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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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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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“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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“Housewife” vs. “homemaker” [closed]

What is the difference between a housewife and a homemaker? When can we use housewife, and when can we use homemaker? I am a housewife. I am a homemaker. Which of the above examples is ...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between amid and amidst?

I googled it and got the following answer: Amid and amidst are two words meaning the same thing. The meaning of these words is in connection with position of the object, person or situation – in the ...
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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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“Regress” vs. “retrogress”

What do each of them mean exactly? Is either (or both) the opposite of "progress"? Could someone please explain the difference? To add some context: When I look up the definitions I see the ...
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“Just” or “Even” with Dare?

There's well-known expression: Don't you dare... Is there a way to somehow make it stronger, to show more of your emotions when you "asking" person not to dare etc.? I've heard 2 cases, but don't ...
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Being Clever vs Being Wise

A sage is wise. That young woman is clever. Both of them (I think) are good at not getting into unwanted trouble, and both are good at solving problems. So.. Is there a difference between being ...
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“Homeland” vs. “motherland” vs. “fatherland”

What is the distinction between homeland, motherland and fatherland? Is there any difference in meaning of such terms? When it comes to connotations are there any differences, except for the ...
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Is “payless” synonym of “free”?

Does "payless" mean "for zero price", and "free" (as in beer)? I searched the dictionaries but could not find the word. I also wonder whether "cost-free" means the same.
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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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“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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What's the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas?

I'm quite unsure regarding the usage of single quotation marks (') and double quotation marks (") in English. I had thought that double quotation marks were usually used to quote sentences from ...
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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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“Ontology” vs. “ontography”

I have yet to find a good description of the difference between ontology and ontography. Can anyone help clarify?
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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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Difference between “in” and “of” when used with the complement 'the department'

I used the following two expressions: in: students in the department of: students of the department What is the difference, if any, between them?
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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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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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Other than - except for

Yesterday I used the sentence: "I know people except (for) you." and I have been told that the correct version is: "I know people other than you." Although I have been looking at related ...
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“Kernel” vs. “core”

What's the difference between kernel and core? The more I look for a difference between both, the more confused I get. I know both nouns because of IT, but I'm looking for the actual roots in actual ...
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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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What words can I use to describe trends in graphs for the IELTS exam (e.g. “increase”, “growth”)? [closed]

What is the difference between increase, growth, go up and rise? And what is the difference between decline, fall, go down and drop? I really don't know which is the best to describe parts of a graph. ...
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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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“Plan to do” vs. “plan on doing”

What are the differences between the following? He is planning to do something. He is planning on doing something. When to use each?
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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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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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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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Usage of “many” vs “many a”?

Can someone please elucidate the difference between "many" and "many a"? In what context of usage should we add an extra "a" beside the word "many"? For example: Many times, I had seen that . ...
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Differences between “technic” and “technique”

Are those synonyms? Is one more acceptable in a certain dialect than the other? I checked their definition on The Free Dictionary but it's still not clear to me.
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What is the difference between “clearance” and “sale”?

I want to understand the difference between clearance and sale. So are these words synonyms or not? E.g. Receive 60–90% off CookiesKids Clearance from Cookie's Kids. Receive 50–85% off After ...
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Difference between “Introduction” and “Background summary” in report writing

I have a task to do: writing a report. This one needs to be 4 pages as directed by the assigner. I was told to write 1/4, 3/4, 2 and 1/4 pages of Introduction, Background Summary, Discussion and ...
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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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What's the difference between nauseous and nauseated?

I read an article about the difference between nauseous and nauseated: It seems the article at last indicate that both nauseous and nauseated can mean the state of wanting to vomit. Is that true? ...
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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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“was able to” vs “could”

According to my grammar book, here are some usages of was able to and could could can be used to refer in general that someone has a skill. e.g. At that time I could still read without spectacles. ...
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“Gain/acquire/gather/get experience”

According to my Longman dictionary, gain experience and get experience seem to mean the same: gain/get experience: The programme enables pupils to gain some experience of the world of work. But ...
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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 “continual” and “continuous”?

They are very close in meaning, I know, but I want to know if there are any subtle differences. Let me give you an example of a subtle difference in meaning between synonyms: Deceitful vs. ...