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  1. Is there a difference between American and British English?
  2. The phrase 'gone through' - what does it mean? Where & how do we have to use it?
  3. Shopping
    When I'm shopping and I want to pay for something in the store should I say: "Please charge me this" or "Please charge this too."
    When I'm going to ask the cashier for something that I think that I have already paid for should I say: "Did you charge this? "
    When I want change (money) do I say: Can you change me that or Can you change me this dollar for quarters.

  4. Which one is the correct form? She stopped to love him, or She stopped love him
  5. What is the usage of apparently?
  6. Which is correct - I only have 2 dollars OR I have only 2 dollars.
  7. I would like to know the difference between do and make, when you are refering to performing an action.
  8. What is the usuage of certainly, eventually and obviously?
  9. If I say "You can also bring it out of the ruins." "Ruins" meaning, as an idea, such as you ruined this, so you bring it out of the ruins. My question is; would the word "ruins" be a noun in this sentence, because it's an idea? If not, then what is it?
  10. When I have to use get?. Sometimes I confuse get with have.
  11. When do I use borrow and when do I use lend?
  12. What is the difference between Various and Varied?
  13. What type of word is "blackness", or "emptiness"?
    In context:- "It's silent in the emptiness"

  14. I ran into this sentence: "Oaks are strong, long-lived trees with tough wood."

    And I picked up the word nearest to 'tough' among 'rough and hard'. Doesn't it look tricky? It sure does to me. I turned to some E-E dictionaries. The definitions are as follows:-
    rough : having a surface that is not even or regular: rough ground The skin on her hands was hard and rough. Trim rough edges with a sharp knife.
    tough : not easily cut, broken, torn, etc: a tough pair of shoes The reptile's skin is tough and scaly
    hard : solid, firm or stiff and difficult to bend or break: Wait for the concrete to go hard. a hard mattress Diamonds are the hardest known mineral.

    Can you tell them apart? I don't think I can. Could you give me some tips?

  15. The following sentence: "Mr. Smith will relinquish his seat in the House."

    Here, I thought 'relinquish' is could be replaced with 'give up' and one of my teachers said, 'cede' would be better than 'give up'. Do you see that way too? If so, what would be the difference? I suspec 'give up' involves one's willingness while 'cede' is more like forced to do so. Could I get your answer again please?

  16. What is the difference between all and the whole?
  17. What is the difference between this, that, these and those?
  18. If you were doing some work and had already finished it what would you usually say?

    I've finished or I'm finished?

  19. When do I use "not to" and "to not"?

    For example:-
    Not to spoil the whole cake after you have one piece, keep the rest in the fridge.

    Is it correct or do I have to use "to not"?


  20. Is it necessary to use "it" in this sentence, or is it optional?

    For example:-
    Walking on the beach is relaxing and (it)is a good chance to meet some friends.


  21. Could you explain the rules for forming " other " - another, the other, other, others, the others, every other.


  22. How do we use the words "used to" in English?


  23. What is the difference between "other" and "another"?

  24. When I am speaking to people there are some words I don't know. How can I learn new words?
  25. I want to ask about the word "hence".

  26. What is the meaning of "be humbled"in the following sentence? "I am humbled to be given the opportunity to learn this culture from within."
  27. What does "get to meet "mean?

    I read somewhere "You could get to meet me." and "How will I get to meet him?"

  28. Could you explain the difference between where and whereabouts?


  29. Where can I use the word "incorrigible"?

    Can I use this word in spoken English?

    Please clarify this.

  30. What is "perpetual" and where can I use it in spoken as well as in written English?


  31. What is difference between much, more and several?

  32. If someone drinks water from a bottle by touching the bottle with their lips. what verb can we use to describe that action. Please let me know.

  33. Hello 1. Monasticism has its very distinct/or "distinctive" place in the Church WHICH WORD IS MORE CORRECT?
    thank you!

  34. Hi, I first wnted to thank you for your great website. Secondly, my question is: Which of these words does the verb "set" NOT collocate with? the video,the TV,sth on fire, your watch,the alarm.
  35. How can I use in English,"Suddenly move to the left or right side when i see an object is coming straight to me"
  36. Hi! I'm translating a book called "AND I DON'T WANT TO LIVE THIS LIFE". There's a part of the book who talks about a girl who's having a baby and it says:" he smacked my suitcase down on my non-lap, and started to whisk me down the hallway". What does it mean: non-lap?? you know, there are a lot of scientific words in this book and it's very hard for me to know them. Besides it's an american book and i studied English at school, not american. Please answer me! I need it so bad! Thank you very much! Claudia
  37. What is the noun form of clear?
  38. What is the meaning of "charge customers" in this sentence : Meyer's Department Store will have a special sale for their charge customers.
  39. I would like to know which of these phrases is correct;.
    1."The entry to the match will be FREE OF charge"

    "The entry to the match will be FREE FROM charge"

  40. How should I say "The tower is 224 meters tall" or "The tower is 224 meters high".
    If both are correct which use is better?
    If not how should I use those words?

  41. Here is another vocabulary question I want to ask you. What is the meaning of "spare flashlight" in this sentence?

    Perry's spare flashlight was useless the night of the storm because the batteries were corroded.
    Regards, Edy

  42. How can you explain the differences between the phrases "in all" and "in total"
  43. When we board a bus do we say "get on","get onto","get in" or "get into" it?
  44. Do we say something floats on water or floats in water?
  45. please correct if neccassary:- 1>i think you need some finishing touch to your dress up/dressing up.(i am telling this to a friend who has not deress up well.here my question is should i use "dressing up" or "dress up" after "yours")
  46. hi. thanks for last reply! I have two questions. 1. Should i say "near me" or "near to me" Is it better to use "to" or omit it? 2. Which heading, according to you, is better? a. "To the newspaper editorial section" b. "To the editorial section of the newspaper" thanks!
  47. A woman that works as a doctor assisstant is a nurse. And a man having the same occupation? Is there a word in English for that?
  48. One of the meanings of the phrase 'put up' I understand is 'stay somewhere for a short period of time'. Is it correct to say - (1)put up with (a person) (2)put up in (a hotel, guest-house, etc.) (3)put up at (city, town, etc.)?
  49. What does the phrase 'on the house'mean and what is the story about it? Thanks!
  50. Dear teacher, what's the difference between 'ass' and 'donkey'? What is the origin of the word ass? Thank you!
  51. i want to know about "as well" how i have to use, what is the exact meaning
  52. Hello, Could you give me an explanation of the difference between empathy and sympathy? Many thanks!
  53. (1)Can 'consist' and 'comprise' be used interchangeably ? One of the dictionary meaning of 'comprise' is 'consist of' but I have often found use of 'comprise of'. Is this usage incorrect or is it used in some special situations ? (2)Which of the following two pairs is correct/better - free from germs/free of germs and clear off dust/clear of dust ?
  54. I'd like to know when and how to use " since" " for" and "because". thank you
  55. Is there a universal rule about using the suffixes"-ic" and "-ical" in adjectives?
  56. how to be good at vocabulary?
  57. Can I use in a text (humanities)the expression: "the following working systematization" I have found it in an article about forests so I do not know if it is appropriate.
  58. We drink in 'draughts'. We smoke in ...?
  59. Dear Ellie, What's the name of the professional who replaces the original speech in a film/movie or television programme with words in another language? Is the right verb "to dub"? Thank you very much.
  60. Hi, I am a 30 years old woman who needs to know when do I have to use do and make. Thank you so much.
  61. What is the difference between 'organize' and 'arrange'?
  62. Hi. Can I say "a hair" or "two hair" or "five hair" Is it correct!? Maybe i should say "one strand of hair" or "three strands of hair" thank you
  63. What is the difference between "said" and "told?"
  64. When we travel on a boat and don't feel well due to the movement of it on the water we say that we are seasick. What about in a car, bus and the other vehicles? Thanks for your help.
  65. How do we use "other" and "another"?
  66. What's different using between after and affter
  67. When may 'nonetheless' and 'nevertheless' be used ?
  68. Hi, I'm hoping that you can solve a query that has bugged me all my life. It's to do with the correct usage of the word 'next'. Eg: Today is Monday, is 'next' Sunday 6 days from now or 13 days from now? I have always considered it to be in 6 days but have noticed that most of the population believe it to be in 13. Thanks for any help that you may be able to offer. Regards, Eddy.
  69. what is the meaning of disrespect
  70. I have a doubt emerged in mind when I read the prospectus of a university that “you can be had the application from our website” –Whether this is correc to use "Can be had" and whether we can use “Can be Had” instead of “can have” and what kind tense it tend to be. Please help.
  71. What is the difference between consecutive and successive ?
  72. Dear Ellie, Does this word exist (ununderstandable) to mean that something cannot be understood? Thank you very much indeed.
  73. How can I remember all the new words that I learn by heart? I alway forget them, so I spend more time trying to learn vocabulary. Help me!
  74. Dear Ellie, What does this mean?"She's on to me". Mom, can I set fire to my bed mattress? No, Calvin. Can I ride my tricycle on the roof? No, Calvin. Then can I have a cookie? No, Calvin. She's on to me. Thanks for the help.
  75. Hi When i have to use "Belong" and "Belongs". Please clarify this with clear example sir. Thanks
  76. Hi, I need some help with a sentence I ran into while I was studying an English course book. The sentence was 'what in a century will it all amount to?' I attach an extract just in case there are many possible ways of interpreting the meaning: It is a daily procession that would stretch over three miles, that in any week in the year could put a cordon of close-marching people round London or New York, that could populate a New Boston. What in a century will it all amount to? I really appreciate the help, thanks in advance! Hope to hear from you soon, Paula Sillman
  77. how to use "would rather" would rather have done sth than have done sth OR would rather have done sth than done sth
  78. What is difference between Inquiry and enquiry?
  79. The adjective blue, used to mean 'risque': movies and jokes, for example... I think it derives from the fact that censors use (or used to use) blue pencil to delete such references. Please could you confirm or clarify? Thanks a lot...
  80. Dear Ellie, What does this word mean? We're "backdrifters".
  81. How can I teach my students when to use make and when to use do. I know there is not an exact rule, but how can you explain that we do the washing-upand we make our bed.Besides, I was taught that I do my bed when I was a girl ,just a few days ago I heard on TV that someone was just to make her bed!! Thanks!!Please help with a tip!
  82. Could you tell me some meanings of two words verbs? Thats a litlle difficult. Tkanks
  83. I get confused with " Which and what". Thanks a lot for the answers you have provided in past. Shanti
  84. Dear Ellie, How do you call that part of a page in a book or notebook that is folded, at the top of the page or at the bottom, usually by students, because they handle their books or notebooks carelessly. Thank you for the help.
  85. What is the difference between perhaps and probably?
  86. What is the differnce between wait and await?
  87. I heard and saw Indian people using the word "Actor" for both male and female.They dont use "Actress". Is it correct anyway?
  88. Dear Ellie, Is there a word or expression in English to describe someone who is lying - the person knows we know s/he is lyng - and keep on lying? I am not talking about the word liar. Thanks so much.
  89. Hi, I am confused when to use Pay and when to use Pay For. Pls. help me find the good answer. Thanks in advance, Y Pham
  90. When do you use 'who' and 'whom'
  91. Where should we use "ago" and where we should we use " before".
  92. What is the meaning of : Skittish bay
  93. what is the meaning of : jagerfonteins Thanx alot
  94. what is the meaning of Whisht ! thanx alot
  95. what is the meaning of The Brown girl turned green thanx alot
  96. Dear Ellie, What verb do we use when we break a leg, for example, and the doctor has to fix it by using plaster. Do I say: the doctor plastered my leg? Can you give an example sentence how to use it? Thanks a lot for your help.
  97. Dear Ellie, What's the name of the store in English where we go to buy a car? Thanks a lot for your help.
  98. Dear Ellie. Why do we say that the door is open and not opened? I know that the adjective form is "open", but we say the door is closed and not close. Why is that? Is there a grammatical explanation for that? Does it have anything to do with the history of the English language? Thank you very much for you help.
  99. I want to know meaning of "Too" as meaning of "also"

  100. Dear Ellie,
    How can I use the expression "more or less"? Is it the same as the expression"so so"? Can you give me some examples, please how to use them?
    Thanks a lot for your help.

  101. Dear Ellie,
    Is there any difference in the meaning of these two words? "Type" and "kind". I looked them up in the dictionary but for me who is a native speaker of Portuguse they seemed to have similar meanings.
    Are these sentences correct?
    What kind of car do you like?
    What type of car do you like?
    What kind of food do you like?
    What type of food do you like?

