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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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“England (have/has) been the weaker side…”? [duplicate]

It is written in the online Cambridge Dictionary: England have definitely been the weaker side in the first half of the game. While Grammarly.com corrected the sentence to: England has ...
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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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What is the correct verb to use, is or was

What is the correct verb to use My approved OT for the month of Feb is 127.5 hours, but only 8.5 hours was creditted last night, 119 hours unpaid. The situation is one of our workmate's Overtime ...
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“Spoil” vs “Ruin”

My question is, Can you spoil a moment? for example, let's say I bring home a gift for my girlfriend and she's very excited to know what's in the box, after I open up the box and show her what it is, ...
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Difference between 'I got it' and 'you got it'?

Logically, 'I got it' should mean 'I understand you'. But in many conversations I heard people say you got it and based on the context it seems they want to say 'I understood'. I am confused when I ...
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“In the Moroccan way” vs “On the Moroccan way”

I have a question about prepositions. I'm not sure whether I should have a preposition before the word way in the following two sentences: The soup was made in the Moroccan way. The soup was ...
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Pass the time or kill time

Which phrase is more common in AmE: What do you do to kill time? What do you do to pass the time? Are both of them equally common?
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Reflexive pronoun vs pronoun

Which one is correct? He engraved photos of himself and his wife on the coins. Or He engraved photos of him and his wife on the coins.
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Down to someone (is it used in AmE?)

According to the Cambridge Dictionary be down to sb It's down to me to find a suitable person for the job. Is it's down to me commonly used in casual conversations? Like: It's down to me to ...
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What does ‘towards the end of the week’ exactly mean?

If someone says to me that I can call her towards the end of the week, what does it exactly mean? Should I... call her anytime from now until the end of the week? not call her until nearly the end ...
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correct usage with paragraphs

The next car to test was the Dodge Challenger. This vehicle was excellent to drive, and it had great handling. However, the interior was dated, and it had cosmetic faults, but these could be rectified ...
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Plural of school subject

What is the plural of "school subject"? Is "school subject" also common in American English?
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Before I'm up(before it's my turn, it'll be your turn next(you're up next)

A person is waiting outside a shop in a queue(a very famous shop) get the famous shop to get the world famous sweets. So he says: 1.They shouldn't run out of sweets before I'm up. 2.They ...
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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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What's the meaning of “mellow mama”?

What's the meaning of "mellow mama" in this description? I found this expression in a recipe book, but I don't understand what it means: Pulling from the inspiration of a green goddess dressing, ...
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Prefer to vs prefer than

Which one is correct, explain with reasons. 'He prefers to watch hollywood movies because they have good stories' or 'He prefers watching Hollywood movies because they have good stories'. Please also ...
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Take someone up on something

I had a question, Does "take someone up on something " mean only to accept an offer ? Can it mean to accept a suggestion In most of the dictionaries like Cambridge and Macmillan had this definition:...
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How to say in english something like this

When you talk about conditions, for example: I would rather have done something than ..... and someone tells you: You don't need to make such a choice. (you already are in a good position, so ...
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Among Vs between

I saw a sentence, "Between videos games, television, and the internet, kids these days are spoilt for choice when it comes to their entertainment". We can't use 'between' for more than two entities so ...
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Meaning of notch?

I'm quite a bit confused about the meaning of this word. I remember searching up this word or having seen something that indicates that "notch/notches" are marks (for example, the marks that are ...
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Hire and take on

"Take on" is an alternative for "hire". Like: We're not taking on any new staff at the moment. But this isn't my question. What I want to ask is can "take on" be used as a common and natural ...
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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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Meaning of 'Have you ever been a student at XX university'?

I am required to fill in a form. One of the questions is 'Have you ever been a student at AAA university?' I am currently enrolled at AAA university but before this enrollment I wasn't a student of ...
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Is “be on about (something)” used in American English?

