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Difference between “don't have + noun” and “don't have any + noun”

In negative sentences, what is the difference between the forms "don't have + noun" and "don't have any + noun"? Here are two couples of examples: (With countable nouns) I don’t have books I ...
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Is there a real difference between “to mull smth over” and “to think smth over”?

I´ve done this exercise focusing on phrasal verbs. There was a sentence, something like this: I need to ...... it over before I make my decision. The particle "over" gave me only two choices - mull ...
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on your future vs in your future

Is there any difference in meaning between the two sentences below? You can expect positive effects on your future. You can expect positive effects in your future.
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Are these 3 constructions the same?

While watching the film Django Unchained I came across the phrase (I paraphrased it to make a direct word order). I insist that you shake my hand. But I'm curious if I can paraphrase it in the ...
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“the whole shabang” vs “the whole shebang”

In the vocabulary.com A shebang is a thing or a group, used in the phrase "the whole shebang." When your teacher says the test will cover the whole shebang, she means everything you've studied is ...
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what is the difference between “grit your teeth” & “grind your teeth”?

what is the difference between "grit your teeth" & "grind your teeth"? grind ​[intransitive, transitive] to rub together, or to make hard objects rub together, often producing an unpleasant ...
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Do something or To do something?

Consider a simple to-do list: To make exercises. To call Jane. To buy wine. or Make exercises. Call Jane. Buy wine. Which version is correct/better? Does they have a difference in their meaning? ...
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Move over / Move aside

Is there any difference? I read somewhere said that "move aside" implies a little bit of ordering rather than asking. Is it true? Mom was cooking dinner and her little daughter was blocking her ...
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Difference between “use” and “usage” [on hold]

Energy use/usage will play a vital role in any energy strategy.
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The differences between the word “Manufacturing” and “Manufacture”

I'm translating a document and I came across to the word "manufacture and manufacturing" and i was wondering when i should use this word in a sentence. For example: The lamination processes are ...
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Should I use food list or foods list?

I am not sure which one I should use. For example, I want to talk about a keto food list or a dairy-free food list. Or is it a dairy-free foods list? I see both spellings, even on reputable websites.
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Difference between “Go into” and “Go inside”

I would like to know the difference in meaning between "go into" and "go inside". Here are a couple of sentences. The boys went into the room. The boys went inside the room. I know in the ...
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Before/In front of

I'd like to know if "before" and "in front of" is equally common in a sentence like this in American English? Is one more formal than the other? Elina stands before/in front of a vending machine, ...
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Consider the sentences below please

I'm wondering if these two sentences have the same meaning and can be used interchangeably. Doe the parts in bolds equal? 3 soap dispensers have already been broken in the men's restroom when the ...
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Have + verb-ing participle

I'm wondering if the following sentences have the same meaning. Does the second one sound natural in English? I can't sit there because her bag is standing there I can't sit there because she ...
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Too far vs far enough

The car was far,but it wasn't ( too far - far enough ) for me to see. I said the answer is ( too far ),my teacher doesn't agree. Which one is it and why?
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Which phrase is more correct?

I have two sentences that are ambiguous to me. The first sentence is: I have got a woman at home. The second sentence is: I got a woman at home. The meaning I'm aiming for is the present moment. I ...
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“I gave it everything I've got” or “I gave everything I've got”

Last day, I read this sentence " Nice game, the team gave IT everything they've got" to give is a transitive verb therefore An object must follow the verb; however I consider "everything they've got" ...
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Which of these statements is correct?

I sometimes get confused about the which of these statements. I saw you entering Daniel's room in the morning. I saw you enter Daniel's room in the morning. Do the above sentences have the same ...
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What's the difference between words “tongue” and “lingua”?

Dictionary.com definitions: tongue - the usually movable organ in the floor of the mouth in humans and most vertebrates, functioning in eating, in tasting, and, in humans, in speaking. lingua - ...
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How to remember the word Veteran

Today is Veterans' day. Look up the etymology: c. 1500, "old experienced soldier," from French vétéran, from Latin veteranus... from vetus (genitive veteris) "old, aged, advanced in years; of a ...
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Difference between “hold out the possibility” and “hold the possibility”

“We’ve seen this movie before. The top economists at the International Monetary Fund — the global agency created after World War II to promote stability and growth in the world economy — unveil ...
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“has nothing to do with” vs. “does not have anything to do with”?

What's the difference between "has nothing to do with" and "does not have anything to do with"? For example: a) My question has nothing to do with homework. b) My question does not have ...
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What class are you studying?

