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Questions tagged [sentence-patterns]

Questions relating to the pattern of words in a sentence.

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Prefer-patterns in reference to future [on hold]

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? Situation: A friend of mine has come to me for advice: a. I would prefer it if you would come on another day; I am really busy today. b. I would ...
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How do we use two 'as..as' pattern together?

What is difference between as big and as noisy as their car and as big and noisy as their car. Which is more accepted usage among English speakers? How do we use two 'as..as' pattern together.(as big ...
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Is it correct to simplify common verbs in an ordered sentence?

Today, I came across a sentence pattern in a well-accepted technical document, as follows: Their X1 are too A1, their X2 too A2, and their X3 too A3. Is it correct to use only one are in this ...
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Probably use in sentence

I will probably move to the north soon. Probably I will move to the north soon. What is the difference between these two? Does Number one imply that there is a small chance I may not move at all?
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Experiencing high fever [migrated]

How can I express the idea "Now I am experiencing high fever" in response to an enquiry?
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I have a secret that I have kept hidden from my circle of friends and family [migrated]

When I was browsing internet. I saw this sentence. I have a doubt on the usage of "have kept hidden" What tense is it? Is it Active voice of present perfect? If so why there is a word "hidden" which ...
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Ground or infinitive in present perfect continuous tense

📌I have been starting saving nature . 📌I have been starting to save nature. I don't know which one is correct. Help guys
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what is wrong with my sentence structure?

'With my brother standing by my side, I reached for the pot handle, tilting the pot way too much caused the boiling water to spill.’ My gut feeling tells me that there is something wrong with this ...
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Trivia quesiton logic [closed]

I am debating with a friend about how to interpret this trivia sentence. When asked how old she is, Jane says: "In two years, I will be twice as old as I was five years ago..." Would the answer ...
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“Never on par” in a sentence

Just wondering if the following sentence is correct: "A and B are never on par." Is it equivalent to saying that A and B are not equal? Must the phrase "on par" always be followed by "with"?
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Does this need to be in plural?

Recently, I had to use the following sentence: "The paths of the php and html files are as follows..." It's about one html file and one php file. Both have one path and they are separate files. ...
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placement of 'per year' in a sentence

In the first sentence, the term ‘per year’ is placed within the sentence and in the second sentence, at the end. Which pattern is correct and which one is wrong? The business purchases about ...
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Use of preposition with 'adopted' in a sentence

Can this machine be adopted______farm work? Options were: a)in b)into c)for d)by Please provide the correct answer with proper explanation.
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Which is better? “Ans to the q-1” or “The ans to q-1” [closed]

Upto high school, before answering any question in the exam we used to write "Ans to the q-no:1" (Answer to the question number 1). But then our English teacher told us to write "The ans to q-no:1" (...
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What is the term for a sentence which reads same forwards and backwards?

Please note, I'm not asking for a palindrome. I mean to say that only the word order is rearranged, not the actual spelling of the word. An example might be as follows: First ladies rule the ...
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What does this mean? “He started evening classes.” [closed]

"Andrew has just started evening classes. He's studying German." I just came across this sentence in Grammar in Use. This was a example sentence, there's no more context. From the latter part of ...
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How to remove ambiguity within a sentence

Consider the following sentence: Over 90 percent of applicants secure the credit they need in around 10 minutes As is, the sentence is ambiguous. A possible interpretation could be: 90 percent ...
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confusion with – all but [duplicate]

Ex. ‘It is all but evident that kids get more and more home-bound these days.’ As I know, the phrase – ‘all but’ means ‘all except…’ If it is so, the sentence does not hold a meaningful sense. if ...
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Help me in sentence pattern

Consider the following sentence: I know the meaning of the word 'go'. Here what is 'go' referring to here? An object or maybe a verb?
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Sentence structure and type of clauses

the renowned sprinter and track-and-field personality Carl Lewis, who had known pressure from fans and media before but never, even as a professional runner, this kind of pressure, made only a few ...
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Can I transform this sentence like this? [closed]

This is the original sentence: "The guests reached the wedding party last night though it rained heavily." I transformed it to: "It rained heavily last night;however, the guests reached the wedding ...
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syntactic analysis of a phrase with FROM…TO

In the sentence Everything we do, from eating and ice cream to crossing the Atlantic and from baking a loaf to writing a novel, involves the use of coal, directly or indirectly. I can't come ...
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Fronting of helping verbs for impossible probabilities

This is from 'Landour Days' by Ruskin Bond where he dwells at length on writings by hand. " A few years earlier, when Dickens and Balzac had submitted their hefty manuscripts in longhand, no one had ...
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“Motion equation” vs “equation of motion” [duplicate]

I very often see the y of x sentence structure and very rarely the x y structure, an example being: Equation of motion vs Motion equation Which form would be most correct in English language, ...
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usage of “X serves to Y”

I just saw a paragraph that started with this sentence: "This article serves to discuss native advertising with software engineers." What is the justification for using "serves to" instead of just ...
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What is the origin of this statement pattern: noun + “,” + verb + “since YYYY”?

