273 Answered Questions for the topic speech
What does "At least X to Y" mean?
What does it mean to say "at least..." and then give a range of values? "At least 10" means anything greater than or equal to ten. "10 to 15" means anything greater than or equal to 10, but not... more
Is this worded correctly if it was spoken in an interview?
Is this worded correctly if it was spoken in an interview? > I am like a clean slate. I do not have any preconceived notions about how the company runs
Log a ticket or Lodge a ticket?
I am not a native English speaker. I work in IT and we have a kind of ticketing system to track reported issues. I am not sure whether it is correct to ask people to file a ticket by saying... more
Should the first word after a dash used as self-interruption be capitalized?
When writing dialogue, a dash can be used to denote interruption. For example: > “Hello, can I ask you about—” > “No.” If a character is interrupting themself, should the first word of the... more
Usage of too while comparing two places?
While in a conversation about a place `xyz` which is facing water scarcity, if another place `abc` is also having water scarcity, which sentence would be correct:- I know `xyz` has water scarcity,... more
This is true or That is true?
When someone says something that you agree with, should you say "that's true" or "this is true"? I have heard people say it both ways. My question is for both formal and informal usage.
Unconscious versus "nonconscious" in everyday dialogue?
These words have subtle distinctions in related research fields, but even there are often considered interchangeable or just an matter of tradition/trendiness in a particular field. Since I am a... more
Requesting someone to give a speech?
I need to anchor a very formal event. However, I am having trouble with using different phrases in my speech. For example, when I want to call upon someone to deliver a presentation/ speech, I am... more
spoken exam/speaking exam?
Here's the test: We hope you will be able to pass the __________ examination (speak). I'm confused with those two words: "spoken exam" and "speaking exam". I know they say "spoken English exam"... more
What happened to the superlative?
For some time now I'm hearing more and more people saying "that's one of the more interesting things I've seen", "that's one of his better dishes", etc. Even when talking about something very... more
Word for a sudden flow of ideas? Is 'brainwave' good enough?
Imagine you are thinking about a problem you need to solve, nothing's coming to mind, and all of a sudden you get a dozen different ideas at once. Is there a word that expresses this ***sudden flow... more
Punctuating short quoted speeches?
I'm a copywriter editing some text for a client who is a life coach. She has written this sentence which I'm stumped by having to punctuate in Australian English. It explains the excuses people... more
Your Mileage May Vary?
In the United States we have a saying, "your mileage may vary", which means "your experience may be different". In English-speaking countries that don't use Imperial miles, is there an equivalent... more
Being from Argentina, my native language is Spanish, but I love English. I started learning when I was six years old and I can't stop finding it wonderful. I always read long books in English and... more
Using word "hate" in American English?
Having lived in the USA for several years I've noticed that Americans use the word "hate" a lot. What do they mean? Do they have hate emotion attached when they use this word? Or do they really... more
Why did people sound differently when addressing the public in the early 1900s?
I notice that people used to speak not necessarily more clearly, or distinctly, but their voice had a certain 'choppiness' to it that you don't hear anymore... Unless the person doing the speaking... more
Using "Putting up" in day to day conversation?
How to use "Where do you put up?". Is it the right replacement for "Where are you staying?".
Why "who is" sounds "whiz"?
Please elaborate, when we say "who is", why does it sound "whiz"? Also one more example I would like to include: why "visit us" sounds "visi-tas"?
What do we call people with whom we have occasional daily interaction in terms of services?
I mean for example people like the hostel caretaker, the cook at the workplace, the taxi driver, the milkman etc. What can we call all these people? I meant to say that we need to have a good... more
Why are movies so hard to understand (and what can you do about it)?
I have been learning English for many, many years now and think I have acquired quite some mastery. Yesterday I saw just another English (American) flick and thought it was a different language,... more
Why do we use "-s" with verbs?
Why do we use an "s" for some verb conjugations? e.g. *I run/He run**s***. Why can't it be *I run/He run*?
Is there a term for using a correct word having a double meaning that creates ambiguity given the context of the sentence?
Tough to describe this in the title so I'll give an example many English speakers have come across: - *Speaker 1*: "Should we go left or right?" - *Speaker 2*: "Looks like our friends went... more
Punctuation of reported speech within direct speech?
I've got a fiction 'speech within speech' situation, and I'd like opinions on how to handle the internal final punctuation -- inside or outside the quotes. This is British English. Example: The... more
What is the best way of conveying respect to elders in English?
In Afrikaans, it is considered very disrespectful to use "you" ( "jy") when referring to someone who is above the level of a peer. Instead, it is expected that you use "u", which is a very... more
What is the determinant of an English native speaker?
It could be argued that only native speakers of English from England are true native speakers. Other countries that have adopted English as their primary language (America, Australia, Canada) have... more