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Constructions “be but one” vs “but + pronoun”

I've seen these constructions several times and I've found the following definitions (correct or confirm the definitions): but + noun/pronoun = except She gave the presents to everyone but me = She ...
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Difference between “report” and “report on”

1 : to give information about (something) in a newspaper or on television or radio [+ object] Their job is to report the news accurately and fairly. [no object]— often + on He ...
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What is the opposite of wish-granting? [on hold]

What is the opposite of wish-granting? The opponent of wish-granting. The opposite of genie.
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What is the difference between “I'm sure”, “I think”, “I believe” [migrated]

I know these sentences are used to express opinions. "I'm sure", "I think", "I believe" But I don't know the exact difference between them. What I know is that "I'm sure", "I believe" are more ...
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difference between “so the Pilgrims believed” and “and the Pilgrims believed so”

“God made his children prosperous, so the Pilgrims believed. The next autumn, that of 1621, brought bountiful harvests and with them the first Thanksgiving Day in New England. (From “The American ...
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grammar “I hope that will happen” vs “I hope that it will happen”

In first example, "that" refers to hypothetical situation (which is subject to be happened). In second, this job is done by "it" and "that" is used in conjugation "hope that". Which option is correct ...
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Which one is more correct?

I suddenly remembered that I had left my key on the desk. or I suddenly remembered that I left my key on the desk. Which one seems more grammatically correct?
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The difference between two words

I need to know the difference between "to hear" and "to listen". Could you explain it to me, please? I'm not a native English speaker.
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Measure vs calculate

measure how fast you run a mile calculate how fast you run a mile What’s the difference? My guess is the first sentence means you time yourself running and see how fast you ran a mile afterwards, ...
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“I mind to” vs “I am minded to”

If I wanted to say "I am inclined to seek cheaper results inside the supermarket", then which of the following ways would make the most sense? I mind to seek cheaper results inside the ...
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“Is” vs “was” in TV shows and Movies

When talking about an actors work in a movie/tv show, do you say "Actor was really good in the show/movie," or "Actor is really good in the show/movie" Some arguments I've gotten are that if the show ...
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To smoke vs Smoking at the beginning of the sentence [duplicate]

I have been taught that we can use either of "to INF" or "Verb-ing" at the beginning of the sentence as a subject, which leads me to a point of confusion. Here is my confusion: A: To smoke is ...
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What's the difference between guard, sentinel and watchman?

What's the difference between the words guard, sentinel and watchman? Sentinel is a person or thing that watches, also a soldier stationed as a guard. Also to watch over or guard. Guard is a person ...
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Stench, reek - any difference in connotation / denotation?

Is there a qualitative difference to what the words stench and reek describe? Reek seems to be more often used with fumes, while stench I would expect with rotten food or a person putting off his ...
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Difference between “in” and “for”

In “Toward a Cognitive Semantics”, Leonard Talmy writes: I walked through the tunnel in 10 minutes. I walked along the shore for 10 minutes. In both sentences, the time period is the ...
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“from where it was stopped” vs “from where it has stopped”

This question is about the usage of was and has. Which sentence is correct? The match will resume from where it was stopped. The match will resume from where it has stopped. What is the difference ...
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Does “snide” mean something different in the US vs the UK?

I'm a native British English speaker and to me the word "snide" (as in "a snide comment") conveys an idea of nastiness and maliciousness as well as slyness and underhandedness. Does the word snide ...
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Confirm to you vs conform you [migrated]

Which one of above is correct? You is the indirect object here,we usually use indirect object after verb(without preposition)when we use the direct object after indirect object.or when we don't use ...
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I found it surprising that … vs I was surprised that

I found it surprising that she sang well. I was surprised that[because] she sang well. When you translate them in Japanese, the two sentences become the same in meaning. I feel there’s a ...
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What's the difference between using “of” and using “with” when showing a cause?

What is the sense of a sentence when of and with are variously used to show the cause of something? He died of cancer. He was shivering with cold. Why isn’t it like this, or can it be? If it can be, ...
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“I can't understand what does it mean.” vs “I can't understand what it means.” [migrated]

In fact, my English skill is poor. Sometimes, I said that "I can't understand what does it mean" or "I can't understand what it means". Which one is correct?
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I find it surprising that … / I was surprised that

I found it surprising that she sang well. I was surprised because she sang well. When you translate them in Japanese, the two sentences above become the same. But I think there is a difference ...
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Haven’t vs don’t have

I was watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone today and during a chat between Harry and Hagrid on Diagon Alley, Harry says: But, Hagrid, how am I to pay for all this? I haven't any money. ...
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Confusing examples; Apostrophe-“s” vs “of ” [duplicate]

These examples are very confusing to me and I still can't understand the difference between 's and of. For some sentences, it is grammatically wrong but for some sentences it is correct. Please help ...
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What is the difference between the words “dormant” and “latent”?

