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    #1

    Did I phrase the following sentences correctly? Please advise.

    1) What are the reasons that have led to these problems/issues.
    2) What are the factors/reasons that have contributed to these issues?
    3) I usually feel groggy in the morning and I need time to orientate myself/to find my feet at work.
    4) I want to stack up the cards in certain structure such as a pyramid.
    5) I went for the first pizza delivery and the customer was not home and because of that I left and went for the second delivery. ( Can I say go for/went for a delivery?)
    6) I took the first and second delivery order. He took the fourth and fifth ones.
    7) I need to do the first delivery order before doing the second one.
    8) I need to deliver the order for the first order before I can deliver the second delivery order.

    Can I phrased the above sentences in such ways? Please let me know if any correction is needed. Thanks for helping.

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    Re: Did I phrase the following sentences correctly? Please advise.

    Quote Originally Posted by scott833 View Post
    1) What are the reasons that have led to these problems? Wordy. "What has led" is better.
    2) What factors have contributed to these issues?
    3) I usually feel groggy in the morning, and I need time to orient myself.
    4) I want to stack up the cards in a structure such as a pyramid.
    5) I went for the first pizza delivery, but the customer was not home. So I left and went for the second delivery. (Can I say go for/went for a delivery?) "I went to deliver" is more natural.
    6) I took the first and second delivery order. He took the fourth and fifth.
    7) I need to do the first delivery (Delete "order.") before doing the second one.
    8) I need to deliver the first order before I can deliver the second ones.

    Can I phrased the above sentences in such ways? Please let me know if any correction is needed. Thanks for helping.
    Don't use:

    - orientate
    - preventative
    - obligate

    Use:

    - orient
    - preventive
    - oblige

    You're welcome!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Did I phrase the following sentences correctly? Please advise.

    I would not split #5 into two sentences.

    I went to deliver the first pizza but the customer wasn't home so I went to deliver the second.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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