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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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They were listening scared

They were listening scared. Is there anything wrong with this sentence? I searched Google Books and this expression does not seem to appear anywhere: listening scared Not even Ngram recognizes ...
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What is “Subject patients to radiation”?

SOURCE (Job description) Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of ...
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Is “I can want” proper english? Does it sound ok for natives?

For example, in sentences like "I can want whatever I want", or "I can want something now and still change my mind about it later". Or are there better ways to say this? Google shows plenty of ...
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'Several contributions can be worked on and included' is this sentence correct?

Consider the following sentence: Several contributions can be worked on and included. In this sentence, I am trying to express the fact that the work can be more interesting if the author can work ...
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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?