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"So I have learned."

Earlier today I found myself with the desire to use the expression: "So I have learned" in response to someone as a confirmation of recently gained knowledge. My question for you all is ...
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Did they end up going to the café first or straight to the library after the film according to the following dialogue? [closed]

M: I’ve got the cinema tickets. The film’s at 2:30 this afternoon and lasts about two hours. We could have a hot chocolate at the cafe after it. W: That’d be nice, but I’ve got to get some ...
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Provisioned for the weekend

What does it mean exactly? A friend asked me if I was "provisioned for the weekend," and as someone who knows English as a second language, I was scratching my head trying to figure out what ...
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"Truth" as a reply instead of "True"

I think this sentence is grammatically correct: You need a new pair of glasses. True. However, I've heard sometimes someone says Truth instead of True: You need a new pair of glasses. Truth. Is ...
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Is this is an “either/or” statement or an “either/and” statement?

I’m currently applying to jobs and ran across this statement in the qualifications section of one listing: “Not currently enrolled in or completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in a digital marketing ...
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This and that when they refer to non-tangible objects

Let's take this example: ....But on a regular, day-to-day basis, when a task requires thinking that isn’t itself enjoyable, even puzzle lovers’ brains prefer less thinking over more. That is the law ...
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Difference between Reply x Answer x Response [closed]

I have a question about conversation in english... i'm only a recently student of english, then I've got a lot of question. If I understood, in a conversation face to face or in some social media, ...
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Word for someone who always relates a topic of conversation back to their topic [duplicate]

I have a friend who consistently relates any conversation back to their set topics. Such as North Korea, nazis,soviet union, freemasons and greece. For example, I was talking about disney killing off ...
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What does the woman say in the movie? [closed]

What does the woman say in the movie? The link to the specified section of the movie: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XHAEckAKxeEGyF2hQ8juhA5ewshXEhCo/view?usp=sharing
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What to say when someone's answer is not related to our question or at least we think it's not? [duplicate]

I would say: "How's that related to my question ?" Please answer for both formal and informal cases
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Proper use of "we" in this conversation

Is the following use of "we" in an informal conversation incorrect or ambiguous: Mary: How did your day go at work? John: It was good. I had a meeting early in the morning and we had lunch ...
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Is it natural to say "Me, I xyz"?

I tend to put "me" in front of sentences when I'm trying to set them apart from a previously said opinion or view. Examples: Me, I like pizza. Me, I'm cold. Is it okay to say it like that ...
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What is a casual way of saying "I will go offline soon" in an Internet conversation

I'm having a conversation on my phone, but know I can't answer in a short while (e. g. need to go to sleep of have an appointment). What's a casual way of saying "I'm going offline soon"? I ...
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Meaning of "I am holding for"

I was watching "Gilmore Girls" Lory (Lorelai's daughter) just got in private school, but Lorelai discovered that tuition enroll fee is too much high to prepare on short notice. So I think, ...
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How to express surprise when you do not expect something and forced to do it

A friend and I booked a table at a restaurant in the expectation of being there for the whole evening but, once we had begun our meal, the waiter told us that we had to vacate the table by 9:30 as the ...
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When do you close? vs Until what time are you open?

I have just came across this situation. At I can't get rid of this question what should I say when do you close or until what time are you open? it might sound really silly question, but when you ...
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how to recognize places and people's names easily during conversation

I can distinguish places or names easily when I am reading because they have capital letters. However that information is not conveyed through conversation. I found it difficult for me to recognize a ...
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What’s the origin/etymology of “mm-bye”?

As said to end conversations (especially on the phone): mmm-bye. When and how did this form/usage start?
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Do native English speakers pronouce b as m?

I very often study English and try to improve my listening skill with some educational materials. And I just encountered a sentence, "Once he made an alarm clock for cats – you know, to wake them ...
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A slang-phrase for "dreamed for him"

Is there an informal way of saying "I've been informed my child was accepted at the school I always dreamed for him"?
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“I’ll get right on it” [duplicate]

What does it mean to say ( I’ll get right on it) if someone in a really terrible situation and being offered a help and he replied ( I ‘ll get right on it )
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Using "is" or not

Should I use "is" in the below: 1-Whatever what you dream of, with the hard work you can achieve it. 2-Whatever is what you dream of, with the hard work you can achieve it.
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Is it correct to say ‘Skyping’ in a sentence

Is it correct to say to my boss ‘ I will be Skyping with you from there’
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Is it common to say 'not that urgent'

Is it correct to say ‘not that urgent’ to someone who is offering urgent appointment thinking that there is something urgent?
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superior "at" vs "in" which preposition to use?

(which is the best sentence to use between ( 1 or 2) and (3 or 4) : 1- He is superior at all things. (means he is the best) 2- He is superior in all things. (means he is the best) 3- He is ...
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which preposition sounds more idiomatic and natural?

which one to use to mean that people die because of flu ? 1- People die from flu. 2- People die of flu.
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What sentence sounds more natural?

