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Is “stick with reality” idiomatic?

Ok, let say you are running a restaurant. When making important decisions, you often subjectively give your own personal ideas without paying attention to the real needs in reality or in real world. ...
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Word for multi opponent combat?

I'm googled it and cannot find an answer. I'm looking for a single word to describe multi opponent combat or multiple opponent training. Maybe even in the way of a skill. For example, a single person ...
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''some theory'' vs ''some theories''

I was wondering which one of the two is correct: ''he had some interesting theory to share'' or ''he had some interesting theories to share'' The latter sounds correct, a friend backed me on ...
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is this sentence really correct?

"This is a good book and contains a wealth of historical detail" To me, this sounds clumsy, using the conjunction "and". If it is correct, would somebody tell me why? (I found it on the cover of ...
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Word meaning “not preferred” - not antonym

I wish to distinguish between items that are preferred and items that are good, but not necessarily preferred. Is there a word to describe the latter?
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Is the writer of this line trying to shorten “time-saving and labor-saving” into “time- and labor-saving”?

Here's the paragraph is question below. The part I'm talking about is in bold. Festool has a reputation for producing expensive tools that provide benefits the other brands either lack or end ...
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A word or phrase for when something gets reported in the news and then similar stories follow

I'm trying to locate a word or phrase which describes this situation: when a relatively unusual news item is reported and then, in the following days, suddenly other examples of the same thing are ...
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Word for misusability

I'm trying to articulate a question on stackoverflow. In the question, I state that I'm designing an API, and I want to minimize "misusability" within that API. "Misusability" is not a word, as far as ...
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In what English-speaking communities does “trump” refer to the breaking of wind?

It is clear from this site that the verb to trump has been used extensively across Britain to refer to the breaking of wind. It is especially the case in the North, in Wales and certainly in Norfolk, ...
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Difference between “strong reaction of relief” and “lassitude”

What is the difference between an expression of a strong reaction of relief and an espression of lassitude?
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Why isn't this incorrect?

Farmers who grow major crops such as corn, rice and wheat, aware that new developments in agriculture production can result in millions of dollars in additional revenue, switching to newer, ...
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“Welcome aboard” for senior cadre person

Can a team member say "welcome aboard" to his team leader or a C level exec? Will that be considered as not giving enough respect?
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Function of a specific phrase in a sentence

In the following sentence, what is the function of "not, as one might assume, in English"? For example, is it some type of clause that modifies "wrote"? The Irish author Samuel Beckett originally ...
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Can people who suffer from a stutter or stammer sing without stuttering or stammering?

I'm not sure what the preferred terminology is now, so I apologize if I'm using the wrong terms - I assure you that I mean no offense. I'm also not sure if this is the right place for this question, ...
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To blush To the Toes of Shoes

What does it mean when somebody says:" I blush to the toes of my shoes to admit "?
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Use of “Would” with “Have”

Please explain the use of "would" with "have". Can we use them together twice in a sentence. If not then why?
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17 views

How to use “ in respective of”? and how does it compare to “in terms of”

How to use " in respective of"? and how does it compare to "in terms of". when will be appropriate for each one? Thanks a lot!
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'Not to be taken as a standard'

Is this correct to say or is there another idiom or saying for it in english. 'Not to be taken as a standard to evaluate smb or smth.' Like if a team who wasn't expected to lose a friendly and ...
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which prefix below can be treated has a bound morpheme

In which of the following examples (A, B, C, or D) should the prefix be treated as a bound morpheme? Circle the correct answer. A) accommodation B) abnormal C) a computer D) ...
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Am I using “as well as” right?

I would like to ask whether my usage here is right or wrong: Inman had started a long journey. He met persons who helped him, as well as persons who tried to turn him in to the Black Guard whose ...
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do I always have to use an object in English conversations?

I'm learning English without natives' help so It is kind of hard for me to confirm my english is grammatically correct or not. one of my friend is from France and likes to point out my English ...
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24 views

how to pronounce “t's” sound, as in “it's” or “that's”

Currently I'm studying English pronunciation and having a hard time pronouncing the t's sound such as it's and that's. I thought that "t's" sounded the same as the "ch" sound but one of my friend said ...
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Word for 'stage elements'

I'm looking for a word that describes everything you might find on a theatrical stage, including actors, props, and backdrops.
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How to properly reference a section in a standard document?

The C Programming Language is standardized in ISO 9899, the most recent version of that standard being ISO 9899:2011. A draft of that standard is available for free under the title N1570. The standard ...
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would come vs. would have come?

which is the difference between this 2 constructions? He told me that he would come. (would + base form = present conditional) He told me that he would have come. (would + have + past part. = ...
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Know every words of a passage but not the meaning

A excerpt from 2010: A Space Odyssey 2: The scientist tapped out a code on the board, switching Sal’s inputs to the memory with the highest security rating. No one knew that he talked to the ...
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“You will love him to ruins.”