  102. I could not see that you had included "either and neither" in the confusing words. What is the difference? When do you use them?
  103. what is the difference between thin and skinny?
  104. Dear Ellie, I saw this expression in an English textbook and would like to know what it means:Out of affection... Out of affection for you and respect for your age, I will take out the garbage. I would appreciate your help. Thanks.
  105. Do you say haberdasher's or haberdashery?
  106. How many words do I need to learn?
  107. Can you say "I'd rather sightseeing than lying on the beach?", i.e. can you ever use the -ing form after "I'd rather"?
  108. What is the difference between :ride and drive?
  109. I would like to know the differences between the following:- in / at the front in front Thank you so much.
  110. is it proper to say, "one area that she could improve on is being more punctual in arriving to work on time."
  111. What is the difference between enquiry and inquiry. I have hunted but cannot find it on your website. Thanks
  112. what is the difference between british english and american english?
  113. what is the difference between salary, payment and wage. Thank you
  114. Dear Ellie, How will you describe a person who takes a second wife?
  115. I don't know the right words for a person who has stolen jewellery,vehicles, food?
  116. When should we use had?
  117. 25 years is called a silver jubilee, what should 10 years be called?
  118. Dear Ellie, What are your answers to the following? Fill in 'voice', 'discuss' (use only once) ____________ an opinion ____________ politics I look forward to receiving your answers. Thanks and Regards, Fan P.S. Are you an English woman?
  119. meaning of better off
  120. Dear Ellie, This sentence was extracted from a text in an English book, which the husband had to fix a pipe. He told his wife he did so, but in fact he did a mess and she doesn't know. What does the word "humdinger" means in this sentence? Wife: "tell you what. You sit here on your favorite couch and I'll fix you, you humdinger of a plumber, a delicious sandwich." Thanks Ellie.
  121. Words ending with "shun" Do you know any English words ending with shun?
  122. how do we use the word 'alias'? Give an example. Thanx
  123. compare and contrast
  124. What is the homophone of 'need'?
  125. What is the sign "#" in English?
  126. which is correct, going down the stairs or walking down the stairs?
  127. Is there any difference between absence and absentation?
  128. Hi Ellie, thank you. It's a very useful website for english learners.I have 2 questions.1)What shoud I say, Don't worry or No worries when someone is worrying about something.(I leart Don't worry in school, but I heard many people say No worries nowadays) 2) How I know some sayings are old fashioned. Thanks.
  129. Hi Ellie,I am puzzled by two words: solve and resolve, don't know when should I use solve, when should I use resolve. What's difference between the two words? Thanks
  130. I am confused about the use of "hence." Which one of the following is correct, or are they all fine? -The bread was fresh, hence tasty -The tracks were being worked on, hence the train was late -The tracks were being worked on, hence the delay -I was tired, hence the snappy remark. Thanks in advance.
  131. Dear Ellie, Which sentence is the correct one? I'll need some more ground to plant this rose. I'll need some more earth to plant this rose. Thank you.
  132. How to use the word "get" if it is combined with adjective?does the meaning change? It confuses me
  133. make five sentences with use of word frizzled
  134. What is the difference between while and whilst?
  135. What is the difference in the use of "finish" and "end"? Why cant we replace "end" by "finish" in the following sentence: "...and that was the end of the troll!"
  136. Dear Ellie, What's the difference between terrible and horrible, what's their usage in spoken English? Thanks!
  137. what is the meaning of " over the years " in the following sentence :We’ve had a lot of fun over the years.
  138. How can we increase our vocabulary?
  139. Can you say that a liquid is the wrong consistency?
  140. wat verb ending in ing can sometimes be used as a noun
  141. hi all, what's the difference between let's and let? when do we use what?
  142. I know the plural of "person" is "people". But there are sentences like "3 persons". Is it correct?If so, WHEN and HOW?
  143. Which is correct? We use our mind to think. or We use our minds to think.
  144. Where will you go on the holiday weekend. Is holiday a noun or an adjective
  145. What's the difference between cannot and can not?
  146. Dear Ellie, I have been actually very busy, so I could not establish contact with you. I am extremely grateful to you for your support and guidance. I want to ask you only one question: 'Can we use the words like sms and e-mail as verbs?' For example, let me say that I have e.mailed my question to you. I will await your reply. Your student, Muhammad Aejaz Pervez, PAKISTAN.
  147. the meaning of basically. When do I use that word?
  148. I don't know how can I use the new words that I learn, I mean all the time I use repeated words.Thanks
  149. What is the meaning of though at the end of the word, like for example: we had a good run though. Thankyou
  150. when I watch a film or read the news is it necessary to look up the words and memorize them after guessing the words or just guessing the new words is enough. Please answer my question thanks.
  151. hello thanks eor your help but you didn't answer my second qustion , I have another question is it true to translate the words in to my language I think in this way I can use them better what do u think ? please answermy both questions? thanks
  152. What is the meaning of kangaroo bounce?
  153. Dear Ellie, in the question: Fares on the subway are changed according to the distance travelled by _____ 1.pedestrian 2. passengers 3.commuters 4. travellers I know the best answer may be commuters. My question is: can I choose passengers or travellers? If I choose passengers or travellers in test papers, will I get the mark?
  154. Dear Ellie What's the difference between absolutely and very?
  155. Is it possible to ask "What is he?" about a persons job? Is it the same as "What does he do?"
  156. In the caption under a photograph -- "John riding his bike" -- what part of speech is the word "riding?" Is "John, riding his bike, managed to get to school on time" correct English? In this sentence, is "riding" the same part of speech as it is in the photo caption? Thank you so much, Connie
  157. Will memorising two or more words each day, help me to improve my glossary?
  158. When do you use "one" and how can I explain it to my students. For example: I like this ONE.
  159. plz answer my question: what is the difference between "well-known","famous","popular" and "renown" thank u in advance ^^
  160. Please tell me about the phrase "Not only....... But also"
  161. Which one is correct: How much pound you lost or how many pound you losy?
  162. will u travel in a taxi or bus? or would you travel in a taxi or bus?
  163. When to use the word "drive" and "ride"?
  164. Dear Ellie, what is the difference betwwen confidential and secret? Thanks!
  165. IV. Both interest and (principal, principle) are due next month. which word is suitable for this sentence between in brackets.?
  166. What you wrote:- my qustion to you i dont translate sentence why i know also meaning of the words but cant translate the sentence What I think you meant:- My question to you is, I can't translate sentence, even though I know the meaning of the words, I still can't translate the sentence.
  167. What type of noun refers to a sexless object such as a cup or table?
  168. Is it right to say HE WENT HOME HAPPY?
  169. What is the difference between 'want to' and 'would like to'in th efollowing sentences? I want to try a new hobby. I would like to try a new hobby. Thank you.
  170. what is different between intereted or interesting? -------------------- What is difference between interested and interesting?
  171. one word substitute of: to destroy completely
  172. What adjective describes quality?
  173. What device on a car registers the distance travelled?
  174. Would you please tell me the difference between "related with" and "related to?"
  175. What's the difference between "die of" and "die from?" Will you, please?
  176. Truly this site is more than just a website. And truly sorry for my frequent inquiries. But I believe you are happy to help. What's the difference between "unit" and "set?" Thank you.
  177. Dear Ellie, I'm a bit confused. Which one is correct, close to or close with? Thank you.
  178. What is the meaning of all in all ?
  179. When do we use the word "unto".
  180. Hi, what is the opposite word of 'brave' in a positive way? Thanks, Kathy
  181. Can I say "I walk with my dog." or "I walk my dog."? Which one is correct? Many thanks Terry
  182. Dear Ellie, I am new to this website and I am not sure how it works. I am sorry that I have to ask you some questions about it. Will you reply questions to our email box or post online only? Will the newest question be the last question in that category? BTW, I asked a question about the opposite word of brave in not that negative way last week, but I have a trouble to find the answer in your website and my email box. Thanks a lot for your help.
  183. Hi! there's a word i'd like to ask if existed or not "unspecificity" how about "nonspecificity" please let me know if you're an American English speaker or .. Thanks Hi! There's a word I'd like to ask about: "unspecificity" or "nonspecificity". Do they exist? Please let me know if you're an American English speaker or .. Thanks
  184. There is a specific word which describes one who is overly or excessively concerned about the welfare of animals. I think the word starts with the letter T - but don't be thrown off, I may be wrong. Thanks for your service.
  185. What is the synonym of short
  186. In a movie, one person tells a secret to the other person, and the third person is very near him but cannot hear the secret and the audience hear it.
  187. Dear Ellie, Is there any difference in meaning between the two words, "Inhuman" " unhuman"? Please, can you give me one example of each one? Thanks.
  188. what is the difference between "airline accident" and "airline crash"? can we use both of them? --------------- What is the difference between an "airline accident" and an "airline crash"? Can we use either of them?
  189. Dear Ellie, Children love to sit _______ his feet while he wove a spell of enchantment and wonder. a. around b. at The key is "b". Could you please explain why "a" isn't correct? Thanks! Mary
  190. Is it correct to say: The author shifted from the idea of how we think are the ABC’s being treated in Chinatown to what is really the case.
  191. What do you mean by "regional variations" in a game?
  192. Hello Ellie. Thank you for your consideration. It's great you offer us good information to help everyone. My question: should I say in summer, in Summer, or in the summer? I have many argument with friends in school. School teaches in Summer. but I dont know. can you helps me? Thankyou.
  193. i want to know what is "'s " in let's go?i know its not plural s then whats is it? thank you regards ------------------ I want to know what "'s " is in let's go? I know it's not plural s, so what is it? Thank you. Regards Neda
  194. what name is given to people who attend a music show? ------------------- What do you call people who attend a music show?
  195. Dear Ellie, what is the diffeerence between "almost" and "nearly"? ------------------- Dear Ellie, What is the difference between "almost" and "nearly"?
  196. why did you disagree with me . why did you disagre to me . tell me right answer ---------------------- Why did you disagree with me? Why did you disagree to me? Tell me the right answer, please.
  197. When do i use hold on and just a moment --------------------------- When should I use "hold on" and "just a moment".
  198. do i say bored of,bored by or bored about?if all r possible what r the cases?thnx -------------------------------------- Should I say bored of, bored by or bored about? If all are possible could you provide some examples? Thanks.
  199. I have question related with use of word "today". I always gets doubt in position of today in any sentence like "Today weather is hot or Weather is hot today." Is there any rule for position of today in sentence. with regards Nandini
  200. My question is what is the difference in use of word "buy" and "purchase"? Both can be used interchageably or is there any rule for the use of these two words?
  201. What is the difference between the connected and the interconnected and when you use each one. thanks ---------------------------- What is the difference between the words connected and interconnected, and when do you use each one? Thanks.
  202. Hi Ellie; What are differences between "never seen" and "ever seen"? Thank you.
  203. what do you call this in English? http://www.pic.iran-forum.ir/images/lq8r1g0z2y40ymnnqcd.jpg What do you call this in English?
  204. Q.what is the collective noun for the 1. A cluster of ___________ 2.A ________ of cards. 3. A ________ of books. Q What will be the masculine or Feminine 1.Deer 2. Fox 3.Duchess ------------------------------- Q. What is the collective noun for the following:- 1. A ________ of grapes. 2.A ________ of cards. 3. A ________ of books. Q What is the masculine or feminine form of:- 1. Deer 2. Fox 3. Duchess
  205. parsad a hindi word which is given after prayer , what we call it english ? -------------------- Parsad is a Hindi word which is given after prayer, what do you call it in English ?
  206. what is the meaning of phrase unless and untill thank u ............................ What do the words unless and until mean? Thank you.
  207. whats the difference between currently and recently ---------------------- What's the difference between currently and recently?
  208. What is the correct spelling for adviser or advicer? thanx
  209. HI Ellie, i wanted to ask what i think is a straightforward and simple question... I'm almost embarrassed (but really, not at all) to be asking this, but my question is as follows: Does every noun in the English language have an adjective form? To provide you with a little background, and this my end up as a sort of secondary question, after all, but i have come across the word "solidarity" and wanted to use it in as an adjective. the most intuitive form of of which appeared to me as that which is using the suffix -ous, however i cannot find any dictionary listing that (or any other) adjective form of the word. Solidaritous, that seems like a reasonable-enough sounding form of an English word. Could you help me figure out what to do with this conundrum? do you know what the "proper" adjective form of solidarity might be? thanks for taking the time to read and consider this! i appreciate any help someone might happen to offer, and i think that this is a beautifully envisioned concept for a website. ------------------------- HI Ellie, i wanted to ask what I think is a straightforward and simple question. I'm almost embarrassed (but really, not at all) to be asking this, but my question is as follows: Does every noun in the English language have an adjective form? To provide you with a little background, and this may end up as a sort of secondary question, after all, but I have come across the word "solidarity" and wanted to use it in as an adjective. The most intuitive form of of which seemed to me to use the suffix -ous, however I cannot find any dictionary listing that (or any other) adjective form of the word. Although solidaritous seems like a reasonable-enough sounding English word. Could you help me figure out what to do with this conundrum? Do you know what the "proper" adjective form of solidarity might be? Thanks for taking the time to read and consider this! I appreciate any help someone might happen to offer, and I think that this is a beautifully envisioned concept for a website.
  210. is it correct to say: The red pen is longer than the blue pen. or: The red pen is taller than the blue pen. ------------ Is it correct to say: The red pen is longer than the blue pen. or The red pen is taller than the blue pen.
  211. Such a great human. Is this sentence right or wrong?
  212. Your willingness to get out of your way to help me.is the sentence correct? -------------------- Your willingness to get out of your way to help me. Is the sentence correct?
  213. what is the difference between JAM and MARMALADE / ---------------------------- What is the difference between jam and marmalade.
  214. Which of the ff sentences is correct. 1. The children were swinging side to side. 2.The children were swinging side by side. Regards Gail
  215. what is the collective noun for a group of people watching a match together ------------------------ What is the collective noun for a group of people watching a match together?
  216. How do we use despite in sentences?
  217. In past articiple exercised they asked loan for past particliple... Load past participle is Loaned..( If i am wrong then pls correct)If we assume my ans is crrect Loand.. when i check this answer it show wrong... so pls tell me what is th past participle of Loan.. -------------- A past articiple exercise asked for the past participle of loan. I think the past participle is loaned..( If i am wrong then pls correct). If we assume my ans is correct, loaned, but when I checked this answer it said it was wrong... so pls tell me what is the past participle of loan.
  218. what is the difference between reject and refuse ----------------- What is the difference between reject and refuse?
  219. Dear Ellie is there a word in English to describe someone who is sensitive to cold or heat and reacts more quickly to e.g. Cold weather and feels cold?
  220. Dear Ellie What is the verb for having an evil eye?I mean if I hurt somebody by looking at them what do I do? And what is the verb for being stubborn? I mean e.g. I do something bad in class like answering back my teacher and upset her and she fails me because of that at the end of the term. What did the teacher do?
  221. diffrence between to and with ----------------------- What is the difference between to and with?
  222. Rani goes for shopping everyday. what type of adverb "everyday" is? adverb of frequency or time, pl. tell. ----------------- Rani goes for shopping everyday. What type of adverb is "everyday"? Adverb of frequency or time, please tell me.
  223. Is get married correct in english? --------------------- Is "get married" correct?
  224. What is correct: Jim shut the water off o Jim shut off the water?
  225. what is correct"came here or come here in everyday situation --------------- In every day situations, which is correct - "came here" or "come here"?
  226. Can I use both forms: 1) He is a world-famous poet. 2) He is a worldwide famous poet.
  227. Dear Ellie What is the person who dubs called in English?dub is a verb what is the noun as a person? -------------------- Dear Ellie What is the person who dubs called in English? To dub is a verb what is the noun?
  228. Could you please tell me whether except with and except for have opposite meaning i had turn back this topic because i feel that i'm still not enough free with it can i possibily say that i would like go see a movie except for my friend or i would like to go see a movie except with my friend
  229. I had turn back more often to this expression because i feels that i'm still not enough free with it but technically, could i say that I'm interested in the movie, or i'm into the movie, i'm enthusiasti c about the movie please tell me the meaning and how i could use it in a sentence.
  230. What do we call a group of: 1.Fish 2.Birds
  231. What the different between trust n believe, and where should I use it..? -------------- What is the difference between trust and believe, and where should I use them?
  232. Hai.. Fortunately i found this site..hope you would help me to answer... Haha i am so confused with the difference of 'it' and 'that'..that's okay. it's okay. That's good or it's good. Please explain me the difference? ------------ Hi, Fortunately I found this site. I hope you will help me by answering this. I am so confused about the difference between 'it' and 'that'..that's okay, it's okay. That's good or it's good. Please explain the difference.
  233. What is the difference between specially and especially?
  234. I checked up these words but i did'nt understand well.Please tell me more.The words are: PITY & MERCY?
  235. Hi Ellie. Is it ok to say "I will take it off you" or should it be "I will take it away from you"? Thanks.
  236. 'Can you please suggest me with the university names?' or is it 'Can you please suggest me the university names?' .Please suggest me which one is correct!
  237. which one of these is correct seeking on, seeking for, seeking at, seeking, seeking in ----------------------- Which one of these is correct: seeking on, seeking for, seeking at, seeking, seeking in?
  238. he wore a coloured dress-change it into complex
  239. "Even in her own town she found that what the people needed more than food and medicine was being wanted''. Could you tell me what it means?
  240. five persons were same name what do we calling them -------------------- What do we call five people with the same name.
  241. What's the difference between British english and the american english? I'm from Brazil xD
  242. what is difference between I shall and I will ------------------- What is the difference between I shall and I will?
  243. She'll come by your place ! is this right or She'll drop by your place ! or She'll drop there !
  244. Hello,first of all I'm sorry about my former question, I haven't realized it's a personal website so I did word myself as it was a forum. I apologize. Secondly, I've another question and I'll be delighted if you could help me please; I often hear about grammar this saying "could of." I've understood that it means that one regrets some deed or mistake which they made in the near past and for expressing themselves they use "he needed me and I wasn't there,but I could of." I know it isn't a prefect example but I don't find any other words to explain myself in a better way right now, sorry. My bottom line is - Does it correct to use -could of- and when? Thank u so much!
  245. i m not being a stramger is correct english
  246. Because my parents will angry to me
  247. Hi Ellie I am sorry to bother you with my endless questions, but I really need your help. I read a write-up online, about a common errors in English usage. I came across this phrase; "exact revenge." I don't really understand the very meaning of exact. Of course I know what exact means, but I don't find the specific context here. Would you help me, please? Thank you so much =)
  248. I had turn back more often to this word because i feels that am still not enough free with it but literally what does flexible mean e:g Our plans need to be flexible enough to cater for the needs of everyone /You need to be more flexible and imaginative in your approach/ Can you be flexible about when you take your leave, honestly i'm totally confuse according to my sister she said that flexible means able to bend easily without breaking flexible could you please tell me the full-meaning of flexible including the meaning of flexible approach?
  249. Hello mam/sir, if there is water present in my hand and i want to remove that by taking a particular cloth,then what will be the English of that activity to remove water from hands? Thank you
  250. What\'s the difference between are and or



