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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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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Is it correct to say “ I have been working out lately”?

I want to know if is correct to say: I have been working out my body lately. If the answer is yes, I want to know can I put the adverb “lately” at the beginning of the sentence or remove it ...
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Rearranging modifiers in this introduction

for questions which a dictionary cannot answer asking the meaning of a particular expression. This is the definition of the tag expressions on this site, and as far as I am aware, which a dictionary ...
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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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“Should It be” Or “It Should Be” - What is the correct order?

Are there grammar rules that indicate one of these two sentences has an incorrect word order? Is it possibly irrelevant in this case? We'd like to know what is its purpose, and when it should be ...
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“Two double bacon cheeseburgers” or “two bacon double cheeseburgers”?

I guess "bacon" acts like an adjective here, or, more correctly, it's probably an attributive. So which order is correct? I tried googling; "two bacon double cheeseburgers" yielded more results (28 ...
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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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Word-Order in Interrogative Clauses

I have a question regarding the word-order in interrogative sentences. I think, the following two statements are grammatically correct; however, how do I explain the difference between them? (That is, ...
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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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Confused in the usage of only in a sentence

I only stare at pretty girls I stare only at pretty girls One of the answers helped me understand using only in different sentences but I am unable to figure out the exact difference between the ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “he wakes up early always” or “he wakes up always early”?

I guess these 3 sentences are all idiomatic. He always wakes up early He usually wakes up early He wakes up early usually However, I am not so sure if these 2 sentences are idiomatic he wakes up ...
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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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“ten meatballs more” or “ten more meatballs”

Your grandfather called and he said he will come for dinner you must cook ten more meatballs for him. Your grandfather called and he said he will come for dinner you must cook ten meatballs more ...
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Word orders in sentences

1)The company has a debt of two million dollars left from last year. 2)You can buy everything you need ranging from clothing to food. 3)Did you see the man who resembles the general next to ...
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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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order of objects with phrasal verbs (e.g “put on”)

Let's take the phrasal verb "put sth on" in the meaning "to cover part of the body with clothes". Having the direct object only (as a pronoun), the sentence is: I put it on. Now, I want to add the ...
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What's the most natural ordering of words here?

I just wrote this comment ten minutes ago, pondered over it for five minutes, and then the edit time limit had ran out, so I joined this site because I need to set my mind straight. Methodologies ...
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Does the question “until what time do you work” sound natural?

Tell me please which one of the following questions sound the most natural? Until what time do you work? What time do you work until? What time do you work to?
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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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Do I need to place a comma in this sentence? And is the word order correct?

Do I need to place a comma in this sentence? And is the word order correct? Supporting guidance on 'Fair trading requirements' advises that discrimination in regard to the costs of the goods and ...
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Why is it 'grand theft auto' and not 'auto grand theft' or 'grand theft of an auto'? [duplicate]

If it's applied to an act of theft, then why is the last word of the expression 'grand theft auto' is 'auto' instead of 'theft'? It's constructed as if it's 'auto' modified with 'grand theft', i.e. an ...
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Correct placement of “not” next to “to” disambiguating a sentence

I asked a question on another site and got corrected by someone. Them being NSE and me not, I appreciated the improvement except in one regard - placement of the negation. So I asked about it and as ...
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“speaks Italian better” vs “speaks better Italian”

I guess the following sentences are both grammatically correct, but are they different in meaning? Laura speaks Italian better than Jake. Laura speaks better Italian than Jake.
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Word order of sentence

A bottle which was produced by my company, of water. Is the word order of this sentence correct? The bottle was produced by my company but I wonder if this sentence can be understood easily when I ...
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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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Order among a participle, article and noun & about “for”

Reading my logic textbook, I faced the following two sentences, of which I’m kind of confused. (1) For given a formula A in Γ, take n so large that … (2) ... in which P1 takes the value i(P1). ...
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'It was the only mine still in operation'. Where do I insert 'of six' in that sentence?

It was the only of six mines still in operation ? No, 'the only' cannot be used as a pronoun. It was the only mine of six still in operation , maybe? But then it's not clear whether 'still in ...
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Word order Q : between two sentences, which one sounds more accurate? (Or is none of them right?)

So I can use 7 words among those below and each one of them only once without chaning its form as it is presented here. [ frequency / take / regular / make / its /reflect / availability / will / ...
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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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