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"I hope not" vs "I don't hope so"

'Is that woman American?' 'I think so. / I don't think so.' 'Do you think it's going to rain?' 'I hope so. / I hope not.' (not 'I don't hope so'). We can say "I don't think so"; but why ...
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How to describe to carry / move a kid

I wonder how a native would ask if someone could e.g. lift a baby out of a chair. First, I had the followings in mind (probably influenced by my own native language which is German): Could you get ...
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Can you say "I had a several email conversations with her?"

I am trying to say I had talked to her through email several times. Which is the correct way of saying it? "I had several email conversations with her" or "conversation"? "I ...
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what does "hitting the hour mark" mean?

what does "hitting the hour mark" mean in this conversation? a: How late is he? b: Hitting the hour mark. Hope there's nothing wrong.
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Is it correct to say "Neither in mine"?

Two teachers are having conversation after visiting two different classrooms for lecture. They are saying that no student was there in their class (lecture)(I.e., No student attended their class). The ...
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Is it correct to introduce myself on the phone by saying "I'm ..."

It's common that I always hear people on the phone would say Hello, This is Alex, is that Brenda? I wonder whether when I substitute "This is" with "I am" is correct. Also ...
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Response to "Do you want to go to the cinema this weekend?"

My brother showed me this question from his English language test: Tom: Do you want to go to the cinema this weekend? Marry: (A) Yes, please. (B) OK, who are you going with? Both (A) and (B) sound ...
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Looking for an idiom meaning "you haven't changed"

Is there any idiom that means "you have not changed" that you could use in a conversation when you catch up with an old friend? Thank you.
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What are the differences between yes, yep, yup and yeah? [duplicate]

What are the differences between yes, yep, yup and yeah? When is it appropriate to use yes, yep, yup and yeah?
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When nobody's on the counter in a shop, how do I say?

Would it be okay to say like below to a clerk near the counter? I would like to check out And if a cashier is on the counter but is doing something else, can I ask shortly like below? Are you open? ...
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How to say something new that has been known by someone at that exact time?

I think, the title unfolds my question. By the way, suppose I have a bag of apples and my friend says that he wants some. I have some sentences I have made to show and regarding to my question, I ...
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Is it correct to say "What're you thinking about?"

My question is in the title above. I'm asking in informal way, I mean, can I use that in my daily conversation? This problem arose from learning languages app. The app said the correct answer is What ...
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American equivalent of "no worries"?

From my understanding, "no worries" is one way to reply a polite apology. For example, it's something I can say when someone tells me that he or she would be late because of something ...
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Natural ways to mean someone is stalling another

Example: If a woman is asked to get married and tries to get time to answer because she feels insecure but doesn't want to say it. I could tell she's stalling the man. But if I wanted to sound more ...
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(Come from/came from) + a country

When someone asks me, 'What country do you come from?' What should I answer? Suppose my country is India, is it 'I come from India' or 'I came from India'? If the answer is it depends on the context, ...
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Is it OK to say "Thanks all the same" in this scenario?

Someone sent a message to me unexpectedly and I replied with a question mark, then he told me that he just made a mistake by selecting the wrong recipient. I read the message and found that it is very ...
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How to politely end a phone call? [closed]

Sometimes when someone calls you، you need to end the call because there are no further things to talk about. As you have not initiated the call you expect the other party to end it. But sometimes ...
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How to ask someone for a picture taken with you?

Say, I meet a famous person and want to have a picture with them, what is the proper way to ask? Here's some of my own proposals: Could I take a picture of us? Could I take a picture with you? Are ...
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There's no proof of what {you're saying/you said/you say} - which tense is correct?

What tense should I use in this case? Let's say that John and Paul are having a conversation. John claims to know something. Paul doesn't believe him. Which of the following answers is the most ...
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Is "Should I...?" appropriate here?

Joseph puts a gun to the man's head, and looks to Angelo. Joseph: Should I shoot him? Joseph is basically asking: Do you want me to kill him? - Is that conveyed through "Should I shoot him?"...
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"left everything to" or "left everything on"? [closed]

Wich of the two sentence is the right one? why? a) He never tried to mend things on his own and left everything to her b) He never tried to mend things on his own and left everything on her
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respond to "I hope I'm successful!"

One of my friends who has applied to a university told me "I hope I'm successful!". How can I respond to that? Is it correct to say "I'm sure you will be fine"? Any better ...
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Does "right upstairs" mean "on the floor directly above"?

Background This line from Monk: Mr. Monk Makes a Friend (2007) motivates this question. Adrian Monk says this just outside his home to a friend of his. Come on, I live right upstairs. Just from this,...
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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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Asking 'why are you asking this to me?'

Someone asks me a question in very formal conversation. And I want to know why he/she is asking me this question. Basically, I want to know the reason and purpose behind this question. How can I ask ...
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Using "will" vs "would" to express (desire/willingness) in the present

If I'm in the present time and I'm trying to open the door using the key that doesn't want to go inside the lock. Should I say: 1- The key wouldn't go in. 2- They key won't go in.
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Can we congratulate someone on a birthday or a new year?

