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

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How can I improve my accent? [migrated]

I can hear that I have some sort of non-native accent, but I just can't identify what's making me sound different. Is it the intonation and word stress? Are there certain words or sounds that I'm not ...
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Word for someone that has a hard time finding a girlfriend

"I used to be xxxx before I learned how to deal with women," for instance. Knowing a formal word for that would also be good, but I'm looking for slang with "loser" connotation to it, such as "incel"....
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Does already mean right seconds before?

This is an exercise from American English File workbook. The corresponding section asks for completing sentences with the correct form of the verbs in parentheses using simple past, past continuous, ...
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What are the best dictionaries to use online? [migrated]

Looking for an accurate dictionary if you know of anything please keep me posted here
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“Under the covers” vs “Under the hood”

A while back I was talking to a coworker and he said something like "well, under the hood (blah blah technical stuff) is happening". As we continued I think one of us said something similar but as "...
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meaning of '4/5' (American slang?)

What is the meaning of '4/5' in this phrase? Azealia Banks' Insults Cardi B "You're illiterate, you're baby mama 4/5 to a man who has women crawling out of the woodworks with kids." — ...
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How do I improve my Vocabulary [on hold]

I am in the last year of my school and was thinking upon improving my vocabulary so as to build confidence and move out from school with a strong grip on the language . Also good vocabulary would ...
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When did “a buck” start being used to mean a unit of 100? (E.g. “a buck fifty” for 150 lbs.)

Before you answer, please note: I'm only interested in when this usage was established in common (American) parlance. I know what the term means and I don't need it defined, nor do I require an ...
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Is it okay to say “what ja doing?” instead of “what ya doing?”

I live in the Midwest and it is very common to hear people say "what ja doing?" instead of saying "what ya doing?" or "what are you doing?". Is this okay? Is using the 'j' sound instead of the 'y' ...
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Common Vernacular in American South & Midwest During 19th & 20th Centuries

I'm a student writer working on a few projects set during the 19th and 20th centuries (e.g., Great Depression era), mainly involving poor, rural, mostly uneducated Southern whites (among other topics)....
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How do you “leave all the beefin' to 50”?

How does someone "leave all the beefin' to 50"? Context From the latest song by Richard Colson Baker "Rap Devil" Let's leave all the beefin' to 50 (please) Em, you're pushin' 50 You can ...
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Is “cupboard” pronounced as /ˈkʌbərd/? [duplicate]

I was reading the Wikipedia page of assimilation, and according to it, cupboard is pronounced /ˈkʌbərd/ and not /ˈkʌpbɔːrd/. I see why the /b/ is merged into the /p/ sound, making cupboard sound ...
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What is the American equivalent of a “backie”?

From Collins informal Brit a ride on the back of someone's bicycle And here the words backie or backy is listed as an "untranslatable", the blogger found no American equivalent. The BBC have been ...
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How do you say the saying “Para o povo, não há cangalha que sirva.” in English?

In Portuguese, the expression "Para o povo, não há cangalha que sirva" is used to describe a situation where people blame others for their own failure even being obvious that the results are their own....
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Problem understanding “ must” [duplicate]

From the book : English Grammar and Exercises by L. R. H. Chapman, book 4: "must is a defective verb, with only this one part, which is used to speak about the present time or a near future, as in ...
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What ever happened to “fink”?

(Child of the 70's here...) While in conversation with a millenial yesterday, I used the word "fink" to describe a low, sneaky, two-faced um, fink. She'd never heard the word. "Ratfink"? Nope. "The ...
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The first day of school photos [“is” or “are”] coming [closed]

Which of these two sentences are correct? The first day of school photos is coming The first day of school photos are coming
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Burgers with all the trimmings

I have an old-fashioned image in my kitchen, probably America-in-the-50s style, with a drawing of a burger costing 50 cents and the following text: Burgers with all the trimmings I didn't know ...
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Why is a person who shares a house in the US called a roommate, not a housemate?

In the US, being roommates doesn't imply sharing the room. (Note: this question isn't about the situation where people share sleeping quarters, such as in a dormitory with separate beds but just one ...
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Why “come” and not “comes”? [duplicate]

This is the title of a Hallmark movie: A Wish Come True. Unfortunately I can't speculate anything as why it is come and not comes. Thank you for your help.
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Is the expression “jam-packed” of American origin?

I came across this expression at random, and when reading its definition and reading it in within context, it struck me as a particularly American thing to say. When trying to confirm my suspicion, I ...
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Looking for the correct sentence

I'm quite confused right now. I'm not sure if this sentence makes any sense, so please help me out. Is it correct to say: "Before I started looking for suggestions on reddit, I browsed the "...
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Further to refer to time [closed]

May I use further to refer to time? For instance: I'll do it further Thank you
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Which of these words would you use in BrE vs AmE? Are there any regional differences associated with these words? [closed]

Fridge or refrigerator / mini-fridge or compact refrigerator / garden hose or hose pipe or water hose
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On the usage of “turn” in spy stories

The following meaning of turn appears to be common mainly in spy stories and, apparently, is present only in very few dictionaries. From the OED: (29. c.) definition of the verb turn (...
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Looking for a phrasal verb interchangeable with “due to”?

