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Is “key” as an adjective, meaning “crucial”, standard in American English?

As an adjective, key can mean "Of crucial importance" (Oxford). For example: the key facts are the most important facts, or a key worker is an employee whose role is especially vital. In British ...
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Is there any specific word for showing dislike facial expression?

Sometimes women twist their faces to express their dislikeness. Is there any specific word for showing such facial expression?
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What do you call someone who doesn't back down? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes a character in an essay I'm writing. I need a word for someone who doesn't back down, something like "brave" but not quite, more like "courageous". This person is ...
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Pronunciation of 'finance' and 'financial' in the media

This is just something I've noticed over the last few years in the English (UK) media and I wondered if there is some explanation for it. It used to be that 'financial' and 'finance' were pronounced ...
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Hi everyone. I need your help. I wrote this essay and I think it's full of mistakes. Anyone can you correct me? Would be appreciated [closed]

What a beautiful morning! Waking up next to a little angel made me realize how beautiful it is be a mother. A couple who I have not known for very long asked me to watch their 6-month-year old baby ...
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'Yet' in affirmative statements in American English (except in 'is yet to' and 'have yet to')

I know for a fact now that 'yet' is heard used in American English in affirmative statements like the following. 1 and 2 (and perhaps 3) are okay but 4. I just can't seem to see the rules with this. ...
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A single word that means “mental reaction speed”?

I'm searching for a single-word descriptor that means "mental quickness", "mental reaction speed" or very similar with little additional connotation (unlike alacrity or wits). EDIT: The word has to ...
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Is the term “you suck” always considered slang? [closed]

I'm having a serious argument with a friend on the status of the word "suck" when I used it about him by saying "You suck!" because he missed a train. We are both non-native English speakers. He ...
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What phrase can describe the final moments before a deadline?

I got a call from a friend while 10 minutes were left of my birthday. I want to put it like that The phone call from him ___________ was the icing on the cake. How to express that only 10 ...
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Do English speaking subcultures attach different meanings to the phrase “I'm sorry”? [duplicate]

On a recent trip the US, someone explained to me that saying "sorry" meant taking responsibility for causing the loss. Thus you should only say sorry if you intended to fix the situation. (And ...
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What does “wildin'” mean?

In Rihanna's song "FourFiveSeconds", this line is sung in the chorus: 'Now I'm four, five seconds from wildin'...' I searched on Google for the definition of "wildin'" and got this: wildin' ...
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What does “but […], though” mean? [closed]

I asked my American friends about the meaning of this word, but none of them could answer definitely. Some of them said that you can say though if you're not sure about something. Some of them said ...
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How do I identify a British idiom from an American one?

I live outside the US and the UK. I just started reading a book titled "Speak English like an American". The book teaches numerous idioms but I don't know if these idioms are usable outside the the ...
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Which is the correct pronoun? [duplicate]

Someone has left____ wet towels on the bathroom floor. his or her or their
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Opens on vs Opens in

I have a service that deals with open hours of businesses. People can browse the service and see if their favorite business is open right now and if not, when is the next time that it will be open. ...
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GRE senetence completion

The following is a GRE sentence completion question. In failing to see that the justice's pronouncement merely ______ previous decisions rather than actually establishing a precedent,the ...
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An English expression or not

I'm a little bit confused about below expressions. Can anybody tell me which expression that sounds more English native? Thank you very much! There are lots of restaurants opening/opened along the ...
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Why do we say 'Salt to taste'?

Why do we say Salt to taste and don't say salt according to taste or salt for taste?
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Why are there different definitions of symbolism?

Some commonly accepted symbolism: Wall Street-wealth, dove-peace. This is said to be correct at least by my teacher. I know that symbolism is basically using a physical thing to represent a less ...
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Colloquial American term for “miliaria”

Often during summers in the tropics, especially under intense heat conditions, we get a skin condition medically referred to as "miliaria." It comprises of reddish rashes with several tiny boil-like ...
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“Why aren't I afraid?” [duplicate]

I came across this sentence in an e book. "Why aren't I afraid?" Is this the proper way to phrase the question?
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“you” in spoken, quoted dialogue

My partner and I have been having a debate about the proper way of relating dialogue in spoken English. Our problem is as follows: It often happens in conversation that one wishes to relate a ...
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got ready vs is ready

A friend of mine corrected my sentence but I couldn't understand it. Just hoping someone can explain it properly for a non English speaker. My sentence is: "Finally your passport GOT ready for ...
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Is it necessary to use “The” on product name “The Last Words”? [closed]

EDIT: The company that I work is developing a game and we are deciding the best name of the game. The final one was "Last Words" but we were not sure if we have to use the "The Last Words" or just ...
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“number of people purchasing X” vs “number of people who purchase X” [closed]

I'm confused between a) "number of people purchasing plane tickets" vs. b) "number of people who purchase plane tickets" Is a) okay to use if number of people purchasing tickets is increasing vs ...
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Is this a right way to use “patience”?

Is it a right way to use "patience" here? Thank you for giving me so much help and great patience Thank you so much!
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How can I express this in another way?

