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Correct usage of 'one'

Consider the statements: 'There was one girl, XYZ, ..' 'There was one mountain, XYZ, ..' Are the sentences correct?
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For any given English writing, what is the probability that an author studied some Latin?

Premise 1: This question is restricted to (at least average) writing in only English, by which I mean writing by someone who at least graduated from high school. I lament, but know, that the ...
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What is the difference between “regretting one's decision” and “ going back on one's decision”?

1- I regretted my decision going there. 2- I went back on my decision going there. Did the narrator go to that given place or not?
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Principles in the use of letters 'b', 'u' and 'v' in Early Modern English typography

I have been reading a medical book by one late surgeon Thomas Gale. I was wondering the following mix-up of letters 'u','v' and 'b'. This states: "to have the cure of". Letter 'u' is used in the ...
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Capitalizing Call to Action Text

I am a web developer and was working on a website that is in both German and English. As my partner (native German speaker) and myself (native English speaker) were looking through the site he noticed ...
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A Better Phrase for “On Hold” in the context of Stack Exchange

I thought about the appropriate location for this question before posting, and I came to the conclusion that it is, at its root, a problem of diction and rhetoric... We would, certainly, like to ...
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Why doesn't it go like “him and his wife”?

Please take a look at this excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye: I think I probably woke he and his wife up, because it took them a helluva long time to answer the phone. This phrase confused me. ...
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25 views

language for enforcing

I have two methods for describing enforcing basic criteria before allowing an action to occur: Method 1 Therefore, they are expected to be well protected by security enforcements... and Method ...
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2answers
23 views

To give/receive credit against

The verb 'to give credit against' is used widely in legal texts. For example, As a preliminary matter, the court considered whether a Non-defaulting Party who wishes to enforce the payment ...
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List of names which includes titles

I am doing a list of names with titles. Which is correct? Smith, Jane, Mrs. or Smith, Mrs. Jane?
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can someone explain the rule for using which and that [duplicate]

What is the correct grammar for use of the words, which and that?
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Did salacious literature appear in 19th century America?

This letter which appeared in yesterday's Guardian illustrates that Dickens was not above a bit of concealed rudeness in his text. There may be much more where that came from. A search online for ...
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Is there a word for people who have shared the same locality?

A "contemporary" is someone who has lived at the same time (more-or-less, anyway) as another person. e.g., Bret Harte (1836-1902) can be said to have been a contemporary of Mark Twain (1835-1910). ...
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What does this English sentence mean?

as clear and detailed as these memories feel, psychologists have discovered they are surprisingly inaccurate. Since the clause, "as clear and detailed as these memories feel", modifies ...
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Alternative Idiom to “Horse's Mouth”

To be "straight from the horse's mouth" is to be from the most reliable source. I am wanting a title like "The horse's mouth" for my newsletter but I don't really want to call myself a horse. What ...
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English equivalent of tsundere

I wonder if anyone has an approximation for the Japanese “tsundere”? Tsundere (ツンデレ, pronounced [tsɯndeɽe]) is a Japanese character development process that describes a person who is initially ...
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Negative word for someone whose voice pitch varies too much? (opposite of monotone)

The closest word I can come up with is "dynamic", but that has positive connotations. I'm looking for a word for someone whose voice is dynamic to the extreme--overly varied intonation. The best I ...
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1answer
16 views

A and an usage and difference

This is an excerpt from newspaper. Without a overhang of heavy handed security. Why does the author use a and not an?
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1answer
20 views

'Watch' as a noun vs imperative. Are they connected for native speakers?

Well, this question originates from a redesign of Apple Watch ad. Original poster has a slogan The Watch is here One guy offered that Watch here would have added more pun. But I am ...
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1answer
27 views

Is there a word/phrase/idiom to describe the feeling of you facing a dilemma?

I've got "running backward on a cornfield" as an answer on Reddit... there aren't enough usages of it online so I'm not quite sure what it actually means... are there any alternatives?
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Mystery word indicating a body part in a medical book published in 1563

The following title is written in a book by surgeon T. Gale published in 1563. I have trouble translating the last word: "Of woundes of the [x]". Mainly the second letter after "B" is blank for me, ...
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Does the word “situation” collocate with the word “main”?

Is it right to say "the main situation"? I associate "main" with "problem".
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English idiom equivalent “discover America/Mediterranean”

In Spanish we have got an ironic expression which is: "You've discovered America!" or "He thinks that he has discovered the Mediterranean Sea" to say that someone has said something obvious or well ...
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33 views

Difference between 'will' and 'would'

The following is an excerpt from a newspaper. In situations where the father has not exhibited any concern for his offspring giving him legal recognition would be an exercise in futility. ...
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66 views

Word for numeric value that is not necessarily the result of a measuring process [on hold]

I have the phrase “mechanical properties measurement” and am looking for a good replacement for measurement that would not imply a measuring process, as the "measurement" in question is simply a ...
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What's china blue?

