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Difference between “deny doing something” and “deny having done something”

What is the difference between "deny doing something" and "deny having done something"? The context is as follows: While being questioned on the court, the man denied [taking/having taken] the ...
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What is the difference between “exhausted” and “enervated”?

What is the difference between exhausted and enervated when used to refer to human beings?
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“Its color is brown” vs “It is brown in color” describing nouns

I was wondering what the difference between these two similar ways of describing a noun is. Its color is brown. or It is brown in color. If they are both proper usage please explain to me ...
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To find/get/take one's bearings

Is there any difference between these three expressions? to find one's bearings to get one's bearings to take one's bearings
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“I like something” vs. “I do like something” [duplicate]

I'm starting to learn English. I have a question. What is the difference between I like milk and I do like milk
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Comma after address

Here's an example: Chocolate lovers rejoice! Chocolate lovers, rejoice! To my understanding, the first one says that chocolate lovers are rejoicing and in the second one, we are asking ...
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Is there any difference between “a few relatives” and “a few relations”?

In the following sentence I prefer saying relatives but I am unable to explain why. It's going to be a small wedding. Only a few friends and relatives have been invited On doing research I ...
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Difference between contract and catch [a disease]

What could be the difference between contracting a disease and catching a disease? I know there isn't any big difference. However, it looks like there are some diseases you can both catch and ...
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Difference between two statements [closed]

Difference between these two sentences: I was the first person to leave. I left first. You will be the first to know You will know first
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What is the difference between these two types of negation?

What is the difference between:- Ali is rich,but he isn't happy. Ali is rich, but he is unhappy.
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Difference between “Education Institute” & “Institute of Education”?

Also, what is this property called? X Y versus Y of X.
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Almost Vs. Hardly [closed]

According to http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/hardly hardly has 4 meanings. And I was wondering is there any difference between these two sentences. In what meaning the word ...
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What's the difference between: people in England, people of England and English people? [closed]

People in England clean glass with newspaper. People of England clean glass with newspaper. English people clean glass with newspaper. I would like to know which one sounds most natural. I would ...
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Differences between serendipity, and fate, destiny, fortune and coincidence?

What are the differences between serendipity, and fate, destiny, fortune and coincidence? From what I have looked up in dictionary, they seem very similar, and I would like to distinguish between ...
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What's the difference between “I have the ability to” and “I have an ability to”

What's the difference between the following? I have the ability to speak English. I have an ability to speak English.
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when should I use the following sentence. I am little bit confused

when should I use the following sentence. I am little bit confused: "May I help you?" "What can I do for you?" What is the difference between above two sentence and when I can use them? Please ...
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“Sought” vs. “searched”

Can sought and searched be used interchangeably? As in "we searched for an article" versus "we sought an article". (Or if I got those two examples wrong, but there are correct examples where sought ...
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“Happen to know” vs. “came to know” vs. “got to know” vs. “came across”

Can anyone give use cases and examples for Happen to know Came to know Got to know Came across I always gets confused in their uses.
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What's the difference between “ex-” and “former” [closed]

Is there any real difference in usage between ex- and former?
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differences between pucker and tuck

What are the differences between pucker and tuck, as verbs? I found that they can both mean "pull or gather up", "contract". Is it correct?
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Placing “first” in a sentence; would it change the meaning?

How does the meaning of the following two sentences differ? I first wanted to tell you about it. I wanted to tell you about it first.
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Preference vs Favoritism

Could anyone please explain the subtle difference between preference and favoritism? Both of them basically give the same meaning, but there is something more than that in it. Can someone point that ...
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“now and then” vs “now and again”

What is the difference between these phrases? now and then and now and again Google says that they mean the same. So saying "Every now and then I go for trekking" is same as "Every now and ...
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'There seem' or 'there seems' + usage of the word 'seem'

First, I have a question "How words 'seem' and 'there' are used together?" Which is correct: There seem ... or There seems ... Then, I'm am interested in general constructions with the word ...
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What is the difference between “bush” and “shrub”?

What's the difference between "bush" and "shrub"? Are these absolute synonyms?
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“Can not” vs. “cannot” [duplicate]

Is there a difference in meaning and/or connotation between "can not" and "cannot"? I have read and seen both used interchangeably, but I know people who argue for a slight difference in meaning. ...
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sensible, sensitive, and sentient

Despite the apparently same meanings of the three words (which I looked up in Wiktionary), I would like to know if my interpretation is correct regarding their differences. "sensible" is used to ...
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“I hoped” vs. “I was hoping”. What's the difference?

