Questions tagged [sentence-patterns]

Questions relating to the pattern of words in a sentence.

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Is there an English sentence 'equation' I can use? [duplicate]

I'm working on a chat-bot, however before I can do so, I need to understand the English language a lot better, in order to make the bot understand. Say I have 'The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy ...
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A choice between participle and relative clauses

Sometimes my editors changed participle clauses in my articles to relative ones, and vice versa. I hope to figure out the rationales behind the changes. Below please see two examples. Thank you! ...
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find something good/ find something to be good

May I ask if there is any difference in connotation/ formality, when switching the sentence structure 'find something good' to 'find something to be good'? Sometimes my editors did this change in ...
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"I could be something approaching myself''

This sentence Partly this was because she was the only person on the island with whom I could be something approaching myself is from John Harding, The Girl Who Couldn’t Read (2014). I can't ...
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Proper noun followed by description in parenthetical commas vs. description followed proper noun in parenthetical commas

Which one of the two sentences is the correct way to add a parenthetical description about a person? Jim, the sculptor of the statue at the town square, is known for his lectures on visual arts. The ...
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Asking a college senior for coffee catch up

Hi I want to ask a college senior for coffee catch up through the below note: "Hi xx- hope you are doing phenomenally! I am in xx and was wondering if it would be possible to catch up over coffee ...
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What does it mean when you say 'What I wouldn't give to be there?

I was watching tv, and a guy was talking about outer space and said this sentence. What does it mean when you say 'What I wouldn't give to...?'
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How can one use 'would' and 'could' both, consecutively?

I encountered a sentence in an article. The writer (an Australian) has used both 'could' and 'would' consecutively in a sentence. The sentence is But I was determined to make a statement: would ...
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Is there a mistake in this sentence? : “Ms Park was left the money by her former husband, from whom she was divorced in 2005.”

Namely - is "was left the money" a correct structure here? Wouldn't "has left the money" make sense here also?
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“would (enjoy)” + “if (I could)” referring to the past

I studied diligently when I was a student and I took as many projects as they were provided. I would also enjoy it if I could help my fellow classmates with theirs. Is the above sentence ...
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Is this dependent or independent sentence?

"Making trial of everything, with trust in new joy, and stirring the human kindness in all eyes that looked on her." If it is an independent clause, could you please tell which is the subject and ...
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Single choice and multiple choice questions helper sentences

I am trying to find the more appropriate helper sentences, e.g. for a single choice question: "check" only one of the options OR "check" only one of the answers Is there a better way to say this!...
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Is the structure of this sentence correct? “She was awarded with a medal and a trophy, giving her the rights to brag.”

"She was awarded with a medal and a trophy, giving her the rights to brag." Often when I use Microsoft word, I get a squiggly line if I wrote sentence structures like the example given. The program ...
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Sentences begin with 'that'

just encountered a sentence that begins with the word 'that'. I haven't seen this approach before. May I ask how we can decipher its structure? What special emphasis / feeling does this struture ...
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Present continuous vs will + infinitive

The body of this question is divided into four sections: Exercise, Theoretical context, Answer and Questions. I believe this is the right site to ask given that this is a question about "word choice ...
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Hyphenating words with words in parenthesis

I know we could write between high- and low-yield crop rotation groups but how do we write the same sentence if we have to write between high (CC and CCS) and low (CS and SCS) yield crop ...
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The state of being melancholic is called melancholia. What are similar words for other 3 Graeco-Roman temperaments?

Melancholic -> melancholia Choleric -> ?? Sanguine -> ?? Phlegmatic -> ??
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Is this sentence structure a valid usage?

At one point in my story, I am trying to describe a fight. The action is that one of the fighters firsts attacks with a sword, disarming his opponent and then hits him with his foot. The sentence is -...
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How to write from this, to that, to that, to that

For example, if I were writing the menu options for a restaurant, how would I write something like this? Restaurant ABC offers many different dishes. From pizza, to burgers, to shakes, to fries, ...
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Why does the last part of sentence be led by “given …”?

Anyone can help to know why the last part of sentence below could be led by "given ...": Japan's government wants nuclear power to comprise 20% to 22% of the overall energy mix by 2030, drawing ...
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Is “A increases the bigger B becomes” a legal English sentence pattern? Is it really a disguised “the more X, the more Y” pattern?

For many years I’ve been using constructions of two interrelated clauses where each of the two verbs comes with a comparative adverb or adjective of some sort (so either with more or less, or else ...
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Is there a sentence that begins with “them”?

An online retail store is asking its customers to construct a sentence beginning with them in order to win a voucher. I just can't believe there's any such sentence, at least I don't know of any! I'...
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I am your learner and you are my mentor. question tag?

I would like to know whether there is a question tag for compound sentences. There are question tags for complex sentences.For example: I said that you were lazy.Didn't I? What is the question tag ...
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“pp. v. phrase” — Is this sentence pattern correct?

