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Is it idiomatic to use the expression “in tune with” in everyday speaking?

My sister lost one of my books somewhere in the house a few days ago. Then I asked her to get it back. I guess she didn't even start searching. So, I explained why that book is so important to me, ...
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Is it a common to use “I like the idea” to express “I believe”?

Suppose that there is a guy applying a job I also feel that your company will continue to evolve in the future, and I like the idea of contributing to that development. I thought the expression "...
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What does it mean ''to be(or not be) emotionally prepared to say or do something''?

What does it mean "to be(or not be) emotionally prepared to say or do something"? I don't really know this very well so I need a explanation of this please
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“did you attend” or “were you able to attend”, when to use which?

This post is derived from another one/. They might need to merge. Let's say Michael had mentioned that he were trying to reschedule another appointment in order to attend a meeting yesterday. I ...
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“I suspect not” or “I don't suspect”, when to use which?

In an ELL post (The difference of a sentence with and without the phrase "in use") I said I suspect "in use" does not mean "being used" in you example. If I rewrite the sentence above ...
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“you didn't even start” or “you don't even start”, when to use which?

My sister lost one of my books somewhere in the house a few days ago. Then I asked her to get it back. I asked her just now about the book. She answered she didn't find it. I guess she didn't even ...
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Is it suitable to call a baby a “thing”? If yes, how old is a baby when he/she should not be called “thing”?

An answer to the question (With the meaning of "not involving anything else", could "just" and "solely" be used interchangeably?) says For example, you could say "he's ...
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gerund or if clause, when to use which?

In a question (The difference of a sentence with and without the phrase "in use") I said If I get rid of "in use", will the meaning be affected? I suppose the following expressions could ...
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“Were you able to” and “are you able to”, when to use which?

I am aware that "be able to" means "If you are able to do something, you have enough freedom, power, time, or money to do it". An ELL post("Could you...?" vs. "Were you able to...?&...
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The difference of a sentence with and without the phrase “in use”

Cambridge Dictionary defines "in use" as being used and gives example Is the washing machine in use right now? An ELL post ("Could you...?" vs. "Were you able to...?") says ...
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Is “at some point” more commonly used when talking about future while “at one time” for past?

I suppose the following expression is idiomatic I’m the kind of person who needs new challenges to stay focused. I might even start my own business, because that’s something I’ve always wanted to ...
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Who is good at both Calculus and English? Limit Inferior of x vs. Pareto-inferior to x

I want to translate one chapter of a book from English. Who can explain to me what is "Pareto-inferior to x" at the end of third page? I think it is a mathematical term. I got some ideas about what it ...
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Is it unnecessary to put an “a” in this sentence “It’s very challenging work”?

To describe my job, I could say it’s very challenging work Is unnecessary to put an "a" in this sentence It’s a very challenging work In a different context, my boss gives my a very difficult ...
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can we use past simple with for the past two days

I heard some strange noises for the past two days after waking up and it scared me, I'm glad it did not happen today if I consider that the strange noises are over and won't happen again or I ...
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Man, to play is filthy

What does Man, to play is filthy. mean in context? “We aren’t going to play anything,” he said. “Man, to play is filthy. Did you ever hear Prender play piano? Do you know what a cool man he was in ...
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had his brow in his hands

What does had his brow in his hands mean? It sounded like a very troubled forty-year-old man, a man who had had his brow in his hands a long time. Testimony of Pilot by Barry Hannah
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Is “this **type of** work” idiomatic?

I've read lots of posts that talk about "type of", "sort of" and "kind of". This post focuses on a particular scenario rather than a general discussion. I guess the following expression is ...
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“One had to engage himself like suck’s revenge with a horn”

It is very interesting phrase for me. Could you explain it in detail.. Who is One, Quadberry or narrator? engage himself? suck’s revenge? Horn is saxophone as I understood How to translate the ...
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Does “If ever” mean “maybe we even never see”?

An ELL post says "At the moment" is a grammatical construction and, in certain cases, an appropriate and idiomatic one, but it is seldom if ever used as a synonym for "now," at least not in the U.S....
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What does it mean to “pronounce oneself/itself on something”"

pronounceIt may seem dangerous to express oneself on the future of labour law, since it is widely considered to be in crisis by scholars of the field. There is no doubt that anyone attempting to ...
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Should I put an “as” when use the word “pronounce”?

I asked a question just now. she pronounces "would need" as /wudnt/. A nice answerer @Weather Vane says:"I pronounce it /.../". So, is it unnecessary to put an "as" when use the word "pronounce"?
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Are people who work in the same company but never actually work together called colleagues?

colleague refers to a person with whom one works, especially in a profession or business. in my company, different groups work on different projects, some of them may do not know others at all. ...
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Do people really use “like to do” when talking about hobbies in everyday speaking?

This post is different to another one (When to use infinitive and when to use present participle of a same word?), which is discussing pure grammar. Note: This post focuses on more practical scenarios....
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How do I understand Labels & Codes [ C or U ] in Cambridge dictionary correctly?

in Cambridge dictionary, [C] refers to Countable noun: a noun that has a plural [U] refers to Uncountable or singular noun: a noun that has no plural. What does [ C or U ] mean? Take this (...
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Is it a little bit unnatural to use visit when talking about parents?

