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Does saying "Keep it up" put me in an authoritative position?

As a way of congratulating someone on starting a new project, I recently said "Keep it up". The other person said that "keep it up" isn't a phrase one would use outside of work and ...
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Does including 'to be' after linking verbs sounds informal?

Here I provide the excerpt I took from Advanced Grammar In Use: Before a noun we include to be when the noun tells us what the subject is, but often leave it out when we give our opinion of the ...
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Is it okay to ommit personal pronouns in such situations?

I'm wondering if it's considered casual and natural to start sentences without the pronoun, or if a native English speaker would find that odd and feel that I'm either being way too casual or that I'm ...
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Formal you vs. informal you

Since there just one form for both cases and context is one way to get the idea which one is used, is there a way to understand it out of context?
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Does it sound werid to native speakers if the learners use formal words in casual/everyday speech?

I'm always curious whether using formal words in a casual/everyday speech sounds weird to native speakers. Or maybe the native speakers can notice such uses but don't care at all? For example, the ...
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Can use this form in the informal conversation? [closed]

Chatting with my club colleagues: If I get my winch driver qualification this weekend I can do winch on Friday. Can I say: If I'm qualified this weekend, I can do Friday.
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Does Relative pronoun in relative clause always follows the noun it modifies/referes?

I have studied about relative clauses in many blogs and i noticed in every blog that, the relative pronoun was followed by the noun it modifies, is it thumb rule of relative clause? Or any situations ...
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Is there an expression or idiom to express that your brain has temporarily stopped working because you've been overwhelmed by something?

I am looking for an informal idiom or expression to imply that my brain has stopped working temporarily because say I have dealt with a heavy math question or I have gone through an overwhelming ...
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Is it okay to say "We are no more in the 20th century"? Using "no more" with periods of time

The most correct form is "We are no longer in the 20th century". But saying "We are no more in the 20th century" or "We are in the 20th century no more" is also correct? ...
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Other words in the construction "that's a me (problem/thing)"

Recently I have come across the construction "that's a me problem", which I found kind of interesting. Doing some googling I have found some variations such as "that's a you problem&...
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How prejudice affects our lives? VS how does prejudice affect our lives? [duplicate]

I'm writting an essay and I have a question... Which one of these questions is correct? How prejudice affects our lives? How does prejudice affect our lives?
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Why do some people use 'It's ain't' as in "It's ain't true" with "Is + ain't"?

I found that many people use the form of 'is ain't' on the Internet. I don't know why they use "Is" + "Ain't" whereas it doesn't make any sense? According to Google, there are ...
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Is this correct use of "I guess"?

The following is one definition of "I guess" on Urban Dictionary: -apathy towards something or someone Jack: So, are you pro-life or pro-choice? Because I really feel that when you analyze ...
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What is the opposite of "a soft spot"?

If one can have a soft spot for cherished things, one can have a ________ for dreaded ones. I've thought about words like "imperviousness" or "immunity", but they sound more formal ...
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'X' no longer or no longer 'X'

What is the difference between following sentences: "This outpost is no longer used". "No longer this outpost is used". Do both of the given sentences grammatically carry the same ...
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What does "Book skin" mean in this context? (I've got extra book skin from breastfeeding) [closed]

"I've got extra book skin from breastfeeding" What does "book skin" exactly mean here?
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What are some adjectives that are usually used without a subject or verb in response to something, similar to "agreed"?

Consider the following example: A: How about I do the dishes and you make dinner? B: Agreed. Could you give me other examples for adjectives that are usually used in this way?
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Can I omit the article in this case?

Certain nouns, such as "baby", "Mom" or "Dad", can be used without the article "The", and I think that by doing so you give a sense of intimacy and informality. ...
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Usage of the suffix o-meter in compound words like: busy-o-meter, happy-o-meter

Someone on another website was wondering whether a certain word was correct. After they asked the question they said: I guess I'm asking how it rates on the correct-o-meter. The usage of correct-o-...
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Sarcasm through words like "yay" and "thanks"

The other day I came across an interesting usage of yay. Context: a YouTuber was reviewing a book in which the author painted a too optimistic picture of how the future might look like, she ...
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"Well done to even think of it", is this correct?

I came across this sentence: Well done to even think of it. which struck me as odd grammar-wise. I did some research and well done to seemed to be always followed by a name or a pronoun but never a ...
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Usage of 'almighty' in informal language

I had always thought that almighty was only used in religious contexts until I came across: An almighty sigh of relief which I found interesting. I am wondering, is using almighty considered ...
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"Is that the words?!" or "are those the words?!" when forgetting the lyrics of a song

I was watching a video and I heard the following sentence: We're gonna take you on a journey here today, literally I'm about to call this guy, the scammer, up, and we'll be watching him, [music ...
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Informal or formal? "mind your p's and q's" [closed]

"mind your p's and q's" Is this phrase formal or informal?
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Can I say "Hoping for good"? And some other songwriting problems

I'm writing a song with the following draft lyrics: My little soul, don't be so blue This little song is made to be happy, My tall body, don't be so shy: There are just two of us here: you and I. ...
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Why sometimes in the U.S.A do they skip verbs?

