Questions tagged [american-english]

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Become liking it VS to like it?

Hey I have a question about "Become" I wanna say i didn't like volleyball before but now "i become liking it" or "i become to like it" , which one is correct? Thanks :)
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What are historical reasons why the US people put initial in between their first and last names?

As far as I know it is not mandatory form of the full name, but many Americans (I reckon it is true for other English speaking nations, but it is much more typical for people in the US) choose to ...
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What's the difference between synergy and synergism?

Do synergy and synergism mean the same thing? Is there some sort of subtle difference in connotation? I'm asking in the context of American English, if it makes a difference.
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Does ask some poor children here means “invite them in” in this context? And “have a tree or something” means buy them? [closed]

It won’t be surprise; for I know you are going to ask some poor children here, and have a tree or something.”
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Are these sentences the same? [duplicate]

-This is very interesting to me -I am very interested in it I just wanted to know because I don’t know
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What are some antonyms for salvation? [closed]

I'm writing an essay on how immigrants came to the US in the 1900s for salvation, but instead, they got the opposite. However, I'm looking for a more complex word; it'll sound boring if I just say it ...
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Comparing/Contrasting Adjectives with/without “the” and “one”

In terms of American English, I'm considering the following 3 options of comparing/contrasting adjectives. Are all of these okay? The red dress is better than blue. The red dress is better than the ...
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What does “done wore out one” refer to in casual Southern US American?

In the highly racist and despicable, although humorous, song "Alabama n-word", apparently from the 1960s in the Southern USA, at 1:30 into the song, the lyrics go like this: I'm glad this ...
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Is “considering stealing” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I am working with a student who sends me essays and I help edit them. In one of his paragraphs, he wrote "The lecturer indicates this is illegal since it is considering stealing." In my head,...
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“to enumerate something” and “to number something”?

i just could not figure it out
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Do you say needn't have in AmE?

My textbook says that you can use this construction "needn't have" if you want to say that something that you have done in the past wasn't necessary and you didn't know it was unnecessary, ...
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What are the differences between “could” and “can” when stating a possibility?

For demanding payments there are two ways to say : You could transfer to this account You can transfer to this account Both make a grammatical sentence. Are there subtle differences between them I ...
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What exactly is a “ring-a-ding girl”?

It's been years since I watched this episode, but I remember being very confused about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring-a-Ding_Girl "Ring-a-Ding Girl" is episode 133 of the American ...
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Which sentence is the best?

Which one is (more) correct? Do they all mean the same? How long will it take FOR dinner be ready? How long will it take TO dinner be ready? When will dinner be ready? When is dinner going to be ...
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‘Gen’ as a synonym for Atty?

The Words With Friends dictionary tells me that ‘Gen’ means attorney, Is this a general term for lawyers? Does it have any special connotations? Is it office slang? How is it pronounced; like gin?
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Word for a car accessory that is standard trim, or a low-cost option

I'm looking for a word or two that covers in a vehicle all-round cameras, built-in sonar and radar, etc that may be in the base price or in a low-cost package, and all mount unobtrusively into pre-...
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“Ridiculous” - what an ambiguous word. Please help to understand [closed]

I've been trying to understand the meaning of "ridiculous", but I am still confused. I can see it is used in both positive or negative ways. When someone likes something, they say with a ...
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Do British English-speakers call American Lieutenants 'lef-tenants' or 'loo-tenants'?

In British English, the military (and police) rank of 'lieutenant' is pronounced 'lef-tenant'. In American English, it is 'loo-tenant' (approximately). Are these treated as two distinct pronunciations ...
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what's the difference between since + present perfect and since + past simple when since is not used as because [duplicate]

I've seen both being used but never really understood what's the difference -between these two for example I've been a different person since I've gone to Spain I've been a different person since I ...
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If one is in one's first year of studying somewhere, does that automatically make one a freshman?

The definition of a freshman is "a first-year student at a university, college, or high school." (from Oxford languages). Therefore, if a person is in middle school, but has one or more ...
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Is it correct to say exorbitantly expensive? [closed]

The definition of exorbitant is: "(of a price or amount charged) unreasonably high." I have seen the word used in the phrases "exorbitantly priced" and "exorbitant rate". ...
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Which one is correct “John is in the third” or “John is in the third place”? [closed]

If I want to ask someone in the picture, like 'Where's John?' or 'Which one is john?' which answer should it be?
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Is it appropriate to use “I” multiple times in one sentence?

Consider the following sentences. I want to say I like this book. I have noticed I have a knack for problem solving. They sound somewhat wrong to me. Are they grammatical and appropriate? Is there ...
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Incorrect “There's” with plurals--am I missing something? [duplicate]

More and more lately I've been noticing--what I think of as--mistakes with plurals. I've seen this a lot in spoken English, but it's also popped up a few times in the articles and books I read. The ...
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Article “a” like “ā” in the everyday life (without emphasis)

Why do some people pronounce an article "a" as "ə-sound", whereas others do it in a way like "ā"? There is an answer to this question here: (Pronunciation of "a"...
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Grammar and accuracy [closed]

I work for an ESL Teaching School and I was asked to make an application form for all students who wish to apply to study at our school. I have some questions about the following questions I've ...
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Is this identified as plural or singular? [duplicate]

"The set of mental processes" is/are ? Thanks.
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How to pronounce /æ/ in American English? [duplicate]

This one is really hard for me because I feel like it has at least two pronunciations. Examples: bad /bæd/ where it sounds more like /ee/ practice /præktəs/ where it sounds more like /aa/ Can ...
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Is it grammatical to use ellipses to indicate a character reminiscing?

