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When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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Understanding “ear-first” and “crowded room”

what does "enter crowded rooms" and "ear-first" mean in this sentence from the passage: The paper’s eyes were big and round, whereas mine disappear altogether if I smile, and my nose is more ...
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Help!!! Is this sentence ok? [on hold]

Is this sentence okay? You are judging women for doing whatever they want as long as they don’t hurt anybody.
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Can I use a sentence with indirect speech in an essay? Example below↓

Would it be proper for written AmE? After making some points in my essay I need to state that what I've just said probably engenders a question. This (probably) brings up/arises/elicits a question, ...
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How can I say that something happens not for the first time?

Would these examples be proper for written American English? It happened not for the fist time that he decided not to attend classes. or It was not a single occasion/time when she decided not ...
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In one sitting, all at once (AmE usage)

Will it be okay to use "all at once" instead of "in one sitting"? I mean in AmE what would sound more natural? Do they have a slight difference in their meaning? I read the book in one sitting/...
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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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Which is correct “no one does” or “no one do”?

If I said that I don't like bad people and someone replies, should he say no one does or no one do ? If both are correct then which one is better or more frequently said?
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Vowel length when a tapped American t is used

As we know, in pairs like bet/bed, coat/code the vowel is longer if it’s before a voiced consonant. Is this property preserved with tapped pairs like betting/bedding, coating/coding, or they are ...
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“of” vs. “from” in introductions with company affiliations

A person who owns a business called BBB Cupcakes is making a tutorial video for a for-fee e-learning platform. The hour-long video is purely a cupcake making lesson; it's not directly an advertisement ...
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pharmacy vs. drugstore in American English

Is there a clear-cut difference between pharmacy and drugstore in American English? Does a pharmacy necessarily sell medicines and drugs and nothing else? Could a pharmacy sell make-up?
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Estimated delivery date vs Estimate delivery date

I need to email a seller about how long something I ordered online will take to arrive. Which one of these sentences is the most correct? And why? Do you have an estimate as to when my package ...
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What is the correct way of saying this sentence

“What time do you go in for?” OR “What time do you go in at?” In context I mean like going into work. I asked my husband what time he had to be in for (work) and he told me that what I said made no ...
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Back out, reverse out, get out

If someone had double parked his car behind another car, what's a natural phrase to be used: How am I supposed to get out? (of the parking spot) How am I supposed to reverse out?(of the ...
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Are you ready for Sports Day?

I wonder why the book wrote: Are you ready for Sports Day? (=the Sports Day) Why there is no article 'the' preceding the word Sports since it is a Proper Noun?
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Doing that wouldn't do you any harm vs Doing that wouldn't harm you

I got a question. Let's say two people are talking about riding the rollercoaster: Person1 says to person number two: Let's ride the rollercoaster, it's quite fun! Then, person2 says: I'm afraid ...
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He prepared for school like he always does (or did?)

I think that the following sentence is grammatically incorrect: He prepared for school like he always does. Should it be more grammatical to say: He prepared for school like he always did. The ...
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Vegetable or vegetables?

The book I'm using writes vegetable in a plural form. I don't think this is correct. Do you like strawberries or lettuce? No. I like neither fruit or vegetables. Should it be written as: ...
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Can you say “I savaged myself” or “She savaged herself” for something or someone?

Can you say “I savaged myself” or “He/She savaged himself/herself” for something or someone? For instance, someone was trying to prepare themselves for a contest or a competition, fiercely changing ...
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What's the difference of act, perform, conduct and operate?

I'm not a native speaker, I just an Asian who feels interested in English. I puzzled about them how to use them right. Act, perform, conduct, operate have meanings approximate about to behave in the ...
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The missing “from” in British English— is it really correct?

Typical American construction: "I drew my pistol and stopped the intruder from attacking me." Typical British construction: "I drew my pistol and stopped the intruder attacking me." Is the ...
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I need to find something remotely vs I need to find something remote

Say I'm talking about finding a new job, and I say: "I'm tired of working for these 9 to 5 jobs I need something with more flexibility, something remotely/remote" Which word would best fit that ...
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Harm/Damage/Ruin/Spoil image [closed]

If someone does something that is not good for someone's image what is a natural way to describe that? He ruined my image. He spoiled my image. He damaged my image. He harmed my ...
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Get a change of $50

Suppose I only have a $100 bill and I bought something that costs around $50. So I get $50 back. What will be a natural way to express that? I got a change of $50 back. (I mean: I got $50 ...
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commas with names

The talented local runner and medal winner, Joanne Smith, has won gold in the local race for charity. The daughter of a local councilor, runner Joanne Smith, has won gold in the local race for ...
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Is 'I can't imagine what would that be like' a correct sentence?

I don't like literary theory, I can't imagine what would that be like.. That's my own sentence, but I've got no idea how to correct this.
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“high school” in UK/BrE?

