Questions tagged [word-order]

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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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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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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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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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Is “now as well” correct?

I just had a discussion whether it is correct to say: This issue should be fixed now as well. I had the impression that as well always goes at the end of the sentence but the person I was talking ...
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Treatment for or treatment of?

This study describes a treatment for/of a diseased kidney of a 15-year-old girl. Which is correct (for or of). Does the rest also sounds alright or would it be better to rephrase the whole sentence? ...
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“… said Sally” or “… Sally said”?

I have always hesitated about the order S+V or V+S after a quote. For example, in the following sentence should I write "... said Sally" or "... Sally said"? "If everything ...
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correct word order: $200 of sales tax“ Or ”sales tax of $200"

Which one of these is correct? -"I paid $200 of sales tax on my computer." -"I paid sales tax of $200 on my computer." Can anyone please explain me the correct word order.
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“Municipality of <municipality-name>” or “<municipality-name> Municipality”

I was discussing with some people about which form is more correct regarding a Municipality, or other territory divisions. For example, regarding to a map of the municipality, is it more correct to ...
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“For what do you go to school?” or “What do you go to school for?”

What is the difference in the following two sentences? For what do you go to school? What do you go to school for?
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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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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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Sentence participle II role

I have a sentence and I want to understand word "preoccupied" role in it. I became preoccupied with work. My analysis: Direct word order. I - subject, personal pronoun. became - predicate, ...
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Place of adjective Place in the sentence

There is a long Neva River in Saint Petersburg. Is it correct to put this adjective (long) this way?
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Correct word order

What is the correct word order in this sentence? Figure out how much are they willing to pay. Is it are they or they are? Also, what is the grammar rule for that? Many thanks!
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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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Commas with subordinating conjunctions

I have read in grammar books that a comma is usually used when making a complex sentence. For instance: If you keep talking to your mother like that, I will have to teach you manners. ...
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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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“others took to finish” vs “others to finish took”

Is there any difference between these two? She was a good student, finishing in half the time the others took to finish. She was a good student, finishing in half the time the others to finish ...
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Correct word order in prepositional phrases of the type to be + verb + preposition

which are correct word orders for prepositional phrases of the type to be + verb + preposition? E.g., which of the following examples containing the phrase to be aware of are correct? ...the fact,...
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Difference between “the only two” and “only the two”

What is the difference (e.g. usage and meaning) between "(There are) the only two (words)" and "(There are) only the two (words)"? What is the difference in meaning between A form ...
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Oil price cutting or cutting oil prices

Which of these is correct and why? The inflation in commodity was led by oil price cutting or The inflation in commodity was led by cutting oil prices
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'Said distracted mum' vs 'distracted mum said'?

I write fairytale, and I wonder if I can write something like: "'It was strange.' Said distracted mum" or maybe the form "distracted mum said" has to be for every time? I'd like ...
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Word order in product name

I am confused about word order when using the name of the product and its colour. For example: the product’s name is “Barrel Bag”. It comes in black colour. So what is correct here: Buy our Black ...
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Should “…what are they doing” be rewritten into a declarative sentence like “…what they are doing”?

Try to underline the key information about what they are doing. Try to underline the key information about what are they doing? OK,we know that the sentence "what are they doing ?" is a ...
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quality of food or food quality?

Which one is better? Visitors picked up food quality as the prominent advantage of the island. Visitors picked up quality of food as the prominent advantage of the island. I know that "food ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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“It was not” or “it wasn't”

I've been reading a novel which original language is chinese and in the translation a there's a part that I don't know if its the correct: [...] "This butterfly was extremely intelligent. Not only ...
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What firstly comes when adjective and adverb put together in a meaning?

Which one is right? Have a lovely nice day or Have a nice lovely day
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“Not too busy to not” or “not too busy not to”

I'm not too busy to eat dinner or I'm not too busy not to eat dinner Typically, you would need a double negative ("I'm not busy enough to not realized I skipped dinner," in that you weren't ...
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Adjectives order in my sentence

Adjectives order is a bit confusing and tricky to me. What order would be appropriate to say : Naked bony girls in magazines. Or Bony naked girls in magazines. If I refer to this post I'd be ...
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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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Is my sentence correct with the order of the words, and does it miss any other word to make it clear?

Please tell me if it is correct and if there are alternatives. I'm not sure about the order of the words, or if "with" is needed, especially in this part : "the heart devoured from within". Love is ...
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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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“resource exhaustive” vs. “exhaustive resource”

Method A exhaust a lot of resources. How can I say this in comparison sentence: method A has been viewed as a resource exhaustive compared to method B Or, method A has been viewed as an ...
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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 ...