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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When to use “enjoy” and “enjoy myself”

As a new learner of this language I am not able to differentiate between these two sentences: a) I enjoyed the party. b) I enjoyed myself at the party. I can only say that first sentence is ...
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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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How can you explain the structure of sentences beginning with “or”?

Since most of you will ask for the source, I have uploaded an image containing the content itself. If needed, I can add the link to these texts also. The sentences beginning with "or" confuse me a ...
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“the instructor blew his whistle and off ran the runners.”

The instructor blew his whistle and off ran the runners. Why not: The instructor blew his whistle and the runners ran off.
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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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Can I place 'as' in this sentence?

Rich dad went on to say, "You should treat all debt, good or bad, the same way you treat a loaded gun—with a lot of respect." For the above sentence, can I place 'as' after 'way' then the sentence ...
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Meaning of “Don't be abrasive” vs “Don't be insulting”

Let's imagine in a quarrel between two people, one uses bad curses and words and a common friend of them comes to mediate between them. He wants to ask the friend who used bad words, "don't insult him ...
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To do something by one's own choice

Suppose you have resigned your job position and left your working area. After a while, you encounter with a colleague of that job; he / she asks you about the reason you left that e.g. office. (...
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Meaning of “Where are you located?” [closed]

What is the actual meaning of the sentence "Where are you located?". Is it referring to the place where the person living now (home) or his/her current location?(like asking where are you?). Is it ...
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When you cannot stop your laughter

Imagine in a group of people who you feel shy to be too friendly with, something makes you laugh too much in the manner that you cannot control your laughter and it makes you feel shy, however you ...
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“Stop making me laugh so much” Vs “Stop cracking me up so much”

Scenario 1) Suppose someone is lying to you and you want to tell him / her sarcastically that his words sound too funny (because of the obvious lies he is making up); Scenario 2) Suppose someone is ...
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Is it correct to say “no need of thanks”?

Is it correct to say "no need of thanks" when someone says "thank you"? I think you're welcome, no problem, any time and nothing at all are quite often. And I think no need to say thanks is also ...
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Foretelling dire things

Imagine a mother is waiting for his son's arrival at 1 am and her young son has not returned home yet. The family daughter says: let's call police or emergency center; maybe he has had a car accident! ...
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Please help me with this scenario [closed]

Suppose you are fighting with your competitor company in order to win a tender and aside form achieving lots of money, it has very high importance for you because of some personal / old problems ...
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Accepting or refusing a matter

Let's suppose you are asked about confirming or denying an occurrence or a story or something like that and you don't want / cannot accept or deny it; what is the fixed term / sentence for this ...
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Take my word for it or

Suppose someone close is talking to you about his / her family problem which they have been dealing with during the e.g. past couple of weeks. You know where the problem is and try to explain it to ...
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Please explain the difference between these 2 sentences

1) There was a band playing and it was the first time I had ever been to anything like that. 2) There was a band playing and it was the first time I have ever been to anything like that.
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Is it wrong to begin this sentence with “on hindsight”?

Is it wrong to begin this sentence with on hindsight: On hindsight, I sense I would not be what I am today if I had the same maturity and wisdom what I have now, twenty five years ago?
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Difference between these two sentences:

It is thought that stars emit X-ray. and Stars are thought to emit X-ray.
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Is it possible to “not mind” doing something, but still dislike it?

Usually when I hear people ask: "Do you mind doing [task]?", they are expecting one of two responses: "No, I don't mind." Which means I would like to do the task. "Yes, I do mind." Which means I ...
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Is it correct to say “whose history goes back” when talking about a technology? [closed]

Is it correct to say "whose history goes back" in a sentence talking about a certain technology?
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What are the grammatical mistakes in this?

Source:http://www.tensports.com/news/chris-gayle-fresh-sexism-scandal-after-interview-charlotte-edwardes "They have more than equality. Women can do what they want. Jamaican women are ...
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“That would be correct”?

I have always thought when people use the phrase "That would be correct", it is always followed by some "if" statement; for example, Jane: "Is it correct to say that people are allowed to turn ...
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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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“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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Do the given sentences convey what the speaker is looking to convey?

