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Questions tagged [word-usage]

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Is “they are by the hill” grammatical?

Can I write: They aren't by the lake, they are by the hill. My son had task in workbook to continue sentence They aren't by the lake, they are by the .... He wrote in such way They aren'...
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Does this sentence sound right or need to be fixed? [on hold]

I was paying with the credit card but the transaction didn’t go through. I paid cash instead.
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“a chance to meet” vs “a chance that we meet”

Please let me know if there is a chance that we meet somewhere in or outside Chicago. Please let me know if there is a chance to meet somewhere in or outside Chicago. Which one between these ...
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Can “also / as well / too” and “always” be in the same sentence?

In Longman dictionary GRAMMAR: Word order • Already often comes at the end of a sentence: I knew that already. I was tired already. I have booked the tickets already. As well as ...
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Someone who eats good things and in large amounts

What do you call a person who has gotten used to have quite high-quality and nutritious foods habitually and in a considerable amount? (Such that individual sometimes often devours their food!) The ...
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“Comprehensive quality” vs “comprehensive qualities”?

To be exact, Which one is correct? We should strengthen our comprehensive quality? or We should strengthen our comprehensive qualities?
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Meaning of as early as

As early as can be used to mean at a time that is sooner than people expect. We may announce the winners as early as tomorrow. The DRDO announced it as early as in 2011. But if I say The ...
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adjective or adverb - She lay asleep

She lay asleep on the bed. Is "asleep" an adverb or adjective in the sentence above? I found that "asleep" can be used as an adverb in Merriam-Webster (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/...
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Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?

Caroline was skiing when she broke her leg. Is when a conjunction or adverb? Can I replace when with the word and? Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?
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It rained well or rained good this year

If there is adequate, in fact a lot of rain in a year, is it natural (colloquially) to say: It rained well this year. It rained good this year. Do the bold words sound natural?
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what is the meaning of “native” in “native year”?

I read a sentence in my history book which was: In the native year 1203, corresponding with 1796-97, the land advertised for sale comprehended..... I can't figure out what the word "native" means in ...
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You cannot resist taking picture here or you can't resist but take a picture here [on hold]

Honestly telling, you cannot resist taking a picture here. Is this a complete correct sentence?
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How to make a question about a range?

There is a snippet of a text below where the number of speakers of different languages is not mentioned distinctly. It's just stated as "from very large" to "very small". I'd like to make a question ...
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Is there anything wrong with the sentence? [on hold]

I opened the door and walked inside the bathroom in which I found a vacuum standing in the corner.
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Is there anything wrong with the phrase “to climb down a tree”?

One can mount a horse and dismount (from) it, ascend a mountain and descend from it, go up and down a ladder. But once someone climbed (up) a tree, would it be correct to ask him to climb down (...
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walking vs. walked

Which tense is correct? She was walking faster towards the station ‘cause she didn't want to miss the bus. She stumbled over the sidewalk and fell down. She walked faster towards the station ‘...
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free to charge to meaning in this context

The MATERIALS shall be delivered to Receiving Parties (i) (omitted) and (ii) free to charge to Receiving Parties. My question is, what does the phrase in bold mean in this context? Is it saying that ...
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Would be great- word use

I want to ask somebody to have a look on my online advertisement. Is my sentence correct? Do I use would correctly? Would be great if you could have a look on my advertisement Or Much ...
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Do they mean the same “i got one” or “i got it”

I am wondering to see if they mean the same or different. "Did you get one of the papers?" "Yes I got one" or "yes I got it" "I missed one event day" or " I missed an event today" "Can ...
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Come from behind, sneak up on someone from behind,walk up to from behind

Our teacher was telling us about a "murder" in our psychology class. So she said: A man came from behind and stabbed a lady. A man sneaked up from behind and stabbed a lady. A man walked ...
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It comes later in the chapter, it comes in your chapter

Is the use of "come in" natural in these sentences: It comes later in the chapter. (That is, it happens a little further on in the chapter). This comes a little later in your chapter. (Of a ...
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should I use “end up being full of charges” or “end up full of charges” in this sentence?

When you keep charging a capacitor for a period of time, the plates will end up being full of charges and When you keep charging a capacitor for a period of time, the plates will end up full of ...
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were VS are - We all started panicking and looking around to see if there [were/are] any unattended tickets around us

Which is correct? We all started panicking and looking around to see if there are any unattended tickets around us..... OR We all started panicking and looking around to see if there were ...
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What's the difference between “reduce” and “lower”?