It seems that they are interchangeable but I am having a hard time differentiating between the two.
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conversation (n) vs. talk (n)

I do not understand the difference between conversation (n) and talk (n). I am only interested in the difference in the following definitions: conversation (n): 1: an informal talk involving two ...
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clear up (v) vs. clear (v)

clear(v) has a lot of meanings. I am only interested in this meaning: to remove something entirely from an area or place clear up (v) has a lot of meanings. I am only interested in this meaning: ...
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Why do people tend to use negation of negative statement

Why do people tend to use negation of negative statement? Let us see an example statement, he is not unhealthy, ... The above statement can have beginning like he is healthy, ... Why exactly ...
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Difference between present simple and present progressive

Once I read that we use present simple for short action that are happening now. The actions are so short that they are finished almost as soon as they have said the sentence. E.g,he takes the ball,he ...
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healthy: fine (adj) vs. well (adj)

Fine (adj) and well (adj) have different meanings. I am only interested in a possibly slight difference between the following definitions: 1) fine (adj): definition: well or healthy : not sick 2)...
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Nuances in meanings: paradox , conundrum, dilemma , plight [closed]

What are the subtle differences in meanings between the following words? Paradox Conundrum Dilemma Plight
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Difference sorting & separating [closed]

Is there a difference between sortation and separation?
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What is the difference between the terms ‘basic’ and ‘fundamental’?

I am reading an article titled “Basic needs, basic rights” in which the author emphasises on the need of a robust doctrine of basic rights in addition to fundamental rights. Source: https://www....
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what is the difference between and among [duplicate]

what is the difference between Blockquote communication between and communication among?
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Difference between change (n) and coins (n)

I am interested in any differences between the two nouns change and coins in actual usage. These nouns have different but similar meanings. I am only interested in the difference of the meaning of: ...
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Is there a difference between a “contribution” and a “positive contribution”?

Just wondering if there's actually a difference as I hear them often.
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Difference between Pr. Simple and Pr. Continuous [migrated]

During one of my recent English lessons I have faced some problems with the strong understanding when to use the present simple or the present continuous. There are some examples of what I have met ...
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Has had vs had a surgery/operation [duplicate]

Can someone please clarify the difference between has had and had? For example: Everyone on this ward [had | has had] [a surgery | an operation]. Almost every patient on this ward [had | has had] a ...
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mark (n) vs. spot (n)

I am interested in the difference between spot (n) and mark (n). These nouns have different meanings. I am only interested in the difference of the meaning of: mark: a small area on the surface of ...
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What is the difference between “real” and “present”?

There is this sentence in the book called The Uninhabitable Earth. [W]e are likely to get about 3.2 degrees of warming, or about three times as much warming as the planet has seen since the ...
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For the next example OR in the next example?

I am writing the lecture notes for my next class. In this lecture note, I have to cover some examples, each one in a separate paragraph. So which one is correct for starting the paragraph? For the ...
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don't you think I know that? VS do you think I don't know that?

1 - don't you think I know that? 2 - do you think I don't know that? Is there difference in meaning between that two sentence?
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Is it necessary to use “in” twice here?

In the sentence In this lecture and in the ones to come... is the second "in" necessary? Or is the sentence In this lecture and the ones to come... correct?
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Constructional Vs Construction?

Can anybody explain to me why it is not right to say constructional materials? I don't understand why construction (a noun) is more appropriate than constructional (an adjective) Thanks ^_^
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Is “entitled to” the same as “entitled as”?

I was listening to a philosophy video from the university of Queensland (on four dimensionalism view on fission) and at the end there was a paragraph that says: Since I am many, I survive as many, ...
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What is the difference between Disappointed and Disillusioned? [closed]

I am learning emotional vocabulary. I stuck a bit with two emotion terms, that in Russian refers to the same world. Can you help me to understand the difference between Disappointed and ...
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Is there a difference between a maker and a builder?

I have a German degree "Cembalo- und Klavierbauer". This degree is given to persons that are capable of designing, drawing, constructing, building, repairing, restoring, regulating and tuning of a ...
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“Value as” vs “Evaluate as”

I am writing an essay about time and its characteristics. In the introduction, I have a sentence: "It [time] became one of those rare things people evaluate as priceless". As far as I am concerned, ...
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“My own” vs “My own personal”

And because I was the person to clean up all the glass bottles, then I would find the wads of cash on the floor. So it was good. I’d get my wages, I’d get tips, and then I would get my own ...
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Distinct terms for a monolingual dictionary and a bilingual dictionary [closed]

I would like to know if distinct terms or phrases exist for two types of dictionaries; The first type of dictionary presents words alongside one or more possible definitions, constrained to a single ...