It is a tendency among teachers of English in India to ask and teach sentences of this kind in the class. What class are you studying? Inwhich class are you studying? ...
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Did you see your kids/Have you seen your kids/Have you been seeing your kids

If I had a friend who is divorced from his ex-wife, who he has two kids with. He sees the kids once in a while as they are living with the ex-wife. If I hadn't seen him for two weeks and then met with ...
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to save/hold/keep a place/spot

Is there any difference in meaning between "to save/hold/keep a place/spot"? Are they equally usual in US and UK? Can all of them be used with either the prepositional complement "for somebody" or an ...
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I thought/ didn't think you were/ not coming

We usually say : I don't think he will pass. Not I think he will not pass. I didn't think he was coming. But not I thought you were not coming. I know that it is called ...
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Differences between “can't you swim?” and “can you not swim?”

Is there any differences between "can't you swim?" and "can you not swim?",thank you.
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The political parties expressed support to / for the strike

The politicians expressed their support to the strike / to the trade unions The English professor I know told me that we exprees our support for something but not express ...
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Difference between “ample opportunity” and “ample opportunities”

What is the difference, if any, between “ample opportunity” and “ample opportunities”? Opportunity: [countable, uncountable] a chance to do something or an occasion when it is easy for you ...
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Well vs Well up | Fill vs Fill up

As I find out some verbs in Oxford, well (up) and fill (up), has the particle given in round brackets, so... ...Is there a difference in meaning between the verb well and well up; fill and fill ...
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Increase/decrease as a gerund or a noun (describing trends in physical quantities)

When describing some experimental results, if two physical quantities (let's call them a and b) seem to depend on each other, it is often desirable to say what happened with one of them if the other ...
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what are the differences between “I play football for 1 hour per day” and “I play football for 1 hour every day”

In the dictionary per: used to express the cost or amount of something for each person, number used, distance travelled, etc. Rooms cost £50 per person, per night. 60 miles per hour ...
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Distinction between acquiring and obtaining [duplicate]

I can't decide between those two words. You need to acquire handling instructions. You need to obtain handling instructions. Both mean roughly the same, describing an act of gaining possession ...
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Is there any difference between the exression “by car” and “in a car”?

Is there any difference between "by car" and "in a car"? For example: I usually come to work by car/in a car.
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'Of' and 'For' - A car of $30,000 vs A car for $30,000

I'm not so sure but I think 'a car of $30,000' simply means that the car is worth of $30,000; and 'a car for $30,000' means that somebody exchange $30,000 for a car. What is the difference in meaning ...
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If you fail or If you failed

If you fail to prove, manager will fire you. If you failed to prove, manager will fire you. Which sentence is more appropriate for a scenario where the speaker is warning someone that they risk ...
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Difference between “competitive analysis” and “competitiveness analysis”

What is the difference between “competitive analysis” and “competitiveness analysis”? I find “competitive analysis” is a common term. Competitive Analysis Definition: Identifying your ...
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Transport as a noun in American English

“Sam took a transport to mother’s house”. For a matter of style I want to use the word transport or transportation as a synonym of vehicle, but for American readers. I read that in AE transport is ...
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can American people use “bring” for “fetch”?

See these definitions to fetch: to go to another place to get something or someone and bring it, him, or her back: [ + two objects ] Could you fetch me my glasses/fetch my glasses for me from ...
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Is there any difference between the phrase “all the better” and “so much the better”?

Is there any difference between the phrases? For example: If can come earlier, it is all the better. If can come earlier, it is so much the better. By the way, do I have to include it is as ...
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Is there any difference between “sideways” and “to the side”?

Is there any difference between sideways and to the side? For example: Stop leaning sideways/to the side! The car in front of us suddenly moved sideways/to the side. I feel that in the ...
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Interchangeable and difference

Are these interchangeable? What is the difference in use? I will do it to the same extent as you do. I will do it as much as you do. I will do it to an equal degree as you. I will do ...
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Is there really a difference between the use of will and shall?

Shall I open the door? Will I open the door? So far as I know , the first sentence means will you allow me to open the door? The second question means Will I have the ability to open the door? (...
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prerequisites vs requirements vs qualifications

Can somebody please help me with an explaination about the difference between course prerequisites course entry requirements course qualifications This is about a course which consists of ...
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Put something up on the top shelf or Put something on the top shelf?

Put those books up on the top shelf. Put those books on the top shelf. What is the difference in meaning between the first sentence (with "verb + up on something" in it) and the second sentence (...
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Is there any difference between the phrases “next month”, “in the next month” and “for the next month”?

Is there any difference in meaning between the phrases in the following sentences? I will work next month. I will work in the next month. I will work for the next month. If I am right, ...
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Difference between furious/infuriated/enraged?

I called him something, so he started walking toward me, furious/infuriated/enraged. Is there any difference between them? Can I use them all here? Which one of them would you use here to mean very ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “give” and “give away”?

Is there any difference in meaning between give and give away. For example: The old man gave all his money to the people in need. The old man gave away all his money to the people in need. I ...
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Construction of sentences

What is the difference between construction of sentences? He sat at the table and consumed a pie. At the table he sat and consumed a pie.