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How to pronounce the "bunched /r/" sound?

I don't live in English-speaking country. I try to learn English on my own. I am interested in aquisition the General American accent (GA). My question is about the American /r/ consonant ([ɹ]) and ...
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Let me know your availability [closed]

When someone suggests making a video call someday and you reply it is a good idea (even unsure he/she is just being polite) and he/she says let me know your availability, does he/she want to know the ...
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Meaning of "going north" idiom, in the context of poker

I'm wondering what is the meaning of "going north" ? Also really proud of shorting Vinny, he got caught 4 times going north... obnoxious, rude and wasn't thrown out and it was 25 dollars... ...
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Grants distribution but with pejorative connotation [closed]

Is there a bitter phrase that signals pejorative connotations when talking about grants distribution? Unfortunately, grants system is not perfect and can be abused by irresponsible people who suck-up ...
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Should it be 'equals' or 'equal'? [duplicate]

I was reading something and found this line. I just want to know whether the word 'equal' should be 'equals' or 'equal'? Which sentence is grammatical? At the time of settlement the cash value plus ...
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Can "drunk" be used as a noun? [closed]

I was reading Post Office and the very first sentence looked a little off to me "It was Christmas season and I learned from the drunk up the hill, who did the trick every Christmas, that they ...
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A better word than 'cathouse' for an outside shelter for 1 cat

Most of us who have gardens* and are fond of nature and animals have outside shelters for them... birdhouse dog house green house cat house? 'Cathouse' seems off to many Americans because of the ...
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Agreed Upon Between - Is It a Correct Phrase [closed]

Is "agreed upon between [two parties]" a correct way to say that there were two parties that agreed upon something (that is, there was an agreement between them)? "Agreed upon by" ...
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'Broagcast' - the /d/ sound in English

I am referring to American English here, but this could also be applied to British English for all I know. Is the "d" really just an alveolar "d" in words like: "hi(d)e my&...
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You may wanna set down the Milk Duds for this one [closed]

I know what "milk duds" are, but can't figure out what this phrase means. It is pronounced in Zombieland - Double Tap by Jesse Eisenberg's character when he describes "Zombie kill of ...
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What does "below the line" mean as applied to the title of "Professor"?

I saw this in a university website. A professor is "Below the Line" in his introduction on his bio page. Bruno Olshausen Below the Line, Professor It sounds negative...but I'm sure it ...
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"from the standpoint of" vs "in terms of"

I've been confused by the usage of "from the standpoint of" and "in terms of". Could anyone tell me if both of the following sentences are correct?  In terms of a high standard ...
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What happens to /v/ when it's immediately followed by /b/ in American English?

In phrases like "of books" "have been" and more what happens to that /v/ sound i tried listening online but I can't quite place how exactly it is made. Does it get devoiced or get ...
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Is drinking-jack another word for mug?

In "Tower of the Elephant", Robert E. Howard uses the word "drinking-jack" three times apparently meaning mug or something like that, judging by the context: Torchlight licked ...
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Rock a Hawk - a Phrase from a Movie [closed]

Must be one of those phrases that everyone knows but nobody explains. Encountered it in this sentence: "My girlfriend thinks I'm too old to rock a hawk." (from the movie called Wheelman) ...
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A SVG or An SVG [duplicate]

Which one is correct A SVG or An SVG? P.S. A/An SVG is a type if image file.
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When it comes to pre-ŋ raising of /ɪ/ to /i/ in California English, does this raising universally affect all the words containing -ing?

Like how king becomes /kiŋ/ and singing becomes /siŋiŋ/. But does this affect all words containing the -ing suffix? On top of my head, I can think of a word like building where I think this raising ...
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True realization of /i/ in American English: Is it really [ɪi]?

I have read in different places that the latter glide-like realization is the only one that exists in American English. Is this a regional thing? If yes, would you say it occurs in western US English? ...
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Origin of 'gin up'

I have been reading the Ken Follet 'Century' saga, and came across a usage I had not seen before. Supposedly in the words of an American... He had different governmental departments working together ...
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Are there any words or terms when 'a small daughter dancing with her dad with her feet on top of his'?

I'm writing my story and I had the idea to have both the characters to dance with one of them standing on the other's feet. But whenever I tried to search the word or term nothing showed up. The only ...
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What does the intonation pattern on "online" mean or imply? [closed]

What does the speaker mean or imply with the intonation on "online" at 0:31 around? A negative and doubtful query? Does the intonation pattern on "online" completely fall at the ...
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The pronunciation of "dr-" as "jr-" by some American English speakers [duplicate]

I've noticed that some Americans pronounce dr as jr , such as: draft → jraft Andrew → Anjrew Is this standard pronunciation?
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What is the intonation or pitch pattern of "parties" at 0:30?

I wonder what the intonation or pitch pattern of "parties" at 0:30 around is in the clip? Why does the stress seem to fall on the both syllables, "par" and "ties"? While ...
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Comma in "If in addition" [duplicate]

Consider the following example sentence: "If in addition he is happy, we are done." What is the correct place for the comma(s) for the phrase "If in addition"? I see two ...
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Why is the second t in "aptitude" aspirated?

As far as I've understood there are these following rules for aspirating a plosive consonant: When it's word initital When it's in a stressed syllable And it's not aspirated when: When preceeded by ...
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In the American dialects that have monophthongization of [eɪ] and [oʊ], what's the rule on when to use the diphthongs and when to use monophthongs?

