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This tag is for questions about the correct order of words in a phrase, or a sentence.

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“Don't do X this year” vs. “This year don't do X”

What is the difference between the following two sentences? Please don't drink alcohol this year. This year please don't drink alcohol. Which one is correct? Both sound correct to me.
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Position of 'both' or 'equally' in regard to prepositions (to both reassure OR both to reassure)

1) This helps both to reassure existing users and (to) attract new users. 2) This helps to both reassure existing users and (to) attract new users. I'm pretty sure the second one is a correct ...
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“He is a competent enough student” or “he is competent enough a student”?

He is a competent enough student. He is competent enough a student. Could someone please tell me which sentence is correct?
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“Is there” or “there is”?

Do I need to use "is there" or "there is" in the following sentence? It is natural to ask under which conditions is there a subtype relation between two given arrow types. If I change "is" to "...
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Enumerating verbs where just one is used with preposition: correct placement?

I need some advice about the proper placement of the preposition "on" in the following sentence: This is a tool used for creating, collaborating on, and presenting design prototypes. In my ...
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Which is right: “The cream cheese comes with the bagel” or “The bagel comes with the cream cheese”?

My friends and I got into an argument about which sentence is right: "The cream cheese comes with the bagel" or "The bagel comes with the cream cheese". What is the exact meaning of each of these ...
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Can adjectives be placed before gerunds?

My question relates to the possibility of placing an adjective before a gerund if a sentence begins with the gerund. For example, I'd like to prepare a list of my skills for a CV like 'Brief reading ...
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What language is this ? Or what is this language ? [migrated]

What language is this ? Or what is this language ? Which sentence is grammatically right or are both of them right but just with different meanings ?
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In pirate speak, do you say “be ye warned”, or “ye be warned”? [closed]

In pirate speak, do you say be ye warned or ye be warned ?
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It this statement correct: “No darling, he would first learn the art of chopping the perfect onions”?

In the statement: "No darling, he would first learn the art of chopping the perfect onions." I wish to say that the person would first learn the art of cooking. But I'm not sure about the placement ...
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What is the correct interpretation of “Crazy Rich Asians”?

There is more than one way to interpret the title of the hit film "Crazy Rich Asians." In the film it is suggested that "crazy rich" means "impossibly rich," but as written it could also mean crazy (...
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Why “milk and sugar”, but rarely “sugar and milk”? [duplicate]

For example "Adam and Eve" is (almost) never said as "Eve and Adam". Making tea: "milk or sugar", but rarely "sugar or milk". Elevator: "up or down" is more common than "down or up". Some groupings ...
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Using 'not only… but also'

Could someone please suggest me which one of the below two options is correct in terms of usage of 'Not only but also'. Feel free to suggest an alternative option. Not only does it justice to both, ...
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Is the phrase “the ease at which / the ease by which …” correct

1) ** Is it correct to follow "ease" with "at which" such as in "The **ease at which you can carry this bag depends on the angle you hold it from" 2) Does anyone have a good source recommendation ...
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difference between “remains only” and “only remains”

I wrote the following in an article. It remains only to eliminate the intersections which can be proven to be empty. My proofreader corrected to the following by changing the word order. It ...
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“British female students” or “female British students”?

Which is more correct between "British female students" and "female British students"? I have found examples of both - even the Daily Mail renders it both ways.
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Beginning a sentence with “of”

Do these two sentences have the same meaning? Of this spiritual world, our world is an imperfect image. Our world is an imperfect image of this spiritual world.
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How do you use “which” when asking a question

I am wondering how to state this question and do not know which one is correct so is #1 correct or #2 correct or are they both grammatically fine? Ferrous metals contain which element? Which element ...
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Order of Adjectives: “quantitative reverse transcription…” vs. “reverse transcription quantitative…” [duplicate]

This is a general question with no specific sentence in mind. If a string of 2 or 3 attributive adjectives (or attributive nouns?) are used in a sentence, they generally follow a particular order (e.g....
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Usage of “even” in multiple positions

Earlier today, I read a sentence that said: This medication can even cure HIV. The context was very simple, the medication has many uses to the point it could cure a currently incurable disease, ...
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solid black line vs black dashed line [duplicate]

I am describing a chart and got confused about my intuition and Google results. So I'd usually refer to a "solid black line" and there are 1,130,000 results (with quotes) for that against 320,000 for ...
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Use of 'in pair' or 'in group' in a sentence

I am really confused about this case now since I can't find a satisfying answer with Google. It is a minor case, but still, I want to understand it better. Please tell me which of the following are ...
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“may even have” or “may have even”?

Is either of these 'more correct'? She may even have pre-empted us. She may have even pre-empted us. Is it purely a case of which sounds better in any case, or are there specific rules?
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“Whether or not…” vs. “whether… or not”

I'm confused with the placement of 'or not' with 'whether' in a sentence. E.g. I'm not sure whether I should go or not. I'm not sure whether or not I should go. Whether you stay or ...
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Where should I put the adverb “always” in these narrations?

