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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'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 ...
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is "you were sweet to help me / for helping me" the same as "it was sweet of you to help me"?

We got this structure in dictionaries to be sweet of somebody to do something Ex: it was sweet of you to help me My question is: "you were sweet to help me" or "you were sweet for helping me" ...
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when to use "you may know that..." and when to use "you may have known that..."?

we know that "you may know that..." is used in the present or "you may have known that..." is used in the past? But when you say "you may know that..." to a listener, then it could be that that ...
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What is the meaning of "I saw you WALK in the street" when using infinitive form?

What is the meaning of "I saw you walk in the street" when using bare infinitive form (walk)? If I want to say to someone that I saw him (for example while I sit in the bus) in the street, then I ...
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Keep an eye on someone or something

Please imagine you want to alarm someone about a dangerous dog; you can say: Keep an eye on that dog. Or when you as an agent are taking a prisoner from a jail to prison. You want to go to ...
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Difference, if any, between these two sentences?

English learner here. I just came across one sentence: The other force is a gush of private-equity finance, much of it originating in America and landing in Europe. I am curious how it is ...
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How do native speakers say condolences to someone else (especially in AmE)?

In my mother language, when someone dies, friends and family usually try to say their condolences to everyone who is suffering from that loss. What we say is as follows: I say condolences to you. ...
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How do you use the phrase 'Are you through?'

Can the phrase 'Are you through?' be used in various situations such as meals, studying, and working? And how different is this phrase from 'Did you finish ...?'
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The equations that describe the evolution are: [closed]

I would like to rephrase this sentence The equations that describe the evolution are: ... in a better sense. the word that sound miscellaneous.
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"What" in questions about professions

1) Is the pronoun "what" correct in questions about professions? I was taught that "What is he?" means "What is his job?", but personally I have never heard this question asked by those who speak ...
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The phrase about finish study today

I want to ask my friend if he is already finished his studies today at the university, but I am afraid the meaning will be that he finished to study completely while my meaning is just about today. ...
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"Have you done with the exam" vs "Did you finish the exam"?

What's more appropriate regarding to exams at university when asking friend about exam that he did? ׂ(For example, I am texting him a message and I would like to ask him if he already after the exam ...
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"He said I would feel funny and feel funny I did": What grammatical construction is this?

Unlike the sentences He said I would feel funny and I felt funny. He said I would feel funny and I did feel funny, the grammatical construction used in the title doesn't seem to be widely ...
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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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When you use a dimmer

Suppose you use a dimmer (a device for varying the brightness of an electric light) at home. When you fell the light is too bright, you can ask someone to dim the light, but what a native would say as ...
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Can we say "little salty"?

"The soup is a little salty" - means the soup is saltier than the average. I heard this before so I guess it is correct. What is the part of speech of "a little"? Can we say "the soup is little salty"...
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Which response is more appropriate?

If I encountered a friend in a meeting and he said:"I thought you said you couldn't come to the meeting." Can I response him(1) "Oh, no I can." Or I should say(2) "Oh, yes I can" I thought what my ...
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Use of 'such as for instance'

Is it correct to use such as for instance ? or it should be such as instead ? Example: Other techniques can be considered, such as for instance techniques B and C. Also, in the above sentence we ...
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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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What is the meaning of "Grab a hold of me"? [closed]

What is the meaning of: Grab a hold of me And when to use it?
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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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