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What is the difference between “do you like” and “would you like”?

Do you like candy? Would you like some candy? Do you like walking? Would you like to go for a walk? What is the difference? And are they the same or not? Do they any use in different situations?
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“to check IN on someone” OR “to check on someone“?

If I mean : “to make sure someone is doing okay, be it in their work, health, or otherwise”, Have “to check IN on someone” AND “to check on someone“ the same meaning ? Also, recently, someone wrote me ...
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Meaning of: “to be a good male, it's better not to talk – silence is golden.”

I was faced with a problem, while reading an article men talk just as much as women. I can't totally understand what's this text talking about, especially its last part? However, researches had ...
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What does “a whole mood” mean?

What does "a whole mood" mean? I know the means of whole as well as mood, but I don't know when they are connected. I also looked both of them in the dictionaries and can't find this usage. ...
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never yet in English

"For never yet has lover lived, but longed to wive, like them that are no more alive" Is "Never yet" grammatical correct? Does it mean "Not Yet"? Source : final stanza ...
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Using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions in one sentence

My question is can we use coordinators and subordinating conjunctions in the same sentence? If we can, what is the right order of these two kinds of conjunctions in one sentence? My sentence is: ...
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What does “rig the herdway” mean?

It's from the 7th episode of the 7th season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Guy A: At least Negan's smart enough not to let that mess anywhere near us. Fat Joey's good for something, at ...
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is “to relegate” generally construed as a “neutral” or a “condescending” verb for the meaning of “to assign”

Merriam-Webster provides the following definitions for the verb "relegate" 2 : ASSIGN: a : to assign to a place of insignificance or of oblivion : b : to assign to an appropriate place ...
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difference between present perfect and past simple

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? 1: You can not know how much I have written on a piece of paper 2: You can not know how much I wrote on a piece of paper
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disembodied and disparate's meaning

Someone was whistling. I started, the tune instantly recognizable. “Remember Him Still.” Eoin’s favorite. I was out in the middle of the lake, and someone was whistling. The whistling shivered through ...
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“Whose” Vs “Its”?

Is there any difference when using whose or its? It gives a mapping from the path and whose derivative to system controls. It gives a mapping from the path and its derivative to system controls.
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What does “I can't reach out to call you” mean?

What does "I can't reach out to call you" mean? (penultimate line) Lyrics: There's a time that I remember, When I did not know no pain When I believed in forever, And everything would stay ...
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What does trying to remember a moment when I’d felt more uncomfortably American. mean?

Context : Young woman (American) is (reluctantly because she didn't want to have tea but didn't want to be rude) having tea with an old woman (Irish). the old woman asked her if she would pour them ...
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Difficulty understanding word “nominally” in a specific sentence

The sentence is: The device will transmit a message at a rate nominally set at 1hz. According to google the definition of nominally is: "in name only; officially though perhaps not in reality.&...
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ARE MOVING vs MOVE

What is the diffence between the following sentences in meaning: 1) Ears sweep a liquid in your inner ears when YOU ARE MOVING 2) Ears sweep a liquid in your inner ear when YOU MOVE.
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ARE TEACHING vs TEACH

Please let me know what the difference in meaning is between the following sentences: The tips will save your life if YOU ARE TEACHING English to complete beginners. The tips will save you life if ...
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Is it OK to say “I'm came back!”?

Is it OK to just say "I'm came back!" or 'I came back!' as alternative to "I'm back!" when you were away for a while? Alice: I'll be back in a minute. Bob: Ok. Alice has just returned and ...
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What does 'reality base' mean?

What does 'reality base' mean? Can it be replaced by just 'reality'? The more meaning we can construct from transactions with the environment, the broader our reality base. Article - 'Meaning ...
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What's the difference between suit, lawsuit, litigation, accusation, proceeding?

These words suit, lawsuit, litigation, accusation, proceeding, when translated into my native language they are all the same. I also have looked them up in the dictionaries and it seems they are very ...
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What does the word “trend” as a noun exactly mean?

Merriam-Webster defines it as: 1a: a prevailing tendency or inclination : DRIFT // current trends in education 1b: a general movement : SWING // the trend toward suburban living 1c: a current ...
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Which of these examples are grammatically correct and what's he difference between their meaning?

Say there are two groups, 5 people in each group. All people in group A earn the same salary X. All people in group B earn the same salary Y (not the same as the people in group A though). Now if I ...
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grammar/ meaning “To look at him, you'd never think he was 80!”

Is the title sentence the short form of (If you were) To look at him, you'd never think he was 80! Likewise, In other part of the country again, to give the example of Minnesota, you would ...
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What does **reluctant, eager** mean together here?

What does reluctant, eager mean together here? As I translate these terms are opposite separately. And where is the main verb here after the subject? Could someone explain grammar of Meg reluctant, ...
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What is the difference between “admit stealing” and “admit having stolen”

What is the difference between They admitted stealing the money. They admitted having stolen the money.
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What do they refer exactly to with “last name”?

