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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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Why is “what's what?” always wrong as a question?

When I talk to somebody, and I miss a certain part(word) of the sentence they said, I have a habit of replacing the unheard part with what and ask the same sentence like this: Speaker: Can you ...
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how about (subjunctive?)

There's this construct in informal speech: How about + clause. When used in the affirmative, things are clear enough: - "How about you shut up?" - "How about we give them a hand, huh?" etc. ...
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What's the difference, if any, between 'going to (do something)' (aka 'gonna') and 'fixing to (do something)' (aka 'finna')?

go [...] 3 (be going to be/do something) Intend or be likely or intended to be or do something; be about to (used to express a future tense) (from here) fix [...] 4 (be ...
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When cand I use “that is” or “to be”?

I am from Mexico, so English is not my first language. I'd like to know when can I say "that is" or "to be" because in Spanish is the same For instance: I want a room that is big in Spanish: Quiero ...
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holes-in-her-purse bail meaning

In Breaking bad, when Hank was up against Walt, after everyone else was "out" in the game, he said the following: When old holes-in-her-purse bails, you know you're in deep. I know of money ...
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“I had a question” or “I have a question”

Which one do you ask of someone when your register wants to be polite? "I had a question:..." or "I have a question:..." I heard a long time ago that the use of the past simple tense in asking a ...
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is it correct to ask “Is the class still on at 3?” . is there a better way to as this question?

I have my singing class at 3 and need to confirm with my instructor. Is this the right way to ask the question?
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She is his Keep

I do not know how this usage came into India.I have searched on google and the internet but I could not find the usage. She is his keep(concubine) I hear this usage in southern ...
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“My…” Vs. “of mine”

Recently I noticed that there are people that instead of saying "My client" or "My friend" they say "a client of mine" or "a friend of mine". Initially, a couple of months ago I heard it from a German ...
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Differences between Going to and Will in Informal and Formal English

In formal English (or written English), I'm super sure that the Be going to and Will rules are "respected". (Correct me if I'm wrong) For example, probably in formal English, they probably use "Going ...
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Is “weed out” informal?

I'm currently writing a academic paper draft (in computer vision, if it helps), and I'd like to know if "weed out", in the sense of "eliminate", or "remove" is considered informal ? Edit: adding an ...
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Informal appointment reminder

Tomorrow I have an appointment with another person to speak and train English. I want to remind him about this: We have an appointment on Wednesday at xx a.m, haven't we? But it sounds too formal. ...
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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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Is it okay when I say “My friends and I are a students”?

Is it okay when I say: "My friends and I are a students in the university" OR it should be: "My friends and I are students in the university" without the a?
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Difference between “hardly someone” and “hardly anyone”

The following construction is considered nonstandard in English Nowadays, hardly someone studies ancient Greek. It should be Nowadays, hardly anyone studies ancient Greek. And although the ...
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Which is formal; “In this paper I argue” or “This paper argues”?

In this paper I argue that small incentives can lead to greater participation in surveys. OR This paper argues that small incentives can lead to greater participation in surveys. According to ...
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When I say Hello guys

When I say "hello guys" in an online forum, Is it considered that I'm talking to some men? Or it's for every human beings? Thanks in advance
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Do we use quotation marks with like?

For example: My little brother went to my mom He's like mom can you give me 5 dollars? My mom's like honey I gave you $10 last weekend. Do I need to use quotation marks after he's like/...
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Run 2 runs, run 2 (can “runs” be dropped in colloquial language) [cricket]

I had a question related to Cricket. Colloquially, where the context's obvious, can "runs" be dropped to avoid duplication? The batsman ran two runs. But can it be (in a obvious context) The ...
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How to tell a person that they can come/go through a door before you…

One thing that comes to my mind is "Please, come in" or just "Please" (this is what I use mostly). Come in suggests me that you are standing in a room, but what if you are in a corridor? What do you ...
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Informal colloquial English: Can I remove are in “You still here?” or similar sentences?

Suppose that you see a person who used to work with you in the same building but they left that job for another a year ago. You see them again in the same building and turn and say: Awo, you still ...
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Informal question construction: “Anyone know what…”, “Everyone finished?”

I've encountered this slight problem with an informal sentence: Anyone know what a serrated knife is? I thought the sentence was incorrect - there's no ·s for the third person singular. However, ...
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Can “because of” be shortened to “cuz of”?

As we know "because" is often shortened as "cuz" in informal speech. Now I hear "because of" many times a day, so it came to my mind whether I can shorten "because of" to "cuz of".
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What tense is this: “Why'd you make him live all those years alone?”

