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Do the phrases “this once” and “this time” mean the same?

Do this time and this once mean the same? For example: I have never allowed you to use my car but this time/this once. If the phrases are identical in meaning, then which once is more common?
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Is there any difference in meaning between “manage with someone” and “manage someone” in the sense of dealing with difficult persons?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following two pharases? However do you manage those unrully children? However do you manage with those unrully children? As Macmillan Dictionary ...
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Is there any difference between the phrases “as far as something is concerned”, “as far”, “as to” and “regarding” and “concerning”?

Is there any difference between the phrases as far as something is concerned, as for, as to, regarding and concerning? For example: As far as money is concerned, I have enough. What if I swaped ...
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Can I say: “The train departs at 16 past every hour“?

In German, we can say "jede Stunde um 16 nach". I just overheard someone teaching there was no such possibility in English. Yet I found "hourly at 45 minutes past" in one answer here. Is the following ...
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“somehow” or “ in any way”? [closed]

Tell me please which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural. Can I help you somehow? Can I help you in any way? What I am trying to convey is a willingeness to know if there ...
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Is there any difference between the exression “by car” and “in a car”?

Is there any difference between "by car" and "in a car"? For example: I usually come to work by car/in a car.
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“… which influenced me …” or “… which was what influenced me”

Q: How did you learn to play the guitar? A1: My mom was a guitarist, which influenced me. A2: My mom was a guitarist, which was what influenced me. What's the difference? Thanks in advance :D
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What do you call this in English when you buy something or get something and celebrate it by drinking alcohol?

What do you call this English when you buy something or get something and celebrate it by drinking alcohol? Do you have any verbs or phrases for it? I cannot to find the word in English. But the most ...
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“Us Students” Or “We Students”

We students who had not studied were at a disadvantage. Or Us students who had not studied were at a disadvantage.
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Do I need to use “guess” or “try to guess” when I want someone to try to anwer my question?

Does the following sentences mean the same? If you don't know the answer, guess it. If you don't know the answer, try to guess it. By the way, do I have to inclide it after guess?
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Does this phrase make sense? “excessive movements”

I was writing a story about a bunch of talking puppets. In my story, there was a scene where the puppeteer first met his new puppet. The puppeteer had a very passionate reaction upon seeing her, ...
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“My hands are shaking with cold” vs “My hands are shaking with the cold”

I looked at the example sentences for the noun "cold" where it is used with the meaning "low temperature/cold weather" on dictionaries like Cambridge and Collins; and in all of them, after "with", "...
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Use these books as a reference

Let's say I want my student to elaborate their knowledge, their skills: Use these books as a reference. I'm not necessarily mean that they must thoroughly study these book, I rather mean that they ...
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“broke his arm” vs. “his arm broke”

What is the correct sentence? He fell and broke his arm. He fell and his arm broke.
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How to correct “With a growing tech sector in Vancouver and a highly transferable skill set, Maisie can easily find a job”?

With a growing tech sector in Vancouver and a highly transferable skill set, Maisie can reasonably expect to find a suitable job in her field. [The lady is a computer programmer: this is discussed ...
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“What new features of C# have you used?” vs “What new features of C# have you worked with?” [closed]

Does this question sound natural: What new features of C# have you used? Or would you use another phrase, for example? What new features of C# have you worked with?
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Could “Something has to wait” be a form of euphemism?

A: I'm parking right there. B: You have to wait! A: Why? B: (Pointing at the corner) That car is trying to get out. Here, "You have to wait" feels somewhat abrupt and rude. But if you ...
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How would NSE interpret “eyebrows moments”?

In a conversation, I used the following expression. Were there any eyebrows moments during the interview? Regrettably, that expression didn't seem to contribute to smooth communication. The ...
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if the number IS less than 0 or IS equal to 1

Do need to write "is" twice? if the number IS less than 0 or IS equal to 1 or single "is" is enough: if the number IS less than 0 or equal to 1
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is it possible to use 'will' to ask and give info about something that had happened in the past and something that is happening?

my teacher had assigned me the most confusing powerpoint ever. he told me to make a presentation on how to ask and give information about the past, present, and future but using 'will' as the sentence ...
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“Setup work environment” vs “Configure development environment”

I need to assign a first task to a new employee, a developer. They must configure the computer, install the necessary software, etc. I need to name this task somehow and put it into a report. Setup ...
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In one sitting, all at once (AmE usage)

Will it be okay to use "all at once" instead of "in one sitting"? I mean in AmE what would sound more natural? Do they have a slight difference in their meaning? I read the book in one sitting/...
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Which one is correct and why? the verb or the gerund

Every one visiting these museums feels happy about it. Or Every one visits these museums feels happy about it.
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Is it correct to say “underground”? [closed]

Is the following sentence natural? I made it to work by underground today.
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The use of phrase “years ago” in context

Is it natural to say years ago meaning a lot of years ago? For example: I was an excellent football player years ago.
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What's are some natural expressions to say when you pick up the order? [closed]

Suppose I ordered some food online. What are some natural (and preferably concise) expressions to say when I arrive at the store? Here are some that I can think of (they may not be natural or ...
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“Now that we got to know each other” vs “now that we know each other”

Let's say I got a new group of students, I told them who I am, my name, and they did the same. Would it be appropriate to say the following? Now that we know each other, let's get started with ...
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Is there a noun/phrase to call someone living far away from their hometown?

