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“What's the problem with you?” vs. “What's the matter with you?”

Is there a difference between saying What's the problem with you? and What's the matter with you?
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Have you not had lunch yet? Yes

In English, yes here means "Yes, I have had lunch". Answering "no" will mean "No, I have not had lunch". (My question isn't about how to answer this simple question) However, in some languages, yes ...
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Why are “connection” and “connexion” both used in the same work?

This question, Google Ngrams, Wikipedia, and several dictionaries all say that connexion is an alternate, obsolete spelling of connection. I am reading a several-hundred page treatise (Milton S. ...
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“I think …” or “In my opinion…” or “From my point of view…”

If I want to express my opinion about something, what's the most correct form? What are the differences? What is more formal and what more colloquial? For example, in Italian, nobody says In my ...
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Are there clear differences in formality of words between British-English and American-English [closed]

I wonder if there are any clear distinctions regarding using formal words in British-English and in American-English. Do American and English people use different words when for instance asking a ...
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Difference in meaning between “on his job” and “in his job”

What does this sentence mean? He is working fifty percent more on his job and fifty percent less in his job. He is 100% happier.
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Difference between “so”, “very”, “extremely” and “really”

What is the difference between so, very, extremely and really? For example, We're so/very/extremely/really glad you could come!
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What is the difference between “accumulative” and “cumulative”?

I'm having a hard time understanding the real distinction between accumulative and cumulative. accumulative adjective tending to accumulate or arising from accumulation; cumulative. ...
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Pronunciation difference between “collar” and “color”

What is the pronunciation difference between collar and color? Can a native speaker tell them apart?
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Usage of “note (bill)” and “banknote” in AmE

Do American English speakers use note to mean bill (as in ten-dollar bill)? If so, is note a shortening of the word banknote?
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What's the difference between “debate” and “argument”?

These words seem to have similar meanings, possibly with different connotations.
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Difference between “Warm regards” and “Best regards”

Is there any difference between Warm regards and Best regards?
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Cases where “mistake” and “error” are not interchangeable

Are there cases where error and mistake are not interchangeable?
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“I think that … not … ” and “I don't think that …”

Are there differences between negating the dependent clause and negating the independent clause? I think this is not the reason. I don't think this is the reason.
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Difference between “advantages of a car lease” and “car lease advantages”

It is hard for foreigners to understand the meaning of different English sentence constructions. Do the phrases below mean the same? advantages of a car lease car lease advantages When do ...
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Difference between “smart” and “clever”

What is the difference between smart and clever? As far as I understand the latter is offensive. But the Cambrige Dictionary gives similar definitions of smart and clever.
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“Pay attention” vs. “give attention”

Between 'pay' and 'give' I guess you are most likely to choose 'give' for the blank below. However, 'pay' sounds more suited for the second 'attention.' I wonder why. Is it because the second sentence ...
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Choosing between “everybody” and “everyone”

When addressing a radio audience, is welcome everybody the appropriate word choice? Why not welcome everyone?
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What's the difference between pronunciation and enunciation?

What's the difference between pronunciation and enunciation? I learned this a long time ago in English class but forgot what it was. Clarification For example, Wikipedia says: Good enunciation ...
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“Permission” vs “privilege” [closed]

I'm confused about permission and privilege. What is the difference between them? I know both mean “the rights to do something”.
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Difference between “election fraud”, “electoral fraud” and “voter fraud”

What is the difference between election fraud, electoral fraud and voter fraud? An example of usage for each word would be great.
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“Vacation days” or “days off”

What is the right expression: vacation days or days off?
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“Poems” or “poetry”

Can poems and poetry be used interchangeably, or is that incorrect usage? In normal conversation, they are used as synonyms often.
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Difference between “normal person” and “average person”

Is there any difference between normal person and average person? Can I use these interchangeably?
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“To be subject to” vs. “to be subjected to”

I read an article from Toronto Star today which stated: TTC workers are subject to alcohol and drug testing. A later paragraph of the same article repeated it, except it used subjected to ...
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“Rotate about” vs. “rotate around”

Is there a difference in meaning between This operation rotates the object about the axis defined by ... and This operation rotates the object around the axis defined by ... (e.g. in the ...
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Difference between “social” and “societal”

