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“Read the sentence aloud” vs “Speak the sentence aloud”

A. Read the sentence aloud. B. Speak the sentence aloud. Which is more natural among native English speakers? Is there any subtle difference between the two? Thanks in advance.
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Correct usage of self-proclaimed and self-described?

What is the correct usage of self-proclaimed and self-described? Is it "self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie" or "self-described adrenaline junkie"
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Which is more certain - “sure” or “confident”?

My friend and I have an ongoing debate over which word communicates a stronger sense of conviction. For example, when I'm 98% positive of something I often say "I am confident that's how it happened, ...
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Position of “still”

I wonder which once is correct: He might still be waiting for you. or He might be still waiting for you. Do they mean the same?
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The difference between ''come of '' and.'' come from'' [on hold]

He came of a rich family. He came from a rich family . Which one is correct and why?
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-er vs -ing when characterizing someone

For example someone wants to use both their nationality and occupation in their nickname (e.g. serb and coder), what is a better choice: coding serb coder serb I understand basic semantic ...
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Is “mail” still used for “international correspondence” in British English?

While pondering this question asked earlier today, I started to wonder why post (in the sense of correspondence) is used in British English but not American English. So I looked up the etymology of ...
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Please help me with these if conditionals [on hold]

If I studied, I wouldn't fail the exam If I had studied, I wouldn't have failed the exam What is the difference between the two? Please explain.
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relation vs. relations

I've noticed that relation is used alternatively in the singular and in the plural; thus, there is a similar number of scholarly papers on "ways to conceptualize the relation" between two phenomena, ...
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Do “I saw a dream” and “I had a dream” meant the same thing? [on hold]

Which of these two is more appropriate: I saw a dream. I had a dream. Is there any difference between them?
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“See these guys [infinitive]” vs. “see these guys [present participle]” [duplicate]

Which is correct: I am excited to see these guys growing up. or I am excited to see these guys grow up. Having hard time figuring out how to use gerunds in a sentence.
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What is the difference between 'tube' and 'tubing' in technical writing? [duplicate]

I write technical documentation. Our products include fluid conduits. People call them tubes, tubing, hoses, lines. When would the word tube be insufficient and tubing be required?
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Usage of “won't” instead of “didn't” in particular way of communication

I'm a bit confused about the usage of the word "won't" in a specific situation. For example, I am communicating with a person and I want to tell the person that How much ever I tried, the image ...
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“Have you washed it” vs “Did you wash it”? [duplicate]

What's the difference between these two questions? Speaker A: Your car looks very clean. Have you washed it? Did you wash it?
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Are these two sentences in the passive form correct?

I have two sentences and I would like to know whether both are correct or one of them should be preferred over the other: The availability of sensors in many applications necessitates that the ...
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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Which is the correct for British English? I need the correct for both a separate house and an apartment building, if this makes difference. I can't find any concrete answer online.
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What is the difference between “I don't know” and “I wouldn't know”? [closed]

I have seen both these sentences used but don't see any obvious difference. Could you please explain in what situations one is preferable to the other.
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Names of properties [closed]

I have the entity (abstraction) Coupon. The coupon can be selected several times and used. I need to record how many times the Coupon has been selected and used. Please help to choose the names ...
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Old or older people

Which is grammatically correct? Old people are often lonely. Or Older people are often lonely. I understand context matters. I just want to know when it is right to use one or the other.
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more Vs much. where we use with 'more' and 'much' [closed]

which is correct 'more polluted city' OR 'much polluted city'. and where we use with 'more' and 'much'.
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“match” vs "fill' dimensions of a 2D object

Question I apparently misunderstand the use of "fill" and "match" as used in the situations described in the context below. I take "fill" to mean "taking up the empty internal volume of something, ...
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Is there a connection between the words “illicit” and “elicit”?

The words "illicit" and "elicit" seem to be spelled and pronounced similarly, although their meanings appear different. Is this a coincidence or is there a connection between the two words?
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What is the difference between “To finish something” and “To end something”

What is the difference between "To finish something" and "To end something" When do people say end and when do people say finish ?
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Difference in Syllabus and Curriculum

In a book in Bengali, below the title of the book they had written "Prak-Prathamik Pathyakram-pathyesuchi". The "word-to-word" meaning of it is following (found in a dictionary): ...
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Is there a difference between “on condition that” and “provided that”?

Do the terms "provided that" and "on condition that" mean the same? Or is there any difference in usage? The means will be available provided that the state will allocate its part of financing vs. ...
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Peevish, crabby, irritable, and bad-tempered [closed]

What's the difference between them? What the difference between someone who is peevish or irritable and a ‘crabby person’? As far as I get them Peevish — easily annoyed, especially by things that ...
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What is the difference between rite and ritual? [closed]

I have found the word rite or ritual used separately and have also found written together like "rite and ritual". But, what are differences between them. If they are related to religions, Give me ...
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What is difference between editor and redactor?

