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Is "Her hair is in a pigtail" (singular) used in British English?

The British say "Her hair is in a plait" (picture 1) but "Her hair is in pigtails" (picture 2). Americans say "Her hair is in a braid" (No.1) and "Her hair is in ...
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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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Why do Americans pronounce the word "shorter" differently from the British?

While I am learning the American pronunciation, I find that the Americans pronounce the word "shorter" quite differently from the British. Specifically, the "t" sound in the word ...
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Different ways of saying dates in US English

This question is about the stylistic differences between certain expressions in American English. When one has to say a date out loud, there are 4 possibilities in US English. "Month + ordinal&...
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When are words like "that" and "the" unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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Consistency of tense in a sentence

When searching some sort of definitions on urban dictionary, I found a sentence; I'm confused by the phrasing on the website. At the end of the movie, when Jerry expresses his love in a long-winded ...
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"My apartment building" - does the entire building belong to the speaker or just the apartment?

If one were to say "I entered my apartment building", does that mean that: the building contains the speaker's apartment (which belongs to him/which he holds on lease); or that the ENTIRE ...
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Subject+got+object+past participle

I have always thought it means someone did something for you but recently i came across this structure can mean that you did some thing yourself. What do you reckon Eg i got the task complete/...
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I don't get how native English speakers can understand what the woman in the video is saying

as a non-native English speaker who is studying English, I have a serious question. Please check out a 3 sec of movie clip below. https://youtu.be/5FOv4WWGSK8 The subtitle says "(daughter:)What ...
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Is it correct to use "reach out about" in a sentence?

The headline is: As mayhem persisted at Kabul’s airport, the Taliban reached out to a former Afghan president about a new government. The way I think it's supossed to be is: "reach out to a ...
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Does /eɪ/ sound make a slight 'y' sound in the word "DAY"?

I am really confused with this sound /eɪ/ It seems that it has a /j/ or 'aaaay' sound when it is at the end of the word like: Day - /deɪ/ pray - /preɪ/ Also with words like Played Some people (non-...
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Is there a difference between "had you.." and "if you had.."?

Can you please explain if there is any difference between below 2 sentences? You could have easily found water had you put all your efforts in one place. You could have easily found water if you had ...
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Can any native English speakers hear the flap t sound in "But I..." in the clip?

There are five segments in the clip. Are all the ts in "But I..." pronounced out the flap t sound? I personally can hear the flap t sound in the second and third segments. The first and ...
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What is the correct sentence?

1)Is there any way to check whether my letter has been received? 2)Is there any way to check whether my letter was received? 3)Is there any way to check if my letter was received? I sent a letter a ...
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I have just got vs. I just got

Is it non-grammatical / incorrect to say: I just received a call from my friend. I just got your email. I just read your email. I just came from a store. Compared to: I have just received a call ...
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Can we start a question with pronouns?

Starting questions with pronouns Forex. "I have to do this assignment in my notebook or on my computer?" Can we write a question like this or it is incorrect?
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What about you or how about you

I was wondering, if we want to ask someone their answer on something in this kind of context below: A: How did you feel after graduating from high school? B: To be honest, I felt nothing. It was not ...
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Meaning of 'All-out brawl'?

I know the meaning of 'brawl'.But what does this phrase 'all-out brawl' mean? Thanks in Advance.
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"Do you got anything?" vs. "Do you have anything?"

Is there a nuance of difference when someone asks do you got anything for me? as opposed to do you have anything for me? I am aware that the former isn't really grammatically correct, but that's what ...
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How to pronounce consonants especially /t/ on following scenarios of American English?

Scenarios ————————- Do we release the sound of all consonants that appear at the end of the word ending a sentence ? Eg: I am at work. There was a Big Bang. I have a new hope. He has a big heart. ...
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She's gone now, so you'll have to wait

I know that this question sounds really bizarre. This is a situation I once witnessed. There's just one restroom. There are three girls there. Two girls are waiting their turn. One of them leaves ...
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"It is done" what is the sentence structure?

It is done Is "done" in the above sentence an adjunctive or a verb? Or is it a simple past tense in passive form. If so why "is" is used. Please clarify what is the structure of the sentence. This ...
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How do you make the flap t sound as in the words city and letter

I'm having a hard time figuring out the right placement and motions of the tongue when making this consonant. I watched a few videos on this topic. People say that in order to make the sound you don't ...
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"of" vs. "from" in introductions with company affiliations

A person who owns a business called BBB Cupcakes is making a tutorial video for a for-fee e-learning platform. The hour-long video is purely a cupcake making lesson; it's not directly an advertisement ...
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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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context of a phrase in a sentence

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/89892/clause-vs-phrase-vs-sentence A phrase cannot be used as a stand-alone utterance, e.g. "reading a book" is a phrase. However, with proper intonation ...
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Which is more natural English: "I don't know what the cause is" or "I don't know what is the cause"?

