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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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Is it appropriate to say “Why don't I cook dinner tonight” to respond to “I'm exhausted”

I see the following example in a English lesson. A: I'm exhausted B: Why don't I cook dinner tonight. I am sure that B's response is grammatical. My concern is that, is it a cozy and ...
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Is there a rule or convention to make a name, in particular, name a tip? For example, is “Start with Opposite” a clear name?

There is a video (https://youtu.be/UFuxlnUeGmg) talking about a tip to start a speech or an essay. When you give your opinion, it's a very good idea to start by saying what is good about the ...
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Uptalk with question words such as “What”, “Where”, and “How”

In casual spoken English, is it okay to speak English like sentences in bold below? 01 A: Where you are going? B: To the movies. 02 A: What you talked about with your friends ...
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It, this, that to refer to a situation

When a situation is described using many sentences, can we use "it", "this", and "that" to refer to the whole thing? Down below are just some examples that might help you understand my question. ...
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Maybe it's your friend outside [duplicate]

Somebody is knocking on the door. Which one should I say to my brother: Maybe it's your friend outside? Maybe that's your friend outside?
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How to say to end a topic that I have no idea to say [closed]

Sometimes when I was talking with people, suddenly I have no idea what to say to move on. At this moment, what can I say to end the topic and restart a new one?
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Is it okay to say “I will be right back with you” to a waiting customer?

Lets assume I am a cashier in a convenient store. I am serving a customer who is buying lots of stuffs. I do not want second customer on the line to get bored. I can say "I will be with you in a ...
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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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What to say if someone is blocking your way

If you want to go into a subway entrance, but someone is blocking your way, what should you say?
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About “dark l” sound in daily conversation

Could you please tell me that if you really make the dark l sound in words like “call” “wall” “fall” or “hole” in daily conversation, like you can feel the movement of your tongue, or just do it when ...
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how do I ask “are you Jason?” on the phone?

very simple question but I can't find the answer directly on google search. Is this Jason? Am I talking to Jason? Are you happen to be Jason?
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“Let's talk math/geography…” meaning

I was reading this article (linked below the sentence) when I came across this: First, let’s talk geography. -- Smithsonian Magazine I could get what it means but the grammar behind it is ...
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You can say it again or why not?

I'm confused about this dialog I extract from my exam. A:Honey,let's eat out tonight. What do you think? B:_____________ I don't feel like cooking anyway. A:Perfect. 1.Not again! 2.You can say ...
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How do I politely tell someone to leave a room?

For example, I'm talking to A and B in a meeting room, and then I want to talk with B and don't want A to listen. How do I politely ask A to leave the room?
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Can I reply “I am good” to imply “ no, thanks” when the context is not about eating or drinking?

Today someone offered me to join them for a card game, but I was heading out for something. I turned and said "I am good, thanks" and left them because I was in such a hurry that I had to leave ...
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“Me either” or “Me too” - what's the correct reply?

My friend, she texted me ' I"m just glad no cougar or bear approached you.' And I said ' Yeah, Me either' I mean 'Me too' Is this correct reply..?
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How do I politely ask people to go away so that I can have a private conversation with someone?

Today I was walking with my colleagues to a restaurant, but on the way I met a friend, whom I wanted to have a small chat with. I wanted to ask my colleagues to go away and then I would catch up with ...
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Why “Your father just told me” would not be “Your father told me” without “just”

In Oscar a 1991 American slapstick crime comedy film directed by John Landis, I heard: "Your father just told me". Here answer was: native speaker often omit, here it is "has" Your father has just ...
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Asking for clarification - “in relation to”?

I wonder what would be the right phrase to use, once you encounter someone else's statement, which you can't see what it has to do with the conversation. For example: Jake: I think he will win the ...
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Fear of talking with native English speakers - how to overcome it [closed]

I'm Japanese and I can speak English decently well. When I talk with non native speakers, my grammar is 95% accurate I would say, but when it comes to talking with the native speakers, I don't know ...
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Reply to “I'm going to the dentist”

Would it be appropriate to reply to someone saying "I'm going to the dentist" with "Good Luck"? I think it's slightly odd... What would be a natural reply for that? Thanks in advance. :)
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How do I reply “How about you today?”? [closed]

Every morning at the daily standup, our manager would ask everyone this question. Everyone would reply "I'm fine.", "I'm good." ... Can I reply something difference? For example, today, I got a ...
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I'm fluent in English, but I can't understand names of people and places

Ok, this is a tough one to put into words, so bear with me for a moment please. It is actually the first time I'm writing this down, and it is very difficult to explain. Long story short, I've been ...
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Is there a more well-fit work than “wide” and “concrete” in this context?

