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Questions tagged [american-english]

This tag is for questions related to the English language as used in the United States of America.

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can “naughty” be used to describe a child who didn't behave?

my opinion is "YES". The reason why I even asked is that this American friend strongly suggested never use it since it carries sexual suggestiveness. I, however, believe the usage heavily depends on ...
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Whats a word for someone who thinks everything is easy? [on hold]

I saw this word on a reddit post but I can't find that post no more but its describes a person who thinks everything is easy, and is very douchy. When you ask them a question, they'll be like, "oh ...
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Department or department? [on hold]

I have been asked to review a document but I have a dilemma: "D" in below phrase should be capital? "It can flourish collaboration among the members of the Department"? Or job title: "The ...
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Is the use of the word “cracker” as a racial slur so common that it cannot safely be used to refer to certain hackers? [duplicate]

I always liked to use the word "crackers" to refer to people who overcome computer software or security restrictions, as opposed to "hackers," which (supposedly) originally meant people skilled at ...
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What does canonical mean when used in sentence?

I just heard someone said "a canonical horrible idea" I have been googling and still unable to understand exactly what "canonical" means when not used in programming language. Can someone explain me ...
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What is the difference between to pollute and to contaminate? [on hold]

I think they might be synonym, but I'm just not sure.
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spatio or spatial

Searching the Google scholar, "spatio-temporal" returnn 778,000 hits, "spatial-temporal" returns 798,000 hits, "spatial-temporal scales" returns 3,620 hits, "spatio-temporal scales" returns 13,...
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<it's> meaning “there was” [on hold]

I've just come across it's meaning "there was (glass everywhere)", Shameless US S09E12, minute 55:18. Is my interpretation right? Even closed captions agree with it.
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What does “bc same” mean? [on hold]

What does “bc same” mean after a question? Sth like: Have you ever done that? Bc same. Thanks
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Meaning of «to fly south» [on hold]

In the Bob Dylan song, As I Went out One Morning, the following sentences appear: "I beg you, sir," she pleaded. From the corners of her mouth. "I'll secretly accept you. And together we'll ...
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“I'll have coffee” vs “I'll have a coffee”

I have noticed that the indefinite article is used a lot more for drinks in Britain than in the US. If one were in a restaurant idiomatically in the UK you would say "I'll have a coffee", whereas in ...
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A word means “move one's hand across hair till it is flat and even” [on hold]

I basically just forgot the word, I've got really vague recollection of it, I think it's SMOOTH, like I smooth my hair back But I only remember one of the example sentences in my app, I don't really ...
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Unfrosted light bulb

In Catch-22 there is following passage (my emphasis): The unfrosted light bulb overhead was swinging crazily on its loose wire, and the jumbled black shadows kept swirling and bobbing chaotically, ...
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What does “IP” mean in military aviation?

In Catch-22 I found the mention of the abbreviation "IP": One of the surprising things always was the sense of calm and utter silence, broken only by the test rounds fired from the machine guns, by ...
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What does “Four-F.” mean? [on hold]

What did "Four-F." mean in the United States of the 1940s? Here is the quote from Catch-22: They had to send a guy from the draft board around to look me over. I was Four-F. I had examined myself ...
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Please translate to American English from the British the following: OH **UK!

The cover of the most recent Economist (March 16 - 22nd 2019) has in large type OH **UK! Whatever next? From the context, this is clearly a comment on the current Brexit mess. Is ** UK related ...
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Subject in English

I'm Japanese and I am studying English, in particular, reading English books. I have some questions about the subject. We also use pronouns in Japanese. Then, a subject usually does not change from ...
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How to express that a piece of information is the knowledge from a certain date?

I would like to express that a piece of information corresponds to my knowledge at a given date without implying anything on the past or future validity of the information. Example: The house down ...
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Indicating date of marriage using the adjective “dated”

Is it ok to say in American english The marriage between the petitioners dated 10/06/2006 is hereby annulled Can we use "dated" as an adjective to the word marriage this way, or is there a better ...
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Pronunciation: vowels before dark L (Any accent)

To native speakers of English, how do you compare a vowel before a dark L and one without a dark L. Example words: gold, goal, sold, soul, hole, hold, bowl, bold go, so, ho, bow(noun) . ...
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Comma before and

Is it wrong? I 've read this at the Journal New York Times. We should be using a comma before and just when we have two independent clauses. That growth is connected to "expanded" of the first ...
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Usage of “to double down” in British and American English

The idiom "to double to on sth" in the sense of "continuing to do something in an even more determined way than before" is mentioned in the Cambridge Dictionary. However, personally, I've heard this ...
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What do *foreign films* mean for an American? [closed]

What do foreign films mean for an American? Is it any film produced outside the US or any film from not English-language country (US, Canada, Australia, NZ, UK)?
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when I held the assembly that women are fun I were just lying

"when I held the assembly that women are fun I were just lying" The speaker had previously said so to an assembly of workmates. What does the sentence mean? The sentence can be heard (with the ...
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More polite way of saying “don't disturb me” [closed]

How can I say "don't disturb me" in more polite way when I am busy
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“Do you want those washed?”

