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How to say correctly?

The question is mostly for native speakers. What is best: "Prices for Linux app" or "Linux app prices" and why? Thank you!
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Can you explain the difference? And give some context?

Let's say you are planning to update your phone number that has been registred with an organization. I am not sure this is the number that i want to change to. I am not sure this is the number that ...
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How to write about this kind of situation?

I've tried hard for my physical test to be able to pass every items, Unfortunately I had a bad performance and in conquence, very bad results in my physical examinations, now I have to say about ...
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“British” sounds “brish”, is this a glottal stop or just the presenter's accent?

Americans uses glottal stop in spoken English. It sounds like the video is saying (a video link with a time stamp) British explorer Bear Grylls is best known to TV audiences for Discovery's Man vs....
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Different between verb + ing and verb + ed

Can somebody helps to explain what are the differences between these sentences? What grammar is this? ex) 1. - This is an added product - This is an adding product - This is an ...
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Which sentence is the correct one? Please help

It's very rare to find a westerner playing this game. It's very rare to find a westerner play this game. Play or Playing?
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What's the difference, if any, between 'going to (do something)' (aka 'gonna') and 'fixing to (do something)' (aka 'finna')?

go [...] 3 (be going to be/do something) Intend or be likely or intended to be or do something; be about to (used to express a future tense) (from here) fix [...] 4 (be ...
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Does `Do I Know him` in the US sound like `Do I Know herm`?

Does Do I Know him in the US sound like Do I Know herm? Google translation speak like Do I Know him,and the link of Google Translate It's the last word so it's not connected speech.it confuse me ...
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Which badminton speak is better in US `ba~d~min` or `ba~men~ton` [duplicate]

Badminton in google transalation speak like ba~d~mon but I asked philippines friends they always speak like ba~men~ton which one the US use in normal life?
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Does `That's very sweet of you` in the US sound like `That's very sweef you`?

Does That's very sweet of you in the US sound like That's very sweef you? the of is only speak f and link with swee
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What is the meaning of this “ ones short leaves in war”?

"Perhaps all this is merely a legacy from ones short leaves in the war" is an excerpt from "big four" by agatha christie "Ones short leaves in war " in the big four by agatha christie
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Is it right to use the word Effing

Recently, a friend of mine was having a speech and he used the word effing. I did some research on it and then I realized it is vulgar. Is it okay for me to use it in an annoying sentence in public?
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She's gone now, so you'll have to wait

I know that this question sounds really bizarre. This is a situation I once witnessed. There's just one restroom. There are three girls there. Two girls are waiting their turn. One of them leaves ...
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Does “within 24 hours of leaving” mean 24 hour after leaving?

Please help! If someone asks you to call them within 24 hours of leaving a place, does it mean 24 hours after leaving? For example, if you are still at home and call an hour before you leave home, ...
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How to improve English speaking

I am not a native English speaker. I have been preparing for the IELTS exam since last six months. I can write English properly. But I cannot speak English fluently. I make several mistakes while ...
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is it right to say 'Let's saunter after dinner' or 'Let's go for a walk after dinner' or other?

If after having a dinner with friends then I hope to walk outside with them. how can i say? is it right to say 'Let's saunter after dinner' or 'Let's go for a walk after dinner' or other ?
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I've never… vs 'I've never… myself

Recently I watched video about some English (US) vocabulary(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOOSIPzi3Ls&t=16m54s) where the guy says that adding 'myself' to the end of the sentence with structure '...
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correct usage with commas (dashes)

1.The actor, a life well lived, died on the stage. 2.The victim, a local solicitor, was killed on impact. Is it acceptable to use commas with 1, like 2, or should em dashes be used with after. The ...
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What does “pfft” mean in American English?

Person 1: You're an idiot. Person 2: Pfft
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What can I do to recognize the correct preposition that goes after an adjective?

For example, consider the expression "mad at" and "fine with." That is fine with me. I am mad at you. How can I identify when to use "at" and "with" (or any kind of preposition) followed by ...
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Should I use “be” or “are/is” in that-clauses?

I've problems with this type of structures For example It is important the next test be simple It is important the next test is simple Which one is correct? I've seen that in that-clauses ...
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Meaning of something down the hall

Does the phrase "guest room down the hall" mean a guestroom located at the end of the hall or a guestroom along the hall?
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Are any possessive apostrophes needed here? “…headphones for their iPhones”

I am a new English learner and need some assistance with understanding when to properly use an apostrophe for showing possession. I have an example sentence: Sophie, Brock, and Hannah all own ...
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except for=but for in British English?

The following is taken from Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's English Dictionary, an American dictionary. I'd like to know whether it's also correct in British English. They would all have died ...
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Meaning of “take” at the beginning of a sentence

I couldn't understand the mechanism of a sentence from the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall: when it comes to grabbing a spotlight and persuading people to do things they’d rather not, ...
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Why do we add an apostrophe to “gon'”?

