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  • Which sentence is better?

    Best answer: Both sentences are correct, but "B" is ambiguous (it may have two different meanings), so I think "A" is better.

    A. He says he put the key on the table, not on the counter.
    This sentence clearly means that he put the key on the table instead of putting it on the counter.

    B. He says he put the key on the table, not the counter.
    This sentence may mean that:
    - he put the key on the table, not on the counter
    or
    - he put the key, not the counter, on the table.

    So if you refer to the place where he put the key (on the table, not on the counter), then use sentence "A". If you refer to the object he put on the table (the key, not the counter), then you should write a clearer sentence, such as:
    - He says he put the key, not the counter, on the table.
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  • Would you support a phonetic spelling system for English ?

    Best answer: You can already spell English phonetically using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

    Of course, doing what you propose would not work. Give me a phonetic spelling for 'tuna'. If you live in the USA the spelling you would devise would not work for me because I am British. If you are British and came up with a phonetic spelling for 'tuna' Americans would mispronounce the word based on your spelling. You do not even need to go from one country to another. A phonetic spelling that worked in London would not match the way words are pronounced in NE England.

    English orthography used to better match the spoken language. For example, the letter 'k-' in 'knight' has not always been silent. The problem is orthography does not keep up with pronunciation. What are you going to do with your new spelling system for English when the pronunciation of words change?
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  • Why does everyone associate Portuguese language with Brazil and Brazilians?

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  • Why do some British say they're "English" ?

    Best answer: Britain is made up of severaI "countries" - ScottIand, EngIand, and WaIes. People from aII those pIaces are caIIed "British". British peopIe specificaIIy from EngIand are caIIed "EngIish". The EngIish Ianguage aIso came from EngIand, just Iike the Ianguage of France is "French" but the peopIe are aIso "French". Now suk my fat ahss bb
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  • Hello english speaking americans, what is the techniques to speaking in english fluent so fast?

    Best answer: Simple, you must move to an English-speaking country and live there for an extended period of time, at least one year.  That's after having learned from a book/classes. There is no shortcut to this. It's an illusion that anyone can learn to speak a language fluently by just studying.  That is essential, but it's only the first step. All the suggestions like "watch movies" are not gong to be sufficient.  You'll only get bits and pieces that way, and probably still make a lot of mistakes (in your question alone I see about six errors).  Immersion is what it takes to gain mastery in a language.
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  • Is it true there's a curse word for every letter of the alphabet?

    Best answer: Lets see ..
    **** ****** **** ******** ***** **** ****** **** *******
    ************* ***** ******** ****** ***** ******* *** *******
    *********** **** ****** **** ************ *********************
    YES .. all 26 censored !
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  • Does Duolingo work?

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  • Which word is correct?

    Best answer: I prefer none of them have because you are referring to them which is plural

    Just between these two sentences, traditional formal grammar says the second one is correct because “none” is considered a singular pronoun and so the singular form of the verb would be needed to agree with it. That singular form is “has”. 
     
    However, many speakers today consider that subject-verb number agreement in these sentences should be between plural “them” and the verb. So these speakers today say the first sentence, with “have”. When enough people say something a certain way we can say that the grammar is changing on that point. 
     
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  • Why would someone say "I want a refund on all the love I've wasted on people"?

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  • How do you feel being able to speak english fluently?

    Best answer: Naturally, native speakers of ANY language feel confident and content when they are speaking their own language.
    Allow me to re-phrase your question:How do you feel about being able to speak English fluently? I'm Brazilian and I'm suffering so much to learn English and become fluent. What does an American feel when he speaks English?
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  • What does it mean, in plain language, that "Faith without Works is Dead"?

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  • Do Venezuelans speak Spanish ?

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  • Which word is correct?

    Best answer: Across, the hillside. Unless, you dug a tunnel "through"the hillside.😃😃

    Just going for a laugh. But the poster below is right about through the grass, as you go through the growing grass.
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  • If the dollar sign ($) were a letter in our alphabet, what sound would it make?

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  • What's the most non intelligible dialect you've ever heard?

    Best answer: Sartagnolo     
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  • What should a British mother do?

    Best answer: She will find out for herself that most people in the UK don't understand Italian. When they reply to her in English, she'll gradually realise she should speak to them in the same language. She already knows that YOU don't speak Italian.
    Don't worry about this. The worst possible thing you can do is make the child feel there is or could be any kind of problem related to her languages.
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  • Can you study Chinese online in a way that uses the Latin alphabet instead of ideograms ?

    Best answer: Yes, there is an approach that uses the Latin alphabet to get people using some Chinese before they learn all the complicated characters. It's called "Pinyin". Google to find some lessons in Pinyin. 
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  • Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?

    Best answer: Needs a bit of adjustment: May is used to express what is possible, factual, or could be factual. Might is used to express what is hypothetical, counterfactual, or remotely possible. Not sure about 'natural' but can't think of a better option.

    "Sometimes personal interests occur naturally, but at other times our interests may be triggered by a given event in our lives."
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  • If English isn't the official language of US, then what language is?? ?

    This question has been in my mind for a long time now.. Just curious.. Since almost all their citizens speak English. I'm sure Spanish speakers inhabit the country too.. In that case, why not the law implement the official language of US to be English and secondary language is Spanish..?? Wouldn't that be a good idea and convenient for the spanish-speakers as well?? 
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  • Am I latina? ?

    Best answer: Since the language of Spain came from Latin, you're half Latina.
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