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Using the phrase “from X to X” versus using “between Xs”

I want to say that physicians differ on the diagnosis of an illness for patient Joe. What is the difference between: The diagnosis differs between physicians The diagnosis differs from physician to ...
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“Seemed connected” vs “Seemed to be connected.” [duplicate]

Example: From this angle the bridge looked just like a garden path—due to the grass and flowers growing along it and that seemed (to be) connected to the land ahead. Should I use to be here? ...
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Difference between 'illusion' and 'delusion'

What is the difference between 'illusion' and 'delusion'? Both of them could mean 'false ideas'. I cannot differentiate them. illusion a false or wrong belief or idea Many people still have the ...
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A single word in English for “easily make others miss the person”

Is there a single word in English that means "easily make others miss the person"? For example, if such word were xqxqxq, a sample sentence would be: The baby xqxqxqs everyone because she is so cute....
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Singular vs plural with multiple nouns stringed together

As a general rule, I learnt that when stringing together multiple nouns to form a noun phrase, the nouns acting as adjectives lose their ending "s", even if they carry a plural meaning. For example: ...
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Manassas Ends Hope for a Short War

Manassas Ends Hope for a Short War (VOA Learning English) What does ‘Ends’ mean? It seems not ‘Manassas Ends’ is a proper name. I guess it would rather be meaning: ‘the last part of Manassas.’ But ...
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The antonym of 'simplicity' is not exactly what I'm looking for

Today is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi a man known for his simplicity. He refrained from any luxury or comfort. He was a true leader and exactly opposite to today's politicians and so called leaders. ...
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“Flyers” vs. “Passengers of a flight” What's the difference?

"The ___ were served two meals during the flight." a. flyers b.clients c.passengers d.travelers Correct Answer: c.passengers My question is why isn't option a. flyers correct, since a flyer is ...
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“Only then it dawned on me” or "only then did it dawn on me?

What's the correct form? For instance: Only then (did) it dawn on me that humans and animals see the world differently. I got very few results in Google Books. So I'm a little confused.
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Using prepositions with 'student'

Recently, I asked a question on stack exchange music, and I was wondering wether I should us the word for,to or of. For example, I am a student to drums. I am a student of drums. I am a ...
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I'm thinking about buying a new car [duplicate]

I'm thinking about buying a new car. I'm thinking of buying a new car. Do we use "about" or ‘of" in sentences above?
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Correctness of “Launch A Plan”

According to some dictionaries, usage examples of the verb "launch" include "launch an attack", "launch a campaign", and "launch an investigation", where the thing being "launched" is some sort of ...
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What is the meaning of “adopter” in the phrase “adopter questions and suggestions”?

This database systems book has been successful through eight editions because the authors, editors, and the publisher paid attention to the impact of technology and to adopter questions and ...
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What should I use to show my anger not using curse and bad language to refer to someone in American English?

Lets suppose you (Martin) park your car somewhere and leave it there. When you come back, out of the blue, you see a big scratch on your car’s surface. You have your friend with you who you stand on ...
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Turn To, Turn Into

I am looking at some usage issues of "change" sense of the verb "turn": Water could turn to/into ice. The magician turned the cat to/into a rabbit. I looked up dictionaries and it seems ...
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What do Americans call something when they cannot remember its name temporarily

What do you call a thing that you temporarily cannot remember the name of in American English? Lets suppose the following scenario. What would you use to fill in the blank? Give me that. . . umm. . . ...
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What do Americans call a person when they cannot remember the right name?

In contemporary American English, what do you call a person you’ve temporarily forgotten the name of? Let’s suppose the following scenario. What would you use to fill in the blank? Bill: Hey, Jack, ...
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Put Flashlight To Ear

A dictionary entry for "to" has this usage example of the phrase "put ...to": He put a finger to his lips. But, on the web, I found sentences that uses "put...to" this way: Jane ...
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the generic use of the?

I know that in the sentence "the computer was invented in 1947", the use of "the" there is generic. Also, I understand that we often use "the" this way as generic for nouns of animal, plant, and ...
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What does this mean? Especially the word “ahead”

I had dates ahead that I disliked to cancel. If there were no “ahead”, I would assume it means there were dates the speaker wouldn’t like to cancel. With “ahead”, however, I can't clearly understand ...
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“given that”, “if”, “providing that”, or “assuming”?

Does "given that" mean just "assuming"? And, I am wondering what is the difference between "given" and "given that". Furthermore, would you please tell me what is the difference between "if" and "...
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What does “spend down” mean here

Does spend down means simply spend or runs I couldn't found this phrasal verb from the dictionary. The neocon defense intellectuals, as well as being in or around the actual Pentagon, are at the ...
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Is “Is it his job to always be available?” correct?

Which of the following sentences is correct? For which reasons? Is it his job to always be available? Is his job to always be available?
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Should I put “the” in the following sentence?

