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Make a plan / programme for your day

Are both expressions correct and idiomatic or just the first one is? Do they mean the same thing? You should make a plan / programme for your day.
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Is there a clear distinction between "rear view" and "back view"?

Both rear and back mean the back of something. But is there a distinction between the two phrases: rear view and back view? Since rear view is most frequently used in rear-view mirror, I naturally ...
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Cigarette smoking vs Smoking cigarettes

Cigarette smoking is harmful to our health. Smoking cigarettes is harmful for our health. Playing football is beneficial to our health. Football playing is beneficial to our health. Are all ...
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Made of or made from

As far as I know, "made of" is used when the material doesn't change but when it is transformed "made from" should be used. However, I came across the following sentence while reading an article on "...
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She heard two gunshots with a woman screaming / scream in between

The sentence below is from my English exercise book: Fill in each blank with the correct form of the word in the bracket. She said she heard two gunshots with a woman ___ (scream) in between. ...
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What's the difference between "the waiting" and "the wait"?

I've just completed an application to a university. Now I'm writing an e-mail to my friend and was wondering whether finishing with the sentence And now the waiting begins. or And now the wait ...
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What does it mean for a clock to be "running late" or "running early"?

My understanding is that if a clock is running "2 minutes fast" or "2 minutes ahead", that means it displays 09:02 when the true time is 09:00, whereas if a clock is "2 ...
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"bet" vs "wager"

I'm watching Suits and in Season 1, Episode 9 the following conversation occurs: All right, Ben, why don't we make a bet? I think you mean a wager, Michael. I understand it's a pedantic point and, ...
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Confident / self-confident

Are both expressions correct in this kind of sentence or is it only possible to use confident? What's the difference between them in this sentence? Though I knew the song by heart, I wasn't feeling ...
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"movie" and articles

What are the differences between the four sentences below? I'm interested in Japanese movies. I'm interested in the Japanese movies. I'm interested in a Japanese movie. I'm interested in the Japanese ...
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Can I use "tho/though" just like when I use "because" or "but"?

In my country, to be precise, the dialect in my country (not English) is often using a sentence like this (for convenience reason since it's an English site, I'll try to translate into English): ...
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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’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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I/me (a spy) [What is the grammatical difference?]

From Chapter 19 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling: "Innocent, but scared!" squealed Pettigrew. "If Voldemort's supporters were after me, it was because I put ...
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Is "vernacular" or "jargon" suitable to describe the special words that a particular group of people use in their industry?

I'm listening to a podcast about American truckers' life. The first episode introduces the names that truckers use to call the different trucks. For example: "reefer trucks": refrigerator ...
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'thought it was" or "thought it would"

I thought it was cheaper to send it airmail but in fact when the postman told me the price it was very expensive. I thought it would be cheaper to send it airmail but I was wrong it was very ...
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"I thought she will/would go there tomorrow" Why should we use would in this sentence?

"I heard (that) it will rain tomorrow" In this sentence I know we should use will However "I thought she will/would go there tomorrow" Why should we use would and not will in this ...
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How to use future perfect tense with present or future tense

I would like to ask the difference between the usage of future perfect tense with present tense and the future prefect tense with future tense. We will have eaten food when they come. We will have ...
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What is the difference between "ultrasound" and "ultrasonic"?

It seems to me that both words are used interchangeably. The Wikipedia article for "ultrasound" does not introduce the word "ultrasonic", but just uses it in the introduction as if ...
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"Is there any truth TO the stereotype?" or "Is there any truth IN the stereotype?"

I have seen interview and there was a question about stereotype. So I want to ask you which is correct? And why? Is there any truth TO the stereotype? or Is there any truth IN the stereotype?
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"Can I use either of them" or "Can I use both of them"?

Let's say, in a question on this site, I am giving you two sentences which I think probably carry the same meaning and I want to ask you if I can use either of them interchangeably. I feel like if I ...
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"I would make sure your future {will/would} be bright" - what is the difference?

What is the difference between these two sentences? I would make sure your future will be bright. I would make sure your future would be bright. I understand that the first would signify conditions ...
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Fight over or for

"The brothers were fighting over/for a slice of pizza." I've seen people use both for expressing pretty much the same thing. But here's something I need to know. When I say 'someone's ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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"Leave something for later" vs. "leave something for later on"

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning betweeb leave something for later and leave something for later on? For example: When you run the distance, don't go all out right away. Leave ...
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got / had / have - are they interchangeable in this case?

I didn't realize you had "ONE" in your name, Hermione! I didn't realize you have "ONE" in your name, Hermione! I didn't realize you got "ONE" in your name, Hermione! Do ...
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"Miss the opportunity" vs. "miss out on the opportunity"

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the phrase miss the opportunity and miss out on the opportunity? For example: I'd hate to miss the opportunity to go abroad next summer....
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which one is correct, whine or whining as a noun?

Do you think these 2 are correct? Cannot tolerate your whine anymore Cannot tolerate your whining anymore I feel more comfortable using "whining" in this example but I can also see that &...
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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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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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"Which is why" vs. "that is why"

Could tell me if there is any difference in meaning and usage between which is why and that is why? For example: I don't like hot weather, which is why I mostly stay in. I don't like hot weather, ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between "hang out with someone" and "hang around with someone"?

Could you tell if there is any difference in meaning between hang out with someone and hang around with someone? For example: Mike is always hanging out with that guy. Mike is always hanging around ...
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Present Continuous or Future Simple for future?

What is the difference between sentences "How are you getting home after party tomorrow?" and "How will you get home after party tomorrow?". Can we use here future simple? or ...
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Is there any difference in meaning and usage between the phrase "judging from" and "going by"?

Is there any difference in meaning and usage between the phrase judging from and going by? For example: Judging from how you look, you have completely recovered from the illness. Going by how you ...
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"Do you got anything?" vs. "Do you have anything?"

Is there a nuance of difference when someone asks do you got anything for me? as opposed to do you have anything for me? I am aware that the former isn't really grammatically correct, but that's what ...
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You should/might/ought to consider going

You should consider going. You might consider going. You ought to consider going. Could someone please explain the difference between these to me?
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Is there any difference in meaning between "don't do something," "don't be doing something" and "don't go doing something"?

Is there any difference in meaning between don't do something, don't be doing something and don't go doing something? For example: Don't make a noise when Dad is working on something! Don't be ...
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What is the difference between "compound noun" and "noun noun phrase"?

I read: The collocation is a sequence or juxtaposition of words or terms that usually co-occur / go together in a sentence. For example, you make the bed, but you do your homework. Example : 1) ...
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What is the difference between "don't think it!" and "don't think about it!"?

What is the difference between don't think it! and don't think about it!? For example: Person A: I think I will flunk the test. Person B: Don't think it!/Don't think about it!
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Emotion vs Feeling

According to Oxford dictionary, feeling is something you feel through the mind or through the human senses. While emotion is ​a strong feeling such as love, fear or anger; the part of a person’s ...
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aid + to infinitive vs. aid + to gerund

Is there any subtle difference in meaning between them? For example in the two following sentences: The computer is an aid to keeping costs down. The computer is an aid to keep costs down. I think ...
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"used to" vs "would"

The book "Freakonomics", Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, 2005, page 186, the link (the original is with "would"): So how does it matter if you have a very white name or a very black name? ...
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