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have an/any idea about who it could be?

Do you know who it could be? No? Does anybody else here have an/any idea about who it could be? As you see it, could I use "an" instead of "any" if I want to imply that the speaker ...
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How is “he'd better get used to it” different from “he should get used to it”?

I'm trying to understand the phrase "better get used to it". I know it basically means "he should get used to it", but is there a small difference between them? Is one more ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “still” and “so far” when used in negative present perfect sentences?

Could you please tell me if there is any difference in meaning between still and so far when used in negative present perfect sentences? For example: So far I haven't found a job. I still haven't ...
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Is there any difference between “already” and “now” when used with the present perfect?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between already and now when used with the present perfect? For example: I have already had five tablets, so I know a thing or two about them. I have had ...
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What is the difference between fire and burn?

This Idea came from this question of this group.. This made me thinking what is the specific (a scientific explanation may be more helpful) difference between burn and fire. If fire is the state that ...
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How weird would it be to use "a little more in the next sentence?

"Animal Kingdom and Shackleford are little more than the best of a bad bunch of 3-year-old thoroughbreds". (New York Times, June 11 2011. It is a New York Times article about the stakes.) ...
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Is there any difference between “now” and “so far” when used in the present perfect?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between now and so far when used in the present perfect? For example: I've been to four foreign countries now. I've been to four foreign countries so far.
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Business - plural form or singular form

There are two sentences: I had some urgent business or I had some urgent businesses What's the right? (In the meaning that I was busy.)
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Can I use “carefully” and “cautiously” interchangeably in this context?

She carefully/cautiously stepped back to the body, grabbed the gun, and ran out of the room. I can't figure out if I should use "carefully" or "cautiously" in this context. Are ...
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“I have waited for you two hours” vs. “I've been waiting for you for two hours”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? I have waited for you for two hours. I'm leaving. I have been waiting for you for two hours. I'm leaving.
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Live and living as an adjective [duplicate]

I was at an English lesson and I said “a live organism”, but the teacher immediately interrupted and said “you should have said “a living organism”” “I didn’t catch that” said I. and a classmate of ...
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What are the differences among “bubbles”, “suds” and “foam”?

What are the differences among "bubbles", "suds" and "foam"? From my understanding, "bubbles"means the round, individual and see-through ones. "bubbles&...
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“Expect of someone” vs. “expect from someone”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following questions? What do you expect of your partner. What do you expect from your partner.
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whether vs either

What are the differences between "whether" and "either"? For me, they mean about the same, something about the choice between 2 or more things. I want to eat either an apple or a ...
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What does “your standing around ” mean?

I just found this weird expression while I was looking for the meaning of come along and it is as follows: "Come along, Osmond. No sense in your standing around". I think they are using &...
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The difference between more crucial or more important

In the examples below it seems that using 'more important' is correct. Would you agree and why? If studying to be an engineer, it is obvious that studying calculus is more crucial than studying ...
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What is the difference between “whimsy” and “whimsical”? [closed]

Please, feel free to provide with examples.
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“Move from a city” vs. “move out of a city”

Could you tell me if there is any difference between move from a city and move out of a city? For example: I lived in the city for a couple of years but decided to move from it to live in a small ...
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Is there a difference between a jewel set with gems and one embedded with gems?

Is there a difference between a jewel set with gems and one embedded with gems? I was wondering if the two terms were interchangeable since their definitions look pretty much the same—obviously within ...
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What's the difference between “wrap” and “wind”?

I've looked them up in several dictionaries, but I find them very similar in meaning because both mean to turn something around something else, for example: She wound a scarf around her neck. She ...
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Is there a nuance of meaning between “could” and “would” when asking someone to do something politely?

Could you tell me if there is a nuance of meaning between could and would when asking someone to do something politely? For example: Kate, could you pick up some milk on your way home? Kate, would ...
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“Who have this memory card?” [closed]

If I say "Who have this memory card?" is it correct? Or who owns this memory card? Perhaps both are correct I want to know.
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Off, switched off and turned off

What is the difference between the sentences below? Make sure the power is off first. Make sure the power is switched off first. Make sure the power is turned off first.
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tasty dishes vs delicious meals

Is there some difference in these phrases or not? tasty dishes vs delicious meals Maybe "delicious meals" are more tasty than "tasty dishes"? Are "Dishes" and "...
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hit or reach a plateau

What’s the variant the most idiomatic? The figures reached/hit a plateau Are they both grammatically correct?
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the difference between “need to do” and “need to be doing.” [duplicate]

I want to ask the difference between "need to do" and "need to be doing." Here is an example" We need to do this as soon as possible. and: We need to be doing this as soon ...
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What's the difference between “method” and “process”?

