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What does upper-case-A-Attack action vs. lower-case-a-attack mean?

The "Attack action" is a specific action; attacks are anything with an attack roll. What is the Attack action? The "Actions in Combat" section of the Player's Handbook (PHB, page ...
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Is it possible to cast multiple spells per turn?

You were quoted the rules incorrectly. First, Eldritch Blast has a casting time of 1 action (PHB p.237). You've only got one action on your turn, so you can only cast Eldritch Blast once. ("Off ...
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How far does a rogue move when dashing twice using Cunning Action?

Cunning Action absolutely does let you Dash again, but Dash doesn't work quite like you're remembering (PHB, p. 192): When you take the Dash action, you gain extra movement for the current turn. ...
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Can an unconscious person drink a potion?

Your players are right. An unconscious character can consume a potion administered by another player. This ruling is held up by the Sage Advice Compendium (p. 21): Can potions be administered to ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting & Bonus Actions

Anyone wielding two light weapons can attack with one weapon and use a bonus action to make an offhand attack. The Rogue's having Cunning Action as an option does not prevent them from instead ...
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Can a weapon be "unsheathable"?

Realistically, weapons too large or unwieldy to sheathe were simply carried in-hand until they were used. Realistically, anyone wielding one had a sidearm sheathed on their hip, as well—which is what ...
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Does a fighter's Action Surge trigger Extra Attack?

Yes, a fighter gets their extra attack when using action surge Action surge gives you an extra action on your turn: On your turn, you can take one additional action on top of your regular action and ...
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How to get more Bonus Actions?

No, there are no ways to gain an additional bonus action. Note that I didn't say no others - the Haste spell doesn't give you one either. Until the spell ends, the target [...] gains an additional ...
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Does The Amazing Lightspeed Horse work, RAW?

No. The Amazing Light Speed Horse™ cannot move an infinite distance (And what distance it does move without taking the dash action is at a speed of at most movement per round, and with the dash action ...
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What happens if a caster is surprised while casting a spell with a long casting time?

The caster continues casting the spell. Taking the same quotes from @Xirema's answer, we have the following for casting spells with a long casting time: Certain spells (including spells cast as ...
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Is drawing an arrow from a quiver an item interaction?

Drawing an arrow from a quiver is part of the action of attacking with a longbow Longbows (and all ranged weapons that fire projectiles) have the ammunition property which says: Drawing the ...
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Can you ready an action for "immediately before my next turn"?

No, you can't do that. Purely mechanical events like "at the end of my turn" or "before your turn" are not legal triggers (PHB, p. 193, emphasis mine): Ready […] First, you decide what ...
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Shield Master - Can the shield push be taken before an attack?

No, the shove cannot be taken before the attack. The first bullet of the Shield Master feat is: • If you take the Attack action on your turn, you can use a bonus action to try to shove a creature ...
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Does picking up a weapon or drawing one take an action?

No, drawing a weapon does not take an action. Nor does picking up a dropped weapon. Both answers are found in the "Interacting with Objects Around You" sidebar on page 190 in the Player's Handbook (...
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Can I use a bonus action before my action?

The rule for bonus actions says: You choose when to take a bonus action during your turn, unless the bonus action's timing is specified, and anything that deprives you of your ability to take ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting & Bonus Actions

The misconception here is that you don't have "a bonus action" just lying around that you "fill" with a Bonus Action. When something says that you can use a bonus action, that means you have that ...
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How does the Ready action work?

Your Turn On your turn, you can move and perform an action. The ready action is, as you point out, an action like any other. This means that on your turn you can move and take the ready action. The ...
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What happens if a caster is surprised while casting a spell with a long casting time?

Rules as Written, the Spellcaster would lose the spell This is relatively straightforward. The rules for spellcasting state unambiguously that a caster casting a spell with a long casting time must ...
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Can I Ready an action to Disengage?

There's nothing in the Ready action description that would prevent readying Disengage. When you ready an action you: decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. Then, you ...
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Is there a better technique to handle the lag between cause and effect?

Treat turns as simultaneous To ensure better coordination, the DM might describe turns as simultaneous (they are, apparently). Example 1. The cleric casts Turn Undead. The DM says, which undead were ...
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How many bonus actions can I take?

You only get one Per page 189 in the PHB, You can take only one bonus action on your turn, so you must choose which bonus action to use when you have more than one available.
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Does an Action Surge grant a second bonus action?

No it doesn't give you another bonus action. The optional part is that if you haven't used your bonus action that turn you can still use it after the Action Surge (AS). So it could be: Action → ...
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If a character is stunned but still has attacks remaining, can they still make those attacks?

I would say that Alex can no longer finish their turn, as they are immediately Stunned and therefore incapacitated. Stunned A stunned creature is incapacitated (see the condition), can’t ...
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Do you start combat with your weapon drawn when combat is not expected?

There are no specific rules vis a vis how a character starts combat. D&D5E attempts to avoid that kind of specificity when basic logic and reasoning will do: If the character is hanging out in a ...
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Can Lay on Hands be used to both heal hit points and remove diseases/poisons with the same action?

Unfortunately not. RAW, the use of Lay on Hands is heal HP, or cure disease. The keyword in the phrase is "alternatively" (emphasis mine). Alternatively, you can expend 5 hit points from ...
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Casting multiple spells in a single round

The maximum number of spells a character can cast in a round is 3. You can only take 1 reaction per round, although some monsters have an ability that allows them to ignore this restriction. You can'...
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Can I use a spell with a casting time of "Bonus Action" as my action?

No. Actions cannot be traded for bonus actions. Various class features, spells and other abilities let you take an additional action on your turn called a bonus action. You can take only one bonus ...
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Are there any mechanical issues with removing the concept of "triggers" for readied actions?

It probably doesn't break the game. Ready actions that fail aren't (or shouldn't be) so enormously common that this is going to seriously change the game. At worst, this makes readied actions slightly ...
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Drawing and sheathing a weapon in 5e, and the actions required

Unfortunately, it would require your action. You can sheath a weapon or draw a weapon using your free object interaction, but not both. (Addendum: The Dual Wielder feat allows you to draw 2 weapons or ...
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Would allowing a Thief (with Fast Hands) to use the Healer feat's tending action as a bonus action be balanced?

I don't believe allowing this would even be a house rule, the rules support it as-is. The action enabled by the Healer feat is just a new use for an object and, therefore, is still technically the Use ...
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