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Which is more correct: skewen or skewn

Which spelling for the past participle of skew is more correct? (I recognise it is not the more common spelling of 'skewed' but regionally and personally skewen is more in use in Quebec.) Also, out ...
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Meaning of snobbishly

I'm reading The great gatsby book and in the second page it says: As my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at ...
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Could “Hats off!” be insulting in some situations?

What are true situations and structures to use "Hats off!"? Could this idiom be insulting in some situations?
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any rules for pronouncing “V” sound?

For example, "Is there any cars available?" When the speed of speech is getting faster, it isn't really going easy to make sure of making a lip formation about V where the bottom lip must be behind ...
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What's the difference between “the one thing” and “the thing”?

Could anyone help to tell the difference between these two sentences: "That's the thing I want to do" and "That's the one thing I want to do" Thanks
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What does “to take someone back” mean?

I read that someone was advised to do the following regarding that person’s ex: Get her to take you back. What does that mean?
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Does “were looking at stuff from last day” make sense? [on hold]

Would this make sense? Were looking at stuff from last day. It doesn't sound right.
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What is the meaning of the expression “handsome devil”?

I found answers on many web sites and they differed too much so I decided to ask the community. edit I call him the devil because he makes me wanna sin... Urban Dictionary A good-looking ...
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25 views

“A person” versus “some person”

What is the difference between: There is a person in the room. There is some person in the room.
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Using “same as it is in” and “same as that in”

Are these sentences ok? They are people who can keep the quality of their work good anywhere in the world, the same as it is in Japan. They are people who can keep the good quality of their work ...
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All of + possessives

may I ask a question about the correct use of "all of"? As far as understood from a previous post, "of" must be used when followed by a pronoun. What happens with possessives? My example: "beauty in ...
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55 views

Dishes 3 part job or not? [on hold]

Is doing the dishes a 3 part job?, if I only dryed the dishes and put away can I say I did the dishes when I didn't wash
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27 views

Another term for “instant feedback”?

I'm looking for another term for "instant feedback". Something perhaps similar to how common the phrase "instant gratification" is used to mean instant results from an action. For context, I'm ...
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Proud by thinking that one cannot be surprised by what others know

I would like one word for "proud by thinking that one cannot be surprised by what others know". Arrogant is explained as "having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or ...
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Generalization of strengthens and weakens

I would like one word for "affects in intensity" which is loosely a generalization of strengthens and weakens. Examples: The brew method affects in intensity its level of acidity. The number of ...
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“so” or “therefore”

I usually double check my English using Google Translate. I paste my phrase in English (translated by myself) and I see how it translates it back to Italian. If the meaning is the one I had in mind ...
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Is “to collaborating” correct?

I am interested in this sentence: "I am used to collaborating with other people". I am not sure if this form is correct, maybe "I am used to collaborate with other people" is more correct?
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How to understand this sentence

I found this sentence in a reading material from a GRE (Graduate Record Examination) test. And I found it incredibly difficult for my to understand. A desire to throw over reality a light that ...
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“Relevant for” or “Relevant to”?

Which is the correct preposition for expressing relevance? Should one say So relevant for our lives today, what .... has to say regarding.... or should one say: So relevant to our lives ...
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What is a good way to learn about words whose pronunciations are very different from how they are spelt

It is embarrassing to be caught mispronouncing an aphonetic(?) word whose pronunciation is not intuitive. Are there any comprehensive word lists (may be the 5000 popular words that are commonly ...
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26 views

Using “and” in a list with an element already containing “and”

I'm struggling with the following sentence in an APA format paper. I don't like the double usage of and here, but 'supply and demand' is one thing in this context. Is this correct or do I need to make ...
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28 views

“Cannot be let to rely on”

When I think of what I want to express, it naturaly comes as the following sentence: Self/peer assessment report - This evidence has least value and cannot be let to rely on, because... Is it ...
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Order of “noun + describing noun”

Which one is correct or preferred? The command /reload is... < some description > The /reload command is... < some description >
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Verb to be before pronoun in declarative sentences

I saw this sentence in a newspaper cartoon: Not only are you dysfunctional — you appear to be completely spineless as well. Is the verb are in the right position?
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26 views

When should I use “amount” as opposed to “number”? [duplicate]

When should I use "amount" as opposed to "number"? When media are referring to number rather than volume, they often use the word "amount" rather than number, as in "a large amount of people" Is this ...
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What are the common misconceptions of active/passive voice?

