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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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Does this sound right? - “Start by dragging into this area…”

I have this sentence, roughly in the middle of an empty screen: "Start by dragging into this area a file or folder you would like to process." and I'm not sure about "into this area" directly ...
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Can you use two verbs in simple past tense in a row like this?

Is the usage of the verbs "measured & compared" correct in the following sentence? We will assess network performance in this regard measured compared to the protocol which hops over other ...
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“Tea drinking” vs. “tea drunk” in this context

Which of these two is preferred? A: Tea drinking is a British custom B: Tea drunk is a British custom P.S. What is it called when we say tea drinking instead of drinking tea? Also, can we ...
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Placement of “here” with “Am I the only one…?”

Are these sentences correct? 1) "Am I the only one who doesn't play video games here?" 2) "Here, am I the only one who doesn't play video games?" Can I say these two sentences to mean "Am ...
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Use of “which” in the middle of the sentence

Consider this sentence: There are many questions in this question I don't know to answer which one I don't know which one to answer I don't know which to answer I don't know which ...
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Order of determiner in noun phrase

Which of the two following sentences is more appropriate? Children ate the three remaining cookies. Children ate the remaining three cookies. In the sentences, the is article-determiner; three is ...
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Proper way of using “furthermore”

I am confused about the word furthermore in the middle of the sentence. Can I use it like this? However currently both systems are functioning, furthermore, for different issues. It is put in ...
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Correct question sentence construction

Which one is correct to say ? I have read both the sentence consructions and both seems correct to me . Is there any grammar rule ? a) Where is the location? b) Where the location is ?
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Is every undefined symbol associated with a software library it comes from?

The affirmative sentence is: Every undefined symbol is associated with a software library it comes from. I'm trying to make a question: Is every undefined symbol associated with a software ...
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How is the order of subject and verb decided on “Here/There ~” sentence?

In these sentences: Here she is. Here are our parents. Here is your book. I don't understand why the first sentence takes the subject-verb order while the other two use an inversion. Is ...
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Why “there is to know” when “you know everything else”?

I have trouble figuring out the exact meaning of the sentence. I could get that the person says this because he is cross with the girl for making decision without even the courtesy to consult him ...
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“She very wants to do it” instead of “She wants to do it very much”

Is the sentence "She very wants to do it." could be correct in a meaning of: She wants to do it very much. ? I mean to ask if it is a grammatical sentence at all.
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“Not to” or “to not” [duplicate]

What is the difference between: "I promise not to misbehave." "I promise to not misbehave." as in something a kid would say to convince its parents that it will behave well?
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Noun used as an adjective but with some specification

On my database I have a variable which indicates if a certain counterparty migrated from a performing status to a default one. Which description is correct: Transition flag to default status or ...
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Should I choose “I already belong to a museum” or “I belong to a museum already”?

Is this sentence grammatical and semantic correct? I feel like I already belong to a museum! or I feel like I belong to a museum already! or it should be something completely different?
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appears to be have malfunctioned?

I recently found this sentence below. Staff email on Outlook appears to be have malfunctioned. Now I'm just confused. Is it the abbreviation of "appears to be to have malfunctioned" or anything? ...
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Liverpool has decreased

By defeating Everton, Liverpool has decreased the difference to two points behind leading Manchester City. – Manchester City has now two points more than Liverpool. I would like to ask whether the ...
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Grammatical difference related to word order

I wonder in the following examples: The teacher explained something to Kim's parents at length. The teacher explained to Kim's parents something at length. "But why mommy," Kim asked sadly. "But why ...
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Am I glad to see you!

Am I glad to see you! It's my first time I've met this expression, but I don't completely understand why "Am" is placed before "I" and thought it would have derived from its interrogative form ...
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How to use of term “both”?

In which of the sentences would the "both" be right, grammatically? a) "Such conditions are both dominant during the..." b) "Such conditions are dominant both during the..."
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The right word order: “five hours more” vs “five more hours”

Is there any difference, from the grammar and meaning point of view, between: five hours more and five more hours The context is that something should happen in the next 5 hours.
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Is “Do I open the door” grammatically incorrect?

I used to work with an English guy and whenever I had to ask something for permission I'd go like Do I put this away? Do I delete this from the system? Do I go home now? He told me that this ...
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Difference between “Writing English” and “English writing” [closed]

Generally, what is difference between noun + gerund and gerund + noun? For example, writing English and English writing.
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What is the correct and more-native position of the word 'are' in the following sentences?

What is the correct and more-native position of the word 'are' in the following sentences? *someone asked me what are my plans for halloween *someone asked me what my plans for halloween are
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ADJ+NOUN - correct if their order reversed?

I use the construct "available means" (adj+noun) in the first sentence below. When I reverse the order to be "means available" (noun+adj) has the sentence still the same meaning, please? Customer ...
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Order of verbs in this sentence

In The 'death' of Windows Nano Server, I see "Dude, were you wrong": For about a year before Nano’s release in the Tech Preview builds of Server 2016, it was completely embraced by Microsoft as the ...
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How to understand “Not lost are you, my dear?”?

