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Questions tagged [word-order]

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

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Interchanging “if” and “then”

AFAIK, normally one would write: "If c is zero and b nonzero or b2=4 a c, then and only then there exists a unique solution of 0=a+bx+cx2." Is it possible to interchange the if and the ...
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“selling mobile phone brand” or “mobile phone selling brand”?

"The other three top selling mobile phone brands between 2009 and 2013 were LG, ZTE and Apple" I would like to ask if I can write " ... three top mobile phone selling brands..." Is it grammatically ...
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Where to use all [migrated]

Must all vs all must which is correct why? Example sentences : We all must try to find a solution to the problem We must all try to find a solution to the problem Please clarify me
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Does the verb go at the end of a question? [migrated]

Could you tell me where your office is located? or Could you tell me where your office located is?
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All the available [subject] VS. All the [subject] available?

What's the difference between the sentences: all the training available on this division will be displayed and: all the available training on this division will be displayed? I'm not sure ...
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Positioning two instances of “it” in a question, is one option more likely to be confusing, ambiguous, or mis-understood than the other?

I'm torn how to position the two instances of "it" in this question. I believe that both sentences are acceptable and convey the same meaning, but I'm not sure which is more likely to be confusing, ...
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Opposite something

What is the right possibility ? I am opposite the wall I am opposite to the wall I am in the opposite to the wall Thanks for answers :-).
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How many would you like to request it for?

Trying not to sound too ignorant while instructing a piece of software in order to allow people to make request of services/items and while trying to say "For how many people would you like to make ...
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How to split apart the word order in English?

I've got the following sentence: 'Every now and then a ray of moonlight through the branches above lit a spot of silver blue blood on the fallen leaves.' It's originally from the Harry Potter book. ...
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What is the correct order? [duplicate]

I'd like to know the correct order of this sentence: Is it: I and my friends plan for a movie months before the release. or My friends and I plan for a movie months before the release.
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Is “influence of stg on stg” equal to “influence on stg of stg”?

Can we say "It shows how strong is the influence on children of tv " instead of "It shows how strong is the influence of tv on children"?
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Pick up someone vs Pick someone up? [duplicate]

When referring to toddles/infants, we say: Example 1) Pick up the baby. But when my friend asks me a favor, they would say: Example 2) Can you pick John up from the bus stop? or... Example ...
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The use of reflexive pronouns [closed]

I am currently doing homework for a linguistics course I am taking. The question is about creating a rule to make confirm if certain sentences are grammatical or ungrammatical. Here are some ...
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Why does the adjective “suitable” come after “hands-on activities”?

Please clarify the grammar used in the sentence below. Most museums provide hands-on activities suitable for both children and adults. Question: Why is the adjective "suitable for" placed after ...
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adjective order: “long boring report” or “boring long report”? [duplicate]

A long boring annual report A boring long annual report which of the above is right? I learnt the adjective order of DOSA SCOMP, which means the adjective order should be as below: ...
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It was or was it is the right order

Does someones knows what is the right order? Where do I put 'it was' A)"A shocking moment it was and I became dreadfully afraid to open my eyes.." V)"It was a shocking moment and I became dreadfully ...
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Grammatical error in a sentence [duplicate]

Which one is the correct sentence? I want to know where my weakness is I want to know where is my weakness
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replacing prepositional phrases

A sentence in a book, It will be evident that poet’s function is not to report things that have happened, but rather to tell of such things as might happen , things that are possibilities by virtue ...
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Correct usage of the phrase 'if any'

What is the best position for the phrase 'if any' for the sentence below?Please explain the rationale behind your answer? What could be, if any, the benefits or disadvantages of something? ...
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Is this usage of subject-verb inversion correct? [closed]

Having troubles with understanding inversion in the English language. This is my recent attempt to use it in a sentence. Start brawls in local taverns fighter, cleric, mage and rogue. Together on ...
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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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'Gone are the days when … ' Is this expression often used?

Is the expression 'gone are the days when ...' often used in everyday English? Or is it something you can see only in books?
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Why is the position of reduced adjective clauses inconsistent? E.g. “the broken window” vs. “the man responsible”

The rule is that if the adjective clause has only a single adjective, we should replace it before the noun e.g.: "the window that is broken was fixed by Tom" is reduced to "the broken window was fixed ...
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Plural or single with compound objects

Suppose you want to say something like There are two crates, having three and one balls respectively. How to say this correctly? Is it ‘…one balls’ or ‘three balls and one ball’, or something ...
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What does “China’s Confidence Rises in Its Military” mean?

