Questions tagged [sentence-patterns]

Questions relating to the pattern of words in a sentence.

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Is it wrong to say “And I begin” for the action that person going to start in a second? [closed]

Some person is about to begin some process. Let's say he's about to start cooking. He've made some introduction on what and how he's going to cook. And then he want to say that he will begin right ...
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“In which shift are you today? or In which shift you are today?” which is correct? [closed]

Out of these two sentence which is the right one are we supposed to say are you or you are when asking for a specific timeline that someone is present.
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Can this sentence work without 'that'? If yes, why? [duplicate]

And given (that) the Nord wasn't a thing when the 8-series was launched, we could see the OnePlus 9 phones get pricier than that.
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Is there any fixed rule as to when we should use the structure “the + noun + of + name” instead of “name + noun”?

Is it "the jungle of Amazon" or "the Amazon jungle"? "the university of Oxford" or "the Oxford university"? Sometimes both structures seem fine (to me) (e.g. I'...
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Is this a valid sentence structure, and what is it called?

I have been writing short stories for the last few months, and have a bad habit of overusing certain sentence structures. Now I think I overuse a particular remedy to the original problem. Oh dear. ...
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Do I need the comma after the opening adjective?

The sentence is: There, it continues to attract visitors. vs There it continues to attract visitors. I saw the second example on the grammar section of a standardized test and I thought they made ...
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I, Dave, confirm that I have read the document thoroughly and accept your offer letter [migrated]

I, Dave, confirm that I have read the document thoroughly and accept your offer letter. OR I, Dave, confirm that I have read the document thoroughly and accepted your offer letter. OR I, Dave, confirm ...
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What is the grammatical function of this 'action' in this sentence?

I read a sentence from the economist Fed also propped up the corporate-bond market, action it had shied away from during the financial crisis a decade earlier. Although I know the meaning of the ...
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Extra info at the start of a sentence

Can someone tell me what the bolded parts are called in the following? Starting in April, Bob decided to drink 2 liters of water a day. During the pandemic, Joe got bored.
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Is this just an error or am I missing something?

I ran across the following passage on a package of tea: "As the farmers all our teas come with a Tea Passport guaranteeing quality and sustainability from bush to cup". I don't see how this ...
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verb+ing about verb+ing about

I am sorry that I couldn't come up with a more appropriate and specific title. But my questions are: I was thinking about talking about (something) Is this structure correct? It does seem awkward ...
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“Unfit___, but even less” or “but even more”

This sentence He considered himself unfit for the job, but even more for that task. does not sound right because unfit has a negative meaning. I tried the other way: He considered himself unfit for ...
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What are the differences between the following? [duplicate]

What are the differences between: I did this for the first time in Tibet. I did this in Tibet for the first time. Which one should I use if I have done 'this' before, but it is my first time doing '...
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Why can you use relative clauses with implicit complementisers or relative pronouns?

Why are these correct? The work I am doing is easy. The house he lives at. The book I am writing is about different realms. The man I was helping thanked me. The ant I was blocking the road of. ...
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Does present perfect work with past simple in this example? [closed]

"This year, the whole world has been scared and yet all I could see was joy." Part of me feels like that's not correct, but don't know how to make it sound more natural either... Please ...
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What type of sentence is a sentence that seems to have no independent clause? [duplicate]

I have been given this line from Ian Frazier's “Hidden City”: Bent window blinds; tragic, drooping, bright-green shower curtain; dark hallway opening onto two bare bedrooms. I am supposed to ...
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What kind of elliptical construction would the following interpretation fall into and what are some similar examples?

Here is the sentence construction: As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up. I want to ...
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Sat question, passive word choice, “shown ” grammar [closed]

for question 1, the correct answer is C, but I chose D. My reason is that D is simpler, it can refer to "you", since there is a comma before it so that it would not refer to "hotel"...
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Time in the morning for breakfast/time for breakfast in the morning?

Can anyone help me out here? Which is right and more standard among the following?: I don't have time in the morning for breakfast **OR** I don't have time for breakfast in the morning ...
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Are all three of these sentences equally fine?

Are these all the same? The more we earn, the less careful we become about money. The more we earn, we become less careful about money. The more we earn, the less careful we are about money. I am ...
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Which sentence is correct and why? with 'to' or without 'to'

All I can do is to tell her not to go out during the weekend. All I can do is tell her not to go out during the weekend.
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A complex sentence from Leonardo Dicaprio's Speech

The following are sentences from Leonardo Dicaprio's speech 'Climate change is not hysteria - it's a fact'. As an actor I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious ...
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Is it correct to use a form of “be” before “better”?

"These mistakes are better be corrected by a professional editor." I've talked to two native speakers of English about the correctness of this sentence, one of whom suggested that I remove &...
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Meaning of an embedded sentence and how this usage is called (example)

I have stumbled upon on the following sentence, and I do not understand how the bold one is related to the others: And here, in Saddoth, beyond the domes and terraces and columns of the huge ...
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Parallelism, Use of auxiliary verb

The below sentence was given as an example in chapter 12, of the SC GMAT Strategy Guide. "At current prices, oil in the Antarctic may be worth drilling for, if wells can be dug there and ...
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Do I need to repeat a verb in a second clause?

