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Which article “a/the” when refering to document in email

I am sending an email with a PDF document to my client. I am not sure of a/the usage in the given statement: You can find a detailed breakdown of all work done by our workers in the attachment. ...
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Comma before “yet”? [closed]

Let us simplify the question Usage of "yet" and comma (in which the example has more than one complication, and which has two partially contradicting answers with the equal scores of 3 as of ...
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kept to himself [kɛpʔm.sɛlf]

What phonological process produces the pronunciation (roughly kept to himself [kɛpʔm.sɛlf]) that's heard in this clip? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZPkiC94FEo
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On file or file on record [closed]

Please provide information on the attached so I have it on file or please provide information on the attached so I have the file on record. Is it important to mention record
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How to say correctly? [closed]

The question is mostly for native speakers. There is an application that supports Windows and Linux OS. In the future, we plan to sell it, and we plan to add links on the main page that lead to the ...
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“Know to speak” vs. “Know how to speak” [closed]

I know to speak English. I know how to speak English. What is the difference between the sentences above?
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Why is borne a past participle of bear?

This is a question that people have seldom ever asked. In the English language, past participles are verbs that usually end with "-ed" (or "-ore" for those whose present participles end with "-ear"). ...
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Why do so many people seem to take offense from me calling females “females”? [closed]

I often call females females, just as I call males males. Using "women" and "men" is problematic in the sense that it's very specific to a certain age group; you cannot call a little girl a "woman", ...
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Can I say “he can eat more than one eggs”? [closed]

Can I say "he can eat more than one eggs"? Is this right?
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“Have a nap” or “Take a nap”?

I'd like to know what's the difference between: "We decided to have a nap" and "We decided to take a nap". Is it a BrE / AmE thing?
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Which version of English is most common in Switzerland?

Since I'm from South Africa (a former British colony) and attended a British school, I mostly write English in a British way. Given that there are also Americans in Switzerland, one also comes across ...
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What exactly is a “boogy ride”?

Cartoon video source: https://archive.org/details/merriemelodiescoalblackanddesebbendwarfs1943 Title: "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs" (1943) At 03:32, So White goes: Well, thanks for the boogy ...
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Does /dʒ/ exist for words beginning in “D” in AmE?

There are quite a few words in BrE beginning with "D" where the initial consonant is pronounced /dʒ/. Think: Dew Duke It seems, though, that the pronunciations of these words change in AmE, where /...
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What is the difference between the vowels in “sole” and “solo”?

To my ears, the vowel in "sole" or "soul" sounds different from the first vowel in "solo"; it sounds somewhat similar to the vowel in "caught", while the vowel in "solo" does not. (You can listen to ...
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Why is this habitual sentence wrong?

Why is the following sentence wrong? Usually we grow vegetables in our garden but this year we don't? Since the simple present shows habitual behavior, can we show an exception to the habit also ...
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What does “said deuces” mean? [closed]

What does "said deuces" mean? From context in places I encountered the idiom - I can guess it means to take one's leave, to depart, or to say goodbye, but I'm not sure.
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I will show them the 'job of Bronx' [closed]

Rocco Commisso is the Italian-American owner of the New York Cosmos and Fiorentina FC. Italian journalists made fun of his funny Italian accent, and he responded saying this: I know that lots of ...
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Is 'do be' correct in 'do be aware'?

Do be aware that this repository is just for the WordPress.com desktop wrapper. Is it correct to say do be? I feel like the do is unnecessary. I am correct?
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“Declare” or “report” income?

I’m writing about a feature that allows Russian freelancers who are registered as self-employed citizens to report their income made through our platform online to the tax authority. Should I use the ...
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What is the difference between screen shot and screenshot, where do we use screen shot and screenshot

What is the difference between screen shot and screenshot, where do we use screen shot and screenshot. Are they used interchangeably?
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Usage of Articles(definite vs indefinte)

"Find the area of a triangle whose side is 3cm, 14cm and 7.5cm." Is this sentence correct or should we use 'the' instead of 'a' because we have specified/defined the triangle by specifying its sides(...
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Can the word “something” really not be broken up into any pieces (hyphenation) in British English?

I'm testing this software hyphenator. It seems to be working overall quite well, but one thing struck me as odd, so I'm asking you language experts. The word "something" doesn't get broken up into ...
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Is “1940's” and “1950's” correct in the USA? [duplicate]

Snippet from the book "STYLING vs. SAFETY The American Automobile Industry and the Development of Automotive Safety, 1900-1966" by Joel W. Eastman: and its continual improvement by progressive and ...
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What is the meaning of "bail on his life and set up shop in someone else's.” in the first episode of Rick&Morty?

Friends. I started watching Rick and Morty with English subtitles, but English is not my first language, and I have a problem in understanding the meaning of this Dialogue. Beth says it to his father ...
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What is meaning of “bad pitch” and “grab him and stuff under a mattress…” in the first episode of Rick&Morty?

I started watching Rick and Morty with English subtitles but English is not my first language, and I have a problem in understanding the exact meaning of some dialog;This Dialog is between Jerry and ...
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What does this person mean by: “I want to be thrown free of the accident”?