What's the difference between social and societal? Are they perfectly synonymous? If not, what is the difference in nuance? The relevant definition of social reads: relating to society or its ...
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“Unsuccess” versus “failure”

Are there differences in usage between unsuccess and failure? Is failure harsher to hear than unsuccess? In other words, is unsuccess a euphemism of failure?
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What's the difference between “act” and “action”? [closed]

What's the difference between "act" and "action"? More specifically in the way they are generally used (and not more specific theatrical definitions, for instance)?
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Whats the difference between mentor, tutor and professor in a University context in the UK

I'm wanting to find out whats the difference between mentor, tutor and professor in a University context in the UK? Also would mentor be a one-to-one ratio with a student or could it be one-to-many. ...
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Difference between “leverage” and “utilize”

Sooner or later, you want to leverage Zend_Application better by creating your own resource plugins. Can leverage above be replaced by utilize?
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Do the words “peasant” and “pissant” mean the same thing?

I recently completed reading the novel "Cat's cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut. In this novel he describes peasant as: "A pissant is somebody who thinks he's so damn smart, he can never keep his mouth ...
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Is it correct that imply:infer::sender:receiver? [closed]

Both the words imply and infer suggest that a communication took place, but that there was additional meaning beyond what was directly spoken, written, or gestured. What is the difference? I beleive ...
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Past Simple and Past Perfect Simple with 'already'

Do these two sentences have the same meaning? When we arrived, David had already got home and When we arrived, David was already home
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Difference between “Call to action” and “Call for action”

Not being a native English speaker, I feel that there is some difference in meaning between Call to action and Call for action However my research was unfruitful. Is there a ...
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What is the difference between “pliable” and “pliant”?

I am confused between pliable and pliant. What's the difference? The explanation in the Oxford Dictionary seems vague: pliable 1. easily bent; flexible [quality leather is ...
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What is the difference between 'Use' and 'Make use of'?

When should I use which? E.g.: To use something. vs To make use of something.
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What is the difference between “inflection” and “intonation”?

And which is utilized when turning this... The monkey is fat. ...into a question: The monkey is fat?
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Differences between “propensity”, “predilection” and “proclivity”

Propensity, predilection and proclivity all have the meaning of tendency, so what's the difference? Are they interchangeable?
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Usage of “cowardly” and “coward”

I recently discovered that cowardly, which looks like an adverb, is actually also an adjective. So far so good. Then what is the difference between cowardly and coward, and is there any preferential ...
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posteriori and posterior

What are the differences in meaning and usage between posteriori and posterior? Particularly in probability, statistics and logic, when should I use which? For example, why are "max a posteriori" ...
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Difference between “distinctive” and “distinct” [duplicate]

What's the difference between distinctive and distinct? My understanding is that something being distinctive means it has the power of differentiating between two things or making something different ...
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“Disbalanced” vs. “unbalanced”

What are the differences in usage between disbalanced and unbalanced?
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Is there a difference between “treble” and “triple”?

I've been reading The Economist lately and noticed that the magazine uses both trebled and tripled. According to my dictionary, "treble" means "threefold; triple". Is there a subtle difference, not ...
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Difference in usage and connotation between “attenuate” and “extenuate”

What is the difference between attenuate and extenuate in terms of their usage and connotation?
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“Shepherding” vs. “sheepherding”

What is the difference between shepherding and sheepherding (sheep herding?)? What is the difference between shepherd and sheepherder? I had only heard shepherd until I found sheepherder on a page ...
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What's the difference between a proverb and an idiom?

I think I have a notion what is what but maybe you know a good definition what is what? For example "Hindsight is always 20:20" — is that a proverb or an idiom?
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“Notepad” vs. “notebook” — what's the difference?

Can you please tell me the difference between a notepad and a notebook (as in paper, not electronic ones)? To me, they are the same but I guess there must be some difference.
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“Unexplainable” vs “Inexplicable”

What is the difference between unexplainable and inexplicable? Are they exact synonyms or are there situations where one is preferred over the other? Is unexplainable a clumsy modern variant (...
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Difference between “selfish” and “self-centered”

Is there a difference between the meaning of selfish and self-centered? I have seen some using them identically. If there is a difference who would you like to hang out with: a selfish person or a ...