Be on about (something) To speak about something tediously and at great length. (Primarily heard in UK.) He just kept rambling about literary metaphors and imagery. I didn't know ...
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Subject verb agreement case

More than one tree/trees release/releases oxygen even at night. Can anyone explain me which options are correct in both the cases?
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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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Distinction with phrases/usage

The sun overhead and the sky clear, Carl stepped into his future. What is the difference between this absolute phrase and introductory phrases like in these other two examples? Trying to be kind, ...
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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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How to politely ask people to give up their seats on a train in the USA? [closed]

Say we're a family of four, and would like to sit together on a train in the USA that does not have assigned seating. How can I ask people to give up their seats without sounding rude?
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Definition of parenthetical element

**A parenthetical element is a phrase that adds extra information to the sentence but could be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence-**grammarly*.* 1.This strange inertia of the camera,...
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When I say I smell gas, do you think of gasoline, or natural gas?

I have a problem with using word "gas". In my language we have two completely different words for gas that is put in car and gas that is used in stove when cooking something. Should I use phrase "...
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Question formation, helping verbs usage

What could have we done? Or What could we have done? Which one is the correct usage. As in an interrogative sentence, helping verbs should come before the subject so I think first structure is ...
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Phrase for “what's up” but using numerical code

Some time ago I've heard phrase What's the 599? Where "599" is some three-digit number I don't remember, which one and why it is used. Maybe it was 322. The meaning of the phrase is "How it is ...
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Comparison by 'as'

I have two questions and both of them can be solved by the same concept then I want to say that the 'explanation of second sentence is same as first sentence'. Is it correct, can I say this? or should ...
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“Don't let you being tired affect your enthusiasm” Is it correct

Well, I know that I can colloquially say: It has nothing to do with you being poor The whole bolded phrase acts as a noun or gerund. Can I apply the rule so that the phrase acts as an object of a ...
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'May I know…' if 'May I know when this group was established?' sounds natural? May I know other ways to ask this question?

May I know when this group was established? Hello. I learned in a text that we can say 'May I know...?' in formal situations. But an American teacher of English told me it sounded unnatural. He said '...
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Past perfect followed by past perfect always? [closed]

After Mustafa had returned from his voyage to Indonesia, he "had wished" or "wished" to visit a temple. Tell me the answer please.
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Is there a word that defines “a thing that I/you don't know”?

I'm new here. Is there a word that defines "a thing that I/you don't know"? Example sentence: Hello, why you just draw 'a thing that I don't know' on my avatar? Thanks if answered it.
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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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Is this text American or British English? Please, I need the American version

Ann has taught university level Film classes and has a Master's Degree in Cinema Studies.
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Can “Madame” be used instead of “Madam”?

In President Trump's letter to Speaker Pelosi, he addressed Pelosi as "Madame Speaker". The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear ...
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'Get STH over with' and 'get over with STH'

Now I understood why I need to use 'with' when I use this phrasal verb as a meaning of 'to finish STH which is mostly the speaker does not want to do' But I'm still confused by this thing Why I ...
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type of usage with phrase

1.The sun shining bright and the pale blue sky forming a backdrop of the Sacre Coeur, Carl stepped into his future as a traveler and observer. 2.He won his favorite competition, the long jump, and ...
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Do I need to use preposition all time to use 'Check out'?

I was studying about Phrasal Verbs For now, everything was fine but only this thing has been kept making me be confused 😣 He just checked out of the hotel. I cannot use it without a preposition 'of' ...
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Usage with noun phrases and determiners

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/noun-phrase (I don't think we can really say that an NP is equal to a noun because nouns represent a category on a lower level than a noun phrase. A noun ...
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I am confused on which to use “that” or “by which”

Q: In the US, a primary election is a method -------- voters select the nominees for public office A: that B: is that C: by which D: by those I am stuck between A and C
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Correct usage with that

He defined the dandy, in the later "metaphysical" phase of dandyism, as one who elevates æsthetics to a living religion, that the dandy's mere existence reproaches the responsible citizen of the ...
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Clarification for the usage of “though”

I'm only asking for "though" as an adverb. There were already asked questions about this : Why people says 'tho' at the end of the sentence? Could you clarify when to use "Though" ...
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I wonder if this sentence is a shortened version of a certain sentence [duplicate]

"Many vendors can be seen selling it now in the city." I came across this sentence online which is quite strange to me in terms of sentence structure (grammar). why do 2 verbs "seen" "selling" stand ...
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what does “throw your set” mean?

In Seinfeld, season 9, episode 1, at around 17 minute. KRAMER said to Seinfeld: Jerry, what are you doing? George tells me you're gonna throw your set? Seinfeld answered: That's right, ...