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Is there difference between "I recommend he (should) become a florist." and "I recommend him to be a florist."

I recommend he (should) become a florist. I recommend him to be a florist. I see no difference between them. Would there be any difference by meaning? I'd appreciate your help.
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Word-meaning understanding (From Magoosh Flashcard--'Mitigate')

Here are two plausibly different definitions of the word "Mitigate": (1) to make less severe or harsh; (2) to lessen the severity of an offense I don't see why Magoosh lists two meanings ...
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Can someone provide me context clues to understand the difference between these two phrases?

Can someone provide me context clues to understand the difference between these two phrases? When to use them? How did you manage to do that? How do you manage to do that?
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How do I decide when to use upcoming and when forthcoming?

I don't quite understand the difference. I saw a similar question on English SE, but it was a closed question (I wonder why) and the answer was a bit advanced for me to understand. I tried to ...
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What is the adjective corresponding to the humanities?

What adjective do you use for research carried out within the humanities? I've tried to consult dictionaries and google, but I only get more confused... so, if I want to use an adjective + noun to ...
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Expand vs extend when we talk about business

A business can "grow successful" with respect to different aspects, including: just making more money (without further details) acquiring new property (buildings, other companies stocks, ...
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"Why anyone would do X is beyond me." vs. "Why would anyone do X is beyond me.": which one is the proper sentence construction?

Which the sentence construction is correct among the following two sentences? "Why anyone would do X is beyond me." "Why would anyone do X is beyond me."
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What's the difference between the two words "bustle" and "hustle"?

I usually see these two words used together as in "hustle and bustle". I consider them as synonyms but I would like to know that do they have any differences. Then I looked up "bustle&...
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Would like or Would like to have

Q. Hi! What would you like to have? Q. Hi! What would you like to order? A1. I'd like to have an orange juice. A2. I'd like an orange juice. Is there any difference between "would like to ...
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Is it 'everything seems okay' or 'everything seemed okay'? [closed]

It's in the past. What's the difference between everything seems and everything seemed?
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Who with vs with whom

I read this sentence: "But naturally, he pretended he did not care where he stayed or who with." As a learner of English I would write as "...where he stayed or with whom."I might ...
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Is there any difference between "build strength" and "build up strength"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between build strength and build up strength? For example: If you do the exercise, it'll build/build up your strength in no time.
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"what are the best ergonomic chairs" vs "what the best ergonomic chairs are"

What is different between these two sentences? We look into different types of chairs to narrow down what are the best ergonomic chairs. We look into different types of chairs to narrow down what ...
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What's the difference between "awaiting review" and "pending review"?

Is there any difference between "awaiting review" and "pending review", or are they synonymous? Example: The market order is pending review.
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Deploy vs Invoke in programming context [closed]

I frequently saw words ‘invoke’ and ‘deploy’ used in meaning of “to use something that resolve problem of certain domain” in software technology blog posts. What are differences between them and when ...
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Can I call a window sill window stool (as it should be)?

Can I call a window sill window stool? This article, which is just one among the very many I found on the internet, says that what is commonly referred to as the "sill" is actually the stool,...
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"filmed her on their cellphones" or "filmed her with their cellphones"?

filmed her on their cellphones filmed her with their cellphones ? I see both forms, but I am not sure why that is, and if one is preferred over the other. 'On' seems to sound better, but logically '...
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Some Extra Words In an Embedded Question

I have seen the following sentence: They reported whatever it was he did. I wonder whether "it was" should not be removed to have a grammatical structure. If the sentence is grammatical, ...
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Are "until" and "before" close to interchangeable in this context?

If you say it happened three hours ago, why haven't you contacted us until/before now. Does the sentence have the same meaning no matter which of "until" and "before" I choose? ...
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'Three layers' and Three layered'

This is a three layered mask. This is a three layers mask. I have seen three layered masks and Three layers masks. Colloquially, I assume majority will assume both to be the same. Grammatically, are ...
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"John, he was" or "John was"

I see some youtubers have a tendency to add pronouns where they are not required. For example they would say, "John, he liked fishing" instead of "John liked fishing". Coffeehouse ...
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as little sensitive as possible

a. I gave them as little sensitive information as possible. Can't that sentence be read in two ways? I think little could be modifying sensitive or information, so I see two possible readings: The ...
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Multiple washings vs multiple washes

Withstand multiple washings Withstand multiple washes I've seen washings and washes used interchangeably. "Washes" is a verb and "washings" is a noun. Are there any specific ...
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what's the diffrence between these three sentences if indeed there's any [closed]

She was fortunate to escaped Hitler's Germany with her life She was fortunate to have escaped Hitler's Germany with her life She was fortunate to escape Hitler's Germany with her life
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How (could / did) you have the heart to

Have the heart (to do something): To be hard hearted, callous, or unsympathetic (enough to do something); to have the emotional resolve (to do something). Usually used in the negative. Example 1: I ...
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Use of "going to " in a sentence

I read this in a story: Mom, why can’t I go to the circus?” David sniffled. “Because you are too sick. I’m sorry, Sweetie, we are just going to have to find something else to do.” I am curious why the ...
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Ultimate responsibility vs primary responsibility

Something is said to be ultimate if it is original or final for something else and therefore very important. A thing is primary as long as it is happening or coming first, hence important too. I ...
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"Requires no" vs "doesn't require"

Is there a difference between "requires no" and "doesn't require" as in "The thing requires no other thing"? If no, how to convey the requirement of the absence of the ...
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How do suffixes -ed & -ing work in adjectives?

