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Compare two sentences

Are those sentences are the same meaning? The FFA was created to govern the rules of flying. The FFA was established to give rules to flying.
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Save a lot of effort [closed]

In my country we usually use save when talking about 'saving money in the bank.' I've heard 'save being used in the following ways: Doing this will save us a lot of time and effort. Please save a few ...
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What is the difference between relations and relatives? [closed]

What is the difference between relations and relatives? Like this: I have many relations/relatives living in this city. What is a better choice, relations or relatives?
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hardly, barely, scarcely

I am having a problem trying to fully understand the use of barely and hardly in the following sentences. There were barely any women at the party. There were hardly any women at the party. There ...
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Use of sightseeing

I need to used the word 'sightseeing' in a sentence. I found dictionaries binding this term as: the activity of visiting interesting buildings and places as a tourist Is this necessary that you ...
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This has bugged me forever. The meaning of “particularly” is unclear

Example: Lee Kuan Yew once said, in Asian culture, particularly the Chinese, is always to wait for somebody to say it, and if anything goes wrong, pretend you've never agreed with it. Are the rest ...
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Products ''oriented towards'' or ''aimed at''?

If I describe my business, can I say the following: Our products have always been oriented towards downmarket segment? Our products have always been aimed at downmarket segment? Is the first one ...
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Vocabulary question: Mandatory vs Compulsory

Can I rewrite this sentence "Many teenagers feel that social media and their smartphones are mandatory", by substitute "mandatory" with one of these words: compulsory or necessary ...
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Meaning of a phrase in the text

THE PLAINS OF south-west Kansas are so flat that, looking towards the horizon, it sometimes seems possible to detect the curvature of the Earth. This is a place of mile-long freight trains, cathedral-...
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what's the meaning of early in this sentence?

Look at this sentence from a Toefl reading exam: Other researchers go even further, suggesting that the data provide evidence for large open expanses of water on the early Martian surface. Here the ...
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When to use jacket,cloak and sweater?

Sweater probably means a mini jacket ,one that covers the TOP half of your body. Jacket is prob okay one that you use in cold environments and is casual wear https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloak ...
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Milk-fed or breast-fed

What is the opposite of "breast-feeding"? Is it "milk-feeding"? I read in my book What Do You Think that "Children should be breast-fed instead of milk-fed." But does &...
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bloody or having flowing blood

What do we call a being which has flowing blood? Do we call it a bloody being? I really don't like this word for some reason, such as this seems to be offensive and wierd too. I am having to use it ...
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How to find books to read at a certain learning level? [migrated]

I have had English in school, but I have mostly learned English by reading books. I never did homework, never learned grammar or vocabulary, but rather, similar to a native speaker, I took up the ...
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Type of container used for washing

What do we call the thing in the image that contains water and has a spout? According to my knowledge this is used in South Asia, usually in toilets for the washing purpose. I've also found that it ...
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What are the differences between “but”, “however”, “nevertheless” and “nonetheless”

I am confused about where to use but, however, nevertheless and nonetheless. The meaning of all words are the same; He works hard. But, he doesn't earn much. He works hard. However, he doesn't earn ...
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Can “increased” and “increasing” be interchangeable?

"The expansion of Willis Corp leads to ... needs of new staffs." A. increase B. increased C. increasing D. increasingly They said the correct answer is C but I doubted that so I immediately ...
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Is «ado» used often?

The following expression seems to be quite common: without further ado Despite “ado” is a word with its own meaning I do not hear native speakers use it much separately. Is it the word that is ...
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“So is” in “So is finding this international project quite daunting”?

I've found this sentence structure while reading this part of the text, and I wonder: what is it used for and when is used? Judy really enjoys working with you and the team and finds the project very ...
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Can we say “I'm going to the bathroom” to mean “I'm going to take a shower / bath”?

To me, "going to the bathroom" means "going to use the toilet" although the word "bathroom" can mean both places, which is why I always try to clarify and say "I was ...
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Is “Whichever” correctly used here?

In the sentence bellow, is whichever correctly used? Whichever way you look at it, it'll still sound outrageous What I want to say in this sentence is: It doesn't matter which way you look at it, ...
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Might being used for a past action

Is the sentence bellow possible? Why is might being used here although the sentence is in the past? Shouldn't it be "Might have" instead? You said hey. I said hello. A: "I gotta know, ...
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a person living in paradise

Do we use the word 'heavenly' for a person who is in paradise? Or should it be 'paradise-dweller'? Like, can we say: He is a heavenly man. We mean: This person is destined for being in paradise. Look, ...
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What’s that supposed to mean vs what does that suppose to mean vs what’s that suppose to mean

I, for some reason, can’t figure out the grammar of the following phrase - “What’s that supposed to mean?”... Why isn’t it “What does that suppose to mean?” or “What’s that suppose to mean?” I know it’...
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clay, soil, dust

What term is preferred when we talk about Man being created. I read in a poem written by Coventry Patmore the word 'clay': Than I whom Thou hast moulded from the clay, But I've read the words "...
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Are these examples proper words & what defines one?

