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Are "All right, so ....." and "So, yeah, ....." interchangeable when we start to talk about a subject?

"So yeah,...." "All right, so..." I sometimes hear these two expressions being used when people start talking about something to other people. For example, I hear that some ...
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However, although in single sentence

Can we use however and although in one and the same sentence? For example However, although there is small room for improvement.
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Is it right to say "we were like fasting "?

I think have heard some instances in colloquial English in which people use "like" along with ing-form verbs, for example, "We were like boiling of the heat". I have written the following text from ...
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critics all be like

after last season critics all be like, "oh please please give us more complexity" since the end felt like i let down when the complex stuff end up being a red herring. Source:
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'the very strong acid, chloric acid' vs. 'a very strong acid, chloric acid'

Chlorine(VII) oxide reacts with water to give the very strong acid, chloric(VII) acid - also known as perchloric acid. (source) I guess we can use a instead of the here: Chlorine(VII) oxide reacts ...
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What may seem a grammatical function of "And indeed" and "while the wind beats against the window and the lamp is burning"

"And indeed, what is better than to sit by one’s fireside in the evening with a book, while the wind beats against the window and the lamp is burning?" ― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary How may you ...
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On opening a sentence with the (quasi-)command, "Look..."

It's quite common, especially in spoken English, to hear someone begin an explanation with the word, "Look". For example, on US cable news and the like, we often hear an exchange something ...
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The usage of "As you mentioned earlier" etc

How to use as + subject + in/earlier/before/above in the sentences while writing or speaking. I have often seen people using some expressing starting with "As", for examples: As you said/mentioned ...
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Is listing points with letters in a daily conversation still used and does it sound natural?

I got this information from an English book. In informal spoken language, people often use the letters of the alphabet (usually no more than a, b and c), to list points they want to make. Stella: Why ...
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Usage of 'and' vs 'while' vs 'whereas'

I understand that and and while/whereas have different meanings. However, I couldn't decide which one is more accurate and suitable for the following example. A Line-of-sight (LoS) link is ...
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Why is there a question mark at the end of this sentence which starts with 'You know'?

You know, I was organizing an amazing dinner party last night? Source: BBC Learn English You know is a discourse marker here, means 'I'm going to tell you some information you already know'. So I don'...
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"therefore" to connect two sentences

The following is taken from a reworked version of an article where some sentences have been reordered. Do you think "therefore" properly connects the sentences? The “sweet spot” for sleep ...
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"but which" vs "therefore they”

This question is from a school exam about clauses Can you please explain how I can choose between these two options? Working in this way, she and her fellow architects have produced various spaceship-...
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“The first, it is” or “First, it is”?

In the following sentence, Does the "the" article come before the "first" word? I have two reasons for my claim. The first, it is . . .
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