Is china blue just jean blue, inspired by the color of uniform of Chinese workers? And how common is china blue in daily conversations and writings? I've only heard this in the song, Vincent (Starry, ...
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1answer
34 views

Phrase indicating recruiters should not offer services in response to a job opening

In Dutch, there's a specific phrase / idiom you can use when posting a job opening to indicate that it's not appreciated if recruitment agencies offer to find a candidate for you ("Acquisitie naar ...
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What's the meaning of “personal correspondence”?

"His personal correspondence is renowned in the Italian language" - from an article about Niccolò Machiavelli What is the exact meaning of "personal correspondence" in that context ?
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When writing a question? [on hold]

If you are writing a novel? Which one, according to proper English is correct? 1.) "Why is it you always show up when you are not wanted?" he asked. 2.) "Why is it you always show up when you are ...
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hit/meet a deadline

I've just heard: I have to make sure we hit the deadlines. There's a lot of emphasis on circulation figures this days... I know we say "meet a deadline" when something is finished by the date it was ...
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0answers
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What does “back up to the top” and “fit past” mean in this sentence? [migrated]

I'm reading Michael Lewis's The Blind Side. In Chapter Three, Sean Tuohy's daughter Collins talks about Michael Oher. When she tried to pass him on the stairwell, she said, she had to back up to ...
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Worth of or worth? [on hold]

What is more correct to to say: you'll receive 3 ebooks worth $6 or you'll receive 3 ebooks worth of $6? It seems that the first one is correct but is the second one false? Thank you
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Using a Tag Line to link beautiful scenery/places/world to beauty treatments/beautiful woman

I am currently rebranding a business and I am trying to link beautiful scenery or a beautiful life or world with beauty treatments using a tag line. Can somebody please look at my design and help me ...
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1answer
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Origin of “Rose tinted glasses”?

On another SE site I frequent, in a question a non-native English speaker used "pink glasses" where they clearly meant the idiom "rose tinted" or "rose coloured" glasses. The meaning of "looking ...
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How to read “BSON”?

BSON is a particular data format used in web development, derived from the JSON format. JSON is pronounced "jay-son" as the Greek hero, and given the tendendcy the scientific community has to have ...
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a very strange sentence. please help to understand [duplicate]

There is a book by Galina Demykina "The lost girl and the scallywags" (a Russian one, translated into English, 1977) and there is a very strange sentence: "Zoya saw nothing save thick, ever so thick ...
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A word that means “initially choose”?

Example: "Two things you can't choose in life: your name, and your nicknames." This sentence isn't accurate because you can choose your name; you can change it later. What I wanted to say is ...
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510 views

Politer word to refer to a 'cleaner'

Is there a polite way to refer to someone who is responsible for cleaning at work.
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Present and Present Perfect [on hold]

What are the differences in the meanings of "Who writes books." and "Who has written books."
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34 views

on the order of somebody

if the idiom "on the order of" does mean "approximately" can we write something like this? "Everyone, who left that bunker and other ones on the order of Bandera followers, died." Would it mean "at ...
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594 views

Word that describes experiencing something second-hand

What word describes experiencing something second-hand? This word has been on my mind a long time, but it keeps eluding me. The word, I think it's an adjective, describes experiencing something ...
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To + verbs, sentences. Does this make sense?

I have a quesiton to ask. Is this make sense? "To turn off mobile data, multimedia messages will be unavailable." This means 'If you turn off the mobile data, multimedia messages will not be ...
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What is the difference between the idioms “Feeling guilty” and “State of guilt”

I was reading the meanings of 'Culpability' and 'Contrite' on Magoosh's app, which defines them as a 'State of guilt' and 'to be remorseful' respectively. I then wondered if there is a difference ...
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Are the following rules correct? Why? [on hold]

When referring to a group that includes you, list yourself at the end: Example: 'Alex, Mason and I went on a field trip.' Instead of 'I, Alex and Mason went on a field trip' While when referring ...
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What does this mean: “Why would that be the case?”

What does a person mean when they ask this question: "Why would that be the case?"
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is this sentence right? [on hold]

Due to the minute scaling inaccuracy arises in terms of utilization of capacity and reliability. is this sentence written correctly? I do not understand if 'due to' can start a sentence, or what the ...
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How might an Indian speaking English understand “two axles spaced not more than 1.2m centres”?

I am currently reading a code of practice called IRC:6-2014, which is the Indian standard for highway loading. It is written in English, but much of the phrasing doesn't scan well for me, as a native ...
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3answers
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What does “very notion” mean?

What does "very notion" mean in this sentence "The second epistemological consequence derives from the very notion ...
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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is: [on hold]

I had four options. Out of these which might be the closest one? a) Fact b) Opinion c) Suggestion d) Advice
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What do you call superfluous filler words like 'So' 'Anyhow' 'Anyway'?

Examples: Anyway, after that I went home and went to sleep. Anyhow, do you want to go for a drink? So then, I was chatting to this girl and... These words are distinct from fillers ...

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