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What is the difference between 'hang out' and 'go out'? and what is the origin of thes [on hold]

What is the difference between 'hang out' and 'go out'? What is the origin of 'hang out' and 'go out'?
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Birthplace vs living place

If someone ask me where is my hometown what should I said? I live in a country which is not my birth country. I was born in different country. So which one should I consider as my hometown? The ...
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Someone said to me, “We basically literally did.” What were they trying to express to me?

Someone said to me, "We basically literally did." What were they trying to express to me? Also, can basically and literally be used in the same sentence? My points to my language partner: ...
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A is twice as many as B usage

As far as I know, A is twice as many as B is the same as Twice as many A as B. Can I convert it into an uncountable form ? like the below. The size of a room I saw is twice (or two times) as much as ...
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Which phrase sounds more correct

I’ve got two sentences here using with or while I’m feeling great this month while all my bills are paid in advance. I’m feeling great this month with all my bills are paid in advance.
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Should I choose “for” or “of a” in this sentence?

A top tier choice for a camera or A top tier choice of a camera Please explain why at the same time
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How to pronounce the mathematical symbols?

For example, 2 squared is 4 (1/4) cubed = one-quarter cubed = 1 over 64 ... what will be next after squared and cubed? 2 to the 10th power is equal to 1024. and why does "power" show up ?
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A word for newbie or fresher sounds similar to abrecrombie

While watching season 1 or 2 of Arrow I heard the word. I can not search the word as I do not recall or can not spell exactly. What I know is pronounciation of that word has resembled abrecrombie and ...
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Is it a correct expression ? and How to express it?

She has to be shot a tourist attraction video for Japanese tomorrow forenoon, starring her. (not herself, because someone shoots the video starring her.) If I get rid of comma(,) in "video for ...
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Use of 'Far' and 'Far away.'

I'm a little confused about the proper usage of Far and Far Away. For example, if a friend asks me to go out with him for dinner and I want to tell him that I cannot go very far from where I am right ...
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What that means by “I am willing to try the code as is”?

My colleague and I have been working on a software project. I recently proposed some changes to the code base and requested for his review. He then added some comments as below: Now that I see you ...
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Using “very” to put emphasis on sentence meaning

"Very" is commonly used to put emphasis on adjectives, like : I think you're very strong. But I noticed there are sometimes other usages, such as this sentence I came across : With or without ...
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Use of the term 'Milk kinship'

This was an Arab custom that they would send their young kids for nursing. The women who would breastfeed the kids would have a relation called 'Milk kinship'. In some of the articles, I've read a ...
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Which of the two words (At & By) should be used in the expression below

In my lesson plan, on the objectives I wrote: By the end of the lesson, the students should be able to... So when my first supervisor came he said that the word 'by' should be replaced with 'at'. ...
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He said false sentence

I have a sentence which is "He said false sentence". Does this sentence Sound NATURAL? How can I create the most natural version of it using the words in the quotation marks? Ps: It meant to say his ...
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Use of 'of' in “of what a bond that would have been, of how much it would have meant to him”

They could have visited the place together; for a moment Harry imagined coming here with Dumbledore, of what a bond that would have been, of how much it would have meant to him. But it seemed that to ...
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Does “I was choking on a sip of water” roughly mean “I was choked by a sip of water”?

choke [intransitive, transitive] to be unable to breathe because the passage to your lungs is blocked or you cannot get enough air; to make somebody unable to breathe She almost choked to death ...
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Not sure if I should use “as” or “like” in this sentence

You see me just like an object You see me just as an object Which one would be correct ? Also I'm afraid the sentence construction isn't ok. I have to say that some person sees (or perceives, or ...
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class vs. form vs. grade

I've been meeting all the three words (class, form, grade) related to schooling, but I can't get my head around the differences. Please could you explain the differences? I need to know which one of ...
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is this sentence right? Please help me to understand the function of by

Coal production fell by nearly a half. Why is "by" used in this sentence and what is its function?
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Move over / Move aside

Is there any difference? I read somewhere said that "move aside" implies a little bit of ordering rather than asking. Is it true? Mom was cooking dinner and her little daughter was blocking her ...
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Two “distanted” cities?

The two distanted cities are included in our comparison. Is it the correct usage for "distanted"? Do we have an adjective serving our goal here? I want an adjective to fill the blank to imply that ...
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Elliptical structured confusing English

1.She believed to have been killed in somewhere in frontline For me it should be written in like "She is believed 'who' have been killed in somewhere in frontline" After the peace treaty ...
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If I say “smartphone shipments yield profits”, am I using **yield** correctly?

dictionary.cambridge gives this explanation of yield. to supply or produce something positive such as a profit, an amount of food or information If I say "smartphone shipments yield profits", am I ...
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When vs On which is more proper?

On reaching the airport, Tom found that he had left his bag in his home. When reaching the airport Tom found that he had left his bag in his home. Which sentence is correct? What is ...
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which one of these is correct, please? [closed]

which one is correct, please help me? to know what is this "one person has a first level volunteer license because he spent 100 hours as a volunteer." He wants to write this in his resume. " Holds a ...
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Can an “idea” be “coined”?

