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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Can Be Happend. Is that wrong?

tooth decay is a common dental issue that can be happened among children. Please explain the grammatical error in this sentence.
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Someone's smile VS Someone smile

Which one of the following is correct? Be the reason of someone's smile. Be the reason of someone smile. Million of thanks.
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Construction Shift [closed]

I need to construction shift this sentence but I have two options in mind that make sense somehow and those two options are options B and D. There was no remedy available for his constant attacks of ...
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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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"How about you start tomorrow?"

Does this a common phrase? Or at least does it sound natural? I know this is quite common: "Okay, you have the job. How about starting tomorrow?" But I'm not sure about this: "Okay, ...
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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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which one is correct to be used in my below sentence? (If it was/ is)

Also your headlines should be attention-grabbing because most users read headlines first and if it was/ is interesting enough, then they will decide to read the rest of the content.
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which one is better to be used in my sentence? (visible to/ visible for)

which one to be used? visible for/ to? 1.This webpage is only visible for registered users. 2.This webpage is only visible to registered users.
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Tell me whether the statement is right or wrong

"Whoever reads this comment, I wish u achieved all the goals in your life and became a great person!" is this correct? I saw this comment in a youtube video... I think it's incorrect because ...
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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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Is the first sentence redundant in the paragraph?

I wrote the following sentences. I have read Prof. XX’ s work “AAA” and I am excited about his great achievements on data mining. I believe that my passion and experience in these areas will have a ...
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Is it necessary to prepare anything else for our meeting? / Is there anything else to prepare for our meeting?

As I understand it, both sentences are grammatically correct, but the second version is used more often. Why? Is that because the second version is less formal? Or are there any other reasons in ...
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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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Why don’t English speakers say “I’m cold very much”?

When I’m very cold, I noticed I say “I’m very cold.” But why not “I’m cold much” or “I’m cold very much”? You can say “I’m cold now” adverbs can be added and “be” and “cold” mean the same. Or, "I ...
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What does "I will float off the floor from our morning time" mean?

After a date, that we have early at morning, a girl wrote me that sentence. What does it mean? I cannot figure out the sense translating it into my mother tongue. Thank you all.
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Meaning of "I am supposed to meet a friend in 1 hour"

"I'm supposed to meet friend in 1 hour" what does this sentence exactly means and what is the role of the word "suppose" here.
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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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Is it wrong to say "I ate one soup" today

I am wondering is it correct to say "I ate one soup today. I didn't eat much."
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What is the proper way to thanks a professor for asking me to TA for her course?

I want to thank a professor for asking me to TA for her course, because it made me happy that she had thought of me for the position. As a non-native English learner, it is sometimes hard for me to ...
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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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take time to do something / doing something

While in New York he took time to visit some friends. This is an example of the phrase take time to do something from Longman Dictionary. My question is, can we also say While in New York he took ...
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I need help for a definition [closed]

Does this sentence make sense, and is it correct? “ Her honest opinion seemed very abrasive to others”
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go from work to home on foot / go home from work on foot / come back from work on foot [closed]

I know that the first sentence and the second one are used in English. How about the others? Maybe, some examples are grammatically correct, but awkward in English. I usually walk home from work. I ...
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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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Should "tomorrow evening" go at the beginning or end of the sentence?

Should "tomorrow evening" go at the beginning or end of the sentence? Are you free tomorrow evening? Tomorrow evening are you free? Which of these sentences is correct?
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"that" in indirect speech

In indirect speech it is more common for the reporting clause to come first. When the reporting clause is first, we don’t put a comma between the reporting clause and the reported clause. She told me ...
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We will select 3 participants and each will receive a goodie bag of their choice, **subject to availability.**

We will select 3 participants and each will receive a goodie bag of their choice, subject to availability. If no other context is provided, does the sentence convey that there are more than 1 goodie ...
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adjective + wh-

Be careful whom you hire. There is an example in Oxord advanced learner’s dictionary. careful when/what/how, etc. I wonder if the sentence I mentioned above is part of the usage of the adjective + wh-...
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How to express “I feel some thing has been done” in English?

(This question was closed in the English Language & Usage forum. I guess I should ask it here?) I'm a English learner and I encountered a situation which I didn't know how to express in English. ...
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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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The mess in your room reflects on you. (Is this idiomatic?)

The mess in your room reflects on you. Is this sentence idiomatic? (The intended meaning is "the mess=your status of mind or situation")
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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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How to express "to the extent of my ability" after receiving a recommendation letter?

I asked and received a letter of recommendation from someone outside my company. This person is considered an expert in the field, and has much more experience than me (decades v. years). I am very ...
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Is it rude to say "I will let you know"?

In a meeting I've asked someone a question and in response she said: I'll let you know when I find out From her tone, I know that she didn't mean to be rude or anything, so I just want to know ...
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Can double "but"s be used in a sentence?

It's not literally double "but"s, but here's the sentence that I'm talking about: The old system had its flaws, but nevertheless it was preferable to the new one. I picked this up from ...
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How to use " involve in things you do not concern"

Which sentence sounds natural when you try to tell someone else who tries to intervene in a dispute you having with your friend. 1.It is not nice that you are involved in things you do not concern 2....
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The application of tense agreement

Do the rules of sequence of tenses apply to an adjective clause? Can the tense of an adjective clause be different from the main clause? The examples are as follows. The latest preliminary report I’...
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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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The committee split over government subsidies. (split-split-split)

The committee split over government subsidies. How can I make clear the meaning of the sentence in case I want to differentiate 'present form of split' from 'past form of split'?
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"should at least be" or "should be...,at least" or "at least, should be" , which one is grammatically correct?

Which of the following sentence would be correct, please explain and also tell about cases where each of the correct sentences can be used: The number of employees should at least be 1. The number of ...
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Sense of sentence usage with the subordinate clause

If the subordinate clause is an adjective clause, it may be in any tense as is required by the sense: Sam finished the work which I do. Sam finished the work which I did. Sam finished the work which ...
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other meanings of the word "appetite"

I was having an interview yesterday and I was talking about people's tastes when it comes to food. The interviewer asked me a question about whether young people and old people in my city like the ...
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I'm baffled at this expression: "If I don't talk to you beforehand, then......"

A client wrote to me and ended his email with this line: If I don't talk to you beforehand, I hope you have a very happy, healthy and safe holiday! It seems to me that this expression is for giving ...
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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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I was going to you?

I just want to ask if I was planning to go to someone and in the same minute he show up what is the suitable thing to say? Is it I was going to you? Thank you..
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I was supposed to be going or I went

What is the difference between the following expressions: "I was supposed to be going to concert and it was absolutely pouring down so I decided to go in the car " "I went to the concert and it ...
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How do you do? vs. How are you doing?

How do you do? Why native English users say 'How do you do?' when they meet each other for the first time? In my culture, it's natural to say "Nice to meet you." and feel that if we know ...
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Sentence structure in poems

Ah, had I but the strength of my hands, And could for one hour win out of here, For one winter hour, then I with this host-! But around me lie iron bonds, The fetter's chain rides on me... Found this ...
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How should I frame these sentences?

If you would have told me I would have done it. I would mind if you wouldn't do it. I wouldn't mind if you would do it. If you wouldn't have told me I would have done it. Are there sentences correct?
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What is better to use in modern English?

Which sentence is better to use in Modern English between two sentences having the same meaning. The sentences like Be he ever so skillful However skillful he may be. I guess number 2 can be used in ...

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