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How can I say “I had to part ways” when I don't want to think like someone anymore?

I want to say that I don't want to think like Paul anymore, so I have written this: "I had to part ways in thinking from Paul" Does that capture the gist?
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Word choice for notice

What other verbs are proper to substitute for "notice" in the following sentence so as to mean the same or similarly? "Did you notice what intonation pattern of the example sentence was?...
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Any difference in the gist between these phrases? [closed]

"The measure of social distance" "The measure of social distancing" if they are equal in meaning, any use for the ing?
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Switch “reveal” for “revealing” any rule?

I have this text: 1.0: "Julia Ducournau becomes the second woman to win the top prize, after Jane Campion in 1993. The surprise reveal came at the start of a chaotic ceremony." NY Times. ...
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How to read this phrase/sentence?

the headline is: 'slip sliding away from history' source: NY Times If slip and slide means the same thing how to read that?
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Can I reorder the adjectives this way?

the original headline is: Villagers walking near a newly built state-owned coal fired power plant in Liuzhi County, China, in 2017. China is the world’s biggest source of greenhouse gases. If was ...
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Can Phrasal verbs be explained? [closed]

How are phrasal verbs formed? I mean is there any forming law to created them? taking for example 'better off' I don't know what kind of reasoning are applyed here, If i had to explain to someone how ...
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Is that correct to say Team USA instead of USA Team? [closed]

Is there any difference between saying: "The Team USA" and "The USA Team"?
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What is the difference between “being” and “having been”?

My mom has asked me quite often: What is the difference between “being” and “having been”? She still struggles with the difference between the two phrases. Although I’m aware of how they are different,...
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Is the adjective in this phrase in right order?

The name of the building that collapsed in Florida USA: Champlain Towers South, raised a question inside my English learner mind. It feels like a description of noun South. Again in my learner mind ...
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What is the difference between 'the President’ and 'President'? [duplicate]

If I were the President, I would make everyone happy. If I were President, I would make everyone happy. Could you tell me the differences between the sentences? I'd appreciate your help. Thank you.
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Is it 'plate tectonics' OR 'tectonics plate'? [closed]

I saw this headline on ny times: Venus lacks plate tectonics. But it has something much more quirky source: NY Times It got me wondering the folloing, among the words 'plate' and 'tectonics' the ...
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Names of two cosmetics

There are two cosmetics used in South Asia called Kajal and Surma. This is Surma: It is a dry powder. The image below is of Kajal: It is not dry, it's got some substance that makes is greasy. What ...
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Screen vs cover Vs hide in sentence [closed]

Which one of these sentences best express what I am trying to say? During summer, that tree screens the view from the building opposite me. During summer, that tree covers me from the opposite ...
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What does “ter” mean?

I couldn't find the meaning of "ter" in any dictionaries. Here's the context: "What about that tea then, eh?" He said, rubbing his hands together. "I'd not say no ter summat ...
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Why “the reason being is” not just “the reason is”?

Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/why-start-digital-marketing-agency/385300/#close Is a digital marketing agency a good business? Building out a digital marketing agency is far more ...
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How to use defeated/scored/won? [closed]

I know their meanings, but when it comes to application, I can't differentiate their use since they're slightly have the same meaning. (perhaps?) Here is an example I took from online try out test I ...
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is it understandable to use 'adequate vehicle' in the following context

I have an adequate vehicle for your needs' to mean a vehicle one can rent that satisfy their needs? regarding the use of the adjective in that order: 'adequate vehicle', is that correct for this ...
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What is the use of the term 'all-nighter'? [closed]

Well I know: 'all nigh long' but how just add 'er' to the word 'night' and add an extra "all-" before it, gives it some kind of sense? I mean as far as i kown the 'er' added to the noun ...
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the logic in the word weekender? [closed]

'Weekender', term used to refer to a person who spends time in a particular place only on weekends. does that make sense to have the 'er' attached to the word 'weekend' to form this train of thought?
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Prepared vs. Prepare & Was drunk vs. Got drunk [duplicate]

"I'm preparing for my next exam". "I'm getting prepared for my next exam" "He was drunk" vs. "He got drunk" Does "Get" change the meaning of "...
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When do you use 'extend' and 'expand' as synonyms?

There are lots of posts about the difference between extend and expand, but I can hardly find any posts explaining their synonymous usages. When do you use them interchangeably?
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online safety vs. online security

Is there any difference between "online safety" and "online security" (or for that matter, between "internet safety" and "internet security")? Is the difference ...
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How to ask which one but for people, not objects or animals?

I want to know the "which one" equivalent, but for people like "Which one is right ?"
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Hopeless = terrible?

I saw a sentence about the use of "hopeless". Here's the sentence: I'm hopeless at telling jokes. When I see "hopeless", the one thing that appears in my mind is something that ...
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The correct way to say someone is interrupting as I'm doing something

Is there a phrasal verb/other shorter words for someone who suddenly appears and interrupts? For example: Just as I took the picture, a child appeared in front of the camera and blocked the people ...
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What do you say when you want someone to go with you?

