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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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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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“high school” in UK/BrE?

I was under the impression, that high school is typical AmE while in UK secondary school was used. However, I was confronted that in British English high school is also used, and I was provided with ...
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Past participle usage in below sentences / passives

I hope all the below form of sentences give ‘Passive’ meanings, am I correct? 1) be + verb3 [i.e. past participle] be prepared. 2) being + verb3 being processed (but in continuous form). 3) ...
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Smear vs smudge

Here what will be a natural way to describe this: You have smudged your mascara by crying. You have smeared your mascara by crying. And what if it was done on purpose, what will be ised ...
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You have to choose an hour that isn't already taken by someone

I always have problem using the word already, or simply have trouble with tenses; in the first place, is the sentence in the question correct? secondly, when should we use already, can we use it in ...
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Get stuck,pull out

My blanket keeps getting stuck under me and I have to tug at it again and again to pull it out from under me. What ia a natural way to say amd describe the two bold lines? I know that my sentences ...
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Why is “I stayed playing videogames all night” wrong?

One of the definitions of the word stay is: to continue doing something, or to continue to be in a particular state: stay open/closed The shops stay open until 9 o' clock. I was talking to ...
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Turn the bike/turn the bike around

When someone is turning the bike,what will be a natural way to say that ( not left or right but around). Do you know how to turn a bike? Do you know how to turn a bike around? What sounds ...
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cause you to sleep late or affect your rest

The situation is, I phone somebody in his evening and I feel sorry because it's late. In my mother language, there's an expression like, "Sorry for causing you to sleep late" or "Sorry for affecting ...
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What do we call this? Tea cup circles?

How do you refer to these circles by tea cups? Suppose, I want to say an office boy, how should I say it precisely. I'm stuck because I don't want to call it as 'spilled' tea. Nor do I refer them to ...
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Take medicine, commerce (opt for/choose)

We use "take" with individual subjects, to mean that the person "takes classes in that particular subject ". But in College, can it be used to describe the "major" chosen, like "medicine" or "...
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why is the correct answer “the”?

Gilbert Stuart is considered by most art critics ……………. greatest portrait painter north American colonels 1-that he was 2-as he was 3- who was the 4- the why is the answer "4" not "3" or"1","2"?
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How do you call the people who love baseball?

How do you call the people who love baseball? Do you usually use "baseball mania" or "baseball lover"?
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What is the difference between ”in” and ”on”?

While referring to these prepositions, I want to emphasize their differences about their manner and common expressions. I do not understand, for instance, why the preposition ”on” it is used to say ”...
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Why can’t I say “We are prepared to hear the other 23 speeches” instead of “We are prepared to hear other 23 speeches”?

Since other is for plural, I thought that instead of saying A) We are prepared to hear another 23 speeches. I could just simply say B) We are prepared to hear the other 23 speeches. I notice ...
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Pronunciation of the prefix de- (UK / NA)

Example words: Decode Demilitarize Are given in Wiktionary with a short i sound "Dick-oh-d" "Dim-ill-it-ugh-rise" But I can‘t find anything in other dictionaries or examples on Youtube to back this ...
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Root for or support (American English usage)

I had another question related to AmE usage.... I found out in a Dictionary that "support" isn't common in AmE and it is BrE. So is that so? Google Ngram says that "root for" isn't really common.. ...
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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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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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Another way of saying that things have gone bad

What are some of the idioms you guys use to say that things were good for a period of time, and then they started going bad? There are few idioms I know, but I would like to learn new ones. Here ...
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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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What’s the actual difference between “among” and “between”?

Well, the thing is that I know that among is used to establish a relationship with 3 or more objects. On the other hand, between is just for two objects. Nevertheless, I do not understand what to ...
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What’s the difference between ‘a hundred’ and ‘one hundred’? [duplicate]

For instance, let’s take a look at the next conversation: A) How many questions does the test have? B) A hundred. And the difference between the conversation above and this one: A) How many ...
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Usage of “that only X can"

Is this sentence correct? Who said that only girls can believe in fairies? Specifically, do you think that the use of "that, only, can" make the sentence a little bit weird? Or is it fine?
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Explaining S suffix to non-native English speaker

I am assisting a Hebrew speaker in improving her skills in English. She is having a difficult time understanding how English speakers use the S, and I am looking for the simplest way to explain this. ...
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Go for tuition (extra classes) (private tutor)

This question is about the use of "tuition" in AmE. In America are there "private institutions" [not schools, universities]. So will it be okay to use: I go for tuition . What about: A:"Where ...
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Egg someone on to do something

Is the use of "egg on" common in colloquial American English? Is it used? I looked up its use on Ngram, but it dosen't hint at the actual usage, so I just felt like asking. To urge someone to do ...
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Which is grammatically correct, “I'm no Lord Ram” or “I'm not Lord Ram”? Why?

I'm reading "Immortals of Meluha" and while reading I encounter a sentence that was delivered by Shiva, he said "I'm no Lord Ram". What I'm thinking is that he should have said "I'm not Lord Ram". ...
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An equivalent for “Carrying coal to Newcastle” widespread in both AmE and BrE

What is the Americans equivalent for the following proverbial sayng which means: "to supply something to a place or person that already has a lot of that particular thing": Carrying coal to ...
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Word 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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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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Is “which is directly affecting our operational duties” correct in this sentence? Should it be “which are” instead?

Is the following sentence correct: I would like to point upcoming events in Week 19, which is directly affecting our operational duties. I think it should be "which are", and the verb affect ...
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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, ...