I don't know what the cause is. I don't know what is the cause. and do you have any difference between these sentences. if you have, could you explain it. e.g. 1) is for writing, 2) is for speaking
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What do you have to say for yourself? / What have you got to say for yourself?

Which of below is American and which is British English when you want someone to explain themselves? What do you have to say for yourself? What have you got to say for yourself?
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The best friend a mother could have or anything for that matter

What is the meaning of sentence below? Oh, my sweet daughter, who is not only my daughter but my best friend, the best friend a mother could have, or anything for that matter. Source of information: ...
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Why five day and not five days?

Why here is "five day": I follow the Effortless English five day training method. and why here is "five days": I practice every unit for at least five days.
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What do you call a person(employee) who follows instructions?

If you have a junior who has a positive quality of following instructions/orders, what would be the formal word for it?
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Plural or singular verbs with lists of single elements

Another plural/singular verb question that I feel must have been asked before but cannot find a good example on ELL or the usual grammar websites. I know the rules for compound subjects. The dog and ...
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Can anybody tell me the definition of the phrase "interrogating the form."

The context is a headline: "These literary memoirs take a different tack Rather than prioritizing confession and catharsis, authors are focusing on who gets to share their version of things and ...
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How the order of this adjective changes the gist in this context?

the text I gleaned from ny Times page is: "Missoni Celebrates Return to Normal Life With a Joyful Spring 2022" If 2022 is an adjective shoudnt't it be: "Missoni Celebrates Return to ...
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which is more appropriate - swamped with some work or swamped with work

I want to express that there was a lot of work and so I couldn't look into some other things I found the word "swamp" represents this idea well. I could think of using it in two different ...
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middle-aged and middle-age difference in this context?

The headline is: 'The middle-aged sadness behind the cancel culture panic' why midle-aged instead of mifle-age? when to use one or the other?
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Comma between “such as” and direct quotations?

Consider the following sentence: We see claims such as “Money is the root of all evil” [1] and “Women require time and money” [2] spread throughout research-level texts. Here, [1] and [2] are some ...
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Break off or its alternative

Let's assume we have a group of people and they're moving away from each other making the place less and less crowded. Can I say they're breaking off? Or what is the word for this context?
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I found physics quite interesting <to study>

I am wondering if I omit "to study" from the following sentence, will it harm the sentence structure or will it make the sentence incorrect: " I found physics interesting to study &...
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Are these interpretation of same phrase/sentence acceptable?

Imagine you see this headline: 'political hate campaign' could that be used with these meanings: 1 - politicians that use hate in their campaign toawrds some other politicians 2 - people that carry ...
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Does Relative pronoun in relative clause always follows the noun it modifies/referes?

I have studied about relative clauses in many blogs and i noticed in every blog that, the relative pronoun was followed by the noun it modifies, is it thumb rule of relative clause? Or any situations ...
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Alternative meaning to this phrase/setence

imagine to see this headline: 'political Hate Campaign' could that be used with these meanings: 1 - politicians that use hate in their campaign 2 - people that carry out a hate campaing against ...
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how to use significance in a sentence

I just want to know if the following sentence is correct: " The significance of physics can be found in our daily life " Is "in" the appropriate preposition here??? Thank you...
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How to use respectively in my sentence which have or in sentence for two entities

currently I am writing one document in which I need to write sentence like below The food will be served by X or Y person of W or Z catering service respectively. Now here X is belongs from W ...
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Judgement ps5 question

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gjiZ3E67e4U Starting at the 32:48 mark He said: "For a lawyers office, things are slow as shit down there." I’m confusing something in this phrase, he’s not ...
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Present perfect / Past simple

I always face difficulties while selecting the correct tense to express my idea. Which tense should I use in this case? Present simple or past perfect? I write and save an essay in my computer. But, ...
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What makes a clause essential or nonessential?

So I'm currently practicing how to use commas properly and have just come across the following example: Jillian, who had worked in the dress shop all summer, hoped to work there again during the ...
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Why the use of 'ing' in this case?

Context is a headline at NY times: 'Militia fighters in the Afar region of Ethiopia, which is being drawn into the conflict with neighboring Tigray.' why not 'neighbor' instead of 'neighboring'?? As ...
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Responding to a message

Someone shared her first blog entry on a whatsapp group. It was a good moment I am not sure how could I respond to it. Is just writing nice! a good way? What could be other ways to respond? Where ...
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Is the adjective in this phrase in right order?

The name of the building that collapsed in Florida USA: Champlain Towers South, raised a question inside my English learner mind. It feels like a description of noun South. Again in my learner mind ...