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Difference between “season”, “time of year”, “time of the year”

"Winter, summer, spring and fall are seasons". Is it possible here to use "times of year" meaning "season", like "Winter, summer, spring and fall are times of year"? What is the difference between "...
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Further or Farther in a metaphor about a road [duplicate]

In this metaphor is it correct to use "further" or "farther"? That only kicks the can further/farther down the road. Within the metaphor, the distance is physical, justifying the use of "farther"...
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Difference between “God bless” and “God bless you” [closed]

What is the difference between God bless and God bless you?
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Difference between “dialect” and “accent” [duplicate]

Please I want to know the difference between the two words( dialect and accent)
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Should I use 'leitmotifs', the plural of leitmotif, in academic English?

Should I, in an scientific book, use the word 'leitmotifs', the plural of leitmotif? Some dictionaries seem to know it in the plural form, but does it sound very weird or massively pretentious to the ...
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I hope you get better vs. I hope you will get better [duplicate]

I'm an English speaker, and someone asked me why we say: I hope you get better soon. rather than I hope you will get better soon. Technically, you can say both. But why is the first ("I ...
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If you will have vs If you have

If you will have dinner at home, tell me. or If you have dinner at home, tell me. What is the difference between the two sentences? Which one sounds natural?
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Is it correct to use “most” + “-est” together?

I was over exaggerating while writing something for class and I wrote Welcome to the most wildest show on earth. Someone pointed out the most wildest and I was wondering if it was OK to use ...
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Why do we sometimes add extra “of” after “outside”? [duplicate]

When Jamie Foxx heard a car crash outside of his house, he rushed to help. Why does the sentence say "outside of his house" instead of "outside his house"? Why does it have this extra of?
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'Nobody' vs 'No body' [closed]

What is the difference between Nobody and No body? Both have same meaning. Nobody is used as a pronoun. For example, Nobody is going there. Nobody as a noun. For example, He became Nobody ...
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“There is nothing like that” vs “There is no such thing” vs “There is nothing similar”

What's the difference in meaning (if any) between these three sentences? Could you give some examples of common situations when you'd use one and no the others?
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“High-paying occupation” vs “high-paying job or position”

I am a beginner of English and my native language is Chinese. I just wonder why I can't use high-paying occupation? My teacher suggests that using high-paying job or position is much more ...
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When to use obsolete or redundant when referring to something that is no longer required? [closed]

I was sending a message to one of our developers internally referring to an element on a page querying whether it was needed or would be used but I paused when I realised that I wasn't entirely sure ...
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“Snatch a nap”/“take a nap”/“have a nap”

Can we say "to snatch a nap"? If it's possible then Is there any difference between "snatch a nap", "take a nap" and "have a nap"?
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If or since, does it make a difference?

In these sentences below, does it makes a difference if I replace if with since? 1)If you are unemployed, why did you leave your last job? 2)If you are innocent, why did you flee? 3)If you are a ...
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Difference between “compact” and “accord”

What's the difference between those two words? But the Marshall Islands holds an important card: Under a 1986 compact, the roughly 70,000 residents of the Marshalls The debate over loss and ...
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Grammatical difference between: “should have more…” and “should eat some…”

I should have some/more fish. I should eat some/more vegetables. Are the verbs eat and have different in the two sentences considering the use of should?
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What is the difference between 'comment' and 'remark'?

She made a helpful ___________ on my work. I'm of an impression that remark is casual though comment is more formal. Is it correct? What should the above sentence be considered then? - formal (...
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Difference between “you can't do nothing” and “you can't do anything” [duplicate]

I have heard people say for example: You can't do nothing to me is it the same thing as you can't do anything to me If no, what's the difference? I personally think the latter is correct. ...
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“Operate” on fossil fuels vs “Run” on fossil fules [closed]

Example sentence: Since our obsolete power stations still run on fossil fuels, they emit substantial amounts of greenhouse gases. Would it be more formal, if it is changed into the following ...
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What's difference between “I like it.” and “ I like that.”? [closed]

What's difference between "I like it." and " I like that."? I wonder the difference.
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Difference between “was already” and “has already been”

What are differences between the following sentences? The package has already been received. The package was already received.
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Vision Problem vs Visual Problem

I have a problem with those 2 words. What is the difference between the vision problem and visual problem? Or Do they mean the same? I Googled both terms, but the search results are pretty much the ...
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Did you get my “email” or Did you get my “mail”? [closed]

I am getting confused whenever I tried to use email or mail while in the conversation or in written form. For example, which one is correct? Did you get my email? or Did you get my mail? ...
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What is the difference between “irreligious” and “non-religious”?

