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Issue with the word order in a sentence

This sentence: Please indicate the best date, time and time zone for us to start the upgrade in your response. seems to have an incorrect word order. I have no idea how to fix things up without ...
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Is “…, so (adjective) is (noun).” a valid construction?

Let's assume that The use of cars is so prevalent that we cannot imagine life without them is a good sentence. My question is whether We cannot image life without cars, so prevalent is their use is ...
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Is there any word for covering fees in other ways?(Such as “coverage”) [on hold]

Is there any word for covering fees in other ways?(Such as "coverage") Coverage is insurance term and I would like to say that I am in the middle of confirming the possibility of coverage(This ...
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Word order after “as”

could someone help with the word order in the following sentence? "Please note it down as it will shortly be necessary." Should I flip here "shortly" and "be"? Is the placement of "shortly" correct ...
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The structure of long sentence [closed]

I always confuse about the structure of the long sentence. Could anybody tell me that if my sentence correct? After experts from London Zoo found many evidences in their investigation, they ...
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Do vs Dost, the difference [closed]

"Thou coward knight, why wilt thou not do battle with me?" -The Age of Chivalry, Chapter 16 In this sentence, why is do not dost? Very commonly do I see the word dost be used in older text in place ...
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“Classic” in product name as prefix [closed]

I have an older version of a product named Foo Classic (where Foo is replaced with an actual proper name). Would it sound/look weird if I rename it to Classic Foo, especially for a native speaker?
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Comma after quotation mark in middle of sentence [duplicate]

Do I need a comma after "Go!" in the following sentence? When I said, "Go!" all the children ran up to a card and picked it up. Does the sentence look right (with a lowercase a) or should I ...
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Can I use “has” in a question? [closed]

strong textWhat the correct sentence? 1- "Does the equation has a solution?". 2- "Does the equation have a solution?". 3- "The equation has a solution?". 4- "The equation have a solution?". ...
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Possessive pronouns

Does a first-person possessive pronoun have to come last if it is in a list with others?" "My irresponsible sister loves jewelry, so she took both Sally's and mine. "The same room was marked ...
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Is it proper to combine prepositions using conjunctions?

I have come across the issue of wanting to use both two prepositions to describe a subject. This is not a common issue, judging by the lack of information regarding it. This is an example of the type ...
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Word order in a complex comparison sentence [closed]

I'm having trouble deciding which word order to use in the sentence I don't know how much better our system will be than others. Is this correct, or should the "than others" part be after "...
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Is this sentence 'I'm gonna have to work on what else can she call me' correct?

1)I'm gonna have to work on what else can she call me. 2)You then wanna formulate an action plan. What steps can you take to start to address your worry I watched a interview with Hillary on Ellen ...
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Reversal of normal word order without change in meaning

"Out the window flew the parakeet." This is a complete reversal of the normal order of the sentence elements, but it doesn't change the meaning (though it does change the emphasis a bit). Are there ...
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If we need to change word order in embedded (indirect) questions, why don't these change word order?

If we need to use different word order in direct and indirect questions (example: Are they planning to marry? / Do you know if they are planning to get married?), why do these embedded questions use ...
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manufacturing process vs process for manufacturing

Question: Is it idiomatic to say "a manufacturing process of/for a high-precision lens" in place of "a process for manufacturing a high-precision lens"? In connection with this question, I've ...
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Does the phrase correct here?

"We've given up saying we only kill to eat; Kraft dinner and freeze-dried food have put paid to that one" It should be 'kill to only eat'? 'Have put paid to the their leaving of saying they only kill ...
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Place and time in sentence

In English, the place is usually mentioned before the time is it? For example: I go to the market every Sundays. OR Every Sunday, I go to the market.
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Adjectives Order [duplicate]

I would like to as about adjectives order. As I understand there is a rule for adjective order in adj adj noun. Here is my understanding: Opinion>Size>Shape>Age>Color>Nationality/Origin>Material>...
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The deal between “Mary and me” vs. “Mary and I” [closed]

I think "Mary and me," even though it sounds odd to the ear, is correct, but my choice is between: "I've forgotten everything about the deal between Mary and me" and "I've forgotten everything about ...
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Usage of ‘say I’ &c. after a quote

I was doing some creative writing and asked a friend to proofread it. They tell me they choked up at this point: ‘I don’t know,’ says Scott. ‘I’ll need to think about it.’ ‘Let me know if you’...
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She is so persuasive a girl

I guess the sentence is in correct English grammar and style. But sounds strange to a Brazilian. Can someone tell why the sentence is "more correct" than the following? She is a so persuasive girl....
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Where should “just” go when describing possibility?

Which is the grammatically correct way to write this sentence? Ask, we may just have what you are looking for. Ask, we just may have what you are looking for.
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Why is it Autism Spectrum Disorder and not Autism Disorder Spectrum?

Certainly with Disorder trailing behind "Autism Spectrum" it indicates that the disorder is called Autism Spectrum when spectrum is merely being used to describe that the disorder has a spectrum. ...
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for a long time+ negative?