The question is in the title. So, is it OK to say: I don't mind walking home as long as you accompany me to go home. Or is there an alternative expression else? I'm not really familiar with "...
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Word used to describe a connection problem during a call

I'm a watching a video where an American man says something that sounds like "you're boarding" to warn a woman that her voice is breaking because her connection is bad. What could be the ...
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a person with disability [closed]

In the USA, the UK, and other parts of Europe which of the following is acceptable and which one is offensive, from all three perspective (legal, moral and cultural)? A. Disabled B. Physically ...
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What do you call a person who is always quick on the draw and never let anyone offend him/ her?

There are some people who are good at repartee, especially if someone wants to criticise them,they straight away respond to those critics in order not to get offended, or let them offend him/her. Are ...
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Resource for building higher-level vocabulary

A friend of mine grew up speaking basic English at home (living in a foreign country), but it was not more than that: basic. There are many words that he hears people say that he knows are not among ...
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Meaning of “The other right” and “back looping”

I was watching the sci-fi series "The Flash". Character1 is instructing Character2 about direction: Character1: "Turn right" Charater2 moves in the wrong direction. Charater1: &...
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Hate or hated? Can they be used interchangeably?

Earlier I saw native's comment on social media. She said "I hated this episode". Why didn't she use present verb "hate" since in that time she was telling something to everyone? I ...
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Is “obey” a stronger word than “observe” in the following sentence?

In a film from an English teaching youtube channel at 5:40 around, the female teacher is expressing that using "obey" instead of "observe" is a little too odd and strong in the ...
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Vocabulary for payment matters

Pardon me that I couldn't explain this succinctly as I lack of the vocabulary of the subject matter and this is the reason why I post this question. The scenario: I want to change to a lower tier ...
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Difficult in choosing and imagining tense

Imagine this scenerio: A teacher is teaching in the classroom. I'm drawing him on the paper as a gift for his birthday. Later, I give it to him, which tense should I use in order to talk about the ...
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Can 'expansion' replace 'extension' in this passage?

I think it can, but I am not sure. In what context are expansion and extension interchageable? Research and development for seed improvement has long been a public domain and government activity for ...
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To be off the ground for a few seconds and then fall on the floor

When somebody hits someone with his shoulder and the other person gets knocked over and his feet are off the ground and because of the momentum and the force, he literally falls a few meters ahead, ...
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What does “the event of economic consequences” mean?

I read a paper talking about the Operating Cycle. On page 6th, they said: Sales of assets, no matter how disguised, are one-time events. In contrast, cycling capital through the cycle and generating ...
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The correct usage of “is” vs “was” in the given context

Which one is correct: I have recently completed my degree at the state university, which was a 4-year course. or I have recently completed my degree at the state university, which is a 4-year course.
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A humorous response to a 'good old days' sentiment

If someone paints an excessively rosy picture of the past, what are some possible sarcastic or humorous responses in English? In my native language I could say something like 'sure, and the grass ...
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Thistles and thorns

I am learning chinese word: 荆棘. The pronunciation and meaning as per Chinese Dictionary are “荆棘 jīngjí thistles and thorns I tried to find the meaning of “thistles and thorns”. Google search fetched ...
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Is it ok to use “chip in” like this in an IELTS writing task

I want to express that the purpose of education should serve the development of whole society. My writing: On one hand, in most countries, education is invested with national revenue. In other words, ...
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What is the term for years 2005,2010,2015,1990 in general?

I am wondering if there is any term to call years which are the multipliers of 5 or 10 like 1990, 2000,2005,2015,... in English. We informally call them "round years" in Finance but I hope ...
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Is PC used as an English expression for a computer in English speaking countries?

Japanese people call computers PC in Japanese-made katakana expression. English speakers usually use laptops for that. Is PC used to mean a computer in English-speaking countries?
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Is PET bottle English?

There is a Japanese-made katakana expression PET bottle, which refers to plastic bottles. More than 10 or 15 years ago, the NHK English show taught that "PET bottle" is a katakana expression ...
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Is “kitchen car” an English expression?

In Japanese katakana expressions, food trucks are called kitchen car. Is kitchen car used in English?
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correct word choice: garner or acquire fame, popularity and praise

(1) The actor garnered/acquired fame early in his career. (2) His novelty garnered/acquired popularity shortly after it was released. (3) The writer garnered/acquired praise for his book on the latest ...
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usage of procure in [procure a movie contract, a deal, a good price, data and a loan]

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, to procure means to get possession of something or to get something by particular care and effort. I have made up the sentences below. (1) As a new actor, I ...
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Is There A Word For Converger?

It seems that "Converger" is not even a word. However, I cannot express my question in any other way. I looked on the Internet with no luck. I need a word or an official idiom to express an ...

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