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Phrasal verb: Tear apart
“Tear apart” is often used to refer to destroying something or upsetting someone.
Differences: Speak or Talk
“Speak” and talk” can mean “to use one’s voice to say words or to have a conversation.”
Differences: On or Upon
“On” and “upon” are synonyms. However, “upon” is considered very formal and not that commonly used in conversational English.
Uses of negative questions in everyday English can be grouped according to two main reasons: to be formal and polite, or to show surprise.
Differences: Remember or Remind
“Remember” and “remind” are both verbs related to memory.
Differences: To remember doing or To remember to do
“Remember doing” and “remember to do” are similar phrases which mean “to recall” or “to bring to mind” a past action.
Differences: Many or Much
“Many” and “much” are determiners that both mean “a large amount.”
Differences: Like or Alike
“Like” and “alike” are synonyms to mean similar but not identical.
Differences: I used to or I would
“Used to” and “would” are both used to refer to things in the past that are no longer true.
Differences: I used to or I’m used to
“Used to” refers to things in the past that are no longer true. “To be used to” means to become accustomed to something.”