I'm from Spain, and here we have 2 last names; one coming from our mother, and the other one from our father. In the translation of last name, technically it's like a family name, but in my country we ...
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What could speaker mean by asking “Oh, it is, is it?”

I found this in English syntax textbook. What could speaker mean by using "is it" instead of "isn't" The whole example goes like this: My advice to you is to wait. Unfortunately, ...
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Meaning of confusing phrase - “for as long”

I found this in an article on Quora: What are some disadvantages for companies located in Silicon Valley? 1-Distraction by all the other startups/silicon valley media 2-Risk of top ...
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“and in all places their lot is…” - meaning of “lot” here

Rading a story from C.A. Smith, I am unsure of the meaning in the following sentence (in bold): For Melchior was one of those who are born with an immedicable distaste for all that is present or near ...
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Haunting radiance in the black

Scene : He has been crawling in the dark in a cramped shaft of ventilation duck for god knows how long. Crawled for what seemed like days. His eyes conjuring strange displays of light that appeared ...
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Meaning of “How much you had? Woah, must be gone. You must have since lunchtime”

The text is from Over There by Mark Ravenhill. What is this part referring to: "How much you had? Woah, must be gone. You must have since lunchtime." Franz: Brilliant that’s brilliant. It’s ...
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Does “be subject to” indicate a complaint and a suggestion?

This is a part of the paper "THE PERCEPTRON: A PROBABILISTIC MODEL FOR INFORMATION STORAGE AND ORGANIZATION IN THE BRAIN" The first of these questions is in the province of sensory physiology, and ...
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the meaning of “Hit the ground”

what's the meaning of this sentence in "Billie Eilish - She's Broken": "You see them talking but hear no sound to hit the ground"
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Why do we need to use “would”?

Which is correct? I've got an acting job. Like you believe that. or I've got an acting job. Like you'd believe that. I mean, what's the difference between these two sentences?
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“go off on a bat”

A line from The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Kirk was wrong when he said I didn't know where movie scripts left off and life began. The script has to make sense and life doesn't. Any self-respecting ...
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What does “said of somebody” mean?

I'm reading a piece of news and found this sentence. “Well I haven’t said it was her, but she’s outstanding,” Trump said of the Indiana federal judge. What does this sentence mean? I'm a little ...
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What’s the meaning of this sentence?

I was doing my homework and came across this sentence in my textbook: ”If you had needed money, you could have asked him.” Does that sentence mean the same as ”if you needed money, you could have ...
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What does 'within the trade' mean?

Does it mean 'during the selling process' or 'in the industry?' Exotic pets pose a risk to human health and safety, particularly because some infectious diseases they carry are transmittable to ...
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“Upon” versus “on the basis”

What are the differences between a/ and b/ below? a/ The agreement will be terminated upon written notice? b/ The agreement will be terminated on the basis of written notice ? My ...
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What is the difference between “snort” and “snore”?

Disclaimer: I am aware of the Policy for questions that are entirely answerable with a dictionary. I am not a native english speaker. After reading the definitions of snore and snort, I was unable to ...
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Meaning of “The evidence is in”

When you say "The evidence is in" or "The news are in", does it mean it has arrived? or does it mean it is here? Which one would be better for translation?
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Meaning of “get on someome” in context

I've come across it in the 7th episode of the 6th season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Glen: The herd broke through the walls? Enid: What herd? Glen: The walkers. They broke out of the ...
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What does “if anything” mean?

Suppose you work in a library, checking people's books as they leave, and a friend asks you to let him smuggle out a hard-to-find reference work that he wants to own. You might hesitate to agree for ...
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“Many of people” and “Many people”

When do we use "Many of people"? and When do we use "Many people"? Amusement park rides are stressful but also exhilarating and enjoyable to many of people. Victim Assistance book Mayor Bill de ...
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can help but be involved or can't help but be involved?

And at this crucial time in our lives , when everything is so desperate , when every day is a matter of survival , I don't think you can help but be involved. Shouldn't it be "cannot help" but be ...
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Can you give me the meaning of these two sentences

*He's been the death of many, a poor man "Who's gonna kiss your rosy red cheek It's gonna be that steel drivin' man" what does these two mean? Both come from a gun club song "John Hardy" from the ...
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What does “move up that timetable” mean?

I'm reading a newspaper and found this paragraph. Under the Paris climate deal reached in 2015, China pledged that its emissions would peak around 2030. Mr. Xi promised on Tuesday to move up that ...
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usage of “currently”

What is difference between these two sentences : sentence 1 : He has currently been a teacher sentence 2 : He is currently a teacher
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Entry To, Entry Into

A preposition question: The United States earned entry to the knockout round with a win over Ghana and a draw against Portugal in Group G. Source Google search shows both "entry to" and "...
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Walking to someone

Id like to know if these various sentences about walking to someone mean the same thing I’m walking up to her. I’m walking towards her. Im walking to her. I’d appreciate knowing other ways to say ...
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What does “ham one's biscuits” mean?

I've come across the phrase in the second episode of the sixth season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Eugene: It hams my biscuits is all. And going by cubic feet, the biggest building in ...