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What are the differences between “lay” and “lie”?

I'm confused about lay and lie. Please look at these examples: "Don't lie in the sun for too long." "The dog was lying dead on the floor." "She lay back against the pillows." "I told her a ...
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What is the difference between “say” and “tell”?

I really get confused when to use say and when to use tell. Which is appropriate in the following: What did he tell? / What did he say? What are you saying? / What are you telling?
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Wondering what the expression “ I am about to”

Many times I have heard it while natives are speaking, specially Americans. I can not recall the contexts, perhaps they are very fast speaking. I wonder if any body here could give some hints in some ...
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“said” as an adjective

In our electron pump, when you turn the crank, one side gets a surplus of electrons, or a negative charge, and on the other side the atoms are missing said electrons, resulting in a positive charge. ...
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What is the difference between “What are you?” and “Who are you?”?

I am often asked "Who are you?" and "What are you?", but I don't know the difference between these two questions. Please explain it to me.
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What's the meaning of “wired”?

I often hear some people say that "I'm wired differently from other people" or "My brain is differently wired" but I don't understand what "wired" really means. Here are several definitions of the ...
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AS meaning in this sentences

"As a beginner, I am happy that I learned a new thing." You will recognize this as your DoReMi-s.(https://youtu.be/n2z02J4fJwg at 4:52) What is the meaning of the "AS" there and when do we use that? ...
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The usage of the word pretty is “pretty” confusing

I am aware that there are plenty of threads on intensifiers(very, rather, pretty, quite, fairly, etc.), both on this site and on the web, because of their ambiguity in terms of meaning. What I have ...
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Question about “surely” and “certainly”

Today I saw a sentence: She surely can do it. What does that mean? How does it differ from: She certainly can do it. Surely she can do it. This slight difference in meaning of those ...
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I bought something two days ago - quick question

I have this question that my brain cannot understand because for me it seems to be very illogical. Please, try to explain this to me. It is both english problem but also my native language problem. ...
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Could you vs would you

Could you write your name? Would you write your name? When you are asked to do this, are there any situation in which you hear weird if either is used (but the other sounds pretty natural .)
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SB and STH in dictionaries

tell sb to do sth (Cambridge Learner's Dictionary) When I look in dictionaries, I often see the words sb and sth. Are these proper words? What do they mean? Can I use these words in my essays, for ...
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Tomato ketchup Vs Tomato sauce

Dictionaries did not help me. Collin's writes tomato sauce = tomato ketchup but not vice versa. There tomato ketchup is ketchup flavored with tomatoes. Furthermore, ketchup is sauce! MM says ketchup ...
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“We have known each other for some years now” - so is it a long time or short time?

The definition of 'some' reads as on OALD page (#3) a large number or amount of something But then the next entry says... (#4) a small amount or number of something I wonder if someone says ......
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What is the difference between “within” and “inside”?

Here is the definition of the word within from Oxford Dictionary: inside (something) So does that mean the two words have no difference, and can be used exchangingly? Is there any connotation that ...
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A comparison between “Creep”, “Crawl” and “slither”

We have three too similar words: Creep, Crawl, Slither. These three words have very tiny and slight nuances. Based on dictionaries, one cannot recognize which ones can be used for the nouns: "snake" "...
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persons vs people

I always thought persons was wrong.But recently, I came across this word "persons" in some book. Is it correct? If it is, when would you use persons and when would you use people?
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What is the meaning of the word 'pace'?

I read the word 'pace' from a word-builder vocabulary book and says it comes from a Latin root and has the meaning of 'contrary to the opinion of', and an additional sentence example: She had only ...
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What does it mean by 'bringing him gasping to all fours' in Harry potter?

Immediately, his insides started writhing as though he'd just swallowed live snakes -- doubled up, he wondered whether he was going to be sick -- then a burning sensation spread rapidly form his ...
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What's the difference between “citizenship” and “nationality”?

What's the difference between "citizenship" and "nationality"? Webster says on "nationality": the fact or status of being a member or citizen of a particular nation and on "citizenship": the ...
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Having, holding, giving, and throwing parties

What is the difference between "hold a party", "have a party", "give a party" and "throw a party"? Is there any difference in meaning? Can we use them interchangeably? Could you provide some ...
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The meaning of “around” in these sentences

What's working around communication? What's not? What's working for you around influence? What's not? Please tell me the meaning of these sentences. I have problem with the word ((around)) and ...
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Differences among “It feels…”, “It looks…”, and “It seems…”

There is a topic about the differences among "it seems" and "it likes": What is the difference between "it seems" and "it looks like"? But what about the difference of the "it ...
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What does “times” mean in the newspaper “Washington Times”?

What does “times” mean in the newspaper “Washington Times”? I have always wanted to ask about this, but feared it might be so obvious that I would look like a fool. For that many times, I haven't ...
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How to use “yet”?

Yet another question about yet, It's really confusing! Please help me parse this phrase: Be honest yet witty At school, we used to use yet in the past perfect[if I remember] Like when we say : he ...
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“All of the …” or “ All the … ”?

