Questions tagged [colloquial-language]

for questions about colloquial language. Colloquial language, colloquial dialect, or informal language is a variety of language commonly employed in conversation or other communication in informal situations.

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Come up to the third floor

When telling someone which floor they have to come to do we say: Come up to the third floor. To ask someone which floor I'm supposed to de we say: Which floor is it on?/ Which floor do I come? I ...
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Which combination of words sounds natural?

I wonder which construction / combination is the most natural and colloquial (please mention your area when answering the question) and which is outright unnatural and wrong? There is a store /shop ...
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I was toxic MYSELF

I've tried looking up 'myself' but the only results I get is 'myself or by myself.' But my problem is a bit different. I was talking about a few toxic friends who I used to play video games with and I ...
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Non of these/those marriages lasted very long

I get confused every time I come across this/those like in the follwing: "We all know that he's a self-centered, egotistic, and and opinionated bast*rd. And it's not a secret. Even he knows ...
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What does the word “just” mean in this context?

It was written on a T-shirt: "Do not disturb. Just don't." What does "just" mean here? Does it mean that all I want is that you don't disturb? There is a difference of opinion ...
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“is gonna finish” vs. “is finishing”

I was being in a class. The professor was lecturing. A friend sent me a WhatsApp message What are you doing? I need your help. I replied Is it Urgent? I'm being in a class which is gonna finish in ...
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Is this an order or a suggestion?

So, I have been with a friend shopping. After we bought almost everything, I have seen some shoes and I wanted to suggest him nicely then he can get some this shoes. He answered me rudely that he is ...
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two-fifty will get you on the E train

There's a case in which a woman fell into the water. A key witness is missing. The female officer wants to focus on the case itself, but another male officer wants to focus on finding the missing ...
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Is it common to say “it's not your call”?

I’m pretty sure that the following expression is quite common to have someone else make the decision in everyday speaking. It's your call. Ngram Viewer justifies it. The graph also indicates that ...
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“To be” is used as the infinitive: “He be like…”, “Work be hard”,

I often see, of course, in colloquial contects, that the word "be" is used like "is" or "are" and so on. E.g.: "I be very happy then", "School be like...&...
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Are these all idiomatic phrases regarding turning to a certain age and do they mean the same?

I'll be 18 tomorrow. I'm turning 18 tomorrow. I'll turn 18 tomorrow. I will be turning 18 tomorrow. I'm going to turn 18 tomorrow. Are these all idiomatic phrases regarding turning to a certain age ...
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What do you call a person who cares about personal well-being, hygiene and fitness?

In colloquial English, what a person who cares about personal well-being, hygiene and fitness, is called? if there are words which refer to just one or two aspects please mention them too. (Looking ...
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Is 'haven't a clue' slang? and do people all over the world use it or is it just a British thing, or is it used by a smaller group of people?

Just wondering as I always use it and people often ask me what I'm talking about. So it got me thinking that it might just be a British thing, or maybe even just a thing people from the country ...
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Why do native speakers sometimes call some one 'name + boy'?

I've heard male native speakers call their male friends by their name + boy. For example, a man's name is David, and a male friend of his once said to him 'Hey David boy...' And I've heard another ...
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How do I have students open their books at a specific page by speaking

Imagine I am teaching in a classroom and trying to have students open their books at a specific page. Should I say this or something else? dear students, please turn to page 35 and look at figure ...
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Does “there are” pronounce /ðer/ in spoken American?

An American tutorial teaches reduced speaking, where "there are" sounds like /ðer/, am I hearing correctly? Do Americans speak that way in real life?
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As a student, how do I answer “do you have any questions”?

Consider this conversation in an online classroom Teacher: "do you have any questions in this section?" Student: "No" Is the answer a little bit impolite? How about this one? Student: "No ...
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“follow the tutorial” vs. “follow along the tutorial”

From a tutorial Follow along the tutorial to build an automotive user interface and create a #UI like that of your very own embedded device! Ngram Viewer shows writers only use "follow the ...
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Do native speakers say “you're way too late” in real life?

Google gives About 663,000 results for "you're way too late", some comes from lyrics, some are in a story. Do native speakers say it in real life? Imagine that, it's 8 o'clock AM. My son is still ...
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“thought I'd/wanted to”

A man walks up to a woman at the bar in a bar and they fall into conversation. He squeezes into the conversation that he's a lawyer. The conversation goes on. At some point in the conversation he ...
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“Will see” vs “We'll see”

In Russian, there's a phrase meaning 'We will see in what something will end up'. Literally, that is the form of the Russian verb see put in 2Sg. Is there any colloquial phrase which has the same ...
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Is it colloquial to say “You like to wear Elsa, don't you?”?

Your child likes to wear shorts or Tshirts that have pictures of Elsa on them (see the picture). Is it colloquial to say "You like to wear Elsa, don't you?" or "You are in Elsa now" the same way ...
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“I'm not too sure” colloquial?

I've heard people saying "I'm not too sure" on the internet. I guess it means the same as "I'm not very sure". Is such a usage of the word "too" actually colloquial or could you also use it in a ...
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A sh*t that's not bowel movement

My gf sent me a message "My sister is showing me a sh*t." Is that a correct way to write a sentence that doesn't talk about fecal matter? It stood out as weird to me, but I don't know the official ...
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does the phrase “to get all sad” is used anywhere? If so, can you give me an example?

