Questions tagged [word-order]

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
2answers
42 views

The correct order of adverbs

I can't figure out which is the correct order of adverbs in the sentences below. We met each other in the subway by chance yesterday. We met each other by chance in the subway yesterday. Could you ...
0
votes
2answers
21 views

“viable” in a question

Are both examples viable? compared to Are both viable examples? Could the adjective "viable" change its position in question without violating grammar rules?
0
votes
0answers
35 views

“whom…from” vs “from whom…” - positions of interrogative pronoun and preposition

Are both following sentences correct? If so, which one is more usual? Whom did the attacks come from? From whom did the attacks come?
1
vote
1answer
27 views

Word order for asking a question

When will the contract be awarded? when the contract will be awarded? At times, I am confused over the word order of a sentence. In this example, I am asking a question. How do I determine the word ...
0
votes
1answer
14 views

Where to put the word 'still' in the following sentence?

"On the item page, [still] there are [still] two different types of models". Where should I put the word 'still' in this sentence? Intuitively I'll go for the first choice but I'm still not sure ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

What did you do [today] in order to improve your English [today]?

Where to put the word 'today' in this sentence? A. What did you do today in order to improve your English? B. What did you do in order to improve your English today? By my teachers in past I ...
2
votes
1answer
28 views

Using not to <verb> or to not <verb> [duplicate]

Which of these is the correct one, or are both correct? I moved slowly, to not wake my parents. - Intended meaning I moved slowly, not to wake
1
vote
3answers
75 views

next Monday vs Monday next

I have read for the first time the expression "Monday next". I believe that it belongs to a high register of speech and possibly it is outdated. Is that right? Is it usual somewhere ?
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Is this word order correct?

I have a problem with such a sentence: Today is used not only lime, soda ash and sodium sulfide but also trithiocarbonates. I am not certain whether all elements needed are included. Will the ...
0
votes
2answers
33 views

country of origin vs origin country

Is there any difference between "country of origin" and "origin country" ? Example: It says "Made in Mexico". I wonder if that is the real country of origin / origin country .
0
votes
1answer
61 views

“Did you notice that he…” /past simple/ or /past perfect/

I see that some natives consider this sentence: "I noticed that he left." to mean that - at a certain point in the past I noticed that he had left before. Should this be: "I noticed that he ...
1
vote
1answer
51 views

“Should already have” or “should have already”?

I think this new law is great and should already have exist earlier. This sentence doesn’t seem correct to me. I don't know what, but something is disturbing me. Is it the tense of some verb? Or a ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Noun order in a noun phrase

Is there any rule of where to place the name of a brand/movie/book (before or after the noun)? I would usually put it before the noun if the name has only one word. Examples: The "Apple" brand is ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

I am with them in Paris/ I am in Paris with them

Is there any difference between I am with them in Paris and I am in Paris with them.
2
votes
1answer
58 views

Putting to+infinitive at the beginning

My question is about the place of to+infinitive in some sentences. For example, 1- Before I went on holiday for a week, I was really eager to study at mathematics. I know this is correct. How ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Embedded questions with 'be'

I know that we should use the normal word order in embedded questions, for ex. 'I don' t know what she did', and with 'be'-'I don' t know where she is', and with subject questions 'I don' t know who ...
2
votes
1answer
33 views

Does one say “draft email” or “email draft”?

Does one say "draft email" or "email draft"? Usage example: https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-create-an-email-in-outlook-to-be-sent-by-someone-else (mirror): The recipient should download ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

For More Than vs More Than For

I’ve been waiting for more than an hour for him. I’ve been waiting more than for an hour for him. Which is correct?
0
votes
0answers
27 views

What do they vs What they

I wonder ____________. ---Pandas. A. what do they call these animals. B. what they call these animals. C. what they do call these animals. I guess if it is a personal conversation, it would be "...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

“How old do you think Steve is?” vs. “How old do you think is Steve?”

Which one is correct and why ? How old do you think Steve is? How old do you think is Steve?
1
vote
1answer
32 views

“In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college at Microsoft, in San Francisco.” vs

In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college at Microsoft, in San Francisco." or In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college, at Microsoft, in San Francisco." In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

“It was me who brought it (my puppy) up” or “It was me who brought up it”

I've heard people use "It was me who brought it (my puppy) up" all the time and never heard of anybody use "It was me who brought up it" because when using "object pronouns" with phrasal verbs, we ...
0
votes
2answers
63 views

Usage of “How can we” and “How we can” in the following case

Correct This is how we can improve XXX. Correct How can we improve XXX? May I know, which is the correct form? Would you mind telling us how we can improve XXX? Would you mind telling us how can ...
0
votes
2answers
39 views

Will vs Would in this context

if I ask someone to tell me something in the future if there’s a problem. They answer: “of course I would tell you” The would is throwing me. Wouldn’t, “of course I will tell you”more correct? ...
1
vote
3answers
34 views

More expensive than others

Let's imagine I have some boats with different prices. I am going to be selling them soon. I have gotten a person to buy one of them and he approached the boat I am selling for the highest price. Can ...
1
vote
1answer
23 views

“I want to just say…” vs “I just want to say…”

