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Is 'surely' the same as 'certainly'

Dictionaries provide the following- surely/ˈʃʊəli,ˈʃɔːli/ adverb, used to emphasize the speaker's firm belief that what they are saying is true and often their surprise that there is any doubt ...
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outside vs out of the box [duplicate]

As a non native english speaker i wonder which one is the correct form to use ? to think outside the box ? to think out of the box ? is there any difference in meaning ?
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CEO or Managing Director [duplicate]

For a small consulting firm, is it appropriate to use CEO or Managing Director as the owner of the business?
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“Prefer to do something” vs. “would prefer to do something”

Are these sentences different? "I prefer to walk." "I'd (would) prefer to walk." In some books I read one is used in general and the other in specific situations. So when you say "I prefer coffee ...
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What's the difference between amusing and diverting?

I was watching Flushed Away (2006) . In one scene (00:20:46) The Toad says I know you'll find it diverting. and a minute later (00:21:57) Roddy says : Yes. I'd love to see more of your ...
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Difference between I see and I understand [closed]

What's the difference between "I see" and "I understand" ?
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Past tense of wake: is there a difference between “waked”, and “woke”?

I just stumbled over the verb "to wake", which according to various sources has two valid forms for the past tense: "woke" and "waked". Some further research stated, that there seem to be two (Old / ...
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Is there any similarity between “revolving door” in politics and revolving door for entering or exiting the buildings?

These are different definitions of "revolving door", please tell me how do they relate to each other? 1-A door, especially at the entrance of a building, typically made of three or four rigid upright ...
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Formal and Informal Minutes of Meeting [closed]

What is the difference between formal and informal minutes of meeting. I know that formal minutes are often required by federal, state, or local law, by-laws, charters, or regulations but what about ...
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What is the usage difference between dilemma and quandary

Between dilemma and quandary, what are the various denotations and connotations. A dilemma is a difficult choice, not just any difficulty or problem. The dictionaries put them as synonyms. ...
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… to feel sick Tuesday afternoon / on Tuesday afternoon / from Tuesday afternoon. Which one is correct?

Are they all correct? He was feeling good on Monday, but he started to feel sick Tuesday afternoon. He was feeling good on Monday, but he started to feel sick on Tuesday afternoon. ...
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How much does “can” change my meaning?

How much of a difference in meaning is there between these three sentences, and are any of them better suited to formal writing than the others? They must [do things] before they can begin to ...
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How was 'hone in on' bastardised to mean 'home in on'?

The comments under this CBC article impelled me to check the definitions of the verbs home in on, under which a para discusses this debasement, vs hone in on. Yet it doesn't explain this corruption's ...
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Difference between “turns out” and “turns out to be”

I'm not a native English speaker, hence I'm a little confused here. I want to know the difference between the two and also correct me if I'm saying it wrong here "It's turns out to be a conspiracy ...
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'by which' vs 'by the which'

Source: p 101, Lives and letters of the Devereux, earls of Essex, by Walter Bourchier Devereux [p 100 states that this letter was undated, but the penultimate sentence on p99 (ie the last sentence ...
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Difference between 'to the left' and 'on the left'

I have encountered these expressions today, when I was describing a photo. People are lining up in the picture. I wanted to explain someone who is standing next to the person on the far left. And I ...
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“How…?” vs. “What … like?”

In the Longman Dictionary of Common Errors you read "When you ask for or give a description of someone or something, use what ... like (NOT how): 'What's your new teacher like?' But I sometimes hear ...
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“identical with” vs. “identical to”

I find myself always wondering which is the grammatically correct expression or, provided that both are correct, whether there are differences between their meaning. One example: Passage A in this ...
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Canny means shrewd or wise how does uncanny turn out to be mysterious? [closed]

Canny means 'shrewd' while uncanny means mysterious. How?
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What’s the difference between “for” and “to” in “for/to many people”?

Given these two versions of a sentence: For many people, dogs are the best friends. To many people, dogs are the best friends. I have following questions: What is the difference between ...
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This might turn out unnecessary vs This might turn out to be unnecessary

Which of the two expressions is correct? Is there any difference
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“Speak English” vs. “speak in English”

What is the difference between Speak English and Speak in English? Which one is (more) acceptable in this sentence: "You must speak English/ in English in class." Or, are both correct? If yes, what ...
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What is the semantical difference between reliable and trustworthy?