  1. Is there a difference between American and British English?
    Unfortunately the answer to this question is yes. There are many differences between British and American English, pronunciation, spelling and grammar are just a few. In fact English is the first language in many countries and there are differences between them all, these include; Australia, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.

    As one of my favourite writers said "We have everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language." (Oscar Wilde, 1887, The Canterville Ghost).

    The Learn English site is devoted to British English.

    Efiingpot is a very funny web site that illustrates the differences beautifully.

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  2. The phrase 'gone through' - what does it mean? Where & how do we have to use it?
    The main verb in this phrasal verb is 'to go' it is an irregular verb and takes the following forms - going, went, gone. Gone is the past participle.

    There is (of course) more than one meaning. To go through something can mean to physically travel through something like a tunnel.
    For example: The Eurostar train goes through the channel tunnel every half an hour.

    It can also mean to experience a difficult or unpleasant situation.
    For example: She's gone through a difficult divorce.

    It can also mean to examine or organise something.
    For example: I have gone through my wardrobe and thrown out a load of old clothes.

    It can mean to practise or test something.
    For example: Have you gone through the revision notes for the test?

    It can also mean to use a lot of something.
    For example: I have gone through $400 this month.

    And last but not least it can mean to be officially accepted or approved.
    For example: His pay rise has gone through, he should receive it next month.

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  3. Shopping
    When I'm shopping and I want to pay for something in the store should I say: "Please charge me this" or "Please charge this too."
    When I'm going to ask the cashier for something that I think that I have already paid for should I say: "Did you charge this? "
    When I want change (money) do I say: Can you change me that or Can you change me this dollar for quarters.
    If you want to pay with your Store Card you can say "I'd like to charge this, please."

    When you ask the cashier if you have paid for something you can say "Have you charged this already?"

    If you want some change you can say "Could you change this for me, please? I need quarters."

    You will find some more information about shopping in the vocabulary section.

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  4. Which one is the correct form? She stopped to love him, or She stopped love him
    The answer to this question is that neither is correct. The correct answer is:-

    "She stopped loving him."

    The meaning of the sentence is that she no longer loves him.

    Now if you said "She stopped to love him." The grammatical meaning (which is nonsense) is that she stopped whatever she was doing in order to give him some love!

    If you want to know more about this kind of structure check out the grammar page on Gerunds and Infiinitives on Learn English.

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  5. What is the usage of apparently?
    Apparently is used as an adverb:-

    You can use it to say you have read or heard something although you are not certain it is true:-
    e.g. Apparently Bush won the election. (You have read it, but you don't believe it!)

    You can use it when a situation is different from what you thought it was:-
    e.g. She looks about 10 but apparently she's 14. (You thought she was 10, but have since found out she is 14)

    Used to say that you think something is true from appearances alone.
    e.g. She has apparently been running this web site for some time.

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  6. Which is correct - I only have 2 dollars OR I have only 2 dollars.
    Both are correct, but their use depends on what you are trying to emphasise.

    In (1), "only" is an adverb that emphasies what you have.

    "I only have 2 dollars. That's all I have."

    In (2), "only" is an adjective that emphasises the money. "I have only 2 dollars. There is no other money."

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  7. I would like to know the difference between do and make, when you are refering to performing an action.
    Do

    We generally use the verb 'do' to express daily activities or jobs.

    For example:-
    do homework do the housework do the ironing do the dishes do a job

    ! You may notice that these activities do not produce anything physical.

    Make

    We generally use the verb 'make' to express an activity that creates something physical that you can touch.

    For example:-
    make breakfast make a cup of tea / coffee make a product

    I have created a whole section on "Do or Make" complete with a fiendish test!
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  8. What is the usuage of certainly, eventually and obviously?
    Certainly is used to reply emphatically or to emphasize something and show that there is no doubt about it:

    For example: I will certainly answer your questions.

    Eventually means in the end, especially after a long time or a lot of effort or problems.

    For example: It may take me some time to answer your questions, but you know I will do it eventually.

    Obviously means in a way that is easy to understand or see.

    For example: Obviously the web site keeps me busy.

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  9. If I say "You can also bring it out of the ruins." "Ruins" meaning, as an idea, such as you ruined this, so you bring it out of the ruins. My question is; would the word "ruins" be a noun in this sentence, because it's an idea? If not, then what is it?
    Here the descriptive term "the ruins" is being used as a noun which means the broken parts that are left from an old place, plan or even, as in this case, idea.

    In "You ruined this." - ruined is a verb which means spoilt or destroyed.

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  10. When I have to use get?. Sometimes I confuse get with have.
    To get something means you do not have it yet. It means to obtain, buy or earn something.
    For example: I am going to get a laptop.

    To have something means you possess it already.
    For example: I have a computer, but I want one that's portable.

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  11. When do I use borrow and when do I use lend?
    You can find the answer here:-

    Borrow vs Lend

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  12. What is the difference between Various and Varied?
    They can both be used as adjectives to describe differences existing between things or types.

    Varied is used in the singular:-

    For example: There was a varied group people. - group is singular

    Various is used with the plural:-

    For example: There was a group of various people. - people is plural

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  13. What type of word is "blackness", or "emptiness"?
    In context:- "It's silent in the emptiness"
    The words "the blackness", "the emptiness" and "the darkness" are all nouns.
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  14. I ran into this sentence: "Oaks are strong, long-lived trees with tough wood."

    And I picked up the word nearest to 'tough' among 'rough and hard'. Doesn't it look tricky? It sure does to me. I turned to some E-E dictionaries. The definitions are as follows:-
    rough : having a surface that is not even or regular: rough ground The skin on her hands was hard and rough. Trim rough edges with a sharp knife.
    tough : not easily cut, broken, torn, etc: a tough pair of shoes The reptile's skin is tough and scaly
    hard : solid, firm or stiff and difficult to bend or break: Wait for the concrete to go hard. a hard mattress Diamonds are the hardest known mineral.

    Can you tell them apart? I don't think I can. Could you give me some tips?
    I presume the sentence comes from an American as we Brits wouldn't use tough in this way, we are more likely to say regarding oaks that they are what is known as a hardwood - meaning hard to cut. Tough in the UK tends to mean difficult to chew or difficult to do.

    Now the bark of the oak is rough, but the wood of the oak is hard, and English is tough!

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  15. The following sentence: "Mr. Smith will relinquish his seat in the House."

    Here, I thought 'relinquish' is could be replaced with 'give up' and one of my teachers said, 'cede' would be better than 'give up'. Do you see that way too? If so, what would be the difference? I suspec 'give up' involves one's willingness while 'cede' is more like forced to do so. Could I get your answer again please?
    I am a great believer in simple English.

    Your use of 'give up' is perfectly acceptable as it means "to stop doing a regular activity or job". However, in order to express this properly you would have to write "Mr. Smith will give his seat up in the House."

    Now that doesn't mean your teacher is wrong! To cede something means to give something such as ownership to someone else, especially unwillingly or because forced to do so.

    To relinquish something means either to give up something such as a responsibility, or to unwillingly stop holding or keeping something.

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  16. What is the difference between all and the whole?
    All is used in many different ways. As a determiner to talk about every thing or people of a particular kind. All cats are cool. All students must do their homework. You can use it in front of the pronouns - this, that, these, those All this arguing is getting us nowhere. All these letters need to be posted. Whole and whole of have a similar meaning to all. He ate the whole cake. = He ate all of the cake. = He ate the whole of the cake. However they are different when used in front of a noun. All the cakes were eaten. = Every cake has been eaten. Whole cakes were eaten. = Some of the cakes were eaten entirely, but some may be left over.
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  17. What is the difference between this, that, these and those?
    I use this to refer to a thing or person that is here next to me or very close by. I use that to refer to a thing or person that is further away. I use these to refer to some things or people that are here next to me or very close by. I use those to refer to some things or people that are further away. There is a game for practising this here - The Angry Foreman
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  18. If you were doing some work and had already finished it what would you usually say?

    I've finished or I'm finished?


    You would normally say "I have finished."

    For example:-

    "I have finished my dinner. Can I have pudding now?"

    However if I heard someone say, "I'm finished!" - I would expect that someone is pleased or excited to have just finished something (maybe a test).

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  19. When do I use "not to" and "to not"?

    For example:-
    Not to spoil the whole cake after you have one piece, keep the rest in the fridge.

    Is it correct or do I have to use "to not"?

    If you write "to not do something" you are using what is called a split infinitive.

    There's an old "rule" in English that says that infinitives (to go, to do etc.) should never be separated. Nowadays this rule is pretty much ignored:-

    For example:-
    To boldly go …

    However, in order to avoid it people write "not to do something" (which I personally prefer).

    For example:-
    He asked her not to talk so loudly.
    I would ask you not to do that.

    As to your example I would write:-
    In order not to spoil the whole cake after you have one piece, keep the rest in the fridge.
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  20. Is it necessary to use "it" in this sentence, or is it optional?

    For example:-
    Walking on the beach is relaxing and (it)is a good chance to meet some friends.
    It isn't necessary to use 'it' in the sentence.

    A native speaker would probably say:-
    Walking along the beach is relaxing and a good chance to meet some friends.

    It's better English to get rid of the 'it is' altogether.

    !Note - the use of along the beach - just one of those British English things.
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  21. Could you explain the rules for forming " other " - another, the other, other, others, the others, every other.

    Another - one additional or different thing or person.

    For example:-
    I have already had one coffee today, perhaps I shouldn’t have another one.

    Other - When you are talking about two people or things and have already referred to one of them, you refer to the second one as the other or the other one.

    For example:-
    I have two English learning web sites, Learn English was the first, and the other (one) is Learn English Online.

    Others – When you have been talking about some people or things of a particular type, you refer to more people or things of that type as others.

    For example:-
    Some people like Marmite, others hate it.

    The others – When you are talking about a group of people or things and have already referred to one or more of them, you usually refer to the remaining ones as the others.

    For example:-
    I went out with my friends last night, some of us went home early, the others went to a nightclub.

    Every other – When you are talking about alternate things.

    For example:-
    Every other day I work on a different web site.
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  22. How do we use the words "used to" in English?

    I have written a couple of pages on how and when we use used to here:-
    Used to as a verb.
    Used to as an adjective.
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  23. What is the difference between "other" and "another"?

    Other" means that there are only two and that you should choose not the one you are dealing with, but the other one, whatever that thing may be.

    For example:-
    Give me the other cup. This one's cracked. (There are only two cups.)

    "Another" means that there are probably more than two, probably many to choose from, and that it doesn't matter which one you choose among them, whatever those things may be.

    For example:-
    There must be another way of solving the problem. ( = a different way, but I'm not sure what)
    Give me another cup. This one's cracked. (There are lots of cups to choose from.)

    !Note - We only use the word another with singular countable nouns.

    For example:-
    Do you need another chair? ( = an additional one, one more)

    The exception would be the use of 'the others', or 'other things' which implies more than two.

    For example:-
    We are a long way ahead; let's wait for the other people/the others.
    There must be other ways of solving the problem (* Not others ways; =some different ways)
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  24. When I am speaking to people there are some words I don't know. How can I learn new words?
    I have written a section on how to build your English vocabulary skills which you may find useful.
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  25. I want to ask about the word "hence".
    Hence is quite an old-fashioned word usually used in formal English. In addition it has two meanings:-

    1. Therefore or for this reason.

    For example:-
    Her mother was Welsh, hence her name - Rhiannon.

    2. From now.

    For example:-
    The project will be completed at the end of the decade, two years hence.
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  26. What is the meaning of "be humbled"in the following sentence? "I am humbled to be given the opportunity to learn this culture from within."
    Here the word 'humble' is being used as a verb to show that someone understand that they are not as important or special as they thought they were.
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  27. What does "get to meet "mean?

    I read somewhere "You could get to meet me." and "How will I get to meet him?"
    "Get to meet ..." = "To have the opportunity to meet ..." (It is very American).

    For example:-
    "Not many ordinary people get to meet the President."
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  28. Could you explain the difference between where and whereabouts?