What's the difference? Are they really different, with a nuance, or is it just a matter of preference? Does one point to your level of fluency more than the other? Made up examples. "I just want to ...
-1
votes
1answer
42 views

Is this word order acceptable or wrong? [closed]

Do you think that these sentences sound awful or they can be used in principle? 1 The cars of what color do you like? 2 People of what professions work in school? 3 The child of which one of you ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

Did not I do it VS Was it not me who did it

I discovered something interesting, guys, look: I did it It's a usual sentence. We can negate "it" by: 1) I did not it We can negate "did" by: 2) I did not do it Also we can negate "I" by: 3) ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Correct way to write a question

What is the correct way: what will be our options after tomorrow? or what will our options be after tomorrow?
3
votes
1answer
40 views

“come along” vs “along come”

Why is along came used in this way in the following sentence? Probably back in some previous biology course, you learned that snakes evolved from lizards and that the first snakes weren't venomous ...
1
vote
3answers
45 views

“Which is the best reason” vs “which the best reason is”

I was recently asked to decide: Which the best reason is for people to do exercise. Momentarily, I stopped in my tracks, I felt I should have been asked: Which is the best reason for people ...
-1
votes
1answer
40 views

“we all have experienced” or “we have all experienced”?

Tell me please which sentence is correct. We all have experienced hardship. We have all experienced hardship.
1
vote
1answer
41 views

“Your clothes are small size” — Is this grammatical?

I am having trouble with this sentence: Your clothes are small size. Would it be correct if I changed it to either: 1) Your clothes are small-sized. (=adjective) 2) Your clothes are small ...
0
votes
1answer
12 views

Which one would be better?

Is it grammatically correct to say “We went to the movies Yesterday”? Or would it sound better to say “Yesterday we went to the movies”? For example, I know that it sounds odd to say “It was a good ...
0
votes
1answer
140 views

“tell me what that movie is about” vs “tell me what that movie about is”

Tell me please which sentence is correct. Could you tell me what that movie is about? Could you tell me what that movie about is? In theory, the second has to be correct because the part what ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

placement of “exactly” [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? Could you tell me when the results will be posted exactly? Could you tell me when the results exactly will be posted?
1
vote
1answer
22 views

use of adjectives in different places

Are there any difference between two use of adjective in diffrent places in two sentence below ? Does these sentences have different meaning or one of these is wrong? New house was sold at ten ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Questions in declarative word order for a question which is directly answered

I recently had a discussion with a native speaker who said Why I don't like oranges? Because... would be ungrammatical. They point out that it should be Why don't I like oranges? instead. I ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

“Something is something that for the given something produces something” - is this a correct word order?

I've been arguing with a colleague about a description for a piece of code. Originally, the message was as follows: XXX is a macro that, given a component name and a variable name pattern, produces a ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

“have once done something” vs “have done something once”

Tell me please if the first sentence is correct. If it is, then which structure is more common? I have once played soccer. I have played soccer once.
0
votes
0answers
75 views

“resource exhaustive” vs. “exhaustive resource”

Method A exhaust a lot of resources. How can I say this in comparison sentence: method A has been viewed as a resource exhaustive compared to method B Or, method A has been viewed as an ...
-1
votes
1answer
73 views

Is a “creep” good, or bad, or both? [closed]

I have found these two definition of "creep" and would like to know is a "creep" considered good, or bad, or both? creep someone who tries to make someone more important like them by being very ...
0
votes
2answers
35 views

“never heard it before” vs “never before heard it”

Usually, people say something like the sentence below. (1) I have never heard such a strange phrase before. Some of my non-native English speaking friends think it's okay to move "before" to the ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

Where do me and you stand?

Where do me and you stand? In the aforementioned sentence the pronoun 'me' used as subject doesn't seem to fit best; I mean, the problem that I see is that: The speaker should keep himself after ...
0
votes
1answer
17 views

Find the elements and how (they are / are they) constructed

to find the key elements of these algorithms and how are they constructed. to find the key elements of these algorithms and how they are constructed. Which of the two sentence above is correct?
2
votes
1answer
32 views

Why do we write “original 13 colonies” rather than “13 original colonies”?

Unfortunately, English is not my native language. So I decided to ask a question; I think it's always better to ask one than to remain an ignoramus for the rest of life. Why do we say and write "...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

Correct position of only [duplicate]

In the following sentences which one is correct The company hopes to eventually provide Singapore with the second-biggest electric car-sharing service in the world, (second to Paris only). The ...
0
votes
1answer
120 views

Rearrange the words to make meaningful sentence

I have a hard time rearranging these words (kind of sentence to be made is indicated in the brackets): 1) Magnanimous her how our all ignore of to weaknesses (Exclamatory) 2) to the agent did plan ...
0
votes
1answer
20 views

Order of two prepositional phrases

Which of these would be better: I came here from England for my education or: I came here for my education from England
0
votes
1answer
30 views

What are some other sentences with the same meaning as “I'm calling in regards to a laptop I recently purchased.”

I'm struggling to come up with any other sentences that inform the listener at the other end of the phone of the reason for the call; so, any sentence of the form "I'm calling ... [reason]". The main ...