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Are words read and refer same?

I used to ask my classmates or teacher: Which book you refer or should I refer? I've referred (read) license. I suppose refer as read. Is it correct?
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“I had better go” vs. “I had better be going”

Could you tell me what is the slight difference between I had better go and I had better be going. For example: The party is awesome, but I had better go. My work starts early in the morning tomorrow....
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“I worked the whole day yesterday” vs “I was working the whole day yesterday”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? I wasn't at Julie's birthday, because I worked the whole day yesterday. I wasn't at Julie's birthday, because ...
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What is the difference in meaning between the phrase “so there it is” and “so there is that”?

What is the difference in the meaning between the phrase so there it is and so there is that? For example, would it be possible both in the sentence below? If so, what would be the difference? The ...
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“Quote Shakespeare” or “Quote from Shakespeare”?

If I quote a line from one of Shakespeare's works, will I be quoting Shakespeare or quoting from Shakespeare? Are "quoting someone" and "quoting from someone" interchangeable?
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“Send someone to do someting” vs. “send someone in to do something”

What is the difference in meaning beween send someone to do something and send someone in to do something? For example: The government decided to send troops to restore order in the region. The ...
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Is there any difference between “it must've been”, “it has to have been”, “it had to have been”,“it had to be” and “it has to be”? [closed]

Is there any difference meaning and usage between the grammar structure it must've been, it has to have been, it had to have been, it had to be and it has to be whem drawing conclusions? For example: ...
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Difference between “non-decreasing” and “increasing”?

In this section, we use a similar technique to solve the sorting problem, that is, starting with an unordered array of elements and rearranging them into non-decreasing order. This line is taken from ...
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Expect and is expecting

This passage is from "Macmillan English Grammar in Context" by Michael Vince. "They are still examining the wreckage of the high speed train. They don't believe the accident involves ...
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Are “have” and “need” interchangeable here?

A: Do you have a good relationship with your ex-husband? B: Define "good." A: Can you talk to each other? B: When we have/need to. Are "When we have to" and "When we need to&...
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Are “soil” and “dirt” the same?

More often I see people use the words soil and dirt interchangeably. Is this correct? I often held that dirt as generic. Dictionary also suggests a generic definition: anything that makes something ...
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“What happens when/if…” vs. “what will happen when/if…” [duplicate]

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between what happens when/if... and what will happen when/if... For example: What happens if you lose your job? Do you have a plan? What will ...
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Can “Your Majesty” and “His Majesty” be interchangeable?

From the TV Show Cursed, Merlin is talking to King Uther. Merlin: ...Father Carden and his paladins are dull vessels for these old hatreds, and nothing more. However, if His Majesty would allow it, ...
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“Leapt” compared to “ran” and “jumped”

Jess leapt/ran/jumped out from behind a curtain and barged past the masked killer, knocking him to the floor. Would using "leapt" sound more sudden and forceful than "ran" and &...
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What is the difference in meaning between “spill coffee on the floor”, “spill coffee over the floor” and “spill coffee all over the floor”?

What is the difference in meaning between spill coffee on the floor, spill coffee over the floor and spill coffee all over the floor? Yesterday I spilled coffee on the floor. Yesterday I spilled ...
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Is there a difference between wrongly delivered and delivered by mistake?

In my opinion, I think wrongly delivered can mean both something that you didn't order got to your house and something you ordered went to your neighbors. And delivered by mistake means that it is ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “run around the house” and “run about the house”?

Is there any difference in meaning between run around the house and run about the house? For example: The children ran around the house the whole day. The children ran about the house the whole day.
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Difference between “a lot of” and “plenty of”

I listened a phrase "plenty of" in a video. I usually use "a lot of" to mean "many/much". Is there a difference between "a lot of" and "plenty of"?
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difference between “go up to” and “go up”

For example: She wants to go up to the mountain. She wants to go up the mountain. As far as I know the first example is correct and the second is not. But by reading the rhyme “Jack and Jill went ...
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“It had to be (someone) vs. ”it had to have been (someone)" when drawing conclusions

It's said that the grammar structure had to have done can be used instead of must have done when drawing a conclusion about a past event. For example: You said somebody played the piano 6 pm ...
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Is there any difference in meaning beteen “hang on” and “hang in” in the sense of continuing despite difficulties?

Is there any difference in meaning between hang on and hang in in the sense of continuing despite difficulties? For example: The patient is in a coma. He's hanging in there. The patient is in a coma. ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “walk by someone” and “walk past someone”?

What is the difference in meaning between walk by someone and walk past someone? For example: The other day, Sara walked by me and didn't even say hello, but then she did a double take and said she ...
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Is that sentence grammatically correct?

I came across the sentence below: ”Honestly, I thought everything went wrong and I will have to take the test again.” Or should it be written this way: ”Honestly, I thought everything went wrong and I ...
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“You are not what you were before” vs. “you are not how you were before”

What is the difference in meaning between you are not what you were before and you are not how you were before? For example: You don't drink, smoke or swear. You are not what you were before. You don'...
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Why “I hadn't noticed” instead of “I didn't notice”/“I haven't notice”?