    Where and whereabouts have virtually the same meaning. However whereabouts is usually used to narrow down an area.

    Where = In what place
    Whereabouts = In what part of / In what area

    For example:-
    Q. Where do you live?
    A. Germany.
    Q. Whereabouts in Germany?
    A. Kaiserslautern.
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  29. Where can I use the word "incorrigible"?

    Can I use this word in spoken English?

    Please clarify this.

    Firstly, yes of course you can use the word incorrigible in spoken English.

    The word incorrigible is an adjective. An incorrigible person or behaviour is bad and impossible to change or improve, but in a humourous way.

    For example:-
    My dog is incorrigible, he always jumps on the bed to lick my face in the morning.
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  30. What is "perpetual" and where can I use it in spoken as well as in written English?
    The word 'perpetual' is an adjective, it means continuing forever in the same way.
    For example:-
    When she was in hiding Anne Frank lived in perpetual fear of being discovered.

    It can also mean frequently repeated.

    For example:-
    Perpetual vandalism is a scourge of our times.

    It can be used in written or spoken English. However, I prefer the word constant.

    For example:-
    When she was in hiding Anne Frank lived in constant fear of being discovered.
    Constant vandalism is a scourge of our times.
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  31. What is difference between much, more and several?
    The differences between much, more and several is far too complicated to answer here. But I presume you are asking about countable vs uncountable nouns.

    Many means alot.

    Several means some but fewer than many.
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  32. If someone drinks water from a bottle by touching the bottle with their lips. what verb can we use to describe that action. Please let me know.
    As far as I know there's no specific word to describe this action. However you could say - take a swig from the bottle.

    Swig means to drink a large amount in one gulp.
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  33. Hello 1. Monasticism has its very distinct/or "distinctive" place in the Church WHICH WORD IS MORE CORRECT?
    thank you!
    I would say distinct is the better choice.

    Distinct means clearly outlined.
    Distinctive realates to a particular feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing.
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  34. Hi, I first wnted to thank you for your great website. Secondly, my question is: Which of these words does the verb "set" NOT collocate with? the video,the TV,sth on fire, your watch,the alarm.
    You can have a tv set. (But here set is not a verb it's a noun). You can set something on fire, you can set your watch, you can set the video and you can set your alarm clock.
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  35. How can I use in English,"Suddenly move to the left or right side when i see an object is coming straight to me"
    You could use the word "swerve". Swerve means to turn aside suddenly. For example:- I swerved to the left when I saw the car coming towards us.
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  36. Hi! I'm translating a book called "AND I DON'T WANT TO LIVE THIS LIFE". There's a part of the book who talks about a girl who's having a baby and it says:" he smacked my suitcase down on my non-lap, and started to whisk me down the hallway". What does it mean: non-lap?? you know, there are a lot of scientific words in this book and it's very hard for me to know them. Besides it's an american book and i studied English at school, not american. Please answer me! I need it so bad! Thank you very much! Claudia
    I think the author is showing how advanced the pregnancy is. The lap is the upper side of the thighs of a seated person. However when you are in an advanced state of pregnancy your lap dissapears under the bump and becomes what might (jokingly) be called a non-lap.
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  37. What is the noun form of clear?
    It depends on the meaning. You could say:- clearance - which can mean: when waste or things you do not want are removed from a place, or the distance or space that is needed for one thing to avoid touching another thing or when you have official permission for something or have satisfied the official conditions of something. or clearing - an area in a wood or forest from which trees and bushes have been removed.
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  38. What is the meaning of "charge customers" in this sentence : Meyer's Department Store will have a special sale for their charge customers.
    In this context a 'charge customer' is someone who uses the store's credit facility. They don't pay cash when they buy things, they charge it to their account at the store. It's like a credit card, but it can only be used in that particular company's shops.
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  39. I would like to know which of these phrases is correct;.
    1."The entry to the match will be FREE OF charge"

    "The entry to the match will be FREE FROM charge"
    Free of charge.
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  40. How should I say "The tower is 224 meters tall" or "The tower is 224 meters high".
    If both are correct which use is better?
    If not how should I use those words?
    In this case you could say either.

    The general rule is that:-
    When you say something is tall you are saying it is either more than average height, or of a particular height:-

    For example:-
    I am 5' 6" tall. - Particular height and for people we always use tall.
    The building is very tall. - A general description indicating it is extraordinary.


    We use high for things that are not living that are a large distance from top to bottom or a long way above the ground, or when stating the distance from top to bottom.

    For example:-
    A high building/mountain
    It's two and a half metres high and one metre wide.
    "When you climb to the top of a tall building, you find yourself very high in the sky."
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  41. Here is another vocabulary question I want to ask you. What is the meaning of "spare flashlight" in this sentence?

    Perry's spare flashlight was useless the night of the storm because the batteries were corroded.
    Regards, Edy
    Flashlight is US English for torch (see here for a picture of a torch).

    Spare means extra.

    So Perry had an extra torch, but he couldn't use it because the batteries were rubbish.
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  42. How can you explain the differences between the phrases "in all" and "in total"
    In the standard use "in all" means with everything included or counted - this is the most commonly used phrase. "in total" means almost the same, but is usually used when talking about quantifiable things.
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  43. When we board a bus do we say "get on","get onto","get in" or "get into" it?
    We generally say "Get on the bus." or "I am on the bus."
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  44. Do we say something floats on water or floats in water?
    Either.
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  45. please correct if neccassary:- 1>i think you need some finishing touch to your dress up/dressing up.(i am telling this to a friend who has not deress up well.here my question is should i use "dressing up" or "dress up" after "yours")
    I would say:- I think you need some finishing touches to the way you are dressed.
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  46. hi. thanks for last reply! I have two questions. 1. Should i say "near me" or "near to me" Is it better to use "to" or omit it? 2. Which heading, according to you, is better? a. "To the newspaper editorial section" b. "To the editorial section of the newspaper" thanks!
    If you are talking about physical closeness we generally say "near me". If you aren't talking about physical closeness "near to" is better. I would say - "To the editorial section". Ooops!
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  47. A woman that works as a doctor assisstant is a nurse. And a man having the same occupation? Is there a word in English for that?
    Yes, we simply call them a nurse - sometimes they are called a male nurse, but in these days of sexual equality...
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  48. One of the meanings of the phrase 'put up' I understand is 'stay somewhere for a short period of time'. Is it correct to say - (1)put up with (a person) (2)put up in (a hotel, guest-house, etc.) (3)put up at (city, town, etc.)?

    You're right in saying when you put someone up you are providing them with a temporary place to stay.

    For example:-
    I put him up at my place.

    However, the danger with prepositions is they often change the meaning of a phrase or word. So, to put up with someone or something means to accept or continue to accept an unpleasant situation or experience, or someone who behaves unpleasantly.
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  49. What does the phrase 'on the house'mean and what is the story about it? Thanks!
    "On the house" is usually used with regard to food or drink, it means it is provided free of charge by the owner. It probably derived from public houses (pubs) providing free drinks to customers.
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  50. Dear teacher, what's the difference between 'ass' and 'donkey'? What is the origin of the word ass? Thank you!
    In zoology, an ass is the domestic donkey. The word ass is thought to have come from the Latin word asinus. Interestingly the word "donkey" is one of the most etymologically obscure in the English language. Until quite recent times, the standard word was "ass" and the only reference I found to its origins was that it might have been derived from the name "Duncan" - maybe Duncan was an ass... Maybe it was changed to donkey because the word ass entered every day use in the English language as a term used to describe a person who resembles a donkey in some way, such as appearance, stubbornness, intelligence, etc. Because of this, in modern slang, referring to someone as a dumbass means that they are unintelligent. Many people would find this term vulgar and rude.
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  51. i want to know about "as well" how i have to use, what is the exact meaning
    As well means in addition. For example:- I have a herbal website as well as an English teaching website.
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  52. Hello, Could you give me an explanation of the difference between empathy and sympathy? Many thanks!
    Hi, You can give someone sympathy (feel sorry for them) without having any empathy (understand what they're feeling). I hope this helps.
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  53. (1)Can 'consist' and 'comprise' be used interchangeably ? One of the dictionary meaning of 'comprise' is 'consist of' but I have often found use of 'comprise of'. Is this usage incorrect or is it used in some special situations ? (2)Which of the following two pairs is correct/better - free from germs/free of germs and clear off dust/clear of dust ?
    1. We always say 'consist of something, which means to be made of or formed from something. For example: The team consists of four Europeans and two Americans. It's a simple dish to prepare, consisting mainly of rice and vegetables. To comprise means to have as parts or members, or to be those parts or members:- The course comprises a class book, a practice book and an audio tape. You can also say "comprise of" which has an almost identical meaning to 'consist of'. For example:- The team is comprised of four Europeans and two Americans. 2. I would say "Free from germs." and "Clear of dust." !Note - Clear off dust means to remove dust. Clear of dust means there is no dust there.
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  54. I'd like to know when and how to use " since" " for" and "because". thank you
    Simply put you use because to answer the question Why ...? For example:- Q - "Why do you run this website?" A - "Because I can." When using the perfect tense - for and since are used to indicate a point in time (since) or a length of time (for). For example:- Q - "How long have you been running this site?" A - "I´'ve been running it since 1998." or A - "I've been running it for about eight years."
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  55. Is there a universal rule about using the suffixes"-ic" and "-ical" in adjectives?
    The firest rule is there are no universal rules in English. There is some information on -ic and -ical here:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/youmeus/learnit/learnitv73.shtml http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19990924
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  56. how to be good at vocabulary?
    Learn it then practise it.
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  57. Can I use in a text (humanities)the expression: "the following working systematization" I have found it in an article about forests so I do not know if it is appropriate.
    Systematization means the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale. So I would say "The following systematization..." the word "working" is redundant.
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  58. We drink in 'draughts'. We smoke in ...?
    drags. You can take a drag of a cigarette.
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  59. Dear Ellie, What's the name of the professional who replaces the original speech in a film/movie or television programme with words in another language? Is the right verb "to dub"? Thank you very much.
    Believe it or not someone who is employed to dub a film is generally called a 'voice actor' or 'voice artist'. I prefer to call them "out of work actors".
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  60. Hi, I am a 30 years old woman who needs to know when do I have to use do and make. Thank you so much.
    I've written a section on this that you might find useful. Do or make
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  61. What is the difference between 'organize' and 'arrange'?
    They can be used interchangeably. I organised the meeting for 10am. I arranged the meeting for 10am.
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  62. Hi. Can I say "a hair" or "two hair" or "five hair" Is it correct!? Maybe i should say "one strand of hair" or "three strands of hair" thank you
    Hair can be used as an uncountable noun when you are describing someone's hair style or hair colour. If you mention individual hairs you can say a strand (5 strands) or a hair (5 hairs). For example:- I have dark brown hair, but I found five grey hairs yesterday. I have dark brown hair, but I found five grey strands (of hair) yesterday.
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  63. What is the difference between "said" and "told?"
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  64. When we travel on a boat and don't feel well due to the movement of it on the water we say that we are seasick. What about in a car, bus and the other vehicles? Thanks for your help.
    I suffered from car sickness as a child. A general term would be motion sickness. Maybe I should have put this in the Transport Vocabulary Section. LOL
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  65. How do we use "other" and "another"?
    When you have a choice between two things you use other. For example:- Would you like this cake, or the other one? !Note you refer to one thing/person and then use "other" to refer to the second thing/person. Another means one more person/thing. For example:- I've already eaten one cake, but I think I'll have another one.
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  66. What's different using between after and affter
    First - There's no such word as affter. Between and after are prepositions. They place things in space and time. Prepositions of place. Prepositions of time.
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  67. When may 'nonetheless' and 'nevertheless' be used ?
    nonetheless and nevertheless are both adverbs, meaning despite what has just been said or referred to. They are both a little formal / old fashioned, nevertheless they are interchangeable. For example:- There are serious problems in the world. Nonetheless, we should never give up on a lasting peace. There are serious problems in the world. Nevertheless, we should never give up on a lasting peace.
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  68. Hi, I'm hoping that you can solve a query that has bugged me all my life. It's to do with the correct usage of the word 'next'. Eg: Today is Monday, is 'next' Sunday 6 days from now or 13 days from now? I have always considered it to be in 6 days but have noticed that most of the population believe it to be in 13. Thanks for any help that you may be able to offer. Regards, Eddy.
    I'm the last person who should answer this. My husband and I constantly quarrel about the correct use of "next" when speaking about time. IMHO - Next Thursday is over a week away. This Thursday is less than a week away. I can only repeat something my wise mum used to say:- "This week, next week, sometime, never." But, I have a terrible feeling that you and hubby would gang up on me about this.
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  69. what is the meaning of disrespect
    Type the following into Google:- define: disrespect
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  70. I have a doubt emerged in mind when I read the prospectus of a university that “you can be had the application from our website” –Whether this is correc to use "Can be had" and whether we can use “Can be Had” instead of “can have” and what kind tense it tend to be. Please help.
    I'm not surprised you doubted this bit of twisted English, it's totally wrong. It would be better to say:- A copy of the application form can be found on our website.
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  71. What is the difference between consecutive and successive ?
    None. They both mean an event or thing that follows one after another without an interruption. Consecutive / Successive = in regular succession without gaps; "serial concerts" For example:- It was the team's fourth consecutive defeat. It was the team's fourth successive defeat.
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  72. Dear Ellie, Does this word exist (ununderstandable) to mean that something cannot be understood? Thank you very much indeed.
    I believe the word exists, but I would never use it. Instead I would say:- This text is incomprehensible.
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  73. How can I remember all the new words that I learn by heart? I alway forget them, so I spend more time trying to learn vocabulary. Help me!
    Learning lists of vocabulary doesn't always work (depending on what kind of learner you are). It sounds like you need to learn and use the vocabulary in context. Extend your reading, use flashcards for the most commonly occuring words, or words you keep forgetting. Joining the forum might help too:- http://p221.ezboard.com/blearnenglishonline But remember - use it or lose it.
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  74. Dear Ellie, What does this mean?"She's on to me". Mom, can I set fire to my bed mattress? No, Calvin. Can I ride my tricycle on the roof? No, Calvin. Then can I have a cookie? No, Calvin. She's on to me. Thanks for the help.
    He he. Cartoons are a great way of learning these kinds of expressions. But only when someone can explain them to you. LOL Here "She's on to me," means that his mother knows that he is planning to be naughty. For example:- The gangsters called off the robbery when they realised the police were on to them.
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  75. Hi When i have to use "Belong" and "Belongs". Please clarify this with clear example sir. Thanks
    When you use the simple present tense you have to change the ending of the verb. he / she / it = belongs I / you / we / they = belong For example:- My dog's name is Sam. He belongs to me, but he thinks that I belong to him.
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  76. Hi, I need some help with a sentence I ran into while I was studying an English course book. The sentence was 'what in a century will it all amount to?' I attach an extract just in case there are many possible ways of interpreting the meaning: It is a daily procession that would stretch over three miles, that in any week in the year could put a cordon of close-marching people round London or New York, that could populate a New Boston. What in a century will it all amount to? I really appreciate the help, thanks in advance! Hope to hear from you soon, Paula Sillman
    Well a century is 100 years. To amount to something means to develop into. So, in this context the writer may be asking you to imagine what could happen if the number of people taking part in "it" (whatever it is) rises over the next 100 years. But, we sometimes say things like:- She'll never amount to anything. = She'll never be successful. So, the writer could be asking you if you think it will be important or not in 100 years.
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  77. how to use "would rather" would rather have done sth than have done sth OR would rather have done sth than done sth
    Would rather means would prefer to. I would always write:- I would rather have done that than that. For example:- I would rather have learnt Spanish than German. or I would rather have done sth than done sth else. For example:- I would rather have gone to the cinema than revised for my exams.
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  78. What is difference between Inquiry and enquiry?
    Nowadays there's no difference. Most people use inquiry.
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  79. The adjective blue, used to mean 'risque': movies and jokes, for example... I think it derives from the fact that censors use (or used to use) blue pencil to delete such references. Please could you confirm or clarify? Thanks a lot...
    It's a nice idea but from what I have been able to find out blue when used as an adjective meaning lewd was first recorded in 1840; the sense connection is unclear. Source - etymonline.com
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  80. Dear Ellie, What does this word mean? We're "backdrifters".
    No idea. LOL I've never heard of this word. Where did you see it? To drift backwards would mean to move backwards slowly, especially as a result of outside forces, with no control.
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  81. How can I teach my students when to use make and when to use do. I know there is not an exact rule, but how can you explain that we do the washing-upand we make our bed.Besides, I was taught that I do my bed when I was a girl ,just a few days ago I heard on TV that someone was just to make her bed!! Thanks!!Please help with a tip!
    Try this:- Do vs make And yes - we make the bed. :-)
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  82. Could you tell me some meanings of two words verbs? Thats a litlle difficult. Tkanks
    I think you mean phrasal verbs. I have lots of definitions on the vocabulary pages:- Phrasal Verbs
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  83. I get confused with " Which and what". Thanks a lot for the answers you have provided in past. Shanti
    Try looking at this - which vs what.
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  84. Dear Ellie, How do you call that part of a page in a book or notebook that is folded, at the top of the page or at the bottom, usually by students, because they handle their books or notebooks carelessly. Thank you for the help.
    When a book is looking the worse for wear - esp because of such naughty folding - we cal it "dog eared".
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  85. What is the difference between perhaps and probably?
    Perhaps is an adverb that shows something is vaguely possible or that you are not certain about something. For example:- Perhaps I shall finish answering all these questions soon. Probably is an adverb used to mean that something is likely to happen. For example:- I shall probably finish them tomorrow though.
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  86. What is the differnce between wait and await?
    They both mean to allow time to go by, until someone you are waiting for comes or something that you are expecting happens or until you can do something. Await is just more formal (literary English) and is used differently. For example:- He was waiting for the bus. He was awaiting the buses arrival.
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  87. I heard and saw Indian people using the word "Actor" for both male and female.They dont use "Actress". Is it correct anyway?
    Yes it's correct. It's down to personal choice, some women call themselves actresses and some actors.
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  88. Dear Ellie, Is there a word or expression in English to describe someone who is lying - the person knows we know s/he is lyng - and keep on lying? I am not talking about the word liar. Thanks so much.
    Well someone who lies a lot is a liar. Someone who lies all the time and can't help it is a pathological liar.
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  89. Hi, I am confused when to use Pay and when to use Pay For. Pls. help me find the good answer. Thanks in advance, Y Pham
    Well generally you pay for something. For example:- At a restaurant you might say "I'd like to pay now." or "I'd like to pay for my meal now."
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  90. When do you use 'who' and 'whom'
    Such a good question I wrote a section about it. Who vs whom.
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  91. Where should we use "ago" and where we should we use " before".
    When talking about the past, ago refers to time gone by / in the past. For example:- I met you 2 months ago. Before refers to earlier in time. For example:- I met her 2 months before I met you. Put these two sentences together: I met you 2 months ago and I met her 2 months before I met you. So, I met her 4 months ago. The following two sentences have the same meaning, but look at the structure:- They called me the day before yesterday. They called me two days ago. :-D
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  92. What is the meaning of : Skittish bay
    Without more context you're probably talking about a horse. A bay is a reddish brown horse. Skittish means restlessly active or nervous. So you have a nervous, reddish brown horse. (Note - one question per post please.)
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  93. what is the meaning of : jagerfonteins Thanx alot
    I have absolutely no idea. In the context of "sparkling eyes" I can only presume it means some kind of fountain. ???
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  94. what is the meaning of Whisht ! thanx alot
    Phew! I can help you here. Whisht - is an exclamation which means "be quiet". It's not in common use. I think it originated in Scotland, where I first heard the phrase "hold your whisht". I found this example:- 'Tis so, mine honest soldier," said the father of the family, "and merits a civil reply, therefore hold your whisht ye that be women, and I shall answer." Basically he's telling the women to shut up. LOL
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  95. what is the meaning of The Brown girl turned green thanx alot
    Well when you turn green it can either mean you feel sick, or you feel envious. I'd need to know more to say which this refers to.
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  96. Dear Ellie, What verb do we use when we break a leg, for example, and the doctor has to fix it by using plaster. Do I say: the doctor plastered my leg? Can you give an example sentence how to use it? Thanks a lot for your help.
    If you leg is in plaster you say "I have broken my leg". We tend to say "I have my leg in plaster", or "My leg's in plaster". At the hospital the doctor "puts your leg in plaster".
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  97. Dear Ellie, What's the name of the store in English where we go to buy a car? Thanks a lot for your help.
    We call it a "car showroom" and sometimes they are attached to a garage.
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  98. Dear Ellie. Why do we say that the door is open and not opened? I know that the adjective form is "open", but we say the door is closed and not close. Why is that? Is there a grammatical explanation for that? Does it have anything to do with the history of the English language? Thank you very much for you help.
    Nice question. Quite philosophical really. The word "open" is the adjective and the verb, whereas "close" is the verb and "closed" the adjective. Of course the adjective close has a different meaning (nearby) maybe that's the reason. And then there's the word "shut" which raises a whole new question. I will ask some other people who are probably cleverer than me if they know why.
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  99. I want to know meaning of "Too" as meaning of "also"
    Well you've answered your own questions really.

