Questions tagged [word-order]

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What's the difference between “must not be” and “must be not”?

I hear that: That must not be Toby! - correct That must be not Toby! - doesn't make sense Do you agree?
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Which is correct: “A that involves neither X, Y nor Z” or “A that does neither involve X, Y nor Z” or both?

I wonder which is correct in the standard varities of English: "A problem that involves neither you, (nor) me, nor him" or "A problem that does neither involve you, (nor) me, nor him&...
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Adjectives in the introductory there structure can come after nouns?

I have seen in some grammar book the following pattern, which allows to place an adjective after a noun: A shelf is empty. ➔ There is a shelf empty. I want to know whether the above pattern is a ...
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Correct order of adjectives [duplicate]

Is there any rule governing the order of adjectives, when we use consecutive adjectives? For example, is the order of the adjectives in the following sentence correct? I mean the order of "his, ...
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Correctness of “Give me back my keys!”

I was discussing this with a friend but couldn’t find an answer online. Which one is correct? (I’m guessing both) Give me my keys back! or Give me back my keys!
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“Achieving this will be not easy” or “Achieving this will not be easy”?

Achieving this will be not easy or Achieving this will not be easy, which is correct? I feel that Achieving this will be not easy is the correct way, but I'm not sure.
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Too hard to imagine

I have written an answer to this question below. "Would you kill animals for fun or sport?" My answer is "It's too hard to imagine for me." But I think it's wrong so I changed it ...
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Preposition TO with indirect object [duplicate]

Should I use the preposition to? Are both correct? The document I sent you The document I sent to you
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How does “had” change the meaning in the sentece “Only once had she put the doctrine of non-interference into practice, when…”

First I thought it was the phenomenon of "Conditional inversion", but the full sentence does not contain a hypothetical situation but a past occurrence, so that shouldn't be the case (Should ...
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Which question is grammatically correct? “Which (one) do you think he is?” and “Which (one) do you think is he?”

"Which (one) do you think he is?" "Which (one) do you think is he?" If they are both grammatically correct, what is the difference in meaning?
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“Can you tell me where did you buy it?” [duplicate]

Is it correct to say the following as an indirect question? Can you tell me where did you buy it? or should it be Can you tell me where you bought it?
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Which sentence is more grammatically correct as well as sounds more natural using the verb “to reminisce”?

I'm writing about my project and want to explain how the location looked like years ago when the city used to be more green. Now I am not sure which of the below sentences is more grammatically ...
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How to structure a comparison sentence?

What are the rules for using comparison with a verb and preposition? Which of the sentences below is correct? (I need to) interact more with others using it Or (I need to) interact with others more ...
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Usage of reason being

Most of the times, I have seen that 'reason being' is used in the middle of a sentence with a fixed expression 'the reason being is that'. As reason being is similar to 'because', can we use it in the ...
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Can I say “they wanted me to fit in this world?” and “they wanted to fit me in this world”? Are they both correct?

I feel like they are both correct in the speaking but also feel like maybe one of them is incorrect grammatically because of the obeject pronoun. Is there a rule to object pronoun before or after ...
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position of “that is”

I'd like to know where to put "that is" when giving more precise information: a. John bought a wolf-like dog, a Siberian husky, that is. b. John bought a wolf-like dog, that is, a Siberian ...
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What is the difference between “break down the wall” and “break the wall down”? [duplicate]

Could anyone tell me the difference between"break down the wall" and "break the wall down"? What would be the correct usage?
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“something that you wear on your hands in the winter that rhymes with kittens”

Can anyone tell me which sentence below is correct? I'm thinking of something that you wear on your hands in the winter that rhymes with kittens. v.s I'm thinking of something that you wear on your ...
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Taking this point into account/ taking into account this point

I have read in many dictionaries that taking something into account is the rule for constructing expressions that contain this one. However, in some cases I have seen that taking into account ...
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Where do I place the qualification 'in part' in a sentence?

Where do I place the qualification 'in part' in a sentence? For example, is it '[something] happened, in part, due to [...]'; or '[something] happened due, in part, to [...]'; or '[something] ...
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Is “A pointer is returned to an automatic variable” correct and unambiguous about what is “returned”?

I found this sentence in a book. A pointer is returned to an automatic variable in a previous function call (discussed in the section “Pointers to Local Data” on page 66). Based on the context, I ...
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My question is regarding the order of the words

I came across a sentence, which struck me a bit unusual. My question is regarding the order of the words. Why does "for me" go after "would be" in this case? Is it correct? "...
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What's the correct order of negated adjectives?

Do adjectives with "not" go before or after the noun they refer to? For example: A not funny guy A guy not funny Which of these is correct?
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How freely can I use numbers as modifiers?

Help me phrase it, please. I want to say, 'the company's 100% stock was sold to [...]'. Alas, I haven't found many matches in Goggle News for this combination. Is it wrong/clumsy? How can I say it the ...
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Is it okay to put an adverbial of time between a subject and a verb?

