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 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 ...
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Song lyric accuracy/ type of usage

There are lots of questions on this forum concerning song lyrics, but mine is related to English also. 1980's song China in your Hand has the line- It was a theme she had on a scheme he had Question:...
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Can we say “The sound of what is this?” or “This is the sound of what?” (American English)

In American English, can we say either of these sentences interchangeably? The sound of what is this? This is the sound of what? Context: Imagine I heard a sound at home which sounds like it ...
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Past simple or present perfect for “I am aware of what I [did/have done]”?

Is the following correct: I am aware of what I did. Or, is it supposed to be: I am aware of what I've done. Can someone explain?
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What's the meaning of “Bought it up”

I heard this phrase from a TV show. We thought you bought it up there. The background is that Mike who is injured in an accident and come back to his friends, one of them said "we thought you ...
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What's the meaning of “Is it now?”

Can anyone explain the meaning of "Is it now" to me? I googled this phrase, but I couldn't find the answer out...I heard this from a TV show: Maggie: Mail's here, telephone bill, letter from your ...
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What is the best way to remember causality verb and how to identify it easily anywhere? [closed]

I am getting a bit to confuse while considering whether it is causality verb? I need some help/tips to detect it easily as well any similar topic like causality verb which resembles to it.
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Can't we say “don't/doesn't got” while we can say “I got”, “He got”, “They got” etc.? (American English)

I am used to hearing the positive version of "got" when it is used for meaning "have". For example, I mean we can say "I got a car.", "He got three children.", "I got no money." etc. But I am not ...
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The correct expression of 'follow his way (or method)'

I asked a question on a forum, and somebody (let's say his name is Bob) answered it (but not completely solve the problem). Based on this answer, I have the problem solved. I want to write the answer ...
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Is there any “official” level test focused on American accent?

The courses and level tests which I know are only focused on British English, like Cambridge or Oxford, especially for the listening tests. Just for curiosity, I would like to test my level of ...
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What is correct to use 'thinked' or 'thought'? [closed]

What is the correct word 'thinked' or 'thought' in the below sentence? You would have thinked about me for few seconds. You would have thought about me for few seconds. If 'thinked' and 'thought' ...
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20 years on, they have done OR did it again?

I am not sure that I heard the CNN reporter (American Speaker) well when he was talking about the winner of the world cup 2018, He said: 20 years on, they have done it again. Isn't it more appropriate ...
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Do I have to pronounce the letter “l” as light or dark when there is a double “l” followed by a vowel in a word?

It is known that when the letter l is followed by a vowel then it is pronounced as light, and when it is at the end of a word or is followed by a consonant then it is pronounced as dark. But it is ...
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In American English, can we flap the /d/ in the phrases “Where did”, “Where do”, “Where don't” and “Where does”?

I am 99% sure Americans quite often flap the /d/ sound which comes right after /r/ in the phrases "Where did", "Where do", "Where don't" and "Where does" (I am talking about the initial /d/'s), and I ...
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Can I just say “Watch” instead of “Watch where you are going”?

Can we just say "Watch." instead of "Watch where you are going."? Example Context: Let's say somebody hit me on the sidewalk. Note: I know that it can be rude to say these sentences. You don't need ...
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“This is a good day” vs “It is a good day” vs “Today is a good day” vs “It is a good day today”

Are these sentences below interchangeable? This is a good day. It is a good day. Today is a good day. It is a good day today. As far as I can remember all of them can be used. If we ...
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Got with present perfect tense and possessions

"We got a dispute already open for that trade." (An automated response to me trying to "re-open" an already opened dispute) Is it an appropriate usage of got (past tense) with the present perfect ...
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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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Ability in the future: Can vs Will be able to?

According to the Oxford Grammar Course (Intermediate) book by Swan & Walter, we CAN use Can if we are deciding now what to do in the future. In other cases, we use will be able to. I need some ...
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How to use the word Imagine in the sentence

I heard a friend saying “it takes an hour by a car imagine a bus” Is imagine used correctly here?
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(Bell pepper, capsicum, chilli, pepper) What's the difference?

