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Could " we'd better .." be replaced with " we will .." in the sentence below?

" I reckon we'd better hit some water tomorrow" Or " I reckon we will hit some water tomarrow" I have two more questions . Is the word " better " adverb here and if the ...
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I can't help but do VS I can't avoid doing [closed]

Have these sentences the same meaning? I can't help but admire her beauty I can't avoid admiring how beautiful she is
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What is the difference between annexation and accession?

In a Wikipedia discussion about the Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation 'User:力' says: For the record, if you ask the Russians, they would say that Accession of Crimea to the Russian ...
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"all/only too" vs "far/much too"

There are a lot of collocations with "too" that show different extents of something: a little too, a bit too, rather too, far too, much too, etc But there are two collocations that, as I was ...
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What would you use as a parallel word for configuration? [closed]

I am looking to compare or complement the word configuration. For example: This is what is configured today and this is the <result of this configuration>. Where I want to use a self ...
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What is the difference between "I am" and "I was" [closed]

What is the difference between: She was 12 when I was 25. She was 12 when I am 25.
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What are the differences among 'remove', 'delete', 'dismiss', and 'discard'? [closed]

I'm working for a professional application, and as I'm not a native English speaker I need your light to help me to use the best one in the best context. What is the meaning of each of them and in ...
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Which sentences are correct or nature and why? [duplicate]

I'd like to know the difference between I started to study in 2015 and I finished in 2019. and I started studying in 2015 and I finished in 2019. Which of these sentences is/are correct?
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Only this way (we can)/(can we)? (Or why is negative inversion necessary?) [duplicate]

In general, we would say "Only this way can we", but I also came across many sentences in the internet which use “Only this way we can”. Is the expression "Only this way we can" ...
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'focus fully on' or 'fully focus on' [closed]

A student wrote '(I) focused fully on cycling'. I am quite certain about 'I fully focused on' but I think his phrasing was grammatically correct too.
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Has the word individual 'outcompeted' that of person historically?

Would it be correct to say that the word individual have 'outcompeted' that of person since 17th century in everyday English, as well as in social sciences? According to etymonline.com's entry on ...
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Difference between 'specify' and 'select'

What's the precise difference between specify and select? Can either be used in this example, or does one work better than the other? I can instinctively feel that there is a subtle difference between ...
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What's the difference between "really have had" and "have really had"?

In a sentence, what's the difference between "he must really have had a rough day" and "he must have really had a rough day"?
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Differences between “Approach,” "Perspective," and “Paradigm”

My question is related to this one: Differences between “methods”, “methodologies” and “paradigms” In lectures, we learned In statistical practice, there are two main schools of thought or paradigms: ...
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Are the expressions "to put it mildly" and "to say the least" always interchangeable?

As we know, the expressions "to put it mildly" and "to say the least" are used to avoid describing something in the strongest way possible. But I wonder if there is a subtle ...
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Difference between "bail on" and "scrap" in oral?

In the australian context, I heard somebody said "scrap that" or "..bail on the van". Both basically mean "abandon, get rid of..", but was wondering what specific context ...
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What's the difference between astonishing and astounding?

They both seem very similar to me, too similar to make a distinction. astonishing Something that is astonishing is very surprising Collins Dictionary very surprising Macmillan Dictionary ​very ...
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"This July" vs "This past July" [closed]

Which of the two forms is correct when referring to July of 2021? What is the contribution of past, if any?
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Intransitive use of "to wake" vs. "to wake up" [closed]

He woke in bed. He woke up in bed. Is there a difference between the two? How does the lack/addition of "up" affect the connotation, if at all? Is one preferred over the other depending on ...
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"Watch" vs. "Watch as"

He watched them run. He watched as they ran. What's the exact difference, in terms of the information/scene conveyed? He was watching the runners in both cases. Do they have different connotations? ...
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Difference of meaning between the two sentences

Whenever I see "to be", I don't get the whole meaning, so please help me with other scenarios which could help me get rid of my fear with "to be". I'm going to be hanging out ...
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The difference between "gonna be doing it" and "gonna do it"?

I got a question when one of my Australian friends said "I'm gonna be working on this[the project] tomorrow". What's the difference between "gonna be doing" vesus "gonna do&...
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What's the difference between cahoots and collude

They seem similar to me. Collins Dictionary in cahoots If you say that one person is in cahoots with another, you do not trust the first person because you think that they are planning something ...
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Is Merriam-Webster wrong about sympathy and empathy?

According to Merriam-Webster: In general, 'sympathy' is when you share the feelings of another; 'empathy' is when you understand the feelings of another but do not necessarily share them. This seems ...
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What's the difference between "synonym for" and "synonym of"?

