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much more relate/more relate

Can I use the following sentence constructions: I much more relate to A than to B or should I say I more relate to A than to B ?
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to hit an animal

To hit a dog without any good reason is cruelty. Is this sentence ok? I mean the phrase 'without any good reason', does it work? I thought that the sentence should be without the phrase 'without any ...
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How to use refer correctly in a sentence?

Are the following sentences correct? He refers god as his mother. He refers to his mother as god. He refers his mother as god. I refer temple as my school. I refer to my school as a temple. I ...
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Every other word

Let's say you talk with someone on the internet and you don't hear every word the one says, like one word after another, because of the bad internet connection, then, is it correct to say so? We hear ...
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What does “occasion genius” mean?

A friend of mine gifted a sticker on which, "occasion genius" is written. I wonder what does that mean. I am not a native speaker, and I have really struggled to try to figure that out.
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How to use “to take a picture of/with”?

There are three people named A, B and C. If A wants himself and B to be in a picture taken by C, how can A ask C? If A and B want A, B and C to be in a picture, how can they ask C? If A want B and C ...
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Describing a picture with an expression “I can see…”

I'm reading a book about most common mistakes in English by Polish speakers (written by George Sliva, a British native speaker). As an example of a common mistake he gave a sentence: "In this ...
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What does 'enemy fire' mean here?

The Wiktionary gives the following as an example sentence for the use of 'nicety': "We met the new captain while we were taking enemy fire and were unable to observe the niceties of formal ...
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Difference between “Forget it” and “No way”

Could you please tell me the best answer to the following question and the difference between “Forget it” and “No way”? Mum, can I stay inside and watch cartoons? __________. I need you to help me in ...
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Idiom or phrase to describe the worst of two situations

Is there any idiom or phrase to describe a bad situation which is worse than another bad situation. Scenario, between robbery and robbery with an infliction of injury. Robbery with an infliction of ...
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“Who'd have” vs “who would've.”

The band Rancid has a song called "Who Would've Thought." However, who would've thought has less Google Book results than who'd have thought. Example sentences: He would've/he'd have ...
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When answering the phone, do you say “this is it”?

When you are answering the phone and being asked “Is this (your name)’s phone?”, do you say “Yes, this is it.”? I feel this is unnatural but I am not so sure.
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“we both of our know” or “both of us know”?

Which one is correct?: we both of our know.... or both of us know..... Can I say "we both of know"? We both of know which class we are studying
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How to give precise directions to Dominos

Let's say I were to direct someone from the red road to the blue one. Is it appropriate for me to say: A. It is the road just over from the red one, on the right. B. It is the road one row over from ...
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“Not so much + something as + something”

From https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/not-so-much-sth-as-sth I don't feel angry so much as sad. (1) Question 1: Alluding to the sentence above and given that the structure of the ...
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Can I use “in addition to” to mention new information?

Can "in addition to" be used to introduce information not mentioned before in the text? Is it weird? For example, In addition to doing A, I also did B. But this sentence is the first time ...
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Is the usage of 'correct' correct here?

I had a conversation with my friend. Me: Thank you for sending this. Friend: Nothing. Me: I have to correct you that your response "nothing" is a kind of Chinglish and a proper one is &...
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What's the meaning of “get something to someone”?

I can understand "get something from someone", but am confused about the meaning of "get something to someone". For example, an excerpt from a NBC interview of Mr. Ron Klain: Well,...
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“play a friend” Is this expression natural?

I recently knew expressions "play the victim", "play the fool", "play innocent". In this context, is "play a friend" natural, meaning "to fabricate a ...
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Had been operative Vs had been operated

What is the difference between had been operative and had been operated. Example : the machines had been operative at the premises. the machines had been operated at the premises. Would it be ...
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Why is “…seem as an underwater museum” wrong?

People looked for an unusual dive in what might be called an underwater mining museum. Why can't the bold part be substituted by "seem as"? Since seem is a linking verb meaning "to ...
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spending money to dick around

Is the phrase "dick around" a bit rude or vulgar? Or is it neutral? You're not spending money to dick around for 12 weeks and put your nose to the desk for the last two … — Kaylee Kean I ...
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Why the odd phrase “wasn't [some distance](10 feet / 5 meters / 2 blocks) away” came to be used instead of simpler and straightforward options?

Why the odd phrase "wasn't [some distance](10 feet / 5 meters / 2 blocks) away" came to be used instead of simpler and straightforward options? As I asked in the question, it is and must be (...
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What does the phrase “scornful pity” mean? [closed]

I'm aware of the individual words themselves, but I'm confused as to the collective meaning. Please, feel free to provide an example.
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Why “much greater quantities”?

Why not many greater quantities or a much greater quantity? More land is being diverted from local food production to “cash crops” for export and exchange; fewer types of crops are raised, and each ...
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Is “but not for multipe types” or other words wrong in my sentence?

I wrote one sentence as follows. "For academic research, I found that almost all of the existing indexes for queries on large graphs work well for one type of query but not for multiple types. ...
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do we say “the balloon is popped” or “the balloon has been popped” or “the balloon was popped” according to the time that we utter it?

