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difference between what are you doing? and what you are doing?

Please tell me, ho we could tell using following two sentence 1.What are you doing? 2.What you are doing?
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Is there a difference between “heir” and “legatee”?

Merriam-Webster defines heir as "one who inherits or is entitled to inherit property" and legatee as "someone who receives money or property from a person who has died." Is there any difference ...
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Does “positive” mean good and “negative” bad?

Some examples are a negative connotation, Don't be so negative!, or Be positive! Is it proper to use these words this way? The denotations of negative and positive support this use weakly. However, I ...
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Why areN'T 'not least' and 'notably' interchangeable?

The example is taken from page 1 of this PDF ; The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT): You may find, however, that answering one question helps you answer the next, not least for the purposes ...
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'Has found' versus 'found' [duplicate]

When would one say "she has found her keys" as opposed to "she found her keys"? Are they equivalent, or at least partially equivalent? I'm not a native speaker and have been unable to find a pattern ...
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aberration vs aberrance vs aberrancy

All three nouns are derived from aberrant, the latter two are not used often I suppose considering that spell check considered them misspelt. What are the difference between the three? Are they ...
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What's the difference between legal (illegal) and lawful (unlawful)?

For example, why signage in national parks says "it's unlawful to feed wildlife" instead of illegal?
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“It could/might/may be funny” — what is the correct usage?

What is the difference in meaning in these three sentences? it might be funny it could be funny it may be funny The answer was partially touched on in this post.
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Can you call someone who chooses to quit his/her study in college an alumnus?

Oxford Dictionary of English on alumnus: a male former pupil or student of a particular school, college, or university Oxford Dictionary of English on dropout: a person who has abandoned a ...
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Difference between “classical” and “classic”

What's the difference between classical and classic? Should we say classic content in textbooks or classical content in textbooks?
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verb “organise” vs. verb “order”

1) order: The verb order has different meanings. One of them is the following: to organize (things) in a particular list or series : to put things in a particular order or position 2) organise: Also ...
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Difference between Paper and Article for scientific writings

As I know, in most of situations (in scientific context) these two terms are used to point to same thing and even they are used interchangeably. For example, Theory of value with public goods: A ...
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What is the diferrence between “minute by minute” and “minute after minute”

I am not a native speaker therefore I would be grateful if someone could explain me what is the diferrence between "minute by minute" and "minute after minute". Thank you.
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Differences between ways to express future actions

I asked this question on a different site but I haven't gotten a useful answer. Could you tell me the difference in meaning between these sentences? Do you think you will visit them next week? ...
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How to address “Passive” correctly? [closed]

Are passive voice, passive construction, and passive sentence referring to the same thing? Because I find there are many ways of calling it
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Keep on discussing vs Keep on discussing it

We kept discussing. We kept discussing whether God exists. Is an object (in this case, God's existence) necessary in this sentence? For example, with writing, it seems that an object ...
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The difference between present continuous and present perfect continuous

Let's consider next case : You come to the office in Saturday, for example, and see that somebody finished some actions and now is sitting on your workplace (you didn't expect to meet anyone), but ...
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Cipher vs. Cypher

I recently came across a (not very well written) piece of writing in which "cipher" and "cypher" were used interchangeably. Is there any difference between them, or are they two spellings of the exact ...
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What's the difference between “recall” and “remember”?

As an example, in a legal setting: Do you recall what color the car was? Do you remember what color the car was? Which would be more appropriate?
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“Suggestion” vs. “proposal”

I am currently writing my thesis concerned with the analysis and design of data visualizations. For certain use cases my thesis suggests certain visual interpretations (to which I generally refer as ...
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Difference between “far” and “far away”

The library is far. The library is far away. I was told that far and far away are both fine and express the same meaning in the above sentences. But, I was told that only far away can be ...
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“don't” vs “didn't”

Someone sent M a package. So, M didn't receive the package. When I asked M, "Have you received the package?" What should her reply be? "I don't receive the package", or "I didn't receive the ...
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What is the correct usage of the word thunk [closed]

When do you use thought as the past participle of think, & when do you use thunk?
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Is it “close the door” or “shut the door”? [closed]

I am confused about which one to use. Do the phrases have the same meanings or different meanings? Close the door. Shut the door.
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Difference between 'derives from' and 'prompted by'

