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What is meant by the expression “Jazz pants”?

I just watched a show, and there were competitors arguing with each others then one of them said "Are you happy with it now?" and then the woman said "Jazz pants!" I don't really know the name of ...
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What are these flying things called in English?

I saw something flying today. What should I call it in English?
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how to distinguish “cost” from “price”

Technically, B could be—I think—wrong. However, would anyone please show me what is the difference in meaning between them? And whether B is incorrect? A. the cost of moving house ...
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Is it correct to use the word “amputate” instead of “remove”, in this sentence?

I have read some news that some patient who suffered from some kind of cancer have to undergo some surgery. Usually, the doctor would remove the infected organ from the patient's body. Is it correct ...
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Effective way to teach English for non-native high school students

I am from India. I have been assigned to teach English for an academic outreach program for high school students in rural areas, mostly children of illiterate farmers. We have a 40 minutes session per ...
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strong winds are tipped

The day dawned beautiful, mild, and still at Flemington Racecourse. But it won't last: strong winds are tipped before the running of the Melbourne Cup. (Aussie ABC) What does 'tip' mean in the ...
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Excrement, faeces or poop?

In daily conversation, when we discuss/say about the baby excrement/faeces. Which word should we used? Excrement, faeces or poop?
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Is it unpleasant to be called English when you're Scottish?

“the English: people from England, or sometimes from all of Britain” (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English) “the English: infml the people of Britain” (Longman Dictionary of English ...
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Is there a standard dictionary to use for vocabulary?

I have come across many kinds of English dictionaries like Oxford, Cambridge, Collins and other similar ones which are commonly used. Suppose I wanted to look for a word, apparently each of them gives ...
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Clamber can be used when they don't use their hands?

[i] "Hurry up!" their mother said, and the three boys clambered onto the train. . . . [ii] They were carried along a dark tunnel, which seemed to be taking them right underneath the castle, ...
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How many vocabulary words should I learn every day? [closed]

I am trying to learn new words but pronunciation is difficult. I try to learn new words, but by the next morning I have forgotten what they were and I have to start over again. How many new words ...
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Verb meaning “compensate for falling behind schedule by working more”

Imagine one is behind schedule and then decides to work more than usual to compensate the delay, or the difference between where he is and where must be. Do you have a word or expression or phrase ...
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Words to describe the situation in which my diary book has a few fresh pages left

I bought a few diary books some time ago. Each diary book has 60 pages. I like writing diary, but my diary book only has a few fresh pages left, which means I have to write my diary in a new one very ...
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A word for swings, slides, seats, seesaws, etc

I'm looking for a word for the things at a place where children play on Swings, Slides, Seesaws, Climbing Frames, etc. Is there a common word in English for these in general? Like in Indian languages, ...
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When runners suddenly and dramatically lose speed on the last few metres, what verb do you use to describe that?

In a race, when the front runner exhausted himself and thus suffers from a sudden and rather strong decrease of speed before reaching the finish line (often being overtaken by the runner-up as a ...
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What does “Goodwife” mean?

2. Goodwife Used formerly as a courtesy title before the surname of a married woman not of noble birth. Although I have studied the explanation, in fact, I couldn't make a head or tail of it! ...
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What is the difference between “getting robbed” and “getting mugged”?

I can't seem to find the difference on the internet between "getting robbed" and "getting mugged". I would appreciate it if you could explain it to me.
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Which one is correct: “my little brother” or “my smaller brother”?

If I'm 18 and my brother is 15, is he my little brother and I'm his elder brother? Or he is my smaller brother and I'm his bigger one? Any clarifications?
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How to refer to loose shoelaces

A mother sees her daughter's shoelaces are all loose from her shoes. What would she say to her? Your Shoelace tie is off. Or maybe: Your shoelace's tie is loose. Can you correct the above ...
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Isn't there no difference between yeah, yes and yah

“Are you coming with us?” “Yeah, I'm coming.” (Merriam-Webster's Learner's) In my tongue, for saying ‘yes (Korean yes),’ I could say ‘ye [je̞]’ or ‘ne [ne].’ Korean dictionaries say there’s no ...
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How many words do I know

People are sometimes asked how many English words they know, and I'm also curious about the size of my own vocabulary. One way perhaps is to look at a list of the most frequently used 5000 or 8000 ...
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Animals that live in the country

I am creating a vocabulary worksheet about the British countryside with its natural and typical features, and I'm stuck on how best to classify the animals living wild in the country. The list of ...
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What does “reduce by a factor of 10” mean in terms of percentage in the following context?

"Pneumatic tampers and stronger formwork, as used nowadays for instance in Australia, can reduce the labor input by the factor of 10." How much percentage does "by a factor of 10" make? Many thanks ...
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What does “dear” mean in this sentence?

