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difference between past simple and present perfect in certain examples

I know there is difference between these tenses in sentences like: -I have broken my leg so now I cannot walk - present perfect (I did something in past and second part of sentence show consequences) ...
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Difference between “at” and “in” when specifying location

I am used to saying "I am in India.". But somewhere I saw it said "I am at Puri (Oriisa)". I would like to know the differences between "in" and "at" in the above two sentences.
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When to use “Ok noted”?

I'm a software developer. My situation is, I'm working with my customer (onshore project manager) via chatting using Skype. He helps me to make his side's server available and give me a link to the ...
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“much of the same” vs “much the same” [closed]

What are the similarities and differences? I tried http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2474929&langid=6 but am contending against the differing opinions. ...
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'In + participle' vs 'participle'

Is there a name for the structure 'in + participle' ? 2. What are the similarities and differences? I tried Google which revealed nothing. In the following example, what would differ if the ...
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Is there any difference between “word-for-word translation” and “word-by-word translation” and is the latter actually valid?

First off, some data: According to COCA "word-for-word" has 60 usages, 3 of them are "word-for-word translation". "Word-by-word" has 26 usages, none of them are "word-by-word" (but some with ...
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'what about' vs 'what of'

What are the similarities and differences? I see that the definitions below are worded differently, but don't perceive intrinsic differences, which I still suspect to exist. what about 1a. does ...
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“Electronic” vs. “electric”

Most people would refer to computers as being electronic, whereas a flashlight would be described as electric. I know the general difference (electronic devices use transistors?), but what is it ...
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“Evocative” vs. “provocative” [on hold]

I am starting to use evocative and provocative interchangeably. I would like to understand the difference between these words and when one should be used instead of the other. I would also ...
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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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What is the difference between “speaking” and “talking”?

It seems more politically correct to say that someone is speaking rather than talking. What is the definitive difference between these terms?
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Difference between “novice” and “newbie” [on hold]

I can say "I am a novice in English" or "I am a newbie in English". Is there any difference between these?
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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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Why (and for whom) does “unbeknown” become “unbeknownst”

I know there's been an earlier question What is the meaning and usage of the word “beknownst”?. But nothing there satisfies my curiosity about that extra -st at the end. I might have supposed the ...
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Difference between “Folder version” and “Folder revision” [closed]

I need to know the difference between a "file version" and a "file revision", assuming that they don't have the same meaning, I assume also that a version means that we've modified an existing folder, ...
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Is thanks a countable noun? Many thanks or much thanks?

A colleague of mine recently wrote in an email "much thanks for your efforts." Does this usage make sense? How does "much thanks" differ from "many thanks"? This is similar to "Is “Many thanks” a ...
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“Adaptable” vs. “flexible”

Are the words adaptable and flexible generally interchangeable? For example, do the following sentences have the same meaning? Older workers are less adaptable [...]. Older workers are less ...
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When to use the abverbial form of maximal: maximally?

Could the following sentence considered to be a correct use case of the adverbial form of the word maximal in English? Use underflow to set the maximally possible value of used datatype. When ...
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Is “further” now used for both physical and metaphorical distances?

Is it true that 'further' and 'farther' are becoming interchangeable? He drove further north. His furthest destination to travel is 167 miles. This link says that further is now widely ...
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'cite' vs 'cite to' [closed]

A New York state court may cite to a case decided in Vermont ... The courts are not even required to cite to these “authorities,” let alone follow them. Why not simply cite? What are the ...
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'recover against' vs 'recover from' [closed]

If Judge Cardozo had said, “We hold that in all cases involving a nonbusiness consumer and a manufacturer of goods, the consumer may recover against the manufacturer for defects in manufacture ...
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Words that differ only in the suffices -cal vs -able [migrated]

Predicated on practicable vs practical](http://grammarist.com/usage/practical-practicable/), is there a more general theme or lesson or motif to be learned? What are the similarities and differences ...
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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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“What is an idiom?” vs. “What are idioms?”