I can't remember to hear "I hoped..." in any movie I've watched. I always hear "I was hoping..." when people talk. Nevertheless I know both forms are correct in terms of grammar. So when "I hoped" is ...
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“What does it mean?” vs. “What does that mean?” — what's the difference?

I tried to find an answer to this question. But no luck. Can somebody explain it to me? An American friend of mine said, "I've never heard about 'What does it mean?', I've always used 'What does that ...
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Isle vs. Island

Some islands are called isle like "Isle of Man", "Isle of Tortuga" and the "British Isles". Other islands are called island, like "Island of Malta" or "Island of Cyprus". What is the difference ...
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“Prodigal” vs. “spendthrift”

What are the differences between the words prodigal and spendthrift? They seem to mean the same. When does one choose to use one over the other?
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“Extended” vs. “extensive” [closed]

What's the difference between these two? I found the following after some research, “Extended” has to do with time, “extensive” with space. An extended tour lasts a long time; an extensive tour ...
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Whats the connotation of 'makeshift'? Is it negative, neutral, or positive like: creative?

I'm curious what the association(s) are with the word 'makeshift"
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“The whole day”, ''All day'' or ''All day long"

Are there any differences between these phrases for example in the following sentence: a) I did my homework the whole day. b) I did my homework all day. c) I did my homework all day long. And ...
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“But Only” - How to Figure Out the Meaning?

I first cite the definitions of "but" as an adverb or preposition: adverb : no more than; only. Preposition: except; apart from; other than: Could someone please elucidate/explicate but only ...
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What is the difference between the prefix iso and homo

I haven't found a ancient Greek site on stack exchange, so i hope it is ok to ask it here: What is the difference between 'iso-' and 'homo-'? Do they both mean 'same'? For example: isotope, isomer, ...
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Difference between “dumb” and “stupid”

A friend and I had a disagreement about something, in which he called one of my statements "dumb". As we were talking through the disagreement, it got a little heated and I tried repeating what he had ...
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exclamatory sentence: HOW vs. WHAT?

I say: A) What a good heart you have! B) How beautiful a girl she is! C) What awful weather! D) How I wish to have a long vacation these days! E) How little money we have! Do ...
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Difference between flooding and inundation? [closed]

flooding vs. inundation Watching the News, I noticed that the above two words are a bit different. Some Disaster Management organization has one of its goals listed as To prevent inundation and ...
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“big cheers” and “a big cheer”

Can I say "Please give your children big cheers at the playing field? Or should I say "Please give your children a big cheer?" Do these mean different things?
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Difference between 'have to' and 'will have to' [closed]

Is there any difference between these two statements. If yes could you tell me when to use them. I have to do that I will have to do that
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Difference between the words “validate” and “agree” [closed]

What is the difference between agreeing with a persons feelings and validating their feelings?
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“… need XXX-ing” vs. “… need to be XXX-ed” [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two expressions? Your hair needs brushing. Your hair needs to be brushed.
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Difference between “sleeping with Sean Parker” and “sleeping on Sean Parker”?

In the movie Social Network, there is a scene where Sean Parker corrected a sentence said by a girl who he just spent a night with: She was rather astonished when she realized the man standing in ...
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Should 'the' be used in this title?

BBC has a documentary titled Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. History channel has a documentary titled similarly but without the 'the': Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire. Are both ...
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Meaning: channel vs river [closed]

What is the difference between a channel and a river? UPDATE I understand the difference between canal and river, but why there is also channel? Is that the same as canal?
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What is the difference between “Computer science” and “Informatics”?

I could not find any difference... or at least no good source that definitely distinguishes both. I tried: Wikipedia (Informatics has a redirect to Computer Science), so I guess the only difference ...
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Difference between “taxi” and “cab”

Definition of taxi: To ride or travel in a taxicab Definition of cab: A taxicab. Since the definitions don't show many differences, is it okay to assume that there is no difference ...
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“Control Panel” V.S. “Control Cabinet”

I want to know the differences between theses two terms. For my own understanding, I think they mean the same thing but appearences are different. Or could it mean that the control panel is usually ...
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What is the difference between “better yet” and “ better still”?

Is there a difference? This Ngram shows an interesting trend.