Questions tagged [sentence-patterns]

Questions relating to the pattern of words in a sentence.

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Is the given structure grammatically correct? [migrated]

I am learning English as a second language and came across the following text which sounded to me to be having some sort of disagreement in overall structure. The first part of the sentence contains “...
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Why is 'a' used in "There's a good many reasons why people should follow it"? [duplicate]

There's a good many reasons why people should follow it. Why is there an 'a' before 'good many reasons'?
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Why are present participles used in this way? Do both passage convey the exact same meaning? [migrated]

" Extreme heat also depletes the oil’s additives sooner, altering the oil’s chemistry and preventing it from lubricating, cooling and protecting as designed." This is the actual writing ...
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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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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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Is this verb tense correct?: She is gonna teach the extra parts THAT he didn't tell you [migrated]

She is gonna teach the extra parts that he didn't tell you I've been googling with this over an hour; verb tense rules after the word "that" in a sentence but couldn't find any of related ...
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Grammatically correct way to restart a thought in a single sentence

There exists an oratory technique where a sentence or thought that might be highly complex, too complex even to risk maintaining the listeners' understanding throughout it, where such a complex ...
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Is it possible to make a declarative sentence starting with 'Can'?

everyone As the title shows, is it possible to make a declarative sentence starting with "Can"? For example, 'Please, can we request that you do not accept any proposals from him.' The ...
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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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Singular vs. plural when the subject has multiple objects in it

This is a question about deciding singular vs. plural verb where the subject contains multiple objects in it. Let me set the context first. I have a mathematical problem where I need to find a ...
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How to say this more concisely with less redundancy? [closed]

I felt like I had a privileged access to something that most people had no access to. How to say the above more concisely? I feel like the sentence suffers from redundancy. Is it so? I am saying that ...
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Which one is correct/idiomatic? [closed]

Which one of the following is the best choice? The fact that only now I can see clearly was that … The fact that I can only now see clearly was that … The fact that I can see clearly only now was ...
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"Note that, because English orthography, there are two verbs tear, pronounced differently, one transitive......"

While reading an answer by John Lawler, I got puzzled by a sentence with unfamiliar phrasing. I for the life of me can't understand the meaning of that sentence. I read it about 30 times. Here is the ...
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"There are fish of every hue." For different kinds of fish, should fish be in plural form here?

In the Caribbean waters, there are fish of every hue. Since one is talking about different kinds of fish, should fish be in marked plural form (fishes) here?
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Is this a complex sentence with a dependent clause, or a simple sentence with an introductory clause?

so I came across this sentence: Before the invention of the printing press, books were very expensive. I know that “books were very expensive” is the independent clause, but what about “before the ...
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Is this a complex sentence with a relative clause?

I have a sentence here: “I don’t understand why you like birds.” Upon analyzing the sentence structure, there is what appears to be a relative clause: “why you like birds” Is this then a complex ...
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Rearrange the sentence in a specific order [closed]

Sentence: Developers from 10+ countries are using our service. I want to rearrange this sentence so that it starts with "10+ countries". But keep the meaning of the sentence the same. I ...
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"Too great of a [risk]" OR "Too great a [risk]"? [duplicate]

First, I want to emphasize that my question is general. I want your answer regarding all of the cases in the following sentence stractures: [Adjective] + of + [Noun] (For example: It is too great of ...
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Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number

I am the third daughter (or son) of my parents. OR I am the third child of my parents How should a question that is answered with the above sentences be framed?
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Hitchhiker's Guide opening sentence analysis according to Verspoor and Sauter [duplicate]

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams) Does anyone ...
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Having + past tense as a subject in a sentence?

is it possible to use the form "having + past tense" as a subject in a sentence? For example, is it grammatically correct to say: Having applied at the right time resulted in getting an admission. ...
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I'm getting confused between two of these sentences [closed]

What’s about this support ticket? This was the question we used inside a product. But some users suggested the below version of the same sentence. What’s this support ticket about? Now I'm getting ...
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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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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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"He was overcome by a sudden surge of fear" or "A sudden surge of fear overcame him" - Which is more correct?