Is it okay to put an adverbial of time between a subject and a verb? For example, 'the parliament on March 19 passed a bill that [...]'. I know I can put it at the beginning ('on March 19, [...]'), ...
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Study thoroughly

Is the following sentence correct? The teacher asked the students to study thoroughly this book. I think the following sentence will be more correct The teacher asked the students to thoroughly ...
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“as would a calm dog whose yard…”

I'm reading the novel "The Circle" these days. However, there is a sentence making me curious. "When she opened her eyes she saw a harbor seal, twenty feet in front of her, staring at ...
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Is “his wife and he” incorrect?

I couldn't find any gramar rule that says "* and he" is incorrect. However, I found out that "he and *" is more common/idiomatic. Are constructions like "his wife and he"...
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“Research Estimate” or “Estimate Research”

My friend and I got into a small argument about which is the grammatically correct way to name the file of our estimation for how long it would take to research something, I tell him that it should be ...
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Is there a difference between “to put down someone” and “to put someone down”?

The Cambridge dictionary has two separate entries for "put down someone" and "put someone down", listing different meanings: For "put down someone": to make someone feel ...
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nothing remain of + noun

Is it grammatically correct to say that “Nothing remains of the old, abandoned house but pieces of old furniture?” My gut feeling tells me that there have to be some structural tweaks being made ...
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Where to put “both” in sentences?

Which question is correct? Are both of these women married? Are these women both married? Are both these women married?
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“article deleting route” - which word order is correct?

I want to briefly say that I've added the URL route which deletes the specified article record from the website. I'm hesitant which word order is correct and which articles to use: Added (a|the|) ...
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“A garage is the most useful present I have ever received.” and others variations (grammar and word order)

I have a little confusion. Which below sentences are correct? Could you explain my mistakes if they are? As I understand, common word order are in the 1 & 2 sentences. But may be also possible ...
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“Here” at the beginning of the sentence

Are both sentences correct or start below sentences with "here" is impossible and "here" at the beginning of positive sentences is used only in sentences like "Here is your key" and it's all? Here ...
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Word order in a sentence

I was checking example sentences for the phrase at the bottom of the heap, and I noticed several sentences similar to the below one. "At the bottom of the heap are the rural poor." [Reference: The ...
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Is “they had already ten children” wrong?

The following example is from the Longman Dictionary of Common Errors. It marks the first as wrong and the latter two as correct. ✗ They had already ten children and didn't want any more. ✔ ...
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adverb between the verb and object

From bbc If the verb has an object, the adverb of manner is usually placed after the object, not between the verb and object. A post says "Lovely" and "wonderful" mean pretty much the same ...
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Where do I put an adjective in the structure 'the rest of something'?

If I want to add a modifier to the phrase 'the rest of [noun]', should I put it between 'the' and 'rest'? For example Population is mostly concentrated in the east. There are only few villages in ...
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Problems occurring or occurring problems?

We should solve the problems occurring in this pandemic. We should solve the occurring problems in this pandemic. Which sentences is grammatically correct and why it is?
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What´s the position of the frequency adverb when using “there + be”?

What is the right position for the frequency verb to be put when using THERE + BE? EXAMPLES: There always should be a doorman here. or There should always be a doorman here. There ...
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Is “usually” placed correctly here?

"I've never been here before. Do you know the coffee house just down the street? Usually that's where I go after work. You should join me someday." Is "usually" placed naturally here?
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“He/Peter said” vs. “Said he/Peter”

We often see "said he/Peter" or "he/Peter said" after the direct speech : "Your information is out of date" he said. "Your information is out of date" said he. "Your information is out of date" Peter ...
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“Give him it”/“Give it to him” vs. “Give John it”/“Give it to John”

Subject + indirect object + direct object: "Give him it." Subject + direct object + preposition + indirect object: "Give it to him." Similarly, "Give it to John" is ok. But what's the wrong ...
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Possessive case after ALL and BOTH

Set 1: My all efforts ended in smoke. All my efforts ended in smoke. Set 2: My both friends are honest. Both my friends are honest. My grammar book says sentence one in both ...
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Subjunctive mood: “Be not” vs. “not be”

Which is correct? The Senate has decided that such students ...... [be not / not be] exempted from college. Please clarify it with grammatical rules, if any.
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Participants of the city meeting of young tourists or Participants of the young tourists city meeting?

Which of the above sentences structure is correct? These are complete sentences, another title to a photograph. Do any of them sound English?
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Than I am V.S than me

I have a question about this 2 options...I was talking with 2 friends about healthy and one of them said "You ´re are fitter than I am" .So my other friend said" No, it has to be than me not than I am"...
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Emphasize something with two adverbs

Do you use two adverbs before noun to emphasize something or do you end sentence with three adverbs maybe informal in an informal setting if not formal way? If you do then what is adverb orders? Can ...
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What is the correct word order?

He was restlessly wandering around in the park. He was wandering restlessly around in the park. He was wandering around in the park restlessly. Which of these are possible? Which one is the most ...

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