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Do these sentences gain any difference in meaning by reversing the order?

Is there any difference between those sentences? I was there to get a hair cut yesterday. I was there yesterday to get a hair cut. Option one is to invest the money so that it will ...
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Position of Adverb

Consider the period: ‘There are, then, two incompatible ways of reading the definition, of which the one entails a conflict with the specific definitions, and the other does not but makes the dynamis ...
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Why can I vary the position of the noun phrase only in certain sentences?

It is possible to say this: It formed inside him an ambition to teach his students all the more. I brought the "inside him" to the front of the noun phrase "an ambition to..." since the ...
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I was there by your side vs I was by your side there

She was by my side in the building. She was in the building by my side. The first sentence says that she was in the building, and she was staying beside me. The second sentence says ...
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Two flights delay? or two flight delays? [migrated]

If I would like to say that one airline stated that there were two flights delay due to an engine failure, should it be “two flight delays”? or “two flights delay”?
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Which word order is correct? [closed]

Which sentence is correct: Regarding extra expenses, what should I do? or Regarding extra expenses, what I should do?
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“I never was” vs. “I was never”

What is the difference between "I never was" and "I was never"? It seems that there is a subtle difference, but I can't quite grasp it. Is one of them informal? For example: I never was a good ...
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Intricate example of usage of word “respectively”

I am uncertain about the most appropriate location of the word "respectively" in the following example. Please note that models M2 and M3 are referring to the two models in which condition A was ...
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“Nice thing to say”---why not “thing nice to say”?

People often say, "that is a nice thing to do!" But when I thought this question over, this thought occurred to me: Why don't we say " That is a thing nice to do"? My reason is as follows. We often ...
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Help! So as not to vs. so (adjective) not to

I have seen the following phrases "so as not to" and "so (adjective) as not to" in articles before, but I don't know how to use these two phrase correctly. Any advice or insight would be very helpful. ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “dedicated solely” and “solely dedicated”?

Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization solely dedicated to Rock Creek Park. Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization dedicated solely to Rock Creek Park. Do these statements mean the ...
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Can we put “How many” in the middle of sentence?

Ok, see these examples: How many days on earth equal a day in heaven? How many calories equal a pound of weight loss? We have no problem so far, right? Now suppose I want to emphasize a ...
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Is it ok to use one of either?

Is it ok to use "one of either"? The reason I am asking is because it always seems like there are always some subjects before the word "either" in that case like this: You may use one of either ...
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Sentence structure: how to combine the sentence together? [closed]

I was writing this in my paper. 70 million photos and videos are sent daily on Instagram, while Louvre Museum has 300,000 objects [Kaplan and Haenlein, 2010], which is merely 0.4% of Instagram ...
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Putting descriptive words in reverse order

There are sentences like this. He was a calm and nice person. He talked with vaguely old and British expression. I always thought that since "calm and nice" is not a phrase, it came ...
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“Within this question I am asking about word order” or “I am asking about word order within this question”?

Are any of these formats regarding the word ordering within the sentence generally preferred to the other in general writing? Are there any special considerations if a more formal style is preferred ...
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Side-by-side meaning

A near future, where humans have been defeated by the viral parasites named Gastrea. They have been exiled into a small territory and live in despair, side-by-side in terror., when they said ...
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Would “What he did, he started these buisiness” be correct?

I was reading the Catcher in the Rye, and I have seen some expressions like this. Where I lived at Pencey, I lived in the Ossenburger Memoial Wing of the new dorms. What he did, he started these ...
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How can “ A smell leapt out so horrid that it seemed to colour the air ” be correct?

A smell leapt out so horrid that it seemed to colour the air. I thought this sentence should be "A smell so horrid leapt out that it seemed to colour the air." Which one is right?
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Is “I felt being dragged by a beast” incorrect?

I felt being dragged by a beast. Since I stated I and the same subject is being dragged, I thought there doesn't have to be word myself to restate who was being dragged. Does there really have to ...
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“Not only … but also” —parallelism in a particular case

I have been looking around to find an answer to my question, but I was unable to find one that addressed my specific problem. I want to create the following sentence, but I'm not sure whether it's ...
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The deletion in sentences [closed]

I want to know which one is the most fitting one and if all of them are grammatically correct. I was a clown, but I was more like an elephant. I was a clown, but was more like an elephant. I was a ...
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How to interpret and adjective followed by two nouns

Given the following sentence: Please input the path to the main plugin file How should it be read? I can think of two possible ways to interpret main plugin file: The most important file of ...
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Word constellation when using 'neither… nor'

I would like to express that I am not something, as well that I never was it or ever will be. This is what I wrote: Neither I am, nor was I ever, nor will I ever be [...] This appears to be ...
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Where is the right place to put “only” [duplicate]

