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

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Is “as is the ___ so is her ___” valid in English?

I heard from someone: They are both jealous, as is the mother so is her daughter. Another example relating to it reads as: As is the question so is the answer. Googling it didn't provide anything ...
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“He can do it by himself.”

Is using "by" before a reflexive pronoun at the end of a sentence optional? Contrastive examples: He can do it by himself. He can do it himself.
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Past perfect vs past simple confusion

Should I say : 1-My hair was uneven for years. 2-My hair had been uneven for years. For sure I'm talking about a past time.
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Using “now” with the past tense

I'm confused because I think the use of word "now" is kind of idiomatic in phrase 1, but on the other hand I think it should be as phrase 2. So, is it normal to use "now" with the past simple ???? 1-...
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Complex sentences with when and until in reported speech – a problem with back-shift

Could anyone explain to me why, according to the key provided by my teacher, sentences below should be rendered in reported speech with no back-shift of certain verbs: "When I first came here," ...
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The use of “over” in “saw someone over the garden”

Over (preposition): Extending above (an area) from a vantage point. (Definition by Lexico Dictionary) Sentence: I went out in the balcony and saw a dark-haired, rather thin guy over the ...
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Go from there/go that way

I was working and my brother started poking me because he had to go out through the door. But I was busy and said : Go from there. (There are two doors in the room). And if he asks me to move, ...
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Short universal single expression for saying a kind of congratulations

My friend tells me that their physics teacher is such a good man, he's always so thoughtful of them to learn the lesson and answers all their questions patiently and as simply as possible, while our ...
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Difficult for him VS Difficult on him

I was talking about military service with my friend and I wanted to say : My cousin just finished his military service and it was hard for him. Then, my friend interrupted me and told me that I should ...
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Classma or classmate in spoken English

An American tutor said you should say classma(omit t) rather than classmate in spoken English. An Irish teacher told me you should never omit t in spoken English, such as but, as it is considered to ...
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Using the proper tense in a comparsion

Which of the following seems more idiomatic for natives. 1-I have been practicing recently more than I had been in the past. 2-I have been practicing recently more than I used to in the past . 3-I ...
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Using the suitable tense in a context with the word “whether”

I'm confused a little bit about what tense to use in the following context: 1-Learning this skill will benefit you whether you will travel or not. 2-Learning this skill benefits you whether you travel ...
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I can't distinguish words while listening to someone

I can't know that how can I explain. When listening to English speaking people I cannot understand some words. It's like they roll in their mouths. There are times when I cannot understand a sentence ...
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When saying “thanks” is an exaggeration

Once I visited one of my English-speaking friends' village. And my friend was showing me round their garden. Suddenly I asked him: What is this flower called? He said: It's called ABC. Then, I was ...
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Does this line mean right?

I wanted to say to my friend that, I did excercise for 10 mins and after its completion, I waited for 30 mins and then I drank water. I constructed it as "After 30 mins of doing the excercise, I ...
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Can I say “He would be taller more”?

We know we can't say more taller but can we say He would be taller more.
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Using “of” or “out of” big confusion

I'm really confused which one to use? 1- Don't make a big deal out of it 2- Don't make a big deal of it The second part : are the following sentence makes sense in terms of meaning and using the ...
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Word request for “someone meant to do something doesn't do it”

Talking about a surgeon, one said that Dr. Sam never did any surgery himself, rather he get it done by his assistants, that is to say, he is a surgeon only in copy and pen. In our native language we ...
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Starting a song with this sentence

In a Bollywood film of srk a song start with this:link The amalgamation before the fluctuation and ramification of the constitutional ambiguity and the judicial paradoxical position can be a verbal ...
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Can I use the word “debt” to talk about some tasks that I didn't do in due time?

Can the word "debt" relate to something not connected to money? More precisely, can I use it to talk about some tasks that I didn't do in due time? Example: I had to turn in math homework ...
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Can we congratulate someone on a birthday or a new year?