What are the common misconceptions of active/passive voice? How can I understand these better to help improve my writing? (How does using active voice versus passive voice make writing stronger?)
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A word for something you keep coming back to to feel grounded, oriented

Is there a word for an object like this? Mantra is close, but is more like a ritual than a physical thing. For example, a rosary could be a physical object that a Catholic uses to calm, center, ...
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Word for “percentage of elements changed”

I have a table that shows the number of elements added, deleted, and changed in a graph. I'm calling the sum of additions + deletions + changes the "differences." I also want to include a column ...
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Trying to be a decision maker

Does "decision maker" have a hyphen, no hyphen or is it one word? I've looked online, in dictionaries and grammar books, source documents and multiple documents within my organization and cannot find ...
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How do you state that something is a “reference” to something else?

There's a field in computer science called L-System, created by a man called Lindenmayer. I want to write that the L in L-System is in "---" to Lindenmayer. What word should I use here? Is it in ...
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How to state the negotiation failed?

Are there any grammatical errors in the sentence? "I regret to inform you that "name of company" people are looking for students who are from CSE/IT background. We tried to negotiate, but it ...
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305 views

Should I use “or” or “nor” in the following case?

I wasn't forcing myself to say anything, or/nor trying to be funny. "Or" sounds more grammatically correct to me. But "nor" has more Google results. So I'm confused.
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1answer
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Delayed subject with short subject length

I read a few pages (here for example) dealing with "anticipatory/dummy it" and "delayed subject" to try and satisfy my curiosity about an observation I'd made about a friend's speech. Often, when my ...
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the single of plurals are?

I'm sure his has a general form and welcome a link to a duplicate, but as I don't quite know what to search for, here goes. Whilst answering a question on the Mathematics Stack Exchange, I found ...
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41 views

“Unionized” vs. ”Un-ionized” [duplicate]

I know there exists a term for the to–too–two situation where the words are pronounced the same but spelled differently. Is there a term for the situation of unionized /ˈjuːnɪənɑɪzd/ and un-ionized ...
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What do you call those fenced grassy areas that people own in the countryside?

Example: I thought of fenced plot, land lot but I'm not sure. They are usually used for farming or raising livestock. But sometimes for nothing at all.
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Possessive apostrophe for owner of owner of owner of

I've read Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities and "Nikki's and Alice's X" vs. "Nikki and Alice's X", but my ...
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How do you call a person who conducts seminar - workshops?

If a resource speaker or a guest speaker is someone who makes usually formal public speeches; a trainer is someone who trains, how about someone who conducts seminar workshops?
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be expected from vs. be expected by

Would you let me know the difference between the following sentences? The company’s third loan payment is expected from ABC Bank on Friday. The company’s third loan payment is expected by ABC ...
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Indefinite Plural VS Indefinite Singular for stating general facts, properties, etc

Is there any nuance in the two sentences below if I want to state a general fact about cars ? A) Cars have 4 wheels. B) A car has 4 wheels. The question above is also a question to itself. So can ...
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A key is bound to a function or a key binds to a function?

For example, I have a shortcut Ctrl-x that executes "Cut" action when press. Should I say "Ctrl-x is bound to Cut" or "Ctrl-x binds to Cut"?
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Single word for company's internal solution?

What word can define an internal solution created within company in contrast to the "external" solutions? Something like "home-made", but more formal and reffering to a company.
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Which is correct? “In as greater detail as possible” or “In as great a detail as possible” [on hold]

The question title really says it all. I have Googled the subject but not found the answer!
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what should I use after “improvement”?

In 2014, the organization of the “media-capital” prize in the business journalism field is the main project focused on improvement the financial literacy of the population. Or can you help me ...
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Word to define a person who often uses others money for his/her comfort? [duplicate]

Single word that defines a person who always lives on others money.
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Comma before “or” when it introduces synonym or explanation

This Grammar Tip of the Day: The rule: Place a comma before "or" when what follows it means the same as what precedes it. confirms what I understand about using a comma before the word or — ...
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The word order and prepositions in an example

Background to the sentence: a system activates itself after temperature has been deviated for [X] seconds. Now I want to describe what X does and I just cannot figure it out. My best attempts are: ...
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introducing a good and comprehensive source in structure?

I need a good and all-around book in the field of structure of English language. Needless to say, I have read books such as ESS or English sentence structure, and some other books. Can anyone provided ...
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In the Dickensian era, was a capital letter preserved through apostrophe contractions?

Assume that a certain word is capitalised, for example "Microsoft." Say (for whatever reason, perhaps slang) you were going to shorten that certain word, using an apostrophe. Today, I'd say we would ...
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past continuous tense ~ negative interrogative form

Method 1: wasn't/weren't + subject + verb(ing) + object? Method 2: was/were + subject + not + verb(ing) + object ? Which method correct in past continuous tense ~ negative interrogative form? Or ...

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