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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Is it appropriate to use "in" always to denote inside a vehicle?

Normally when someone is inside a vehicle it is written as He is in the car I am in the bus But can I use the same word when it is related with a bike or bicycle are below sentences are correct ? I ...
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What do you say to a guest when they are departing your country and you are accompanying them e.g. to the airport?

What do the native say to a guest from abroad when: 1. he is in the country and they are departing your country and for instance you are accompanying them to the airport in the car OR 2. when he ...
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Can I say "I sent her a message about"?

Can I say "I sent her a message about"? I'm asking it because I saw on Google there are only 7000 results. I have two questions about this issue: Should it not be very common sentence, or maybe ...
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"He makes" us vs "he wants to make us"

Can I say this either way? The habit he wants to make us change is recommended. The habit he makes us change is recommended.
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Is the following sentence still grammatical even though I omitted the verb?

”OK, I'll tell you the story,” he inhaled deeply, as if his tale would take all of his energy. “It started ...” So the full version would be something like: ”OK, I'll tell you the story,” he ...
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Clothing verbs when you do not mention any clothing

Please consider the following sentences: You’d better put your clothes on. Henry will be here in ten minutes. You’d better dress now. Henry will be here in ten minutes. You’d better get ...
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Is inpolite to say "check this out"?

Is there any problem to say check this out in a corporate environment in general situations? E.g: I am writing an email to a supplier to verify an issue, sending a ticket to IT support or even ...
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Does the sentence " Sorry, I have no time." give a bad impression?

When I want to stop chatting on computer, I said " Sorry, I have no time." Does this way of saying give a bad impression? Are there any better way of saying?
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Should I use "on", "when" or "where" with "day"?

From Improbability Principle by David Hand: The really unusual day would be one where nothing unusual happens. An event happens on a day (e.g. On this day section of Wikipedia), so following this ...
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Proper words to utter when shaking hands with others?

I want to know what might be proper ways to express our regards to others when shaking hands with others in occasions such as church? I found that when shaking hands with others, often I do not get ...
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"How is going" or "How is it going" or both?

Which one is correct? "How is going" or "How is it going". I googled it but it seemed both are in use. Am I right with this point?
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"He has all of his goals achieved" or "He achieved all of his goals"?

Which one of the following two sentences is more authentic English? 1) He has all of his goals achieved. 2) He achieved all of his goals.
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"It holds that"

Usually we write the sentence "That Mary is a girl holds" as "It holds that Mary is a girl". My question is: What if we have more than one thing to say? I.e. how to write the sentence "That Mary is a ...
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"It was a time of heroes and villains, of battles and castles, intrigue and cunning."

There is in the website http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/as/warsofindependence/index.shtml this sentence "It was a time of heroes and villains, of battles and castles, intrigue and cunning." ...
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Be he right or wrong?

Consider the following paragraph from the essay entitled "The usefulness of useless knowledge" by the founder of the Institute for Advanced Study, A. Flexner: The subject which I am discussing has ...
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Is it convenient or are you convenient? - How to use the word 'convenient'? [closed]

I looked upon some dictionaries for the adjective convenient and studied some examples. However, I did not get it. Whilst most of the example sentences use this adjective for a non-living thing, I ...
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How to appropriately arrange this description

I wish to describe a theorem of somebody X and also the statement of the theorem, and my first attempt is something like a theorem of X that gives a lower bound of ... . Then I immediately realized ...
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When to properly use Present Progressive statements?

Can present progressive statements be use at present or for the future? or both?
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Difference between I would and Would I in following sentences

I'm confused between the usage of placement of word would in these two sentences: What I would recommend to you is to buy XYZ book from the market. What would I recommend you to is to buy XYZ book ...
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Difference between past, past perfect, past perfect progressive tenses

I am wondering what is the difference, and in what case should I use these sentences: "I walked a lot to get there" "I have walked a lot to get there" "I have been walking a lot to get there"
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Why using quotation marks in this sentence and what does it means?

