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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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Using “of” or “out of” big confusion

I'm really confused which one to use? 1- Don't make a big deal out of it 2- Don't make a big deal of it The second part : are the following sentence makes sense in terms of meaning and using the ...
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Idiomatic context check!

I have 2 cases with 2 options each.I want to know which option is idiomatic to go for ??? Case 1: 1-I am talking about whatever left on the list. 2-I am talking about whatever is left on the list. ...
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Using (at/in/on) prepositions

I'm confused about using prepositions in the following sentences: 1-You can't flirt someone at/on the first call. 2-He is number one at/in that major. 3-He is number one at/in making pancakes. 4-When ...
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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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Context check (using adv in a context)

Is the following phrase is ok to be used : I have been doing this for five years (consistently /successively)
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the alternatives for “I was going to ask you”?

What are the alternatives (but not too formal or unnecessary polite) to "I was going to ask you" phrase to start conversation with the question?
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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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“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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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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What's the meaning of "it's kind/nice of you?

My teacher had told me that "it's kind/nice of you" is an expression of praising but I have heard this phrase from others as an expression of thankfulness.Which one is correct?
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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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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 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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“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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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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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 ...