Questions tagged [american-english]

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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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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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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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“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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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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How much time does it take to be an English master

How much time does it take to be an English master I mean how to speak English like your native language and how much time does it take???
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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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Is “to ease” the same as “could ease”?

Found this article online and the title is: China-U.S. trade war to ease but conflicts will persist - former finance minister But then the person is quoted of saying "could ease". Are the two ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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's meant by “when can we see the first cut”?

I am a software developer and working on a client project. The project deadlines are coming along fast. I gave the client an update yesterday. The client asked, "When can we see the first cut?" ...
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Get a second wind

I am trying to learn about the phrase “get a second wind”. I have made below two sentences. Is this correct? 1)Once you take a short nap in the afternoon you will surely get a second wind to ...
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Are they correct possessive pronouns or not everyone's and Anybody's?

Are they correct possessive pronouns or not everyone's and Anybody's? I have read that we can use his possessive pronoun for everyone. There are no pronouns like everyone's and Anybody's.
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What is the difference between Enquiry and Inquiry

I was searching for the meaning of Analysis other day. I got some synonyms of Analysisin Google. Among them, enquiry and inquiry are a little bit confusing. When I searched on Google for enquiry I ...
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“British” sounds “brish”, is this a glottal stop or just the presenter's accent?

Americans uses glottal stop in spoken English. It sounds like the video is saying (a video link with a time stamp) British explorer Bear Grylls is best known to TV audiences for Discovery's Man vs....
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Which sentence is the correct one? Please help

It's very rare to find a westerner playing this game. It's very rare to find a westerner play this game. Play or Playing?
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Does “within 24 hours of leaving” mean 24 hour after leaving?

Please help! If someone asks you to call them within 24 hours of leaving a place, does it mean 24 hours after leaving? For example, if you are still at home and call an hour before you leave home, ...
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How to improve English speaking

I am not a native English speaker. I have been preparing for the IELTS exam since last six months. I can write English properly. But I cannot speak English fluently. I make several mistakes while ...
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What can I do to recognize the correct preposition that goes after an adjective?

For example, consider the expression "mad at" and "fine with." That is fine with me. I am mad at you. How can I identify when to use "at" and "with" (or any kind of preposition) followed by ...
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Should I use “be” or “are/is” in that-clauses?

I've problems with this type of structures For example It is important the next test be simple It is important the next test is simple Which one is correct? I've seen that in that-clauses ...
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Meaning of something down the hall

Does the phrase "guest room down the hall" mean a guestroom located at the end of the hall or a guestroom along the hall?
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When cand I use “that is” or “to be”?

I am from Mexico, so English is not my first language. I'd like to know when can I say "that is" or "to be" because in Spanish is the same For instance: I want a room that is big in Spanish: Quiero ...
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correct usage/definition with sentence

He reached up and pressed an inviting looking red button, a sign lit up saying "Please do not press this button again." Would this example be considered a comma splice? Does it not require and then ...
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Correct comma usage in this example?

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/appositive/ When an appositive noun or noun phrase contains an essential element without which a sentence’s meaning would materially alter, do not frame it with commas. ...
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“whose” vs “that its” in English

I'm an English learner and today I faced a question where I was supposed to fill in the missing blank. The question was: The large family _____ house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to ...
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meaning of “bear someone home”

In the book "Native Speaker", there is "This means that you can get drunk, for the sake of building ambience and camaraderie (and for your own taut nerves), but still keep in mind that you haven't ...
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Elliptical structured confusing English

1.She believed to have been killed in somewhere in frontline -->>: For me it should be written in like "She is believed 'who' have been killed in somewhere in frontline" 2. After the peace treaty ...
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Is “serves” a verb or noun in this complex sentence? (“…and serves as a tool for communication…“)

Project scheduling provides a detailed plan that represents how and when the project will deliver the products, services, and results defined in the project scope and serves as a tool for ...
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When teachers introduce the outdated theory(for example:Classical element) to students,should teachers use present tense or past tense to describe it?

Example: 1(a)Classical element comprises the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and Aether. 1(b)Classical element comprised the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and ...
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Is “the + every/each/always + noun” used?

I met this structure at my TOEIC tests, but I couldn't remember the whole sentence. Is this a kind of structure used formally? I've never met this before.
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What is the difference between “to be Ving” and “to V”?

For example, (1)You are too young to be contemplating retirement. (2)You are too young to contemplate retirement.
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What is the difference between “the+singular countable noun” and “zero article+plural countable noun”

What is the difference between "the + singular countable noun" and "zero article + plural countable noun" when we make generalisations about classes of things.
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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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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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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 ...