Let's imagine we have a task and this task has a child task. So what's the difference in relation between parent task and child task if the child task has status: Derives from Was prompted by ...
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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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Does “A guy named Tony” mean the same as “A guy who's called Tony”? [duplicate]

I know the passive structure and I know its application. But I've always noticed that a few sentences which have a structure similar to the passive, although they are not exactly passive. For example: ...
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Can “crepuscular” and/or “twilight” apply to morning half-light as well as in the evening

I know that's "sorta" two questions in one, but I'm stuck in an argument with a guy who says both words can apply to morning half-light. I disagree and think both only apply in the evening. I think ...
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Writing one academic year to another academic year

I am a bit confused. When do we write 2014-2015 and when do we write 2014-15? Are the two the same? If yes, which is more formal?
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“reported no …” vs. “did not report …” [closed]

Is there a difference in meaning between "John reported no symptoms" and "John did not report any symptoms"? I always felt that there is a subtle difference between the two, former implying that John ...
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What is the difference between “deterrent” and “deterrence”? [closed]

Can they be used interchangeably? Today I wrote "deterrences" but my spell checker underlines it. Did I use it wrong or is the plural simply missing here?
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If I were to have or If I should have [duplicate]

I am not native English. My question regards the conditional form of the verb have to, must. I was wondering if I could use in interchangeable way the expressions "If I were to have" and "If I should ...
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Your signature vs your mark

Is there a difference between your 'signature' and your 'mark'? One of the comments on this post on Bruce Schneier's blog claims there is: This might be out of date in these days of 100% literacy ...
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What is the difference between “point of view” and “perspective”?

Until lately, my thought has been that point of view and perspective are the same. but doing grammar practice on the subjects, I find: point of view requires such explicit indications as "I, she, ...
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Lax or lenient?

I was wondering whether there is a significant difference between the two words 'lax' & 'lenient'. I was looking at the sentence: "He was pretty lenient in his punishment of us". I felt that ...
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Difference between “Introduction” and “Background summary” in report writing

I have a task to do, a report writing. This one needs to be of 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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Send or Send across

How the words send and send across are used in email writing context? What are difference between these two? You can send your profile to 123@abc.com. Or You can send across your profiles ...
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Difference between “mind on your body” and “body on my mind”

What's the difference between Got my mind on your body and Got your body on my mind This is in the new song Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato.
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“I live on beans and rice” vs. “I live off beans and rice”

I wanted to refocus a related question on ell.se. towards a possible deeper and direct relationship to "on vs. off". Consider the following two phrases: I live off beans and rice. (Approx 94,000 ...
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“Come Hell or high water” vs “Lord willing and the creek don't rise”

Recently I've wondered about two idioms which have a strange relationship. Come Hell or high water and Lord willing and the creek don't rise Grammatical accuracy, alternative ...
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Can you give me examples to differentiate “oxymoron”, “paradox” and “irony”? [closed]

I am really confused between the three? I already saw the past posts about those three but still I am confused. Can you give some easy examples to differentiate the three? paradox — something ...
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Do these sentences mean the same thing?

Do these sentences all mean the same thing? You are not great because you know many things. You are great not because you know many things. You are great for another reason. As another example, ...
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What is the difference between “gender” and “sex”?

What is the difference between gender and sex? Wiktionary says that gender is The mental analog of sex but that's too high English for me. Basically, I'm developing a web-application that stores ...
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What is the difference between 'finished' and 'completed'?

What is the difference between 'finished' and 'completed', As both words gives the same meaning. Ex 1: He finished his homework. Ex 2: He completed his homework. And also how to use or ...
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“Whine” vs. “Grumble”

What is the difference between whine and grumble as verbs meaning complain? Does it only have to do with the pitch of your voice or are there more differences?
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What's the difference between the words “journey”, “travel” and “trip”?

As they always were interchangeable in an article, I just want to know the difference.
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What is the difference between “travel” and “trip”? [duplicate]

I will go to travel. I will take a trip. Are the two words - "travel" and "trip" - the same?
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etymology of predation and predating?

Do predation and predating share a common etymology? Predation seems to imply that one species holds precedence over another species in the food chain, whereas predating seems to imply that one ...
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Explicit vs Specific

Recently I asked on the personal productivity Stack Exchange Is there specifically a reason why there isn't an ADHD tag? The context here, being that people with ADHD have issues with productivity, ...