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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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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, ...
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type of usage with phrases [closed]

He finished the race and won a gold medal, a fitting conclusion to his career. He finished the race and won a gold medal, fitting conclusion to his career. When we use determiners with noun phrases ...
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What does “crank me up to nine” mean in this Seinfeld monologue?

"crank me up to nine" is around 18~19s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aiFh4VR448 Full script: The cosmetic surgery procedures that are available to people today-- Liposuction, are you ...
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comma splice and type of phrase

Rocking a massive clock around his neck, he puts most rappers to shame. He is now set to be released from category prison in Suffolk, to a bail hostel after Christmas. Is the part after comma a noun ...
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Hello. I do not understand these questions. Please explain them to me [closed]

I do not understand these questions. Please explain them to me.
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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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What's the meaning of “ported” in this sentence?

I found the word "ported" in a sentence describing a motorcycle, but I don't understand what it means: A beautiful machine, it was ported and polished, with high-compression pistons and rings, a ...
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American equivalents of “repeat on” to describe food?

repeat verb 3 British [no object] (of food) be tasted intermittently for some time after being swallowed as a result of belching or indigestion. ‘that cucumber repeated on me for hours’ (...
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What does “pullout” mean in this context?

I don't understand the meaning of the word pullout in this sentence: There was a pullout on the road leading up to the vehicle parking lot where buses had to turn around because the rest of the ...
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What's the meaning of “creep” (noun) in this sentence? [closed]

There's a sentence I don't understand. A girl is thinking about a man she likes: She would nestle herself against him for warmth, for comfort, and that small act would abate the creep of isolation ...
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ing clauses coordination

-ing co-ordination He returned and closed the front door, making sure it was unlocked. We play a fun game, trying to remember the day’s coaching tips. The bullet missed, passing over his head How ...
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Repeating prepositions after not

I would like to ask about repeating the preposition in this sentence "he focused on learning the poems by heart not (on) how to write poetry." Is it necessary to use the preposition with the bracket ...
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What does “signature holidays” mean?

I found this expression in a book but I don't understand what it means. A man never takes vacations from work. Here's the complete sentence, with some more context: She couldn't remember him [...
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defecating on a toilet or in a toilet

I've seen both being used, but I am not sure if either one of them is the natural way of putting this silly idea that everyone does. Also, how do you decide between on and in, because both of them can ...
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stick it up your a**

Is there a reason why, we use "up" and not "in". I always thought it wasn't intuitive to use "up", is there a semantic reason, or is it "cultural" or "historical"? Can someone explain, so that a non-...
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Type of usage in this example/accuracy

After entering the fountain of youth, she was now young not old. After entering the fountain of youth, she was now young and not old. Are both these ok. Any difference? Can you leave out the comma ...
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“I'll never pray to a God since my butt issues”

I'll never pray to a God since my butt issues. The usage of 'since' drew my attention and puzzled me. I don't understand why it was used here and whether it was a substitute for either 'because of'...
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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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What would you say in the following situation?

You are at a picnic and you want to advise others to keep the place clean: 1- you had better clean the place before you leave 2- you must clean the place before you leave. From what I know, ‘had ...
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Difference between “Have you ever married?” and “Have you ever been married?”

What is difference between Have you ever married? and Have you ever been married?
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What does “withdraw into” mean? [closed]

What does "withdraw into" mean in the following sentence? Many depressed people just withdraw into themselves.
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What's the meaning of “get down” in this sentence?

In the novel I'm reading there's a sentence I don't understand. A power outage had darkened most of the city, and he had driven over to bring her a battery-powered space heater. “It’ll get ...
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A second-generation vs a mixed-race

I'm Ten, and my father is a Chinese, and my mother is a Japanese. I'm the second-generation Japanese or the mixed-race Japanese and raised between a Chinese father (from Shenzhen) and a Japanese ...
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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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Type of usage in these examples?

*That feeling you get when your kid won't let you do your housework. Me stressed at the thought of tonights traffic.* What do we call these types of sentences that commonly come with a picture or ...
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Can you help me answer some questions about using the word “The”?

I. In the following sentences, I know that I should repeat "they", "they", "she", "he" and "it" instead of using "the " in the second part. But can I use 'the + noun' if I introduce something using ...
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What is a «bracket» in this context?

I can't understand the meaning of «bracket» in this sentence. A mechanic is fixing a car whose filter is broken. Here is the complete text (it's an american novel): She unscrewed the cap of the ...
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Is this sentence “Horses are a useful animal.” correct?

