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Verb to be “I were a boy”

How explain this sentence "I were a Boy"? music of beyoncé
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Aggregator and Forwarder

Is there any single word for something who "aggregate and forward"? I have a program which collect logs from all machines and then forwards/feeds it to various other components. I want to name this ...
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“Like … also”

First off, I would like to apologise if this has been asked before - I did do a search on here, but there were far too many results to go through! Take for example this sentence: Like you, I also ...
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"Proper Cheerio”: Proper?

A call to BrE speakers: A television outlet in NE US is advertising a gala fundraising event coinciding with the finale of the Downton Abbey television series in the States. Sunday, March 6, 2016 ...
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Please help me have an explanation to this quote

I've been reading the book Night by Elie Wiesel, but I'm confused by this quote: The days were like nights, and the nights left the dregs of their darkness in our souls. Any help explaining ...
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This is my, Tom, and Alex's poster which we made for last Monday's lesson

Is this right? How do I show ownership by the group of three of us?
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“Butcher shops” sell meat products, what is the name of a shop that sells cheese and ice cream?

I'm a native English speaker in the U.S. Recently I visited the place where my local university processes dairy into various cheeses and ice cream. These are sold in a small store/shop on campus. ...
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I and my wife or my wife and I

It sounds awkward to me to write " I and my wife were doing such and such." Shouldn't it be "My wife and I were doing such and such." Please answer
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Why is “envy” is considred a sin while “envious” is a rather desirable attribute?

We have two similar words in envy and jealousy. The American Heritage Dic. defines them as below. jealousy: A jealous attitude or disposition. Close vigilance. envy: n. pl. en·vies ...
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Plurals (and plural possessives) that end in s

What is the best way to make a word that already ends in "s" plural? Ex: Would the family of Mr Jones be "the Joneses" or remain "the Jones"? Also, what is the best way to make the plural form of ...
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Sycophant - Fig-shower: pronounce the word shower in fig-shower?

Sychopant has the root meaning sykon-fig, phanein- "to show" . With reference to that should the shower in fig-shower be pronounced as show + er or shower as in light fall of rain. Edit: my ...
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understood verb

Is this a complete sentence: Tomorrow good? As I understand it, first you change the interrogatory to declarative so the question becomes whether Tomorrow (is) good is a sentence. Thanks.
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Meaning of `put defeat behind`

Often I encounter with the following constraction in some articles Someone put defeat behind him Don't undestand the meaning of this whole phrase. Does it mean that someone succeed or failed?
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Less formal way of saying “I'm going offline”

Imagine a situation I'm going to the subway and will lose signal any moment. How would you tell someone you will lose signal soon? Or that you're going .. Offline essentially? Is "going dark" the ...
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Do I have to backshift If the thing that's being reported is still true? (Reported speech)

I'm sorry if somebody has already posted this message, I just don't know what to type in order to find it. "I'm sick" - He told me that he's sick. <--- Is this correct if we know that he is indeed ...
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Origin of “island time”

Though it's only mentioned in Urban Dictionary, I know the meaning of "island time", which is more or less where the locals aren't too stressed about being on time. But what's the origin of the ...
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Who is Charlie Hustle?

From time to time I hear the expression "he's being Charlie Hustle" or something similar, referring to a person, who, well, hustles. Haven't managed to find any reference to the origin of this phrase, ...
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bumped vs faced [migrated]

Can anybody say me difference between BUMPED and FACED PS I heard in conversation: Yesterday I bumped with my friend. Does it make sense? In meaning he met his friend accidentally. Thanks! ...
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What was the usage of EModE’s four-form system for answering yes–no questions?

It is well-known that Early Modern English, if not earlier forms of English too, had a four-form system for answering yes–no questions. ‘Yea’ and ‘nay’ answered questions phrased positively (analogous ...
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One word to refer to live streams and videos? [on hold]

How would you refer to internet live streams and videos in one word? Thanks in advance
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math soooo lost [on hold]

Use the distributive property to find the product of 8 and 44. WHAT???? so lost. what is distributive property? I know product means times so I put 8 times 44 = 352 but I'm told I'm wrong. please ...
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Integrity during job Interviews [on hold]

Say you applied for a certain position at a particular job. The next day, you were called in for an interview.....to find out it is not the particular position you wanted, but at least it is a start. ...
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If the use of the word “Exes” being the plural of the word Ex is fine [ 2 ] How come former boy/girl friends are also described as Ex?

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved defines the word "ex" as below: "ex 3 ...
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Use of “then” as “therefore”

I am confused about the following use of then: «I can't come to Bristol in the afternoon, sorry» «Let's meet around noon, then.» «I can't do it, I am sorry.» «Well, I'll do it, then!» I ...
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Label word for someone?

What would you call a person that causes harm to you( not physical) destroying your property and then is offended when you call them out on this? Not sure what word to use for their label.
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“would like to see being removed” or “would like to be seen removed”?