I am translating a short story from Turkish to English and in one of the places where the emotions are supposed to be really intense I cannot achieve the same meaning, at least I think I don't. In the ...
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Trend in usage “irregardless of” vs "regardless of'

We see in US English a trend towards saying "irregardless of" in place of "regardless of". The trend is discernible on Google Ngram since 1980. Even "educated" writers in US use it. I don't see it at ...
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What a granny is supposed to say to respond to “Thank You”?

A post gives "8 Ways to Respond to Thank You". I didn't find one is appropriate the following situation. Imagine that, a granny prepares a breakfast for her grandson. Grandson: thank you, granny. ...
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“Bop the fizz” - what's the meaning?

What is the meaning of "bop the fizz" in this sentence? What kind of question is it? "hey who wants to go for lunch?" is a different question from "hey could you bop the fizz for Bigclient?" The ...
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The history of the word “gay” [closed]

When did the word "gay" which initially had a meaning "merry" and "happy" gain another connotation which is now thought to be preliminary? As I understand, the word in the main old meaning was an ...
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The difference between Such thing, such a thing, a such thing

Such thing. Such a thing. A such thing. Are all of them grammatically correct? What's the difference between them?
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Relative order of social acceptance of alternate forms of the 'N' word

The word 'nigga' has been around for sometime now in our daily lingo, and from what I understand, it's okay for people of the African American community to use it within, but it's extremely offensive ...
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Someone said to me, “We basically literally did.” What were they trying to express to me?

Someone said to me, "We basically literally did." What were they trying to express to me? Also, can basically and literally be used in the same sentence? My points to my language partner: ...
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Why do so many people say “equals to” in maths?

I hear a significant number of English-second-language speakers, English-first-language children, and less educated English-first-language peers, say x equals to three times sine alpha For example,...
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Simple Past and Present Perfect in the daily basis

I would like to ask some things about differences between Simple Past and Present Perfect (because I only know how to use them in a few cases and I just only know how to use them grammactly correct, ...
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Differences between Going to and Will in Informal and Formal English

In formal English (or written English), I'm super sure that the Be going to and Will rules are "respected". (Correct me if I'm wrong) For example, probably in formal English, they probably use "Going ...
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What does ”libel schmibel” mean?

Libel schmibel. The dead can't sue. What does “libel schmibel” mean? Another word to say it?
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A similar term to “paga fantas”

In my country, we use the informal term "paga fantas" which refers to a man who buys stuff or is willing to get anything for a girl with the intent of seducing her. In some particular cases, a man ...
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Is the following omission of “it was” permissible in colloquial English?

Bringing up the question wasn't as hard as he'd thought. (It was) Definitely easier than the letter he'd have to write later. I tried to find a similar example on Google Books. Unfortunately, ...
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Is it alright to say good afternoon Sirs and Madams in a panel interview?

I will be attending a panel interview (with two men and two women). I don't know their names. I want to be more polite, but I am not sure whether it is alright to say Good afternoon, sirs and ...
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“Blow” in a conversation

Can "Blow" be used by itself to mean "Blow something up all out of proportion?" As in: She was written off as Blowing it (a situation) in an attempt to implicate him. (Made up example)
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A joke about explanation and understanding

I want to translate a short joke into English. The result doesn't sound natural, though I guess the idea is pretty clear. How would you rephrase it to sound more colloquial and natural? Two ...
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“I want to just say…” vs “I just want to say…”

What's the difference? Are they really different, with a nuance, or is it just a matter of preference? Does one point to your level of fluency more than the other? Made up examples. "I just want to ...
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what does mean by “getting kicked in the head”?

the context as blow: Since my mom taught there, I would no longer have to ride the bus with a bunch of rowdy boys and worry about stuff like getting kicked in the head. No kidding ----they actually ...
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What does it “they like me for me” mean?

What does the following mean? They like me for me. I have never seen this expression before.
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Meaning of the word “good” in context

It is from this video. It is at 21 minute. Take a rat. Train it to press a lever ten times, it gets its food. Ten times it gets its food. Ten times it doesn't get its food. Ten times, you are not ...
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“Discover” vs “discovered that.”

I thought that "that" was unnecessary in sentences like: I discovered (that) you can't fake sadness. Google books surprised me though: I discovered you (12,300 hits) I discovered that you (137,...
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“Make excuses” vs “make up excuses.”

Since "make up" means to fabricate something, I thought saying "make up excuses" would be more common than "make excuses." But Google Books showed me the opposite. made up excuses (4,580) made ...
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Colloquial English way of asking question

Having gone to market, my friend was asked question that what are the items which has been bought. If I want to ask in colloquial slang.How can i ask?
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Word for a piece of art which makes you tear up?

Is there a word to call something that makes you cry how good it is to use in a sentence such as This song is a guaranteed [teardropper].
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Do I need to know something except phrasal verbs and collocations to use colloquial English?

What do I really need to know about colloquial English except phrasal verbs and collocations?