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"I have" vs "I have got"

I don't know what is the difference between using "I have got" and "I have" For example: He's got broad shoulders. Is it possible to say: He has broad shoulders. If yes, so what is the ...
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Why is the definite article used in "I live in the city"?

Where do you live? -- I live in the city. THE is used when talking about something which is already known to the listener or which has been previously mentioned, introduced, or discussed. But, the ...
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Difference between "I'm in the school" and "I'm in school"

What is the difference between these two sentences?? I'm in the school. I'm in school. Do they have the same meaning or not?
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The confusion between "The" or "A" article

I was reading about articles in Wren & Martin and found the following explanation: 1)Use the definite article when a singular noun is meant to express a whole class. The cow is a useful ...
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Non-defining or defining relative clauses

Sometimes I get confused with relative clauses. 1-The wedding, which only members of the family were invited to, took place on Friday. I think in this sentence the relative clause should be defining ...
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Why do you always "go down the street"

I think I hear people mostly use the phrase "going down the street" instead of "going up the street" or "going on the street" It is common to hear that : I was going down the street when I saw ...
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Right or left? When the teacher says: "If you look at the diagram on the left hand side, you will solve this question!"(In a position like this?)

● Right or left? When the teacher says: "If you look at the diagram on the left hand side, you will solve this question!" Is it the teacher's left hand side or students' left hand side? Imagine,...
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Question about "surely" and "certainly"

Today I saw a sentence: She surely can do it. What does that mean? How does it differ from: She certainly can do it. Surely she can do it. This slight difference in meaning of those sentences I am ...
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did call vs called

Is there any difference in meaning between the two sentences below? I did call him And I called him Both of the above sentences are in past tense. Please help me understand the difference in ...
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"have you ever gone to" to ask past experience

is it correct to ask: Have you ever gone to Spain? if i want to know whether or not he had visited Spain in his life (experience)?
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AS meaning in this sentences

"As a beginner, I am happy that I learned a new thing." You will recognize this as your DoReMi-s.(https://youtu.be/n2z02J4fJwg at 4:52) What is the meaning of the "AS" there and when do we use that? ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause

"Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Here, "extending" describes the Essos or does it describes the landmass? ) Having ...
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"Replace" versus "Substitute" - Sentence structure

I have a question about the words order and their effect on the meaning of a sentence when it comes to use the verbs "replace" and "substitute"! As far as I know, "to replace someone / something with ...
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Can vehicles sell themselves? Shouldn't it be passive voice?

I read one sentence About 170,000 of those vehicles sell each year in the U.S. It is extracted from: The large vehicle is part truck and part car. Strength and size combined with comfort. ...
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This is a good news. This is good news

This is a good news. This is good news. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference
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What is the meaning of this famous Groucho Marx joke? "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know."

Can anyone interpret the meaning of this quote: One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know. This famous Groucho Marx joke has many explanations given ...
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What does "She ran up the stairs two at a time." mean?

at a time ​separately or in groups of two, three, etc. on each occasion We had to go and see the principal one at a time. She ran up the stairs two at a time. He surfs the internet ...
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Do "twice as high xxxxx as" , "twice as high" and "twice higher" mean the same thing?

What do the following sentences actually mean? Are they the same in meaning? The cost of living is twice as high in New York as it is in Tokyo. The cost of living in New York is twice as high ...
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"Happen to know" meaning

"Do you happen to know is if she has a boyfriend?" What does the above sentence means . I heard those line in the movie 'the social network' and I would like to know when do we use this phrase "...
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How to identify if a sentence is in the Passive or Active Voice?

Examples: "A car was parked outside of the gate." "My work volume is increased" "He was arrested" "He was informed about this" “My heart was broken” All ...
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"Easy TO me" or "easy FOR me" in this context

I have heard both of the expressions : This work is easy to me. This work is easy for me. What are the different uses of to and for in this context? Thanks in advance.
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Go (to / in) your own way

Imagine a son who wants to work as X in the future (an occupation that seems quite odd to others.) For this reason, the surrounding people and his friends start to mock him or treat him outrageously ...
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Using of past perfect

In the following sentence we use the past perfect tense: He had probably crashed because he had gone to sleep while he was driving. I thought the past perfect is used when we're talking about "...
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Is "that would be correct" always followed by an if statement?

I have always thought when people use the phrase "That would be correct", it is always followed by some "if" statement; for example, Jane: "Is it correct to say that people are allowed to turn ...
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What does this sentence's comparison mean?

The Arabic of "Frozen" is frozen in time, as "localized" to contemporary Middle Eastern youth culture as Latin quatrains in French rap. (Source) Is French rap filled with Latin quatrains? Is this ...
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Does "That bridge has been repaired for the past ten years." mean the repairs were completed 10 years ago?