Now, your balloon was broken a few minutes ago. do we say "the balloon is popped" or "the balloon has been popped" or "the balloon was popped" according to the time that ...
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Can the words “demonstrate intelligence” convey my initial meaning?

I wrote the sentence as follows. In this sentence, I want to express that people can train the neural network by using the calculation of matrix (belonging to linear algebra). After training, the ...
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Is “where to buy” grammatical?

When I want to buy a book, can I say "where to buy this book"? I just tried to search "where to buy" on google, there were a lot of search results. But I feel it doesn't look right....
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Can “considerable distances” be an adverb?

I came across these sentence: Even modest cattle herds required plenty of land and considerable mobility. To acquire such land often required moving herds considerable distances, even from summer to ...
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Is it correct and natural to say “the movies is showing a great movie today”?

Could you tell me if it is correct and natural to say the movies is showing a great movie today? For example: Let's go catch a movie today. The movies is showing a great movie about space today. If ...
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Is it correct to say “That is baby Tom” or “That is Tom baby” when older Tom is watching a clip about Tom when he was a baby?

Say, my son is 3 now and I show him a clip of him/himself (not sure him or himself) when he was 1. I point to him in the clip. Should I say "That is baby Tom" or "That is Tom baby"?...
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Is it colloquial to say “she took my mobile in just a blink of an eye” or “she took my mobile in a flash” in everyday conversation?

Say, you turned your face away and when you turned back, you found that your phone was gone. That was because your child took it. Is it colloquial to say "she took my mobile in just a blink of an ...
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Is it correct to say “go all the way through the corridor, the elevator is just around the corner”?

You are standing "in/on" a corridor (I am not sure we say "in" or "on" in this case) as shown in the above picture. Someone: Where is the elevator? You: Go all the way ...
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Is it called “platform”?

This is the exact picture of my building. (2) & (3) are raised flat surface. (3) is higher than (2) and (2) is higher than (1). To go to the pool or building, I have to walk across (1), then walk ...
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Do you say “the tree is shed in winter” to express all leaves on the tree fall off because of the weather in everyday conversation?

The Vietnamese-English dictionary suggests me to use "the tree is shed or nude" to express all leaves on the tree fall off because of the weather. But I am not sure if we say it in everyday ...
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Is correct and natural to say “pick someone up to the airport” meaning to go to the person's place and bring them to the airport?

Could you tell me if it is correct and natural to say pick someone up to the airport meaning to go to the person's place and bring them to the airport? For example: I'm free tomorrow, so I can pick ...
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Is it correct to say “don't touch the food, the worship is not done yet”?

So, this is a part of Asian culture. As shown in the above picture, a woman "sets the holy table for God" (I'm not sure it's correct to say it) (ie, put some bowls of food, chopstics, etc ...
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Do we say “he has gaps between his teeth” or “he is gap-toothed” in everyday conversation?

My son's teeth are similar to the above picture. There are gaps between each pair of adjacent teeth. Do we say "he has gaps between his teeth" or "he is gap-toothed" in everyday ...
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A study in scarlet

What is the meaning of following sentenece "as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence permit a man to be
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How to interpret the phrase: (some name) + dynasty?

Let's take the Han dynasty in China's history, ruled by the House of Liu. Is Han the name of the dynasty? If so, what was the name of their country/empire? I thought Han is the name of the country/...
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Using the phrase 'rise to the level of [sth]'

At a number of state-owned factories, workers staged anti-government protests. Most of them, however, didn't rise to the level of strike/a strike/strikes. Which should I prefer? And how idiomatic is ...
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Is it correct to say “wriggle your tongue on your teeth to get the sticky flour off”?

When you eat cookies or biscuits and at the same time drink water or coke, you may notice that the flour of the cookies is mixed with water to form a sticky substance like mud that sticks to your ...
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Is it correct to say “the slide is angled, keep it level”?

There is platform for children to put a slide on, but it is put slantingly as the above picture. I want to keep it level. Is it correct to say "the slide is angled, keep it level"?
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What does “cue the Democratic finger-pointing” mean in the sentence?

The following sentence is quoted from a transcript of NBC NEWS. The host said: In spite of Joe Biden's win, Democrats are asking themselves some hard questions after an otherwise disappointing ...
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How to indicate rank in graduating class?

I want to indicate that I graduated first in my graduating class in my CV. I've written: "Ranked first in graduating class" Is it correct ?
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The feeling you get/the feeling when

The feeling you get when your students get good grades is out of this world. The feeling when your students get good grades is out of this world. I'm confused between 'the feeling you get' and 'the ...
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Hang one's head (in shame / with embarrassment)

I was wondering whether in the following scenario: Harry: Then what did you tell him? Larry: Nothing. I just kept quiet looking at his eyes. When he found out that he had made such that big mistake ...
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Methods to determine if “as of” means starting date or ending date in a sentence

According to the dictionary, the phrase "as of" means "a time at which something begins or ends" (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/as%20of). As a result, I find it ...
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Is it okay to thank someone using the phrase 'great of you'?

Is 'great of you' a proper phrase for thanking someone?

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