I was watching a film and I've just got this phrase, I think the context was just the girl's saying: do you wanna apologise? I wonder if speaking like that is common in you country? btw I quite like ...
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Is it correct to say: the cat and the mouse are puppets played by Bobby.? [duplicate]

I don't know if this is correct because "are" is present tense and "played" is past tense.
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Word order: Neck & Back Pain VS Back & Neck Pain

I'm working on a website and I'm trying to figure out which one is correct: Neck & Back Pain or Back & Neck Pain
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Word for a style of argument pre-excluding a particular answer as impossible

I'm not sure if this is a type of fallacy, or merely a noun or adjective for a type of (obstinate) argument. I'm looking for a word that describes a situation where a person is demanding an answer or ...
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Pronoun Usage (on or on it)

Which of the following is more accurate? 1) You have one day to solve the exam on. 2) You have one day to solve the exam on it.
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word similar to obfuscation, used for comedy

there is a word, or perhaps a type of comedy, where simple things are described using terms that are correct but needlessly complicated or absurd for various effects. I am reminded by comics from ...
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Is this phrase correct? “Got it, thanks!” [closed]

I received this regularly from my colleagues but not sure if this is grammatically correct
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Is this sentence correct or no? [duplicate]

I am being happy. This sentence belongs to present continuous tense. Can we show duration or state in present continuous tense or no? If we can? By which structure?
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What does EO's mean?

in it victor is telling something and professor turned to eli who said " EO's "1from vicious novel
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Is there a term for someone trying to dismiss an argument without addressing the points?

Let me give you an example. Two people are having a debate on the internet (surprise, surprise). Person A and Person B go back and forth a few times. Person B catches Person A in a fallacy. Instead of ...
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What is the meaning of the following sentence: [closed]

But why would a strong, inheritable trait that cuts fitness by half not be selected against?
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One word for “someone working far away”

To say that since you're working in different location which is far away you won't be able to handle this activity.
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I pronounce question as kweshtin. Is my pronunciation wrong?

I've lived in Houston,TX for about 10 years and after that I moved to the ME and I've made friends since then. Whenever they heard me say kweshtin they told me my pronunciation was weird. I told them ...
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What do you call a person who has so much righteousness about them that he hardly will admit he's wrong or has faults? [closed]

. My boyfriend- he talks a lot. He is intelligent but he's a bad listener, cuts me off and he doesn't see himself doing anything wrong. I'm talking about like even when he DID something wrong ...
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Word Choice: Cleanup vs organization

I organized (I didn't clean it) my boss's office the other day and I was wondering what would be the best thing to write on the invoice to charge him for my services. Since I didn't really "clean" ...
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Up to vs Till? Which would be correct in the following sentence

I have studied the course till lecture # 12 OR I have studied the course up to lecture # 12 & if none of these, then what would be the appropriate word
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Southern Dialect: Word for a time of day?

I remember reading a story somewhere that a Southerner wrote about one of his life experiences. He mentioned that in the region he lived there was a time of day that cooled off a large amount in less ...
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Quotation and Citation

I have a sentence directly copied from a source to a paper. This sentence is cited but not quoted. In this point, it is regarded as plagiarism. Can we say plagiarism for the opposite case: Directly ...
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“NOR” or “AND”? [duplicate]

Which one sounds better? Are both 1 and 2 correct? I don't eat bread, pancakes, and toast. I don't eat bread, pancakes, nor toast.
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What is the right way to write “2 sisters and one brother”?

I would like to write a sentence like this : I dedicate this to all my sisters and my brother I have 2 sisters and one brother. Shoud I write : "my sisters and my brother" or "my sisters and ...
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Repeating the subject in a sentence

Which one sounds better? 1.A: I eat bread and drink coffee in the morning. 1.B: I eat bread and I drink coffee in the morning. Are both 1.A and 1.B correct? 2.A: I eat bread in the ...
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Why can “dividing a pizza into 4” be different from “dividing 1 into 4”?

Thank you for a question and answers at Divide two into four and Divide two by four However, can anybody explain why "dividing a pizza into 4" is different from "dividing 1 into 4"? 1 pizza and ...
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What does “… …” mean over chats or posts? [closed]

I wonder in a text what does "... ..." mean? For example, someone comments "... ..." on a picture. I tried looking at Urban Dictionary, but it didn't work.
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Word, or phrase for… two organisms that come together, grow — but their mutual product harms their locality, and they benefit from that too?

two organisms that come together, grow -- but their mutual product harms their locality, and they benefit from that too?
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Writing a proper sentence as a honor in a CV

Assume a student reaches rank 10 among 20 students in a final competition. The competition composes several steps and the initial number of participants is about 300,000, but only the first best 20 ...