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Why do non-native speakers consider "bitch" to mean "prostitute"?

The British definition of bitch (from your link) includes both the following: bitch noun (UNPLEASANT PERSON) offensive: an unkind or unpleasant woman: She can be a real bitch. bitch noun (...
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Any online tool that highlights what grammatical case each word in a sentence belongs to?

Hi printerprinter1555, I am going to follow conventions from the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (if needed, this gives you an overview, section 7 is most relevant for you) in this post. ...
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How did English come to use a writing system which makes spelling it so hard?

Adding to the comment by John Lawler: According to An Introduction to Language, 5th Edition (Victoria Fromkin & Robert Rodman, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers, 1993): "The ...
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How do you split "cities" into morphemes?

“Cities” is the plural inflected form of “city”. It has two morphemes: city + the noun-pluralizing morpheme, here realized as the suffix /z/. The spelling change of Y to IE is irrelevant to the ...
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In/on the/ line/page

"on page …"; "in line …" Something is printed/appears on a page. Something is part of a line, so in line … "On line …" also works, especially in the context "error on ...
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What's the difference between scatter/spread/ or disperse?

There are different connotations to the three words. The Romany people are spread across Asia and Europe suggests that in all parts of Asia and Europe there are Romany people. The Romany people ...
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How can we make passive out of perfect continuous tenses?

No, don't use this construction! Using is being with since sounds bad to native English speakers, as well as being grammatically wrong. Here are some better ways of rewording these sentences to avoid ...
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Why do non-native speakers consider "bitch" to mean "prostitute"?

I would wager it's because a lot of languages lack an accurate translation for "bitch". I know French, Spanish and Portuguese don't. As is the case with those languages, most insults to women are ...
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Grammar problem

A possible rewrite: She spoke from her office at the North Wilkesboro Addiction Treatment Center, which she opened in February after three years of sobriety. "I found a Doctor who would ...
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"a" verus "an" for abbreviations starting with 'U'

The rule is painful as far as code is concerned because the choice between 'a' or 'an' is based on whether it sounds like a vowel is at the start of the word rather than the actual spelling. For ...
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He hasn't send me any pictures or he didn't send me any pictures

"He didn't send me any pictures" is past tense and refers to a specific time period: perhaps you were waiting for some pictures last week, for example. Consider this sentence: "I was waiting right ...
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What is the meaning of "ardent learner"?

I don't normally go with Google's definitions, but I like theirs better than MW's in this case. Google defines it as "enthusiastic or passionate", such as "an ardent baseball fan". They also list ...
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Elegant synonym for subject matter of a discipline

The only synonyms for that sense of discipline (meaning a "field of study"), which I could find were subject area and speciality. I sense the term you need is subject area.
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The truth or truth?

The example from the grammar book is correct and breaks no rules of the English language. 'Truth' can be: An abstract noun equal in meaning to 'veracity', 'honesty' What we live by in our community ...
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I need to know if I'm being called a b-word

As a noun, the word "bitch" means (among other things) an unkind or unpleasant woman (source) ... and this is what you're concerned about people calling you. But as a verb, the meaning is ...
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What does the intonation pattern on "online" mean or imply?

As pointed out in the comments, the speaker's tone, at least to me, seems to express derision and/or mockery of the concept of an online party. A party, of course, is a gathering: an event where ...
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Is this phrase used anywhere in real world "too startled to say something"

Following many decades of native English usage, I can tell you that both A and C would be considered correct. If anything A is more correct than C. "Anything" is more usually used rather ...
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Is there a difference between 'They all had done something' and 'They had all done something'?

(CoGEL 5.16 p. 258) […] All and both can occur after the head, either immediately or in the M adverb position (after the operator, cf 8.16). For all and both we have, then, the following possibilities:...
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The truth or truth?

Standard usage and common practice show that this is correct, despite what you may have been taught from a grammarian standpoint. Most English native speakers don't know the grammar of their own ...
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Can I use the past perfect with present perfect in English

There are some common combinations of tense constructions in consecutive clauses. But there is no rule that prohibits the past perfect in a clause following a clause containing a present perfect. ...
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The difference between two phrases

Welcome to EL&U. The difference is this: "Learn by heart" refers to the level of learning while "Learn by rote" refers to the method of learning. For instance when it comes to he arithmetical '...
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I want to know a sentence meaning (between "")

a jolt TFD an emotional shock; To make suddenly active or effective: As in: The remark jolted my memory.
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What “I couldn't place it“ about an accent means?

to place, in the sense of: TFD to identify or classify in a particular context As in: I could not place that person's face.
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Should I use what or how?

This is an interesting question — one I've thought about myself and often address in person. I grew up in the Midwest, for reference. In my experience, it would be typical (and correct) to ask either ...
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Should I use what or how?

As a native anglophone I would, and regularly have to, ask "How's my pronunciation?" and leave it at that.
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He hasn't send me any pictures or he didn't send me any pictures

I believe when you say " he has not sent any pictures" it kind of imply he has not yet but he "did not" implies he simply did not.
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What is the meaning of "ardent learner"?

Ardent means passionate, eager, or having intense feelings about something. There are both positive and negative connotations. Its uses are all related to strong feelings or intensity, and many ...
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Relearn VS learn again

In a comment, John Lawler wrote: Essentially this is the difference between transitive learn, where it's the apprehension of the specific knowledge that matters -- learn Spanish, learn piano, learn ...
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What makes us not to go for a spelling reform for the English Language?

Spelling mistakes for whom? It's true that the English language is not phonetic. so what? very few other languages are either.
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