I get these kind of sentence structure too often from Czech people: a past participle, followed by a to be verb, followed by the rest of the sentence. For example, instead of saying The ...
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Analysis of sentences

Are both these sentences correct, and do they mean the same: a) "Having lost my wallet, and being far away from home, I felt I had TO BEG people's kindess in order to return home." b) "Having lost ...
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Coherence in sentence (2)

Does this sentence make sense: "After all other people had already boarded the bus, the bus conductor came to the hotel cafeteria and warned us to hurry up, or we would have to get to the airport BY ...
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Is there a term for giving context to a question directly following the question?

Example: Do you have lava flavored Ice Cream? I was recently on a trip to Hawaii and they had the most amazing lava flavored Ice Cream and I thought I just had to check to see if you had some. ...
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Is it acceptable to use “almost” at the end of a sentence to make it sound dramatic?

Does adding the word "almost" at the end of the sentence make it sound dramatic or does it change the context of the sentence? Additionally, is it grammatically acceptable? This new laptop has ...
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What are the most common english words to start a sentence?

Backstory (You can skip): I am programming a word parser that will do things like detect acronymns and abbreviations, which will commonly have periods appended to them. The goal is to determine ...
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Are there any hidden words in this sentence? [closed]

Children growing up in Costa Rica are surrounded by some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world..........................................................................................
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“Can live no more” vs “can no more live”

Is there a difference in meaning between the two versions of this famous phrase/quote: "Man can live no more without air than a fish can without water" vs "Man can no more live without air ...
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When to write numbers in digit and in words in a sentence [duplicate]

I've always had this problem of getting a little confuse when to write numbers in digits and when to write numbers in words. Which is more appropriate? 10 teachers attended the meeting. or Ten ...
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Love Experiences? Like Bonuses? Are these question fragments correct grammatically? [closed]

Or are they a product of digitalization of writing, where we shorten everything?! "Love Experiences?" "Like Bonuses? Get more Rewards and Discounts" ...can one use these statements in writing or ...
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How to use “to a large extent” in a sentence?

I formed below statements with "to a large extent". Which one is correct? and What is the most common and formal way of agreeing with something? I to a large extent agree with the given statement. I ...
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Usage of neither/nor vs none

Which is the correct option between these two lines? 1) But none of your obnoxiousness or charm 2) But neither of your obnoxiousness nor charm I'm writing a poem for somebody and am currently ...
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Usage of second sentence posed as a question [closed]

"He might wait till Christmas to gorge on rum cake. Why should you?" This is an ad copy for an online food delivery site. I want to know if the second line - Why should you?, is grammatically ...
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Is “you have so many double standards” idiomatic and if not, why and what would be?

The noun double standard is countable. Looking at some ngram you can see the plural form used for titles (to mean something like the topic of...) or when there's a number preceding it (i.e. referring ...
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“contains possible faulty output” or “contains potential faulty output”?

Is there any difference between saying this? I'm using this to report system output that might contain output that is worth investigating for the maintainers.
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“I am not starving yet” is that correct English?

I am trying to say "I am not feeling hunger at the moment, but I probably will in the nearest future." "I am not starving yet" - is that a proper English in general and particularly in that case of ...
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The Structure of “They'll both be dead come winter.” [duplicate]

While I was watching Game of Thrones, I encountered with the sentence below: They'll both be dead come winter. I am a little bit confused with the the usage of "come winter". Is this structure has ...
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Usage of for versus by

Which of the following sentences is correct grammatically ? Can I know the procedure for booking rooms in the department, for Teaching Assistant(TA) to hold office hours. Can I know the procedure for ...
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Alternative in parenthesis before or after?

When a sentence describes there are multiple alternatives, but one specific is the common one, it can specify the common in parenthesis. But there are multiple ways to do it. For example, should it ...
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Sentence with two 'than's in a row [closed]

I'm looking for a sentence with two 'than's in a row. I'm sure they exist but I just can't think of one!
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“Get involve” or “get involved”? [closed]

I'm little confused. Which one's grammatically correct?/sound correct? "I've no obligation to get involve in the situation" or "I've no obligation to get involved in the situation" PS. I think that ...
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What's the rule for bare infinitive in a dependent clause? [duplicate]

I've been reading a chapter in a certain (programming) book and stumbled upon the following sentences (and I'm sure I've seen more examples like this in the book): Since randomized tests are ...
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Imperative sentence patterns …

Please let me ask you native or very well-trained Eglish speakers if there’s some patterns, rules, or formulas in regards of an imperative sentence’s structure. For example, I was reading this ...
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will soon receive or will receive soon

I was wondering if there is a specific preference for the soon position in the following line: You will receive a message with the activation link soon. Or if it is better/more common to use: ...
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How do you casually describe in English a possession of thing(s) belonging to/shared by two people? [duplicate]

Neither of the following sounds quite "right" to me: This is the book of Kelly and I. (Maybe valid but still sounds too rigid) This book is of Kelly and mine's. (I know, sounds the weirdest) This is ...
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Where or where from? [duplicate]

I was wondering where you bought that book (from)? Is 'from' necessary in this sentence ?
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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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