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 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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I don't know when she laughed last time vs. I don't know when did she laugh last time

I am always confused about the second part. Because it seems to me that the second part is kind of a question so i should use do/ did according to tense but at the Same time it also feels weird to add ...
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It seems like he has asked her vs. He seems to have asked her [closed]

Which one is correct? And if both are, then please explain to me in which situations can I use "seems to have" and what is the grammar term for it? Thanks in advance.
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She will be beautiful when she grows up

A. When she grows up, she we will be beautiful B. When she will grow up, she will be beautiful I have got a couple of doubts about this sentence: Which one of them is correct? Can I use the 2nd ...
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Sentence struture - Reversing and starting with No

"No Software will be developed for this project". What's wrong with above sentence? I get a "Passive voice (consider reversing)" suggestion on the "will be" part from Word grammar checker. However, I ...
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I would rather die than for this to happen

'I would rather die than for this to happen.' Does this sentence make sense and sound natural? I saw it. But i am not sure..
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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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Horse has two legs about [closed]

Someone asked me what if horse had two legs how would it be look like? I replied if horse had two legs then it would have been looked like same as you. I just want to know in that reply am I ...
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Self insulted in front of someone

It feels good to be self insulted. How to say it grammatically correct. I know I am wrong please make me correct.
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Instructed or something like

Suppose I posted something on social media and i don't want ladies to watch them then can I say like that. Ladies are instructed to not watch those pics, you may find visual violence or something. ...
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Opinion on football or cricket

So my friend asked me to what do you want your son to join in future football or cricket. I replied there is enough people contributing their interests in cricket so football would be good. Is that ...
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What's the difference between the phrases “to train with” and “to do training with”?

Source Spider-Man is approached to train with S.H.I.E.L.D. I was wondering (whether/ if) will it make any difference if I phrase the sentence as follows: Spider-Man is approached to do training ...
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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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Use of concerning

Which sentence sound more correct for business use? “The company will deliver vital knowledge of system-related aspects concerning workflows to new employees.” “The company will deliver vital ...
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What should be the answer on “I am sorry”?

What should be the answer for someone who ask "Sorry"? For example, If someone insulted or hurt me, and then asks "Sorry" or says "I am sorry, please". If I want to tell him that I accept it (or ...
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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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“What is expecting you” as not a question

I'm going to print a poster for my colleagues co-workerswith two pictures on it. The first picture will go with caption "What you are expecting" and the second with "What is expecting you". However I'...
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Can I use a definite article although a listener don't know what it is?

If there's the apple I bought yesterday, and I'm gonna eat the apple, can I say "I'm gonna eat the apple" although a listener don't know what apple it is? For example, as in "I'm gonna go to the bank"...
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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
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to describe someone looks beautiful and young since she was born

My friend is forty something but she looks younger than her age. So I asked her "What makes you look so much younger?". She answered jokingly in Chinese "天生麗質" which means her beauty is naturally born....
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When you are free vs when you become free?

I am texting a friend who might be busy. So I text him ' leave a message when you are free'? Is that correct?
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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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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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There aren't money in the pot [duplicate]

Which is the right answer? There isn't any money in the pot. There isn't money in the pot. There aren't money in the pot. There are money in the pot.
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Implication of “for a half year”

In a conversation with one of my friends, I said: I have been working at XXX company for a half year. In fact, I was trying to convey I have been in this position for half a year and I'm still ...
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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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'have been waiting' or 'was waiting' [duplicate]

suppose after a long time my friend has come to my house. Can I welcome him saying 'Hey bro, what's up? I have been waiting for your visit for a long time. Nice to see you again.'? Should I use 'have ...
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'Didn't happen' or 'haven't happened' before

Should I use 'haven't happened' or 'didn't happen' in the context? Yesterday a tragic incident happened near Delhi. At least 50 people died in the rail accident. The government and railway officials ...
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Is my sentence correct and does it make sense?

Please help me out here, which one is correct (and makes sense). A man climbing nearby saw the accident. A man climbing nearby met with an accident. Does the first sentence mean that the man who saw ...
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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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“I often buy fruits when I go to the supermarket” – illogical?

I am an English assistant and I often hear my non-native students say: I often buy fruits when I go to the supermarket. I think it is wrong logically because "go" means "to move or travel from ...
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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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What is the difference between these two sentences?

He is regularly buying food in the market. He regularly buys food in the market. It seems they all refer to the same thing that 'he buys food in the market regularly'? what's the difference?
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Could anyone help me to explain this quote?

SOURCE (Walt Disney) I have read this quote: The difference in winning & losing is most often, not quitting. I am so curious for some issue below. I wonder why "not", as in "not quitting",...
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What's the difference between the exclamations “what” and “how”

What's the difference between: What a rude person you are! How rude you are! How rude of a person you are! How rude of you! Which one is correct? Please give me some elaboration so I can understand, ...
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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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What does this statement in a English book mean?

"......This book is sold subject to the conditions that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any ...
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What are the ways to say that I was in a place without the possibility to connect with my phone?

What the ways to say that I was in a place without possibility to connect with my phone? For example in such situation: Wife: Why did you not answer my call when I called you?" Husband: "I ...
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Order of negated comparison

I want to form a sentence to describe this image. In Russian the entire sentence is: "Мозги даны человеку не для истерики, а для того, чтобы смеяться". I want to say the same in English. I've ...
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How can I be of service vs How can I help you?

One of my friends asked me to help him and my response was: How can I help you? But he laughed and said you mean: How can I be of service What is the difference?
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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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You have to consider all the probabilities (A comparison between possibility and probability / likelihood)

We know that: Technically, possibility of any event is always 1 or 0 i.e. 'yes' or 'no'. If an event is possible, how likely will its occurrence be, under a given situation is probability. Example,...
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Do I need the “while” in the following sentence?

My wife, Mary, expresses her feelings for me through her cooking, while being oblivious to it. I ask because the sentence sounds okay to me without the "while". But I'm not a native English speaker ...
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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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Use “In this regard” in this specific context

Note that for the above theorem no specific assumptions are made on subjects 1 and 2. In this regard, the following result can be given. Result: .... 'Result' can be seen as a corollary (of the ...
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Do we have to use the capital letter for “I” letter in these case?

I'm studying for IELTS myself and I have a question about formal writing. When we use "I" letter in objects and verbs, do we have to use the capital letter even though it's not at the beginning at ...
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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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When you trust not right person and give them something that you shouldn't give

Please imagine you trust someone who you don't know them well and e.g. ask them to deliver a considerable amount of money to your friend somewhere. Prior to sending it, you made a call your to friend ...
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She is gone! -dead or departed?

I know that "is gone" can be translated to both "dead" and really "departed" and in most cases I can understand that when I know the context. But sometimes even when I know the context I have ...