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When do we say “make a toast to you” and “cheers to you”?

Your friend has just got a new job and you and your friend are raising your glasses of beer towards each other. When do you say "make a toast to you" and "cheers to you!" in that ...
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Difference between “marked bags” and “labeled bags”

I have a Russian sentence in which lab tubes with different biomaterial should be placed into bags, and these bags should be промаркированы (promarkirovany), that is, there should be some writing on ...
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They shot at me/They were shooting at me

A: Are you sure they're the enemy? B: They shot at me./They were shooting at me. Are these interchangeable in every way? Are they equally natural in the context? If it was repeated firing, would ...
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We have/need to save her

We have to save her, okay? I can't live without her. We need to save her, okay? I can't live without her. Will these be seen as completely interchangeable or is one more appropriate in the context ...
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Are both 1. and 2. viable?

'What about the wedding?' 'It can wait'. 'That can wait'.
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What’s the difference between “cartoon” “animation” “animated cartoon”?

I see that anime is short for animation which refers specifically to Japanese style of cartoon. But I also learn that cartoon are usually aimed at children. Then how do you call cartoon works like ...
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usage of regrettably/unfortunately

Regrettably/Unfortunately he didn't come to the class. Which one is more strong? Is there some differences between the meaning of the above sentences?
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“Serve in an intelligence service” vs. “serve with an intelligence service”

Could you tell me if there is any difference between serve in an intelligence service and serve with an intelligence service. For example: We don't know much about Mike except that he served in an ...
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What is the difference between sentences using 's and compound nouns

I would like to know what is the difference between the sentences: She has got three weeks' holiday. and She has got a three-week holiday. When should I use a noun+noun form (a three-week vacation)...
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What is the difference beetwen two sentences?

1-) The powhatans began to see this as a threat and refused them food 2-)The powhatans began to see this as a threat and refused their food
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which you purchased last time from us? or you were purchasing from us? [closed]

which one is better to a client? which you purchased last time from us? or you were purchasing from us?
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Is there any difference in meaning between “I canoe” or “I go canoeing” when someone asks you if you play any sports?

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between I canoe or I go canoeing when someone asks you if you play any sports? For example: Person A: Do you play any sports? Person B: I canoe/...
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Use of the word “nowadays” either in the Pr. Simple phrases or the Pr. Continuous phrases

I've learnt that I should use verbs in the Pr. Continuous form in sentences where I meet words like "today", "this week", "this year", etc. I'd like to ask if words "...
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Sadly/Unfortunately

Sadly/Unfortunately he wasn't willing to cooperate. Is it perfectly natural to use "sadly/unfortunately" at the start of the sentence like this? Are they interchangeable in this context? ...
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What is the difference between “over a year since…” and “over a year on since…”?

Could you tell what the difference is between over a year since and over a year on since? For example: Over a year since the first outbreak of the disease, we have to take stoke of what we've learned ...
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“Despite the fish begging me for mercy, I still ate it.” “Despite the fish that begged me for mercy, I still ate it.”

I wonder if these two sentences mean the same thing. Despite the fish begging me for mercy, I still ate it. Despite the fish that begged me for mercy, I still ate it. my guess is that in the first ...
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What is the difference between “kid” and “kid around”?

Could you tell me what the difference is between kid and kid around? For example: Person A: I've accidentally ruined your painting. Person B: What?! I've been painting it for a week. Person A: Relax. ...
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situation which/when/where/that

"But when you run away from a situation which/when/where/that you should've faced instead, the consequences might be, regret, disappointment, sadness, anger and disapproval from your loved ones.&...
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What is the difference between: “I am reading a lot these days” and 'I have been reading a lot these days'?

What is the difference between: "I am reading a lot these days" and "I have been reading a lot these days"? As far as I can tell, they can both describe temporary situations. Can I ...
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Ran out to/on the balcony

"Ran out to the balcony" "Ran out on the balcony" I did a search on Google and the one with "to" had three times as much hits than the one with "on", which ...
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“The more the foreign worker immerse themselves in the local culture, the more realistic a view they develop of that culture.”

Which one should I use? The more the foreign worker immerse themselves in the local culture, the more realistic a view they develop of that culture. The more the foreign worker is immersed in the ...
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“You will want to…” vs. “you will be wanting to…”

Could you tell me what the difference in meaning between you will want to and you will be wanting to is? For example in the ninth episode of the second season of Rick and Morty, an alien said the ...
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Leaves of the maple tree turn from green to red

What is the difference between 'leaves of the maple tree turn from green to red' and 'leaves of the maple tree turn green to red'?
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What is the difference in meaning and usage between “stop this” and “stop with this”?

