Questions tagged [register]

'Register' is the degree of formality called for in a particular written or spoken context. Very broadly, we distinguish 'formal', 'informal' and 'vulgar' usage in both writing and speech, but finer distinctions may be needed.

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Which of “Will you just go?” or “Can you just go?” works better?

One of my stu­dents barged into my class­room one day and was get­ting on my nerves be­cause I needed to clean up the mess he had him­self made ear­lier, so I wanted to ask him to leave me alone and ...
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meaning of the phrase “amped up on” in context

It is from Crash Course A&P. It is at 1 minute and 23 second. Here is the context: But even when they are functioming well, some of your immune cells are careening around your body like ...
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I'd like to know the difference between Why don't you do it? Why do you not do it?" Could you please let me know the differences?
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Put/Place On Anbiotics

I have a question about the difference between verbs "put" and "place" in this context: The doctor put him on antibiotics. The doctor placed him on antibiotics. Any difference ...
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“that is” in speech

When "that is" means "in other words," can it be used in colloquial speech? Or is it more suited to a formal register? Does the following sound natural in daily speech? We, that is, my brother and ...
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Why is 'He is a man whom I look up to.' not quite right even though it is not wrong?

There is nothing grammatically wrong with 'He is a man whom I look up to.' The relative clause is non-defining, so no comma; the relative pronoun refers to a person, so 'who', not 'which'; the ...