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Usage of "ran into" [closed]

I am writing a short text, and I am not sure about its correctness, because all the examples I've seen about the usage of "ran into", are done in its active form . "I ran into my cousin ...
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What is the word when you admire someone and you do whatever he does in his life [duplicate]

The person you follow can be a famous person or simply one of your family members who influences on you. The influence can be good or bad. I don't know how to call that person. He is my model?! Not ...
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What are the differences between Indian English and other (native) varieties?

From my observation, I can identify some differences. Indian speakers use some Hindi words which are not found among native speakers. Indian speakers pronounce 'w' and 'v' interchangeably. Indian ...
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Do most native speakers understand most idioms?

I wrote to a friend, who is a native speaker of English about visiting her father. I wrote Should I give him a ring before visiting? Here giving someone a ring is an English idiom which means ...
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Why do depictions of foreigners in English media compulsively insert foreign words from their mother tongue?

There is something that has been bugging me about depiction of foreigners in various English media (that doesn't occur, say, in Polish media). The "foreigner" characters keep replacing common English ...
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Dilemma of pronunciation [closed]

As a non-native speaker of English, I am often confused about pronouncing words. Is there any standard of pronunciation in the English language? As in, if I give a completely new word to some random ...
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Can we use "next of kin" for things as a metaphor?

Wheat has been man's next of kin. Does this sentence make sense to native English speakers?? It's supposed to be a simile, meaning wheat is like family to humans. It's a translated sentence from a ...
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Is the expression "a first for my kind" idiomatic in this usage?

I ended up being dragged in a very heated debate with a (self-proclaimed) native speaker after a friend posted the following comment on the internet: "... At last, I've been approved for something. ...
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Smart working, does this word even exist?

Lately I've been hearing and reading the term "smart working" a lot, every day, especially in the news, and now it seems everybody is using this word, including professionals and politicians. It's ...
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Does "corroborate" in a scientific context imply confirmation rather "either confirmation or rejection" of findings from previous studies?

I am a non-native English speaker writing a scientific paper. I have question concerning the word corroborate. In my native language, one might say that a research project aim to corroborate ...
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Is the word "refueling" ever used in the US in a sense of filling up a gas tank of a car?

I need to proofread a text about statistical analysis of the average time drivers spend on gas stations. The text was not written by a native English speaker. I'm not a native speaker either, but a ...
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Is "leadering" an actual word? [closed]

I've seen it used by non-native English speakers as some form of leadership infinitive (not sure why it is not just "leading") but I am not sure if it as actual word (or special form or conjugation). ...
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Correct use of adjectival forms for countries

I sometimes proofread documents for my (Dutch) supervisor. When he refers to something that comes from the Netherlands he would, for example, write: the Netherlands windmills as opposed to the Dutch ...
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Grammar: It takes time to be proficient in a language once you start learning

Is it a correct way to say it? It takes time to be proficient in a language once you start learning. Or does it sound awkward? What about this: It takes time to be proficient in a language ...
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Idiom for a situation or event that makes one poor or even poorer?

Is there any idiom or expression in the English language that describes a situation in which the budget goes tight(er) and one becomes poor? In my mother tongue, they say "X happened and their bread ...
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"Where do you stay?" vs "Where do you live?"

I am not a native speaker of English and I was having a casual conversation with my friends in the US. I asked them, "Where do you stay?" (which is pretty common in India, as far as I know) for which ...
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"a food-hygienically acceptable substance": Grammatical syntax?

In a document (written by a native Japanese speaker), I see the following phrase that sets off my acceptability and grammaticality alarms: a food-hygienically acceptable substance Google shows ...
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Grammar -- Nor without Neither but with Non

Is this sentence grammatically correct: Non necessarily convex nor simply connected
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Run "as" normal user vs. Run "with" normal user

On Linux Mint 19, I have a Makefile with a command which should output a sentence: Target 'distrib' has to be run as normal user! in case the user has run it as / with the root user. Since I am ...
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Why do native English speakers tend to have an easier time replicating English accents not their own?

Native English speakers are often able to go back and forth between various English accents with relative ease. This is often done in comedy. Non-Native speakers usually can't do this. What's the ...
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Does "prioritary" exist outside technical texts?

As a non-native speaker, I'm struggling to express correctly the sense of priority of a given population in a sentence. Is it correct to refer to "prioritary cities in the scope of the XYZ policy", ...
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How do I go about writing and pronouncing my name if it has non-english letters [closed]

So I'm soon going to England to study and I'm not quite sure how should I write or pronounce my name in English, which includes Lithuanian letters. I can't imagine anyone spelling my full name ...
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Does it make sense in English? [closed]

The sentence is "I can't picture playing without putting my middle finger on W" and I'm talking about playing video games on pc.
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Is there a word for a subset of English specifically designed to be easily understood by non-native speakers?

Looking at examples like Basic English or Simple English, I see phrases like "controlled language" or "controlled vocabulary". Is there a simpler word?
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Term like air lock, but underwater?