Does it have something to do with closed and open syllables? Like sometimes I can hear /e/ and /o/ instead of their diphthong forms.
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What is the grammar on Your honor/My lord? [duplicate]

Your honor, My lord, Your highness, My lady all refer to another person. What are the rules behind that? The striked-out questions are answered by Why is it "your Majesty", but "my Lord&...
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take the bite out of something / someone [closed]

Question about the expression: "You should take the bite out of him by telling him...." meaning you should subdue him. Does anyone know the origin of this expression? I am especially ...
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Not everything is about you [closed]

What does it actually mean when people say "Not everything is about you." when they use it?
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can I use thing, thing, thing and/or thing in English [closed]

I want to convert ( thing and/or thing and/or thing and/or thing ) into ( thing, thing, thing and/or thing ) or not
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What does "play at writer" mean in this context in the The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck? [closed]

" Bukowski wrote back to the editor: “I have one of two choices—stay in the post office and go crazy . . . or stay out here and play at writer and starve. I have decided to starve.” " What ...
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Is modern 'five countries' English the only type of English with stress patterns that change across the entire word depending on the suffix?

The capital letters represent where the main stress in each word lies TELephone, telePHONic, teLEphony. PHOTograph, photoGRAphic, photOgraphy. biOLogy, bioLOGical. What about in the past, including ...
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What does the idiom 'It is noon in New York' mean in Chicago? [closed]

I do not have a context for the idiom. All I know it is from/related to Chicago. I did not find this idiom online.
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What does it mean to say "Someone won't know I'm there"?

In one of the video clips of SNL(https://is.gd/WVr1OQ), the man said the thing that drives his mom crazy is "when he sometimes wake up earlier than his mom, he gets out of their bed so that his ...
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Using article "a" [closed]

What is the correct sentence? I'm neither a man nor a god I'm neither man nor God I'm neither a man nor God I'm neither man nor a god
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the use of 'were' and 'was' when describing a situation [duplicate]

What is the correct use of 'were' and 'was' in an imaginary sentence such as: ''If I were to go biking I would be tired.'' How is this different from the sentences below: If I go biking I will be ...
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Is there an English word that describes mentioning something just for the sake of mentioning it but it's completely impractical?

Is there an English word that describes mentioning something just for the sake of mentioning it but it's completely impractical? Like let's say I say, "we should probably take a more holistic ...
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Do I need to put comma if I use "here" in the middle of a sentence?

Imagine, there is a sentence such as: The chair here can not be used. From this question, I get to know that this is a perfectly structured sentence. But should I use a comma before & after the ...
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Symbol indicating a value equal to or greater than a number

I am working on translation of numbers and came across this representation of "5 or greater" as "5+". My question is whether or not there is a term for the "+" sign that ...
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Lived vs Lived out

I am writing the backstory of my character in my short story. I can't figure out which to use between these two and what the difference is between them. Please help. Marcus lived his entire childhood ...
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Why the "oo" in "noon" is pronounced sounding like "you" while the word "moon" isn't? [closed]

I was taught to pronounce the oo in either afternoon or noon as /u:/ ~~the oo in nook~~ until I found some native speakers pronounce the noon sounding like new-n (videos). But the AmE IPA in the ...
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A word for something you give and the receiver knows you will come back to get it? [closed]

What’s the word for something you give someone to ensure that you will come back to get it? For example, if you get a loan, you have to list your valuable assets so they can take those if you don’t ...
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How can I formally and in a short way ask, "Have you passed through any surgery on your ass"? [closed]

It's for an online form. I must know if the person filling the form has a natural or operated ass. I need a short format. Currently we have: Do you have an operated ass? Is it okay this way? It doesn'...
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Which of these is the correct form? [closed]

The equipment ....... delivered tomorrow afternoon. A) will been B) will be And I appreciate it if you explain the differences between the two of them.
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Could we use 'lawn-proud' in the same sense as 'house-proud'?

The meaning of the term house-proud apparently has shifted, at least in the US, from meaning very worried about your house being completely clean and tidy, and spending a lot of time making it so (...
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American accents where /æ/ becomes [eɪ] before /ŋ/. Does /æ/ become [eɪ] before /m/ and /n/ too?

I know that in Californian accent, /æ/ is sometimes realized as [eɪ] only before /ŋ/. So words like hang, bang, rang, sang, gang, which normally end with /æŋ/, end with [eɪŋ]. The reason why it ...
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Can I use 'out of this world' negatively in a sentence

Can I say " their stupidity is out of this world. Its kinda amusing" ? And what are the other ways to say it
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How do I pronounce names that end with "t" in the standard American dialect?

For example, how do I pronounce the "t" in "Robert"? (Assuming nothing is said after it, or the thing after it starts with a consonant) Is it a half-stop "t" or a regular ...
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Any popular phrases that urge the hearer to help a good cause even if help seems unnecessary

What I'm hoping for is something along the lines of "better safe than sorry," but instead of urging the hearer to take possibly-unnecessary safety precautions, my context is one of shared ...
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Due to or Because of

As I know Because of is an adverb which describes the verb and Due to is an adjective that describes the noun. Could you please notify the noun and verb that each of them modifying in the following ...

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