English is not my native language, so may be I overlooked something obvious? I seen in few places that "editor" and "redactor" in context of magazine or newspaper are not the same, but can't find a ...
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“the deep” vs “the depths”

What is the difference between deep (as a noun) and depths? Since deep is primarily an adjective, when one would use it rather than depths? From what I see the deep (always with the and in singular) ...
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What is the difference between “Every. Single. Day.” and “Every day” [closed]

I just saw my friend's comment about eating some food stuff that it happens with her Every. Single. Day. That just means every day, doesn't it? Now English isn't my native language. Is this ...
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laden vs. loaded [closed]

I was justed asked whether it's a british idiom to say something, for example a car is 'fully laden' as in American English 'loaded' would be used. Does anyone here know about this issue? Thanks ...
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What is the difference between “scold” and “criticize”?

The word "scold" as defined at http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/scold to speak in an angry or critical way to (someone who has done something wrong) - He scolded [=reprimanded] the ...
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Why “extraordinary” means special? [closed]

If I say something is extra spicy, it means it's very spicy. Right? So why does extraordinary mean special, instead of very ordinary?
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Why is it “Hungry Like THE Wolf”? [duplicate]

In the Duran Duran song "Hungry Like the Wolf", the definite article "the" is used instead of the indefinite article "a". Aside from artistic liberty, is there a reason this is done? What does "the ...
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Difference in “Adequate” and “Enough/sufficient” [closed]

I heard that "Adequate" and "Enough/sufficient" are almost similar words. But still there is a difference in the use of them. The question I would like to ask is the following: Can on give example ...
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Why do we say “I would appreciate it if you paid in cash,” but not “I will appreciate it if you pay in cash”? [closed]

In the dictionary, I found this example (Source): I would appreciate it if you paid in cash. Clearly, this is the conditional sentence, type 2 which expresses something that is impossible in ...
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“Tell me which is your favourite one” or “Tell me which your favourite one is”? [closed]

in a situation where I'm showing three pictures to someone, what is grammatically correct to say (and with what difference in meaning)? Tell me which is your favourite one. or Tell me which your ...
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Difference between mandatory and obligatory [duplicate]

I wish to know the difference between these words. I only know few examples of them being used in speech for now: Mandatory circumcision and Obligatory military service. In my native language, we use ...
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Can you use “it's different” in the same way as “it depends”?

Example: -"When do you usually eat? -It's different " (meaning, "it changes from day to day") If it exists, is there a difference with "it depends"?
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Reported Usage Vs. Actual Usage

I'm currently writing a linguistics research essay and my professor wanted me to explain the differences between "reported usage" and "actual usage" of inter-dental stopping based on the surveys I ...
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Can there be one “Co-Founder”?

Assuming there is a company that was founded by two people (A and B), one of them is also the CEO (A). Is it correct to say that A is the founder and B is the (only) co-founder? Or does co-founder ...
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What's the difference between comment and note? [closed]

Please give explanation and sample sentences, thank you guys!
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What is the difference between “emoji” and “emoticon”? [closed]

I have seen these two words used to describe :) or 😀. Are they different in any way? How could I tell when to use one or another? I have also done research on Google to no avail.
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“receptacle” vs. “outlet” in AmEng

What's the difference between receptacle and outlet to cal the device in a wall you put a plug into in order to provide electricity for a lamp, television, etc.? outlet (also ...
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What’s the difference between “concerning” and “regarding”?

Is there a notable distinction between “concerning” and “regarding”, be it in tone alone? I—a non-native—wondered about this when starting a sentence about the weather: Regarding the weather, … ...
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Line or sentence? [closed]

Which word is correct to use for a poem? "line" or "sentence"? For eg: The first line of the poem "The Woods". or The first sentence of the poem "The Woods". What about speech and dramas? Do we use ...
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“philosophical history” / “history of philosophy” [closed]

What is the difference between the meaning of "philosophical history" and "history of philosophy"?
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A biography of/about/on [closed]

Which do I use, in the sentence "I'm reading a biography ___ Winston Churchill" ?
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difference between I tend to agree and I tend to feel [closed]

Could anybody tell me the best use of tend and the difference between I tend to agree and I tend to feel. Thanks
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Comparisons between “Comments,” “ complaints,” and “criticism” [closed]

The definitions of the three words came under discussion, with no real outcome. M/W dictionary was interrogated: I thought the answers were not helpful because each word is taken singularly and not in ...