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“I wash clothes on my own” and “I wash my own clothes”?

The following sentences randomly crossed my mind and I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning. I wash my own clothes. I wash clothes on my own. As far as I am concerned, 'own' in ...
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“It might take on one of these heathens.”

A line from A Home of Our Own (1993) We're not religious either, but a taste of it couldn't hurt. And who knows? It might take on one of these heathens. I don't think it is a common usage of "...
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Is “Her hair is in a pigtail” (singular) used in British English?

The British say "Her hair is in a plait" (picture 1) but "Her hair is in pigtails" (picture 2). Americans say "Her hair is in a braid" (No.1) and "Her hair is in ...
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What is the join between the neck and the chin called, is it called “the crook of the head”?

What is the join between the neck and the chin called as shown in the picture, is it called "the crook of the head"?
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How do we use within in a sentence?

I have some difficulties with the use of the word “within” in essays. I know it means “inside” or “in”, but I don’t know in what contexts I should use this word. “I am in my house” makes sense, but I ...
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“alternative” vs. “choices”

From an ELL post In this sort of context which usually refers to a choice between previously defined alternatives. For instance I have some time free at 9:30, at 11:00 and at 1:30. At which time ...
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Word for flexing/moving body part

When you flex your hand to show the movement it has. I also remember someone using this term for how someone could arrange their face when they show facial expressions. E.g i articulated my foot to ...
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have a hard time with / have difficulty with / have trouble with / struggle with

Here's the context. I admit that I'm not the best driver in the world and if I'm being totally honest, it's not at all unusual for me to drive above the speed limit. But, most of the time, I try to ...
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The word “Combined” at the beginning of the sentence

To assess the effects of ocean heat waves, researchers led by ecologist Daniel Smale of Great Britain's Marine Biological Association turned to 116 previously published academic studies. Combined, ...
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difference between “part” and “a part”

What is the difference between part and a part? What is the difference between these two sentences? He was a part of the team. He was part of the team. I heard that part means a member and a ...
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usage of ‘hope’: uncountable or countable plural?

Here are some examples from dictionaries where hope is used in the plural people have hopes of increasing trade between the two regions (Collins Cobuild) she has hopes of studying to be a ...
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Can I say 'it will be hard for the society to make any progress'?

Ambition is indispensable for both individuals and the society. Without the ambition of pursuing success, people may feel empty and meaningless in their lives, and it will be hard for the society ...
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Can I use the verb 'forgo' in this context?

Cambridge says: forgo (v.) to not have or do something enjoyable: I shall have to forgo the pleasure of seeing you this week. So, can I use the verb forgo in this context? For example, if one ...
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using “a/an” with “enjoyment”

Can enjoyment be used with an article "a/an" or should it always be a non-countable noun? For example, Listening to her was always an enjoyment. Among numerous examples of using "enjoyment" in ...
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What is the difference between “I am sorry to miss your concert” & “I am sorry for missing your concert”?

Here is from the dictionary Sorry (adj): [not before noun] feeling sad and sympathetic sorry (that)… I'm sorry that your husband lost his job. sorry (to see, hear, etc.) We're sorry to ...
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Is it right to use the structure “do as well as doing”?

These properties are particularly useful in travel items which can face varying climates and weather conditions, as well as withstanding the rigors of various transport methods and rough handling. In ...
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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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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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(Hard / difficult / tough) (choice / decision)

Let's say one is in a dilemma i.e. a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives: I was wondering which collocation is not a fixed one in natural and ...
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The use of “not” and “don't”

"Why people like art?" is a question for ESL students. I tried to answer the question and wrote several possibilities, because I am confused by "or not" and "don't". ...
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“The cat climbed the tree.” versus “The cat climbed to the tree.”

In the article Multiple case roles by D.N.S. Bhat, I came across this: (1) The cat climbed the tree. (2) The cat climbed to the tree. (1) implies that the cat climbed the tree from the ground itself, ...
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How do we express we take the net off the ring of a basketball net?

A simple basketball net for children includes a ring and a net. You have to put the net "on" the ring (I am not sure "on" is the correct preposition here) by sliding the rope of ...
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Please, explain to me the correct answer in the task

I had to choose from words much, many, too much, too many. Why isn't my answer correct? What was the right variant and why?
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What is the difference between “in a bit, shortly, soon” vs “later”?

When texting via Instant Messaging apps, what would be appropriate to say when we do not intend to respond to the other person? "in a bit, shortly, soon" vs "later" - The first ...
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how do i know when to use “in” and “on”?

i mean when i'm not talking about places or time like in these examples: Using "on": On that subject she was adamant. His contemplative regard fell on Carmen It's about time you spent some ...
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Use 'Could not' and 'Nor' in the same sentence

I have a question about using 'Could not' and 'nor' in the same sentence. Can I say or write: I could not find at A nor B Is this the right grammar? Can I use both 'could not' and 'nor' in the one ...
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“Come back up” or “Let me back up”

A guy's little cousin took (as in "stole") his keycard and the hotel staff wouldn't allow him back up. He took my keycard, so the hotel staff wouldn't let me back up Or He took my keycard,...
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Difference between “until” and “up till”

I'm stuck on a very simple phrase. A friend said "I won't be there until september". Wouldn't be better to say "I won't be there up till September"? The same question about present:...
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There are four cabinets in total, right?

