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I am better vs I am getting better

which is the correct one and what is the difference : "I am better" or "I am getting better"
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17 views

Difference between 'attain' and 'achieve'

We can say To attain this goal, we should work hard or To achieve this goal, we should work hard What the difference between those two words?
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is it correct that some individual use the idiom “so to speak ” repeatedly

is it correct that some individuals use the idiom "so to speak " repeatedly? do they want to fill up the gap between their sentences?.
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20 views

Distinguishing between there seem or there do seem

Today, when I read an essay, I found the sentence there do seem to be some common needs that we all share with regard to experiencing or achieving happiness. With me, It is familiar with ...
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2answers
41 views

Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression?

While creating this proposal I was struggling to find the right words for olfactory impressions. Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression? smell seems to have a negative connotation ...
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17 views

English Language Usage

Although the words and and as well as seems similar but I make mistake on using them as synonym. What is the difference in the usage of and and as well as?
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Usage of the word “TILL”

I am landed in a confused stage, with one of my colleagues email, which says ; "Till November , Bank Adjustment Entry is finished." For me ,that statement, means , including November, the work is ...
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2answers
43 views

“WE ON” what does it mean? Is it bad English?

I want to name my upcoming project as WE ON - Information & entertainment media agency . This agency will work in the city and act as communication between businesses and consumers, so I need ...
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1answer
15 views

Phrase: give pause

What exactly does the phrase give (sb.) pause mean? Is it just a simple shortening of the following?: give pause to someone (or give someone pause for thought) cause someone to think ...
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3answers
34 views

What is an appropriate replacement for the term “oriental” when used as an ethnicity?

When I was a child I remember frequently hearing references to "oriental" people. Of course "oriental" now has a pejorative connotation, and generally "asian" is preferred. However, I can't help but ...
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1answer
18 views

“the condition to do” or “the condition to doing”

The title is quite self-explanatory. For example, in the following sentence: The condition to making it viable is fairly significant in my opinion. Should it be changed to: The condition to ...
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1answer
19 views

“Major”, “Minor”: Any words for gauging more importance or less?

I am writing a list of descriptions of how much or how little importance is attached to an issue under discussion or to a product feature under consideration. I would like to have three or four ...
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1answer
28 views

Jon and I or Jon and me?

How do I know when to use Jon and I, or Jon and me? I can't really figure it out. I've tried to teach myself, but I just can't seem to do it. Will someone please help me figure this problem out?
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19 views

What is the difference between “pair” and “pairing”?

What is the difference between "pair" and "pairing"? Are both correctly used? Note: I mean "pairing" as a noun in this case. Also "match" vs "matching"?
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18 views

Should I use every day or everyday?

I have two sentences in question: "But, humans see a lot of different people everyday/every day" and "because every day we see between a dozen and hundreds of other humans - in school, work, or ...
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2answers
36 views

Do these sentences mean the same thing?

Do these sentences all mean the same thing? You are not great because you know many things. You are great not because you know many things. You are great for another reason. As another example, ...
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19 views

What type of phrase is “I'm telling you,” when used for emphasis

Consider the following sentence: I'm telling you, I left it right there. In this sentence, the phrase "I'm telling you" is used to emphasise the truth of the clause that follows. What is the ...
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23 views

When am I supposed to use “use” and “used”? [on hold]

The title speaks for itself. I also want examples, please.
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0answers
7 views

Does this sentence need a comma? [duplicate]

Over the past months, we have seized several opportunities for liaison. Is the comma in this sentence needed and/or correct? Which rule(s) of grammar apply here, and is there a name for this ...
1
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1answer
44 views

There was a man known as the “Toe Suck Fairy.” Is “there” a complement?

In my mind, "man" is the subject and it has two verbs--"was" and "known"--making "there" a complement. My teacher argued that the verb is "was known." Also, should I be putting those words in ...
2
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1answer
44 views

“Rule the Roast” and “Rule the Roost”

John Ayto, Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2009) has this entry for "rule the roost": rule the roost be in complete control The original expression was rule the roast, which was common ...
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“I have no idea what I'm doing”. Is this sentence correct?

Because I don't know it just seems that something is missing despite knowing that nothing is missing. I keep wondering if it shouldn't be something like "I have no idea of what I'm doing" or something ...
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2answers
25 views

Sequnce of tenses in the sentence

Is it okay to use different tenses in this way? Try to find an area where science isn't needed, where experiments weren't perfomed.
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3answers
17 views

Uses of model perfect with a future event that was planned, but then cancelled

Can you say, "The meeting would have been tomorrow, but they cancelled it yesterday?"
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0answers
10 views

Changing quote tense?

I'm trying to write a paper and I've stumbled along a problem. If I change "They are..." to "They were..." in a quotation, do I need to put square brackets as in, "They [were]..."?
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2answers
34 views

“Who is” vs. “Who are”

The beginning of a title reads, Who are doing. . . . which doesn’t sound correct to me. To me, Who is doing. . . . sounds more correct. Am I wrong, or can both be used in the beginning of a sentence ...
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1answer
23 views

“mine” ambiguity

I have two things: an underground site from which resources are extracted, and a proximity-triggered trap device that explodes upon triggering. Both of these are called "mine" and I cannot afford ...
1
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6answers
108 views

One word for something belonging to an era [duplicate]

Is there a single word which means "of or relating to a particular era"? I am looking for a word which means that something is limited to a particular era, as opposed to being universal. Preferably ...
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5answers
49 views

Term for when embedded media cannot be displayed on a web page?