Please have a look at the below image and for more details, please find below the link, https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/282335/how-to-use-present-perfect-continuous-in-passive-form The ...
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Nearly close to go out of business vs. to going out of business

What is the difference between these two: Suzuki was nearly close to go out of business just after the World War period. Vs. Suzuki was nearly close to going out of business just after the ...
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Does "She had a brother" mean that her brother is dead?

My Friend has sent me this riddle to solve: "If you solve this, then you are a genius. Mr.Smith has 4 daughters🙍‍♀🙍‍♀🙍‍♀🙍‍♀ and each daughter had a brother. How many children does Mr. ...
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"Stop making me laugh so much" Vs "Stop cracking me up so much"

Scenario 1) Suppose someone is lying to you and you want to tell him / her sarcastically that his words sound too funny (because of the obvious lies he is making up); Scenario 2) Suppose someone is ...
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This is gotta be the worst job in the world

Help me to understand the following sentence: I heard it in the movie, but not sure about whether I heard that correctly. This is gotta be the worst job in the world. The context is when someone ...
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How to understand the sentence and who is the pianist here?

I come up with the sentence "I don't like him as a pianist, but as a judge" when considering "him" as a pianist. But can this sentence have two meanings when "as a pianist&...
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How to analyze this sentence’s logic: “If it rains, I'll take an umbrella.”

A person was asked to analyze the following sentence, but couldn't answer even after some searching. They did not understand that this was a logic puzzle. If it rains, I'll take an umbrella. How ...
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Interpreting having known

Please look at the following sentence Having lived all my life in India, I can speak Hindi very well. Does this mean I still live in India, or can it also be used if I have just moved from ...
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What does "a satisfactory conclusion the UN Security Councilˈs consideration of this matter" mean?

There would be additional steps in between the initial measures and the final step, including, among other things, addressing the UN Security Council resolutions, with a view toward bringing to a ...
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How to differentiate between if zero conditional and if first conditional?

If the tree isn't watered, it (will die - dies - would die). I know zero conditional should be about facts. In the example above I'm confused whether to choose will die or dies.
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She certainly has gone up or she has certainly gone up

She (certainly has or has certainly) gone up in my estimation since she told the manager what she thought of him. Should 'certainly' be used before or after 'has'?
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Difference between "WOULD" and "WILL"................?

Consider the examples:- When would I get the access of the system. When will I get the access of the system. which sentence is correct in spoken/written English. thanks.
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"I guess (so).", "I guess (that) ..." and "... , I guess."

When NAm.En native speakers say or reply with "I guess (so)", "i guess (that) ..." and "... , I guess.", what are the common different ways in which they use the word "guess" here as a verb in the ...
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Meaning of "Don't settle for no f-ing s#*t"

I have seen this phrase in pictures: "Don't settle for no fuck shit" What does that mean?
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How to understand "throwing science at the wall here to see what sticks"?

It's said by Cave Johnson -- an character in Portal2. Full voice line is: "Just a heads up: We're gonna have a superconductor turned up full blast and pointed at you for the duration of this next ...
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What does "Scary-lookin' fing, inee" mean?

... Harry had never met a vampire, but he had seen pictures of them in his Defence Against the Dark Arts classes, and Black, with his waxy white skin, looked just like one. 'Scary-lookin' fing, ...
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Give me a water. Is this expression possible in conversation?

I know that "water" or "a glass(cup) of water" is the right expression. But I'm wondering. If someone says to you that "Give me a water, please.", what would you think that means?
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BBC: "She has planned abdominal surgery." | Does it mean: "She has undergone the surgery" OR "She has not."?

This is from the BBC: Princess of Wales has planned abdominal surgery. On seeing this sentence in big fonts, I thought she has made a plan about her surgery in the days to come, because I thought it ...
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How do native speakers say condolences to someone else (especially in AmE)?

In my mother language, when someone dies, friends and family usually try to say their condolences to everyone who is suffering from that loss. What we say is as follows: I say condolences to you. ...
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What does "I saw him wash the car" mean?

What does this sentence mean? I saw him wash the car Does it mean "I saw him when he was washing the car"?
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He didn’t get married until he was well into his forties. (What's the implication of marriage status?)

He didn’t get married until he was well into his forties. Does the sentence above imply he married in his mid or late forties or we don't know it because we don't have more context?
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What does "get a spot" mean?

I was registering a user account online at a sports club and got an Error Prompt saying "Can we get a spot"? See my picture below. I know "spot" has the meaning of dirt, location, but cannot figure ...
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Meaning of “it does not do (to do something)”

This is about the meaning of Dumbledore's quote “it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” From the Time article, "10 of the Most Magical Harry Potter Quotes to Inspire You": "It does ...
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Does this sentence need "if" or "when"?

I came across this sentence: "There isn't an entomologist in the whole world who wouldn't give all he has to be in my shoes today." This was said when a person caught a rare insect. If "if" or "...
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"bullied as a kid" vs "bullied in your childhood" - any difference?

Do following sentences imply same thing and Is there anything wrong with the first one? 1) Were you bullied as a kid? 2) Were you bullied in your childhood?
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