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If some sentence has truth, could it be called sarcasm

Never lie to someone who trusts you; never trust someone who lies to you Could this be called a sarcastic remark? Especially if I send this quote to someone who lies a lot? If I send this to someone ...
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can any grammatical rule show what is the right assertion being said here?

in the headline: Giuliani’s Loyalty to Trump Was Born in His Darkest Moment whose darkest moment is the author refering to, Trump's or Giuliani’s? can that be answered just by reading this headline?
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"to the east" without "of something"

I'm learning the points of the compass, and the prepositions in, on, to. My book has one sentence Cars can park between the Community Hall and that line of trees to the east. So where exactly is the ...
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Burn a fire or light a fire?

Light a candle or burn a candle says "Light a candle" and "burn a candle" are both grammartically OK. In the dictionary I see "light a fire". Then is "burn a fire&...
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Using loose or lose in a sentence [closed]

If you read this you won't loose confidence If you read this you wont lose confidence Which one is correct?
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Is it rude to say you would not know what it is

Suppose someone asks me what questions you got in the interview. What could I reply if I didn't want to reveal the question? Is saying: The interviewer asked the question on the call. You wouldn't ...
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Do i have to release the k pronunciation in the word "picture"?

I was wondering about the pronunciation of the /k/ and /t/ in this word, ˈpɪkʧər - picture. Do I have to fully release the k?
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What is the definition of write across?

The headline is: "Who Can Write About What? Roxane Gay and Jay Caspian Kang debate writing across identity lines — and how to respond when an author gets it wrong." 'writing across identity ...
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Is it okay to drop the "t" in "doesn't" in an American accent?

I heard some people pronounce it as doesn' and I am curious if this pronunciation is common and okay to use in day-to-day conversions.
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Interview questions i need help in answering! [closed]

How do you answer to; "WHAT IS YOUR PASSION AND DRIVE?" "WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE?"
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Usage of the word dawn

Following are some of the sentences which I framed using the word dawn Not sure if it is a proper way to use it. I was trying to understand it for a long time and today it dawned I am reading the ...
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The answer to the question "where do you go to school?"

I had an English test last week and one of the questions was "Where do you go to school?" and the options were: a) by car b) by van c) to Rosario d) at Rosario e) on foot Clearly a, b, and ...
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Can we pronounce “can” as /kən/ at the beginning of a sentence?

I know that “can” can be reduced to /kən/ unless it has to be stressed. For example in a sentence like “I believe I can fly” we can say /kən/ instead of /kæn/. My question is, can we do the same thing ...
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"In which ocean are The Bahamas?" or "In which ocean are The Bahamas located?"

Which is more grammatically correct: "In which ocean are The Bahamas?" or "In which ocean are The Bahamas located?" Also "Where are the _____?" vs "Where are the ...
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What does it means to be "X whisper"? [closed]

I came across this headline: "Should Biden Run in 2024? Democratic Whispers of ‘No’ Start to Rise." in the Whispers of ‘No’ OR I belive is the same: the ‘No’ Whispers what is the meaning of ...
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Do "on, wrong, wander" have the exact same vowel?

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary on /ˈɑːn/ wrong /ˈrɑːŋ/ wander /ˈwɑːndɚ/ Merriam dictionary on \ ˈȯn , ˈän \ wrong \ ˈrȯŋ \ wander \ ˈwän-dər \ The American Heritage Dictionary ...
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IS "rose by" correct instead of "rose to"?

In this HeadLine: "The government is expected to report that consumer prices rose by 8.2 percent in the year through May, as inflation hovers near the fastest rate in decades." I don't get ...
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Is it a redundant phrase?

I came across this: "The door between Russia and America is slam shut." How to better understand "slam shut"? Is it like a door that was closed very noisily by applying too much ...
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“If you are rested I would go,” I urged. Meaning?

I was trying to translate this sentence but I got confused in this sentence. Does the sentence "I would go" mean something like "I would go if I were you"? This sentence is from ...
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Can I flip these words and keep the gist?

In the text: "Clinical trials found the vaccine to work well, but the company has long struggled with manufacturing. Here’s the latest on the pandemic." (From New York Times) Can I rewrite ...
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Can some one be a bygone? [closed]

I said 'you are a bygone' to somebody older then me in reference to him not understanding how attending a coding boot camp can train people to become full stack engineers and get a career at a ...
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How to talk and what phrases to use in English (in person) to a supervisor on her last day at work, who is steping down, and wish her good luck? [closed]

I am a intermediate ESL learner, working at retail in US, I don't know what sentences should should I use to thank my supervisor on her last day, something between formal and informal.
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Correct pronunciation of Masked

In the dictionary, I saw that masked pronunciation is written as : /mɑːskt/ Does that mean that after saying mask, we emphasize saying kt? So there should not be any sound of the letter d when saying ...
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Alter Adjective order and keep the semantic?

