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The difference between two phrases [duplicate]

I need to know the difference between two phrases "learn by heart" and "learn by rote". I would be grateful if you could explain it to me. I'm not a native English speaker.
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Thinking in English

I have been learning English for 10 years at the school, now I am at the last grade, I have passed an exam for B2 Level, but I still have problems with thinking in English. Sometimes my speech is ...
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Readability index for videos

Is there an index for assessing video's difficulty for EFL (or for native speakers), similar to readability indices for text?
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I want to know a sentence meaning (between “”) [closed]

Well, no. Not something dangerous, like an electric shock. I mean experiencing a sudden and unpleasant change from "what you have been used to"
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What “I couldn't place it“ about an accent means?

Stephen Clarke wrote in A Year In the Merde, 2004 : "Not really, I'm 27. If I was a rock star I'd be dead." The bloke made apologetic gestures. "No, no. Ah'm not criti-sashing. Ah'm just... ...
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How do you split “cities” into morphemes?

Would it be "cit/ies" or "citie/s"? I'm just starting morphology and I got confused about it.
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Is there a dictionary/tool where I can find advanced usage of simple words?

Is there a dictionary/tool where I can find advanced versions of simple words? (thesaurus is not enough) For example, Untapped vs unexploited Lucrative vs profitable Prospect vs aspect ...
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Should I use what or how? [closed]

Lately, I have asked a question in this way: I would like to know how my pronounciation sounds like. Can you tell me if this way of speaking may be considered right? In fact, I felt understood, ...
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In/on the/ line/page

Which of the following 4 possibilities is used when? in line in the line on line on the line E.g. how do I correctly say There is a typo in line 6 of this paragraph. And I have the same question ...
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What is a good book to improve figurative/advanced English? [closed]

Is there any good resource to help me imorove my sense of figurative English and/or contain an anthology of hard and complex texts?
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He hasn't send me any pictures or he didn't send me any pictures [closed]

He hasn't send me any pictures or He didn't send me any pictures Which is correct?
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What is the meaning of “ardent learner”?

Actually I was searching title for website ( which is indirectly for me ;) ), so I've come up with word "ardent" (of course by googling) but i'm bit confused about this word "ardent". Is it positive/...
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Could you please explain “Kinesthetic Metaphor”?

My major is pure mathematics and I am reading an article on "Metaphors in preschool child thinking about the mind" for some reasons! I can't understand the meaning of "Kinesthetic Metaphor"; Google ...
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Elegant synonym for subject matter of a discipline [closed]

I am writing an essay on critical thinking. I am trying to find a word that allows me to separate the subject matter of a scientific discipline (i.e. chemistry, geology, etc.) from the underlying ...
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What's the difference between scatter/spread/ or disperse?

If you want to say people of the same race, the Romany people for instance, have moved to different parts of the world throughout history, how can we say that in fluent English? I have looked up the ...
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“a” verus “an” for abbreviations starting with 'U'

My friend is implementing an app for Amazon Alexa which currently speaks the indefinite article "an" in noun phrase acronyms which start with the letter 'U', for example: (1.) *I found out he was an ...
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Relearn VS learn again

One of my favorite quotes is by Alvin Toffler which says: The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. The ...
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What makes us not to go for a spelling reform for the English Language? [duplicate]

English alphabet is inadequate for its sounds. This makes us to make spelling mistakes and miscommunication. Why the world is not favoring spelling reform that will help us to use the English language ...
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Why do non-native speakers consider “bitch” to mean “prostitute”? [closed]

Why do so many non-native speakers from very different linguistic backgrounds seem to understand the term bitch as being a synonym for prostitute?-- I have never heard a native speaker use the former ...
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Social Paradigm

It is come from the 7 habits of highly effective people book (2004) by Stephen Covey. He have mentioned Character Ethic & Personality Ethic are the examples of social paradigms. (Page 23) I ...
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Grammar problem [closed]

When that became a hassle , she found a doctor who would prescribe her harder stuff , such as Roxicodone. It was not difficult, she recalls from her office at the North Wilkesboro addiction-treatment ...
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Participle question

'I hope you will feel reassured when you learn that your daughter is safe.' Can I say ' I hope you will feel reassured when learning your daughter is safe'? Thank you
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“Whatever it costs, it doesn't matter” - Conditionals with “whatever”

What is the usage of whatever? Can I both use 'noun' and 'SVO' after 'whatever'? Whatever the motivation , haphazard clinical practice led to death. Whatever it costs, it doesn't matter. ...
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How to read mathematical formulas in English? [closed]

I am trying to learn a coding language while learning the same I realized the codes are simple English sentence converted into complex codes using special character similar to that of short-hand. ...
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What are the levels of proficiency in English and the vocabulary subsets at each level? [closed]

What are the levels of proficiency in English and the vocabulary subsets at each level. As in how many words should a person know at each level of english proficiency and is there a reference list of ...
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In/at/about your company I like

I'd like to apply for a job at a company I haven't worked yet. Which is the correct preposition? At your company ____ I appreciate(/like) your high standard of quality, your effort to provide ...
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Are there resources that connect the multiple meanings of “as”?

