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Meaning of "... how it is that..."?

The original sentence: We set out to explore how it is that we can all live in the same universe yet see reality so differently. The compared sentence: We set out to explore how we can all live in ...
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Can "why" questions be answered without using "because" or "to"?

At schools in my country they teach that you should answer using the word "because" or "to" when you are asked "why". Can't you answer without "because" or &...
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Does the phrase "hoping the same" sounds arrogant? [closed]

Suppose, I have written a post regarding achieving some good at my job and earning a few certificates and I got a reply to that: "Hope your upcoming posts will have more number of certificates.&...
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How to answer "what are you bad at?"

In a team, we have been asked the question "what are you bad at?" and how can we answer it in a positive way? The answer I given was "being stucked with the work which I want to achieve&...
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"To a bar" vs "A bar" as an answer to "Where did they go?"

Can the preposition "to" be left out in a short answer to the question "Where did they go?"? Should it be "To a bar." or "A bar."? I am not sure because the ...
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Have you ever been anywhere? Nowhere, but I’m going / No, I haven't, but I’m going

Are both answers natural? Can I choose freely on what part of that kind of sentence to answer ('Have you ever been'--->No, I haven't... / 'anywhere'--->Nowhere...)? Have you ever been anywhere ...
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What to answer to "you're too kind"?

I told a guy I knew that he looks good in a pink shirt. He told me: "Thank you, you're too kind". What is the appropriate English answer in this case? Also I'm not sure if the guy's answer ...
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"wouldn't hope so." vs "would hope not."

You're disencouraged to say "I don't hope so" instead of "I hope not", but what about "I wouldn't/shouldn't hope so" ?
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In what question(s), I can reply a past perfect tense answer?

Can a simple past tense question have a past perfect tense answer? Q: Did you eat? A: Yes, I had eaten. Is the above correct? As I wonder if a past perfect tense can solely exist without a simple ...
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What is the correct way to reply “What is the XXX”?

What is the correct way to reply “What is the most expensive food in the market”? Should I say: The most expensive food is banana. The banana is the most expensive food. A banana is the most ...
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Correct response to "Has he lost his keys?"

imagine a situation when someone lost their keys but after some time he has found them. What would be the correct response to this question? "Has he lost his keys?" Options: "No, he ...
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"He is" or "It is"

I'd like to know how to begin the answer to the following question. Who is the actor that played an action hero in Speed, a cyber-criminal in The Matrix, a killing machine in John Wick, and who’s now ...
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a short answer on a question "Could you wait for a moment?"

Is it right that on a question: "Could you wait for a moment, please?" I can't say: "I could", only "I can" because "could" in my answer will be about the past. ...
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Is “He was eating.” a complete sentence to a question? [closed]

Is “He was eating.” a complete sentence to the question “What is Stacey eating?”
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Respond to Apology

If someone apologises for being late, is it pragmatically correct to respond as follow? Student: Good morning Mr. Anderson, I’m sorry I’m late! Teacher: Yes, I can see! So why are you late? I mean, ...
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Correct response for "Do you mind?" [closed]

What is the proper response for "Do you mind?"
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Should I say "I'm going to see" or "I'm going to"?

In the following situation: --Have you gone to see the doctor? --No, but_______. Should I say "I'm going to see" or "I'm going to"? I feel like the former one makes more sense, ...
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Yes/no answer on a specific statement

A is 178cm tall, and here is the conversation between A and B. A: I am 180cm tall B: yes/no, that’s nearly true. Are both yes and no acceptable? If not, what does whether yes or no is suitable depend ...
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Answer to the question of "Mind if I ~? "

Q1. I saw this dialogue in a book: A: "Mind if I see your notebook?" B: "Sure." In this context, "Sure" was used to mean "I don't mind, go ahead." Right? But ...
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respond to "I hope I'm successful!"

One of my friends who has applied to a university told me "I hope I'm successful!". How can I respond to that? Is it correct to say "I'm sure you will be fine"? Any better ...
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What should I say in response to "I hope next year is better"?

How should I reply to this statement without using a bland "me too"? I want the conversation to keep going past this, but I'm not sure how to respond well.
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Response to "How you doing?"?

What is a natural response to "Good to see you. How you doing?"? Will a natural response include "doing" as in "I'm doing okay" or will "I'm okay" be more ...
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Is "Don't be" correct as a response to "I am sorry"?

I heard someone saying "Don't be" in response to "I am sorry". I wonder whether it is correct. Some native speakers said it was a mistake, however, some said it was correct. Is ...
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What's the difference between saying "not so much" and "no I don't"?

What's the difference between saying "not so much" and "no I don't"? For example: Q: Do you like horror movies? A1: Not so much. A2: No I don't.
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Tell me as a response

if someone ask your opinion just with your name, is it rude to answer “tell me”? For example, during a meeting, your boss exposes an idea and just say, Mely?is it rude just answering tell me
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Sarcastic response

Context: Someone has behaved in a very bad way at work and wants to apologize for it a few days later. He's talking to a coworker of his. Person: I hope you can forgive me. I bought some chocolates to ...
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Don't answer a question using another tense, do you?

