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Questions tagged [american-english]

This tag is for questions specifically related to the English language as spoken and written in the USA. If you are interested in a difference between American English and British English, please use transatlantic-differences.

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Bun up your hair vs Put your hair up in a bun?

Earlier this morning I was talking to a friend about something she wanted to do with her hair. I asked her "Are you going to bun your hair up?" and she said "bun up? I've never heard that before". She ...
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Pronunciation: TH in “There”

This might be a silly question, but I've noticed that some people in the US don't pronounce their "TH's" in some words such as (This, that, the, these, those and etc...) and some other people don't ...
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“I want $20 worth of this.” Or "I want $20 of this

If someone has to buy something "worth a particular amount", which will be the more natural way to express this? I want $20 worth of X. I want $20 of X. Which version is more common in AmE,...
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Usage with not because, but because?

I was very good at most subjects in school, not because I had any particular aptitude in them, but because normally on the first day of school they'd hand out schoolbooks, and I'd read them. Usually ...
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Is it correct to say: “I'm just coffee.” [closed]

I have just watched the movie with a dialog like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtXiAKmDp0E&t=737s JAMES STEWART: Broken Arrow at 12 minute Google translate automaticaly - How are you, ...
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on the truth quest vs in the quest for truth

What is the difference in meaning between: on the truth quest vs in the quest for truth or: on the happiness quest vs in the quest for the happiness Examples https://dictionary.cambridge.org/...
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How to write it right and official [closed]

I will be available from May 21 to May 31 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. How to write it right in an official email
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How to understand this 'If', without a logic turn

A conversation starts with 'if' but without 'then' without 'else', without any logic turn. Example: "If I tell you what we did...(details what they did)". "If I tell you how this ice cream ...
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World or phrase for warming your eye after accidentally poking your eye

A person accidentally poked his eye with his finger. So he had to warm his eye by covering his eyes with a cloth that was warmed(cloth) by bringing it close to the mouth and breathing on it: So what ...
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What do you say when you're referring to a chess game?

Playing as blacks Playing black Playing with blacks On the internet, I've found these 3 versions and people are using all of them. However, I don't know which one is a correct version.
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“WHAT do you want to be?” vs “WHO do you want to be?”

I came across this What do you want to be when you grow up? [...] Are you right now who you want to be? and the first sentence sounds weird to my English learner's ear. Specifically, I am ...
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'read of' things vs read things

I am reading articles in New Concept English and got confused by a phrase in the below context: We can read of things that happened 5,000 years ago in the Near East. here I don't understand why we ...
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How I'll know when to use “need” like modal like here “you never need attend to that thing again”?

Quote: Walden or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau, 1850. To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea. Yet not a few are ...
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How to write a message in English to a doctor's receptionist to book an appointment with the doctor [closed]

Can you please give a example of a sample message to doctor's receptionist for asking for an appointment and the important things to include in the message
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Period or class (school) and; back-to-back or consecutive

In AmE is "period" used to refer to different classes during a day in the school? Or is it classes? Science is my third period. Or Science is my third class. What is actually used? And if we ...
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Meaning/usage of “it's not that bad”

What do people mean when they say: "I don't think it was that bad." Does this phrase have only one possible correct meaning or use? Does it require further context to be provided in order to ...
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Is it possible to know the meaning of “She upended the chessboard.” without a context

Is it possible to know the meaning of "She upended the chessboard." without a context, because of upending means "up..." and "down..." that depends on the context. For example, here https://...
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How do you ask someone if they would like to eat something you've cooked? [closed]

is this.the right way of asking or is.there another way: Do you want me to do something for you to eat? Do you want me to cook you something?
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What is the difference between a “set rule” and a “fixed rule”?

There isn't a set rule for English pronunciation. There isn't a fixed rule for English pronunciation. Do these two phrases have the same meaning or are their meanings different?
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Does “the care of A” mean that “someone looks after A” or “A looks after someone”?

They shared the care of the children. This is a straightforward sentence telling us that "they looked after the children". The study showed a deep fear among the elderly of being abandoned to ...
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Lightning vs Thundering

Question 1: When dark clouds touch each other in the sky when it's about to rain and the whole sky lights up, does the sky start lightning or does it start thundering? Question 2: When a ...
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“I tend to make it about me” - What does this phrase mean?

I know I tend to make it about me I know you never get just what you see But I will never bore you, ba-a-by And there's a lot of lame guys out there And when we had that fight out in the rain ...
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What does it mean to say, “It does not always pay to customize an experience.”?

The statement is taken from here. Here is the context: "Stick to the integrity of your design. The market will constantly push you towards cheaper, easier, less difficult to accomplish. It does not ...
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You look catfish vs You look like a catfish?

Catfishing is the term used for anyone stealing other people's identities on the internet, so they can pretend to be someone they're not (mainly on dating websites) with the aim of tricking others ...
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How to write : someone who don't or doesn't?

