Questions tagged [american-english]

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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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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 ...
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The missing “from” in British English— is it really correct?

Typical American construction: "I drew my pistol and stopped the intruder from attacking me." Typical British construction: "I drew my pistol and stopped the intruder attacking me." Is the ...
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I need to find something remotely vs I need to find something remote

Say I'm talking about finding a new job, and I say: "I'm tired of working for these 9 to 5 jobs I need something with more flexibility, something remotely/remote" Which word would best fit that ...
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Harm/Damage/Ruin/Spoil image [closed]

If someone does something that is not good for someone's image what is a natural way to describe that? He ruined my image. He spoiled my image. He damaged my image. He harmed my ...
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Get a change of $50

Suppose I only have a $100 bill and I bought something that costs around $50. So I get $50 back. What will be a natural way to express that? I got a change of $50 back. (I mean: I got $50 ...
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commas with names

The talented local runner and medal winner, Joanne Smith, has won gold in the local race for charity. The daughter of a local councilor, runner Joanne Smith, has won gold in the local race for ...
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Is 'I can't imagine what would that be like' a correct sentence?

I don't like literary theory, I can't imagine what would that be like.. That's my own sentence, but I've got no idea how to correct this.
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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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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 [closed]

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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...