Reading some lyrics from American songs, I've noticed that sometimes they skip verbs. For example in F.N. by Lil Tjay he says "You a Man, I don't fear you" Isn't this wrong? I think it ...
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synonym for "introspection" or "thinking inwardly"

I want to use a word that not only conveys the meaning of "thinking inwardly" but also is common, informal and normal in native English. I use the examples below and some synonyms for ...
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"What do you mean?" vs "what you mean?"

I looked it up online and came across the same question asked on different forums online, and all the answers say the only correct way is "what do you mean?", as a stand alone question. But ...
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He and I / Him and me / He and me / Him and I [duplicate]

A: Where would you have the perfect date? B: In a place without people. Just him and me. Is this written correctly?
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Informal word or rude

Is there some rude or informal word if you want to sell broken thing to buyer without letting him know that it's broken?
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What does "ima" mean in "ima sue the s*** out of em"?

Is "ima" an informal spelling of "I must"? MegaCharizardZord Replying to @nytimes about COVID-19 vaccine: i just hope when i take it don't die lol. i trust the government in ...
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What does the following sentence mean ? "Since when is ..."

I saw the following sentence and I cannot understand its exact meaning. Since when is W equal to PV ? I do not understand the combination of "since + when". Is it also formal or informal? ...
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"Would you like to go on a holiday together?" -- is this correct English?

One person asks another person: Would you like to go on a holiday together? or Would you like to go out together? I take it that "with me" or "with us" is implied. Is that use ...
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Having terrible spoken English in daily contexts

Short background of me: I was originally from the Philippines and have learned English for 14 years in school. I came from a family with humble beginnings and grew up surrounded by people who speak ...
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Why were some English phrases written in double negatives when the speaker actually wants to express a single negative? [duplicate]

For example, I just saw this phrase on social media: The way 2020 going, I ain't buyin' no PS5. I mean, in this instance, I can ultimately see that what the poster actually mean is that "I ain'...
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Omitting "and", "or" in enumerations

In TV series and films I sometimes come across enumerations that lack the "and" or the "or", and sometimes even have something very different used instead. What do you want coffee ...
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Using the adverb (so) with a noun

From time to time I hear this construction used informally by some native speakers, I think it conveys the intended meaning in a unique way, as in: It's so summer! I would love to know if there are ...
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I was toxic MYSELF

I've tried looking up 'myself' but the only results I get is 'myself or by myself.' But my problem is a bit different. I was talking about a few toxic friends who I used to play video games with and I ...
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Is it normal to find mistakes in the novel “Lord of Flies”?

I started reading “Lord of Flies” from William Golding, and so far I really like it. However, I came across many grammar or verb mistakes like the ones below: “Your dad don’t know, nobody don’t know......
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I can't stress enough how this position/job is appropriate for me

I wrote the following sentence but am not sure enough if it is appropriate to use it in a job interview and if the word "appropriate" is good choice for the sentence to show your willingness ...
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Rewriting short sentences to full sentences

Michael Swan in his book Practical English Usage (page 1) writes: Some styles of writing and speech have their own grammatical rules, often because of the need to save space and time. Informal notes, ...
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Why do native speakers sometimes call some one 'name + boy'?

I've heard male native speakers call their male friends by their name + boy. For example, a man's name is David, and a male friend of his once said to him 'Hey David boy...' And I've heard another ...
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Is the phrase "with flying colours" informal

As suggested in the title, I wonder if i can use it in my thesis? I'm discussing the education of spoken English in China, I just thought about the phrase just now, probably I'll be using it like ...
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Meaning of "C’mon that segue tho."

I am translating a Youtube video to Spanish; I am fairly comfortable with standard English but I have found an expression that I am not sure how to understand. Of course, I do not want the translation ...
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Can I say "yeah" to mean "keep going"?

If someone(like a professor) is correcting me or teaching me something I don't know, and there is a pause, can I say "yeah" to mean "yes, I understand, please keep going?". Because it's a really small ...
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Is "have a lock on something" same as "having something on lock"?

And from what I understand they're informal; am I right?
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Meaning of these dialect phrases from Orison Swett Marden book

I'm not a native English speaker and cannot get the full meaning of this part of Orison Swett Marden's self help book "Pushing to the front": "Why the doose de 'e 'old 'is 'ead down like that?" ...
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Emphasize something with two adverbs

Do you use two adverbs before noun to emphasize something or do you end sentence with three adverbs maybe informal in an informal setting if not formal way? If you do then what is adverb orders? Can ...
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Pine, spruce and fir in informal spoken English

Do native English speakers distinguish pines, spruces and firs in informal spoken English? Can it be that for most people they are just pine trees and people rarely use "spruce" or "fir" in their ...
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Telling a teammate to press forward alone towards the goal

Let's say you are playing football and such a situation happened: After the corner, you had the ball and you gave the pass to the partner ahead, and he alone, what would you say? Would you say?: go ...

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