What verb should I use instead of an ellipsis? Suppose I said "Happy birthday" to John. Then, I decided to tell my friend that I ... John with/on his birthday. The point is I want to ...
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"I haven't heard" or "I didn't hear" while asking to repeat something

I wonder how I should reply if someone said something to me, and I haven't made out some words. I fluctuate between these two options: I'm sorry. I haven't heard what you've just said. I'm sorry. I ...
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Using "opened up " as adjective

I heard the following in a movie "I want you to open up a little bit" Can I say instead "I want you to be opened up "
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Is "it's been" correct here?

A: Rough day? B: No, it's been fine. A: OK. B: You? A: Fine. It's just been long. 1) This conversation is close to midnight, so the day is almost over. In that case is "it's been" natural? 2) ...
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What do you say at the end of an E-Meetings? [closed]

Let's say, in our office, we used to take calls/meetings through Zoom & Webex. Usually, people say "Thank you. Thanks", at the end of the meeting. What else can we say in a polite and formal way? ...
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Can I not use the pronoun "I"?

Is it possible not to use the pronoun "I" when it occurs very often? For example, there are sentences: I will have breakfast now. Then I will go for a walk. Then I will go to sleep. Is it possible ...
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Using present perfect confusion

Scenario 1: I just met my friend and he asked me to play soccer at night and I just told him, "I haven't played soccer in a long time." Scenario 2: We just started to play and I couldn't pass ...
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If I say "Well you have yourself a good bank Holiday" and they reply "Yeah" and don't turn round. Are they rude?

If I say "Well you have yourself a good bank Holiday" and they reply "Yeah" and don't turn round. Are they being rude? A co-worker had their back to me. I said this as a way to say Bye. They ...
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Will you greet your close friend 'Hi there'?

I thought 'Hi there' was only used to greet people who you didn't know their names, such as you write a complaint letter to customer service. So I feel a little bit awkward when I received messages ...
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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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Can we use the modal verb "could" to give permission?

Can we use the modal verb "could" to give permission? For example: Mr A: Could I take your car? Mr B: Yes you could.
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Using "get over with it" Vs "get it over with"

Dialog : X:Don't you want to settle this issue? Y: Definitelt, (1) or (2) 1.I just want to get it over with. 2.I just want to get over with it. Should I go with (1) or (2) and why??because I'm ...
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What does "why why" mean?

Excerpt from a conversation: A: I have two oak trees in my backyard. B: Why why I have two oak trees in my backyard too! What is the meaning of the double "why"? It doesn't look like it's being used ...
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Is saying "is this (name)'s phone?" rude in business conversation?

Is the following sentence rude in business conversation? Is this (name)'s phone? I want to ask if the speaker is the person who I'm looking for.
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On top vs on the top vs at the top

Which preposition to use to describe the following: 1-Countries which are weak will become on top . 2-Countries which are weak will become on the top. 3- Counntries which are weak will become at ...
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What sentences are applicable? [closed]

Which of the following is ok and sounds kind of natural ?? 1- It has a quality higher than usual. 2- It has a higher quality than usual. 3- It has a quality higher than usual. 4- It has a higher ...
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Context confusion (adjectives & tenses)

Are the following sentences grammatically right and applicable ?? 1- The country didn't take procedures as firm as it is in other countries. 2- The country didn't take procedures as firm as it has ...
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Using conjunctions trouble

Which paragraph sounds sort of a native one and is grammatically right ??? Note : I put the Sentences needed to be checked between brackets. 1-It is true that we can't go out and we can't travel ...
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Paraphrasing and Deleting redundants confusion

I came cross the following text in the cambridge online dictionary. ( Used to refer to something that is of higher than usual quality) I did some paraphrase and deleted what I thought it was ...
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Using adjectives confusion

I just read the following number 1 sentence in newspaper, but I think that it should have been written either like number 2 or 3. Can any one please explain to me why they wrote it that way???? 1- ...
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Which sentences are ok to use?

Which of the following makes sense to use : 1- I feel fatigue. 2- I feel fatigued. 3- I perceive fatigue in your voice. 4- I sense fatigue in your voice.
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Using the past perfect in a context

Is the following make sense from the context side and the grammatical one. ?? She was the prime minister : 1- she had held this post and she had remained in it for 10 years. 2- she had been in ...
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What does " under what name" mean in this context?

I was in a foreign country wanting to head to the airport, so I called the taxi company using the hostel's phone and asked them if they could send a taxi.The lady who answered the phone asked for my ...
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How to narrate a story or a situation?

When I want to narrate or tell someone about a conversation that I or some people were involved in, it seems wrong to me to represent the participants with, for instance, Sam said...blah blah blah ...
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