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What is the difference between "apply for" and "apply to?"
You apply for a job or a position. You apply to a university or program (some kind of group).
If a word begins with O, is it usually a short O sound (the sound in "hot")?
Very often, it is a short O sound. Words like "often, occupation, obvious, opposite, odd and off" have this short O sound. However, you do need to look up the pronunciation if you are not sure because some words have an "u" sound, as in "occur" or that long O sound as in "odor."
Is the "t" silent in words like "thistle and "whistle?"
Yes, the T is silent. This is an old spelling. Pronoune "thistle" as "THI-sul" and "whistle" as "WI-sul."
When can I use the word "shall?"Use of the word "shall" has changed over time. In the past, it was used along with "will" and was slightly more formal--yet most people would use it. These days, it is much less popular and can sound inappropriately formal if used at the wrong time. It's best to use "shall" only when you're in a very formal situation such as an event where everyone is dressed in suits and formal wear. Otherwise, you can use it humorously. For instance, you could be wearing jeans and T-shirts, but offer to take your spouse's arm as you leave a social gathering and humorously say, "shall we go?" One big exception: you can still use "shall we dance?" This phrase is almost becoming an idiom as the regular use of "shall" disappears from common speech. Almost anyone will still say "shall we dance?"
What is the difference between "crazy about" and "not crazy about?"Being "crazy about" someone or something means that you love the person or thing. For example, a person could say, "I'm crazy about that movie star!" Or, "I'm crazy about peppermint mochas!"
However, "not being crazy about" does not mean you hate someone or something. It means you feel dislike, and you want to express your dislike in a relaxed, easy-going way. To say, "I don't like your new boyfriend" is direct, even confrontational. To say, "I'm not crazy about your new boyfriend" is a casual way of expressing dislike and perhaps starting a conversation about the boyfriend.
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