He will not only pass the exam but will also excel in sports. He will not only pass the exam but also excel in sports. Which one is correct?
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What tense is the 'come' in this sentence? [duplicate]

Is 'come' in the following sentence the base form or the past participle? “And Royce seemed to be everything I’d dreamed of. The fairy tale prince, come to make me a princess. Everything I wanted...” ...
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What is the longest 1-word sentence?

I recently discovered the wonderful grammatically correct "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" sentence and I was curious if it is possible to construct a longer,...
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Parallelism in clauses?

Is it possible to have different tenses in the contrasting/comparative adverbial clauses and the main clause of the sentence OR do the verbs always have to be parallel according to parallelism? ex: ...
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using from-to in a list

The five building blocks offers you privacy and data protection from tailored modules and dashboarding, to integrated access to XZ's full advisory capabilities. Is the above sentence correct? Can 'to'...
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How to combine multiple phrases when summarizing an article

Let's say if I am summarizing an article that describes these things: How to slay a dragon (in 500 words) How to install Linux (in 500 words) and How to cook a scrambled egg (in 300 words) I want to ...
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Can anyone explain to me why this statement is incorrect: “I wonder how much would it be …”

I have been having this debate with my friend and I cannot find any information regarding the correctness (or incorrectness) of the statement in the title. Is version 1 (below) incorrect grammatically?...
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Is it grammatically possible to change the result clause in a conditional sentence to a participle clause? [closed]

Please consider the sentence below: Parents have the same role in doing the household chores if both of them work. Now I turn the first part into a participle clause while adding another sentence ...
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Combining parallel sentences [closed]

How best to combine the following two sentences?: Trust you enjoyed your drive to the lake to join your family. And trust you enjoyed your time at the lake with your family. The following isn't ...
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What is the inverted sentence for this? [closed]

I arrived on time, as my classmates did, but the lecturer wasn’t there.
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Will definitely be Vs will be definitely

Why are we saying "There will definitely be some information", instead of "There will be definitely some information"? Thanks,
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Using synonyms to improve text readability (“elegant variation”)

English is not my first language. In my mother tongue, I was advised by a language expert some years ago that a well-written text should contain as few repetitions of the same words as possible, in ...
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Is it correct to make a request with a sentence that has if-clause but no then-clause?

I often hear sentences like these in online meetings: If you could move to the next slide please. If you could reply to that email. Shouldn't these sentences be said like this: If you could move ...
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To use a participle or an infinitive in comparison patterns?

As far as I know, this sentence works: You are better off leaving now than later. So, if I am to express, "Statistically you are more creative if you are a person who leaves you bed messy than if ...
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Order of Prepositional Phrases

I wonder whether it would be correct to say: I try to practise writing on a daily basis without fail. or should the order of the phrases be changed into: I try to practise writing without fail ...
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Refer to something already known twice

I have a technical paper related to computer programming that has the following small section: Comma-separated expressions Don't overuse them. Use them where they really make sense. FirstName ...
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Move a subject from the middle of a sentence to its beginning [closed]

Is it grammatically and stylistically correct to use sentences like the following ones, in nonfiction writing (technical, business, scientific): Apples - put in the green boxes. Lemons - put on the ...
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To have somebody do something

Hi could anyone tell me if my following sentences are right? (English U.S about "have somebody do something") I made Mary take out the trash I usually have her take out the trash I'm having her take ...
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Is the position of the clause in this sentence okay?

I’m trying to figure out if this sentence is ordered properly. Is it okay to start the sentence with this clause — "From the moment someone requests ..." — which really modifies the "customer ...
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Any difference in nuance by the position of if-clause in a sentence?

Does the position of if-clause in a sentence, either before or after the main clause, give the sentence any different implication? For example, how do the two sentences below sound to the native ...
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Using a verb twice to describe a chain of action

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: Cats bother dogs bother ducks. I want to say that cats bother dogs and, also, that dogs bother ducks. Is this a correct way to do so? If it is, ...
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Alternatives to “that”

I am required to use: The fact that...., One of the major advantage is that...., A key problem with this definition is that....,The observation that...., The reason why it accounted for x is that..... ...
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“Focused on target” vs “focused on the target”

If a light source is required to be focused on a target. Then which one is better to write the method requires the light source to be focused on target Or the method requires the light source to ...
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Implication as a proxy for effect

I want to describe that a phenomenon is used to advantage in some methods but for method X it's effects are bad. So can I write but it's implication in method X is problematic. Thank you very much
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Compare two things with a third

I am confused if this sentence is correct or do I need to extend it using "performances" The performance of method 1 and method 2 is compared with method 3 in this section

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