In the movie "Something big" with Dean Martin, Mr. Baker asks colonel's wife: "Why'd you make him live all those years alone?" What tense is that? Grammary suggest me: Why'd you made him live all ...
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Synonym for the word “information”

A friend sent me an email telling me about a job opening. I want to send him an email telling him "thank you for the information about the job", but I feel that the the word "information" is very ...
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Text in Asterisks in 3rd person singular

•starts waving my hand faster• is it idiomatic to use third person singular form when there is first person determiner, my? I've often seen these constructions in text messages like •waves hello• ...
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Can we use by the way after the new mentioned sentence?

I met my friend in school I asked him 'Why were you ignoring me on instagram' He said 'I was not. It's just that my internet wasn't working' I replied No, you had seen my message and I'm not ...
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Third Conditionals: “If I knew…” instead of “had known…” in casual register

I know that in the following sentences "If I had known" has to be used in the place of "If I knew" to form the grammatically right sentences. What I really want be sure of is that as a native if all ...
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The correct preposition after “I'm dying”

Saying "I'm dying" alone is normal and correct, but what if it was followed (for any reason) by a preposition? Would "at" be the correct one to use as in (I'm dying at this)? It was stated in that ...
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What is the difference between you betcha and I betcha?

I've heard people using this slang betcha. What is the difference between you betcha and I betcha?
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“You betcha” as a response to “Thank you”

A: Thank you! B: You betcha! I've heard the phrase "You betcha" several times as a form of agreement or understanding. Though, I don't understand what it means after the exclamation "Thank you". ...
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How formal or euphemistic is “debris”?

Is the word "debris" considered to be an euphemism of other words? And does the word have some kind of the degree of formality? If yes, is it informal or formal one? So the word 'debris' here is in ...
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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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How to describe a person by his/her job?

If I want to avoid embarrassing myself by wearing any clothes in front of a stylist who I happened to know personally, so can I say: I don't want to embarrass myself in front of the stylist Sally. ...
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What does “it's going to be a fast match for team X” mean?

"It's going to be a fast match for Team A." Does this mean that team A will win? I am not sure what it means, because it's going to be a fast match for both team A or the team team A is playing ...
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Can we omit “as possible” in “as many X as possible” in informal speech?

I just got out of a photo studio to get some pictures for my passport and I told the photographer "Do you have a ten, I am trying to collect as many ten." It sounded more natural to end with "ten" ...
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Is it possible to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition without sounding too formal? [closed]

The sentence "I am only willing to talk to people on whom I look down." replaces: "I am only willing to talk to people I look down on." but the problem is that the first sentence sounds too ...
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Is “so that” and “so” 100% synonymous in informal speech?

I was told "so" is used to tell what the result was; whereas "so that" is used to tell what the purpose was. The question is that the case in informal speech? I feel a lot of people use "so" and "so ...
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What's the difference between good in math and good at math?

I see both forms, but I've seen in one of the answers here that you use "good in math class" and "not good in math", which is probably not quite true, or is it? Which is it? I was not gonna ask the ...
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Meaning of “Working to a brief”

What does the following sentence mean: "I like not working to a brief"?
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Is the phrase “My circle of the people I know” correct?

I know a similar phrase which is "my circle of friends". Thus, would this one apply as that phrase? The sentence: Who could that be? Although my circle of the people I know, is not that big.
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Why people says 'tho' at the end of the sentence? [duplicate]

I heard many of them used the word 'tho' in their sentence and I'm still can't figure out what it really means and how to use it!
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Clarification for the usage of “though”

I'm only asking for "though" as an adverb. There were already asked questions about this : Why people says 'tho' at the end of the sentence? Could you clarify when to use "Though" ...
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Have the newspapers started using Informal Language?

Using formal language doesn't mean that you have to sound stilted and boring. You can still sound lively and engaging by using words imaginatively but choosing carefully to avoid slang and incorrect ...
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Are phrasal verbs almost always too informal to use in an academic writing?

I was reading an article on how to prove my writing and came across these example sentences given which sparked this question in my mind. The blog says that "use the word acquire instead of the ...
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Delete the phrase “I'm” from the sentence by native speaker [duplicate]

I hear many native speakers say, for example, "glad to connect" or "Not sure about that". Where they delete "I am" at the beginning of the sentence, Is that kind of "short the talk", I mean to speak a ...
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Can “it's” be omitted in the following case? [duplicate]

She wriggles herself closer to me. (It's) Definitely not my imagination playing a prank on me. I wonder if you can omit "it's" in situations like these (at least in informal writing). I checked ...
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Is it okay to use the forward slash in informal dialogues?

Is it okay to use '/' in a dialogue of an informal story? If not, what is the alternative? My sentence: They all wanted to come; to support you and/or to witness the event.
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did wake up or woke up

I want to know which of the sentences below is used? I'm not talking about grammar, I'm talking about slang or daily talking with your friends or families. When did you wake up? (which is ...