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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“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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Being ignored or getting ignored

I have been messaging my friend and he's keeping me on the read. I would like to ask my friend why he is ignoring me. Which of the following sentence is more idiomatic? -Why am I getting ignored? -...
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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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How to express “Please don't hold or keep the milk or water in your mouth, swallow it”?

Sometimes, my little child takes a sip of water or milk & then he keeps or holds the sip in his mouth without swallowing it. Is it idiomatic to say "Please don't hold or keep the milk or water in ...
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“Such other people as are willing to do…” Sentence pattern

In a 20th century speech I found the sentence: We are helping the people of our country and such other people as are our neighbors as well as such other people as are willing to receive help from ...
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Which one is right? “The assassination by the US of Iran's most powerful general” or The assassination of Iran's most powerful general by the US"

While I was reading the news today on bbc.com, I came across the following sentence. The assassination by the US of Iran's most powerful general caused tensions between the two countries The way it ...
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Difference between sentences in meaning

1) Your passing the exam will make your parents happy. 2) The fact that you will pass the exam will make your parents happy. 3) It will make your parents happy that you will pass the exam. ...
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He is closer to me than my brother close to me

Which sentences below would more formal ? 1) He is closer to me than my brother 2) He is closer to me than my brother is 3) He is closer to me than my brother close to me. I wonder ...
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“To be (cold/hot)” VS "To feel (cold/hot)

I have read the similar thread on the forum, but still I somewhat hesitate about this topic. Let me sum up my take on it in the following way; please do me a favor and correct me if I'm wrong: I'...
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Which sentence would be best for situation below?

Teacher told me and my friend to read some books? But my friend would two more books which are Tom Sawyer and Robinson Crusoe than me. In this case If I say the sentences below would these be ...
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How can one use WOULD and COULD, both, consecutively?

I encountered a sentence in an article. The writer (Australian) has used both COULD and WOULD consecutively in a sentence. The sentence is "But I was determined to make a statement: would could do ...
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Is it correct to say “someone's heart is with us”?

Is it correct to say "someone's heart is with us"? I'm trying to translate a piece of text to English and I really don't know whether that is correct or not. The source text is saying that someone is ...
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How to describe the snow covering the city?

I am trying to write sentences on the beginning of snowfall and city getting covering in the snow. Here are the three variants, but the first two variants sound weird. Can someone please correct them ...
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Is it a correct usage?

"If you ask my favourite activity, I would say it is eating." Is it correct or I should use "will" instead of would or another thing
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English Grammar - Feeling good with

I have a problem with EN grammar so i need a little bit of help. So... From an early age, we are searching for a social circle and people we feel with. OR From an early age, we are searching ...
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Are all the paired sentences grammatically correct? And do all those sound natural to native speakers?

I am an English teacher who has a duty to teach correct English to the students who want to learn it. That is why I think I have to know grammatically correct English because it can destroy my ...
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and there was blood

Can I say the sentence below about a girl who runs at her house and then hits her head and it bleeds, She hit her head on the door and there was blood. I'm not sure about this sentence firstly ...
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give it to him to examine

Give the fabric to John to examine. Let's say I'm telling somebody called Joe to give another person (John) a piece of fabric to examine it. Can I say the sentence above instead of, Give the ...
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How should I politely say “I hope I can receive recognition”?

That is used to apply to a university program and I want to politely say that I hope I can enter your program. Should that be I hope I could receive your recognition. or I hope I would/...
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Ways that a mom ask her child to wear properly in cold weather

It's difficult for me to find the correct words to ask my young brother that told me that he's cold. I want to ask him about the quality of his dressing, I mean if he weared properly before he left ...
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The colloquial expression of future prediction using tree falling analogy

I once heard a vivid expression which expresses that you can't precisely predict the future, which goes something like this: you can't anticipate each branch you will hit when falling off a tree ...
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First or Zero conditional? Setence-usage

I know that: 0 Condition - For facts that always happen; Whereas: 1st Conditional - For specific facts; So, why People use Zero conditional in these sentences, even though is a one-time thing? ...
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Word-usage: “[…] that has had/ had everything…”

Could you guys see this sentence and say if I should use Present Perfect or Past Simple? Haven't you heard the story about a character that has had / had everything and still hasn't been / wasn't ...
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Does this sentence convey the idea and sound natural?

