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This tag is for questions about the correct order of words in a phrase or a sentence, or how changing the order affects the meaning.

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"He speaks better Spanish than I do" or "He speaks Spanish better than I do"

Could you tell me the difference between these phrases if there is any? He corrects me because he speaks Spanish better than I do. He corrects me because he speaks better Spanish than I do. I tried ...
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"Not to go to X" or "To not go to X"?

Dad is looking for an excuse not to go to the wedding. Dad is looking for an excuse to not go to the wedding. I don't know whether or not they are correct. Both sentences are found in my language ...
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Why these adjectives comes after the noun, is this case?

The Headline: "ee the Read Like the Wind Newsletter Our critic’s latest recommendations for books old and new include “Pigeon” and “The Odyssey.” why "old" and "new" after ...
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"Two-key open mode" or "two open keys mode"?

Assume that we have an electrical circuit including two keys and a CPU. When the two keys are open the CPU switches to which of the following statements: two-key open mode Or two open keys mode ...
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Order of adjectives plus commas [closed]

What is the proper order and use of commas in this sentence and how strict is it? I feel this is correct, but want to hear from other native speakers since English is complicated and sometimes ...
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Lyrical word order swap

The Pretenders, from "Who's Who" lyrics: It's like a modern work of art Disturbing and lacking in heart I'm a bit disturbed too: I'd automatically say "a work of modern art" since ...
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Questions about this expression

We will pray to God for our life together in thankful mind on Sunday night. The words in a preposition phrase are arranged one after another above. As I see them, the word 'night' is a head and the ...
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What's the correct order of the words "option" and "-d"?

I asked a technical question on another StackExchange website, and the title of the question is: What does the option "-d" of the ... command do? Someone helped me improve it like this: ...
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Is this sentence has an inversion or modifying of word-order?

I am reading an article Tbilisi on Wikipedia, there is a sentence that confuses with me. It was in the former Viceroy of the Caucasus's palace where the independence of three Transcaucasus nations – ...
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Only then are you free?

Quote from an awesome TED talk (The prison of your mind given by Sean Stephenson): When you love yourself, whether you're sleeping on a prison cot, or in a mansion, whether you have food in your ...
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Can ‘attribute A to B’ be used as ‘attribute to B A?’

The article I read uses ‘attribute A to B’, but it uses attribute A to B as attribute to B A. is this correct? Also, here’s the article. Delay is a necessary component of procrastination. This means ...
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Are these word orders correct or not and why? [closed]

I can't understand if they are correct or not. 1 Can you name the person whose picture this is? 2 Can you name the person whose is this picture? 3 Can you name the person whose picture is this?
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How to write a sentence where last of three actives isn't something you play

Does this sentence makes sense: In his free time, he likes playing cricket, table tennis, and gardening. (a person doesn't play gardening) Is there an alternative way of writing this sentence without ...
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a sticky note attached (adjective after noun)

I opened my white bag and found a sausage biscuit, hash browns, and a 50-dollar bill with a sticky note attached. Have fun with this, Sam had written. I wonder why "a sticky note attached" ...
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What difference does it makes to change the order of these words? [closed]

changing order of words in this text: 1 - "covid and diabetes collide in a public health train wreck" rewriting it as: 2 - "covid and diabetes collide in a train wreck public health&...
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"should I" or "I should" in wh-question [closed]

Which of the sentences below is correct (plus explanation if possible)? If both of them are incorrect, in any way, please suggest me another way to say it. Which version I should choose to work with? ...
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Should "just" come before or after the verb?

Which one is grammatically correct? I just have studied German. I have just studied German. Or if these two are wrong, what sentence can I use?
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Can you put "than OO" at the end of a sentence when you say "How many times"

How many times larger than the moon is the earth? My textbook says this is the correct answer and doesn't mention about the pattern that you put "than the moon" at the end of the sentence ...
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Can I place an adjective after the noun it describes, like "My hair is a fast-growing"?

I want to say, I have a type of hair that grows fast like: My hair is a fast-growing. where fast-growing is an adjective and the article "a" connect the adjective "fast-growing" ...
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Word order in "district voting maps"

This is from a news podcast. INSKEEP: On May 3, voters cast ballots in primary elections, but the state has not agreed on district voting maps. This is super basic. It means that candidates do not ...
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"I can grant that easily" vs "That I may grant easily"

I found a phrase "That I may grant easily." in a Dragon Ball comic book. Sheng-Long, the divine dragon with the power to grant people's wish, says this. Is this the same as "I can ...
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Is "Has As the Title" Correct Syntax?

While writing some information for an upcoming event I wrote this text: "There will be a final presentation on [a date], which has as the title: [the title]" When proof reading I was unsure ...
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Why is Everest Mount wrong?

Can I say "Everest mount", instead of "Mount Everest"? I want to know the rule of such combinations. Or why do we say "Eiffel Tower", not the other way around? Thanks for ...
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“You realize” at end of sentence

“This is why you’re here you realize” or “This is why you’re here,you realize.” I realize that “you realize” could be fronted and resolve this issue. But I’m trying to figure out what part of grammar “...
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Which of these forms is the correct one?

