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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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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Hi, can I say “Do you want to get some nap?” [on hold]

"Do you want to get some nap?" when he said he is sleepy. Or "Do you want to take a nap?"
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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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What are some professional sentences one can use to quit their job?

Let's say someone works at a restaurant as a waiter. What are some appropriate sentences they could use to tell their manager that they'd like to leave their job?
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What does the phrase “There is no hurry” mean when it's used as a response to an offer for help?

For example, say somebody says "I'll rush down quickly and get the papers for you" and then you respond with "There is no hurry." Does this mean that you've declined the offer for help, or that you'...
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What does the phrase, “Please - allow me!” mean?

I know that the meaning of this phrase is often context related, but I'm not really sure when or in what situations it can be used. So, I'd appreciate it if you'd just give a context as an example ...
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How do you tell someone who's asking you for directions, in a single sentence, that they could follow you since you're headed in the same direction?

What is the proper sentence to use when you're trying to tell the person asking for directions that they could follow you because the way you're headed largely overlaps with theirs (I'm particularly ...
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What's the best sentence to use when you're trying to ask for a different banknote than the one you've already been given?

Say you're at the checkout in a store and you receive a torn five-pound note; what's the best way of asking for a different note? I myself was thinking of something around the lines of "Excuse me; ...
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Asking this in a restaurant, is this the best way to construct the following sentence “Do you serve fries separately?”?

If you're trying to ask whether you can JUST order fries, and not as a side order, would the above sentence suffice? or are there better sentences that ask the same thing?
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“ I guess you could say that” as a reply =?

What people exactly mean when they say " I guess you can/could say that ... " or reply with " I guess you could say that. " ? I mean if it doesn't need any further context to be provided here.
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What does “Something has to go” mean

Hello to all community members. I am preparing for the IELTS listening and rehearsing the cambridge books IELTS listening tests. I marked one question wrong and when i checked the typescript and ...
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How do you tell what office someone works out of?

Do you say she offices out of Lakewood?
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Using the word “profiteer” in noun and verbal form

What verb do you usually use to describe the action of a "profiteer"? I know that the word "profiteer" can be used in both noun and verbal forms, but I think that the verbal form is used very rarely. ...
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An obvious model/example/type of someone or something

There is an expression in our current language which has entered from legal jargon into the common language. (I'm trying to translate it.) We say something like: He/she is an obvious example/...
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I would think ( that ) … vs I think …?

What NAm/BrE native speakers exactly mean when they say or reply with " i would think ( that ) ... " ? I mean if it's used in only one possible correct way and therefore doesn't need any further or ...
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What does it mean to say “ i think it's safe to say ( that ) … ”?

What NAm/BrE Native speakers exactly mean when they say " i think it's safe to say ( that ) ... " ? I mean if it's used in only one possible correct way and therefore doesn't need any further or ...
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How to ask someone/a group of people about a match result?

Please imagine that someone or a group of people are watching a soccer / basketball / etc match and you are just joining them and you are not aware about the match result/score. What is the normal way ...
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Always take your (competitor/rival) seriously

There is a popular sentence in our language which says: Literal translation: Always, take your competitor/rival seriously. Connotation: if you are going to defeat your rival during a match, you ...
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What is the correct term for this?

I was in my hall and heard my brother's mobile phone ring, but as soon as he could come upstairs, the phone stopped ringing. What term/phrase is used when the other person disconnects before you pick ...
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“I guess (so).”, “I guess (that) …” and “… , I guess.”

When NAm.En native speakers say or reply with "I guess (so)", "i guess (that) ..." and "... , I guess.", what are the common different ways in which they use the word "guess" here as a verb in the ...
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Meaning of “don't necessarily think” [closed]

What do English speakers exactly mean when they say: I don't necessarily think that or: I don't think that someone is necessarily a bad person
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Difference between Everyone has gone home vs everyone went home? [duplicate]

Could anyone please tell the difference between present perfect sentence "Everyone has gone home" and simple past "Everyone went home"? What difference does present perfect makes, when simple past ...
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Used to have to meaning

I know that "used to" is used for an action that is no longer done. But I want to know if I could use "have to" with it. For example if I want to say that getting up early in the morning everyday was ...
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Using the idiom “the sky is falling down” in a hopegiving sentence

How should I use the idiom the sky is falling down when I'm going to say to someone in an understated way to that the situation is bad, but not too bad? In other words, I need to make a similar ...
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“Wow! It's already the end of April” “Yeah, you're right. Time …”: Time flies and whatelse?

I was wondering about the difference between these sentences. They all translate the German "Der Zeit vergeht so schnell" or the Italian "il tempo vola". I would like to know if: all of them are ...
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Why do we use capital letter in this sentence?

I am not too sure why we use capital letter with the word ‘Site’ here is the context The Kellers’ caravan is on Site 24. I did some google research but I did not find anything!
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When I wanna ask to people about English sentence

if I ask "Is this sentence natural?" or "Is this sentence smooth?" Are these sentences awkward for native speakers?
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To be a cat with nine lives

We know that a cat is able to endure, continue, or survive despite a near encounter with death or disaster because cats have nine lives (according to a common myth). Example: - Mr. Pickles has ...
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When in order to prevent someone from getting upset you want to clarify the subject of your words [closed]

How to say: the person who I'm talking about is not you, so take no offence? I have several similar and self-made sentences listed below, but have no any idea which one works correctly in this sense ...
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Instantaneous insanity

Imagine a murderer who has been arrested and imprisoned recenly and he has been tried in the court several times! The judging team members, have reached to an agreement on his case and unanimously ...
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When someone intentionally or unintentionally makes you cross your writing

Let's suppose you are writing a text and the person who is sitting beside you (no matter intentionally or unintentionally) nudges you and makes you cross what you were writing. How a native would ...
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telephone introducing myself (not name)

Good morning, when we do a call, usually we introduce ourselves or answer using "this is Name" or "it's Name". But if I should say that I am the father/friend/colleuge/mother etc of the person who the ...