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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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Putting a word between “every” and “day”

Can I put any word between every and day in these circumstances: I feel disappointed every exam day. He brings his umbrella along every cloudy day. Thank you.
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A problem regarding causative verbs

In an editorial I found a sentence. The government may be more successful if it identifies the incentives it can offer China in the next few months to review its position. To review its position ...
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Why do native speakers dislike/disallow “Films with lots of gratuitous violence are liked by Tony”?

Tony likes films with lots of gratuitous violence. Films with lots of gratuitous violence are liked (by Tony). Might I enquire of you why native speakers do disallow/dislike this passivisation?
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How to say in english something like this

When you talk about conditions, for example: I would rather have done something than ..... and someone tells you: You don't need to make such a choice. (you already are in a good position, so ...
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Why “change my schedule around”, instead of “change my schedule”?

I heard some people say I changed my schedule around, instead of just saying "I changed my schedule." when they, for example, are making college class schedule. Can I use this expression without ...
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“It is ok” synonym expression

I have used the expression "It is ok." when the character is calming down herself, so she would stop from getting annoyed or angry. But I have used it a lot, that's why I want another synonym that can ...
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Would using “one of either” be correct?

I was writing a comment the other day when I wrote a sentence similar to the one below: You can choose one of either (Pizza, Mac and Cheese, or Spaghetti). Obviously the choices are made-up, but ...
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To (have / take) a swim

1. I'm going for a swim. 2. I'm going to have a swim. 3. I'm going to take a swim. Are the last two sentences correct? I know the first one is, but what about the last two? I know that you can use '...
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How do I avoid repeating the same word several times? [closed]

I have written the following sentence, but I feel that it's too long, especially the number of the word "animal" is too many. What's your idea about this? If so, please suggest me how to make it more ...
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The event was a great success. In the above sentence, what's the meaning of “event”? [closed]

The event was a great success. In the above sentence, what's the meaning of "event"?
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Is it inappropriate for introducing yourself starts with “Hi! Myself XYZ”?

Normally i use this as introductory sentence but someone told me that this is not the correct way to introduce yourself and he recommended me to start as Greetings, i am XYZ infront of you all. What ...
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Usages of Look vs Looks

Just wondering if these sentences are correct. "All these rocks looks the same." (Potentially an informal usage? Like saying anyways instead of anyway??) "All these rocks kind of look the same."
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Can we say “Our intelligence is similar” and “The way we think is similar”?

Let's say I think that my intelligence is similar to somebody else's intelligence. In this case, can I say "Our intelligence is similar." since we can't say "Our intelligences are similar" because ...
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Is “Can I tempt you?” common?

... Uncle Vernon brought out a bottle of brandy. "Can I tempt you, Marge?" Aunt Marge had already had quite a lot of wine. In this context, Uncle Vernon said it to offer some brandy to Marge. I'd ...
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Thank you for your availability

Sometimes I find myself starting or ending emails with a "thank you" note to appreciate the person on the other side making available in case I need some help. His email may end with something like "...
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Would a person telling me what he did understand “You did what?” as a request to repeat what he did?

In Italian, if somebody told me what they did, and I would say Hai fatto cosa? (You did what?), it would be probably understood as I am asking to repeat what they did. How would You did what? be ...
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I will go vs. I am going

I used to think Will was used for future and Present Progressive for ongoing actions but recently I came across a site(forgot to save the link) which states that present progressive can be used for ...
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Incorporate or subsume?

In my office bio-data form I added three more points. I requested: "Please incorporate these points and make these points effective." "Incorporate" or "subsume"? Which one is correct? I also made ...
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Who is this vs who is calling-telephone

What is the difference between "who is this?" and "who is calling?" when we answer to the telephone? Is the second one more polite than the first one? Lastly, is there any difference between AmE and ...
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“had a test in English today” vs. “had an English test today”

Is it ok to say: "I had a test in English today" Or should I say: "I had an English test today" instead? I think I actually have seen it expressed like "in English" but I just read it wasn't ...
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To be vs. Being [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two sentences? I like being a Doctor. I like to be a Doctor. For instance I am a a Doctor by profession. And if someone asks me if I like my profession? Then ...
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Making someone tired vs. Tiring someone out

What is the exact difference between Making someone tired Getting someone tired Having someone tired Tiring someone out 1,2, and 3 are used when you are doing something to or on someone against ...
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When we want to add an example just to be clearer, what kinds of sentences should we use?