In the article from The Seattle Times, there is a sentence like this: But she also said it’s “incumbent” for the fashion labels to keep their sales channel “clean,” making sure in-season items don’...
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The polite ways of disagreement [closed]

I wonder if someone could tell me which one of the following choices work in AmE nowadays as a polite way of bringing up a disagreement: -A- I take the liberty to disagree. -B- I humbly disagree....
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Don't be overly friendly [duplicate]

Suppose you have a friend, named “Sam”. You know each other for example for 3-4 months. You see sometimes he plays some offensive practical jokes or makes some impolite advances to his friends and you ...
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"Don't be too forward" OR "Don't be this forward" [duplicate]

Suppose you met a guy in a party one month ago. You went out together for two-three times. Even you've exchanged some facts about your lives and know some details of your private lives. Now everyone ...
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I didn't mean to act rudely OR I didn't mean to take the liberty OR...?

Let's suppose you say a university professor or an elder person who you think a great deal of them, something not pleasant. Suddenly you see that they get upset. Then which one of the following ...
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More about taking the liberty of doing something [closed]

Please have a look on my three sets below: 1) a) I take the liberty to disagree. b) I venture to disagree. 2) a) I take the liberty to say that... b) I venture to say that... 3) a) I ...
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is it "What are you up today?" or "what are you up to today?"

I have always been asked this question but I want to be sure of the correct form. And does the correct form of this question mean "what are your plans for today?" Or "what will you do today?". Thank ...
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What does "keeping someone in shoe leather" mean?

In the following sentence: Unless your work is pro-bono, you should make sure that your customers keep you in shoe leather. What does "keeping someone in shoe leather" mean?
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what does "20,000 foot view" mean?

I have just started reading a book on Unix and came across a sentence which says: Fig. shows the 20,000 foot view of the organization of the GNU/Linux Operating System. What is meant by the 20,000 ...
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"How'd I come here?" vs "How did I come here?"

I found a related post here but I'm still confused and not sure whether it's correct to use "How'd I come here?". When search in google I got only about 11 results for "How'd I come here?", but I ...
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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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John is making his daughter?

John is making his daughter ready for the school I guess you understand what I mean by the above sentence, though it's weird and may have grammatical errors. If you don't understand the above, here ...
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Usage of "Hey you!"

My understanding is that we can use "Hey you!" to call someone whom we don't know. Can I use "Hey, you!" to call someone when I'm very angry at him? Basically, my question is whether "Hey, you!" can ...
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Using another word instead of "in other words" in a sentence

Is there any other form to use instead of in other words in this sentence? this toy provides children to learn how to use their ability in other words, children can learn new things from the toy.
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'Convicted the Hung' - Right?

Can we say he was convicted the hung? Is it grammatically right or just an informal sentence? I've seen sentences like 'Sentenced to hang'. But i don't have any idea about this.
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How do I respond to my Professor's email, wherein he has mistaken my gender?

I am a Chinese student. I was emailing a professor for graduate study opportunity. He replied with the title: Dear Mr. Li Actually, I am a female. Would it be a little strange if I told him in my ...
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Is this sentence grammatically incorrect? [closed]

The Sentence: If there is any person I wanted to share my small success with is then it has to be you. Is this sentence wrong? How could I rephrase this sentence?
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"No more than" — comparing two clauses

I came across this sentence today: Even she, who believed herself to be a revolutionary, could no more have broken her marital bangles than she could have driven a stake through her husband's heart....
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Can I use "The sun is falling on me" while describing that there is heat?

Can I use the above mentioned sentence to indicate that the sun rays are falling on me? Or is there any proper sentence to express it?
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Which expression is more correct, "He worries the baby about falling" or "the baby worries him about falling"?

I just read this in a book (In Cold Blood): It's true the children do keep me busy...Donnie has learned to open the door and climb on the chairs & other furniture & he worries me constantly ...
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Is “that's an interesting idea” necessarily encouraging or approving?

Is “that's an interesting idea” necessarily an encouraging or approving expression in English? Can it be a negative or disapproving comment? (Maybe some examples would be nice.)

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