Example: "'Shadowhunters : Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234'" Where can I find the earliest such example? (Please help me tag/frame this question right!)
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What is the sentence pattern of “I think that she is intelligent” [duplicate]

I understand that the sentence "She is Intelligent" would be pattern SVC, but what is the pattern when the sentence is "I think that she is intelligent". Because both "think" and "is" are verbs, I am ...
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How can I rephrase these two sentences for a more natural flow? [closed]

How can I rephrase the two sentences in italics, so that it sounds and flows more naturally and doesn't sound awkward. The sentence before it are given for some context. But neither systems perform ...
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Why is it that people have started to use an interrogative sentence form when not asking a question in American English?

I'm not sure if this is something recent, although I've been noticing it much more frequently now than say a couple of years ago. Many times people will make a statement, but will have it in an ...
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we will discuss this matter at a further time… VS. we will discuss this matter further at a later time

My brother sent me a text message stating "we will discuss this matter at a further time". I believe that the message should have been "we will discuss this matter further at a later time". I am ...
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“He made me down” sounds ok to say “He made me sad”? If not, why so?

I'm a newbie to this forum and I've been wondering if the sentence below is gramatically correct, and if not, pls explain the reason linguistically. (I'm not a native English speaker.) He made me ...
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What is the sentence pattern for this clause [closed]

To get to New Zealand the fastest way, you will have to fly from Copenhagen. For example, Subject – be verb – adverb of time or place, Subject – be verb – predicate adjective, Subject – be verb – ...
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Which punctuation should be used before extra information at the end of a sentence?

I have a question regarding punctuation. Please consider the following sentence: In 2010, he became CEO of the company [punctuation?] a position he still holds today. I'm wondering which ...
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What does this phrase (“..for who knows which ideas now considered …might one day upset the prevailing paradigm”) mean?

The following sentence is a GRE style text-completion sentence, where you must fill in each blank from only one of three enlisted options. It is telling that some scientific ideas that were once (i)...
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What is wrong with this sentence that start with a gerund?

In my last writing exam I wrote: ... when I decided to address the matter to the headwaiter, he rudely recommended delivering any sort of complaint by writing. Offering no prompt solution to the ...
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What part of a sentence is that word in these kind of sentences [duplicate]

hi and thanks for reading. I can find many sentences which are very simple but i can't assign all of the words with the correct part of a sentence. What i mean is, in sentences such as: She washed it ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence [closed]

There are few bigger wastes than the loss to idleness of hours, days and years by people who would rather be working
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Mixing countability; how to correctly say “there is plenty of rice, earthquakes and typhoons”?

In this question I wrote the following sentence, knowing full well that it has problems. Where I live right now there is plenty of rice, earthquakes and typhoons. Both earthquake and typhoon are ...
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What does “For all the ~, S + V” mean?

Here are a few sentences with the structure, “For all the ~, S + V”. For all the controversies surrounding the so-called marketing stages or periods, Keith and others appear to have contributed a ...
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“We next consider” vs “We consider next”

In a technical scientific paper, should I write "We next consider an example of ..." or "We consider next an example of ..." or "Next we consider an example of ..."
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Adjectives After an Object That Comes After Transitive Verb [duplicate]

I'm very aware of how verbs, indirect objects, and direct objects relate. I gave Sam a ball. Sam - indirect object and ball - direct object. Very simple! But what about when an adjective comes ...
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Implications: neutral / negative

I'd like to ask about the following report's title: "Proposed Studies on the Implications of Peaceful Space Activities for Human Affairs" The report is mentioned in "The Mars Mystery" by Graham ...
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Sentence structure and too many nouns? [closed]

I'm facing a great challenge in writing a sentence, and am also having trouble breaking the sentence down on a technical level to make it relevant to a Stack Exchange post. The sentence version I've ...
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Changing meaning with subsequent phrases

From a recent conversation at work: "Whoever is responsible for interface design at Microsoft should be fired." (some pause) "Out of a cannon." (further pause) "Into the ...
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Is there a term for filler sounds in written language

Is there a term for the use of filler sounds in written language? For example, when someone writes: "Um, what? Everybody knows that." or "Oh, I guess you didn't know." I understand in the spoken ...
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What type of clause is “Born in England, he moved…”

I am looking for the term for the sentence structure of the type "< verb > + < adverbial phrase >, < main clause >." Examples of this pretty common structure are "Born in England, he moved ...
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getting out of the society

What does "Discrimination which prevents people from getting out of their society what they contribute is unjust" mean in the following context. The nonwhites live in American society, fight for ...
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What are pangrams used for?

The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English alphabet. What is the main usage of these pangrams?
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Is it grammatically correct to say: “Running after the zebra, is a lion.” [closed]

Of course you can simply say: A lion is running after the zebra But I still like to know if it is grammatically correct to change the order like: Running after the zebra, is a lion. If so, do I ...
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Help with structure of a sentence [closed]

The sentence is: The purpose of research is to analyze breastfeeding problems that arise for nursing mothers and solutions to them. In this structure does the word them refer to breastfeeding ...