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Using “mentioned above” when speaking

Is it valid to say "mentioned above" when one reference to something one have previously said? Context example (transcript from The Law of One): Questioner: George Van Tassel built a machine in ...
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How to get on with my teacher who is a foreigner in the coming semester [on hold]

I'm a junior high school student in China. And I'll enter an international school next semester. Teacher there are all Americans,and I had hardly no experience to communicate with a foreigner cause I ...
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Stress on “can” and “could”

I can go there. I could go there. In these sentences, when spoken, how is the meaning altered by putting stress/emphasis on the words can and could?
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N or AND in pronunciation

Can I say «n» instead «and»? Example: I like apples n pears.
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“Boy are things different now” - grammatical structure and usage

I came across this sentence and I guess it means something like: "Oh boy, things are way different now", - but I'm not quite sure what is the correct "general grammatical pattern" of this ...
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Why do some questions not start with an auxiliary verb?

When I learned English, my teachers told me that all questions must have an auxiliary verb at the beginning, just like Are you mad? or Is she playing? do. But when watching some movies or talking ...
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Should I use speech marks for sounds?

If I were to describe a sudden sound, in this example: Boom! Were I to put it in speech marks: "Boom!" Just like in a dialogue, or to do something else, in that case what?
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Correct usage of SIC to express verbatim statements expressed vocally?

Taken literally, sic erat scriptum would imply that "[SIC]" is to be used only when expressing a written statement. Can it also be safely applied to express that which has been expressed vocally? i.e, ...
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Sentence Transformation- Doubt. For experts in Grammar! English Language

I have a doubt that is the following one: I have two alternative sentence transformations of this sentence below and, I wonder if it is possible to write the adverb "sometimes" before the subject ...
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Are there any rules for missing words in English questions or affirmative statements?

In some sentences we don't use some words: For example: Instead of: "Do you want a ride?" We say: "Want a ride?" Instead of: "I'm just coming. Hang on!" We say: "Just coming. Hang ...
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So, in connected speech, we can only connect A with B if A is “a strong or weak word” & B is “a weak word”, right?

I discovered this rule in connected speech. I asked this question many times but seem no one has a proper answer. See this saying at 11:45 in this video "My room is on the fifth floor. I had to walk ...
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How could rhythmic regularity be present in normal speech? [closed]

I understand that English is a stress-timed language and so stressed syllables occur at regular intervals. Would speech only be considered as having rhythmic regularity if isochrony was present? I ...
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Using “Putting up” in day to day conversation [closed]

How to use "Where do you put up?". Is it the right replacement for "Where are you staying?".
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How do I use “as of now” correctly?

Just to clarify, I am not a native English speaker. I occasionally hear from other non-native English speakers the use of the phrase: "As of now" with the meaning of Currently. Initially I did not ...
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Are some accents/dialects incorrect [closed]

I may not be incorrect in my knowledge about speech, but Dialects or accents that drop sounds from words, syllables from words, or just completely change the sound from words are they correct? I see ...
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Meaning and Usage of “if at all” [closed]

I am not able to understand the usage and meaning of "if at all", kindly explain it to me with some examples.
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Directing a negative statement to someone that is actually intended for the speaker itself

In spoken English, sometimes people address the audience but in fact, they mean themselves. An example: You haven't been attacked and fearful for your life and remained optimistic the entire ...
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Mystery behind silent letters [closed]

I have doubts about words in the English language that have a silent letter. So I want to know how to understand whether a letter is silent or not.
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“And yet we're meant to be educating them for it.” What does this mean? [closed]

I was watching a TED video and didn’t get a few of the sentences. I hope someone can explain them to me. So I have a big interest in education, and I think we all do. We have a huge vested ...
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you are vs you're (informal speech)

In some common phrases like, "You are what you eat", "Your actions reflect who you are". Is there a reason (besides it sounds funny) to not use, "You're what you eat", "Your actions reflect who ...
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All I know vs. Alls I know

Are the two sayings proper English? "Alls I know" and "All I know" Alls I know just sounds bad to me, but while people agree, no one can tell me if it is right or wrong.
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History of the phrase “I was like..” or “I was all…”

When telling a story, it's near essential at some point to state what you said or felt. The younger generation uses phrases "I was like...", OR the similar "I was all...", to express a past state or ...
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Musical Performance With One Singer And Two Speakers?

What is the term for a musical performance where one person is singing, and two other performers (a comedy team) contribute non-musical spoken words? My friend, Throxter, is suggesting it is a duet ...
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Can we say “There should be any problem for Adam to eat that apple”? [closed]

There should be any problem for Adam to eat that apple. Is this a proper sentence? The use of any here seems to be an issue. For example it seems fine in sentences like: I couldn't find any ...
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What is Mother Gothel's Accent?

