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 of being in themselves inevitable or probable. ‘by virtue of being in themselves inevitable or probable’ Does the … Read more

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? What could be the benefits or disadvantages, if any, of something? What could be the benefits or disadvantages of something, if any? Thanks! Answer … Read more

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: You will soon receive a message with the activation link. Is it merely preference or does it have other implications? … Read more

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 exactly the same as “China’s Confidence in Its Military Rises” or something different? What confuses me is that the word order in the original title seems rather unusual to me if the meaning is as I … Read more

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 first. However, there are some words that seem to function as ordinals but which seem to be flexible in their order … Read more