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The difference between sound and voice

I am confused about the noun meaning between "sound" and "voice because I want to express the meaning "i like your sound/your voice/the sound of your voice." I search the ...
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If we can say "roomy jackets", can we say "a roomy shirt"?

collinsdictionary.com: If you describe a piece of clothing as roomy, you mean that you like it because it is large and fits loosely: roomy jackets On hinative.com two American English speakers said &...
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Difference between "reliable witness / source / data / information" and "dependable witness / source / data / information"

"Reliable" on britannica.com has two meanings: able to be trusted to do or provide what is needed; able to be depended on: ... able to be believed; likely to be true or correct: (1a) a ...
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1) Can "solid" mean "considerable/substantial"?— "solid money/success/age"— 2) Can "solid" mean "imposing/important-looking"?— "solid appearance/man" [closed]

I looked up the word "solid" but I still have some questions about it. (all sentences below are mine) Can the word "solid" be used in the meaning of "considerable, ...
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What words of endearment may I use for describing a misbehaving child?

I speak to my little son in English. In my native language we have got many words of endearment which mean a child who misbehaves in a playful way. I am interested what words/phrases native speakers ...
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Is the definition of "include" incomplete in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary?

This is a definition of include in the Oxford Dictionary: to make sb/sth part of sth These are all the definitions of include in Webster's Dictionary: to take in or comprise as a part of a whole or ...
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What should be the straightforward definition of" with" in the sentence " I talked about the problem with my tutor."?

I talked about the problem with my tutor. I think it could mean "involving somebody as a participant".Am I correct?I want suggestions.Thanks
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What's is the meaning of "to" in this context—"Trace to"? [closed]

Hev was traced "to" an address in Tacoma. I could not find any relevant definition for this.
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Interpretation for the dictionary definition of —"ride"?

n. (countable) 15. a means of being taken by a motor vehicle: My ride's here. Source How I should understand above definition of "ride"?(especially the usage of "being" in the ...
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What's the meaning of "logical" in the definition of reasoning?

Reasoning such as: What is the reasoning behind this decision?, and This line of reasoning is faulty. is defined on OALD as: the process of thinking about things in a logical way; opinions and ...
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Meaning of a sentence about law

I wanted to know what the last sentence of this paragraph means, what does " know it to be " refer to ? a person “is not obliged to retreat from his dwelling or place of work, unless he was ...
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"Always acknowledge your sources at the end of an essay." — What does it mean?

Cambridge Dictionary explains that there are two meanings of "acknowledge" and gives an example (below). the first meaning of "acknowledge": to accept, admit, or recognize ...
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Exact meaning of "abduct'

I was reading this Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_abductions_in_the_Russian_invasion_of_Ukraine and noticed that the word abduct/abduction is used often in the text. After reading ...
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Definition of "to take a chance on"-longman dictionary [closed]

He was taking a chance on a relatively new young actor.(Example) Definition of "to take a chance on"given by longman dictionary:- to do something that involves risks I think this definition ...
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Usage of "to take a chance(on something)"

The definition of to take a chance(on something) according OALD:- "to decide to do something, knowing that it might be the wrong choice" Example given- We took a chance on the weather and ...
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What "risk" implies in the context? [closed]

Definition of risk according to Cambridge :— to do something although there is a chance of a bad result He risked losing his house when his company went bankrupt. How I can adjust the definition ...
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What's the meaning of "constituency" here?

The term aspect applies to a system where the basic meanings have to do with the internal temporal constituency of the situation. (The Cambridge Grammar of the English language) I can guess the ...
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Definition of countdown

1 n-sing A countdown is the counting aloud of numbers in reverse order before something happens, especially before a spacecraft is launched. also no det The countdown has begun for the launch ...
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Is the use of the verb "match" correct at the following example sentence?

One of the definitions of the verb match at cambridg.dictionary is as follow: to choose someone or something that is suitable for a particular person, activity, or purpose: In the first exercise you ...
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Correct meaning and usage of "ignorant"

I saw the question about this word, but it is more like an example of how not to use this word. From definitions I found on google, it looks like this word is used to describe someone who is not ...
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What is the difference between fight off and fight back? [closed]

Is there a clear distinction between these two phrases? are there any cases they can be used interchangeably? |Thanks.
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Does "credit" in "My phone's run out of credit" refer to an amount of money or just the right?

In the dictionary Credit 1-[uncountable] money that you have in your bank account; if you or your bank account are in credit, there is money in the account You have a credit balance of £250. My ...
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Say Someone and Tell to Someone - Grammatical Explanation

My friend often makes grammatical mistakes by adding "to" when it's not appropriate (Tell to him, ask to him...) or removing "to" when it should be included (I said him - meaning I ...
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How can I describe this kind of prostration?

To prostrate, as Collins dictionary says, means: "If you prostrate yourself, you lie down flat on the ground, on your front, usually to show respect for God or a person in authority" On the ...
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How should I interpret the phrase "f is applied to x" in function f(x) in math?

