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Questions tagged [sentence-patterns]

Questions relating to the pattern of words in a sentence.

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Negative Clauses [on hold]

I would like to know if it's correct to say/write the following sentence: "She promised to not tell anyone" or if the only correct structure of negative clauses is to use "not" before "to", in ...
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Is there a better way to say the following? [on hold]

Since completing my nuclear medicine residency, my goal has been to finish diagnostic radiology training and pursue a medical career with dual certification. Unfortunately, I have had health-related ...
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Recommendations: Sentence Structure

Looking for a book or a chapter of a book that could teach how one sentence can be written in alternative ways or how to rephrase a sentence in various structures, especially sentences involving modal ...
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Is “not to be a jerk, but” good English? [on hold]

Not to be a jerk, but you misspelled "complement." The connective but sounds awkward, because there is no logical opposition between the two clauses. What is implicit in its use is this opposition: ...
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enumerating from A to B to C to D

Is the following legitimate and grammatically correct paragraph? As I deeply believe in the importance of creativity as a powerful change agent, my immediate objective is to seek opportunities ...
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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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My English teacher said this is wasn't correct and this might affect my grades(Please Help) [migrated]

So the question was to arrange words to make a sentence and what I wrote was, "Those wanting to be famous are likely who have been made to feel extremely insignificant.", and the only problem with ...
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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

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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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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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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Why and when are some clause fragments preferred to full clauses?

(1) Test complete. [= The test is complete.] (2) Court adjourned. [= The court is adjourned.] (3) Apology accepted. [= The apology is accepted.] (4) Request granted. [= The request is ...
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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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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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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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“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 ...