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Can anyone correct my grammar mistakes and sentences? [on hold]

My weekend was not good because I had to make my resume till Monday so I was busy with my work, otherwise I had planned to go for a movie with my brother in law but because of my work I cancelled the ...
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One Word : What do you call who chill / relax a lot? [on hold]

I need one word for people who chill / party / relax / play games / travel and just chill most of the time.
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Is 'sum' an okay replacement for 'problem'?

I've seen some people using the word sum as a substitute for the word problem, in a mathematical context even though the problem does not explicitly involve the addition operation. For example, We ...
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What do we mean by the phrase 'conventions of standard written English' [closed]

A question came and it had one of its options: correct according to conventions of standard English. I don't remember the question but the question was from a grammar section. I do not have an idea ...
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What “appear to be ” means in the given sentence [closed]

Today, while reading a newspaper I came across a sentence that has been baffling me since: The woman, who identified herself as Bhavna and appeared to be in her 20s, .... What does appeared to ...
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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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'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 “corn” refer to in English-speaking parts of Asia?

In North America, "corn" refers to the crop some call "maize", Zea mays mays. I'm told that this is the meaning of "corn" in Australia and New Zealand as well. Contrarily, in the British Isles, ...
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Does the term “mass hero” exist in Western Countries?

"Mass Hero" is a popular term in India, especially down south, which implies an actor who has the versatility to sing, dance, romance, fight, laugh, cry, make the audience laugh and cry, apart from ...
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What is the meaning of “Pat came the reply”

I was reading following text from a blog post and I experienced difficulty understanding the phrase - "Pat came the reply". I've searched enough (limited to internet search engine) but I didn't find ...
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Is “to do well” used more frequently in India?

When I talk to Indians on line, I have the impression that they use the expression (compound verb?) "to do well" a lot. Is it only an impression of mine, or is that expression more frequently used in ...
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Why are both blazing or blazingly appropriate?

This SE QA explains that both blazing and blazingly are valid English words (despite what my spell-checker claims). Can anyone explain why they are both valid, and the difference between the words. ...
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Indian spelling: -ize or -ise? [closed]

In Indian spelling, what is the correct suffix, -ize or -ise? E.g. authorized or authorised?
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Indian English: What usage is allowed for “doubt” (meaning “question”)?

I have a doubt about having a doubt. I learned from this question that in Indian English the word doubt is used to mean question, that is, as a countable noun. If my understanding is correct, the ...
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What is an alternative to the Indian-English phrase “Nothing like that”? [closed]

This phrase is widely used among Indians. The meaning of this sentence in Hindi translates to "Aisi koi baat nahi". So what could be a suitable grammatically correct sentence for the same? Instance: ...
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Subject verb agreement in Number? [closed]

In the sentence " The Hospitality of the Villagers is to be learnt by all" Why "is" used as verb. why not "are" ? is subject used in this sentence is plural or singular?
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Would using the word “only” be correct in this context?

Is it correct to use "only" here? A: The movie was a bore. How did you even tolerate it ?! B: It was good only. The "only" here is used to imply "it wasn't that bad, it was tolerable" This ...
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Correct to use “no?”

Is it considered correct to use "no" like this : I loved the fair. It was fun, no? This is the way people speak in Hindi, so converting it to English literally would not be right I guess.
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Did “group are” ever make it to Indian English?

Cadbury are reducing the size of their Dairy Milk chocolate blocks Cadbury are CHANGING the recipe for classic Fruit & Nut Why do Indians (now) favour "Cadbury is" over "Cadbury are"? ...
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Origin of “No, a thousand times no”

I was wondering if the term has Indian origins? I recently came across it in the Animal Farm : "But is this simply part of the order of nature? Is it because this land of ours is so poor that it ...
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Origin of the expression “Gone for a toss” in Indian English

I recently heard the expression "gone for a toss", which in Indian English means afaik "broken beyond repair" or "completely out of order". What is the origin of this expression? Is it borrowed from ...
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“The mixture was added water”: Is “add” a double-object verb?

The mixture was added water. This sentence, written by a non-native speaker, seems somehow odd to me, but I cannot say that I find it at all ambiguous. This example sentence is written by a ...
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Origin of the term “top tucker”

In India, at least in the Southern part, there is a phrase "Top tucker" used to compliment/attribute someone for their exceptional qualities/achievements in a colloquial way. The entry Tucker in OED ...
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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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“He could do X for England”. Are there similar expressions in other parts of the English-speaking world to this derogatory sentence?

In Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels, I've read the phrase: "He could [do x] for England. It is always derogatory. It is a lovely phrase! Because I can't put my finger on a quote from these ...
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Why is “to do” replaced by “for doing” in Indian English?