Let's say I let a room to a person and offer this person to remove stuff from this room if necessary. Could I say "Please let me know if there is something you would like to see being removed" or ...
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Is there a word or expression for extrapolating an analogy way beyond the point where it makes sense?

An analogy is used to explain some concepts, and the points of comparison are limited and contextual. What if I am extending that analogy way beyond the point where it makes sense. What is the word or ...
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Synonym for “fraudster”

I find the word "fraudster" a little bit silly-sounding when used in a serious context. Do there exist any synonyms that are more usable in professional discussions of fraud? (I'm mostly interested ...
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How to find a mistake

1.His case comes into the court on 27th February. Can anybody, please, help me? Where is a mistake in this sentence?
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Use of “there's” in plural

Well we know that is is the correct form for singular and are is the correct form for plural, right? As such "There is a great pizza place in Chicago" would be correct in prose or dialogue as would ...
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Small or little question

A question for which the asker does not know the answer. But for the answerer is very easy because he is very familiar with the issue, or has the information at hand. (Of course, we can call it an ...
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Does “month ending January” mean the end of January, or the start?

I file reports that cover monthly periods of time. I thought that the heading at the top that says "Month ending February" would refer to the report including all of February. (I am writing this in ...
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I'm confused with do and does [on hold]

I saw this sentence and I got confused, it says: " You're getting too caught up in things that don't matter." Isn't suppose to be doesn't instead of don't?
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Expression for internal struggle

In German language, there is the beautiful expression "seinen inneren Schweinehund überwinden", which amounts to "to overcome one's inner pig-dog", and vividly describes the feeling of surpassing the ...
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“All he does is freeze water pipes and mess with my eggs.” What are “freeze” and “mess” in this sentence?

The following sentence is from Rise of the Guardians: All he does is freeze water pipes and mess with my eggs. What is the form of the verbs "freeze" and "mess" in this sentence? If it is an ...
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Does this sentence work, and if not what is a valid alternative? [on hold]

The planes had landed at the airport in usual conditions. Due, however, to all the time spent replenishing the large amounts of fuel, clearing the second bomb at Gran Canaria International, and ...
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Where does “the sky is falling” come from?

According to Wikipedia the common expression "the sky is falling" is from a folk tale: Henny Penny, more commonly known in the United States as "Chicken Little" and sometimes as "Chicken ...
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Activity vs. operation

Should it be: The network consists of 4 operations: project planning, engineering, and production. OR The network consists of 4 activites: project planning, engineering, and production. What if the ...
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Is there a term for the use of adjectives as nouns?

I wonder when this horrible trend started—to me it seems to have proliferated very recently, over the last year or two: Give the gift of happy this Christmas ..or how about this, from the ...
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Blazing in his eyes

The following passage is taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I cannot understand exactly what the phrase 'blazing in his eyes' mean. What is the subject of the verb 'blaze'? ...
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Can I use “could” and “would” in the present tense? [on hold]

Is it correct to say: She speaks so fast that I couldn't understand her.
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have seen vs had seen in this context

Today, I said the following while giving a presentation: "So, this is something which you have already seen in the previous slide." Should I've said "So, this is something which you had already seen ...
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Is this a proper usage of the word “disheveled”? [on hold]

"in a disheveled manner" Does this make sense? Is it common?
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English equivalent to the Indian saying “Like a thief being stung by a scorpion”

The title is the literal translation of a south Indian proverb, used to describe situations where a person who's already guilty will be proven so, if he voices himself against something. Examples: ...
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“Giver of false hope” translation?

The term "PHP" (no, not the programming language) stands for pemberi harapan palsu which roughly means giver of false hope in English. An example of usage would be: "Sialan lo, PHP ya! Katanya mau ...
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How to make a sentense short, clear, and gramatical? [on hold]

I have an English sentence like this "In the case of Indian languages, we used phonological features and orthographic features such as presence of characters representing glides, which are present ...
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Send a “smaller” message or send a “shorter” message?

I would like to know which comparative is correct when saying something like the following. The maximum size of a message is 150 words. Please send a [smaller|shorter] message. Thank you very ...
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“LIfe” as the doer in the sentence — does it have to be that way?

There is a sentence which can be translated into English like this: My life has its ups and downs. My life has ups and downs. My suggested translation was "There are ups and downs in my life". I ...
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“high-end clientele” is to “low-end clientele” as “carriage trade” is to what?

Is there a phrase in English that works as a direct antonym to the idiomatic carriage trade, that is, the wealthy patrons of a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.; the elite clientele? carriage trade: ...
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It were cucumbers or It was cucumbers [on hold]

everyone! Please, help me with these simple but unexpectedly complicated sentences! Here they are: My grandmother planted something in her garden. It was cucumbers / It were cucumbers. (Which ...

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