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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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How strong is using “you're a bitch” in a conversation? [closed]

Sorry if I bother you guys about my story but I don't know where I should ask for my problem. English is my second language so I have some problems in conversation with my boyfriend( a American man). ...
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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 can I improve my speaking? [closed]

When I speak I use a small vocabulary, even though I know a lot more than that. Those words tend to be vague and boring. I know other alternatives for those words, although it doesn't come out ...
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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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Daily Conversation

John: May I speak to Ali please? Father: _______________________________. Yes, you may Hold on please. Some of my students give number 1 answer. I do not intend to accept number 1 as a valid answer ...
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What is the difference between didn’t get to sleep and “toss and turn”? [closed]

I saw this saying in a conversation book: I didn’t get to sleep for two or three hours. Then after that I tossed and turned all night. And I’ve consulted Merriam Webster dictionary. Doesn’t “toss ...
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If I were you or if i was you? [duplicate]

I think they both acceptable, but which one you recommend me to use in conversation. If he were/was an elephant. Isn't were sounds too formal/oldfashioned?
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Difference between saying basically and essentially?

I've observed that the word "basically" is not appreciated by any of my professors, specifically in the writing context (as opposed to in conversation). Is saying (writing) "essentially" a more ...
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What does “Sunny Greetings” mean when starting a conversation?

Recently I met a new friend who uses the message "Sunny Greetings" every time we start a conversation, especially via message. What makes this word "Sunny" becomes appropriate? Will it depend on any ...
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What phrase do you use instead of “Nice to meet you” when the two of you have already met but [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker. I would like to know what phrase can be used instead of "Nice to meet you" when the two of you have already met but this just happens to be the first time you ...
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what's the difference between “artificial” and “man-made”?

My colleagues and I started a conversation about skiing. I told them about my last year trip to a mountain but unfortunately there wasn't any snow at all. People there managed to make some artificial ...
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Does using “most” in conversational English convey use of some statistic or data gathering?

In a conversation someone said the following: Most of the engineers working in the high-tech industry switch jobs for money. I was a little adamant about the use of Most in the above statement. I ...
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“I understood her to say” [closed]

‘I did. But when I reached the telephone, he had grown tired of waiting and had rung off. I should never have allowed Miss Wickham to take me away from the house.’ ‘She wanted you to see the big ...
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What is this type of non-answer called? [duplicate]

I walk into a store and ask the clerk: "Do you have any diet Dr Pepper?" The clerk answers, "We have regular Dr Pepper." Searching for a description of this type of response, I've found a lot of ...
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What would you call “the other party” in a conversation in which you are participating? [duplicate]

The ideal word would be "conversee" but that obviously isn't correct. "Recipient" doesn't feel right either. I suppose "interlocutor" is somewhat better, but that doesn't refer to the "other", in this ...
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What's the meaning of “don't make too much trouble for me”

I asked my friend if she likes roujiamou, a popular snack in China, because I was considering to bringing her this as a small gift when we are hanging out tomorrow. She said "I'd like that, but don'...
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'I says' in spoken English

Is it popular to use 'I says' in conversations in spoken English? Especially when we talk about the past in the present. "Hey, John do you remember Linda?" "Yeh" "We were talking yesterday and she ...
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What is the meaning of “put in” in a conversation [closed]

I have visited Great Britain a while ago, and I communicate often with people from nordic countries, and from all of them I often hear the "put in" when someone don't understand or don't hear ...
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It's really nice seeing you. Do native speakers often use this phrase?

My teacher told us that if you want to start a conversation or greeting in a not necessarily formal way you should say the phrase "it's really nice seeing you" after saying hello. Do native English ...
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How do you respond when someone tells you their parent is deceased? [closed]

Well I'm still in college and I know from one of my friends that another friend's father died when she was young. Now how do I react politely if she tells me that in some situation. "Oh, sorry to hear ...
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How to answer when an American asks “Which part of ___ are you from”?

I'm an alien worker here in USA. This happens a lot when I start chit-chatting with a stranger, he/she would ask "Where're you from?" "China" I say. Then chances are the following question would be "...
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Is it better to write 'I' or 'Me' for the name of a speaker in a dialogue? [duplicate]

What should I choose when I write a conversation? Should I write like this? I: How are you? John: Fine. or like this? Me: How are you? John: Fine.
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How should I address this professor in the US?

Realted to this question How should I address a professor in the US? I have a question how to adress the professor in the US in my concrete situation. In the last E-Mails I wrote "Dear professor ..." ...
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What to say in-order to stop a long boring conversation? [closed]

Suppose two friends got into an argument which turned out to be an unending debate. And one of them wanted to end it. What are the different ways to express this?
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“I'm not fit for public consumption ”

A new girl around me had been hospitalized over the weekend for a non-urgent issue. The same day, I wrote to her that I was available to visit her, to see if she needed any help or something (and if ...
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The correct usage of to and in when asking if this is a person's first time in a city [closed]

I'm not sure how to explain this to my student. He is asking which of the following sentences are correct: Is this your first time TO Tokyo? or Is this your first time IN Tokyo? I'm thinking the ...
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How to reply properly to 'Thank you' [closed]

Consider following situation You are a polite person and you hold a door open for someone that comes immediately after you. He/she says: "Thank You!" What is the correct expression to reply to him/...
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punctuation to indicate non-grammatical pause or omission

Is it inappropriate to use an ellipsis to create a conversational pause in a typed sentence, in a situation where it's not appropriate to use a comma or a dash or anything else? There's no grammatical ...
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Adjective for a type of conversation where no real information is conveyed but rather the speakers are establishing a connection.

There is an english word (adj) that refers to a type of conversation where no real real information is being conveyed but rather the speakers are establishing a connection. A casual conversation ...
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running into someone after vacation

for the question 16, I don't know either using "How was your break?" or "What's going on". And Q20,"what about you?" and "what are you up to?" seem able to use? Could someone explain their usages?
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“I know you are” as a response to introduction [closed]

I was watching a movie and noticed this sentence used as a response from a person introducing himself/herself. This is quite odd for me as a non-native speaker of the language. Example: Setting: In ...
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Is there a word for this type of overhearing?

just those snippets of conversations that you're not involved in that you overhear and its not even louder than the rest of their conversation it just stands out to you. I feel like that deserves an ...
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How to answer the greeting “What's the story?”

I have a lot of Irish coworkers that often greet me by saying "What's the story?" What's a good way to answer to this greeting? Also, does this ever get used in the UK, US or Australia?
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What is the proper response to “Excuse my language”?

What is the proper response to "Excuse my language"? I don't want to say "not a problem", because honestly, it is a problem. However, I can't think of any other appropriate response. I'm looking ...
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Is there a word for talking without moving your mouth?

I don't mean Ventriloquism exactly, I mean talking around what you may already have in your mouth... For instance say you put something gross in your mouth and ask if its okay to spit it out. Example:...
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How to answer “how's it going man?”

I've lived in USA only for a while and people sometimes say to me (when we meet): How's it going man? Or How you doing man? What do I answer? Do they ask me how is it going? I try to say: Thanks, ...
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a word where character reply in single sentence which increase the intensity of the conversation [closed]

Soliloquy and monologue I know of these but I can't seem to remember this word which frustate me …
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“Yes, Please” vs “Yes, Of course”

I have heard people saying: Que: Can I use your pen? Ans: Yes please. and also Que: Can I use your pen? Ans: Yes Of course. I wanted to know if there is any difference between these two replies(...
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Good night for greeting [duplicate]

Is it appropriate to use Good night for saying hello? I've heard that a person in a movie said good night for greeting, is it OK?