    When used like this too is an adverb. It means in addition or also.

    For example:- A - I was in Barcelona last week.
    B - Were you? I was there too.

    When you're speaking informally, you can say "me too" to mean "me also".

    For example:-

    A - I love chocolate."
    B - Me too."
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  100. Dear Ellie,
    How can I use the expression "more or less"? Is it the same as the expression"so so"? Can you give me some examples, please how to use them?
    Thanks a lot for your help.
    They're not really the same.

    More or less means approximately or nearly.
    For example:-
    A - Was the project successful?
    B - More or less.
    ---------- A - How much does it weigh?
    B - It's 500 kilos, more or less.

    So so means between average quality and low quality; not good or well.
    For example:-
    A - How did you do in the exam?
    B - So so.
    A - Oh dear. ------------
    Doctor: How are you feeling today?
    Patient: So so.
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  101. Dear Ellie,
    Is there any difference in the meaning of these two words? "Type" and "kind". I looked them up in the dictionary but for me who is a native speaker of Portuguse they seemed to have similar meanings.
    Are these sentences correct?
    What kind of car do you like?
    What type of car do you like?
    What kind of food do you like?
    What type of food do you like?
    Kind has two meanings - it can mean a group with similar characteristics, or a particular type.

    Type means a particular group of people or things which shares similar characteristics and forms a smaller division of a larger set.

