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"it don't" vs "it doesn't" [duplicate]

Quote from Huey Lewis & The News – Hip to Be Square Lyrics | Genius Lyrics: It's not too hard to figure out, you see it every day And those that were the farthest out have gone the other way You ...
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What is the difference between "first thing" and "first things first"?

In Russian "first thing" and "first things first" are translated almost identically, so I can not understand when use one or another. For example you can say "We'll talk about ...
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"smooth like butter in daily life" is right? [closed]

I want to express melting naturally or smoothly like butter in everyday life. How do you like it? Can I write "smooth life butter in daily"?
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Is there any difference between "see what happens" and "see what's going to happen"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between see what happens and see what's going to happen? For example: I can't say which boxer and how will win. Let's just wait and see what happens. I ...
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When do we say "he talked down to her" and "he put her down"?

talk down to somebody ​to speak to somebody as if they were less important or intelligent than you put somebody down (informal) to make somebody look or feel stupid, especially in front of other ...
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Is "vernacular" or "jargon" suitable to describe the special words that a particular group of people use in their industry?

I'm listening to a podcast about American truckers' life. The first episode introduces the names that truckers use to call the different trucks. For example: "reefer trucks": refrigerator ...
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What's the difference between 'generic' and 'common'?

The two words both have the meaning that something is of the ordinary kind and not special. There are 2 examples (from Collins dictionary) following: ...generic California apartments, the kind that ...
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"(Deal / Grapple) with something" VS "(Tackle / address) something"

Deal with something: to take action in order to achieve something or in order to solve a problem. Grapple with something: to try to deal with or understand a difficult problem or subject. Tackle ...
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Difference between two phrases for rain [closed]

What is the difference between these two phrases: in cascades and in bucketloads If I use these phrases in sentences as: The rain descended in cascades. The rain descended in bucketloads. Which phrase ...
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Difference among "Technical development", "technology development" and "technological development"

I think these phrases are correct(correct me if I'm wrong). So, Are any differences among the phrases technical development, technology development and technological development?
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Difference between sort of agree and half agree

I would like to know if there is any difference between "I half agree " and "I sort of agree". I have searched Internet and find the meaning of "sort of" meaning " ...
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Is it correct to say the wine is have drunk or the wine is half drank [closed]

Is it correct to say, "The wine is have drunk" or "The wine is half drank?"
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Past Continuous or Past Perfect Continuous? What is wrong with my logic?

My Exercise: Fill in the gaps by putting the verbs in the correct tenses Harry looked great. He ______ (wear) his new suit. Key: Past Continuous - was wearing My Question I think "Past ...
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Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct on sounds natural?

I've been remembering this picture for as long I've been remembering myself. I've been remembering this picture since I've been remembering myself. Which sentence is right? I think they have the same ...
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Be staying or to stay what is the difference in meaning

I'm going to be staying. I 'm going to stay. Is there a difference in the meaning? May the first one indicate that it won't be for a long time?
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‘Type of protected area’ or ‘protected area type’

I came to this sentence that says: The designation of other types of protected area may limit activities such as oil drilling I was wondering if ‘protected area types’ may work instead of ‘types of ...
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Is there any difference between "next time" and "next time around"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between next time and next time around? For example: If you pay for the dinner this time, next time/next time around it's on me.
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Difference between "Simultaneously", "Concurrently", and "At the same time"

According to Lexico, the word simultaneously means "At the same time". And the word concurrently means "Existing, happening, or done at the same time". And the word (phrase?) at ...
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Are "nor" and "or" both grammatically correct in the following sentences?

Since there's no warning nor error thrown, I assume it's valid AHK code? Since there's no warning or error thrown, I assume it's valid AHK code? Which one is grammatically correct or both are ...
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difference between 'there is not a' and 'there is not any' constructions in the following sentences

A grammar book I am reading says in some cases 'no' = 'not a' or 'not any', and gives the following two examples: (1) We had to walk home because there was no bus. (= there wasn't a bus) (2) There ...
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The usage between "etc." and "and so on"

Are there any difference between” etc.” and “and so on”? What cases I shouldn't use “etc.” or “and so on”?
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Are 'everyone' and 'every one' are interchangeable when I use them to refer to people?

When I use 'everyone' or 'every one' to refer to people, are they interchangeable? For example, here are some sentences: As soon as everyone had arrived, we began the meeting. She's very popular. ...
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Difference between "I gotta go" and "I have to go" [closed]

Regardless the grammar, don't you use "I gotta go" when you need to leave NOW whereas "I have to go" can include the sometime in the future?
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In the last year vs. last year

What's the difference between "in the last year" and "last year" in the following? In the last year, barriers have come tumbling down. Last year, barriers came tumbling down.
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This user prefers to keep an air of mystery about "them"? [duplicate]

Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. Since "this user" is singular and "them" is plural, is using "them" as the pronoun correct here?
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"Before God...." versus "In the presence of God..."

