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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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What do you call a person who take down notes using their gadgets like laptops or Smart phones?

Curiosity question though my friends called me "nerd Gadgets" because i always take down notes in class using my phone rather than the traditional pen and paper, but i think there is a better word to ...
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Does “throw a leg over” means “riding a horse” or “sexual intercourse”?

Now anyone reading this article - http://mentalfloss.com/article/31841/why-new-york-city-called-big-apple and especially this line from that: "The Big Apple. The dream of every lad that ever threw a ...
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Is the below sentence correct? [on hold]

to complete the verification process of internet service.
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Which one is correct “I had capacity building” or “I did capacity building”?

I don't know which one to use when I want to say I did something for capacity building. For example, I want to say I did capacity building on learning programming language Java. or I had capacity ...
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Can anyone assess whether the below phrase is correct or not? [on hold]

Following is the phrase "I feel blissful with my mother's blessing" Please assess and correct the phrase if there are any mistakes. Thanks in Advance.
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Is there a word for using contradictory examples to make sense of a situation?

For example: “Vegetarians eat meat all the time, that don't make them Carnivores.” “Carnivores eat plants all the time, that don't make them Vegetarians.” It's like an oxymoron because you're ...
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A single word that means source and resourceful [on hold]

I am looking for a single word (adjective) that can describe something that can be a source of something else AND is resourceful. For example, a fruitful seed, a fertile parent. The word ...
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How to I write that I will give a summary? [on hold]

I'm preparing an abstract for a speech and I want to nicely write that I will present a summary of results. Is this sentence good: "I will present an exposition of results." Does this sound OK, what ...
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E vs Short I sound [on hold]

Is there a difference in pronunciation between the short i and e. For example, do 'check' and 'chick' have the same sound?
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English Grammar Books And Online Courses [closed]

I'm trying to improve my English grammar. So I wanted to ask for sharing some books and maybe online courses where I can learn, improve, and the most important recall some grammar rules and basics. ...
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interplay between vs. among vs. of — best option?

In an academic paper, I would like to say that "I explore the interplay "between/among/of" (A) the representation of love in The Great Gatsby and (1) modern conceptions of love, (2) Biblical ...
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“complex nature of the motif of love in the poems of…” — native like?

I analyze the motif of love in the works of several poets in one of my papers. I argue that the motif of love was represented in different and versatile ways by different authors. Can I introduce ...
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What are the best words to describe an annoying old man? [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase that's more of a playful reference to an old man who is somewhat annoyingly awful. Something like old prick but maybe a little less vulgar. It's supposed to be said ...
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I am confused on which to use That or by which [migrated]

Q: In the US, a primary election is a method -------- voters select the nominees for public office A:That B:Is That C:By Which D: By Those I am stuck between A and C
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What's the difference between zig-zag, “Sicko mode”, and abrasion? [closed]

Can you literally please tell me what is the serious difference between zig-zag , "Sicko mode", and abrasion?
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Plz help me to check my writing. Thank U so much [closed]

Topic: As a leader, write a letter to young generation about the important of health. Dear the young generation, I am a leader of a nongoverment organization. Today, I write this letter to you to ...
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“Git 'er done”—use of “her” as dummy subject

This site has a number of questions and answers (e.g. this question) on the use of the third-person feminine pronoun ("she" or "her") as a substitute for specific things like ships and hurricanes and ...
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What are the subjects in these sentences? [closed]

Having to walk the dogs drives me crazy. Walking the dogs drives me crazy. In the first sentence, what is the subject? What would the correct verb tense (drive or drives) be for this sentence? In ...
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Is there a word or succinct phrase to indicate the act of abandoning an idea that does not fit or workout? [closed]

Example: - Through _______ alchemy evolved into the foundations of modern chemistry
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What does “like an elephant's eye” mean?

What does “like an elephant's eye” mean from "We seldom ever have an argument, but if it is, it's about something like an elephant's eye"? The sentence is from an interview, an old couple talks about ...
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“Start Work” on something vs “Start working” [closed]

Is it correct to say Now I am going to start work on this new project I have the habit of saying that in the same context. Also, I have heard British people say this and I am wondering if it is ...
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How to write this properly?

"If you ask someone why they rewarded someone else, they will tell you that they deserve it." I think that the intended meaning is pretty clear, but how do you say that properly without falling ...
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Punctuation for imagined/interpreted content in narrative

He had a look that said "I hate you". He had a look that said 'I hate you'. He had a look that said, "I hate you". He had a look that said, 'I hate you'. He had a look that said "I hate you." He had a ...
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Single Word Describing The Concept Of Language Barrier As Applied To Language In A Non-traditional sense

A single word carrying the connotation or literal meaning of either, "real language" or "official language" that is roughly antonymous with the word vernacular. To provide more context: I am seeking ...
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Location-specific vs location-centric

May I ask which of the two is correct: 1) If your design is location-centric, please specify the location. 2) If your design is location-specific, please specify the location. Thank you.
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A word which describes a statement or question that is vague or random [closed]

I'm looking for that word which people use to describe very random out of the blue *questions. You say the most (???) things?
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How could I reword this sentence to exclude I? [closed]

I am writing a report for choir, and I will get docked points if I use the word "I" or "you." So, I need assistance in figuring out how to reword this sentence to get rid of the I, but in a way that ...
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When two adjectives need two different indefinite articles

What do you do when two adjectives require different indefinite articles? Is this sentence correct: "Here is an easy and fun way to accomplish the task." Normally, "fun" would take the article "a" ...
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Is the T in “Can't” pronounced before words starting with vowels in the American pronunciation?