This is the original text: Each cardiac muscle fiber contains a single nucleus and is striated, or striped, because it appears to have light and dark bands when seen through a microscope. Suppose, ...
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I want them to vs I don't want them to confusion

I'm a bit confused as to how these will be interpreted in everyday laguage. For example, if someone ask me, "Do you want him to have a nice car", do I say yes, no, or don't care? If I say yes, it ...
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The usage of As + [ADJ]

I came across some sentences in which they add as before a adjective, but I can't make it clear all the time, saying revising is more involved and typically means you've re-checked everything and ...
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Can I say: “(…) state-of-art…”

Can I say for example "I’m working as an engineer in company which provide state of the art IT solution."? I wonder if I can use phrase "state of the art" with nouns like: IT solution oil service ...
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What's the colloquial way to express those questions?

Now, if someone told me that the weather is very bad. I would like to ask about when it started to become bad and for how many days. Is it okay to use "How long" like: How long has it been bad? ...
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Walk beside the trees or under the trees [closed]

Which sentence is correct? I am walking beside the trees or I am walking under the tree?
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How would “is that what's supposed to look like” sound to you?

Consider you are asked to deliver your answer in an exam in form of a graph. Now, you want to make sure if you are right or wrong when you handing in the paper. I would say Is that what's supposed ...
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“considered to be” and “considered as”

This passage is from TOEFL: Those who are considered to be gorgeous can make millions of dollars due to their looks, while musical geniuses with modest looks may remain in obscurity. I wonder ...
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I was going to you?

I just want to ask if I was planning to go to someone and in the same minute he show up what is the suitable thing to say? Is it I was going to you? Thank you..
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The soundness of this sentence: “we evaluate the effectiveness of the/our proposed method”

My question is about the soundness of the sentence: "we evaluate the effectiveness of the/our proposed method" It seems that it is used in writings and is grammatically correct. However, ...
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Phrase question [closed]

I will hit on your face I will hit in your face which one is correct I will slap on your face I will slap in your face which one is correct I will say on your face I will say to your face which one ...
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Verb question query

As a 13-year-old in a boarding school, I would sit in my dorm room with my friends flipping through old-battered copies of Vogue, talking about how one day we would all be featured in the magazine. ...
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inquire of plant's wellbeing

For example: I wonder how my plant might be doing/might be bearing up, since I've neglected it for a week. Meaning, I wonder what state my plant might be in when I come back home (dried out, grown ...
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Could I use “so much so that…” in this context?

I was wondering if I could use "so much so that" in the following way " I usually don't enter on Skype, so much so that I've just seen your message, and you sent it one week ago." Thank you. It's ...
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The sentence grammar for “I wanted to gorge myself, gorge I did.”

One of my friends who is a native speaker once said the sentence: I wanted to gorge myself, gorge I did. I may not remember what's the exact sentence he said, but the sentence structure should be ...
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Does “I'm on it” mean “I'm doing it” or “I'm going to do it”?

This is a simple question. As the title says, what would it mean in this given context: A: Can you check this? B: I'm on it. In this case, when B says "I'm on it", does he mean he already ...
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How to express 'going down the stairs to street'?

Suppose, one of my friends is waiting for me on street. I'm going to ground floor using stairs of our building. At that moment if my friend phones me, what should I say to mean that I'm on the way to ...
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I don't know when she laughed last time vs. I don't know when did she laugh last time

I am always confused about the second part. Because it seems to me that the second part is kind of a question so i should use do/ did according to tense but at the Same time it also feels weird to add ...
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It seems like he has asked her vs. He seems to have asked her [closed]

Which one is correct? And if both are, then please explain to me in which situations can I use "seems to have" and what is the grammar term for it? Thanks in advance.
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She will be beautiful when she grows up

A. When she grows up, she we will be beautiful B. When she will grow up, she will be beautiful I have got a couple of doubts about this sentence: Which one of them is correct? Can I use the 2nd ...
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Sentence struture - Reversing and starting with No

"No Software will be developed for this project". What's wrong with above sentence? I get a "Passive voice (consider reversing)" suggestion on the "will be" part from Word grammar checker. However, I ...
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I would rather die than for this to happen

'I would rather die than for this to happen.' Does this sentence make sense and sound natural? I saw it. But i am not sure..
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Is “How to say something in English” a wrong sentence?

I've heard people said if you want to ask someone how to say something in English. You should say How do you say something in English or How can I say something in English is this real and why?
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How to formally give response message if my shop is closed

I'm trying to compose a response message for my Facebook page in case the page visitors send messages while my shop is closed (non business hours) Sorry our shop is closed at this hour, but our ...
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Horse has two legs about [closed]

Someone asked me what if horse had two legs how would it be look like? I replied if horse had two legs then it would have been looked like same as you. I just want to know in that reply am I ...
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Self insulted in front of someone

It feels good to be self insulted. How to say it grammatically correct. I know I am wrong please make me correct.
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Instructed or something like

Suppose I posted something on social media and i don't want ladies to watch them then can I say like that. Ladies are instructed to not watch those pics, you may find visual violence or something. ...