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What is correct: the X algorithm or the algorithm X

To extend this question: Which is correct: "the variable X" or "variable X" or "the X variable"? 1) what is the best/correct use: 1.1) "the X algorithm", 1.2) "the ...
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Position of “with a view to” in a sentence

I would like to formulate a sentence pattern that could be like: "To avoid misunderstandings: the purpose of the component is not to store electricity until needed with a view to energy recovery. ...
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“On the ground further ahead” or “Further ahead on the ground”?

The mafia people throw the dead guy off the rooftop. On the parking lot below, Mia, heading for the building, is busy checking messages on her phone. She doesn't see the body drop/crash down on the ...
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“This often happened” vs “this happened often”

My editor changed "this often happened" to "this happened often." I checked on ngrams and discovered that their frequency is almost the same. Maybe the order doesn't matter? Or one is more common ...
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Word order in an interrogative sentence

Please, could you tell me the difference between these sentences: Why weren't we informed earlier? Why were we not informed earlier? I am not sure about the 2nd sentence actually.
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often + used to

I know that adverbs of frequency such as "often" are usually put before the main verb (or after if the main verb is "to be") or at the end of the sentence. Examples: I often walk on the beach / I ...
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Comparison “as.. as..” word order

I've noticed that in comparison structure as.. as.., in my textbook, after the first as goes an adverb to compare and only after it goes additional information, like: You don't know as much about ...
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Object Place Verb: is that a correct order in an english sentence?

I've read this sentence on a US internet news site (huffpost.com): "Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller in a series of leaked emails pushed white nationalism[...]." I've always thought that ...
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What is the exact place for the definite article in the following sentence?

Which sentence is correct? I could not find "Les Misérables" among all the books. I could not find "Les Misérables" among the all books. I am confused about the correct place of "the" in the above ...
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“not currently” vs “currently not”

Stack Exchange is testing new close reason banners and say: Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers. I do not speak English natively but this sounds strange ...
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I liked it at school yesterday very much

I have gotten confused with word order. If we have "time" it goes at the end: I came in the evening If we have "place" it goes at the end, too I came to school If we have them both firstly goes "...
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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 ...
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“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?
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“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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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
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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 ?
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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 ...
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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 .
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“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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 "...
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“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?
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“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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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?
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“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 ...
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“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 ...
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“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.
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...