I came across the following sentences in a political science book: "Political science—like other social sciences—seeks to study human behaviour through the use of a scientific method that, at ...
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Pointed/Aimed the gun at

She pulled out a gun and pointed/aimed it at him. Is there any significant difference between these or are they interchangeable here? Is there a difference if it's pointed/aimed from short or long ...
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'draw a border' or 'draw a boundary'

What's the variant more appropriate? Are they both right and equal? Draw a border Draw a boundary In the context, for instance: "When we're talking about philosophy and psychology we have to...&...
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exert influence vs influence

What are the differences between them? influence exert influence The latter is more emotional and stronger, isn't it? (The translation of these two words into my language are absolutely the same.)
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What is the difference between “yet”, “as yet” and “so far” in negative sentences?

Could you tell me what the difference is between yet, as yet and so far in negative sentences For example: I have a whole cake, but I haven't touched it yet. I have a whole cake, but I haven't ...
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“All I want” or “I only want”

What's the difference between the following sentences? 1 "All I want is peace and quiet" 2 "I only want peace and quiet"
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“Until now I didn't realize that…” vs. “until now I hadn't realized that…” [duplicate]

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? Until now I didn't realize that you can sing so well. Until now I hadn't realized that you can sing so well. ...
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think/ponder/ruminate/contemplate

We can think about future. But can we say some of these ways?: We should ruminate about future We should ponder about future We should contemplate about future Do any some of them make a sense? Or ...
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There are some benefits to have/having an experience

Can you help me with this rule? I have no idea about its name (maybe gerund?). But Word offers me to change "have" to "having". Why should (or shouldn't) I do it here?: There are ...
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January's schedule vs. January schedule

Is it January's schedule or January schedule? I also get confused with whether to include an apostrophe before "bill." This is my January bill or January's bill.
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Usage of the words: “pivotal” and “paramount”

Can the words "pivotal" and "paramount" be used with the word "advantage"? The most pivotal advantage of remote learning is... The most paramount advantage of remote ...
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Could you tell me what “temporal” is?

Sentence: People don’t usually think of touch as a temporal phenomenon. (I only have this sentence) As I know, 'temporal' means two things: relating to the world, 2. relating to the time.
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What's the difference between “Is the song good?” and “Is the song any good?”?

What's the difference between Is the song good? and Is the song any good?
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Is there any difference in meaning between “in time,” “with time” and “over time”?

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between in time, with time and over time? For example: You will definitely learn how to play the guitar in time. You will definitely learn how ...
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Is there any difference between “suppose”, “assume” and “let's say” in hypothetical questions?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between suppose, assume and let's say in hypothetical questions? For example: Suppose you lost your job, what would you do? Assume you lost your job, what ...
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envision / predict / forecast

If I have a quarrel with somebody and say: I can envision all your further words! Is it appropriate in the context that I want to emphasise that all they words are a commonplace for me and they ...
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Is there any difference between “who is to do something” and “who is going to do something” in rhetirical questions?

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between who is to do something and who is going to do something in rhetirical questions? For example: Who is to look after my plants when ...
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Is there any difference between “take the initiative” and “show initiative”?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between take the initiative and show initiative? For example: Micheal is someone who takes the initiative. Micheal is someone who shows initiative.
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You can/You're welcome to

Firstly, are both sentences perfectly natural? Would the first sentence be considered polite? Do you see a big difference between the sentences in how polite they are? Sentences: You like this teddy ...
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Is there any difference between “do well in a job interview”, “do well at a job interview” and “do well on a job interview”?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between do well in a job interview, do well at a job interview and do well on a job interview? For example: If Kate does well in the job interview, that'...
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What's the difference between “consist” and “comprise”?

I have often used "consist" and "comprise" in the same sense because meaning of them seem similar. Can you explain the difference between the two words? Example sentence; From ...
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“it did not until now” vs “it has not”

I thought "it did not until now" is natural and not wrong, but my friend keeps saying it is wrong and it should be "it has not" because "did" as past simple tense and &...
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Do the phrases “valuable for” and “valuable to” have the same meaning?

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between valuable for and valuable to? The workers are very valuable for the company. The workers are very valuable to the company.
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Difference between “disband” and “disperse”

The police disbanded/dispersed the mob. According to my textbook dispersed is correct. I wanna know why disbanded is wrong or is it that dispersed is more appropriate? If so, then why? As disbanded ...

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