How should I interpret the phrase "f is applied to x" in function f(x) in math? I found the expression: f (x) (i.e. f applied to x) inside the math book. I only have the 3 definitions of &...
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"The meeting" denotes people or an event?

In the following sentence, does "the meeting" refer to an event or the people participating in the event? The meeting broke up at eleven o'clock. The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary ...
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"Don't break character" meaning

I wanted to know the meaning of this phrase in the music of “be still” from “killers”: “ Don't break character
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What could be the reason I can't understand these definitions?

This is a definition from macmillan dictionary for the word "broadside" "broadside" with the side facing towards something example-sentence: His van hit the car broadside. If I ...
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Verb *be* followed by nominative or accusative case of the pronoun

It is I who need your help. It is me that needs your help. Source Practical English Usage In the first example, the verb be is followed by a nominative case of the personal pronoun and the relative ...
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Which one is more negative connotation?

I didn't like smirk on jester's face. Or I didn't like grin on jester's face. Smirk means to smile in a way that annoys, and grin means to smile widely that all teeth are shown in an amusing way. ...
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Meaning of "run" in "run you around 700 dollars!"

I was watching a YouTube clip (the AVGN 3DO episode) and heard this usage of "run". The complete copy can run you around 700 dollars today! There should be a definition of "run" ...
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Which option best defines cause and effect? [closed]

Which one is a correct definition for cause and effect and fills the gap correctly? ______ tell the reader there might be cause and effect occurring. A. Signal words/connectors... OR B. Events or ...
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cynical/cynicism

I've often found the word "cynical" or "cynicism" hard to understand when it is used in a sentence. More often than not, the meaning given in an English-English dictionary just ...
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What does "humbling words" mean?

A colleague of mine wrote: Thank you for the kind and humbling words. I know what's "humble" and what's "to humble someone". I understand here positive intention, but how do you ...
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Why use the plural form of feeling?

But I always managed to forget my guilty feelings every time we sat down to plan our next month's adventure. And I haven't changed... A particular type of feeling is always used with "a singular ...
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What on earth is the "Head On Live Television"

This article has a headline, A Man Who Threatened To Shoot Nancy Pelosi In The Head On Live TV Has Pleaded Guilty Googling or googling on Yahoo image shows no concrete hint what exactly it is. I ...
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Can action and quality mean the same?

Action (verb) is not quality (adjective). But why is the definition of adjective “broken” verb “violently separated into parts”? Isn’t it proper to say adjective “broken” means “in a state of being ...
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Meaning of "of" in "the X 'of' Y"

engagement: the act of engaging : the state of being engaged redness: the quality or state of being red or red-hot negotiation: the action or process of negotiating or being negotiated I’ve always ...
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Words with a negative definition

In my secret Asian language, it’s acceptable saying for example “very not comfortable” for “very uncomfortable” which is unacceptable in English. What I wonder about is why for example “very ...
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Why does the difference happen between the dictionary and the usage?

high adjective (ABOVE AVERAGE) B1 greater than the usual level or amount: According to the dictionary, high water should mean lots of water, but why is it wrong in usage? But high-tar means lots of ...
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Conjunction "either ": no paraphrase with "any"

When either is used as a conjunction, no paraphrase with any is available, and so either is unexceptionable even when it applies to more than two clauses: Either the union will make a counter-offer or ...
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penalized his drug possession

Is the following use of "penalize" natural? The court penalized his drug possession. Could you find its definition in a non-leanrer's dictionary?
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meaning of "help"

The Cambridge Dictionary has the following definition of "help": to do something for someone And the example sentence: Dad always helps me with my homework. I'm wondering this sentence ...
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She did nothing except that she complained

BUT (conjunction) except: She did nothing but complain (= She did nothing except that she complained). https://www.wordreference.com/definition/but Is the paraphrase given adequate in modern English?
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He works in like manner with a beaver

LIKE (prep.) in like manner with: He works like a beaver. https://www.wordreference.com/definition/like Is then He works in like manner with a beaver grammatical ?
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THEN: since that is so; therefore

in that case; in those circumstances: If you want to quit, then do so. If you're sick, then you should stay in bed. If traffic is heavy, then allow extra time. since that is so; therefore: If the car ...
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definition of "no less a person than"

The Collins Dictionary has the following definition for "no less a person than": a person of no lower importance, rank, etc. than I'm wondering if it's an accurate definition. It makes the ...
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What's the meaning of the word 'wordstruck?'

I found this term reading a novel, Presumed Innocent: “We’ve made some decisions here,” Raymond says. He turns to Della Guardia. Silence. Delay, in his first assignment as P.A., is wordstruck. “Well, ...
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What kind of verb is "is" in this sentence?

She is crying for help. What kind of verb is the verb "is" in this sentence? Whether it is finite or helping verb or both?
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Can the dictionary definition have two different modifiers?

The following excerpt is the definition of ‘no’ no not any But, here’s a problem. Can ‘not’ modify determiner ‘any’? If not, does ‘any’ modify a noun, and ‘not’ modify a verb (that is, there are two ...
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