I want to express the following sentence in another way. The first algorithm was applied to obtain the norm solution by gradually decreasing the value of X. Can anyone give me some help? Thank ...
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How to use other ways to express the same meaning of a sentence?

I want to express the following sentence in several other ways: The five flowers selected by using Method 2 is selected from the 10 flowers already selected by Method 1. Can anyone give me some ...
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“How you can you not” vs “how can you not”

Is "How you can you not" grammatically correct? For example in the following sentence: We still aren't sure that there's any Golden hiding in her but whatever her lineage how you can you not love ...
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Would I need a comma after the main clause here?

Would I need a comma before the word "as" in this sentence? The word "fear" also takes a new meaning(,) as it comes to represent a more self-centered notion.
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cancelled with two L's a generation thing or regional thing?

In the United States, we spell canceled with one l (or at least I grew up learning and using canceled with one l). However, now I see more and more people especially in blogs using cancelled, and ...
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Which is the appropriated term to refer to the paper with barcodes that you pay in your internet banking or physical bank?

I have an issue with an online purchase in the Steam platform. Now I need to open a ticket to get my issue solved, but I do not know which is the correct term to refer to the payment method that I ...
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What does Mitt Romney’s “yams” mean?

There was the following passage in Vanity Fair's (May 16) article titled, "Mitt “Bird Legs” Romney is ready for his boxing match.”: Romney also revealed two nicknames. As a high-schooler, he was ...
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Sample Curriculum for levels of English users [closed]

Just curious, where can I find a sample TEFL curriculum for different levels of English users for the ff: Basic, Elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate and advance? I'm really ...
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Correct way to introduce yourself [duplicate]

In an interview, what is the correct way to introduce yourself? Some use "myself" and their name, and some use "I'm ___." I'm confused about what I use. Please guide me.
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What AmE dialect has “et” as the past tense of “eat”?

In several books and TV shows, there have been characters who say "et" instead of "ate" (As in, "I et dinner yesterday at 6:00"). I looked it up on Wiktionary, which defines it but doesn't say where ...
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Is “have/has got” a perfect for BrE, but not AmE?

In BrE the past participle of get is in most cases got, while in AmE it is almost always gotten. Does that imply that in the context of BrE "have/has got" is a genuine perfect construction, whereas ...
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Does MEMO mean memory? [closed]

Jezz.. How did I miss the memo of Brooklyn? Does MEMO mean memory ? Thank you very much.
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How to respond to “I'm sorry” appropriately

One thing that's been bugging me about English recently: Let's say I stole Joe's gym socks. Then a month later I went to Joe and said "I'm sorry I stole your socks." Joe's typical response would be ...
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What preposition should I use when talking about computer and softwares [duplicate]

My question is about prepositions and what to use when talking about computer and software. I will Install a software (in,on,into) my computer a software was installed (in,on,into) my computer
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Who is Taller/Tallest/The Tallest?

Who is ____________ , Sara or Janet? This is a confusing question because I'm not sure which is correct: tallest taller the tallest Seem to all work fine. Which one is considered "best"?
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'What are you' and 'what do you': same pronunciation in AmE…?

The ELL question Do Americans pronounce 'are' as 'do' in 'what are waiting for?' brought to my attention something I've not noticed before. In normal conversational (or faster) speech, it seems What ...
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Slang for giving the way to do something, not for giving the final thing itself

Someone asks how to grow a chicken, and suddenly some guy just drops a chicken already grown up. I need to find an algorithm to solve a given problem, but I don't want the code itself, just ...
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Q: Why isn't he answering? A: 1) He must have already slept 2) … must have been sleeping?

I didn't reply to a ping in the chatroom. The English enthusiast suggested this about me at the time: He must have already slept. Hours (and dreams) later, I came back, I saw the above ...
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Where did the term “Square Meal” come from?

In several older TV shows (think Andy Griffith) I've heard the term "Square Meal" used to describe an ideal hardy and nutritious meal. The term can be applied to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Where ...
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Is “I shut up” proper english grammar [closed]

So I saw that "shutted" isn't an English word, but "I shut up" doesn't sound proper. If you were to tell someone "I shut up", talking in past tense, would that be proper?
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What does “You play you pay!” mean?

Actually it's from the comedy show, Weird Loners. What does "You play you pay!" mean? Thanks. Text from phone : Where's my money ? I know where you live. You play you pay! ...
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What does you are getting reamed mean? [closed]

Ms C is accusing Ms Z of eating the cheese that Ms C bought. Ms C and Ms Z are room mates. Ms C sees a therapist about it. Ms Z: I don't eat that kind of cheese. Ms C: You do eat that kind ...
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Expression for becoming homeless, which has the word 'street' in it? How about “pushed to the streets”?

If I lost all my money and became homeless, what standard expression can I use which has the word 'street'? Would it sound perfectly okay to a native English speaker if I said "I was pushed to the ...
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Way to stick it to

I am watching American comedy, Weird Loners. Mr A is on the phone and talking with headhunter. Mr. A: Jerry (headhunter), come on. I love the salary but these benefits are crap. You call me back ...