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Difference between “I will ____” and “I'm going to ____”?

My ESL friend and I were talking, and he was ready to go to sleep, so he said "I'll go to sleep!", and I corrected him to "I'm going to sleep", but I couldn't explain why. Does anyone know?
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The use of “Hi folks” in business emails [closed]

I wonder how casual (or formal) is the “Hi folks” greeting at the beginning of emails. In semi-formal business emails, I tend to avoid casual greetings such as “Hey guys”. At the same time, I want ...
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Does the phrase “I see” usually have negative inclination? [closed]

During conversations I noticed people respond “I see”. What exactly “I see” means? I feel that it is quite loaded response and could mean either of the following items: I understand your point, but ...
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Usage of “For” in “How long are you trapped FOR?”

What's the difference between "How long are you trapped FOR the last time?" versus "How long are you trapped the last time?" This is a question from a dialogue between two persons who are stuck in an ...
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The Earth vs. Earth [duplicate]

What's the difference between 'the Earth' and 'Earth'? Why is there an article before Earth on the first sentence, and none on the second one? 1) Sputnik, Russian for fellow traveller around the ...
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What does 'put shelves up' mean? [closed]

What does 'put shelves up' mean in the sentence: 'I've been meaning to put shelves up in the lounge for years but I haven't had time.' Does put shelves up mean the same as 'install'? Or does it ...
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What's a simpler word for “several” in the meaning of “multiple” [closed]

[Hello. I'm not a native English speaker, so please forgive me for my mistakes if there are any] Suppose I wanted to say "I have in my class several people called Jim Smith". I'm under the impression ...
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How to correct/improve 's-' pronunciation at the beginning of a sentence?

As a native Spanish speaker, I tend to mispronounce some letters or words in English. One of them is the 's' sound at the beginning of a word, for example, I pronounce: 'slang' as /eslaŋ/ instead of ...
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Which English words are commonly misused by non-native English speakers? [closed]

It's quite easy to find lists of commonly misused words. They are all over the internet. But it's not clear which of them are the MOST commonly misused words. This article says that there are 38 ...
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ESL text: “I notice similarities between myself and . . . ”: Acceptable use of reflexive pronoun?

In an ESL class, a student asked a difficult question about the use of “myself” in the following sentence: I notice similarities between myself and other people more than differences. (Speak ...
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How to write this kind of sentence for a distinguished lecture series?

I work in a Chinese university and recently our department has decided to start a Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics. We want to give the invited speaker some kind of document showing that, ...
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Road to English fluency for advanced speakers [closed]

I have been learning English all my life. I have been in the US for three years. I consider myself an advanced English speaker. There are many resources on the internet that are geared towards ...
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I will learn better English — should it be “I will learn English better.”

Somehow, I think "better English" is incorrect, because I think there isn't better English; English is English. But I hear this phrase from other ESL students a lot. Is this correct way of saying it? ...
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Is there any difference between deputies & lawmakers? [closed]

As a non-native speaker quite often I get in trouble with slight differences between concepts. So, regarding to this doubt I think both of them are used to express the same thing but I'm not sure ...
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Mixed conditional clause type 1-3

I came across the following conditional clause while studying a grammar book published by Oxford: "If you know London so well, you shouldn't have got so hopelessly lost." The writer of the book has ...
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Is it technically incorrect to speak English using speech sounds of native language(which is not English)?

Consonants "t" and "p" are not unvoiced in my native language, which is Hindi. So I pronounce "Paint" with voiced "p" and "t", is it technically correct? It is acceptable, I know. But is it correct?
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What are the connotations of “there” in “hello/hi there”

I'm an ESL speaker and I'm not completely familiar with the underlying meaning conveyed when adding there to a greeting such as Hello there compared to just Hello (punctuation omitted for ...
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What patterns will flash in the native-speaker's brain when using English? [closed]

I think it is a common puzzle for ESL,especially for Chinese,since English is more abstract than Chinese, using which we can feel some specific patterns flashing in our brain. For example, when I see ...
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Why do some users from India make these particular punctuation and capitalization errors? [closed]

Many users from India are now using the Stack Exchange sites and I see a common set of errors: Spaces before punctuation: *where is this going ? No space at all around punctuation *This is one ...
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Use of the definite article “the” before “church”

I was in a Teacher's selection for a school in my country, and one of the coordinators said that she heard a mistake from another teacher that was unacceptable. I tried to figure out why was that, but ...
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Get in vs. get on [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Origin/reason for the expression “on the bus” instead of “in the bus” I'm an EFL (English as a foreign language) teacher and I haven't been able to come up with a good ...
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What is the standard way to answer a question that is asking for confirmation? [closed]

Now, this is something all native english speakers should have learned in grade school, but many non-native english speakers don't know how to answer a question unambiguously. In particular, in the ...
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Why do non-native English users often spell “standard” as “standart”?

I've seen this incredibly often on StackOverflow, but also on a few other internet sites. "Standart" is an extremely common misspelling of "standard". Is there a reason in how English is taught to ...
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Indian-English usage of “Kindly”

I have noticed that the word "Kindly" is used a lot by some Indians speaking English as a second language. Does anyone know the origin of this?
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Films/Series that are extremely good to understand (and that are not…)

Some time ago I asked "Why are movies so hard to understand (and what can you do about it)?" To my surprise even many native speakers answered that they had difficulties understanding some movies and ...