Which of these forms is the correct one? Addressing the students as a class, ask them who they think the culprit is. Addressing the students as a class, ask them who they think is the culprit.
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Is the same (aux + subject + verb + comp) as (verb + subject + comp)

Hi everyone excuse me if my english may fail. I try to search about the different question types in the simple tense. but i see if i want to ask a question i use the form aux + subject + verb + comp ...
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Try to understand the structure of sentence

He thought Micheal wouldn't respond. In the above sentence, "He" is the subject pronoun, "thought" is the main verb. What are the rest of the words playing role in the sentence? ...
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Why should you care? / Why you should care?

A: What about you? Why should I care? B: Why should you care? / Why you should care? You don't have to. Are both word orders possible and natural or is only one correct?
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Which is correct? I would like to know when the delivery day is? or I would like to know when is the delivery day? [duplicate]

Which is correct? I would like to know when the delivery day is? or I would like to know when is the delivery day?
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Does it not work vs Does not it work

Do they mean same thing? I found both use on the Internet, for example: Why does it not work? Why does not it work?
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What would be the difference if the adjective came first in this phrase/sentence?

The headline is: Analysis: The limits of a Europe whole and free If the headline was "... whole and free Europe" instead, would that differ from the original meaning? As a learner, I often ...
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What does 'such as' and ' have a right to expect' refer to?

Here is the sentence and for some reason the bold part is not clear to me: Two babies in the nursery is right and proper, and such as the best homes have a right to expect, but two is enough. Bring ...
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No way was I going vs No way I was going

Can you explain to me why there is so order of words in the sentence (from my book): I'd been asking Mom for a year to let me go back to Ridgefield, our hometown in Illinois, and see my friends. No ...
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The usage of adv + can

Some People say can only have same meaning as only can, and some not. So I want to make it clear. I only can get it. Does the sentence mean: I am the the only one who can get it? So, how do I ...
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What does "thousands of hundreds of people" mean? [closed]

What the title says. How many people are there when a larger quantity (thousands) is followed by a smaller quantity (hundreds). Is this even grammatical? I can understand "hundreds of thousands&...
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Position of the preposition: "In the below figure, ..." or "In the figure below, ..."

Which of the following is correct (or preferred)? "In the below figure, the effect of X on Y is clear." [preposition before the noun] "In the figure below, the effect of X on Y is ...
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Word order in "She is 5 years old"

There is a sentence like the following. She is 5 years old The part of speech of "years" is a noun, and after a noun an adjective "old" is placed in the sentence. Is the word ...
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Can we put "reflexive pronoun" between phrasal verbs that are not reversible?

This question came to my mind when I used the phrasal verb "rely on" E.g. Could I possibly rely myself on you? I'm not interested in focusing whether the sentence sounds usual or not, but ...
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How do I use "both" with someone who is a doctor and professor?

I would like to know if a person is a doctor and a professor, how should I address that person in writing? “Doctor and Professor” “Doctor/Professor” Can I use “both” to say what their professions ...
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I have eaten the last orange that has been at home. / The orange I have eaten was the last at home

I have eaten the last orange that has been at home. The orange I have eaten was the last at home. Are both sentences natural, or only the second one?
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Can I say "total N people" to mean "N people in total"?

I often use the expression "total N people/things/etc." to mean "N sth in total", but English is not my native language, and that expression actually comes from translating 1:1 ...
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Subject-auxiliary inversion in affirmative answers?

I came across a sentence as follows. Most teachers attest to the superior intelligence Ralph has displayed. Because of this, one of the teachers wants to register him in a local quiz show. When he is ...
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The word order in a sentence. Why "are" follows "listed"?

I have a sentence: "Often listed with verbs followed only by an infinitive are the verbs: .... ." I think I can change this word order to: "The verbs: .... are often listed with verbs ...
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Which is correct and why? "How can I not...?" or "How can't I...?"

How can I not know this? How can't I know this? Which one of the two sentences is correct? Or maybe they are both correct, but different in meaning.
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"But it's good to know it's there a possibility."

I am thinking about what it correct in the sentence above: ...it's there a possibility or ...there is a possibility. The original version sound a bit unnatural for me. Please, help me.
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“Let for each 𝑗” vs. “For each 𝑗 let”

I wrote Let for each 𝑗 < 𝑛 a permutation ℎ𝑗 : 𝐿 ↪ 𝐿 be given. A proofreader (whom I can no longer ask) changed it to For each 𝑗 < 𝑛, let a permutation ℎ𝑗 : 𝐿 ↪ 𝐿 be given. This ...
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Some Unnatural Word Order Concerning Subject-Verb Inversion

As far as I know, subject-verb inversion involves switching the sentence subject and the verb when another item has to occupy the first position of the sentence. The following is an example from the ...
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How can "How do you play tennis often?" be rephrased?

How can "How do you play tennis often?" be rephrased: "In what way do you often play tennis?" "How do you manage to play tennis (so) often?" "How come you play ...
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What type of question is this? Embedded? Confirmatory?

What do we call this type of question in English "So Andrew was using Michael to smuggle shitty bullets into Mexico?" as opposed to "Was Andrew using Michael to smuggle shitty bullets ...
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Where should I put "never"?

A) I never should have done it. B) I should never have done it. C) I should have never done it. Which one is correct?
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