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What do you call the process of filling up an electric kettle and turning it on in one verb or phrasal verb?

What do you call the process of filling up an electric kettle and turning it on? Does set up fit the context? For example: Please set up the kettle. We need some hot water.

word-choice phrasal-verbs  
asked by Dmytro O'Hope 14 votes
answered by Jay 20 votes

Intransitive and prepositional verbs

To give you some context, I'm reading Michael Swan's 'Practical English Usage', and I'm at a section covering passive voice and verbs with prepositions in the passive. The author states that "The ...

asked by francisco salto justo 2 votes
answered by Jeff Morrow 1 vote

Meaning of different tenses for 3pm

Am I right that: I go there on 3pm denotes I go there regularly on 3pm I will go there on 3pm denotes I have a plan to go there on 3pm I will be going there on 3pm denotes that the ...

asked by william007 2 votes
answered by Ronald Sole 3 votes

Is "assume a noun" possible, instead of assume that~?

The verb to assume is followed by a clause or to infinitive. Though dictionaries don't mention it, for me, it seems correct to use this structure: assume + a noun. For example: Assume a sudden ...

verbs clauses  
asked by JBL 2 votes
answered by user105719 2 votes

What does 'on the gimp' mean?

There weren't a lot of opportunities for retired car thieves on the gimp. (from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds) I'm at a loss as to what it means. The word 'gimp' has many interesting meanings ...

word-meaning phrase-meaning  
asked by Sergey Zolotarev 2 votes
answered by user105719 2 votes

Weak and strong "You're"

Dictionaries list two pronunciations for you're, a weak pronunciation and a strong pronunciation. In which situations do we use the strong version of you're /jɔːr/, and in which situations do we use ...

pronunciation contractions  
asked by tuxestan 2 votes
answered by James K 3 votes

Due to vs given

Good morning! May I use "due to" like "given", as in the following example? If not, is there any other word (except "given") I could use in order to replace it? I like to visit new people, ...

asked by lae96 2 votes
answered by Astralbee 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

"Could you please help me" vs "Could you help me please"

When asking for something politely which sentence is a better/proper choice? Could you please help me? or Could you help me please?

asked by dvdmn 17 votes
answered by CoolHandLouis 11 votes

Working in / for / at?

Which is the correct way to tell where I'm working? I'm working in XYZ company. I'm working for XYZ company. I'm working at XYZ company. Or is there any difference in the meaning?

prepositions difference  
asked by Nalaka526 24 votes
answered by kiamlaluno 3 votes

Difference between "fast food" and "junk food"

What is the difference between "fast food" and "junk food"? Are they the same or not? "Are they used in the same way?"

difference usage food  
asked by Ice Girl 22 votes
answered by skullpatrol 22 votes

"For your reference" or "For your information"

I always get confused whenever I find myself in this situation. I get emails asking to send someone some pictures and other information. When replying, what should I write? Kindly find the ...

word-choice indian-english  
asked by Ideal 4 votes
answered by Manish Giri 1 vote

What's the difference between "center" and "centre"?

Which one is correct: examination center or examination centre? What is the difference between center and centre? Is the difference only in spelling? What is the usage difference?

word-usage word-difference spelling  
asked by anish 73 votes
answered by snailcar 97 votes

When a word ends in 's' or 'x', do you add 's or just an '?

1) Alex's house 2) Alex' house When the noun ends with the letter 's' or 'x', do I need to put 's' after an apostrophe or not? I remember I read some rules related to this in my school ...

possessives apostrophe  
asked by T2E 23 votes

"Did you watch this movie?" or "Have you watched this movie?"

What is the difference between Did you watch this movie? and Have you watched this movie?

questions present-perfect past-simple  
asked by Geek 15 votes
answered by WendiKidd 25 votes

Can you answer these questions?

"The young Einstein" - Do we always need "the" here?

When proper nouns describe a period in life, they frequently take the definite article: "...what the young Einstein brought to the scientific facts was..." "The Napoleon after Waterloo was ...

asked by Zak 1 vote

Are these usages better off without the prepositions?

Is it better to not add the preposition when using any of the usages below in daily conversation and in writing? Why? Will the answers vary from person to person? spend time (on) doing something ...

word-usage word-choice  
asked by Sam 1 vote

mixed conditional: present-tense in the if-clause and "would" in the main clause

I have seen quite a few mixed conditionals, and I'm wondering whether the following is correct: a. If John is in Tokyo now, he would be in a coffee shop. If the above is correct, how does it ...

conditional-constructions conditionals  
asked by Apollyon 1 vote
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