"Oh, Mom, can I go on the train and see him [Harry Potter], Mom, eh please...." "You've already seen him, Ginny, and the poor boy isn't something you goggle at in a zoo. Is he really, Fred? How do ...
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I made this bag from/of my old jeans [duplicate]

Wine is made from grapes. That bridge is made of steel. A Korean dictionary says that 1’s ‘from’ is used because of the change of the property from grapes to wine, and there is not the ...
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Can I call this a footrest?

This question was originally two questions, and has now been split. The other part of the question can be found here It is a thing that is attached to a desk and onto which we can place our feet. Can ...
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Is there a name for non-chain, “standalone” stores?

Some stores like Delifrance, Starbuck, expand their business in my local area, but some traditional stores are going to be eliminated through competition because something happens or maybe they don't ...
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“reflect” vs “reflection on” or “reflection of”

The bride's elegant dress reflected her good taste. The bride's elegant dress is a reflection on her good taste. The bride's elegant dress is a reflection of her good taste. Would you tell ...
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Stakeholder vs. Investor

What is the difference between stakeholder and investor? According to the Oxford advanced dictionary, both of them invest money on something, but is there any difference?
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the usage of word lack

I saw an example sentence of the usage of word "lack" and it triggered another question in my mind. The sentence is that The teacher was lacking in communication skill but what if I say ...
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Can “leaf” be used to mean “sheet” or “page”?

I have recently stumbled upon somebody saying: I have decided to turn over a new leaf. I was already aware of a similar expression with "page" instead. I have also heard of "leaflet" meaning (as ...
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Should I say soccer game or soccer match?

Which is the more correct: soccer game or soccer match? Are they both equally valid?
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Words which mean Off and On when someone is speaking a second language

My spoken English is not very good; my vocabulary is weak too. Sometimes when I am talking to some foreigners, I have to think for a while to find the word I want in my mind but this always makes the ...
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What accent shoud a foreigner use in an English-speaking country, if the foreigner can do most accents? [closed]

I've watched so much American, Canadian, British and Australian shows/videos/sitcoms/movies/lessons that I can now do most of those different accents. Of course, I will not be as good as the native ...
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Narrow streets behind houses

Many American residential streets have parallel narrow roads where people place their garbage cans and sometimes garages. What are these called?
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How to say when an application is taking the half of your screen on a computer

When using a computer I know when the application is taking the entire screen we call it "full screen" or "your application is in full screen mode". And so how is it called when a application is ...
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Analyze word 'riddle' literally

I read a sentence And so my early OOP experiments were riddled with surprising behaviors and odd bugs. Riddle means to make a lot of holes in something In Etymology Dictionary says: "perforate ...
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Are there any professional words given to the place where you were born but not raised

I know a girl who was born in Melbourne in 199x but she was raised in Japan. Then she moved to China and has been living there for a few years. Before she went back to Melbourne, one of her school ...
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What is the most formal, polite and expressive way of saying 'Thank You'?

Is there anything else other than 'thank you' to show gratitude in a polite, formal way to my professor at college?
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marry; get married

[i] Susan married Ed. (RHD) [ii] My sister got married last fall. (COCA) Is there a passive implication in [ii]? That is, the families and so on arrange and perform the marriage ceremonies for two ...
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“raw sewage” vs. “raw sewerage”

In addition, sewage treatment plants in Baghdad were so badly damaged during or after the war that no raw sewerage is being treated. (The New York Times) After having searched for on some online ...
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The reason “lays” or “lies” in the facts

I have trouble with this sentence. "Reason" is singular and I want to use the present tense, not the past. Which one is the correct one? The reason lays in the facts The reason lies in the ...
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Using the plural of “antenna” in figurative sense

PBS Scrutiny Raises Political Antennas http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8067-2005Apr21.html Yes, this is a headline, so may be that it is not entirely representative of "standard" ...
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When a door is widely open, what words do we use?

When a door is opened partly it seems correct to choose the word "ajar". If the door is widely open, which words are correct to use? For example, can "broad" be used?
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Should I say “Thank you for your kindly attention” or “Thank you for you kind attention”

Which is more correct? "Thank you for your Kindly attention." "Thank you for you Kind Attention."
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What do we call this part of the room?

What do we call this part of the room? I am looking for the correct word for this part of the room. I have always called it a “low-roof room”. However, I am not sure whether it is correct.
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spend time or take time

I've had an English test recently. And there I had to choose a correct item: The online courses really take the pressure off because you can spend your time till you understand it all. The online ...
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What are these things called?

I recently went on a trip to Peru, and met some pre-inca people. They braid their long hair into two ponytails, and weave balls of cotton to the end of the ponytail. What are those called? Bon-bons or ...
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The difference between “prevent” and “avoid”

The accident could have been prevented The accident could have been avoided Would you show me semantically what the difference between the two is? Also, are there any scenarios in which both ...
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Can you use “What is today's day?”

“What day is it today?” For the same meaning, can you say “what is today’s day?” Consulting a definition of Merriam-Webster’s for ‘day’ –– one of the seven time periods that make up a week –– there ...

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