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Americans use "hate" and "love" and a variety of other extreme words with little regard to the extremity. It ought to be taken as a declaration of dislike, unless there is particular emotion behind the declaration.
Practice is key; so think of opportunities where speaking is part of an activity you already enjoy. It is helpful to listen to educated English speakers and to interact with them. Make yourself known as one eager to learn. Say, "I would consider it a kindness for you to correct my English." For instance, if you are interested in art, the DC area has a lot ...
Whether numbers should be described as "hundreds" or "thousands" depends upon whether the things being described are naturally grouped into chunks of size 25, 50, or some number which is a multiple of 100 but not 1,000. Street addresses in the US are generally numbered to increase by 100 per block, so 5295 Easy Street would be "fifty-two ninety-five" since ...
No, it is grammatically unacceptable. Correct constructions using neither include: Neither a nor b: This is the most common usage. Neither Alaska nor Florida charges state income tax. Neither noun: You can use this variant when it's clear what you are referring to. I moved from Alaska to Florida this year. Fortunately, neither state charges ...
American English speaker. I would say the words run together of course, but there is still a "v" (lips vibrating) sound followed by a propulsion of air "F". I don't completely eliminate the v sound and say "I finished." It would be a substle difference, but I would pronounce "I finished" and "I've finished" just slightly differently.
The phrase is commonly used in its singular form: You are eligible for a 30-day trial Another well known example would be the usage "30 year old man" rather than "30 years old man" This pattern goes all the way back to Old English (alias Anglo-Saxon). It's the same reason many of us say that someone is "5 foot 2" rather than "5 feet 2". The source of ...
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