What verb should I use instead of an ellipsis? Suppose I said "Happy birthday" to John. Then, I decided to tell my friend that I ... John with/on his birthday. The point is I want to ...
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What are the alternatives for “If I were you”?

What alternative phrases should I use for "If I were you" / "If I was you"? Is there any alternative to say the above-mentioned phrase? Are the below sentences can be used as alternatives: If I'm ...
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Context check (using adv in a context)

Is the following phrase is ok to be used : I have been doing this for five years (consistently /successively)
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We are hoping for ‘mutual divorce’ or ‘a/the mutual divorce’. Is divorce here countable or uncountable?

How to recognise uncountable nouns.? When should we avoid using articles especially before the nouns that act as both countable and uncountable nouns?
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“They told me to come tomorrow?”

I'd like you to help me with this simple question. I want to know if the question is correct, I do also would like to know what tense is used in it. Thanks for helping me.
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Why do native speakers sometimes call some one 'name + boy'?

I've heard male native speakers call their male friends by their name + boy. For example, a man's name is David, and a male friend of his once said to him 'Hey David boy...' And I've heard another ...
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What’s the difference between We need someone to take ownership of the issue. and We need someone to take ‘the’ ownership of the issue?

What does having ‘the’ before ownership in the second sentence indicate? When to use ‘the’ if I want to use ‘the’ before ownership?
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Confused about reported speech and reporting speech

Look at the following example: David said, “I’m baking a chocolate cake for you.’’ Some says the sentence between the inverted commas is called reporting speech. and some says it reported speech. ...
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Is “see something done” a valid construction?

I have read about the construction: want something done, as in, I don't want it done this way. But today I found the construction: see something done, in the example, I have never seen this used. ...
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What is the difference between all night and all the night? Can I use ‘the’ if I am referring the night specifically as last night

people say night is singular and the night is seen as plural and night is usually singular so it should be all night not all the night. What if I want to talk about last night or the listener ...
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'My source has video of the crash site' and why not 'my source has a video of the crash site'? Why the article ‘a’ cannot be used?

My source has video of the crash site. and why not my source has a video of the crash site? Why the article a cannot be used? Also there are other sentences like we had a video made of our wedding. ...
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How to use the word abuse as a countable noun?

Holding animals in captivity is considered abuse. or Holding animals in captivity is considered an abuse. I am confused about having an article or no article before the word abuse. I am ...
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“We will ADJUST / MANAGE, sir.”

Online tutor: I am extremely sorry for the annoying sound that my recorder is causing, but I assure you that I will fix it as soon as the lockdown is over. Student: We will adjust / manage / ...
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Can we say that in the sentence : You said, “My Son, I live for you”, the speaker is the son?

You said, "My Son, I live for you". I want to know if it is absolutely necessary that the speaker is the son. And how do you change the sentence to indirect speech.
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I wonder if I can say like this

)) Can I say: " Someone I knew' s mom worked there two years ago." I am trying to say that my acquaintance's mother worked in a place. I replace my acquaintance's by someone I knew's, making the ...
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TOEFL speaking section

I've seen some speaking templates for TOEFL integrated questions. For example almost all templates for the campus problems, they are like : "the woman's opinion is ..." I mean they use present ...
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“don't I need to” at the beginning of a question

is "don't I need to" a correct way of beginning a question? for example: "Don't I need to write it down" was the sentence I had formed but doesn't appear to be smooth. I'm in a confusion regarding ...
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Meaning of Dip Out

Definition- to miss out on or fail to participate in something Example- He dipped out on the examination In above definition, it is not clear whether the action (failing to participate) is ...
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Would native speakers use the word “unit” here?

How many are there in a dozen? Or, How many units are there in a dozen? As a learner the second sentence seems better to me. How would native speakers say this? Also, Is the sentence: How ...
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“want sth spent” or “want sth to be spent”

I don't want my life spent in vain. I don't want my life to be spent in vain. Which one is more natural and grammartical to native speakers? Thanks in advance.
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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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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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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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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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“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 ...