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The way in which English is spoken, either formally or informally. As opposed to written usage.

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Correct syntax with “there”

I often see these kinds of sentences with there: There are playing three boys in the playground. There are three boys playing in the playground. As a learner I would like to know whether ...
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Is the phrase“come flying” natural

Can I say: A ghost came flying and picked me up. Here I am trying to say the manner of movement. Similarly can I say: came running, walk breathing very hard? In our language it's natural. How ...
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A problem about “neither… nor”

I'm going to work and my 10-year-old son is staying alone at home until I come back. So before leaving I say to him: Do not play video games nor eat ice cream. Or, Neither play video games nor ...
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Mentioning about some one appearance

I want to say someone appearance that he is thin..if I ask the following question to him, is it correct? "You have got thin" is this sentence correct?
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I make a funart for one of the Steven Universe AU. Can someone check this out for me? [closed]

Btw. i'm actually working on some my own funart comics. I really want make them in english, becose Steven Universe fandom is little small here in Poland. Maybe someone here would like to help me ...
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What is the meaning of this “ ones short leaves in war”?

"Perhaps all this is merely a legacy from ones short leaves in the war" is an excerpt from "big four" by agatha christie "Ones short leaves in war " in the big four by agatha christie
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“I will say it is better” emphasizing “will”

In my shop I am selling a new thing. And a customer asks me about the quality of the new thing. And I responded by saying: I will say it is better, since I am selling it. First use then see. Here ...
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Spoken English Questions (I) [closed]

Today I was taking my English class as usual but after the class many questions came into my mind. I didn't ask these questions of my teacher because I realize that knowledge is infinity. It has no ...
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“For another same amount of time” in this context

The bus arrives at our local bus stop at 8am. The other day my brother and I were going to catch the bus and we went to the bus stop at 7:50am so we had to wait for 10 minutes. My 10-year-old brother ...
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Opposite of “against someone's will” in this context

He sold their house against his father's will. I'm quite confused as to as what is the opposite of against someone's will in this context. Is it with someone's consent? Please tell me the most ...
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Is it grammatically correct to ask 'what do you mean [word/phrase]?'?

I often hear something like 'what do you mean "gone"?' I've been wondering whether the omission of the preposition 'by' ('what do you mean [by] "gone"?') complies with the grammar rules.
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Drawing attention from distance

How can I draw my school principal's attention from distance? Can I say: Hello sir, I need to speak to you. (out loud) Now, my friend is passing by my house. I want to talk to her just for one or ...
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In spoken, is 'with' droppable in “I won't let you through with this”

I won't let you through with this. I've heard the sentence in an American TV show. The scene is in a security check point. A man carried something that was suspected to be a bomb, so the security ...
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Is “go and do something” formal enough to use in this context

We use go and do something / go do something with our friends, such as: Rob, go and buy some food for me. Hey sweetie, go and play outside. Can I use this pattern in the context given below: ...
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How to understand “No she bludgering well won't!”

"She's only Stunned," said Professor McGonagall impatiently, who had stooped down to examine Alecto. "She'll be perfectly all right." "No she bludgering well won't!" bellowed Amycus. "Not after ...
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“Not a bad little haul for one night” meaning

"It is you! If they find out who they've got --! They're Snatchers, they're only looking for truants to sell for gold --" "Not a bad little haul for one night," Greyback was saying, ... ... ...
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“ 'e's put a bit of work our way” meaning

"Scan Shunpike," said Ron. "Like 'ell you are," said the man called Scabior. "We know Stan Shunpike, 'e's put a bit of work our way." Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows "'e's put a bit ...
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In spoken English, is it correct to reply with a verb phrase in its simple present form?

In spoken English, is it correct to reply with a verb phrase in its simple present form when the speaker omits the subject? Or the phrase should be used in the corresponding tense. Example 1 A: ...
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Do you have or have you?

I am a English learner and I still don't understand why the auxiliary verb "to do" doesn't appear with the verb "to have". Is it wrong to say "She doesn't have brown hair"?
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Did you hear that or Have you heard that

Could you please help me to understand which sentence sounds more correct (and explain why), or suggest your own version? Did you hear that John has made a fortune with his new business? Have you ...
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what's the part of speech of “underground” in following sentence

In the following sentence from CNN: Such fires were once plentiful in Azerbaijan, but because they led to a reduction of gas pressure underground, interfering with commercial gas extraction, most ...
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is it correct to ask “Is the class still on at 3?” . is there a better way to as this question?

