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How do you say 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 in words?

One of the answers in a reading exercise in my class today was: 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 ... which was the value of the highest denomination note ever issued. It was a 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 ...
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What is the difference between S' and 'S?

What is the difference between S' and 'S? When can we use S' and when can we use 'S??
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In a letter, what is the most polite way to ask for a quick reply?

If you're writing a formal letter, and need the other party to reply as quickly as possible, how can you do it in the most polite, eloquent fashion? No matter how I try to do it, it always sounds too ...
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Photo Vs. Picture Vs. Image : What is the difference between them?

Sometimes I hear people say 'Photos' and some time I hear them say 'Pictures'. In addition, I sometimes encounter the word 'Image'. In my understanding I feel that all of them are the same but I'm not ...
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What is the expected response to "What's up?"

When somebody ask me What's up? I answer I am well, thank you. Is that the expected answer, or should I answer something else? What does a native speaker understand when I reply like that?
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What does 'K' mean in '20K' when talking about prices?

What is the meaning of 'K' in 20K or 30K or 40K when disclosing price?
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What is a specific term for people who think that they're always right?

What do you call people who think they're always right?
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"Once, twice, thrice,...", what comes next?

How would you complete the following sequence, until point 10? Once Twice Thrice (...) Any help would be appreciated.
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How should I answer 'Happy New Year'?

When someone says, "Happy New Year," how should we answer? "Happy new year to you, too." Or just: "Happy new year!" Or in some other way?
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Usage "in spite of" and "despite of"

What are the difference between these two prepositions: "despite of" and "in spite of"? And what is the general usage of this two: choose in different situation, followed by etc.
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"As following" vs "as follows"

Which of the following sentences is more appropriate? The reasons for these decisions are as following: The reasons for these decisions are as follows: This operator is defined as following: This ...
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Looking forward to see you vs Looking forward to seeing you?

When learning grammar in school, I was taught that any verb after the word "to" should be in present tense and no participles. i.e. To play instead of to playing, or to sleep instead of to sleeping ...
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Difference between "where are you from" and "where do you come from"

What is the difference between "where are you from" and "where do you come from"? Are they the same? Are they used in the same situations or not? When you see someone for the first time which one ...
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A formal way to request for updated information in business email writing

I'm looking for a formal way to request for updated information (I call it "seeking the updated things") in business email writing. I'm thinking when you ask for information, you are ...
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Thank you for your continued support or continuous support?

When you want to thank someone for the support they give you always. Which one should I use? Thank you for your continued support? Thank you for your continuous support?
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What is the difference between "me neither" and "me either"?

I want to know the difference between "me neither" and "me either", are both correct?
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What's a professional synonym for "would love to"?

I frequently use the expression "I would love to" when I write e-mails to request things from the other party. As in "I would love to have a call to discuss..." I feel like it conveys humility, ...
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What is the proper way to ask someone if we still meeting tomorrow?

I asked a friend to meet up in person. He said we can meet tomorrow. What is the correct way to ask if he still going to come to the meeting? Should I use: Is the meeting still on? Are we ...
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"It was pleasure to meet you" vs "It was pleasure meeting you"

I met somebody for the first time two days ago and the next day he sent a message on Facebook in which he said, "Thank you" and I replied "You're welcome! It was pleasure to meet you." Although it is ...
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"I would like to inform you" vs "This is to inform you" - which is more formal and polite?

While writing any kind of emails (ex business emails). I have seen many people, when informing about something to the other person, starting their email with the following 2 sentences (one or the ...
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"I and John" vs. "John and myself" vs. "John and I" -- Which is the acceptable way to refer to myself and my friend?

I need to find out which one of these ways to refer to me and a friend in one sentence is correct? I and John... John and myself... John and I...
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How to express "please be reminded"

What are the polite ways to remind people of things that they have apparently forgot? Is it Ok/normal to say "please be reminded that ..."? I know generally speaking, it's better to use "I" instead ...
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What is the difference among "Sign up", "Sign in" and "Log in"?