Is it correct to say ''For a long time I haven't visited Tom'', without continuing the sentence? Isn't there any grammar rule to state that the order should be : ''I haven't visited Tom for a long ...
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wish to know what the correct order is

Here is a quote out of the novel "The Heiress": "...and it would have been difficult to decide who was the most gratified of the three; certainly Helen was not the least so." Shouldn't the correct ...
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'and what are the (…)'

I come across this sentence structure quite a lot, and every time again I wonder if it is actually grammatically correct. Example: In general, we know why groups mobilize in the EU, what ...
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Is the use of 'that if' discouraged?

Is the use of that if discouraged or even wrong? This may be a weird question, but in Dutch the use of dat als, literally that if, is considered an error. So, for example, is the following sentence ...
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“Happy 2nd Birthday” is it correct?

What is the rule to follow when we add number to indicate the year in congratulating sentences? I'm sorry for my bad english.
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'has not been yet extensively studied' vs 'has not been extensively studied yet' [closed]

Which of these is correct: 'In spite of all that, the effect itself has not been yet extensively studied ' or 'In spite of all that, the effect itself has not been extensively studied yet'
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Usage of “of” prepositions sequence

Today, I have encountered the following sentence in a documentation: Department of development and support of information systems of ABC JSC I have argued about the correctness of using this "...
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This is the first post of the series / This is the first post in the series

When writing a series in a blog, with which of the following sentences could you start the first sentence? Are they all correct, is only one correct, are there semantic or only aesthetic differences? '...
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“the best two” vs “the two best” [duplicate]

I can't seem to find which one of these two wordings is correct: In 2014, the best two submitted runs were from unsupervised systems. In 2014, the two best submitted runs were from ...
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“Let alone” phrase

I'm having trouble understanding the ordering of the phrase "let alone" For example: "I don't have a dollar let alone a dime" and "I don't have a dime let alone a dollar" Or (from a similar question ...
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what I think is the difference VS what I think the difference is

Recently, I've stumbled upon a sentence that seems to be in contrary to what I've been taught about the word order in positive sentences. At some forum, a guy asked a grammar question, and one of the ...
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Is there a word to describe the act of suddenly halting by virtue of feeling shy or intimidated?

I'm looking for a word that can fit into this sentence, "She paused with timid caution and then resumed her lope as if led by the dangling of her small interlaced hands, a magnetic sweeping of the ...
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Which order of the two preceding modifiers is correct for this proper noun?

In southwestern China, there is a mountain named (after translating to English) Qingcheng Mountain (or Mount Qingcheng). However, apart from Qingcheng Mountain itself, there is also a second mountain ...
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“Trivially translate” vs. “translate trivally” — which is corrent?

Which one is correct? Do both sentences have the same meaning? The table definition does not trivially translate to the underlying data structures. The table definition does not translate ...
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How to “hyphenate” the word “standardize”?

I don't really know if the term "hyphenate" is the correct here, I use it because of my LaTeX usage. What I mean (and if there is a word for this, please let me know) is: how to break "standardize" ...
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When you have no money, doesn't that mean you're already bankrupt? Can you use “in general” for a case like that? [closed]

Is the sentence below correct? What would be the best way to write it? "In general, when you have no money, tap water is better than bankruptcy." It says "in general" and assumes a condition "when ...
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Are these two lines explaining the same time? [duplicate]

Are the sentences: "12 am (Midnight) Monday, March 14" and "It is due Monday at Midnight." referring to the same day, because the way they are worded makes it seem as though the first one ...
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“Not bad at all” vs. “Not at all bad”

What is the difference between the two? The weather is not bad at all. The weather is not at all bad.
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something full of/ a full something of

Can somebody explain the difference here and give some more appropriate examples on the construction? I sense there IS something, but I can't get to it individually. a bowl full of mush a full bowl ...
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“Meet me” VS “Meet you”

As a student of the English language, I have always considered the meanings of such phrases as I'll meet you... and You'll meet me... to be identical in nature, since the verb meet tends to be ...
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When should the word “NOW” be used in a sentence…? [duplicate]

Consider the following 2 sentences:- "Now the application is working fine". "The application is working fine now". Which one is grammatically correct and why?
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Splitting the components of a compound verb [duplicate]

I've always understood that splitting infinitives should be avoided; e.g., instead of To boldly go where no man has gone before. use To go boldly where no man has gone before. With that in ...
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Word order in a descriptive statement

When stating the conditions in which an experiment was done (no particular emphasis needed)... What's the correct word order "Plants were exposed to freezing temperatures for 2 hours" OR "Plants were ...
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Trouble with prepositions [closed]

I want to write the sentence "start date of the period being aggregated over" However, I know one is not supposed to end a sentence in a preposition. I can't think of a good alternative to this ...
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Why do personal pronouns always come last after a list of nouns?

Why do we always put "I" or "me" at the end of a list of nouns in a sentence. For example we would say "John, Sam, and I are going to the mall" instead of "I, John, and Sam are going to the mall" Is ...
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Use of “not only… but also”

I am an English teacher in Korea. Please help me to teach correct English to my students. I found the following sentence in the book "Why We Shop: Emotional Rewards and Retail Strategies" written by ...