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‘come to terms with’ or ‘make peace with’?

To come to terms with someone means to agree on some matter, to come to terms with something means to accept an undesired state of things. To make peace with someone is to let go of old grievances, to make peace with something is to accept an unpleasant reality and let it go. Compare: I … Continue reading

‘see you later’ or ‘see you in…’?

With a time expression, we use later to mean after that time, and in to mean after now. But without a time expression, we can use later to mean after now. Compare: She was taken to the emergency room in the morning and given some basic treatment. She was released a few hours later. [time … Continue reading

selfie

Selfie: Take your photo with a smartphone or webcam and upload it to a social media website like Facebook or Twitter, and you’ve got a selfie. Read this: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/29/selfies-holocaust-memorial or this: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/09/10/13/spotted-kris-aquino-rides-mrt-takes-selfie

‘know’ or ‘find out’?

Merriam-Webster defines know as to have information of some kind in your mind, or to have learned (something, as a skill or a language). It defines find out as to learn by study, observation, or search. So the point is, know and find out cannot be used interchangeably. Know is not normally used to talk about finding … Continue reading

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