Is the usage of ellipses correct here? He sat on his wooden desk, fixing the reel on his cassette. When he played the cassette, his mind played the memories of the past ... [a paragraph outlining the ...
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The reference issued for the continuing “in” OR “on” master degree? [migrated]

I do not know which version is correct. Should I use article "on" or "in"? The reference issued for the continuing in master degree OR The reference issued for the continuing on ...
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What kind of accent does the speaker in this YouTube video have?

Please watch this short YouTube video. What kind of accent does the speaker have? More specifically, from where does his accent come from? Despite his unusual accent, is this accent a native variant ...
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Problem with passive form [closed]

I am trying to solve an exercise where you have to rewrite sentences into passive form. I am having a problem with these sentences: Someone empties our bins every week. submit: Our bins are emptied ...
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“i am cooking”, “i have to cook”, “i am going to cook”, and “i will cook” [migrated]

I have a situation. i am watching the TV at noon, then i make a telephone call with my husband for a while, then it is time to cook. whhat would i say below is correct? I am cooking (now), bye. I ...
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Is such an ellipsis acceptable?

If we have the sentence She is interested in philosophy (especially philosophy of mathematics). is the following ellipsis acceptable in modern (American) English? She is interested in philosophy (...
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Is the short-e pronounced as [e] or [ɛ] in standard English? [duplicate]

In many English dictionaries, I saw the phonetic symbol of short-e is /e/ such as in bed (/bed/). However, I'm taught that the pronunciation of that is /ɛ/. Which one is right in standard English? ...
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How to understand this teddy bear metaphor?

In this video How Long Do Koalas Really Sleep In A Day?, it states that Scientists have long believed that this [1] may be due to [koala's] position as nature's own teddy bear, but recent studies ...
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What does “circle each other” mean?

I read this in an article Two people meet, retreat and then circle each other, all while talking and talking. What does "circle each other" mean?
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Is 'dirgible' good American English?

I have had a disagreement with my ten year old about the pronunciation of dirigible, which she was saying 'dirgible'. When I queried this, she explained that an animated movie on Netflix had it as '...
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I'd like to know if this question is valid. “collectors and providers of the data must have ownership rights.”

I was trying to solve a problem and got a question. Based only on the text, can you determine whether the sentence mentioned is correct or not? I don't think it's appropriate to ask if it's true ...
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Correct usage with compound nouns [closed]

He met an accomplished Hogwarts Witch Hermione Granger. (incorrect) 1'. He met an accomplished Hogwarts Witch, Hermione Granger.(correct)(accepting capitalisation) He met a Witch Hermione Granger. (...
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Polite way to ask remaining money [closed]

When I think of asking remaining money from someone following things come to my mind : Hi xyz, Just a reminder to transfer the rest of the amount Hi, Gentle reminder to transfer the balance amount ...
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Do Americans with PIN-PEN merger confuse “imminent” and “eminent”? [closed]

The PIN-PEN merger is a merger of the vowels /ɪ/ (KIT vowel) and /ɛ/ (DRESS vowel) before nasals [m n ŋ]. The resultant vowel is more raised and is closer to [ɪ]. Pin pen, him hem, kin ken are ...
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Alternative ways to say I am busy with some work [closed]

The context is - Someone asks for help with a task. And I don't have time for it due to busy schedule. So these are the things that come to my mind - I am stuck in some work I am caught up in some ...
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Is synonymy of “man” and “human” on decline? [closed]

Is the synonymy of man and human on the decline? By extension, I am interested in mankind and humankind. I have no idea what online tools to use to investigate this.
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Come back hard on us [closed]

I want to convey to a client that if they don't take things seriously and provide incorrect information then our management will come back very hard on us.is this the right sentence or any idiom or ...
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What is the alternative word to “conservative”?

I was reading one of my old posts and I came across the following sentence: During my career as a web developer, I encountered many conservative developers. Is it valid to say: "conservative ...
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GROCERY or GROSHERY [duplicate]

I am from Minnesota and have always pronounced GROCERY as GROSH-RY. I teach grammar and pronunciation online, and I recently encountered much controversy regarding what is the correct or incorrect ...
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Are there any publications which would indicate that American journalists understand the concept of ‘auto-coup’ or ‘self-coup'?

On the 6th of January, 2021, In the United States, it appears that we were in the midst of an armed insurrection that reached beyond the Capitol steps during sessions, penetrating even to chambers......
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relative pronoun 'which' vs 'that' [duplicate]

In this sentence, is there an error? In the name of revamping the law, investigation and trial should not be altered in a way which undermines the principles on which the judicial system was founded. ...
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at the end or in the end [closed]

She has been asking me to buy her a book for a long time. At the end, I bought her one. Is this correct? Why can't I use “in the end”?

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