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Why can you not “improve your English ability”?

I hear a lot of Japanese people say "I want to improve my English ability" but I can't explain why this sentence is wrong. Could anyone tell me why you shouldn't say "I want to improve my English ...
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80 views

Passengers heard 'screaming' - who was doing the “hearing”?

Passengers heard 'screaming' I feel this phrase could be interpreted in two ways: 1) The passengers could and did hear screaming (from someone else). 2) Someone else could and did hear the ...
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Umbrella term for organizations that help people?

Is there a word besides humanitarian which we could use to describe any organization (non-profit, charity, volunteer, or otherwise) whose explicit purpose is to help people? Is that precisely what ...
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2answers
67 views

“why oh why” or “why, oh why”?

Is this punctuated correctly? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, Why oh why can’t I?" Or should “oh why” be set off by commas? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the ...
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6answers
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What does it mean to call someone a 'drink of water'?

What does it mean when you call someone a 'drink of water', like at the end of this clip from the Shawshank Redemption? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD07V7Lwacc It's intended as an insult from the ...
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Word for something that is not an emulator, and is not a simulator

If we take that: Simulation = For analysis and study | The end result is the same Emulation = For usage as a substitute | The ways and the end result is the same Is there a word for ...
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Is it correct usage of present perfect? [migrated]

I have been there a few times in the past. Would it be equal to: I have been there a few times before.
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3answers
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Is it ever possible to use a comma after an essential clause?

Forgive me if my use of terminology isn't quite right... I'm editing this sentence: This is a serious problem that ranges from elementary school teachers to adjunct professors such as here, and ...
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2answers
67 views

What does word “jibi” means? [on hold]

I guess it's a slang word, so I can not find it in a dictionary.
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1answer
34 views

Origin of “Every dollar you spend is a political act”?

Who was the first to say this? Every dollar you spend is a political act. I find it here and there and it seems like a quote, but I can't find the origin.
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23 views

Working with a group that uses acronym for title, is it standard to place a “2” to indicate double letters above or below indicated letter?

Work with a group that has no standard for placement of "2" after "W" (indicating 2 W's in acronym title)--above or below? Is there a standard?
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2answers
53 views

Technical synonym for “old”

Given a reverse chronologically ordered list of computer generated events (logs), what would be good technical synonyms to express recent events and old events? These events form a history that ...
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1answer
67 views

Term describing where someone is from or what nationality they are?

Is there a term for the word that describes where a person is from or what nationality they are? For example, someone from America is an American, and someone from Finland is a Finn. Is there are ...
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2answers
48 views

Does “unexpectedly” apply to one or both following verb phrases?

We're having a discussion in a forum on rulings in duplicate bridge. In duplicate bridge, each partnership has their own set of bidding system agreements, and there are regulations that specify that ...
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How to find what the word means?

When I find the word it has two meaning. So in book I don't know the meaning and when I search it up I don't know if it goes with that sentence. This work I can tell if it goes with the sentence.but ...
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1answer
33 views

crash as a transitive verb [on hold]

Is it correct to use crash as a transitive verb ? And is there a less awkward sounding way to say for example; the pilot crashed the airplane ?
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29 views

Is there a word for someone who is so insecure that they feel threatened by a display of confidence? [on hold]

Is there a word for someone who is so insecure that they feel threatened by a display of confidence? Usually these types can't handle being proven wrong
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0answers
14 views

“To die being hit” vs “to die from being hit.” [migrated]

What the difference between the two? Which is more commonly used by native speakers of English? Example: It’d be tragic, don’t you think? To die (from) being hit by an apple.”
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4answers
173 views

Someone or something small yet capable of having big influence? [duplicate]

What is a word or phrase that means a person or thing which is quite small yet capable of having big influence and impact on society?
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2answers
28 views

Is the statement “to insert (one object) _over_ (another object)” acceptable usage?

The common definition for "insert" is: to put or place in, as in "to insert a key in a lock." Nonetheless, particularly in technical descriptions, you can find numerous examples where "insert" is ...
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0answers
50 views

Role of “sing” in “Shush! I want to hear her sing.”

Could someone with a grasp of contemporary linguistic theory please wax theoretical about "sing" in Shush! I want to hear her sing. Where's the usual to gone from Shush! I want to hear her to ...
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1answer
21 views

Article usage in “with + (a/an) + adjective + noun” [on hold]

What is the best formulation, and eventually what are the differences, between: This task can be done without a human annotation. This task can be done without    human annotation.
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2answers
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You compare words in lexicographic order. How do you compare numbers, and other non-words?