"He was overcome by a sudden surge of fear" or "A sudden surge of fear overcame him" - Which is more correct? Is the latter one not idiomatic?
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Object + subject + verb pattern [closed]

I have problems with the following pattern Object + subject + verb + preposition. For example, the simple sentence, Things I’ve been struggling with. The idea is that I'm not sure if that pattern is ...
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Improving readability and comprehensibility of sentences in which a relative clause separates the subject and predicate

I want to bring more readability and structure in my sentences. I often write sentences in the following format / structure: To incorporate A which can be seen as B with something of C (c.f. Sect. X) ...
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How can I build impersonal sentences like this one from Spanish

I don't know how to build in English impersonal sentences like this one from Spanish: Es feliz quien quiere serlo. I've thought of this one: He's happy who wants to be it. But I don't like it ...
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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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How to avoid starting sentences with "And" or "But"? [closed]

A lot of times my sentences start with "And" and "But" and they tend to run long. I read a lot of news articles and blogs and have not seen many sentences starting with conjunctions, but I don't seem ...
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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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Can I use a comma after an apology?

I apologize, you can return the item to the store. Is the sentence structure correct or did I need to use a period instead?
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Indefinite article + noun + that + be + adj [closed]

" On top of their fees, the famous have the potential to earn huge amounts of money from promoting luxury brands. A type of wealth that is possible because celebrities are often seen as role ...
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"It is!" I squealed at the same time she cried, "It's not!" - Is this sentence correct? [closed]

Is this sentence apt? - "It is!" I squealed at the same time she cried, "It's not!"
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Does this sentence sound weird and unnatural? If so, what do you think is a better/correct sentence structure? [closed]

It seems this would be the last time we will talk about this. I don't get the auxiliary verbs (would, will) used in the sentence above. Isn't it better to say, "It seems this would be the last ...
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Is "that"a conjunction or other grammatical function in the emphatic structure"It is .... that ..."?

For example, in the following sentence It is Mary that brought me this book. Does "that" serve as a conjunction or pronoun or any other grammatical function? And Why?
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What's the syntactic explanation in "Mistakes are likely to happen":

I'm con­fused about this sen­tence con­struc­tion: Mis­takes are likely to hap­pen. I’ve thought of three pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tions; are any of them cor­rect? Where likely is an ad­jec­tive act­...
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Is this a valid usage of "forget about" - "X can't afford three meals a day, forget about sanitary living conditions" [duplicate]

I was trying to cobble together a sentence expressing the idea above, that: something doesn't do X, and so, definitely doesn't do Y (which is harder than X). I grew up using ", forget about&...
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Another word for "From the very beginning" [closed]

How the rephrase "From the very beginning" in a sentence in a more direct way? For example, the sentence is From the very beginning of the notion normed linear spaces, a considerable effort ...
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Ways to introduce a name in the middle of sentence

Suppose that you want to introduce a name of a thing or count several names of things in a sentence (e.g. they are namely "X", "Y", "Z") For example I know "called", "namely", perhaps "named" are ...
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Opposite of "the last one"

Let's say there is a group of people that takes turns in carrying out a certain task. This task can be done by other people outside the group, and members of the group can repeat the same task over ...
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What would we call this literary device? [duplicate]

To best describe it, when the same word or family of words is used twice in the same sentence to provide an ironic meaning. For instance, "raiding English from the English, stealing poetry from ...
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With + noun+noun? Does this structure work? [duplicate]

"With cats and dogs the most popular companion animals around the world, it’s no surprise that they are often compared to one another in the great cats vs dogs debate." Please help me ...
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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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Placement of infinitive [closed]

How do you expect a debate on the green new deal between Marjorie Taylor Greene and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to go? Or How do you expect a debate on the green new deal to go between Marjorie Taylor ...
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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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Are those sentences with 'solution to' correct?

One solution to solving unemployment problems is help from governments. One solution to solve unemployment problems is help from governments. Thank you very much for your time and answers.
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A question about sentence typology

Is the categorization of sentences into simple, compound, and complex established firmly by the rules of the English grammar or is this compartmentalization merely a simplistic way of looking at the ...
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List of adjectives: order and conjunction

Which one of these is the right way to write a list of adjectives? I have a tool that can be described with three adjectives: small, lean, and minimalist. How do I talk about it? Nano is a _____, ...
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Why is this sentence grammatically incorrect?

I have been practicing sample tests for an English Olympiad and came across such a question: Decide if the sentence is correct or incorrect. After you make your payment, the products will be sent to ...

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