I've come across some articles published by Indian publishers, and there was a sentence that said, Tiwari recalled that during the first meeting with Kalam, Swamiji asked him, “Though you have ...
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Difference between “I will call to you” and “I will call you”? [closed]

Can anyone pls let me know which is right phrase, 'I will call to you' or 'I will call you' ?
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Difference in usage of X's Y and Y of X [duplicate]

Please explain the difference between X's Y and Y of X. Example: "The building's roof" and "roof of the building". Is there a "correct" form? When is the former used and when the latter?
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“Yes, Please” vs “Yes, Of course”

I have heard people saying: Que: Can I use your pen? Ans: Yes please. and also Que: Can I use your pen? Ans: Yes Of course. I wanted to know if there is any difference between these two ...
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Is the phrase 'request you to send the copy' correct?

I read in this website that request should be with that and a clause, not the one with a to-infinitive. In that sense the phrase Request you to send the copy seems to be wrong. If its wrong what would ...
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What is the difference between 'will' and 'would' in question form?

What is the difference in meaning between When will XYZ bank release the results of clerks? When would XYZ Bank release the results of clerks? Please correct the above sentences if ...
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Lost Out of Sky - Local Usage (India) or Typo

I was reading a news story about a jet crash in the UK from a site hosted in India, and I believe the author may also be from there. In it, I saw the sentence: The jet which appeared to have lost ...
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Phrases used to replace“ I think” [closed]

Can anybody suggest phrases or sentences I can use instead of "I think" when it comes to giving opinions Thank you.
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What is the differece between “to receiving” and “to receive”?

I am wondering the differece between "to receiving" and "to receive"? I found in many sentences a simple verb or a "ing" after "to". Though I have explore the following, still I am not clear. If the ...
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Is “to take birth” correct English?

A Google Books search shows many results of the phrase “to take birth” in the sense of “to be born”, but most of them are in books dealing with Eastern philosophies like Hinduism and Buddhism. I am ...
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Is the word “dear” used as a word to show affection or for official use in India?

Quite a few times now, from my working with Indians, I've had most of them refer to me as "Dear". A common occurrence is when I am chatting on social media or speaking on the phone. Though where I ...
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Proper response to “Do the needful”, when the “needful” might not be clearly defined

I have worked in various places where "do the needful" is quite the common idiom. However, in some situations, both parties might not be quite aligned precisely with what falls under the scope of ...
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Is this improper English? [closed]

I was just looking to write articles about freelancing and found one forum where I told about my interest to write articles for their site, I wrote to the author : I have been working as ...
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Saying meaning “Don't speak unless you can improve silence”

Is there an English equivalent to this familiar saying used in India: Don't speak unless you can improve silence. The saying loosely means it is better to be silent than prattle on about ...
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Not able to understand the context for “such a reading on the basis of political unity would be inaccurate”

I am an English learner. Could you explain this statement, because I am struggling to understand the context: Considering that such groups have various definitions of separatism and have ...
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How might an Indian speaking English understand “two axles spaced not more than 1.2m centres”?

I am currently reading a code of practice called IRC:6-2014, which is the Indian standard for highway loading. It is written in English, but much of the phrasing doesn't scan well for me, as a native ...
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Why do we say 'Salt to taste'?

Why do we say Salt to taste and don't say salt according to taste or salt for taste?
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…is/was in debt [closed]

I'm really sorry to put the same question through. Let's say I'm narrating a past incident in which one of the sentence is -- "There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt." I'm aware that here 'is' ...
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Felicitated- pragmatics and connotations

This sentence from a major Indian daily amused me: The mother of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable, who died in the line of duty in Jammu and Kashmir, was felicitated at the 65th ...
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Indian English: Is this a correct sentence? [closed]

Is this a correct sentence in Indian English? It is not very long when my sister will finish their graduation.
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Can i know what is the meaning of “Nothing Like That”? [closed]

I asked a person, "Aren't we meeting in next 2 or 3 years?" The person replied saying: "Nothing like that." What does he mean? Will the person will meet me or not?
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Is using “wish” like this exclusive to India?

I'm talking about wish the verb in the following sense only: 1.1 [WITH TWO OBJECTS] Express a hope that (someone) enjoys (happiness or success): they wish her every success As we can see, ...
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Is it correct to say “see me please”? [closed]

'See me please.' 'Come for meeting.' 'Let's meet to discuss.' Which one is the right way to ask someone on Skype to meet in person?
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What does “wear shoes” mean in this idiom?

I was reading an article today that used "wear shoes" metaphorically and I have no idea what they're trying to say. The context is an Indian outsourcing company diversifying by using its existing ...
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Difference between “Putting in one's papers” and “Putting down one's papers”

I have come across these two phrases and both appear to mean almost the same. As mentioned here: Putting in one's paper means voluntary separation from employment. and as I read here: ...