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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When to properly use Present Progressive statements?

Can present progressive statements be use at present or for the future? or both?
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Is it appropriate to use “in” always to denote inside a vehicle?

Normally when someone is inside a vehicle it is written as He is in the car I am in the bus But can I use the same word when it is related with a bike or bicycle are below sentences are correct ? I ...
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“Happen to know” meaning

"Do you happen to know is if she has a boyfriend?" What does the above sentence means . I heard those line in the movie 'the social network' and I would like to know when do we use this phrase "...
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Help me with construction of this interrogative sentence

Why did you not tell the truth? Can you tell me? Now join them in one sentence. What is the result? Can you tell me why did you not tell the truth? or Can you tell me why you did not tell the ...
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“Stop making me laugh so much” Vs “Stop cracking me up so much”

Scenario 1) Suppose someone is lying to you and you want to tell him / her sarcastically that his words sound too funny (because of the obvious lies he is making up); Scenario 2) Suppose someone is ...
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“No more than” — comparing two clauses

I came across this sentence today: Even she, who believed herself to be a revolutionary, could no more have broken her marital bangles than she could have driven a stake through her husband's heart....
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“wouldn't” vs. “won't” & “couldn't” vs “can't”

If we were talking about the importance of energy and that even machines need it what should we say? What's the difference between these two sentences: Machines wouldn't work without energy & ...
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How do native speakers say condolences to someone else (especially in AmE)?

In my mother language, when someone dies, friends and family usually try to say their condolences to everyone who is suffering from that loss. What we say is as follows: I say condolences to you. ...
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“What more” vs “what else” do you need?

I am providing you with food, shelter, clothes. What more do you need or what else do you need? Which one's correct?
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Can we say “little salty”?

"The soup is a little salty" - means the soup is saltier than the average. I heard this before so I guess it is correct. What is the part of speech of "a little"? Can we say "the soup is little salty"...
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Should it be “you've been in” or “you've been to”?

Which is the correct sentence? Why? It's the first time he has been in space. It's the first time he has been to space.
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' being ' in participle clauses

According to the source " we can use an adverbial participle clause to express reason or cause as an alternative to a because/since/as clause. Using a participle clause in this way is more ...
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Can we use “Been” without have/has/had?

I've never seen "been" been used without have/has/had. But in some songs it appears that they sometime use "been" without have. When I searched on internet the lyrics of some songs, it was actually ...
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what does “20,000 foot view” mean?

I have just started reading a book on Unix and came across a sentence which says: Fig. shows the 20,000 foot view of the organization of the GNU/Linux Operating System. What is meant by the 20,000 ...
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Is “that's an interesting idea” necessarily encouraging or approving?

Is “that's an interesting idea” necessarily an encouraging or approving expression in English? Can it be a negative or disapproving comment? (Maybe some examples would be nice.)
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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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Get it? vs Got it?

1. What the heck are you doing? Stop that nonsense. Get it? 2. What the heck are you doing? Stop that nonsense. Got it? Which one of the above is correct? Is it okay to use just "Get it?" or "Got it?...
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What's the difference between I want it and I want to have it?

What's the difference between; I want it I want to have it And what is the reason? Thank you in advance