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What does the format “someone on something” imply?

In this example: Barack Obama on food and climate change: 'We can still act and it won't be too late'. what does “Obama on food and climate change” mean? Is it a formal way of saying someone's ...
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What would be a more formal way of saying “do a lot of teaching”?

I want to say that lecturers at our faculty do a lot of teaching, but to my ears, this phrasing is rather informal – am I right? So, what would be a more formal (or at least less informal) way of ...
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Do dictionaries sometimes say nonsense?

For example, plural nouns like 'clothes' and 'pants' actually are singulars, but we call them 'plural nouns.' If it's true, what words is appropriate to describe these cases? 'Formal'?
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What should I address while there are two women teachers?

I have to write a note to my course teachers and both of them are women. So, how should I address them? Dear Ma'ams or Dear Madames or anything else?
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Why don't foreign phrases such as “mot juste” get anglicized when used in English?

English has borrowed (or stolen?) a lot of vocabulary from other languages such as Latin, German, Italian, French and Spanish etc. Most words that are borrowed are anglicized and are pronounce the way ...
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Quotation marks are necessary in this context?

Moreover, they are causing the disappearing of several Punos, which are endemic wetlands of my region vital to the wildlife. Karachi is where my family and I plan to keep living , but due to the ...
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“In spite of” vs. “despite”

Which one is more formal and suitable for an academic context? Despite being elected to office, she remains first and foremost a writer. In spite of being elected to office, she remains first and ...
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Is it necessary to add 'to' before 'develop projects'?

Furthermore, this master is crucial for enhancing his capacity to research and develop projects related to subterranean water, which are required to supply the urgent demand of water for zones with ...
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“Municipality of <municipality-name>” or “<municipality-name> Municipality”

I was discussing with some people about which form is more correct regarding a Municipality, or other territory divisions. For example, regarding to a map of the municipality, is it more correct to ...
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Organization structure or structure of organization

Between “organization structure” and “structure of organization”, which one is more commonly use and formal? Thank you
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In layman's terms vs. simply put

In the following sentence: Simply put, the impacts of global warming are going to be more evident in not-too-distant future. Can I use In layman's terms instead of simply put? In layman's terms, ...
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Is ball-park figure formal or informal?

Is it OK to use this expression in an academic text? The given charts represent ball-park figures of mortality rates in European countries. Is ball-park formal enough to be used in an academic ...
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Better (more formal) way to say this?

if I went to ask what are some of the sources of education where a person get knowledge from, how can I say this in a more formal way? I'm not native native English speaker, still learning so I still ...
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India specific- Addressing multiple men and women in an interview

In an interview in India, how am I supposed to greet the people (all of them together) in the interview panel? The interview panel consists of at least two men and at least two women. Good morning, ...
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“Hi Joe” vs. “Hi Mr Parker” when writing an email

Joseph Parker is an English tutor and he likes his students call him Joe. By tutor, I mean he doesn't teach at college or school. He teaches English with an online classroom. Which probably means it's ...
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Did a program or have taken part in a program?

I want to say that I "did" a student exchange program in another country. which way is the correct way of writing that in a formal letter / application: I have taken part in a student ...
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Asking 'why are you asking this to me?'

Someone asks me a question in very formal conversation. And I want to know why he/she is asking me this question. Basically, I want to know the reason and purpose behind this question. How can I ask ...
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I didn't forget vs I haven't forgotten

Not a native English here and I'm having the issue with I didn't and I haven't use when saying I hope I didn't forget/haven't forgotten anything (to say/mention when answering the email or message) ...
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How do we build a dialogue?

I struggle a lot with dialogues, and I was wondering if you could tell me which of these sentences is correct. If neither is, could you tell me how to build it correctly? :) “I told her my secret.” ...
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Do we say “given” or “given that“?

Which is the formal one? “Given I’m tired, I won’t be there.” “Given that I am tired, I won’t be there.” Can we omit the “that” after “given” or it won’t be formal anymore? Other examples: I don’t ...
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Is “to be (couple of pages) in” formal or informal?

For example: I lost interest after I had been a couple of pages in. Can we use this sentence in formal situations?
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Make a warning message sound as official as possible [closed]

I am attempting to write a warning message for an email program. My users have informed me that the message sounds unofficial and somewhat scammy. WARNING: The sender of this email is from someone ...
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Why do people call you a nickname when you introduce yourself with a proper name

As a rule, I always introduce myself using my proper first name, "Thomas". With this I expect people to refer to me and call me by that name. However, there are a significant number of people who go ...
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How much time does it take to be an English master [closed]

How much time does it take to be an English master I mean how to speak English like your native language and how much time does it take???
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Is 'be to verb' the only case of

any construct getting formal when they get shorter? Normally, when you shorten a phrase, then they feel like informal or colloquial. I heard that 'be to' construct is the short form of 'be going to' ...
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Compliance “to be mandatory”

I want to ask a question about the function of the word "compliance". I was writing a text regarding politics and wanted to mention whether if the United Kingdom left the EU whether some of the ...
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Is it correct to say “the problem of living cost increasing”?

