A few water under the bridge

I just overheard an English phone conversation on the bus. A German university student gave instructions how to mop a floor, using the sentence Take few water, and few soap. I was quite surprised that such a rather simple sentence could turn out to be  so difficult for a young person who has spent many

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briefly vs. shortly

This is a tricky one, and as is often the case with languages, there are people who argue that the two words can indeed be used as synonyms. However, according to the majority of sources I consulted, and in line with my gut feeling of the English language, briefly and shortly are not interchangeable, and

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