I live with my wife and son. My parents live 3 blocks away and visit us monthly. Is it a little bit unnatural to use visit here? They are my parents, not other relatives like aunt, niece and nephews.
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that durn my skin if I can keep my eyes from her if she wants them!

"Darned if the squaw hain't got on all her war paint! Jest give her a shove off if she comes any of her tricks on me, for I'm so fixed everlastingly by the boss, that durn my skin if I can keep my ...
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What does “bank” mean in banked oval track?

Google gives a definition about roller derbies a team skating competition on roller skates, held on a banked oval track. where "bank" is used as a verb. Cambridge dictionary gives definitions ...
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How to refer to a video/post idiomatically?

I asked a question in another post (Does developments means building?), which starts with This video (https://youtu.be/SY_iFntJ8xY?t=148) is talking about some Real Estate Tips. Is "this video" ...
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with blasts of the rackets over into

What does 'with blasts of the rackets' mean here in context? Could you also explain meaning of 'over' when we use it like here - 'over into' or 'over here' I just know that it does not translate, but ...
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The difference between Detached Homes and Townhouses

A tutorial video calls the following image (A) as Townhouses and calls the following image (B) as Detached Homes what is the difference?
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Can I change the place of preeposition in sentences below?

I want from the heart him to make his valedictory before the public Would this sentence mean the same if I use “from the heart” in the end of the sentence like I want him to make his valedictory ...
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In red color or red color of… Which one is better?

These shirts are popular in red color . Red color of these shirts are popular this year. Is there any difference between two sentence or both are correct ? I couldn't understand difference ...
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Does developments means building?

This video (https://youtu.be/SY_iFntJ8xY?t=148) is talking about some Real Estate Tips. all the garbage and water bills are also paid directly by you and not an HOA. however, in some ...
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could someone give some simpler explanation about the meaning of “epistemic”, difference between epistemic and predictive?

An wiki page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemic_modality) explains "epistemic modality" as a sub-type of linguistic modality that deals with a speaker's evaluation/judgment of, degree of ...
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“of all five”, how do I use this kind of expression correctly?

This post starts with Manarola, Liguria, Italy. Is one of the smallest towns in Italy, however, it is frequently visited by tourists due to its stunning beauty. The oldest building here is San ...
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Is “on” in “spend sth on doing sth” optional?

Cambridge dictionary gives this example We've just spent $1.9 million on improving our computer network. I am aware of that usage, the standard form, spend sth on doing sth. This post (https://...
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Is “… got me got me into swimming” grammatical?

I understand that the noun "swim" means "an act or period of swimming." I also understand that "to get someone into something" means "to cause a person to become involved in a situation or activity (...
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what is the meaning of “pass the requirements” and “district council surveyor”?

what is the meaning of "pass the requirements" and "district council surveyor"? Hydesville is a typical little hamlet of New York State, with a primitive population which was, no doubt, half-...
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what is the meaning of “centres of life” in this conext?

what is the meaning of "centres of life" in this conext? Hydesville is a typical little hamlet of New York State, with a primitive population which was, no doubt, half-educated, but was ...
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Is it a little bit wordy to say “wake up at 5:00 in the morning”?

I guess these 3 sentences are all idiomatic. I usually wake up at 5:00. I usually wake up at 5:00 AM. I usually wake up at 5:00 in the morning. The last one seems a little bit wordy, isn't it?
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“get the boat” or “get a boat”?

When talking about form of transport, we could say "take a bus", "get the subway". In this context, should I use "get the boat" or "get a boat"? Google Ngram gives this plot
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“get an illness” or “get illness”, which one should I use in speaking?

I guess both "get illness" and "get an illness" mean ‘catch an illness’. according to Ngram, "get an illness" seems more widely used in writing, how about speaking? the weird thing is, "got cold" is ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “please always close the door behind you”?

my sister's bedroom is face to my bedroom and she play music loudly, which is disturbing me. So, I said to her, please always close the door behind you. I would like to have her remember this, and ...
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Is it idiomatic to use “set off” as “separate”?

It seems that this post (Would this phrase be set off by commas?) use "set off" as "separate". I got the meaning from the answer to that post. I guess this one is before being "set off" My ...
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About the meaning of 'rant' and 'rhetoric' in this context

I did ask a question on math.meta.SE and among other things I was told that my question "reads a lot like a rant" and "the question essentially reads as rhetoric, not as a genuine attempt for ...
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What does “let me have a bit” mean?

I saw "let me have a bit" somewhere, I don't know what does that mean. So I googled it and got the following. This is an extract from "The People's Journal by John Saunders - 1848" I had been many ...
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The difference between related and relatable

This post gives the difference between related and relatable by comparing the definitions. related is standing in relation or connection while relatable is possible to relate; able to be related to....
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Question about the tense

In a conversation of two people, one says to the other, I just got a box of cubans. Maybe I bring 'em by your office around 5:00 In the latter sentence, the present tense, bring, is used. It seems ...
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In terms of grabbing audience's attention what does “prop” mean?

The video (https://youtu.be/Veg4JqsEXJo?t=22) is talking about the tips of video presentation ... do something to catch their attention it might be using a prop it might be jumping in off a ...
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The progressive form

The Situation was, someone dated a girl and came back home and told someone else that I'm getting back now, because she lives in Poughkeepsie. in this sentence, what kind of meaning getting, a ...

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