I am translating a text, and I am struggling with this sentence. Does it sound natural and convey the idea? 'You can drive up to one meter close to the tables' ---> with the meaning that you can ...
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OK to use “Thank you so very much”?

I have already heard both Thank you so much and Thank you very much Is it OK to use: Thank you so very much
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I need some help on sentence making. What should I say?

I am not a native English speaker and sometimes I find making sentence difficult. So I'm asking for help. I was trying to express like that, "somebody has picked up a guy on his arm to throw him up ...
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Is it grammitcally acceptable sentence formation?

"IoT is everywhere. It’s a home automation system that detects changing conditions and adjusts the thermostat or lighting. It’s production equipment that alerts maintenance technicians to an ...
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Can I use 'being' or should I use 'because'?

I saw someone saying this on television actually I really didn't get the meaning. Can I use being this way or should I use because? Your legs are tanned! They were being outside.
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four the shortest sequences vs four shortest sequences

Is this sentence correct? "we decided to fold only four the shortest sequences" (it's a scientific text) or "four shortest" should be used instead?
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Is this sentence ambiguous?

Whatever he aspired to achieve, they were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers. Whatever he had any aspirations to, they were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers. How 'they' is ambiguous in ...
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What are some generic responses to “It's good to see you.”?

I often find myself struggling to come up with a response to that simple sentence. The only thing I always end up saying is "same here" which, to be perfectly frank, I'm not sure is appropriate. I'd ...
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When asking a group of people for the time, which of “Have you got the time?” and “Has any of you got the time?” is the more appropriate?

Let's say you go up to a group of people in the street and want to ask them the time; which of the above two sentences is the more appropriate? (are there any better alternatives)
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Keep your head/chin/pecker up

We have two situations that the following sentences can be used in: Keep your head up. Keep your chin up. Keep your pecker up. a. When you want someone to be hopeful again after a ...
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Must “firstly,… secondly, …” or “first,… second, …” always follow “There are X number of reasons”?

I have read hundreds of posts where people debated over the use of "firstly, secondly, ..." and "first, second, ..." My understanding is it comes down to style and neither is wrong. However, I can't ...
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Give an example sentence: (Correct?)

Is this sentence correct? Give an example sentence: I'm not sure whether there is a phrase ' example sentence' or not. I always use: Give an example: or Give a sentence as an example: or ...
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A questionnarie question

Let's assume that this is the first time you want to visit a doctor. Most of the doctors usually have a prepared questionnaire which is submitted to you to be filled in by you at the first meeting and ...
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Which one would be better?

Is it grammatically correct to say “We went to the movies Yesterday”? Or would it sound better to say “Yesterday we went to the movies”? For example, I know that it sounds odd to say “It was a good ...
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When you're going to be late for a meeting

Let's assume that you are going to be late for a meeting. I wonder when do you normally use each sentence below? 1) I’m sorry for keeping you / to keep you waiting. I would use this sentence ...
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How to say what I want to say?

I put that there so she see it. I put that in her ---- . I mean 2 to say the same as 1. So how to complete 2? Any of the blow, or something else? I put that in her eyesight. I put that in ...
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Which sentence is more appropriate and correct?

For an absent student Your son, John Doe of Class-X has not come to school on 21.06.2019 without any reason. Your son, John Doe of Class-X did not come to school on 21.06.2019 without ...
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Modern substitutes for saving your (presence / reverence)

Edited: I wonder in modern English what we can say prior to uttering something that might sound offensive or disapproving to the person/people you're talking to? I know two phrases: Saving your ...
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cause you to sleep late or affect your rest

The situation is, I phone somebody in his evening and I feel sorry because it's late. In my mother language, there's an expression like, "Sorry for causing you to sleep late" or "Sorry for affecting ...

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