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Make a plan / programme for your day

Are both expressions correct and idiomatic or just the first one is? Do they mean the same thing? You should make a plan / programme for your day.
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Tricks to increase your second language vocabulary beyond your native language's active vocabulary?

I use Anki to increase my vocabulary in English (my second language) and French (my third language). Basically I enter all words I hear in any of these languages that I don't understand into Anki. Now ...
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Can we use the word "image" for all digital pictures?

I was reading this question : Photo Vs. Picture Vs. Image : What is the difference between them? As a technical person, we use the word image for all digital pictures. I wanted to know is that ...
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What does "Women like guys who play the dance." mean?

"Women like guys who play the dance." What does "playing the dance" mean in this context? Thank you.
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Verb for someone who refuses to repay money

What's the verb to say the behavior of someone who refuse to repay the money he owed? (Even if he knows it and is able to pay it back.) As far as I know, there is a commonly used noun which called ...
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how to understand to which order to read this text?

Headline is: "The streaming platform executive says he — and the company he helped build — will survive a bout of bad earnings numbers." My question is should I read it like: 1 - bout of [ ...
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What is a balcony on the top floor or the rooftop of a building called?

I know a room or an apartment on the top floor or on the rooftop can be called an attic or a penthouse depending on the room or the apartment. I wonder what a balcony on the rooftop or on the top ...
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Is it correct to use "reach out about" in a sentence?

The headline is: As mayhem persisted at Kabul’s airport, the Taliban reached out to a former Afghan president about a new government. The way I think it's supossed to be is: "reach out to a ...
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Is there a word referring to something that motivates you?

One of my pupils wanted to express that there is a song that gives him motivation to create things. He referred to the song as a "kicker". I looked the word kicker up and the OED says it ...
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Singular vs. plural in the term "works" for an industrial facility

The term works is used for industrial facilities, like ironworks and steelworks. Despite the -s suffix, I've seen it used as a singular form. I don't think there is distinct word for the plural form. ...
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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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Truth or Reality: what fits best?

I read an article title 'Truth about denial of gravity'. The title seems to be giving an impression that the writer would support the denial but indeed he was against the denial. He believed in the ...
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Emotion vs Feeling

According to Oxford dictionary, feeling is something you feel through the mind or through the human senses. While emotion is ​a strong feeling such as love, fear or anger; the part of a person’s ...
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Have someone + ing or Normal verb?

Would mind saying whether one of these sentences are incorrect? It's nice we have someone taking care of him. It's nice we have someone take care of him. If both are correct, what are their ...
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What is the general everyday term to express the interface between the door and the door frame?

Look at the picture Children often accidentally put their hands or fingers in the interface between the door and the door frame, which is dangerous because they might get crushed by chance. What is ...
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Intuition vs insight vs instinct vs gut feeling vs sixth sense?

Do all of these mean almost a same feeling? If yes, can we also add"suspicion" to this list,as also having same meaning as those in title If not, please kindly explain in simple words with examples, ...
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Supposed to or Have to for obligations

I can't settle an argument with myself about the difference between "Supposed to" and "Have to". For instance Kids' show are supposed to have simple language Or Kids'show have to have simple ...
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What do you call a speculative law?

The Moore's law is an empirical law based on empirical observations. What do you call a law that's purely speculative? Is there such a thing? What kind of terms would scientists use to refer to such a ...
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quantity words used adverbially to describe the extent of something

I've noticed the word plenty can be used as an adverb: We're plenty [=very] busy with the work we have already. It's plenty cold outside. There's plenty more where that came from. ...
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"Mail something", "Send something in the/by mail"

Are the following phrases correct? To mail a package To send something, other than an envelope, in the mail To put something, other than an envelope, in the mail for someone To send something, ...
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Interpret demystify literally

I am getting under way to learn vocabulary in etymology. The word demystify in Online Etymology Dictionary de - "not, do the opposite of, undo" mystify - 1814, from French mystifier (1772), a ...
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Can we use hide to mean make something disappear?

Someone asked me What if someone hides their instagram stories from you? I replied I'd hide them from my life. Is my sentence right Does hide mean to make disappear? If not What else could ...
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What are the differences between "blithe" and "beatific", if any?

The Free Dictionary defines the words in question as follows: blithe (blaɪð, blaɪθ) Definition: lighthearted in disposition; cheerful. heedless: a blithe disregard for someone's feelings. beatific (...
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Trying to make sense of the word "tacit". Please correct my analysis

Definition of tacit​ Source: Merriam Webster Dictionary Expressed or carried on without words or speech Example: the blush was a tacit answer— Bram Stoker Implied or indicated (as by an act or by ...
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Is the use of preposition "with" being correctly used in this context?

The headline is: "Eva Mireles’s husband was an officer with the school district’s Police Department. He was not allowed to enter the place where his wife was under attack." What caught my ...
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Any difference between "languish in" and "mired in"?

