Questions tagged [american-english]

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different construction for 101 usage

In the construction: 'Wine 101' having the 101 referring to a basic course as stated in: 'https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101_(topic)' Could one use the construction: '101 of wine'???
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would that phrase justify the text?

If I were writing a text about people hating against politician, could I write a headline(not saying that it is the conventional way) like: politician hate campaign? In other hand If I were writing a ...
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Comma between “such as” and direct quotations?

Consider the following sentence: We see claims such as “Money is the root of all evil” [1] and “Women require time and money” [2] spread throughout research-level texts. Here, [1] and [2] are some ...
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Is it the right tense of verb 'transfer' in this context?

the headline is: 'Afghan pilots who sought safety in Uzbekistan transfer to U.S. base.' shouldn't that be something like: 'Afghan pilots who sought safety in Uzbekistan are transfered to U.S. base.'
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Break off or its alternative

Let's assume we have a group of people and they're moving away from each other making the place less and less crowded. Can I say they're breaking off? Or what is the word for this context?
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Is hooky a proper word [closed]

I was looking into the word hook one of the meanings of this word is to catch attention. So could I say that the marketing campaign is very hooky? Is that a correct word? Any alternative word etc.
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How to use commas and “and” in a list of three items where the first two items are followed by a parenthetical remark “(both…)”?

Let's assume you adhere to the Oxford-comma style and write American English. Then, beyond any reasonable doubt, the sentence A. Mary bought fish, meat (which smelled rotten), and bread. is perfect....
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Are these interpretation of same phrase/sentence acceptable?

Imagine you see this headline: 'political hate campaign' could that be used with these meanings: 1 - politicians that use hate in their campaign toawrds some other politicians 2 - people that carry ...
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I found physics quite interesting <to study>

I am wondering if I omit "to study" from the following sentence, will it harm the sentence structure or will it make the sentence incorrect: " I found physics interesting to study &...
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Does Relative pronoun in relative clause always follows the noun it modifies/referes?

I have studied about relative clauses in many blogs and i noticed in every blog that, the relative pronoun was followed by the noun it modifies, is it thumb rule of relative clause? Or any situations ...
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English on reduction [closed]

In this video, some function words in the first line are reduced so unclearly. I wonder if it is easy for native English speakers to understand what words are reduced without the context. If one ...
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Can I use Present Perfect tense and Past simple tense in the same sentence?

I am struggling with the use of both present perfect and past simple tenses in the same line, which I will add to my formal writing. I just want to know if the following sentence is grammatically ...
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Can adjective be used with passive voice like this?

If I say: 'she is a forgiving person' but in the context that she is a person who screw up times to times but has a nice personality and that she should be forgiven, would that be correct? or at leat ...
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Alternative meaning to this phrase/setence

imagine to see this headline: 'political Hate Campaign' could that be used with these meanings: 1 - politicians that use hate in their campaign 2 - people that carry out a hate campaing against ...
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how to use significance in a sentence

I just want to know if the following sentence is correct: " The significance of physics can be found in our daily life " Is "in" the appropriate preposition here??? Thank you...
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Reading articles from journals or reading articles in journals [duplicate]

Which of the following two sentences is correct grammatically? My interest in physics developed from reading articles from scientific journals My interest in physics developed from reading articles ...
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What is the correct grammar to use in this situation? "She and her colleagues" or "Her colleagues and she"?

This is the sentence: She and her colleagues have been given handmade gifts from grateful patients and offered food and drinks. Which form is correct?: She and her colleagues Her colleagues and she ...
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What is the definition of "ban off" in this context

I saw that on NY Times today: "A “bans off our bodies” protest at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on wednesday." I'm confused about what “bans off our bodies” means. I googled about ban ...
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Is the word 'Jargon'?

The online dictionary Merriam-webster says there is a word 'ungotten'. But Can we use it like we use the words such as unseen, unheard etc.? Is there any other word we can use for 'not obtained'?
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What is "third parties reading habits"? [closed]

The headline is: Degrowth, third parties and my reading habits: your questions, answered Could third parties reading habits mean the habits of reading what someone else is reading, for example being ...
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How can I change this sentence to use the Past Perfect tense? [closed]

How can I change this sentence to use the Past Perfect tense? Yesterday evening they did not have dinner with their teacher.
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Can anyone make sense of this sentense?

It is a headline on NY Times: ‘Candyman’ Review: Who Can Take a Sunrise, Sprinkle It With Blood?" "Who Can Take a Sunrise, Sprinkle It With Blood" what does author mean by that? The ...
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Translate this sentence. Rewrite it in your own words. Why does Conroy reference all of these works of literature in this paragraph? [closed]

I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language.-Pat Conroy This is from "A Letter to the Editor of the ...
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How to use respectively in my sentence which have or in sentence for two entities

currently I am writing one document in which I need to write sentence like below The food will be served by X or Y person of W or Z catering service respectively. Now here X is belongs from W ...
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Which of the following sentences are correct grammatically? [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences are correct? And please explain to me the meaning of each sentence. Why correct? Or Why wrong? I give you money. I give money you. I give money to you.
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The Authority for US English Grammar in the US

My friend and I both agree that Cambridge and Oxford publications are the highest authorities for grammar in the UK and they even have a lot of valuable information about how grammar differs in the ...
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Can't make sense of this phrase

In the text: "Renters are reeling with sticker shock as they discover just how aggressively New York’s housing market is bouncing back." Is: "reeling with sticker shock" same as: &...
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Is this US word order correct: "Staten Island, N.Y., hospital"?

