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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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What is some literature you would recommend to improve my conversational and word association skills? [closed]

What books could help me improve my wit and verbal skills and become a better conversationalist?
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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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“of” vs“in” which preposition is more suited in the below context?

which one is more suitable to use and why : 1- There is a stoppage in the development 2- There is a stoppage of the development Example sentence: He suffers from a stoppage in/of physical ...
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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 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 ...