I'm unsure where to put the word "only" in the following sentence: The machine must be operated by the authorized personnel from [company X] only. The machine must only be operated by the ...
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Difference between “worst way possible” and “worst possible way”

What is the difference between these two phrases? worst way possible worst possible way
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“what are the intentions of this girl” or “what the intentions of this girl are”

I am writing an essay. Can you help me with the order of words. "Even though it is not clear what are the intentions of this girl with respect to this boy, he is totally deluded and wants to buy ...
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Preposing construction: “This I know” [closed]

"This I know today, but back then..." What does this word order show? What's the rule?
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Being Madrid my hometown / Being my hometown Madrid

Being Madrid my hometown, I'm used to living surrounded by tourists. Being my hometown Madrid, I'm used to living surrounded by tourists. Which of the sentences, if either, sounds more natural?
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It really bugs me if

Suppose I have gone to the movies(cinema). There is a man behind me that cracks sun-flower seeds open, talks with the next person, and also talks on his cell phone. I want to say that these behaviors ...
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How to interpret this sentence? Also, a “Which vs. That” question

I was perusing the Wikipedia article about the Transformers film series and there is a section that describes a fifth movie in the franchise. Specifically, the section begins with this sentence: ...
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Word order for subordinate questions

I know subordinate questions have no inversion. Should this sentence: "Do you know what are the good things to do around here?" be "Do you know what the good things are to do around ...
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Taiwanese Chicken vs Chicken in a Taiwanese Style

I have a friend translating a menu and she would like to know how best to translate dishes that are from a certain region vs dishes where the main ingredient comes from a particular place. Names like ...
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Meaning of “And the day came when … ”

I saw some sentences that start with this phrase: "And the day came when ... " For example, the following sentence form The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield At last the day ...
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“The problem is who can we get to replace her” vs. “The problem is who we can get to replace her”

"The problem is who can we get to replace her" vs. "The problem is who we can get to replace her" Which one is correct and why?
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“The Grimm brothers” or “The brothers Grimm”? “The sisters Brontë” or “The Brontë sisters”?

Why the "brothers Grimm" but the "Brontë sisters"? Is there any order to follow? I’ve heard and read both “The brothers Wright” and “The Wright brothers”; “the brothers Wesley” and “the Wesley ...
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“If you want, I can do this ”vs “I can do this, if you want” which one is correct? [closed]

I am not sure which one of the two forms is correct: "If you want, I can do this" vs "I can do this, if you want" Do the above sentences have different meaning? even slightly? Other example: "I am ...
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Not really sure vs. really not sure

Is there any difference between saying "I am not really sure where the noise is from" and "I am really not sure where the noise is from"? are they interchangeable?
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Alphabetizing an index

What is the proper way to alphabetize acronyms in an index. The particular words in question are: "U.S. Constitutional Law" and "urbanization." Which should be listed first?
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“Range of operation” vs “operation range”

"Range of operation" vs "operation range" "The range of operation for the compressor (...)" or "The operating range of the compressor"? Do they have the same interpretation? Can they substitute one ...
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“Solutions offered” or “offered solutions”? [closed]

Which of these two is more grammatically correct? Defining customer needs and advising on solutions offered. Defining customer needs and advising on offered solutions.
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When would you use “said he”?

From Lord of the Rings: ‘You be careful of yourself, Maggot!’ she called. ‘Don’t go arguing with any foreigners, and come straight back!’ ‘I will!’ said he, and drove out of the gate. Normally ...
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Modifying noun after noun?

At first I wrote When executing a read(v) operation, the state machines exchange optimistic state. I know that is correct, but I wonder if the following would also be acceptable in a technical ...
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Object pronoun: me and John, or John and me?

When using ourselves and another person as the subject of a sentence, we use their name first (like "John and I"); but when the same two people become the object of a sentence, which order should the ...
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It's an expected label or It's an label expected. what's the difference?

Can anyone help me analyze the difference between the following two sentences? It's an expected label. It's a label expected.
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“Without whom…” or “whom … without”? [closed]

Is it more grammatically correct to move the preposition without to the end of its clause, or use without whom? Does the "in no particular order" change matters? I wish to express my sincere ...
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Position of interrogative auxiliary verbs as replies to statements [closed]

Imagine someone states the following to you: I think you're mistaken. We've never traveled to Italy together. What's the difference between the following two responses, if any? Haven't we? ...
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Use of the adverb first in conjunction with then

Are the use and the positions of the adverbs first and then correct in the following two sentences? We prove, first, two preliminary properties, and, then, the whole theorem. We first show ...
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Why does “chain and whips” sound 'wrong' in a Rihanna song? [closed]

I was asked recently about word order in the Rihanna song "S&M". There is a line in the chorus that uses the word order of "chains and whips": Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains ...
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Am I able to finish a sentence with 'for'? [closed]

Am I able to finish a sentence with 'for'? eg. "...age that had long since disappeared but the return of which they desperately yearned for."