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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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Is “square up” a natural expression in conversational English?

"Square up" To pay the balance of what is owed to someone. You get our jackets while I go square up with the bartender. Brian and I need to square up for those plane tickets soon—I hate ...
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Is the word liberal used properly in this sentence

A friend once told me, when you're lost you're liberal and when you're liberal you can go anywhere Is "liberal" used properly here?
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Is it possible to pronounce jury as /dʒɜːri/?

sometimes I hear Americans pronounce jury as ''/dʒɜːri/''. Is that right? Is it regional or generally they say this way?
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correct usage with although/therefore

but cannot be used in the same way at although/though. We use but to connect items which are the same grammatical type. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/conjunction The ...
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How does a phrase differ from a clause

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/price_is_right Is this a phrase or clause. How do they differ aside from active verb. A group of words that is part of, rather than the whole of, a sentence A phrase ...
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Help with choosing the appropriate phrasal verbs

How do I say these, could someone please tell me the appropriate phrasal verbs here? 1. toddlers don't spare their moms even a second. They run after her like a tail They are always looking for ...
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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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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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Why “Your father just told me” would not be “Your father told me” without “just”

In Oscar a 1991 American slapstick crime comedy film directed by John Landis, I heard: "Your father just told me". Here answer was: native speaker often omit, here it is "has" Your father has just ...
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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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is he's / she's + name a correct sentence?

Is it correct to include a name right after a he's or she's? It would define fully written in: ''He is John'' or ''She is Maria'' but it somehow just sounds wrong or impolite to me.
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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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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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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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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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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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Dropping auxiliary verbs when asking questions

I hear many native speakers dropping auxiliary verbs when asking questions. For instance, I hear them saying "How you doing?". Another example that came up to my ear recently: in the gym, I hear many ...
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what are the other usage of word “been” in english?

I have heard usage of "been" other that in perfect continuous tense. like when we are talking about past, could we say that "I been given some work"? is the above sentence correct? if not why? but, ...
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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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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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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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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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'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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“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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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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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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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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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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Are these common in America?

https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/talk-down [talk someone down] BRITISH to talk loudly so that other people cannot hear what someone is saying [talk someone down] INFORMAL ...
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How long do you have — what does it mean?

„How long do you have?” — what does it mean? The conversation regards my potential trip to another country to visit someone. It means how long I want to stay there?
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Is “life” a countable noun in English?

I am a learner of English. Sometimes I see an article (a and the) before the noun (life) but sometimes I also see the noun without any article. So I am confused when should I use an article before the ...
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To + (verb) as infinitive/gerund

I have a question on preposition ‘to’. When we use verb after ‘to’ we use either infinitives or verb in ing format but my question is: will the word ‘to’ be a preposition in both the case? also, ...
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Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause?

Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause? "To get to New Zealand the fastest way" The whole sentence is... To get to New Zealand the fastest way, you will have to fly from ...
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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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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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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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Any time and Any day in english

1) Can we use ‘any time’ instead of ‘any day’ in the below example? "Have you seen this any day before?" Can you please tell me what the difference is between ‘any time’ and ‘any day’? 2) Answer ...
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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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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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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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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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Meanings of “back up” in American English

The Macmillan Dictionary entry for back up reads [intransitive/transitive] if traffic backs up, or if it is backed up, the vehicles are in a long line and waiting to continue moving ...
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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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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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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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She’s always on me

In a novel "Dead Beautiful " by Yvonne Woon a guy tells Renée about the lady who punished her: “Lynch loves watching people squirm. She’s always on me for having too much facial hair.” I couldn't ...
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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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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