    What kind of car do you like?
    What type of car do you like?
    Are both fine, but I would ask:-
    What kind of food do you like?
    but
    What type of cheese do you prefer?
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  102. I could not see that you had included "either and neither" in the confusing words. What is the difference? When do you use them?
    Either and neither are both determiners. Either is used when referring to a choice between two possibilities. For example:- Either candidate would be ideal for the job. Neither is the opposite and means not either of two things or people. For example:- We've got two TVs, but neither works properly.
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  103. what is the difference between thin and skinny?
    Both thin and skinny mean not fat. However, skinny is a bit more extreme as in very thin.
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  104. Dear Ellie, I saw this expression in an English textbook and would like to know what it means:Out of affection... Out of affection for you and respect for your age, I will take out the garbage. I would appreciate your help. Thanks.
    It's quite old fashioned. It just means that the writer likes the person he/she is writing to. Nowadays, if I was lucky, my nephew would say to me:- I'll take out the rubbish for you, but only because I like you and you are an old lady. LOL
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  105. Do you say haberdasher's or haberdashery?
    Either really. A haberdasher's shop is called a haberdashery and we tend to use either form. But beware in the US it's for men's clothing, and in the UK it is a place that sells cloth, pins, thread, etc. used for sewing, or a department in a large shop which sells these.
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  106. How many words do I need to learn?
    How long is a piece of string? The Oxford English Dictionary currently has around 290,000 entries, with more than 600,000 compounds. But the number of words you need depends on what level of proficiency you need. A reasonably educated native speaker probably has around 10,000 - 20,000 words or more in his/her vocabulary. To get around in English a vocabulary of about 1,000 words is probably enough to get you a room in a hotel, or a meal in a restaurant. With 3,000 words you will be able to generally hold your own in a variety of conversations. With 4,000 words you should be pretty proficient. And at around 8,000 words you would probably be considered fluent as long as you can string them together properly.
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  107. Can you say "I'd rather sightseeing than lying on the beach?", i.e. can you ever use the -ing form after "I'd rather"?
    Rather than causes a lot of confusion. You'd say "I'd rather go sightseeing than lie on the beach." "Rather than" can be followed by either a gerund or the infinitive, according to the main construction of the sentence. For example:- I'd rather read a book than watch television. (This form has to take the bare infinitive and it's talking about my general preferences) I'd rather be reading a book than watching television. (Still takes the bare infinitive of the verb "to be" but is talking about now) However you can say:- Rather than watching television she read a book.
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  108. What is the difference between :ride and drive?
    As a verb to drive means to move or travel on land in a motor vehicle, especially as the person controlling the vehicle's movement. For example:- I drive to work every day. As a verb to ride means to sit on a horse or a bicycle. I can't drive, but I can ride a horse. To ride also means to take a journey in a vehicle. You can ride in my car if you like, but I'll drive. ;-)
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  109. I would like to know the differences between the following:- in / at the front in front Thank you so much.
    1 question at a time please. In or at the front is an adjective which places something at the front of something else. For example when buying tickets for the theatre:- I'd like seats in the front row. (The seats at the very front of the theatre.) In front means further forward than someone or something else. For example in a car race: "Schumacker is in front."
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  110. is it proper to say, "one area that she could improve on is being more punctual in arriving to work on time."
    The word punctual means arriving exactly at the time appointed, so I would just say:- One area that she could improve on is being more punctual
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  111. What is the difference between enquiry and inquiry. I have hunted but cannot find it on your website. Thanks
    It depends if you want to sound American or British. Enquiry is British English, inquiry is American English. Although I have to admit they are both in common use in the UK now.
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  112. what is the difference between british english and american english?
    There are differences in vocabulary, grammar and spelling. This has been brought on by time and distance. You can find some of the differences here:- http://www.learnenglish.de/mistakes/USvsBrEnglish.html
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  113. what is the difference between salary, payment and wage. Thank you
    A salary is a fixed amount of money agreed every year as pay for an employee. It's usually paid directly into his or her bank account every month. A wage is generally worked out on an hourly basis and paid every week. People on a wage are usually in lower paid, unskilled jobs. A payment is an amount of money paid. It might be for a piece of work, but it doesn't have to have anything to do with work. For example: It could be for paying off a loan.
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  114. Dear Ellie, How will you describe a person who takes a second wife?
    Well it depends on your culture. The official term is polygamy, a form of marriage in which a person has more than one spouse. The person would be called a polygamist. However, in the UK, and some other countries, it is considered a crime to have more than one spouse. It is then called bigamy. When one individual is married to two people at the same time; that person is called a bigamist. Many countries have specific statutes outlawing bigamy, making any secondary marriage a crime.
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  115. I don't know the right words for a person who has stolen jewellery,vehicles, food?
    Someone who generally steals anything is a thief. Then you can subdivide the crime into the following. Someone who steals cars = a car thief. Someone who steals jewellery = a jewel thief. Someone who breaks into buildings or houses to steal = a burglar or a cat burglar. Someone who steals from shops and stores when they are open = a shop lifter. Someone who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places = a pickpocket. Someone who steals from people by threatening or performing violence on the person who is robbed (usually on the street) = a mugger. Someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea = a pirate. Someone who someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for their own use = an embezzler. I hope this helps.
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  116. When should we use had?
    Had is the past form of to have. I have written a guide on the verb to have here.
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  117. 25 years is called a silver jubilee, what should 10 years be called?
    Really you'd just say:- We are celebrating our 10th anniversary. In marriage it is traditionally the tin or aluminium anniversary, although some people, DeBeers probably, are trying to make it into a diamond anniversary (which is usually celebrated after 60 years). The list of official jubilees is as follows:- Silver Jubilees (25 years) Golden Jubilees (50 years) Diamond Jubilees (60 years in Britain, 75 years in the United States) Platinum Jubilees (70 years in Britain, 75 years in South Asia)
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  118. Dear Ellie, What are your answers to the following? Fill in 'voice', 'discuss' (use only once) ____________ an opinion ____________ politics I look forward to receiving your answers. Thanks and Regards, Fan P.S. Are you an English woman?
    You voice an opinion and you discuss politics. And, yes I am an English woman.
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  119. meaning of better off
    In the context of money "better off" means to have more money than you had in the past or more money than most other people. For example:- They were much better off after he had his pay rise. In the context of standard of living it means to be in a better situation, if or after something happens. For example:- He would be better off at home, rather than in hospital.
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  120. Dear Ellie, This sentence was extracted from a text in an English book, which the husband had to fix a pipe. He told his wife he did so, but in fact he did a mess and she doesn't know. What does the word "humdinger" means in this sentence? Wife: "tell you what. You sit here on your favorite couch and I'll fix you, you humdinger of a plumber, a delicious sandwich." Thanks Ellie.
    His wife is being nice to him in the mistaken belief that he's done a good job. Here, humdinger means really fantastic.
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  121. Words ending with "shun" Do you know any English words ending with shun?
    I can't think of any words ending with the letters "shun", apart from the verb "to shun". However, many nouns end with a "shun" sound. Two common ones are -sion and -tion. For example:- Revision Election
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  122. how do we use the word 'alias'? Give an example. Thanx
    The normal use of alias is as a noun. It means "a false name", and is especially used to describe criminals or spies. For example:- James Bond often travels under an alias. It can be also used as a preposition, when giving the name that a person is generally known by, after giving their real name: Grace Kelly, alias Princess Grace of Monaco
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  123. compare and contrast
    When you compare things, you show their similarities; when you contrast things, you show their differences.
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  124. What is the homophone of 'need'?
    knead I'll add it to my list of homophones. ;-)
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  125. What is the sign "#" in English?
    On my computer I always call it the "hash key", but it's also commonly known as a "number sign". For example:- #2 = number two It's also used to represent the following:- comment sign crosshatch fence, gate, grid, gridlet hex mesh octalthorpe pound (weight) sharp space square widget
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  126. which is correct, going down the stairs or walking down the stairs?
    Either is correct. For example:- "I'm going to the shops." Could mean I'm walking there or driving there, or flying there.
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  127. Is there any difference between absence and absentation?
    Absence means not present, we use it when something or someone is not where they are usually expected to be. For example:- A new manager was appointed in her absence. There was an absence of proof to determine her guilt. Absentation is the act becoming absent, but it's not a common word. You would normally use "to absent yourself". For example:- You cannot just decide to absent yourself from school without a good reason.
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  128. Hi Ellie, thank you. It's a very useful website for english learners.I have 2 questions.1)What shoud I say, Don't worry or No worries when someone is worrying about something.(I leart Don't worry in school, but I heard many people say No worries nowadays) 2) How I know some sayings are old fashioned. Thanks.
    It's a question of degree. If I was telling someone not to worry about something serious I would say "Don't worry. Everything will be alright." If someone asked me to do them a favour and they were worried about asking me I would say: "No worries." Figuring out whether something is old fashioned is difficult. Sometimes it's more about being formal or informal.
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  129. Hi Ellie,I am puzzled by two words: solve and resolve, don't know when should I use solve, when should I use resolve. What's difference between the two words? Thanks
    Solve is a verb, it means to find an answer to a problem. For example:- Scientists all around the world are trying to solve the problem of global warming. Resolve has more than one meaning. It can mean solve. For example:- Scientists all around the world are trying to resolve the problem of global warming. It can also mean to end a problem or difficulty. For example:- The divorced couple tried to resolve their differences for the sake of their children. And it can mean to make a decision formally or with determination. For example: She resolved that she would never speak to him again.
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  130. I am confused about the use of "hence." Which one of the following is correct, or are they all fine? -The bread was fresh, hence tasty -The tracks were being worked on, hence the train was late -The tracks were being worked on, hence the delay -I was tired, hence the snappy remark. Thanks in advance.
    They all look fine to me, but be warned, it's sounds very formal, so it tends to be used more in written English than spoken. In spoken English you're more likely to hear "therefore".
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  131. Dear Ellie, Which sentence is the correct one? I'll need some more ground to plant this rose. I'll need some more earth to plant this rose. Thank you.
    It depends what your running out of - space or soil. If it's space then I would say:- I'll need some more space to plant this rose. If it's soil, then I would say:- I'll need some more soil to plant this rose.
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  132. How to use the word "get" if it is combined with adjective?does the meaning change? It confuses me
    We often use get with an adjective when we are speaking informally. It can be used to show growth or development. The meaning changes depending on the adjective used. Get old ... Get interested ... Get tired ... There are too many different meanings for me to give you all the possible permutations. Try using the forum to practise. http://p221.ezboard.com/blearnenglishonline
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  133. make five sentences with use of word frizzled
    You write them and I'll correct them. I'll start you with one:- The bacon was frizzled to a crisp.
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  134. What is the difference between while and whilst?
    While can mean a length of time. For example:- I only stayed for a short while. It can also mean during the time that, or at the same time as, this is the same meaning as whilst. For example:- I answered this question while / whilst I was drinking a cup of tea.
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  135. What is the difference in the use of "finish" and "end"? Why cant we replace "end" by "finish" in the following sentence: "...and that was the end of the troll!"
    Here "end" is being used as a noun to mean death. If you use end as a verb then you can usually replace it with finish. For example:- When is your meeting due to end / finish?
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  136. Dear Ellie, What's the difference between terrible and horrible, what's their usage in spoken English? Thanks!
    Terrible as an adjective has several meanings. It can mean very unpleasant, bad, serious or of low quality. Horrible as an adjective has just one meaning; very unpleasant or bad. So if you mean very unpleasant they are interchangeable. For example:- He's got a horrible / terrible cold. Hospital food is terrible / horrible.
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  137. what is the meaning of " over the years " in the following sentence :We’ve had a lot of fun over the years.
    It means the person speaking has known the other person for a long time. You could say:- "We've had a lot of fun since we've known each other."
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  138. How can we increase our vocabulary?
    Try some of these tips:- Increase your English vocabulary.
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  139. Can you say that a liquid is the wrong consistency?
    Yes, particularly liquids in the form of gels, batters etc. You couldn't use it for water or wine, because their consistency doesn't change.
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  140. wat verb ending in ing can sometimes be used as a noun
    painting
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  141. hi all, what's the difference between let's and let? when do we use what?
    Let's = let us and usually expresses a suggestion. Let's go out tonight. Let = allow / suggest / rent (lots of meanings which can be checked in any dictionary)
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  142. I know the plural of "person" is "people". But there are sentences like "3 persons". Is it correct?If so, WHEN and HOW?
    You might find it in legal documents. For example "Person or Persons Unknown". Otherwise stick to people.
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  143. Which is correct? We use our mind to think. or We use our minds to think.
    We use our minds to think. (Unless you share one consciousness.) ;-)
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  144. Where will you go on the holiday weekend. Is holiday a noun or an adjective
    "Holiday weekend" is a compound noun. Compound Nouns
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  145. What's the difference between cannot and can not?
    Usually "cannot" is written as one word and when we speak we say "can't". You may occasionally see can not, this is when someone may want to emphasise that they have a personal choice. I can answer questions via email, or I can not answer them. It means I have the option of not doing it, in other words, "I can choose to not answer them". You may also say it as two separate words in order to emphasise something. Remember the tennis player McEnroe? "You can NOT be serious!"
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  146. Dear Ellie, I have been actually very busy, so I could not establish contact with you. I am extremely grateful to you for your support and guidance. I want to ask you only one question: 'Can we use the words like sms and e-mail as verbs?' For example, let me say that I have e.mailed my question to you. I will await your reply. Your student, Muhammad Aejaz Pervez, PAKISTAN.
    Hi, English changes. :-) Email is definitely a verb, but you don't use a hyphen. For example:- "I emailed you my answer." SMS is used as a verb informally, but to be on the safe side you could use to text instead. For example:- "I texted you yesterday."
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  147. the meaning of basically. When do I use that word?
    We use basically when referring to the main or most important characteristic or feature of something. So basically, that's your answer.
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  148. I don't know how can I use the new words that I learn, I mean all the time I use repeated words.Thanks
    Yes, me too (when I'm speaking German). What you're doing is using words that you're comfortable with. Try searching the web for new words as you learn them and see how they are used in different contexts and how commonly they are used (you don't really want to use words that are unusual or long-winded). Review new words regularly, using flashcards and notebooks, until you have fixed them in your memory. Then practise them lots and lots on forums etc. Here are some vocabulary tips.
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  149. What is the meaning of though at the end of the word, like for example: we had a good run though. Thankyou
    Here it's being used as an adverb, which sort of means "despite this". For example:- I enjoyed my holiday. The weather was awful though. Means:- I enjoyed my holiday despite the weather.
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  150. when I watch a film or read the news is it necessary to look up the words and memorize them after guessing the words or just guessing the new words is enough. Please answer my question thanks.
    I always try to guess the meaning from the context, otherwise you just won't enjoy the film or book much. But if a word appears a lot and I'm still not sure of its meaning, I write it down and try to find it in the dictionary and on the internet. (Finding it on the internet helps to put it in different contexts.)
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  151. hello thanks eor your help but you didn't answer my second qustion , I have another question is it true to translate the words in to my language I think in this way I can use them better what do u think ? please answermy both questions? thanks
    I get a lot of questions, and I do get round to them eventually, but, as it says on the FAQ page, you must only ask one question per day per post. Translation isn't a bad thing when you're in a hurry, but it will hold you back eventually. To achieve real mastery of any second language you have to stop translating the words and develop a "feeling" for them. For example:- I'm English, and so when I think of the word "car", I visualise a car. I'm learning German, but when I think of the word "Auto", I still visualise a car, I don't visualise the word "car". :-)
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  152. What is the meaning of kangaroo bounce?
    Well it could be some strange Australian dance, but I think you mean when driving. A kangaroo bounce or kangaroo hop is when you start learning to drive a manual car and you misuse the clutch, in such a way that the car bumps its way down the road.
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  153. Dear Ellie, in the question: Fares on the subway are changed according to the distance travelled by _____ 1.pedestrian 2. passengers 3.commuters 4. travellers I know the best answer may be commuters. My question is: can I choose passengers or travellers? If I choose passengers or travellers in test papers, will I get the mark?
    You're not going to like this, but you'd actually get top marks for using the word passengers. "Travelled by travellers" isn't wrong gramatically, but it uses the stem word travel too often (something we avoid in English). A commuter is someone who travels regularly from home in a suburb to work in a city. But not all the people on the subway are going to work. A passenger is a term broadly used to describe any person travelling in a vehicle that they are not operating.
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  154. Dear Ellie What's the difference between absolutely and very?