When a web page goes missing, it is said to be "not found" and the afflicted web site often reports the infamous HTTP 404 Error. With embedded media, the user is not navigating away to another web ...
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1answer
22 views

Proper use of 'there' and 'here' in phrase

I am thanking someone in type by saying : "John and Mary for being there even when you aren't near." Would it be better or worse to use 'here' : "John and Mary for being here even when ...
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1answer
36 views

A more common word for the noun “effectuator”

I want to use the noun "effectuator" to denote an object that delivers the final effect which was produced by a whole chain of mechanisms. For example, a bullet shot out of a gun is an effectuator of ...
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4answers
663 views

What do they mean with “Hi, how are you doing”?

When I was in New York the workers at the counter (in a shop) always said Hi, how are you doing I was, and still am very confused if they just mean "hello", or actually want to know how I feel. ...
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3answers
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Why do we use back and forward instead of backward and forward?

In many english user interfaces, both virtual and physical, the words back and forward and used instead of backward and forward. An easy example is the web browser, where the button to navigated ...
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0answers
44 views

italic g? double storey? [on hold]

So i was reading Gill's An Essay on Typography the other day, and there is one section where he discusses the english alphabet - arguing that there are three alphabets. One is the capital letters, ...
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27 views

“Using the technique” vs “By using the technique” [duplicate]

I am confused about the following sentence: We can check overlap using the technique in solution 1 Why has the author written "using"? Could we rephrase it as: We can check overlap by ...
2
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3answers
51 views

is there a synonym for someone being overly friendly on the phone when they are worried about something you may have heard

Is there a word for when someone has said something bad about you behind your back but doesn't know that you know and when they call you and they're overly friendly?
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2answers
84 views

“I'm flabbergasted!” - Old fashioned? Pedantic? Refined? Educated?

To flabbergast - to overwhelm with shock, surprise, or wonder. "I'm flabbergasted!" - I have only one friend who uses this phrase, so I can't figure out what kind of person uses it. Although ...
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1answer
47 views

Is it wrong for a then clause to follow a since clause?

Sorry if the terms are not right. Is it correct to say "Since burgers are edible, then burgers can be eaten." ? Should it not instead be "If burgers are edible, then burgers can be eaten." or "Since ...
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29 views

Appropriate adjective for relationship

Our company has many deep, valuable relationships within the industry. Is it appropriate to refer to relationships as deep? I agree with the connotation that deep portrays, but I'm not positive that ...
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0answers
27 views

Is this statement correct? [on hold]

I want to know that if this question is having any error or not."A rabbit was seen cross the path."
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2answers
37 views

Usage of the word “introspect”

I am trying to write a sentence to mean that something made me think deeply about myself and I would really like to use the word introspect. I came up with: During several instances of reading ...
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1answer
32 views

When back, if I say “Out of office until Thursday” [duplicate]

I am always confused when I get an email stating "out of office until Thursday". Is the sender back on Thursday or still out of office (o.o.o.) on Thursday and only back on Friday? Is there a good ...
1
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1answer
22 views

Obligatory punctuation for independent clauses as parts of a noun phrase?

Consider the following sentence: I remember the time I pushed John and he fell over. Is that sentence correctly punctuated as written? I ask because it has no commas. As I understand it, the ...
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0answers
14 views

“This type of programs”: is or are [duplicate]

I just want to know which is correct and could you please give me some techniques to memorize the answer easily?
0
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2answers
26 views

Is there any difference between saying “for long” or just “long”?

For example: Is "Good sensation of freshness long after brushing" any different from "Good sensation of freshness for long after brushing?"
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0answers
44 views

Why is “five dollars” written “$5” and not “5$”? [duplicate]

Given that "$5" it is read "five dollars", why isn't it written "5$" instead? In this answer I noticed the expression "a thing worth five dollars", which could be an explaination, but it isn't ...
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0answers
39 views

We can say really big, and it makes the thing we're talking about bigger than the usual big. Is there a way of saying not so big? [migrated]

But I don't want to be saying "It is not that big" -> it is bigger, but smaller than the usual I want to know if there is a work of the same type as "really" that decreses the ammount of "bigness" ...
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0answers
19 views

“ There's ” vs plural noun [on hold]

How to use "there's" in telling plural things which I found it in some songs lyrics. Which one is correct? there's a lot of things to do there are lots of things to do
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2answers
39 views

When using “long” meaning “a long time” do you have to specify that you're talking about time?

For example: Do I have to say "It leaves the mouth fresher for a longer time" or can I simply say "It leaves the mouth fresher for longer"? I was comparing two products, and I had to translate some ...
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1answer
35 views

What verb goes with “mood” in the context of a polite social inquiry?

How would I best ask someone to share their mood with me? It needs to be snappy and easily understood. For example, given these three choices of verb: share your mood express your mood convey your ...

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