For instance, if I need to assert that "a is a synonym for|of b", which preposition may be relevant here - 'of' or 'for'? Also, which usage is grammatically correct?
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I am taking the bus tomorrow vs I am going to take [duplicate]

In your interviews for an ESL teacher, you are asked a question of this sort: What is the difference between: a. I am taking the bus tomorrow. b. I am going to take the bus tomorrow. Or a. I lived in ...
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Corpus vs. corpse

I found this definition on Wikidiff: "The difference between corpus and corpse is that corpus is the body while corpse is a dead body" While in Collins and Merriam Webster I found this ...
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The machine is (worked-made ) by wind power? [closed]

I am not sure but i think that correct is to say that the machine is worked by wind power, what is your opinion ?
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What is the difference between "Make" and "Get" when they come with an adjective?

I see that people use both of them, but are there any differences between them? what do they mean exactly? For instance: I got him upset. I made him upset.
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Downright lying or Outright lying? [closed]

I'd like to describe that someone is lying explicitly without any shame.  Someone who lies and knows that they are lying and knows that others know but they don't care.  Should I say downright or ...
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"So to speak" vs "As it were" [closed]

As the title says, what is the difference between "so to speak" and "as it were"? Personally, I use them interchangeably but I was wondering if there was a proper way, so to speak (...
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What is the difference between "on a cold winter morning" and "in a cold winter morning"? [closed]

What is the difference between "on a cold winter morning" and "in a cold winter morning"? Which is correct or which sounds more natural?
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"Comprehend" vs "Interpret" vs "Understand"

What is the difference between "Comprehend", "Interpret", and "Understand"? Here are the definitions that I referred to, from Cambridge Dictionary- Comprehend- to ...
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Do “because so-and-so claims that” and “claiming that” have the same meaning?

First, I would like to give an example. She filed a complaint to the committee because she claims that her personal information was leaked. She filed a complaint to the committee claiming that her ...
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The difference between Hollow and Copse [closed]

What is the difference between a hollow and copse in the sense of a hollow as a feature of woodland? Wikipedia gives this definition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow 'Hollow, a low, wooded area, ...
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"Taiwan" as an adjective versus "Taiwanese"

I hope this question is not too simplistic for the "linguists ..." forum, but I couldn’t seem to find an answer elsewhere. I am helping a non-native speaker proofread his Ph.D. dissertation ...
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Take advice vs follow advice

To take advice is usually defined as: obtain information and guidance, typically from an expert. Lexico By this definition, there is no implication that the advice is actually followed. But can take ...
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Unexpectedly or Unanticipatedly [closed]

Is there any difference in usage between the adverb 'unexpectedly' and 'unanticipatedly' For Example : We met each other unexpectedly/unanticipatedly She approached me unanticipatedly/unexpectedly. ...
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What is the difference between strategy and technique?

At first glance both words seem to mean different things, but when looking at how people use the word in society today and their lexicon, both words appear to be the same. Kelsey had a good technique/...
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What's the difference between envy and resent? [closed]

What's the difference between envy and resent? envy painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage Envy is the feeling you have ...
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Adjective usage of 'mystic' vs 'mystical'

I have been checking the differences in dictionaries and forums and I cannot find any final conclusion. I get that: Mystic/Mystical are both valid adjectives Mystic is the only one that can be used ...
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Dialect differences between "should", "ought", and "ought to"

As I travel around England, Southern Wales, and Southern Scotland, I hear the rural and working-class people in some areas use "should" (and never "ought"), in other areas "...
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Can I exchange 'not better' and 'no better'? [duplicate]

You are not better than me, or You are no better than me. Do they mean the same? If yes, what is their difference?
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Difference between may and might [duplicate]

What is the difference between these sentences? You may regret it. You might regret it.
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When is an accusation synonymous with asking a question?

Can an accusation be considered (implicitly) as asking a question? As an example: Accusation: “You’re pretending to be a police officer” Question: “Are you pretending to be a policy officer?” Can one ...
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Have I paraphrased a sentence without changing the meaning? [closed]

This is what I read: "Neuroimaging of frequent internet users shows twice as much activity in the prefrontal cortex as sporadic Internet users during online tasks." And this is how I ...
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Which sentence sounds better? Grammatical question about sentences

I seriously can't tell which sounds natural in English. Need some help.                                    a) From tomorrow on, she'll be coming to our place to work with us. b) She'll be coming to ...
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Gun terminology: is cylinder or chamber correct in this sentence?

We looked at each other like we had each just rolled a chamber in Russian roulette and now had the guns in our mouths. If the chambers are what's inside of the actual cylinder, which is what you spin, ...
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How to differentiate "slow" VS "slowly" both as adverbs

I understand the 2 words are very simple words in English until I came across this sentence below: "Please drive slow". I know it should be an adverb here, and I checked it up to find &...
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What is the difference between "obdurate" and "obstinate"? [closed]

I saw the former for the first time today, but I noticed its definition seems exactly like the latter. Is there something I'm missing or are the two just pure synonyms?

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