I know a lot of people would say the correct sentence is “Horses are useful animals.” But I think we can say “Computers are an important research tool.”, so I think we can say “Horses are a useful ...
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Subject-Complement Agreement

Take the sentence (1)“The boy is a hardworking student.” The words “a hardworking student” are the complement. There’s no agreement problem in that sentence, it's all singular;(2)“These people are my ...
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“I like bananas” vs “I like a banana”

In English grammar, ‘generic reference’ is used when you make a reference to all the members of a class of people or things . So I can say "A lizard is like a dinosaur in appearance" and "Lizards are ...
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Is present or past perfect tense choice correct? [closed]

I'm one of ESL students, Pervasive Developmental Disorder English learner. I had stayed for a month in Los Angeles since I was 17. Our native-English teacher at the PDD support school told us that ...
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Pronunciation of “marry” and “carry” in American English [closed]

Should I use "a" as in "map" or "e" as in "pet"? Merriam-Webster says both ways are ok.
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Stress in words like confluence, influence, finance - noun vs verb

I'm looking for a right way to stress words ending in -fluence in American English. There should be a change of stress depending on whether it's used a noun or verb. Also, in "finance" I stress the ...
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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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Adding a `-` between word, will the word still have same meaning?

Adding a - between word, will the word still have same meaning? Example re-open or reopen re-install or reinstall
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Why does “confirm me” or “reply me” sound so incorrect to me?

Is it correct to say "Please confirm me" or "Please reply me as soon as possible" in a context where I am asking for a confirmation or reply (like in an email)? I am a native American English speaker ...
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Value of sentences with or without antecedent

Our politicians have been pandering again. This demotivates the voters. - Entire first sentence as antecedent When we take the bolded sentence away from its antecedent, where does that leave it ...
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Which is correct “I work nights” or “I work at night”

I have learned that the correct form is "I work at night". Recently, I saw a movie and one of the characters mentioned "I work nights", Is there any difference between them? Or which one is correct?
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Which one is correct “What to say and what not to” or “what to say and what to not”

In short sentences like these : "What to say and what not to" or "what to say and what to not" and "What to buy and what to not" which one is correct?
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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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“The old jive broad split” meaning - Bill Withers Song (Ain't no Sunshine)

"The old jive broad split" It's a part of what Bill Withers says at the beginning of "Ain't no sunshine". It's a part of the story behind this song. But it lacks everything. I have absolutely no ...
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Is there a word “Pisser” in English gambling?

I have happened to see a Japanese anime, which is about a natural born gambler, (with English subtitles) And they (The honcho group and other "workers") are gambling dices. From 22:51 ~ The honcho ...
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How to improve listening/speaking if learned mostly by reading/writing? [closed]

My first language is Spanish and I learned English mostly by reading/writing in academics and professional context but few listening and speaking practice. I got a job abroad and after 2 months I ...
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Does the “ass” in “smart-ass”, “lard ass” etc. mean “smart donkey” or “smart butt”?

What's the literal meaning of ‘ass’ in expressions like ‘lard-ass’, ‘hard-ass’, ‘smart-ass’,… etc.? Does ass here in such expressions mean donkey or butt?
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“Cavaliers are”, “Lakers are”, “Knicks are” etc. VS “Cavaliers is”, “Lakers is”, “Knicks is” etc. (American English)

As far as I know, in American English, we can see singular team names as either plural or singular. So, "Golden State are the best team in the NBA" and "Golden State is the best team in the NBA" are ...
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American pronunciation of (tall, taught, law, bought) vs (father, pasta, drop)

I have two tutorials by Cook and by Cameron. Cameron suggests that these two groups are pronounced differently: e.g. in "drop" the tongue is perfectly flat, but in "jaw" it goes up by 1/8 of an inch. ...
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What is the right way of asking someone to give a more detailed explanation of what he just said (or wrote)?

I was told something and now I want to get a more detailed explanation of what the person just said (or wrote). For example, the person wrote to me: The key difference between the two definitions ...
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“when I’m 100% confirm what to study” or “when I'm 100% confirmed what to study”

I’ll tell you when I’m 100% confirm what to study Or: I’ll tell you when I'm 100% confirmed what to study Which one is correct?
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What does “you took long mate” means? [closed]

In SMS messages: You took long mate Abit too much What does “you took long mate” “abit too much” mean?
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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 ...