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comment Novels for improving English vocabulary
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revised Is Expoxymoron a real word? What does it mean?
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reviewed No Action Needed When is it appropriate to use the original pronunciation of a foreign word versus the English pronunciation?
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revised “Share me” or “Share with me”?
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comment “Share me” or “Share with me”?
related: explain me vs explain to me, I'll open you the door
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comment What is the origin of the slang term “book” meaning “leave” or “hurry”?
Hi Gail, welcome to EL&U. You put a lot of titbits into your post, but it's not actually an answer. Unlike usual forums, where you can post things that are tengentially related to the topic at hand, Stack Exchange answers are reserved for answering the question only. If you do have an answer, you might like to edit you post to make it clear.
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comment Why is it “take something with you” and not “take something with yourself”?
@EdwinAshworth with the noteable exception of a particular idiom: "beside [x]sel(f/ves) with [emotion]", e.g. "beside himself with rage".
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revised What do you call the final sip of water in a bottle (with all the saliva)?
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answered What do you call the final sip of water in a bottle (with all the saliva)?
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comment I need help with the correct usage of You and Me/I
I agree that the substance would do better at English Language Learners but there is not enough of a question to migrate. Please edit this question to include why you are choosing between the phrases and why you don't know how to choose.
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comment Is the phrase “Infinitely more efficient” possible?
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revised Definite article usage from exercise
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comment Names for different age group
This word does not appear in the OED. I do not think this is a good option.
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comment Collaborative, Iterative and Incremental…?
You might get better results visiting the programmers chat and asking them.
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comment Collaborative, Iterative and Incremental…?
Please edit your question to include the research you have done, i.e. what you found and what you don't understand about what you've found. You might also be interested in our site for English Language Learners
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comment When do we use “have” and when do we use “having”?
I'm not sure there's enough detail to tell what is being asked. Have and having have a multitude of uses. Are you only asking about illness and eating? I agree with FumbleFingers that this question would be acceptable at ELL, once I can make head or tail of it.
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revised On the part of speech of “now”
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revised What does “so many men, so many minds” mean?
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revised Is there a common word for floor and ceiling?
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