You will love him to ruins. This is the first sentence of the book The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Could somebody tell me what does that mean? Here is the sentence in context: ...
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Isn't this an illogical comparison?

Here is a usage and mechanics question that I need help understanding: Change the italicized portion with the best replacement, or choose A if correct. When light from a distant source, ...
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“Within this question I am asking about word order” or “I am asking about word order within this question”?

Are any of these formats regarding the word ordering within the sentence generally preferred to the other in general writing? Are there any special considerations if a more formal style is preferred ...
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At, by, in the end of this week

I have the following three sentences: I am reading it by the end of this week. I am reading it at the end of this week. I am reading it in the end of this week. Which one is more grammatically ...
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What is a man that speaks without saying a word called? [on hold]

What is a man that speaks without saying a word called? I have searched for words that describe it but couldn't get a word that simply covers it.
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International Time Notation

I know some ways for time notation. 10 am 10:30 am 10.30 am 1030 am (superscript) I try to understand, is it correct to use superscript in time notation on international website?
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What's a word for the ability to discern another's mental state?

I want to avoid some common implications of empathy: that it's mostly involuntary, and that it involves some re-experiencing of the other's feelings. I'm looking for a more general word (or, less ...
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Essay on “Human resource should explore not exploit the nation” [on hold]

Can anybody explain me the meaning of this topic for essay "Human resource should explore not exploit the nation"? And can you also give me some ideas/hint points for writing this essay? Thank You! ...
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“Wait one hour for her” versus “wait for one hour for her”

For example, given: I had to wait one hour for room service, I had to wait for one hour for room service. I managed to google “to wait one hour for” and “to wait for one hour for”. Both searches ...
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21 views

Teaching tips for dyslexic learners [on hold]

I am looking for tips to teach the sound 'er' at the end of words ending in 'ar', 'or' and to dyslexic learners?
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24 views

(Grammar) 3 Sentences from my game cutscene [on hold]

Could you please help me with 3 sentences which I use in my game video. I need to know are these sentences correct or not. I use these sentences in the beginning of my cutscene. Three sentences: ...
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“We are familiar” improvement

I have this,"We are familiar with the sport activities", sentence but to me it's a bit awkward and I need to improve it a little bit. I need to improve "We are familiar" part, and I am kind of stuck ...
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What is the difference between these sentences?

What is the difference between these sentences? I read that all of them can be used in the same situation. So which to choose? When I was young I used to live in a house. When I was young I lived in ...
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Should I use comma or not before “wearing”?

recently i saw a sentence like this "Did a guy just go by here wearing a hat?" in my opinion,it should be something like"Did a guy wearing a hat just go by here?" . i was thinking it should be ...
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the difference between lives and beings [on hold]

What is the difference between "lives" and "beings"? When we want to refer to all creatures in the cosmos, both human beings and all other life forms, when should we use lives, and when should we use ...
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What word(s) do children of English native speakers use for “kid”/“child”/etc

I'm looking for (a) word(s) that is/are perceived to be child's language by adults, not words used by adults to describe children. What would be fine though are words used by adults when they are ...
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Is there any online tool to read (pronounce) IPA and APA written words?

I am looking for a tool to read a word written as phonetic transcription (IPA or APA). I need it to provide users with a tool to verify if they've chosen correct IPA transcription (users will need ...
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Is “fortune favors the bold; cheek brings success” a popular idiom or proverb in English?

I want to express the idea that: If you want to be rich, you have to have guts and take a big risk. If you want to achieve a high position in your society, like becoming a doctor or lawyer, you ...
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Can any verb's present and past participles be used as adjectives?

Verbs' present and past participles can be used as adjectives, such as "devastating" and "devastated". Does this rule apply to all verbs or some verbs?
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Another word for lifehacks

I'm looking for a synonym (single-word of short phrase) for the word lifehack. I read Wikipedia article, and checked few online dictionaries. I could not find any synonym. The word is informal and it ...
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Are the tenses used in the sentence correct?

From http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-07-31: I'm going to call you Carlos from now on. And it would help if you grew a beard and walked with a limp. Shouldn't it be grow a beard and walk limp in ...
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“use some rest” vs. “take some rest” vs. “get some rest”?

"use some rest" vs. "take some rest" vs. "get some rest" which one is correct, if i want to tell my friend to go to relax or take some nap. The phrase "take some rest" is familiar me but i also have ...
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I make money without getting my ‘can’ knocked off

From Trouble Is My Business by Raymond Chandler (1938): "You might do," Anna said, "cleaned up a little. Twenty bucks a day and ex's. I haven't brokered a job in years, but this one is out of my ...
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What is the term called for writing in present tense even though the text is in past tense?

I read this in a grammar book recently but I can't recall what the specific term (if any) is called for something like: He was 18 years old. I don't remember if it is the same example, but the ...

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