I see that I hadn't noticed is commonly used by native speakers, more than the pair I didn't notice and I haven't noticed ,in the following example People are being more careful nowadays, don't you ...
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How to use a qualifier before the word 'money'?

I want to qualify the word 'money' using the words good, decent, etc. But I am not sure how to use them. Do I have to say a good amount of money or a decent amount of money? Or just good money or ...
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'in use by' or 'used by'?

Please help with clarifying which phrase would be better if both are correct: 'The port in use by the web-server.' 'The port used by the web-server.' This is a standalone sentence without further ...
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Difference between “the meeting is planned…” and “the meeting has planned..”

Are these sentences correct? The meeting is planned to be held in the coming days. The meeting has planned to be held in the coming days. What are the differences between them?
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And difference in meaning: “my skill” vs “my particular skills”

A worker is dismissed from job and he is telling about what his managers told him about the dismissal: They said they did not need so many people with my particular skills I wonder why the worker ...
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“You look done” - does it make any sense?

You are done. You look done. Are these two sentences grammatically correct and make any sense? If two are correct, what are the difference between them? *** I have learnt about "Predicate ...
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a lesson concerning/about

The professor teaches a lesson concerning the nature of knowledge. The professor teaches a lesson about the nature of knowledge. Is option (1) more formal than option (2)? It seems to me that to ...
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What’s the difference between “what you had to say” and “what you said”?

What’s the difference between “I really loved what you had to say” “I really loved what you said”
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Is there any difference between “I mean” and “I meant” when giving clarification?

Is there any difference between I mean and I meant when giving clarification? For example: Person A: Julie will take care of the cat while we are away. Person B: Who? Person A: I mean/I meant Sara.
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Exercise or exercises

Are my sentences correct? Can I use them instead of "Do you exercise?" 1."Do you do any exercise?" 2."Do you do exercise?" 3."Do you do any exercises?" 4."...
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What should be used here? Me too or me either?

Seems like people have previously asked somehow a question like this, but the answers to me don't seem convincing because the source of the answer is not mentioned that's why I've decided to ask it ...
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“Someone is sitting next to me.” “Someone sits next to me.”

What is the difference between following sentences and more appropriate in a conversation. Someone is sitting next to me. Someone sits next to me.
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Being confused with “As”

I'd like to discuss as to why these usages of As are correct. My main focus is going to be in comparing it with how and the relative pronoun that Starting off with As vs How: As predicted, he's there....
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Where do I place “forever” in this sentence? “I relieve you of this burden.”

"I forever relieve you of this burden." "I relieve you forever of this burden." "I relieve you of this burden forever." Maybe you think you have a better place for "...
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“I wish I won't be late.” VS “I hope I won't be late.”

If I know I will be late for a meeting, I can say "I wish I won't be late." to someone, right? If I am not sure if I will be late for the meeting, I can say "I hope I won't be late.&...
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What is the difference between “be prepare to do something” and “be prepare do be doing something”?

What is the difference between be prepare to do and be prepare do be doing? For example: I wasn't prepared to live in such horrible conitions. There isn't even a bathroom. I wasn't prepared to be ...
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would have + participle v.s. would + verb

I can't grasp the difference between their usages. Could you explain them over the following examples? It was half past five. Dad would have finished work. It was half past five. Dad would finish ...
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What is the difference between the adjective “health-conscious” and “health-minded”?

What is the difference between the adjective health-conscious and health-minded? For example: Kate doesn't drink or smoke. Se is health-concious, which is a real asset. Kate doesn't drink or smoke. ...
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What are the differences between “but”, “however”, “nevertheless” and “nonetheless”

I am confused about where to use but, however, nevertheless and nonetheless. The meaning of all words are the same; He works hard. But, he doesn't earn much. He works hard. However, he doesn't earn ...
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I do not know how I should use “think different”. How is it different from “think differently”?

I think that "differently" is adverb and "different" is adjective, so I cannot say "think different". But some people use it. How are they different? They have different ...
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Is there any difference between to be late and being late in complex object?

He doesn’t like us to be late for work. He doesn't like us being late for work. Is there any difference in meaning between the two? I know that there is a big difference in meaning between: I saw ...
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What should I use, 'them' or 'those'?

What and why should I use to mean websites or organizations, 'them' or 'those'? Should I use those in every case, except if I'm indicating a group of persons? Example Sentence: There are many ...
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A single line of 'code' or 'codes'?

What and why should I use, a single line of 'code' or 'codes'? Example sentence: Today we don't need to write a single line of codes to do anything
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What is the subtle difference between “I hope” and “I'm hoping”?

What is the subtle difference between I hope and I'm hoping? For example: I'm going to the park tomorrow, so I hope it won't rain. I'm going to the park tomorrow, so I'm hoping it won't rain. I hope ...
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What's the difference between making something “in ten minutes” or “for ten minutes"?

Gordon Ramsay attempts to make fish and chips in ten minutes Why is “in” used here instead of “for”?
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Make or Have being Causative Verbs

When "Have and Make" are used as Causatives, I get confused because they seem the same in some sentences. Are there any difference between them in these sentences: The teacher has the ...

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