Suppose someone's tests have been going on for a while, and the last test they had to take was earlier today. And you didn't know their tests were going on. To convey that I could probably use a ...
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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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Other way to say “later on”

This will be provided later on. Is there any other way(s) to say "later on" in this sentence?
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Which one is correct “I have produced” or “I have Submitted”? [closed]

Which one is correct "I have produced" or "I have Submitted"? I need to write a letter to take my certificates previously I submitted/ produced certificates at the time of joining.
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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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Meaning of “you don't owe me anything”

What is the meaning of the sentences You don't owe me anything. I don't owe you anything. we don't owe each other anything. Is there any other way of saying the same thing in English, ...
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You are a gluttonous / overeater [closed]

Which one of the following sentences can be said by a doctor to one of his patients who is visiting that doctor? The problem is that: You are a gluttonous. You are an overeater.
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Overeating and eating too much

Suppose a mother is advising her son who eats too much; then which one of the following sentences would be correct: Gluttony is harmful to one’s health. Overeating is harmful to one’s health. ...
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Five ways to say a sentence for giving emphasize

I walk five miles to bloody school every day. I walk five miles to damn school every day. I go on Shank's pony five miles to school every day. I trudge five miles to school every day. I slog five ...
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What's the difference between these sentences?

I'd like to know what's the difference between these sentences: By the time we had had lunch it was 2.30 By the time we had lunch it was 2.30 and I had hoped you would invite me. ...
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Is 'would' used instead of 'was' to mean probability in past time?

I knew that class test would be held at 11:00 AM. I knew that there was class test at 11:00 AM. What are the differences between them? Do they mean same meaning?
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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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Improving wording to use in job interview

Hi, I'm the applicant XXX. My forte(strong point) is my strength and stamina, which I built and developed through my past experiences as a cheerleader and a track-and-field athlete. Thanks to my ...
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How should I say more polite in such situation? [closed]

Recently, my downstairs neighbor always slam the door, and that is so annoying. Which of the following utterances should I use? The noise from you slamming the door is so loud. Could you be ...
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Does “an example to other team members” refer to members of the same team or of different teams?

What's the exact meaning of the sentence 'This is an example to other team members'? This is an example to the members of other team or This is an example to other members of the same team? Can ...
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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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Can I use 'where' as I do 'when' like the following?

I'm familar with this sentence. When I play basket ball, I'm happy. Then, How about 'where'? Can I use 'where' as I do 'when' like the following? Where I play basket ball, there are a lot of ...
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here, the other / the one / a person which one is right, sticking to 'more of'?

Here's a question I'd like to ask someone. Are you more of a person spending time alone or the other spending time with others. Are you more of a person spending time alone or the one spending time ...
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“It was pleasure to meet you” vs “It was pleasure meeting you”

I met somebody for the first time two days ago and the next day he sent a message on Facebook in which he said, "Thank you" and I replied "You're welcome! It was pleasure to meet you." Although it is ...
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To a group of people: “I want all of your phone numbers.” Is this sentence correct?

If I'm talking to a group of people and I want the phone number of each person, how would I phrase that? Is "I want all of your phone numbers" correct?
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“Sudden/short shiver” in English

How do we say this in English when our body suddenly shakes for a moment due to change in temperature? Sometimes, when we go to a place at higher temperature than that of where we were before, we ...
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' being ' in participle clauses

According to the source " we can use an adverbial participle clause to express reason or cause as an alternative to a because/since/as clause. Using a participle clause in this way is more ...
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“wouldn't” vs. “won't” & “couldn't” vs “can't”

If we were talking about the importance of energy and that even machines need it what should we say? What's the difference between these two sentences: Machines wouldn't work without energy & ...
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Keeping on + keep in touch

Consider that parents whose son is leaving home for the college say to their son: Please keep on keep in touch with us when you get to the college. Is this sentence idiomatic? How do we say ...
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Are “Having common interests” and “having things in common” synonymous expressions?

Can we say A and B have many common interests (I am sure they are going to get on well.) to mean "A and B have (many) things in common"? Does it have double entendres or does it have only ...