Irreligious (Dictionary.com 1st definition) not religious; not practicing a religion and feeling no religious impulses or emotions. Non-religious (Google definition) not relating to or ...
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“In the news” or “on the news”

I found this question in a textbook: Q: The company's stock tumbled _____ the news that it would have to recall over 30,000 tires that were produced in 2004. A: in B: for C: on Should ...
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'Are you really want to quit ?' vs 'Do you really want to quit ?' [closed]

First things first , English is not my Native Language / Mother tongue . I am a game developer . So when a player presses exit button a message pops up and asks whether they want to quit the game or ...
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What does “easy-going” mean?

I am a non-native English learner. And when I was looking up the word easy-going in dictionaries, the explanations really confused me. Is the word easy-going positive or negative? Some dictionaries ...
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“Within the past year” vs. “In the past year”

I'm having an argument with a co-worker about phrasing. We have a document that makes reference to someone having experience working "in the past year", and later it states "must have experience ...
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Difference between “where” and "what' when asking for a place to visit

What is the difference between where and what when asking for a place to visit as follows: (a) Where will we visit in Yilan? (b) What will we visit in Yilan? Is there any difference in ...
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Sphere vs Domain

Could you tell me what the difference between sphere and domain is? I tried to find it online, compared definitions from the Oxford, Longman, and Cambridge online dictionaries but they both look ...
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Turn on vs Switch on [closed]

Which one is correct between turn on or switch on an air conditioner at home?
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Difference between “make your way home” and “go home”

Could somebody explain to me the difference between "make your way home" and "go home" . Thanks a lot in advance.
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“Jolly good” meaning “extremely good” in British English

Like the intensifier bloody, I assumed that jolly as an adverb and intensifier is not broadly used in the U.S. meaning very or extremely. According to Oxford Online Dictionary, jolly as an adverb ...
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“Due to buy a house” vs “due to look for a house”

I know that "due to do something" is the correct way. For example: Sometime next month, we're due to buy a house in Rutherford. However, Sometime next month, we're due to look for a house ...
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Two different meanings of Present Perfect Tense [duplicate]

I have a problem in the interpretation of the following sentences in the present perfect tense. 1) I have worked for them since 2006. Does it mean I am still working for them or I don't work for ...
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What's the difference between “dawn” and “dawning”?

I googled and I found nothing useful. I know what dawn means but I can't figure out if dawning is the same thing or has a different meaning.
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Converting impersonal reporting verbs from active to passive

I have a question regarding impersonal reporting structures. The task is to complete the second sentence beginning with Bob as a subject so that it has the same meaning as the first sentence: ...
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“Back to where” vs “back where”

Is it grammatically okay to omit the "to" in the following sentence? 1) Put something back to where it belongs 2) Put something back where it belongs What's the difference between them? which one ...
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Difference between unexpected and unpredictable - with examples [closed]

Can anyone please tell me, when we should use unexpected and unpredictable with short example. Thanks
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“An expression of one aspect of ” vs “one aspect of the expression”

A): It is an expression of one aspect of her love. B): It is one aspect of the expression of her love. My questions: Do A) and B) mean the same? In the case of B), is one aspect of a measure ...
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difference between “break free of” and “break free from”

What is the difference between "break free of" and "break free from"? I looked up to the dictionaries, I got the meaning of both while I still don't know how tho use them? definition: 1\break free ...
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Difference between 'How come I know' and 'How can I know' [closed]

What is the difference between these two sentences? Or are they the same? How come I know what you study? How can I know what you study?
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Indolence vs lassitude? [closed]

I came across this sentence: "Jim and Huck spent days of indolent lassitude on the craft." I wasn't quite sure what to make of the phrase 'indolent lassitude' because to my mind they both sort of ...
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What is the difference between “exalt” and “extol”? [closed]

I get very similar result when I translate it to my native language.
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Meaning of “delay off/on” [closed]

I am looking at the controlling system of an commercial ironing system. One of the terms used is "Delay off/On", I'm not sure what it means. Is it "the delay is off/on" or "the off/on is delayed"? ...
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Difference between “devotement” and “devotion”

I had never seen or heard of the word "devotement" until reading it in my Chinese girlfriend's brother's college application essay. To me, it's always been "devotion." However, I noticed that Google ...
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“I have been to France.” vs. “I have been in France.” [duplicate]

Do we use "to" or "in" when talking about being to/in another location?
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Difference between “spruce” and “fir” when used in “Christmas tree” context [closed]

What is the difference between the words "spruce" and "fir" (or even "fir tree")? Could they be used interchangeably, for example, when referring to a kind of evergreen trees people decorate on ...
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Is the structure “need for somebody to do something” grammatically correct?

When you compare the following two sentences: John does his own work and does not need for others to do his work in his stead, nor does he involve himself in the works of others. and John ...