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“it got me back to using” or “it got me back into using”?

Which sentence makes sense? Quarantine got me back to using my treadmill again. Quarantine got me back into using my treadmill again.
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Are “scout” and “scout out” the same thing?

The dictionary give pretty much the same definition for both: scout. b [+ object] : to explore (an area) in order to find information about it Several soldiers were sent ahead to scout ...
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“Going to school” vs “going to his/her school”

Are the two phrases the same? Or they differ in meaning? Example sentence: I suspect she isn't going to school. I suspect she isn't going to her school. What I want to convey is this: She ...
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What phrase and adverb is it correct and natural to use instead of “so-so” when you want to say that you can do something either badly nor very well?

What phrase and adverb is it correct and natural to use instead of so-so when you want to say that you can do something either badly nor very well? Can I say any of the following? I am averege at ...
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What verb or phrase do you use to describe the situation where someone is sitting in a rolling chair and they push against the floor to move around?

What verb or phrase do you use to describe the situation where someone is sitting in a rolling chair and they push against the floor to move around.
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“I like phones by Apple” or “I like phones made by Apple”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural. I like phones by Apple. I like phones made by Apple. If neither sounds natural, how would you say it?
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“What brand of phone do you like” or “what phone brand do you like”?

Tell me please which of the following sentences sounds the most natural. What brand of phone do you like? What phone brand do you like? If neither sentence sound particularly natural, then ...
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Is it natural and correct to to say “something is worth its money” when I want to say that I got my money worth from that?

Is it natural and correct to to say something is worth its money when I want to say that I got my money worth from that? For example: The tablet works really good. It's worth its money. If it ...
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Is it correct to say “take a job” or “take up a job” in the sense of accepting a job offer?

Is it correct to say take a job or take up a job in the sense of accepting a job offer? For example: I was offered a job abroad. Being a good opportunity to travel, sure thing I took the job. ...
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What are natural ways to say that the kettle I started has just reached a boiling point?

Let's say I started a kettle and it has just reached a boiling point. And then my friend comes up to the kettle, not knowing it has just boiled the water, to turn it on. What the most natural way to ...
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What is your response when your child asks “Daddy, ### (unidentified words)?”: What are you asking?; What are you asking about? etc?

ask 1 /ɑːsk $ æsk/ ●●● S1 W1 verb 1 QUESTION [intransitive, transitive] to speak or write to someone in order to get an answer, information, or a solution ‘What’s your name?’ she asked. ...
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Which is the most common question with “sound”: Do you hear the sound?; What makes the sound?; What is that sound?; What sound is it? What sounds?

Say, you suddenly hear a sound, Which is the most common question to ask?: a) Do you hear the sound? b) What makes the sound? c) What is that sound? d) What sound is it? e) What sounds? ...
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Is it natural and correct to say “live better” in the sense of having a better life?

Is it natural and correct to say "live better" in the sense of having a better life? Peaple often emigrate to live better. I am trying to say is that people emigrate to seek a better life.
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Is there a word for someone who loves authority?

I'm trying to think of a word to describe a person who loves/sucks up to authority figures. I'm hoping for a phase like "boot licker" but without the police authority context. Any ideas?
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Do we say “the bolt is coming out” or “the bolt has loosened”?

loos‧en /ˈluːsən/ ●○○ verb 1 [intransitive, transitive] to make something less tight or less firmly fastened, or to become less tight or less firmly fastened OPP tighten You’ll need a ...
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What verb or phrase do you use to say that a person get the job of another person by showing to the boss that they are better at the job?

What verb or phrase do you use to say that a person get the job of another person by showing to the boss that they are better at the job. In Ukrainian we use the verb підсидіти to communicate the idea....
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What phrase or verb do use to say that you are at university but study from home?

What phrase or verb do use to say that you are at university but study from home? Is it natural say study remotely or study distantly? For example: I was at university, but I studied remotely/...
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The use of the phrase “what time” in context

Let's say I have a friend who is married and before the last marriage he was already married a few times. If I ask them "When did you get married?" can they answer with "What time?" if they want to ...
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“Be back” or “be back home” in context

Tell me please if which one is more natural in the following context: be back or be back home? Person A: What time did you get home from work yesterday? Person B: I was back/back home at 7 pm. ...
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Which one sounds the most idiomatic: “during work”, “during my work”, “during my work day”, “during my working hours”?

Which one sounds the most idiomatic: during work, during my work, during my work day, during my working hours? For example: I drink quite a few cups of coffee during work. I drink quite a few ...
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What phrase or verb do you use to say that someone accidentally has left a pen or marker mark on their face?

What phrase or verb do you use to say that someone accidentally has left a pen or marker mark on their face? Which one of the following communiate the idea the best? You marked your face with the ...
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Which one is more natural: “cut bread thin”, “cut up bread thin”, “cut bread thinly” or “cut up bread thinly”?

Tell me please which of the following sentence sounds the most natural. You have to cut the bread thin. You have to cut up the bread thin. You have to cut the bread thinly. You have ...
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Is “screw your eyes/face <->up” used with negative or positive expression? or is it just a “literal expression” without any “figurative implication”?

screw your eyes/face <->up: ​to pull the muscles of your eyes or face tight because the light is too strong, you are in pain, etc. He took a sip of the medicine and screwed up his face. ...
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Awareness on X vs. awareness of X

Example, should one say "awareness on depression" or awareness of depression"? I'm confused because I found both usages. Example: We'll also be hosting an event raising awareness on depression ...
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Do you call a/the taxi or "call in a taxi/the taxi when you want a taxi pick you up and take somewhere?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural. I won't be in time if I take the bus, so I will call a taxi. I won't be in time if I take the bus, so I will call ...
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“Let's go go-karting” or “let's do go-karting”?

