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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“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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What's the meaning of “Bought it up”

I heard this phrase from a TV show. We thought you bought it up there. The background is that Mike who is injured in an accident and come back to his friends, one of them said "we thought you ...
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What's the meaning of “Is it now?”

Can anyone explain the meaning of "Is it now" to me? I googled this phrase, but I couldn't find the answer out...I heard this from a TV show: Maggie: Mail's here, telephone bill, letter from your ...
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The correct expression of 'follow his way (or method)'

I asked a question on a forum, and somebody (let's say his name is Bob) answered it (but not completely solve the problem). Based on this answer, I have the problem solved. I want to write the answer ...
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Can I just say “Watch” instead of “Watch where you are going”?

Can we just say "Watch." instead of "Watch where you are going."? Example Context: Let's say somebody hit me on the sidewalk. Note: I know that it can be rude to say these sentences. You don't need ...
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Is it OK to use “heck” in public occasions?

The dictionary gives the following definitions: fuck: to have sex with someone. used when expressing extreme anger, or to add force to what is being said. heck: an expression of usually slight ...
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I encountered a glitch

I was at the library, and walked up to the lady behind the reference desk to tell her about the trouble I had in pulling up the E-book on my laptop the way she had told me to. How could I have said, I'...
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Leave / take leave - keeping in mind the context

Which of the following sentences should be used when we talk with the intention of being more respectful and/or asking permission for the sake of courtesy? "Should I wait or may I take leave now?...
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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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Is using “Dude” for male unknowns is rude? [closed]

I want to know if calling strangers as a dude is rude. What are the possible alternatives?
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Is No issues and No problem same? If not, Which is better to use based on context?

I've seen people use no issues and no problem for the same set of question. Which of the following is better or there is anything wrong with using it. Example:- Person1: I would be late for the ...
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Difference between “I did say that” and “I said that”

What is the difference between these two sentences: " Yes, guys, I did say that." “Yes, guys, I said that."
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“I always thought it'd be my ex-wife did that.”

There is a line from the film Dreamcatcher, spoken by Pete. Motherfucker tried to bite my dick off, Jonesy. I always thought it'd be my ex-wife did that. It sounds jarringly ungrammatical to me, ...