English is not my native language, and I keep trying every day to develop my skills in it but I saw a new word of gon' instead of gone. And I keep wondering: why do we add an apostrophe to it? ...
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When cand I use “that is” or “to be”?

I am from Mexico, so English is not my first language. I'd like to know when can I say "that is" or "to be" because in Spanish is the same For instance: I want a room that is big in Spanish: Quiero ...
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Do you have or have you?

I am a English learner and I still don't understand why the auxiliary verb "to do" doesn't appear with the verb "to have". Is it wrong to say "She doesn't have brown hair"?
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correct usage/definition with sentence

He reached up and pressed an inviting looking red button, a sign lit up saying "Please do not press this button again." Would this example be considered a comma splice? Does it not require and then ...
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Correct comma usage in this example?

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/appositive/ When an appositive noun or noun phrase contains an essential element without which a sentence’s meaning would materially alter, do not frame it with commas. ...
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Dry up my clothes vs Dry my clothes

Is is it idiomatic to say: Dry up your clothes in the dryer after the washer is done spinning. I know dry up means to evaporate, in other words, if you dry your clothes up you're drying them till ...
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meaning of “bear someone home”

In the book "Native Speaker", there is "This means that you can get drunk, for the sake of building ambience and camaraderie (and for your own taut nerves), but still keep in mind that you haven't ...
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leave for having vs change for having

Are these idiomatic? if not, why? 2 coworkers are talking.... Person 1: I'm tired of working for other people. I wish I could have the money to start up my own business and be my own boss. Person ...
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“whose” vs “that its” in English

I'm an English learner and today I faced a question where I was supposed to fill in the missing blank. The question was: The large family _____ house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to ...
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in the team vs. on the team

In AmE, you only use the proposition 'on' with nouns that refer to groups of people ('team', 'board', 'commission', etc). Am I right? Can I use 'in' without sounding like a weirdo or, at least, a ...
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Elliptical structured confusing English

1.She believed to have been killed in somewhere in frontline -->>: For me it should be written in like "She is believed 'who' have been killed in somewhere in frontline" 2. After the peace treaty ...
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Before/In front of

I'd like to know if "before" and "in front of" is equally common in a sentence like this in American English? Is one more formal than the other? Elina stands before/in front of a vending machine, ...
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Is “to ease” the same as “could ease”?

Found this article online and the title is: China-U.S. trade war to ease but conflicts will persist - former finance minister But then the person is quoted of saying "could ease". Are the two ...
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How can I describe the position the man sits in in the picture?

How can I describe the position the man is sitting in in the picture? Are either of these good: A man is sitting hunched over on a chair, resting his elbows on his thighs. A man is sitting leaning ...
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Is the phrase “You can cancel a subscription anytime” correct?

One native speaker said that it is a mistake to use the indefinite article in the phrase "You can cancel a subscription anytime". I want to ask native speakers if it's true, and if yes — what rule ...
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“It is done” what is the sentence structure?

It is done Is "done" in the above sentence an adjunctive or a verb? Or is it a simple past tense in passive form. If so why "is" is used. Please clarify what is the structure of the sentence. This ...
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context of a phrase in a sentence

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/89892/clause-vs-phrase-vs-sentence A phrase cannot be used as a stand-alone utterance, e.g. "reading a book" is a phrase. However, with proper intonation ...
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Is “serves” a verb or noun in this complex sentence? (“…and serves as a tool for communication…“)

Project scheduling provides a detailed plan that represents how and when the project will deliver the products, services, and results defined in the project scope and serves as a tool for ...
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How should I politely say “I hope I can receive recognition”?

That is used to apply to a university program and I want to politely say that I hope I can enter your program. Should that be I hope I could receive your recognition. or I hope I would/...
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What's the “payday-loan”? [closed]

I encountered the word at the title reading this article, saying, (Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Pocket Cast or ...
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can someone pleas check is it correct usage of “as well as”? [closed]

"I am a young, passionate, just graduated from university developer. Looking for a dream team where I could get challenging tasks, interesting experience, new friends and an ...
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Correct error in perfect tense

I'm self-studying English and in an exercise I'm asked to correct the errors in perfect tense of a series of sentences. One of them is the following Supposing they would have got married, wouldn't ...
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If I learn British English, should I stop talking with Americans?

I had the opportunity to speak with several native speakers, It's fun, and they learn my native language, the problem is that several of my language partners speak with an American accent and the ...
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Transport as a noun in American English

“Sam took a transport to mother’s house”. For a matter of style I want to use the word transport or transportation as a synonym of vehicle, but for American readers. I read that in AE transport is ...

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