Look at these two statements involving indirect (reported) speech: He advised me to speak the truth always. or He advised me to always speak the truth. Here, I am confused about setting the ...
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Adjectival order: “a style appropriate for” or “an appropriate style for”

I would like to understand the correct grammatical order in the sentence, In your essay, you must use grammatically correct sentences with accurate spelling and punctuation in a style appropriate ...
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Correct location for title Director?

Correct usage of department director? Example: Director of Human Resources Human Resources Director
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You need to write method followed by elements - what is the correct order here? [duplicate]

This is my first post so pardon me if I'm not posting at the right place, still navigating around. English being my second language, the "followed by" term has always confused me and I could never ...
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Is it better to write “the affected people” or “the people affected”? [closed]

Which (if any) is better: We have spoken with the affected people. We have spoken with the people affected. Thanks in advance.
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Who is referred to whom?

In my business, sometimes clients I have done work for will provide my name and contact information to other, potential clients. I send a Thank You card to the referring (original) client. What ...
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“Won't everyone be amazed” [closed]

I wonder why the word order of this phrase is reversed in the sentence below: won't everyone be amazed. But if he somehow can pull off this trick, boy oh boy, won’t everyone be amazed. This is ...
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“In only the city” or “Only in the city”

I am a foreign English student and have a question regarding the placement of only in a sentence. I wrote You can do all these things in only that city in an exam, which is apparently wrong. But ...
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Multi-national compound adjectives: why Anglo-French and not Franco-English?

When referring to events or situations that involve two countries (wars, treaties, alliances etc) what determines the order of the countries in the compound adjective? I'm thinking here of examples ...
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How many “of” is allowed? How to reposition nouns correctly?

Facing this, I am not sure that I know the right answer. At the university, I was taught that only 2 prepositions "of" are allowed to be sounding natural. If it comes to translation from Russian into ...
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Putting “to do..” at the beginning?

There are some sentences 1-) I see no reason to do these stupid things. 2-) I can find no sensible explanation for you to leave your master program. An English professor from Canada at the ...
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Where to put the adverb “automatically”

Which of the following two sentences is better English and why? (1) "This email has been sent automatically." or: (2) "This email has been automatically sent." I would prefer (1) because it ...
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Proper Usage of Nicknames?

I’m already aware that nicknames are usually incorporated into the larger name between the first and last names — John “Jack” Doe, for example — and that this is essentially standard usage. When you ...
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“Can you show a useful book for anyone who is interested in astronomy?”

-"Can you show a useful book for anyone who is interested in astronomy?" (This question has been considered to be asked in a library or a bookshop) What does this sentence mean? I think the ...
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Should have/Would have - simple problem

I understand that should have/would have etc. are used to refer to something unrealistic or contrary to what has really happened. I do, however, have several questions. I know that this form is most ...
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Can we use the preposition “to” in the middle when they refer to a noun?

The question is "Can we use "to" in the middle of a sentence?". Sometimes, infinitives can refer to nouns and in that case, they should be next to nouns they refer to. If there is another object in ...
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Correct word order with “however” [duplicate]

Which of the following three is correct? When parents relate to a child, they do a lot of the work, figuring out what the child needs and then accommodating those needs. This is not, however, ...
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Cigarette Smoking or Smoking Cigarette

From the following sentence, Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general. Can we replace the bolded phrases with ...
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Which order is right: “a ugly huge scar” or “a huge ugly scar”? [duplicate]

Which of the following is right? Why? He has an ugly huge scar on his face. He has a huge ugly scar on his face. I would choose the second one, but I don't know why.
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How can I phrase this sentence so that it doesn't end in a preposition?

Whenever possible, I like to avoid ending sentences with prepositions because some people can be very picky about it. However, I am struggling with this one sentence in particular: "The hypothesis ...
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Using “easily” at the beginning or middle of a sentence

Grammatically, is there a difference between how things are worded in the following two sentences? Easily create your own games with GameMaker 2000. or Create your own games easily with GameMaker ...
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Yesterday, I met Susan at the grocer's. - Is the comma here incorrect? [duplicate]

Revising to the exam again... In a chapter dedicated to something else, in the answers to an exercise, there was such a sentence: Yesterday I met Susan at the grocer's. / I met Susan at the grocer'...
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“Was it your father who made these bookshelves?” - Is it a correct / best way to ask if the bookshelves were made by someone's father?

"Was it your father who made these bookshelves?" vs "Were these bookshelves made by your father?" I've been constructing questions (and statements) in the former way quite a lot. But, I'm having ...
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Which one is in good order? [closed]

I would like ask Native English person. Which one is natural? Welcome Guide JAPAN JAPAN Welcome Guide Welcome JAPAN Guide
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In which order should I use these words: rescue, female, tabby - when describing a cat? [closed]

I'm writing a description of my cat and I want to say that she's a rescue cat, a female, and that she has a tabby patern, all in one sentence that would look like this: Leia is a tabby female rescue ...
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Is “I make my hot pizza” the correct way to write “I make my pizza hot”? [closed]

I make my pizza hot. I make my hot pizza. Which sentence is correct? The first sentence was written by a 7 year old learning English. The second was the "corrected" sentenced written by the teacher. ...