When I receive a call from a recruiter or such (e.g. a seller etc.) they usually start by presenting themselves and thereafter glide into asking me questions. I've concluded that those can be split up ...
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Please explain why “would” is used in the following sentences? [closed]

Please explain why "would" is used in the following sentences (it's shown in its contracted form). Situation 1. A: We have a special course that focuses on healthy food. B: I don't think I'd ...
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“when I’m 100% confirm what to study” or “when I'm 100% confirmed what to study”

I’ll tell you when I’m 100% confirm what to study Or: I’ll tell you when I'm 100% confirmed what to study Which one is correct?
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What does “you took long mate” means? [closed]

In SMS messages: You took long mate Abit too much What does “you took long mate” “abit too much” mean?
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When we want to add an example just to be clearer, what kinds of sentences should we use?

This is the original text: Each cardiac muscle fiber contains a single nucleus and is striated, or striped, because it appears to have light and dark bands when seen through a microscope. Suppose, ...
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Usage of “Trying” in a sentence to declare an attempt + will

I was going to move to a new house and I told my colleague that "during the weekend, I was trying to move to my new place", he responded by saying "trying? So are you moving or not?". Both of us are ...
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I have never been here or I have never been there, which is more natural?

A friend of mine invited me to visit her. She was afraid that I would get lost, so she said she would be waiting for me at the bus station. When we finally met at the bus station, I said, "Sorry ...
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How to ask for an item that is behind the shop window?

You are just passing by a shop and an item catches your eye. You want to ask the shopkeeper about that item. What do you say? is "in the window" an appropriate phrase for that? Could you show me ...
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How to answer when someone ask to choose a day?

Example: question: Can you send me options [......]? Should I answer: Date [xx] - Monday or Wednesday at xx works for me. Would that work for you? Is this a nice way to answer and is it formal?
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Do native speakers say 'get on' instead of 'continue'?

Today I was talking about something important with our manager, but then another guy came and interrupted our conversation. As soon as that guy finished talking and went away, I said 'Let's continue' ...
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Why do native speakers say 'Come on in' rather than 'Come in'?

Today I passed by a restaurant and got attracted to its menu sticking on the window, so I stopped and had a look at it. Then a staff standing at the gate said to me,'We have nice food. Come on in!' I ...
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How to say that some amount of money equals the demanded amount?

My question relates to this: How to say "pay exact amount of money" Now my question is from the payers point of view, not the payee. During my latest trip I literally said to the the ...
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How to tell “that I am not against/countering your opinion” politely? [closed]

The one situation that happens most of the time, when I converse with my Boss was that When he misunderstands some point and talks from that view and if I want to correct him, He mistakes me that I am ...
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Can I use V and W sound interchangeably sometimes?

I understand the difference between v and w, but when speaking I have difficulty in using the proper v and w sound. And I don’t see any significant differences when I mix v and w sound in speaking. ...
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Different ways to ask somebody to wait

Are there differences in meaning (and possibly context) of the following three ways to ask somebody to wait? Or is one of these options even ungrammatical? 1 I'm going to ... I'm just going to ...
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What to say when running into someone?

Well, I am an Asian who study English as a second language. My question arose because I wanted to translate from my own language. Suppose that I am pondering while walking on the street that I want to ...
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“Wow, I've never seen such a nice cell phone, Mary”. Is it naturally for Mary to say: “I agree with you”?

This question is based on the exercise in my English textbook: Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the most suitable response to complete each of the following exchanges. ...
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Does this conversation sound natural?

1) A: We went fishing at a pond last night. B: oh have you? I tried it before. I think 'have you' doesn't sound correct because the former sentence is told in the past tense. But I'd like to ...
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Simply using past participle. Is it right?

I was having a conversation with one of my friends. And then he started talking about someone I didn't want to talk about. So I said, "Forget him". He replied, "Forgotten". Huh? Like really what does ...
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Few perfume questions

Imagine a following situation. Mike and Natalie share same preferences in perfume. They both like sweet, clean and soft aroma/scent. Two other people - Kate and Jane - are talking about ...
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Do word contractions and brief sentences make for a more conversational speech? [closed]

I'm currently studying what makes a sentence sound/ read conversational to native English speakers. Do word contractions and brief sentences make them so? Please consider the dialogues below. Are both ...
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Saying “You'll feel me on this”

So, recently, I saw someone commenting, "You'll feel me on this" on a certain post. Since I'm not really familiar with phrases that are more informal (even regarded as slang) in English, I wanted to ...
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How do I invite a friend “on my expense”?

I ask my friend to come over to my place and I want him to eat pizza on my expense. Is it correct to say like this: Come over to my place bro! I will eat you a pizza. or Come over to my home ...
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Speak with you later

As far as I know, it is not common. However, I heard saying "speak with you later" instead of "talk to you later or bye" sounds rather formal and suits business conversations? Is it correct?
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better word for “feed him”

What would be a good substitute word for the term "feed him"? Suppose you have a new employee in your office who happens to be from your own village (or the place you grew up in). Your another ...
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What to say when somebody says “silly me”

I wonder if there is casual reaction when somebody says "silly me"? For example somebody forgets his phone on a table when he left a office room and realized soon he did not take his phone with him. ...