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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Order of prepositional phrases after voice change

Q1 - He selles mangoes in the market. My answer is Mangoes are sold by him in the market but my uncle says that I'm wrong , Mangoes are sold in the market by him is the right one. Q2- let them go. ...
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"Do you know where Eiffel Tower is?" or "Do you know where is Eiffel Tower?"

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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Why do we say "Mississippi river" instead of "River Mississippi"?

I'd like to know why we say "Mississippi river" and "New York City" rather than "River Mississippi" and "City New York". I'm assuming these are the names of the ...
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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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Word order of "Blessed are the meek"

I am wondering why the word order is inverted in these sentences: Blessed are the meek. Blessed are the poor. It seems to me that the inversion is relevant to the adjective blessed. Can someone shed ...
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"of which" (there?) still can be grasped the traces?

I have to translate a text from Italian into English and I am going crazy with this sentence... could you help me in fixing it? This is my try: This represents an effective portrayal of the ancient ...
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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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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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Though I could noticed or I could noticed though

I am trying to express that I noticed the presence of some files on a phone. Which sentence would be correct: I could noticed though, on the phone, some files and icons apparently leftovers of the ...
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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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"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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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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"Abraham's contact number john saved in the phone." vs "John saved abraham's contact number in the phone."

Abraham's contact number john saved in the phone. John saved abraham's contact number in the phone. Which one is grammatically correct? My teachers are saying that both of these are correct but it ...
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Why is the adj. word "frozen" after the verb in "Mr. Dursley sat frozen in his armchair."?

Why is the adjective word "frozen" after the verb in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? Mr. Dursley sat frozen in his armchair. If I change the sentence to Mr. Dursley sat happy in ...
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The use of 'while' and 'at the same time' in one sentence

Can I use 'while' and 'at the same time' in one sentence? For example, while cooking and listening to the radio at the same time
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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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"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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Correct word order in sentences

Is the sentence to describe this situation by using “of” correct? Is the sentence correct to describe this situation by using “of”? In sentences place of the word “correct” is different? Is ...
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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 put food on the floor, being on the couch [duplicate]

I put food on the floor, being on the couch. “I put food on the floor on the couch.” “I put food on the couch on the floor.” Can two sentences convey the same meaning? “On the floor” and “ on the ...
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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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The difference betweeen 'believe strongly' & 'strongly believe'

What is the difference betweeen 'believe strongly' & 'strongly believe'? Is 'I believe strongly' a correct usage? What is the true difference between these two? Different emphasis?
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What do you call a subcategory of a subcategory

What do you call a subcategory of a subcategory? Is there any particular term that can be used or should I use any other words such as group, set, collection etc.? Edit: For Example if A is a ...
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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 ...
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Is the word order in "I am going on a holiday to Italy with my friend this week" correct?

Is the word order in this sentence correct? I am going on a holiday to Italy with my friend this week.
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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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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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Is "When's the soonest you can come" correct?

I want to ask a friend to come to visit, so is it correct to say "when is the soonest you can come" or "when can you come the soonest" or either of them are correct?
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Have I used "Such a" in an appropriate way?

Have I used "Such a" in an appropriate way? Congratulations for having such a little bundle of joy.
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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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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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interrogative and affirmative sentence constructions

Say we have the following sentence : The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held. Is it grammatically correct to place "is" where it's placed in the sentence, ...
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Should a phrase modifying a noun be written before or after the noun?

When writing about a CMS, I often have to write a phrase that modifies a noun, such as in the following examples. The users need to have the "Article: Edit own content" permission to edit their own ...
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Position of adverbs in a sentence with modals + present perfect

This is how I would position the adverbs in the following sentences: Jan can't ever have seen a mobile phone before. Arnie must have undoubtedly been treated badly. If my word order is correct,...
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"How long have you been working?" vs. "How long you have been working?"

I think "How long have you been working?" and "How long you have been working?" are both questions, so, could you tell me what is the difference between 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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"never heard it before" vs "never before heard it"

Usually, people say something like the sentence below. (1) I have never heard such a strange phrase before. Some of my non-native English speaking friends think it's okay to move "before" to the ...
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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?

What is the difference between I baked the cake myself and I myself baked the cake
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word order: to keep an open mind vs keep your mind open

could anybody explain why it's said "to keep your mind open" but "to keep an open mind"? I don't understand the reason why the word "open" comes respectively before and after the noun "mind". Why does ...
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English native speaker vs. Native English speaker

Which of the following options is the correct or the acceptable? "He is an English native speaker" or "He is a native English speaker".
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"in more better way" vs "more in better way"

I am new to English. I have two sentences below. I want to know which has better grammar and is preferable for use. They can help in more better way. They can help more in better way.   ...
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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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"at the time of", it should be at the end or at the beginning of the sentence

I'm not a native english speaker, so I have this doubt. For example I have these two sentences: At the time of taking the family picture she was next to her father Or: She was next to her ...

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