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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How can one use WOULD and COULD, both, consecutively?

I encountered a sentence in an article. The writer (Australian) has used both COULD and WOULD consecutively in a sentence. The sentence is "But I was determined to make a statement: would could do ...
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Is it correct to say “someone's heart is with us”?

Is it correct to say "someone's heart is with us"? I'm trying to translate a piece of text to English and I really don't know whether that is correct or not. The source text is saying that someone is ...
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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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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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How to describe the snow covering the city?

I am trying to write sentences on the beginning of snowfall and city getting covering in the snow. Here are the three variants, but the first two variants sound weird. Can someone please correct them ...
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Is it a correct usage?

"If you ask my favourite activity, I would say it is eating." Is it correct or I should use "will" instead of would or another thing
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Are all the paired sentences grammatically correct? And do all those sound natural to native speakers?

I am an English teacher who has a duty to teach correct English to the students who want to learn it. That is why I think I have to know grammatically correct English because it can destroy my ...
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English Grammar - Feeling good with

I have a problem with EN grammar so i need a little bit of help. So... From an early age, we are searching for a social circle and people we feel with. OR From an early age, we are searching ...
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and there was blood

Can I say the sentence below about a girl who runs at her house and then hits her head and it bleeds, She hit her head on the door and there was blood. I'm not sure about this sentence firstly ...
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give it to him to examine

Give the fabric to John to examine. Let's say I'm telling somebody called Joe to give another person (John) a piece of fabric to examine it. Can I say the sentence above instead of, Give the ...
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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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Get it? vs Got it?

What the heck are you doing? Stop that nonsense. Get it? 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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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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How should I politely say “I hope I can receive recognition”?

That is used to apply to a university program and I want to politely say that I hope I can enter your program. Should that be I hope I could receive your recognition. or I hope I would/...
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Ways that a mom ask her child to wear properly in cold weather

It's difficult for me to find the correct words to ask my young brother that told me that he's cold. I want to ask him about the quality of his dressing, I mean if he weared properly before he left ...
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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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The colloquial expression of future prediction using tree falling analogy

I once heard a vivid expression which expresses that you can't precisely predict the future, which goes something like this: you can't anticipate each branch you will hit when falling off a tree ...
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I'll Sleep now vs I'll go to sleep now

While talking to a friend over phone if I am feeling sleepy and before hanging up I want to convey to my friend that I want to sleep now. How should I say that?
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First or Zero conditional? Setence-usage

I know that: 0 Condition - For facts that always happen; Whereas: 1st Conditional - For specific facts; So, why People use Zero conditional in these sentences, even though is a one-time thing? ...
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I will be coming from tomorrow onwards!

I will be coming from tomorrow onwards. Is this an accurate way or a phrase to tell someone about the planning and as a promise that from tomorrow onwards, I'll be there?
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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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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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“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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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 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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...