I am not sure if I am mistaken, but it seems that reduce and lower aren't synonymous. For example, one of the sentences sounds incorrect in the following examples: The government reduced the legal ...
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I was accompanied by my friends “for” or “to” a picnic

A) I was accompanied by my friends for a picnic. B) I was accompanied by my friends to the picnic. Which of two is correct? Can we use 'for' with the word 'accompanied'>
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There's no way ahead, we can't go ahead (AmE use)

This is a description (I made it up myself). So 4 people are running away from wolves. They reach the end of the cliff. Can I use: They couldn't go ahead. Or: There was no way ahead. And if ...
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What Microsoft calls most commonly confused English words

Recently and belatedly, I came across this article about what they call the 10 most commonly confused words in English. I happened to find the lead sentence interesting. Here is the link: https://...
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Go from there/go that way

I was working and my brother started poking me because he had to go out through the door. But I was busy and said : Go from there. (There are two doors in the room). And if he asks me to move, ...
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How can I use the word sorry

What is correct He was sorry to come late last night. Or He was sorry about coming late last night.
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Where did we come out at/end up at

My mom was showing me around the city, so that I don't get lost and I know my way around when I'm alone. She kept asking me where we were. We were driving down a narrow street with huge buildings all ...
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How can “never” and “ever” be identical in meaning?

I came across two sentences which were: The water was higher than (n)ever before. I was as happy as I had (n)ever been. I am confused as to how can "ever" be substituted by "never" in these ...
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Why do we use capital letter in this sentence?

I am not too sure why we use capital letter with the word ‘Site’ here is the context The Kellers’ caravan is on Site 24. I did some google research but I did not find anything!
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depending {upon/on} if

What is the correct use of "depending" in this sentence? Please note you are allotted one ½ hour of commuting time either to or from a meeting location depending if your meeting is in the morning ...
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Is it correct to say “He was breaking his own record.” after ten minutes of victory?

Context: The car race has just ended ten minutes ago. He not only won the match but broke his own record. Breaking a record in sport takes only a moment. And it just makes sense to me that we are not ...
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Is there any difference between “was always doing something” & “would always do something”?

This is an very interesting grammar point. I just want to know how native speakers think about this. The Past Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something ...
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Is “short” extraneous and ungrammatical in “short abbreviation”?

Abbreviation: Meaning "a short form of a word or phrase" See for example the following original sentence; We generally use the abbreviation 'MP' instead of writing out 'Member of Parliament' in ...
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represent in “front of, before or in dealing with”

Which one may more officially works? To represent company "in front of" community, "before" community, or "dealing with" community.
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“to build” or “to be built” or “to have built”

In an English text book, I found the following sentence. a. "The Swiss tunnel took 17 years to build." (The full article follows.) "A tunnel" is supposed to be built, so I think b. The Swiss ...
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the correct usage of “feel appropriate” phrase

People should not be forced to retire, and they should be allowed to continue working as they feel appropriate. I want to say as they feel it is OK. Is this is a correct usage of the word?
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The use of the word “recuperating” in context

Tell me please if the word is used correctly in the sentence. Recuperating exercises is an essential part of recovery from musculoskeletal injuries. What I am trying to communicate is that the ...
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Should not there be “accused” instead of “prisoner” in this definition?

I read a definition of "dock" in "Merriam Webster dictionaries" which was: The place in a criminal court where a prisoner stands or sits during trial I suppose there should be "accused" instead of "...
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Cut your dress down to your length/size

A girl buys a size that fits her, but is too long for her. So she says: I guess I'll have to cut it down to my "length/size". (It fits her perfectly but is too long) So what should be used "length/...
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What is the difference between ‘woke’ and ‘awoke’ in the following sentence?

When the soldiers awoke, it was a bright day. Can I replace ‘awoke’ by ‘woke’ and why?
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Did you see the cat?

When there is a cat present in the room, how would you ask your one-year-old kid whether she see/saw the cat? -Did you see the cat? -Do you see the cat? -Have you seen the cat?
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Listen to or hear a song?

What sounds natural in the sentences below: Hey! Did you "listen to/hear" this song? Yes I "listened to/heard" it. Have you "listened to/heard" this song before? Yes I have "listened ...
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Sign/give someone your autograph

People like getting star's autographs,so once a star refused to sign autograph as he didn't like signing the autographs. So what sounds more natural: Sorry but I don't sign autograph. Or Sorry ...
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‘Not so beautiful’ vs 'less beautiful'

What I want to say is that the not so beautiful girls are less bothered by boys, and hence are more likely to succeed in studying. Girls not so beautiful are more likely to succeed in studying. ...
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Flash light on something

In a dark room, you flash the spotlight. So if you flash it on a particular thing, is the use of this sentence natural: Hey! Flash the light on the table (and what about: Hey! Can you flash some ...
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One hundred and fifty-one or one hundred fifty-one?

One hundred and fifty-one or one hundred fifty-one? Which is right? When should I have and and should not I have and?
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‘The end of October 1886’ ‘The end of October in 1886’ and ‘The end of October of 1886’ What is the difference among them?

‘The end of October 1886’ ‘The end of October in 1886’ and ‘The end of October of 1886’ What is the difference among them or if someone is right?