I'm not even sure whether there is existence of such phrasal verb in English or not. But probably native speakers can help me out with this. All of your friend's problems are due to his recent ...
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Meaning of “inner skater bros”

I am confused about the meaning of the phrase "inner skater bro" in the following sentence: They are expressing their "inner skater bros" through this excellent game. The text is a description ...
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“seedy bar” or “shady bar” to describe a bar with criminals in it [closed]

I looked this up on google but I have not found a good answer. "Seedy bar" is used to describe a dirty bar with no high standards afaik, but is it better to use "shady bar" if you want to describe ...
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Does album start with a vowel or consonant [closed]

"Album"? Does it start with a vowel sound or consonant?
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Tete-a-tete commonly known in English?

can anyone tell me if the expression "we had a tete-a-tete" or just "tete-a-tete" is commonly known for all English native speakers? Thanks a lot!
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When do you use the term “Dialect”? [closed]

I've heard people use the terms: American English British English Australian English I understand that all of them are English. However, sometimes when people use them, it's almost like ...
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Is there a word for someone who helps others for their own benefit? [closed]

So, say you have a situation where a man helps someone else in order to forget all of his own problems in the world. Is there a word for something like that? Edit 1: I'm asking about the man who is ...
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What are the names of the two phonetic changes in this sentence?

I'm going to be teaching English to French high school students for another year in September, and they all have a hard time with my variety of English (they're used to hearing British English). ...
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By which, to which, at which, to whom. are these Relative pronouns in Adjective cluase?

as per my experience, i know that, which,who,where,why,whom,there,that are the relative pronouns but i doubt on the words 'By which', 'to which', 'at which', 'to whomm. are these Relative pronouns in ...
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In which states (USA) can someone “live easily without speaking any English”?

Russian polyglot Dmitry Petrov said in this video: ...испанский язык наступает английскому языку на пятки. Мы знаем, что в США есть несколько штатов, где можно свободно жить, зная испанский. ...
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The word “Album” vowel or consonant? [duplicate]

For example I know many speakers for the the/thuh rule, however many do not. I'm curious though is album is a vowel sounding word? So it would be thee album correct if following the rule as opposed to ...
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What is the right way of asking someone to give the more detailed explanation of what he just said (or wrote)? [migrated]

I was told something. Now I want to get the more detailed explanation of what person just said (or wrote). For example, the person wrote to me: The key difference between the two definitions is ...
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Is the sentence “There are to many cereal in my bowl” correct English

Is the sentence "There are too many cereal in my bowl" correct English. What I mean is that I poured too much cereal. Can I say "too many cereal?" My wife says it should be too MUCH cereal. Who is ...
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If a noun is plural is the describing adjective also plural? [closed]

A VTOL aircraft is an aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capability. In plural do you say: aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capability or aircraft with vertical take-off and ...
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Difference between “man” and a man or the man [closed]

I watched a video on Youtube. The title of The video is "MAN". So, I wonder against the title "MAN". Why only MAN? Ordinary "A MAN" or "THE MAN", right?
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Is there a word or term for always saying you're going to do something, but then not doing it? [closed]

For example, my SO always talks about getting all of these tattoos, but then never does. Or, I talk about how I want to go on all of these world-travelling adventures, but then never do. Looking for ...
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Bain't = be not

Please read the passage taken from "A Few Crusted Characters" by Thomas Hardy: According to Wiktionary, "bain't" is the contracted form of "be not" and it is a British dialect. Therefore, the ...
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“Event is a hard miss for me.” = “It was good” or “It was bad”?

Soon after an event a participant posted feedback: "Event is a hard miss for me". Does that mean they liked the event (=they are going to miss it a lot) or it means they didn't like it (=they ...
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How do i define short decades for 2000 and 2010? [duplicate]

80's is the eighties 1980 - 1989 90's is the nineties 1990 - 1999 Is it 00's and 01's? How do i define a decade name for the 2000 and 2010?
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Two articles in a row

Is there a correct English sentence which contains two (in)definite articles in a row such as: "a a"/"the the"/"a the"/"the a" ?
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Is “buffeted” the AmE version of the BrE word “buffetted”?

I am referring to the use of the verb "to buffet" meaning "(especially of wind or waves) strike repeatedly and violently; batter." The use of "buffeted" and "buffeting" is widespread. However use ...
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On the back of the package or at the back of package? [closed]

Is this sticker: "On the back of the package" or "At the back of package" I am confused. I do not know the use of on or at. Waiting for somebody's reply.
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What does “Don't hesitate and call 911” mean?

Does it mean I should or shouldn't call 911? Is it an implicit form of speaking? It's ambiguous.
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two prepositions following each other

This is a title of an article , does is make any sense in English grammar? The effects of the age on human trust in and acceptance of self driving cars. if you look at the sentence again, two words ...
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When did “escort” become an euphemism for prostitute?

Escort was originally a military and masculine term: 1570s, in military sense, from Middle French escorte (16c.), from Italian scorta. which was used figuratively from the first half of the 20th ...