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What do you say to a waitress when you don't want any change?

What do you say when you give $50 to a waitress and you want to tell her the money includes the tip and you don't want any change? I could say "I don't want any change", but it's not straight to the ...
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What does the sentence “It's just like him, to have to have the last word” mean?

I heard this on a TV show and I've never really heard a sentence similar to it before. I'd appreciate it if you would help me out with the meaning of the sentence and its structure.
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How could one help agreeing with X?

After a long neglect of his subject, Victor was not as thoroughly convinced that impossibility was the best route to necessity as he might have been had he recently reconsidered Stolkin’s extreme ...
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Get stuck,pull out

My blanket keeps getting stuck under me and I have to tug at it again and again to pull it out from under me. What ia a natural way to say amd describe the two bold lines? I know that my sentences ...
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Getting to your seat on airplanes (or elsewhere)

On airplanes, there are seats A(window)-B(middle)-C(isle) on one of the sides. Suppose someone is sitting on seat C and I need to get to seat B. What are the most natural ways to ask the person from ...
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“someone will have arrived yesterday” - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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Is there a polite way to ask about one's ethnicity? [on hold]

Suppose I'm talking to a person who is an American citizen but obviously has some "Asian roots" (either they immigrated to the US at early age or their parents were immigrants). Is there a polite way ...
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Does the expression “taking a cut” imply some sort of grift? If so, what's a neutral equivalent expression?

Does the expression "taking a cut" (to mean taking some financial commission) imply some sort of grift, or is it neutral? If it implies some sort of grift, what would be a neutral equivalent ...
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Conditional sentences: type 3 but did not use perfect conditional

I am working on my scholarship exam practice and I am not sure where I got it wrong. Could you please have a look? If we had started studying Spanish three years ago, we (.....) much more fluent ...
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What is the appropriate word in “He [slides/puts] a ring”?

What is the appropriate word for this situation: He slides a ring on my finger or He puts a ring on my finger. ? I can't obviously say: He made me wear a ring. that would mean I myself ...
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“Lower levels of noise annoyance” or “lower feeling of noise annoyance”

Which one is correct? First, second, or none of them? There are lower levels of noise annoyance in individuals of older age, which is due to a reduced sense. There is lower feeling of noise ...
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Is “doing a Batman cosplay” idiomatic?

Is "doing a Batman cosplay" idiomatic? Googling it seems to return a few results, but I am not sure if it's idiomatic, because cosplay is a relatively new word and it doesn't really sound natural. Is ...
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Can a double negative be OK?

There is no job I cannot do. We are taught to avoid double negatives, and most of them sound really weird: That won't do you no good. She never goes with nobody. The example above these,...
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Giving hope to somebody

I wonder what phrasal verb/expression/idiom do you normally use in English for giving someone hope? Please have a consideration in my examples: A) He is a very energetic and positive individual. ...
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<Hopeless>, <Discouraged> and <Disappointed>

Let's assume that a person feels really down after a failure and now he's severely suffering from the situation they're in. How each sentences below changes the meaning of my context? Be hopeful ...
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Comparing “Path”, “Route”, “Road”, “Way”

Which choice below sounds natural to be used in my sentence as a way of encouraging a young person who has given up hope? Let's say you want to tell them that they have a long way ahead and lots of ...
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meaning and grammar in context

The non-Finnish degree granting eligibility to apply must be equivalent of 180 ECTS credits or more. Is "The non-Finnish degree granting eligibility to apply" the same as "The non-Finnish degree ...
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participle or adverb

In the following sentence Agreeably to the terms of the settlement, we herewith enclose our check for Rs 10000. In this sentence is agreeably modifying the adverb herewith? Can I write it in the ...
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uptodate used adjectively or as a preposition

In the following sentence With a view to an amicable settlement, we offer you without prejudice Rs 10000 in full settlement of your claims uptodate I looked up the meaning of the word uptodate and ...
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The system was extended by/with several new functions

I would like to know whether the following is correct: The system was extended by several new functions. Our tool extends the system by a few new functions. I have read similar questions but ...
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Some ways to encourage a discouraged person

Which choices below do not sound natural when you want to say someone "be hopeful" using a hopegiving sentence: Don't lose your hope. Don't be hopeless. Why Ngram doesn't show any ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause

"Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Here, "extending" describes the Essos or does it describes the landmass? ) Having ...
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comma before the word “too”

Is it correct to put a comma before the word too in this sentence? He was getting tired of eating sandwiches! It turned out his father was getting tired of eating sandwiches, too, so they both went ...
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Meaning of “unlike” [on hold]

What does this "unlike" is meaning in this sentence? While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physics threats and verbal attacks was not unlike that of Rosa Parks, ...
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<As usual>, <As ever> and <As always>

I wonder how should I distinguish between the three idioms: As usual As ever As always While dictionaries say: (As usual) in a way that often happens normally and is expected or exists ...
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“What we want is for the amendment to be withdrawn” vs. “”What we want is the amendment to be withdrawn"