According to Cambridge Dictionary, "cabinet" is a countable noun, so I can say "a cabinet", "one cabinet", "two cabinets" etc. In the image above, I guess each ...
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Can we call Mathematics a kind of Art?

The dictionary says Art can refer to 'skill in conducting any human activity', and it also has an archaic usage 'science, learning, or scholarship'. So can we call Mathematics a kind of art or is it ...
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“didn't” vs. “didn't make it”

One of my friends asked me about another friend Jim yesterday, I said Jim thought he could get a promotion this year but he didn't. Should I have said this? Jim thought he could get a promotion ...
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“a chore” vs. “a type of chore”

Consider the following two sentences. Doing laundry is a household chore. Doing laundry is a type of household chore. I guess the first is more natural, but why? One of the possible explanations ...
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Can we say “I rub clothes with washing powder to wash them”?

rub [transitive, intransitive] to press two surfaces against each other and move them backwards and forwards; to be pressed together and move in this way rub something She rubbed her hands in delight. ...
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attach importance to somebody

I came across this sentence in a text-book written by non-native speakers: "He attaches great importance to his friends." I thought it did not sound very natural. Longman dictionary says &...
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Damning problem

As a task at my university, I am proofreading and commenting on an academic paper of my groupmate. I came across the word combination "damning problem" in the following context: The most ...
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I googled it but what?

In meaning of "doom somebody"? I said I googled it but can't get any definition or explanation. "can't" somehow indicates those things are caused by me, therefor "don't"...
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MLB 2020 ?? postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

From wikipedia The 2020 Major League Baseball season was originally scheduled to begin on March 26. However, the COVID-19 pandemic in North America caused Major League Baseball (MLB) to announce on ...
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How do we use “Back in” properly?

I'd like to know if the phrase "My dogs back in Brazil still remember me.", or would it be better in another way, like just "in Brazil"? I've been living in another country for an ...
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When do we say “move it” and When do we say “move out of the way”?

This was the context I saw. A kid has been attending in an English speaking school in Vietnam (a non-English country) since the 1st grade. I am pretty sure that he can speak Vietnamese very well. His ...
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Is it clear to say “at multiple positions in a video”?

Is it common to pronounce two /tjuː/? says The word "two" in a tutorial sounds like /tjuː/ at multiple positions. By "at multiple positions" I mean that, the speaker pronounces that way at 1:09, ...
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Find the right words to describe the composition of a discount

I need to describe discounts, splitting their components in 3 parameters and I would like to understand which are the best words I can use. Examples: New client discount, 10 euro Personal discount, ...
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To “affect change”

I am curious whether the following use of the word "affect" is legitimate: I feel this is the best way I can affect positive change in this country. I am trying to avoid using "enact change" ...
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contexts for “to learn” vs. “for learning”

Consider the following sentences We came here to learn English. We came here for learning English. I suppose most of us here would agree that both of them are grammatically correct. And I ...
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“a role of” vs “roles of”

I am working on a scientific paper and would like to ask a question regarding the use of "a role of" vs "roles of". "Dendritic cells play critical roles in expansion and antitumor efficacy of infused ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “don't bite me in the arm”?

We can say "to poke me in the arm" as stated in dictionaries. the verb "bite" is somehow similar to "poke" in its meaning because both mean to push into or through something. But I don't see the ...
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Is this a correct sentence: “I had a lot of troubles when I was young”?

When I talk about the difficulties I experienced when I was young, can I say "I had a lot of troubles when I was young"? Or should I use the singular version after the word "have"? I think I am not ...
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see or know some one for first time?

I have a problem with finding correct verb. for example when you read about a writer for first time, or when you watch a movie and see an actor for first time, which verb we should to use in this ...
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“for easing restrictions” or “for easing of restrictions”

Today, we often see news headlines like the below examples, and I wonder if there is any difference in nuance between "for easing restrictions" and "for easing of restrictions". Can anyone help me ...
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did + present-continuous form

A conversation between me and my friend: Friend: I was sleeping when you called. And I do that everyday till 13:00. Me: ok ~3 days later he replies to me at 10:00 already~ Now my question: Is it ...
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Is this sentence okay to wish Mother's Day?

I'm going to make a design and I'm writing a copy on it which will be: On this Mother's day, let's thank her for (her?) selfless care (for us?). (Not very sure if care and care for has different ...

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