    Absolutely means completely and is used with what we call strong adjectives. For example:- I was absolutely furious. Very means extremely and is used to add emphasis to weak adjectives. For example:- I was very angry. This is where having a "feel" for the language helps.
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  155. Is it possible to ask "What is he?" about a persons job? Is it the same as "What does he do?"
    No. You can ask it, but it would confuse the listener.
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  156. In the caption under a photograph -- "John riding his bike" -- what part of speech is the word "riding?" Is "John, riding his bike, managed to get to school on time" correct English? In this sentence, is "riding" the same part of speech as it is in the photo caption? Thank you so much, Connie
    When we write captions for pictures we often shorten the information. "John riding his bike" is simply a description of the photo. Regarding: "John, riding his bike, managed to get to school on time." You could rewrite this as "John managed to get to school on time." "by riding his bike" is actually non-essential, a bit of extra information as to how he did it. It looks and sounds a bit clunky, but actually it's fine. PS - I would write, "By riding his bike, John managed to get to school on time." or "John managed to get to school on time by riding his bike."
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  157. Will memorising two or more words each day, help me to improve my glossary?
    Yes. But try to learn new vocabulary in context. Make it meaningful.
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  158. When do you use "one" and how can I explain it to my students. For example: I like this ONE.
    In the context you are using "one" is used to refer to a particular thing or person within a group or range of things or people that are possible or available. For example:- I've got several English grammar books. Would you like to borrow one? or Which cake would you like? This one or that one?
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  159. plz answer my question: what is the difference between "well-known","famous","popular" and "renown" thank u in advance ^^
    If you're talking about people, well-known and famous are almost synonyms. You could say that famous is a bit more extreme though. For example:- I think I'm quite well-known, but I'm certainly not famous. Popular means people like you. For example:- She was the most popular girl in the school. Renowned is usually used to show that you are famous for something in particular. For example: The renowned historian ...
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  160. Please tell me about the phrase "Not only....... But also"
    We use 'not only ... but also' to co-ordinate words or word groups. The construction is called a "correlative conjunction". You put "not only" with the first word or group, and "but also" with the second thing you mention, the second part is usually something surprising or important. For example:- She bought not only a new pair of shoes, but also a new handbag. For extra emphasis you can put "not only" at the beginning of the sentence, but you'll need an auxiliary verb:- For example:- Not only did she buy a new pair of shoes, but also a new handbag! Funnily enough there was a BBC series called "Not Only But Also" in the 1960s.
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  161. Which one is correct: How much pound you lost or how many pound you losy?
    Neither I'm afraid, but 10 / 10 for effort. You would ask, "How many pounds have you lost?" or "How much weight have you lost?"
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  162. will u travel in a taxi or bus? or would you travel in a taxi or bus?
    http://www.learnenglish.de/vocabulary/transport.htm It's not that simple:- Will you take a taxi, or catch the bus?
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  163. When to use the word "drive" and "ride"?
    Generally if you are operating something that has four or more wheels (like a car, a bus, a lorry or a train) we drive it. If you are operating anything with two wheels or something you sit astride on (like a horse, a camel, a bike, motorbike or scooter) we ride it. If you are a passenger you ride.
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  164. Dear Ellie, what is the difference betwwen confidential and secret? Thanks!
    Well really if you have a secret you shouldn't tell anyone, otherwise it's not a secret any more. If something is confidential you may tell some people, but they aren't allowed to tell anyone else.
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  165. IV. Both interest and (principal, principle) are due next month. which word is suitable for this sentence between in brackets.?
    If you mean the amount borrowed or the amount still owed on a loan, separate from interest then use principal.
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  166. What you wrote:- my qustion to you i dont translate sentence why i know also meaning of the words but cant translate the sentence What I think you meant:- My question to you is, I can't translate sentence, even though I know the meaning of the words, I still can't translate the sentence.
    Many words have multiple meanings, so if you translate a sentence word by word, you might lose the whole meaning. To see what I mean check this out:- http://www.conveythis.com/translation.php
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  167. What type of noun refers to a sexless object such as a cup or table?
    I think you mean a neuter noun, but there are none in English because we don't assign gender to sexless objects. It's why I find German so difficult!
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  168. Is it right to say HE WENT HOME HAPPY?
    Yes. "He went home happy" is fine, if you're talking about his state of mind. If you're trying to say he was happy to go home, in other words the "manner" in which he went home, you would say:- "He went home happily."
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  169. What is the difference between 'want to' and 'would like to'in th efollowing sentences? I want to try a new hobby. I would like to try a new hobby. Thank you.
    We use "would like to" as a softener, so your second example is simply more polite. The meaning however, remains the same.
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  170. what is different between intereted or interesting? -------------------- What is difference between interested and interesting?
    http://www.learnenglish.de/mistakes/interestedinteresting.htm http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/participletext.htm
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  171. one word substitute of: to destroy completely
    annihilate
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  172. What adjective describes quality?
    excellent, exceptional, first-class, first-rate, great, marvellous, prime, splendid, super, superb, superior, wonderful
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  173. What device on a car registers the distance travelled?
    Odometer or mileometer.
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  174. Would you please tell me the difference between "related with" and "related to?"
    Use "related to". http://www.thefreedictionary.com/related+to
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  175. What's the difference between "die of" and "die from?" Will you, please?
    We usually say "die of something". There's no real difference in meaning.
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  176. Truly this site is more than just a website. And truly sorry for my frequent inquiries. But I believe you are happy to help. What's the difference between "unit" and "set?" Thank you.
    Sorry for the delay. The whole section got spammed. I'm only just sorting it out. Like most things, the meaning depends on the context. But as you've asked about two specific words I'll presume you're talking about statistics. A unit in stats refers to one member of a set of entities being studied. So a unit can be a single thing or a separate part of something larger. Whereas a set is a group of similar things that belong together in some way.
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  177. Dear Ellie, I'm a bit confused. Which one is correct, close to or close with? Thank you.
    If you mean "not far away" it's "close to".
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  178. What is the meaning of all in all ?
    When everything is taken into account. For example:- All in all, Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8 are really great.
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  179. When do we use the word "unto".
    "Unto" is old fashioned and a little biblical: "Verily I say unto you...", nowadays you would use to.
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  180. Hi, what is the opposite word of 'brave' in a positive way? Thanks, Kathy
    Well the negative opposite of course is "cowardly". Slightly more positive might be "cautious" or "careful".
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  181. Can I say "I walk with my dog." or "I walk my dog."? Which one is correct? Many thanks Terry
    They're both correct, with a very slight change in the mental image they convey. I walk with my dog, sort of implies you walk next to your dog. I walk my dog, means you exercise your dog.
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  182. Dear Ellie, I am new to this website and I am not sure how it works. I am sorry that I have to ask you some questions about it. Will you reply questions to our email box or post online only? Will the newest question be the last question in that category? BTW, I asked a question about the opposite word of brave in not that negative way last week, but I have a trouble to find the answer in your website and my email box. Thanks a lot for your help.
    Hi Kathy, The FAQ service got spammed, so you probably didn't receive a reply in any timely manner. Sorry about that. It now uses a CAPTCHA system, so hopefully things will work properly from now on. When I answer a question you will always receive an email, sometimes I include it in the FAQ section, in which case it appears at the end of the category (unfortunately I have no control over this). I think I remember replying to your question this week, but just in case it got lost:- The opposite of brave is cowardly or fearful, but I think you wanted a positive answer - so you could say "cautious" or "careful".
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  183. Hi! there's a word i'd like to ask if existed or not "unspecificity" how about "nonspecificity" please let me know if you're an American English speaker or .. Thanks Hi! There's a word I'd like to ask about: "unspecificity" or "nonspecificity". Do they exist? Please let me know if you're an American English speaker or .. Thanks
    In scientific English you will find both in use. I'm British.
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  184. There is a specific word which describes one who is overly or excessively concerned about the welfare of animals. I think the word starts with the letter T - but don't be thrown off, I may be wrong. Thanks for your service.
    Zoophil-psychosis is a category of psychasthenia or obsessive insanity. Individuals diagnosed with this disorder displayed inordinate sensitivity to animal suffering. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FA0910F73B5512738DDDA10894DB405B898CF1D3
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  185. What is the synonym of short
    http://www.synonym.com/
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  186. In a movie, one person tells a secret to the other person, and the third person is very near him but cannot hear the secret and the audience hear it.
    I think you mean a stage-whisper.
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  187. Dear Ellie, Is there any difference in meaning between the two words, "Inhuman" " unhuman"? Please, can you give me one example of each one? Thanks.
    "Inhuman" describes someone as cold or cruel. "Unhuman" isn't used much, but it means lacking human qualities.
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  188. what is the difference between "airline accident" and "airline crash"? can we use both of them? --------------- What is the difference between an "airline accident" and an "airline crash"? Can we use either of them?
    Scary question! I guess an airline accident doesn't necessarily mean the plane has crashed.
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  189. Dear Ellie, Children love to sit _______ his feet while he wove a spell of enchantment and wonder. a. around b. at The key is "b". Could you please explain why "a" isn't correct? Thanks! Mary
    I would accept at or around. Around can mean "movement" but it is also a preposition of "place". PS - It should say:- Children loved to sit _______ his feet while he wove a spell of enchantment and wonder. or Children love to sit _______ his feet while he weaves a spell of enchantment and wonder.
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  190. Is it correct to say: The author shifted from the idea of how we think are the ABC’s being treated in Chinatown to what is really the case.
    In Britain ABC usually means the alphabet, but it can also mean the informal basic information about a subject. For example: The ABCs of computing. If you're talking about "the ABCs" as in the English alphabet, I would say, "The author shifted from the idea of how we think the ABCs are being treated in Chinatown, to what is really the case".
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  191. What do you mean by "regional variations" in a game?
    Some games have different rules depending on where you live. A good example of this is the game of darts. It's why organisations like Football Federations were formed.
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  192. Hello Ellie. Thank you for your consideration. It's great you offer us good information to help everyone. My question: should I say in summer, in Summer, or in the summer? I have many argument with friends in school. School teaches in Summer. but I dont know. can you helps me? Thankyou.
    First you don't need to capitalise seasons. If you're talking about summer in general you can say either "in summer" or "in the summer". For example:- In summer I wear a t-shirt. In the summer I wear a t-shirt. If you want to talk about a particular summer, you would say "in the summer". For example:- I got my first real six-string. Bought it at the five-and-dime. Played it 'till my fingers bled. It was the summer of '69.
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  193. i want to know what is "'s " in let's go?i know its not plural s then whats is it? thank you regards ------------------ I want to know what "'s " is in let's go? I know it's not plural s, so what is it? Thank you. Regards Neda
    It's what we call a contracted or short form. http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/shortforms.htm In the same way "It's" is short for "It is", "Let's" is short for "Let us". In fact "let's" is more common than "Let us". So let's just accept that English is a funny language. OK?
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  194. what name is given to people who attend a music show? ------------------- What do you call people who attend a music show?
    It really depends on the kind of show. If it's a classical concert, a musical or something that involves seating, we tend to say "the audience". If it's something like Glastonbury, an open air pop concert, etc. we tend to call the people attending "the crowd".
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  195. Dear Ellie, what is the diffeerence between "almost" and "nearly"? ------------------- Dear Ellie, What is the difference between "almost" and "nearly"?
    They are synonyms.
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  196. why did you disagree with me . why did you disagre to me . tell me right answer ---------------------- Why did you disagree with me? Why did you disagree to me? Tell me the right answer, please.
    You can disagree with me. You can disagree that something is the way I say it is. We can disagree on a point. We can disagree over something I say.
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  197. When do i use hold on and just a moment --------------------------- When should I use "hold on" and "just a moment".
    When you want someone to wait for you. !Note - "Hold on to" can also be used to tell someone to grasp something.
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  198. do i say bored of,bored by or bored about?if all r possible what r the cases?thnx -------------------------------------- Should I say bored of, bored by or bored about? If all are possible could you provide some examples? Thanks.
    The "grammatically" correct prepositions to use with "bored" are "with" and "by", but (there's always a but in English) "bored of" is often used by people nowadays, the kind of people who like me don't particularly care what grammarians think. My usual Google test produces:- "bored with" 32,700,000 results "bored of" 31,300,000 results "bored by" 5,480,000 results "bored about" 363,000 results If you are doing an exam or test, stick to by and with. :)
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  199. I have question related with use of word "today". I always gets doubt in position of today in any sentence like "Today weather is hot or Weather is hot today." Is there any rule for position of today in sentence. with regards Nandini
    Usually we would say "It's hot today". Come and play on the weather forum. :) http://learnenglishonline.yuku.com/forums/78/The-weather
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  200. My question is what is the difference in use of word "buy" and "purchase"? Both can be used interchageably or is there any rule for the use of these two words?
    They have the same meaning, but in use "purchase" is more formal than "buy". You tend to use "purchase" in business English and "buy" in everyday English.
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  201. What is the difference between the connected and the interconnected and when you use each one. thanks ---------------------------- What is the difference between the words connected and interconnected, and when do you use each one? Thanks.
    Connected - brought together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established. Interconnected - related or joined, but in a more complex way. In a nutshell, if two things are connected they might be easy to separate, but if two things are interconnected it would be more difficult to separate them.
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  202. Hi Ellie; What are differences between "never seen" and "ever seen"? Thank you.
    One you would use in a question - "Have you ever seen a pink and purple tiger?" The other you would use in a statement - "I have never seen a pink and purple tiger."
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  203. what do you call this in English? http://www.pic.iran-forum.ir/images/lq8r1g0z2y40ymnnqcd.jpg What do you call this in English?
    Generally - sliced meat. (Depending on what meat it is, this could change.)
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  204. Q.what is the collective noun for the 1. A cluster of ___________ 2.A ________ of cards. 3. A ________ of books. Q What will be the masculine or Feminine 1.Deer 2. Fox 3.Duchess ------------------------------- Q. What is the collective noun for the following:- 1. A ________ of grapes. 2.A ________ of cards. 3. A ________ of books. Q What is the masculine or feminine form of:- 1. Deer 2. Fox 3. Duchess
    A cluster of grapes. A deck of cards. A library / collection / pile of books. 1 - A female deer is called a roe, and a male deer is called a buck. 2 - A female fox is called a vixen, a male fox can be called a dog fox, renard or tod. 3 - female - Duchess / male - Duke
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  205. parsad a hindi word which is given after prayer , what we call it english ? -------------------- Parsad is a Hindi word which is given after prayer, what do you call it in English ?
    Well really it's a Hindi tradition, so even in English it would be called parsad. If you wanted to describe what it entails to someone you could say something like, "Parsad is an offering of food, often sweets, made after prayers."
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  206. what is the meaning of phrase unless and untill thank u ............................ What do the words unless and until mean? Thank you.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/unless?q=unless http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/until_1?q=until If someone has said to you "unless and until", they are giving you an ultimatum. For example: "You're not going out to play unless and util you have done your homework."
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  207. whats the difference between currently and recently ---------------------- What's the difference between currently and recently?
    Currently means now. Recently means in the recent past. For example: I am currently helping people with their English in Second Life. (It's happening now, and I'm doing it now.) I recently bought some land on Second Life. (I did this in the last few days.)
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  208. What is the correct spelling for adviser or advicer? thanx
    You can use adviser or advisor, but not advicer. Advisor tends to be used in job titles, and it appears to be taking over from adviser. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advisor
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  209. HI Ellie, i wanted to ask what i think is a straightforward and simple question... I'm almost embarrassed (but really, not at all) to be asking this, but my question is as follows: Does every noun in the English language have an adjective form? To provide you with a little background, and this my end up as a sort of secondary question, after all, but i have come across the word "solidarity" and wanted to use it in as an adjective. the most intuitive form of of which appeared to me as that which is using the suffix -ous, however i cannot find any dictionary listing that (or any other) adjective form of the word. Solidaritous, that seems like a reasonable-enough sounding form of an English word. Could you help me figure out what to do with this conundrum? do you know what the "proper" adjective form of solidarity might be? thanks for taking the time to read and consider this! i appreciate any help someone might happen to offer, and i think that this is a beautifully envisioned concept for a website. ------------------------- HI Ellie, i wanted to ask what I think is a straightforward and simple question. I'm almost embarrassed (but really, not at all) to be asking this, but my question is as follows: Does every noun in the English language have an adjective form? To provide you with a little background, and this may end up as a sort of secondary question, after all, but I have come across the word "solidarity" and wanted to use it in as an adjective. The most intuitive form of of which seemed to me to use the suffix -ous, however I cannot find any dictionary listing that (or any other) adjective form of the word. Although solidaritous seems like a reasonable-enough sounding English word. Could you help me figure out what to do with this conundrum? Do you know what the "proper" adjective form of solidarity might be? Thanks for taking the time to read and consider this! I appreciate any help someone might happen to offer, and I think that this is a beautifully envisioned concept for a website.