From this Stackexchange question: In the US, the NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was formed in 1966. Prior to this there really wasn't a regulatory agency in the US for ...
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Different between verb + ing and verb + ed [migrated]

Can somebody helps to explain what are the differences between these sentences? What grammar is this? ex) 1. - This is an added product - This is an adding product - This is an ...
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Is “this is different than before” valid US English for “this is different from before”? [duplicate]

I have many times heard James Rolfe and Mike Matei (the video content producers), who I believe both grew up in New Jersey or in the city Pennsylvania, say things such as: Blablabla. This is ...
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Have I finally got these newspaper/magazine terms right? Issue, edition, copy

Let's pretend that there is a "ABC News" newspaper. That's a newspaper. It is available in both Canada and the USA, so they make one "USA edition" and one "Canada edition", both sharing the "ABC News"...
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Is Hey as a greeting rude in formal email communication?

Is Hey (without name) as a greeting rude in formal email/workplace chat communication? The context is American English. What about "Hi," "Hey,"
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How is it called when one supress prepositions? [closed]

How is it called in English when one uses "Corruption patterns smart detection" instead of "Smart detection of corruption patterns"? Is this an example of direct versus indirect speech?
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Is it “bad” to try and learn southern American English? [closed]

I have always been really interested in south American life style, culture, and specially language, a while back, I asked a professional American English teacher, about if it was OK to try and learn ...
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Which one is correct? I am *even more happy* for you! or *even happier*? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Even more happy or even happier? P.S.: My question has more to do with the combination of the word "happy" with the word "even", on the context above.
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Is it correct to say “files from 3 days ago” or “files of 3 days ago”?

The situation may be as follows: A computer crashed on 12 January 2020, but we need to get some files as the status on 9 January 2020. We need the files from 3 days ago. We need the files of ...
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If I use British English am I wrong? [closed]

I went to an American School, and whenever I used Br English, it was wrong. But say I traveled to Britain with those as my schooling verification? Would I be wrong?
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IPA, Accents, and dictionaries, British and American Phonetics [duplicate]

As a non native english speaker, I'm trying to work on my accent. I've taken a lot of bad habits so I'm trying to go back to the fundamentals meaning learning phonetics. But they seem very imprecise ...
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What rule does the sentence “Before you were born, I am an adult,” violate?

The context: I look young for my age. I claimed to remember when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I am asked the question, how do you remember that when you don't look more than 40 years old? The ...
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What exactly the word afraid means for Americans? [closed]

There's a platform where I asked a American gamer girl if the game she is playing on PlayStation available for PC? She replied something like no it's not available, I'm afraid. I don't remember exact ...
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Confusion on using this/that and that/those

I have confusion regarding the use of that/those and this/that properly. My first question: Jobs those are generally involved in a lot of repetitive work are boring. Jobs that are generally ...
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Understanding the greeting 'Take Care'

I want to know if this english word 'Take Care' that we use in greetings have the same deep meaning or approach as our language is. In my language (Filipino), it was 'Ingat po kayo' which is, if ...
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Why do Americans find the word “request” to be rude? [closed]

I was reading somewhere that Americans find the word request to be a rude gesture. You must directly ask them a question instead of using the word "request". For example, in this Quora post, "Don't ...
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“To be on first-name terms” in American English

Several dictionaries - Merriam-Webster, Collins, Cambridge et al. - say that "to be on first-name terms" is British English. What is it called in American English when two people decide to call each ...
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Correct answer for the following question [duplicate]

Question: Who broke the jar? Answer 1: "I" Answer 2: "Me" Which answer is correct?
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“Federal” is to “Federally” as “State” is to

If you were to say that something would be taxed by the federal government, you could say it was taxable federally (though you would more likely say it was federally taxable). If something would ...
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Wear slippers or put on slippers [closed]

Which is the most correct one? 1) My shoes are lost from the shop, kindly allow me to wear slippers today. 2) My shoes are lost from the shop, kindly allow me to put on slippers today.
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Serial comma in academic papers in mathematics and computer science [duplicate]

Is there a predominant style in academic papers in computer science concerning the usage or the omission of the serial comma? What do ACM and IEEE do in general? I failed to find it out on my own. Is ...
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Can “certiorari” be pronounced as three syllables in the US?

"Certiorari" has a different pronunciation in almost every dictionary I've checked. Almost all of them are five syllables. And according to a 2014 article in the American Bar Association Journal, in ...
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Animateness-neutral “its”

The House of Representatives shall chuse their [modernly, its] Speaker. U.S. Const. art. I, § 2 Wouldn't the use of its here be "animateness-neutral", so to speak, as opposed to their?
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What are the best examples of how American women spoke in the 1940s?

I'm struggling to figure out what the best examples of American 1940s speech would be, especially for women. Movies from the 40s often suffer from Mid-Atlantic accents. Much of the media of the day ...
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Is this sentence correct “Any and all persons can do this.”?

I read it in a website and it said "Any and all persons can have this account". It does not roll off the tongue and something seems amiss. Is this right usage of "any and all"?

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