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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 are the English phrases/words a foreigner should not use? [on hold]

Do you know this feeling, when somebody is trying to use a word they heard somewhere and think that it's relevant and will be suitable, but it actually isn't because they are not the generation that ...
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“Welcome” or “Welcomed” in British English or American

If I was telling someone "you're most welcome, and accepted." should I've said most welcomed instead of welcome?
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What’s wrong with saying “he has his mind in the right mindset?”

My friend says its gramatically incorrect, what do you guys think?
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the structure of sentence

The experiences of 1927–1933 were of so extraordinary a character that they scarcely provide a valid criterion for judging the usefulness of security analysis. I don't understand the structure ...
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Please upload all files which Jeff provide or Please upload all files what Jeff Provide [on hold]

What is correct written. or Which is correct written. Please upload all files which Jeff provide or Please upload all files what Jeff Provide
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Sentence structure:When should I put the noun in front of the verb?

The four sentences below are all correct but I don't know when exactly I should put the noun in front of the verb after 'than'? a.The Internet allows more direct and open communication than does the ...
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“Rainmaker in waiting” meaning [closed]

I have come across the word "rainmaker in waiting " in the book the monk who sold his ferrari
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Correct use of 'having' in '… supplements having a bad effect on pregnant women' [on hold]

Lately, I've been watching a lot of news on supplements having a bad effect on pregnant women. Is the sentence correct? I'm not sure whether I've used having correctly here.
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Why do American people use simple past instead of present perfect with “ever”? [duplicate]

I would say British English seems to adhere to English grammar books that I learned in school more than American English. For example, I was taught that we use present perfect with "ever" because the ...
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How do British people say change gear in a vehicle [closed]

I found the word (AmE)shift, is there any word like this in BrE?
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The interpretation of the word “pry”

Can the word "pry" be interpreted negatively (offensively)? For example, “to pry into other people's affairs” or is it still possible to interpret the meaning just as “curious”? I am interested in the ...
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What does it mean if a person tells one else to “Just shuck it”?

Ok so obviously this is a new thing. Before school let out for the summer I picked my nephew up from school and when he got in the car we started to talk then he told me that another kid told him to "...
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Tying. Is Tieing really that unusual?

When tieing two things together, e.g: Two distinct ideas, but with a common theme tieing them together Tieing shoe laces is easy. I have always spelt it with an ie. Now I am being told by ...
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Explaining S suffix to non-native English speaker [migrated]

I am assisting a Hebrew speaker in improving her skills in English. She is having a difficult time understanding how English speakers use the S, and I am looking for the simplest way to explain this. ...
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Is the sentence 'I am aspiring Chartered Accountancy' grammatically correct?

My friend is unsure whether to put it in his credentials for an internet site or not. I am also not entirely convinced that it is correct. It makes sense but doesn't look correct. What am I missing? ...
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When did the word “home” become synonymous with “house”, in contrast to an apartment home or condo?

Not long ago, I had a conversation with a gentleman working at my building. I asked him if he lived in the building and he said "No I live in a home." I thought that was a strange wording, but I ...
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Is “really” in the sense of “very”, American English, or British English?

Or is it both? If it is American English, what would be the British English equivalent, or vice versa. "I really like this dress" as in "I very much like this dress"
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What is the district police called?

I was chatting with a course mate in the morning and we talked about alcohol, then he mentioned ''in Poland you can't drink publicly, as the 'civic guard' may talk to you.'' Neither of us knew what ...
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Right a wrong & wrong a right [closed]

You can say "right a wrong" & "righting wrongs" But can you say "wrong a right or "wronging rights"
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What does it mean “Do not mistake my silence for a lack of grief” [closed]

I tried hard to fond the meaning of this quotation but failed. Can somebody described it? Quote doesn't make sense to me
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Why does this sentence not use a comma? I am pausing

"change my account choice, that way I would have had" i put this into word, and it wont let me count it as correct grammar, anybody know why?
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Do you stick to the original spelling of a name regardless of British or American spelling?

For example, NATO stands for "North Atlantic Treaty Organization", which is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries, hence the American spelling of "...
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Form of the word “repeal?” [closed]

If someone were to say something got destroyed, they would say "the destruction of the..." What is this form for "repeal?"
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“Is there still any confusion?” Or “Is there any confusion still?”

I know after verb we can use "still". But what about interrogative sentences?
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How to pronounce “r” after a “g”?

I can pronounce the english "r" properly in most words but it sounds closer to a "w" when it follows a "g" and sometimes "k" sound. The words that are the most problematic for me are agree and agreed. ...
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What does “Will Lift Sanctions” mean? [closed]

A Wall Street Journal headline from May 7, 2019 reads Pence to Announce U.S. Will Lift Sanctions on Venezuela Gen. Manuel Cristopher Figuera After He Broke Ranks With Maduro What does will lift ...
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Is this correct in American English: It has helped me developed

I've come across a brief overview about a Canadian sales representative that says : I grew-up in a family business specializing in short-term rental accommodations. Our resort, Tyrolean Village ...
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Are email salutations regional?