Source: Lexico Dictionary Languish: Definition: to suffer from being forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation; to exist in an unpleasant or unwanted situation, often for a long time: ...
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Differences between "indemnity", "remuneration", and "redress"?

Definitions: indemnity: a sum of money paid as compensation, especially a sum exacted by a victor in war as one condition of peace. remuneration: payment for work or services redress: right a wrong ...
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What is the difference between "pound of flesh" and "reprisal"?

Definitions: pound of flesh: A debt or punishment, especially a cruel or unreasonable one, that is harshly insisted upon. An allusion to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, in which the moneylender ...
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Is "of the" interchangeable for "to" in this context?

headline-style text: "Senator Chuck Schumer’s decision to try for a bipartisan compromise on new gun laws is a test of the Senate — and of democracy itself." the "test of the Senate&...
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Am I interpreting this the wrong way?

the Headline: "Rangers Push the Penguins to Game 7 in New York" the article: "https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/14/sports/hockey/rangers-penguins-nhl-playoffs.html" I thought going ...
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Is my understanding of the word "Malaise" correct?

The word "malaise" has three definitions, according to Merriam Webster. Definitions of malaise - 1: an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health often indicative of or accompanying ...
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What is this model trying to imply about "isasmuch as" and "insofar as"?

I recently found a chart listing the distinctions between the two conjunctions. But I am not really able to make much sense of this chart. I would gladly appreciate if anyone could make the ...
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What is the difference between "subtlety", "nuance", and "nicety"?

Take CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY, for example: DEFINITIONS: SUBTLETY: a small but important detail; the quality or state of being subtle or hard to notice NUANCE: a very slight difference in appearance, ...
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What is the difference between "sina qua non" "part and parcel" and "sum and substance"?

TAKE THE FREE DICTIONARY, for example: DEFINITIONS: SINE QUA NON: something that is essential before you can achieve something else PART AND PARCEL: to be a feature of something, especially a ...
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"Assistance Order" is an acceptable use in the context of furniture business?

I work at a company that makes software used in furniture designing, manufacturing and selling. It is used by designers, factories and stores. We are building a feature where i.e.: A store received a ...
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The position of legs while sitting on a chair

How can we describe the legs' position in the picture below? His legs are... from the chair. He is sitting on a chair with legs... What should be the adjectives to complete these sentences?
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Advisory board/board of directors /shareholders

I have a question mainly for people who speak Spanish. My Spanish student asked me what is the best way to say in English: 'junta de activistas', 'junta de directores' and 'consejo'. My Spanish is not ...
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what is the meaning of the phrase "broken in"?

I have read this phrase There were all these mutant skeletons in there, of Muggles who'd broken in and grown extra heads and stuff (From Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. page 1) and can not ...
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difference between denial and refusal

https://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1837_aae/page19.shtml This page says: The opposite of 'deny' would be 'admit'. 'Accept' could be the opposite of 'refuse', 'reject' ...
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What is the definition of "crossover" in this context?

the text is: "Joe Burrow, the Bengals quarterback, has achieved a crossover appeal that has invited comparisons to Joe Namath." I thought of crossover to mean comparisons in this case, But ...
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We haven't spoken - informal email

Is the following sentence a good way to start an informal email? Hi Jo, How are you? We haven't spoken to each other for almost two months. Is "I haven't heard from you for almost two months"...
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Can anybody explain the title of this article?

the title is: "If Everything Is ‘Trauma,’ Is Anything?" the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/opinion/caleb-love-bombing-gaslighting-trauma.html I read throght even with some sort ...
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What is the semantic behind "all thing something" like in "all thing pet"?

I came across "all thing pet" myself in my country although it is not a native english speaking Nation and also there is a Church Song: "All things bright and beautiful" What I ...
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do theses phrases really differ?

unfortunately I have no context to provide, But as a learner I've been thinking a lot about adjective positions and trying to understand its usage. One case sticks to mind: "a divided house"...
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Is there a special role in the word "out" in this sentence/phrase?

In the phrase/setence: "I can buy out of the back of a truck" I see the word "out" as an opitional in this sentence. I think the sentence would be clearer as: 1- "I can buy ...
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meaning difference between detail and specific

I'm confused about the words to detail and specific. Can you tell me in detail? Can you tell me specifically? Can you be more detailed? Can you be more specific? What's the difference between them? ...
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sitting gesture

The lady is sitting with her right leg folded and her left leg upright. Can we use 'upright' and 'folded' for the positions seen in the picture
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What word should be used in this sentence?

That was the end of the conversation, and neither of them brought the ___ up again. topic subject idea
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is "about English second language teaching and learning" grammatical?

I came across the following sentence fragment: [1] about English second language teaching and learning I found this sentence fragment hard to understand, so I'd like to rephrase it to be clearer. ...
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