I came across that headline: Workers at a Staten Island, N.Y., hospital have threatened to quit en masse over their employer’s vaccine mandate. what puzzles me is: Staten Island, N.Y., hospital. ...
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Is it correct to use "reach out about" in a sentence?

The headline is: As mayhem persisted at Kabul’s airport, the Taliban reached out to a former Afghan president about a new government. The way I think it's supossed to be is: "reach out to a ...
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Judgement ps5 question

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gjiZ3E67e4U Starting at the 32:48 mark He said: "For a lawyers office, things are slow as shit down there." I’m confusing something in this phrase, he’s not ...
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What is the function of word "wind" in this context?

The context is in the headline of the NY Times: "Tropical storm Henri winds uncertain path toward Northeast" the way I interpret this is like, "winds a path to somewhere" does that ...
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What's different pane and panel? [closed]

I am confused pane,panel,frame,window; In my eyes they are 板, can someone know the different between them?
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Combining two ideas in a sentence [duplicate]

Should or shouldn't I use words like "which" when combining two ideas in a sentence. As an example, which one is correct from these sentences. 1."There is a computer which is set upon a ...
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Present perfect / Past simple

I always face difficulties while selecting the correct tense to express my idea. Which tense should I use in this case? Present simple or past perfect? I write and save an essay in my computer. But, ...
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Is it "No credit card required" or "No credit card is required"?

When websites offer free trials for their services, they use the phrase "No credit card required" almost exclusively. Shouldn't it be "No credit card is required"? In fact, there ...
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Cancel(l)ed vs cancellation

cancel, vb., makes canceled and canceling in AmE. Yet, in cancellation the -l- is doubled (-ll-) because the accent falls on the third syllable. It's etymology is Can·ce(l)·la·tion Mid-16th c. Latin ...
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What is the meaning of 'spike protein' in this context

So that is the headline on NY Times: 'Is the future just a spike protein stamping on a human face, Forever?' A link to the matter: 'https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/05/opinion/covid-delta-vaccinated-...
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Per American pronunciation, "a ear" or "an ear"?

I just watched YEAR vs. EAR - American English Pronunciation (EAR vs. HEAR), and I hear absolutely no difference between the pronunciations of "ear" and "year", given we should use ...
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If I omit "a" is the sentence still correct?

We decided to keep it a secret. Here, if i omit here "a", will the sentence still be correct? And what's the necessity of "a" here? Thank you in advance!
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Keep (to) (the) rule

Context: "They struggled to keep (to) (the) rule, not letting some students go out in recess or using corporal punishment." Is "keep rule" a common set phrase in AmE? I've found ...
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Using the word ping [closed]

Is it correct to say: I will ping you on WhatsApp. or it's better to say: I will message you on WhatsApp. I am not sure if ping has become a synonym for message.
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I'm never gonna win with this beat up shoes. Which Tense does it mean?

I'm never gonna win with this beat up shoes. What does it mean? it means present continues or future tense? Does it mean like: "I will never win with this beat up shoes.,"??
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What is a locations rep? [closed]

the headline at NY Times i: 'How a rockaways locations rep spends her sundays' I couldn't figure out what a location rep is, I imagine it has to do with tourism routes, Am I right? if so what exactly ...
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Is the verb "is" missing in this sentence?

I came across this headline: "Bernard Arnault Once Again The World’s Richest Person After Jeff Bezos Loses Nearly $14 Billion In One Day" I think there should be an "is" in this ...
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What makes a clause essential or nonessential?

So I'm currently practicing how to use commas properly and have just come across the following example: Jillian, who had worked in the dress shop all summer, hoped to work there again during the ...
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Have you ever gone bungee jumping? Or, Have you ever been bungee jumping? [duplicate]

Have you ever gone bungee jumping? Or, Have you ever been bungee jumping? Which one is correct, and why? Please explain. Thank you in advance!
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Is it grammatically correct to say, " I would let her know that you would join her "?

I want to know if it’s grammatically correct to say, " I would let her know that you would join her " Can you say this after asking someone if they would like to accompany another person out ...
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What is the gist meaning of the paragraph?

She had taken to wondering lately, during with all those wasted summer days; how could she have spent them so wantonly? I am foolish, she told herself early every summer, I am very foolish; I am grown ...
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Does the bold sentence mean Theodora can identify the cards using her some sort of psychic power, without even seeing them?

Theodora's world was one of delight and soft colors; she had come onto Dr. Montague's list because-going laughing into the laboratory, bringing with her a rush of floral perfume-she had somehow been ...
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What does "borow an air of respectability mean" in the following sentence

Dr. John Montague was a doctor of philosophy; he had taken his degree in anthropology, feeling obscurely that in this field he might come closest to his true vocation, the analysis of supernatural ...

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