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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.

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The difference in the meaning of the two mentioned sentences?

That is an actually sufficient account. That is actually a sufficient account. What is the difference in the meaning of 1 and 2? Are both 1 and 2 correct gramatically? If both mean the same, ...
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Does inversion change the meaning of the sentence: “As she did…, she could”

She could not go to the party as she did not have an invitation. As she did not have an invitation, she could not go to the party. What is the difference between them?
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“Succeeding” as the antonym of “Preceding”

If "succeeding" is the antonyms of "preceding", and they are both adjectives, then can I use "succeeding" as in the following examples: 1- The succeeding word of the adjective is a noun. 2- ...
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The normal order for “word come back”

"Hey, Hank," said Bass, after word came back of the successful outcome."Great news, we got the loan.Just one thing.How are we gonna pay it back" Is the normal word order same as below? "Hey, Hank,...
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Although vs. In spite of [on hold]

Although she was told she would get the job, she didn't get it. In spite of telling she would get the job, she didn't get it. In spite of being told she would get the job, she didn't get it. ...
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avoiding “which”

I am trying to get rid of overused "it is" and "which" in my writing. This is one of improved sentences: Being a part of a popular TV program involves big pressure hard to cope with for everyone, ...
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could have only dreamed of/about

My sentence: It is a great chance for every talented child to demonstrate his skills; the chance which previous generations could have only dreamed of. I wonder not only whether the bold part is ...
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What is the difference between 'only by' and 'by only'?

In the following examples: A: Would you know if a shop was a woman's or man's only by looking at the clothes? B. Would you know if a shop was a woman's or man's by only looking at the clothes? Is ...
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Why neither did I but not neither I did?

"he didn't remember, and neither did I." Why does it become backward? "neither did I" but "not neither I did?"
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“It seems that Japanese customs have been changing since around 1920 little by little.” What’s the mistake?

According to “Objective IELTS” the above mentioned sentence needs the following correction: It seems that Japanese customs have been changing little by little since around 1920. What is the ...
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The difference between 2 sentences

What is the difference between these two sentences: You should learn English words as many as you can You should learn as many English words as you can
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What is the alternative of “primarily…secondarily,… and thirdly,… ”?

I am writing a scientific manuscript in which I have to describe an experimental protocol. The used sentence should show the priority of picking up biological samples depending on their origins. The ...
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Order of noun adjuncts and adjectives

Is the term core common properties (of some objects) grammatical? The writer wants to address the common properties. From those, he is only interested in the core commonalities (whatever that means ...
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“For what” vs “what…for”

For what did I pay you 500 dollars more? What did I pay you 500 dollars more for? Are both of these questions grammatical?
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My every word or Every my word [closed]

Which is correct: 1) My every word 2) Every my word ?
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Call somebody over VS Call over somebody

As far as I know, the structures "call somebody over" and "call somebody over somewhere" are correct. How about "call over somebody" and "call over somebody somewhere"? Can we use these too? For ...
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Comparison grammar in The Lord of the Rings

I was reading The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and I came across a sentence in which I don't fully understand its grammar. ..., and when they rose taller they seemed than mortal men. I think ...
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Word order in question

Is a verb in questions in English always in front of subject? For example, can I say 'You are fine?', or should I always say 'Are you fine?'.
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Position of an adverb in the sentences

today I wrote a sentence like this: “He punched the zombies shamelessly.” But an English man said that it was not correct, it should be: “He shamelessly punched the zombies.” He could not ...
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What's the difference between “Try not to blink” and “Try to do not blink”

I recently heard: Try not to blink. However I knew the following form: Try to do not blink. Is one of them wrong? What is the difference ?
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How to say in different/ better way?

I have completed the certification program, but after 24h I do not have the badge yet? Can you assist? Is is correct word formation and can I express my thoughts in better more natural American ...
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Difference between 'may have had to stay' and 'may have to stay'?

I am confused between He may have had to stay late tonight. and He may have to stay late tonight.
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Difference between 'I don't know how can I' and 'I don't know how I can'?

I am confused between I don't know how can I do this and I don't know how I can do this Can anyone explain difference between these sentences?
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Can a question begin with “to”? [closed]

To whom should we complain about a robbery in the neighborhood? Is it right?
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What is the difference bettween “Now I will stop check somethings” and “I will stop check somethings now”?

