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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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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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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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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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Is it possible to pronounce jury as /dʒɜːri/?

sometimes I hear Americans pronounce jury as ''/dʒɜːri/''. Is that right? Is it regional or generally they say this way?
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Pronunciation of the second /k/ in “excuse”?

The "p" in "application" is unaspirated and the "p" in "apply" is aspirated since it is the first letter in the stressed syllable, am I right? When an unvoiced stop is the first letter of a stressed ...
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Which group are you in/on? (AmE usage)

I know that it's usually "on team" in AmE. So is it the same with "group". Like if I have to ask someone about his/her group: I: Which group are you in/on? Person: I'm not in/on any group. So ...
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Understanding “ear-first” and “crowded room”

what does "enter crowded rooms" and "ear-first" mean in this sentence from the passage: The paper’s eyes were big and round, whereas mine disappear altogether if I smile, and my nose is more ...
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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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Are you ready for Sports Day?

I wonder why the book wrote: Are you ready for Sports Day? (=the Sports Day) Why there is no article 'the' preceding the word Sports since it is a Proper Noun?
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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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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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How to write : someone who don't or doesn't?

Please help me to understand. My full sentence is "... as someone who don't/ doesn't only love his...". I have already tried them both and both sounds right.
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“public transport” vs. “public transportation”

Buses are the main form of public transportation Buses are the main form of public transport Which one is correct?
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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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To + (verb) as infinitive/gerund

I have a question on preposition ‘to’. When we use verb after ‘to’ we use either infinitives or verb in ing format but my question is: will the word ‘to’ be a preposition in both the case? also, ...
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Past participle usage in below sentences / passives

I hope all the below form of sentences give ‘Passive’ meanings, am I correct? 1) be + verb3 [i.e. past participle] be prepared. 2) being + verb3 being processed (but in continuous form). 3) ...
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Usage of “that only X can"

Is this sentence correct? Who said that only girls can believe in fairies? Specifically, do you think that the use of "that, only, can" make the sentence a little bit weird? Or is it fine?
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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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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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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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Is it okay when I say “My friends and I are a students”?

Is it okay when I say: "My friends and I are a students in the university" OR it should be: "My friends and I are students in the university" without the a?
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An other way to say hot question?

Well, I'm curious to know how to say a hot question in other ways. By means of hot I want to say important evolving question... Secondly, I used word "useful" "fruitful", I want synonyms for it. ...
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Vowel length when a tapped American t is used

As we know, in pairs like bet/bed, coat/code the vowel is longer if it’s before a voiced consonant. Is this property preserved with tapped pairs like betting/bedding, coating/coding, or they are ...
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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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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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“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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“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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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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'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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“Cause unwholesome inspiration and impact on viewers”

So I have this sentence, and I don't know if you can say "cause" or if I should replace it with another word. Thank you, thegirlinneedofhelp
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Waiting your comments how to use with verb on below sentence

Q. I ____ john and Liz after school tomorrow. A. am meet B. am meeting C. met Q2. My sister ____ john and Liz after school tomorrow. A. Is meet B. Is meeting C. met ...
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“Fine and you” vs “Fine how about you?”

It always sounds weird to me when I hear people say "I'm fine AND you" when I ask how they're doing. It doesn't sound natural to me, and it isn't something I hear in the US every day. I hear it ...
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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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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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Comparison by 'as'

If I have two questions and both of them can be solved by the same concept then if I want to say that 'the explanation of second sentence is same as first sentence'. Is it correct, can I say this? ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Which is grammatically appropriate: what you brought me or what you brought for me?

In informal US English, is the "for" optional in a sentence like this: I want to know what you brought (for) me. Is it written like this, instead: I want to know what you brought me.
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average Joe vs. ordinary Joe vs. everyday normal guy vs. regular guy

I'd like to write something like the following sentence. Original sentence: Like a regular guy, you don't like picking up your dirty socks. Or maybe this sentence is not a wise word choice because a ...
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Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause?

Is it an adverb clause, a relative clause or a noun clause? "To get to New Zealand the fastest way" The whole sentence is... To get to New Zealand the fastest way, you will have to fly from ...
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Any time and Any day in english

1) Can we use ‘any time’ instead of ‘any day’ in the below example? "Have you seen this any day before?" Can you please tell me what the difference is between ‘any time’ and ‘any day’? 2) Answer ...
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What is the appropriate word for these? -> one day, one month, one year and so on

I want to know the most appropriate word for these. one day two days three days one month two months three months one year two years three years The context where these appears is that they are ...
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'Have' or 'Has' with groups

Edit: This might be a duplicate, but I could not find a similar sentence (like mine) in any of the other questions. I have seen many questions on this topic on SE and forums. But I came across this ...
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An “s” at the end of “toward”, “inward”, “forward”, “backward”, “outward”, “upward”, “downward”

I hunger to know whether it's true that an "s" at the end of such adverb as "inward", "forward", "backward", "outward", "upward", "downward", and "toward" (as a preposition only) is a choice of ...
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Restrictive or Non-Restrictive Use of Which?

Religion is a personal or institutionalized set of attitudes, beliefs and practices, which may include a system of prayers and religious laws. In the preceding sentence, is 'which' restrictive or ...
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How do I ask how well someone has reviewed for the midterm?

I was asking one of my classmates this question before the midterm. What I said is How's the review for the midterm? Is it how Americans phrase the sentence?