Best wishes is very popular ending for emails and replaces best regards in almost all emails I've received from academics in Cambridge (UK). At the same time I've never seen this used by American ...
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Is the following bit of dialogue correct orthographically/grammatically for American English?

After being interrupted by the character he is talking to, the nameless MC says the following line of dialogue, referencing a situation that the character he is currently speaking with acted in. 「…...
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A word for a substitute

I need a word for: an item that can be substituted for another due to that item not being readily available...OR what is the word for something that is used as a substitute while in a bind?
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Why can't we say that “Horses are a useful animal.” treats horses as a class or set of objects?

(1)Computers are important research tools. (2)Computers are an important research tool. We can say that the first sentence treats computers as discrete objects. The second sentence treats ...
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Is “snitty” a popular American English term? What is its origin?

I came to know the word, “snitty” for the first time from the remark of Mr. William Barr during his testimony on his way of handling of Mueller Report in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Washington ...
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Preposition “to” with places in present perfect

in BrE it is normal to say e.g.: "She's been to Africa twice." In the past simple, the preposition would be "in": "She was in Africa twice." Question 1: Why is there such a difference? Question 2:...
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In British English, which is more common — the em dash or the en dash?

I'm reasonably certain the em dash is more common than the en dash in American English. But which of the two is more common in British English?
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When was the term “reality” first used referring to a TV show?

According to Etymonline the expression is from the early ‘90, but they add no details: Reality television from 1991. Reality television as a genre appears to date back at least to the ‘40s as ...
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What does “break out the gavel ”mean? [closed]

In Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, Sky says she will eventually "break out the gavel". Any guesses what she means?
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is “Lighting the spark for XYZ” a meaningful phrase in english? [closed]

I am trying to translate or rather come up with an English expression for the German "den Funken überspringen lassen" for a title of an academic paper. My best solution so far is "Lighting the spark ...
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What is the correct punctuation for a repeated word?

I'm creating a presentation for school and I want to title my presentation "The not so secret secret to weight loss" My meaning is that people act as if it is a secret when in fact it is very common ...
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Is it deodoriser/deodorizer/deodouriser/deodourizer? In British English as well as American [closed]

British English would usually use "-our" and "-ser" and American English would use "-or" and "-zer". I don't seem to find an appropriate answer to this. Which combination is actually correct for ...
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Should I use 'on' or 'for' in these sentences?

If I called the ER about a patient of whom a doctor is taking care, should I say, 'may I speak to the doctor on the patient name John? I have a result on this patient?" or should I use for, "may i ...
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Grammar clarification on a sentence [closed]

I am using this statement in my job application's cover letter. " Kindly requesting to consider my career interest and immediate availability." Mentioned sentence is showing it as grammar error. ...
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Synonym of Dream Interpreter

Is there any single word synonym from "Dream Interpreter" or the person who tells the meaning of the dream?
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Is differing pronunciation of “second” a regional difference? (US English)

According to Wiktionary the word "second" can be pronounced one of two ways in the US: /ˈsɛk.(ə)nd/ and /ˈsɛk.(ə)nt/ I've googled to try to find anything about the difference between these ...
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“Facing the resignation” meaning [closed]

What does it mean: "You'll just be spending your day working to overcome strains, trying to live your life and at various points facing the resignation that if you can't get your *** of this wheel ...
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Succinct, shorthand, (possibly) Latin word similar to “ala”

I'm trying to find the world that one would use to denote a connection to a person's idea. I'm writing a sentence where I want to make a simple connection to Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the hands ...
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Is “a such thing”… a thing?

John McWhorter, a Columbia U linguistics professor who hosts the excellent "Lexicon Valley" podcast, has on several occasions used the phrase a such thing where I would have said such a thing. I ...
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Difference Between “letter” and "paper in 19th century English

Recently, I found a civil war journal of a family member of mine who fought and eventually died for the North in the US Civil War. He notes what he receives from home, and he talks about receiving ...
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How would you describe the movement of a lever?

The story is that I was describing an action happens in the car park in class, and I got stuck, I said something like: "after putting a coin in the slot of the parking meter, then the lever would be ...
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What is considered as verbatim copying exactly? [closed]

I am always confused when it the word verbatim copying or word for word comes up. What does that exactly mean For example The statement below: Examining and investigating any electrical components ...
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Amn’t —-where it occurs in US

We moved to CA from Norfolk, VA as children. Our parents and grandparents are college educated yet we four all said “amn’t,” to the shock of our CA neighbors. We no longer say it but I wondered why we ...