I am writing my wedding vow. For brevity I am considering replacing "XX, in the presence of God, our family and our friends I take you to be my wife..." with "XX, before God, our family ...
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"Sanitize" Vs "Disinfect"

I was wondering if there is any significant difference between: Sanitizing: to make something completely clean and free from bacteria. and Disinfecting: to clean something using chemicals that kill ...
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Can 'on the outside' be replaced by just 'outside'?

I understand that the phrase on the outside is commonly used. However, I wonder if I can leave out on the. Here's a sentence I took from this He may be cheerful on the outside, but that’s not how he ...
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Stuart (came-reached-arrived-turned )second in the swimming competition

What is the correct choice , arrive and reach used to talk about a place only , example:stuart arrived in France, turned is used when an age has passed ,example he turned 15 , that all I know
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Difference between "by way of illustration" and "as an illustration"

I'd like to know there is any difference in meaning between "by way of illustration" and "as an illustration"? or there are used interchanged? I'd like to use it in the following ...
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'thought it was" or "thought it would"

I thought it was cheaper to send it airmail but in fact when the postman told me the price it was very expensive. I thought it would be cheaper to send it airmail but I was wrong it was very ...
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Difference between usage of: "Now on" vs "Now"

I am writing a technical paper. I have a statement of the following form that I want to write: "From now on, we will use Theorem 1 instead of Theorem 2." Is the word: "on", ...
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Can you tell me the difference between 'all over the world' and 'throughout the world'?

Could you tell me the difference between these phrases: 'all over the world' and 'throughout the world' as well as give me some examples?
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Is there any difference between 'everything I can' and 'all I can'?

I was wondering if both of them means the same in the following sentences, that is 'all things I can'. I'll do all I can to help. I'll do everything I can to help. If so, can I replay 'everything' ...
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Difference between none and no one

I've found an explanation in the Cambridge dictionary: **None means ‘not one’ or ‘not any’. We don’t use none where we mean no one or nobody: They had a wonderful time and luckily no one was injured. ...
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Are "watch" and "look on" interchangeable in this context?

Tina and Mary watch/look on as the reporter does a live report. Hi. Are "watch" and "look on" interchangeable in this sentence?
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Difference that the addition of commas make to a sentence

How do the following sentences mean differently? The candidates who got high marks were pleased. The candidates, who got high marks, were pleased. a. Those who got high marks and those who did not ...
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What's the difference between Passive Causative and just Passive Voice?

In a clause with passive voice, the grammatical subject expresses the theme or patient of the main verb – that is, the person or thing that undergoes the action or has its state changed. -My homework ...
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a 100 meters race or a 100-meter race? [duplicate]

I think both "a 100 meters race or a 100-meter race" are possible. He ran a 100 meters race. He ran a 100-meter race. How can you explain the difference? PS: The question has been closed ...
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'Play a more and more significant role' vs. 'play more and more a significant role'

I am a bit confused about which of the following two sentences are correct. [A] Education plays a more and more significant role in people's lives. [B] Education plays more and more a significant ...
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What is the difference between "in style" and "with style"?

I'm confused about whether to use "in style" or "with style" after a verb. Is it correct to say both, and if it is, is there a difference between the two expressions? For instance, ...
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I think "contrary / opposite" to you

We have never had a conversation, I don't think, so I am not familiar with your character. I hope you are interested in intellectual disputation, friendly argumentation and logical analysis, Sam. If ...
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have a temperature vs have a fever

the definitions of "to have a temperature" and "to have a fever" in the dictionary are similar, So can I say that these two have the same meaning? I've got a fever/ a temperature.
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"Killjoy" VS "Party pooper" VS "Wet blanket" in AE

I was wondering how the following terms differ semantically? Are they quite interchangeable (in AE)? If no, them please let me know what is the difference between them: Killjoy: One who spoils the ...
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Leave / Put someone somewhere

We can freely use "put / leave something somewhere", like in: I'm sure I (put / left) the keys right there, but they are not there now! But I need to know whether they both can be used ...
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"Dominate" VS "Have control over"

According to the Cambridge definitions, dominate someone / something means to have control over them. Accordingly, I think in my following cases, both sentences in each pair mean the same. I was ...
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How prejudice affects our lives? VS how does prejudice affect our lives? [duplicate]

I'm writting an essay and I have a question... Which one of these questions is correct? How prejudice affects our lives? How does prejudice affect our lives?
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See-through vs transparent

I know that 'see-through' means transparent. Is There any differences in their usage? Is 'see-through' the childish way to say 'transparent'?
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What is the difference between "He is planning to build a rockery" and "He is planning building a rockery."

-He is planning to build a rockery. -He is planning building a rockery. What's the difference between the two sentences? What do the two sentences mean?
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Using the verbs "Leave" and "Move" when it comes to a vehicle

Let's suppose it's 5 o'clock in the afternoon and you're in a train that will leave at 5:30. Someone calls you and asks if the train has left the station or it's still there. You reply: No, the train ...

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