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I'm sorry vs i am sorry

When i was a kid somone told me "i am sorry" is only used only in some situation amd should not be used , instead you should use "I'm sorry". Is really a different between the meaning of these two ...
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so that I arrived at the station vs

Q: I left home early so that I arrived at the station in time for the train. In case that "...so that subject ..." structure indicates results as in the above sentence, auxiliary verbs can,...
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Carol was operated on last night

Q: Carol was operated on last night. In this sentence, I wonder the preposition "on" can be dropped without any difference of meaning.
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process vs. processing and fast vs. fasting

What's the difference between process and processing(and also fast and fasting)? ◾ the process of insurance claims ◾ the processing of insurance claims (to eat no food) ◾ fast hours ◾ fasting ...
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Why you can put ’beforehand‘ in 'in the list … of'? [on hold]

The clause is followed behind. If you would like, send me a list beforehand of the places you would like to visit.
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“manuscript” vs “article”

I (a Japanese speaker) have been editing a mathematical coterie magazine which will be distributed in a school (university) festival. My question is below; 1. How should I, as an editor, call the ...
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with all good wishes [migrated]

I wonder whether it is correct to write “with all good wishes of health and happiness”? Is it ok to use the preposition “of” here. Thanks in advance for your help.
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How to use 'suspicious' as adverb and adjective

I have trouble with 'suspicious'. For example: a."He looks at me suspiciously" b."He gives me a suspicious look" I can read both of these as meaning both "there is something suspicious in the way ...
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“so” and “this” as adverbs meaning “to a degree”

Recently, a non-native speaker asked me whether they should say "Why is it so cold?" or "Why is is this cold?". While clearly the former is much more common, I struggled to explain why. Cambridge ...
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“Where did you just come from? vs “Where did you just came from?”

Where did you just come from? Where did you just came from? Which one is correct and why?
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How sentence start out with the word Am [duplicate]

Notice more and more people using a sentence that start out as Am a Doctor for example. Is this proper? Is it because they are from other country? Can anyone explain? It is a pattern in their writing ...
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I have a problem with ''lay'' and ''lie'' [migrated]

I was studying english and saw this sentence and i could not decide which of them would be better to use? (I am not a native just student) Mesopotamia was suitable for ancient merchants, but the ...
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What's the difference between usage of “inquiry” and “enquiry”? [duplicate]

Are they interchangeable? I feel like "inquiry" is used to investigate and figure out something, but "enquiry" if you're asking general questions of something, but that's just how I use it. What is ...
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conversation skills or conversational skills

I want to design an English pre-course needs analysis form, I want to ask about the motivation for having an English class, one of the options should be "I need to practice speaking and ...
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The most percentage?

The pie graph shows how the price of every course should be shared, measured in percentages. Overall the numbers are not that different for each part. Individual has the most percentage at 40%, ...
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What is difference between timetable and schedule?

I'm building an application, that shows schedule/timetable for university students. I'm confusing, what is the correct word for it: schedule or timetable? How should I name it? Here is the result of ...
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Diference another and another [migrated]

Why in this sentence " Other" is used? "I find this shop very expensive. Next time I'll try other shop." And in this other, another is used "I'm not happy with this product. Next time I'll buy ...
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an adverb or adjective?quickly and effectively or quick and effective

To perform work together is quickly and effectively. ( Or "performing work together is quick and effective")
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Should I say “I derive the equation”, “I derivate the equation” or “I differentiate the equation”?

Should I say "I derive the equation", "I derivate the equation" or "I differentiate the equation"? I mean in this context: Here is equation (1). I _____________ equation (1) and get the following ...
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What is the irregular verb? [closed]

Where to use these verbs and how we can use it in suitable sentences?explain please
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What's the word for describing days/months/years when comparing to something else?

Here's an example of the sentence I'm trying to write: "Monday: the (x) equivalent of falling down a flight of stairs" Some examples of other sentences that are similar to the one I'm trying to ...
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Usage of 'in comparison with' when comparing features (adjectives)

I have a problem with an expression of the form "[Adjective1] [Noun1] and [Noun2] in comparison with [Adjective2] and [Adjective3] [?]", when all adjectives are features of the given nouns and we want ...
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Is it “in” or “on” HNQ?

Stack Exchange has a special feature that displays the hottest questions from its 170 or more sites across the network, it's called Hot Network Questions or HNQ for short. Most users will see to ...
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What single-word adjectives exist to describe something as “capable of using language”?

I am looking for an adjective to describe linguistic/symbolic capability in the most general sense, e.g. humans are x, rocks are not x. Certainly, there may be several words that fit the bill at ...
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In rational people's eyes… [closed]

If I were to write the ending of a paragraph for a persuasive essay on gun control and had to choose one sentence, which ending would be better: In rational people's eyes, the answer will be obvious....
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What's a neutral and popular patriotic term for one's country?

