Questions tagged [american-english]

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“Silverware”, “Tableware”, and “Dishes”

What are the common and current, American English general words encapsulating: 1. Knives, forks, and spoons. I know the words "silverware" as well as "flatware", but I don't know which one is more ...
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What do you call the hanging sections on the sides of someone with long hair?

I'm referring to this: At first, I thought they could be called bangs. But according to Google it's only the head above the forehead: a fringe of hair cut straight across the forehead. So ...
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How to split the bill in a formal way?

What is the polite and formal way to say if I would like to split the bill? That was a time I went to a casual business meeting and the person was kind enough to pay for my bill. And all I said is ...
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What do you have to say for yourself? / What have you got to say for yourself?

Which of below is American and which is British English when you want someone to explain themselves? What do you have to say for yourself? What have you got to say for yourself?
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Double question rule

Which one of these phrases sound more correct and why? What is the rule about asking 2 questions in the same sentence in English? Could you please tell me when can I get my check from you? ...
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Which group are you in/on? (AmE usage)

I know that it's usually "on team" in AmE. So is it the same with "group". Like if I have to ask someone about his/her group: I: Which group are you in/on? Person: I'm not in/on any group. So ...
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Can I use “sleep-in” as a noun like “lie-in”?

I have some questions about "sleep in". Do you use the expression "to have a lie-in" in the US, Canada and other English-speaking countries? Can I use "sleep-in" as a noun like "lie-in"? "Have a nice ...
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How to introduce a widow who is not a widow?

I am looking for a way to introduce a mother, who believes she is a widow in a logline in a way that the reader understands that she is not a widow. The long version would be: "A widow, who is unaware ...
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AmE vowel pronunciation dilemma

I can't figure out how to spell vowels in AmE. I generally prefer to pronounce "o" letter as "ɑ" as well as sometimes "ə". But it is done intuitively irrespective of any rule. I think there must be an ...
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How to answer, how old is your baby?

My question is how to answer when somebody asks this question? Since my baby is 10 months, I just replied she is 10, and we laughed out loud. Then I said, of course, 10 months. What is the correct ...
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Comparison by 'as'

If I have two questions and both of them can be solved by the same concept then if I want to say that 'the explanation of second sentence is same as first sentence'. Is it correct, can I say this? ...
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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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Subject verb agreement error

Slow and steady win the race. or Slow and steady wins the race. I know that 'wins' is the correct answer but can anyone explain me why? And why 'win' can't be filled there and where is ...
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Work out at/come out at

Do the phrasal verbs in the title only mean "to add up"? Or can they mean "any mathematical calculation"? Like: This price works out at(comes out at) $30 per week. Or should it only be: The ...
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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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Is it okay when I say “My friends and I are a students”?

Is it okay when I say: "My friends and I are a students in the university" OR it should be: "My friends and I are students in the university" without the a?
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Which of the two sentences is correct? If both are, which one is better?

I want to know which sentence is better of the two? I am not in mood to do debate. I am not in a mood to debate.
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An other way to say hot question?

Well, I'm curious to know how to say a hot question in other ways. By means of hot I want to say important evolving question... Secondly, I used word "useful" "fruitful", I want synonyms for it. ...
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In “The adventures” how pronounce article THE as a long “thee” or short sound like “thuh”?

We pronounce "Adventures" beginning with SCHWA. In "The adventures" how pronounce article THE as a long "thee" or short sound like "thuh"? What is a general rule for the pronunciation THE in front of ...
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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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It's a few weeks off/away

If something is just going to happen,is it common to use "off"? Like: It's just a few weeks off.( Like something, well anything could be used instead of "it's " ,to mean that thing is just a ...
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When talking of American money, what does “pennies” mean?

Time ago, I was talking with an American friend of mine. She was checking how much money she had and said "[…] a dime and four pennies." Since 100 cents make a dollar, why did she say pennies? Is ...
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Restrictive or Non-Restrictive Use of Which?

Religion is a personal or institutionalized set of attitudes, beliefs and practices, which may include a system of prayers and religious laws. In the preceding sentence, is 'which' restrictive or ...
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How can I say that an idea goes into another, more global concept?

After listing some points in my essay I need to say that all they go into a definite concept. What words can I use here? Here is my complete sentence: Goals, challenges, self-discovery, ...
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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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American English phrase for “overwhelm/harm with mistaken/excessive benevolence”

I am looking for a proverb / expression in American English where someone is overly kind to someone else tending to help them make an easier situation for them in the manner that they feel better, but ...
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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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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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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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What does 'it's blowed over' mean?

They sat silent in the coal-black cave of vines. Ma said, “How’m I gonna know ’bout you? They might kill ya’ and I wouldn’ know. They might hurt ya. How’m I gonna know?” Tom laughed uneasily, “...
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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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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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Type of clause and correct usage in this example

It follows two sisters— one is devoted to her faith, the other breaks the community's strict rules. What would we class this type of clause ? (one is this, the other is this) What part is the main ...
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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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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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how many friends do you get to meet there?

Is this correct way to ask a question to a person who went to party function, there he wanted to meet his friends?
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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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Phrase 'akimbo to'

What does the phrase 'akimbo to' mean? I am supposed to fill in the blank for the sentence: The professor strives to remain ................... to her field. I don't know if 'akimbo to' is the ...
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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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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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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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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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No possessive pronoun in '[first name] and family' OK in US English?

Is the following OK in US English: "Fred lent Tony money for the downpayment on an apartment so that Tony and family could have their own place to live." Or would I need to add 'his' before 'family',...
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What do they mean with “Hi, how are you doing”?

When I was in New York the workers at the counter (in a shop) always said Hi, how are you doing? I was, and still am very confused if they just mean "hello", or actually want to know how I feel. ...
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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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Is there a usage like “feel done” in English?

I saw a sentence like: "Have you ever felt done by blablablah?" What does it mean?
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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 ...