Please help me to understand. My full sentence is "... as someone who don't/ doesn't only love his...". I have already tried them both and both sounds right.
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Fizzy, soft, pop and still drinks

I was curious what people call a carbonated (with gas) and non-carbonated (gas-free) beverages / drinks in English speaking regions around the world. I need two fixed terms in everyday English which ...
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What tense is this: “Why'd you make him live all those years alone?”

In the movie "Something big" with Dean Martin, Mr. Baker asks colonel's wife: "Why'd you make him live all those years alone?" What tense is that? Grammary suggest me: Why'd you made him live all ...
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I noticed something was going on vs I sensed something was going on

Can I use "I sensed" meaning "I noticed" as synonyms in this phrase? Example: I noticed/sensed something was going on when my father said that my mother wasn't going to come home that night. ...
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Get stains out of the sink vs Remove stains from the sink?

Are both of these phrases grammatically correct? I need to get those stains out of the sink. I need to remove those stains from the sink.
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What is the meaning of this phrase - “So take aim and fire away” in Alan Walker's 'On My Way'? [closed]

So take aim and fire away I've never been so wide awake No, nobody but me can keep me safe And I'm on my way
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Cut me off vs passed me

Let's say you're running a marathon and someone catches up, runs faster than you, and wins the run at the last minute. Did the person who catch up to you and won the marathon passed you while you ...
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Match up (with) vs Match

I've looked in the dictionary about the meaning of these 2 words, but I can still not process how they're different. For example, when should I use up? If the word match up means the same as match ...
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Meaning of “Voice going crazy on this hook like a whirlwind?”

What is the meaning of this phrase: Voice going crazy on this hook like a whirlwind? It's from the song called Boyfriend. In context, the lyrics say: Girlfriend, girlfriend, I could be you ...
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Does anyone know how to distinguish between (1) [ Subject(plural) + are + Object(plural) ] and (2) [ Subject(plural) + are + a/an Object(singular) ]?

For example: Computers are important research tools Computers are an important research tool. Does anyone know how to distinguish between (1) and (2)?
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Filled with energy vs full of energy

Is it fine to say "I'm filled with energy" instead of "I'm full of energy"?
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I'm not so much of a drinker

Is this idiomatic? I'm not so much of a drinker, so when I get out I always look for good service and cheap food.
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American pronunciation of “second” (edited)

I'm learning American English with some online classes, and the instructor says that the 2nd vowel 'o' of "second" sounds like "/e/" in everyday conversation (e.g. "Can I talk to you for a second?"). ...
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Do British people often use the word lightning conductor?

Do British people use the word lightning conductor more frequently than a lightning rod?
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I was having a bath with my glasses wore/wearing?

I want say a sentence like: I was having a bath with my glasses wore/wearing I've definitely come cross similar structure like this, with my stuff + past simple(or perhaps past participle). Hopefully ...
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Grammar clarification on a sentence [closed]

I am using this statement in my job application's cover letter. " Kindly requesting to consider my career interest and immediate availability." Mentioned sentence is showing it as grammar error. ...
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“Cause unwholesome inspiration and impact on viewers”

So I have this sentence, and I don't know if you can say "cause" or if I should replace it with another word. Thank you, thegirlinneedofhelp
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Which is the correct way to say it “who are you spending it with?” Or “whom are you spending it with?”

As per the grammar rules, if "I" is the subject of the sentence then the other person must the object. And generally whom is used in the objective form but in this case the prior format is more common ...
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subordinate conjunction usage

He was originally from Spain but moved to London in the UK, since his move to London, he has established an export business selling fruit. Do we view the prepositional sentence as subordinate as a ...
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Sit in for(is it common?)

https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/sit-in-for to take the place of someone temporarily I’ll be sitting in for the secretary at/on the meeting tonight. Is the use ...
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Does “I shouldn't have let you do it.” “shouldn't have + past participle” or “shouldn't + present perfect”

In the movie "Frame", 1947, Glen Ford, in one dialog there is: "I shouldn't have let you do it." Does "I shouldn't have let you do it." grammatically means: A) shouldn't have + past participle or B) ...
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“public transport” vs. “public transportation”

Buses are the main form of public transportation Buses are the main form of public transport Which one is correct?
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Waiting your comments how to use with verb on below sentence

Q. I ____ john and Liz after school tomorrow. A. am meet B. am meeting C. met Q2. My sister ____ john and Liz after school tomorrow. A. Is meet B. Is meeting C. met ...
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Having a moment (interjecting?)

https://www.urbandictionary.com/author.php?author=Labr4t Here is the use of "have a moment" natural?( apart from its other meanings)? The phrase 'Having a moment' should be used whenever a ...
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It is so lovely a day

I know "such a lovely day" is definitely correct, but what do you think of "it's so lovely a day"? Is it okay as well? This part of an exercise I did in FCE use of English, 'it's so lovely day' is ...
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Correct usage with conjunctions

The performer died after falling ill on stage. This was thought by the audience to be a part of the act, until emergency services were called in, the audience was evacuated, and he was declared dead ...