I read a sentence in The Hindu which was: BRICS has proved its naysayers wrong since the idea of grouping the world’s “five emerging economies” was coined by a consultant two decades ago (BRICS was ...
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Might have been caught/ Might be caught (In a traffic jam)

If someone hasn't shown up, I'm guessing it is because of the traffic. Which word form should I use? Considering that "was caught" Is an action in the past, thus: He might have been caught in the ...
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Are these phrases exchangable when talking about math? refer to, denote, represent, stand for?

Are these phrases exchangable when talking about math? refer to, denote, represent, stand for ... for example, is it acceptable if I make following expressions? X refers to an unknown variable. X ...
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Can the word `task` on its own be used to refer to a physical place (e.g. short for `task surface`)?

In a paper about Photo-Electrically Controlled Lighting Systems by Francis Rubinstein et. al. (a native English speaker as far as I know) I've come across some wording that seems incorrect to me. The ...
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“flank” on T-shirts

I saw branded T-shirts that have "flank" on it. I know flank means that side part of the body above hips. Is there any other cool meaning? Is it sarcastic or something? I wonder if it really meant ...
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The main differences between Simple Past and Present Perfect

I'm writing this because: I kind of know the differences between them, but, when I see a native speaker or when I see it in a sentence, I get confused; I'm also not confident to know when to use ...
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it seems that both “A comprises B” and “B comprises A” are correct, is my understanding right?

dictionary.cambridge gives 2 explanation of comprises to have things or people as parts or members; to consist of to be the parts or members of something; to make up something Consider a set A = {B, ...
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So we say, “It's starting to rain, let's bring the washing in” or “…let's take the washing in”?

ok, so hang something ↔ out to hang clothes outside in order to dry them My job was to hang out the washing. Hang the wet things out to dry. But if it's starting to rain, then we say: "...
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Whether vs. Regardless in this sentence

I wrote: Whether these powers are good or not, or whether they have good intentions or not, people dislike to see their presence in the region. I suspect if I had to use "Regardless" or "No matter"...
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My question is about names of the institution where in some new words are coined and used?

I came across 2 signboards at 'the English Speaking Tutorials'. The names are SPEAKWELL ENGLISH and SPEAKON ENGLISH. Such words dont exist in dictionary or in usage.Are such usages appropriate? can ...
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What's the difference between words “tongue” and “lingua”?

Dictionary.com definitions: tongue - the usually movable organ in the floor of the mouth in humans and most vertebrates, functioning in eating, in tasting, and, in humans, in speaking. lingua - ...
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Is nataral to say “can you do any dances” meaning can you dance any dances?

Is it natural to ask Can you do any dances? meaning can you dance any dances like the walts, the tango etc. If so, can I use the verb do instead of dance. For example: Let's do waltz at the ...
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to start and end a fast

When we keep a fast, we end eating at a particular time thus we say: I started my fast at 05:00 a.m. When we eat to end the fast what should we say: to open the fast to end the fast ...
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“Been so long *since*” + Present Perfect Tense

I'd like to ask: What's the meaning of present perfect using it after _been so long since_? For example: Someone phones me and says: It's been so long since I've talked to you. Or for ...
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The usage of ''the only'' usage on a sentence

Is this sentence correct? The only countries from South America that I know are Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Is not 'the only' meant for just only only one?
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Do I say 'a product has to be tested before it goes 'into the market' or 'to the market'?

Do I say 'a product goes 'into' the market or 'to' the market? The context is the following: Every product requires a specific testing protocol before it goes in/into the market.
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Are there any words (synonyms) meaning 'credit to somebody'?

So I have included some information from other books in my presentation, and I want to give credits to those people who have written them.I hope you can help me with this difficulty.By the way, do we ...
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“Make” instead of “choose as”

Our school chose an arrogant girl as a "prefect". So a kid said: Who made you a prefect? You're so snobbish and stuck-up. Does "make" here sound natural instead of "choose as"?
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Usage of plural “maximums” in “I tried to go for six maximums”

After his Man of the Match performance, Rohit appeared on the Chahal TV, hosted by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, and revealed the mantra for hitting sixes. “When I hit three consecutive sixes, I ...
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“Match the answer” is the verb “match” natural in this context

Many math books are published with answer key to the exercises. Can I say: After solving the math problems you should match the answers to see if you have get them correct. Is the verb match is ...
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How to use “best ever”

Consider this sentences: This is the best ever song that I've heard. This is the best song ever that I've heard. Which of them is correct? How should we combine "best ever" and a noun in ...
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What is the word “ analytica ” mean?

I saw some thinktanks use the word "analytica" as one of the words of their name. For example, Oxford Analytica. But I can not find the word "analytica" in my English dictionary. Is "analytica" a ...
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One word describing smart, funny and awesome

I am trying to search for a single word that describes someone being smart funny and awesome?
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Can 'get stuffed' be used in a more literal way, instead of 'stuff oneself' (with food, for example)?

'I'm starving! I'm going to go to Chick-fil-A and get stuffed', does it sound okay to a native's ear? British people would use it in a whole different sense but maybe a literal usage of that phrase ...