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meaning of 'but' in incomplete sentences

summary 'But' is a conjunction to express a contrast between two ideas. Incomplete sentences allow us to omit information without changing the intended meaning. This makes it difficult to identify the ...
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Difference between 'How ... enjoying the job'/'How ... getting on with your job'

Is there a difference in meaning between these two sentences? How are you enjoying the job so far? How are you getting on with your job?
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What's the difference between 'much of' and 'much'?

I read in a book this sentence: You may wonder how much of a risk there is. From my previous experience, 'much of' means 'a great portion of', but in the above sentence, it seems not. I think it means ...
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What is the difference between "My sole is tickling" and "My sole is ticklish"?

According to my research, "My sole is tickling" refers to "uncomfortable feeling" or a very little pain like an ant bites you or so, while "My sole is ticklish" refers to ...
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"Namely", "I.e." and "That is (to say)"

According to the dictionary definitions, all these three items mean identical to me: a. namely b. i.e. c. that is (to say) They are used when one needs to give more details about something that ...
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(Do) you look forward to...?

(Do) You look forward to getting back to work? In speech would there be any difference between adding do or not? If you omit it could it indicate that the speaker is more certain that he does look ...
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Difference in meaning between "It is 500 miles" and "it is going to be 500 miles" in context

Would you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between it is 500 miles and it is going to be 500 miles in the context below? The load is going from New York to Ohio. It is 500 miles in total/...
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This question relates to "What" and "Whose"

[Basically I want to know the names of all the teachers of X college so that I can choose what teacher would be perfect for me] What teacher lectures are you providing? Or Whose teacher lectures are ...
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lockout and lockdown

What's the difference between lockout and lockdown in Covid contexts? Consider this headline: NT records 403 new cases of COVID-19, as it exits lockout, introduces vaccine pass system https://www....
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"Be not taller than 72 inches to fit..." or "be no taller than 72 inches to fit..."?

Would you tell me if I need to use not or no in the context below? The box has to be not/no taller than 72 inches to fit into the trailer. If both are possible, is there any difference in meaning?
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The temperature will increase "during" or "throughout" the night?

If I want to tell someone that the temperature is going to increase over the period of night, how can I say that? The temperature will increase during the night. or The temperature will increase ...
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Is there any difference between "She lives on a far-flung land" and "She lives on a far-off land"?

The Oxford dictionary says far-off adjective /ˈfɑːr ɒf/ /ˈfɑːr ɔːf/ [only before noun] ​a long distance away far-flung adjective /ˌfɑː ˈflʌŋ/ /ˌfɑːr ˈflʌŋ/ [usually before noun] (literary) ​a ...
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What is the difference between "I expect a call in the afternoon" and "I'm expecting a call in the afternoon"? [closed]

Would you tell me what is the difference between I expect a call in the afternoon and I'm expecting a call in the afternoon? Are both perfectly natural? If so, which one is more common?
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"The package can be picked up till 5 p.m." or "the package can be picked up by 5 p.m."?

Would you tell me if I have to use till or by in the context below? The package can be picked up till 5 p.m. and then we close. The package can be picked up by 5 p.m. and then we close. Generally ...
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in past years / in the past years

In past years Mr. Jones, although a hard master, had been a capable farmer... I'm wondering if in past years can be replaced with in the past years? Do they have the same meaning or not?
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Does "any" change to "some" in reported speech?

This sentence appeared in a reported speech exercise assigned to me. "Are there any oranges in the fridge?", she asked her mom. This is the exercise's key — it changed "any" to &...
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Is there any difference between "right" or "correct" for confirmation?

The question revolves around 'right?' at the end added when the speaker is not sure about her/his understanding. I think it is common to use "..., right?" where "..." is the ...
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When you’re close vs when you’re close up

And when you're close up, give me the shivers - the song Shivers by Ed Sheeran And when you’re close, give me the shivers - my made up example I’m wondering if there’s any difference between close up ...
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From what I understood vs understand

From what I understood, … From what I understand, … I always have trouble telling which one to use whenever asking a question, writing an email, etc. Are they interchangeable or are they used in ...
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Take to the streets vs go to the streets

Angry citizens took to the streets to protest the war. Angry citizens went to the streets to protest the war. Can I replace took with went in sentence 1? Would it make any difference? From what I ...
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Pass covid to someone vs pass covid on to someone

He went to the party and passed covid to everybody. He went to the party and passed covid on to everybody. As far as I know, in the case of flu, virus, etc we should use pass on to. However, is there ...
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"Go off of something" vs. "go from something"

Would you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between go off of something and go from something in the sense of making a decision based on something? For example: I'm not sure if the ...
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Is there any difference between "with family" and "with my family"?

Would you tell me if the inclusion of my before family effects the meaning of the sentence below? I celebrated New Year's with family. I celebrated New Year's with my family. Are both sentences ...
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Make a beeline for vs go quickly straight to

He made a beeline for the kitchen. He went quickly straight to the kitchen. Is there any difference between the sentences above (except for the awkwardness in wording)? From what I understood, make a ...
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Difference between look at something up close and closely

Now that I could see him close up, I saw that he was very attractive. (a stand-alone sentence extracted from the Longman dictionary) Now that I could see him closely, I saw that he was very attractive....
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choir or chorus in this case?