I know that (AE)"can't" is pronounced /kaen?/ with a glottal stop. What about it appearing before the words starting with vowels, for example, "I can't afford that car." Is it "canafford" or "...
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Throw out of or throw out from? [migrated]

I wonder which version is correct? Correct me if I am wrong! I was thrown out from the place or I was thrown out of the place ? For example, I am at my friend's house and my friend has a brother ...
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What's the best answer that suits the following statement [closed]

What's the proper answer for "Don't know what I'm doing here"? "Nor do I" "Neither do I" "Neither am I" "Nor am I" ?
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Names with question marks [closed]

If someone asks me about a person I don't know, can I say, for example?: Hey, do you know Mark? Mark? No, I don't. Who's he? Maybe it's a stupid question, but I just wanna make sure about. Thanks in ...
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Is it spelled “bodyparts”, “body parts”, or “body-parts”? [duplicate]

It seems to have different spellings in different places. Which is correct? Are there multiple correct ways to spell this?
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“I hope she hangs the moon”

I am always on the watch out for new unfamiliar idioms, especially in American English, and today I found one “to hang the moon”. "And so she's now talked about a lot," McCaskill added. "I'm not ...
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Long time no see [duplicate]

Is " Long time no see " Grammatically correct ? So I use to talk to native English speakers and they use it usually so I want to make sure if it's grammatically correct ? or " I haven't seen you for ...
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What is an informal term for a person who can't do anything right? [closed]

In Russian we have the term "рукожоп". I would translate it as "asshands" which literally means that your hands grow out of your behind and you can't do anything right (or do anything at all). ...
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How do you say “headbutt” in American English?

Headbutt is a British term, how do you say the same thing in American English? I am interested in both the verb and the noun.
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Get a message *that*? [closed]

My father has got a message that he had received 50000rs. Is this sentence meaningful or not?? Can I use "he had received 50,000rs" after "that"? If not, please send me the correct alternative ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “get back to him” and “get back at him”? [closed]

And you were afraid that if you started asking questions, it would get back to him From The Outsider by Stephen King I know that to “get back at someone” is similar to humiliate or to wreak revenge....
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Is there an idiom for the phrase 'that's not what I meant'? [closed]

I'm looking for an idiom for the phrase 'that's not what I meant' and Google seems to be of no help whatsoever.
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What’s the term or another saying KINDA for “never seen better”? Read Body

for like when Someone is “desperate but not really desperate they just haven’t seen or known better so when they get the “better” they go all in” My native language is arabic and there’s a saying ...
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What should I conclude from this - A gay man

I fell in love with this course, from an American university, and wanted to enroll in it. But, when I went to the professor's page, to request him to let me in, I saw this - I am a gay man and use ...
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Type of usage in these examples

By freeing ourselves from conventions, we see things more clearly. By freeing ourselves from confinement we embrace freedom. Do both of these require the comma. Do these form complete sentences? Why?...
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Can text be monotone?

Someone said to me, "Your text is monotone in fashion" and I just simply can't wrap my mind around this statement. If I am wrong, that is okay. Assume it's a metaphor, can this make any sense?
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definition of this example

"his ideas for bettering the lot of the millhands" How would you describe this type of clause? Source: after google definition of bettering
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Ending a statement with the word 'already'

What does the word 'already' at the end of a sentence indicate? For instance Enough With The Resolutions Already which is a title of an article on lifehacker. Does it mean 'now'? Does it mean 'I'm ...
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Distinction in these examples

What is the difference between a supplemental noun phrase and a absolute clause? In these examples and in general. Is it just the non-finite nature of the second example? Are they not serving a ...
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What does “We have the needle in this state, and we use it” mean? [closed]

In the Stephen King novel, so the cop says to the guy who is yet proven to be guilty: "Right now you're going to jail. And guess what? We have the needle in this state, and we use it." Could you ...
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What is the meaning of “well-a-well”?

I've had a question from an English language student who is reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He has a problem understanding what 'well-a-well' means in the following quote. I've searched and ...
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registering for medical care VS registering for hospital care

If I want to describe the following situation -I go to hospital for the firs time -that is my first visit -and I need to be registered for that hospital to see the doctor. -administrative work related ...