Narratively. Societally. They both get marked as wrong on Word and result in *No definitions found for this word. Try searching the web on google dictionary. They appear overall uncommon in use, so I ...
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Does the idiom «to cross the pond» exist?

Recently I had a conversation with a native speaker. During it he has mentioned some movie reference. I guess he was not sure whether I have got it so he has also sent me a link to that movie ...
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What does mano-a-mano actually mean?

I know that expression comes from Spanish a it’s literal meaning is hand by hand. However, I often find some other meanings like: fight; like a man to man; eye to eye. How common is this phrase in ...
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How to call side dish correctly?

The question that I have is how to describe a side dish for my main meal. The options that I have in mind: I had a steak with fries as a side dish. I had a steak with some fries on the side. I had a ...
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Types of jewelry

There are many types of rings that people wear, some of them have no gem or stone studded in it. The ring with a gem is called 'gem-studded' if we emphasize on the presence of a gem in it, but what ...
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What’s the difference between wilt and die? [closed]

It seems like wilt refers to plants and die refers to animals and human beings.Can anyone help me clarify the difference?
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When should I use 'thaw' and 'melt'?

Thaw seems to be used when thawing something, like food. Melt seems to be used with ice. Some dictionary definitions seem to conflict with these statements. When should each word be used?
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Which is my school level? [closed]

I was answering an american survey where the questions has been (badly?) translated in French and I had to answer to the question: "Quel est votre niveau scolaire ?" that I can translate to &...
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shake out OR dust off

When we wear a shoe, we move it upward and downward to make sure that there is no insect in this. We do it to remove the dust particles and small pebbles that can be inside it. For this movement what ...
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Pleasure of God: virtuous life

I have read a phrase in a religious writing 'pleasure of God'. I had a kind of feeling that 'pleasure' doesn't fit best here. The writer meant to say: to please God He used a noun form. His writing ...
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customer or passenger: man traveling in a taxi

What do natives in the UK and USA call a person who catches a taxi? Is that a customer? OR Is that a passenger? Please note that he is getting services and here is the definition of 'customer: a ...
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When to use “grateful” and “thankful”? [closed]

"Grateful" and "thankful" are used interchangeably, but are there any differences? It seems that "grateful" is more common.
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What is the difference between “to assuage somebody” and “to soothe somebody” [closed]

What is the difference between "to assuage somebody" and "to soothe somebody" Both words have pretty similar meanings.
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Are these rules, principles or something else?

There are some consideration different to typical grammar rules, such as Positive statements are often preferred, putting negative as early as possible, less is more (concise), etc. Is there a term to ...
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“turning point” in a physical road

I guess it's not clear to use "turning point" to refer to the area pointed out by the red circle in the image below, because "turning point" means "the time at which a ...
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A person with mental disability

In the USA and the UK, What is the acceptable word for a person who is mentally abnormal? For instance, I've read that 'lunatic' is now considered to be offensive. Which of the following is acceptable ...
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what can I use instead of “less well defined”?

I have 2 models. Model-2 is more ambiguous than Model-1. I want to say Model-2 is less well defined, but it sounds strange already. What can I use instead of less well-defined?
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“occurrences” vs “recurrences”

Say a user selects an event in a calendar which is scheduled weekly. I want to give him the option to edit or delete the event only at the selected date, or edit all the events scheduled weekly. What ...
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“answer sheet” vs. “test paper”

In post meaning of "practice test notice", I called this thing "answer sheet", then I realized it might be test paper rather than "answer sheet". In contrast, the ...
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Learning vocabulary is a journey wihout destination, but exist ways to accelerate?

Is a hassle to learn vocabulary, I'm not saying is the devil and needs to be avoided, it's worth-while but I have been learning for the past year and I feel it consume a lot of my time and energy that ...
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word/phrase/term to refer to a teaching approach

Some teachers intentionally slow down their speech to let students hear them clearly, in the meanwhile, they keep the contraction to let students learn the pronunciation point. For example, when ...
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Grave danger or great danger [closed]

You're in grave danger. You're in great danger. Is 'great danger' correct? If then, what's the difference between 'grave danger' and 'great danger'?
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Getting rid of things you don't need any more

I was looking for the difference between 'discard' and 'dispose of' at: https://wikidiff.com/dispose/discard#:~:text=As%20verbs%20the%20difference%20between,to%20throw%20away%2C%20to%20reject. But it'...
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difference between redemption and compensation

If A is a bad thing and doing B erases that mistake from the record, should we say that 'B is redemption for A'? Or should we say that 'B is compensation for A'? Actually as far as I know 'redemption' ...
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a word/phrase to refer to the behavior of hurting innocent people

Sarah tends to yelled at people who won't hurt her. Her boss criticized her in the morning for her failure on a contract and she felt upset. When she came home, she yelled at her husband to get some ...

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