I have my singing class at 3 and need to confirm with my instructor. Is this the right way to ask the question?
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“children were sold to sweep the chimney” is it a valid structure

During that time children were sold to sweep the chimney. Here, the two works-- 1. selling, 2. sweeping are being done by two different people / group of people. The pencil is used to write ...
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“Match the answer” is the verb “match” natural in this context

Many math books are published with answer key to the exercises. Can I say: After solving the math problems you should match the answers to see if you have get them correct. Is the verb match is ...
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“past” or “left” in this context

I was driving home from my workplace. And on my way there was a big pizza shop. When I was about to reach home i got a call from my dad and he asked me to buy some pizza from that shop. But I had ...
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“out doing something” pattern

He is out drinking alcohol. My mom is out buying groceries. Does it mean: someone is not at home for doing some work somewhere else? Is the sentence pattern out doing something valid and ...
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“…saw someone out…”: grammatical role of “out”?

Sentences: My dad is out on vacation. I saw her out on a bicycle. Is the word out an adjective in this context? Or is the word out the short form of out of home? Thanks in advance.
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Is the word “uphill” limited to “hill” to English speakers

The children were running uphill towards the house. Is the word uphill (adjective and adverb) used only in the context of hill or for roads and any kind of surface as well? Can I say: The road is ...
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“Present” vs “future tense” in subordinate clauses in this context

A conversation between two friends: A: When will you come to our house. B: I will go when my mother goes / when my mother will go. I know that we are supposed to use only the present tense in ...
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“This / that much, this / that high, this / that thick” in spoken English

Conversation between two friends: A: Hey, John, how tall is your son? B: well, he has become this high.(showing with his hand) Two cute little kids are talking about their tv: A: Our new ...
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“In / with the same amount of time” in this context

I give tuition classes to three children in the evening. My friend yesterday told me that I can include few more children in the same batch. and I can make more money with / in the same amount of ...
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Would English speakers use “by themselves” here

I have heard from a friend of mine the statement below: The school never forces students to pay their fees; they pay their fees in time by themselves. I am aware of the fact that "by oneself" ...
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can someone pleas check is it correct usage of “as well as”? [closed]

"I am a young, passionate, just graduated from university developer. Looking for a dream team where I could get challenging tasks, interesting experience, new friends and an ...
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Is “could not have been done” more appropriate here? [closed]

An extract from today's newspaper: Despite our best efforts and the hard work of various organizations, the boy could not be retrieved so far. Should I use: ...the boy could not have been ...
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If I learn British English, should I stop talking with Americans?

I had the opportunity to speak with several native speakers, It's fun, and they learn my native language, the problem is that several of my language partners speak with an American accent and the ...
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Is “memory power” or “memory” used by native speakers

Many non-native speakers says: Someone has a good / bad memory power. Or Someone has a good / bad memory. Which is more appropriate to native speakers?
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What is the need of “actually” here

How SIM cards work? How SIM cards actually work. Is the word "actually" asking for more precise answer? Thanks in advance.
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Understanding change of speech

in the following questions, a sentence has been given in Direct / Indirect Speech. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Indirect/Direct ...
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“say” or “tell” in this context

Teacher: Who can say the multiplication table from 1 to 10. Or, Teacher: Who can tell me the multiplication table from 1 to 10. Which of the two sentences is more appropriate for a teacher to use ...
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“As for” meaning in this context

An extract from an article: For global climate change, as for hunger, the countries that experience the worst problems have the fewest resources to address them. What does as for mean here? ...
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Is “having” necessary here [duplicate]

Today I heard a sentence: Do you want more potatoes peeled. But I have always used it as: Do you want having more potatoes peeled. Which one is grammartical? Please explain with examples. ...
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“No more someone doing something” meaning

By the phrase no more we mean Someone doesn't want something anymore. Eg: Son: Mom, I am going to play cricket. Mom: No more cricket! Your exams are very close. The same way, can I say: No ...
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“Survivors clinging to a raft.” Is this sentence right?

"Survivors clinging to a raft." There is no verb in this sentence. I know this sentence is not the present progressive/present continuous. But can this sentence be used independently? I found this ...
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“I learn a lot talking to you” vs. “I learn a lot by talking to you” [duplicate]

I've heard both of the sentences: I learn a lot talking to you. I learn a lot by talking to you. Does the first one means I learn a lot while I talk to someone and the second I learn a lot as ...
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words that starts with c but does not sound as k [closed]

The title say it all, i'am looking for all the list of words which starts with c but does not sound as k, as many know most of the words that starts with c usally have a k sound in it, e.g cat,clam,...
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English practice [duplicate]

Iam a new learner but i canť completely understand English films or distinguish between the words when I hear it And What is the best way to acquire the sense of language? And is that take too ...
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“John's” or “of John” in this context

In the sentences below: All the mistakes are mine. Likewise, All the mistakes are John's. Now, Can we say: All the mistakes are of me. And All the mistakes are of John. Are these ...
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Sentence without subject in this context

We often hear sentences like: Wishing you a very happy birthday. Wish you a very happy birthday. We are a omitting the subjects in these sentences. Are these grammartically correct or just a ...
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Adjective for the noun “scraps” in this context

Leftover food is called scraps. Now, I kept a whole plate of soup on the table for my dad, suddenly my brother came and lifted the plate and just licked the soup and saying that tasted disgusting ...