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“How are we?” vs. “How are you?”

What's the appropriate response to "How are we?" and what is it actually referring to?
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Would have find or found [on hold]

A friend is looking for an apartment in a certain time in the future and she doubt if the owner would agree to renew her contract. So what do I say? Do I say "by the end of the contract you would have ...
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Difference in meanings [duplicate]

Recently there appeared a question as to the difference between: I can't stop laughing. I can't help laughing. and it appears there is a difference in them. Is it proper to say that ...
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Is “I can't stop laughing” the same as “I can't help laughing”?

I know "I can't help laughing" means I can't stop myself from laughing. What I want to know is "I can't stop laughing"* also means the same. Thank you guys for helping me out especially prem, your ...
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Keep on discussing vs Keep on discussing it

We kept discussing. We kept discussing whether God exists. Is an object (in this case, God's existence) necessary in this sentence? For example, with writing, it seems that an object ...
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Wr discuss with our teachers for one case.We negotiate with our teachers for one case [on hold]

We discuss with our teachers for one case. Wr negotiate with our teachers for one case. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference between them? I think 2nd one is correct. The 1st one needs an ...
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The difference between present continuous and present perfect continuous

Let's consider next case : You come to the office in Saturday, for example, and see that somebody finished some actions and now is sitting on your workplace (you didn't expect to meet anyone), but ...
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Incomprehensible vs Unintelligble

I'm having hard times fathoming the difference between 'Incomprehensible' and 'Unintelligble' After some research, I assume that Incomprehensible would be used to express the inability to understand ...
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I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London [duplicate]

I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London. What is the difference between them? I'm not sure about these sentences. How to ...
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“Have you ever been to … when …” versus “Did you ever go to … when … ?”

Here are two sentences patterns: Have you ever been to the opera when you lived in Milan? and Did you ever go to the opera when you lived in Milan? What is the difference between them? ...
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It's suggested that he work hard. It's suggested that he works hard [duplicate]

It's suggested that he work hard.lt's suggested that he works hard. Which one is correct? I think, It is suggested that he works hard. This is correct one. But, how ? I am confused. Please clear ...
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Difference between appraise, assess and evaluate [closed]

I read a post about "Difference Between Appraisal, Assessment And Evaluation? - Performance Management". But I am still confused. Could anyone tell me the difference? Thanks!
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We will join you in an hour.We will be joining you in an hour [duplicate]

We will join you in an hour. We will be joining you in an hour. What difference in the meanings do you see in these sentences. Is it correct? We will join you=we have just decided. We will be ...
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The difference between comparably and comparatively

I'm currently studying for my proficiency exam and I just came across a vocabulary problem that I need some help with: In one of the exam questions the correct solution to a ...
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“Would” & “ Used to”

"Would " & " Used to ". They both are used for repeated action in the past tense. Then what is the difference between them?
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Should and Could [duplicate]

Should and Could. Both are used to indicate the possibility of a situation then what is the difference?
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We are discussing useful things. We are discussing on useful things

We are discussing useful things. We are discussing on useful things. Which is the correct answer? Can we use preposition here?
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Is “a deep red in color” redundant?

The arils contain a smaller seed in a juicier pulp which varies from a light pink to a deep red in color. The arils contain a smaller seed in a juicier pulp which varies from light pink to ...
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“To wait to do” or “to wait before doing”

I recently saw the sentence You won't have a long time to wait to do something. I would have used You won't have a long time to wait before doing something. By the way, is there a ...
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It is irritating me. It is irritating to me [on hold]

It is irritating me. It is irritating to me. Which one is correct? Does the word "irritating" work as an adjective in my second one sentence?
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Difference between “types of microorganisms”, “type of microorganisms” and “type of microorganisms” [closed]

What is the difference between "types of microorganisms", "type of microorganisms" and "type of microorganism"? Got a bit too confused.
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Changing “I didn't think him to be so honest” into an expression of comparative degree

I didn't think him to be so honest. How can we change this sentence into one of comparative degree without changing its meaning or sense?
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What's the subtle difference between competitiveness and competition [closed]

What's the subtle difference between competitiveness and competition. is there any differences? I couldn't find any information on google. competitiveness: an aggressive willingness to compete ...
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What is the meaning of -o-rama [duplicate]

I see so many -o-rama names. Like stuff-o-rama, tease-o-rama etc etc. What is the meaning of -o-rama? I saw the answers in ...
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Reduce the number of characters in a sentence [closed]

My original sentence is: My collaboration with outstanding researchers in Sweden, who are leading experts in Economy, will undoubtedly strengthen the project outcomes. Since I want to save ...
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What is the difference between “should be cause for concern” and “is cause for concern”? [closed]

Do the two phrases really mean different things? We may compare the following: ‘The mysterious and majestic blue hue’ emanating from Hong Kong seas is cause for concern, scientists say. ‘The ...
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Which one makes more sense Swap or Trade?