What is the accent of Mother Gothel in the movie Tangled? In an interview with the voice actor (see here), she has a pretty neutral American accent (GenAm + father-bother + caught/cot, from what I ...
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Is 'very' with a noun colloquial [duplicate]

I know that we can use very + noun to indicate the precision, particularity. Once I wrote this sentence: I felt like I was with my very family. My teacher said this sound very colloquial, not ...
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What are some powerful speeches done recently? [closed]

I have searched for some English language speeches by great speakers but almost all of them are quite old. What are some newer speeches? P.S. By recent I mean done during last decade. By powerful I ...
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What is it? “So live with it you will”

So live with it you will I wonder how this structure called, when "will" or "shall" are put at the end of the sentence. Is it just re-arrangement of parts or has any special name? Is it only ...
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Your Mileage May Vary [closed]

In the United States we have a saying, "your mileage may vary", which means "your experience may be different". In English-speaking countries that don't use Imperial miles, is there an equivalent ...
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Should a stutter at the start of a sentence retain the capital letter?

When writing dialogue for characters that stammer or stutter over the first letter of the first word in their speech, should the first letter remain a capital or become lowercase when repeated? My ...
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“kinda”, “sorta”, “coulda”, “shoulda”, “lotta”, “oughta”, “betcha”, “tseasy” etc. What are these?

In linguistics, is there a term describing this phenomenon, i.e., when the syllables of two words are slurred together in the spoken language? They are not contractions. While contractions are ...
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Is “neither I” grammatically correct?

I'm just trying to figure out if "neither I" is grammatically correct as a standalone statment (in spoken English).
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Differences between “frank” and “honest”

I found a lot of people say "Frankly" or "To be frank" while the others say "Honestly" or "To be honest". I know both of them mean that sb. is going to say sth. which is true in a direct manner. But, ...
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Why is most North American speech rhotic?

Most North American speech is rhotic—why is that? Does it come from the early English settlers or perhaps from the Irish settlers?
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Words that are spoken one way but written another

I was recently involved in answering this question: Renumeration vs Remuneration (reimbursed financially), which is correct? Which asks whether "renumeration" or "remuneration" is correct in terms ...
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Is there a term for using a correct word having a double meaning that creates ambiguity given the context of the sentence? [duplicate]

Tough to describe this in the title so I'll give an example many English speakers have come across: Speaker 1: "Should we go left or right?" Speaker 2: "Looks like our friends went left." Speaker 1: ...
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Punctuation: We promise [that] it's a big deal [duplicate]

I'm editing a marketing campaign. Out loud, one might say, "We promise it's a big deal." I believe there's an unspoken "that" in there: "We promise [that] it's a big deal." Would you punctuate the ...
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“There is nothing like that” vs “There is no such thing” vs “There is nothing similar”

What's the difference in meaning (if any) between these three sentences? Could you give some examples of common situations when you'd use one and no the others?
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Punctuating a quote of multiple answers

Consider the following: 'The lecturer asked the students a question. A chorus of "yes"es was heard.' I know that the second sentence is incorrectly punctuated, but am not sure how to sort it out. ...
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“This what is” vs “This that is”

Came across the following choice of words from a British-Australian writer. It is not very recognizable to me, and am wondering if it's a question of dialect, or was just a mistake/typo: All this ...
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How to read “and/or” aloud

Is this read as and or or? Because it doesn't sound right while speaking aloud. Or is there some other way you can say it?
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How are 24-hour (military) times read aloud?

I understand you read 2000 aloud as twenty hundred hours and 0000 as zero hours. How then do you read 0001 and 0010?
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Use of American-Indian “How” in British English

These are excerpts from Le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Jerry Westerby screwed up his face in perplexity. 'That's what the boy wanted to tell me, you see, George. That's what he was ...
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“you” in spoken, quoted dialogue

My partner and I have been having a debate about the proper way of relating dialogue in spoken English. Our problem is as follows: It often happens in conversation that one wishes to relate a ...
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What's the correct way to write drawn-out vowels?

How should I denote drawn-out vowels in English? If I have a character with speech disorder or with a very unique accent, what is the correct way to express, in written form, this quirk of their ...
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Is there a special name/word or popular phrase for the students who work part-time/full-time to generate income? [duplicate]

Is there a special name/word or popular phrase for the students who work part-time/full-time to generate income while at college or in school?
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Is it “good English” or “correct English” or something else?

Is it appropriate to say “I speak good English” or “I speak correct English”? I believe there can be varied replies depending on context, so let me narrow it a little; let’s say I want to convey how ...
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What does “I want you to do me” mean?

I read a conversation between two people. "I want you to do me on this table." What is the meaning of this sentence?
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What is correct: “You've got to be kidding me” or “You are too kind” [closed]

There is a question in my test that makes me confused. Here is the dialogue and I need to fill in the blank: A: You are a great dancer! B: _____. I dance terribly. That is what I remember ...
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Is there a special word/name/phrase for the money/income generated by student while he is in college?

Is there a special word/name/phrase for the money/income generated by a student while he is in college by working part time?