When one literally translates the Dutch word betrouw-baar (dash added) one gets trust-worthy (dash added). But when one uses Google translate, it generates reliable. Based on my experience with ...
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“Traffic rules” vs. “traffic regulations” [closed]

Which one is correct, "traffic rules" or "traffic regulations"? If both are correct, what is the difference between them?
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Questions about “get” vs. “was given” and the Passive Voice

What is the difference in meaning between got and was given? I understand that got is in the active voice, was given is in the passive voice, and that they are different verbs. But what is the ...
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“to prefer something over something” or “to prefer something to something” [duplicate]

Which syntax is more correct: to prefer something over something else or to prefer something to something else or maybe both are correct?
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The rules of the game vs. the laws of the game

Do rule and law have the same meaning when you talk about an activity like a game? I came across this sentence in the Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's Dictionay: "Match officials should not ...
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“like” vs. “as” Confusion in a sentence

Which is the correct sentence between the following: 1) He deserves the same fate as you 2) He deserves the same fate like you. From my knowledge and understanding, the second sentence is correct ...
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What is difference between <At the end / In the end>?

Can we use each of these sentences in everywhere or no?! It mean do they have different meanings?! Ex: I don't wanted to take sides, but in the end I had to. Or, I don't wanted to take sides, but at ...
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Are “smell like” and “smell of” the same?

Is there any difference between smell like and smell of? I came across this sentence in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary: My hands smell like (US) / of (UK) onion. But I'm not really ...
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What are the difference between “details” and “information”?

I am confused of how to use them and their difference. To have better understanding for both readers and me, please categorise this these factors to the appropriate category ("details" and ...
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Words that change meaning when a letter is added/removed/changed

Want to know if there is a collective word to describe these kind of words that change their meanings in an opposite way (rather than irrelevantly) when a single letter is added/removed/changed so ...
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What are the difference between “prominent” and “VIP”? [closed]

The definition of prominent and VIP are same: an important person So if I say: Mai is a prominent guy of Australia OR Mai is a V.I.P. of Australia. Isn't the meaning is the same?
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Roundel vs Roundabout [closed]

What, if any, is the difference between the two? My best guess is that a 'roundel' is the traffic island or structure that you drive around, while the 'roundabout' also includes the road you're ...
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Past Simple vs. Past Progressive

I've been noticing in conversations that people often use past or present or future progressive where I would normally use past, present or future simple. I know some rules about interrupted actions ...
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When do we use “elder” “older” and “eldest”? [duplicate]

I'd appreciate it if someone explained everything regarding those three adjectives. They confuse me.
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“get one's head around” vs “get one's arms around”

I have seen both idioms used in practice. The definitions I found, http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/get+arms+around, and http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/get+head+around don't indicate much ...
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Difference between 'get at' and 'get on at'

E.g. 'My boss is always getting on at me even if I haven't done anything wrong.' 'Her parents keep getting at her for skipping classes.' I'm wondering whether these phrasal verbs have ...
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“replace” vs. “substitute”

When you replace somebody with somebody else, does it refer to a permanent change usually for a better one? In "The company replaced Alice with a new secretary", does it refer to a permanent change? ...
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Difference between “abate” and “bate”

What is the difference between abate and bate? How are they used differently? Do they both mean the same thing? (from the Free Dictionary) The definition of abate is 'to reduce in amount, degree, or ...
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Difference between an “issue” and a “challenge” [closed]

I've often heard the question asked, "What are the challenges and issues faced in implementing X technology?" or "What are the challenges and issues faced by X?". Do challenges and issues mean the ...
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“characteristic” vs. “typical”

What is the difference between characteristic and typical? I've seen that they both are used with kinda the same structure (be characteristic/typical of sb/sth) Like: "This hospitality is ...
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What is the difference between “He is polite” and “He is being polite”?

Can any one please explain the usage and meaning of "He is polite" and "He is being polite".
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difference between emigrate, immigrate, and migrate? [closed]

what is the difference between emigrate, immigrate, and migrate? I am pretty much confused.
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When to use “in” and “at”

when do I use "in" and "at" in a sentence? for example is "I will coming to learn English in India or At India"
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What is the difference between these “distancing expressions”?

There are a number of words that mean "generally believed to be true but not necessarily true" but their connotations differ tremendously. Some examples of these are allegedly putatively ...
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Difference between obfuscate and obscure?

I see the words used in the same situations. Is there a particular difference that would help me understand when each one should be used? Etymology Obfuscate Latin fuscus for dark Etymology Obscure ...
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If you have/had/did not + verb + yet

What is the correct sentence(s) in those : 1 If you haven't read this yet, I recommend doing it. 2 If you had not read this yet, I recommend doing it. 3 If you didn't read this yet, ...
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“No worry” vs. “No worries”

I'm confused which one is correct. Do they have the same meaning? Or different in various contexts? Thanks!
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Therefore vs. wherefore [closed]

I saw these words in The Silmarillion: Then there was unrest among the Ainur; but Ilúvatar called to them, and said: ‘I know the desire of your minds that what ye have seen should verily be, not ...