Is there any difference between: What we want is the amendment to be withdrawn. and: What we want is for the amendment to be withdrawn. ? If so, what does the for express in the second ...
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Meaning of “Any life will seem dramatic if you omit mention of most of it”

You remember it differently. You remember that the cold settled in stages, that small curve of light was shaved from the moon night after night, until you were no longer surprised the sky was ...
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Difference between two usages of “two kinds”

What is the difference between the following two sentences? A: I need two kinds of fuels. B: I need two kinds of fuel.
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Preposition as and in used

I am confused which one of the below sentences is correct. 1.Mohan works in the Hotel as a waiter. 2.Mohan works as a waiter in the Hotel.
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Questions about an article about India's space program [on hold]

In the following editorial I have some issues that I am not able to resolve: A Home in space (from The Indian Express) After the mission to moon and Mars and a proposed manned space flight before ...
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Would have been beeping

I would just like to know if this is idiomatic? If that machine were broken, that would have been beeping since I turned it on.
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The meaning of “you catch the oar-thresh,” etc

But in a little time we shall run out of the portholes as the water runs along the oarblade, and though you tell the others to row after us, you will never catch us till you catch the oar-thresh ...
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Does “would have submitted” (modal and past participle) have any sense of perfect aspect?

I've always thought like that 'have' between a modal and a past participle is nothing but a grammatical method of indicating the past tense of modal. But recently I saw a video saying that in the ...
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What does “Keep your bodily fluids to yourself” mean?

You’re a crazy Feeling Brain– piloted meat robot just like the rest of us. Keep your bodily fluids to yourself, please. I know the main structure is: keep something to yourself and it means do not ...
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is these two sentences equal in meaning?

I want to know if the following two sentence is equal in meaning. If not, what is the difference? The sparrow was the highest bird of all The sparrow was the highest of all the birds
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What does “force oneself” mean in this context?

I read this in in the book, "Word Power Made Easy" which was: As in the case of the charitable-looking dowager who was approached by a seedy character seeking a handout. 'Madam' he whined, "I ...
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Am I correct about possessives?

1 When you say about a bird in general, you say "This is a feather of a bird", you can also say "This is a bird's feather". a. So when you say "These are feathers of a bird", so will you say "These ...
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correct comma usage with lists

All content is copyright to the their respective owners, the webmasters claim no ownership and receive no financial gain for this site This police officer is truly deserving of this award, he had ...
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How to express “a person who talk really quickly & carelessly” in English?

When I teach English to some children and adults, I realize that some speak slowly but carefully and make less mistakes whereas some speak really quickly, carelessly and make more mistakes. Can I say ...
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died from/ died of

Why can't I say “she died from drinking 18 cans of Coca-Cola”? Instead, the correct sentence would be “she died of drinking 18 cans of Coca-Cola”. Why does that happen?
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Meaning of “up” in “clean up after yourself”

What does the adverb up in the idiom: Clean up after yourself. mean ?
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Interpretation of Epithet in English

Epithet is an adjective or adjective phrase appropriately qualifying a subject (noun) by naming a key or important characteristic of the subject, as in "laughing happiness," "sneering contempt," "...
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Is this a double copula? And is the grammer correct? Sentence structure: What is …, is that …

The sentence I'm struggling with is: 'What is elegant about this transpose operation, is that we can take transposes of entire blocks.' I found something about a double copula at wiki double copula, ...
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Why is “I stayed playing videogames all night” wrong?

One of the definitions of the word stay is: to continue doing something, or to continue to be in a particular state: stay open/closed The shops stay open until 9 o' clock. I was talking to ...
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Turn the bike/turn the bike around

When someone is turning the bike,what will be a natural way to say that ( not left or right but around). Do you know how to turn a bike? Do you know how to turn a bike around? What sounds ...
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Check that returned status is STATUS_FAILED

Below is an excerpt from a test documentation for some concrete function: Specify incorrect input parameters for the function Make a call to the function Check that returned status is ...
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Don't repeat pronouns with relatives and personnal?

I am doing an English homework, which consists in describing a process of actions. I would like to say: " The US are the worlrd leader in technology. The Japan only beats them in science, but there ...
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Using ('s) when describing object usage

Which sentence is correct? We prefer Chrome because it is the most widely used browser. As of 2019, Chrome usage is 50% Or, We prefer Chrome because it is the most widely used browser. Chrome's ...
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capital or small letter in the first letter after a term definition double colons

If I am using double colons to define a term, shall I start the first letter after it with capital or small? Example: Top-websites: Websites that are visited by more than # users each day. Or, ...
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cause you to sleep late or affect your rest

The situation is, I phone somebody in his evening and I feel sorry because it's late. In my mother language, there's an expression like, "Sorry for causing you to sleep late" or "Sorry for affecting ...

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