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Which word order is correct? [on hold]

Which sentence is correct: Regarding extra expenses, what should I do? or Regarding extra expenses, what I should do?
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The use of "were- should- had” at the beginning of sentences instead of “if”

Conditionals in English are usually formed by using if with normal word order; but for the three past (subjunctive) forms were, should, and had, it is also possible to express the conditional through ...
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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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19th century English texts occasionally use Germanic-style number words, such as “four-and-twenty”. When did this fall out of use?

19th century English texts occasionally use Germanic-style number words, such as "four-and-twenty", but the same text would also have the modern "twenty-four" in places (see e.g. Conan-Doyle for ...
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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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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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When not to reorder words in question? [on hold]

I'm not sure whether this sentence, 'Why she leaves me...' is grammatically right or not. My personal opinion is it's not right but it's acceptable, isn't it? So, when this kind of sentence is ...
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“Above”/“below” before/after a noun

I have seen sentences similar to the following: (1) See the reference above. (2) See the reference below. And, (3) See the above reference. But not, (4) See the below reference. ...
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“the below-identified person”: Term for this style and any style guides regarding

Are there any technical terms to specifically describe the two styles (A and B) below? Also, are there any prescriptive style guides that say which is preferable? My own preference is for style B ...
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Word-order and meaning - which is correct for this notice? [closed]

I'm creating some signs for the office car park, and one of these signs is to control access. What I'm trying to get it to indicate is that cars aren't permitted between 10 am and 4pm except for ...
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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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Order of noun + modifying noun

Which one is correct or preferred? The command /reload is... < some description > The /reload command is... < some description >
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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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Is “forth and back” more proper than “back and forth”?

I think the term "back and forth" gets thrown around a lot without much thought. From Dictionary.com: forth    [fawrth, fohrth] adverb 1. onward or outward in place or space; forward: to ...
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“I have X to pay” vs. “I have to pay X”

Is there any difference between the following two statements: I have to pay bills I have bills to pay Could you please tell us the difference between the above two statements and when to use them? ...
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How is “Can anyone tell me how can I solve this” wrong?

I posted a question somewhere that said... Can anyone tell me how I can solve this? ...but someone edited it to... Can anyone tell me how can I solve this? ...and it was accepted. That's ...
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Is it incorrect to say, 'Give me it'?

Is it incorrect to say, 'Give me it' ? I am told that it is and one should always say, 'Give it me'?
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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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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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“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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Use of “as well” in the middle of the sentence

I was wondering if the use of "as well" in the middle of the sentence is correct in formal English. Here is the particular sentence I am writing: I got ample opportunities to communicate with a ...
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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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You cannot “eat your cake and have it” or “have your cake and eat it”?

Which is it? You cannot eat your cake and have it, too. meaning you can have it or you can eat it, but once it's gone there's no cake left to eat. You cannot have your cake and eat it, ...
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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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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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“The more…, the less…” sentence with the same verb

I'm kinda ok with basic "The more..., the less..." type of sentences, like The more you think about it, the less likely you are to take action, but what if I want to say next: The more ...
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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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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 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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Why does “Why doesn't it work?” become “Why does it not work?”

When you uncontract doesn't in "Why doesn't it work?" the not moves to "Why does it not work?" This confuses me even more when I use a longer phrase instead of the pronoun it like below: Why ...
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“unless stated otherwise” or “unless otherwise stated”?

Convention: R^n is always assumed to carry the Euclidean topology, unless stated otherwise. Convention: R^n is always assumed to carry the Euclidean topology, unless otherwise stated. Which ...
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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?