273 Answered Questions for the topic speech
Is the following singular/plural inconsistency common in informal speech?
> I saw a white figure inside the house. A ghost? But my uncle had > told me they didn't exist. Is this common in informal English? If not, what's the correct alternative?
Just Googling it?
Today in class a student was reading the title of an article for group discussion: "Just googling it is bad for your brain." http://qz.com/519155/just-googling-it-is-bad-for-your-brain/ The... more
Most concise way to describe information not guaranteed to be accurate? Missing or assumed details at fault?
You may experience people doing this intentionally (to some extent) in law, politics, religion, or many different areas where they speak vaguely so that they are correct in at least one... more
Who is this for? vs "Who does this belong to?"?
Yesterday I asked an Australian friend "Who is this for?" in reference to a wallet on his desk. He laughed and thought my sentence didn't make sense in the context of the situation. Instead, he... more
Usage of "Don't remember"?
In my language I can say "I don't remember I've ever watched that film" or "Never in my life have I remembered watching that film" to suggest that as far as I can remember I've never done... more
Writing and speaking duplicated words?
A recent workplace conversation prompted this question. Red Hat, the software company behind a popular Linux distribution, came by the office and everyone got some random trinkets, including a... more
Radio verbal usage query?
When and where did the present tendency begin for interviewees on the radio to preface many answers to questions with the word 'So'?
Is there a word or phrase to describe ambiguous sarcasm?
To be specific, this statement refers to a phrase in which the writer/speaker's intention of being sarcastic is not disclosed to the reader/listener (deliberately or accidentally). The effect... more
When in connected speech do we read 'r' after the end of a sentence or a passage?
For example in policy debates, in continuous reading or for example an interruptive briefing - there is a dot (.) > It was summer. A strange shade was moving. Before the turning of the street... more
Slang word for transferring money from one card to another?
Ok, so there is an Online Money Transfer Service. It allows for quick money transfer from one card to another. The advertisement of this service describes how it is convenient for parents to... more
Streaks of sunlight make way through the holes in the roof. Is this correct grammar?
Streaks of sunlight make way through the holes in the roof.
Order of "sometimes" relative to the subject of a sentence in the passive voice?
I have a doubt that is the following one: I have two alternative sentence transformations of this sentence below and, I wonder if it is possible to write the adverb "sometimes" before the subject... more
should have instead of could have?
I've heard this on a crime documentary. Two intruders break into a house, a confrontation ensues with the residents (wife and husband). The couple manages to disarm one man and fight off the other.... more
Is the overuse of "so" not that good?
Sometimes, I hear many people use "so" a lot during a presentation, tutorial, lecture, and also normal conversation. Is it bad, or is it just a matter of favor?
Usage of the article 'a' before bait in this particular instance?
Is it acceptable to use the article 'a' before 'bait' in this sentence? Is there a difference in meaning here when you use 'a' or drop it? "You would not have sent it to me for no reason. It was... more
What does "I have no shame when it comes to ignorance" mean?
Does it mean one chooses to be ignorant regardless of shame, or submit to shame while admitting ignorance? **Interviewer:** Tell me about your first felony arrest? **Candidate**: I have no shame... more
OF as a part of speech?
What part of speech is the word "of" in the phrase "made of"? Trying to review the word "of" I the command :"Go and make disciples of all nations". Please help
Talking to someone is nice. or "It is nice to talk to someone." but "It was nice, talking to you." Why?
General statement: a. Talking to someone is nice. (verb as subject in front position = gerund) or b. It is nice to talk to someone. (verb as subject after dummy subject 'it' = full... more
Should laconism be favored over clarity?
One might argue that to be as understandable as possible, one should use common words and phrases. On the other hand, unnecessary verbosity is often frowned upon. > Stop acting so childish and... more
Why do americans put "my" in front of everything?
I watch a lot of youtube, but I've also noticed this in movies. North americans tend to put the word "my" in front of stuff they tell you about e.g. "So I've got **my** grill fired up, I've got... more
How can I increase my Englishg vocabulary
I am frustrated because my vocabulary in my native language is so much richer than it is in English.How can I increase my English vocabulary?
When should we say 'Thanks' and when, 'Thank you'?
While I'm communicating with my colleagues and clients, I used to say 'Thanks' and 'Thank you'. I normally use 'Thank you' when I want to express it to a single person usually through e-mails,... more
What is the difference between "hurry" and "rush"?
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English in a [THESAURUS section for "hurry"](http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/hurry) defines/compares "hurry" and "rush" as follows: **hurry:** to go... more
On the usage of the expression “What differentiate(s)”?
**Question one:** Which of the following sentences are grammatically correct? 1) What differentiate apples from oranges are their colors and sizes. 2) What differentiates apples from oranges is... more
What's the appropriate response to the "door knock" when you are in a fitting room?
I'm an international student and I have had this question for a long time: When I'm trying on clothes in a store fitting room, the store employee sometimes knocks on the door to see if the fitting... more