"Not lost are you, my dear?" said a voice in his ear, making him jump. I guess it simply means "Are you lost, my dear?", but I'm not sure. On the other hand, the word order looks odd to me. Is it a ...
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“Don't do X this year” vs. “This year don't do X”

What is the difference between the following two sentences? Please don't drink alcohol this year. This year please don't drink alcohol. Which one is correct? Both sound correct to me.
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Is it “gel spray” or “spray gel”?

I’ve come across products labeled spray gel and gel spray. I think they’re both correct. Spray gel means gel that is spray, and gel spray means spray that is gel. They refer to the same thing. Am I ...
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Why saying “so long an absence” instead of “a so long absence”?

I have usually seen "a + adj + noun" instead of "adj + a + noun". In the sentence below, why the speaker used the latter? Did he want to transfer a special meaning e.g. emphasizing on the adjective, ...
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What does “might as well have” mean?

For all the ease in Carpenter’s response, Philbin might as well have told him that for a million dollars, he’d need to state his own name aloud or calculate the sum of one and one. I know "might ...
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Word-order in indirect questions

I'm taught that in indirect questions the verb comes after the subject: Do you know what time the bank opens? But what if the question proper goes first? Should one say What time the bank ...
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(have+something+past participle) Vs (have+past participle+something)

I have a confusion about word-order in present perfect tense and past perfect tense.(The tenses that have auxilary verb) A) I have cleaned all the carpets. B)I have all the carpets cleaned. C)I ...
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“In spite of both” vs. “in spite both of”

Which of the following two is correct usage: They managed to cross the border in spite of both the barbed wire and the border patrol agents. Or, They managed to cross the border in spite both ...
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Can we say “Three times, I hit my head on this lamp” to mean “I hit my head on this lamp three times”?

Can we say "Three times, I hit my head on this lamp." "Many times, I hit my head on this lamp." "Twice, I hit my head on this lamp." etc. to mean "I hit my head on this lamp three ...
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“I will know more after I study than I know now ?” Is it ok to use “more after I study than” in the sentences?

I know adj can come between more and than but I don’t know why the clause can replace in adj position.
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This is often vs This often is

Is it correct to write This often is done for something. rather than This is often done for something.
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“What language is this?” Or “What is this language?”

What language is this? Or What is this language? Which sentence is grammatically right or are both of them right but just with different meanings?
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“What do …have not to worry about?” vs. “…have to not worry about?”

Is it correct to ask: What do people living in intelligent homes have not to worry about? or: What do people living in intelligent homes not have to worry about?
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How to correctly place “plaza” in a store name?

The word "plaza" is actually a Spanish word and had been adopted by major English dictionaries. My issue is that I don't know to correctly place it in a store name. For example, if I want to use the ...
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Are both of these sentences correctly ordered?

Are both of these sentences correctly ordered? The Dutch are better at speaking English than the Danish. The Dutch are better than the Danish at speaking English. Does the order matter here?
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Does the ordering of relative clauses matter?

Is this sentence correct with respect to the parts in italics? Is there a better way of saying it? The only person who I know of who speaks English fairly well is my cousin. Here I have two ...
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Once obtained the results

Is "Once obtained the results" correct in English?? I mean, is it an equivalent, alternate way to say "Once the results have/had been obtained"? For instance, "Once obtained the results, they will ...
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“talk with me about” vs “talk about with me”

Are both of these sentences correct? Does the position of the prepositional phrase matter here? What do you want to talk with me about? What do you want to talk about with me?
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I can only help you so much, What's up with the order?

I can only help you so much. I know only so much means the a limited amount. So, I know that means there's a limit to how much I can help you. But, the problem is "the order". Why only help you so ...
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Is the that clause in this sentence a misplaced modifier?

Here is the sentence: I want proof from you that it isn't a scam. Is the that clause here a misplaced modifier? I want it to complement "proof" not the pronoun object "you" but "from you" is actually ...
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The position of the conjunctions and adverbials

I have some location problems with sentences that have more than one prepositional phrase or conjunction. Examples, I decided to come there yesterday. What does it mean? I decided it yesterday or I ...
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Why is “are” placed in the middle rather than the end?

I saw the following sentence structure in an American textbook from 2010: Metal A and B are much more brittle than are metal C and D. Why is the "are" placed where it is (emphasized in bold)? ...
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“A Thai youth soccer team were found alive Monday” Why is an adjective “alive” following a verb “found”? or “found alive” is an idiom?

I have read this sentence in a newspaper of USA Today, "Thai soccer team found alive after 10 days lost in caves": A Thai youth soccer team and its coach were found alive Monday in a vast, flooded ...
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“With knowing” grammar checking AND/OR synonyms

I have this sentence that forms a disaster for me. I know what is wrong with it but I can't find some suitable fixes. The sentence is: I'm actually wondering why did the chef keep silent all that ...