I often say What is an idiom? When I read Longman Pocket Idioms Dictionary Cased, I saw the sentence What are idioms? Are there any differences between the two forms? Which one is ...
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“to be of” vs “to be”

[Finally, Marshall pointed to the judge's oath ... Part of the core of this reasoning is found in the following statements from the decision: (source, around fifteen lines above the heading ...
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“brain-cramp” vs “blank-out” [closed]

When mind lapses instantly I call it blank-out. Recently I have come across brain-cramp and it is providing almost same meaning as blank-out. Are both same ? Cramp word is not playing big heavy dice ...
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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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adjudge vs adjudicate [closed]

On their faces, their definitions ( adjudge, adjudicate ) are written differently, but they connote the same meanings. Thus, what are the similarities and differences? For example, wouldn't all of ...
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disputant vs disputer

Any differences in meaning? The dictionary doesn't explain. Google Ngrams This dispute between the king and the estate of William Bankes, owner of coastal land including Corfe Castle, concerned ...
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“to amend” vs “to make amends” [closed]

What are the similarites and differences? I'm guessing from ...
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Difference between use of “ephemeral” and “transient”?

What are some differences between the ways/contexts in which one would use "ephemeral" versus "transient", and vice versa?
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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 ...
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Words with the suffix -duce

deduce = 1. arrive at (a fact or a conclusion) by reasoning; draw as a logical conclusion: educe = 1.1. infer (something) from data: induce = 4. Logic derive by inductive reasoning: ...
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Corresponding vs. appropriate

Let me give you some context first: Germans. We may have similar words with different meanings and use words just because they have a similar spelling. software company, writing software for ...
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Present Perfect vs Present + Adjective

What are the similarities and differences, for example, between "they are agreed" vs "they've agreed." Also, is there a formal grammatical term for the construct "they are agreed" ? ...
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distinction vs contradistinction [closed]

http://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst25314_distinction-vs--contradistinction-.aspx: A distinction merely separates things; a contradistinction sets them in opposition. To affirm my ...
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“Don't know what the name is” vs. “Don't know what it's called”

What is the difference between saying: A: Which meal do you want, Sir? B: Number 4. I don't know what the name is. A: Which meal do you want, Sir? B: Number 4. I don't know what it's ...
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Get hold of, get ahold of, get a hold of

Under what circumstances would you prefer one of the below over others? a) Get hold of, b) Get ahold of, c) Get a hold of
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Is there a difference between “holiday” and “vacation”?

What is the difference, if any, between these two words?
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What's wrong with 'due to'? [duplicate]

Under defn 1 does http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/due_1 avouch: Some people think that it is more correct to use owing to to mean ‘because of’ after a verb or at the ...
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What's the difference between “family affair” and “family stuff”

I'll take one day leave for my family affair. I'll take one day leave for my family stuff. What's the different exactly? Or what situation is the best to use "affair", and "stuff" ?
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what's the difference between “Indispensable Amino Acid” and “Essential Amino Acid”?

As I have seen several times of the using of those two words in even the same book. But I don't know what's the difference meaning between those two words.
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could and might to talk about future possibility

I have problem with using could in the future possibilities for example: They have the technology, but unless the government makes stricter laws, car companies ____ do it. With which one should I ...
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What is the difference between “any” or ”every”?

Consider: The system is deterministic if any two runs produce the same result. Can I say every instead of any in every such sentence?
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“Play it as it lays” or “play it as it lies”

The title of Joan Didion's book Play It as It Lays has thrown me off since I first heard it. Shouldn't it be Play It as It Lies? I have read through a related post on the subject of lay vs. lie and ...
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What is the difference between “lay” and “lie”?

How do I know when to use lay and when to use lie, and what are the different forms of each verb? I'm always getting them confused.
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What's the difference between “cup” and “glass”?

Are "cup" and "glass" the same in English? Can I call a "glass" a cup made of plastic?
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“Compared with” vs “Compared to”—which is used when?

Is only one of them correct? Are they used in different situations? Or are they interchangeable?
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Why is there “Black English” but not “White English”?

African American Vernacular English is shortened to a less precise phrase "Black English". Also, Black English is used in a broader sense: Black English is a term used for both dialects of English ...
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Difference between “lady” and “woman”? [migrated]

Are there differences between "lady" and "woman" ? Google say lady is a polite social woman. But we don't use them just as this. Do we? English isn't my native language so I am better clarifying ...