    Hi Julian, Wow! No, not every noun has an adjective form. Take chair for example. Nice little noun, but I've never heard of chairous or chairtive, there is chairless, but that's more the absence of a chair. ;) Re solidarity, I can't think of an adjective using this as a root, so you would have to use an adjective like united, interdependent or maybe even comradely. Of course, if you really like the idea of a solidarous group, I suggest you convince enough people that it exists, and then it will (English is like that). (One question per post).
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  210. is it correct to say: The red pen is longer than the blue pen. or: The red pen is taller than the blue pen. ------------ Is it correct to say: The red pen is longer than the blue pen. or The red pen is taller than the blue pen.
    We would use "longer". We usually use 'tall' to talk about vertical height (top to bottom), so we use it for people and sometimes for buildings and trees. We usually use 'long' to talk about horizontal length (end to end), so we use it for things like roads and in your case pen. As ever there are exceptions. For example: a tall girl might have long legs. :)
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  211. Such a great human. Is this sentence right or wrong?
    Nowadays, I would say, it's fine. Some fussy types might insist that "human being" is 'more' correct, but everyone knows that if you say "human" you mean "human being". Usually I get these questions from people who have been taught in a slightly old-fashioned way, so, if you need some ammunition to defend yourself with try this link:- http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/human_2?q=human+being#human_2__3 But remember, I don't mark your tests. :)
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  212. Your willingness to get out of your way to help me.is the sentence correct? -------------------- Your willingness to get out of your way to help me. Is the sentence correct?
    No. I could be mean and stop there, but let me give you the correct sentence. "Your willingness to go out of your way to help me..." You thing. would have to add something to make it a sentence. !Note If you say "Get out of my way!" You are ordering someone to move. If someone "Goes out of their way" to help you, they take time or inconvenience themselves to help you.
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  213. what is the difference between JAM and MARMALADE / ---------------------------- What is the difference between jam and marmalade.
    Jam is purely sweet and made from sweet fruits like strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb. Marmelade is also sweet, but it has a bitter note because it is made from citrus fruit like oranges or lemons and includes the peel and pith of the fruit. In the UK we usually eat marmalade at breakfast, on toast. Jam, on the other hand, is used in sandwiches and cakes. Funnily enough, in German marmalade is jam, which means a lot of Germans have a bit of a shock when the ask for marmalade in the UK. He he.
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  214. Which of the ff sentences is correct. 1. The children were swinging side to side. 2.The children were swinging side by side. Regards Gail
    Both are correct, they just have a different meaning. It's all about how the words paint a picture in your brain. 1. The children were swinging side to side. I can see a row of children all swaying from left to right. 2.The children were swinging side by side. I can see a couple of children on the swings. One child on one swing, one on another, but next to each other, whilst they push the swings backwards and forwards.
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  215. what is the collective noun for a group of people watching a match together ------------------------ What is the collective noun for a group of people watching a match together?
    If you mean a football match we tend to use the term "crowd". http://tinyurl.com/c3875p5
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  216. How do we use despite in sentences?
    Despite is a preposition, it is used to show contrast. After using despite in a sentence you need a noun or a pronoun. Despite the cold weather we enjoyed our camping trip. We went for a picnic despite the bad weather. Laroslav Semenenko beat his closest rival by two seconds, despite not having any arms.
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  217. In past articiple exercised they asked loan for past particliple... Load past participle is Loaned..( If i am wrong then pls correct)If we assume my ans is crrect Loand.. when i check this answer it show wrong... so pls tell me what is th past participle of Loan.. -------------- A past articiple exercise asked for the past participle of loan. I think the past participle is loaned..( If i am wrong then pls correct). If we assume my ans is correct, loaned, but when I checked this answer it said it was wrong... so pls tell me what is the past participle of loan.
    I teach British English (BrE) and we don't use "loan" as a verb, instead we use the verb "to lend", the past participle of which is "lent". In American English (AmE) you might see the word "loan" used as a verb, and according to Merriam Webster, the past participle of "to loan" is "loaned", so I'm not sure why your answer was considered incorrect (maybe check the spelling). More info. here:- http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loan
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  218. what is the difference between reject and refuse ----------------- What is the difference between reject and refuse?
    They are almost synonyms, but reject is stronger than refuse, it implies you don't think something is good enough. For example:- I might refuse a coffee, because I don't want one at the moment, but I wouldn't reject it unless it was too weak, or had gone cold. I might reject someone's point of view or argument though, because I don't agree with it.
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  219. Dear Ellie is there a word in English to describe someone who is sensitive to cold or heat and reacts more quickly to e.g. Cold weather and feels cold?
    I would say "nesh", but then I grew up in the Midlands. I don't think there's a particular word in the Queen's English. :)
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  220. Dear Ellie What is the verb for having an evil eye?I mean if I hurt somebody by looking at them what do I do? And what is the verb for being stubborn? I mean e.g. I do something bad in class like answering back my teacher and upset her and she fails me because of that at the end of the term. What did the teacher do?
    There is no verb for supposedly having the evil eye. It's a superstition and you know what Edmund Burke said about superstition... If anyone were able to hurt someone, just by looking at them, they would be employed by the military. To be honest, I think that the only power such things have, is the power we give them. That said, you can give someone "a look". There is even a saying "To give someone a black look", but that's not very politically correct nowadays. In a UK comedy one of the characters used to say "Don't give me the evils". As in don't look at me as if I've done something wrong. If your teacher failed you just because you were answering back, and not on your actual work / results, I would say he / she was being unfair, or maybe prejudiced.
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  221. diffrence between to and with ----------------------- What is the difference between to and with?
    If you mean as prepositions:- The preposition "to" shows motion in the direction of a particular place. The preposition "with" can be used to show someone or something accompanied another person or thing. Or someone or something moved in the same direction as another person or thing. For example:- I went to the shops with my sister. I took some cakes to my grandmother and she ate them with a cup of tea.
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  222. Rani goes for shopping everyday. what type of adverb "everyday" is? adverb of frequency or time, pl. tell. ----------------- Rani goes for shopping everyday. What type of adverb is "everyday"? Adverb of frequency or time, please tell me.
    Oops! Rani goes shopping every day. Don't worry, loads of people get this one wrong:- http://www.learnenglish.de/mistakes/everyday.htm
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  223. Is get married correct in english? --------------------- Is "get married" correct?
    If you aren't married, and you plan to marry in the future then yes, you can say you are getting married. Lots of people get married every year. In 2009 a total of 231,490 couples got married in the UK. http://www.learnenglish.de/culture/marriage.htm
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  224. What is correct: Jim shut the water off o Jim shut off the water?
    Do you mean the phrasal verb "shut off"? That implies the water to a whole area. If you mean a tap, we would say "turned off". Jim turned the water off. Jim turned off the water. (Either would be correct.)
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  225. what is correct"came here or come here in everyday situation --------------- In every day situations, which is correct - "came here" or "come here"?
    In an every day situation you may ask:- Do you come here often? I often come to this restaurant.
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  226. Can I use both forms: 1) He is a world-famous poet. 2) He is a worldwide famous poet.
    He is a world-famous poet. He is famous for his poetry worldwide.
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  227. Dear Ellie What is the person who dubs called in English?dub is a verb what is the noun as a person? -------------------- Dear Ellie What is the person who dubs called in English? To dub is a verb what is the noun?
    We would probably call the person who does the dubbing a voice over actor. The person who does the technical stuff would be called an audio / sound engineer, or maybe a dubbing mixer.
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  228. Could you please tell me whether except with and except for have opposite meaning i had turn back this topic because i feel that i'm still not enough free with it can i possibily say that i would like go see a movie except for my friend or i would like to go see a movie except with my friend
    Ah those pesky prepositions:- Use of except / except for / except with:- I would go to the cinema, except my friend Joe doesn't want to go. (I would go, but Joe doesn't want to, so I'm not going.) We all wanted to go to see a film, except for my friend Joe. (Everyone but my friend Joe wanted to go.) I rarely go to the cinema, except with my friend Joe. (I only go to the cinema when my friend Joe wants to go.)
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  229. I had turn back more often to this expression because i feels that i'm still not enough free with it but technically, could i say that I'm interested in the movie, or i'm into the movie, i'm enthusiasti c about the movie please tell me the meaning and how i could use it in a sentence.
    If you mean "the movies" as in cinema in general you could say:- I love movies. I am really into the movies. I am a big fan of the movies. Generally though people say what kind of films they like / don't like. !Note - movies + movie theatre (AmE) films + cinema (BrE)
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  230. What do we call a group of: 1.Fish 2.Birds
    Generally - Fish = Shoal / School Birds = Flock http://www.learnenglish.de/basics/animals.htm
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  231. What the different between trust n believe, and where should I use it..? -------------- What is the difference between trust and believe, and where should I use them?
    You show trust when you believe someone or something or believe in them. As a verb, you believe someone when you accept that what they tell you is true; or you feel sure of the truth of something. As a verb when you trust someone, you are pretty much willing to believe and do anything they tell you. Believe and trust can be synonyms, but trust is more encompassing. You may believe what someone is telling you, but you might not fully trust them, but if you trust someone you are more likely to believe everything they tell you. Which is why you should be more careful about trusting people, than believing them.
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  232. Hai.. Fortunately i found this site..hope you would help me to answer... Haha i am so confused with the difference of 'it' and 'that'..that's okay. it's okay. That's good or it's good. Please explain me the difference? ------------ Hi, Fortunately I found this site. I hope you will help me by answering this. I am so confused about the difference between 'it' and 'that'..that's okay, it's okay. That's good or it's good. Please explain the difference.
    As usual this kind of thing depends on context. It and that are different, but "it's okay" and "that's okay" can be slang for "Don't worry about it". For example, here they have the same meaning:- A: I'm sorry I was late this evening. B: It's okay. / That's okay. It's good / that's good are sometimes slang too, but if you are talking about a particular thing, then there is a difference. They are both pronouns, but "that" is a demonstrative pronoun, and when you use "it" you need to know what "it" is. The best way to get a feeling for when to use the correct word is to read lots of examples and then play around with different sentence structures. For example:- A: Are you enjoying that cake? B: Mmmm - it's good. A: That's nice, I'm glad you're enjoying it. ------------------ A: I passed my exams! B: That's good. A: What do you mean it's good? It's brilliant!
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  233. What is the difference between specially and especially?
    "Specially" and "especially" are adverbs in their own right. "Especially" is the adverb of the adjective "especial", which means "unique", but what confuses a lot of people is that specially can sometimes be synonymous, but not always. Special is an adjective meaning better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual. Especial as an adjective is rarely used, but it means unique. Use of their adverb form depends on context and it's best to develop a "feeling" for what is correct. Carrie Underwood wore a specially made dress to the Grammy awards. It was a special dress in that it acted like a screen, and when she performed Blown Away a drawing of curly designs appeared across the front, then sparkles, then hearts that fell into petals, and a monarch butterfly. In this context, specially means for a special purpose, and special means different from what is usual. Lady Gaga got under the skin of the music industry by putting on an especial (unique) dress of meat at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The dress was made especially for her. Here especial means unique, and especially means for a particular reason.
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  234. I checked up these words but i did'nt understand well.Please tell me more.The words are: PITY & MERCY?
    For pity's sake have mercy. You take pity on someone. Pity is a feeling. You show mercy to someone. it's not so much a feeling, as an action. They can be synonymous, but they are not always interchangeable. She pitied him, but showed him no mercy. Best thing to do is pop on the forum and play around with the two words. We will give you some feedback.
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  235. Hi Ellie. Is it ok to say "I will take it off you" or should it be "I will take it away from you"? Thanks.
    It depends. They are almost the same in meaning, but "I will take it away from you," indicates you are removing something from someone, probably permanently. I will take it off you, is more an offer of help, and you might give whatever it is back to them.
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  236. 'Can you please suggest me with the university names?' or is it 'Can you please suggest me the university names?' .Please suggest me which one is correct!
    Neither. I think you are confused about the word "suggest". Could you suggest some good universities for me? Could you give me the names of some universities? http://learnenglish.de/grammar/subjunctivemood.html
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  237. which one of these is correct seeking on, seeking for, seeking at, seeking, seeking in ----------------------- Which one of these is correct: seeking on, seeking for, seeking at, seeking, seeking in?
    It depends on the context, but using "seeking" with a preposition would be a bit old fashioned. For example:- If we were seeking for a piece of gold, you would not imagine that we were `knocking under to one another,' and so losing our chance of finding it. The Republic by Plato It would be more natural to use "looking for" or "searching for". On it's own, it's fine:- For example:- He was desperately seeking a wife.
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  238. he wore a coloured dress-change it into complex
    Sorry your question doesn't make much sense. She wore a brightly coloured dress. He was dressed in bright colours. (Unless he was a cross-dresser, (a man who likes wearing women's clothes), which is fine, but you might not have meant that.)
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  239. "Even in her own town she found that what the people needed more than food and medicine was being wanted''. Could you tell me what it means?
    People have a basic need to be valued. http://www.richsmanagementblog.com/is-your-manager-a-good-person/innovation/
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  240. five persons were same name what do we calling them -------------------- What do we call five people with the same name.
    If they were named after someone, they are namesakes, otherwise there is no word.
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  241. What's the difference between British english and the american english? I'm from Brazil xD
    The difference? Oh, there are lots. :) Grammar, spelling, vocabulary. It's all quite - er - interesting. Here are some words that can be confusing:- http://www.learnenglish.de/mistakes/USvsBrEnglish.html
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  242. what is difference between I shall and I will ------------------- What is the difference between I shall and I will?
    http://www.learn-english-online.org/Lesson39/Lesson39.htm
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  243. She'll come by your place ! is this right or She'll drop by your place ! or She'll drop there !
    She'll come by or drop by your place are both okay. You could even say: "She'll come/drop by later." She'll drop there, isn't. (We sometimes use "to drop" to mean someone's very tired, or is going to have a baby." I've been working all day and I'm ready to drop. Her baby is due, she could drop any moment. Isn't English wonderful?
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  244. Hello,first of all I'm sorry about my former question, I haven't realized it's a personal website so I did word myself as it was a forum. I apologize. Secondly, I've another question and I'll be delighted if you could help me please; I often hear about grammar this saying "could of." I've understood that it means that one regrets some deed or mistake which they made in the near past and for expressing themselves they use "he needed me and I wasn't there,but I could of." I know it isn't a prefect example but I don't find any other words to explain myself in a better way right now, sorry. My bottom line is - Does it correct to use -could of- and when? Thank u so much!
    I sometimes say "Could of, would of, should of," but it is usually used as slang for "Could have", as in "I could have been a contender!" (Rocky) Ref., your example: "He needed me and I wasn't there, but I could have been."
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  245. i m not being a stramger is correct english
    No. To be a stranger is a state - you are or you aren't. So, you would say, "I'm not a stranger." If you meant acting strangely, then you could say:- "I'm not being strange."
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  246. Because my parents will angry to me
    You get angry with someone. Because my parents will be angry with me.
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  247. Hi Ellie I am sorry to bother you with my endless questions, but I really need your help. I read a write-up online, about a common errors in English usage. I came across this phrase; "exact revenge." I don't really understand the very meaning of exact. Of course I know what exact means, but I don't find the specific context here. Would you help me, please? Thank you so much =)
    You may be confusing exact with exact. :) Exactly. As an adjective "exact" means precise. For example: Psychology is not an exact science. As a verb "to exact" means to get something from someone. To exact revenge simply means to get revenge, but it describes the process more than the vengeance. For example: She presents biographical research to demonstrate how each author exacted revenge through writing fiction.
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  248. I had turn back more often to this word because i feels that am still not enough free with it but literally what does flexible mean e:g Our plans need to be flexible enough to cater for the needs of everyone /You need to be more flexible and imaginative in your approach/ Can you be flexible about when you take your leave, honestly i'm totally confuse according to my sister she said that flexible means able to bend easily without breaking flexible could you please tell me the full-meaning of flexible including the meaning of flexible approach?
    If you are talking about materials then your sister is correct, but this is human resources vocabulary. If you are talking about someone's attitude / approach it is metaphorical and means not rigid or unwilling / unable to change. If you're talking about holidays, it means you are willing to take different holiday dates. Flexible plans should be easy to change.
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  249. Hello mam/sir, if there is water present in my hand and i want to remove that by taking a particular cloth,then what will be the English of that activity to remove water from hands? Thank you
    You would use a towel to dry your hands.
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  250. What\'s the difference between are and or
    are (pronounced ɑː/ - second person singular present and first, second, third person plural present of the verb to be. or (pronounced ɔː/ - a conjunction used to link alternatives. \"a cup of tea or coffee\" or can be used to introduce a synonym or explanation of a preceding word or phrase: \"yoga is a series of postures, or asanas\". You can easily look up this kind of thing in a dictionary.
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