I am building a website where you can give a thing you own and get another thing of the same kind in return. Say you give a stamp in exchange of for another stamp, so you change stamps with someone. ...
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Can anyone tell me the difference “beat to a pulp” and “beat the hell out of” and similar expression of them? [closed]

Can anyone tell me the difference between beat to a pulp and beat the hell out of and similar expression like them? I'm wondering which expression is more frequently used.
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Patient vs. subject in clinical research

What is the difference between patients and subjects, in clinical research? I read this paper abstract: The terms “patient” and “subject” are often used interchangeably when proposing, ...
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Provider vs. caregiver

What is the difference provider vs. caregiver, in a medical context? According to the dictionary definitions, the former provides, the latter cares… but in a medical context providing is pretty much ...
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“What is in it” vs. “what is there in it”

What is the difference between these two sentences, if there is one? "What is inside the box?" and "What is there inside the box?" A native speaker once told me they are the same, but the former is ...
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What is the difference between “match” ,“suit” and “fit” [closed]

Could you tell me what is the difference between match, suit and fit. I know their usage for clothes (color,size e.t.c.), but I'm wondering about other cases. For example: When your skills don't ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “not to make” and “to make no”?

I was asked today whether In order to make no mistakes was correct. I said yes, but that I found it a bit strange and that I would rather use In order not to make mistakes The outcome is ...
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'get a quote' or 'get a quotation'

I'm not an English native, and as it often happens, I've lost something in translation. I asked a travel agent to 'send me a quote' for a travel we've worked on, and in response I got his logo and ...
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What's the difference between these two sentences?

Health facilities reported 1000 people killed and 3000 wounded since March 19. Health facilities reported that 1000 people were killed and 3000 were wounded since March 19. Isn't 'killed' ...
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What is the difference between “fitness” and “suitability”?

I apologize if this is an obvious question, but I have not been able to find the answer in a dictionary. The specific problem I'm having is distinguishing between [certificate] which certifies ...
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Difference between 'floor' and 'level' [closed]

Say, my address is plot#120,4th floor, Road#5,Dhanmondi. If I write this address like, plot# 120, Level#5, Road#5, Dhanmondi.Here i mentioned this address 4th floor and Level#5. My question is that ...
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Is food “spitted” or “sprinkled”?

Be careful. Don't bump the waiter holding the food. Otherwise hot food will be spitted/sprinkled over you. Which is the most appropriate and common verb? What is the difference in meaning between ...
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how about you? vs what about you?

Actually i read previous post "How about you? vs What about you? ,but i didn't find my answer so again i posted this one. My question is,if any one wish! like "Good Morning" then we commonly say ...
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What is the difference between a dash and a semicolon?

In English, I've seen many usages of dashes and semicolons to separate similar but not fully connected clauses. What is the difference between the two, and which is more formal to use?
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early this morning vs earlier this morning [closed]

I went jogging earlier this morning. I think this just means he went jogging in the morning but it could be late in the morning. I went jogging early this morning. I think this means he ...
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What is the difference between 'Aggressive' and 'Agressiveness'? They are both adjectives in the dictionary [closed]

'Aggressive' and 'Aggressiveness' are both listed as adjectives in the dictionary, which in my mind implies that they have the same linguistic function (is this a correct assumption?). However, I ...
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What's the difference between “surprise someone” and “take someone by surprise”?

"take someone by surprise" is defined as "surprise someone". But then why would you use one over the other? 1a. "She bolted into the room and surprised them" vs. 1b. "She bolted into the room and ...
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How to correctly express the subjunctive mood in future tense?

1. If the sun rise in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 2. If the sun rises in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 3. If the sun rose in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 4. If ...
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Is there a difference between disclude vs exclude? [closed]

I say exclude if I want to prevent inclusion in the first place. I say disclude if I want to express that I remove something that was already previously included (as in its remove from inclusion ...
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Difference between “in contrast to” and “in contrast with”

I am just wondering about the difference between: in contrast to and in contrast with
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Difference in the usage? ; It “can / could / must” be something serious

I'm teaching English in Japan. I'm using "Grammar in use Intermediate workbook" (Cambridge). The following is the question in the workbook: Complete the sentence. Use can, could, must or (be) ...
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Is there any difference in certainty between “may be” and “maybe”?

In the song Tonight Again, there's a line going They may be right but only maybe I understand that "maybe" is an adverb, while "may be" is a combination of the verbs "may" and "be", as mentioned ...
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Not really sure vs. really not sure

Is there any difference between saying "I am not really sure where the noise is from" and "I am really not sure where the noise is from"? are they interchangeable?
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What is the difference between “neglect” and “negligence”? [closed]

What is the difference between neglect and negligence?