What is the difference between the following two questions? "Now I will stop check {somethings}." "I will stop check {somethings} now." I don't know the correct position of the word "now".
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Nobody there is called for discipline from [closed]

Is this sentence correct? Nobody there is called for discipline from I mean what what order should it have becase it seems to have been over twisted or something...
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Does “I like sports especially playing badminton.” sound natural?

I like sports especially playing badminton. I like sports especially like playing badminton. I'm fond of sports and especially like playing badminton. Which one is correct and sounds more ...
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Can “ready” come in sentences without being preceded by “get/be”?

I found "ready" in sentences preceded by either the verb get or be when it functions as an adjective, not a noun, like the following: She was ready to take the exam. Get ready for what will happen ...
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Where to use all

Must all vs all must which is correct why? Example sentences : We all must try to find a solution to the problem We must all try to find a solution to the problem Please clarify me
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What's the difference between “Then it really got stormy” and “Then it got really stormy”?

I've noticed that adjectives are often placed loosely in sentences in English, that is, sometimes I find it hard to locate the word that they modify. Farlex Grammar provides some clues on the order of ...
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I have a doubt with the following sentences [closed]

Which one of these two sounds appropriate? What should be my reply to that? Or What should my reply be to that?
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Does the verb go at the end of a question?

Could you tell me where your office is located? or Could you tell me where your office located is?
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Put the phone down / Put down the phone

what's the difference between "Put the phone down" and "Put down the phone"? Is it the same? As for me the first one means literally to put the phone (the thing) down and the last one is to end the ...
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Look at your watch and tell me what time is it. vs Look at your watch and tell me what time it is

Look at your watch and tell me what time is it. Look at your watch and tell me what time it is. Is the second variant correct?
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Should “above” and “below” be put before or after the noun? [closed]

Please see the above picture. Please see the picture above. Please see the below picture. Please see the picture below. Are the sentences above correct in terms of grammar?
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Grammatical error in using 'the' after an adjective

In the sentence: "Please find attached the document containing the list of items." Is the usage of "the" after "attached" forbidden by some rule of the English language?
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Take sth into account vs. take into account sth

Regarding the idiom "take into account", when is it appropriate to put something between "take" and "into", and when is it best to place something at the end of the idiom? For example, consider these ...
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The order of the verb and adverbial phrase in question

Which order is correct? How much milk is in the fridge left? How much milk is left in the fridge?
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Ordering of a sentence

Which of these two sentences are wrong? A: She understood a few minutes later the explanation B: A few minutes later she understood the explanation
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Why is “that” placed at the end of the sentence?

In Tomb Raider (2018), Rog and Bill discussing about fox hunting i.e i.e person is supposed to carry a fox tail on the back of her bike while a team of bikers chase after them : Rog: Got 30 hounds ...
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Order of adjectives in terms of characterizing the red beetroot as a raw material for scientific research

I have an issue with a proper description of red beetroot as a research material. During my experiment the fresh red beetroot is grated in shreds. Following such kind of treatment, does it become ...
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at what point does appreciation of the nude, often male, statue become desire

Robertson poses the question at what point does appreciation of the nude, often male, statue become desire for the living human body: "appreciation of sculpture can let men express covertly the ...
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verb to be in the end of a question`

I'm little bit confused. What's the correct option? What do you think what is your best quality? or What do you think what your best quality is? If i have a question form with "do" in ...
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The place of verbs in questions

What colour was Tom Cruise's jacket in Top Gun? What was the colour of Tom Cruise's jacket in Top Gun? What colour Tom Cruise's jacket in Top Gun was? What colour Tom Cruise's jacket was in ...
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what is the right way to use having in a participle clause? Is “I went out having eaten lunch” okay?

Having eaten lunch, I went out. Is it correct and grammatical to say I went out having eaten lunch.
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In a negative-intergative sentence, whether NOT before subject or after subject?

I'm a boy. I'm happy. I'm eating rice. I eat rice. I have eaten rice. I'm here. I'm in Canada. What would be negative questions for all above? I'm confused sometimes "NOT" sits before subject like ...
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Noun before adjective?

the example: The people "responsible" for these feats were called Sumerians. Is "responsible" used correctly in this context? Are there any exceptions to the rule that would permit the use of ...
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“I want four more” or “I want more four”?

What's the natural order in the following sentence? Where should I put the word "more" in the following sentences? My friend told me that we have already 4 oranges. I want to tell him that: Okay,...
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Because of what OR what … because of [closed]

Which is correct: 1) Because of what did you do it ? 2) What did you do it because of? And the second one: 1) Without what did you do it? 2) What did you do it without? As I got it, ...