As I said in the title, I am wondering what is the meaning of the following expressions, and what are the differences between them ? "Sign up" "Sign in" "Log in"
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When to use "drank" and "drunk"

I am a bit confused in using drank and drunk. I know we use it with past tense but not when to use drank and when to use drunk. What are the better ways to use these? I visited this, too, but it ...
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Responding to "It was nice to talk to you"

How can I reply to "It was nice to talk to you" properly both formally and casually? Actually, I want to make this question a bit general, but since I heard this sentence a lot I used it as an ...
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I didn't ('go' or 'went') to party?

I didn't go to party. I didn't went to party.
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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?
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Is "Call me when you are available to talk" correct?

Call me when you are available to talk Is that correct? Can I use it that way?
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Will you find someone saying "at your convenience" annoying and impolite?

I was writing an invitation email to a female principal who has a higher social status. She is a busy woman, so I would like to ask her to arrange a time and place for a meeting instead. Given that ...
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decade, century, millennium, what is next?

The title of this question says it all. Are there nouns for longer periods than a millennium ? I mean words designating a specific number of years. Era, age and epoch don't count as they just ...
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"There is a lot " vs. "There are lot"

There is a lot of animals. There are lot of animals. Which one between the above sentences is correct? Or can both be used?
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"Hope this help" or "Hope this helps"?

I often see people write "hope this helps" at the end of a communication, especially when they are trying to answer other people's queries about computer problems. Recently, my English ...
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Which is correct: "on foot" or "by foot"?

He went there on foot. Or He went there by foot. Which one is correct, and on what basis?
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"a ten years old boy" or "a ten year old boy"

1) a ten years old boy is sitting on the couch. 2) a ten year old boy is sitting on the couch. 3) a ten-years old boy is sitting on the couch. 4) a ten-year old boy is sitting on the ...
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How to say - thanks for clarification

How you say "thanks for clarification" in a formal way? For instance, is it OK to say: Thank you for clarifying this? I want to include this in a formal letter about a scholarship. This why I am ...
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Is it disappointed with, in, or by?

Are all of those words used? How does the meaning of the sentence change when either one is used instead of the others? 1.I was disappointed with/by my result. 2.I am disappointed with/by/in you/him/...
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Formally say "thank you for taking the time and effort in doing something"

I hope the question is not too silly, but I think it may help others too. I want to thank the professors that are writing reference letters to me. I thought I'd put this at the end of my email ...
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How can I apologize and promise that a mistake won't happen again?

I want to apologize for some mistake in official mail and want to make them sure I will not do that again. "I will take care of this next time" . or "I will take care of this onwards".
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What does "Re:" in a business letter mean?

What does "Re:" in a business letter mean? When should we use it?
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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?
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Difference between "won't" and "will not"

What's the differences between won't and will not? Do they have the exact same meaning in all contexts? If not, I would really appreciate some examples.
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What does "sugarboo" mean?

Dua Lipa uses "sugarboo" in her Levitating song. What does it mean? It seems to be in no dictionaries.
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Do we say - "in the meeting" or "at the meeting"

I am always confused with the preposition. Can somebody point me to the material where prepositional phrase is explained? Here is the problem I am facing currently. This was discussed (stated/...
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There has been vs. There have been

Are any of the statements below grammatically correct? If any of them is wrong, what is the correct way to state them? There has been some rapid progress ... There has been some rapid ...
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What's the meaning of this "updog" joke?

From "The Office" S2E13 Jim: Is it me or does it smell like updog in here? Michael: What's updog? Jim: Nothing much. What's up with you? Where is the funny point?
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Difference between "good at" and "good in"

Can anybody help me by explaining the difference between the usage of "good at" and "good in"?
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"Important to me" or "Important for me"

I cannot easily figure out which one is more appropriate to use: It's important to me. It's important for me. Are they the same? If not, what's the difference?
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"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?
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What is the expression for saying grateful?

What is the right expression when saying: "I am grateful"? Do we say "I am grateful to you" or "I am grateful for you? Or are there other expressions? What is the noun of this adjective "...
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What preposition is correct 'sleep on the bed' or 'sleep in the bed'

Are both expressions correct? If yes, do they have different meanings? It seems to me that I came across both of them in books, but I'm not sure.
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