Let's say that Jacob is a student of a high school coming from a place 150 miles away. Because it's inefficient to commute between his school and his home, Jacob decided to rent an apartment near his ...
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Conditional Sentences: “If I hadn't gone” or “If I didn't go”?

If I hadn't gone to bed late yesterday, I wouldn't be tired now. If I didn't go to bed late yesterday, I wouldn't be tired now. What is the correct way to express it, or are both possible?
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Is “to get a view on” idiomatic in this context?

I do this study in order to get a view on that social phenomenon. Is "to get a view on" idiomatic in this context? Or, any other suggestions?
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What is the usual answer to the question “how do you feel”? [closed]

Tell me please what someone is supposed to answer when asked how do you feel?
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The use of the verb “stick” in context

Tell me please if I used the verb correctly in the following sentence. I want you to put every new word you learn down onto sticky notes, and stick them all over your house so to better memorize ...
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“think up a sentence”, make up a sentence“ or ”make a sentence"?

Tell me please which phrasal verb is the most appropriate for the following sentence. Now that I have already learnt these words, I want you to think up/make up/make a few sentence with them. I ...
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“behave toward someone well” or “treat someone well”?

Tell me please which sentence sounds the most natural. The teacher always behaves toward his students well. The teacher always treats his students well. What I am trying to say is that the ...
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“make money on something” or “make money out of something”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentence sounds more natural. I am trying to make money on my hobby. I am trying to make money out of my hobby. What I am trying to say is that I am ...
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“what do you do at your job” or “what is your job about”?

Let's say there is a person whose job I know of, but I want to know some details, what he exactly does at it. What is the most common way to aks the question. Does any of the following sentences sound ...
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The use of the phrase “get to know” in context

Let's say say I entered a class room full of studnets whom I don't know. And I want to know what their names are, hobbies etc. Would be the phrase get to know be ok in the context for learning names, ...
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“set to” vs “set with”

Could you please tell me what is the correct and idiomatic phrase to say: Set a/the variable to 10 Set a/the variable with 10 I suppose that the second phrase is incorrect. This is for ...
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Using “her” to refer to the word “child”

I have confusions about a single sentence The pedagogical view is that the pre-school phase is crucial to stimulate a child’s curiosity and help her prepare for schooling at age six. Can her be ...
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Better way to describe tears

‘The tears welled up in pair of her eyes.’ I don’t really know how to phrase it. It looks a bit awkward. What is another way to write it?
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Shone or shined?

This is my first time posting and I need help. ’The sunlight shone dimly through the curtain.’ Does it make sense? Is it suppose to be shined instead of shone? I feel something is wrong but I don’t ...
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Will have to get used to / be used to

There is a sentence: I am a father now and I will have to get used to being called 'father' I am a father now and I will have to be used to being called 'father' What's the correct ...
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“must not be done” vs “must be not done”

The latest comments must not be included in the document. The latest comments must be not included in the document. I'm not sure whether the selected phrases are correct? What is the way natives ...
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The meaning of “to be a matter of”?

Happiness is a matter of health in body and soul. The sentence is meant to say that "happiness is defined by health in body and soul". Does "is a matter of" mean that? Is it idiomatic to use it in ...
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Is “for a soon-clear reason” a correct phrasing?

I a part of my paper I am going to call this thing I am talking about "XYZ". The reason why I call it XYZ would be clear very soon in the paper. So can I say the following? For a soon-clear reason, ...
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“I should have let you known”?

I was working on a song, and my friend pointed out this lyric to me while I played it for her. "I should have let you known that i'm a runner" My friend thinks it should be "I should have let ...
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What is a proper response to “Good luck with X”?

What is a proper response to "Good luck with X"? Example: Hi Franck, thanks for sharing the paper draft with me. Good luck with the submission! Bob Is it ok to reply with "You're welcome, thanks ...
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Accounting Terminology

I would like to know how to say something related to accounting in English. I have to show the totals of a current account in the following way: Totals: Below all, show the total Credit, Debit and ...
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For a subheading, can I replace “Obligation to Implement the Security and Maintenance” with “Security, Maintenance and Obligation”?

For a subheading, can I replace "Obligation to Implement the Security and Maintenance" with "Security, Maintenance and Obligation"? The former might be too long for a subheading of a document.
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is it correct to say “When it started to rain, I was in the open air.”

Is it correct to say "When it started to rain, I was in the open air"? Or should I say "I was not inside a building"? In Chinese there is a phrase that can be literally translated as "in the streets",...