I have a question regarding the following sentences: which one is more native one. I wouldn't be trying to learn English, if I haven't met someone who inspired me. I wouldn't be trying to learn ...
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Is it incorrect to say "I couldn't catch that" when referring to missed conversation?

A friend of mine who speaks English as a second language asked me if it was correct to say "I couldn't catch that" when referring to just having missed a part of a conversation, e.g. a phone call. My ...
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A word describing someone who says "like" or "um" every couple of words in most sentences [duplicate]

Is there a word (or a few words) that accurately describes someone with the "like disease" (or the many other unnecessary words or small phrases spread throughout most sentences, such as "um") in "...
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How to answer cheers?

I occasionally have meetings with my supervisor. When the meeting finishes, my supervisor says: "cheers". I don't know how to answer that. What is a natural response to that? What do native speakers ...
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I would like + please

I received an email with this sentence: He gives a talk and then I and anyone else interested can discuss with him afterward. In response to that sentence, can I write this next sentence or not? How ...
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Response to "Excuse me" when some one wants to pass you [duplicate]

It has happened to me a lot that when I am searching for an item in aisle in a supermarket and somebody says "excuse me" and passes me. What is a natural response to excuse myself here? What should ...
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response to thank you after helping [closed]

I kept a door for somebody to pass and he said: "thank you". What should I say in response? I said: "no problem!". But I am not sure my response was the best one.
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Using "Excuse me, ..." for asking questions

It has happened to me a lot that I stop random people in the street for asking a question about direction. I said "Excuse me". In answer to my "excuse me" People usually say "Hey". I am wondering if I ...
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Where should a period be placed when a sentence ends in a word that is meant to be copied exactly? [closed]

Where should a period be placed when a sentence ends in a word that is meant to be copied exactly? Contrived example: Let's say that my friend is house-sitting and I want to text them the password to ...
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Is having "a past" always refering to a bad history?

If someone has a past, does that always mean a bad history? For example: is it appropriate to say "He is a photographer, with a painter's past" or it would be a bad introduction even in an informal ...
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Why do people use present tense when they are quoting someone? [duplicate]

I've heard and used this a lot but was wondering why and is it even correct. When you are in a conversation with your mates and you are telling a story and when you try to quote someone, you say "...
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Will/would be able to

My friend: I am ready to go to any country in the world if there's a treatment. Me: There's a hospital in the US – they WOULD/WILL be able to treat this. What's the difference between WOULD BE and ...
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How to ask to repeat a phrase?

If voice during phone conversation become gibberish, how to ask a person to repeat last words? I'm living in Cyprus and all local people when speak English just use 'tell me' for this. It this a ...
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Would it be possible to respond "Not" if someone ask me that "Do you ~", or "Did you ~"?

Is it alright that I say just a word "Not." about the question starting with "Do you~?", or "Did you~?"? (Not Are you~?, Were you~?)
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How to shout to a stranger 80ft away to let her know that her cards have fallen onto the ground? [closed]

During my recent trip visiting U.S. I noticed a girl's credit card falling onto the ground. She was walking and did not notice this. The girl (maybe ~20 years old) was ~80ft away from me. I tried ...
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How would i ask for application process completed succesfully [closed]

We applied to International Revenue Service for obtaining ein for our new established USA based company, filled out and thereafter sent SS-4 form through fax and I need to check out on the phone ...
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Synonym for "sure" and "yes please"

When somebody suggests me something (maybe offering me something, or suggesting me for a proposal/plan), and I would like to show my agreement/approval for that. Instead of just saying "sure" or "yes ...
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How to say "dulcet" in verbal English (or slang)?

For example, if somebody sitting next to me hummed or sang a song and I want to tell him that his song is dulcet, in a polite but informal manner (or even slang). How can I express that? Should I ...
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My wife, I just have the one, is

A: Those are my wives B: Well, my wife, I just have the one, ... This conversation is taken from the series shameless, s07e03, min. 22:47. What is the meaning of the definite article in B's ...
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I am your friend. What about you?

I want to offer a friendship, where there is a cultural barrier that I need to respect; And there is a barrier in the other direction too - but less strong. I want to offer the friendship by stating ...
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How to punctuate rhetorical question in an informal sentence?

I am writing a story where my character says something like, "It's been what? Twenty-five years? since I've seen you". Now, how do I properly punctuate this in my sentence? Do I use ellipses or ...
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Can "some couldn't know" be used to console somebody?

A : "Hey pal, I don't think I can go on anymore. I feel people around me are much greater than me. I feel I'm useless and nobody cares about me." B : "Don't worry. It's okay. Some couldn't know." (= ...
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Word for not insignificant small talk?

From Merriam Webster small talk is defined as "light or casual conversation" However describing a conversation with my parents as small talk would indicate a shallow relationship. Is there a word ...
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Best reply to "Have a nice weekend"?

Someone says: "Have a nice weekend!" Which of these replies suits best? Consider saying this to a foreign person, not a friend: "Same to you." "You too." "I wish you, too." Feel free to post if ...
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