I'm curious about the right way to say the rising of living cost, because usually I will use: The problem of living cost increasing The living cost increasing problem The increasing of living cost ...
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Why is “Don't do such stupid things” unnatural? [closed]

I talked to two native speakers of English, and they did not say anything was wrong with the following sentence: Don't do stupid shit. But they said that the following sentence is not ...
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“that is” in speech

When "that is" means "in other words," can it be used in colloquial speech? Or is it more suited to a formal register? Does the following sound natural in daily speech? We, that is, my brother and ...
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Are contractions discouraged in formal writing? [closed]

I remember reading something long ago that says people should avoid contractions in formal writing. I wonder whether that is true. And by formal writing, I mean specifically the four types: (1) ...
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The phrase “in duplicate”

What does the following statement mean ? Admit card should be submitted in DUPLICATE. a) 1 original & 1 photocopy. b) Both originals. c) Both photocopies.
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Is “how long are you here for” formal or informal?

What exactly is the difference in meaning of the following sentences? How long are you here for? How long have you been here? Since when have you been here? How long will you be here? ...
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Is the phrase “Do more harm than good” formal?

I would like to ask about the formality of the phrase "Do more harm than good". Could I use it in formal writing such as an essay? Since it is an idiom, and my teacher said that the majority of ...
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Can I pay my credit card?

As far as I know, the direct object of pay (when meaning provide money for something) is who or what you want to pay. However, I read the following sentence from a (supposedly) native speaker: Can ...
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THe formal form for Let's see

I want to say: First, let's see what is the concept of (a word). The question is how can I write this part of the sentence (let's see) in a formal manner?
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It's a book of my mother's

If we say: It's a book of my mother's How could this sentence be identified? Wrong, archaic, formal or something else?
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What would be a formal substitute for the informal quantifiers “a lot of” and “lots of”?

A lot of, lots of with a noun We use a lot of and lots of in informal styles. Lots of is more informal than a lot of. A lot of and lots of can both be used with plural countable nouns and with ...
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Is it rightly used the semicolon at this paragraph

I appreciate if someone could check whether it is rightly used the semicolon and the word "thereby" at this paragraph, keeping in mind that this is formal english. If the producer have to assume more ...
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Is “I did not breakfast today” correct?

Is the following sentence correct? I did not breakfast today Due to breakfast coming from ‘to break your fast’.
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How to say “does this make a difference?” more formally?

[Some fact about our component.] Does this make a difference for inclusion in the OtherCompany App Store? Sounds not as formal as I would like a business email to be. It's passable, I think, but I ...
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“Is there…?” or “there is… .”

To solve some problem, I want to confirm our partners whether we have any measures. Is the following sentence grammatically wrong? “Please advise is there any procedures we can take?” Since “...
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Is it informal to use “so on ” in the article?

I have written this phrase The input of the DNN is the features extracted automatically by feature_extractor model, which are given to the first hidden layer, and the outputs of this layer are ...
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'May I know…' if 'May I know when this group was established?' sounds natural? May I know other ways to ask this question?

May I know when this group was established? Hello. I learned in a text that we can say 'May I know...?' in formal situations. But an American teacher of English told me it sounded unnatural. He said '...
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Formal connectors of results (“in this way”, “hence”, “thusly” and “as follows”) [closed]

In the following examples, are the terms ("in this way", "hence", "thusly" and "as follows") synonyms sufficiently formal to be used in academic work with a sense of result? In this way, as this ...
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Is “he will be come around 1pm” or “he will come around 1pm” more formal?

I would like to know which sentence is more formal in "he will be come around 1pm on tomorrow afternoon" and "he will come around 1pm on tomorrow afternoon"
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Overuse of pronouns [closed]

In the paragraph: "Company with 8 years of commercial experience, they are in the growth stage within the primary sector of the economy, they have a workforce of approximately 200 employees, ...
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A specific way of asking for a meeting?

Can one say "... if you(I) could see me(you) on Friday..." when requesting a meeting?
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position of “from”

Is there any difference between the following sentences? They returned where they had come from. They returned from where they had come.
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Is it right to use the word 'execute' in place of 'run'?

I have recently studied two sentences in which these words are used which i mentioned: your program is not executing. your program is not running. these two words often used in sentences so my ...
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How to use the verb “to hope for” in the right tense for something that hasn’t happened yet?

I am sending formal mail to a German company so I was wondering whether the following sentence is ok to use in that correspondence? We are hoping for the best results. Does this sentence make any ...