Questions tagged [word-order]

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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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"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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Alone among the animals on the farm he never laughed

I don't quite understand this sentence, especially the word order. The problem is that what part of the sentence does "alone" modify? Is it "he"? If I understand it right, can this ...
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Is a word-order inversion required for the second related question in a sentence? "Do you want anything else, or (can I)/(I can) go home now?"

How must this blank be filled? Do you want anything else, or ...... go home now? I can can I I thought the answer is the number one, since the real question has been asked at the beginning of the ...
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"Josh wondered how handicapped the people were who could not see the way he could." - right placement of "were"?

It feels right and wrong at the same time. I know these alternatives would be correct: Josh wondered: how handicapped were the people who could not see the way he could? Josh wondered how ...
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Use paint in a sentence

Sentences like: I painted the door blue. Has a the sentence structure of SVOC. Now in the following sentence: I'll paint the stone a ladybird. Is this sentence also right? I am asking because this ...
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The word order of a comparative phrase seems strange

I have seen the following paragraph in some article: One can imagine a computer simulation of the action of peptides in the hypothalamus that is accurate down to the last synapse. But equally one can ...
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Placing long phrases at the end of sentences/clauses

I have seen the following sentence in some article: Where some understanding exists of how brain processes produce mental phenomena-for example, pain, thirst, vision, smell-it is clear that specific ...
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Word order in the phrase

in accordance with animal protection law number 5199 in accordance with law number 5199 of animal protection in accordance with law number 5199 on animal protection Which word order should be used ...
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"the payment cash" or "the cash payment"

He said they will accept the payment ((that is)) cash on the delivery. He said they will accept the cash payment on the delivery. Which phrase would be better? Should I “cash” before payment or ...
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"Do you know where Eiffel Tower is?" or "Do you know where is Eiffel Tower?" [duplicate]

Can we swap the word order in these two sentences to get the same meaning: 1)Do you know where Eiffel Tower is? 2)Do you know where is Eiffel Tower? Similarly can we swap the words in this sentence:...
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Shouldn't "Only during totality...is it safe to look" be "...it is safe to look"?

In the book "Horizons: exploring the universe-Cengage learning (2018)", it said: Only during totality, when the photosphere is completely hidden, is it safe to look at the Sun directly. So ...
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Which one of these sentences is correct/more idiomatic?

So, I'm not sure which one of these sentences is more grammatically correct. The last one had just been sold before I got there. The last one had been sold just before I got there. I'm 99% sure both ...
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shirt is cut slim and

Are these sentences correct: His shirt is cut slim and white. His shirt will be cut slim and white. The meaning seems clear, but I'd say 'white and cut slim'. The order of the words doesn't seem ...
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Changing the order of verb and subject in declarative sentences

I was reading a passage and encountered the following sentences: The advent of the mechanical clock meant that although it could be adjusted to maintain temporal hours, it was naturally sited to ...
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Which is grammatically correct? "a fat old cat" or "an old fat cat"

It is an old fat cat It is a fat old cat I am a bit confused because here the book says: the order should be like " opinion+size+age+shape+color... If we follow the order, then "the answer ...
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Is it "What the Government should do" or "What should the Government do"? [closed]

Is it "What the Government should do" or "What should the Government do"? If you want context, I am using this sentence as a title for a slide in a presentation. Should I even use ...
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"are internationally extrajudicial" or [closed]

As you know, an adverbis a word that modifies (describes) a verb (he sings loudly), an adjective (very tall), another adverb (ended too quickly), or even a whole sentence. So, I was wondering which ...
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"The function `hello`" or "The `hello` function"

When writing technical articles, I often have issues with the word order in the following situations: The color red. The .jpg extension. The variable foo. The "Further Notes" section. The ...
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"How is it what ....?" versus "Is it how what .........?"

I'm confused about the emphasized parts of the following( #1,#2). I wonder if #1 means "If they had really renovated their mills, why are there 103 sick mills now under the Government's control?&...
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I'm trying to figure out which is correct; how old he was or how old was he?

What is the proper way to write, "I asked how old he was" or "I asked how old was he."
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Is this US word order correct: "Staten Island, N.Y., hospital"?

