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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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“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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“a chance to meet” vs “a chance that we meet”

Please let me know if there is a chance that we meet somewhere in or outside Chicago. Please let me know if there is a chance to meet somewhere in or outside Chicago. Which one between these ...
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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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“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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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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is “you were sweet to help me / for helping me” the same as “it was sweet of you to help me”?

We got this structure in dictionaries to be sweet of somebody to do something Ex: it was sweet of you to help me My question is: "you were sweet to help me" or "you were sweet for helping me" ...
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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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Using “would” multiple times in a sentence?

Is it OK to use "would" this many times in a sentence? "I remember how I would always wish the creative writing class to end quickly so that I wouldn't have to show the teacher what I wrote."
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“March to the beat of your own drum” as advice

Let's suppose a father is going to talk to his irritable son who moves easily when poeple tell him something negative or not conforming his favorites! Son wants to chose his way in life, but he ...
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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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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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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 ...
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A substitute to (think of a way)

Let's suppose in a meeting, a couple of co-workes are discussiong about an issue and are going to find out a solution to it! One of them brings up a solution. The other person who's playing the ...
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Not very sure about the keynote of this Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial

From 0:36 to the end of this Super Bowl Commercial "Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial 2015: Braylon O'Neill" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLXRt-qRBfU#t=50) it says: "It's this process of ...
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When you are enjoying a good nutrition

I am an athlete and I have very good eating habits. Let's suppose I have changed my coach already and the new one tends to find out wheather I eat high-quality meals or not and in total he is going to ...
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When the media announces a day an official closure

Let's suppose tomorrow everywhere will be closed due to a heavy snowfall and subsequently the bad weather condition! The TV/radio announces / declares that tomorrow is a holiday for work, schools and ...
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Correct usage of “and more generally”

What I am trying to say: "It is important to design efficient selection algorithms and more generally efficient resource allocation algorithms". Note that the resource allocation algorithm include the ...
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What is the exact meaning of this sentence

We selected this bicycle after we had tried several times. Does it mean that we have tried it several times and then we selected this bicycle (this bicycle is tried several times then bought) or we ...
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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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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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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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Confusion about the structure of a sentence

I confronted with this sentence: Rainfall was limited and what water there was rushed across the plain in the annual flood of melted snow. I'm confused with the sentence in bold. Can anyone help ...
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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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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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Be he right or wrong?

Consider the following paragraph from the essay entitled "The usefulness of useless knowledge" by the founder of the Institute for Advanced Study, A. Flexner: The subject which I am discussing has ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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'Confirm it' vs 'confirm' to you

I will probably visit Berlin tomorrow; I can confirm (it) tomorrow morning. Will you be home? Could you please tell me if the above sentence is correct and if the use of it is necessary? Also, ...
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When to use “bon appetit”?

I know that meaning of bon appetit is enjoy your meal, but I want to know when shall I use it? Like if I am eating and someone else joins me, can I say that? What if I am leaving the table?
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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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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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Is it correct to say “no need of thanks”?

Is it correct to say "no need of thanks" when someone says "thank you"? I think you're welcome, no problem, any time and nothing at all are quite often. And I think no need to say thanks is also ...
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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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“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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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 ...