Questions tagged [american-english]

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What does “ring of truth” refer to?

In drama movie Bombshell (2019), After Gretchen filed a sexual lawsuit against Roger, Host Jeannine called Anchor Greta to tell about what Jeannie talked to "The Warp" online publication : ...
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What is the meaning of against in this context?

It's two reasons for teenagers to wear mask, One is to stop them infecting other people but also there is one element of protection against other kids who are also chattering away as they go along ...
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are the pronuncations of 'ei' and 'ej' the same in İPA?

For example, ipa version of play is pleı and if l change it as plej in İPA. Are they stil pronounced the same ?
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Meaning of “You have had to keep quiet”

You have to keep quiet - This is understood You had to keep quiet - This is understood Can you please explain this below sentence? You have had to keep quiet for the last hour. Source of info: https://...
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restrictive appositive/ specific contexts

The photograph of her bathing in the stream references the mythological goddess Diana. When deciding restrictive/non restrictive appositive use, do we restrict Diana based on the general yet accurate ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “buy back” in context

I came across it in the 10th episode of the 4th episode of Rick and Morty. Here is the context: Beth: Dad? We are off to Dr. Wong's. Rick: Scan her. Beth: Dad? Another Beth: [Simulate Rick's voice] ...
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Idiom “off the rack” and the definition from dictionaries and the usage in a sentence “off the rack policy”

There is a line from this article, saying, High-income households and college graduates—which are more likely to have higher amounts of student debt— were more likely to support forgiveness. Fifty ...
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What does "take it easy and riff? mean?

I came across the phrase in the 7th episode of the 4th season of Rick and Morty. Here is the context: Morty: You know, Rick, I'm sure you want to jump into another crazy adventure, but can we just ...
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Let's face it, Frontend web development can be a minefield with all the different moving parts involved

What's the meaning of this line "Let's face it, Frontend web development can be a minefield with all the different moving parts involved " I know what "Let's face it" is. I know ...
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Can you help me to turn these into if clause? [closed]

I didnt know you have had difficulties. I didnt give you help. He didnt tell us he was vegetarian. We didnt cook him anything suitable. I dont know how to turn these into if clause
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What does “blow by a cop” mean?

I came across it in the fifth episode of the fourth season of Rick and Morty. The context is Rick and Morty go back in time to give the snakes a book to help then invent time travel so that they ...
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The best friend a mother could have or anything for that matter

What is the meaning of sentence below? Oh, my sweet daughter, who is not only my daughter but my best friend, the best friend a mother could have, or anything for that matter. Source of information: ...
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Who is “Peter” in this sentence?

This is an excerpt from the self help book "Pushing To The Front" by Orison Swett Marden under a chapter entitled "Dare": As the strongest man has a weakness somewhere, so the ...
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What's the difference between comma + “-ing modifier”, and “-ing” modifier alone?

I am studying English, and I came across this example. In theory, international civil servants at the United Nations are prohibited from continuing to draw salaries from their own governments; in ...
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What does “true-crime bragging” mean?

I've come across it in the 9th episode of the 3rd season of Rick and Morty. Here is the context: Beth: Wow. He's really getting executed after all this time. You know the son that he ate was-- Summer:...
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How to express “you are unavailable” for few days

When you are going on a holiday and want to update your students - Is this a correct English to message - Just a Note : I won't be available for next 2 days Is there any better/eloquent way to ...
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“there's a normally and we're using `two's` complement arithmetic inside our machine”

I was watching an educational lecture about programming where the instructor has said: So, that means that they can get larger. Meaning, there's a normally and we're using two's complement arithmetic ...
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Correct use of the “in” and “on” preposition

Consider the two sentence : The library is in the north side of the quad. The library is on the north side of the quad. The number 1. above is incorrect as I ran an automated grammar check. Here ...
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What does “buckle together” mean?

I've come across it in the eighth episode of the first episode of Rick and Morty. Here is the context: Announcer (on TV): Mrs. Sullivan always planned to leave everything to her cats. But sometimes, ...
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Can two “it” in a sentence refer to two different nouns?

I am studying English, and I came across this example. "It would hardly be fair for the meatpacking industry to blame regulators for the harm that it has inflicted upon itself in the sub-prime ...
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What is the meaning of overwhelming in this context?

What is the meaning of overwhelming in below context? Source of information: https://youtu.be/TZgxhGk3N20?t=106 Isn't this overwhelming to know that there are billions of people out there who are ...
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Meaning of “Early morning itself why are you painting the road”

Source of this info is here https://youtu.be/6NDJ-SC2_2g Start the movie at 16: 16 Would it be right to say, early morning only, why are you painting the road? Instead of below Early morning itself ...
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Emotion or Expression words meaning Dictionary

When I watch TV with my closed captioned on, and sometimes there are words that I want to know what it means. My question is Are there some good sites that will help me what the Emotion or Expression ...
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Difference between will and will be

What is the difference between below sentences or they are completely same at all? We will be looking at the questions very soon I will focus on new questions and We will look at the questions very ...
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How to express “I slept through” when you didn't meant to

How to express the following : Suppose I had a meeting at 9:30 am. And I was awake lying in my bed at 9.00 am. But then I went to sleep and woke.up at 10 am. Now how do I communicate this bold part in ...
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What does “sump'n'll” mean?