In phrases/Sentences like: "They gifted the couple a beautiful porcelain Chinese vase" where the correct adjectvive order suggest that it would be: "They gifted the couple a beautiful ...
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Do you have a pencil here? [closed]

What is the meaning "Do you have a pencil here ?" please show me with example.
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Is "of the" interchangeable for "to" in this context?

headline-style text: "Senator Chuck Schumer’s decision to try for a bipartisan compromise on new gun laws is a test of the Senate — and of democracy itself." the "test of the Senate&...
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Am I interpreting this the wrong way?

the Headline: "Rangers Push the Penguins to Game 7 in New York" the article: "https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/14/sports/hockey/rangers-penguins-nhl-playoffs.html" I thought going ...
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how to understand to which order to read this text?

Headline is: "The streaming platform executive says he — and the company he helped build — will survive a bout of bad earnings numbers." My question is should I read it like: 1 - bout of [ ...
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text interpretation issue

it's a very confusing text for a foreign mind to interpret. According to this explanation from Wikipedia - US Electoral College: All states currently choose presidential electors by popular vote. As ...
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single quotation marks in American English

I'm wondering whether the single quotation mark enclosing "unreal" has been misplaced. They then took the bag into their kitchen to carefully open it. Inside they found two hamburger ...
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What does "my vibe is" mean?

Chicago PD. There are 2 police officers in the scene, talking about a potential buy-bust, they are going to catch a gang dirty selling some sub-machine guns or Uzi in this case. A black guy is going ...
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How to pronounce " bored " before "watching"?

I am wondering how to pronounce "you may have gotten bored watching that". I have little understanding about if I should pronounce the 'd' in /bɔrd/ or just /bɔr/ before the word 'watching'....
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How many grammatical categories/constructs do English language have

I have come across various constructs in English grammar/language like Noun, adjective, adverb, verb, preposition, article,...How many are there in total and do they have a special name like ...
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Alternative or one word for saying re-mentioning it

So if I am on a group chat and I want to mention something again that I mentioned in an earlier email to one of the people. I could think of the following: Just re-mentioning it Just mentioning it ...
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Which is correct "One of my friend" or "One of my friends" [duplicate]

I am confused in the two statements One of my friend or One of my friends The second seems logically correct to me as we are talking about one of the people from a group of people so that group should ...
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What is the difference between "to stop", "to halt" and "to cease"? [closed]

What is the difference between "to stop", "to halt" and "to cease"? These three verbs are translated into russian in the same way, but I feel that they are not ...
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"translator of" or "Translator for"

Is "English translator of this company" correct or "English translator for this company"? I want to introduce my job somewhere and the position I work in it and I don't know which ...
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What does "subject + to + infinitive" mean? [duplicate]

I am russian and study english language. Watching MSM on youtube, I saw such headline "Russia to Halt Gas Deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria". I am apolitical guy, therefore this headline ...
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Do people say "have you enough room for me?" in British English?

I heard some British people say "have you enough room for me?" It is like a wrong grammar usage, but is it an idiom in British English? Does that mean "do you have enough room for me?&...
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Which is correct Maybe or May be

Is May be correct English? or does one need to join the words like Maybe? In one of the online grammar checkers, I entered this sentence: May be tell him about this problem It showed a red mark on May ...
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Is it correct to say "How many more sets do you have?" at the gym?

Is it correct to say "How many more sets do you have?" at the gym? I think what I heard from native speakers was something like: "How many more sets you got to do?"
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Is "push to" correct in this context?

the headline is: "Rangers Push the Penguins to Game 7 in New York" to me it is very confusing because the Rangers beat the Penguins, so the Rangers go to game 7 right? but when it says ...
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Correct usage of the word flaky

My internet connection is flaky Could this line be used when the internet is not working properly and say during a zoom call? As per dictionary meaning what I understand is that I can use it for the ...
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Expressing that it's not possible to achieve something in a concise word or phrase

Wild-goose chase is a phrase used to mean that you are searching for something that doesn't exist. Is there any similar phrase or word to express the following: You are not going to meet the deadline. ...
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Why are there two “is”’s in: Why is yawning is contagious?

A NY Times article contains this question: Why is yawning is contagious? Why are there two “is”’s in this sentence? Similarly for these sentence fragments: ... as far as the freak was concerned was ...
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Why do some people like use in' to symbolize ing?

In some movies or songs, "in'" is used instead of "ing". For example: "Searchin' high". The "Searchin'" is "Searching". Or "Lookin' for a place ...
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How to talk about a class or meeting?

Is it correct to say: Will you run the meeting/class tomorrow? When we want to ask if the meeting or class will be exacuted by tomorrow. Is it the way American native speakers say it? Also I want to ...
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Should "just" come before or after the verb?

Which one is grammatically correct? I just have studied German. I have just studied German. Or if these two are wrong, what sentence can I use?
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Is it uncommon / unnatural to say "It sometimes happens" instead of "It happens"?

The English textbooks used in schools in my country Iran have been written by my countrymen (non-native speakers). That's why I often have doubts about the naturalness of some of the things in the ...
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Is the word revision only used for exams?

Consider a scenario where my tutor explains some topics we covered during the past week. Could I say that we are doing revision today? Will the word "revision" be appropriate in this case? ...
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