If I'm referring to the sound of a group of about twelve people who is at home and singing happy birthday informally, should I use the word "choir" or "chorus"? As in: I heard a ...
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Is there any difference between "buy something from someone" and "buy something off someone"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between buy something from someone and buy something off someone? For example: I bought these off the wedding photographer. I've come across this in the ...
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delightful or delighted [closed]

"Each winter, residents and tourists alike are ________to see a snow festival taking place in Sapporo." A.delightful B.delighted I think A is correct, but the answer key says B is right....
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It’s all his own fault vs making

For example, if someone failed an exam because he just crammed for it. Is there any difference between saying: it’s all his own fault it’s all his own making If there’s no difference in this context,...
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My take on something vs my understanding of something

What’s the difference between understanding and take? For example, consider the following two questions: what’s your take on this issue? What’s your understanding of this issue? Would it make a ...
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Cut off a finger vs cut down a finger vs cut up a finger

Below is my take of the three phrasal verbs of cut: cut off a finger means your finger is separated from your hand as if by a kitchen knife while you prepare for dinner. cut up a finger means you’ve ...
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Difference between what do you think of it and make of it

What’s the difference between make of and think of, as in What do you think of it? What do you make of it? If context matters in this case, let’s imagine King Jong Un were to step down as the ...
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What does it mean to sling one’s belt low?

Context: “Olson slung his belt low on his hips like a gunslinger,” Does sling one’s belt low mean wear one’s belt low? Is there any difference between the two phrases? If so, an actual picture by ...
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Difference between the book took 3 years to write and was 3 years in the making

the book took 3 years to write. the book was 3 years in the making. Are there any differences between the above two sentences? Looking at the dictionary it feels like they convey basically the same ...
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Difference between home vs at home vs down home

Assuming I live in the north but come from From the south, from another thread I got to know that we can say it’s starting to get hot down home whereas as it’s starting to get hot home is incorrect, ...
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What’s the difference between don’t let jealousy get the best of you and let it take over you?

I heard the phrase don’t let jealousy get the best of you from a song, and I’m wondering if I could change it to don’t let jealousy take over you without changing the meaning of the phrase?
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Is there a difference in meaning between "lounging" and "relaxing" on a beach?

I'd like to lounge on the beach. I'd like to relax on the beach. Do the two sentences convey slightly different meanings?
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Past Simple or Past Perfect? Why do we use them this way in the quote?

Here is a quote from "To Kill a Mockingbird": When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the ...
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What's the difference between draw closer and get closer?

“The two of them walked toward the road and the stone marker. Behind them, other cars were pulling out. A woman began screaming abruptly. Unconsciously, Garraty and McVries drew closer together. ...
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What’s the difference between something ends and something comes to an end?

let’s go skiing before winter ends. let’s go skiing before winter comes to an end. Is there any difference between the two sentences above? If not, is there any case where the use of both expressions ...
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What's the difference between look towards the road and look off towards the road?

What does 'off' imply here? Would the meaning change if we took it out? McVries spoke absently, still looking off towards the road. (from a novel) McVries spoke absently, still looking towards the ...
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Is it safe to say that…

I’ve heard people often say “it is safe to say that … {statement}” but would it be correct if I used the label verb or any other? (“Is it safe to label that as…”)
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What's the difference between drive up to and drive to/go up to and go to?

What does up imply here? A jeep drove up to the stone marker and stopped. (from a novel) A jeep drove to the stone marker and stopped. (a made up example) A guy came up to a girl and grabbed her by ...
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None of his sons could land a job in the government service

None of his sons could land a job in the government service. (Here we're talking only about the past) None of his sons was/were able to land a job in the government service. Do (1) and (2) mean ...
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What’s the nuance between stop and put a stop to?

Consider the following two sentences: (1) We should stop this project. (2) We should put a stop to this project. Is there any difference? Do those 2 sentences imply different things? From what I ...
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"Transport the product with other products" or "transport the product along with other products"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between transport the product with other products or transport the product along with other products? For example: When you transport the product with ...
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Is there any difference between "come to one's place" and "come out to one's place"?

Could you tell me if there there is any difference between come to one's place and come out to one's place? For example: Is it OK with you if we have a technician come to your place and fix the stove....
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Is there any difference in meaning between "call a company back" and "call back in to a company"?

Could you tell me if there ss there any difference in meaning between call a company back and call back in to a company? For example: When you are providing a customer with a solution, make sure that ...
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Head of office or office manager?

I'm curious about the difference between "head of office" and "office manager". As far as I can see, they both refer to pretty much the same job, but I get the feeling that "...
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"Repeat something to someone" or "repeat back something back to someone"?

Could you please tell me if there is any difference between repeat and repeat back in the context below? Do you mind if I repeat the problem's details (back) to you just to make sure I got everything ...

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