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    [Idiom] Hit the spot

    Hi, I would like to know if I am using the idiom "hit the spot" correctly in the sentences below. Can I use this idiom when someone literally hits the physical spot on my body? 1. Thank you for the drink. It was so hot outside, and I was thirsty. Your cold drink hit the spot. 2. The...
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    [General] Beloved old rooster

    Hi, could someone please check my writing about an old rooster below? I am writing this to practice choosing the right articles, prepositions, punctuations and tenses. I also would like to know if there are sentences that sound unnatural or juvenile. I would appreciate any advice and suggestions...
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    [Vocabulary] Chicken coop

    Hi, When you raise roosters and hens in your yard, what do you call the chicken house with some fenced area for the chickens to walk around? I did a google search and came up with “coop” and “pen”. It seems that a pen is just a fenced area, and doesn’t include a house. Are there any other words...
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    Moldy utility closet

    Hi, could someone please check my paragraph below? I am writing this to practice choosing the right articles and tenses. I also would like to know if there are better ways to write this paragraph. Thank you. Ina's utility closet has been moldy for quite some time. Although she cleans it at...
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    [Essay] Difficulties in learning English prepositions

    Could someone please check my essay below? I would appreciate any advice and suggestions you could give me. Thank you. Prepositions are difficult. As I try to improve my English further, I've found them the hardest to learn along with particles. Even though I have the basic knowledge of...
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    [Grammar] Leave out

    Hi, I have two questions about "leave out". 1. When I use "leave out" in place of "omit" in the sentence below, which preposition is correct, of or from? I believe "of" is correct to use, but would like to know if "from" is also OK. Don't omit his name from the list. Don't leave his name out...
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    [Essay] The reason why I write essays is ........

    Hi, could someone please check my essay below? I am not a student, so the essay is neither for homework nor exam. The reason why I write essays is to improve my English so that I can sound more natural in both speaking and writing. I am trying to find my own style that I feel comfortable with...
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    [Vocabulary] Non-perishable vs Imperishable

    Hi, I suspect these two words are not interchangeable. I know that I can use "non-perishable" to describe food that doesn't require refrigeration, e.g. you'd better get some non-perishable food before the storm hits. When can I use "imperishable"? Is it okay to use it when talking about an...
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    [Grammar] Go/Do bar-hopping

    Hi, I'd like to know if I can use "do" in the following sentences in place of "go". A. I was going to go/do pub- hopping yesterday, but it was raining hard all day and too cold to drink beer. B. I want to go/do bar- hopping when we get together next month. Thank you.
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    [Grammar] The difference between "know" and "know about"

    Hi, I'd like to know what the difference between "know" and "know about" is. In the following conversations, which one is more appropriate to use? A. Are you going to the party on Saturday? B. I haven't decided yet, because I don't know the details/ I don't know about the details. Where is...
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    [Grammar] How to state the number of luggage/baggage

    Luggage/Baggage I understand these two are uncountable nouns. When I want to state the number of luggage, do I always need to use ".....pieces of"? For example: I have 3 pieces of baggage to check in. One of my 3 pieces of luggage is missing. Is there any way to say the quantity without using...
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    [Vocabulary] Omissible / Omittable

    Hi, Omissible / Omittable Are these two words both acceptable to use in the sentence below? * Is the 'that' in this sentence omissible / omittable? Are these commonly used or should I simply ask "Can I omit the 'that' in this sentence?"? The double? in the above sentence looks a little...
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    [General] Degree of uncertainty

    Hi, I'd like to know how uncertain you are when you use the following expressions. When you say 1 or 2, are you more certain than when you just say "I am not sure"? I believe that 1 and 2 are similar, but I am not sure about 3. 3 sounds a little less certain to me. 1. I am not too sure. 2. I...
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    [Grammar] Come up with vs Think of

    Hi, Are there any differences in nuance between the two sentences below? If so, could you give me any guidance on how to choose the right one? The situation, which I made up, is someone asks me if I have any ideas for a party. A. I cannot come up with any good ideas. B. I cannot think of...
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    [Grammar] Where to place a preposition, in.

    Hi, I'd like to know where is the right place to use a preposition. When I want to say both a year and a country, which require the same preposition, in one sentence, where do I place the preposition? In other words, how can I combine the following two sentences? A was invented in Germany. A...
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    [Grammar] "Didn't you know" or "Did you not know"

    Hi, I am wondering about the following sets of phrases. Is each set of the phrases mostly interchangeable? I assume the tones and contexts matter, but the B form sounds more formal or more forceful to me. Is it more natural/appropriate to use the A form in everyday conversation? I have...
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    [Grammar] Writing a list of hobbies/ interests

    Hi, I'd like to know what a proper way to write a list of hobbies/interests is. Are both a gerund form and a noun form appropriate? Is it better if I begin each word with an uppercase or should I capitalize just the first word of the list? 1. Books, Movies, Animals, Food 2. Books, movies...
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    [Grammar] The hierarchical relationship at work vs.The hierarchical workplace relationship

    Hi, I'd like to know if the following sentences are grammatically correct, and if they sound natural. Is there any better way to say the same thing? When you say "workplace relationship", do people interpret it as romantic relationship or can it be any relationship depending on the context...
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    [Grammar] Capital punishment vs. Death penalty (article question)

    Hi, I took some grammar quizzes on articles provided on this website today and found the following answers confusing to me. Q17. I am against ( ) capital punishment. (no article) Q24. I don't believe in (the) death penalty for any crime. (definite article) I believe that capital...
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    [Grammar] Definite and Indefinite Articles

    I have some questions about English grammar articles. I know that when I order drink or food at a restaurant, I need to use an indefinite article (e.g. Can I get a chicken salad please ?) or a numeral (1, 2, etc). But I am not sure if I need to use a definite article (the) when ordering a...
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