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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"had a test in English today" vs. "had an English test today"

Is it ok to say: "I had a test in English today" Or should I say: "I had an English test today" instead? I think I actually have seen it expressed like "in English" but I just read it wasn't ...
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To be vs. Being [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two sentences? I like being a Doctor. I like to be a Doctor. For instance I am a a Doctor by profession. And if someone asks me if I like my profession? Then ...
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Making someone tired vs. Tiring someone out

What is the exact difference between Making someone tired Getting someone tired Having someone tired Tiring someone out 1,2, and 3 are used when you are doing something to or on someone against ...
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When we want to add an example just to be clearer, what kinds of sentences should we use?

This is the original text: Each cardiac muscle fiber contains a single nucleus and is striated, or striped, because it appears to have light and dark bands when seen through a microscope. Suppose, ...
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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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The usage of As + [ADJ]

I came across some sentences in which they add as before a adjective, but I can't make it clear all the time, saying revising is more involved and typically means you've re-checked everything and ...
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Can I say: "(...) state-of-art..."

Can I say for example "I’m working as an engineer in company which provide state of the art IT solution."? I wonder if I can use phrase "state of the art" with nouns like: IT solution oil service ...
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What's the colloquial way to express those questions?

Now, if someone told me that the weather is very bad. I would like to ask about when it started to become bad and for how many days. Is it okay to use "How long" like: How long has it been bad? ...
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Walk beside the trees or under the trees [closed]

Which sentence is correct? I am walking beside the trees or I am walking under the tree?
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How would "is that what's supposed to look like" sound to you?

Consider you are asked to deliver your answer in an exam in form of a graph. Now, you want to make sure if you are right or wrong when you handing in the paper. I would say Is that what's supposed ...
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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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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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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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Phrase question [closed]

I will hit on your face I will hit in your face which one is correct I will slap on your face I will slap in your face which one is correct I will say on your face I will say to your face which one ...
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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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inquire of plant's wellbeing

For example: I wonder how my plant might be doing/might be bearing up, since I've neglected it for a week. Meaning, I wonder what state my plant might be in when I come back home (dried out, grown ...
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Could I use "so much so that..." in this context?

I was wondering if I could use "so much so that" in the following way " I usually don't enter on Skype, so much so that I've just seen your message, and you sent it one week ago." Thank you. It's ...
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The sentence grammar for "I wanted to gorge myself, gorge I did."

One of my friends who is a native speaker once said the sentence: I wanted to gorge myself, gorge I did. I may not remember what's the exact sentence he said, but the sentence structure should be ...
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Does "I'm on it" mean "I'm doing it" or "I'm going to do it"?

This is a simple question. As the title says, what would it mean in this given context: A: Can you check this? B: I'm on it. In this case, when B says "I'm on it", does he mean he already ...
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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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What is the meaning of this sentence "I don't think I'm getting through to you."? [closed]

Thanks and apologies for a silly question from a newbie.
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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 would be the natural answer on "I am sorry"?

What would be the answer for someone who asks "Sorry"? For example, If someone insulted or hurt me, and then asks "Sorry" or says "I am sorry, please". If I want to tell ...
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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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