I would like to know the meaning that comes to your mind when you hear the four words as a native speaker. If you don't know the difference between two of the words, please let me know instead of ...
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Meaning of - “smaller planes have now given way to bigger planes” [closed]

Can you please explain the meaning of planes in the below sentence? Over the years, smaller planes have now given way to bigger planes. Air travel is expensive but the number of people travelling by ...
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Meaning of - “I will mind my row”

I saw the following question in a book. Question: What will you do if the teacher is not in the class? Answer : I am row leader so that's why I will mind my row. Can you please explain the meaning ...
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Asking who is someone

I have a doubt about a situation. If someone shows me a family picture, can I ask: Who's this? And would be ok if the answer is: It's Mary I think using "this" and "it" feel a little weird ...
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Confusion about the U.S after secondary level educational system's words

When I am practicing listening, particularly when it comes to university stuff, I'm getting a bit confused how to use the words appropriately. Items are below. Undergraduate "Mostly" meaning to ...
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How often is the expression “get on well” used? Is there any difference with “get along”?

I have been talking with a person from US and when I said something like this: They do not get on well with others She didn´t understand me at first, but later she said that was a funny sentence ...
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Difference between “mother to” and “mother of”?

I hear people saying both. What's the difference between these two? And yeah, once I heard aunt too as well. It confused me alot. Could someone please state the meaning of these? Ive heard people ...
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Why is “I've read this book for two hours” wrong?

A grammar book that I've been using showed this sentence as incorrect. I've read this book for two hours. This sentence is apparently incorrect in present perfect. Why is this sentence wrong? If ...
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What is the job title of a professor who teaches Classics?

Someone who is qualified to teach history is called a History teacher Someone who teaches music is a Music teacher … who teaches English to native speakers is an English teacher … teaches English as ...
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Traffic become lighter or loosen up?

What's the most natural way to say(USA) we want to wait for the traffic become lighter? I can think of following but neither sounds good to my ear. Wait till traffic becomes lighter. Wait till ...
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Which one should I use: fell off/ have fallen [duplicate]

Situation: I am sitting in my class and seeing that magnetic pin is falling off the board down on the floor! Now I’d like to describe what just happened! The magnetic pin have fallen from the ...
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I have a problem with the past tense narrative

So, I have some issues about tenses in a story I'm writing in past tense. [Jack and Bill sat at the table, eating their meals.] (This is to mean that they are currently sitting and eating.) Does the ...
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Does “the other side of the receipt” sound natural in American English

Kindly, look at the other side of the receipt. You will find a link through which you can rate our service. The aim of this sentence is to make a customer pay attention to the link because it is ...
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meaning of “Healthy” in this context

Context : A teacher in the class has been addressing the same thing to the students for over a week. One of the students feel bored and disgusted and he speaks this: Isn't it healthy to, like, move ...
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The usage of murkiness

I would like to know if the word "murkiness" in the sentence below is syntactically correct. then nothing will remain from him except as a worm creeps in murkiness. His life begins and ends with ...
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Pronunciation of “are”

In these sentences below, can I pronounce the "are"s as /ər/ instead of /ɑr/? I am talking about American English. Sentences: 1) "Problems of most people are not big." 2) "People who smoke ...
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“Black”/“brown”/“yellow”/“red” people — are some of these accepted (in the US)? [closed]

A co-worker and I just discussed whether "brown people" (for people with Latin American origin or perhaps Middle-Eastern origin?) is acceptable in the US, as I read this phrasing more often now, e.g. ...
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“Do you have English?” and “Do you know English?”

Are these questions natural? "Do you have English?" "Do you know English?" In this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXhDlYREJyo at 0:26, the subtitles read "Do you have Irish". Is that ...
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Which is grammatically correct when using its or their

I am writing a DoD IG evaluation report. Throughout the report we refer to The Joint Task Force. I am trying to determine which is correct to write. The Joint Task Force follows their authorities ...
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Please help me for corrections [closed]

**I will available up to 1.00 pm PST. So, you can knock me between 9 am to 1 pm PST.** I am a little bit confused about my mistakes. Please help me Thanks
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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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What does it mean the following “Rat Poison Squared”

Warrent Buffett comapred Bitcoin as a "Rat Poison Squared" I am wondering why he used the word squared and what does it mean?