I was under the impression, that high school is typical AmE while in UK secondary school was used. However, I was confronted that in British English high school is also used, and I was provided with ...
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Smear vs smudge

Here what will be a natural way to describe this: You have smudged your mascara by crying. You have smeared your mascara by crying. And what if it was done on purpose, what will be ised ...
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You have to choose an hour that isn't already taken by someone

I always have problem using the word already, or simply have trouble with tenses; in the first place, is the sentence in the question correct? secondly, when should we use already, can we use it in ...
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Get stuck,pull out [closed]

My blanket keeps getting stuck under me and I have to tug at it again and again to pull it out from under me. What ia a natural way to say amd describe the two bold lines? I know that my sentences ...
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Why is “I stayed playing videogames all night” wrong?

One of the definitions of the word stay is: to continue doing something, or to continue to be in a particular state: stay open/closed The shops stay open until 9 o' clock. I was talking to ...
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Turn the bike/turn the bike around

When someone is turning the bike,what will be a natural way to say that ( not left or right but around). Do you know how to turn a bike? Do you know how to turn a bike around? What sounds ...
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cause you to sleep late or affect your rest

The situation is, I phone somebody in his evening and I feel sorry because it's late. In my mother language, there's an expression like, "Sorry for causing you to sleep late" or "Sorry for affecting ...
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Take medicine, commerce (opt for/choose)

We use "take" with individual subjects, to mean that the person "takes classes in that particular subject ". But in College, can it be used to describe the "major" chosen, like "medicine" or "...
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why is the correct answer “the”?

Gilbert Stuart is considered by most art critics ……………. greatest portrait painter north American colonels 1-that he was 2-as he was 3- who was the 4- the why is the answer "4" not "3" or"1","2"?
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How do you call the people who love baseball?

How do you call the people who love baseball? Do you usually use "baseball mania" or "baseball lover"?
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What is the difference between ”in” and ”on”?

While referring to these prepositions, I want to emphasize their differences about their manner and common expressions. I do not understand, for instance, why the preposition ”on” it is used to say ”...
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Why can’t I say “We are prepared to hear the other 23 speeches” instead of “We are prepared to hear other 23 speeches”?

Since other is for plural, I thought that instead of saying A) We are prepared to hear another 23 speeches. I could just simply say B) We are prepared to hear the other 23 speeches. I notice ...
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Root for or support (American English usage)

I had another question related to AmE usage.... I found out in a Dictionary that "support" isn't common in AmE and it is BrE. So is that so? Google Ngram says that "root for" isn't really common.. ...
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When are “to + verb” and “verb+ing” not interchangeable?

Like in the following example: I would really appreciate having some feedback on this topic. Why can’t I just write “to have” instead of “having”? In this case, they are not supposed to be ...
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“On the double”, is it old-fashioned?(american English)

Under an explation of "on the double" by the Free Dictionary about "on the double", is it used in day-to-day conversations: Rapidly; faster than one normally goes. Can you please drive on ...
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How can I write a relationship among the objects in a sentence?

For instance, let’s say that I want to establish an association among 3 objects. In this case, let the objects be “Roses”, “Violets”, and ”Tulips”. Then, if I want to say, for example, that in my ...
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What’s the actual difference between “among” and “between”?

Well, the thing is that I know that among is used to establish a relationship with 3 or more objects. On the other hand, between is just for two objects. Nevertheless, I do not understand what to ...
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What’s the difference between ‘a hundred’ and ‘one hundred’? [duplicate]

For instance, let’s take a look at the next conversation: A) How many questions does the test have? B) A hundred. And the difference between the conversation above and this one: A) How many ...
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Another way of saying that things have gone bad

What are some of the idioms you guys use to say that things were good for a period of time, and then they started going bad? There are few idioms I know, but I would like to learn new ones. Here ...
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Explaining S suffix to non-native English speaker

I am assisting a Hebrew speaker in improving her skills in English. She is having a difficult time understanding how English speakers use the S, and I am looking for the simplest way to explain this. ...
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Go for tuition (extra classes) (private tutor)

This question is about the use of "tuition" in AmE. In America are there "private institutions" [not schools, universities]. So will it be okay to use: I go for tuition . What about: A:"Where ...
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Egg someone on to do something

Is the use of "egg on" common in colloquial American English? Is it used? I looked up its use on Ngram, but it dosen't hint at the actual usage, so I just felt like asking. To urge someone to do ...
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Which is grammatically correct, “I'm no Lord Ram” or “I'm not Lord Ram”? Why?

I'm reading "Immortals of Meluha" and while reading I encounter a sentence that was delivered by Shiva, he said "I'm no Lord Ram". What I'm thinking is that he should have said "I'm not Lord Ram". ...
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Is “square up” a natural expression in conversational English?

"Square up" To pay the balance of what is owed to someone. You get our jackets while I go square up with the bartender. Brian and I need to square up for those plane tickets soon—I hate ...