I'm wondering what is the meaning of the WSJ's title "China’s Confidence Rises in Its Military" (https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-confidence-rises-in-its-military-u-s-says-11547597775). Is it ...
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Putting adverbs such as “on Wednesday” in the beginning and at the end of sentences

What's the difference between the following two sentences: On Wednesday I went shopping I went shopping on Wednesday
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Word order in noun phrases

Which word order should I choose in noun phrases with a proper noun component and a common noun component? the Elvis Presley singer v. the singer Elvis Presley the Star Wars movie v. the movie ...
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Why is the order for some words that function as ordinal numbers flexible?

Adjectives, numbers, and determiners have a set order when multiples are used to reference the same noun at once. When cardinal and ordinal numbers are used at the same time, the ordinal always comes ...
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Order of parenthetical qualifiers: “modern (for the time)” vs “(for the time) modern” [closed]

Is either of these word orders more correct? During its 1957–1967 tenure, Monsanto’s House of the Future exhibited (for the time) modern technology. vs. During its 1957–1967 tenure, Monsanto’s ...
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“Take long for me” versus “take me long” [closed]

Which form is preferred in the following sentence? It didn't take long for me/me long to realize that traditional exercises failed to adequately meet the needs of persons with disabilities.
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Which of the two sentences below is more gramatically correct? [closed]

I'm having difficulty choosing between the two sentences below. Which is more grammatically correct? Can anyone suggest a more succinct way of articulating what I am trying to say? While donning his ...
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Which sentence sounds better? [closed]

Can someone kindly tell me which of the two sentences is more grammatically correct (and why)? As such, I was challenged to develop exercises more suited to my audience. As such, I was challenged to ...
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“is believed to still be” or “is believed to be still”

I wonder which of the following is correct. It is believed to still be efficiently solvable. and It is believed to be still efficiently solvable.
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“currently is a …” or “is currently a …”

I'm not sure which statement is more correct. John has been with the team since 2010 and is currently a senior researcher OR John has been with the team since 2010 and currently is a senior ...
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Indirect/Direct speech, Is/was: Another thing I wanted to ask is to whom I should submit

I am completely at a loss here. I know it's the basics, but do I say: Another thing I wanted to ask is to whom I should submit the paper or Another thing I wanted to ask is to whom should I ...
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Word order for a split verb [duplicate]

If I have a split verb, such as "pick up" and I am a addressing a third person, I can say either: I will pick Fred up at 11am. Or: I will pick up Fred at 11am. For the second person, we have: ...
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When should I use “Figure out the rest” vs “figure the rest out”? Does it matter?

I'm writing something where a character tells someone else vaguely something that that she did in the past and then tacks on "I'll let you figure out the rest" at the end. Then some of the notes of ...
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“Used Credit” or “Credit Used” [closed]

Which one is correct: "Used Credit" or "Credit Used"? The context is that you have a specific amount of credit limit and you want to say how much of that credit amount has been used.
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Is “strictly” in the right place in this sentence? (“will strictly be dealt with”)

Those who do not reach the venue by 9 AM, will strictly be dealt with a penalty. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? Specifically the positioning of 'strictly'
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Word order of sentences with “included”

For the participle "included", there are two options that both sound similar to me. However, one option might be preferred above the other. It might also be that there is an underlying grammatical ...
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Where to put the parentheses in the sentence?

I want to add extra information in my sentence for the sake of clarity by using parentheses. Should I put them at the end or right after the word(s) they are related to? For example, which of the ...
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What is the proper word order of propositions of time, venue, day and date in an English sentence? [closed]

Our next meeting will take place at 9am in room 200 on Monday, November 12th. What is the proper order of the above? Our next meeting will take place at [venue], [time], [day], [date] or [venue], [...
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“should always have been done”/“should have made”/ should have been always done” [closed]

So I'm doing a coffeemaker advert in English and it is not my native language. I think you have to know the idea behind this sentence so you can help me to get this grammatically and ideally right. ...
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Adjective order with dead & pregnant

I have just listened to a presentation to adjective order in my linguistics class, however, it failed to answer my question. Would an English speaker say "this is a dead pregnant cat" or "this is a ...
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“It can be really exciting” vs. “it can really be exciting”

I bumped into a question concerning the place where the "really" should be. I get confused because Google seems to have more results for "it can be really exciting", so I wonder which one is correct....
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How do you explain the usage of “it” in the sentences below? [duplicate]

Could you explain the usage of it in the following sentences? I don't like it when you speak like this. I hate it when you speak like this. I know it for certain that he is in town now. He owes it ...
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What is the difference between the questions below

Could you explain the difference between "When do you think he will come?" and "How do you think when will he come?". Why only the first one is grammatically correct and the second is wrong? Why can't ...
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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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“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 ...