This sentence is cited from "Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad" "Every day is a new deal. Keep workin' and maybe sump'n'll turn up"
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I have just got vs. I just got

Is it non-grammatical / incorrect to say: I just received a call from my friend. I just got your email. I just read your email. I just came from a store. Compared to: I have just received a call ...
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Alternatives to saying demo session

What are the possible alternatives to conveying demo session. Like in tutoring if I want to convey to other student that I won't charge for the first session. How could one say that in a better way?
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meaning of typical man in this context

Person 2 - It's late. Our meeting is at 12:20. Person 1 - We can take a taxi. Person 2 - ok Person 2 - Did you like my shirt? Person 1 - Yeah, it's exactly the same as other one. Person 2 - Same! It'...
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Appropriate reply if someone asks you are good at something?

Someone asks you - Are you good at biology? As a tutor following replies come to my mind : I am not into it. I don't tutor biology That's not my area of expertise Which of the above are correct? Any ...
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How to convey to a person what they think is correct

If someone says it seems there is a lot going on your mind. And I agree with it and feel that this person really has an insight into my mind. How do I express this feeling to him ? Should I say I ...
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Meaning of “graced their sight with its presence”

What is the meaning of "graced their sight with its presence" in below sentence? One night when they stood at their respective balconies looking skyward at the starry night, a shooting star ...
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Applying adjective/adverb to nouns/verbs in a conjunction sentence

Take this simple sentence for example: I like dogs and cats. Which means I like dogs and I like cats. Simple. What if I add an adjective "big" before the word "dogs"?: I like big ...
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Is 'in a/the/[name] street' v. ''on a/the/[name] street'' a BrE/AmE thing?

I used to think that the Brits said 'in [determiner] street' whereas the Americans use 'on [determiner] street'. I believe that's what I was taught in school. However, the other day I checked a few ...
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The reference issued for the continuing “in” OR “on” master degree?

I do not know which version is correct. Should I use article "on" or "in"? The reference issued for the continuing in master degree OR The reference issued for the continuing on ...
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Which would be better here - 'cranky' or 'grumpy'?

In American English, what would be preferred in this context - 'cranky' or 'grumpy'? Or would you say they're equally natural and could be used interchangeably here? "Don't listen to her, she's ...
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Why “Kant says that people are not capable of thinking” if Kant isn't alive [duplicate]

When I’m watching American lectures I hear all the time the problems with the grammar rule “sequence of tenses”. Some professors say, for instance: “Kant says that people are not capable of thinking......
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Is calling a woman “madam” offensive?

I have read the meaning of "madam" on Google and it is said to be a respectful title for a woman, or a woman who runs a house of prostitution: A woman who is running a brothel where ...
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Meaning of the verb “dog” in context

It was in the 5th episode of the 5th season of The Office. Here is the context: Pete: That’s perfect. You know what would be even more hilarious? Remember that thing we did when Jim was in high ...
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Correct usage with definite article/titles

https://blog.inkforall.com/appositive In this example from the resource: 1)The dermatologist, Dr Miller, looked me over from head to toe. Does the removal of the definite article 'the' change the ...
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“have someone V/Ving” in American English

In American English, which verb form should be used in the following? He had the bouncers throw/throwing them out of the club. he had me do/doing all kinds of jobs for her. Checking the Longman ...
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What does “hit the tiz-own” mean?

I've come across it in the 14th episode of the 3rd season of The Office. Here is the context: Andy: Just listen, I forgot to tell you the plan for this Saturday. You, me, bars, beers, buzzed. Wings. ...
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Is “neither - nor” popular in US English?

I have plenty of American clients. We communicate formally via emails and on calls. I have never seen them using neither-nor in the past 3 years. I am stuck in a sentence where I feel I should use ...
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Why is Christina Perri pronouncing “closer” as “cloSSer”?

In this song at 0:58, Christina Perri pronounced the word "closer" with an S sound: clo[s]er I have always pronounced and heard it with a Z sound. Is the pronunciation of "closer" ...
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What does “lay on the charm” mean?

I've come across the expression in the 8th episode of the 3rd season of The Office. Here it is: Andy: Am I trying to get under his skin? Y-y-yes, because the angrier he gets, the more marginalized ...
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“whatever” as an adverb in American English

Is "whatever" in the following sentences correct in American English? I only saw such use in British dictionaries. a. He will finish the project by himself whatever. b. He will back us ...
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No comma before independent clause?

As I know, dependent clauses must be separated with a comma. Below are 2 sentences from the University of Leicester website. I don't understand why there are no commas where I expect them. Are these ...
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NOUN + or otherwise in American English

A dictionary says "or otherwise" in the following is a British usage. I'd like to know whether Americans also use it. The truth or otherwise of this diagnosis would be revealed in the ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “I don't' feel a shred of sleepiness”

I've heard people say "she doesn't have a shred of decency." Is it grammatically correct to say "I don't' feel a shred of sleepiness?" I'm in doubt because I am thinking: a shred ...
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How many syllables are there in “world” in American English?

How many syllables are there in the word "world" when pronounced in American English? I know it depends on the speaker but I don't have any specific pronunciation I can show. But generally, ...

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