I am looking for the right term for... well, like an air lock on a space station, but for an underwater station. You open the outer hatch, get in, close the hatch, water gets pumped out, you open the ...
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Many non-native speakers pronounce 'azure' like 'Asia' or like 'essure' when naming Microsoft's product Azure - wrong pronunciation or am I mistaken? [duplicate]

I live in Austria and I am a student in computer science and there is a specific thing that drives me bonkers: Every time when a person in my vicinity or I am conversing with is mentioning the product ...
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There is no activity since a to b or No activity since a to b? [closed]

It's used in the app's interface. I wonder if omitting there is/there are is not a grammatical mistake and sounds native (I'm not a native speaker). So, which do you think will sound better in a ...
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I wonder if the speaker of the speech is native or not [closed]

I'm a student studying English as a foreign language that means I'm studying English in the place where everyone else doesn't speak English at all. So it is really hard for me to have a chance to use ...
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Understanding of racism in a sentence [closed]

Recently there was a quite an argument in certain group of people coming from various countries, each having different English skill and obviously different understanding of things in English. The ...
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Play and hang out

I noticed a lot of Asian people use the word "play" when they want to say "I'm hanging out".. Like this one friend said she was playing with her friends. And sent me a picture of them drinking and ...
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Are there any words whose spelling was deliberately changed to make them non-offensive?

I am looking for some examples of words that, possibly due to their non-Latin origin, would have sounded offensive if they went through the English language rules. For example, if a specialty Bohemian ...
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"Of any mall" vs. "of any malls"

I am an English native speaker working with non-native English teachers. In one of our texts, we came across the following sentence: ABC Mall has the most comprehensive loyalty rewards program of ...
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pronouncing foreigner's names [duplicate]

I want to ask you if there's some special rule about pronouncing foreign names with or without accent. For example, can I say Fedor or Andrey in native russian manner and with russian accent or should ...
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Can you be a native speaker in two languages? [closed]

I was not born in an English-speaking country, but since birth, my mom spoke to me in one language and my dad another. It was and still is a bit of a mishmash, but I started kindergarten in America, ...
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Respective Use of "Respective" in English of German Speakers

Can anyone familiar with English use by German speakers explain the use of "respective" as in the list of examples below? I see this frequently from German government bureaucrats and the like, and ...
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Use definite article or not in conjunction with a German institution's name which contains a strongly declined article?

Picture some German university's arthistory department, and its official title would be "Kunsthistorisches Institut". "Kunsthistorisch" is an adjective, and "kunsthistorisches" is its nominative case. ...
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American and British English Spelling [closed]

I am a non-native English speaker. I was taught British English in my school days, but now I work in American English. The problem is whenever I try to write English there is a mix up of American and ...
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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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The influence of non-native speakers on the English language

I can’t lay my hands on the reference, but David Crystal has reported an increase in the use of informations by native speakers, as a result of its use by non-native speakers. The OED has 59 citations ...
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No one knows or no one know? [closed]

Can you tell which of the following sentences are right? And explain why the others are wrong? No one knows the answer. No one know the answer. There is nobody anwering the qustion. There is nobody ...
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Genitive without apostrophe or s?

I have to translate the title of my college work and I can't decide whether it is correct to say "Colleagues rating system" or "Colleagues' rating system", because I have often seen examples where ...
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how do you say disillusioned using a word "fantasy"?

I am writing an essay, but I am having a hard time using the word, fantasy, right. "I had fantasy about living abroad, but when I arrived there, my fantasy was " I want to continue with that ...
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Use of punctuation of "First,...."

I am uncertain if and how to punctuate if I use only one sentence for the following idea: We conducted two varieties of an experiment. First, we left used method A. Second, we used method B. Can I ...
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"I am a beneficiary from" or "I benefited from"? [closed]

Which is more native like? I personally am a beneficiary of the good policies he conducted. or I personally benefited from the good policies he conducted.
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Identify English accent

My English teacher speaks, as far as I can tell as a native speaker of the German language, some really weird English. However, I'm not entirely sure if this is just my twisted perception or really a ...
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What does it mean when someone uses two periods? [duplicate]

In past communications with non-native English speakers, I occasionally see the use of two periods. Some examples: Ok.. let's meet soon. Sounds good.. Thursday Meeting.. This seems to show up mostly ...
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Same, same but different

If anyone has been to S.E. Asian countries there is a familiar English phrase, Same, same but different. It always brings a smile to my face when I hear it as you kind of know what the person is ...
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Is "research" as a countable noun actually used by native speakers?

I see this phrase being used often by non-native speakers, and it never fails to strike me as incorrect: "In this research, [...]" I also note that Wiktionary and Merriam-Webster consider that ...
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When or where did "sth" come to mean "something"? [duplicate]

This is not the same question as What is meant by "sth"? although one of it's answers is a partial answer to this question. This question does not relate to "what does sth mean?" but those ...
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`Since as a` vs `Ever since I was a`

Example: Since as a little kid, I had passion about ... Is this acceptable to say as opposed to: Ever since I was a little kid, ... or Since I was a little kid, ... Is It possible to write ...
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