I came across that headline: Workers at a Staten Island, N.Y., hospital have threatened to quit en masse over their employer’s vaccine mandate. what puzzles me is: Staten Island, N.Y., hospital. ...
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"Are we required to attend any religious activity weekly?" Should the noun be singular or plural after "any”?

Is the sentence below correct? "Are we required to attend any religious activity weekly?” Is it correct to say “religious activity” or should it be plural, i.e. “religious activities”?
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Word order and inversion in English

I've read some articles on the rules of word order in English, but still have many questions when it comes to particular situations. For example, do the following sentences sound natural, or I need to ...
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Questions including "do you think"

Why do you think the painter left the palace? Why, do you think, the painter left the palace? Does anyone feel an ambiguity in question 1? I feel that the question word why can either be applied to '...
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What is the rule for using ONLY at the beginning of a sentence that turns a prepositional phrase into a subject?

Only under this kind of environment can people live safe. Without only, it should read: Under this kind of environment, people can live safe. People is the subject and in the normal position. But ...
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Turtles do not pets make Vs Turtles do not make pets

"Turtles do not pets make" or "Turtles do not make pets" Which one is grammatically correct and what's the difference between both phrases?
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about word-order of a question sentence which is a line from a movie

I'd like to ask about a line in a dialogue(<- should it be a line of a dialogue instead?) from the movie, No Country for Old Men. I marked the line bold among the below dialogue. The conversation ...
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Order of Adverbs when there are 2 adverbs of frequency

I've read that the order of adverbs is Manner-Place-Frequency-Time-Purpose but I'm not sure when there are 2 adverbs of frequency like in this sentence: I usually play badminton with my brother at a ...
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What is called XXX and What XXX is called

What is the difference beetwen two sentences?1) sometimes they are only fiction, or what is called the black art.”2)sometimes they are only fiction, or what the black art is called.” But where was ...
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What is the difference between these noun clauses?

This comes from an exercise in one of Betty Azar's books. Do you know how many minutes there are in 24 hours? Do you know what the distance between the Earth and the Moon is? The question is, why can ...
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Can 'its' appear before a thing mentioned?

Can 'its' appear before a thing mentioned? Example ('its'='the software'): We think that after its upgrade, the software will be popular in places that need privacy. (I know that this sentence can ...
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"what are the best ergonomic chairs" vs "what the best ergonomic chairs are"

What is different between these two sentences? We look into different types of chairs to narrow down what are the best ergonomic chairs. We look into different types of chairs to narrow down what ...
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Why is inversion applied in some subordinate interrogative clauses when a subject is asked for?

Preamble The main concern of this post was discussed in this thread. However, both the OP and I were not convinced of the explanation in the existing answer and comments. I tried to talk to the author ...
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Who's doing what better in this sentence?

There's a passage in a commercial that got stuck on my brains and after a few gazillions of repeated listening, I realized that I see a hidden, grammatical gem in there. Please note that since it's a ...
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What's a lot of money {out of curiosity}?

I have come across the following: Person A: We made A LOT of money. Person B: What's a lot of money out of curiosity? I am wondering, does ending a question with "out of curiosity" sound ...
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as ... as structure is very difficult to understand!

I can't understand as ... as structures in English. According to grammar books between the two as we should place an adjective, but I have seen several cases which there was something else. For ...
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The position of "such as Google, Facebook, and Instagram"

I'd like to learn what places fit "such as Google, Facebook, and Instagram" in the following sentence. The internet brought new applications into our lives such as Google, Facebook, and ...
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the word order in as... as?

getting all children off on the right foot is an often-stated goal of pre-K, but in many ways, creating equity is as big a challenge as building quality would it be incorrect if I say: creating ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say: "I never lend anyone it"?

Is the use "I never lend anyone it" grammatically correct? I'm asking about it because its flow of reading sounds a bit clumsy to me. Can you give me this book? - This book was signed by my ...
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Ambiguity in adverb, verb order

Which one is correct? the evidence can be used to falsely incriminate someone. the evidence can falsely be used to incriminate someone.
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How should I order the sentence with "noun clause" and "wh clause"?

I hope that all of you have a nice day. When the subject is a bit long, we can use "it" as the representative of the "that-noun clause". What if the object or subject complement is ...

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