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Rhetoric arrangements of I Have a Dream [on hold]

I'm trying to find the different rhetoric arrangements of the speech "I have a Dream" of Martin Luther King, Jr. They are introduction, narration, confirmation, refutation and conclusion. I'm quite ...
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Differences between “frank” and “honest”

When sometimes I watch English TV show or sometimes while I'm searching for help on some online forums, I found a lot of people say "Frankly" or "To be frank" while the others say "Honestly" or "To be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 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?
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Linking /r/ and elision

In one of my lectures after learning about several processes of connected speech (namely assimilation, elision and linking) we were faced with a transcription exercise with which I have slight problem ...
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Simplicity or Complexity, which is more important in speech and writing? [closed]

English or any other language could be written or spoken in both the forms, either the user could use simple words or he could use some technical words, my question regarding English is which has more ...
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Is the beach of an island considered a shore?

If not, what is it called? I'd like to know because I am making a literary comment on this word and I need its exact definition.
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Why does “Baby Daddy” TV series have a very difficult accent?

I can hardly understand Baby Daddy TV series season 2, so I downloaded the script. Now, I can recognize words and sentences because I read along as I listen. But I still find it a very fast accent. I ...
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“is much a news in the moment”?

I'm trying to understand what is said in this video between 00:27 and 00:35... I can understand the beginning, "With religion, community relations and tolerance", but... And then? I'm listening this ...
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Simpler english by pronunciation

I'm into computer science. My question is more relevant to making computers "understand" english. However, I would like to make english simpler, even for/by pronunciation. It may sound... ...
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Do native speakers understand all the words in songs? [closed]

I'm wondering if native speakers understand all the words in songs. For me it is very very difficult, as I can usually understand only 30% of words and phrases in songs. While listening to people's ...
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Alternative expressions for “Our university is strong in [medicine, languages, social sciences, etc.]” [closed]

This is in the context of a university president verbally promoting the departments in his university which are nationally or internationally competitive. One way, although I admit it is a bit ...
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Learning English - How to retell this story [closed]

I'm Serbian and I'm currently learning English. I'm searching for someone who can retell this story for me. I want to see the style of retelling in English. Please, if you can take a minute, help me ...
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Is there a word that means news or delivering news or searching for news that starts with “s”? [closed]

I am looking for a word that means news or related to news that starts with "s". Are there such words? Thanks.
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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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Can the words “With Less” mean “with less money” without adding the word “money” [closed]

I am trying to write an ebook about the things you can make yourself with less resources and money. The title with be something like "Build it yourself with less". My question is: Do I have to add ...
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What does “At least X to Y” mean? [closed]

What does it mean to say "at least..." and then give a range of values? "At least 10" means anything greater than or equal to ten. "10 to 15" means anything greater than or equal to 10, but not ...
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Just Googling it

Today in class a student was reading the title of an article for group discussion: "Just googling it is bad for your brain." http://qz.com/519155/just-googling-it-is-bad-for-your-brain/ The student ...
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OF as a part of speech

What part of speech is the word "of" in the phrase "made of"? Trying to review the word "of" I the command :"Go and make disciples of all nations". Please help
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Punctuating short quoted speeches

I'm a copywriter editing some text for a client who is a life coach. She has written this sentence which I'm stumped by having to punctuate in Australian English. It explains the excuses people often ...
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“Who is this for?” vs “Who does this belong to?”

Yesterday I asked an Australian friend "Who is this for?" in reference to a wallet on his desk. He laughed and thought my sentence didn't make sense in the context of the situation. Instead, he ...
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Question or statement

Suppose there is very cold weather of zero temperature. Someone might say "How cold is that" (usually with uptalk inflection). I think they mean "How cold that is". Really it sounds like a ...
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Are there times where “wanna” sounds weird in everyday speech?

To illustrate: She wants to try the new ice cream. She wanna try the new ice cream. Are both equally common in everyday speech? What's an example where "wanna" would sound weird or out of ...
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What is the formal way to say “a bit”?

What is the formal way to say a bit in an essay, for example, in the sentence beginning “It is a bit different from”? Is a little formal enough?
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Multiple people speaking to a group

A single person speaking to another person or a group is called a monologue Multiple people speaking to each other is called a dialogue How is it called when multiple people speak to another ...
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Why do americans put “my” in front of everything?

I watch a lot of youtube, but I've also noticed this in movies. North americans tend to put the word "my" in front of stuff they tell you about e.g. "So I've got my grill fired up, I've got my oil ...
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He uses my car for one hour every day. vs He has been using my car for one hour every day

What is the difference between Present Simple and Present Perfect Continuous when we use them for "something that happens again and again in the present". Ex: He uses my car for one hour every day. ...
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Determiners in English sentence vs. plurals, singulars and zero determiners. Is it ok to say? [duplicate]

Do I need any determiners in the sentence below in general statement? Strong winds destroy homes. Is it ok to say in English in specific situation? The strong wind destroyed the homes in North ...
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Responding with “OK” & “Welcome” to “Thank you” [duplicate]

Please, let me make it clear that my question is not asking how native speakers usually respond to "Thank you". Before posting this question I did some research and I also read this discussion: How do ...