We compare words or strings of characters using lexicographic order. Is there a name for the way we compare numbers, digit by digit? (essentially the same way, except that the length of the number ...
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2answers
83 views

A phrase for a tip or trick passed down from one generation to the next

Many use the phrase life hack to describe a novel or clever solution to an everyday problem. Before this expression became popular I remember seeing another phrase in the English language to describe ...
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1answer
35 views

Are the meaning of sentences change with the change of position of “as”? [on hold]

What is the differences between 1 and 2? 1) As has been observed by many people, "as" is one of the trickier words in the English language. 2) As it has been observed by many people, "as" is one of ...
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1answer
33 views

Missing word in VOA news:US Government Panel Says Consider Environment in Diet [on hold]

I don't know whether it's suitable to ask this kind of question here. I just got some listening issues. I can't identify the word missing in the sentence No.1 in this metioned VOA and want to make ...
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0answers
25 views

In terms of putting

I heard someone says "In terms of putting this forward,". That was unfamiliar phrase with me, putting "In terms of something" and "Putting this forward" together. When I look in a dictionary ...
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4answers
63 views

What is the term for someone who doesn't want to know? [duplicate]

I am looking for a term for someone who is purposefully not learning information - usually bad information. Goes hand in hand with people who want to "hide their head in the sand" or have the "wool ...
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0answers
15 views

World needs good - correct or not? [on hold]

I read this in one blog : World doesn't need God. World needs Good. Is this sentence correct?
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2answers
48 views

What is the etymology of “run like a dog”?

I've used the phrase "runs like a dog" to mean that my car is on its last legs and can't, sometimes, run anywhere near as fast as a dog can. Can anyone shed light on where this meaning of the phrase ...
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1answer
43 views

What is the difference between 2nd and mixed conditional?

Could someone explain the difference in meaning between these two forms of conditional? 1.If I had time, I would be there. 2.I would have been there if I had time.
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0answers
38 views

What does “the gum-treed sky” mean? [on hold]

Extract: The Whales by Evie Wyld There are four of them footslogging single file along the trail. They sweat and wave their sticks at the flies, spitting the salt off their lips and feeling the ...
2
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2answers
74 views

Why do we say “be to blame”, not “be to be blamed”?

I wonder why "be to blame" is used rather than "be to be blamed"? I've googled it, and what I found is that it is considered as an idiomatic expression.
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0answers
36 views

Should a semi-colon be used before “however”? [duplicate]

"However" should always have a comma after it (please let me know if this is wrong), so when writing complex sentences, should a semi-colon be inserted before the "however"? e.g. I love dogs; ...
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1answer
15 views

Which one is correct “did conclude or concluded” [on hold]

Please clarify my below query. Which one is correct "did conclude or concluded" Regards Sesh
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2answers
60 views

Is “are an” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

When I first learn about the present form of 'be', I was told that: Use 'are' with plural noun. And when I first studies articles, I was told that: Use 'a' / 'an' with single noun. So I ...
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1answer
30 views

“Product detail page” or “product details page”? [duplicate]

As a name for a (web) page that shows detailed information about a product, which of the following is better fitting/correct: product details page or product detail page Or is there an ...
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1answer
31 views

What does it mean by “Window of opportunity” [on hold]

What is mean by "Window of opportunity"
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40 views

Is the word “could” actually used frequently? [on hold]

I heard that the word "could" is so polite ,dead language expression that in english people don't wanna use this . can everyone tell me am i right ?
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0answers
77 views

“Sounds like a plan (, Stan!)”

"Sounds like a plan (, Stan!)" (idiom, used to agree to a suggestion that you think is good) It seems to be of relatively recent origin, if there's really a sound origin, that is. Main Q: What ...
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2answers
29 views

An alternative way to say “shifting perspectives”?

What would be a good alternative way to say "shifting perspectives", as in the meaning of looking at things in a new way?
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2answers
117 views

Word for the situation of being unable to pass opposing pedestrian, as you both start to step same direction

Is there a word or expression in English, which describes the situation, when you can't pass a stranger, who is walking towards you on the street, because you both start to step the same direction? ...
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1answer
29 views

is it is correct to mention PhD in brackets or with upper line to express ongoing degree.(PhD) ̅

is it is correct to write PhD as suffix in brackets or with upperline to express the degree is ongoing. is there any reference for this type of expressions
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3answers
77 views

Is it ok nowadays to say numbers instead of digits, while expressing a sum?

( example: 2345 - these four numbers make the sum..) or must I say digits?
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0answers
33 views

Origin of the saying 'all wet'

All wet is slang expression (mainly AmE) meaning: entirely mistaken. (TFD) All wet: The Phrase Finder, referring to OED, suggests that its first usage was: "c. all wet: mistaken, ...
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0answers
26 views

What does “Who's down to go” means? [duplicate]

What does "Who's down to go" or "Who's down to go with me" means?
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0answers
24 views

How long it takes to learn English? [on hold]

Im from UK If I'm learning English is ok not to use my native lang punjabi. I only speak Punjabi. I'm taking English classes next year with my course. And it's for 1 year. How can my english ...
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1answer
40 views

People who tell me vs. people telling me

I'm wondering if there's any difference, be it semantically, grammatically and so on, between phrases like: I hate people telling me what to do. / I hate people who tell me what to do. ...
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2answers
37 views

A word for 'to empathize without identifying with'

I'm looking for a verb or noun that refers to our capacity to abstract someone else’s experience or experiences vicariously. Such a word would be good for describing what it takes to be able to ...
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0answers
14 views

Can full stops be omitted after a middle initial and a first and middle initial preceding a surname? [duplicate]

Is it okay to omit the full stops in this? The person's name is John Louis Thompson. Can it be punctuated thus? John L Thompson J L Thompson Do both work?

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