Is it a right thought that we don't answer questions using another tense because it's maybe not only grammatically incorrect but also it's not very polite to do that, isn't it? For example, someone ...
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How to politely respond when someone calls your name?

I found the following example in Genesis 22:1: Some time later God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he answered. Is "here I am" considered as a polite response when ...
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Is it OK to say "I am Nathan, I am smart, I am nice" in English in answer to "Who are you?"? [closed]

Is it ok to answer, "I am smart, I am kind, and I am strong" to the question, "Who are you?"?
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What do you say when someone one points at you and says there it is and you never met them before and it wasn't you

What do say when someone one just walks up to you and points and says there it is and you never met them before and it wasn't you?
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What is the more proper alternative to "my bad"?

When people admit mistakes they tend to use the phrase "my bad". I found that it is an informal way in North America. Could anyone help me with a better alternative?
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Is it OK to respond to "thanks" with "sure"?

When someone says ..., thanks. Is it appropriate to respond with sure If so, in which situations it would be OK, and what exactly would it imply?
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Of course I will to a negative sentence

If you say to someone "I hope you won't stop checking in on her" And this person answers "Of course I will" Does it mean "Of course I won't stop" ?
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"How aware are managers of ..." vs "How managers are aware of ...?" Any difference in Asking and Replying?

Asking: A1 How aware are managers of employee attitudes and behaviours? A2 How managers are aware of employee attitudes and behaviours? Replying: R1 Managers are very well aware of ...
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What is English equivalent for Russian "я хочу" in the meaning "я хочу посмотреть их сегодня вечером"?

The context is: Have you looked my links? я хочу (я хочу посмотреть их сегодня вечером). Is it possible to use short answer? (i want, i wish) and also is it possible to say "i will" in some ...
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How to respond to 'Would you like to come with us?'

Would you like to come with us? Oh, sure. I'd love to. It is from our OXFORD student book. So my question is Can students just answer 'I'd love to.' , 'Sure.', 'OK.' or 'That sounds great!'? ...
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What a granny is supposed to say to respond to "Thank You"?

A post gives "8 Ways to Respond to Thank You". I didn't find one is appropriate the following situation. Imagine that, a granny prepares a breakfast for her grandson. Grandson: thank you, granny. ...
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"Have you got to" vs. "Do you have to"

The sentence is: I have got to wait for the bus. Now if my friend wants to ask me about it, First question is: What would the question be? Have you got to wait for the bus? Do you have ...
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"you are?" vs "are you?" when asking for confirmation

I've just realized, for the nth time, that after someone says ...I'm past it the interlocutor replies You are? I hope I'm right in saying that this is, strictly speaking, wrong, as the ...
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Short answers - 'In Tokyo' v 'Tokyo'

This issue arose in a recent lesson. In short, it centres on the difference between: Where do you live? I live in Tokyo. v In Tokyo. v Tokyo. and: Which city do you live in? I live in Tokyo?...
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Can we say or write : "No, it'sn't"?

I know we can answer either : No, it's not No, it isn't But is it accepted and understandable to write : No, it'sn't What about saying it ?
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Responding to ‘Is the price negotiable?’ [closed]

I have been selling some stuff on Gumtree, and nearly every potiential buyer has messaged me asking if my prices are negotiable. What are some common, idomatic responses native speakers use to ...
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If my teacher ask me this, which is the right way to answer it? [closed]

Q : Are these books borrowed by you yesterday? A1 : Yes, these books are. A2 : Yes, these are. What is difference between A1 and A2?
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Is the correct response "here you are" or "here you have"?

If the question is: Would you give me a leaflet in Russian, please? Which answer is correct? Yes, here you are madam. or Yes, here you have, sir.
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Is an interrogative sentence like "So did you?" or "So is she?", possible?

A: Mike came here yesterday. B: Possible responses: (1) Did you, too? (2) So did you? Instead of saying, "Did you come here yesterday, too?", can you say, (1) "Did you, too?" and (2) "So did you?"? ...
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Answer to the question "where have you been?"

How should I answer the question "where have you been"? Should a possible reply be "I've been cleaning the garden." or "I was cleaning the garden."? I mean should I use 'present perfect tense' or '...
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What's the deadline? A short answer

Is the following question-response pair natural? A: What's the deadline? B: By May 3rd. I know "by" is redundant, but redundancy does not mean unnaturalness. Is the reply natural with it? I'...
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What is the structural (positive or negative) answer for "Is this a courgette"?

I know that when answering on an question with a structure of interrogative structure, then there is a short structural answer which based on the tense or the lexical verb that the questioner asked. ...
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"What makes you think of watching a movie?" Is this sentence OK?

The answer for the question I want to say would be "the story", "casts", etc. You might say "What is the factor that makes you think of watching a movie?" for that ...
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answering "Yes" or "No" for a question "She doesn't hate me, right?"

I am not a native English speaker. It is very confusing how to answering "Yes." or "No." for a negative question with "right?" added at the end. Tom: She doesn't hate me, right? Tom's Friend: ...
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