Could you tell me what the difference in meaning and usage is between stop this and stop with this? For example: You are complaining way too much. Stop this. You are complaining way too much. Stop ...
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Is there any difference between “throw someone” and “throw someone off” in the sense of confusing?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between throw someone and throw someone off in the sense of confusing? For example: The interviewer's question threw me. I didn't know how to answer it. ...
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What message is conveyed by “He asks if he is allowed to …”

I want to know whether the following phrase makes sense The letter is about asking permission for eating during the class time. I asked a native speaker and he answered yes, it is easy to understand,...
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“I watched the movie many times when…” vs “I had watched the movie many times when…”

Could you tell if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? I watched the movie many times when I was a child. I had watched the movie many times when I was a child. Are ...
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What is the difference between “become sensitized” and “become sensitive” in the enclosed text?

I wonder what the difference between "become sensitized" and "become sensitive" in this context? With time to appraise the ostracism episode, individuals become differentially ...
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What is the difference between Culture with Capital C and culture with small c? [closed]

I have encountered a lot of ambiguity between the two terms ( Culture with capital C and culture with small c), so is there any difference between them?
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Full of/Filled with

A large office space full of/filled with cubicles. Is there any difference between "full of" and "filled with" in this context? Is one more appropriate than the other?
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What is the difference between “have to do”, “have to have done”, “had to do” and “had to have done”?

Could you tell what is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? To get a place at the college, you have to pass the exams. To get a place at the college, you have to have passed ...
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“He is/was the first man to go into space” vs. “he is/was the first man to have gone into space” [duplicate]

Could you please tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? Yuri Gagarin was a great astronaut and he is the first to go into space. Yuri Gagarin was a great ...
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Black hair becomes white, black hair is white

Are 'Black hair becomes white because he is old' and 'black hair is white because he is old' interchangeable?
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What is the difference between 'couriers tasks' and 'courier tasks'?

What is the difference between 'couriers tasks' and 'courier tasks'? And could anybody say a topic where I can research this question? The second is a compound noun but the first...
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Is there a difference between tomatoes got red and brown and tomatoes got red and got brown?

Is there a difference between tomatoes got red and brown and tomatoes got red and got brown, and if so, what is the difference?
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never actually vs actually never

First, it does not explain why an omnipotent God couldn’t have created laws of nature which would never actually lead to any natural evil. [Philosophy: The basics] Do they make any difference? "...
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“It had to have been…” vs. “it has to have been…” when drawing conclusios

In the fifth episode of the TV show Chernobyle one of the characters said the following. In order to sign the certificates, all safety tests had to have been completed. I don't understand why he say ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “not bother to do something” and “not bother doing something”?

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between not bother to do something and not bother doing something? For example: The guy didn't even bother to clean up after himself. The guy ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between the verb “agree” and “consent”?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between the verb agree and consent? For example: The celebrity has finally agreed to give an interview. The celebrity has finally consented to give an ...
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What's the difference between “Be late”, “Arrive late”, and “Come late”?

I'm not sure if saying "I was late", "I arrived late", and "I came late" are all correct and interchangeable. It would also help a lot if you could clarify if they sound ...
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What's the difference between “ there is not” and “there does not”?

What is the difference between "there is not" and "there does not" ? For example: there does not exist a unique optimal solution for such problems. versus there is not exist a ...
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“Be the first to do something” vs. “be the first to have done something”

Could you tell what is the difference between be the first to do something and be the first to have done something? For example: The country is the first to use nuclear power. The country is the ...
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What's the difference in the meanings of these two sentences? | “I have” vs “I”

I've finished doing my homework. I finished doing my homework. What's the difference in the meanings of these two sentences?
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Answer/Respond/Reply

Finn's room. Finn takes his walkie-talkie and speaks into it -- Finn: Joel? Joel, are you there? Joel's room. Joel answers/responds/replies his walkie-talkie (1) -- Joel picks up his walkie-talkie and ...
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Listen/Look, Jeff, I don't know who told you that

Are "listen" and "look" interchangeable in contexts like this? This is a phone conversation if that makes any difference. Listen/Look, Jeff, I don't know who told you that, but it'...
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Social Sciences or social sciences or Social Science or social science

How should we write when we're talking about the subject? For instance, I know that "math" has to be written with the capitol letter: Math What's about "social sciences", what do ...
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Difference between “fuming” and “seething”

The man was fuming/seething. Is there any difference between "fuming" and "seething" when used like this to describe someone expressing unexpressed anger? Which one of them ...
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“Will” vs “be going to” [duplicate]

According to the weather report, it will be sunny on Monday. According to the weather report, it’s going to be sunny on Monday. Which one is correct? What is the difference in meaning?
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“It had to be” vs. “it had to be” in the sense of being likely

In the 12th episode of the 9th episode of The Office Jim said the following. Jim: The Dunder Code! I completely forgot about that prank. That had to be like six or seven years ago. Stayed late every ...
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“There is a chance I will…” vs. “there is a chance I may…”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? There is a chance I will change jobs next year. There is a chance I may change jobs next year. When they are ...

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