I kinda confuse about these suffixes and how they work. for example: Closed places vs. Close places "Close" can be adj., v. and I've been taught that when adding -ed to a verb, it'll become ...
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"an article titled A" VS "an article entitled A"

I am wondering if there is any difference between the verbs "title" and "entitle" when the context is about introducing an article, book, a piece of writing, etc. Particularly, ...
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What's the difference between “crisscross" and “cross"?

I read the following caption: The narrow gauge train often crisscrosses the street What's the difference between “crisscross" and “cross" this context?
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How different are "the tracks" from "the steps" that one leaves in the snow?

Reading a story by A. Blackwood, I am not sure what to make of the following phrase: The night was still as ice, bitterly cold. Breathlessly they ran, following the tracks. Halfway his steps diverged,...
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What does 'by' in these two sentences?

1)There were several street vendors selling snacks by the footpath. 2)Having warm tea by the tea cart ear my university was my favorite pastime.
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What does 'an entire generation' mean in this context?

What does an entire generation mean in the following context? Does this mean one generation (=around 30 years?) or 'generation of children, young adult and the elderly'? or the rest of life for the ...
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"Sequent" vs "sequential"

What's the difference between "sequent" and "sequential"? I think I know when to use "sequential", but I am not sure about "sequent" since I haven't found the ...
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"Get" or "Take"? [closed]

What's the difference between get and take? How to choose the correct word for a specific context(Ex: I wanna get this or I wanna take this)?
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What is the difference between "college" and "university"

I'm looking at the words college and university. They essentially both mean tertiary education with some differences like class size, degree programs, funding, etc. Will one word become archaic? Will ...
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A knocked-over/An overturned vending machine [closed]

I walked past a knocked-over/an overturned vending machine. Is one of "knocked-over" and "overturned" better than the other if I want to describe that what has happened to the ...
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"I'm suffered enough" vs "I've suffered enough"? What's the difference?

I understand the "I've suffered enough already." but I'm not sure what "I'm suffered enough already." means and what's the difference between the two please? I kind of understand ...
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“If” in dependent clause, and “then” in independent [duplicate]

If it’s not raining outside, I’ll go to the park. If it’s not raining outside, then I will go to the park. If I could speak English, I would go to London. If could speak English, then I would go to ...
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“Shirk” VS “Get out of doing something”

You have left the shop and didn’t care what would happen to your business just for having some fun and hanging out with those guys! We have bigger fishes to fry son. We must pay the installments back ...
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Difference between ‘strategy’ and ‘plan’

What is difference between strategy and plan? The coming year may herald a change in strategy/plan for major publishers
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"must" vs "shall" - are they the same, or is one a softened version of the other?

In Information Technology, the "RFC2119 standard" (not exactly standard, but it does not matter here) provides guidance for the use of some words: "must", "must not", &...
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Is there any difference between "read something to someone" and "read something out to someone"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between read something to someone and read something out to someone? For example: Sir, I can read your PUK code to you only after you've been identified. ...
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Delegate VS Entrust

I wonder which choice fits best in my provided context and why? A colleague was complaining about an employee and I said to her “You know, he’s doing the best he can.” Not to mean that she should ...
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Difference between "on the way" and "along the way"

I would like to know the difference between "on the way" and " along the way". After reading this sentence from a story: "As she headed home, she met her friends along the way....
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"at first glance" VS "at a first glance"

The Google Ngram Viewer shows at first glance is much more frequently used than at a first glance. Furthermore, as in this link(OALD), at first glance is entered as a stand-alone idiom. So I can ...
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I wonder if inclusivity would be better than inclusion in this scenario?

It is said that Amazon would add "inclusion" to their leadership principles: Just weeks later after Bezos's memo, Amazon employees shared stories of racial and gender discrimination they ...
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"annals" or "annuals"

I was reading a book from Dale Carneige named "The Art Of Public Speaking"(Originally published: 1915). I encountered that word "annals" is that exactly same with "annuals&...
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The differences in sounding

What’s the difference between the two sentences below? ‎“Acute massive pulmonary embolism. Embolus meaning a wedge, or in this case, referring to a blood clot. Pulmonary meaning lung. And massive ...

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