I am a bit confused about these two forms For example : John reads books all of the time/all the time All the students/All of the students have participated in march against smoking in the ...
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A word for something that is too visible?

How to call something/someone that is too visible, more that it/she should or deserves, or more than it is natural and accepted? The word I have in mind is "over-visible". Are over-visible and over-...
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Could you help me finding some less colloquial equivalent to highlighted phrases of this speech

Today I want to be able to give you some good tips on parallel parking. It's part of your road test. It's something you need to learn. For most new drivers it's real difficult, because they're not ...
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“have you ever gone to” to ask past experience

is it correct to ask: Have you ever gone to Spain? if i want to know whether or not he had visited Spain in his life (experience)?
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Toy Line (Production) Run

I am not sure about the meaning of this: link Transformers: Generation 1 (also known as Generation One or G1) was a children's toy line that ran from 1984 to 1991 and was produced by Hasbro. ...
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What does the adjective “Killer” mean?

I was reading an article that contains the phrase "Hire a killer copywriter", and I'm asking about what is "killer" intended to be in this contest? Another example for the usage of this word "Being a ...
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What does the word “it” mean?

Even if determinism isn't true for everything that happens—even if some things just happen without being determined by causes that were there in advance—it would still be very significant if ...
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Is brief a contranym?

Why brief as a verb means to give information thoroughly and even as a noun it means a legal document, given to a barrister, containing all the information about a case but as an adjective it means ...
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“Line up”, “Hook up” and “Fix up”

Please tell me which choice below (or rather a better choice that I need to know) works better in my sentences in informal English: I got myself out on a limb. I need to clear my check by tomorrow. ...
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What is the difference between “nope” and “no”?

What is the difference caused by using “nope” instead of ”no”? Is it used because “nope” sounds better and not straight like “no”? In some situations, it feels like nope is better to use than no even ...
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Is it good to call someone “Nerd”?

My friends always use "nerd" to describe an intelligent person, but when I searched its meaning online, I found that it's not really a good word. "A foolish or contemptible person who lacks social ...
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How is “better off” different from just “better”?

By definition of Cambridge Dictionaries Online The word 'better' means comparative of good: of a higher quality or more enjoyable than someone or something else By most dictionaries, better off ...
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What is the difference between “it seems” and “it looks like”?

Many times while I talked to others or wrote some text messages I got confusion about which phrase I should use to express the actual meaning of the words It seems . . . and It looks like . ....
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'Clumsy' vs 'awkward'?

I've looked up the word clumsy in oxford dictionary. It says: (of people and animals) moving or doing things in a very awkward way. Afterwards, I've looked up the word awkward and seen an example:...
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Difference between “get dressed” and “dress”, “get changed” and “change”

There is a sentence: "It only takes five minutes to dress in the morning." If I say instead, "It only takes five minutes to get dressed in the morning." Is there any difference? Similarly, ...
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What is the difference between “yell” and “scream”?

I am having some problems to differentiate between "yell" and "scream". From what I understand (and read), when somebody screams he/she is shouting in a loud way. Then, yelling is the same, only that ...
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How do we read “1906” in this text?

The 1906 Federal Food and Drugs Act was one of the first laws enacted to stop the sale of inaccurately labeled drugs. 19 O six ?
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Does 'breakfast' in “Let's have breakfast” denote an activity or a collection of edible items?

Let's have breakfast. In this sentence, how would a native speaker comprehend the meaning of "breakfast"? Will he think of it as an activity, or as a collection of food items? The question is ...
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Dinner is lunch?

In India, a 'dinner' strictly means the meals eaten somewhere between 1900 hr to 2200 hr (depending upon when an officegoer reaches home). I mean the night meal is dinner. And yes, for those who ...
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“As far as I can say”, “as far as I know”, “as far as I can tell”

As far as I am concerned. As far as the economic problems here are concerned. And As far as I know. My perception: All these are incorrect. Because we just use " As far as I am concerned" to mean "...
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Meaning of “there being”

Does anyone else worry about there being too much 'fantasy' in children's fiction? Please tell what there being means. I would like to have alternative ways to rewrite the above sentence. It would be ...
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“Literally” Vs “In the true sense of the word”

The Cambridge and other dictionaries say that "literally" can be used as an emphasis on something. But there is another term: "in the true sense of the word", which to mea has a quite similar meaning ...
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Collection vs Set

I was wondering if it's wrong to say 'a set' instead of 'a collection'. I have a set of stamps. I have a collection of stamps. I have a set of sounds that we can use. I have a collection of sounds ...
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Difference between 'anybody', 'somebody', 'someone', 'nobody'

What is the difference between anybody,somebody,someone,nobody? And when should we use one or another of them? It's a bit confusing to me. Example: Does (anybody/somebody/someone/nobody) want a ...
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'We are having a party this evening' - Why do we use the present continuous?

I have a sentence: We are having a party this evening. I don't know why we use present continuous. In grammar, we don't use having for possess.