A bit of background here is important - my country historically had an unfriendly relationship with Germans, then got occupied by the Soviet Union, which really liked to justify everything by saying ...
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Omitting ',' or not in the case of ', from the cellular level to the organ-system level,'

I read through my textbook and encountered this quote 'Homeostasis is a dynamic condition. In response to changing conditions, the body's parameters can shift among points in a narrow range that is ...
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Word or phrase used to describe someone who controls someone else through possessions or financial means

Not sure if such a phrase or word to describe a person/actions actually exists. Have been using “to lord something over someone,” but this might not be the correct usage. ex1: If someone pays for a ...
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I want to tell you

If I want tell about something to somebody what fraze will be correct? " I want to tell you" or "I want you to tell"
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Is this correct? And is there a way to improve it. [closed]

Briefly the wind cherishes my skin, And makes my eyes sting. Peacefull and quiet, Moment of grace.
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Is the famous party slogan from Orwell's 1984, “War is Peace / Freedom is Slavery / Ignorance is Strength” an example of oxymoron or paradox? Or both? [duplicate]

Struggling with this one somewhat, as there is a lot of nuances and crossovers when dealing with oxymorons and paradoxes. I feel like both could be applied here but would love to hear some thoughts.
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I need your recommendations on this slogan [on hold]

We were tasked by our teacher to create a slogan with the theme of promoting support for the Church leaders, and I’m unsure as to whether what I’ve created is already enough in terms of quality. I ...
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Word (adjective) to describe a harsh sound

Context: My brother just played a video with loud screeching noises in the background about 5 feet from me as I was reading a pleasant book. I turned to chastise him, exclaiming, "John! Turn that ...
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What word do I use in place of “unsubmitted”?

I have a similar situation where I want to use the word "unsubmitted" but none of the words anyone mentioned would fit. EXAMPLE: There's an online form that an Admin can fill out to change an ...
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Give back your home work or get back your homework?

My teacher is an international and I heard that he said "let me get back your homework to you". Is it correct? or he should have said "let me give back your homework to you"? I am a Teacher ...
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Title for the leader of a kakoracy [closed]

As we have a king and kingdom, dictator and dictatorship, can I have a kakocrat and a kakocrator or similar?
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What is the best noun meaning “getting invaded”?

In a technical formulation, I need to define two opposite states. In particular, the first represents the state of an agent which invades, thereby called invasion. The second one corresponds to the ...
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Comment and mark writing task 1 IELTS. Thanks you! [closed]

The charts summarise the weight measurements of people living in Charlestown in 1955 and 2015.Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where ...
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Can one use “radical” to reference the base of a word in english?

In Portuguese and in some other languages, the use of the word radical indicates the base form of a word that can be derived in many other forms, but always keeping this radical, for instance: ...
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Inclusive term for alcohol, coffee and tobacco?

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe alcoholic beverages, coffee and tobacco products collectively. The closest I can think of is "drug," but that is too broad. Namely, it includes ...
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Which one is correct : Italy is a long way from here , but America is … ( farther / further) [duplicate]

I Need help from experts . We all know that " farther" is used only with physical distance and that " further" is more common with metaphorical and figurative meaning but it is still used along with ...
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Difference between same and the same [closed]

I'd like to the difference between same and the same. Here are two sentences. A and B are same. A and B are the same. Which one is correct and what is the difference between the above two? Edit: ...
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How to express the noise of eating melon seeds? [closed]

Are there any words or phrases that can express the noise made by melon seeds eaters?
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What's a word used to describe someone that has spent their entire life either as a student or teacher in college?

Academician comes to mind, but that's not exactly right, by definition. I'm looking for a word to describe the person that went from grade school to high school to undergrad school, to grad school, ...
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Policy has been rescinded or cancelled?

I want to sent email text that insurance policy has been rescinded/cancelled by XXX. Which word will be better in this case: "Please be informed insurance policy has been rescinded." OR "Please be ...
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A question about “Means of” and “The most optimal” [closed]

I wrote my introduction like this, Traditional means of testing such as formal examinations is sometimes argued to be the most optimal approach to scrutinise how well a learner perform . ...
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how do I ask which line is the correct line for me when lining up for an event [on hold]

I am looking for the phrase to express that I am not sure what the line in front of me is for and is it the correct line for me( e.g. the VIP early entrance for a concert event) So to reiterate the ...
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What would you call a person who doesn't know what they like or will do with their life?

What would you call a person who would always response with 'I don't know' when thinking about their likes, favourite things, or their future (like plans for the next day or what they want their life ...
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Fail in OR to + noun/gerund/infinitive?

TIL: the phrase "fail in + noun/gerund" means: to not be successful in an attempt to do something. and the phrase "fail to + infinitive" means: leave something undone According to the meanings ...
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Succeed in OR to +?

The king succeeds in the throne The king succeeds in claiming the throne The king succeeds to the throne The king succeeds to claim the throne Which are acceptable? & what are the ...