Respecting this answer, This is often the cases when one reads dictionary definitions but in fact, it's not very difficult to see the connections. the semantic field of 'as' is actually quite ...
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How to correct/improve 's-' pronunciation at the beginning of a sentence?

As a native Spanish speaker, I tend to mispronounce some letters or words in English. One of them is the 's' sound at the beginning of a word, for example, I pronounce: 'slang' as /eslaŋ/ instead of /...
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Hello everyone! I'm looking for a PC program to help me learn particular words [closed]

So, I see such a program this way: in the first field I input some words in English, in the second one I input their translations. Then the program RANDOMLY shows me words in English I inputed earlier,...
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Categorize English words based on difficulty to learn by foreigner [closed]

I have a list of 8000 English words used in my application to training vocabularies for new learners. I need to categorize these words into three categories (easy,medium,hard). Are there any known ...
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“This is a book” what is the role of “book”? [closed]

What is book in this sentence ? This is a book. Is that an Object? What are the nouns that come in the sentences with to be's? Like my friend in He is my friend?
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How to tell someone - I got an information form a third person

How do I tell that I got some information from a third person - is it correct to say "I learnt form team ABC project live date is 10th August" or "I know from team ABC that project live date is 10th ...
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How do we respond to tag question after urgings starting with 'Let's'?

There is a question bothering me. It is about an acceptable response to a tag question following Let's ... The following example is from English Club: A: "Let's go, shall we?" B: "________." ...
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does this statement refer to futur tense?

commemoration to be held for victims. I mean: do these have same meaning "commemoration will be held for victims"
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How to use “undertaken” as an adjective [duplicate]

The analysis of undertaken research. Is this statement correct? I mean is "undertaken" the correct adjective?
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Best practice to learn English [closed]

How should I start to improve my English? I know this may closed as off-topic, but I just need some clear steps. Thanks in advance
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“learnings” to talk about things that were learned but that were not taught

I understand that the use of learnings is very controversial. Some say you can't use it, while others say, "there is nothing wrong with teachings, so why with learnings?". I want to use learnings not ...
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English books reading complexity ratings

Is there some rating for book regarding how hard they are to read for foreigners? Or the way to figure out how more difficult is book A than book B? I have begun reading "All The King's Men" and ...
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Is English considered easier to learn than most of the other languages in the world? [closed]

In comparison to the other languages, I think English is much more simpler. For example, compared to French, English nouns have no gender, adjectives have only one form and verbs have extremely simple ...
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Newton's first law, unless + past participle

I was reading Newton's first law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. ...
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in the early January or in early January [closed]

I am confused with the use of "early." For example, I heard people say that I will be back early January. But on the internet, I saw people use it with proposition "in" and some even put "the" in ...
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Grammar: What does it really take to be “very good” at it? [closed]

I will try to formulate this question so that it makes sense for a wider audience and suits the style of the QA here. Feel free to suggest changes. I am a non-native English speaker living in the US ...
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Which word can honestly portray a non-native's language abilities [closed]

I have often been intrigued by the following questions in various documents across the Indian sub-continent: Ability to read, speak, and write - Yes. Fluency level- Beginner, Intermediate, ...
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Advanced English Pronunciation [closed]

first thing first I hope this is not off-topic. So here's my problem: my spoken English is quite good, to the point that I'm sometimes mistaken for a native (American) speaker. However, there are ...
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How to guess/divine definitions from etymology?

I've been using the word 'intuition' to characterise such questions, of which I've asked many, so I'd like to learn or be enlightened about the general methodology. Is there a formal term? ...
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Is it possible to learn English by just listening and speaking (without knowing formal grammar rules) [closed]

My native language is Chinese. Most people in my country grow up without having been taught formal grammar. I am surprised to find foreigners being taught Chinese and learning grammar rules that even ...
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What is the word pronounced at 0:48 in this video? [closed]

In this video, there is a word that I try manage to guess (I'm french), but in vain. At 0:47, he says: "there is this X that all software developers are the same." What is X? I understand that the ...
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Where to learn about commas (academic/mathematical writing in particular)

I have recently tried to learn how to place commas properly when writing in English, but I experienced a great difficulty in finding some good material on the subject. My goal is to be good (or at ...
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Is Eckersley's *Essential English* still in use? [closed]

When I taught myself English a long time ago I used (alongside Assimil's L'anglais sans peine and the BBC's Calling all beginners) a series of four books, Essential English authored by C.E. Eckersley ...
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words for numbers

Since words are easier to remember than numbers, you construct a word from each group of numbers and then memorize the word(s) I would like to learn numbers by words, for example: 1=apple 2=red 3=...