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Used when pausing while speaking



used when you want to start talking about something or want to continue discussing it after a pause



used for continuing to tell someone something after a pause


adjective, adverb, conjunction, preposition

used when you pause while you are thinking what to say next, or because of a habit in the way that you speak



used when you pause because you are thinking about what you are going to say



used when you pause to make a remark in the middle of a sentence


adverb, conjunction

used when you pause before deciding what to say next

you know

used while you think about what to say next

I’m sorry

used for interrupting yourself to correct a mistake that you have made while speaking

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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