Which one is correct? "She is in eighth grade." vs "She is in the eighth grade."
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India Prime Minister Vs. Indian Prime Minister Vs. India's Prime Minister

I have read all of them and they all tell the same thing. The Prime Minster of India. But then, which one is better to use. To me, grammatically, all mean different! India Prime Minister -what sort ...
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Is this natural English: How was it yesterday?

People say: how was your weekend? But do they say: how was it yesterday? Is this the natural way of asking about how their yesterday went?
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Which tense is “are ice skating”?

I'm reading my lecture and I have the following sentence We're ice skating this afternoon in the park. My question is which tense is used in this sentence? Is it gerund?
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woman due to be put to death

An Iranian woman due to be put to death for killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her is reported to have had her execution postponed. I would like to ask about the word due in the ...
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What word should I use here

I'm currently writing a blog and am having a question on what word should be used in here. Department of Secrecy _______ Lower Leveled Species Should the blank be filled with (from/against/or any ...
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her former flame’s new girlfriend - what does “flame” mean? [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/tsarnaev-boston-marathon-bombing-legal-woes-140543802.html On Aug. 25, a New York City woman caught up in a messy child custody battle with her ex-boyfriend got into a ...
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'what are you talking about?' and 'About what are you talking?'

Why is the question 'About what are you talking?' incorrect? and Is The question "To whom are you talking" correct? I know the question 'what are you talking about?' is the correct question.but why ...
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correct use of similar /to/with/like/

Is it correct to say similar with or similar to or similar like? Consider the following sentences He has similar behavior with his friends (He has a behavior similar with his friend) He has similar ...
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“I have little money” vs. “I have a little money”

What is the difference between “I have little money” and “I have a little money”? Are they the same?
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reciprocally VS. mutually

Would anyone please more readily explain if there is any difference between these? and if they are interchangeable? A mutually beneficial/supportive relationship A reciprocally beneficial/...
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Why are “baked” and “naked” not pronounced the same?

The word "baked" is pronounced as: /ˈbeɪkt/ While "naked" is pronounced as: /ˈneɪkɪd/ Why are these two words not pronounced the same?
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The World Wide Web or World's Wide Web which is correct

World Wide Web and World's Wide Web which is grammatically correct. which is proper. please kindly answer me. i want to know the difference between them.
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Set aside vs. put aside

Is there any difference between these two phrases? For example, are they interchangble in these two sentences: I've been putting money aside to buy a piano. The international body put aside October ...
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"The mean recognition rate of the first 6 attitudes is above 50%”,correctly? [closed]

The mean recognition rate of the first 6 attitudes is above 50%. It is there anything wrong?
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Using articles with dynamic nouns

Is definite article needed when we refer to metrics like impressions, visits and purchases (terms used in online marketing) which tend to change with time? For example, let's say I'm preparing an ...
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How can a picture be naked?

I have some questions about the following phrases: a picture of a naked woman a naked picture of a woman On first reading, the second phrase seems wrong. The second phrase seems to be more ...
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'He don't have knowledge ' vs 'He doesn't have knowledge' [duplicate]

Which one of the statements below is correct? He don't have knowledge about others. He doesn't have knowledge about others.
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“in” versus “to” in “He went running {in / to} the park.”

Do you agree that: He went running to the park. He went to the park running. mean the same thing - "He got to the park by running." Now, if I want to say: He went to the park to have a ...
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Confrontation With Beijing

Could there be something wrong with this sentence from some webpage: Police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters in the city’s most serious confrontation with ...
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Is it “Adapted to” or “Adapted for” ? Knowing that its phrasal verb is “adapt to”?

I can not determine whether the right prepositional adj. is: "Adapted to" or "Adapted for". I have confused with these two prepositions but I'm sure that the phrasal verb is always followed by "to"...
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What's the difference between “Syntax of mail function” and “mail function syntax”

I am little bit confused about what is the correct sentence of following statements. Syntax of mail function OR mail function syntax Both are correct then Why ?
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Pick up for the penultimate time

I am teaching my 7 year old daughter to speak English, and we came across the word "penultimate" meaning next-to-last. After describing to her the meaning, she tried to use it in a sentence less than ...
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What does the word “square” mean in this context?

I was reading this quote which a friend of mine posted on facebook, I didn't understand this particular sentence, "t's looking at an evil act square in the face and saying, ‘I forgive that evil act", ...
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“proves” vs “is proved” vs “has been proved”

The question from the test: The atmosphere ___________ to extend several hundred kilometers above the Earth. a. proves b. has been proved c. is proved Sentences with the blank filled with ...
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I know Who(m) you spoke to or I know to whom you spoke

1.I know Who(m) you spoke to. 2.I know who(m) it was given to. according to above noun clauses ,Can we move the preposition 'to' before 'whom'? e.g:1.I know to whom you spoke. 2.I know to whom it ...
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In relation to versus respect to

I would like to know first if both expressions are commonly used by English people. If yes, what is the best to use in which circumstances, if they are different. For example, what would be the ...

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