. I picked this up from ...
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The application of tense agreement

Do the rules of sequence of tenses apply to an adjective clause? Can the tense of an adjective clause be different from the main clause? The examples are as follows. The latest preliminary report I’...
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The committee split over government subsidies. (split-split-split)

The committee split over government subsidies. How can I make clear the meaning of the sentence in case I want to differentiate 'present form of split' from 'past form of split'?
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"should at least be" or "should be...,at least" or "at least, should be" , which one is grammatically correct?

Which of the following sentence would be correct, please explain and also tell about cases where each of the correct sentences can be used: The number of employees should at least be 1. The number of ...
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Sense of sentence usage with the subordinate clause

If the subordinate clause is an adjective clause, it may be in any tense as is required by the sense: Sam finished the work which I do. Sam finished the work which I did. Sam finished the work which ...
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other meanings of the word "appetite"

I was having an interview yesterday and I was talking about people's tastes when it comes to food. The interviewer asked me a question about whether young people and old people in my city like the ...
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How do you do? vs. How are you doing?

How do you do? Why native English users say 'How do you do?' when they meet each other for the first time? In my culture, it's natural to say "Nice to meet you." and feel that if we know ...
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Sentence structure in poems

Ah, had I but the strength of my hands, And could for one hour win out of here, For one winter hour, then I with this host-! But around me lie iron bonds, The fetter's chain rides on me... Found this ...
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How should I frame these sentences?

If you would have told me I would have done it. I would mind if you wouldn't do it. I wouldn't mind if you would do it. If you wouldn't have told me I would have done it. Are there sentences correct?
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take time to do something / doing something

While in New York he took time to visit some friends. This is an example of the phrase take time to do something from Longman Dictionary. My question is, can we also say While in New York he took ...
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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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"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 two sentences having the same meaning. The sentences like Be he ever so skillful However skillful he may be. I guess number 2 can be used in ...
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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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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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