Tell me please which sentence sounds more natural? Let's go go-karting this weekend. Let's do go-karting this weekend. If neither is natural, what would a natural way to say that?
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The use the adjective “free” in context

Let's say it is the end of a class and the teacher wants to dismiss the students. Is natural to say you are free? Would it be more natural to say you can go? Anyway what would a native English teacher ...
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Is it correct and natural to say “think the same about something” in the sense of having the same opinion on somethin as on something?

Let's say someone asks this question. What do you think of this phone? And I want to say that I have the same opinion on that phone as I have on the other phones. Can I say the following? I ...
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Is it natural to ask “what color do you prefer to wear”?

Is it natural to ask the following? What color clothes do you prefer to wear? What I am trying to ask is clothes of what color the person prefers to wear. Whould it be more natural to ask ...
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Is it natural to say “one of the paradise places”?

Would a native English speaker say something like this? Vatican Garden is one of the paradise places. or Vatican Garden is one of paradise places. For my native language it seems quite odd.
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Is it natural to say “pass exams well”?

Would a native English speake ever say or ask the following? I have passed my all exams well. Did you pass your exams well? What I mean by pass exams well is pass exams successfully.
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does it sound like a native when we say “Do not leave / put your scooter untidily in the middle of the living room like that”?

does it sound like a native when we say "Do not leave / put your scooter untidily in the middle of the living room like that, please put it in the corner of the room"? I am not a native, so sometimes ...
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The use of the question “how much is this” in context

Let's say my friend has bought a phone. And I want to buy the same phone, not from my friend, but at a phone store. Is natural to ask my friend how much is the phone? Would it be more natural to ask ...
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My toddler always refuses to eat vegetables whenever I ask her to, can I say this “you have an attitude about vegetables” to him?

"Attitude" has 2 main meanings 1 [countable] the way that you think and feel about somebody/something; the way that you behave towards somebody/something that shows how you think and feel ...
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Which to say “She is playing with toy cars” or “She is playing with car toys”?

toy 1 /tɔɪ/ ●●● S3 noun [countable] 1 an object for children to play with some toys for the baby toy car/soldier/gun etc soft/cuddly toy British English (=a toy that looks like ...
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The use of “take”, “take back”, “have back” and “get back” in context

Let's say my tablet stopped working and I took it to a rapair shop and said it would be fixed in three days. After three days I came back and what do I say to the shop assistant to tell them that I ...
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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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“Keep close to me”, “keep near me” or “don't go far from me” in context?

Let's say I went for a walk with a child, and I want them to be close to me so that they are safe. Which of the following sentences sound the most natural? Keep close to me! Keep near me! ...
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The use of the verb “bet” in context

Let's say my friend and I want to bet that something will happen, say, he says his favorite team will win, and I say it will lose. If his team wins, then he will have to make dinner for me, and if it ...
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“At one time”, “at some point” or “one time”?

Tell me please which sentence sounds the most natural? I injured my back so bad, that at one time I couldn't even walk. I injured my back so bad that at some point I couldn't even walk. I ...
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Can we say “I turned the switch off and the light went out” and “I flipped / flicked the switch off and the light went out”?

flick ​[transitive] to press a button or switch quickly in order to turn a machine, etc. on or off SYNONYM flip flick something He flicked a switch and all the lights went out. flick ...
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“While I was on holiday”, “when I was on holiday” , “while on holiay”, “when on holiday”, “on holiday” or “during holiday”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural? I visited a lot of new places while I was on holiday. 2. I visited a lot of new places when I was on ...
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How to Talk About Making Pancakes

I've found the following definitions and I'm wondering how they're used with pancakes and other objects. flip 2 : to cause (something) to turn or turn over quickly [+ object] She was sitting in the ...
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The use of articles before the proper names of shops

Let's say I am going to buy a new phone and, say, Apple is the brand of my choice. So which one sounds the most natural? I am going to buy a phone at Apple. I am going to buy a phone at Apple'...
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“The best part of it” vs “Its best part”

Let's makeup a movie named "XYZ". Let's say a friend of mine said, "I watched a movie named "XYZ" last night. It was really good. Did you watch it before?". I answered, "Yes, I did"; and he asked, "...
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Are “I am relaxing” and “I am relaxed” the same?

"Relax" is a complicated verb because of its meanings. re‧lax /rɪˈlæks/ ●●● S3 W3 AWL verb 1 REST [intransitive, transitive] to rest or do something that is enjoyable, especially after you ...
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The use of the word “occupy” in the context

Let's say I am staing at a hostel and there is only one electric kettle. I need to to boil some water to cook a meal. So I take it fill it up and turn it on. To cook a meal I need all the water. It ...
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Does the question “until what time do you work” sound natural?

Tell me please which one of the following questions sound the most natural? Until what time do you work? What time do you work until? What time do you work to?
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Does the question “how long do you sleep” sound natural?

Is how long do you sleep something a native English speake would say if the want to know how many hours some sleeps per night? For example: Person A: how long do you sleep? Person B: I sleep ...
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Are “It is rainy now” and “it is raining now” the same? Also what is the verb equivalent to the adjective “sunny”?

This is a little bit confusing. rainy (adj): having or bringing a lot of rain a rainy day the rainy season the rainiest place in Britain Ad other dictionary rain‧y /ˈreɪni/ ●●● ...

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